Adams & Heathcott continue to hit in Arizona

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The above video is a recent feature on the seven Yankees farmhands playing in the Arizona Fall League, including interviews with most of ’em. So check it out. Here are some notes…

  • OF Slade Heathcott was your Arizona Fall League Player of the Week last week, when he did the whole “three triples in six at-bats” thing. In other Heathcott news, check out this Don Ketchum feature on all the things he’s overcome in his career.
  • The Yankees have re-signed RHP Kelvin Perez to a minor league deal according to Matt Eddy. The 27-year-old had a sneaky good year this season — 1.58 ERA, ~3.05 FIP, 8.5 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9 in 85.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A — and could make his big league debut next year if he gets the walks under control.
  • For all of this year’s available minor league free agents, check out Baseball America’s Tracker. The Yankees need some Triple-A pitching depth this year, so I’ll dig through and find some interesting names at some point.

The AzFL regular season ends on Thursday and the championship game will be played next Saturday. Scottsdale is in second place in the East division and has to make up two games in four games to play in the title game. Here’s the recap of last week…

AzFL Scottsdale (5-4 loss to Mesa) Monday’s game
CF Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP
RHP Dan Burawa: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB — only eight of 18 pitches were strikes (44%)

AzFL Scottsdale (14-12 loss to Salt River) Tuesday’s game
3B David Adams: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI — half of his hits have gone for extra bases so far
DH Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RHP Dellin Betances: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%)

AzFL Scottsdale (4-3 loss to Mesa) Wednesday’s game
2B David Adams: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
C Austin Romine: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — all seven pitches were strikes … hard to have a one-inning outing better than that

AzFL Scottsdale (12-4 loss to Peoria) Thursday’s game
DH Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K

AzFL Scottsdale (4-3 loss to Phoenix) Friday’s game
RF Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B
2B David Adams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first, but he did hit his third homer in three games
C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 PB — allowed five steals in five attempts
RHP Zach Nuding: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 39 of 67 pitches were strikes (58%) … all five stolen bases came when he was on the mound, so it’s a pretty safe bet that they weren’t all on Romine
RHP Dan Burawa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only five of 15 pitches were strikes … he’s been really struggling out here after missing the entire season due to injury
RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes

AzFL Scottsdale (4-3 win over Surprise) Saturday’s game
CF Slade Heathcott: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) — ran over the catcher again (and was out), second time in 16 games … hitting .333/.457/.526 and has an outside of change of being named league MVP despite not hitting a single homer yet
3B David Adams: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 K — 11 BB and 12 K in 18 games
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 12 of 25 pitches were strikes (48%) … first time getting rocked out here

Rather than break down the Caribbean winter league performances individually, I’m just going to point you in this direction this week. OF Melky Mesa and UTIL Ronnie Mustelier are still mashing.

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  • Travis L.

    Hey Mike…check out these names and see what you like:
    Kyler Newby (RHP), Eric Beaulac (RHP), Will Inman (RHP), Mike Parisi (RHP), Henry Mabee (RHP), Zach Phillips (LHP), Michael Olmsted (RHP), Yeiper Castillo (RHP), Miguel Socolovich (RHP).

    I’m big on Newby and Olmsted (big strikeout guys).

  • Samuel

    Scranton/Rochester AAA starting rotation: Warren, Nuno, Hall, Marshall, Betances. Then get another UNDER 30 veteran FA to pick up the slack or promote Mikey O’Brien. With Nardi Contreras out of the way, it is about time to begin working these starting pitchers, pushing them hard and see what they have.

    These kids aren’t really “kids” anymore.

    You can always move Betances back to the pen if he blows up again as a starter.

  • Lena

    Romine, Adams, and Montgomery were impressive in the AFL Rising Stars game. Any chance Adams up to playing SS and possibly being Jeter’s successor?

    • Preston

      I don’t think so, If he could play SS, they would be playing him at SS. Teams don’t move you down the defensive spectrum until you force their hand. He has been playing some 3b, and reportedly looks good there though.

    • Billy

      Adams doesn’t have the footwork to handle SS or the speed. He’s got good instincts and a good arm which is why they are giving him a chance at third. He’s never played SS and that’s not going to change as a guys who will turn 26 a month into next season.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Weird that the 2008 draft is known for losing Cole, missing on Bleich and not signing Bittle but could end up with a nice group of Phelps, Adams, CoJo, Warren, Marshall and Turley.

    I think the comp picks for Cole and Bittle ended up Heathcott and Murphy, which mitigates the Cole-gate damage as well.

    You just can’t predict baseball.


      good post.

  • Preston

    I’m a huge Slade fan, I think it’s important to keep in mind that he hasn’t played a lot of baseball. As a two sport high-school player he didn’t play in year round leagues like a lot of guys, and all the injuries have really limited his AB’s since turning pro. The fact that he’s still been able to advance and succeed in the minors is all due to his talent. If he could be healthy for an entire season next year I think he’d be ready to compete for an OF spot in 2014.

    • The Moral Majority is Neither

      My vision for Slade is Lenny Dykstra c.1993, so hoping he stays healthy and plays up to his talent.

      The Yankees need to hold onto Heathcott, Williams and Austin and avoid the short-term fix.

      • forensic

        HIs off-field issues and durability are certainly on the way to where Dykstra’s were. But, on the field, I don’t know where you think he’s suddenly going to become the contact hitter that Dykstra’s numbers show, not to mention the other help he had around ’93 to give him a power boost.

        • Preston

          Slade’s a lot bigger than Dykstra and has a lot more natural power.


    David Adams should be given a serious look to be on the big league roster outta spring.. The kid can hit, and is on his way to being 26yrs old.. He kinda reminds me of Youkilis alittle bit.. I have no idea if thats all ready been said or not? Hes making a statement, regardless of the comp hes going against.. I’m just saying be serious about giving em a long look in sprin, and if u don’t like what u see, simply put em in triple aaa…