Heathcott & Adams wrap up AzFL season on hot streaks

Martin: Yankees "continue to have conversations" with Scott Hairston
Sunday Night Open Thread

Some notes…

  • Thanks to his three homers last week, IF David Adams was named the Arizona Fall League’s Player of the Week. Meanwhile, OF Slade Heathcott placed second on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He hit the snot out of the ball in Arizona.
  • Double-A Trenton has a new ballpark, at least in name only. Waterfront Park in Trenton has been renamed Arm & Hammer Park as part of a new 20-year licensing deal. The old name was way better, but it’s a good deal for the team.
  • The Red Sox will interview Low-A Charleston hitting coach Greg Colbrunn for their big league hitting coach position. UTIL Kevin Russo has hooked on with the Tigers, getting a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite.

The AzFL regular season ended on Thursday, and the Scottsdale Scorpions finished in second in the East division with a 15-16-1 record. The Peoria Javelinas beat the Salt River Rafter in the Championship Game yesterday. Here’s an update on the final week of action…

AzFL Scottsdale (4-3 loss to Surprise) Monday’s game
3B David Adams: 2-4, 1 2B
DH Austin Romine: 0-2, 2 K — ejected for arguing balls and strikes

AzFL Scottsdale (13-6 win over Salt River) Tuesday’s game
RF Slade Heathcott: 4-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
2B David Adams: 3-6, 3 R
C Austin Romine: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Dan Burawa: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — only 18 of 35 pitches were strikes (51%)

AzFL Scottsdale (8-2 win over Mesa) Wednesday’s game
LF Slade Heathcott: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — finished the AzFL season at .388/.494/.613 with 12 walks and 14 strikeouts in 18 games
3B David Adams: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 12 of 14 pitches were strikes (86%) … finished with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings, and two of those walks came in his first outing

AzFL Scottsdale (3-2 loss to Peoria) Thursday’s season finale
DH David Adams: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — finished at .286/.388/.524 with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts in 22 games
C Austin Romine: 0-2, 2 BB — finished at .222/.342/.286 with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in 18 games
RHP Zach Nuding: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/8 GB/FB — 31 of 49 pitches were strikes (63%)
RHP Dan Burawa: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%) … nice finish to an otherwise dreadful stint in the desert (13 walks and six strikeouts in 11.2 innings)

And now for the various winter leagues around the globe. These seasons don’t end until late-December/early-January typically.

Australian Baseball League
RHP Zach Arneson: 2 G, 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Dominican Winter League
OF Abe Almonte: 9 G, 2-15, 2 R, 1 BBB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS (.133/.188/.133)
OF Zoilo Almonte: 1 G, 0-1, 1 K — gotta be hurt
OF Melky Mesa: 6 G, 6-23, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 SB (.261/.346/.565)
C Gary Sanchez: 7 G, 5-21, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K (.238/.304/.429)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 11 G, 16.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 2 HB, 1 WP (2.20 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 10 G, 8 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
RHP Jose Ramirez: 4 G, 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 2 HB, 1 HR
LHP Francisco Rondon: 7 G, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 1 HR

Mexican Pacific League
OF Jose Figueroa: 15 G, 6-23, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 CS (.261/.346/.304)
UTIL Ronnie Mustelier: 31 G, 33-118, 17 R, 4 2B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 8 BB, 24 K, 5 SB, 1 CS, 2 HBP (.280/.331/.441)
RHP Gio Gallegos: 5 G, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
RHP Felipe Gonzalez: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2 HR
RHP Luis Niebla: 11 H, 17.2 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 13 K, 1 WP, 5 HR (!) (2.55 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
RHP Cesar Vargas: 9 G, 9 IP, 8 G, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 14 K, 1 WP, 1 HB

Puerto Rican League
OF Adonis Garcia: 6 G, 7-25, 4 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP (.280/.357/.640)
1B Luke Murton: 6 G, 5-21, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (.238/.385/.286)
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 G, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
RHP Preston Claiborne: 4 G, 5 IP, zeroes, 5 K

Venezuelan Winter League
C Francisco Arcia: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB
IF Ali Castillo: 1 G, 1-1, 1 R
C Frankie Cervelli: 3 G, 3-9, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K (.333/.500/.333) — new to the winter league season
OF Ramon Flores: 8 G, 3-13, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP (.231/.333/.231)
IF Jose Pirela: 28 G, 31-105, 16 G, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 13 BB, 21 K, 3 SB, 4 HBP (.290/.390/.410)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 6 G, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
LHP Vidal Nuno: 8 G, 14 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 15 K, 1 HR (1.29 ERA, 0.56 WHIP)

Martin: Yankees "continue to have conversations" with Scott Hairston
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • Robinson Tilapia

    With the holidays upon us, a nightly prayer for Dellin Betances would be the charitable thing to do.

    Please, oh lord, please turn him into something useful to the major league team in 2013.

    • RetroRob

      Start smaller, Robinson. Perhaps pray for world peace. Better chance than Dellin finding the strikezone.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        World peace, safety and prosperity for the hurricane victims, and Dellin. I have trouble putting those in order.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Seems Dellin might be last on that list. 4 BB & 15 SO in 15 innings? Maybe he found something. Let’s just pray for that to continue. Don’t care if he’s something useful to the big league team in ’13 or ’14, as long as he’s useful at some point.

          BTW Robinson, how was Chicago? Which pizza place did you end up going to?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Chicago was good. It was really just a day and a half before we headed out to the suburbs to see some family. Went with Pizano’s that night. Very much liked it. Wanted to do a second place, but it just didn’t work out that way. At some point, three straight meals we had were Cheesecake Factory take-out.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yeah, I think Dellin still has a good chance to at least be a useful reliever.

  • Back in the Saddle

    A nightly prayer for Dellin B. is appropriate along with a pitching coach who has the experience and understands what it takes to make a pitcher like Dellin be consistent over the long-haul…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Good thing they’ve got one of those.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    I’m impressed. 4 comments in and not one saying that Heathcott should be given the chance to take over for Swisher.

    • MannyGeee

      Don’t sweat it, they’ll ask for Slade by May 2013 when Ichiro goes .195 in April.


  • Robinson Tilapia

    Also really encouraged by Nuno and Slade’s stats. Would love to see that the team plucked a viable MLB option from the indy leagues in Nuno, as well as continued health and less dumbassery from Slade moving forward.

    • pat

      Maybe not attempting to run over the catcher twice in winterball would be a good start.

  • Steve (different one)


    • Steve (different one)

      Minus the noodle arm, of course

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        I’m not crazy about comparison’s and I’m not sure if that’s the best one.

        Either way, I’m sure most of us would be more than thrilled if that happened.

        • Steve (different one)

          True, just looking at the swing. They showed Hamilton, reminded me more of Damon.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    I wonder if they’re gonna start Betances in the pen next year or continue him as a starter.

    Also nice to see Adams and Slade rake in Arizona though it’s hard to get excited since that’s an extreme hitters league.

    • The Moral Majority is Neither

      Adams and Heathcott need competitive ABs, so I’m happy even in the hitters’ environment.

      I still have hope that someone out of Adams, CoJo, Warren, Mesa, the Almontes (all non-top 10 guys) turn into something useful or tradeable. Get that pipeline started with a trickle before the younger guys come gushing through!

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

        That would be nice.

        On the other end of the spectrum, pretty putrid performance by Romine. .289 slugging% is pretty pitiful. He needs a healthy and productive start next year in the worst way.

        • Jimbo Jones

          Ugly numbers from Romine and Burawa, then again they didn’t play all year.

  • Robert

    Time for Yanks to get to work. Make a take or leave it offer to Kuroda and Pettite,give them one day and move on if they decline!!!!

    • jjyank

      One day? I take it you’re not familiar with now to negotiate things.

      • MannyGeee

        “hey, want this contract… Too late, BIAAAACH!!!!!”

        – Robert negotiation tactics.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      I don’t think Kuroda is gonna sign until he sees what the Dodgers are gonna do. Once the Dodgers sign Greinke, the Yankees will be in a much better position to sign Kuroda.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Who is Pettite?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Robert for GM ooooofffffff……..absolutely nowhere.

  • MannyGeee

    “Waterfront Park in Trenton has been renamed Arm & Hammer Park…”

    What, Masengil wasn’t looking to take on sponsorships? Seriously, Arm & Hammer stadium might be the worst sponsorship name since…. Well, my hometown team…


    • Rick in Philly

      I’m kind of glad they put that stadium in after I graduated from college. There’s no way my liver or academics could have survived a minor league baseball season or two.

  • Ted Nelson

    Interesting that the sky-is-falling, the-farm-is-barren folk either stayed away from this thread or toned down their commentary…

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      They must have been scared away by your intimidating intellect, Vulcan like logic and snappy repartee.

      • Ted Nelson

        You’re one of the ring leaders of the sky-is-falling crowd if I’m remembering who you are correctly. One of the ones who decided to tone it down here instead of contradicting previous statements about how bad things are.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          You must have me confused. Because I don’t attack those who have different opinions from me like you do doesn’t mean I’m in the “sky is falling” crowd.

          I definitely think the Yankees are trending down but I think they’ll still be one of the best in 2013. 2014 I’m afraid is set up to be a transition year.