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Report: Kuroda deciding between Yankees and Japan for 2013
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First, some notes…

  • OF Tyler Austin was named the minor league Breakout Prospect of the Year. He took home a whopping 18% of the vote while no one else topped even 11%. Congrats to him.
  • OF Slade Heathcott placed third in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. They provide a mini-scouting report but could have stopped after this line: “Heathcott displays five-tool ability but has struggled to remain healthy.”
  • 1B Mark Teixeira was inducted into the AzFL Hall of Fame earlier this weekend, so congrats to him as well. He played in the desert way back in 2002.
  • Triple-A Scranton will officially announce the team’s new name on November 14th. Fans were able to vote for one of six name options earlier this year. Trolley Frogs or bust.

Second, updates from the Arizona Fall League…

AzFL Scottsdale (7-1 win over Peoria) Monday’s game
3B David Adams: 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 PB – third passed ball in 12 games
RHP Dan Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of 13 pitches were strikes (54%)

AzFL Scottsdale (12-2 win over Peoria) Tuesday’s game
CF Slade Heathcott: 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 1 K — some game
DH David Adams: 0-5, 3 K — woof

AzFL Scottsdale (6-2 win over Phoenix) Wednesday’s game
C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — eight walks and six strikeouts
RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — all six pitches were strikes … he’s obviously over the minor groin problem
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — eight of 11 pitches were strikes … two hits, four walks, and 15 strikeouts in 8.1 innings

AzFL Scottsdale (6-2 loss to Surprise) Thursday’s game
RF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI — three triples in the span of six at-bats at one point … hitting .295/.415/.455 in 12 games
3B David Adams: 1-4, 3 K
DH Austin Romine: 0-4
RHP Dan Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — just eight of 17 pitches were strikes (47%) … eight walks and five strikeouts in 8.1 innings

AzFL Scottsdale (9-2 win over Salt River) Friday’s game
RHP Zach Nuding: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 38 of 60 pitches were strikes (63%)
RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 15 pitches were strikes (80%) … 8/1 K/BB in his last 5.2 IP

AzFL Rising Stars Showcase (East wins 9-4 over West) Saturday’s game
C Austin Romine: 1-2, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 HBP – the pitch hit him in the left hand, but he remained in the game until being lifted for the second catcher a few innings later … nothing unusual there, it’s an All-Star Game atmosphere
2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB – 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%) … in case you missed it, I had .gifs

Third, updates from the Latin American winter leagues…

Dominican Winter League
OF Abe Almonte: 4 G, 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB
OF Zoilo Almonte: 1 G, 0-1, 1 K — hasn’t played in over two weeks
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: 4 G, 2-9, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
LHP Juan Cedeno: 6 G, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 5 G, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Jose Ramirez: 3 IP, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 HB (2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 4 G, 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Mexican Winter League
OF Jose Figueroa: 5 G, 1-4, 2 R, 2 K
IF Walt Ibarra: 19 G, 10-46, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K, 2 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.217/.265/.391)
UTIL Ronnie Mustelier: 19 G, 21-74, 12 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 15 K, 5 SB, 2 HBP (.284/.321/.446)
IF Ramiro Pena: 18 G, 16-55, 9 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 12 K, 1 SB, 2 HBP (.291/.409/.491) — he’s been intentionally walked … twice!
RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 G, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
RHP Felipe Gonzalez: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 HB
RHP Luis Niebla: 6 G, 10.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR (1.69 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
RHP Cesar Vargas: 5 G, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Venezuelan Winter League
C Francisco Arcia: 3 G, 0-1, 1 R, 2 BB
IF Ali Castillo: 1 G, 1-1, 1 R
OF Ramon Flores: 7 G, 2-10, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP (.200/.333/.200)
C Jose Gil: 7 G, 3-19, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (.158/.190/.158)
C Gus Molina: 15 G, 10-50, 7 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (.200/.231/.540)
UTIL Jose Pirela: 20 G, 24-74, 13 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 10 BB, 13 K, 2 SB, 3 HBP (.324/.420/.459)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 6 G, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 2 HR (7.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP)
RHP Jon Meloan: 8 G, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 1 HR (3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 G, 9.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR (0.93 ERA, 0.41 WHIP)

The Puerto Rican League season begins later this week, and RHP Preston Claiborne, 2B Angelo Gumbs, 1B Luke Murton, OF Adonis Garcia, and RHP Jose Diaz are all slated to play. The first four guys will suit up for Triple-A Scranton manager Dave Miley while Diaz was the team’s 29th round pick this year. He’s only 18, but he did grow up on the island.

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Report: Kuroda deciding between Yankees and Japan for 2013
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • Chris

    Nice to see Slade continuing to progress.

  • John

    thanks for the updates mike. its so much easier to read them at rab than trying to look around the mlb web site.

  • Nice Scheister

    Ramiro Pena IBB’ed…my mind = BLOWN.

    Twice…WHaaaaTtt?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The opposing team must have no one taller than 3 foot 5 on it.

  • Duh Innings

    The Yanks should let go of Kuroda because it’s plain to see this guy cares more about his comfort than winning. How is Japan in the running here? “Cuz he’s from Japan.” Ok, so is Ichiro but you don’t see or hear him having thoughts about playing back in Japan. ‘Dude wants a World Series ring – it doesn’t seem like Kuroda wants it.

    I mean do the Yanks really have to sell themselves over Japan? No. BTW where is it written in stone that Kuroda will equal or better his 2012 in 2013? The guy’s old.

    The Chicago White Sox are buying out 31-year old Jake Peavy for $4M to avoid paying him $22M for 2013. The Yanks should sign him for a year and $12.5M (the money saved from Soriano opting out) so he still makes $16.5M total for 2013 (an impressive sum) and re-sign Pettitte for a year and $5M (double his 2012 salary) for a 2013 Yankees rotation of Sabathia, Peavy, Hughes, Pettitte, and Nova. The Yanks could offer Garcia and Lowe minor-league contracts and a chance to compete with Nova, Phelps, Warren, and whoever else for the fifth starter job.

    • Steve (different one)

      The white sox already extended Peavey. Besides that, great post. Especially the part about Kuroda.

    • Too Many Homers

      I agree on Kuroda..I think it’s just a ploy to get more than the 13.3m qualifying offer or maybe to get a multi-yr deal out of the yanks..they’re such suckers for these kind of bargaining tricks

      • vicki

        ha.

    • Ted Nelson

      You know that you can win baseball games in Japan, too, right?

    • Winning is the ONLY thing

      Imagine a player may think about more than baseball when making his decisions! Outrageous. We probably shouldn’t take Rivera back, he was considering comfort too. And we never should have resigned Pettite when he wanted to come out of retirement. Anyone who considers comfort is clearly unworthy of playing for the Yankees.

  • Duh Innings

    I meant the Yanks should offer Peavy a year and $13.3M (an amount equal to the qualifying offer) so he makes $17.3M total for 2013.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    2012 was a rough year for the farm overall but 2011 was fantastic. Let’s hope Austin, Williams, Heathcott and Sanchez can avoid misfortune and guys like Campos, Bichette and Ravel can get their shine back.

    I remember thinking Humberto Sanchez was going to be either a ‘2’ or co-ace with Phil Hughes after the Sheffield trade. Prospect following is the triumph of hope over experience.

    • Billy

      Agreed. Austin, Williams, and Sanchez need to build on their 2012 season. Seems like all recent prospects except for Jesus regress after solid offensive seasons in recent years.

  • jimmy

    Duh innings is right. What gives Kuroda the right to go back to Japan and play in front of his home country for less money?!?!?!

    Also, what gives Swisher the right to explore free agency and probably sign with another team!

    On another note, does anyone think Colon went into free agency with the Jermaine Dye mindset. “I need 15 million dollars, to feed my family….eh…ehh… me”

  • Frank Castle

    I’m glad to see Heathcott playing well. He’s had his problems on and off the diamond but I love the tools and passion he brings to the organization.

  • Frank Castle

    I’m glad to see Heathcott playing well. I know he’s had his problems on and off the diamond. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the tools and passion he brings to the organization.

  • vicki

    so, yeah; so the farm is barren.

  • Ted Nelson

    Guess BA didn’t get the RAB memo that Oppenheimer can’t evaluate first rounders?

  • Wayne

    How will this affect Jose ramirez this season. What is the scouting report on Jose Diaz?