Sanchez doubles in Double-A Trenton debut


Remember Andrew Brackman? Of course you do. He told Josh Horton that he is done with baseball and is going to play basketball overseas. How about that? The Brackmonster was one of the biggest busts in franchise history, especially from a financial standpoint. The team paid him north of $12M to face 13 batters at the big league level.

In other news, Josh Norris reports that OF Aaron Judge has been placed on the 7-day DL for an unknown reason. All three of the team’s first round picks landed on the DL before playing their first pro game. Impressive.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Melky Mesa: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R — eleven hits in 21 at-bats since being sent down (.524)
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-4, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 67 of 95 pitches were strikes (71%) … second time he allowed 7+ runs in his last five starts
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%) … I wonder if they’re going to start using him like a normal reliever soon, meaning shorter outings, back-to-back days, etc. … he’s been going multiple innings with multiple days off between appearances, which isn’t typical for non-long men at the MLB level

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Reading)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.316)
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP — nice debut at this level
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 5/5 GB/FB — 66 of 99 pitches were strikes … 110/21 K/BB in 114.2 innings … he’ll be on the 40-man roster bubble with regards to the Rule 5 Draft after the season, so it’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do since some team could probably hide him and his power fastball/slider combo in the back of their bullpen as a low-leverage reliever
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 20 of 24 pitches were strikes (83%)

High-A Tampa (7-6 win over For Myers, walk-off style) they scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win it

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB — scored the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch … missed about three weeks with an unknown injury
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — 52 extra-base hits this year, leading the entire organization … Robinson Cano is third in the org with 41
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 19 walks in 31.2 innings for Tampa after 23 walks in 64.1 innings for Charleston

Low-A Charleston (6-5 loss to Augusta, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K — second to O’Brien with 46 extra-base hits
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 7/3 GB/FB — 94/50 K/BB in 105.1 innings

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 loss to Williamsport)

  • CF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 2 K
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — had been in a 1-for-16 (.063) slump
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 39/8 K/BB in 33.2 innings for this year’s 14th rounder

The two Rookie GCL Yanks teams had their regularly scheduled Sunday off-day.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. nycsportzfan says:

    How do you miss 3wks with a unknown injury? This is a professional baseball teams farm system, and a guy could be missing for 3wks without anyone finding out why? Speaking of Ben Gamel of course. Gamel’s one of the guys i really feel has done well this yr overall and has some ML bloodlines.

    • Dante's Inferno says:

      ML bloodlines are a wildly overrated thing. Means next to nothing, particularly when its siblings, its not like they grew up in an ML dughouse and therefore handle themselves better; doesn’t mean shit.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I don’t think its coincidence how hard it is to make proball, that you’d have 2, and sometimes 3and4 from the same family make the pros. Shit isn’t easy bro.

        • Dante's Inferno says:

          I’m not your bro, guy. And ask any number of guys (Bichette being a prime example) how little bloodlines mean vis-a-vis making the major leagues. It just means he probably got an early start on some skills (an advantage which is typically long since eclipsed by A-Ball), not that any skills were conferred genetically. Means nothing.

  2. trr says:

    Stay well Mr. Sanchez, you’re needed

  3. Yankeeparrothead says:

    Bracan ranks right up there with Brien Taylor.

  4. Yankeeparrothead says:

    Should have been brackman not bracan

  5. Steve (different one) says:

    According to this article written by some “Mike Axisa” guy, it seems more like $8M they paid to Brackman. Seems like they released him before the rest would have been owed:

    • Gonzo says:

      I read a while ago that the Brack $12mm “fact” is simply not true, but people tend to believe it because they love a story that highlights a Yankee ineptitude despite their monetary advantage.

      I don’t remember where I read it though sorry.

      • Dante's Inferno says:

        Super useful info that you can’t back up. Thank for your contribution!

        • Gonzo says:

          If you or anyone else backing up the $12mm “fact” can show me a primary source, I’ll gladly capitulate. Otherwise, why you are questioning me and not anyone asserting $12mm?

          • Rick in Philly says:

            Looking at Cot’s, Brackman’s original contract was was 4-year MLB deal signed in 2007 worth $4.55 million, with $3.35 million in signing bonuses. If Brackman hit all of his options and escalators, he could top out at $12 million.

            There are no details about the options and escalators, but since it was a MLB deal, they were probably based on IP and/or MLB service time. Given that he did accrue at least one full year of MLB service time due to his injury, I’m sure he made a bit more than the $4.55 million, but I can’t see how he maxed out at the full $12 million.

          • Dante's Inferno says:

            I didn’t question you necessarily, just the value of unsubstantiated claims.

  6. Mark says:

    Sanchez in AA…its about damn time.

  7. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Very hard to get excited about pretty much anything that’s gone on down on the farm this year. Let’s hope at least some finish strong to provide some hope for the future.

  8. your mom says:

    Depaula’s pitched like shit since the promotion.

  9. Nickel says:

    Was at the Thunder game today. What a gorgeous day to watch a ballgame. It should also be noted that Sanchez also gunned down a base stealer. Granted, it was a pitchout, but it was nevertheless a picture perfect throw.

    Also, Heathcott had a fantastic diving catch in center to go alone with his RBI single that broke the 3-3 tie.

  10. forensic says:

    Good to see David Adams doing all this down in AAA. Though, it’s not like Brent Lillibridge could be beaten out by anyone…

    At least that Yankee era (error?) will hopefully/mercifully end tomorrow with A-Rod’s activation (unless they DL Jeter rather than keeping around 50%/dead roster spots).

  11. RetroRob says:

    So all three of this year’s top picks hit the DL, and last year’s #1 pick missed the entire season?

    It’s gotta get better…I hope.

  12. vicki says:

    i was present to witness brackman facing seven of those thirteen batters.

    what a glorious night at the ballpark that was. stretch actually acquitted himself nicely enough (unlike dellin). of course the rays were exhausted from all the bat-swinging and base-running by then, but hey.

    back to the hardwood. good luck, dude.

  13. Robert says:

    3 out of the 3 #1 picks hit the DL. When will the head of scouting be fired!!!!

    • Rick in Philly says:

      Clarkin and Jagielo both injured themselves after signing. How is the “head of scouting” supposed to know that they would do that? Crystal ball?

  14. Paco Dooley says:

    Haven’t seen an update with DBJ included in quite a while – is he out injured, or has he become so uninteresting that he is no longer highlighted in the DotF posts??

  15. Fin says:

    Didn’t last years first rounder get hurt before pitching a game or did he manage a few and then get hurt?

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