Sickels’ Top 20 Yankee Prospects

Here’s John’s list:

  1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Grade A
  2. Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+
  3. Ian Kennedy, RHP, Grade B+
  4. Alan Horne, RHP, Grade B
  5. Austin Jackson, OF, Grade B-
  6. Bradley Suttle, 3B, Grade B-
  7. Dellin Betances, RHP, Grade B-
  8. Austin Romine, C, Grade B- (hate grading guys who haven’t played yet, could be C+)
  9. Jesus Montero, C, Grade C+ (borderline B-)
  10. Dan McCutchen, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Brett Gardner, OF, Grade C+
  12. Damon Sublett, 2B, Grade C+ (love this guy)
  13. Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C+ (could slot anywhere from 9 to 20 depending on what you want to emphasize)
  14. Jeffrey Marquez, RHP, Grade C+
  15. George Kontos, RHP, Grade C+
  16. Kevin Whelan, RHP, Grade C+ (check those K/IP and H/IP, but command?)
  17. Frank Cervelli, C, Grade C+ (great glove, bat?)
  18. David Robertson, RHP, Grade C+ (stunning numbers)
  19. Jairo Heredia, RHP, Grade C+
  20. Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade C+

It’s a good list and it’s reasonably ordered. Suttle and Romine may be a bit too high, Brackman and Whelan a bit too low, but it’s all a matter of preference. I do however think that Ajax is better than a B- prospect, and Montero is definitely better than a C+. Sickels also posted an excerpt from his book about Alan Horne; check it out here.

Winter Ball updates

I figure this is a good way to get a break from all the steroid stuff. If you’re suffering from baseball withdrawal, Licey is taking on Aguilas in a Dominican Winter League game on ESPN Deportes right now. The broadcast is en espanol, but hey, it’s baseball.

Jon Albaladejo: 24.1 IP, 22 H,  6 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 18 K in 26 appearances
Bobby Abreu: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K in his lone game way back on November 29th
Wilson Betemit: 10 for 35 (.286), 6 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 14 K in 12 games, last played on December 1st
Frankie Cervelli: 5 for 26 (.192), 1 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 9 BB, 8 K in 13 games
Alberto Gonzalez: 32 for 96 (.333), 15 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 9 K, 1 SB, 2 CS in 26 games
Edwar Gonzalez: 15 for 60 (.250), 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 15 K, 2 SB, 2 CS in 26 games
Jesus Montero: 29 for 81 (.358), 18 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 14 K, 2 SB, 0 CS in 23 games
Ivan Nova: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K in his lone appearance was back on November 19th
Scott Patterson: 21.1 IP, 18 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 17 K in 18 appearances, hasn’t pitched since December 1st
Edgar Soto: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K in 2 games, hasn’t pitched since November 9th
Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K in 2 games, last pitched on November 16th
Marcos Vechionacci: 27 for 97 (.278), 11 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 13 K, 1 B, 0 CS in 34 games
Jose Veras: 8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 13 K in 9 games
Guillermo Villalona-Bryan: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K in 3 games, last pitched on November 21st

Don’t worry about the guys that haven’t played in a while, they probably just went home. I doubt any of them got hurt seriously.

Haren and Valverde dealt in separate deals

The nuts and bolts:

Haren and Connor Robertson to the D-Backs for 6, yes 6, prospects: OF Carlos Gonzalez, LHP Brett Anderson, OF Aaron Cunningham, 1B Chris Carter, LHP Greg Smith (who I secretly wanted instead of Ohlendorf last year) and LHP Dana Eveland. Gonzalez, Anderson, Cunningham and Carter were recently named the number 1, 3, 7 and 8 prospect in the D-Back system by BA.

Valverde to the Astros for Chad Qualls, Chris Burke and Juan Gutierrez. Gutierrez was one of the few decent prospects the ‘Stros had hanging around.

Wowza. Discuss in the comments if you wish.

Vizcaino to the Rox?

Tim at MLB Trade Rumors speculates that The Viz may have reached an agreement with the Rockies. If true, the Yanks would get a sandwich round draft pick as compensation, and depending on where some remaining free agents sign, this pick could be as high as #39 overall. At worst it will be #46. So basically it boils down to this: the Yanks traded Vizcaino to the Rockies for LaTroy Hawkins, a draft pick between #39 and 46 overall, and about $8-10M in salary relief. Sweet deal.