Sigh. For a non-story, this thing sure gets a lot of press, huh?
Via the Winston-Salem Journal, the AP is reporting that 2007 first round pick Andrew Brackman is scheduled to begin throwing from 90 feet next week. Brackman is right on target with the rehab schedule I explained in his Prospect Profile. It sucks having to wait a year to see your first rounder take part in game action, but trust me, it’s better than not having a first round pick all together. The AP piece also notes that Humberto Sanchez will start throwing off a mound next month, putting him on target for game action in May.
Sorry I’ve been MIA, I started a new job this week and couldn’t spend all my time at work searching the far ends of the interweb for minor league goodies. It appears most of the players have gone home to finally get some rest, so this will be the last Winter Ball update of the offseason.
Bobby Abreu: 1 G, 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 SB, 0 CS
Jon Albaladejo: 27 G (0 GS), 26 IP, 23 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 8 BB, 20 K, 1.80 GB/FB
Wilson Betemit: 12 G, 10 for 35 (.286), 6 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, 0 CS
Robbie Cano: 10 G, 14 for 40 (.350), 4 R, 3 2B, 0 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 SB, 1 K
Frankie Cervelli: 16 G, 7 for 33 (.212), 2 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 10 BB, 11 K, 0 SB, 1 CS
Alberto Gonzalez: 34 G, 43 for 126 (.341), 24 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 9 K, 1 SB, 2 CS – small sample size yes, but that’s something very positive he can focus on heading into Spring Training
Edwar Gonzalez: 31 G, 18 for 69 (.261), 5 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 17 K, 2 SB, 2 CS
Jesus Montero: 23 G, 29 for 81 (.358), 18 R, 4 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 14 K, 2 SB – Jesus!
Ivan Nova: 1 G (0 GS), 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0.33 GB/FB
Scott Patterson: 20 G (0 GS), 23.1 IP, 19 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 20 K, 0.59 GB/FB – 100.2 IP, 1.16 ERA, 59 H, 18 BB, 112 K this season
Heath Phillips: 5 G (5 GS), 25.2 IP, 30 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 11 BB, 25 K, 1.83 GB/FB – new kid on the block
Edwar Ramirez: 3 G (0 GS), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2.00 GB/FB
Edgar Soto: 5 G (0 GS), 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 10.00 GB/FB
Marcos Vechionacci: 41 G, 30 for 105 (.286), 13 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 15 K, 1 SB, 0 CS – next year’s put up or shut time for Vech
Jose Veras: 9 G (0 GS), 8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 13 K, 3.33 GB/FB
Guillermo Villalona-Bryan: 3 G (0 GS), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.00 GB/FB
- Mighty Matt DeSalvo, the Yanks’ 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, signed with the Braves. This is a sad, sad day in Mike A. land. Almost as sad as when Mike Richter announced his retirement.
- Andy Phillips inked a deal with the Reds. Kinda shocked it wasn’t the Dodgers.
- The Yanks signed RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Billy Traber, C Jason Brown and IF Nick Green to minor league deals.
Brown and Green have spent time with the organization before. Strickland is a career journeyman, last pitching in the bigs with Houston back in 2005. The Padres released him in Spring Training last year just before his $550k salary was to be guaranteed. Traber was a first round pick way back in 2000, but has bounced from club to club and got pounded with the Nats last year (39.2 IP, 50 H, 21 ER, 13 BB, 27 K). I figure he’ll at least get a look-see in Spring Training to see if he can be an effective lefty specialist.
Heath Phillips is actually a halfway decent arm, and part of me was hoping the Yanks would take a flier on him after the ChiSox choose not to tender him a contract in December. He’s a barrel chested soon-to-be 26 year old workhorse with a high-80’s sinker and a rainbow curve. He can get into trouble by leaving pitches up in the zone, but he limits the damage because he keeps his walks down. This, ladies and gentlemen, is your LOOGY sleeper.
Update: Here’s a clip of Phillips (not Andy, obviously):
Adam Olbrychowski | RHP
Olbrychowski was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lettered in baseball all four years at Grover Cleveland High, the same school that produced two-time Cy Young Award winner Brett Saberhagen. He was the starting right fielder as a freshman, when he helped lead the Cavaliers to the California Interscholastic Federation City Championship over four-time defending champs Chatsworth High (the same school that produced 2007 first rounders Mike Moustakas and Matt Dominguez). He was a two-way player as a sophomore and junior (he earned All-City honors as a junior), but he didn’t develop into a legit prospect until he was a senior, when he focused on pitching and went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA and 61 K in 32.2 IP. The LA Times named him a “Player to Watch” in 2004, but Major League teams shied away from the righty and he went undrafted.
Justin Snyder | UTIL
Snyder was born and raised in Lakeside, CA, a relatively small suburb north of San Diego. He attended El Capitan High School, where he starred as a three sport athlete. He lettered in baseball, football and soccer, and helped turn a mediocre baseball program into a Southern California powerhouse alongside future college teammates Jordan Abruzzo and Dustin Church. Snyder batted .407, was named First Team All-State, and helped the Vaqueros win their first California Interscholastic Federation Championship his junior season. He followed that up by hitting .470 as a senior, bringing El Capitan it’s second consecutive CIF Championship title. He again received All-State honors, but added All-American honors as well. Snyder went undrafted in 2004, and chose to attend The University of San Diego over San Diego State because of academics, even though Tony Gwynn’s alma mater recruited him more heavily.
Baseball news has slowed to a crawl these days, but you my have heard a little something about a football game being played tonight. I’m a Jets fan by trade, but I’m waiving my allegiance tonight so I can cheer on the G-Men as they attempt to foil the Patriots’ run at perfection. I can’t stand that no-talent ass clown known as Tom Brady, and in general I just hate all Boston area sports teams. The game is being broadcast simultaneously on CBS, NBC, MY9 and the NFL Network; discuss it here if you wish.
Go Giants! (Don’t fuck it up, Eli.)