Archive for the ‘Future Yankees’ Category

A few minor league notes

June 18, 2008

Austin Jackson’s OPS is back over 800 at Double-A Trenton as he went 4-for-5 and homered in his fourth straight game tonight. He’s starting to show power like he did last year. Jackson is the best hitting prospect in the Yankees system.

Alfredo Aceves (also at Trenton) shutout Harrisburg over eight innings allowing only one hit and two walks. He faced the minimum amount of batters with three double plays and four strikeouts. Aceves is shooting through the system, even with his advanced age its impressive.

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BP love for draftee Bleich

June 16, 2008

Bryan Smith: Every time we talked about Christian Friedrich this spring, we wrote that no one was in Friedrich’s zip code in terms of curveball grade. However, after watching Seminole after Seminole swing through Jeremy Bleich’s hook, I think there’s a competition for the crown. Bleich’s fastball was topping out at 90 mph, but it didn’t matter, as he was in command and impossible with two strikes. Bleich was seen as something of an overdraft, but the Cardinal has bounced back from injury rather perfectly.

Bleich with a nice showing on national stage

June 14, 2008

In the first game of the College World Series against Florida State on ESPN, Yankees supplemental 1st round pick and Stanford LHP Jeremy Bleich held down the Seminoles:

5 IP 6 HA 1 R 2 BB 7 K

The highlight of his preformance was striking out 5th overall pick Buster Posey with runners on in a 1-0 game in the 5th inning.

Bullpen arms on the way

June 4, 2008

The Yankees will be adding a few bullpen arms from the minors in the coming months. Here’s how they are doing:

David Robertson (AAA): 17.1 IP 10 HA 4 ER 11 BB 23 K 0 HR 1.42 GO/AO
JB Cox (AAA): 10.1 IP 4 HA 0 R 2 BB 4 K 0 HR 1.60 GO/AO
Mark Melancon (AA): 17.2 IP 10 HA 3 R 2 BB 15 K 1 HR 2.36 GO/AO

It’ll be like they are adding Ross Ohlendorf too as they used him in a one inning role for the first time in a while recording a hold against Toronto.

Manny comps right on?

May 30, 2008

TRENTON – Thunder right fielder Jose Tabata was yanked from tonight’s game against visiting New Hampshire in the fifth inning for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

Suspended three games by the Yankees for leaving Waterfront Park following an April 26 strikeout that dropped his batting average below .200, Tabata was expelled from the dugout and was seen sitting in front of his locker as the Fisher Cats grabbed a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Aaron Mathews. (Source)

Well, at least he hasn’t thrown a bat at the ump yet..

Melancon update

May 21, 2008

In his second appearence at Double-A Trenton: 3 IP 0 HA 0 ER 4 K 1 BB

Cox and Melancon promoted

May 14, 2008

TRENTON _ Five games in the Thunder bullpen was enough to convince the Yankees that reliever J.B. Cox was ready to move on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Highly-regarded Class-A right-hander Mark Melancon has been added to a Trenton relief corps that has lost Steven Jackson, David Robertson, Bo Hall and now Cox since April 26. (Source)

Cox at Tampa and Tenton: 12.2 IP 11 HA 3 ER 4 BB 8 K

Melancon at Tampa: 25.1 IP 26 HA 8 ER 6 BB 20 K

Gone, but never to be forgotten

May 9, 2008

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres announced today that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Sean Henn off waivers from the New York Yankees. Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers made the announcement. (Source) 

I’ve called for it before, finally Henn is gone.

Coming soon to the Boogie Down Bronx: Kei Igawa

May 8, 2008

Career MiLB numbers: 117 IP 8.30 H/9 2.30 BB/9 9.0 K/9 1.0 HR/9 3.62 ERA

Career MLB numbers: 67.2 IP 10.11 H/9 4.92 BB/9 7.05 K/9 2.00 HR/9 6.25 ERA

Which Kei will we see?

Notables left off the top 11 prospects

February 9, 2008

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Dan McCutchen — 24 year old starter, biggest sleeper prospect in the organization. Drafted out of Oklahoma in the 13th round of the 2006 Draft, the right-hander has never had an ERA above 2.50 at any minor league level and has already made it to AA. He should start there in ’08. BA’s John Manuel said Dan has “plus compete.” People around the organization say his competitiveness is on the same level as Mark Melancon. McCutchen has the deep repertoire to project as a starter, but also has the power arm to make it as a reliever since starting opprotunities in the majors are scarce.

Brett Gardner — 24 year old speedy centerfielder, scouts call him Juan Pierre with patience. Gardner has great speed (one of the fastest in pro ball) which makes him a great basestealer and great fielder. Gardner is also one of the most disciplined hitters in the organization. Had a great first half in AA in ’07 (.811 OPS), but had trouble adjusting to AAA (.674 OPS). He’ll probably start the year in AAA and we’ll probably see him in the Boogie Down Bronx later this year.

Jairo Heredia — 17 year old right-handed starter, GCL Manager Jody Reed compared him to Pedro Martinez. Pitched for the GCL Yankees in ’07 (2.72 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 52 K in 46.1 IP).  Has a live fastball, command, great curveball, presence on the mound, the ability to make quick adjusments, knows how to expand the strike zone. People around the organization believe he’ll fly through the minor league system.

Brandon Laird — 20 year old 3B/1B. Despite being picked in the 27th round in the 2007 Draft, Laird might’ve done the most with his time in short season ball last year. Laird had a .339/.367/.577 line in 174 PAs in the GCL making him the steal of the draft so far. His offensive game is very advanced for his age. Don’t let the six walks fool you, he has very good vision of the strike zone, he just got ahead in counts and drove the ball. His defense is his main issue and has drawn the comparison to Kansas City’s Billy Butler, who despite defensive issues is finding a spot on a major league club. Expect him to be crushing the ball in Charleston this year with the possible chance of a call-up to Tampa towards the end of the year.

Carmen Angelini — 19 year old shortstop of the future. Angelini was named to the All-American team his senior year of High School when he hit .443, stole 38 bases and scored 58 runs in 40 games. The funny thing about him is how fitting the comparison to Derek Jeter really is. Angelini is a very mature hitter at the plate, with great defensive skills (not like Jeter now, but when he was young), good speed that translates to 20+ stolen base speed in the bigs, a great leader (captain of his HS team all four years) and projects to be a very good #2 hitter.

ABrack: I’m awesome

February 2, 2008

Andrew Brackman, the Yankees first round pick in the 2007 amateur draft, is throwing at 90 feet. The 6-foot-10, 240 pound right-hander from North Carolina State had elbow ligament replacement surgery last Aug. 24.

“It’s feeling awesome,” Brackman said.

Brackman, who will not pitch in games this season, is scheduled to increase his throwing distance in about two weeks. (Source)

Horne ready for possible bullpen role

January 28, 2008

Q: Your name has also been mentioned as a possible member of the Yankees’ bullpen in ’08. Would that change the way you went about your business in any way?

Alan Horne: To a degree a yes, but for the most part, no.

Obviously there’s different preparation work when you’re throwing out of the ’pen, you may work on a few different things, but as far as the mental aspect, demeanor and continuing to work hard and trying to get better every day.

I’m going to be the exact same guy I was whether I go out there every fifth day or every day or every other day, whatever it would be out of the bullpen. (Source) 

I really like Horne, #4 on the True Yankee prospect list, and think he is going to be a valuable asset to the big club this year.