Daily Archives: September 6, 2011
Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.75) vs. Tommy Hunter (2-1, 6.75)
— The Yankees have promoted right handers Hector Noesi, George Kontos, and Andrew Brackman, along with outfielder Greg Golson to the majors from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In addition, says Mark Feinsand, Ramiro Pena has been called up. (update: 6:11pm)
— Among the multiple transactions, Lance Pendleton has been designated for assignment. (update: 6:11pm)
— With the addition of those 3 pitchers, the bullpen stands at 9 right-handers (Rivera, Soriano, Robertson, Wade, Ayala, Noesi, Proctor, Brackman, Kontos) and 3 lefties (Logan, Valdes, and Laffey). (update: 6:11pm)
Enjoy the game.
Almost all of the Yankees minor league affiliates have finished their 2011 season. It’s time to take a look at how each team fared and, more importantly, which individual players stood out by showing skills that could make them move up the ladder successfully. First up, we’ll look at the Rookie level Gulf Coast Yankees.
The GCL Yanks won the Gulf Coast League title and finished 37-23. This team was a blend of young foreign-born players making their debuts in the U.S. and players drafted out of high school in 2010 & 2011. Their lineup was stacked with 6 of the league’s top 14 hitters in batting average and smashed their way to the title. As a team they had a .298/.378/.466/.843 line which was by far the best in the 15 team league in all 4 categories. They also led with 116 stolen bases & 6.5 Runs per game to give their pitchers a lot of support.
The staff had a 4.31 ERA which was 10th in the league. When you consider how dominant the offense was, the team’s ERA may be skewed a bit since they pitched with so many leads.
Taylor Morton RHP, 19 –
Was the team’s top pitcher finishing 2nd in the league with a 1.98 ERA. Morton has excellent potential and is making the Yanks look good for giving him an overslot bonus of $450,000 as a 9th round pick in 2010. He’s got a sturdy 6’3″ 200 lb frame that generates low 90’s velocity. Morton already possesses 2 traits that are rare in a young pitcher – a plus change up and good command. His command translated to a 35 to 8 strikeout to walk rate and he’s only allowed 1 HR in 50 ip. The impressive 19-yr old was brought up to Staten Island to finish the season.
Gabe Encinas – RHP, 19
Another overslot HS pitcher taken in last yrs draft. Encinas got $300,000 as a 6th rounder and went 3-0, 5.08 era. He struck out 46 and walked 18 in 51.1 ip.
Evan Rutckyj – LHP, 19
A big 6’5″ 213 lb lefty from Canada. The 19 yr old got a huge $500,000 bonus as a 16th rd pick and went 5-3, 4.76 with 37 Ks & 24 bb in 45.1 ip. Evan generated a lot of ground balls with an impressive 1.76 GO/AO ratio. He finished the season strong going 3-0, 2.25 and will be a very interesting pitcher to follow as a big, strong lefty who gets ground balls.
Dante Bichette – 3B, 18
Led the way offensively finishing with a .342/.446/.505/.951 line. He led the league in Hits (67), Doubles (17) and RBI (47) and was second in Average & OBP. The things that are most impressive are his 12.5% Walk Rate ad 17.1 K rate. This indicates a very clear understanding of the strike zone and ability to make contact. He had a solid .163 iso and he projects to have plus-plus power as he continues to develop. He’s been brought up to Staten Island and promptly homered his first game. Most scouts project him as a corner OF but he played a solid 3B with only 6 errors to lead all 3B in fielding %. Bichette’s dominating debut has answered many who criticized the team for taking him as their top pick (51st overall) this year.
So far he’s done everything right. He quickly agreed to a $750,000 bonus and got a full pro season under his belt while most top picks were still negotiating. When he got off to a poor start, he made some mechanical adjustments on his own to adapt to the harder throwing pitchers in pro ball. As someone who grew up around MLB, he seems to have the perfect blend of work ethic, baseball smarts and pure ability that will lead to success. Hopefully, he will be like other sons of MLB players like Ken Griffey, Barry Bonds, Prince Fielder, etc. who have even better careers than their illustrious fathers.
Ravel Santana – OF, 19
Although Bichette gets most of the attention, Santana may be the most talented player from this team and perhaps in the whole GCL. Unfortunately his season was cut short by a nasty broken angle and torn ligaments. He’s a 6’2″ 160 athlete with speed and power. He showed both these tools with a .273 ISO, .425 wOBA and 9 HRs and 10 sbs in just 40 games. If he makes a full recovery and starts to add strength to his frame, he could be a special player.
Daniel Lopez – OF, 19
Lopez began the year in the Dominican Lg but was called to make his U.S. debut and didn’t disappoint. The tall, slender (6’2, 175) speedster hit .305 with 22 sbs in 47 games. He had a solid .167 ISO with 18 extra base hits. He was promoted to Charleston at the end of the season .
Juan Rosario – SS, 19
After 2 sub par seasons in the DSL, he came to the states and had a great year hitting .331/.372/.529/.901 and 11 sbs in 43 games. He had an impressive .417 woba but needs to be more selective as he only walked 3.2% of the time. But as they say about Dominican Players, you can’t walk off the island.
Claudio Custodio – 2b, 20
Custodio was 4th in the GCL with a .433 obp and led the league with 26 sbs in 28 attempts. He was 7th in hitting with a .325 average. He didn’t hit for much power with a .089 iso but his biggest problem was he committed 17 errors in just 39 games…ouch.
Isias Tejada – C, 19
Here’s the next name to add to the Yankees long line of quality Catching prospects. Tejada mashed to a .331/.404/.568/.971 line. That .971 OPS was 3rd in the league and he only struck out 12% of the time showing he makes consistent and hard contact.
Yeicock Calderon – OF, 19
Calderon came to the GCL with a big reputation. The Yanks signed him for $650,000 in 2008 and he tore up the Dominican League the last 2 years. But he struggled to make contact with a ghastly 33.1% strikeout rate and 4.9% walk rate which led to a .225/.264/.457/.721 line. He showed some of his power potential with 11 2bs, 3 3bs & 6 hrs for a .232 iso.
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And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Thomas Boorstein:
NEW YORK — His big league career is only four games old, but Jesus Montero has already displayed why the Yankees consider him their top prospect.
Montero, 21, hit his first two Major League homers — and got a pair of curtain calls from 45,069 fans — as the Yankees outlasted the Orioles, 11-10, in a Labor Day matinee in the Bronx on Monday.
Both of Montero’s homers came off Orioles reliever Jim Johnson and landed in the right-field seats. The first broke an 8-8 tie in the fifth, and the second gave the Yankees some insurance in the seventh.