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Minor League Recap – Short Season A Staten Island Yankees

The Short-Season Staten Island Yankees won the regular season 14-team New York Penn League with a 45-28 record and also won the league post-season championship.  They did so with a strong all-around team that was 2nd in team average (.265), 3rd in runs scored and 5th in team ERA (3.50).  The success of the Yanks 2 lowest level teams (Staten Island and Gulf Coast Yanks) proves the success of the latest drafts in 2010 & 2011 and bodes well for the future of the organization.

HITTERS
CF – Mason Williams – 20, 6’0″ 150

Impressive rookie year for Mason Williams

Williams was arguably the best prospect in the entire NY Penn Lg and he did nothing to disappoint with his on-field performance.  He tore up the league finishing 2nd with a .349 average and 1st with 28 stolen bases & 94 Hits. He also finished in the top 10 in OBP (.395), SLG(.469), OPS(.863), Triples(6), Total Bases(126) and Runs(42). Mason is a wiry athlete with plus speed, a plus arm and a smooth left-handed stroke.  He has a good feel for the strike zone but was very aggressive at the plate.

Williams has been compared to Brett Gardner because of his outstanding speed and defense.  He projects to add more power as he grows into his slim frame and could end up being a cross between Gardner & Curtis Granderson.I was impressed to see that despite his immense physical talent, his coaches also regard him as a very hard worker who lives in the batting cage and has an infectious personality.  Be prepared to see Williams in everybody’s Yankee  Top 10 prospect lists this year and with his skill set & work ethic he could rocket through the system. He’s shown the ability to make hard contact so it will be interesting to see how much power he can generate as he starts to add more strength and weight to his 6’0″ 150 lb frame.

1B – Zachary Wilson – 21, 6’1″ 205

Wilson was a 21st round pick out of Arizona State who finished 2nd in the lg with 10 HRs plus a big solo shot for the 1st run in the 2-1 championship game. He hit .256 with a .346 OBP & .456 SLG% but doesn’t do anything particularly well except hit for power.

2B – Angelo Gumbs, 18 – 6’0″ 175

Angelo Gumbs - 2010 2nd round Pick

Gumbs is an athletic, up the middle player taken by the Yanks in the 2010 Draft. He got a $750,000 bonus as a 2nd -rd pick and has flashed all of the tools the team paid for despite tailing off at the end of the season due to injuries. He has great bat speed and a lot of raw power which he used to  hit .264/.332/.406 with 3 HRs. Gumbs showed off his good speed with 11 SBs & 4 triples. This speed may make him better suited as a CF or LF moving forward because he wasn’t great at 2B with 9 errors.

SS – Cito Culver, 19 – 6’0 185

The Yanks were criticized for taking Culver with their 1st pick in 2010 but he’s impressed scouts with his rocket arm and a nice compact swing from both sides of the plate. Like most players right out of HS, he was inconsistent during the season but he showed a good approach at the plate but his poor August had him finish at .250/.323/.337. Cito is going to take a while to develop both offensively & defensively as he must cut down on his 17 errors. One area he is advanced in is his base running, as he shows good instincts and above average speed which he used to steal 10 of 10 bases.

3B – Tyler Austin, 20 – 6’2″ 200

Tyler Austin mashed all year long

Austin was a 13th round pick in 2010’s draft who started the season in the Gulf Coast Lg where he mashed the ball to a .390/.438/.622 clip in 20 games before he was promoted to Staten Island.  He kept on hitting after the promotion in 27 games to finish a combined .354/.418/.579 for a .997 OPS.  Tyler was also a perfect 18 of 18 in Stolen Base attempts.

Leading up to the draft Austin was considered a high ceiling H.S. player with big time power and solid speed & arm strength. But many thought he was a project but he has come out mashing.  Tyler overcame testicular cancer as a teenager and battled back from a broken had last yr.  He also has a reputation as a “gamer”, a hard-nosed type of player.  He sounds a lot like Bichette to me and it seems the Yanks are looking for guys like this based on their recent draft picks. With his MLB power, solid speed & attitude, Austin is one of my favorite prospects and I will be following him closely as he develops.

PITCHERS

RHP – Bryan Mitchell – 20, 6’2″ 175

Raw righthander Bryan Mitchell

Mitchell is a tantalizing prospect with a high ceiling but is still very raw. He has plus stuff but his questionable mechanics and inconsistent arm angle make him a project. The couple of videos I saw of him look like 2 different pitchers. Mitchell had a mediocre season but finished with 4 strong starts at the end of the season during which he gave up 3 ER in 21 IP.  Overall, he went 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA, 8.6 K/9,  4.5 BB/9 & impressive 2.19 GO/AO ratio. The high strikeout & ground ball rates are very encouraging as he is likely to improve his command/control as he refines his mechanics.

LHP – Evan DeLuca – 20, 6’1″ 195

DeLuca is a New Jersey kid who played his HS ball at Immaculata in Somerville where he was picked in the 44th rd of the 2009 draft by the Yankees.  Like Mitchell, he has taunted with his amazing stuff and wild bouts of inconsistency.  I read scouting reports on him in the beginning of the season where he was sitting at 91-93 and topping at 94-95 and was getting excellent results at 3-1 2.19 ERA through July 22.  But later reports had him at 87-89 which led to him getting ripped in his last 4 starts and eventually finish the yr on the DL.

LHP – Matt Tracy – 22, 6’3″ 212

Tracy was a 24th rd pick out of U of Mississippi this yr who had a solid season splitting time as a starter and reliever.  He was 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 2.26 ground out to Air out ratio. He was the team’s best starter in the post-season going 2-0 including 6 shutout innings of 3-hit ball in the clincher.

RHP – William Oliver – 24, 6’2″ 185

Oliver had a strong season going 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA, 7.5 k/9, 3.7 bb/9 & 1.83 GO/AO rate.  The 35th rd pick in 2010 out of Palomar College is a lot older than most of the players in this league so will need to prove himself at a higher level to show he’s a prospect.

RHP – Branden Pinder – 22, 6’3″ 210

Branden Pinder dominated NYPL hitters

Pinder was a 16th rd pick out of Cal State Long Beach this year and quickly got himself comfortable as Staten Island’s closer.  He used his 94-95 MPH fastball with excellent command to finish 2-2 with 14 saves and a minute 1.16 ERA. He held hitters to a .152 BA and had a 11.0 k/9 & 1.5 bb/9 in 31 ip.  He really has no quality secondary offerings but with command of a mid 90s heater he need only develop one other pitch to advance as a MLB reliever.

Minor League Recap – High A Tampa Yankees

As with many A – ball teams, the Tampa Yankees saw a lot of turnover on their roster throughout the season.  Despite all the changes they finished 74-64 in the 12-team Florida State League.  They were led by an offense that finished 3rd in Runs scored & 2nd in Batting Average.  Tampa’s pitching staff finished 10th with a 3.98 team ERA.

The team went through a lot of changes during June. It’s three top hitters, 3B Robert Lyerly, OF Deangelo Mack and CF Zoilo Almonte were promoted to AA Trenton and were eventually replaced by Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin, Slade Heathcott & JR Murphy from Low A Charleston.  Unfortunately, Slade & Murph had there seasons cut short by injury and Roller and Segedin had some trouble adapting to the more advanced pitchers.

HITTERS

Abe Almonte had a 30-game hitting streak

Abraham Almonte – CF, 22, 5’9″ 205

Almonte is a well-built switch-hitter who finished the season on fire with a 30-game hitting streak. He was hitting a pathetic .218/.294/.280 with 12 XBH at the midpoint of the season but was .314/.369/.475 with 30XBH in the 2nd half to finish at .268 with 30 sbs.  Almonte has a plus glove and great speed and shows flashes of being a dynamic offensive player but he’s been wildly inconsistent throughout his career so it remains to be seen if he can build on his huge 2nd half.

Kyle Roller – 1B, 23, 6’1″ 235

Roller’s a big lefty hitter drafted in the 8th rd in 2010 because he can stroke and he did just that in 2011. He was roping in Charleston to start the season with a .925 OPS that got him promoted after 50 games. He held his own against better pitching to finish the season at .284/.371//482/.854 with 31 doubles & 16 HRs in 110 games.

Rob Segedin

Rob Segedin – 3B, 22, 6’3″ 220

Like Roller, Segedin was drafted in the 3rd rd of 2010 for his stick.  He began mashing in CHS with an .878 OPS but he did not hit in Tampa after his promotion with a .245/.311/.309 slash in 52 games.  It doesn’t damper his upside as a productive hitting corner IF or OF. His season total was a respectable .287/.358/.403.

Deangelo Mack – LF, 24, 5’10” 190

Mack had a solid year for Charleston and even played 40 games for Trenton from May to July when Melky Mesa was injured. He hit .248/.357/.388 for Trenton but was a .300 hitter in his 59 games for CHS. Overall, he hit .280/.361/.436 with 8 HRs among his 31 xtra base hits. Mack has a good feel for the strike zone and a nice lefty stroke but doesn’t have good power or speed for a corner OF which may hurt his future value.

Walter Ibarra – 2B, 23, 5’11” 180

Ibarra is in his 6th season in the organization and he repeated the FSL despite hitting .301 last yr.  This yr he had his best season hitting .297-.333-.421 with 10 sbs and 33 xbh. The Yanks have a lot of talented 2B in the system rated higher than Ibarra so his future may be as a utility player.

PITCHERS

Marshall is now fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery

Brett Marshall – RHP, 21, 6’0″ 195

Marshall was given an $850,000 signing bonus as a 6th rounder in 2008 but underwent Tommy John Surgery in July 2009. He came back to throw 84 innings last yr and looked good. He got off to a poor start in April this season but rebounded to have a great yr as he got stronger in his 2nd year from TJ surgery. Since May1, he went 8-4 2.87 with 100 Ks in 119 IP and saw a big uptick in his stuff and Ks in the 2nd half.

Brett threw a career high 140.1 IP this season which is big having never thrown more than 87. He proved his arm is healthy.  Overall, he was 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA , 3.24 FIP, 7.3 K/9 & 3.1 BB/9.  He has a good 2-seam fastball he used to post a 1.88 GO/AO ratio. His FB is in the low 90s with ability to throw in the mid 90s and he also features the makings of a plus slider. The organization has to be pleased with his season and they will likely have him begin in AA Trenton next yr.  Look for Marshall to be a highly rated prospect in upcoming rankings.

Jairo Heredia – RHP, 21, 6’1″ 190

Heredia has been a highly ranked prospect for years but is terribly injury prone. Many had given up on him but he returned this season and showed the talent by going 8-2 3.29 with 9.0 k/9 & 2.1 bb/9 through June. However, he was then placed on the DL never to return.  He’s still only 21 and has excellent command to go along with a plus Curveball and low 90s fastball with movement but he has not shown any durability.

Ryan Flannery – RHP, 25, 6’4 245

Dominating yr as the team’s closer going 3-1 with 19 saves and a 1.24 ERA. Had a 7 to 1 K to BB rate and 2.30 Ground Out to Air Out ratio but at 25, he’s very old for this league and needs to prove himself at AA where he didn’t fare well allowing  16 baserunners in 5 IP.

Jose Quintana is a deceptive lefty

Jose Quintana – LHP, 22, 6’0″ 170

Quintana began the season as a reliever and did so well they made him a starter in July. Overall, he finished with a 10-2 record, 2.91 ERA, 2.96 FIP, 7.8 k/9, 2.5 bb/9 and 1.16 GO/AO rate. His strikeout ad groundball numbers were better as a reliever but that is true for most pitchers. Jose is a bit of an unknown not getting a lot of coverage prior to this season.  He sits n the 89-91 range and throws a curve & change.

Michael O’Brien – RHP, 21, 5’11” 185

O’Brien pitched well in Low A so was brought up in late June and continued his success in Tampa. Combined he finished 7-7 with a 3.16 ERA with 99 Ks in 119 IP. He saw a big drop in his Ks after his promotion and was shut down for the season in mid-August

Minor Night-Cap 7/7/11

SWB W 6-2

BATTING
2B: Vazquez (8, Cohoon), Laird (18, Cohoon), Pilittere (2, Cohoon).
HR: Vazquez (21, 8th inning off Sweeney, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Tiffee 2; Vazquez 6; Laird 2; Parraz 3; Pilittere 2.
RBI: Laird (42), Nunez, L (8), Pilittere (4), Tiffee (10), Vazquez 2 (55).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova (W, 1-0) 7.2 6 2 2 0 10 1 2.35
Flores, R 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.95
Kensing (S, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.69

Trenton Game 1 L 3-2 F/7

BATTING
HR: Pirela (6, 2nd inning off Verdugo, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Kruml; Suttle; Pirela 4.
RBI: Pirela 2 (29).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Betances 6.0 4 1 1 2 9 0 2.62
Venditte (BS, 4)(L, 2-4) 0.1 1 2 1 2 0 0 3.10

Trenton Game 2 L 2-1 F/7

BATTING
TB: Kruml; Pirela; Gil.
RBI: Gil (21).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Heyer (L, 7-4) 5.1 8 2 2 0 1 0 3.19
Pope 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Charleston W 9-7

BATTING
2B: Sosa, E (13, Copeland).
3B: Lassiter (1, Adleman).
HR: Sanchez, G (8, 2nd inning off Copeland, 0 on, 0 out), Mahoney (1, 2nd inning off Copeland, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Sosa, E 2; Feliz; Mahoney 4; Sanchez, G 4; Flores 3; Lassiter 4; Toussen.
RBI: Sanchez, G (30), Toussen (5), Mojica (22), Sosa, E 2 (28), Feliz (22), Mahoney 2 (6), Lassiter (10).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Allen, S (W, 3-0) 6.0 8 5 4 2 5 1 5.00
Dott 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 2.57
Perez, K (S, 8) 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4.68

Staten Island W 4-3 F/10

BATTING
2B: Gumbs (3, Crouse), Stevenson 2 (5, Crouse, Bennett), Culver (6, Gagnier).
TB: Culver 3; Gumbs 3; Wilson, Z; Nunez, R; Stevenson 4; Rinard.
RBI: Stevenson 2 (9), Wilson, W (3), Nunez, R (14).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Martinez, R 4.0 4 3 3 5 2 1 5.09
Tracy 3.0 3 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Recchia 2.0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0.96
Wetherell (W, 3-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.57

Gulf Coast Yankees L 9-6

BATTING
2B: Taveras, D (3, Warner, J).
HR: Austin (2, 1st inning off Warner, J, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Rosario, J; Austin 5; Valera, J; Calderon, Ye 2; Alcantara 2; Taveras, D 2.
RBI: Austin 2 (14), Taveras, D 2 (4), Valera, J 2 (6).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Morton 4.0 8 6 4 0 2 0 2.40
Martinez, D 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.59
Johnson, T (L, 0-2) 1.0 4 2 2 0 0 1 13.50
Isabel 1.0 2 1 1 1 3 0 6.35
Vinas 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 18.69

Minor Night-Cap 6/22/11

SWB L 5-3

BATTING
2B: Russo (9, Patton).
HR: Laird (5, 2nd inning off VandenHurk, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bernier; Montero; Laird 6; Golson; Russo 3; Pilittere.
RBI: Laird 3 (26).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitchell (L, 4-7) 6.0 9 5 5 1 4 0 3.79
Wordekemper 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1.87
Schmidt 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.77

Trenton L 11-4

BATTING
2B: Gil (13, Gonzalez, M), Joseph, Co (19, Luis).
3B: Kruml (3, Wilson).
TB: Kruml 4; Joseph, Co 4; Johnson, C; Suttle; Pirela 2; Gil 2.
RBI: Joseph, Co (29), Gil 2 (18), Johnson, C (41).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Horne (L, 0-1) 0.0 1 4 4 5 0 0
Heyer 6.1 8 7 7 3 3 0 3.45
Halsey 1.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.68

Tampa F 2-2 Suspended

BATTING
2B: Castro, K (5, May), Mahoney (9, Pettis).
TB: Ibarra, W; Mahoney 2; Segedin; Castro, K 2.
RBI: Almonte, Z (39), Segedin (2)

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Black, S 6.0 5 2 2 4 2 0 6.10
Claiborne 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3.95
Flannery 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.69

Staten Island – PPD

GCL Yankees L 8-3

BATTING
2B: Kuo (1, Murphy), Austin (2, Mella).
RBI: Bichette (1), Austin (2), Blaser (1).

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Polanco, R (L, 0-1) 3.0 7 7 6 1 4 1 18.00
Isabel 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Martinez, D 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Checo 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Triplet 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 9.00

Short Season Staten Island Roster

While Staten Island invades the Jersey Shore this summer short Season Staten Island started yesterday they lost but hey it’s the first game of the year lets not get crazy yet.  This is your chance if you live in the area to see the future Yankees play and for a cheap cost.  I believe the lowest ticket is just 15 bucks.  On the team is first round pick from last year Cito Culver who is a local kid from Rochester, NY.

Here is a video interview I found of Cito check it out to get to know him.

Here is the Roster

Managers & Coaches
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status
56 Tom Slater Manager 0′ 0″ 0 Active
39 Ty Hawkins Batting Coach L R 5′ 10″ 180 11-08-1967 Active
61 Danny Borrell Pitching Coach L L 6′ 3″ 200 01-24-1979 Active
27 Danilo Valiente Coach 0′ 0″ 0 Active
Pitchers
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
51 Zachary Arneson P R R 6′ 2″ 190 11-17-1988 Active No
26 Evan DeLuca P L L 6′ 1″ 195 03-09-1991 Active No
30 Brett Gerritse P R R 6′ 4″ 220 03-04-1991 Active No
34 Dustin Hobbs P R R 6′ 2″ 200 08-18-1989 Active No
22 Fred Lewis P L L 6′ 2″ 210 12-16-1986 Active No
31 Corey Maines P R R 6′ 0″ 195 10-16-1988 Active No
33 Bryan Mitchell P L R 6′ 2″ 175 04-19-1991 Active No
57 Mark Montgomery P R R 5′ 11″ 205 08-30-1990 Active No
25 William Oliver P R R 6′ 2″ 185 07-04-1987 Active No
Jose Ortegano P L L 6′ 1″ 175 08-05-1987 7-day DL No
58 Robert Paullus P R R 6′ 1″ 190 08-31-1989 Active No
36 Branden Pinder P R R 6′ 3″ 210 01-26-1989 Active No
50 Michael Recchia P R R 6′ 1″ 210 04-02-1989 Active No
35 Matthew Richardson P R R 6′ 1″ 175 05-28-1990 Active No
54 Wilton Rodriguez P R R 6′ 3″ 195 11-06-1990 Active No
52 Francisco Rondon P L L 6′ 1″ 160 04-19-1988 Rehab No
29 Matthew Tracy P L L 6′ 3″ 212 11-26-1988 Active No
43 Philip Wetherell P R R 6′ 5″ 225 10-09-1989 Active No
Catchers
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
Francisco Arcia C S R 6′ 0″ 155 09-14-1989 7-day DL No
13 Jhorge Liccien C R R 6′ 0″ 165 10-10-1990 Active No
12 Nick McCoy C R R 5′ 10″ 180 03-02-1987 Active No
Infielders
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
60 Ali Castillo 3B R R 5′ 10″ 165 06-19-1989 Active No
2 Cito Culver SS S R 6′ 0″ 185 08-26-1992 Active No
21 Angelo Gumbs SS R R 6′ 0″ 175 10-13-1992 Active No
45 Reymond Nunez 1B R R 6′ 4″ 210 09-25-1990 Active No
28 Casey Stevenson 2B L R 6′ 3″ 200 05-18-1988 Active No
Outfielders
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
14 Shane Brown OF R R 5′ 11″ 197 01-11-1988 Active No
24 Benjamin Gamel OF L L 5′ 10″ 156 05-17-1992 Active No
18 Robert Rinard OF R R 6′ 2″ 180 11-09-1988 Active No
59 Mason Williams OF L R 6′ 0″ 150 08-21-1991 Active No

Minor Night-Cap 6/13/11

SWB W 8-3

In the top of the 4th Jesus Montero homered (5) scoring Austin Krum and Ramiro Pena.  In the top of the ninth Gustavo Molina singled in Kevin Russo and Greg Golson.   Getting the win in relief is Wade who moves to 3-1 on the season.

Tampa L 2-1

The only run for Tampa came in the 1st when Kevin Mahoney singled in Robert Lyerly.  Taking the loss was Romanski who falls to 5-5 on the season he went 5.1 innings with 6 strikeouts.

Charleston L 3-0

No runs tonight Gary Sanchez had 2 hits one being a double.  Taking the loss in relief was Barreda.

Minor Night-Cap 5/31/11

SWBW 10-3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Krum CF 6 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .227
Pena, R SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Montero C 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 .309
Vazquez 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Maxwell, J LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .260
    Nunez, L 2B 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .179
Laird 3B 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .254
Parraz DH 5 1 4 1 0 0 4 0 0 .301
Russo 2B-LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .264
Brewer RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .280

Pitching

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Silva (W, 2-0) 6.0 7 3 3 0 1 1 3.44
Carlyle 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.95
Wordekemper 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45

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