Minor League Monday: April 19th, 2010

Minor League Baseball is back! So is Minor League Monday at it’s best, as we will take a look at what happened in the first two week of minor league ball. To be fair, I should state that I have good reason for not being around most of last week. With my wedding only 47 days away, things have a tendency to pop up and occupy my time…and I can’t quite ignore them.

First up, Minor League Moves…

Minor League Moves(Courtesy of Baseball America)

Released: OF Javier Herrera
Acquired: C Robby Hammock from Rockies for future considerations
Placed on restricted list: RHP Ramon Rodriguez, LHP Rony Bautista, SS Joaquin Perez
Voluntarily retired: C Kyle Anson
Optioned to Triple-A: OF Chad Huffman
Option transferred: LHP Wilkin de la Rosa (Triple-A to Double-A)

Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Cory Arbiso, RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Paul Bush, RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Christian Garcia, RHP Alan Horne, RHP George Kontos, RHP Dickson Marquez, RHP Brett Marshall, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Brad Rulon, LHP Manuel Banuelos, C Brian Baisley, C Neall French, C P.J. Pilittere, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Matt Cusick, SS Carmen Angelini, OF Edwar Gonzalez

Also worth noting, Scranton Wilkes-Barre added John Van Benschoten from Double-A today.

Now let’s take a look at how some of the Yankees’ teams are performing early on this season.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Record: 6-5

Scranton has been back and forth this year, unable to string more than three wins in a row together. It’s early in the season, but the team certainly has had some standout pitchers thus far. Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister have compiled great numbers thus far and unforunately, have been able to pick up a win. Both have ERAs under 3.00 and look strong early on. The same can’t be said for Romulo Sanchez who’s allowed 10 earned runs in just 7 innings pitched.

Offensively, Eduardo Nunez leads the team with 14 hits and a .341 average. Highly touted prospect Jesus Montero has struck out a little more than I’d ideally like to see, but is one of team leaders in total bases(18) and is walking about once every 10 at bats.

Marquee Match-Up Coming Soon
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Depending on a variety of circumstances (including rain), it looks Aroldis Chapman could indeed pitch in Scranton on 4/27. Stay tuned, especially if you’re in the Scranton area, as it’s likely tickets will be harder to come by for that game.

Trenton Thunder

Record: 7-3

Trenton is off to a great start in 2010 for a variety of reasons (and this isn’t a complete list).

  • The pitching rotation has been strong.  Of the six pitchers who have started for Trenton, four currently have an era under 2.00. D.J. Mitchell has had mixed results, but I really think he’s going to have a strong year.
  • Offensively, David Adams has been Trenton’s top performer as of late. Batting .368, Adams is has hit for six extra basehits and is sporting a .979 OPS. He needs some work drawing walks and needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but is certainly showing the potential to do nice things for Trenton.

Tampa Yankees

Record: 6-5 (game in progress now)

Congratulations are due for one Tampa Yankee this week.

  • Hector Noesi, already the owner of three victories this season, was named the FSL Pitcher of the week for the first week of the 2010 season. Aside from his wins, Noesi has a 1.06 era and has struck out more than one batter per inning, while only walking one.
  • Andrew Brackman hasn’t performed well, however, already allowing 12 earned runs and holding a 13.50 era. That’s what happens when you allow that many runs over the course of only 8 innings.
  • Abraham Almonte and Mitch Abeita have been the best offensively for Tampa thus far. No one stands out with any huge numbers, as of now, the team hasn’t hit for much power. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that this isn’t going to be the same level of talent we see in Trenton or Scranton.

Charleston Riverdogs

Record: 5-6

I’m going to flat out admit I haven’t done a good job at following the Riverdogs. That being said…

  • LF Taylor Grote has the most impressive numbers for the Riverdogs. While he doesn’t have the highest batting average on the team, or most total bases, his all around numbers are better. A .303 batting average and OPS of .809, he’s also shown he has the ability to take a pitch and draw a walk.
  • Lefty Shaeffer Hall has performed well thus far this season, allowing 11 hits in just under 20 innings pitched. His strikeout numbers aren’t anything to die for, but his control has been spectacular and he is yet to issue a walk.

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6 Responses to Minor League Monday: April 19th, 2010

  1. Eric Communiello says:

    Wow, great start for Noesi. A strikeout to walk ratio of 18 to 1 ain't bad huh?

    Also, it was great to hear that Montero hit his first homer of the season earlier today. Good stuff all around.

  2. Chris Barrows says:

    All in all, it's basically good news around the Yankees minor league organization. Scranton will turn itself around pretty quick, they've been back and forth, but have the talent to win the division (again).

  3. Jeffrey says:

    I am a bit less enthused by what is going on in the minors. Noesi is very old for single A, so this tempers his results. Brackman continues to be not just bad, but loud bad. It is very hard to imagine him turning it around enough to actually be considered for the major leagues when he can't keep his ERA under 10 in A ball for two years.

    No position player is really standing out either, including, for the moment, Montero who has been so hyped it will be difficult to live up to expectations.

    It's early, so let's hope for good news in the near future, but, for now, nothing to get excited about.

  4. Chris Barrows says:

    I do believe there are a fair share of players in Triple-A who will perform well at the Major League level. I agree with you, however, that there certainly aren't as many "standout" players are I'd like. The fact is, the teams will do well in their respective minor league divisions…but you're exactly right in that the ultimate goal isn't to field Minor League Championships, but produce players for the big club…

    There is potential, however, and it's one reason we can't just take our eye off some of these players who may not be standouts, but overall solid ball players.

    Brackman has certainly left something to be desired…

  5. Matt says:

    I find the under the radar pick up of Robby Hammock interesting. He is probably just a roster filler, but he looked so good when he came up with the D-Backs a ways back. He can play the infield and catcher (he caught Randy Johnson's perfect game) so he could wind up being bench insurance.

  6. Chris Barrows says:

    Great note Matt. I didn't realize he actually caught Johnson's perfect game.