Covering July 30th – August 5th games.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s interview with Staten Island 1B, Matt Snyder. A pretty crazy story.

Pitcher:
Vidal Nuno, 24, LHP, AA
5 IP, 9 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 2 ER
Notable: 3rd MLPW of the season

The breakout continues for this Cleveland Indians reject. After his last start, Nuno now boasts a 2.16 ERA and a 3.16 FIP in 79.1 IP at AA. His FIP is 7th-best in the Eastern League for pitchers with at least 70 innings. His ERA ranks 2nd.

Like just about every lefty on the planet, he prefers to face southpaws, as he wiffs them at a much higher rate than righties. But, his solid control keeps him effective against both sides of the plate:

vs. LHP — 19.1 IP, 2.33 ERA, 18 H, 2 HR, 11.8 K/9, 2.35 B/9
vs. RHP — 60 IP, 2.10 ERA, 53 H, 3 HR, 6.75 K/9, 2.7 B/9

Nuno has had one of the best seasons of any pitching prospect in the Yankees organization — there is no doubt about that. This is a breakout year for him, and it’s certainly reasonable to wonder what type of future role he could have on the big club.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk 2.39 17 8 64.0 1.062 7.5 0.4 2.1 8.3 3.93
2009 21 Indians ARIZ Rk 5.14 4 0 7.0 1.571 12.9 0.0 1.3 14.1 11.00
2009 21 Mahoning Valley NYPL A- 2.05 13 8 57.0 1.000 6.8 0.5 2.2 7.6 3.43
2010 22 Lake County MIDW A 4.96 21 16 94.1 1.251 9.9 1.2 1.3 9.0 6.71
2011 23 3 Teams 3 Lgs Ind-A-A- 1.95 21 13 106.1 0.969 7.3 0.5 1.4 8.5 5.88
2011 23 Staten Island NYPL A- 0.72 8 0 25.0 0.680 5.0 0.0 1.1 10.4 9.67
2011 23 Washington FRON Ind 2.83 6 6 41.1 1.137 7.6 0.4 2.6 7.4 2.83
2011 23 Charleston SALL A 1.80 7 7 40.0 0.975 8.3 0.9 0.4 8.3 18.50
2012 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ 2.34 25 15 103.2 1.177 8.1 0.6 2.5 8.3 3.31
2012 24 Tampa FLOR A+ 2.96 11 1 24.1 1.151 8.1 0.7 2.2 9.6 4.33
2012 24 Trenton EL AA 2.16 14 14 79.1 1.185 8.1 0.6 2.6 7.9 3.04
4 Seasons 2.91 84 52 368.1 1.116 8.2 0.7 1.8 8.5 4.65
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/5/2012.


Hitter:
Adonis Garcia, 27, RHB OF, A+/AA
.303/.343/.515 in 35 PAs
Notable: International free-agent who signed with the Yankees in May 2012

The Adorable Adonis defected from Cuba in 2011, and after initially being declared ineligible to sign with an MLB team due to fradulent residency paperwork, the Yankees inked him for $400,000 this past May.

The Yankees started him out at Tampa (High-A), where he didn’t hit well (.236/.296/.349), but that didn’t stop them from promoting him to Trenton last Friday. He’s gotten off to a quick start at Double-A, registering 6 hits in his first three games, including his first HR. With Melky Mesa heading to Triple-A, Garcia has manned CF since he’s made the trip to Trenton. He played LF and RF in his 29 games at Tampa.

Here’s the scouting report from Baseball America:

Garcia, a 26-year-old righthanded hitter, is only 5-foot-7, 180 pounds and doesn’t have any standout tools, so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in as a big league regular. However, he has a strong track record of hitting in Cuba’s top league, Serie Nacional. His bat is advanced enough that he figures to reach Double-A or Triple-A quickly.

Garcia debuted in Serie Nacional in 2004 and had a breakout year for Ciego de Avila in 2008-09, when he hit .355/.426/.613 in 282 at-bats. In his final season before leaving Cuba, Garcia batted .334/.397/.623 in 308 at-bats in 2010-11. He played this winter in the Venezuelan League, where he hit .270/.313/.461 in 152 at-bats during the regular season, then batted .376/.431/.548 in 93 at-bats in the Venezuelan League playoffs.

Garcia mostly manned left field during his time in Venezuela, but he has also played some at second and third base in the past.

Note: The Trenton Thunder website lists him as 27-years old, and at 5’9″ 190.

Honorable Mentions:

Jose Ramirez, 22, RHP, A+
12 IP, 10 K, 3 BB, 10 H, 3 ER,

Ramirez was all over MLPW in 2010, but after a lousy 2011, he’s come back strong this season: 3.62 ERA / 3.26 FIP

Jon Meloan, 28, RHP, AA
3 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

We normally don’t highlight a reliever who’s 28 and at AA, but the Yankees picked him up this year after he recovered from TJS and hit the independent leagues: 2.51 ERA / 2.36 FIP at Trenton

Mark Montgomery, 21, RHP, AA
4 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 HR

He let up first HR in professional ball, but his strikeout numbers remain video-game-like.

Tyler Austin, 20, RHB OF, A+
.345/.424/.413 in 33 PAs

The NoMaas interviewee just hits and hits.

David Adams, 25, RHB 2B/3B, AA
.368/.454/.631 in 22 PAs

A big week for Adams, who was recently moved to 3B, because as we highlighted, he’s blocked due to Cano.