– Covering August 27th – September 2nd games —

With minor league regular seasons ending and the playoffs about to commence, this will be the last edition of MLPW for 2012.

It’s worth noting that there was a plethora of promotions from High-A through Triple-A, as both Trenton and Scranton/Empire/Homeless Farm Team gear up for the playoffs. These promotions include NoMaas interviewee Tyler Austin:

Star Ledger:

The Thunder have some new blood for their Eastern League playoff push, which begins Wednesday at either Reading or New Britain, and there is more on the way.

The Yankees are counting on a handful of their better Class-A Tampa prospects to help the Thunder capture a third EL title since 2007 as high-end outfield prospect Tyler Austin, along with relievers Tom Kahnle and Branden Pinder, have been promoted to Trenton.

Trenton relievers Jon Meloan, Francisco Rondon and catcher Jose Gil have been sent to Triple-A Scranton.

Called a “mega-prospect’’ by general manager Brian Cashman during his Thursday visit to Waterfront Park in order to finalize the Yankees’ player development contract extension with Trenton…

More moves are on the way, and while they are likely to include Tampa outfielder Ramon Flores and starters Zach Nuding (8-3, 3.89) and Nick Turley (9-5, 2.89), those transactions could come at the expense of losing Trenton ace Brett Marshall and left-hander Shaeffer Hall.

With Triple-A also headed to the playoffs, a dearth of starting pitching there could very well leave the Thunder rotation with a vastly different look in the postseason.



Pitcher:
Vidal Nuno, 25, LHP, AA
11 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 12 H, 3 ER, 1 HR
Notable: 3rd in the Eastern League in ERA (2.45)

We’ve written extensively about Nuno over the course of this season, as he’s dominated MLPW. It’s only appropriate that he wins Pitcher of the Week in our final edition of 2012.

The Yankees seem to have scored very nicely on this Cleveland Indians castaway. He had one of the best years of any starting pitcher in the Boogie Down’s farm system.

At Double-A, Nuno threw 114 innings with a 2.45 ERA / 3.46 FIP, 3.58 K/BB, 7.67 K/9, and a 2.14 BB/9. He threw 24 innings at High-A Tampa also.

We’re very curious to see the Yankees’ plans for him next season.

Hitter:
Ronnier Mustelier, 28, RHB OF/3B/2B, AAA
.520/.555/.680 in 27 PAs
Notable: Signed from Cuba in 2011

It’s not often a 28-year old is considered a prospect, but since Ronnie Mustelier has only been in the Yankees’ system for one year, he qualifies in our eyes. The Cuban defector signed with the Yankees in June 2011, and has done nothing but hit since joining the organization, including a line of .303 /.359 /.455 in 385 PAs at Triple-A this season (with relatively equal splits against LHP and RHP). As you can see by the following numbers, he’s hit at every level and has moved extremely quickly through the system:

Year Tm 2B 3B HR BB SO 2011 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-Rk 157 14 1 3 9 17 .356 .397 .527 .925
2011 Yankees GULF Rk 21 1 0 0 1 2 .500 .524 .550 1.074
2011 Tampa FLOR A+ 136 13 1 3 8 15 .333 .378 .524 .902
2012 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 499 27 3 15 35 68 .314 .371 .488 .859
2012 Trenton EL AA 114 6 2 5 9 19 .353 .412 .598 1.010
2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA 385 21 1 10 26 49 .303 .359 .455 .815
2 Seasons 656 41 4 18 44 85 .324 .378 .497 .875
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/3/2012.


He’s had no problem adjusting to pitchers in the United States so far. In addition to his offensive exploits, he’s played multiple positions since joining the Yankees’ system. These include third base, right field, left field, and a sprinkling of games in center field and second base. However, he’s played far more games in left field than any other position (90 games). Third base is the position he’s played 2nd-most amount of times (26 games). When Alex Rodriguez broke his wrist, there was some talk that Mustelier would get the call-up, but he was also on the DL at the time.

There’s nothing left for the Cuban to prove in the minors. The Yankees are loaded with utility players in Double-A and Triple-A, and considering his age and the speed he’s moved through the system, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees give him the first shot in 2013 to fill a Jayson Nix-type role (with perhaps a better offensive upside).

Honorable Mentions:

Corey Black, 21, RHP, A
5 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

2012 4th round pick, 3.80 ERA at Charleston after being promoted from Staten Island

Nik Turley, 22, LHP, A+
5.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 0 ER

What a season, 112 IP, 2.89 ERA / 3.36 FIP, 1.32 Groundout / Airout

Mark Montgomery, 22, RHP, AA
3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

Business as usual, we’ll be shocked if we don’t see him at the big club in 2013

Adonis Garcia, 27, RHB OF, AA
.400/.423/.760 in 26 PA

Won our last Cuban-themed MLPW, signed by the Yankees this year out of Cuba