Minor League Players of the week, v18: The Finale

September 5, 2011 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

As the minor league season comes to a close, this will be our last MLPW of 2011. However, stay tuned for our Top 20 Prospect list, which will be posted soon.

David Phelps, 24, RHP, AAA
13 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 10 H, 1 ER, 0 HR
Notable: Allowed only 2 runs in his last 19.1 innings of work

NoMaas Ranking – 17

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: None

We close out MLPW with the first win for Scranton’s David Phelps this season. His strong run over the last couple weeks placed him tops in the team in starter ERA (3.19) and finished with a 3.69 FIP. Phelps only threw 107 innings due to a summer trip to the DL (shoulder), but 2011 was another successful campaign for the Notre Dame product. The 24-year old continued to flash his control, posting an excellent K/BB of 3.46. His K/9 of 7.5 is consistent with what he’s done at every minor league level since being drafted in 2008 (14th round).

The knock on Phelps has always been his lack of secondary pitches, but Mark Newman told us that he saw improvements this year. Phelps came extremely close to getting a call-up this summer, and due to another solid campaign, he’s certainly a candidate for a future role in the Bronx in some capacity.

Melky Mesa, 24, RHB CF, AA
.400/.454/.700 in 32 PAs, 1 SB
Notable: 2 HRs

NoMaas Ranking – 20

Previous 2011 MLPW Win – None

Mesa closed out the 2011 season with a big performance, going 12-30 with three doubles and two home runs. Unfortunately, this strong run to the finish line could not overcome what was a very underwhelming campaign. While the centerfielder has been lauded for his combination of power and speed, he still hasn’t put it all together on a consistent basis.

At Double-A, Mesa mustered a .251/.329/.404 line, which isn’t terrible, but he didn’t show progress in any area. You also have to wonder what his results would look like if it wasn’t for a .354 BABIP. In fact, most of his numbers declined in 2011. His ISO went from .215 to .153. His SB% went from 77.5% to 58%. His strikeout rate climbed from 25.4% to 30%. His wOBA dropped from .378 to .326.

Overall, the season was a disappointing one for Melky Mesa.

Honorable Mentions:

Tyler Austin, 19, RHB 3B/1B, Short-Season
.400/.428/.700 in 21 PAs, 2 SBs

MLPW v. 17 winner, big numbers this year between GCL & SI, 18/18 SBs too

Corban Joseph, 22, LHB 2B, AA
.406/.457/.625 in 35 PAs

2008 4th round pick, .277/.353/.415 for the season

Vidal Nuno, 24, LHP, A
6 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 HR

Three honorable mentions in a row, the indy league signing posted a 1.38 ERA between SI & Charleston

Mark Montgomery, 21, RHP, A
2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 HR

Reliever had 41 K in 24.1 IP at Charleston (15.2 K/9!), 1.31 FIP


September 5, 2011 | 68 comments | in Featured | by SJK

As a fan, there is no substitute

September 5, 2011 | 97 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Like we said earlier this weekend, homegrown always feels better.

A look at the defense, v4: The Brett Gardner is insane edition

September 4, 2011 | 31 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

First, UZR/150:

Next, TotalZone (provided by Baseball-Reference)

Observations: Brett Gardner leads all major leaguers in UZR/150 and it isn’t even close (Howie Kendrick 2nd with +21.4). Eduardo Nunez is El Stinko on the field. Swish continues to look like Ozzie Smith. Both systems still don’t like Cano, despite how smooth he appears. Curtis Granderson continues to rate poorly and there was a great article on ESPN about it. An MLB scout was quoted and stated that Granderson “does not react well off the bat, almost as if he has a depth perception problem….”

Retro Derek leads Bombers over Toronto

September 4, 2011 | 55 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Derek: 2-5, HR, 5 RBI

After Sunday’s game, Derek is now hitting .357/.435/.519 vs. LHP.

Homegrown always feels better

September 4, 2011 | 54 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Throw the high payroll, the big contracts, the free agents, and the blockbuster trades all out of the window. Forget the stats, the spreadsheets, and the number-crunching.

With the big league debut of Jesus Montero, we’re reminded of how much more exciting it is to see homegrown players succeed.

Whether it be Ivan Nova putting himself in contention for Rookie of the Year — Brett Gardner evolving into one of the best all-around players in the league — David Robertson turning into one of the best relievers in the game — or Robinson Cano becoming a superstar…it’s infinitely more rewarding to see players with Yankees’ DNA applying their talents in the Boogie Down. As a fan, there is no substitute.

A successful harvest.

Ivan Nova: “You talkin’ to me?”

September 3, 2011 | 40 comments | in Featured | by SJK

After another impressive start on Friday night versus Toronto, Ivan Nova stated simply:

I know I’ve got tremendous stuff.

Nova is in the driver’s seat when he’s on the mound.

Many years later, he returns to the scene of the crime

September 2, 2011 | 38 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


“It’s nice. You always love to come back to the team that you kind of broke into the league with,” said Proctor, who was released by the Braves in August. “To do it at this time of year in this series is kind of neat. To come full circle, it’s been a long road, but I’m only looking forward from here.”

Way to be strong, Scott. Way to be strong.

It just wasn’t right.

Arod all smiles as he leaves doctor’s office

September 2, 2011 | 16 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


August 31, 2011 | 35 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Jesus Montero could break into the big leagues with a crash course on the Yankees’ rivalry with the Red Sox, as the power-hitting catcher is expected to headline New York’s first callups from the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

“I could DH him, and I wouldn’t be afraid to put him behind the plate,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if I would start him in a game, just because the relationship between pitchers and catchers takes time to build. Our catchers are a lot more familiar with the pitchers than him, but it’s not a guy that I’d be afraid to put in.”

Montero’s season splits versus LH/RH:

LHP – .328/.392/.647
RHP – .273/.330/.398

Montero since the All-Star Break – .286/.352/.558

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