Minor League Players of the Week, v16

August 15, 2011 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

This week’s MLPW is chocolate, it’s pepperment, it’s delicious.

Kramer Sneed, 22, LHP, A+
2.2 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 H
Notable: Not a misprint, 7K in 2.2 innings pitched

NoMaas Ranking – None

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: None

Drafted in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft, there is no word if Kramer keeps Junior Mints in his locker. However, on August 14th, he whiffed a whopping seven hitters just 2 2/3 innings against the division-leading Dunedin Blue Jays.

Listed at 6’3″ and with a fastball reportedly sitting at 90 mph, the left-hander was the first player drafted out of Barton College (we looked it up, it’s in North Carolina) since 1995 — a school enrolling less than 1,200 students.

While he’s alternated between starter and reliever, Sneed apparently has a preference for the bullpen (according to this interview), and this year’s usage seems to indicate the organization is moving in that direction (29 appearances, 7 starts in 2011).

His numbers have certainly been impressive. In 2010, between the Gulf Coast and Staten Island, Kramer struck out 51 hitters in 39.2 IP, while only walking 10 (5.10 K/BB). He kicked off 2011 in Charleston, where he continued to post impressive strikeout-to-walk ratios. In 64.2 innings for the RiverDogs, Sneed K’d 68 hitters, while walking 13 — good for a K/BB of 5.23. With that ratio you think his FIP would have been lower than 3.85, but allowing 10 home runs will do that.

He was promoted to Tampa on June 30th and the results since making the jump to High-A have also been positive. Kramer has struck out 30 hitters in 30 innings, although the walks have picked up a bit with 12, resulting in a still-solid 2.50 K/BB. His FIP in Tampa is a nice 2.83, notably because the home runs have calmed down. He is also dating a low-talker that designs shirts suitable for a pirate.

He has quite the contrast in LHB vs. RHB splits. He’s held High-A left-handed batters to a .167 BA versus righties at .305. Granted, we’re only talking about 30 innings in Tampa, but it’s still something interesting to watch.

Ravel Santana, 19, RHB CF, Rookie
.526/.571/.842 in 21 PAs, 4 SBs
Notable: 3 doubles, 1 HR

NoMaas Ranking – None

Previous 2011 MLPW Win – 14

A great week for Santana ruined by an ankle injury on August 13th…the injury was so bad that teammate Dante Bichette Jr. asked people to pray for the 19-year old.

Part of a Yankee offense that leads the GCL in OPS (.857), OBP (.381), SLG (.476), and AVG (.302), the young Dominican centerfielder went 10-19 on the week, with 3 doubles, 1 HR, and 2 walks. Before he went down, Santana was boasting a season line of .298/.363/.571. He’d also stolen 10 bags in 13 attempts. This followed a very strong 2010 Dominican Summer League campaign of .322/.440/.533 (22/27 SBs)

Among GCL OFs, Ravel was 4th in wOBA (.426), 3rd in ISO (.273), 11th in OBP (.363), 3rd in SLG (.571), 2nd in HRs (9), and 8th in SBs (10). In other words, he was having a fine season. The injury is extremely unfortunate.

Honorable Mentions:

Dellin Betances, 23, RHP, AA
7 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 0 HR, 1 ER

His final start before being promoted to AAA

Vidal Nuno, 24, LHP, A
5 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR allowed

Signed in June from the Washington Wild Things (independent league)

Cito Culver, 18, SHB SS, Short-Season
.416/.481/.541 in 27 PAs

.283/.358/.387 on the season

Claudio Custodio, 20, RHB SS, Rookie
.555/.636/.611 in 22 PAs

Leads all GCL SS in wOBA (.436), OBP (.438), BB% (12.9%)

Move over Stan the Man

August 12, 2011 | 56 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

On Friday night versus the Rays, Derek Jeter passed Stan Musial, Manny Ramirez, and Harmon Killebrew for 32nd place on the all-time GIDP list.

Congratulations Derek!

Sabathia serves them up to Tampa, Yanks lose

August 12, 2011 | 55 comments | in Featured | by SJK

A career-high 5 HRs allowed in Friday’s game vs. TB

Who gets the boot?

August 11, 2011 | 65 comments | in Featured | by SJK


The Yankees expect to have a decision by the end of the weekend on their starting rotation, with A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes on the bubble to be nixed from what is currently a six-man staff.

“We’ve talked about it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday. “We feel we need to get it down to a five-man rotation and go with it.”

Girardi said that the Yankees are going to make their final call before they head to Kansas City for a three-game series that opens on Monday.

Will the contract dictate the decision?

A couple of guys who were up to no good

August 10, 2011 | 46 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Robbie and Curtis were making trouble in the neighborhood…

Cano: 3-4, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI
Granderson: 2-3, 2 HR, 1 BB, 4 RBI

Princes of New York

Ladies love cool Jeter

August 10, 2011 | 16 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

While his season line is still poor at .273/.335/.360, there’s no doubt that Derek’s performance has ticked up a notch since returning from the disabled list on July 4th: .303/.359/.437 in 132 PAs.

Fueling this renaissance is a notably increased BABIP (.354), which was probably caused by a spike in line drive rate (19.7% in July versus 9.5% in June).

Whether this continues remains to be seen, but The Role Model for Children Everywhereâ„¢ is temporarily silencing the NoMaas’ of the world who wanted him sent to the bottom of the order. It’s a welcome development and a boon to the lineup.

Don’t call it a comeback….yet, because it’s only been a month.

9th inning blowup

August 9, 2011 | 69 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

After rallying from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game, Mariano Rivera was crucified for our sins in the top of the 9th with a 2-run HR, and Curtis Granderson fell for the ol’ fake throw to third / pickoff at first gag to end the game.

Curtis represented the game-tying run.

A look at the defense, v3

August 9, 2011 | 13 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

First, UZR/150:

Next, TotalZone (provided by Baseball-Reference)

Observations: Yankee beatwriters can now sleep at night because UZR finally casts a positive light on Mark Teixeira — although now they’ll probably protest TotalZone. Nick Swisher continues his outstanding defensive season. Both systems think Granderson has been terrible in CF – UZR/150 pegs him as the 2nd-worst CF in the AL (has him with the worst range in the league). Cano may make it look smooth, but both systems say he’s all style with no substance. Arod was the best fielding 3B in baseball before he folded.

Rubber match

August 7, 2011 | 67 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Even in defeat, Red Sox fans rally around team

August 6, 2011 | 45 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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