PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Anthony Swarzak

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The Yankees will face Twins right handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak tonight in the final game of the four game series. The 26 year old pitcher came up with the Twins organization as a 2nd round draft pick in 2004. In the minors, he cracked Baseball America’s top 100 prospects once in 2006 at #100, but had a moderately successful minor league career. Although his rookie season was technically 2009, he finally broke the 100.00 inning barrier last year. In 2011 he posted a 4.32 ERA, a 4.04 FIP, a 4.85 K/9, and a 2.29 BB/9. Although he’s far from a strikeout pitcher, Swarzak prides himself in his control, and has found success as a flyball pitcher.

Pitch Repertoire
In his arsenal, his primary pitch is the four-seam fastball which came in at 91.1 mph last year. He also has a two-seam fastball with similar velocity, but throws the pitch less than 10% of the time. His curveball is his second most used pitch at 25% of the time, which has 80 mph velocity.… Click here to read the rest

PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Carl Pavano

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Tonight at 7:05, the Yankees will face an old “friend” in Carl Pavano. There isn’t much to say when introducing the right hander. I have to admit, despite spending four years in the Yankee organization, I didn’t know much about his pitching repertoire before research for this article. This is either indicative of his awful ability to stay on the field in pinstripes or my age. Now with the Twins, Pavano spent the last 3 years as an above average pitcher who currently ranks fifth in innings pitched since 2009. In 2011, he gave the Twins 222.0 inning, a 4.30 ERA, a 4.10 FIP, an awful 4.14 K/9, but also a 1.62 BB/9. As much as his injury problems were a series of unfortunate events, most Yankee fans, me included, will always despise Pavano. So before I get into the educated and scientific portion of our article I would just like to say, I hope the Yankees destroy him tonight.… Click here to read the rest

Looking at Austin Romine

Austin Romine, Catcher
Ranked 3rd Best Yankee Prospect

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 18 Yankees Rk 1 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 1.000 1.667
2008 19 Charleston A 104 436 407 66 122 24 1 10 49 3 0 25 56 .300 .344 .437 .781
2009 20 Tampa A+ 118 481 442 61 122 28 3 13 72 11 5 29 78 .276 .322 .441 .763
2010 21 Trenton AA 115 497 455 61 122 31 0 10 69 2 0 37 94 .268 .324 .402 .726
4 Seasons 338 1417 1306 190 367 84 4 33 191 16 5 92 229 .281 .330 .427 .758
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/12/2010.

Austin Romine at times had a disappointing season in 2010. After a strong start, Romine hit worse every month than the month before.… Click here to read the rest

Looking at Graham Stoneburner

Graham Stoneburner, Right-handeed Starting Pitcher
Ranked Sixth Best Yankee Prospect

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 21 Staten Island NYPL A- 0.00 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 18.0
2010 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A 2.41 26 26 142.0 107 46 38 6 34 137 0.993 6.8 0.4 2.2 8.7 4.03
2010 22 Charleston SALL A 2.08 7 7 39.0 27 11 9 2 10 44 0.949 6.2 0.5 2.3 10.2 4.40
2010 22 Tampa FLOR A+ 2.53 19 19 103.0 80 35 29 4 24 93 1.010 7.0 0.3 2.1 8.1 3.88
2 Seasons 2.39 27 26 143.0 108 46 38 6 34 139 0.993 6.8 0.4 2.1 8.7 4.09
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Generated 11/11/2010.

Graham Stoneburner is a much better prospect than people realize. He throws a 93-96 mph 2-seam fastball with strong sinking action.… Click here to read the rest

Andrew Brackman Scouting Report

After ranking RHP Andrew Brackman the #6 Yankee prospect on my top 10 list yesterday, it was interesting to read this great scouting report of Brackman by Frankie Piliere of Fanhouse.  Piliere, who was less than impressed with Brackman’s stuff last season and in spring training this year, has noticed substantial improvement in the big righty’s repertoire.  You can read the whole report here (and I highly recommend doing so, there’s a lot of info there).  Piliere observed that Brackman’s mechanics look much cleaner and smoother than they have in the past.  Additionally, Piliere notices that Brackman has more velocity and movement on his fastball than he has in the past (hitting 97, sitting 92-96), that his curveball has looked like a plus-plus pitch (7 on the 2-8 scouting scale), and that his changeup has become a quality pitch.  Once again, I recommend you read the entire article to get the full report, but it is exciting to read about Brackman’s tangible improvements in mechanics and repertoire.… Click here to read the rest

What to Expect from Hughes Tonight

Here is a writeup from SWB Yankees beat writer Chad Jennings on Phil Hughes’ last start for Scranton.  It pretty much sums up exactly what I feel we should see tonight.  I’ll break it down by pitches below:

Fastball: Phil will be throwing a 90-93mph 4-seamer that is relatively straight but has good late life.  He has the ability, when he’s on, to really paint the corners consistently.  Because the pitch lacks a ton of movement and isn’t in the mid-high 90s, he struggled early last year to put guys away, often seeing batters foul off multiple 2 strike counts, only to allow a bloop, end of the bat single.  The cutter seems to have solved this problem (more on that later).  Phil is on a little extra rest, having last pitched on April 22nd, so you may see a little extra oomph on the heater in the first two innings with him tagging 95 a few times on the gun. … Click here to read the rest