PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Anthony Swarzak

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 Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Anthony Swarzak

PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Carl Pavano

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 Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Carl Pavano

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 Continue reading Looking at Austin Romine

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+ Continue reading Looking at Graham Stoneburner

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 Continue reading Andrew Brackman Scouting Report

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, Continue reading What to Expect from Hughes Tonight