Prospect Stock Watch: August/September 2014

Jaron Long 2014

Coach’s kid. Courtesy of

It’s a bit belated, but I couldn’t let the Minor League seasons end without getting a final monthly stock watch post up.  The second half of the season felt much better than the first, with guys like Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder continuing their hot hitting from early and guys like ManBan, Tyler Austin, Greg Bird, and Gary Sanchez stepping up in the second half.  For the final time in 2014, here are the prospects who did the most to help and hurt themselves in the final month plus of the season.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:

Stock Up- Tyler Webb

Webb capped off a very good year that saw him pitch at 3 different levels by settling into the SWB bullpen after being promoted in mid-August and being one of the first names off Brian Cashman’s lips when discussing possible lefty replacements for the departed Matt Thornton.  Webb’s August performance in Triple-A was uneven, with a few clunkers thrown in to juice his ERA up to 4.85.  …

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Quick Hit: Pineda Can’t Buy Run Support Right Now

Michael Pineda has made 9 starts this year.  He’s pitched exactly 50 innings in those 9 starts and allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in those 50 innings.  His consistency in limiting opposing lineups to 2 runs or fewer was noted by Katie earlier this morning, and his overall performance has re-inspired hope that he can become a strong #2 starter at the top of future rotations.

The only problem with Pineda’s performance this season, and it’s not even his problem really, is that it hasn’t led to very many Yankee victories.  Pineda has a 3-4 record and the team is 3-6 in his starts, mainly because the offense refuses to score runs for him.  In the 50 innings he’s pitched, the Yankees have scored 16 runs.  That number is bad enough as a standalone, but when you consider that 10 of them have come in 2 games and none have been scored in the last 2 it gets even worse.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 5-7 (Royals)

This pretty much sums up the Royals series. (Photo credit: Star-Ledger)

This pretty much sums up the Royals series. (Photo credit: Star-Ledger)

No offense, Yankees stink – Part I
The Yankees wasted another brilliant start by Michael Pineda, losing 1-0 to the Royals in the series opener on Friday night.

It was the first time ever that the Yankees lost a 1-0 game at Yankee Stadium against the Royals. They had done so previously three times in Kansas City (twice in 1972 and in 2010).

Pineda is the first Yankee pitcher to lose a game despite at least seven innings pitched, no earned runs and three-or-fewer baserunners allowed since George Pipgras on August 2, 1931 in a 1-0 loss at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. Before Pineda, no Yankee pitcher had suffered a defeat like that at Yankee Stadium (old or new).

Pineda has now allowed no more than two runs in each of his nine starts this season, which matches Art Ditmar (1959) for the longest such streak at any point in a season by a Yankee pitcher over the last 100 years.…

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Game 141 Recap: Royals 2 Yankees 0

Jeter Day

Literally the only highlight today. Courtesy of Getty Images

If this afternoon’s series finale performance was Derek Jeter‘s teammates’ way of giving him a retirement gift, they probably could have done a little better.  Shaky starting pitching, piss poor defense, and more lack of timely hitting were all on display as the Yankees fell to the Royals .

For the second straight start Shane Greene struggled with his fastball command.  He walked 2 and threw almost 30 pitches in the 1st inning and surrendered a run each in the 2nd and 3rd, although the aforementioned bad defense was mostly to blame for that.  Greene himself threw a ball away that allowed a run to score with 2 outs in the 2nd, and Carlos Beltran failed to catch a pretty routine Alex Gordon flyball to lead off the 3rd.  Gordon stole second and scored on an Eric Hosmer single when Beltran double-clutched his throw to the plate and Brian McCann bailed on it early to make a throw to second base.  …

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Game 141: Derek Jeter Day

I’ve really soured on Derek Jeter over the last 5 years since I started blogging. Big time in the last 2. But I’ve always said that he is and will be my favorite Yankee and baseball player of all-time and that feeling hasn’t changed. Derek Jeter is probably the greatest Yankee I’ll see in my lifetime and one of the greatest players that my generation of baseball fans will ever see. He’s been the face of his franchise and MLB forever and he does deserve some recognition for all that he’s done in his career. He’ll get that recognition from the Yankee Stadium crowd this afternoon on Derek Jeter Day, when his number will be retired, his plaque in Monument Park will be unveiled, and scores of past teammates and coaches will come out to pay tribute to him.

Rookie Shane Greene gets the start today and he’ll be looking to rebound from his worst career start to date earlier in the week.…

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Game 140 Recap: Yankees Win!

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Just when you want to give up on the Yankees season following a brutal loss like Friday’s night debacle, they bounce back and win another game, keeping their postseason chances on life support.

Joe Girardi stacked his lineup with righties, trying to gain the platoon advantage against the Royals’ left-handed starter Danny Duffy, but the strategy proved to be meaningless as Duffy left the game after one pitch with shoulder soreness. That actually might have been the exact move that the Yankees wanted, however, since Duffy entered the weekend with a 1.87 ERA in his previous 10 starts.

The Yankees took advantage of the Royals relievers, scoring their most runs in a game this month and cruising to a 6-2 win. Mark Teixeira plated the first run of the game in the first inning, with a two-out single that scored Martin Prado from second base. After the Royals tied it up in the top of the third inning, the Yankees answered back in the bottom of the frame with two more runs, thanks to an RBI triple by Jacoby Ellsbury and a sacrifice fly by Derek Jeter.…

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Game 140: McCarthy vs Duffy

Here’s your game thread:

Lorenzo Cain CF
Omar Infante 2B
Alex Gordon LF
Salvador Perez C
Eric Hosmer 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Carlos Peguero RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter DH
Martin Prado 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Zelous Wheeler LF
Brendan Ryan SS
John Ryan Murphy C


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Injury Updates: Tanaka, Nova, Sabathia, Prado, Cervelli (UPDATED)

Slow news day on a Saturday, so here’s the latest batch of injury updates:

Masahiro Tanaka resumed throwing earlier this week with a long toss session and was scheduled to throw off a mound today.  If he is able to make it back this season, it won’t be for more than a start or 2 later in the month.

** UPDATE 2:44 PM- Tanaka threw a 34-pitch bullpen session earlier this morning as scheduled and reportedly came through it fine.  He told reporters he felt no pain or fatigue in his arm.  Now the team will wait a day or 2 to see how he responds before deciding if he’s ready to face live hitters again. **

– If you checked out that Chad Jennings link yesterday, you found out that Ivan Nova has started throwing as part of his rehab from Tommy John Surgery in April.  Right now he’s at 25-throw flat ground sessions from 60 feet every other day.  …

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Game 139 Quick Recap: KC 1 NYY 0

This one was a pitchers’ duel for sure, and when that happens the Yankees usually come out on the losing end thanks to their pathetic offense.  That was the case last night as they dropped the series opener to the Royals 1-0.

Michael Pineda wasn’t as sharp or as nasty as he was on August 25th, but he was still very good.  The only run KC got against him came thanks to a Chase Headley error at third base.  His botch put Alcides Escobar at second base with 1 out in the 3rd and Norichika Aoki’s base hit up the middle brought him home.  That was all KC would get.  Pineda only allowed 1 more hit after that and finished 7 strong innings with 11 straight outs.

That 1 run was all the Royals would need, however, as James Shield was even better than Pineda.  The Yankee lineup had no answer for him.  The only real scoring chance they had was when Brett Gardner double and Carlos Beltran got hit by a pitch with 2 outs in the 4th.  …

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