July Prospect of the Month

It’s been a rough few seasons for Adams, who I actually left off of my pre-draft organizational top 30 rankings altogether. After a strong debut to professional ball that culminated with a .281/.360/.498 performance (142 wRC+) in half a season with High-A Tampa back in 2009, Adams has struggled to stay on the field due to an ankle injury, and a once promising infield prospect has now almost fallen off of the prospect map completely. He’s back from the injury this season, however, and back to hitting as well, having posted a .311/.383/.437 slashline and 130 wRC+ in Trenton this year, and he hit a scorching .375/.444/.477 last month.

What Adams’ future in the organization is, however, is far from clear. Currently occupying a spot on the Yankees’ 40 man roster and continuing to show good plate discipline and on base skills at Double-A, Adams could be used as infield depth for the big league team, and indeed he’s been playing a lot of third base since Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken metacarpal in Seattle, which has led to speculation that the Yankees may eventually give him some playing time there this season, but he’s also part of a logjam on that list, and could find himself removed when the Yankees have to make room for some of the players they currently have on the 60 day disabled list as well as some other minor leaguers they might want to protect from the Rule V draft this winter.…

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Who’s Not: Minor League July Edition

Graham Stoneburner (P, Trenton):
Stoneburner finally made it back to the Thunder after starting the season with a couple injuries.  He has transitioned to the bullpen, but has struggled so far.  In nine innings in July, he had an 11.00 ERA with opposing hitters knocking him for a .476 average.  He walked three and struck out six.  It was mostly due to two particularly tough outings, giving up six earned runs in one inning and three in 0.1 inning.

Nathan Mikolas (OF, GCL Yankees):
Mikolas has struggled to transition to professional ball, though it is obviously still early for the young outfielder.  He hit .171/.306/.244 in July, struggling to get hits but at least showing a knack for getting on base.  He drew seven walks and struck out eighteen times.  He also hit his first professional home run, which is still his only extra base hit.

Matt Duran (3B, Staten Island):
The New York native had a strong debut in the GCL in 2011, but has struggled closer to home this year.  …

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Taking On Cliff Lee’s Contract

In an unsurprising turn of events, the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on waivers yesterday. There were some rumors that the Yankees had talked to the Phillies about trading for the starting pitcher before the trade deadline, but only to hit an impasse when the Phillies GM Ruben Amaro demanded top prospects...

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Who’s Hot: Minor League July Edition

Mark Montgomery (P, Tampa/Trenton):
Montgomery got his call up to Double-A in the middle of June and didn’t seem to bat an eye.  He threw 11.1 innings in July and never gave up a run.  He allowed three hits, four walks and struck out seventeen.  This 11th round draft pick the Yankees signed in 2011 just seems to get better and better as he moves through the system.  He has thrown eight innings for Trenton, so it is a very small sample size, but he has yet to issue a walk, has struck out thirteen batters and allowed just one hit.

Matt Snyder (1B, Staten Island):
Snyder started the short season hitting an abysmal .029/.209/.029 in June, but it may be safe to chalk that up to nerves or adjusting to professional ball, because he has pounded the New York-Penn League pitching in July.  He hit .414/.485/.609 last month, quickly becoming a bright spot for the struggling Staten Island Yankees.  He had two homers, a triple and nine doubles, racking up 23 RBIs.  …

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Nix stepping up as important role player

To be frank, not much was expected of Nix when he joined the active roster in place of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez was being sent down to the minor leagues to straighten out his defensive issues (or to build his trade value by playing shortstop everyday, depending on how you want to look at it), and Nix’s main selling point was that he could play every infield position and left field passably. Everyone loves to rave about utility players like that, but the truth is that they usually tend not to bring much value to the table beyond that. After all, if they had something going for them beyond being able to play multiple positions at a below average level, they’d probably have a starting job somewhere else.

Nix, on the other hand, has been able to make himself a valuable piece of the 2012 Yankees’ puzzle. After his 3-4 performance against Baltimore on Wednesday, Nix is hitting .260/.311/.469 with four home runs in the 105 plate appearances he’s gotten as a Yankee.…

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August 3, 1998

The game featured a pitching match-up of Orlando Hernandez and Mike Oquist. Hernandez was in the middle of a run that would make him the toast of New York. The Yankees had signed the recent 32 year old Cuban defector back in March and Hernandez entered this contest with a record of 5-3. He would only lose one more game the rest of the season. Mike Oquist was heading in a different direction. Oquest was a 32nd round draft choice of the Orioles way back in 1989 and beat the odds to pitch in the majors beginning with the Orioles in 1993 and later with Oakland starting in 1997. Oquist entered this contest having coughed up six runs a piece to the Red Sox and Blue Jays in his previous two starts.

The temperature was a warm 87 degrees with a light breeze.  Tim Tschida was the umpire behind the plate and a little more than 18,000 fans showed up to watch the contest.…

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