Showing posts with label Austin Jackson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austin Jackson. Show all posts

Monday, July 6, 2009

I Was Wrong

Before this season I didn't think a plattoon of Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner would be able to handle centerfield effectively. I anticipated a hole in the lineup and wanted a trade for Mike Cameron as a one year fix to hold down the fort for Austin Jackson. However, Gardner and Melky have been pleasant surprises while Cameron has struggled for the Brewers. Obviously, theirs plenty of time left in the season but Gardner and Melky have really held down the fort while Austin Jackson learns how to not to strikeout.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baseball Prospectus' Yankees' Top 11 Prospects

The Yankees system was rate as three stars (out of five) by BP. This seems fair to me. Anyway, here's the list:

Five-Star Prospects
1. Jesus Montero, C
2. Austin Jackson, CF
Three-Star Prospects
3. Dellin Betances, RHP
4. Austin Romine, C
5. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
6. Andrew Brackman, RHP
7. Jeremy Bleich, LHP
8. Alfredo Aceves, RHP
9. Zach McAllister, RHP
10. Phil Coke, LHP
11. Mark Melancon, RHP

Just Missed: Brad Suttle, 3B; Kelvin De Leon, RF; Wilkins De La Rosa, LHP

Overall I would say this is a solid list. A few surprises: Arodys Vizcaino is one. He is an 18 (I think, possibly 17) year old pitcher who the Yankees signed for $800,000 in 2007. This is the highest I have ever seen him ranked. BP also likes Jeremy Bleich a lot more than most other scouting services. Also, I was surprised to see Aceves and Coke ranked ahead of Melancon, but I guess that's just because they are starters for now.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Previewing the Minors: Scranton's Offense

The Yankees do not have many position player prospects, so there aren't too many players of note here. The most important is Yankees #1 prospect Austin Jackson. A-Jax is a very good defensive centerfielder, but hasn't posted eye-popping numbers on offense yet. We could see a major step forward this year, as he learns to translate his athletic ability into baseball ability, and as he moves out of the Trenton, which has one of the worst hitters' parks in the country. The other player of note likely to see significant time at AAA this year is Francisco Cervelli. Cervelli missed a lot of last year after breaking his wrist in Spring Training, but is a solid catching prospect. He is a great defender, and walks a good amount, though he ultimately profiles as a good major league backup.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Baseball America's Yankees Top 10 Prospects

This comes out online in two days, but River Ave. Blues has it early:
  1. Austin Jackson,OF
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Austin Romine, C
  5. Dellin Betances, RHP
  6. Zach McAllister, RHP
  7. Al Aceves, RHP
  8. Phil Coke, LHP
  9. Mark Melancon, RHP
  10. Brad Suttle, 3B
I'm pretty much in agreement here, except for Aceves and Coke. They're both solid players, but have low ceilings. While he hasn't done much lately, Humberto Sanchez has a much higher ceiling than either of them, and you could also make a case for recent draft picks like Jeremy Bleich. Even if they do belong on the list, Melancon should definitely be higher than them. Now, on to the rest of the list. Aside from the two I just mentioned, Austin Jackson is the only player to see time above Hi-A ball. The Yankees have a talented farm system, but most of that talent is located in the low minors. When these players mature and reach the higher levels, this could be one of the best systems in baseball.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Minor League Notes

I have been in Massachusetts this weekend with my Red Sox fan relatives and I can honestly say that the Red Sox have the single most brainwashed fanbase out of any team in any sport. Anyway, here is some minor league news from when I was gone:
  • Alan Horne has a torn rotator cuff. The injury is not as bad as it sounds, and rehab should not take as long as it usually does for this type of injury. It is unclear when this injury happened, but Horne has had arm troubles all year, and it is probable that this has played a part. This has been a lost season for Horne, as he was expected to see major league time this season, but instead only threw 39 innings between Scranton and Tampa.
  • Phil Hughes and Humberto Sanchez will see time in the Arizona Fall League this year. Both pitchers have big ceilings, but have struggled with injuries this season, and will be going to the AzFL to build up inning totals. Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo will also represent the Yankees in the AzFL. The Yankees still have three more spots to fill.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Recap #5

Not a great day for the Yankees:
Johnny Damon was 2-3 with two doubles. Bobby Abreu was 1-3 with a homer. Austin Jackson was 1-3 as well. Greg Porter hit a grand slam and Chris Woodward was 2-3. Not too many regulars in the lineup today.

Wang got rocked, giving up six earned while only retiring two batters. He gave up six hits and walked two, an said he was overthrowing and overstriding, then threw in the bullpen to try to correct the problem. Scott Patterson retired all four batters he faced, striking out one. He has not allowed a baserunner in his 2.2 spring innings. The Farns pitched a scoreless inning, but did walk a batter. Darell Rasner gave up a grand slam in two innings of work, and Sean Henn gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning. Dan Giese and Billy Traber each pitched a scoreless inning, with Traber striking out one.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yankees' Top 30 Prospects

Baseball America's prospect handbook came out today and here are the Yankees Top 30 Prospects: (From Pete Abraham)

1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP
2. Austin Jackson, OF
3. Jose Tabata, OF
4. Ian Kennedy, RHP
5. Alan Horne, RHP
6. Jesus Montero, C
7. Jeff Marquez, RHP
8. Brett Gardner, OF
9. Ross Ohlendorf, RHP
10. Andrew Brackman, RHP
11. Mark Melancon, RHP
12. Humberto Sanchez, RHP
13. Dellin Betances, RHP
14. Dan McCutchen, RHP
15. Kevin Whelan, RHP
16. Carmen Angelini, SS
17. George Kontos, RHP
18. Ivan Nova, RHP
19. Collin Curtis, OF
20. Jairo Heredia, RHP
21. Juan Miranda, 1B
22. Austin Romine, C
23. Francisco Cervelli, C
24. Dave Robertson, RHP
25. Mike Dunn, LHP
26. J.B. Cox, RHP
27. Mitch Hilligoss, INF
28. Scott Patterson, RHP
29. Edwar Ramirez, RHP
30. Zach McAllister, RHP

That's pretty impressive. I think numbers 11-13 would probably make most teams top 10 lists. In the overall top 50 (top 100 comes out soon) Joba is 3, Tabata is 22 and A-Jax is 40. I'm not sure why Jackson is ahead of Tabata on the Yankees' list but not on the overall list. The Yankees' farm system was ranked fifth overall, which is pretty damn good for a team that just recently started hanging on to their prospects.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Brewers Save us From Ourselves

The Brewers signed centerfielder Mike Cameron to a one-year deal. That means he can't sign with the Yankees! I realize that Melky is not a long-term solution in center, but I'd rather have him than Cameron, and just wait until Austin Jackson is ready.