Showing posts with label Zach McAllister. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zach McAllister. Show all posts

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Casey Fossum Opts Out

Normally I would bother making a post on a AAA with no shot of making the ML team opting out. However, this might send ripple effects throughout the system. First of all as Chad Jennings notes, Trenton's starter for Saturday is now To Be Announced instead of Ivan Nova. I'm not a big fan of Nova but he's been nothing short of dominant lately and could be in line for a promotion to take Fossum's spot. Personally, I think it would make more sense for Zack McAllister to get the call.

Regardless, somebody is going to get a call up. Another possible effect, the obvious corresponding move to fill the hole in Trenton's rotation would be to promote Jeremy Bleich which is something I'd really love to see. This all just speculation though until something actually happens. They could just sign a random free agent instead.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

McAllister's ERA- 1.61

After 7.2 shutout innings today. That's jsut ridiculous man. He should be getting a callup to AAA any day now and coul see the ML's by year's end.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Previewing the Minors: Trenton's Rotation

The top two pitchers in Trenton's starting five for the upcoming season are clearly George Kontos, a sinker slider guy who profiles as a back end starter, and Eric Hacker, a 25 year old who has a decent ceiling and good stuff but has struggled with injuries early in his career. The rest of the rotation is more up in the air. My guess is those spots will be filled with organizational type players at first, but Zach McAllister and Christian Garcia will probably see some time in Trenton. Guys like Mike Dunn and Ryan Pope are low-ceiling guys who could see time in Trenton.

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Pitcher of the Year

And the Knobby goes to...
Zach McAllister, 20, RHP, High-A Tampa
Z-Mac was a 3rd round pick out of High School in the 2006 draft, and has really broken out this year. He started the year in Charleston, where he excelled in ten starts. He had a 2.45 ERA in 62.1 IP, with 7.65 K/9, 1.16 BB/9, .43 HR/9, 8.52 H/9 and a 1.07 WHIP. After his promotion to Tampa, he made 15 appearances, 14 starts. In 88.2 IP in Tampa, Zach had a 1.83 ERA, 6.29 K/9, 1.32 BB/9, .61 HR/9, 8.49 H/9 and a .98 WHIP. While Z-Mac is not the prospect that Dellin Betances is or Phil Hughes/Joba was, he has put up astonishing numbers this year. The strikeouts are the reason he is not a top prospect, but while he does not have elite strikeout numbers, McAllister's K rates are still solid, and the lack of walks and ability to prevent the long ball are major plusses. McAllister does not have dominating stuff, he is a sinker/slider guy. He does not have the highest ceiling in the system, but could easily become a solid number three starter one day.

Disclaimer: A lot of guys were up for consideration here, especially in the low minors. This was by far the hardest decision of any award I have given out so far, and I think Mark Melancon deserves and honorable mention.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Minor League Notes

So there were a bunch of promotions/demotions yesterday:
  • Mark Melancon and Chase Wright were promoted to Scranton
  • To make room for them, Wilkins Arias and Steven White were sent down to Trenton
  • Eric Wordekemper was sent down to Tampa. This season has been a major disappointment for him
  • Zach McAllister won pitcher of the week in the Florida State League
  • Brandon Braboy won pitcher of the week in the NY-Penn League
  • Brian Baisley won hitter of the week in the NY-Penn League