July 19, 2010

Yankees minor league prospects update: Montero, Phelps, Romine, Brackman

It’s time for another mid-month minor league prospects update for Yankees fans.

Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees
Jesus Montero C: The Yankees’ most prized prospect finally is heating up, and it all started when he was nearly traded to the Mariners for Cliff Lee. Since that date, he’s 7-for-20 with two homers, a double and four RBIs. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .353/.465/.559. I was prepared to trade him for Lee without crying, but now he’s giving me some more hope.

David Phelps RHP: Phelps earned a promotion to Triple-A after 14 stellar starts with Double-A, and he hasn’t looked back. In just three starts thus far, he’s allowed four earned over 17-2/3 innings. In his last two starts, he’s thrown six innings and allowed zero and one earned run. He also K’d 10 in his last start and hasn’t walked a single batter in all three Double-A starts.
Full Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple-A stats here.

Double-A: Trenton Thunder
Austin Romine C: Romine, the Yankees’ second best catcher in the minors, is in a bit of a slump lately: .225/.262/.325 in his last 10 games. His K/BB ratio for the year is not impressive (65/35) and his power is lacking as well (six homers in 291 ABs). The Yankees say Romine’s catching ability is superior to Montero’s, but they might just be playing up Montero’s defense to raise his trade value.

Andrew Brackman RHP: Brackman earned a promotion to Double-A toward the end of June and hasn’t carried his success over from High-A Tampa. In five starts so far, he’s 1-4 with a 4.56 ERA. But what’s worse is his increase in walks: He’s already walked two more batters in 25-2/3 Double-A innings than he did in 60 High-A innings. I’ll continue to monitor Brackman’s performance closely.
Full Trenton Thunder Double-A stats here.

High-A: Tampa Yankees stats here.
Low-A: Charleston RiverDogs stats here.
(All of the used stats are prior to action on 7/19.)

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