When Francisco Cervelli and Brett Tomko showed up, I asked them to break down a few prospects. Here is what they had to say:
Tomko on Austin Jackson: “He’s going to be a good one. He hits with power the other way, which as a pitcher is tough thing because that takes away from what you’re trying to do. He’s a good center fielder but he really hasn’t to make many great plays down there yet. I think part of it is because he gets to everything on the run. He doesn’t have to dive. From what they were saying, he came a long way last year and he seems to have picked up right where he left off. I like him. I think he can play center up here and be good.”
Cervelli on Zach McAllister: “He’s going to be in the majors. He throws harder than he used to and he can use four pitches. He knows how to pitch. He changes speeds and sets guys up. I liked working with him. He’s 91-92-93 with his fastball and it moves pretty well. I think he can get to Scranton this year.”
Cervelli on Amaury Sanit: “Oh, our Cuban? He’s not a big guy but he pitches to contact and he gets people out. He has good control and he puts it where you want. He’s interesting. I’d keep an eye on him.”
When I asked Cervelli who else is liked, he was quick to bring up Ivan Nova. He’s the 6-4 RHP who was taken in the Rule 5 draft then returned to the Yankees. Nova is 2-1, 3.86 for Trenton in four starts. “His stats aren’t great but he is pitching better,” Cervelli said. “I think he’ll improve.”
Both Tomko and Cervelli mentioned how good their respective mangers were. Tomko said Dave Miley has created a great culture with Scranton. No matter how many transactions they endure, the team is ready to play every night. Cervelli said that Trenton manager Tony Franklin “is perfect” for the players at that level because he demands professionalism from them.
Cervelli won the game for the Yankees yesterday by legging out that infield single. CC Sabathia was raving about him, too. The Yankees certainly seem to have good depth at that position in the minors. It’ll be interesting to see where Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine and the rest of those backstops will be in three years.