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Notes from winter ball: Phelps heating up in Arizona

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Trying to build on a solid but injury shortened Triple-A season, David Phelps first three Arizona Fall League starts were uninspiring. He allowed three earned runs each time, never throwing more than 3.1 innings. His past two outings have been more what the Yankees were hoping to see.

In his past two starts, Phelps has pitched nine innings, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out seven. And that’s without throwing more than 67 pitches.

Phelps is one of those guys who was brought in to observe late in the season. The Yankees clearly believe he can play a role next season, and his Fall League stint is about building a few more innings before shutting things down for the winter.

• Speaking of young starters: Hector Noesi keeps getting better in the Dominican. After two not-so-great outings, Noesi pitched six innings without an earned run in his most recent start. He struck out five, walked one and dropped his winter ERA to 3.38 through three starts.

Ronnier Mustelier, the utility man from Cuba, continues to hit in the Fall League. He’s batting .390/.405/.610 while playing third base (played mostly outfield and second base in Tampa this season). He’s new to the Yankees farm system, and a little old for a low-level prospect, but so far he’s been a steady hitter.

Jorge Vazquez, the Yankees slugging Triple-A first baseman, is hitting .320/.400/.587 through 75 at-bats in Mexico. He has 21 RBI and 23 strikeouts. That’s pretty much the kind of hitter he is.

• Outside of the Arizona Fall League, there are only four Yankees with more than 20 winter at-bats. One of them is Vazquez. The other three are Jose Gil (an organizational catcher), Luis Nunez (an organizational infielder) and Jose Pirela (a borderline shortstop prospect). Pirela didn’t do much in Double-A this season, but he’s hitting .389/.421/.500 in Venezuela.

Corban Joseph has a modest four-game hitting streak in the Fall League. He’s been kind of up-and-down in Arizona.

Ramiro Pena has played in one game in Mexico. He went 1-for-4.

• Reliever Chase Whitley is a fast riser in the Yankees system, and he has nine strikeouts with one walk in his past seven Fall League outings. That’s a total of 9.1 innings in those appearances. Opponents are hitting .178 against him, and that’s usually an offensive league.

• Class-A reliever Dan Burawa is getting knocked around in Arizona. He was charged with five earned runs today and has a 9.00 ERA through 10 appearances. He’s been charged with multiple runs in each of his past three outings.

• Nine of Pat Venditte‘s 12 appearances in Mexico have been scoreless, but he’s twice allowed multiple runs, pushing his ERA to 4.15. More telling is the fact hitters are batting .238 with 11 strikeouts and just one walk against him.

 
 

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56 Responses to “Notes from winter ball: Phelps heating up in Arizona”

  1. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank November 3rd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Free venditte!
    Hope to see him in spring…
    Why we have Vasquez if they never gonna show him the bigs either?

  2. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    matty alou…. another part of my childhood, gone…..

    he was a tremendous baseball player. a heck of a hitter.

  3. Red Robin November 3rd, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    who ?

  4. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Swisher and Nunez for Jair and Prado…..

  5. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    i wonder what billy eppler and his scouts say about jurgens and prado?

  6. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    blake – what would be your plan for rf?

  7. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Jurjjens is good when he’s healthy…..probably a solid #3 in the AL east. Prado can play several spots and when healthy is a high average type guy. There would be some health risk but I like them both.

  8. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Joe,

    Beltran or maybe a Jones/Sizemore platoon…..or something else off the radar. Prado could play RF some too.

  9. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    i’d stay away from beltran. right now, sizemore’s still pure speculation as to what he can deliver.

    for all of the complaints about swish, until we can find a rf who can play the position at least as well, i don’t move him. why create another problem?

  10. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Joe,

    I wouldn’t move him just for the sake of moving him…….if they could strengthen the rotation by dealing him then I think you consider it…..

    FWIW I don’t think the braves would make that deal Iunless the Yankees picked up part of Swishers salary if they would do it at all.

  11. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    People are still trying to trade Nunez without a thought about who plays shortstop when Jeter doesn’t. Pena? Who are you kidding?

  12. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    “People are still trying to trade Nunez without a thought about who plays shortstop when Jeter doesn’t. Pena? Who are you kidding?”

    It wont be Nunez.r

  13. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Or Pena

  14. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    It won’t be Pena. He’s a .225 hitter at best and his glove doesn’t make it any better. He not that great on defense.

  15. Bret The Hitman November 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I’d rather have Jurrjens and Pena than some scrap heap starter + Nunez.

    The starter is going to have far more impact on the season than the backup infielder.

  16. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Nunez is a .250 hitter with worse defense than Pena…..he’s a valuable utility guy but I don’t think he’s going to be an everyday player for the Yankees.

  17. Bret The Hitman November 3rd, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I talked to a buddy of mine last night who thinks Nunez is going to hit .280-290 for his career with pop, stolen bases and solid defense (that will take some work).

    Regardless, Jurrjens would be more valuable to this team than Nunez.

  18. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Not a good day for the AFL Yankee kid pitchers today. Daniel Burawa with 1 inning, 5 hits, 5 runs (all earned). 0 walks, 2 strikeouts

    Preston Claiborne 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout. took the loss.

    Cotbin Joseph was 1-2 with a caught stealing. removed from the game in the 4th inning. Might be bcause of injury.

  19. spidanyc November 3rd, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    blake November 3rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm
    Swisher and Nunez for Jair and Prado…..

    ————————————————————————————

    The reason the Braves are entertaining trade offers for Jair and Prado is for salary relief. Swisher alone makes more than those two combined.

  20. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    If Atlanta is talking about moving Prado and Jurrjens, something is wrong with Jurrjens. They’re not going into the 2012 season with 2 rookie starters. Hanson isn’t healthy, either.

  21. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    November 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm I talked to a buddy of mine last night who thinks Nunez is going to hit .280-290 for his career with pop, stolen bases and solid defense (that will take some work).”

    Your buddy is describing an all star type player at SS…..and while I can’t for sure say he wrong (nobody knows the future) ……there is nothing in his minor league track record or really evidence from watching him play that he will be that player.

  22. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    “If Atlanta is talking about moving Prado and Jurrjens, something is wrong with Jurrjens. ”

    They want to trim payroll and add where they are weak…..they need a bat and a SS. Both jurrgins and Prado are going to be fairly pricey and only have 2 years before FA. I don’t think they will trade them cheaply though because as you say….their rotation would be very young.

  23. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Jurrjens was hurt to start the season and then hurt again within the season at some point. Extreme caution should be exercised here.

  24. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Yea….that is the concern with Jair….he’s hurt a lot.

  25. ac1 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    If pitching really is important, i would obviously want Darvish, but i would be interested in Oswalt (no more than two years). I know his back may be an issue, but we want as many good pitchers as we can get, and supplement that with the Noesi’s and Phelps’s of the org. You know you cant count on AJ and you can’t be sure Hughes will make it a full season ever…

  26. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    •The O’s have contacted the Yankees about talking to director of pro scouting Billy Eppler, reports MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko (Twitter link). Kubatko says the Orioles also plan to talk to the Rangers about permission to interview executives Thad Levine and A.J. Preller, and to the Athletics about assistant GM David Forst.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Demand Adam Jones or Markakis as compensation, Cashman.

  27. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    They should tell the Orioles to get lost when they call….

  28. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Angelos just needs to get over the farce and name Showalter as manager and GM. He’s going to demand the final say anyhow. He’s fast becoming the Billy Martin and Lou Pinella of this era….jumping from team to team, trying to run everything and wearing out his welcome. after about 2-3 years, players just tune him out.

  29. Giuseppe Franco November 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    It really doesn’t matter what the fans think of Nunez.

    What matters is what the Yankee front office thinks of him and they are well aware how much they needed Nunez this past season given the extended time both A-Rod and Jeter missed.

    Durability is going to remain a concern with A-Rod and Jeter in 2012.

  30. jwildfogel November 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    minor point: The official scoring was changed so one time Jose Pirela reached yesterday was changed from an error to a hit. He, therefore, is hitting .403/.434/.514 in 72 AB in the VWL this winter. The .403 not only leads the VWL, but for some perspective, a .323 BA is fifth in the VWL.

  31. ac1 November 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Or ask for Matusz (more realistic)
    He had a horrible year, but he is better than that and worth a shot to get him right…

  32. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    “What matters is what the Yankee front office thinks of him and they are well aware how much they needed Nunez this past season given the extended time both A-Rod and Jeter missed.”

    Nobody is disputing that…..he has value to the Yankees….perhaps even moreso than he would in a trade……my only point is that there are circumstances where I would trade him in the right deal…..doesn’t mean I don’t like him or anything like that.

  33. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Id love to get Matusz out of the bust maker that is the Orioles system and see what he could do…..

  34. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I have to get another hobby until something actually happens.

  35. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    tomingeorgia – ;)

  36. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I killed it, I guess!

  37. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Sorry, Joe. Didn’t think anybody was out there.

  38. Tar November 3rd, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    “I have to get another hobby until something actually happens.”

    I heard reading tea leaves is fascinating stuff. Oh wait….. :D

  39. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Tar,
    My tea comes in bags, the tag reads “Lipton’s”.

  40. Tar November 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    the tag reads “Lipton’s”.

    I never heard of Lipton can he play RF?

  41. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Tar,
    Had great reviews in the Ugandan league last year. Would only cost 40 or 50 million to post for him. Go for it.

  42. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    waiting for mrs. joe to finish so we can watch some recorded tv shows –

    is it just me, or does the orioles interview-a-thon seem a bit disrespectful and sloppy for an organization to engage in?

    i mean, they say they still want to bring in a slew of people, but they want to name a GM by Monday. Hello, this is Thursday. What kind of process is that? A brief interview with at least two people (angelos and buck), but you’d think that the candidates would want to talk to others of importance in the office, and get a feel for their processes. That takes some time. Normally, a second interview. But, they’re going to do it in less than four days.

    I guess you don’t need much time or thought if the winner is just going to be a figurehead. that’s what this indicates to me.

  43. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    The Orioles are a mess……that’s about all you can say.

    Tar,

    Next best thing to Yankee baseball starts up soon ;)

  44. Yogi Mantle November 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I think the O’s are getting desperate to get a warm body at this point. There is a lot of talk about potential targets for them not being interested.

    It is going to be interesting to see what happens with them.

  45. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Joe In LI,

    The game in Taiwan is going to be good with help from the local favorites

  46. kd November 3rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    great to see noeisi pitching well.

    he looks like a real contender for the number 5 starter next year

  47. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I hope Noesi gets a shot…..he should.

  48. tomingeorgia November 3rd, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    104 days until pitchers and catchers.

  49. kd November 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    what would it take to bring freddy back? 2/10?

  50. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    oseph (St. Louis)

    How likely to you think it is that Pujols actually is older than his listed age? 10% chance? 20%? And how likely is it that this slight uncertainty will impact the contract he gets?
    Klaw
    (1:21 PM)

    I’m not sure how to handicap it, but the subject keeps coming up when I’m talking to front office people. If some GMs will shy away, or offer fewer years, because in the backs of their minds they’re worried he’s a year or two older than his listed age, isn’t that relevant to this discussion here?
    ——
    he certainly looks older than 31

  51. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t think Buck wanted the GM position.

    Beware any pitcher the Braves are willing to trade. Remember Jaret Wright Javier Vazquez, Chris Hammond, Kyle Farnsworth.

    Prado would be a good addition for the Yankees as he can play both corner OF positions 3b and 2nd. Also believe he played 1st before Freeman. I think the Braves are looking for a power bat in LF, and a SS. trying to free up more money for a possible signing Josh Willingham. Wonder if they’ll try and get Rollins for SS?

  52. kd November 3rd, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    blake,

    interesting. in all honestly, it’s probably an issue. like alfonso soriano.

    if i were the yankees, i’d offer 4/130 with three team options.

    if he wants arod money, give him more in money ,less in years.

    then watch the sox panic

  53. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Blake- Pujols looked 31 when he first made the club with the Cardinals!

  54. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    kd-

    I think it will take 2 years 10M to bring Garcia back, but all I see the Yankees doing is offer arbitration, where he’d probably get 5M for 2012.

  55. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Reports that Oppenheimer is one of four finalists for Orioles GM job.

  56. yankzfan1 November 4th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Jorge ‘El Destructor’ Vazquez Mexican Lg update: He is leading all the Carribbean Leagues in Hr and RBI’s and has a 11 game hitting streak…and in those 11 games, 8 walks. He is leading his team, Culiacan, in walks(11). The league doesnt give him much to hit!……And he hasnt even warmed up yet!!!! Go Chato!!!


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