Tag:George Kontos
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Yankees call up another prospect

Andrew BrackmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Jesus Montero's debut was so successful, the Yankees have called up another prospect, right-hander Andrew Brackman.

OK, the two are not really connected except that it's a use of the expanded rosters by the Yankees to see some of their young players over the last month of the season.

Brackman was the team's top pick in 2007 out of N.C. State. The 6-foot-10 Brackman is a hard thrower who also has a good curveball, but has struggled mightily with his command -- walking 75 and hitting 14 more in 96 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He did strike out 75 batters as well, while going 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 33 appearances, including 13 starts. While rated behind both right-hander Dellin Betances and lefty Manny Banuelos in Baseball America's annual prospect ratings, Brackman was fifth in the Yankees system and threw fewer innings than the other big pitching prospects.

Brackman also played basketball for the Wolfpack and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing. He wa salsa slowed by an appendectomy the next season, so his professional carer didn't begin until 2009, when he was already 23.

The team also called up fellow pitchers Hector Noesi, George Kontos and outfielder Greg Golson.

The right-handed Noesi has appeared in 24 games for the Yankees out of the bullpen this season, going 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. He was 1-1 with a 3.28 in six appearances and five starts at Triple-A this season. Baseball America ranked him the Yankees' seventh-best prospect. 

Kontos, also right-handed, appeared in 40 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 4-4 with a 2.62 ERA and two saves. He's struck out 91 batters in 89 1/3 innings, walking 26 and hitting two.

A right-handed hitter, Golson hit .263/.330/.385 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A this season. He's played all three outfield spots, starting the majority of his games in center field.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 9:48 am
 

Selections in Rule 5 Draft

Winter Meetings The Rule 5 draft is underway, and it will go by very fast. Stay tuned right here for the selections teams make as well as some information about said selections. Need a Rule 5 primer on what the draft is all about and what to expect this year? Check C. Trent Rosecrans' breakdown here .

Round 1

Pirates -- SS Josh Rodriguez, CLE

Rodriguez could potentially start for the Pirates. He has an intriguing bat and can play short or second base.

Mariners -- RHP Jose Flores, CLE

A second straight loss for the Indians, Flores had a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings for Class A, whiffing 10.9 batters per nine and walking just 1.5 per nine. A fine pickup.

Diamondbacks: LHP Joe Paterson, SF

As will be a common thread in the draft, Paterson can strike out quite a few people. Impressed in Triple-A as a 24-year-old and has a strong chance of stickig under bullpen guru GM Kevin Towers.

Orioles: RHP Adrian Rosario, MIL

Remember what I said about pitchers who strike out hitters well? Yep. Hard-throwing relievers are very common in the Rule 5.

Royals: RHP Nathan Adcock, PIT

Adcock played at high-Class A as a starter and is an intriguing reach by the Royals.

Nationals: RHP Elvin Ramirez, NYM

He throws hard, pretty much.

Cubs: LHP Mason Tobin, LAA (traded to Rangers )

Did not pitch in 2010 and really hasn't had extended playing time since 2007. A wild card if there ever was one.

Astros: RHP Aneury Rodriguez, TB

The consensus No. 1 pick, Rodriguez is 22 and could eat innings at the back of Houston's rotation.

Brewers: RHP Pat Egan, BAL

Egan can't strike out anyone to save his life and got knocked around in Triple-A but has sensational control.

Mets: 2B Brad Emaus, TOR

Has a solid stick, looks similar to Rodriguez except he's more challenged defensively. Emaus could see a lot of playing time at second alongside Luis Castillo while Ruben Tejeda plies his craft in the farm.

Padres: RHP George Kontos, NYY

Kontos, 25, pitched at the Triple-A level (albeit briefly) and could stick in the middle of the bullpen, but not much to see here.

Twins: LHP Scott Diamond, ATL

Diamond flashes a good curveball and pitches from the south side of the mound.

Yankees: LHP Robert Fish, LAA

Fish got bombed in Double-A but... stop me if you've heard this before... strikes out a lot of batters.

Rays: LHP Cesar Cabral, BOS

A South Atlantic League All-Star, Cabral has punchout ability and four pitches, one of which is a very good changeup.

Phillies: OF Michael Martinez, WAS

Martinez is an old fogey at age 27 but broke out in Triple-A (albeit in only 135 at-bats) for the first time, showing he may have a decent bat. He's likely an emergency fallback for the Phillies who would prefer a better right-handed outfield bat. Martinez is a switch-hitter.

Round 2
Nationals: RHP Brian Broderick, STL

This is another guy who doesn't strike out much but has strong control. Could contend for a spot in the back of Washington's rotation.

Astros: Lance Pendleton, NYY

The 26-year-old spent the bulk of his time in Double-A's rotation for the Yankees sans a brief look at Triple-A, but I can't see him sticking over Rodriguez and it's hard to imagine Houston carrying two Rule 5 picks. A trade on the way?

Mets: RHP Pedro Beato, BAL

The Mets originally drafted Beato but didn't sign him. They now get their man as Beato has emerged as an option in the bullpen after failing as a starter.

Yankees: RHP Daniel Turpen, BOS

Turpen was acquired by the Red Sox in the Ramon Ramirez-to-Giants trade but has near-zero chance of sticking with the club. He's a sidearmer.

There might be a gem or two in here, but most of these names will end right back up with their former club.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:15 am
 

Selections in Rule 5 Draft

Winter Meetings The Rule 5 draft is underway, and it will go by very fast. Stay tuned right here for the selections teams make as well as some information about said selections. Need a Rule 5 primer on what the draft is all about and what to expect this year? Check C. Trent Rosecrans' breakdown here .

Round 1
Pirates -- SS Josh Rodriguez, CLE
Mariners -- RHP Jose Flores, CLE
Diamondbacks: OF Joe Patterson, ARI
Orioles: RHP Adrian Rosario, MIL
Royals: RHP Nathan Adcock, PIT
Nationals: RHP Elvin Ramirez, NYM
Cubs: LHP Mason Tolbin, LAA
Astros: RHP Aneury Rodriguez, TB
Brewers: RHP Pat Egan, BAL
Mets: 2B Brad Enos, TOR
Padres: RHP George Kontos, NYY
Twins: LHP Scott Diamond, ATL
Yankees: LHP Robert Fish, LAA
Rays: LHP Cesar Cabral, BOS
Phillies: OF Michael Martinez, WAS

Round 2
Nationals: RHP Brian Broderick, STL
Astros: Lance Pendleton, NYY
Mets: RHP Pedro Beato, BAL
Yankees: RHP Daniel Turpen, BOS

-- Evan Brunell

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