• Sally Stoneburner Shines

    Posted by on April 26th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via WCIV-TV:

    Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Graham Stoneburner has been named the South Atlantic League (SAL) Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

    Stoneburner, who is currently rated as the No. 21 prospect in the Yankees farm system according to Baseball America, threw 14.0 innings over two starts this past week, allowing two total runs on 11 hits, while walking three and striking out 16. It marks the first weekly honor for a RiverDog this season.

    The former Clemson standout enjoyed his best professional start on April 24 against Rome, firing a career-best 8.0 innings while giving up just one earned run on three hits with no walks and a career-high tying eight punchouts. The Richmond, Va. native also retired 20 consecutive batters between the second and eighth innings in the outing.

    A 14th round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Stoneburner leads the league in strikeouts (30) through 18 games, while ranking fifth in the circuit in innings pitched (25.2).

    The Yankees spent 2nd round money to sign Stoneburner last year – despite being a 14th round pick. (Reportedly, on talent alone, he was closer to a 2nd round pick – but, he went late because he had the leverage to stay in school.)

    It will be interesting to see if Graham Stoneburner soon passes pitchers like Jeremy Bleich, Andrew Brackman, Adam Warren and Ryan Pope – who the Yankees also recently drafted in much higher rounds.

    Comments on Sally Stoneburner Shines

    1. Corey Italiano
      April 26th, 2010 | 11:31 pm

      Have you know that Bleich is having a good start to 2010.

    2. April 26th, 2010 | 11:37 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Have you know that Bleich is having a good start to 2010.

      A 23-year old pitching in AA, allowing 13 BB + 14 hits in his 1st 22.2 IP is off to a good start?

    3. Scout
      April 27th, 2010 | 8:09 am

      Once they sign, it doesn’t matter what round they were drafted. A prospect is simply a prospect. High draft choices flop, for many reasons; some lower ones blossom. In the end, all that counts is whether the organization has talent in the pipeline. Glad to see Stoneburner doing well at the start of his pro career.

      That said, I thought Brackman and Bleich were poor draft chocies at the time. Warren has started very well at Tampa, a level above Charleston.

    4. Corey Italiano
      April 27th, 2010 | 9:24 am

      @ Scout:
      What makes you think that Bleich was a poor draft choice?

    5. Corey Italiano
      April 27th, 2010 | 9:26 am

      @ Corey Italiano:
      what made you think then *

    6. MJ Recanati
      April 27th, 2010 | 10:30 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      A 23-year old pitching in AA, allowing 13 BB + 14 hits in his 1st 22.2 IP is off to a good start?

      A 1.19 WHIP isn’t good? If you’re going to make that criticism count, you should’ve mentioned the lousy 1.07 K/BB ratio, not the 1.19 WHIP.

    7. Scout
      April 27th, 2010 | 11:13 am

      @ Corey Italiano:
      I thought he was a poor draft choice because he had a very short history of effective pitching at Stanford before the draft; also, he had decent velocity, but nothing overpowering, and reports did not point to great secondary offerings to offset that. To me, he did not profile into a second round pick. I would love to be proven wrong.

    8. April 27th, 2010 | 11:14 am

      @ MJ Recanati: Sure, the WHIP, at the surface, looks OK. But, the walks is an alarming rate…esp for a guy who’s not considered a K-pitcher.

    9. MJ Recanati
      April 27th, 2010 | 12:57 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      We’re not disagreeing here, we’re just debating semantics. I wouldn’t bother citing his WHIP because 1.19 is a very good number. The more important and telling numbers are the 1.07 K/BB and the 5.16 BB/9. Those are objectively lousy and in need of immediate attention by the Yankee pitching gurus.

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