Phelps continues to roll as Tampa wins big


Chase Weems is back.

Triple-A Scranton was washed out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow, but Chad Jennings says the Indians had scouts and their national crosschecker at the game. My guess is they were there to watch Durham, since the Rays are rumored to be in on Victor Martinez. Either that or the Yanks are planning to bring back Carl Pava … no, couldn’t go there.

Double-A Trenton‘s doubleheader was rained out. They’re going to play two tomorrow to make one of these games up, and the other will be made up as part of a doubleheader next weekend.

High-A Tampa (7-0 win over Charlotte)
Dan Brewer & Jose Gil: both 2 for 4, 1 K - Brewer drew a walk, stole a base & K’ed … Gil plated a run
Matt Cusick & Seth Fortenberry: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Cusick swiped a bag … Fortenberry tripled & K’ed
David Adams: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Damon Sublett & Luis Nunez: both 3 for 4, 1 RBI – Sublett walked, stole a base, tripled & scored a run … Nunez scored a pair of runs
Brandon Laird: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
David Phelps: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 10-2 GB/FB – another tremendous start
Noel Castillo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-7 win over West Virginia)
Jose Pirela: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – 12 for his last 24
Ray Kruml: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB
Corban Joseph & Melky Mesa: both 1 for 4 – CoJo drove in two … Mesa was hit by a pitch, doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
Taylor Grote: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K – threw a runner out at second from RF
Garrison Lassiter: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB – had three hits in his last 26 at-bats total
Chase Weems: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – see? told you he was back
Brandon Braboy: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 3-1 GB/FB
Charles Nolte: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 5-1 GB/FB – 13 R allowed in his last 8.1 IP
Gabriel Tatis: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island
Game 1 (4-3 win over Brooklyn in 8 innings)
Jimmy Paredes & Kyle Higashioka: both 2 for 4, 1 K – Paredes scored a pair of runs … Higashioka doubled, drove in a run & allowed a passed ball
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
Neil Medchill: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K – just 4 for his last 23 (.174)
DeAngelo Mack: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 9 for his last 28 (.321) with 2 doubles, a triple & 2 homers
Luke Murton: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Rob Lyerly: 0 for 1, 1 BB, 1 HBP – picked off first
Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for 3 – Angelini K’ed
Francisco Rondon: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 10-1 GB/FB – 34-24 K/BB ratio in 38 IP
Griffin Bailey: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB

There was a crazy long rain delay during Game One, so I’m not sure if they’re actually going to play Game Two tonight. If they are, here’s the league scoreboard where you can find the box score.

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-1 loss to GCL Pirates)
Eduardo Sosa: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB – picked off first
Ramon Flores, Jose Mojica & Chris Smith: all 1 for 4 – Flores tripled & K’ed twice … Mojica was caught stealing & committed a fielding error … Compton Chris doubled & K’ed
Kelvin DeLeon & Kevin Mahoney: both 0 for 4 – DeLeon K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from RF … Mohoney K’ed
Mitch Delaney: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
Alan Horne: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 4-0 GB/FB – very encouraging
Paul Heidler: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Nik Turley: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB - picked a runner off first
Dan Miller: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. whozat says:

    “Carl Pava … no”

    Intentionally or unintentionally hilarious?

  2. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    8K for Turleyyyyyyyyy

  3. Dela G says:

    Rain is the only thing that can Stop Jesus Montero

  4. Accent Shallow says:

    Is that a pic of Phil Hughes in the Riverdogs banner? He didn’t even pitch there this year!

    Nice to see Horne smack someone around, even if it is the GCL. Turley, as well.

    I hope Chris Garcia can be ready for ST, but that’s probably too much to hope for, given his history. Ergh.

    • Zach says:

      isnt ST like 9 months after his surgery? and it wasnt TJ it was bone chip/spur, but you’re right, with his history who knows

  5. Mike bk says:

    phelps: 13 IN 8H 1R 2BB 10K .64ERA (great start in A+)

    do you have a ceiling or comparables for CoJo, Pirela?

  6. josh says:

    what would the yankees equivalent of what the phillies gave up for lee be?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      There’s no perfect match, but something like McAllister, Arodys Vizcaino, a better Kevin Russo, and a Frankie Cervelli that could hit.

    • JMK says:

      It’s hard to say since the Yanks are pretty devoid of positional prospects but I suppose Russo, Romine (though he’s not as advanced), Z-Mac, and a high-upside guy like Betances.

      Z-Mac is as close as we have to a projectable 2-3 starter in the upper levels (apologies to IPK), so in that regard he’s similar to Carasco.

      Romine matches comparably to Marson as well-rounded everyday catcher but not a superstar. Marson is much closer to being able to contribute to the big club.

      We don’t have any middle IF prospects near Donald’s level so I figured Russo was as close as possible but it’s a really poor comparison.

      Betances has top-notch stuff but is inconsistent with mechanics, just like Knapp.

      Ultimately, I’m not sure I can really answer your question since our farms are very different. Phillies have much more talent positionally and a few good pitching prospects. We’re heavy on upside in pitching and a handful of positional players (Romine, Montero, Jackson, DeLeon) and most of them are pretty early in development.

      Hope this helped a bit.

  7. JMK says:

    Is Horne in his mid-40′s at this point?

  8. wilcymoore says:

    Mike, what can you tell us about Nik Turley, who took the loss for the GCL Yankees today? He was taken in the 50th round of the 2008 draft … by my count he was the third-from-last player taken in that year’s draft.

    Obviously, we shouldn’t expect much from a guy taken in that draft position. But Turley is young, he’s 6′ 7″, and there have been tantalizing hints that the Yanks could have something here. What do you think? Is there a chance a guy drafted in the 50th round could make it? It’d be a great story.

    • AndrewYF says:

      I’m friends with him on facebook.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      I think Mike and several others have said he’s a sleeper plenty of times, so yea he has a chance.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He’s much better than where he was drafted. They just took a flier on him figured it was worth a shot late, but most likely he was heading to school. Big kid (6′-7″ I think), good stuff, but raw. Bit of a project, but very good. Definitely a top 30 prospect for them.

      • wilcymoore says:

        Thanks. I suspected as much.

        • Game-On says:

          Turley is a what I would call a “crafty” lefty…good curve ball, fast ball 85-88 and a great pick-off move. One thing…he is closer to 6’3″-6’4″. but the potential is there.

    • Chip says:

      Don’t be fooled by where he was taken. He’s got a huge ceiling and is a lefty. There’s talk that he could add a lot of speed on his fastball when he fills out.

  9. Ant says:

    How about this Phelps kid? Whats the book on him?

  10. DreDog says:

    I know this is the wrong area for this post, but I need help finding something, or verifying something.

    Did Gammons actually say this or was this a joke post?
    When asked whether pitching a perfect game or hitting two grandslams in one game was the more impressive feat, Peter Gammons replied “The single most impressive story of this year is Josh Beckett conquering finger blisters. It shows real tenacity, a passion for the game that breeds championships and putting his team first.”

    • Charlie says:

      that post most definitely appears to be a joke to me. He’s obsessed with the red sox, but no one would actually say that

      • DreDog says:

        Cool, I wasn’t quite sure. It’s pretty sad that I needed verification on this.

      • A.D. says:

        The fact that it wasn’t completely obviously that it was a joke speak volumes to some of the crap that comes out of Gammons mouth about the Sox

  11. Moshe Mandel says:


  12. Reggie C. says:

    So I’m gonna assume the trio of Arodys, M-Richardson, and Nik Turley make their respective Low-A debuts in 2010 as 3/5 of the rotation. I guess Jairo Heredia also repeats Charleston given his lost development time. Who’s the 5th pitcher?

    - a 2009 signee? (perhaps Warren out of UNC who should probably start in Tampa)

    • Charlie says:

      who knows? and honestly, not to sound like a dick, but who cares? Its the yankees low A ball rotation for next year.

    • Mike bk says:

      i wouldnt rule out Marshall at least starting next year there again or Brackman.

      Other candidates include Sean Black of SI, Tyler Lyons, Aaron Meade or Caleb Cotham if they sign and there is Trenton Lare who just moved up from SI.

      I think Warren could move straight to Tampa along with Man-Ban, Betances, Phelps, Noesi

      DJ Mitchell, Bleich, Pope, Wilkins

      Z-Mac, Nova, IPK, Igawa, Konotos (probably a couple minor league fa’s)

      I dont know where to slot the Zink’s, Pendelton’s, Horne’s of the world.

  13. Charlie says:

    the rays at bay… is this intentional? i sense that it is. Also, can someone tell me how to italicize/bold comments i’m trying to write?

  14. JohnC says:

    Will Betances be back before the season ends? Nobody seems to know anything.

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