Romine gets good news on off day


We’ve got more notes than usual tonight, so let’s bullet point these suckers…

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Syracuse)
Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson & Shelley Duncan: all 1 for 5 – Russo K’ed … Jackson stole a base, scored a run, K’ed & threw a runner out at the plate from CF … Shelley K’ed three times
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – 15 for his last 34 (.441) … he’s quietly had a fantastic year
Cody Ransom: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Yurendell DeCaster & Colin Curtis: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K – DeCaster was hit by a pitch … Curtis drove in a run
Frankie Cervelli: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing)
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7-6 GB/FB – 68 of 101 pitches were strikes (67.3%)
Mike Dunn: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB - 11 of 13 pitches were strikes (84.6%)
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – just 10 of 23 pitches were strikes (43.5%) … he’s allowed at least one run in six of his last eight appearances

Double-A Trenton (4-2 win over New Britain) there’s just one game back of a Wildcard spot with seven games left
Austin Krum, Chris Malec & Edwar Gonzalez: all 1 for 4 – Krum doubled & K’ed twice … Malec tripled & drove in two … Edwar got picked off first
Matt Cusick, PJ Pilittere & James Cooper: all 1 for 3 - Cusick K’ed twice & got picked off first … Coop scored a run
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Richie Robnett: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB
MArcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 1 K
Jason Stephens: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12-6 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K,1-2 GB/FB – he’s a candidate for the AzFL

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day. They’ve already clinched a postseason berth and will take on Brevard County in Round One (best-of-three series) of the playoffs when they start on Sept. 8th. They’re 4-10 against the Manatees this year, and still have to face them three more times before the regular season ends in a week.

Low-A Charleston (2-0 loss to Rome)
Jose Pirela, Mitch Abeita & Ray Kruml: all 0 for 4 – Pirela K’ed thrice, Abeita once, Kruml twice
Abe Almonte & Melky Mesa: both 1 for 4 – Almonte got caught stealing … Mesa stole a base & K’ed twice
Corban Joseph: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Neall French: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Dan Kapala: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 8-6 GB/FB
Manny Banuelos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB – his numbers are crazy good … 1.07 WHIP, ~.220 AVG against, 0.33 HR/9

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win over Vermont)
Jimmy Paredes: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Justin Milo, Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Milo K’ed thrice, Castro & Angelini each K’ed once … Castro also committed a throwing error
DeAngelo Mack: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – 15 for his last 32 (.469)
Luke Murton: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Zoilo Almonte, Mike Lyon & Hector Rabago: all 0 for 4 – Almonte & Lyon each K’ed twice, Rabago once
Ben Watkins: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 5-3 GB/FB – 5 baserunners & 0 ER allowed in 10 IP between his two spot starts
Mike Solbach: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Griffin Bailey: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – holding opponents to a ~.170 AVG against

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-3 loss to GCL Braves)
Judd Golson: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Toussen & Jhorge Liccien: both 1 for 4 – Toussen drove in a run … Liccien scored a run, K’ed twice & committed a throwing error
Kevin Mahoney: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – 70 K in 190 at-bats (one every 2.71 AB)
Mitch Delaney & Isaiah Brown: both 0 for 3, 2 K – Delaney drew a walk & missed a catch for an error … Brown got hit by a pitch
Issac Harrow: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
Ramon Flores & Chris Smith: both 0 for 4 - Flores drove in a run & K’ed … Smith K’ed three times
Brett Gerritse: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB
Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB – he’d allowed 14 ER in his last 10 IP
Paul Heidler: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Wilton Rodriguez: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 18-2 K/BB ratio in 19 IP
Julian Arballo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

The GCL Yanks’ regular season is over; they finished 33-27 and won the GCL North Division. They’ll take on the GCL Marlins in Round One of the playoffs tomorrow. Here’s the preview.The winner of that game will face the winner of the GCL Twins-GCL Nats game for the league championship on Wednesday. There’s no messing around in the Gulf Coast League playoffs, one loss and you’re done.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Greg G. says:

    Hey, Mike — what happened to Slade?

  2. pat says:

    Wow, did not see that Romine thing coming. Luckily for him, Jesus ascended to Trenton or the results might have turned out differently.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Yeah, seriously.

      Let’s see: Romine had a line of .274/.322/.435

      League average is: .252/.321/.363

      So Romine has an OPS+ of 120 or so (if you think I’m doing park effects, you’re out of your mind)

      That’s damn good, but while he has the tools of a good defensive catcher, the scouting reports I’ve seen indicate that he’s still growing into them. I didn’t see this coming, either. Maybe the better prospects were promoted out of the FSL, like Jesus?

      • Accent Shallow says:

        He did have a significant home/away split, though:

        .315/.354/.475 at home
        .228/.281/.391 on the road

        I thought Tampa was a pitcher’s park?

      • pat says:


        Ok, Christina Aguilera/Redman aside, he’s rockin a 32% CS, that’s pretty nice for a young catcher in A ball.

        If somebody knows where to find everybody else’s plz pass it along.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          FWIW, Minor League Splits’ park effects calculator doesn’t change his home line much. Tampa def plays as a pitcher’s park.

          (I didn’t see any change to his road splits, so either those average out to neutral, or the calculator doesn’t run that)

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    Dayum Man!!! ManBan is the Man!!!

  4. A.D. says:

    Hadn’t been paying attention, Laird really turned it around in the 2nd half.

  5. Doug says:

    Evening Mike….Mack have any pro potential?

  6. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Mike, do you think Chris Smith starts in Trenton next year…….on his tour of state capitals?

  7. If the Thunder still had The Jesus, they’d have that WC spot locked down.

  8. A.D. says:

    Miranda cheap DH option for next year?

    • Short Porch says:

      Just look at his home/road splits. SWB being a pitcher’s park, the man gets no love.

      .264 .324 .443 .766
      .322 .413 .570 .982

      Post Allstar, in stark contrast to Jackson, his numbers have been insane:

      .348 .399 .630 1.028

      Should he be raking in the DH rather than say Matsui next year?

    • Jeffrey says:

      I’m surprised there’s no teams interested in Miranda as a 1st baseman/DH. He’s 2 years away from his prime at his current age of 26 and you would think some team could use him.

      I would prefer proven talent for the DH spot, like Damon and resting veterans.

  9. BarryL says:

    Having put together decent numbers in not really regular at bats do you think Milo has any kind of chance moving forward? Would he have to learn the infield to have a shot?

  10. Accent Shallow says:

    I’m waiting for Banuelos to pitch well in Tampa before I get excited.

  11. Mike bk says:

    how much if any potential is there in paredes? solid avg, good sb numbers and other than lack of walks seems solid for 2b.

  12. Riddering says:

    Cervelli’s pumped for roster expansion. (The error was just too much enthusiasm!)

  13. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Mike, just one more question. Is Eduardo Nunez starting to win you over…at least a little? Tiny bit?

  14. Tom Zig says:

    I have a soft spot in my heart for Melky Mesa

  15. sabes says:

    What’s the deal with the love for Medchill? He’s 22 in Short Season ball who is apparently relegated to LF because he’s not a good fielder with a poor arm.

  16. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    …is kei just going to ride out his contract in AAA?

  17. JSquared says:

    Although it’s lower minor leagues, a lot of the pitchers were very dominant.

    Vizcaino, Warren, Rondon, Sean Black, Ben Watkins, Nik Turley (6’7) WTF, Jose A. Ramirez, Caleb Cotham…

    Mike, Do most of them start where they left off, or do you see a lot of them moving up over the off season?

    • leokitty says:

      I’m not Mike but Warren, Cotham, Black are definitely not returning to Staten Island.

      Vizcaino they’ll have to decide if they think he’s ready for full, but I don’t see them holding him back. His stuff seriously outclasses NYPL batters and unless something really bad pops up they’re not going to put him back in shortseason.

      Rondon will probably head to Charleston but he’s gotta get his walks seriously down to continue moving upwards after that.

    • Mike bk says:

      Viz will be at least at Charleston.
      Warren and Cotham probably go to Tampa, Warren almost definitely.
      Rondon Charleston
      Turley Charleston
      Black and Watkins probably Charleston.
      i dont know enough about Ramirez

      ones not on your list
      Mitchell should move to Trenton
      Man-Ban Tampa
      Phelps start at Tampa move to Trenton
      Noesi probably same as phelps.

      but im not as much of an insider as Axisa is.

  18. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Yankees will call up Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Mark Melancon, and Mike Dunn tomorrow according to John Heyman.

  19. Billy says:

    Dunn will walk the first batter he faces and not see the field again.

  20. leokitty says:

    I love DeAngelo Mack–he just keeps getting better. I know he’s a long shot but I’m rooting for him really hard.

  21. Reggie C. says:

    Not sure if it was touched on yesterday, but Betances did indeed undergo TJS according to Lane Meyer. I guess this means Betances won’t pitch again till 2011.

    Can’t say this is a blow to the pitching depth of the organization, but at least we can cross out Betances’s name from top 10 prospect consideration for a couple seasons. Does TSJ toll the clock on when Betances becomes vulnerable to the 40-man requirement??

  22. Short Porch says:

    RUSSO. Leading the frakin International League in hitting at SWB no less.

    We are set at 2B, to be sure, but why isn’t this guy getting at least a cup of coffee here?

    .335 .412 .438 .850

    Again, crazy splits, all good:

    Home Games .307 .368 .380 .747
    Away Games .357 .444 .481 .925

    Pre All-Star .308 .381 .355 .736
    Post All-Star .367 .446 .533 .979

    Let’s someone trot out the MLEs on him and Miranda. Let’s keep in mind that we got pitcher’s parks at A AA and AAA and overlook position talent.

    • Mike bk says:

      because he will be a lot easier to get on the 40 man in the off-season.

      • Short Porch says:

        yep. These roster subtleties often escape me.

        But he still isn’t given his props. He is old for a prospect at 25, but he doesn’t rank where he should in most lists if he is listed at all.

    • Jeffrey says:

      I’d really like to see him get added to the 40-man and called up with the roster expansion.

    • barry says:

      his home slugging being down could be due to the position of the stadium, it’s basically on the side of a mountain with the mountain beginning it’s clime right outside the outfield fence(hence all the outfield drainage problems) so PNC field could presumably be hurting his power numbers because that’s a definable difference

  23. Luis Sojo – Florida State League Coach of the Year. Is there anything that man can’t do?

  24. Billy says:

    eduardo nunez is having a great season. i wonder what he did to mike to deserve so much hate.

  25. JohnC says:

    Was inevitable that Betances would have TJ surgery. Just wonder why they waited so long. Hopefully, he can get in some games in August of next season.

  26. barry says:

    Awesome for Romine, I wonder if any NL teams would be interested in Miranda because there’s really no place for him on the Yank’s. The calculator says he’d put up a 252/321/424 line in SF(just a random team that’s desperate for bat(s)). Maybe it’s me but we should move him if he’s valuable(no idea if he is).

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