Betances dominates again in Tampa win

Game 71: Oh good, a real pitcher
Yanks break out, beat D-Backs

First of all, make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Secondly, I forgot to include that in yesterday’s DotF, but that’s a shot of Mikey O’Brien delivering a pitch during his utterly dominant start for the Staten Island Yanks on Sunday. Thanks to commenter alex k. for the pic. As you can see, O’Brien’s not a big guy. Listed at just 5-foot-11, 185 lbs.

In other news, Marcus Thames is with Triple-A Scranton, presumably because he’ll be starting a rehab assignment soon.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Pawtucket)
Justin Christian, LF, Reid Gorecki, RF, Eduardo Nunez, SS & Jesus Montero, C: all 0 for 4 – Christian drew a walk … Gorecki & Nunez each K’ed twice, Montero once
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K E (fielding) – three doubles & a homer in his last three games
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 2 for 4, 1 K
Eric Bruntlett, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – 0 for 21 since joining the organization
Reegie Corona, 2B: 3 for 4 – seven for his last ten
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1
Zach McAllister: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 9-9 GB/FB – 62 of 91 pitches were strikes (68.1%) … longest outing in exactly one month
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 21 of his 35 pitches were strikes (60%) … good to see him coming out of that rut

Double-A Trenton
Game One
(8-2 loss to Erie)
completion of a May 27th suspended game
Dan Brewer, LF & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 0 for 4 – Brewer K’ed three times, Laird once
Austin Krum, CF & Justin Snyder, 2B: both 0 for 3 – Krum walked & K’ed
Austin Romine, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – he actually homered today, not in the first part of the game played in May
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – ditto Romine’s comment
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Luis Nunez, SS: 1 for 3
Hector Noesi: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-2 GB/FB – started the original game back in May
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 2.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 4-0 GB/FB – terrible
Josh Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Game Two
(8-3 win over Erie in 7 innings)
Dan Brewer, LF, Edwar Gonzalez, RF & Luis Nunez, SS: all 1 for 3, 1 R – Brewer & Edwar each drew a walk & K’ed
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – good to see the XBH’s coming, he was stuck in a little slump for a while
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – up to 67 RBI now … 67!
Matt Cusick, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – now that’s a game
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Kevin Smith, DH: both 0 for 3, 2 K – Vech got hit by a pitch
Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3-8 GB/FB – retired 13 of 14 at one point
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa
Game One
(3-0 win over Dunedin in 7 innings)
makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Walt Ibarra, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS, Melky Mesa, CF, Trent Lockwood, 1B & Mitch Abeita, C: both 1 for 3 – Pirela doubled in two … Mesa & Lockwood each K’ed once … Lockwood & Abeita each scored a run … Abeita picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Corban Joseph, 2B & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 0 for 4 – CoJo drove in a run … Suttle K’ed twice
Neil Medchill, DH: 0 for 3, 2 K
Jack Rye, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – had gone ten for his previous 26 (.385) to get his AVG back up to .277, after it once flirted with .400
Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5-4 GB/FB – that’s 21 K, 1 BB, 6 H in 18 IP since coming back … again, it’s all about health with him
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 27-4 K/BB ratio in 26.2 IP
Game Two (4-0 loss to Dunedin in 7 innings)
Walt Ibarra, LF, Bradley Suttle, 3B & Neil Medchill, DH: all 0 for 3 – Suttle & Medchill each K’ed
Jose Pirela, SS, Corban Joseph, 2B & Melky Mesa, CF: all 1 for 3 – CoJo & Mesa each K’ed … Mesa also swiped a bag
Trenton Lockwood, 1B: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Myron Leslie, C & Jack Rye, RF: both 0 for 2 – Leslie drew a walk
Adam Warren: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7-3 GB/FB – just off his short little rest period on the DL, missed just one start
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
George Kontos: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – not sure what’s going here, seems odd to have a guy make a relief appearance just four days after making his first start back from Tommy John surgery … very weird

Low-A Charleston is off until Thursday for the All Star Game. The game ended with the North and South teams tied at five. How lame.
Zoilo Almonte, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – started the game & batted ninth
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 12 of his 18 pitches were strikes … he threw the 4th inning

Short Season Staten Island‘s game was suspended due to rain after an inning and a half. Not sure when they’re going to finish this one off, but here’s the box score if you want to see what happened.

Rookie GCL Yanks (11-4 win over GCL Pirates)
Kelvin Duran, CF: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Anderson Felix, 2B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – always nice to have a 1.010 OPS after two pro games
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – same comment as Felix, except with a 1.232 OPS
Ramon Flores, LF: 3 for 4, 4 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS – now that is a productive game
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – first career hits
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K –
Henry Pena, DH: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Jose Rosario, SS & Judd Golsan, RF: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Rosario committed a fielding error … Golsan K’ed thrice
Nik Turley: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Charlyn Garcia: 0.1 IP, zeroes
Evan DeLuca: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – great arm, just needs to figure out the whole control thing … the Yankees obviously love him, they gave him a $500,000 to skip out on his commitment to San Diego as a 44th rounder last year
Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 24th round pick this year
Harold Garce: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – now that’s a disappointing line … this is a guy that walked 84 batters in 37.2 IP in the Dominican Summer League back in 2008 … when he pitches, I want comic relief

Game 71: Oh good, a real pitcher
Yanks break out, beat D-Backs
  • JGS

    Next year the Sally League ASG should determine home field advantage in the championship series

    • Brian in NH

      Why not be really bold and have the Sally League All Star Game determine home field advantage for the world series.

      We have to think outside of the box here people..shift some paradigms and whatnot

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I like the look of this GCL team

  • mikebk

    Dellin to AA by August?

    • AndrewYF

      Let him stay healthy before thinking about challenging him.

      • Nostra-Artist

        If he keeps blowing hitters away in High-A, promote him. He has nothing to learn there.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The GCL Yankees are STACKED.

    • Jake H

      I agree. Is it the most talent that they have had at the GCL?

    • Angelo

      I agree.

      Gary Sanchez, Anderson Felix, Ramon Flores, Kelvin Duran, Fu-lin Kuo, and Reymond Nunez are all legit prospects.

      Cito Culver still needs to join them too.

      That line up has a ton of talent. Not including eventual signees that will join them

  • Reggie C.

    I see Montero’s hot streak is over. Good thing for Montero that Penn and GCL personnel debuts have overshadowed his 5 Ks over the past couple games.

    I’d love to find out if there were any tweets noting Betances’s velocity.

    • zs190

      Goldstein wrote in an update that he was mid 90’s I think. Yankees themselves had him sitting 94-95, touching 97. (Either Contreras or Newman said it in an interview)

    • Yankee1010

      Betances was around 94 with the fastball and topped out at 96 tonight.

  • Cult of Basebaal

    Wait! That isn’t a typo? 84 walks in 37.2 innings???

    Wow, that’s Neighborgallian!!!

    • JGS

      Stunningly, it’s not

  • Chris

    Venditte now has a 48:9 K:BB ratio in 37.1 IP this year. I know he doesn’t wow the scouts, but at some point don’t they need to push him to see when/if he flames out?

  • BklynJT

    The Montero Watch is garbage. Remove that widget already.

    • pat


    • Angelo

      Who let this guy in?

      Funny guy I tell you.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    My mancrush on DeLuca can now go full throttle!

  • camilo gerardo

    promote Brack and Betances!

  • Chip

    Dellin has to be a potential AA call-up right? I mean he’s showing control, stuff and isn’t getting challenged at all.

    • Reggie C.

      Lets give Betances at least another dozen starts. Right? Betances is going to have a less than dominant effort eventually, and i’d love to see how he come backs from it. Gotta love the command Betances is showing though.

      Betances and Brackman have rejuvenated DotF!

      • mikebk

        season has to be over in a dozen starts.

        • rbizzler

          I agree with Reggie. Let the kid gain some confidence and once he is a little further removed from surgery. challenge him. There is absolutely no reason to get greedy and rush him. He is still a few years away from contributing.

          • Jeffrey

            I don’t agree – promote Betances while he is hot and has the best chance to succeed. Brackman is improving, but he is still giving up hits and runs, Betances isn’t giving anything up.

            The logic of a DeLaRosa/Betances swap is getting too hard to resist. How long can you let DeLaRosa continue to get his head beaten in?

            • Angelo

              So you’re saying 3 starts after coming back from a serious injury is enough to promote a guy?

              I’m more worried about Betances staying healthy, and he’s not always going to be THIS good. He has tons of potential, though rushing him to Trenton might hurt him. He’s gaining some much needed confidence right now, and that’s the most important thing. If he continues to have success for another 4 starts, then I say promote him.

              But let his confidence grow a bit more before coming to any irrational conclusions. He’s only pitched 3 times since returning from a serious injury. Use logic.

              • Nostra-Artist

                You’re right, but he can get a taste of AA in August. By that point, half the same guys he faced in High-A will be there anyway.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              “… promote Betances while he is hot and has the best chance to succeed.”

              This is precisely the wrong reason to promote a prospect. Promote a kid when he’s ready for the promotion, not just because he’s had a handful of good games and looks like he can ride a hot-streak for a little while.

    • vin

      Maybe, but my guess is that they leave him in Tampa all season, and start him in Trenton next year with the chance to be promoted. He’s only had 1 full season as a professional, and he’s still only 22.

      • Chip

        How many years of service does he have? I assume they get a medical redshirt one but he’s probably fairly close to being added to the 40-man right?

        • mikebk

          he needs to go on this offseason.

          • vin

            Is that right? I thought it was after next season because of the injuries.

            • rbizzler

              Either way, there is no way he gets picked in the Rule V and sticks in a ML bullpen all year. The kid will not have pitched a day in AA by then.

              • pat

                Nobody is gonna take a kid who’s 6′ 8″ touching high 90’s with the FB, good curve and a developing change?

                I think he’d be the first guy pitched. No doubt about it

                • pat

                  *picked, oops.

                • pat

                  The Yankees protected Noesi after spending 09 between Charleston and Tampa, and he doesn’t anywhere near the ceiling as Betances.

                  • pat

                    *doesn’t have. Geez, gotta learn to read stuff before hitting post.

                    • rbizzler

                      I am not doubting Betances, but he will have @ 100 innings or less post-surgery. Is there really a chance he sticks on a ML roster for a full season? If the answer to that question is yes, by all means protect him. There will be plenty of dead weight on the 40 man to make room for him if he needs to be added. My thought was that someone that far away from the show is not a threat to be picked.

                      Maybe I am wrong…

                    • Angelo

                      Yeah, teams would definitely go after Betances if he’s not protected. Any guy with his kind of talent would get snatched and thrown into the bullpen very quickly.

                  • A.D.

                    Agreed if he’s healthy, he has to be protected.

                  • rbizzler

                    Once again, not challenging you but doesn’t Noesi have superior command? He seems like a guy that could stick in a crappy ‘pen as a swing man.

                    • pat

                      Noesi definitely has the superior command, but Dellin has the stuff and potential that is rarely ever available in the Rule V. He could come into AZ and probably be an immediate candidate to be their closer.

                  • Jeffrey

                    Not sure why everyone gets all worked up about Nova while Noesi is so overlooked.

                    Noesi has had the results and is one of two Thunder players in the Futures Game (Romine is the other). From Mike Ashmore:

                    After posting a 5-2 record, 2.72 ERA and sick 53:6 K/BB ratio in 43 innings with High-A Tampa, the Dominican-born starter has been nearly as good since joining the Thunder.

                    In his first foray in Double-A, the righty is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts and has walked six and struck out 34 Eastern League batters in 38 innings of work.

                    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                      “Not sure why everyone gets all worked up about Nova while Noesi is so overlooked.”

                      I like Noesi and all… But who, exactly, get’s all worked up about Ivan Nova? I haven’t heard too many people getting excited about him, he’s not seen as a top prospect but more of a back-end of the rotation guy.

  • A.D.

    PJ the next great Yankee catcher…MIND BLOWN

    • steve

      I would love to see him sneak his way onto the major league roster in September.

  • YankeesGalaxy

    Yeah DB, get ’em!

  • Total Dominication

    Seriously guys (Yankees FO)? WTF do you have against Pat Venditte? When’s the last time he gave up a run?

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s a guy throwing slop. Being able to do it from both sides is noteworthy, but I’d take him a level at a time.

      • Marcos

        I understand that the odds of him ever being good or even a decent Major Leaguer are small, but so far the results (in a decent sample size) indicate that he needs a promotion!

        Although I am glad that they put him on a prospect track this year, maybe the original expectations were all wrong (hopefully). But I think he should seriously be considered a candidate for AA.

        Just sayin’

        • Brian in NH

          I agree…I don’t know how much more he has to prove at his current level. Challenge him a little

  • Brian

    With Warren returning and Brackman possibly being promoted, it could be that Kontos pitched an inning tonight and then he will again on Thursday or Friday in Brackman’s spot.

    • rbizzler

      Or it was his throw day and they needed an inning from the BP because of the double-dip.

      • Rick in Boston

        That’s the only thing I could think of. Although they could have stashed someone on the 7-day DL and brought up an org arm from SI or the GCL to take the inning.

        • Brian

          True, but they need to get Stoneburner and Hall a start (not to mention Brackman if he is not promoted) and all would pitch on 6 days’ rest, it looks like. So, it looks like with Warren returning, Kontos needed an inning, and may take Brackman’s spot if a promotion is in the works.

  • Nathan

    Kontos must be doing the “Andy Pettite pitching on off days to save the bullpen” thing for Tampa

  • Captain Jack

    Right now the Yankee farm IMO would rank in the bottom half of MLB, but they do have quite a few nice players to have in the system.

    • Angelo

      I agree with you.

      However, the Yankees system has a lot of younger players with a lot of talent. That doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s a good start. You also have players starting to blossom, and others coming back from injuries, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees farm system makes some big strides before the year is over.

      • Captain Jack

        Yeah, I think they’re about a year or so away from a top ten farm ranking…provided everyone stays healthy they can be right up there.

    • camilo gerardo

      I dub thee Captain Buzzkill

      • Captain Jack

        Yeah, sorry it was late and I was tired and forgot to add that they have quite a few players who could be fast risers if they demonstrate that they can stay healthy and play above A ball.

  • Mike Ashmore

    Would be surprised to see Betances in Trenton before the last 2-3 weeks of the season, if at all. He’s 22, his arm probably still feels like it’s held together by chewing gum and tin foil, and there’s no legitimate reason to rush him right now.

    Venditte…I wrote at the start of the year that I’d expect him to be up here by the All-Star break and I stand by that. At some point, his numbers have got to warrant a call-up, whether he’s a so-called prospect or not. Josh Schmidt throws a mid-80’s fastball and a pretty nasty slow curve, but you can say he throws slop too…but look at his numbers. Slop or not, he gets the job done.

    Brackman…could see him here soon. Makes more sense. With the investment they have in him, the recent improvement and the fact that he’ll be 25 in December…seeing what he can do in Trenton soon makes sense. Realistically, he should have been here by now…and with the way the Yankees try to sail pitchers especially through the system, he should have been through here by now.

    Laird? Not in the Futures Game? Really? Not so much?

    • Brian in NH

      Hooray for reasonable assertions on the prospects! I’m tired of people calling anyone with one bad game a bust, and trying to get so-and-so’s pet prospect promoted too fast.

      • Angelo

        Well you get your fair share of both.

        Rational fans who are patient and logical, and irrational fans who live and die with every game

    • rbizzler

      Thanks for the insight Mike. I would love to see Dellin healthy and performing well enough for a late season promotion.

      As or the Futures Game, how much input do the ML clubs have as to who gets selected? Despite Laird’s superior numbers, could the org not have sponsored his candidacy?

    • camilo gerardo

      Don’t get the post-surgery argument. Is he liable to throw harder in Trenton? He has just as much risk in A as AA, except he is not being challenged in Tampa

      • rbizzler

        Well, it’s only been three starts. The post-surgery argument is that no one comes back from surgery and doesn’t have a setback or two along the way. Let him continue to work on repeating his delivery in Tampa and if he remains healthy and is still dominating later in the year bump him up to Trenton.

        People are talking about Betances like he had all sorts of polish before he had surgery and he was a candidate for the fast-track, but he wasn’t. I think he is nasty but he did have command issues, especially considering he had a rate of 4.5 BB/9 for his MiLB career.

        I don’t understand why it is not enough to have a high upside arm back from surgery and throwing well. Why should he be rushed, it is not like he is knocking on the door of the bigs right now.

  • Januz

    The OVERALL Yankee System is certainly not as good as Tampa or Texas, but they have depth at catcher and on the mound, the two toughest positions to find. They added two excellent catching possibilities (Sanchez and Murphy) to the organization in 2009. Ask Texas about trying to find a catcher sometime? When has Tampa EVER had a great catcher? Unless you love Novarro, the answer is never.

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Anyone else think Tampa is regretting passing on Posey and taking Tim Beckham #1?

    • Angelo

      This can be said about a lot of teams passing on today’s All-Star’s. That’s why the draft is like taking a lottery pick.

    • rbizzler

      I will agree that it was a bit puzzling that the Rays passed on Posey, considering organizational need. But the Rays have always been all about athleticism and upside in the draft, and the Beckham pick fits their m.o. That being said, I am sure that they might agree to a redo on that selection being that Posey has been as good as advertised and Beckham has been a disappointment early in his MiL career.