Betances returns to beat Furbush

A-Rod leaves game with stiff groin
Yanks unable to complete sweep, fall to O's

Second baseman Casey Stevenson (25th round) and RHP Mike Gipson (31st) have already signed. Meanwhile, the Yankees are going to follow the progress of LHP Kramer Sneed (32nd) and RHP Keenan Kish (34th) during their summer ball seasons before deciding on whether or not to offer them a contract. They did the same thing with David Robertson back in 2006, who went to the Cape Cod League and exponentially increased his stock by learning a curveball.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Charlotte)
Reid Gorecki, LF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
Colin Curtis, RF, Reegie Corona, 2B & Greg Golson, CF: all 0 for 4, 1 K – Curtis drew a walk
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Chad Huffman, 1B: both 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB – Huffman doubled
Juan Miranda, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – he’s just too good for this league
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – hard to believe that’s just his 14th XBH of the season
Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 11-5 GB/FB – 51 of his 88 pitches were strikes (58%)
Boone Logan: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 0-1 GB/FB – nine of his 14 pitches were strikes (64.3%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 16 of his 20 pitches were strikes (80%) … why can’t he do this in the bigs?

Double-A Trenton (9-7 win over Reading)
Justin Christian, DH, Luis Nunez, SS & Justin Snyder, 2B: all 1 for 4 – J-Crizzle tripled, drove in three, walked & K’ed twice … Nunez scored a run, drove in one & K’ed twice … Snyder scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Austin Krum, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – just two for his last 20
Brandon Laird, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – that’s his 12th homer, one fewer than he had all of last year
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R
Dan Brewer, LF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Ryan Pope: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Eric Wordekemper: 12 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-1 win over Lakeland)
Walt Ibarra, SS, Jose Pirela, DH & Jack Rye, RF: all 2 for 4 – Ibarra doubled, drove in a run, scored twice & K’ed … Pirela tripled, drove in three & scored once … Rye crossed the place twice
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 5, 3 RBI, 1 K – multiple hits in four of his last seven games
Corban Joseph, 2B & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 4 – CoJo walked & K’ed twice … Maruszak K’ed once
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Abeita, C: 3 for 3, 3 R, 1 BB
Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 6-7 GB/FB – first game in exactly two weeks shy of a full year, so it’s good to see him back … also good to see no walks, control is usually an issue after an elbow injury … I suspect he’ll spend the rest of the season here before finally advancing to Double-A next year
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-5 win over Hagerstown)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – he’s had a hit in all but one game since being promoted
J.R. Murphy, C: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Luke Murton, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – had been four for his last 26 (.153)
Zoilo Almonte, RF & Kyle Higashioka, C: both 1 for 5 – Higashioka scored a run
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 2B – 10 for his last 17 with six doubles
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 3 for 3, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – he’s been flirting with a ~.500 OPS since April
Jose Ramirez: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 4-3 GB/FB – 48 baserunners & 23 runs allowed in his last 36 IP
Ryan Acosta: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – just up from Extended Spring Training … oh he bent, just didn’t break
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

A-Rod leaves game with stiff groin
Yanks unable to complete sweep, fall to O's
  • Captain Jack

    just two for his last 20

    Is there an Austin Romine watch somewhere?

    • Brian in NH

      its the only logical explaination for his recent scuffle

  • Chris

    When do the short season leagues start?

    • Mike Axisa

      In just about a week.

    • dr mrs the yankee

      6/18 is the opening game.

  • Jake H

    Jose is going the wrong way right now. Not concerned thou.

  • kaywizz22

    Time for a Laird promotion? It is worth a shot to see what they have in him. Never know, maybe he could help in the DH role later in the year…

    • Angelo

      Juan Miranda is a more viable option at this point for the DH role. Wouldn’t make sense to rush Laird because of that.

      • Ted Nelson

        Probably needs some more time, but I think it’s worth asking (not because of the big league DHing spot, but because of the way he’s crushing AA pitching).

  • phughesisgod

    It’s great to see Betances back and it’s especially good to see him dominate in his first start coming off the injury. Hopefully he continues to pitch well and stays healthy because he has worlds of potential. Now if we can only get Montero straightened out…

    • Jake H


    • Angelo

      I met Betances two years ago, didn’t speak to him much, he was a friend of a friend.

    • rbizzler

      I am on board with this as well. If he can come back and put it together that would be most excellent.

  • Reggie C.

    Montero doubled in his first at-bat of the night, but just couldn’t capitalize on that micro event. Not sure if he killed the pitch, but he was only able to lift one other pitch for a fly out. The kid is struggling bad and these 0-3, 1-4 nights have become the norm. He’s already had an off night recently.

    Nice to see Tampa write-ups get alot more interesting with the Betances debut. Any word on how hard he was throwing?

    • pat

      A poster on another board, a relative of Dellin, had this to say…

      Dellin threw 75 pitches his fastball avg 95 mph and he hit 98mph a few times, his change and curve very good. But he threw mostly fastball and. Changeup. His changeup been really nasty and. He has confidence in it.


      • Phranchise

        thats nuts if true

      • dr mrs the yankee

        I was wondering how he managed 6 innings, 75 pitches would do it.

        Come on kiddo!

      • Angelo

        It would be great if Betances can put it together. He’s always had the potential.

        • Jay T

          Bettances did have an extended ST start or 2, so it wasn’t like he went out to the mound completely cold. However, if those velocity numbers are true, he is going to be an option next year. Great news.

          • Angelo

            That’s pretty obvious. My point doesn’t change.

            • Angelo

              Sorry, that might have sounded like I scowled at you. But it didn’t refute anything I stated, maybe you weren’t refuting anything.

  • pat

    Jorge Vazquez is not long for AA. 433/.452/.567 since coming back from the operation.

    • Richard Iurilli

      Nice numbers, for sure, but they’re going to plummet when his batting average regresses. The .019 IsoD and .134 IsoP don’t indicate continued domination.

      • pat

        .329/.357/.578 in 57 AA games last year. It’ll come down but the dude has done nothing but hit his entire career, here and in Mexico.

    • Tags1

      Went to the Trenton game last Saturday nite. Vazquez seems to be on every pitch. As much as I’d love to see more of him in Trenton I agree he’s going to move up soon hitting like he is.

  • pat

    Dammit, if our bitchass, unclutch, pansy MLB team had won we would have had a system wide sweep.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    3 game hit streak for Montero, he is coming around!

  • K.B.D.

    “Brandon Laird, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – that’s his 12th homer, one more than he had all of last year.”

    Brandon Laird had 13 HR’s in 2009, so it would be one less than he had all last year.

    • Mike Axisa

      Dammit. I read the wrong line on B-Ref..

  • Dirty Pena

    This means at some point, hopefully soon, the Tampa rotation is going to be: Banuelos, Warren, Brackman, Stoneburner, Betances.


    • Phranchise

      oh damn that is fuckin nasty. thats like 5 of our top 15 pospects

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees couldve used Miranda tonight. Hope when Posada is healthy enough to catch and Moeller is sent down Miranda gets called back up.

    • Dirty Pena

      I would imagine that’s the plan.

  • Phranchise

    yeah, definitely good to see betances back. what about george kontos? any word on a possible return from him?

  • rbizzler

    The Low-A guys got back on the horse big time tonight. Nice to see some of the college bats from last year’s draft start hitting again, especially Lyerly and Mack.

    • Rick in Boston

      I really think the jump to a full-season league is a lot bigger then some say. It’s not the talent level, per se, but it’s the atmosphere at the ballpark and the lifestyle changes. I had one guy – a former college player who topped out at AA – tell me that the SS leagues are glorified summer ball, with a lot of org fillers and guys who wouldn’t be signed past the summer. He never really understood the grind until he got to his first full-season.

  • Steve H

    As thrilled as I am for Betances’ first start, I shudder to think what’s going to be written when he struggles. And he will go through some major, ugly struggles. Like Mike said, control is an issue after elbow injuries, and for Dellin it was before injury. If he throws up a 2 inning, 6 walk performance next time out, I won’t bat an eyelash. If the stuff is really back at 95-98, holy shit. But again, he will struggle, let’s try to keep that in context when remembering the serious injury he is returning from.

    • Angelo

      Crazier things have happened. Maybe he won’t struggle as much as we think. I hope not, and this performance certainly is encouraging. You’re assuming he will struggle, but that’s not a fact. It’s what is likely to happen.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    SJK: Moving on to individual players and a lightening rod in the fanbase, let’s talk about Andrew Brackman. His control is remarkably better this year. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is almost 6. But, I also read reports earlier in the year that his velocity was down and his secondary pitches still needed significant work. Where does he stand right now with you?
    MN: He was at 95 the other night. His secondary pitches have improved significantly. He’s made some great progress. There might be some Double-A in his future this year if he continues to perform well. This is the ‘second-year after elbow surgery’ case right here.

    SJK: Dellin Betances, he’s returning from injury. Do you still have hopes for him?
    MN: Yeah, big-time stuff. I saw him at a rehab game the other day, he was at 95 mph, topped at 97.

    • Phranchise

      i came

      • Mike Pop


    • Angelo

      This is great to hear. Thanks for enlightening us

    • Dirty Pena

      How awesome. I would LOVE to see Brackman end the year at Trenton.

    • Jon G

      Fantastic read — thanks!

    • Doug

      SJK: Any players that have surprised you so far this season?

      MN: Two guys really deserve to be mentioned. Brandon Laird is really swinging the bat well and playing very good third-base. Eduardo Nunez at AAA, playing outstanding defense, hitting over .300, can run and throw…they’re emerging as legitimate prospects.

      agree, mike? ;-)

      • Angelo

        Axisa would kill this guy for saying Nunez can play baseball haha.

  • Centuar of Attention

    Mike, should we be concerned with Jose Ramirez? That’s now 3 bad starts in a row.

    • Mike Axisa

      You answered your own question. It’s three starts. No big deal.

  • JohnC

    More good news. Brett Marshall appeared in his first EXT ST game since TJ surgery the other day. Beleive he went 3 innings. Don’t know that stats. If he can get back into some games by August that would be great.

  • Ted Nelson

    What are the chances that Laird’s on ‘roids? Between the power and the fight he and his brother got arrested for… just throwing it out there.

    • Don W


      They test minor leaguers you know. Laird has always had power but this is the first year he didn’t hit like a utility infielder for the first month and a half of the season.

  • Don W

    Eric Wordekemper: 12 IP, 0 H

    Let me be the first to praise Eric for his 12 inning no-hit relief performance!

    • Angelo

      ietc. How didn’t we catch that? All this time I thought he wasn’t a legit prospect. I was wrong.

  • I Heart Nunez

    I love it – Mirhanda is just too good for this league, with his .252/.348/.432 line as a 27 year old lumbering 1B/DH, but the 22 year old SS hitting .308/.350/.384 with 12 SBs is a non-prospect…