Romine’s bat leads Trenton to win

Game 72: Crap, another bad pitcher
Yanks win a game they had no business winning

First of all, make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread. Secondly, Kevin Goldstein throws some love Dellin Betances‘ way (sub. req’d)…

Just as scary (as Betances’ stats), one of baseball’s most notable high-risk/high-ceiling pitchers is impressing with his stuff as well, sitting comfortably at 93-95 mph with his fastball, throwing his plus curve for strikes, and showcasing a surprisingly solid changeup.

Hooray for having three pitches. Meanwhile, Frankie Piliere gives it up for Hector Noesi…

Noesi works in the low 90s with his fastball and reaches 94 mph consistently. But the biggest difference has been the emergence of his now very sharp curveball and command. He’s cruised up the ladder the last two seasons and should put on an impressive showing in Anaheim.

Noesi, along with Austin Romine, was selected to participate in the Futures Game next month.

Triple-A Scranton (7-6 loss to Pawtucket) Marcus Thames took batting practice with the team, so he probably close to a  rehab assignment
Justin Christian, LF: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Reid Gorecki, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – threw a runner out at first
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K – 15 for his last 42 (.357)
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Eric Bruntlett, 3B: both 1 for 4, 1 R – JoVa K’ed once, Bruntlett twice
Rene Rivera, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 0 – he didn’t come to the plate, just played defense late after Jeff Natale pinch ran for Rivera
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 0 for 3, 1 K
Reegie Corona, 2B: 0 for 4
GReg Golson, CF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Dustin Moseley: 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 9-2 GB/FB – 44 of 81 pitches were strikes (54.3%)
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 19 of his 31 pitches were strikes (61.3%)
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%)
Royce Ring: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – four of his seven pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (12-7 win over Erie) top three guys in the order hit back-to-back-to-back jacks
Dan Brewer, LF: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Austin Krum, CF & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: both 1 for 4 – Krum hit a solo jack & scored another run … Vech doubled, drove in three, scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – second homer in an many days, though yesterday’s “officially” happening in May because of the suspended game nonsense … he’s five for his last 13 with three doubles & two homers
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – 69 RBI now
Jose Gil, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Luis Nunez, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R
D.J. Mitchell: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 5-4 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … meh
Ryan Pope: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 24-17 K/BB ratio in 22.2 IP
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (2-0 loss to Dunedin)
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 4
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 K – .302/.368/.424 as a 21-year-old in the Florida State League is mighty impressive
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 22, 2 BB, 9 K – Jack Rye & Trent Lockwood drew a walk each … Bradley Suttle K’ed twice, R.J. Baker & Francisco Santana three times each … Suttle also committed a fielding error
Graham Stoneburner: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7-7 GB/FB – those are the first runs he’s allowed in 30 days, earned or unearned … 83-21 K/BB ratio with his 48 hits allowed in 81 IP this year … marvelous
J.B. Cox: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – now that’s what I’m talking about

Low-A Charleston is off until tomorrow for the All Star break.

Short Season Staten Island (6-5 win over Aberdeen)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Casey Stevens0n, 2B: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Sosa stole a base, scored a run & K’ed twice … Stevenson drove in a run & K’ed thrice
Shane Brown, LF: 0 for 1, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 1 SB, 1 CS – on base four times, no hits … awesome
Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Francisco Arcia, C, Jose Mojica, SS & Isaiah Brown, RF: all 1 for 3 – Mahoney walked, drove in a run, scored a run & K’ed … Mojica doubled, walked, drove in two & scored once … Brown doubled, walked & K’ed
Kelvin DeLeon, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 4
Shane Greene: 4 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – awful … though I do love that there’s like, ten guys on this team named after colors
Bryant Cotton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Michael Recchia: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Richard Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – gotta love the two inning save

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-2 loss to GCL Tigers)
Anderson Felix, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – he’s had at least one hit & a double in all the games so far, but also at least one strikeout
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – what, no XBH? lame
Ramon Flores, RF, Henry Pena, LF, Damian Tavares, C & Judd Golsan, CF: all 0 for 3 – Flores drew a walk … Pena K’ed three times, Tavares two times & Golsan one time
Jose Toussen, SS: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – Cito Culver was officially added to the roster today, so Toussen’s playing time is about to take a big hit
Bryan Mitchell: 2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB – don’t be soured, kid’s super legit
Erick Tapia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Juan Marcano: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-4 GB/FB – dude struck out 70 batters in 45 IP last year in the Dominican Summer League
Yobanny Reyes: 1 IP, 2 H, zeroes, 0-2 GB/FB

Game 72: Crap, another bad pitcher
Yanks win a game they had no business winning
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Aww, I didn’t think the GCL boys were capable of losing!

    • Angelo

      GCL Yankees = Bust!

      • Brian in NH

        the whole team!

  • YankeeFan

    Sanchez’s hit was an XBH.

    • YankeeFan

      whoops read it wrong earlier today.

  • Reggie C.

    Nice to see Romine heating up after a long swoon. If Romine can show more patience and avoid these long slumps, he’d garner alot more prospect-love.

    • Angelo

      Can’t you say the same for all prospects?

      Romine is still having a good year.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      I agree. I think hitting more home runs and catching more people stealing would also help.


      • Pete

        if we could reasonably project a .300/.400/.500 major league line with good defense and 25-35 HR per year, he’d garner more prospect love

  • Doug

    Hey Mike, what kind of trade value does Laird have given the huge season he’s having?

    How about giving some odds he’s on another ball club after the trade deadline.

    • Mike Axisa

      Good not great. I don’t think they’ll make a big enough trade to include him in.

      • mikebk

        chance he is a top 10 prospect for us by end of year, or too much new talent, plus Betances and Phelps also moving up?

        • Mike Axisa

          Nah. He’s all bat, no defensive value, not even a lefty hitter.

          • mikebk

            thanks. i assume betances if he keeps it up would be top 10 again, phelps have a shot even though people always seem to downplay what he does?

            • Angelo

              Phelps doesn’t have the ceiling of some of the other guys in the system. Seriously doubt he makes the top 10.

  • Tom T

    Love, love, love DOTF and RAB, but I don’t understand your fixation on RBI and earned runs with our prospects.

    • Mike Axisa

      No fixation, it’s just FYI. Those stats are meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

      • CountryClub

        I hope you keep including them. You guys do a good job of having balance between the new and old stats.

    • Pete

      I feel like they’re more there because they’re fun to follow. ERA and RBI do denote success, they just do a terrible job predicting it. It’s the same reason people care about Cano’s BA, or A-Rod’s RBIs in 2007 – it’s fun to see a favorite player dominate in some aspect of the game, even if it isn’t all that significant

  • JGS

    Jesus Montero, defensive replacement

  • Doug

    Mike, if Stoneburner continues putting up 0’s in Tampa, any chance he gets a call-up to Trenton before the season’s out? I know that’d be 3 levels this season, but as an almost 23-year old, he’s dominating the kids right now.

    • Mike Axisa

      Maybe late in the year, like September for the playoffs.

  • A.D.

    Love me some Stoneburner.

  • bottom line

    In his last seven stsrts, Stoneburner has not once given up more than four hits.

  • vin

    Tampa’s pitching staff makes me VERY aroused. I have my very own mental non-jinx-inducing Tampa Starters Watch.

    • A.D.

      You’ve said too much already

  • Doug

    Mike, you catch this Goldstein piece on the organization, specifically Trenton’s Laird and Noesi?

    • pat

      Surprised he didn’t mention Romine.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Jesus the defensive replacement?


  • Chip

    Wow, so Tampa has a rotation of Brackman, Betences, Warren, Stoneburner and Kontos? Has there ever been a AA rotation with all guys who eventually make a major league start? They could do it (even if three of them do it for the Pirates)

    • Pete

      Tampa = High A, not AA. Which would make it even more impressive, though I have no idea whether or not it has happened before

  • Doug

    Romine’s H (.598 OPS)/A (.990) splits are ginormous. Is it really that hard to hit in Trenton?

    • CountryClub

      Having been there many times, I can tell you that it’s definitely a pitchers park. but he’s probably also seeing some bad luck contribute to those numbers.

    • Pete

      it is, but it’s also a small sample. Those splits don’t really carry a ton of weight. He may be a bit closer to his away splits in terms of “true talent level” than his home splits, but it’s still probably closer to the middle

  • dan genovese


    • Pete


      • Pete

        (see how annoying that is?)

        • Camilo Gerardo


          • Angelo

            That’s pretty obnoxious. I know you’re probably just making fun of others, but respect the guidelines people.

            Also, I wouldn’t say the Yankees have 10 or more really good pitching prospects. All of them have a chance to contribute to a major league roster, but only a few have a chance to contribute in a big way. The pitchers with the highest ceilings are, Brackman, Betances, ManBan, J-Ram, and Noesi.

    • Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Dude, if you keep posting in ALL CAPS, you’re going to get banned. Haven’t you been warned about this already? :

      7.Any comment written out in all capital letters will be deleted. That’s just unnecessary.

      Plus, it’s really annoying to read.