McAllister roughed up in SWB loss

Burnett leaves game with 'lacerations' on his throwing hand
Rays pound Yanks on Old Timer's Day

The Yankees have asked Brandon Laird to start taking fly balls in the outfield before games, obviously because they want to try him out at there at some point in the future. That point may not be until next season, but it’s clear the team is trying to increase his versatility. Nothing is imminent though, this is just the start of the process.

Meanwhile, Dickie Marquez got released. I had him in my top 30 prospects list once upon a time, long before RAB. I blame that on the team’s lack of prospects at the time, not my poor judgment. Yeah, that’s it.

Triple-A Scranton (11-7 loss to Toledo)
Kevin Russo, 0 for 5, 4 K – understand since he’s had two plate appearances in the last 28 days
Reegie Corona, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 K
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Chad Tracy, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – nine for 22 (.409) with four homers since signing
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 4
Reid Gorecki, DH & Greg Golson, CF: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Gorecki K’ed three times … Golson homered, drove in two & K’ed
Eric Bruntlett, RF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 12 for his last 23 (.522)
Zach McAllister: 2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB – 35 of his 61 pitches were strikes (57.4%) … first time he’s walked three batters since his first start of the season … there was talk in the comments earlier about whether McAllister or Ivan Nova would replace A.J. Burnett if he had to miss a start, and frankly Z-Mac hasn’t done enough to earn a shot at the big leagues this year
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-5 GB/FB – 40 of his 67 pitches were strikes (59.7%) … first action in 19 days … he gave up three homers
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 12 of his 17 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
Royce Ring: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB – six of his 10 pitches were strikes … lowers his ERA to 1.52
Zack Segovia: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – all nine pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Reading)
Justin Christian, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 13 for his last 30 (.433)
Luis Nunez, SS: 0 for 4
Austin Romine, C, Brandon Laird, 3B & Dan Brewer, CF: all 1 for 4 – Laird doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Brewer drove in a run
Matt Cusick, 2B & Jack Rye, RF: both 0 for 3 – Cusick K’ed once, Rye twice
Marcos Vechionacci, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R
Justin Snyder, SS: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Cary Arbiso: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 7-7 GB/FB
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – back to relief for him
Josh Schmidt: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K – very nice
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-1 loss to Jupiter)
Ray Kruml, RF & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 4 – Kruml scored a run & K’ed twice … Pirela K’ed once & committed a fielding error
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Trent Lockwood, DH: both 0 for 4 – Suttle K’ed twice, Lockwood once
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – eight for his last 43 (.186)
Jose Gil, C, Myron Leslie, 1B & Henry Pena, LF: all 0 for 3 – Gil K’ed once, Pena twice
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 CS
Dellin Betances: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – the important thing are the walks & punchouts … as long as he’s throwing strikes & missing bats, all is good
Phil Bartlewski: 2 IP, zeros, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Trenton Lare: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Augusta)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – ten for his last 28 (.357)
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Neil Medchill, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Mack hit a solo bomb … Medchill stole a base & K’ed
Jimmy Paredes, 2B & Kyle Higashioka, C: both 0 for 4 – Paredes K’ed twice & committed two fielding errors … Higashioka scored a run & K’ed
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – first game in exactly a month because of an ankle injury
Rob Lyerly, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 4 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – might be the best game of his career
Josh Romanski: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 15-3 GB/FB – that GB/FB is Matt DeSalvo-esque
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-0 loss to Vermont)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – got picked off first
Isaiah Brown, RF: 0 for 5, 1 K – threw a runner out at second
Casey Stevenson, DH: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Mahoney, 2B, Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Nick McCoy, C: all 1 for 3 – Mahoney drew a walk & K’ed … Lassiter got hit by a pitch … McCoy got hit by a pitch & K’ed
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 1, 1 BB, 2 E (both fielding) – left the game in the 6th for an unknown reason
Nik Turley: 5.1 IP, 6 H,7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6-4 GB/FB
Bryant Cotton: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-2 win over GCL Tigers in 11 innings)
Kelvin Duran, CF: 0 for 5, 1 K – just six for his last 47 (.128)
Anderson Felix, 2B, Damian Taveras, DH & Jose Toussen, LF: all 1 for 4 – Felix walked, scored a run, got caught stealing & K’ed … Taveras stole a base, drove in two & K’ed … Toussen stole a bag
Ramon Flores, RF-1B: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – nine for his last 18
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Judd Golsan, PR-RF: 0 for 0, 1 R – pinch ran for Nunez in the 11th inning & went on the score the winning run
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – 14-11 K/BB ratio in 20 games, pretty damn good for a kid just out of high school
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K – just two for his last 17 (.118)
Jhorge Liccien, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – that’s two straight days without Gary Sanchez, maybe he is hurt after all
Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 8-2 GB/FB – 15-13 K/BB ratio in 19.1 IP … gotta work on that
Conor Mullee: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Jose Quintana: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Burnett leaves game with 'lacerations' on his throwing hand
Rays pound Yanks on Old Timer's Day
  • Nostra-Artist

    Dellin Betances: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – the important thing are the walks & punchouts … as long as he’s throwing strikes & missing bats, all is good

    Which is why FIP is a better way of looking at pitchers. Just look at the stuff they can control.

  • VTYankeesFan

    I was at the Vermont-Staten Island game tonight. Mojica’s 2nd error was likely the reason he left the game – hard one-hopper that caught his bare hand. Appeared to hit the fleshy part of his palm, but had to hurt. Roller is a big boy and his swing is sweet. Didn’t result in any damage, but hit a few balls very hard (couple foul, one to deep left in a VERY big ballpark). Sosa is very smooth in both the field and at bat. He could be a good one. Turley is big as well and throws HARD. His final line isn’t a good indication of how he pitched – other than one inning (4 runs) he was dominant. I was hoping to see Deleon, but I should be able to get to the game tomorrow with hopes of seeing him.

    • wilcymoore27

      Thanks for the report – that’s good info.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Sosa made 2 three base errors in center (only one was scored an error). He only caught one ball hit to him. I’m not sure I’d call his play “smooth”.

  • Reggie C.

    Sorry Mike. Wrong Chad Jenkins. The Jenkins you are referring to is pitching in High-A ball for the Bluejays.

    • Reggie C.

      Which kinda makes the lack of hitting from the SS squad a whole lot less tolerable.

    • Mike Axisa

      Ack. I was wondering why he was still in short season ball…

  • ChrisR

    Henry Pena at Tampa?? Wonder if this is another Ramon Flores fill-in type deal. Also, where’s Zoilo?

  • Stryker

    poor z-mac. he’s really taken a step backwards this year.

  • Alex

    At this point I say call up Tracy, he can back up 1st and 3rd and release either Gaudin or Mosely to get Tracy on the 40 man roster. Pena handles resting Jeter or Cano. Demote Miranda or trade the poor bastard already so he gets a fair shoT.

    • Angelo

      Miranda has virtually no trade value most likely. And why would you get rid of Miranda and keep Tracy? Because of Tracy’s versatility? I’m guessing that’s it.

      Also the bullpen has been crap, so the more arms there are to prove themselves, the better. At least that’s the way I see it. Gaudin has been awful, but replace him with a pitcher if anything.

      Bullpen > bench player

      • phughesisgod

        We need bench bats. Pena is not going to help. You want real versatility? Deal Pena and maybe a filler to San Diego and bring back Jerry Hairston Jr. Hes versatile and at least he can hit!

        Royce Ring and Alby deserve a call up, while Park and Gaudin deserve to get their walking papers.

        • Mike Axisa

          Jerry Jr. has done anything but hit this year.

          • andrew

            Over the past month he has hit .278/.341, more in line with his career numbers/the numbers he posted last year. I think Hairston would be an adequate utility man.

        • Angelo

          What could the Yankees get for Pena? Maybe a team would bite because he’s a shortstop, so maybe that would make sense.

          Also, the Yankees don’t NEED bench bats. It’s good to have, but it’s not going to improve their win record by much. They are bench players for a reason. I don’t disagree with much that you said, but I’d much rather see the Yankees get a good arm for the bullpen, than see a new bench player.

          However, like you said the Yankees have candidates for the bullpen in the minors, and that approach has worked for the past couple of years. It’s a bit of a toss up when I think of it that way.

          • ROBTEN

            What could the Yankees get for Pena?

            A shortstop who’s hitting .195/.239/.207/.216 wOBA? I’m guessing they could get a lot of laughs from other GMs.

            • Angelo


              Maybe a team would bite since he’s a slick fielding shortstop. But it’s a hard sell I’d think.

  • Alex

    There was a spot open in my scenario sorry. Release Gaudin or Mosely, call up Jonathan Albaladejo and demote Miranda or trade him for organizational filler. Tracy takes the released pitchers spot on the 40 man roster and Albaladejo makes the pen stronger. Miranda is a 4A player. Too good for AAA and not good enough so far in the Majors. He has been a good soldier let him get some time elsewhere. For those that want a lefty bat in the lineup Tracy is lefthanded. Does tracy play outfield as well? We have roster flexibility so I’d like to see the Yanks use it.

    • Angelo

      I don’t believe Tracy plays the outfield. He plays 1B/3B.

      And Miranda hasn’t gotten a chance to prove himself at the major league level. I wouldn’t call him a AAAA player. He’s probably a decent platoon player in the majors. He can contribute to a team.

      Tracy takes the released pitchers spot on the 40 man roster

      It’s odd that you have so much trust in Tracy. I’m not sure I’d take him over Miranda at this point. Tracy has major league experience, but I’m not sure what he is at this point.

      demote Miranda or trade him for organizational filler.

      And why would you trade Miranda for an org filler? Miranda is better than that. I would rather keep Miranda as insurance. He’s not a bad player. You underrate him as a player.

  • phughesisgod

    Yikes. Come on Z-Mac. I give you praise earlier on, and you repay me with that start? Eek. What is up with you this year? Your better than this! Now prove it!

    For some reason, I think the Yankees will just look within for help. In other words, 1 or 2 trades, the rest will come in the form of big league players who were picked up by the club for depth who are currently making AAA look silly. Those players are Chad Tracy, Eric Bruntlett and Royce Ring.

  • Zack

    What happened to that guy from a month or so ago who went on rants saying how great Zmac was and how he’s a future ace and what not?

    • phughesisgod

      There was someone calling Z-Mac a future ace? I must have missed that. Z-Mac’s ceiling is like a 3 or 4 starter.

      • Angelo

        3 starter seems a bit high. It’s possible I suppose, but he’s more like a 4th or 5th starter.

        /nitpicking sort of’d

      • Pete

        he kept saying that mcallister was better than hughes because hughes “one-arms” the ball.

        not kidding.

        • Angelo

          I remember this…


  • Barry

    Why is Boone Logan the guy who gets the call up right away? Does he have something on Cashman or Girardi? Did Royce Ring and Jonathan Albaladejo team up to smash someone in power’s car during spring training? At some point you’d think the two of them should be getting a shot, no? We all know how well Alby has been doing, but Ring has been pretty good himself – 5 walks and 18 Ks in 17.2 innings against lefties deserves at least a shot.

    • ROBTEN

      I agree that Albaladejo should get a shot, as I posted earlier, but Ring is not on the 40 man roster and, for better or worse, no team will go without a lefty in the pen.

    • Joe

      They needed a lefty and plus, Logan is on the 40 man roster while Royce is not.

  • swo

    Not to worry, Mike. I once had faith in Elvys Quezada. Imagine that.

  • V

    Was at Scranton behind home plate yesterday. 6 or 7 scouts, all picked up their radar guns for Royce Ring and Zach Segovia.