Murphy goes deep as Charleston ekes out a win

Yankees acquire Austin Kearns
Yanks in on Lilly, asked about Theriot

Fifth rounder Tommy Kahnle signed for $150,000, about $14,000 over slot. Meanwhile, VP of baseball operations Mark Newman said that Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will remain in High-A Tampa all season, which is unsurprising.

Andy in Sunny Daytona was at the Rookie GCL Yanks’ game today and took a bunch of photos. Two things: First, you can see some kind of brace on Gary Sanchez‘s right wrist, though he did some catching in the bullpen today. Swinging a bat is more of an issue with a wrist injury than catching, remember. Second, Chris Garcia was chilling in the press box. There’s been talk about the Yanks re-signing him to a minor league deal, and this only adds fuel to that fire.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Norfolk)
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Eric Bruntlett, RF: 0 for 4, 3 K – threw a runner out at first
Eduardo Nunez, SS, Chad Tracy, 3B, Jesus Montero, DH & Reegie Corona, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Nunez missed a catch for an error … Montero scored a run & K’ed … Corona K’ed twice & was injured on the last play of the game when he ran into Bruntlett … no word on the severity yet
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – all the offense they would need
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 3, 1 CS
Chad Moeller, C: 1 for 2, 1 BB – he’s reached base in six of his last ten plate appearances (four hits, two walks)
Ivan Nova: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 13-4 GB/FB – 65 of 102 pitches were strikes … picked a runner off first
Royce Ring: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K – seven of his 12 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … very nice
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – ten of his 18 pitches were strikes (55.6%)

Double-A Trenton (10-3 loss to New Hampshire)
Justin Christian, LF, Austin Krum, CF & Dan Brewer, RF: all 2 for 5 – J-Chrizzle scored a run … Krum doubled & drove in a run … Brewer doubled, scored twice, K’ed thrice & threw a runner out at second
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 5 – six for 17 (.353) since his organization mandated back-to-back days of rest
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 15 for his last 30
Matt Cusick, DH: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Nunez, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Snyder, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 43 BB, 31 K
Hector Noesi: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-6 GB/FB – 48 of 72 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … that’s 15 H and 13 R in his last 8 IP … he’s right at least year’s innings total, so maybe he’s getting a little gassed
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
J.B. Cox: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-6 loss to Charlotte) another day, another great Rays’ pitching prospect is the opponent
Ray Kruml, LF, Bradley Suttle, DH & Trent Lockwood, 1B: all 1 for 4 – Kruml got hit by a pitch & stole a bag … Suttle walked … Lockwood walked, scored a run & K’ed
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing) – well, guess my habit of confusing him with Jimmy Paredes will die now
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K – 15 BB, 11 K this month
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – six for his last ten
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 3, 1 R ,1 RBI, 2 K
Jack Rye, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – probably a career game for him
Walt Ibarra, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 CS
Graham Stoneburner: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-6 GB/FB – 112-28 K/BB ratio in 109.1 IP
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Trenton Lare: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Greenville)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) – that’s his seventh walk in the last eight games
Kelvin Castro, SS, Luke Murton, 1B & DeAngelo Mack, LF: all 1 for 4 – Castro drove a run in & committed a throwing error … Murton doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Mack came across to score & K’ed
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E (pickoff) – second homer in four games
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 0 for 4, 3 K
Francisco Santana, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – he’s been alternating two-hit games with no-hit games for a week now
Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) – he’s probably on a strict innings limitation now, 5 IP per start is what the Yanks have done in the past
Ben Watkins: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-1 loss to Connecticut)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Casey Stevenson, 2B, Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Garrison Lassiter, 3B: all 2 for 4 – Stevenson committed a throwing error … Mahoney K’ed … Lassiter committed a pair of fielding errors
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Roller, DH & Jose Mojica, SS: both 1 for 4 – Roller K’ed
Francisco Arcia, C & Mike Ferraro, LF: both 0 for 4 – Ferraro threw a runner out at second
Mike Gipson: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 3-3 GB/FB – 33 K in 26 IP
Kramer Sneed: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 6-0 GB/FB – yay grounders
Andy Shive: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (11-7 win over GCL Phillies)
Damon Sublett, CF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – played six innings in the field
Robby Hammock, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – played seven innings in the field
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 3B – can’t say you see a catcher put up a stat line like that very often
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Ramon Flores, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 28 (.393)
Henry Pena, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP – 12 for his last 38 (.316)
Anderson Feliz, DH: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Kelvin Duran, RF: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K – seven for his last 20 (.350)
Jose Toussen, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Matt Richardson: 4 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – gotta work on cutting down those walks
Justo Arias: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Erick Tapia: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Jose Quintana: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Yankees acquire Austin Kearns
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  • Steve H

    Signing Chris Garcia would be so bittersweet. I really want him back because the oodles of (ridiculous) upside, but I know how it’s going to end.

    • Accent Shallow

      Same. Love to have an arm like that back in the org, even if he can’t stay healthy.

  • Benjamin Kabak

    Chad Moeller, C: 1 for 2, 1 BB – he’s reached base in six of his last ten plate appearances (four hits, two walks)

    Free Chad Moeller.

    Yeah, that’s not much of a cause, but since May 18, Cervelli’s gotten over 160s PAs and he’s hitting .200 with a sub-.600 OPS.

    • Steve H

      If Cervelli has an trade value whatsoever I have no problem with flipping him while he’s “wanted” and going to Moeller as a backup.

      • Benjamin Kabak

        If Cervelli has trade value, the GM who takes him on should probably be banned from baseball for life. It’s nothing personal against Cervelli; I’m sure he’s a great guy. But a team like the Yanks with their financial clout should be able to find a better backup.

        • Steve H

          But what about Jayson Stark’s “anonymous scout?” I agree he shouldn’t have any trade value and I doubt that he does. But if so, you have to move him.

          In fact, while typing this I thought of the perfect trade. Cerveill for Maicer Izturis. Scoscia loves playing catchers who can’t hit over catchers who can’t. Cervelli is right up his aisle.

          • Benjamin Kabak

            Problem is that, when it comes to backstops, Scioscia and Girardi were cut from the same cloth: all defense, no hot. They love guys like them.

            • Steve O.

              This, also.

              As much as it saddens me to agree with you, Girardi loves Cervelli.

            • V

              Tony LaRussa’s the same way with no-hit infielders.

        • Steve O.


          Every team has a Francisco Cervelli.

      • ZZ

        Being able to catch at the major league level, let alone even remotely hit is no small feat.

        While compared to other positions where we hear things like “all glove” when they are talking about a catcher in a lot of cases it really means ALL glove. As in these catchers just cannot hit major league pitching whatsoever.

        The catcher position is not filled with players who can hit. If you look around baseball there are at least a few teams who would be happy plugging Cervelli into a starting role right now.

        As a backup, there would be a significant list.

        His 24 years old, plays in the toughest division in baseball, has shown in his young career that he can at least handle the bat vs major league pitching and has shown some flashes/potential of being a good average hitter.

        When it comes to the Yankees, having WS hopes every year, playing in the toughest division in baseball, having an older catcher, etc. it would be nice to have a better backup.

        But, to other teams Cervelli definitely has some value in a trade.

        If you could get a good piece in return for Cervelli I would be for it. Personally, though I wouldn’t dump him or actively look to trade him.

        I think he can play a nice role as a third catcher next year with Montero hopefully getting some time behind the plate. I also wouldn’t completely write off his hitting ability because of the past 2-3 months. I still think he can hit for a decent average because of his short swing, willingness to take the ball the other way, and never trying to do too much with a pitch.

        • wilcymoore27


          To everyone else – Cervelli is a backup catcher, for God’s sake, and still a youngster in terms of Major League development. He’s got plenty of energy and has shown some talent with the bat both in the minors and with the Yankees. Give him some time, OK?

          • Benjamin Kabak

            Energy doesn’t equate to skill, and he’s never had much of that at the plate. He’s a stopgap before Montero/Romine are available, and isn’t much of anything beyond a one- or two-year piece. He’s getting too much playing time before of Posada’s age, but don’t expect a great future from him.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Damon Sublett’s home run was a BLAST to RF

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Andy kicked ass today.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    Kelvin DeLaRosa? Do you mean Wilkin? I’ve never heard of a Kelvin DeLaRosa. Am I missing something?

    • Mike Axisa

      It was Wilkin. Just keeping you guys on your toes.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        You can’t stump me!

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    By the way, Flores seems to be having himself a season.

    • Oz

      I mentioned this in the last DotF (or maybe the one before that) – he’s top, or near top, of the GCL in most of the offensive categories. I like getting excited about guys so far from the big leageus…it’s almost masochistic.

  • blah

    You forgot Vech. 2 for 3 with 2 BBs.

  • Angelo

    I can’t wait for Romine and Montero to take over the catching duties, so people can stop defending Cervelli like he’s gonna be anything more than a backup one day.

  • Rick in Boston

    Is Kelvin DeLeon’s strikeouts becoming the Carmen Angelini error of the past? I’m surprised there’s been no “It’s not a DotF without a DeLeon K” meme this year.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mike, not that you’ll read this, but what is the difference between Paredes and Pirela? Neither one has particularly impressive numbers this year.

    Paredes looks like much more of a basestealing threat.

    • Mike Axisa

      Paredes has some more pop in his bat, much faster too. He might not stick in the middle infield, probably going to end up in the outfield. If he can’t handle CF, he’s a 5th OF type.