Vazquez goes deep again in SWB win

Mariano Rivera withdraws from All Star Game
A-Rod slams A's, Yanks clinch series with 6-1 win

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Rochester)
Reid Gorecki, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R
Reegie Corona, 2B: 3 for 5, 1 R
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, Chad Moeller, C & Greg Golson, CF: all 0 for 4 – Nunez walked & K’ed twice … Golson K’ed twice
Juan Miranda, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – mashin’
Chad Huffman, LF: 1 for 5, 1 K
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – three straight games with a jack, fourth in his last nine
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 64 of his 105 pitches were strikes (61%) … that comes after zero punchouts in his last start
Royce Ring: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of his nine pitches were strikes
Jon Albaladejo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 14 of his 17 pitches were strikes (82.4%) … seriously, what more does he have to do to get a shot?

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over Akron)
Luis Nunez, SS & Matt Cusick, 2B: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Nunez committed a fielding error
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – 10 walks in his last 10 games
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – just three for his last 25 (.120)
Dan Brewer, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – got picked off first
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Rene Rivera, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Vech walked
Jack Rye, LF & Edwar Gonzalez, RF: both 1 for 3 – Rye drove in two … Edwar hit a solo jack & K’ed
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3-6 GB/FB – 34-29 K/BB ratio in 48.2 IP
Cory Arbiso: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-1 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Brevard County)
Ray Kruml, RF, Corban Joseph, 2B & Melky Mesa, CF: all 2 for 4 – Kruml stole a base, scored a run & K’ed … CoJo homered & drove in two … Mesa whacked a pair of doubles & then got picked off second
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – second homer in his lat five games
Zoilo Almonte, RF, Trent Lockwood, 1B & Ramon Flores, LF: all 0 for 3 – Almonte walked, stole a base, got caught stealing & K’ed … Lockwood just walked
Manny Banuelos: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3-2 GB/FB – good to see him back … hopefully he finishes strong, putting himself in a quick promotion next season … not sure if they’d be willing to jump him right to Double-A as a 20-year-old with about two months worth of starts in A+
Noel Castillo: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Craig Heyer: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB – on a serious note, he’s been away for about seven weeks because his mother passed away, so we all send our condolences out … in happier news,  dude’s got a 27-0 K/BB ratio in 36.2 IP … yes, zero walks all season
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Ashville)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – seven for his last 24 (.292) after a rather prolonged slump
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 1 E (throwing) – that’s error number 28
Neil Medchill, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – ~.950 OPS since the demotion, .527 before that
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 PB – nine for his last 30 (.300)
Rob Lyerly, 3B & Kyle Higashioka, C: both 0 for 4 – Lyerly stole a base & K’ed
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Brett Marshall: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – he’s in the same boat as Banuelos, just one level down
Ryan Acosta: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Ryan Flannery: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Francisco Gil: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-5 win over Auburn)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – 13 for his last 35 (.371)
Shane Brown, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K
Kyle Roller, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – 17 for his last 38 (.447)
Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Kevin Mahoney, 3B: both 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB
Isaiah Brown, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB
Nik Turley: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … very nice for his first career start above rookie ball
Rich Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB – stressful inning, eh?
Bryant Cotton: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – first blown save of the season
Michael Recchia: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game One (7-2 win over GCL Tigers in 7 innings)
makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Kelvin Duran, CF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Anderson Felix, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – had been 0 for his last 12 and three for his last 31 (.097)
Gary Sanchez, DH: 0 for 3 – pretty sure that’s his first hitless game of the season
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 2 RBI – first career triple, second career extra base hit
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 R
Henry Pena, LF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Jhorge Liccien, C & Judd Golsan, RF: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Liccien scored & drove a run in … Golson is hitting .105/.190/.105
Sergio Mitre: 2 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB – that’ll do
Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 4-1 GB/FB – he and Mitre combined to strike out a) the first seven GCL Tigers, and b) 11 of the first 12 batters of the game
Jose Quintana: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – so that’s 15 total strikeouts in a seven innings game … hot damn
Game Two (6-1 loss to GCL Tigers in 7 innings)
Kelvin Duran, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB – .344/.400/.900
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 3, 2 K
Jose Toussen, 3B: 1 for 2
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 16, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K – Gary Sanchez picked a runner off first with a snap throw … Henry Pena drew both walks
John Van Benschoten: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Brett Gerritse: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5-1 GB/FB – he’s got one of the better arms in the system, but when they drafted him last year, they knew there was a lot to work on delivery and mechanics-wise
Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB

Mariano Rivera withdraws from All Star Game
A-Rod slams A's, Yanks clinch series with 6-1 win
  • pat

    Vasquez should get some looks to be the semi permanent DH/ primary PH soon. He’s done nothing but hit his entire professional career here and in Mexico.

    • MrJigginz

      My only issue with Vazquez is he just doesn’t walk at all…Tonight were walks #2 and 3 on the season for him.(One was intentional,btw…)You have to admit though…The guy absolutely crushes the ball.

  • MrJigginz

    I’ve got a fever…and the only prescription…is more Mesa.

  • MrJigginz

    That is an absolutely fantastic line for Eduardo Sosa this evening.

    • Doug

      especially like the 2 walks (and no Ks)

  • Captain Jack

    IIRC, the steal was home. Second time this year.

  • pat

    In addition to the pickoff, Sanchez caught a guy tryin to steal 2b.

  • Captain Jack

    The one thing with that bastard midget piece of shit succeeding at the major league level is that people might start taking players who can play but don’t exactly have those sickening tools as legit prospects. A week or two ago I was talking with a friend who is pretty knowledgeable about the Yanks and minors and said there’s a few prospects I want dealt by the start of next year: Joesph, Adams, McAllister, Nova, and someone else who I forgot. I’m getting higher and higher on Corban Joesph.

    Reminds me of this song:

    • pat

      Wait, what? Why do you want to trade Corban Joseph and all those other guys?

      • Captain Jack

        Brandon Laird too…I just felt that their value was at it’s peak right now, nothing against them or anything. I just felt as if their value realistically wouldn’t get any higher, I’m starting to turn around on Joesph. Keep in mind I wanted to trade them not just to trade them, just because I felt that they didn’t have a future on the big club and that they didn’t have a shot of garnering more value.

        • Reggie C.

          I’m not sure what exactly you think these minor leaguers can net the Yankees. Trading Ivan Nova and Corban Joseph in the same package would be a pretty big deal, but not good enough to net the team a CLiff Lee (if that’s your thinking), and too much to give up for a half-season of Adam Dunn.

          CoJo’s hitting mighty well and with pop, but please keep in mind, he’s doing this in the Hi-A level. He’s absolutely on the rise. To trade Joseph as part of a package for anything less than an impact starter or hitter would be selling low. He’s a chip this org has got to hold on and develop.

          • Captain Jack

            Not at the deadline I just viewed them more as trade chips and wanted to deal them before they lost value…I’m turning around on Corban Joesph. MacAllister, OTOH…

          • YankeeGrunt

            Joseph is a decent prospect, but he’s OPSing in the mid-.800’s and spending his third year in the org at High A does not really suggest that the org views him as a premium talent. Nova’s ceiling is as a #3-#4, and probably not with the Yankees. That’s the sort of package that gets you back a bullpen arm.

            And as for David Adams, why trade a guy who was having a breakout season until he got hurt? That’s not a recipe for a high return, that’s selling low.

            • pat

              CoJo was drafted out of highschool and he’s one of the younger guys in the FSL

              • YankeeGrunt

                Fair enough, and he’s a solid prospect but he doesn’t have much in the way of hype and at least right now he doesn’t seem capable of headlining a deal for anyone.

                • YankeeGrunt

                  And within ten minutes of me typing that I see CoJo on a Baseball Prospectus watch list. Ha. Sometimes its good to be wrong.

  • MrJigginz

    Roller’s on fire lately…Have to think the Yankees may be a bit aggressive with him,being he’s a college guy.(Age 22 in SS)And nice game from Turley…A lot of goodness in the DOTF’s this season,it seems…Lovin’ it.

    • mikebk

      not fair to roller but im going to be skeptical because of what happened with medchill after tearing it up in SI he was crushed in Tampa this year, so happy he is doing so well now but not going to read too much into it as far as future

      • pat

        Medchill did have wrist surgery at the end of the year last year.Obviously it’s not the only reason he had been struggling in Tampa but I’m sure it’s a contributing factor.

        • mikebk

          yea, but that wouldnt explain the fact that once he went to Low A with lower quality opponents he is hitting very well again.

          • pat

            He’s not exactly killinh it, and it’s only been 9 games.

          • MrJigginz

            Honestly,I think they were too aggressive with Medchill.Especially if he was coming off of wrist surgery,like Pat said.Skipping Charleston was a boo-boo,IMO…As for Roller,I’m not saying they should send him up to Trenton or SWB,ASAP.Moving him up to Charleston,if he continues to rake for the next week or so though is no big deal,IMO.

  • Phranchise

    it seems like theyre not in any rush to call up miranda. i wouldnt even be that surprised if they dont till september. the yanks dont seem to think he could be an effective dh platoon guy. i sure do

    • Pharryn

      I think he’ll come up after the all star break. Why promote him for 5 games than have him sit for the break when he can play consistently at SWB.

  • MrJigginz

    Just read on Thunder Thoughts(Mike Ashmore) that Tim Norton went on the DL…Hope it’s not too serious.

    • Joe

      undisclosed injury

  • forensicnucchem

    Jon Albaladejo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 14 of his 17 pitches were strikes (82.4%) … seriously, what more does he have to do to get a shot?

    Convince Park to shag flies during BP?

  • Shawn

    I was at the Scranton – Rochester game tonight and it was a good game. I was pretty bummed I didn’t get to see Montero, but that’s how it goes. The Scranton pitchers looked good tonight, and I was happy I got to see Nova. Reegie looked good and Vasquez’s homerun was a bomb.

  • Pharryn

    Albaladejo is no more than a AAAA pitcher. The blogs are full of pleas to recall everyone from Colter Bean to Chris Britton. Ah, remember the Chris Britton must be recalled TODAY arguments!

    • A.D.

      He may not be an answer, but he at least deserves a shot given how well he has pitched in AAA and how poorly some people have pitched in MLB. Along with his K rate in AAA is up, leading to perhaps more ML success then we’ve seen in the past.

    • Randy A.

      A.D. is right…you want your relievers to strike guys out and his past failures are probably due more to him trying to force ground balls when his fastball didnt have a ton of movement. He has obviously reinvented himself and they should test his mettle on the big stage.

      • Pharryn

        good luck, my only hope is that he’s only used to mop up

  • Greg

    Noesi, Brackman in AA now. Man-Bam, Warren, Stoneburner and Betances now.

    Tampa has seen our best SP prospects all year

  • viridiana

    With Betances, Brackman, Marshall, Man Ban on the mend and Stoneburner, Phelps, Noesi, Warren all pitching above expectations, Yanks have quite a crew of mound prospects. Have to belive their farm system rank by BA is due for major hike.

    • Randy A.

      Theres a really good chance that we are overvaluing these prospects a lot…but if Betances keeps up his success and Marshall begins to pitch more innings at a high level then yes, the system will get a bump. Although, in a recent mailbag I believe Jim Callis wasn’t too high on the likes of Phelps and Warren. Said Warren has something like the upside of a long reliever/mop-up guy.

  • Mike G

    What happened to Chris Britton? LOL Still, If Mariano needs some rest, I’d give Alba a shot.

  • Brian in NH

    I’m looking forward to the next time that Trenton makes it up this way, I would love to take in a game that Brackman is pitching in. But I don’t think they are coming to Manchester at all the rest of the season, I think they are going to Portland though in August.


    ‘El Destructor’ Vazquez is on fire!!!!! And he was intentionally walked twice! One was with Miranda on third…what was that?!? That is respect!! He will hit like this anywhere he plays. He was born to mash. I know it seems like he does not have any disipline at the plate based on his walks, but he really does. He swings at strikes. He will not look at the pitch on the outside corner, he goes the other way, with massive power everywhere. And the higher he goes up, the more the pitchers are around the plate. He might not get it every time, but he is a pure hitter. He is ready for a call up!!!

    • Tags1

      Yanks1fan…I couldn’t agree more. I saw Vazquez in Trenton and he killed almost everything thrown to him. Watching him distroy AA pitching I knew he wasn’t long for Trenton. I’d love to see him get a call up and a shot at DH’ing.