Sanchez & Culver go big in GCL Yanks win

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The Yankees have signed 30th rounder Zach Nuding to an above slot $265,000 bonus. He was a summer follow, impressing the Yanks by posting a 28-8 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .220 batting average in 28 innings for the North Texas Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League. The righty stands 6-foot-4, 265 lbs. and has reportedly touched 96 in the past.

Meanwhile, Tim Redding’s a goner. He signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Professional Baseball League. It’s a big loss for Triple-A Scranton from a competitive standpoint, dude allowed just five runs and 30 baserunners in 43.1 innings spread across six outings last month. He’ll be replaced in the rotation by The Ghost of Kei Igawa.

And finally, make sure you check out Steve’s profile of Shaeffer Hall at TYU, and Josh Norris’ talk with roving catching coordinator Julio Mosquera.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 loss to Pawtucket)
Kevin Russo, LF, Colin Curtis, CF & Eduardo Nunez, SS: all 1 for 4 – Russo & Curtis each K’ed once
Juan Miranda, 1B & Jorge Vazquez, DH: both 0 for 4 – Miranda K’ed once, JoVa twice
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – no contact kinda day
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4 – eight for 12 with two doubles & two homers in AA
Chad Huffman, RF: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Eric Bruntlett, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 63 of 98 pitches were strikes (64.3%) … picked a runner off first
Romulo Sanchez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 25 of his 40 pitches were strikes (62.5%) … he hit 95 on the gun

Double-A Trenton (8-4 loss to Reading)
Austin Krum, CF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 0 for 4
Justin Christian, LF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – four for 14 (.286) with two doubled & a triple since being promoted
Austin Romine, C & Damon Sublett, DH: both 1 for 4 – Romine committed an error on catcher’s interference … Sublett scored a run, drove one in & K’ed twice
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 0 for 2 – was lifted in the 5th for “disciplinary reasons”  … probably didn’t bust it out of the box when he flew out in his previous at-bat
Justin Snyder, 1B: 1 for 1, 1 RBI
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – 12 for 29 (.414) during his eight game hit streak
Hector Noesi: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3-2 GB/FB – completely unraveled in the 4th, when all six runs scored … that’s 22 H, 5 BB & 19 R allowed in his last three starts (11.2 IP)
George Kontos: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB – I imagine he’ll be in consideration to move up and take Redding’s roster spot
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-8 win over St. Lucie, walk-off style) coughed up a five run lead in the top of the 9th
Ray Kruml, LF: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS, Zoilo Almonte, DH & Jose Gil, C: all 2 for 5, 1 K – Pirela drew a walk, stole a base, got caught stealing & scored two runs … Almonte scored a run … Gil doubled, drove in two runs & scored another
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – 11 for his last 28 (.393)
Melky Mesa, CF: 4 for 6, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – walk-off single … dude is absolutely on fire, he’s now 20 for his last 44 (.455) with three doubles, a triple & five homers
Addison Maruszak, 1B & Jack Rye, RF: both 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – Maruszak K’ed twice … Rye doubled & K’ed
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Craig Heyer: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 8-3 GB/FB – lowers his BB/9 to 0.55 on the year
John Van Benschoten: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB – allowed a pair of inherited runners to score in the 9th

Low-A Charleston (2-1 loss to Augusta, walk-off style)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – nine for his last 41 (.220)
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Luke Murton, DH: both 0 for 4 – Mack K’ed twice
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – ten for his last 29 (.345)
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – 12 for his last 36
Neil Medchill, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Castro got caught stealing & K’ed twice
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 CS, 1 HBP – 12 for his last 29 (.414)
Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-7 GB/FB – probably his best start of the season coming back from Tommy John surgery
Jairo Heredia: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB
Francisco Gil: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 loss to Staten College, walk-off style)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – had been just four for his last 24 (.167)
Garrison Lassiter, 3B, Luis Parache, SS & Nick McCoy, C: all 0 for 3 – Lassiter K’ed twice … Parache drove in a run … McCoy walked, K’ed, allowed a passed ball & committed a throwing error
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R
Kelvin DeLeon, DH: 0 for 1 – replaced for no apparent reason after grounding out in the 2nd
Isaiah Brown, PH-DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K
Mike Ferraro, LF: 2 for 4 – three straight two hit games
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 1 – no idea what happened here, but he was replaced in the 3rd
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Zach Varce: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-3 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (9-4 win over GCL Braves) longtime RABer Andy in Sunny Daytona was at the game and took a bunch of pictures … the first video is Gary Sanchez reaching on an error, the second is his double … they’re kinda crappy, but better than nothing
Jose Toussen, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – 15 for his last 42 (.357) and nine for his last 17 (.529)
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – six for 16 (.375) with three doubles since coming back from the wrist issue
Ramon Flores, RF, Anderson Feliz, 2B & Kelvin Duran, CF: all 1 for 3, 1 BB – Flores doubled & scored a run … Feliz drove in a run & K’ed … Duran swiped a bag
Damian Taveras, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Kyle Perkins, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jose Rosario, 3B: 4 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 SB – had four hits in his previous 22 at-bats combined (.182)
Matt Richardson: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB
Justo Arias: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Joel Marte: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Open Thread: Back on top
The Great What-If Scenario
  • Benjamin Kabak

    What’s up with Jairo? Nice K numbers but the results have been spotty. Do you think he’s through as a potential prospect?

    • Mike Axisa

      I wouldn’t say he’s done, but he’s been passed by several guys on the depth chart, if you catch my drift. Big time concerns about his work ethic, showed up to camp overweight both this year and last.

      • mikebk

        any chance if laird keeps hitting they drop a 40 man guy for him to play as Arod’s backup right before Sept? he should be a callup when rosters expand anyway. who would you drop?

        • zs190

          Probably 0 chance before September just because he can’t play SS and you don’t DFA a guy like Thames to make room for Laird. I imagine they’ll let Scranton keep Laird until after their playoff series at least, maybe he gets a cup of tea after Scranton postseason is over.

          As for guys to DFA to make room for him on 40 man. Golson, Huffman, and WDLR are the 3 guys most likely to DFA. I suspect they’ll carry Golson Freddie Guzman style. So it’ll be Huffman or WDLR.

      • Brian in NH

        showed up to camp overweight both this year and last.

        Classic line they give about a guy’s work ethic. Also seems to be directly tied into the “Best shape of his life” line in the following season or two.

        It is true though that not putting in the work on yourself raises questions about your work ethic. You think that in non-athletic careers that people judge your work ethic based on how physically fit you appear?

        • swo

          Case in point, Paul Thorp. Decent prospect at AA, but terrible conditioning. Released mid-season because he just couldn’t keep the weight down.

          As per your second question, it’s the classic question of “Two identical resumes, one guy is physically fit and the other is overweight. Who do you choose?” At the end of the day I like to think that you’re judged by your actions, but perception is always a major factor in the workforce.

  • Dan


    …or was it 1.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Psst: check out Andy’s photos from the GCL game…

    There’s Maquinito video!

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Oh crap, I didn’t se you’d posted it. My bad.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      The videos suck sooooooo bad. It was the first time i tried it with my camera. I will perfect it by the time Manny Banuelos pitches in Daytona next week.

      • mikebk

        cant wait for that. thanks for the pics and video

  • Dirty Pena

    It’s a big loss for Triple-A Scranton from a competitive standpoint,

    Dwight Schrute is gonna be piiiiiissed. At least the franchise leader in wins is stepping in.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Mike, you think after seeing Axford dominating the NL this season, they regretted releasing him 3 years ago?

    • Mike Axisa

      Of course they do, but no one saw this coming. Credit Axford and the Brewers, don’t blame the Yanks.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        The Yanks released him because of his control, correct?

        • Carlosologist

          Yup. I think he was walking something like 4 batters per nine.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            ahh gotcha. thanks.

          • Evan3457

            More than that; he’d walked 45 batters in 63 innings across 4 levels in 2007 (all but 1 inning at the A ball level), after having been signed as a 24-year old free agent. He’d been a 42nd round draft pick of the Reds in 2005.

            Can’t blame the Yanks for letting him go at that point. Mike is right; the Brewers started with someone with some raw ability, but far from finished, and turned him into a valuable reliever.

  • Captain Jack

    What’s Noesi’s trade value like?

    • Steve O.

      His ceiling is a middle of the rotaion arm, but he’s more likely a back end guy. He’s got considerable trade value, more than Nova, and definitely more than McAllister. He’s a B prospect, that could net you some good value in a trade. He won’t headline a package, but he’s a lot more than just a throw in.

      • Whozat

        I think you’re wrong on the trade value front. Noesi is 23 and in AA, an doesn’t have great stuff. Could he make it someday? Sure. But I think he’s behind nova and probably still behind zmac

        • K.B.D.

          Nova > Noesi. Better stuff and proven it at a higher level. People would take Nova way before they take Noesi.

          • Steve O.

            I would think Noesi>>>Nova. It’s not about that he’s proven at a higher level, it’s more about peripherals. Noesi has much better command/control, giving him more strikeouts and less walks despite lesser stuff than Nova. Look at their K:BB, Noesi’s is 5.65, Nova’s is 2.07.

            FWIW, Cashman was reportedly willing to send Nova in a deal for Haren, but not Noesi.

            • Steve O.

              Oh, and FYI, that’s their career K/BB ratio.

            • K.B.D.

              Proving your stuff at a higher level definitely matters. Noesi is a control-first pitcher. Those guys get exposed against advanced competition. And if we’re going to reference peripherals, Noesi has a 35.8 GB% this year. That number should generate some worry. Nova has a 51.7 GB% in AAA.

              Generally speaking, their FIPS at respective levels are comparable and I believe that Nova’s skill set is far more MLB friendly than Noesi’s.

              Just for clarification, Cashman wouldn’t send Noesi, or they didn’t ask for him? I doubt Cash would balk at the idea of moving Noesi.

              • Captain Jack

                I doubt Cash would balk at the idea of moving Noesi.

                At least I would hope not.

        • Steve O.

          He doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he doesn’t throw crap. He’s an excellent command/control guy, with decent stuff, making him a middle of the rotation to back end guy.

      • Captain Jack

        How does his stuff compare to Ian Kennedy’s?

  • IE

    If Culver continues to finish the year strong is there any chance he winds up in Charleston at the start of next season?

    By the way, walking 4 batters per 9 innings is not enough, by itself, to get a player released. There must have been more to it than that. In the end, talent evaluation is a tricky science. Let’s not forget that plenty of teams could have had Robinson Cano but chose other players who seems like better prospects.

    • Carlosologist

      My mistake, in his time in the system, he was actually walked 6.4 per nine innings. Much worse.

    • Chris

      It was 6.4 BB/9. He was also 24 years old.

    • Stuckey

      Jeter got a handful of games at low A his rookie-ball year, and then started the next year at low A.

      And (not that I’m reading anything into it), Culver is pissing all over what Jeter did his first pro go around in Tampa.

      • Steve O.

        And (not that I’m reading anything into it), Culver is pissing shitting all over what Jeter did his first pro go around in Tampa.

        • Captain Jack

          FWIW (absolutely nothing) he’s having about the same year that Jeter’s having now.

        • Brian in NH

          Interesting…Just a couple days ago people were still shitting all over the Culver pick. And while its still incredibly early in the young man’s career and a very small sample of games, he strings together a few good games and now he’s shitting and pissing and whatever bodily function all over jeter’s rookie numbers.

          I’m rooting for him because Cito along with Slade are the first guys that I’ve started following since Draft Day so I’d love to see them do well. I wasn’t a huge fan or hater on the pick, and it genuinely seems like Oppenheimer and Co. knew exactly what they were getting.

          • Captain Jack

            Heh, most of us farm followers have been okay with the pick since about when he signed. A few of us may have preferred a bigger name like Austin Wilson or AJ Cole, but they still may go to college and Culver signed for right around slot.

            As for the first guys followed, the first guy I really took a liking too was Dellin Betances…I remember my take towards that drafts crop very vividly. I was just getting into the minors in general and prospecting, my first thoughts around the draft were “Trade this Joba guy, Betances is the same pitcher except not a fat injury prone piece of shit” then of course Joba’s 2007 happened and we all know what’s happened since then. Ahhh…days of yore.

  • Retired Commentorr

    Cito Culver City what’s really good

  • wilcymoore27

    What the hell’s gotten into Melky Mesa? If he keeps this up much longer he’s in danger of becoming a prospect.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      I dunno, but whatever he’s been putting in his cornflakes, I want.

      I wonder if it could be a Cliff Pena ultra-late-bloomer type scenario

      • Steve O.

        I wonder if it could be a Cliff Pena ultra-late-bloomer type scenario

        If you meant Cliff Lee, then you would be correct. If you meant Carlos Peña, then you would also be correct.

        In all seriousness, I don’t think he’ll be much of a hitter as he climbs the ladder.

        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW


          • Steve O.

            Cliff Floyd? What is this, 2005?

        • dr mrs the yankee

          Well he certainly has contact skills like Carloa Pena

        • Captain Jack

          I thought she was going for a triple late bloomer reference. Would have made my day.


    • zs190

      Could just be finally figuring things out. He’s always had some of the best tools around, but lacks the pitch recognition to make consistent contact and take walks.

      His K/rate is still really high but he’s made himself more interesting again. Good timing because he’s 23.5 right now and I think he’s going to be eligible for Rule 5 draft next year since he’s been in the organization for 5 years.

    • Ballpark

      In the Yankee spring training inter-squad game,I thought Mesa was the best athlete on the field next to Slade. IMHO this kid has the tools to become a prospect.

      • Angelo

        No one doubts that he has the tools. It’s just never happened for Mesa. Don’t know if it ever will. He’s 23 years old, so that doesn’t help.

        • Ballpark

          I just saw BA had Mesa as the fastest runner and best athelete in the system. He has raked since the allstar break and if he continues with those tools he will be make alot of Prospect lists.

  • Will (the other one)

    Poor Vech. Guess it’s gotta suck going from “the hype” to “just another org dude who needs to remember not to take plays off” in just a couple short years.

  • Sam

    Culver 2 for 5 with 11 RBIs?! in an 11-4 game?! The kid is a sensation!

    • Dirty Pena

      It was fixed well before you made this joke.


  • Dirty Pena

    Has Noesi hit a “new innings high” wall?

    • Steve O.

      Probably, he’s at 120 right now, after 117 being his career high last season. He’ll be fine though, he’s pitched relatively low stress innings.

  • Tom Zig

    Gary Sanchez is a pretty big dude

  • George in Reading

    Hector was untouchable through first 3. Fball only sits 89-90, but was on black. Change and hammer were killing the batters though. In the fourth, he gave up leadoff hit. Cojo then misplayed a humpback line drive. After that, Hector looked like bad AJ — hitters laid off his junk, which he could not throw for strikes. Then he’d put an 89 mph heater in the middle of the strike zone and get rocked. And the wheels came off.

  • AJ

    Nuding magazine day! Nuding magazine day!