Tampa & Staten Island end their seasons with losses


Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Lehigh Valley in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Reid Gorecki, RF-CF & Jorge Vazquez, DH: both 0 for 4 – Gorecki walked & K’ed … JoVa K’ed twice
Kevin Russo, 2B, Eric Bruntlett, SS & P.J. Pilittere, C: all 1 for 4 – Russo got picked off first … Pilittere K’ed
Juan Miranda, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 K
Colin Curtis, CF: 0 for 2 – he was pulled for no apparent reason in the middle of the fifth inning (literally in the middle of the defensive inning, not between innings), so it’s safe to assume he’s on his way to New York with Nick Swisher and Austin Kearns banged up
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 0 for 2
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI – nine for his last 22 (.409) after the brutal rough patch
Lance Pendleton: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-11 GB/FB – 53 of his 77 pitches were strikes (.688) … that’s impressive work with a super low pitch count
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)
George Kontos: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – threw three pitches (two strikes) before giving up a walk-off homer to an old friend

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to New Britain)
Justin Christian, DH: 2 for 4 – 19 game hit streak … too bad the season ends tomorrow
Austin Krum, CF, Luis Nunez, SS & Justin Snyder, 3B: all 0 for 3 – Krum drew a walk & committed a fielding error
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 4 – threw a runner out at second
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3 – ejected after getting thrown out at third and arguing
R.J. Baker, C: 0 for 1
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Damon Sublett, LF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Matt Cusick, 2B: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – six walks and four strikeouts in his last eight games
Cory Arbiso: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 11-0 GB/FB – yay grounders
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Dunedin) their season is over … they finished at 78-57 and atop the North Division … their playoff series against these same Dunedin Blue Jays starts on Tuesday
Ray Kruml, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – that’s his 42nd steal this year, most in the organization
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Mitch Abeita, C: both 1 for 4 – Suttle drove in a run & K’ed … Abeita K’ed twice
Addison Maruszak, SS: 0 for 4
Myron Leslie, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Trent Lockwood, DH & Jack Rye, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Lockwood drove a run in, scored another & K’ed twice … Rye doubled
Brett Marshall: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3-2 GB/FB – late season promotion is a nice reward for his recent stretch of dominance
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – up from Staten Island with the bullpen in need of help following Pat Venditte’s promotion
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Greensboro)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – gotta work on that basestealing efficiency
Emerson Landoni, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Rob Lyerly, 3B & Luke Murton, 1B: both 1 for 4, 1 K - Murton stole a base, drove in a run & scored another
DeAngelo Mack, DH, Ramon Flores, RF & Jose Toussen, 2B: all 0 for 3 - Mack & Flores each K’ed once
Neil Medchill, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - finished the year with 12 homers in 414 at-bats after hitting 14 in 216 at-bats last year
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 3, 1 K
Rich Martinez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-4 GB/FB
Jose Quintana: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Francisco Gil: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 loss to Vermont) their season is over … they finished at 34-40 and basically at the bottom of the McNamara Division … no postseason for them, so they won’t get a chance to defend last year’s championship … for shame
Shane Brown, LF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – 37 walks, 28 strikeouts
Cito Culver, SS & Jeff Farnham, 1B: both 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – Culver committed a fielding error and finished the season at .251/.325/.330 … Farnham drove in a run
Rob Segedin, 3B, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Mike Ferraro, CF: all 0 for 4 – Segedin K’ed once, DeLeon & Ferraro twice each … Ferraro also committed a fielding error
Kyle Roller, DH & Casey Stevenson, 2B: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Roller drove in a run & K’ed twice … Stevenson homered, drove in two & K’ed
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R – finishes the year at .329/.393/.543 with eight homers
Zach Varce: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB – 74-17 K/BB ratio in 71.1 IP
Andy Shive: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Dan Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – wouldn’t be surprised if he and Tommy Kahnle went up to Tampa for the playoffs

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over. The GCL Phillies won the league championship.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Hey Mike, any concern about Sanchez striking out one out of every 4 ABs?

  2. “finishes the year at .329/.393/.543 with eight homers”

    He’s 17. freaking. years. old.

  3. Stryker says:

    is marshall trade bait or could he be a legit starter for the yanks down the line?

  4. Joseph says:

    It’s weird because trenton clinched with a loss last nite

  5. pat says:

    Heathcott’s unabated aggressiveness on the basepaths amuses me.


    The Cards have a 19 year old Jesus Montero of their own. From Venezuela, no less.


  7. larryf says:

    Ah, we gave Cody his moment to shine. Jesus resting I assume. I have to say again how impressed I was with him in Friday night’s 10-4 win over Pawtucket. He absolutely crushed his homer to left center in the first with 2 strikes on him. I think everyone there was stunned-a bleacher shot over the bullpen if in Yankee stadium. He had a bloop double down the line to right which he made the turn at second but stopped, a long fly out to the wall in right center and a screaming double to left that he slid in at second for. Tremendous. In one of his ab’s he was 0-2 before not committing on two tough curveballs and then flying out. Good plate discipline as well.

    I also liked DJ Mitchell. Very skinny (Edwar Ramirez-like) with good drop and drive mechanics. I don’t think he threw a changeup but his curve was very effective. His fastball went about 90mph…

  8. Now that the season’s over, I expect a top 30 ranking on my desk by tomorrow morning, young man.

  9. Tom Zig says:

    What level does Sladerunner start off next year?

    What level does El Maquinto start off at?

    • zs190 says:

      Tampa for Heathcott and Charleston for Sanchez probably. Somewhat aggressive but both played reasonably well when Yankees challenged them with assignments to Charleston and SI and the team likes to move their top prospects pretty fast. Might start Sanchez in extended spring training before sending him to Charleston though, he’s really young for full season league.

  10. Reggie C. says:

    Heathcott hopefully starts flashing some more LD power next season. He’ll undoubtedly be back at Low-A. It’d be nice for the Yanks to develop an OF prospect with actual 15-20 hr power.

    Heathcott = Markaikis?

    • Matt Montero says:

      Ive heard Sizemore (lite??) more of a comparison

      • Reggie C. says:

        Not sure I understand “Sizemore (lite).” I went with Nick Markakis comparison simply bc the power number aren’t gaudy and the OBP looks above league average. Markakis is simply also the better hitter.

        Sizemore’s been getting injured an awful and I can’t help but think that PED testing has something to do with it. Getting compared to Sizemore is not a good thing IMO.

    • Jerome S says:

      I like his speed potential a bit more than I like his power. I get the impression that there’s plenty of power to be found in the the Yankees farm, but power-speed is an extremely valuable asset.

    • pat says:

      A Markakis that plays a great CF.

  11. Jerome S says:

    Since I’m new to hearing frequently about the minor leagues, tell me, at the beginning of last year did anyone expect the farm to do this well, or did you see this coming?

  12. larryf says:

    The September issue of Yankees Magazine has a nice article on Montero (or Monty as Wynegar calls him). Lots of stuff to get excited about. Here are two:

    At the begiining of the season his throws were taking 2.05 seconds to get to second. He’s down to 1.09 seconds now.

    Posada hit 240 his first year at triple A….

  13. Andrew Brotherton says:

    A few you could possibly assume might break out, but to have most all of your top guys except for a couple completely dominate it is rather suprising. This has been one of the best years top to bottom in the minor leagues. We have legitimate force to be reckon with prospects and it is a great feeling.

  14. jd says:

    best year ever for minors

  15. Ben says:

    Mike, was this the kind of season that was expected out of Heathcott?

    • Carlosologist says:

      I can’t speak for Mike, but I would have expected this out of Heathcott. He was a high school draftee, so the contact skills were likely going to need work (so impressed with his eye, considering how old he is). The power will likely come later on down the road. The only things he needs to improve on is his selectivity (because he’s drawing a lot of walks and also striking out a lot) and basestealing efficiency.

      • Ben says:

        Good stuff. I addressed Mike because he obviously knows his stuff, but I was really looking for anyone’s opinion. Interesting take.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah, maybe a little more power. But it’s certainly not a disappointment given his walk rate.

      • Ben says:

        Thanks. At first glance I was a bit disappointed by his slugging percentage, but I understand that the power will come around eventually.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Also, I’m an idiot. His season ends tomorrow, not today.

  16. Jerome S says:

    Is Culver going to be a top prospect within the Yankees farm with 2-3 years?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Possibly, but I hope they’ll always have a stable cache of higher ceiling guys ahead of him.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        What’s the issue with Culver’s ceiling? That he doesn’t project to be a .300 type hitter? That he lacks power?

        • Mike Axisa says:

          I’m not sure if he’ll hit enough to be a well above average player. Granted, the offensive baseline for shortstops is so low that he ends up being very good at the position, but what is he long-term, .300/.350/.420 maybe? Meh.

          • Jerome S says:

            He’s seventeen, and there’s always nest year. Hopefully he’ll grow.

          • pat says:

            I’d be ecstatic if he even makes it to .300/.350. His D is supposedly practically MLB ready. I’ll take a vacuum at SS who can get on base a little and steal some bases too.

            • Joe says:

              if he hit 300 that would be amazing.

            • I wouldn’t say MLB ready but it’s very good especially given his age. Not super elite like a Hechavarria type but very good.

              I have no idea what to say about his bat, he has very nice discipline and selectivity at the plate but the hit tool is pretty raw. I have a feeling he’ll be spending a lot of time with the batting coaches at instructionals.

          • AndrewYF says:

            I wouldn’t say ‘Meh’ to Yunel Escobar.

          • ColoYank says:

            Are we spoiled or what? A .300/.350/.420 shortstop makes us go “Meh”? Wow. From what I’ve read Culver will be at the very least an average/adequate defender at SS.

          • JD says:

            It would be extraordinary if he becomes anything like that and has the glove skills that he is reputed to have. we are getting spoiled.

          • MikeD says:


            That could be an All-Star coming from a SS.

            His rookie season in pro was better than Jeter’s at a slightly younger age and in roughly the same leagues. I say that half jokingly, since there can be no direct comparison. Jeter was higher end. Yet Culver did do better.

        • pat says:

          IMO the main issue is that his hit tools are extremely, extremely raw. He currently doesn’t have standout hitting ability or power which makes his floor basically nonexistent. DO swears up and down that this kid has a ton of projectability with the bat, but so far that’s all it is, projection.

    • Big Juan says:

      Fun fact: a kid that is trying out for the baseball team at my school played in a summer league with Cito. I was pumped.

  17. Alex C says:

    I’m glad Whitley finally got promoted.

  18. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Montero up to 290.

    Fuck. Yeah.

  19. ColoYank says:

    How did I miss the fact that Culver spent the last 15 games of his season at Staten Island?

    Could I get a little help getting out from under this rock?

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