Banuelos solid in Trenton win

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Alan Horne told Mike Ashmore that he’s scheduled to throw some long bullpen session over the next two weeks before getting back on the mound to face real live hitters. Horne didn’t pitch at all last year and has thrown just 100.2 IP since 2007 due to various shoulder issues. The now 28-year-old was once one of the Yankees’ best pitching prospects, but we know how that story usually goes. Jeremy Bleich, meanwhile, is throwing 35-pitch side sessions.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Gwinnett) faced the best pitching prospect in baseball and an old buddy
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 BB – eight for his last 24 (.333) with five walks
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 5, 1 RBI – I believe that’s his first game behind the plate since the injury
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 4, 4 K – that’s 29 K in 23 games
Justin Maxwell, LF, Jordan Parraz, RF & Ramiro Pena, SS: all 1 for 4 – Parraz and Pena each whiffed once, but Maxwell did three times … Maxwell has now struck out 35 times in 22 games, which is horrible
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
David Phelps, RHP: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (65.6%) … hasn’t been great this year, hopefully that changes as the weather warms up
George Kontos, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – seven of his eight pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over New Hampshire) Nardi Contreras was in the house
Austin Krum, LF, Dan Brewer, RF & Austin Romine, C: all 0 for 4 – Krum whiffed twice, Romine once
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – 19 strikeouts in his last nine games … yikes
Melky Mesa, CF & Jose Pirela, SS: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Mesa now has three hits in his last 36 at-bats (.083) with 15 K
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ray Kruml, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-3 GB/FB – threw 56 of 88 pitches for strikes (63.6%), and he was on a strict pitch count … he hit 93 consistently and topped out at 94 … Mike Ashmore has some video
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 7 H, 4 BB, 14 K in 15.1 IP this year
Brain Anderson, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Clearwater)
Abe Almonte, CF & Rob Lyerly, 3B: both 0 for 4 – Lyerly whiffed three times
Walt Ibarra, 2B & Zoilo Almonte, LF: both 1 for 4 – Ibarra struck out … Almonte doubled and struck out twice
Luke Murton, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 K
Jason Place, DH: 0 for 4, 2 K – first game in the organization for the former Red Sox first rounder
Taylor Grote, RF & Emerson Landoni, SS: both 0 for 2 – Grote walked, whiffed, made a fielding error, and threw a runner out at second … Landoni got hit by a pitch
Mike Solbach, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 2-3 GB/FB – ERA jumped from 1.50 to 2.86
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-4 loss to Delmarva)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – it’s a shame there’s not enough outfield spots for him to get regular playing time
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – got picked off first
Ramon Flores, LF & Gary Sanchez, : both 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – sad face … Sanchez committed a throwing error and allowed a passed ball
J.R. Murphy, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – just nine strikeouts in 86 at-bats
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Garrison Lassiter, SS: both 1 for 3 – DeLeon doubled and drove in a run … Lassiter got hit by a pitch and whiffed
Kelvin Castro, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2-6 GB/FB – easily his worst start of the year
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Nathan Forer, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Open Thread: Slayer at the Stadium!
Yankees pound Drabek, hang on for win over Jays
  • IRF

    Sanchez has not looked good. Any chance the injury is still bugging him?

    • bonestock94

      Maybe he’s still adjusting from the jump from GCL to Low A.

    • Mike Axisa

      Possible. He’s only played two weeks worth of games, wouldn’t worry about it too much.

      • Gonzo

        Are the Twins keeping Sano in Extended ST or his injured?

        • Mike Axisa

          I have absolutely no idea.

          • Gonzo

            If he’s just being held back, I really don’t feel bad at all about Gary’s #’s.

            • Gonzo

              Not that I would, or do, feel bad about them anyways. I just like to compare players at similar points in the career.

      • Mike

        was at 4 of the 5 games this week in Lakewood. Murphy looks like an incredible hitter. heathcott impressed with the bat and the glove in CF.

        sanchez was a disappointment, with all of the hype i was expecting something montero-ish. instead, his swing looked really long at times causing him to foul off or miss hittable pitches.

        there are very few hitting prospects like montero, but comparing the two (i saw montero in lakewood when he was with the riverdogs) montero was lightyears beyond sanchez. montero absolutely destroyed the baseball and looked about two levels better than his competition at 18. he hit a ball that i think may still be traveling… every time he made contact it sounded different from everyone else at the ballpark.

        i didn’t see or hear that with sanchez. i saw a swing that was a little out of sync that had a tendency to get extremely long.

        i’m curious to hear what scouts at the game had to say, because there were plenty there.

        again, heathcott and murphy stood out, along with mojica at the plate (not so much in the field). mojica was very quick

        • Ross in Jersey

          Sanchez has been slumping for a bit now, you likely weren’t seeing him at his best. No one looks good at the plate when they aren’t swinging well, as we know from watching the guys in the big league. I wouldn’t put too much stock in it especially considering how young the kid is. Like your thoughts on Montero though :P

        • Monteroisdinero

          I felt the same way seeing Montero hit a HR to left center against Pawtucket at Scranton last year. He hit a double off the wall and his contact sounded different as well.

        • Dave

          I saw Montero come to Asheville for a series his year with the Riverdogs. If I hadn’t been so busy being disappointed in Betances and Brackman, I would have thought he looked pretty lost at the plate. There’s probably a better chance that we were both looking at small samples than that anything we can decide about anybody in a weekend really tells us anything.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jesus is back on track on his second game from being drilled in the balls…

    And ManBan is still keeping up good velocity. Control is iffy but we shouldn’t care yet. Yay.

    Sanchez still struggling but he has to be among the league’s youngest.


    mike, just wondering if there are any other baseball blogs featuring something like dotf. i’ve never seen it, and i think it shows ur dedication to running a great blog.

    just a little pat on the back from a reader

    • JobaWockeeZ

      No not to the extent of Mike. Looking at the SB Nation blogs I haven’t seen one that does the same thing. Blogs only do updates with the top 10 prospects.

      Mike updates everyone form org guys to a fringe prospect to the elite to the washed up stars that could have value.

    • Mike Axisa

      Thanks, I appreciate it.

  • Nostra-Artist

    Speaking of oft-injured former top Yankee pitching prospects, what is Christian Garcia up to these days?

    • Mike Axisa

      No idea.

      • Nostra-Artist

        I’ll bet he got injured in rehab.

    • ROBTEN

      FWIW, Wikipedia says only that he’s a “free-agent” pitcher.

      Last news I can find is that he was supposed to pitch for scouts sometime this spring, but nothing on whether it happened.

    • Accent Shallow

      That was just heartbreaking – he got hurt in what, the game immediately after Frankie Piliere gave him a rave review?

  • IE

    I’m assuming that Eduardo Sosa will get regular playing time when Slade Heathcott is promoted – which ought to be in the next few weeks. J.R. Murphy looks ready for high A ball as well.

  • Reggie C.

    Is Heathcott’s night off anything more than just a night off?

    • Mike Axisa

      It’s just a night off. They’ve been rotating the outfielders with Sosa to give them days off basically once a week.

  • steven

    can anybody give me a comparison to slade heathcott

    • Mike

      maybe an absolute best case would be sizemore? i think norris dropped a dykstra comp on him, which i could definitely see, minus the failed real estate and arrests.

      he’s all out CF, a little reckless on the basepaths, good eye and right now a line drive hitter. could get to 20 hr

      • Gonzo

        I heard the real reason Slade wants to go to Tampa is he wants to sell Florida real estate.

    • Avi

      If everything works out Grady Sizmore or BJ Upton.

      • Mike

        i think he hits for better average but definitely not as much power as upton, upton a better baserunner too.

        nice thing about heathcott is that he is young and has room to grow and potential to still be reached

    • Samuel

      Best comp for Heathcott in playing style and possible numbers is Rusty Greer, all-out hustle OF for the Texas Rangers back in the 1990s.

      I also see Heathcott as a possible No. 3 type hitter in the majors. Solid contact, line drive hitter with 15-20 HR potential.

  • adam

    I was at the game in Trenton and saw some good and bad from man ban. The fastball looks solid and he was getting it by guys. The change up came in and out. It took a while before he got his command of it (third inning or so). However, he got some ugly swings and misses after that point.

    The biggest issue is still the curveball which he barely used tonight. The ones he did throw didn’t look to good.

    Overall the command just wasn’t great today. Nothing concerning, just an off night. The stuff clearly is there, he just needs to keep up the consistency.

    Also for what its worth I was sitting behind a scout whose gun had him at 95 a few times.

    Just the thoughts of a non-expert.

    • mbonzo

      I’d have to say that his command is the weakest part of his game, and really the last thing that needs to be taken care before he becomes an option for the majors.

  • infernoscurse

    i dont like that jr murphy is just playing dh everyday, put him in left field

    • Samuel

      JR Murphy caught Friday night in Lakewood and has caught 10 games this year and played third in one game.

      Murphy should be playing more 3B for Charleston with the disaster named Lassiter manning the RiverDogs hot corner right now.

      Also, as someone said above, there are not many open spots in the Charleston outfield right now. However, that will change.

      Murphy will not be at Charleston much longer (neither will Heathcott). Both should be moving on to Tampa during June/July.

  • bottom line

    I like Murphy a lot. Line drive hitter who does not strike out. Yanks will need to produce at least one outfielder in next few years. Murphy (or Flores)could be it. Slade needs to cut down on Ks– actually has just a bit in recent games.

    • S

      Slade has been cutting down one the K’s have you noticed his last ten games?