Maxwell goes deep two more times in SWB win

Hughes may have low-level thoracic outlet syndrome
Yankees top ChiSox behind Colon, Cano

It’s been a busy night, so scroll down for injury updates on Mark Teixeira (shoulder) and Phil Hughes (possible thoracic outlet syndrome), plus news about a personal info leak regarding Yankees season ticket holders.

Jesus Montero‘s groin is healthy enough that he caught in the bullpen today, so … progress! Hopefully gets back into a game by the weekend, but no sense in rushing it. Not with that kind of injury. Project Prospect, meanwhile,  has a scouting report of Manny Banuelos from Monday’s start.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Charlotte)
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Frankie Cervelli, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – not sure what the plan is now, though there’s a chance that we’ll see him back in the Bronx by the weekend
Jorge Vazquez, 1: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Justin Maxwell, CF: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – dude is absolutely on fire right now … that’s three straight games with a homer, four in the last three games, and seven in the last ten games … he’s also drawn 14 walks in 18 games (but has struck out 30 times)
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Kevin Russo, 3B & Doug Bernier, SS: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Russo struck out once … Bernier drove in a run and whiffed twice
Ramiro Pena, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
P.J. Pilittere, C: 2 for 3, 1 BB – yay P.J.!
Hector Noesi, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 41 of 71 pitches were strikes (47.7%) … that is a new career high in walks, the previous high was three, done several times … blame it on the long layoff, that’s not a typical Noesi start at all
George Kontos, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 26 of 41 pitches were strikes (63.4%) … 16-5 K/BB ratio in 16 IP
Amaury Sanit, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 27 of 41 pitches were strikes (65.9%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 12 of 18 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … just 2 K, 3 BB in 9.2 IP

Double-A Trenton (1-0 loss to Richmond in 11 innings, walk-off style)
Austin Krum, DH: 3 for 5, 2 K – 13 for his last 37 (.351)
Dan Brewer, LF, Bradley Suttle, 3B & Melky Mesa, CF: all 0 for 5 – Mesa whiffed three times, Suttle and Brewer each struck out four times each
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 1 BB
Corban Joseph, 2B & Ray Kruml, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 K – CoJo doubled
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Craig Heyer, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-8 GB/FB – 53 of 79 pitches were strikes (67.1%)
Kei Igawa, LHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – 35 of 54 pitches were strikes (64.8%)
Brian Anderson, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-1 GB/FB – nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB – 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (65.5%)

High-A Tampa (8-6 win over Daytona in 11 innings)
Abe Almonte, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – got picked off second
Walt Ibarra, SS: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – still ten for his last 29 (.345)
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – that’s just his second walk off the year, and it was intentional
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 5
Zoilo Almonte, CF: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Taylor Grote, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
Kevin Mahoney, 2B-1B:  for 4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP – took over first base after Murton was pinch-run for in extras
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 0 for 5, 1 R
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6-4 GB/FB – not great, but getting better
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – first back-to-back games of the season/rehab stint
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Jose Quintana, LHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-2 win over Lakewood) beat a personal fave, and the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – four straight multi-hit games, plus eight walks in his last ten games … apparently his shoulder hasn’t been 100% healthy since high school
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
J.R. Murphy, C: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI – hitting .347/.360/.528 as a teenager in the Sally League
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 5, 2 K
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R
Rob Segedin, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – three walks and two strikeouts in his last six games
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K – three true outcomes ftw
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K – I should create a macro for this line, it’ll save me time
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Zach Nuding, RHP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-11 GB/FB – those fly balls can be a killer, but 21 K in 20.1 IP
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – ran it up to 96 mph on the gun
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB

Hughes may have low-level thoracic outlet syndrome
Yankees top ChiSox behind Colon, Cano
  • Joltin’ Joe

    PJ Piliterre is still in the Yankee organization? I remember seeing him play for Trenton about 6-7 years ago.

  • Cito Wordekemper

    How long before the inevitable shoulder surgery for Heathcott?

  • Gonzo

    Whew, for a second there I thought Jesus was going to be the last scion.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    JR Murphy: Robinson Cano of the Sally League. :(

    • Carlosologist

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Ehh…I’m a stickler for high walk rates. I guess when you’re pounding the snot out of the ball it’s okay, but stil a bit more selectiveness from both players would be aces.

        • Bill

          Why try to walk when he’s likely getting pitches to hit? Either that or he’s just a great bad ball hitter.

          • Ted Nelson

            Or he’s able to hit crap low-A pitching his second go-round in the league because of his superior talent, but when he gets to higher levels if he doesn’t adjust he might get eaten alive.

  • Gonzo

    Look at Romine with the walks. I hope this trend continues. He’s sporting a very nice OBP.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      It’s his second time in AA, slightly less impressive.

      • pat

        The average age of a Double A player is 24.9. He’s still young for the league despite this being his second year. Slightly impressive.

      • Gonzo

        If you account for position, yes it’s still impressive.

    • jon

      .333/.391/.619 1.010

      ill take that all day every day from a catcher

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      I don’t think I ever said that it’s bad, just saying that it’s his second time through the league so that has to be factored in as well.

  • pat

    Dunno if they mentioned it during the game but the Riverdogs were in the house tonight.

  • Doug

    For me Mike, as good as that Murphy line is, his lack of strikeouts is equally impressive…..only 7 in 72 ABs

  • Gonzo

    Zach Nuding is listed at 6’4″, 250 lbs. He looks like a Hoss in his milb picture too. Gotta love that.

  • Reggie C.

    I’m sure the Yanks are aware of Heathcott’s shoulder discomfort. Here’s hoping Heathcott is smart and brave enough to tell his coaches if the discomfort requires a DL stint. I’m surprised he was so candid to a beat writer.

    • pat

      He had shoulder surgery in October at the end of the season. I’m guessing he meant that he hadn’t been 100% since high school and his hit start to the season can be attributed to being fully recovered and healthy.

      • Henry

        That’s what I’m thinking as well…

      • CountryClub

        Actually, I asked Norris if this was the case and he said No. Shoulder is still not 100%.

  • Steve H

    I just started reading the Manny profile and the word bulldog is in the 2nd sentence. Before I go any further, do they recommend putting him in the pen since he has the mentality?

    • Gonzo

      Was the aroma of flatulence around his locker? Does he eat without utensils?

    • Pat D

      Greg Maddux and Orel Hershiser were also referred to a “bulldogs.”

      But that’s still a good joke.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Is Maxwell a prospect at all at this point?

    • Gonzo

      I think he’s more like a AAA/AAAA guy. Nice to have just in case. I think he has a bad splits vs. righties so that is limiting.

      • Gonzo

        Plus he’s 27.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Meh…he might be a decent bench bat in September when the rosters expand. Maybe if he has a good September some other team might want him. His K rates are insane, and that probably means he’ll just be leading some other AAA team to a championship next year. I guess that still kinda has value, it extends your minor league season and gives the young guys a chance to play meaningful baseball.

      • CS Yankee

        However if gardner doesn’t get it going with the bat a speedy, solid defender would need to be added to spell Jones and providing solid D.

        SSS for sure but if grit doesn’t make the adjustments, he’ll be sent down (or at least should).

        • Ted Nelson

          If he’s this hot still Maxwell might be the guy in that case… but he’s better against lefties than righties, so might not be the best compliment to Jones.

    • mbonzo

      He used to be a pretty high prospect. He is basically a 5 tool player from what I understand. Yankees really changed his batting stance after he trailed off with the Nats. I’d say he has some value at 27 if he can keep hitting like he is.

  • Naved

    Betances finally coming back tomorrow

  • Monteroisdinero

    I would say Maxwell has value if Swish continues on at the plate. Maxwell certainly runs better, throws better, defends better but…so does Golson.

    • AC

      Golson has zero bat. I think Maxwell will get a look come Septemeber call up. But if Swish doesn’t get it together it could be sooner. Maxwell can’t stay this hot. But always look at in house options 1st.

    • Bill

      Swisher will be fine, its just a slump. There’s defnitely no one in AAA who could replace him. Unless Montero picks up an OF’s glove and learns the position in a flash. Even then it would be ambitious to think he could produce at Swisher like levels in his big league debut.

    • Ted Nelson

      Swisher is actually crushing LHP so far this season: 1.006 OPS. Right now he’s at a .346 OPS against RHP… anyone could top that, but going forward I think Swisher is a strong bet to handle both lefties and righties better than Maxwell or Golson (or Parraz).

      I would be interested in experimenting with bringing Maxwell up right now (or a couple of days ago) in the middle of this hot streak, giving him a couple of starts, and seeing if you could get some MLB production out of it while it lasts… basically, would the heat carry over to MLB?

  • Brian in NH

    is it just me or does it seem like Romine is starting to really come alive at the dish after a slow start? I know he’s only hitting .281 but it seems like he’s hitting a lot lately. I like him, but I would love to see him turn into an MLB pitcher via trade.

    • Doug

      has heated up: .333/.391/.619 over last 10 games

  • Bryan

    Any chance JR stays at catcher?

    • Bill

      yea, there’s definiely a chance. I think they’re just moving him around cause they have Sanchez at the same level and the system is so deep with catcher’s already. There haven’t been any reports that he won’t be able to play the position just that he could play others also.

      • Ted Nelson

        He’s not really a pure C, so I don’t think it’s that clear he will stay behind the dish even if the Yankees didn’t have other C prospects. Not saying he can’t or won’t, just saying that his defense is not highly regarded and he may never excel defensively behind the plate.