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Apparently Alan Horne is ahead of schedule as he comes back from his latest shoulder ailment, and will face live hitters for the first time tomorrow. I wish him luck, but it’s hard to think that he’ll contribute much if anything at this point. In much more interesting news, Mike Ashmore says Damon Sublett has been throwing side sessions. Yes, the same Damon Sublett that’s played second base and some outfield since being drafted in 2007. Sublett played second and closed at Wichita State (31.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 16 BB, 54 K before not pitching much as a junior), and I actually thought he was a better prospect as a pitcher than a hitter at the time of the draft. He was 91-94 with a curve back then, not sure what he has now though.

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Buffalo)
Dan Brewer, DH: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS – nine game hitting streak
Chris Dickerson, CF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 PB – sad face
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – up to eleven homers
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – that’s a dozen for him
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K – quietly raking, but it’s easy to fly under the radar in his lineup
Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 12-4 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch) – 54 of 87 pitches were strikes (62.1%) … one earned run or less in three of his five starts
Jess Todd, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – just four of his ten pitches were strikes … the command, it doesn’t come naturally for this one
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – ten of 19 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (2-0 win over Reading)
Austin Krum, LF, Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: all 1 for 3 – Krum doubled and drove in a run … Mesa drove in a run and whiffed … Maruszak struck out
Jose Pirela, SS, Jose Gil, C & Cody Johnson, DH: all 1 for 4 – Gil doubled and scored … Johnson doubled and struck out
Damon Sublett, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB – eight for his last 21 (.381)
Ray Kruml, RF: 0 for 3
Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2-2 GB/FB – hooray for strikes, boo for walks … he topped out at 95 mph
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Lakeland)
Abe Almonte, CF & Walt Ibarra, SS: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Jason Place, LF: 0 for 1 – left the game after flying out in the second, not sure why
Emerson Landoni, LF: 0 for 3, 2 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 2 for 3, 1 RBI
Like Murton, 1B & DeAngelo Mack, DH: both 0 for 3 – Murton committed a pair of throwing errors … Mack struck out
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Kevin Mahoney, 2B: 1 for 3
Carlos Silva, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – Trenton the next stop? probably
Sean Black, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 3 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – at least five runs allowed in each of his his last four appearances

Low-A Charleston (6-2 loss to West Virginia)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP – got picked off first … stuck in a little 3-for-15 slump (.200)
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
J.R. Murphy, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 14 for his last 36 (.389) with seven doubles
Rob Segedin, DH, Eduardo Sosa, LF & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 0 for 3, 1 BB – Segedin whiffed once, DeLeon (you guess it) twice
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 0 for 4, 2 K, 2 PB – up to 32 K and 11 PB in just 22 games (14 as a catcher)
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Shane Greene, RHP: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 6-1 GB/FB – hooray for the grounders, I guess
Michael Recchia, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 25-12 K/BB ratio in 18.1 IP
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – he and Jose Ramirez were just demoted from Tampa

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    • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

      Too bad neither of them will amount to a hill of beans.

      • RollingWave

        I think the Twins should trade for Vazquez now or something, damn thier lineup can’t hit worth a lick.

  • Brian

    I know this is probably way too early to ask something like this, but say if Gary Sanchez puts it together offensively but can’t make it behind the plate defensively, where do you think the Yankees would try to move him in the field and at what level do you think they would try to have him learn the new position?

    • jon

      I would assume 1b

    • Dave

      It’s too early to ask.

    • Slugger27

      1B and RF are really the only other positions you can move him

  • Jerome S.

    God, Sanchez is terrible. Good thing he’s young, I got high hopes for him still.

  • Dave

    Alan Horne is doing better than Chris Young. Done again after tearing his a shoulder for the third time. This is why I never get why fans whine about how pitchers are developed. There is no fool proof way. If a pitcher is going to get hurt, they are getting hurt no matter what.

  • IRF

    So at this point, is DJ Mitchell first in line for a call-up? He’s looked pretty good thus far

  • mbonzo

    When does Kahnle get promoted?

  • infernoscurse

    gary sanchez to the bullpen where he belongs!

  • Naved

    Better question, when does Betances get a promotion. =) Beast mode.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    I was at the game in Trenton tonight- Betances was basically untouchable, even with the walks. Really towering on the mound.

  • Tom Zig

    Is Betances on a pitch count or something?

    • Mike Axisa

      They’re all on pitch counts.

  • Dan

    Has JR Murphy played much 3B? I thought he and Sanchez were pretty much alternating DH and C duties…

    Is this a recent development of trying to get him more versatile or am I just reading way to far into this?

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s been bouncing around between C, DH, 3B, and LF all year.

  • pat


    • mbonzo

      Or put one up.

  • jeety

    I like what corban joseph has been doing… and oh yea heathcott murphy and segedin shud be on the move soon…. and it will make tampa watchable

  • Thomas Cassidy

    So what type of player is Heathcott supposed to be? Granderson at the best?

  • Midland TX

    Choo without the DUIs.

  • Monteroisdinero

    JoVa 11HR/30rbi
    Maxwell 12 HR/25 rbi

    Montero needs to show a bit more power pretty soon. Don’t know why his #’s aren’t a bit higher. Even Tex has figured it out in the early going!

  • Joe R

    Heathcott loves getting picked off first.


    My boy Maxwell from my home town, I guaranty if Maxwell keeps hitting like this he will be with the Yankees in the big leagues before the all star break. At the very least I would rather have Maxwell off the bench and as a righty platoon player then Andru Jones….

    • dennis

      so thats 2 people that think like that. u and maxwell’s mother.


        Justin is leading the International league in home runs and is still fairly young. what more does the kid have to do to convince people like you that he deserves a shot at the Major league level. As for your comments about his mom and I being the only people that care about Justin, that is not true the thousands of transplanted New Yorkers like me and others in the great state of Maryland especially ones living in Olney Maryland wear Justin grew up and went to High School care greatly about this young man! Also I think me and my family are entitled to root for Justin because my sister was pretty good friends with him. Next time you want to make a comment like the one you made do some research first, I clearly brought this topic up in another thread.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Maxwell is not a prospect and won’t get called up unless the Yankees have an outfield injury and if Golson isn’t hurt he’d be called up first. Maxwell isn’t that young, I believe he is closing in on thirty. If he was anybody he wouldn’t have been traded for a nobody.


            You think 30 is old? If you don’t mind me asking how old are you? who cares weather he is our prospect or was a very highly touted prospect just a few years ago with the Nat’s. It doesn’t change the fact that Maxwell and Jorge Vasquez are mashing the heck out of the ball down in AAA. let me ask any true Yankee fan on here, who would you rather see on the bench and platooning with Gardner, an over weight steroid laden past his prime player in ANDRU JONES or a young guy with way more upside, better defense and he is mashing the ball at this point in AAA in Justin Maxwell. as for guys that were traded for nothing either in a trade or another crap shoot the rule 5 draft,
            Notable Rule 5 drafteesSee also: Rule 5 draft results
            [edit] Hall of FamersRoberto Clemente
            [edit] All StarsJosé Bautista
            George Bell
            Paul Blair
            Bobby Bonilla
            Jody Davis
            Darrell Evans
            Kelly Gruber
            Josh Hamilton
            Willie Hernández
            Dave Hollins
            John Hudek Selected in minor league portion.
            Dave May
            Evan Meek
            Mike Morgan
            Jeff Nelson
            Scott Podsednik Selected in minor league portion.
            Bip Roberts
            Johan Santana
            Joakim Soria
            Manny Trillo Selected in minor league portion.
            Derrick Turnbow
            Dan Uggla
            Shane Victorino (twice)
            Fernando Viña

            and that’s just the rule five draft there are plenty of trades that go down like this one and if it works out you call it a steal. it has happened a lot in the 100 year and more history of the game just do some research….


    Plus he plays really good defense and has a real strong arm, and he has speed….


    Also Greg Golson and Justin Maxwell are both on the 40 man roster and both are not on the 25 man active roster so what makes you think Golson gets the call? And I forgot to mention Golson is on the 7 day DL. I agree that they only get a shot if some one gets hurt but that is a good thing for Maxwell and Vasquez, then they can prove they belong and if they do good it will be harder to send them down. As for some one getting hurt and a spot opening up, it is a 162 game season someone will get hurt I would bet my life savings on that….