Banuelos strong in Trenton win

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Fresh off last night’s stellar effort, Nik Turley has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. Kramer Sneed and Dan Burawa both appear to be making the trip up as well. Jose Ramirez was activated off the disabled list to take one of the open spots on the River Dogs’ roster.

Fourth rounder Matt Duran was at Yankee Stadium working out with the team today. They’ve done this a number of times through the years, and it usually leads to the player signing shortly thereafter.

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 loss to Norfolk)
Austin Krum, LF: 0 for 5
Luis Nunez, SS & Jesus Montero, C: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Nunez whiffed … Montero allowed a passed ball and missed a catch for an error
Mike Lamb, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 3B
Terry Tiffee, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Brandon Laird, 3B & Greg Golson, CF: both 1 for 4 – Laird scored a run and struck out twice … Golson struck out and got picked off first
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Doug Bernier, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – seldom used backup infielder is on a nice little run, six for his last 16 (.375)
Greg Smith, LHP: 6 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 8-4 GB/FB – 60 of 103 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … that’s us u-g-l-y
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 29 of 50 pitches were strikes (58%) … he’s so bad, so so bad

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over New Hampshire)
Ray Kruml, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – third straight game with a triple, four in his last seven games
Corban Joseph, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – 13 for his last 33 (.394) with seven doubles, a homer, a dozen walks, and just six strikeouts
Austin Romine, DH: 0 for 4
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS, DeAngelo Mack, LF, Jose Gil, C & Damon Sublett, RF: all 0 for 3 – Sublett struck out three times, everyone else once each
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4-4 GB/FB – 63 of 93 pitches were strikes (67.7%) and he sat around 93 … gave up a solo homer, the sixth long ball he’s surrendered in his last five starts … he allowed seven homers total over the last two seasons
Pat Venditte, SwP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Josh Romanski, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – will be interesting to see how he performs out of the pen since that’s likely his long-term role
Alan Horne, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-0 loss to Brevard County)
Abe Almonte, CF & J.R. Murphy, C: both 0 for 4 – Almonte stole a base … Murphy whiffed twice
Walt Ibarra, SS, Kyle Roller, 1B & Rob Segedin, LF: all 1 for 4 – Ibarra and Segedin struck out … Roller doubled … Ibarra also committed a fielding error
Melky Mesa, DH & Mitch Abeita, C: both 0 for 3 – Mesa got hit by a pitch … Abeita walked
Taylor Grote, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Jairo Heredia, RHP: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 9-5 GB/FB – three of those six hits left the park … hopefully it’s just a blip on the radar
Francisco Gil, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston was rained out. I’m guessing they’ll make this one as part of a doubleheader sometime this week.

Short Season Staten Island (11-9 win over Hudson Valley)
Ali Castillo, CF: 0 for 6 – ouchie
Cito Culver, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 11 for his last 34 (.324) … those are his first two extra base hits of the year
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Zach Wilson, 3B: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Shane Brown, LF: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 15 for his last 26 (.577)
Casey Stevenson, RF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Rob Rinard, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Bryan Mitchell, RHP: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 2-2 GB/FB – ouch … mucho patience needed for this kid
Brett Gerritse, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
Caleb Cotham, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Zach Arneson, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Rob Paullus, RHP: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – pro debut, and not a good one
Brandon Pinder, RHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game One (6-5 win over GCL Tigers in ten innings, walk-off style) this was the completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain after the first inning
Claudio Custodio, SS: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – .471/.571/.529 in five games
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – played the first nine innings in the field (one was yesterday, though), the first time he’s done that
Tyler Austin, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS – .400/.400/.640 in six games
Dante Bichette Jr.: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – got picked off first … seven walks and three strikeouts in his six games, at least one walk in each
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 3 K, 1 E (fielding)
Ravel Santana, CF: 4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI – walk-off single
Isaias Tejeda, C & Danny Lopez, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R – Tejeda hit a solo jack … Lopez doubled, whiffed, and threw a runner out at the plate
Taylor Morton, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – started yesterday before the rain
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7-1 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1 WP, 3-1 GB/FB
George Isabel, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2 WP, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game Two (3-2 win over GCL Tigers)
Jose Rosario, SS: 0 for 3, 1 HBP, 1 CS
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – quite a day
Tyler Austin, 3B: 2 for 3, 2 R – and that triple-slash line is only going up
Yeicock Calderon, DH, Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B, Henry Pena, RF & Taylor Anderson, 2B: all 1 for 3 – Anderson and Pena struck out twice, Kuo and Calderon once each … Pena doubled and Kuo scored a run as well … Kuo also committed a throwing error
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Mike Gipson, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)
Danny Martinez, LHP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB

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  • Esteban

    Does Banuelos get promoted to AAA at all this year?

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Maybe for a Scranton play-off run, but I think he should stay in AA for the rest of the year.

      • Jake H

        I agree. Needs to work on his control.

        • radnom

          Disagreed, I think its important guys struggle at some point in the minors. Let him learn what he can/can’t get away with before the games start to count.

          Not saying he should be promoted tomorrow or anything, just that they shouldn’t wait until hes completely mastered AA to move him up. His numbers, even including the walks, are still pretty good this year. If he keeps it up, it would be nice to see him in AAA later in the year.

          • Ted Nelson

            Newman’s interview with NoMaas has some interesting and relevant info on their promotion philosophy and Banuelos.

            In discussing both remaining Bs he says Banuelos has been too wild and needs to work on it… Doesn’t even touch on Betances’ wildness I don’t think.

            He says AAA is basically only for MLB ready guys ready to take on their MLB roles… A 20 year old on a small innings limit throwing 4 or 5 IP/GS might not qualify.

            On the other hand he does say Slade was promoted because he needs to be pushed.

            • radnom

              He says AAA is basically only for MLB ready guys ready to take on their MLB roles… A 20 year old on a small innings limit throwing 4 or 5 IP/GS might not qualify.

              This is a good point, and its definitely important that they have a bunch of guys stretched out down there ready to ride the shuttle.

              • bottom line

                I still think Banuelos could help the big league club this year, especially in playoff series with Sox, who are vulnerable to lefties.

                • Coolerking101

                  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think Betances or Banuelos could be with Scranton by the end of the year. If either of these kids puts together a string of 4 or more dominant starts(i.e. doing what they’ve been doing, minus the walks), it will be hard to justify keeping them at AA…not only for their own development, but for the good of the major league club.

                  Let’s be honest, the Yankees really need one of these two guys to be major league ready by this time next year.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I’m loving these walks from Bichette.

    • batman

      so do i, but do they mean anything at this point in his development or are the pitchers just wild

      • Voice of Reason

        6 games worth of anything doesn’t mean much. But even if the pitchers are wild, he’s obviously taking bad pitches, so that’s something I guess.

      • pat

        Pitchers are wild no doubt. However, at this point the fact that he’s not going crazy trying to put everything over the fence can be construed as a positive. Taking walks and seeing pitches is the best way to learn how to control the strike zone. If he’s already showing that willingness (org. mandated or not) this early it bodes well for his future development.

        Then again he could strike out 4 times next game and we could all just be talking out of our asses considering it’s a microscopic sample size.

  • China Joe

    Goddamn it, the highlight of my day is coming on this site to call Cito Culver a bust, and he has to ruin it by going 3-5!

  • Xstar7

    Ugly night for Jesus. But it’s good to see Banuelos pitching well.

  • Alfredo

    i want to see Jesus Montero play everyday in the MLB.

  • Brandon

    Hey mike, how about Good game Manny, way to limit those walks! and how bout them K’s! Instead of, He gave up a homer, boooooo banuelos. Only saying that because you mention his walks every game he pitches. Best game so far for ManBan.

    • Esteban

      Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr the title of the post is:

      “Banuelos Strong in Trenton Win”

      • Brandon

        I see that, but only mentions the negative. either way nice game.

    • pat

      He mentions the walks because they’re kind of a big deal. He can survive in AA putting 5 per 9 on fo free, but not much higher up than that.

      • Brandon

        I know, thats what i mean. He always mentions how he has a lot of walks but now he limits them to 1 this time out and he only brings up the homer. O well, i was pretty drunk when i wrote that last night, no offense mike. Love the site.

  • Jake H

    Austin is my sleeper from last years class.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Yeicock is back!

    • Xstar7


  • Jim in Bingo

    Here’s a question. Joseph lives up to his potential — keeps hitting the way he is etc. Come April 2013 is Joseph the starting 2nd baseman and Cano in, say, right field?

    I know it’s tough to move a guy who gives you the numbers Cano has at a premium defensive position, but . . . he keeps getting bigger and stronger, and they have a potential replacement in Joseph. And Cano’s got both the power and the arm for rightfield . . .

    • Xstar7

      No way. Cano is too good a second basemen.

      • Xstar7

        And Cano will be 30 and theoretically still in his prime in 2013.

    • pat

      I think Robbie has a ways to go before he needs to think about moving from the position. I’d just assume put CoJo in right because he’s younger and presumably more fleet of foot. That would be a pretty sick ‘problem’ to have though.

    • Meat Loaf

      He is a well deserving gold glove winner.

      • Ted Nelson

        That’s questionable… but Gold Gloves in general are questionable.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Claudio Custodio…prospect or org guy?

    • Mike Axisa


    • TheLastClown

      Future cleaner-upper.

      /joke that undoubtedly has been made before’d

      • Mike Axisa

        He is a master of the custodial arts. Or a janitor, dick.

    • China Joe

      I believe he was one of the gunmen in “A Fistful of Dollars”

      • Chris in Maine

        That was funny.

  • Joe

    I haven’t been able to open the Elias link but do any of the yankees rank out as a Type A or B free agent after this year? CC would if he opts out but how about Swisher, Jorge or anyone else on the team that can opt out?

    Thanks guys

    • Mike Axisa

      I don’t think they’d offer to Posada even if he was a Type-A, he’d probably accept and get $15M next year.

  • pat

    Cito had a double from each side of the plate. First one was batting righty and hit to CF and the 2nd one was an oppo shot to LF as a LHB. The single also presumably came while batting lefty.

    There’s still hope to resurrect his career!

    • TheLastClown

      w/o getting at least 1 hit to RF, I’m not sure.

      I think the ship has sailed on this “prospect.”

    • Frank O

      Was at the SI – HV game. First double was RH, a line drive in the right center gap. The second was LH – a fly ball over the left fielder’s head. The single was also LH, a line drive smoked to right center, possibly the best hit ball of the three. Cito looked more sure of himself in the field, especially compared to last year’s brief stop in SI. Angelo Gumbs looked shaky at 2B, bad throw to Culver on what was a sure inning-ending DB. Also made what should have been an error on a ground ball in second inning with 2 out (official scorer ruled it a hit probably because runner on first was going on pitch and Gumbs didn’t have a good shot at the force, but I think he had time to get the runner at first if fielded cleanly. Led to three more runs in the inning. Mitchell’s line might have looked a lot better. Other obsevations – Reymond Nunez is one big dude – one of his hits was a double off the CF wall. Also, Shane Brown looked like the best hitter on the team -very polished, makes solid contact – HR down the LF line; line single to right – hits the ball to all fields. Also made two excellent plays in the field, including sliding catch to end the game. Gerritse looked easily the best of the pitchers.

      • pat

        Awesome, thanks for the first hand report. I can’t wait to get going to some games this year. Love the SI ballpark and everything is so cheap.

        • Bailey1

          Have been to the last six SI games…..agree that Shane Brown is definately the best hitter on this team ytd. Culver and Castillo made an unbelievable double play last night in SI….Castillo dove to his right and backhanded to Culver for the force and on to first. Culver has shined in the field for sure! Up until tonight, the SI relievers have been almost unhittable. I would call this team a bunch of scrappy ballplayers…..great defense and great pitching so far.

  • Steve H

    Montero slugging under .300 this month. Call him up.

  • CapitalT

    Nice job Horne

  • boogie down

    What is Tyler Austin’s ceiling? Also, does he have a chance to stay at 3B long-term, or is he more likely a 1B/corner-OF type?

    • Mike Axisa

      He can definitely hit, but the fact that they moved him out form behind the plate already is probably bad news for his defense.

      • crawdaddie

        I don’t equate that with being bad news for his defense at other positions.

  • Pat D

    Anyone hear about Donovan Tate? 50 game PED bust.


    • Steve H.

      Wasn’t it weed?

      • Phil Hughes

        Hell yeah it was.

      • Pat D

        Hmm, you might be right. Article I just found on mentioned that he’s getting a 25 game “credit” for sitting out while getting “counseling for substance abuse.”

        It does not say what substance.

      • Max

        It was actually a positive test for spice, which is a legal weed like substance that is banned by MLB.

    • pat

      Damn. His career has been a disaster. SO much missed time.

    • Xstar7

      Yikes. He was having a good season too.

      • Xstar7

        I neglected to mention only played in 16 games.

        • Xstar7

          *he only played in 16 games

    • JohnnyC

      Padres’ 1st Rounders since 2004: Matt Bush, Cesar Carrillo, Matt Antonelli, Nick Schmidt, Allan Dykstra, Donavan Tate, and Karsten Whitson. Epic fail, no?

      • JMK

        Anytime as an organization you can get Matt “Fucking” Bush, a talented but drug-using (and oft-injured) CF, and the son of human excrement (Dykstra), you have to pull the trigger.

        Love the Padres.

        • Rick in Boston

          Allan Dykstra is not related to Lenny. He came out of Wake Forest.

          Lenny’s son is Cutter Dykstra, who was a 2008 2nd rounder for the Brewers.

  • CMP

    Does Kyle Higoshioka’s demotion mean he’s now a non-prospect because he’s supposedly an above average defender who seems to be starting to hit and he’s only 21?

  • Now Batting

    I wonder if Pat Vendite will ever find himself in a MLB game. He has mediocre stuff but so far has performed at every level. The novelty of the lefty/righty pitcher would seem to help (with another team though) his cause.

    • jon

      if he was on the padres or the pirates i think he would be in the mlb right now

      but never for the yankees

    • TheEvilUmpire

      I just realized that he would have to have 2 different pick-off moves too. I wonder if his pick-off yesterday was righty or lefty…

      • sleepykarl

        I wouldn’t rule out him popping up one year in sept, after the division is decided