Bichette debuts as GCL Yanks start season

Next stop on The Phil Hughes Rehab Tour: New Britain
Nova dominates as Yanks take series opener

The Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees (roster) started their season today, but first:

  • Austin Romine is now symptom-free following his concussion and has resumed baseball activities. He’s expected to return to the field in about a week. Good news.
  • Alan Horne (remember him?) is headed to Double-A Trenton and will likely start on Wednesday. It will be his first official game since September 4th, 2009.
  • Jorge Vazquez was placed on the disabled list for an unknown reason and Addison Maruszak was called up from Trenton to take his spot.
  • Rob Lyerly was promoted from High-A Tampa to Trenton. I imagine Rob Segedin will move from Low-A Charleston to Tampa very soon.
  • Gary Sanchez is your Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week.

And now, off to the games…

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Norfolk) Mark Prior coached first base tonight, so he’s healthy enough to do that
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 2, 1 K – he was lifted from the game after striking out in the third, but it doesn’t say he was ejected … weird
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 0 for 2
Greg Golson, LF-CF: 1 for 4
Kevin Russo, 3B-LF: 1 for 3, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – eight for his last 26 (.307) with a double, a homer, two walks, and just that one strikeout
Brandon Laird, 1B-3B: 0 for 3, 1 R
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – he ran over the third base ump making the turn around third
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 3
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3
Adam Warren, RHP: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 7-2 GB/FB – 60 of 98 pitches were strikes (61.2%) … lost the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh … that’s three very good starts in the row, and two of them were legitimately great … good to see
Lance Pendleton, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (69.6%)

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa (10-3 win over Clearwater)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – three of his last five hits have been doubles
Walt Ibarra, SS: 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – that’s three straight games with a jack, which is crazy because he hit one homerun total in 2009 and 2010 combined
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 1 for 4, 2 K
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 CS – threw a runner out at second
Luke Murton, DH: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – ten for his last 24 (.417)
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – have yourself a day, Kyle
Emerson Landoni, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB –
Josh Romanski, LHP: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 6-2 GB/FB – 24-2 K/BB in his last 18.1 IP
Ronny Marte, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6-0 GB/FB – yay grounders

Low-A Charleston is off until Thursday for the All-Star Game, which will be played tomorrow. Mikey O’Brien, J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott, Kyle Roller were all selected to the team, though Ramon Flores made the club as an injury replacement for Heathcott. Roller’s injury replacement came from another club.

Short Season Staten Island (8-3 win over Hudson Valley)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 SB – left the game after grounding out in the fifth for an unknown reason
Rob Rinard, LF: 0 for 2, 1 R
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – first hits of the year
Angelo Gumbs, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – six for 15 (.400) on the young season
Ben Gamel, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Cody Grice, LF-CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Zach Wilson, 3B: 0 for 4
Wes Wilson, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E (pickoff)
Ali Castillo, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Evan DeLuca, LHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 5-1 GB/FB – the walks are the big thing for him, he’s still looking for that control
Corey Maines, RHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Vidal Nuno, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Zach Arneson, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-5 win over GCL Braves)
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – this kid’s super-legit
David Adams, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B – he played five innings in the field, almost certainly by design … hopefully he stays on the field this time, he’s already lost a year of development due to that injury
Taylor Anderson, 2B: 0 for 1 – took over for Adams, obviously
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB – I figured they were going to let him try third, no reason not to
Tyler Austin, DH: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – another guy to keep an eye on, big time sleeper
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – “finally” made it to the States
Isaias Tejeda, C: 3 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K – no idea who this kid is, but I suspect I should get on that
Claudio Custodio, SS: 2 for 4, 1 RBI – that’s an 80 name right there
Danny Lopez, LF: 0 for 4
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K – batting ninth and playing first in the GCL? for shame
Gabe Encinas, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-4 GB/FB – very nice season debut
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1-2 GB/FB – now we know the truth, he resigned to pitch for the Yankees!
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – not a good debut for the Hank’s Yanks alum
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – indy league signee

Yankees Draftees In The College World Series
Sam Stafford, LHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 24 of 40 pitches were strikes (60%) … second rounder came on in relief after the starter got knocked out early, but it doesn’t matter now, Texas’ season is now over

Next stop on The Phil Hughes Rehab Tour: New Britain
Nova dominates as Yanks take series opener
  • Bones

    Josh Romanski was undrafted.

    • JohnnyC

      Undrafted by the Yankees. He was drafted by the Brewers (4th round, 2008). They released him and the Yankees signed him last year.

  • Chris13

    Good to see Gabe Encinas pitch well. I hope Mason isn’t hurt.

    Tejada isn’t anything super special: ( but no one knows with Dominican kids.

  • jon

    hope the best for Alan Horne

    • bottom line


  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The GCL Yankees play in Orlando tomorrow. I want to call in sick so I can see them play, but I’ll have to wait until July 14th. Pictures a plenty to be assured.

  • Squishy Jello Person

    “hough Ramon Flores made the club as an injury replacement”


  • Esteban

    Bichetter Jr. 0-3? Bust,

    Hey my burrito is taking too long.

  • V

    No Yankees’ affiliate lost today. Weee.

    • JonS

      Boone Logan tried to change that…

  • Drew

    Who’s Ravel Santana? Haven’t heard of him before….

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I can’t believe the Yankees didn’t give Ravel number “10” to wear. (That’s a stretch of a “joke”)

    • BigTimeBartolo

      High upside Dominican kid we signed last year

    • pat

      Melky Mesa with a hit tool.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – he ran over the third base ump making the turn around third

    He should have purchased my three-DVD-set instructional video, “Understanding Baserunning Angles”.

    Bobby Valentine

    • JonS

      Lol That was funny last night. He talked for at least 20 mins about Arod.

    • Jericho Spade

      Well done comment!

  • Bones

    I know Adam Warren is not Ian kennedy, but is there any chance he becomes 85% of IPK as a 4th SP?

    • Bones

      AL east =/= NL west

    • Steve H

      In a vacuum I don’t think he’s as good as Kennedy, but he just might have a better chance at AL East success due to having a pretty solid edge in velocity. Don’t think IPK’s stuff ever would have translated into much in the AL East.

    • Samuel

      Similar to Kennedy, Warren is very intelligent on the mound and has guts to throw all his pitches in hitters counts, especially with men on base.

      Keith Law always says Warren’s secondary stuff is not that good, but I disagree. Warren has a pretty damn good slider/cutter and his two-seam moves in quite a bit on RHH.

      With a 15 K game last year for Trenton and striking out 10 in relief of Pettitte in the playoffs (also at AA), Warren does have the stuff to pitch in the majors.

      Except for maybe Phelps, Warren is the most polished pitcher the Yankees have in the minor leagues.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Underneath the Banuelos Watch, you should add a Gumbs Watch.

    So that we can keep track not only of his vital line, but also track all the positions he plays on the short season.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Do you want Gumbs to bust early?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Jinxes are the dominion of the mentally weak.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Just joshin.

  • dennis

    Deluca could be a beast as long as he keeps the walks down.

    • Ham and Cheese

      I was at the SI game with my four year old. Two of Deluca’s walks were in the fifth and he seemed to be visibly tiring. The best was that he put two men on with no outs and then promptly stranded them (though one hit to center might have scored a runner from third, but they gave Mason’s arm a lot of respect).

  • mbonzo

    Hopefully they took Williams out to promote him to AAA. What a monster, probably the best upside of any player the Yankees drafted last year too.

    • sleepykarl

      From all the reports I’ve seen, he has the most upside of any 2010 draftee the Yankees signed. Jordan was said by some to have more upside, but went to Wake Forest.

  • Pat D

    Looking forward to seeing what Rutckyj does this year. Earn that money, son.

  • Xstar7
    • jon

      june 9th

      • Xstar7

        Yes but it was updated, clearly stating that Prior never had the hernia surgery and is slated as being out with an abdominal strain. The main point of the article still stands though. This guy’s chances of contributing to the big league club are very slim.

        • CapitalT

          Any chance he hurt himself telling somebody to round the bag and go for Two?

  • Jake H

    the SI and GCL teams are super loaded.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    System sweep.

  • Steve H

    Have there been many questions on Bichette signing so early? Didn’t he sign enough over slot that MLB generally would have made them wait?

    • JohnnyC

      Bichette signed for $750,000. The slot number is $694,800.

      • Steve H

        Callis kind of questioned it last night, wasn’t sure if it had been written about anywhere.

        jimcallisBA Correct. Not sure why MLB didn’t pitch a fit. @bulls30: Bichette’s bonus is more 5%, but less than 10% above slot #mlbdraft #Yankees

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I would guess that MLB did pitch a fit because he was the Yankees 1st pick, and he didn’t sign that much above slot.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I still hate Dante Bichette for irrational reasons. I like Cito Culver for some reason, though,

    • Avi

      I have the same irrational hate for both only to me it’s not irrational.

      • Ted Nelson

        Because Keith Law told you they’re not good? Real rational.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Damn, I’m so excited, so many more prospects to follow now!

    New favorite name: Claudio Custodio

    Also, any word on DePaula or Paniaugua? That would be a big blow if we can’t get either of those guys to the states

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      So many new faces.

      I need to get on that.

      • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        whoops reply fail

  • Skip

    I think I’m irrationally excited about Staten Island and the GCL Team.

    Angelo Gumbs, Mason Wiliams and Cito Culver plus all of those high upside arms makes it an exciting time for all.

    • Operation Slade

      I like that Charleston team but without Slade its been lacking for me, but this GCL team, hell yes. Loving Williams by far one of my favorite prospects along with Slade, Murphy, and Banuelos. Gumbs and Culver will be exciting to watch.

      • Skip

        And I’m forgetting to mention Sanchez who is getting hot after his attitude/back demotion thing. Then on top of that theres David Adams who was sick before getting hurt last year. .403 wOBA? Yes, please. Not to forget the eager anticipation of Montero, Betances, Banuelos and Brackman to get hot in the 2nd half. Am I too excited? Yes. But the fun in following them means that every night around 10 PM will be a good one

  • Bobtaco

    Claudio Custodio – bat him 4th so he can clean up!

    • CRotondi


  • Bill

    Lot’s of good news today. I’m real excited to see David Adams back. He’s definitely one of the best bats in the system. Hopefully Mason is ok, as he looks to be one of the most exciting guys in the system. Last year the minor league system got really fun to watch right around this time, so it would be great to see something even vaguely similar.

  • kr

    David Adams’s injury saved us one (1) Montero….

  • CRotondi

    If you guys think Charleston is fun to watch this year, wait til next year. Hitters AND arms.

  • pat

    I have a feeling Kuo is only in the GCL until some roster space opens up in Charleston. Once Segedin bounces there won’t be a real 3B prospect on the team. I bet he slides right in.

    • Rick in Boston

      I think Kuo is bound for SI when Zach Wilson going to Charleston. Wilson is a college guy, but I’m not 100% sure how long he’ll stick it out at 3B.

  • EndlessMikeJr

    I remember this board going crazy in 2007 when the Pirates wanted Alan Horne for damasmo Marte and Alan Horne who was domianting AA at the old age of 24 and people wanted nothing of it.

    Well good thing we kept him hanging around.Can’t wait for the international free agent.Need some true prospects here.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero catches the shutout. Nice.