Phelps, Betances get rocked in losses

Open Thread: The My9 Curse
A Leadoff Hitter Compromise

Hector Noesi was one of seven non-top 100 prospect evaluated by Keith Law today (Insider req’d), and here’s a snippet of what he had to saw…

I don’t get the Yankees’ desire to stuff Noesi — who has long had success as a starter in the minors — into a limited bullpen role … Noesi lacks a plus pitch, and his control is well ahead of his command right now, but there are four roughly average or better pitches there with a fastball in the 92-94 range and both the curveball and slider will flash better than average … at least has the stuff to hold his own in a major league rotation, even if it’s just as a fifth guy for now with a chance to be more of a four or a fringy No. 3.

Meanwhile, here’s some more news, which I’ll bullet point for simplicity’s sake…

  • Kevin Whelan was placed on the disabled list with who knows what. He warmed up last night, but didn’t make it into the game for whatever reason.
  • Both Buddy Carlyle and Damon Sublett were activated off the disabled list.
  • Rob Segedin was promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, which is completely unsurprising. Now there’s a reason to pay attention to the team.
  • Rich Martinez was demoted from Charleston to Short Season Staten Island while Corey Maines went the other way.
  • The 2012 Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game will be played in Charleston, which is pretty cool.
  • Penn League Report has some scouting info on a quartet of Short Season Staten Island prospects, so check it out.

And finally, the games…

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 loss to Norfolk)
Austin Krum, LF & P.J. Pilittere, DH: both 0 for 4 – Krum struck out twice
Greg Golson, CF & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Golson scored a run and threw a runner out at second … Parraz also threw a runner out at second
Kevin Russo, 3B & Jesus Montero, C: both 1 for 4 – Montero drove in a run and struck out
Brandon Laird, 1B & Luis Nunez, 2B: both 0 for 2 – Laird drove in two and struck out twice … Nunez walked
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 2, 1 BB
David Phelps, RHP: 5 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 55 of 83 pitches were strikes (66.3%) … picked two batters off first … he allowed seven straight hits at one point, which is pretty nuts … a dozen hits allowed might actually be a DotF record, I don’t remember seeing many totals that high
George Kontos, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (57.7%)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – a dozen of his 23 pitches were strikes (52.2%)
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 11 of 14 pitches were strikes (78.6%)

Double-A Trenton (13-5 loss to Portland)
Ray Kruml, CF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB – 13 for his last 33 (.394) with six doubles, a triple, and a homer
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – welcome to the Eastern League
Cody Johnson, DH: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – he’s been killing in this year
Jason Place, RF: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Dellin Betances, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 1 HB, 3-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 42 of 82 pitches were strikes … so, the wheels kinda came off, eh?
Naoyo Okamoto, LHP: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 31 of 49 pitches were strikes (63.3%)
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67.4%) … he has to be on the brink of release at this point, no?
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB – five strikes and ten total pitches
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB – just six of his 16 pitches were strikes (37.5%)

High-A Tampa (11-9 win over Clearwater)
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – three of his last four hits have been doubles
Walt Ibarra, SS: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 CS
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – 13 for his last 35 (37.1%) with a double, a triple, and two homers
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – that’s his fourth homer in five games and sixth homer in eight games … dude is en fuego
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – welcome to the Florida State League
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Murton, DH: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – second straight game with the jack … the power tool has developed!
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – got picked off first
Scottie Allen, RHP: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-6 GB/FB – sigh
Jose Quintana, LHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – I guess a 39-10 K/BB in 46.1 IP doesn’t buy a college reliever a midseason promotion anymore

Low-A Charleston is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The South Team beat the North Team by the score of 6-3.
J.R. Murphy, PH-DH: 0 for 2 – entered the game in the seventh
Ramon Flores, CF: 0 for 1 – entered the game in the sixth
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (61.5%) … he pitched the seventh

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Hudson Valley in 12 innings, walk-off style)
Mason Williams, CF: 0 for 5, 3 K – ouch
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Reymond Nunez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Ben Gamel, RF: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K – four walks in five games
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – walk-off sac fly
Zach Wilson, 3B: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 4, 1 K
Casey Stevenson, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … I guess he’s on his way back from the groin injury
Fred Lewis, LHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Rich Martinez, RHP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1-1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – wow, how FIPpy of him
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB – gotta work on that control, kid
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-2 win over GCL Braves)
Ravel Santana, CF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Claudio Custodio, SS: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – still waiting on that first hit, but he has gotten on base three times in two games … bust!
Tyler Austin, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Jackson Valera, C: 1 for 4, 1 R
Damian Taveras, DH: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Danny Lopez, PR-DH: 0 for 0, 1 R – scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth
Jose Alcantara, LF: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 CS – got picked off first
Jose Rosario, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
Caleb Cotham, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4-0 GB/FB – well well well, look at this guy … this is his first game since Sept. 4th, 2009 due to shoulder and knee issues
Taylor Morton, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 6-6 GB/FB – very nice season debut
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

Open Thread: The My9 Curse
A Leadoff Hitter Compromise
  • jon

    I was at the trenton game

    Dellin was wild but his defense let him down a few times and Okamoto let all of his inherited runners score

    • jeety

      Hopefully betances and banuelos figure this out soon

      • MikeD

        It’s why they’re in AA. It could take them a couple more years. Be prepared.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    In response to Keith Law I think everyone is confused on how the Yankees deal with pitching prospects. It’s not just Noesi.

    • Brian

      Teh Pen>All. Teh eighth inning>All other innings.

    • Dave

      As long as the Yanks do the opposite of what Keith Law says, they will be fine.

      What Law and some Yankee fans fail to realize is that the Yanks had a problem with relievers failing to throw strikes. Wade and Noesi throw strikes. So they will continue to come out of the pen.

      • Jericho Spade

        Do you know why the Yankees have a problem with their rotation? It is because every guy with a shot at starting ends up in the pen.

        • Ted Nelson

          Name one guy other than Joba that this is true for. One guy does not equal every guy.

    • Ted Nelson

      That they’re using him as a reliever right now doesn’t mean he’s stuck in the pen forever.

      Pedro Martinez. Adam Wainwright. Johan Santana. David Wells. Kenny Rogers. Nolan Ryan. Brandon Morrow.

      This is a totally normal thing that teams do all the time and have done all the time for a long time with much better pitching prospects than Hector Noesi.

  • zs190

    To make Phelps’ outing crazier, the 3 outs recorded in the 2nd inning with those 7 straight hits were one on the bases and two via pickoffs.

  • Brian

    Mason Williams: 0-5 3K. In the big leagues we call that “pulling an Andruw Jones.”

    • NYinTX

      But was he smiling when he struck out?

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Any idea on how Bichette looks at the plate? Yes, it’s the GCL and the pitchers are generally ‘bad’, but the walks are still nice to see.

    • Squishy Jello Person

      The one to talk to about GCL stuffs is Andy in Sunny DB, goes to their games quite often.

  • mbonzo

    This is the time I really start appreciating these DOTFs. So many games to go over, and great summaries by scouts on top. Its obviously hard work, but its never lazy and it gets done the right way. Thanks Mike.

    • Gonzo


  • infernoscurse

    rooting for yeicock calderon to make it to the show, cant wait to hear sterlings homerun call for yeicock

    • Brian


    • CMP

      I agree with Law and would like to see Noesi and Gordon’s roles switched so he could get a few starts At least until Colon and Hughes come back.

    • Bobtaco

      Gotta throw a “long” in there somwhere…

      • Steve H

        It’s a loooong, deeeeeep drive and Yeicock is in the seats!

        • JD

          No, its “Yeicock drives it long and deep”

  • JohnnyC

    I really hope Calderon makes it to the bigs quickly. I have to hear Sterling’s home run call for him.

  • mike c

    noesi is in the bullpen because the yankees have 5 starters currently better than him, 7 when hughes & colon come back. I doubt they are concerned with developing a back-end starter right now

    • MikeD

      Five better than him? Does that include Gordon?

      • Jericho Spade

        Does that include Garcia and Nova, who throws two pitches and usually can’t get past 5 innings.

        • guest

          Nova has pitched more than 5 innings in 10 of his 14 starts this year, 6 innings or more in 8 of 14 starts, and into the 7th or 8th inning in 6 of 14 starts. So at least for the first three months of this year, he has shown he can get past 5 innings.

      • Ted Nelson

        Meh… people would complain no matter what they did. If Noesi were moved from the pen to rotation people would cry about the stress on his arm. Chances are that the Yankees scouted Gordon and thought he was a better starting pitcher for the next few weeks than Noesi, so they went with him over Noesi. It’s not even an either/or thing, because if Gordon falters or someone else gets hurt they still have Noesi among other options.

  • CRotondi

    Why was Taylor Morton out all of last year?

    • pat

      He was drafted last year and after signing late went right to Extended Spring Training.

      • pat

        Actually, at that point in the season it might have been Instructs.

    • mattdamonwayans

      Morton signed on the 14th of August last year so he didn’t get a chance to play. He got a big fat bonus for holding out as long as he did too. Can’t wait to see what he can do this season, I think he’s got big upside.

  • Xstar7

    “Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP- still waiting on that first hit, but he has gotten on base three times in two games … bust!”

    Didn’t Dante already get his first hit in the first game of the GCL Yanks’ season?

    • Mike Axisa

      Nope, 0 for 3 with a walk in that game too.

      • Xstar7

        I must have been thinking of somebody else.

      • Uke

        He got a hit but it wasn’t in an official game, he tweeted it I think.It was a tune up(spring training?) game.

    • pat

      He got a hit in a GCL spring training game, if that’s what you’re referring to.

      • Uke


      • Xstar7

        Yep, that’s what I was thinking of.

  • pat

    The first positive independent scouting report of Mr. Culver? First of many I say. I’m betting he opens some eyes this year.

  • nooooo not another double play!

    Yeicock Calderon was 1 of the best hitters in the whole DSL the last 2 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does well on every level.

  • T-Dubs

    Is the Scranton score correct?

    Montero drove in a run

    Laird drove in two

    In a 8-1 loss?

    • Rick in Boston

      I think Mike might have read the wrong column – Laird walked twice, struck out twice. Montero drove in the only run.

  • eddie nunez

    montero is depressed

  • Rick in Boston

    If you haven’t already, read the link my provided to the Penn League report. There is really some great stuff in there about Culver and Williams.