The Hughes Rehab Tour dazzles in Trenton

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Update: The second Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Corban Joseph, and Austin Romine are heading to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game. Ben Gamel and Conor Mullee have been placed on the disabled list with Henry Pena and Ben Paullus taking their spots on Short Season Staten Island’s roster. Mark Montgomery has been promoted from Staten Island to Low-A Charleston. Melky Mesa’s rehab with High-A Tampa is over, and he is back with Double-A Trenton. Addison Maruszak was bumped to Triple-A Scranton to fit him on the roster.

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over New Hampshire) there was some serious heat in the house today: Brian Cashman, Gene Michael, Billy Eppler, and Mark Newman were all at the game to watch…
Phil Hughes, RHP: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1-6 GB/FB – he threw 61 of 88 pitches (scheduled for 85) for strikes (69.3%), and 48 of those pitchers were between 91-94 mph … he hit 93 a total of 18 times in the first six innings, which is 18 more times than he did in April … one scout said his command was “much better” than his last rehab start, when he didn’t make it out of the fourth … Mike Ashmore has video of the game and press conference … from watching the online feed, he got a ton of swings and misses on the fastball (wish I’d counted), which has as much to do with Double-A competition as it does the quality of his stuff … it also looked like he tired in that last inning, his command went a little south … I would be in favor of Hughes making at least one more rehab start, it would be good to have him empty the tank and see how he comes back in five days before activating him off the disabled list
Ray Kruml, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – forget Phil, this is FOUR straight games with a triple! … he’s got 19 hits in his last 47 at-bats (.404)
Corban Joseph, 2B & DeAngelo Mack, LF: both 0 for 3 – CoJo walked, Mack whiffed
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4 – also threw out a runner trying to steal second … 12 for his last 39 (.308)
Cody Johnson, DH: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 4
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – was a legit bomb off the top of the signage in right-center
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 3
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – allowed Hughes’s inherited runner to score
Shaeffer Hall, LHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Norfolk, walk-off style)
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Greg Golson, RF: 3 for 4, 1 CS – got picked off second and he threw a runner out at the plate
Mike Lamb, DH, Jesus Montero, C, Terry Tiffee, 1B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 1 for 4 – Tiffee doubled
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jordan Parraz, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – also threw a runner out at home … just his fifth homer, feels like it should be 20 by now
Doug Bernier, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Lance Pendleton, RHP: 4 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-6 GB/FB – 43 of 69 pitches were strikes (62.3%) … he’s just getting stretched back out after working out of the bullpen for a few weeks
George Kontos, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%)
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – 22 of 34 pitches were strikes (64.7%)

High-A Tampa (10-3 win over Daytona)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first at-bat with Tampa was a homer … I guess Mark Newman was right, he just needed a challenge
Walt Ibarra, SS: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 K
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB – that’s his tenth homer in June
Kyle Roller, DH, J.R. Murphy, C & Taylor Grote, LF: all 1 for 4, 1 BB – Roller whiffed twice … Murphy walked, scored a run, and drove one in … Grote did the same thing as Murphy
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 R, , 2B, 2 RBI
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 5
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 5-2 GB/FB – needed a big strikeout game like this
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB – Tampa debut
Ronny Marte, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – nice outing

Low-A Charleston Game One (2-1 loss to Augusta in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Ramon Flores, LF & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 1 for 3 – Sosa got hit by a pitch, DeLeon whiffed
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – second homer in three games, third in nine games
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Toussen, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 2B
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2-3 GB/FB – 68-31 K/BB in 74.1 IP
Aaron Dott, LHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston Game Two (9-2 win over Augusta in seven innings)
Jose Toussen, CF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K – had been in a 4-for-30 slump (.133)
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kyle Higashioka, C, Mike Ferraro, RF & Jeff Farnham, 1B: both 2 for 3 – Higgy doubles, drove in a run, and scored twice … Ferraro walked and scored … Farnham doubled, walked, and drove in four runs
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 4
Steve Evarts, LHP: 4 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 4-1 GB/FB – this is just his second game in three years, those strikeouts are great to see
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (9-1 win over Aberdeen)
Mason Williams, CF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K – oof
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – those are the first two homers of his career
Zach Wilson, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 0 for 1, 2 R, 3 BB
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – 16 for his last 28 (.571)
Casey Stevenson, 3B & Rob Rinard, RF: both 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Stevenson scored a run
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Will Oliver, RHP: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 9-3 GB/FB
Matt Tracy, LHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-7 win over GCL Pirates)
Claudio Custodio, SS: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 9-for-20 (.450) with four walks (.577 OBP) in six games
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – played four innings in the field after playing eight yesterday
Jose Rosario, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K
Tyler Austin, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – 13 for 31 (.419) with four doubles and a homer
Yeicock, Calderon, RF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS
Dante Bichette, 3B: 0 for 4 – and thus ends the walk streak
Isaias Tejeda, C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Danny Lopez, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-1 GB/FB – gotta think he’s getting ready to go back to Trenton sometime soon
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-4 GB/FB
George Isabel, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – faced one batter, gave up a grand slam
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB

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  • Cuso

    PLEASE tell me I just heard Girardi wrong in the postgame…

    Mitre is back?!!


    • Dennis

      Over/under july 15th until gaudin is back.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Lets get the gang back together and bring in Edwar

  • jon

    how did bichette go 0-4 with a caught stealing and a stolen base

    • zs190

      The CS and SB belong to Calderon actually, Mike made a mistake.

    • bgeary

      Entirely possible though. He could have reached on an error or fielders choice.

  • Xstar7

    Great news for Hughes and Heathcott. Also, how did Dante go 0-4 and still reach base 2 times?

    • zs190

      You can go 0-4 and reach base via fielder’s choice, though in this case Mike made an error.

      • Xstar7

        Right, I forgot.

    • Chip

      Well, you could do it quite easily if two of your outs were by fielder’s choice or reach on error

      • Xstar7

        Or being hit by pitch which was my guess. How am I supposed to know if he reached on an error or a fielder’s choice if Mike didn’t post it? I just wanted to know.

  • I Voted 4 Kodos

    Custodio really ought to be hitting clean up.

  • bklyn

    Maybe Montero needs a challenge. Too bad there isn’t a space for him on the big league club with the way posada is heating up. He could possibly split equal time with Martin.

    • boogie down

      Damn it, I didn’t refresh.

  • bklyn

    Maybe Montero needs a challenge. Too bad there isn’t space for him on the big league club with the way posada is heating up. He could possibly split equal time with Martin.

    • Xstar7

      Unlikely. However I can see Montero becoming a September call up.

  • CRotondi

    Wonder where Abe Almonte fits into the CF role in Tampa.

  • boogie down

    You know who also needs a challenge? Jesus Montero! (I do agree that there’s currently no way to make room for him AND play him roughly 5 out of every 7 games, what with Martin being healthy and Posada being productive once again)

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Which means they’ll probably trade him for a starter unfortunately

      • Ted Nelson

        How does not having a place this season for a 21 year old prospect with work to do on his game translate to probably trading him?

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Because they have a guy like martin that they love and Romine in the pipeline. I’m not saying I want him traded. I would love to see him up here but if Cashman can make a significant upgrade to the rotation Montero will more than likely be in the package.

          • David, Jr.

            I believe that you are onto something here, “Big City”.

            This revolves around whether or not the Yankees view Montero as a good possibility as their starting Catcher.

            If the answer to that is a “Yes”, then Ted is exactly correct. This is just a matter of developing a young player. He just isn’t ready yet. End of story, and nothing wrong with that.

            However, if the answer to that is a “No”, particularly if another team views Montero differently, then Montero could easily be traded. The Yankees aren’t going to need a DH, backup Catchers aren’t particularly valuable, and Montero sure doesn’t look like a guy who could be successfully moved to another position.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              Very well said David Jr.

              That is an excellent breakdown on the Montero situation.

          • http://msn yankeewabe7

            cashman upgrade to his rotation is hughes and colon . nothing better is available on the trade market

            • The Big City of Dreams

              Well then Montero is safe :)

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Oh yea Ted I replied to your post a couple of days ago regarding your apology you can check it out if you want.

    • Steve H

      He has a challenge. Give the Yankees a reason to make them consider calling him up. A slugging percentage below .300 this month isn’t it.

      • that guy

        get real. even if he picks it up he wont get called up. cashman and girardi have a boner for cervelli and hes not going to replace martin. also they supposedly want him playing everyday. so yeah, hes going to get traded for a #3 starter by the deadline.

        • Ted Nelson

          That’s total speculation on your part. The reason they want him playing every day is that he’s not ready. You can’t possibly know what they’d do if he were ready. Martin has been mostly struggling with the bat for months… If Jesus was a better total package than Martin, how do you know they wouldn’t eat into Martin’s playing time? Jesus is struggling to hit AAA pitching while working on his questionable defense, though. How much benefit would the Yankees get from having Jesus hit maybe slightly better than Cervelli once or twice a week vs how much benefit they’ll get long-term from Jesus figuring out how to be a total package behind the plate?

  • Operation Slade

    Well Mason Williams thats a bad night…But Slade Heathcott! Welcome back keep doing that please. Also someone tell me is Angelo Gumbs a prospect or just an org guy with a name I really like?

    • zs190

      A good prospect with tons of tools, but he’s 18 and really really raw.

    • Walkinonit

      he was a second round pick last year, so he better be a prospect

      • Reggie C.

        Heh. I agree. Gumbs is playing 2B right now, but I suspect that not due to a lack of athleticism. Just so happens Culver (SS) gets the nod bc he’s the 1st rounder, and, the OF appears set with a couple college guys and Mason Williams (who’s written up as a fast-twitch athlete in his own right).

        I wonder if Gumbs will see any action as a corner OF at some point this season…

        • Ted Nelson

          What’s so bad about playing 2B?

          • Rick in Boston

            Usually, professional 2B are guys who had defensive issues at SS or 3B. For example, Cano struggled at 3B and moved to second because it was a position of need and he was ideal for the position.

            • Mike K

              Cano played 16 games at 3B in the minors, 11 as an 18 year old rookie. Second most is SS (80 games). 395 games at 2B in the minors, and he played 2B more each year. Cano was always a 2B.

    • Chip

      Gumbs is a fringy guy who could put it all together and be super legit or will be out of baseball in a few years

      • Sayid J.

        So, what you’re telling me is that Gumbs is a minor league baseball player?

      • Ted Nelson

        I wouldn’t use fringy to describe Gumbs. Guy is a prospect: 2nd rounder, great athlete, up the middle future, ranked around #100 in BA’s pre-draft top 200 draft prospects… As Sayid says just about anyone in short season could be out of baseball in a few years… And a lot probably will be.

  • Ivan

    Hughes makes one more start againt AAA competition.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I don’t think it matters too much whether he makes his next start in Trenton or Scranton, but at least Scranton would have some MLB caliber hitters that can hit a fastball.

      • Rick in Boston

        If he starts another minor league game, it will be at whichever level is playing closer to where Cashman is that day. He’ll want to evaluate Hughes and make sure that’s he’s in position to help the major league club. If Trenton is on the road and Scranton is home or in, say, Allentown, Hughes will be there.

  • A.D.

    Slade probably needed to stop playing through injuries

  • Brandon

    Hopefully Phil makes one more rehab start. Gives Garcia and Nova 1-2 more starts in this competition. Loser goes to the bullpen and Mitre goes bye bye again or Ayala can finally go bye bye or they decide to convert Noesi back to a starter in AAA.

    • Jorge

      What have you done for me in the last five minutes, Luis Ayala?

  • Pat D

    More K’s, Rutckyj.

  • Joe

    I know it’s low A ball but is Isaias Tejeda another catching prospect or an organizational guy off to a good start?

  • John Kruk’s belly

    Brett Marshall’s been solid since early May. I like what I’m seeing from him.

    Kontos is quietly having himself a fine year too.

  • wilcymoore27

    Claudio Custodio is going to make it to the big leagues. With a name like that, he’s a can’t-miss.

  • Steve H

    What odds would I have been able to get if I said in mid-April that Posada, in MLB, would have a better OPS than Jesus in AAA?

  • that guy

    wow montero sucks

    • John Kruk’s belly

      Nah, he’s just unmotivated. Need to start some serious trade rumors again….involving him.

    • Dave

      Not unlike your mother.

      • that guy

        not unlike your father and yourself and your grandmother who is a bitch

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  • AndrewYF

    I remember the Yankees doing the same thing with Austin Jackson. Scuffling in Charleston, Yankees thought he needed a challenge and then he exploded in Tampa.

    I would be ecstatic if Heathcott reached the same level of prospect-dom as Jackson.

  • Addison

    Hughes is slated to start for Scranton on Monday, at home against Lehigh Valley.

    As painful a reality it appears to be for some, the time has come (passed, actually) to realize Montero has no future in the Yankees organization.

    He can’t catch. He never will be able to catch. Compared to Montero, Mike Piazza is Pudge Rodriguez.

    Joel Sherman quoted an AL executive in his column, I believe on Monday, which described Montero as being “unathletic”, which is true.

    That said, he couldn’t play the outfield, either.

    For a team who values low risk/medium return one dimensional players (talking to you, Billy Beane), Montero could be a serviceable DH with the ability to maybe play first base on occasion.

    That’s his ceiling.

    If you read the transcript of the Mark Newman interview from NoMaas the other day that Mike posted here, it seemed clear to me that the Yankees feel Austin Romine has passed Montero on the depth chart.

    Take into consideration Montero has been benched twice this year for not running out ground balls, which the Yankees have conveniently buried (to protect his trade value), the handwriting is, or should be, on the wall.

    Thhe Yanks should promote Romine to Scranton following the AA All-Star break to catch every day; with Jorge Vazquez out for awhile yet, Montero can fill the DH spot until the Yanks can find a buyer for him.