Jun
27

Turley & Higashioka give Charleston a win

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Yesterday it was Josh Romanski, today it’s Chase Whitley. The righty reliever has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. Romanski, by the way, will pitch in relief. That’s probably his ultimate destination anyway. As for the bad news, Carlos Silva was placed on the disabled list for an unknown reason. Fernando Hernandez was bumped up from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton to take his place, which is hilarious. He’s put 70 men on base and allowed 24 runs to score in 35 innings this year, numbers that usually get you released and not promoted.

Also, make sure you check out Penn League Report’s interview with Dellin Betances.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Durham in ten innings)
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – threw a runner out at second
Luis Nunez, 2B: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 3 RBI – had been in an 0-for-16 drought
Mike Lamb, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Greg Golson, LF: 0 for 1, 1 K, 1 SB – pinch-ran for Lamb late
Jesus Montero, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K – he fouled a ball off both his knee and foot, but shook it off and stayed in the game
Terry Tiffee, 1B & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Brandon Laird, LF-3B: 1 for 4, 1 K - made a nice running catch in the outfield
Gus Molina, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-5 GB/FB – 51 of 95 pitches were strikes (53.7%) … the two runs didn’t come to the sixth, when he’s typically run into trouble
George Kontos, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – just eleven pitches, eight strikes
Randy Flores, LHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB – a dozen of his 20 pitches went for strikes
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (60.7%)

Double-A Trenton (6-4 win over New Hampshire)
Ray Kruml, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B – 15 for his last 39 (.385) with three triples and two homers
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 12 walks and six strikeouts in his last eight games
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 15 for his last 41 (.366) with four walks and four strikeouts, but the DL trip is mixed in there
Cody Johnson, DH, Bradley Suttle, 3B, Rob Lyerly, 1B & Jose Pirela, SS: all 1 for 4 – Suttle scored a run and whiffed … Lyerly scored … Pirela committed a throwing error
Damon Sublett, RF: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – seven for his last 11 (.636) with a double and two homers
Craig Heyer, RHP: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 12-6 GB/FB - just 39 K in 80 IP (4.39 K/9)
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 2-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-3 win over Brevard County)
Abe Almonte, LF: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – only his second time playing a corner this year
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Melky Mesa, CF, 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – finally playing the field after the injury
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 K
Kyle Roller, DH: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first homer with Tampa
Luke Murton, 1B, Rob Segedin, 3B & Emerson Landoni, 2B: all 0 for 4 – Segedin whiffed twice, Murton and Landoni once each
Mitch Abeita, C: 1 for 4, 2 K
Sean Black, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5-10 GB/FB
Michael Solbach, RHP: 2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-0 win over Augusta)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 1 for 5 – Sosa tripled, drove in two, and struck out
Ramon Flores, LF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Mahoney whiffed
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – started hitting late last month and he just hasn’t stopped, even after the demotion
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 4, 2 K
Jose Toussen, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Nik Turley, LHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 5-1 GB/FB – looks like they skipped his last start just to give him a breather and control innings, he’s already working on a career high … 82-21 K/BB in 82.1 IP
Dan Burawa, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7-1 GB/FB – yay
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – yikes

Short Season Staten Island (7-3 win over Hudson Valley)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 CS – 12 for his last 33 (.364)
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B, Zach Wilson, 3B & Jhorge Liccien, C: all 0 for 3, 1 R – Nunez walked and whiffed twice … Wilson got hit by a pitch … Liccien got hit by a pitch, struck out and picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Shane Brown, LF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 12 K
Casey Stevenson, RF: 2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Ali Castillo, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R
Rob Rinard, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Rich Martinez, RHP: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 12-2 GB/FB – yay grounders
Michael Recchia, RHP:1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes,  3 K - ten strikeouts in four innings … he’s faced 17 batters, and just five have put the ball in play (10 K, 2 BB)

Rookie GCL Yanks had their game suspended due to rain after the first inning. Here’s the box score, but nothing happened in that one inning. They’re going to finish the game tomorrow, and I’ll update the stats then.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Dammit, that’s two straight days without Yeicock!

    • Gonzo

      insert joke here ______

      • http://twitter.com/buckfunts buckfunts

        insert yeicock here

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    As for the bad news, Carlos Silva was placed on the disabled list for an unknown reason.

    #nodepth

    • Jorge

      Who knows who Theo has locked in a box somewhere for this very moment. Starter #34!

  • Dennis

    Someone needs 2 update the scouting report on Turley, no way is he the same 89-91 guy.

  • Jake H

    Turley has made HUGE strides this year. I do wonder about his scouting report.

  • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

    Culver is hitting like a soaked turd, isn’t he? Sucks, I have high hopes for the guy. He’ll turn it around.

    • Gonzo

      I like that term, “soaked turd.” Is that from a specific area or just something you picked up. I am serious, I like that term.

      • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

        Just made it up, I’m proud of myself.

        I’ll be here all week.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m not sure what there is to turn around. He wasn’t a very good draft pick for the Yanks considering when they took him.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Eric

        I hope that you’re being sarcastic here, but I can’t tell. If not, it seems awfully premature to write him off based on a handful of at-bats in A ball. If so, well done, you got me.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Probably just a little frustrated

        • pat

          The prospect realm isn’t exactly Ben’s strong suit.

          • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

            I’ve seen Culver in three games with SI, and I’ve spoken with scouts sitting there too. Not once has he looked competent at the plate. Maybe I’ll be wrong, but this kid is, charitably, a project and not one on which the Yanks should have used a first-round draft pick when there were better players on the board.

            • Ted Nelson

              Thanks for letting us know who the Yankees should and shouldn’t have drafted based on 3 games. Seems like you are so amazing at it you should do it for a living or something.

              • Ted Nelson

                If you had seen only 3 Yankees games early this season, what would your take away have been on Gardner, Swisher, Posada, or Martin?

      • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

        Yeah, I know, the upside isn’t exactly there – but you gotta be hopeful in these circumstances.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, the upside of being a ML starting SS is just awful. We should always rely 100 percent on BA’s top 200 and the first few weeks of the season because they’ve always been so reliable in the past.

          What’s that? Outside the top 20 or so BA’s top 200s have historically been a crap shoot and several prominent Yankees had terrible starts only to turn it around? Oh. Well what good is learning from the past anyway?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Yes because the draft is a crapshoot it means that BA is automatically wrong about their concerns about Culver.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Yeah, this is a good point. It was a weak point, his upside is probably somewhere around Elvis Andrus, which is all well and good…but there’s players with higher upsides and more likely to reach that upsides available. There’s too many people here that are trying to outsmart themselves. Forward thinking is a good thing, but when you’re attacking just about every scout who has seen him before and after the draft that’s a bit ridiculous. I preferred Workman, Ranaudo, Alie, and Jenkins to Culver…but that’s just me. Liked what I saw from both Workman and Ranaudo at the CWS in 2009…Jenkins and Alie all received glowing reports in HS.

              • The Big City of Dreams

                I wonder what the Yankees saw to take him over those other players? Not saying that in a rude way but there had to be something that they liked.

                • pat

                  The upside is an uber athletic switch hitting SS with present defensive abilities (arm and range) a solid swing base to work from, not to mention they’ve knows him since he was about 12 years old. Nowadays you’re seeing the Yankees draft kids that have that special motivation to do everything it takes to succeed. Cito, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Ben Gamel all had that “thing” they were allegedly looking for which is why they were signed so easily.

                  • A-Rod’s Wingman

                    Yeah that’s exactly what I said, the upside is Elvis Andrus. Also, I like the work ethic too, but Francisco Cervelli has a hell of a work ethic too…doesn’t mean he’ll be a great player.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      Are you also Jimmy McNulty?

                      Elvis Andrus is a weak hitter… pretty comparable to Eduardo Nunez. That is not at all Culver’s “uspide.” It might be what he turns into, but it’s not his upside. It’s not even Andrus’ upside.

                      Most draft picks don’t work out. Most of the guys BA liked better than Culver… they’re not going to work out.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      Yeah…phone handle, too lazy to change the name on my phone.

                • Ted Nelson

                  The Big City of Dreams,

                  It’s really not unusual for teams opinions on prospects to vary wildly with BA’s or Keith Law’s. There are thousands of guys playing at high schools, colleges, and JCs around the country these teams scout and these journalists cover.

                  The goldenboy Tampa Bay Rays took a bunch of prospects way ahead of where BA had them in this draft… but Yankees fans just complement them for their amazing player development and trash the Yankees. It’s another one of those narratives like Yankees signing Brian Gordon being desperate and another team signing him being savvy.

                  • The Big City of Dreams

                    but Yankees fans just complement them for their amazing player development and trash the Yankees

                    ———————–

                    But we all know why the fans do that. They just want to see the players they have been hearing about for yrs become a part of the team. It goes a little overboard at times but I understand it.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      Yeah, I’m with you as far as what fans think they want. It’s just frustrating to see irrational inconsistencies, and weak analysis. Yankees prospects are helping in a big way, and a lot of the guys helping other teams either were drafted so high they were consensus studs who aren’t comparable or weren’t actually BA consensus amazing players but still worked out.

                      Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano and Ivan Nova and David Robertson and Joba and Hughes are all homegrown players who have been helping the Yankees win a whole lot of games in recent years. That’s 24% of a healthy active roster that’s recently homegrown, not to mention homegrown vets like Jeter, Posada, Mo (pushing it to 36% of their healthy 2011 active roster), and until recently Pettitte. Not to mention guys like Granderson or A-Rod who were acquired with former Yankee prospects. Or the Noesi’s and Cervelli’s and Pendelton’s who add depth. Not to mention Montero and Banuelos and Betances and Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott and Austin Romine and the rest of the top 5-10 farm system.

                      It’s one thing to hope for the world. That’s reasonable. It’s another thing to expect the world. That’s not reasonable.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  Yeah, me too…perhaps they’re still a bit sour from the Garrett Cole. Heathcott was viewed as a top 75 prospect, not really in many people’s top 50s or so. He was viewed as a pretty signable prospect, LSU commit, but was definitely going to sign. He had a lot of leverage over the Yankees since the pick was protected.

              • Ted Nelson

                Jimmy,

                JobaWockeeZ was not even discussing my point, but a basterdized version of my point he made up.

                Let me put it this way. Let’s say you see me at the racetrack every weekend. I always get there early and give you my “inside tip” based on what I saw when the horses were warming up. Historically I’ve been wrong 7 or 8 out of every 10 times I give you a tip. Today I’m sure Horse X will win. Based on me being wrong 7 or 8 of 10 times historically, are you going to bet your paycheck on my tip? Especially if you have a tip from someone who actually works with the horses or in the stables, wouldn’t you go with their tip over mine?
                It gets more complicated if I’m telling you pick the horse with the lowest odds (prospect with highest bonus demands) or one that might not even run (prospect who has said he’s not signing).

            • Ted Nelson

              That was not what I said, JobaWockeeZ.

              I said that historically if you look at BA’s top 200 it offers little predictive value outside the top prospects. That’s a statement of fact… Nothing to do with Culver. It doesn’t mean they’re wrong on Culver, it just means that history tells us they will be wrong about a whole lot of the guys they liked more than Culver. Therefore, it is illogical to use BA’s top 200 to determine which was a good pick or which player has what upside. They’re going to be wrong a lot more than they are right. So using them as the end all, you will be wrong a lot more than you are right. This seems from reviewing the lists to be especially the case with HS players.

              At the same time I’d hope we’d learn from Gardner, Swisher, Jorge, and Gary Sanchez this season and Jesus last season that the season is not one month long and players can start in a slump only to break out of it.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        So if he were a 3rd or 4th round pick he would have been picked in the right spot, but still have no hope at a turnaround?

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, you can’t see that clearly he’s due to be a .482 OPS Short Season hitter for the rest of his career? Even though at 17 last year he OPS’d 67 points higher at the same level. 48 PA samples are always completely accurate.
          Just like Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Jorge, and Gary Sanchez were all doomed based on their first 48 PAs this season.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      I love when fans discuss the Yankee prospects.

    • Dave

      He was hitting the previous 3 games. Where were you then?

      But in Yankee fan thinking, you are only as good as today’s boxscore.

  • Chip

    Wow, Tampa is going to have a death to flying things outfield when Slade comes back. Who is going to play center? I would imagine Slade’s prospect status means that he will

    • sleepykarl

      I would imagine it would be Slade cornered by the Almontes (Mesa going back to Trenton as I believe he is only there on a rehab of sorts).

    • Addison

      Heathcott’s in Charleston.

      Are you saying when he comes off the DL he’s going DOWN to Tampa?

      • John

        Slade is going UP to Tampa, the High A Tampa Yankees, not down to the minor league complex. Another blog site even posted an interview with a minor league coordinator confirming Slade is getting promoted to challenge him more.

        • Addison

          Thanks, John, that’s a big my-bad on my part.

          I know Tampa is High A, I just brain-farted the comment.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    The way they are pitching Dan Burawa you have to believe that next year he is getting fastracked. Giving him lots of experience, lots of innings and strengthening his arm to get him ready to push as fast as possible when next year comes along.

  • Gordonm

    Maybe I’ve read it wrong, but how could Mitchell give up two runs in a 2-1 win?

    • waldo

      Final score was 4-3, not 2-1.

  • Joe

    Is DeAngelo Mack a legitimate prospect? He seems to be hitting pretty well this year and was promoted once already.
    How high is Williams going to be on the prospect lists this offseason if he keeps hitting? It just seems like he’s handling himself very well so far.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      More of a solid org guy, but I’d say he has a slight chance of putting himself on the map if he really does well.

  • Gonzo

    Did anyone notice that Turley was born on September 11th?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Conspiracy theorists are examining this absurdity as we speak.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      So was Jacoby Ellsbury.

  • Joe

    One last question, when does the DSL start?

    • Dave Gershman

      Several weeks ago

  • boogie down

    Nik Turley doing work! What’s the scouting report on him? 82/21 in 82.1 is damn good; hope it’s because he added a tick or two to the FB and tightened up the breaking stuff.

    • YankeesJunkie

      For his first full season of baseball he has done exceptionally well. Not walking many batters, striking out more than one per inning. The only downside is he is 21 which is not necessarily young or old for Low A. The important thing is that Turley is continuing his dominance and get to 110 innings and get ready for High A next year.

  • Naved

    I can’t believe they didn’t promote Betances.

    • Phife Dawg

      Why would they promote him after a handful of good starts? He still walks way too many guys. There’s no need to promote him now; they’ll probably promote him in August or September at the earliest.

    • nick

      whats there not to believe, he needs to get the BB rate down right now. Once he does consistently, he’ll move up.

    • YankeeGrunt

      He has 16 or 17 starts in AA and he’s a kid who really needs to develop consistency, especially in keeping the walk rate down. He has been in the org awhile but he had injuries so they’re understandably ginger about his development. We have MLB-ready starters at AAA in Mitchell, Warren and (pending his shoulder) Phelps, along with whatever we can expect from Noesi. You might see him at AAA this year, but it wouldn’t surprise me at this point if he gets a full year at Trenton, along with Banuelos, and both start next year at Scranton.

  • IRF

    So when Jesus finally gets promoted, does Romine get the call to AAA?

    • Thomas Cassidy

      No, Cervelli gets sent to AAA, hopefully. Actually, I hope he gets just completely released, then have Romine in Scranton.

  • infernoscurse

    how did dj mithcell allow 2 er and yet we win 2 -1 ?

    • waldo

      Final score was 4-3, not 2-1

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        It was posted as 2-1 before. Mike must have fixed it.

  • pat

    A 6’6″ lefty with a 9.0 k/9? Me likey.

    • Riddering

      I liked the ~9K/9 before I knew he was 6’6?. Niiiiiice.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    So, I think it’s safe to say that Kyle Higashioka doesn’t have a future with the team. I know the same could be said about most prospects, but still. I’d like to see him get a shot with a team (except Boston) and a real chance to be a big leaguer. Mainly because his name is just too awesome.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Yeah, I’m with you as far as what fans think they want. It’s just frustrating to see irrational inconsistencies, and weak analysis. Yankees prospects are helping in a big way, and a lot of the guys helping other teams either were drafted so high they were consensus studs who aren’t comparable or weren’t actually BA consensus amazing players but still worked out.

    Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano and Ivan Nova and David Robertson and Joba and Hughes are all homegrown players who have been helping the Yankees win a whole lot of games in recent years. That’s 24% of a healthy active roster that’s recently homegrown, not to mention homegrown vets like Jeter, Posada, Mo (pushing it to 36% of their healthy 2011 active roster), and until recently Pettitte. Not to mention guys like Granderson or A-Rod who were acquired with former Yankee prospects. Or the Noesi’s and Cervelli’s and Pendelton’s who add depth. Not to mention Montero and Banuelos and Betances and Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott and Austin Romine and the rest of the top 5-10 farm system.

    It’s one thing to hope for the world. That’s reasonable. It’s another thing to expect the world. That’s not reasonable.

    ——————————-

    You made some very good points Ted. I can’t deny that. If one of the B’s works out as well as Jesus than this topic won’t come up as much as it does. You and I have debated this topic a bunch of times so you know where I stand. But I am surprised the discussion comes up as much as it does. Whether it’s on RAB or another blog the Yankee farm and the frustration of the Yankee fan seems to come up on a regular basis even if the topic has nothing to do with prospects.