Chavez helps Tampa to big win in rehab game

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Dellin Betances was today’s Prospect of the Day over at Minor League Ball, so check that out. Ryan Flannery and Josh Schmidt were promoted to Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, respectively.

High-A Tampa (10-3 win over Jupiter)
Eric Chavez, DH: 4 for 5, 2 R – he was pinch-run for after singling in the seventh, though that was probably by design since he got his five at-bats in … the good news is that he circled the bases twice, so the foot’s doing okay
Abe Almonte, CF: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ronnier Mustelier, 2B-LF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI – I really, really wish I could find more info on him … he’s an older guy (27 in August), but I wonder if he’s a legit righty hitting outfield option for next year or even 2013
Cody Johnson, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HBP – he got hit by a pitch, but stayed in the game to play another half inning in the field … whatever got hit probably started to swell
Emerson Landoni, PH-2B-SS: 0 for 2, 1 K
Rob Segedin, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – 11 for his last 28 (.393)
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 BB
Mitch Abeita, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – doesn’t play often, but always seems to hit when he does
Neil Medchill, RF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – third homer in his last ten games
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – I have no idea whey he was pulled in the sixth
Hector Rabago, PH-2B: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jose Quintana, LHP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … any lefty that puts up big numbers (62-20 K/BB in 60 IP) is worth keeping an eye on, and he’s only 22
Michael Solbach, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-1 GB/FB – gave up two homers, so that’s eight in 54.2 IP this year (1.32 HR/9)

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Columbus)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – 9-for-30 (.300) with seven walks and five strikeouts since coming off the DL
Greg Golson, LF: 0 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI – robbed of another hit by a nice defensive play
Mike Lamb, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 14 for his last 41 (.341) with five doubles, two triples, and three homers (.780 SLG)
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K – that’s 17 K in his last 32 at-bats
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 62 of 106 pitches were strikes (58.5%) … one shy of his career high in strikeouts
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%) … he hit a former SWB Yankee great with a pitch
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%)

Double-A Trenton (13-12 win over Erie, walk-off style)
Ray Kruml, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – started the three-run ninth inning rally with a single
Austin Romine, DH: 3 for 4, 4 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – seven for his last 14
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) – seven for his last 13 (.538) with two doubles and a homer … he’s a streaky dude, looks like he’s about to go on one of his two-week tears
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – tied the game in the bottom of the ninth by ground the ball to third and forcing the third baseman to throw the ball away … I’m sure he planned it
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 HBP – walk-off single … he also threw a runner out at first and is nine for his last 19 (.474)
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – six hits in his last 36 at-bats (.167)
Jose Gil, C: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Brad Halsey, LHP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-1 GB/FB – his release might be coming, he’s been awful
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – he was up to 91
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Lexington) faced the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Jose Mojica, SS: all 1 for 4 – Sosa scored a run, struck out twice, and threw a runner out at third … Mojica whiffed
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K – ten for his last 40, but five of those hits have gone for extra bases
Gary Sanchez, C: 0 for 4, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Kyle Higashioka, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 E (both fielding)
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 E (both fielding) – can he get his OPS over .600 before the end of the season? he’s at ~.595
Jose Ramirez, RHP: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3-5 GB/FB – that’s 26 hits allowed in his last 19 IP
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 74 K in 55 IP, but also 40 BB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – K/9 drops from 21.3 to 20.3

Short Season Staten Island (5-4 loss to Hudson Valley)
Mason Williams, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Cito Culver, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 34 (.324)
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 RBI – got picked off first
Zach Wilson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Reymond Nunez, 1B, Wes Wilson, C & Ali Castillo, 3B: all 0 for 4 – Nunez scored a run and struck out twice … Castillo whiffed three times
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Cody Grice, LF: 3 for 4, 1 RBI
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 9-5 GB/FB – very nice start
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB
Ben Paullus, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-3 loss to GCL Tigers)
Claudio Custodio, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – he was pinch-hit for in the ninth, when things were out of hand
Jose Rosario, 3B: 0 for 2 – was lifted after flying out in the third, so maybe he pulled a hammy or something
Jorge Alcantara, 3B: 0 for 3, 3 K – yikes
David Adams, DH: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – he’s playing all nine innings pretty much every day now, this was his third game in a row and sixth in the last seven days
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 1 for 1, 1 CS – he was lifted after getting caught stealing to end the first, so maybe he jammed a hand or something
Justin James, RF: 3 for 3, 1 E (throwing) – he doesn’t play often, probably because he’s doing a lot of side work after focusing on basketball for the last few years, but he’s performed well when he’s played … he’s 6-for-17 (.353) with four walks and four whiffs
Isaias Tejeda, C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) – was pinch-hit for in the sixth for an unknown reason
Jon Hurst, PH-C: 1 for 2, 1 RBI
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – that’s homerun number six, second most in the GCL
Jackson Valera, 1B & Taylor Anderson, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Valera drove in a run … Anderson whiffed twice
Danny Lopez, LF: 2 for 3, 1 BB – ten for his last 20
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – ouch … he faced a dozen batters and eight game around to score, that’s tough to do
George Isabel, RHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Danny Martinez, LHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Injury Updates: Nova, Soriano, Chavez
Grandy & Garcia get Yankees a win over Rays
  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Is that 13-2 walk off win a mistake? It has to be, right?

  • John

    how do you win 13-2 walk off style ?

    (Trenton Score)

    • Dropped Third Superstar

      11 run hr duhhh….

      • John

        oh yeah, cuz that happens all the time in baseball. The bases are loaded three times and two guys at the plate….

  • Xstar7

    “13-2 win over Erie, walk-off style”

    That made me laugh.

  • nycsportzfan

    Man, the yanks are just pouring out intriguing prospect after intriguing prospect.. I mean, Zolio Almonte to me, is a Intriguing prospect now, and guys like Vidal Nuno and Jose Quintana, are extremely intriguing, and what happened to Gumbs,Williams,and Culver needing time to get there bats going??LOL Uhh, ya! And how about DJ Mitchell! That guy just keeps getting it done.. Segedin is now comfortable and hitting, Romine is doing well, joseph is doing well, and so on and so fourth.. A nice farm system we have, indeed…

    • David, Jr.

      Watch for Romine by next year. Fine all around game.

  • Sam

    Culver’s quietly putting together a nice little season. Just got to hit the weight room, son.


    • Jerome S.

      I’d be extremely satisfied if he finished the year like that. Not great, but certainly shows he can improve.

    • zs190

      Check out the left/right splits, pretty crazy. Still early though and this didn’t seem like a major issue last year.

    • Brian in NH

      I think he’s having a good season so far after a slightly slow start. Seems like Staten Island has been quietly building up-the-middle strength between Culver, Gumbs and Williams. The next big three?

    • NC Saint

      That’s weird, pretty sure I read that he was a bust somewhere.

  • AnthonyD

    Which guys are left to sign that are worth signing?

    • pat

      Hayden Sharp
      Jeremy Rathjen
      Jordan Cote
      Gregory Bird
      Matt Duran
      Rookie Davis

      Sign those 6 and I’m a very,very, happy camper.

      • pat

        And my boy Bubba Jones, of course.

      • AnthonyD

        Isn’t Cote the highest upside guy of that group?

        • pat

          It’s between him and Sharp. Sharp all of a sudden leaped onto the radar very late in the scouting season and was sitting 93-95 toughing hiher in his last few games of the year. Throw in his size (6’6″) and athleticism (wasn’t even going to play baseball in college, had a scholarship to play QB) and he is a very, very, interesting kid. Cote is no slouch either. Tall and skinny, (6’6″ 215) sitting 89-92 with very limited pitching experience, he’s basically a clean slate for a pitching coach to work with.

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Hayden Sharp definitely wants to sign.

      • zs190

        Jack Cave?
        Adam Ravanelle?
        Daniel Camarena?

        Missing a bunch of signability guys =)

        • zs190

          err, Jake Cave, typo

          • Avi

            Great list guys.

        • pat

          Dammit. I knew I forgot someone. Cave def wants to sign its pretty much all he talks about on the twitter. I think Ravanelle is out. KLF reported he’s already down at Vandy taking summer classes. Id like Camarena too, he just slipped my mind while I was waiting for the 4 train.

          • zs190

            yeah, don’t think Ravanelle would sign, Taylor Guilbeau (39th rounder) is someone that I kind of like but I think he’s already attending college already too.

            • pat

              Skyler Janisse is another intriguing guy too. He was supposedly in Tampa with his Canadian travel team for a tourney and watched fellow countryman Evan Rutkyj get absolutely smoked. He’s another guy with size, projection and much inexperience pitching, so no bad habits.

            • Ted Nelson

              Could be that they aren’t signing, but attending classes gives them more leverage with the Yankees and also keeps them on track should they not sign.

              • Rick in Boston

                I believe the rule is once you start classes, you cannot sign. However, I’m not 100% sure on the rule for summer classes.

                • Ted Nelson

                  Oh, that could be. Makes sense if you’ve got a scholarship I guess. Bubba Starling sort of came to mind for me before, but he’s probably got a football scholarship.

                  • Rick in Boston

                    Starling does, but I’m not sure if he’s enrolled in summer courses or just hanging out with the Nebraska football team.

                    I’ll have to do some research, but the Dodgers first rounder in 2010 either practiced with the football team or was about to start when he signed. I think you can be on campus, in your room, hang out with teammates, but as soon as you step foot into class, you are a college student and no longer a signable player.

        • pat

          They need to get Cave done ASAP. Thee more he tears up his summer league the more cashmonies he’s going to ask for.

          • Rick in Boston

            I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal has been worked out, but the Yankees are being forced to wait b/c it’s well over slot.

  • Skip

    Any idea when we might see Stafford debut?

    • pat

      He hasn’t officially signed yet.

      • Rick in Boston

        Baseball America has him as signed, and Mike has him signing back on 7/1, as do a number of Texas-related sites. Not sure what’s going on. I’m sure we would have heard if an injury cropped up, right?

  • Naved

    “Betances posts outstanding K/IP and H/IP ratios, statistical testimony to the quality of his stuff. His walk rate is still higher than ideal, and he would benefit from time in Triple-A.”

    There is a spot in the AAA rotation right now. What more is there need to be done!!!

    • MikeD

      A lot.

  • deadrody

    Ah, Shelley Duncan. He and Hensley Meullens DEFINE the term AAAA player. Rips it up in AAA, can’t barely hit a lick in the bigs.

    • Xstar7

      I’ll never forgive him for that bloop double in the 4th of July game.

    • Brian S.

      You should have told that to AJ Burnett.

  • Reggie C.

    Read the Sickels writeup on Betances. It seems like Sickels wants to call Betances one of the better pitching prospects in the minors, but holds back from that due to the command & control issues. His career minor league numbers look spectacular, especially those strikeouts amassed.

    Nothing new said but Sickels likes Betances and the analyses are sure to increase with a AAA promotion.

  • infernoscurse

    will luke murton be any better than his brother or does he project to be a career AAA player?

    • Thomas Cassidy

      He’s already as good as his brother. That’s why he’s in Japan.

    • zs190

      Matt Murton was a 4th OF/Platoon guy in the majors and probably could still play in that role now, Luke Murton is an org guy/non-prospect.

  • j

    Is Danny Lopez a real prospect? He’s hitting very well.

  • Avi

    Jim Callis of Baseball America in his chat today on Montero:

    harold (new york): do you think jesus montero is developing bad habits at the plate at this point? it seems like he’s starting to sell out for his power. he’s been having a number of 0 or 1 hit performances with 2 or more strikeouts lately. i’m concered! should i be?

    Jim Callis: Had some scouts tell me they thought he was bored in Triple-A. I still have full faith in his bat and still don’t think he’s going to be a full-time catcher. I’d make him the DH/backup C in New York, but I’m not Brian Cashman. At this point, seems like they need to play Montero in the majors or trade him for something useful.

    • Steve H

      Shouldn’t the same “at this point” statement have held water last year too when he was actually destroying AAA baseball?

      • Avi

        Yes. I think it’s ridiculous he isn’t up. They’ve been way too conservative with his whole timetable. Romine should be in Triple A too.

        • MikeD

          The emotional reaction toward Montero by Yankee fans if a bit crazy. He’s only 21 and in his second year of AAA baseball. This is nothing shocking. So what I’m hearing is he has some emotional issues that have caused him to be bored in AAA baseball at 21, or he has regressed as a hitter.

          I don’t like either answer. It not like he’s going to carry the day with his glove, so he needs to get his act together.

        • Ted Nelson

          He got to AAA at 20 years old and they’ve been “way too conservative with his whole timetable?” Please explain to me how that works.

          As MikeD says above, neither regressing as a hitter nor being so immature as to let a second season in AAA crush your performance is a good reason to promote him. A guy like Manny Ramirez always had attitude issues, and he also always hit the snot out of the ball. I generally don’t buy the “bored” argument, though, because being bored doesn’t mean you suddenly stop hitting the ball well.

  • ItsATarp

    Betance sounds like a potential AJ (young and good version) so it’s prety exciting.

  • Brandon W

    Two things..

    First, what’s up with Jose Ramirez this year? Just brutal, even after the demotion. I mean, his strikeout rate seems at least okay recently, but so many batters are getting on base..

    Second, David Adams.. longest rehab assignment ever.

    • first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21)

      “David Adams.. longest rehab assignment ever.”

      I’m pretty sure that title belongs to Lindsay Lohan.

  • Will (the other one)

    I miss Terry Tiffee already.


  • mike o

    this ronnier guy looks intriguing

    • ChrisS

      Well, with the way he’s crushing baseballs in the low minors, it looks like he’ll be in AAA soon enough.

      From BR Bullpen, they list his Cuban slash lines:
      2007-2008: 296 ABs .301/.407/.517 with 70 RBI
      2008-2009: 88 G .281/.405/.421

  • biggie

    Who are the legit prospects on the Rookie GCL Yanks?

  • JD

    9 innings lasting three hours or more each day, 162 games played out over 7-8 months, players careers lasting a decade or more … why is it so hard for people to be patient with kids. Baseball fans are a strange bunch.