Huge days for Williams & Gumbs in SI win

Soriano, Chavez will begin rehabs assignments tomorrow
Yanks handle rookie pitchers in comeback win

The Rockies again had a scout at tonight’s Double-A Trenton game, but they’re not sticking around for the rest of the homestand. Jose Quintana was the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week while Casey Stevenson took home Short Season Staten Island Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Triple-A Scranton (7-6 loss to Columbus, walk-off style) they faced an old buddy, who threw an inning before the rain then came back out after the two hour delay … that’s seems pretty dumb
Kevin Russo, 2B-3B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – capped off a four-run, ninth inning comeback with the game-tying single
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 5, 2 K
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – the homer was the left-center, so this one wasn’t oppo … that’s ten strikeouts in his last 18 at-bats
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 0 for 4, 2 K – 11 strikeouts in his last 24 at-bats
Terry Tiffee, 1B: 1 for 2, 1 2B – left the game after getting hurt on a slide
Luis Nunez, PR-2B: 1 for 2, 1 R
Mike Lamb, 3B-1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jordan Parraz, RF & Austin Krum, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Parraz doubled, walked, and struck out twice … Krum stole a base and drove in a run
Doug Bernier, SS: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Greg Smith, LHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB – 12 of 25 pitches were strikes (48%) … picked a runner off first … he pitched before the rains came
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 25 of 44 pitches were strikes (56.8%)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 2 HB, 5-1 GB/FB – 31 of 60 pitches were strikes (51.7%) … he and Carlyle combined to throw five wild pitches in the third inning, which helped set a new franchise record for wild pitches in a game … apparently he started out slow but finished strong
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – half of his 22 pitches were strikes
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – just six of his 14 pitches were strikes (42.9%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – five of his nine pitches were strikes … took the air out of the comeback by serving up the walk-off homer

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Erie)
Ray Kruml, LF: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – 16 for his last 38 (.421) with four doubles, six walks, and six strikeouts
Jose Pirela, 2B: 0 for 5, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – he had three hits in his last 27 at-bats combined
Jose Gil, 1B: 0 for 2, 3 BB
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Rob Lyerly, DH: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – second jack in three games
Yadil Mujica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 1-5 GB/FB – if you take out the second inning, his line is 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K … Brian Cashman was in the house to watch this one
Josh Romanski, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional

High-A Tampa (4-2 loss to Jupiter)
Abe Almonte, CF, Rob Segedin, 3B & J.R. Murphy, C: all 0 for 4 – Almonte and Segedin whiffed … Segedin also committed a throwing error
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Ronnier Mustelier, RF: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 18 for 36 (.500) with four walks and four strikeouts since signing
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Cody Johnson, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – like I said yesterday, gonna crush this level
Luke Murton, DH: 0 for 3
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 CS
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 7-2 GB/FB – 79-20 K/BB in 79.2 IP
Francisco Gil, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – strikeouts and grounders

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to West Virginia, walk-off style)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Jose Mojica, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Sosa got hit by a pitch, tripled and scored a run
Jose Toussen, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Gary Sanchez, C: 0 for 4, 3 K – sadface
Kyle Higashioka, DH, Ramon Flores, RF & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 1 for 4 – Higgy struck out … DeLeon hit a solo jack
Jeff Farnham, 1B & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Farnham got hit by a pitch
Scottie Allen, RHP: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-9 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Yobanny Reyes, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (12-4 win over Tri-City)
Mason Williams, CF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – 17 for his last 32 (.531) with three doubles and two triples
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K – have yourself a day, Mr. Gumbs … 14 for his last 43 (.326)
Tyler Austin, 1B & Wes Wilson, C: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Austin drove in a run
Cody Grice, LF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Shane Brown, DH: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HBP
Casey Stevenson, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Rich Martinez, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB
Michael Recchia, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB
Brandon Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-2 loss to GCL Phillies)
Jose Rosario, SS, Ravel Santana, CF & Jackson Valera, 1B: all 1 for 4 – Rosario hit a solo jack
Danny Lopez, RF: 2 for 4, 1 SB, 1 CS
David Adams, 2B, Isaias Tejeda, C & Jorge Alcantara, LF: both 0 for 3 – Adams and Tejeda each walked and whiffed … Tejeda also committed a throwing error and stole a base … Alcantara struck out twice
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – that’s the first of what is hopefully many more homeruns to come
Fu-Lin Kuo, DH: 0 for 4
Gabe Encinas, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 5-7 GB/FB – he’d gotten smacked around the last two times out, good to see him rebound
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB

Soriano, Chavez will begin rehabs assignments tomorrow
Yanks handle rookie pitchers in comeback win
  • jon

    Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K


    • JohnnyC

      it’s just one game. wouldn’t make a hasty judgement on one game.

      • Kevin D.

        “Nice”<——— Don't think that qualifies as a hasty judgement.

        • Mister Delaware

          He could have atleast waited until 11:00 or so.

      • ROBTEN

        I was at the game. On the one hand, Culver’s double was a legit bomb to deep right center. On the other hand, the ValleyCats’ pitcher (Champion) was getting hit hard that inning. Masons’ first double (right before Culver’s) was also hit deep and even the outs that inning went to the track if I remember correctly. So take from that what you will. However, Culver did show a good eye on the walks.

        As an aside, the ValleyCats’ pitcher who took the loss (Diaz) was consistently throwing 96-97 with ease (if the stadium gun was to be believed), but lost the zone in his second inning of work. It was impressive to see someone at that level throw that hard, even if the control wasn’t there.

      • Ted Nelson

        Instead let’s all make a hasty judgement on draft night before the kid has played a pro inning…

        • pete

          Ted you are so wonderful.

  • S

    according to milb’s play by play all of Betances hits were off grounballs so thats another positive

  • mbonzo

    Theres about 100 people at the AAA game.

    • JohnnyC

      Record attendance?

    • mbonzo

      Brackman has no control at all. His breaking balls look amazing, but he’s got no idea where those fastballs are going.

    • JonS

      It was sold out earlier. We all left due to the crazy rain. It was dime a dog night.

      • Mister Delaware

        Carmelo Anthony would not approve.

  • Skip

    Mason Williams will jump onto top prospect lists this offseason if he keeps it up. My guess is ~70-75 based on his upside but limited by how far away he is from the pros. Man, if he adds some muscle, I could dream of him being Barry Bonds-esque (minus the PEDs) from the mid to late 1990’s.

    • Frank O

      I’d settle for another Bernie Williams.

      • boogie down

        Hell fucking yeah.

      • Skip

        As would I. Just dreaming big!

      • Reggie C.

        I’d settle for Andrew McCutchen.

        Slight build guys sometimes do have power!

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

        No way! If he’s not Mantle, then he’s shit!

        /Crazy Prospect Follower’d

        • Gonzo

          Mason Williams for Ubaldo straight up!

          • Mister Delaware

            Only an idiot like Cashman would trade Williams for Ubaldo!

            • Gonzo

              That’s just a starting point for the Rox. They’ll have to kick in some more and eat some contracts.

              • Jedile

                Maso for Troy and Ubaldo. Get it done, Cash’m!

    • Gonzo

      So basically better than Pujols with the bat yet the ability to play CF?

    • Rainman

      Thats sounds fuucking great. Where the fuuck does he play???

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Williams seems very similar to AJax. Limitred power, good defense, high average…

      • CP

        So far he has shown more power than AJax – and there’s still room to grow.

      • Voice of Reason

        Williams is a lefty and (at least thus far) appears to make more contact, but Jackson is the best ML comp I can think of. AJax is a pretty slender dude, but Mason looks like he’s going to die, so the fact that he’s hitting for any power even at a low level says something. Not to limit this to Yankees and former Yankee farmhands, but if he can can bulk up Curtis Granderson (non-2011 version) is a possible comp as well.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Yup I agree.

    • Jerome S.

      Non PED’s Barry Bonds was still an inner-circle HOFer. Usually you can spot those goes from a mile away.

      • Ted Nelson

        5 guys were drafted ahead of Barry Bonds even though he was an NCAA player who was older than Mason is now when drafted, so at least 5 MLB franchises didn’t see it coming from a mile away.

  • Pants Lendelton

    It’s a good good feeling to check every level in this system and find a legit prospect. No need for nostalgia for the 2002-2005 years anymore. Even in a so called “off year” it’s still exciting to read these box scores , and find a promising prospect or three at every level.

    • Zach

      That’s exactly how I feel.

  • Pat D

    Uh oh, Cashman saw Betances struggle. He’ll be more than willing to give him up now!

    • Bill

      Struggle with his control, yea, but the guy continues to be borderline unhittable. I mean 4 ground ball hits and 7 K’s in 5 IP is not bad at all. Sure he gave up too many runs and obviously walked too many, but honestly I don’t know how concerned Cashman is with the score of the Trenton game.

  • Jake H

    Williams is doing great.

    • YanksFan in MA

      More of this and I’d love to see them push him into Charleston for the last 10-15 games, get him a taste of next year’s level.

      • Zach

        I would want to keep Cito, Gumbs, and Williams together.

        • YanksFan in MA

          That’s a good point. Hadn’t thought of that.

        • boogie down

          Key Three Redux!

        • Ted Nelson

          I think they’ll still recognize each other after 10-15 games, but Newman is on record saying that the Yankees look at each prospect individually and what’s best for his development.

  • Rainman

    Fuucking great Game. That was fuucking awesome. Fuuck Yea…

  • Jedile

    Betances, Romine, Noesi and others for Ubaldo. YEAH

    Mason Williams is beast, just stating the obvious.

    • Xstar7

      Not enough. The Rockies will definitely want Jesus.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        They don’t view Montero as the centerpiece.

        • Xstar7

          Regardless, I think he’ll be the deal breaker. Him or ManBan. I can’t see Betances being the centerpiece.

          • mike c

            rockies want all 3 of those prospects. we’d be lucky to get ubaldo and keep one of them

            • Xstar7

              That was just the starting point. There’s no way Cashman trades all three for Ubaldo. Though If they end up trading two of them, which I think is what it will take, I hope it’s Montero and Betances.

        • Voice of Reason

          Yeah, doesn’t much matter who the Rockies view as the centerpiece. All you can really take away from that phrase is that the Rockies consider Betances and/or Banuelos to be the superior prospect, or if you want to read between the lines, that Banuelos must be included in the deal. That or they’re just posturing, assuming it was ever said at all. Regardless, there is no scenario where Ubaldo Jimenez is traded to the Yankees and Montero isn’t going the other way.

          • http://R.A.B vt4wheeler

            Ubaldo? buyer beware. Will Ubaldo be another Javier Vasquez? If you’re going to give up all that in a trade. I would prefer an AL pitcher with a track record. John Danks? James Shields.

  • JonS

    Aww WTH…I was at the SWB game and left because of the rain.

    BTW, He had a passed ball in the first.

    • JohnnyC

      That’s alright. He’ll be playing first base for Colorado.

  • Avi

    Will Mason Williams be promoted to Charleston?

  • Benjamin Kabak

    That Montero home run is totally one of the “Oh you’re thinking about trading me again, aren’t you?” varieties.

    • Avi

      Yes, off Z-Mac too. let’s hope he goes on a binge now.

    • Doug

      And the 3 Ks?

      • Jim S

        Also of the “Oh you’re thinking about trading me again, aren’t you?” variety. If you buy into the silly meme that he gets distracted by the trade talk, instead of the more likely explanation that he’s young and has slumps from time to time.

        • Doug

          yes, he is young, but repeating the same level as last year, his K rate is up and BB rate is down. yes, his BA is higher this year than it was at this point last year, but his power numbers are down.

          for someone repeating a level, he should be having a more consistent season. there is still time to turn it around. hope to see it soon.

          • S

            he has had a ton of injuries this year

            • Doug

              true, but it’s just more excuses. i think we’d all just like to see him start mashing the ball again.

  • Rick

    Mustelier is an older Cuban defector, right? If so, I imagine there’s a pretty good chance this is more than SSS and he’s really just better than high-A, right?

    • Zach

      He’s 28ish.

      • Sam


    • Monteroisdinero

      Trade Swish and others for Ubaldo and put this kid out there. Ubaldo only needs 2 outfielders anyway.

  • Brian S.

    Call up Montero please.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      He’s not ready despite the fact that Martin, Cisco, and Jorge are struggling.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    How does Mason Williams compare to Austin Jackson at the same level?

    • Xstar7

      Austin Jackson had a .329 wOBA at this level (I could be wrong though.) Williams has a .429 wOBA so far.

    • Chip

      Jackson hit .304/.374/.405 as an 18 year old in the Gulf Coast League and then .260/.340/.346 10 BB% and 24.7 K% as a 19 year old in the Sally League

      Mason is hitting .360/.392/.523 .32 BB/K as a 19 year old in the Penn League with a 4.9 BB% and 15.4 K%

      Basically, he’s hitting with much more power and less strikeouts but doesn’t have the walks that AJax had plus he’s one league down. I’d put him ahead of AJax by a hair but then AJax didn’t really break out until the next season

      • Chip

        My bad, his line was .260/.340/.346. Reading lines is hard :) Pat got it right

        • Chip

          Wait, it was right, no more drinking and commenting for me

    • pat

      I think Mason is a lot more polished than Ajax was at the same level. Jackson was still a basketball player learning how to play baseball when he was Mason’s age. You can’t really make any sort of statistical comparison as they were at different levels at different ages, but for shits and giggles:

      Jackson age 19 @ A ball- 134 games .260/.340/.346 4hr,151k,61bb
      Williams age 19 @ ss A ball- 26 games .360/.392/.523 2hr,19k 6bb

      At this point in the game there ain’t much difference between short season A ball and the long season leagues because of how many college players are in the NYPL. However, I don’t think there’s any substitute for the grind of playing 130-140 games during the hot summer.

  • Chip

    Tied it up!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero up with the bases juiced.

    2 outs 6-6 top 9.

    • Karl Krawfid

      And he strikes out on 3 pitches.

    • Xstar7

      And strikes out on three pitches.

  • mbonzo

    Brackman did look filthy for about 2IP. In his first 1.1IP he had trouble locating his fastball, but the breaking balls were excellent and the control was pretty good. He was either striking people out or hitting them. After that he was indeed filthy, its hard to see him struggle so much and then be so dominant. He obviously needs to do work repeating his delivery, maybe another instance of a tall guy learning how to pitch at a later age.

  • Jon G

    I think Brackman needs to grow a handlebar mustache ala The Big Unit and it will all come together — he will be downright frightening

  • bpdelia

    Ok so everyone has to admit that dante has a pretty nice approach thus far as an 18 year old kid.

    20 bb’s and 17 K’s
    and IsoD over .180.

    Pretty darn promising for just getting out of high school.

    I remain cautiously optimistic.
    If his dad could have sported discipline like the kid Dante the elder would have been a super star rather than just a very good player

    • boogie down

      Yep, I can get behind that. I remember that there was some discussion earlier about the unremarkable nature of his high walk total, what with the wildness of many a GCL pitcher. However, as others in said discussion noted, it IS remarkable simply because having any discipline at all (which Dante seems to have an abundance of) at 18 is indicative of an advanced approach, regardless of the competition’s precision.

  • Pants Lendelton

    I don’t know if people read Mike Ashmore’s interview with Cashman… So I’ll leave this link here —>

    • David, Jr.

      Thanks for the link. A great catch. Patience preached, as usual, although he is a ninja and those are the things that he would say about his own players.