Nova, Betances dominate for SWB and Trenton

A-Rod may skip All-Star Game
Rays smack Colon around as Yanks lose again

Jorge Vazquez is going to take his hacks in the Triple-A Homerun Derby next week. He still leads the International League with 20 homers (next highest is 16) despite missing close to three weeks with a shoulder issue. Adam Warren replaced the injured Kevin Whelan on the All-Star Game roster, so congrats to him. Kei Igawa has been placed on the disabled list for an unknown reason and Naoya Okamoto has been released. Josh Norris spoke to a scout who recently watched Triple-A Scranton, so check out his comments.

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Buffalo)
Chris Dickerson, LF & Greg Golson, CF: both 0 for 4, 2 K – Golson scored a run
Terry Tiffee, 1B & Jorge Vazquez, DH: both 2 for 4 – Tiffee drove in a run, scored a run, and struck out … JoVa doubled, homered, drove in two, and scored twice
Brandon Laird, 3B & P.J. Pilittere, C: both 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Laird scored and struck out … Pilittere whiffed twice
Jordan Parraz, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB – 14 for his last 31 (45.2%)
Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 RBI
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3
Ivan Nova, RHP: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 4 WP, 7-6 GB/FB – 72 of 98 pitches were strikes (73.5%) … left the game after getting hit in the foot with a batted ball, but he walked off under his own power, so hopefully he’s okay … otherwise, great start, he must be mad they sent him down, unless he pitched poorly, in which case he was disappointed … whatever narrative fits best
Randy Flores, LHP: 0 IP, zeroes, 1 HBP – brought in to face one lefty, and he hit him … he’ll fit right in with the big league team
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62.1%)

Double-A Trenton Game One (3-2 loss to Richmond in seven innings, walk-off style) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 3, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle, DH & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB – Suttle struck out … Pirela homered and drove in two
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 15, 2 BB, 8 K – DeAngelo Mack and Yadil Mujica drew the walks
Dellin Betances, RHP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9, 6-1 GB/FB – 62 of 90 pitches were strikes (68.9%), and he was up as high as 98-99 at times … that might be coming off the stadium gone, so don’t read too much into it, but either way, fantastic start … great to see
Pat Venditte, SwP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – just eight of his 17 pitches were strikes (47.1%)

Double-A Trenton Game Two (2-1 loss to Richmond in seven innings)
Ray Kruml, CF & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Pirela scored a run
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 16, 1 BB, 9 K
Craig Heyer, RHP: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8-4 GB/FB – 49 of 71 pitches were strikes (69%)
Ryan Pope, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K – seven of his ten pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa was rained out. Not sure when they’re going to make this one up, but it could be tomorrow, or when they go back to Daytona in late-August.

Low-A Charleston (9-7 win over Delmarva)
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Anderson Feliz, 2B & Kevin Mahoney, 1B: all 1 for 5 – Sosa doubled, drove in two, scored a run, and struck out … Feliz drove in a run and whiffed … Mahoney homered and drove in two
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – second homer in his last nine games
Ramon Flores, LF: 3 for 4, 2 R – 14 for his last 33 (.424)
Kelvin DeLeon, DH: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jose Toussen, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – threw runners out at third and second
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
Scottie Allen, RHP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 6-2 GB/FB – wha wha
Aaron Dott, LHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-0 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB

Short Season Staten Island (4-3 win over Connecticut in ten innings, walk-off style)
Mason Williams, CF: 0 for 5 – threw runners out at third and home
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 18 for his last 43 (.419) with six doubles
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – back after a short injury-related hiatus
Zach Wilson, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – walk-off single
Casey Stevenson, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Ali Castillo, 3B & Wes Wilson, C: both 0 for 3 – Castillo struck out … Wilson drove in a run and allowed two passed balls
Bobby Rinard, LF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Rich Martinez, RHP: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 4-4 GB/FB
Matt Tracy, LHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 7-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … yay grounders
Michael Recchia, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (9-6 loss to GCL Phillies)
Ravel Santana, CF: 0 for 5, 2 K
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 5, 2 R
Tyler Austin, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – .362/.413/.593 with seven steals … stud
Jackson Valera, C: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 K – left the game in the ninth for an unknown reason
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Damian Taveras, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Justin James, DH: 0 for 2, 1 K, 2 HBP – reached base in five of his eight plate appearances since signing
Taylor Anderson, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Taylor Morton, RHP: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-6 GB/FB – first earned runs he’s allowed since signing last year
Danny Martinez, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Trevor Johnson, LHP: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB
George Isabel, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

A-Rod may skip All-Star Game
Rays smack Colon around as Yanks lose again
  • Urban

    Perhaps Montero should take note.

  • Steve H

    Wait, if Nova pitched poorly he clearly would have been bored in Scranton.

  • Naved

    Betances hitting 99 whattttt

    • Adam B

      I know I am being picky here, but why yank him after 90 pitches? At this point in his career don’t they want him getting used to throwing 110-120 a game? in the GCL I get it but he is a big boy now…

  • mbonzo

    Now I think its time we can expect Betances to get the call up to AAA.

    • Brian S.

      I bet he and Banuelos stay in AA all year.

    • Adam B

      If he has one or two more outings with the improved control I agree, He should be in the running to compete for a rotation spot with the big league club in spring training.

      • Your mom

        He’ll probably walk 6 guys his next time out.

  • Gumbs gum

    Go Gumbs

  • YankeesJunkie

    Betances obviously has shown some pretty awesome stuff throughout the year with 86 Ks in 76 IP.

  • Bill Yeicock

    Go Gumbs

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nova with 0 walks and 4 wild pitches? That curve must have been really dropping! Pilittere had no chance.

    • Steve H

      4 wild pitches without Montero catching too, simply stunning. With Jesus back there Nova may have set a new AAA record.

      • Monteroisdinero

        No-they would have been passed balls so Nova would not have set the record. Montero’s caught Nova before. Piliterre is a bit on the slow (and rusty) side.

        catchers are far from finished products at 21.

  • Frank is Tanked

    Hughes couldn’t even pitch that well in AA. Harumph.

    Meanwhile Colon stinks up the joint while Noesi mows ’em down.

    • jeety

      One game… colon had one bad game… smh

      • Frank is Tanked

        And yet, he has no upside. Why give him innings when they have guys who could help today and for another five years of team control?

        See also, Sidney Ponson in 2008.

        Damn, IU’m going to hurt my head against this wall of myopia.

        • Steve H

          Wait, seriously?

        • CP

          And Nova is going to suck now because they sent him to AAA for part of the year?

          Right now, Colon is the second best starting pitcher in the Yankee organization, so he should be starting. It’s as simple as that.

          • Frank is Tanked

            Yeah, he and AJ have been looking awesome!

            • Mike Axisa

              You’re helpless.

              • Frank is Tanked

                And you’ve lost perspective.

                • deadrody

                  Clearly, you never had any to begin with

        • jeety

          So u figure noesi or nova can give u what colon has? Check their stats… the goal is to win… and colon surprisingly gives u the best chance to win

          • Frank is Tanked

            The goal is to win today and next year and the year after that. For the Yankees, thinking about this year is myopic. It’s what got them into this mess….10 years ago.

            • Mike Axisa

              Yeah, this horrible horrible mess of being one of the best in teams in baseball year after year and having more starters than rotation spots at the moment. Your lack of perspective is amazing.

              • Frank is Tanked

                My lack of perspective? Were you not paying attention in 2004-2008?

                Shall I list the names? Let’s see: Pavano, Wright, Unit, Vazquez (twice! – How Arodys looking?), Igawa …

                This organization was gonna make a commitment to young pitching. Clogging up the system but never giving them the chance is exactly the problem.

                Atlanta is the template here. They still win and without $200 Million plus every year. It’s not an either/or no matter how much you and B-Cash seem to think so.

                • mbonzo

                  Not sure of the numbers, but I’d have to say the Yankees probably had the best record in baseball from 2004-2008. If not the best, definitely top 3. The playoffs are always a roll of the dice, the best team usually doesn’t win.

                  Also, throughout that time and up until now the Yankees have consistently been in the top 3 teams with homegrown players. Their last World Series year, 2009, they were #1 in the American League, and #2 overall. (Beaten out by the Rockies) Atlanta, on the other hand, had 20% less players from their own farm system. So I don’t understand your point their. Yankees have had one of the most successful farm systems since Cashman took over, and I’d prefer things to stay as they are.

                  They’re not perfect, and they don’t always have the organizational management at times (comparing them to the Rays here), but the combination of above average scouting and the most money in the game has made them the best team in baseball since the Cashman years.

                  As for all thats been said, Noesi is an interesting talent that has a 4.73 xFIP in 22 IP with the major league team. Colon sits at 2.79, which is the LOWEST xFIP IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE FOR STARTERS. 5.2 IP with 5 ER means nothing in the long run, and you’re insane if you want to drop a pitcher who has arguably been the best in the league for Noesi. Just nonsense.

                  • Frank is Tanked

                    Damn straight they had a good record – in salaries too. They followed a simple recipe. Load up on offense, with the dollars to buy it, then rely on mediocre pitching to win a playoff spot. The problem is once they got to October they had nothing worth counting on. It was the same deal last year. By October only CC was a sure thing. 2009 was the outlier, not the template. I want another dynasty.

                    As for the farm , I’ll give you relievers even as they’re now relying on crud while other teams cashed in on Clippard, Melancon, and Dunn. And Cano and Gardner have been tremendous values. But when it comes to starting pitching, Cashman’s Yankees have been an utter failure. They’ve wasted a ton of resources in bringing in crud while trading away promising arms. Right now they have one home grown starter and he sucks.

                    Worse they’ve shown no inclination to actually develop pitchers. It’s a sad day when Arodys will debut in the majors, and stick, before any Yankee prospect. He will have lapped all of the B’s and likely Noesi, Warren, and Phelps. But that’s because Atlanta doesn’t get stuck on some stupid, conventional notion of “seasoning”. And they still win but without the massive payroll.

                    Yup, Colon’s been great. But he has no long term value to the organization. None. And his arm is just as likely to blow up as to remain intact. What happens when that occurs in August or September? How many innings has he thrown the last few years? They’re exactly back to where they were last October – CC and the Nothings.

                    This win now attitude means they develop nothing. They’re always in a perpetual now where the future is never realized. To have the depth in pitching prospects, but relying on the Garcias, Gordons, Wades, and Colons of the world is not smart. It’s myopic.

                    • deadrody

                      Wow. Apparently Dave Robertson doesn’t exist in your mind.

                    • Jim S

                      You’re wasting an awful lot of energy saying the same shit over and over again.

                    • Dick M

                      Hate to say it, but I think Frnak makes some sense here.

                      Burnett’s a 2 pitch pitcher with a fastball that’s in decline. Nova is hinting at being able to throw 4 pitches. Yet he’s in the minors and we’re stuck with AJ. (not saying that AJ should be in the minors, but that our approach is flawed.) Our system does become clogged.

                      These kids are going to come up and they are going to have 4.5 ERAs at first. But developing them is a better route to take.

                      I know we got Grandy, but Kennedy should be here. That was a risk that should not have been taken. You don’t fly threw the levels and dominate the way he did without having what it takes. He just needed some time to develop. And we didn’t like his attitude? Gimme a break.

                    • MJ

                      “2009 was the outlier, not the template. I want another dynasty.”

                      Is it possible that the dynasty was the outlier considering only one other team in the free agency era (1992-1993 Blue Jays) has even won two world series in a row? Is it possible that you’re assuming another dynasty is a lot easier to achieve than you realize?

                      “This win now attitude means they develop nothing. They’re always in a perpetual now where the future is never realized. To have the depth in pitching prospects, but relying on the Garcias, Gordons, Wades, and Colons of the world is not smart. It’s myopic.”

                      They develop players, just at a different rate and with different goals in mind. You’re assuming that there’s only one way to run an organization and that development above all other priorities should be the rule of law.

        • ItsATarp

          Colon as been ace like outside this one game. He is our second best pitcher behind CC

        • Jorge

          I think, after a day of putting up with your comments, that we all just figure out you’re a troll and begin ignoring you.

        • Dave M

          I guess you didn’t catch any of his previous starts?

    • BigBlueAL

      Are you not aware of Hughes and his beyond phenomenal career minor league stats?? Especially compared to Nova and his very average career minor league stats??

      • Frank is Tanked

        Are you not aware of the 61 starts Hughes has been given in the majors?

        Some guys just never transition to major league work. Some do (IPK). The only way to find out is by throwing them against the MLB wall. There’s no substitute for that.

        • RaeGun

          Are you not aware that you said “Hughes couldn’t even pitch that well in AA” and that is what BigBlue was responding to?

          Also, are you not aware that “Hughes couldn’t even pitch that well in AA” is not wrong?

        • MJ

          So you advocate development as a vital organizational priority but treat Hughes’s 61 MLB starts as evidence that “some guys just never transition to major league work.”

          Seems somewhat contradictory to place high value on developing young pitchers but treat roughly two seasons of starts as indicative of something. In an earlier post you talked of patience. Seems like you have none.

  • Carl

    Nova should of had a better line. He struck out the first 2, but the second became a WP as Pilittere was rusty coming off the DL (4WPs). The next batter flew out, (The 3rd Out) then a single, then the BOMB. Nova had it all working, and then some. KUDOS NOVA. So if the Yankee brass had a hard-on for Hughes’s 7K at Trenton, where does that put Nova??

    • Monteroisdinero

      It puts him in the same situation as most really good players who aren’t the coach’s son.

      Between Hughes/Garcia/Colon/AJ, we will see Nova again this summer.

  • Bob Michaels

    Bring back Nova after the all star break.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero should have plenty of motivational clippings to improve his defense and show the naysayers.

  • boogie down

    It’s crazy, Culver has more hits vs. LHP (13, in 37 fewer AB’s) than he does vs. RHP (11).

    As for Betances… damn. Season line: 2.62 ERA, 3.27 FIP, .194 BAA (54 total hits), 86 K’s in 75.2 IP. If he can just exhibit the control he had tonight, he’d be dyn-o-mite.

    • Karl Krawfid

      dyn-o-mite for some other team.

  • Jim

    I just hope the comebacker off Nova’s foot isn’t serious, the way normal things are going for the Yanks this year. I mean with Pena PR tonight instead of Nunez, it seems like bench rest until after the all-star break.

  • CapitalT

    Lassiter actually playing respectably as of late

  • Rainbow Connection

    I don’t believe for a second that Nova did a good job. I keep reading that players can’t perform when disappointed/angry. The Yanks can’t move Jeter from leadoff b/c he might be mad!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Ok…where the hell has Claudio Custodio been??!

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Even the he thinks it was the right decision to be sent down it’s good to see he isn’t taking it to the mound.

  • Mike c

    Betances is sick… hes beginning to look like an elite pitching prospect. 99 mph FML

    • Frank is Tanked

      Except with the way the Yankees work, he’ll get 12 starts in 2013, then another 10 in 2014, then they’ll trade him for Lincecum’s declining fastball.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        lol you’ve been on a roll since yesterday.

      • Jim S

        And with the way you work, he’ll sit in a bullpen somewhere.

      • MJ

        Betances is considered to have a much higher ceiling than Nova, Noesi or even Kennedy so it’s not fair to lump your criticisms when the circumstances are different.

  • Eirias

    Who pitched that seventh inning in the second Trenton game. Was it the Third Shooter? The truth will come out!

  • RollingWave

    Wasn’t Sosa and DeLeon suppose to be good ? :/ yucks

  • Anchen

    4 wild pitches is pretty amazing, but 10 Ks is pretty encouraging. Keep it together Nova and we’ll see you back soon I’m sure. Also good to see relatively good control Betances. I just hope he doesn’t turn out like AJ with great stuff and maddening inconsistency. At least he is still young and has potential to get past it.