Soriano, Chavez make rehab appearances in Tampa win

Torrisi-run Parm to make Great Hall debut
Timing is everything: Yanks outplay Tampa but lose anyway

Zoilo Almonte got a nice little write-up in Kevin Goldstein’s Minor League Update today. You don’t need a subscription to see this one, so check it out. Meanwhile, both Michael Recchia and Shane Brown have been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Low-A Charleston. Kyle Higashioka was placed on the DL while Steve Evarts was banished to parts unknown. The transactions say Extended Spring Training, but that should have ended weeks ago, before the short season leagues start up.

Here’s a video of Jesus Montero‘s two-run single from yesterday. As you can see, it’s a single in name only. Stupid power the other way. Watch the side view halfway through the video, he just flicked his wrists.

High-A Tampa (5-1 win over Bradenton)
Rafael Soriano, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – he threw 16 pitches and is going to make at least two more rehab appearances … gave up a double and a single, then got a GIDP
Eric Chavez, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – first time playing the field … played six innings and didn’t have to field any grounders
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Emerson Landoni, 3B: 0 for 1 – took over for Chavez
Ronnier Mustelier, 2B & J.R. Murphy, C & Kelvin Castro, SS: all 0 for 3 – Mustelier walked, stole a base, whiffed, and committed a throwing error … Murphy struck out and left the game for an unknown reason in the seventh
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Rob Segedin, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Neil Medchill, LF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – second straight day with a homer, third in his last six games
Luke Murton, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 4-2 GB/FB – one shy of his career high in strikeouts
Dan Burawa, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4-1 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Columbus)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – 14 for his last 38 (.368) with four doubles, two homers, eight walks, and six strikeouts
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 4, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
Mike Lamb, DH: 1 for 5
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Doug Bernier, SS: both 0 for 4 – JoVa whiffed … Bernier scored a run and struck out twice
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Austin Krum, LF: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Luis Nunez, 2B & Gus Molina, C: 1 for 3 – Nunez walked … Molina drove in two
Pants Lendleton, RHP: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-9 GB/FB – 55 of 87 pitches were strikes (63.2%) … five walks and two strikeouts in his last two starts
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72.2%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%) … allowed all three inherited runners to score
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73.1%)

Double-A Trenton (8-6 loss to Bowie)
Ray Kruml, RF: 2 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) – five for his last 12 (.417)
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 HBP – got picked off first … nine for his last 18
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Melky Mesa, CF & Zoilo Almonte, DH: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Mesa whiffed and stole a base … Almonte hit a solo bomb and struck out twice
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Damon Sublett, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Craig Heyer, RHP: 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 10-1 GB/FB – seven runs allowed in three of his last seven starts
Josh Romanski, LHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-3 win over Lexington)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Ramon Flores, LF, Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Shane Brown, DH: all 1 for 3 – Flores hit a solo jack, walked, and whiffed … Mahoney waked and scored … Brown walked, scored twice, and whiffed
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 R – six for his last 13 (.462)
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 2 for 3, 2 RBI
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6-4 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off second
Aaron Dott, LHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (8-7 win over Hudson Valley)
Mason Williams, DH: 1 for 5, 1 K
Cito Culver, SS: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 K – ten for his lasts 17 (.588) with three doubles, a triple, six walks, and two strikeouts
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – 15 for his last 41 (.366) with three doubles, a triple, and a homer
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 4, 2 K
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Cody Grice, CF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K –
Ali Castillo, 3B & Nick McCoy, C: both 0 for 3 – Castillo drove in a run … McCoy walked
Bobby Rinard, LF: or 4, 1 K
Will Oliver, RHP: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 9-0 GB/FB – well at least he got some ground balls
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 4-3 GB/FB – allowed two homers, so that’s three in 12 IP so far
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Brandon Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 16 K in 12 IP with zero walks … he was up to 94-95

Rookie GCL Yanks (18-2 beat down of the GCL Tigers) 18 runs but only two extra base hits
Claudio Custodio, SS: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP – came out of the game once the score got out of hand, several innings after getting plunked
Jorge Alcantara, PH-2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jose Rosario, 2B-SS: 3 for 6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – .299/.349/.494
Isaias Tejeda, SS: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 PB – came out once the score got out of hand
Tyson Blaser, PH-C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 3 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HBP – 14 for his last 35 (.400) with three doubles, a triple, a homer
Damian Taveras, DH: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – came out after the score got out of hand
Jon Hurst, PH-DH: 1 for 1, 1 RBI
Danny Lopez, CF: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at second
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 E (fielding)
Henry Pena, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Justin James, LF: 2 for 6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – 5-for-9 over the last two days
Zach Varce, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-1 GB/FB – said he felt great afterwards
Reynaldo Polanco, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 5-1 GB/FB
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – another recent Cuban signee, and his first name is a palindrome

Torrisi-run Parm to make Great Hall debut
Timing is everything: Yanks outplay Tampa but lose anyway
  • DERP

    God damn Brett. Nice work.

  • Jerome S.

    Is it just me, or are the two short-season teams stupid good? might be just me.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah, they’re both stupid good this year. SI is 24-8.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        8 losses already? What kind of shitty bums do we have down there?


  • Jake H

    Mike what do you think of Tejada at GCL?

    • Mike Axisa

      Don’t know anything about him, but he’s a) very young, b) a catcher, and c) playing everyday. That’s a pretty good indication that he’s an actual prospect.

      • Phil

        Mike, you’ve got Tejeda playing shortstop above.

  • Steve H

    For being the worst 1st round pick ever, Cito’s having himself a solid year.

    • Gonzo

      Look at his MiLB page. I’ve said this when he was drafted, but doesn’t he look like Tex a little?

      Look at his splits. I hope that gets figured out. SSS rules apply.

      • Slugger27

        he does kinda look like tex. i think its the droopy eyes. also having jay cutler syndrone of having a fat-looking face without being fat.

    • NC Saint

      The worsterest pick ever — DBJr. — is also looking good, albeit at a very low level.

      Sometimes I’m almost tempted to think that guys who draft prospects for a living know a thing or two about drafting prospects. I try to fight it, but it just keeps nagging at me.

      • Slugger27

        OPS up over 800!

  • Brian S.

    Dante needs to charge the mound. Also, how similar of players are Mason Williams and Angelo Gumbs?

    • Icebird753

      Well both are raw athletic and have good raw skills, but they haven’ t completely reached their ceilings yet

      (Generic scouting report for thin black players)

  • Brian S.

    Why isn’t Montero allowed to play in back-to-back games?

    • DERP

      Day game after night game. Pretty standard for a catcher to not play the second day.

      • Steve H

        Especially when it’s 100 degrees.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It was 1,000 degrees. Everyone was on their knees, they were burning, begging, please.


          • Addison

            So, wait, he didn’t play because it was hot?

            Geez, the other nine guys must be pissed.

            What a pussy.

    • Mike Axisa

      It was a day game after a night game and it was 9000 degrees out today. He played four of the last five days.

      • Phil

        Come on, it was 80,000,000 degrees out there today.

    • Xstar7

      Because he’s too bored.

  • Gonzo

    Hey Mike, in a chat (I think), you didn’t mention Brett Marshall as a #1 upside. That’s fair since #1 is pretty sick upside, but what do you think his upside is?

    He’s a personal fav.

    • Mike Axisa

      Number two, he doesn’t have the command for a one.

      • Gonzo

        I get excited to see his line when he pitches. Maybe he can get a prospect watch one year.

      • Dennis

        I think Cahill is a good comp.

      • IRF

        How many more innings does he have left in him this year? 20?

      • Your mom

        What’s his velo?

        • Gonzo

          Is this the baseball equivalent of, “Whatcha benchin’?”

          • Sayid J.


  • Xstar7

    It’s pretty ridiculous that the GCL Yanks scored 18 runs with only 2 XBH, both of which were doubles.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Wow, 5 HBP in the GCL game?

    Also when was Brandon Pinder drafted? Seems legit to me

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    D-Bich with another good game!

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Seems like the Culver and Bichette haters are disappearing…

      Or I’m just subconsciously avioding their comments…

      •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Ugh, it posted twice. Sorry.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Seems like the Culver and Bichette haters are disappearing…

      Or I’m just subconsciously avoiding their comments…

    • pat

      Someone needs to give him a little nudge and remind him that he’s a bust. He was probably a 50th,60th or even 70th round pick but they only took him in the 1st because Girardi is friends with his dad. Even though he was nationally ranked youth tennis player they timed his 60 yard dash with a sun dial.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Even though he was nationally ranked youth tennis player they timed his 60 yard dash with a sun dial.


        Joakim Noah

        • Icebird753


  • Gonzo

    Two 22 yr old(less than 3 months apart), AA catchers, both good prospects.

    A is hitting .296/.357/.400/.757
    B is hitting .206/.368/.416/.785
    Over 250 PA’s for both.

    Weird #’s for B, huh?

    • IRF

      Romine and Norris?

      • Gonzo

        Well, that was quick. Nice work.

    • Mister Delaware

      I pick B unless the SO rate is hideous.

  • pat

    Mike, I was under the impression that Jesus Montero forgot how to hit. That’s why he has dropped so far in people’s midseason rankings.

  • Benjamin Kabak

    Reinier Casanova…. and his first name is a palindrome

    Warms my heart.

    • JamesNeuf

      My favorite part of this post. Just a fantastic name.

  • nycsportzfan

    Shout out to Austin Romine as well.. THe more i see his boxscores and see a few of his at bats, i really like the kid more and more.. He seems like possibly poised for a 293ish 18hr 88ribby type catcher that also plays solid defense??? I like em alot!

    Also, for the people talking about PINDER being a prospect.. It just goes to show u just how insane the yanks drafting and farm in general is right now.. There really on a freaking hot streak, even when there drafting and losing picks because of FA”s, there really nailing it… Brandon Laird, Pat Venditte, Brandon Pinder, DJ Mitchell, David Phelps, Shane Brown, Nik Turley, Evan Leduca, just to name a few later round picks…

    It seems as the yanks have so many guys worth at least keeping a eye on, very few guys who are total, just hoe hum guys.. Over the past 3yrs, have been by far the most fun checking in on yankee prospects.. Its a blast! Justin James off to a nice start!

    • YankeeGrunt

      We have generally been steering clear of the organizational prospects over the last few years. This year, it’s not a coincidence that we haven’t signed anyone in the bottom half of our draft yet, they’re pretty much all D&F-type guys. This may be why we haven’t broken the bank for a Ranaudo or a Josh Bell, because we’re willing to throw $500K to a 44th rounder. Almost like our approach to IFA outside of Sanchez and Montero in recent years, pay for a lot of high-ceiling guys with bust factors instead of low-ceiling sure things or multi-million dollar bonus types.

  • JU

    Does anyOne actually know how to spell Zoilo/Zolio/Ziolo Almontes name? I’ve seen it spelt like 8 different ways. Can’t someone just ask the guy?

    • nycsportzfan

      its zolio

      • JU

        Nice, Thanks. It’s kind of ridiculous how you will see it spelt differently depending on where you are reading it. So is it pronounced phonetically? zO-Leo?

    • Dave in Balmy Jax
      • Monteroisdinero

        It is Zoilo. Years ago there was a Cuban player named Zoilo Versalles. Played for 5 teams in the 70’s. Only other time I’ve seen the name.

        • tomaconda

          probably the least known mvp of the 60s

  • Jim S


  • Joba4Prez

    Does Cito project as an Elvis Andrus type if he reaches full potential?