Trenton drops both ends of a doubleheader

Eric Chavez suffers (another) setback
Sabathia, Grandy get Yanks back in win column

Cito Culver made it into this week’s Ten Pack (subs. req’d), in which Kevin Goldstein says…

Sometimes it seems like Culver was written off before he had a chance to prove anyone wrong … He’s a smooth shortstop with a rocket arm, and at least an average runner, so now we have to figure out if he can hit … Culver has made clear progress this summer, recovering from an ugly start to go 9-for-18 over the weekend and lift his season averages to .288/.346/.356 in 17 games. I’m not saying he’s the next big thing as much as I’m saying it’s very easy to make quick reactions, and that’s fine as long as you are willing to keep an open mind.

As for Kevin Whelan, I still have no idea what’s wrong with him, but whatever it is, it’s going to keep him out until after the All-Star break. Sucks.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Lehigh Valley) no Jesus Montero for a second straight day, that sore back/side is probably still bothering
Greg Golson, CF: 3 for 5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – 12 for his last 32 (.375)
Austin Krum, LF, Terry Tiffee, DH & Jorge Vazquez, 1B: all 0 for 4 – JoVa whiffed once, Tiffee twice, Krum thrice
Jordan Parraz, RF, Brandon Laird, 3B, Gus Molina, C & Doug Bernier, SS: all 1 for 4 – Parraz struck out … Laird hit a solo jack, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error … Gus doubled … Bernier scored a run and struck out twice
Luis Nunez, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 2B
Brian Gordon, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 3-4 GB/FB – 50 of 72 pitches were strikes (69.4%) … he was probably on a pitch count after not pitching in two weeks
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K 2-0 GB/FB – 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (57.6%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 21 of 31 pitches were strikes (67.7%)

Double-A Trenton Game One (5-1 loss to Richmond) completion of yesterday’s suspended game
Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Corban Joseph, 2B, Cody Johnson, DH & Melky Mesa, CF: all 0 for 4 – CoJo struck out twice, Johnson thrice, Mesa all four times
Austin Romine, C & Yadil Mujica, 3B: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Romine drew a walk
Bradley Suttle, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – got picked off first
Damon Sublett, LF: 1 for 3, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 2, 1 BB – got picked off first
Josh Romanski, LHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%) … he pitched yesterday, before it started raining
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-4 GB/FB – 65 of 95 pitches were strikes (68.4%) … so I guess we can forget about him coming up for the Rays series
Chase Whitley, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – just 11 of his 26 pitches were strikes (42.3%)

Double-A Trenton Game Two (9-6 loss to Richmond in seven innings, walk-off style)
Austin Krum, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Corban Joseph, 2B: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – 12 for his last 33 (.364) with four doubles and the homer
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Cody Johnson, DH & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR – Johnson drove in two and struck out … Pirela’s was a solo shot
Melky Mesa, CF & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 1 for 3 – Mesa drove in a run, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error
DeAngelo Mack, LF & Jose Gil, C: both 0 for 3 – Gil struck out
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 7-2 GB/FB – 30 of 47 pitches were strikes (63.8%)
Brad Halsey, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB – just 18 of 38 pitches were strikes (47.4%), but four of those balls came from an intentional walk
Pat Venditte, SwP: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71.4%)
Alan Horne, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (55.6%)
Naoya Okamoto, LHP: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – relieved Horne with the bases loaded, threw five total pitches, and gave up a walk-off grand slam

High-A Tampa (8-5 win over Daytona)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – just his second jack of the year … he didn’t hit any last year, though he was hurt most of the season
Walt Ibarra, SS: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Zoilo Almonte, LF, Neil Medchill, RF & Rob Segedin, 3B: all 2 for 4, 1 R – Almonte got hit by a pitch, drove in a run and struck … Medchill homered, drove in three, and committed a fielding error
Luke Murton, DH: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
Kyle Roller, 1B, J.R. Murphy, C & Kelvin Castro, 2B: all 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – Roller struck out twice … Castro hit a solo jack
Jose Quintana, LHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 8-3 GB/FB
Dan Burawa, RHP: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Francisco Gil, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 4-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Augusta)
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – 16 for his last 39 (.410) with three doubles
Mike Ferraro, RF, Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Jose Mojica, SS: all 1 for 3 – Ferraro scored a run … Mojica whiffed twice
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 18, 7 K – Anderson Feliz and Gary Sanchez each struck out twice … Sanchez also picked a runner off second with a snap throw
Zach Nuding, RHP: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – slowed down a bit after two great months
Yobanny Reyes, RHP: 3 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 64 strikeouts in 50 IP

Short Season Staten Island (6-5 win over Brooklyn in ten innings, walk-off style)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 6, 1 2B – 11 for his last 23 (.478) with four doubles
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – scored the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch … 15 for his last 35 (.429) with five doubles
Zach Wilson, 3B: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Casey Stevenson, RF: 2 for 5, 1 BB, 3 K
Ali Castillo, 2B & Nick McCoy, C: both 0 for 5 – Castillo drove in a run and came around to score … McCoy struck out
Bobby Rinard, LF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wes Wilson, DH: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 6-3 GB/FB
Ben Paullus, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB – he was 92-93 with the heater
Zach Arneson, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Brandon Pinder, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-7 win over GCL Blue Jays)
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – 11 for his last 32 (.344) with two doubles and two homers
Jose Rosario, SS: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Tyler Austin, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI – 14 for his last 39 (.359) with four doubles, a triple, and a homer
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – had three hits in his previous 21 at-bats (.143)
Jackson Valera, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 0 for 4, 3 K – hitless in his last 17 at-bats with nine strikeouts
Jorge Alcantara, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Fu-Lin Kuo, DH: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS – five for his last nine with two homers
Justin James, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – pro debut after signing last week
Zach Varce, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – season debut after being hurt all year
Deward Cruz, RHP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5-3 GB/FB
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB

Eric Chavez suffers (another) setback
Sabathia, Grandy get Yanks back in win column
  • Rick

    I know it’s a sideshow and he’s not really a prospect, but it seems like I see the word “zeroes” a lot next to Pat Venditte’s name. Is he on a bit of a roll recently?

    • Rick

      Eh, looked it up myself. Selective memory, it appears.

    • Samuel

      In May, Venditte was flat out dominant with a run of around 19 IP without allowing a run. June was pretty good, too, except for two appearances.

      Time to promote him to Scranton. Lets see what the kid can do against better competition.

  • Nice

    What was James bonus? Doesn’t MLB hold up way overslot deals?

  • rconn23

    Corban Joseph. Scranton. Now.

    • Samuel

      While I am a big Corban Joseph fan (with the bat at least), he still has not played a full seasons worth of games at the Double A level and really struggled last year when promoted mid-season.

      It is great he has adjusted this year and been the best hitter in the Trenton lineup, but the Yankees should wait until mid-August to promote him, if they promote him at all.

      If Adams comes back to Trenton, Joseph could move to third base for a little while (he is not a good second baseman). Better to have him in Trenton for any position change.

  • mbonzo

    There was a lot of complaining about last years draft class, and they are now tearing up short season ball. Kevin Goldstein is completely right in saying we need to stop writing these players off before they even hit the field.

    • Pat D

      I almost wonder if that was a direct shot at Keith Law.

      • mbonzo

        I think he’s gotten a reputation of being way too outspoken on a subject that is far from an exact science for the best of the best. Law can have his opinions, but he’s losing a lot of credibility year after year.

        • Slugger27

          in my opinion, his stock as a baseball writer has been on the decline for a couple years now. calling arodys a “throw-in off the scrap heap” referencing the javy trade was the final straw for me.

          • JohnnyC

            He’s already working on his next career, food critic. Look for him on Food TV soon.

          • Pat D

            Don’t remember him saying that, since he’s mentioned Arodys as being a top prospect. Do you have a link for that?

            • Ted Nelson

              He has said it was a joke. Can’t remember if throw in was in “” or not.

          • Samuel

            This was the exact Law quote:

            “They (The Braves) have a knack for getting good signing useful players off the waiver wire and scrap heap and getting good young talent back in deals, including Arodys Vizcaino as a sort of throw-in to the Javier Vazquez trade.”

            Not exactly putting down Vizcaino.

            Vizcaino’s problem was all about attitude. He was arrogant, didn’t listen to coaches plus had arm issues.

            • Ted Nelson

              Law later explained it was a joke. A failed joke, but an attempt at humors… saying he was a “throw in” to the general public but actually the meat of the deal. I’m as much a critic of Law as anyone, but I buy his explanation there.

      • crawdaddie

        Of course it was. Making quick judgments can either make you look smart or dumb depending on the circumstances.

    • Urban

      Keep in mind that Klaw makes his living as a writer, and for ESPN, so even if he tries to be unbiased (which I believe he is, in the sense he doesn’t seem to favor any specific team), he still has to drive traffic, and the only way to do that is to take slightly controversial opinions.

      It’s easy to declare most young prospects a bust. He will most likely be right. It doesn’t mean it’s based on a truly indepth analysis of the player. How could it be? Law saw Culver in one game this year, and it was only the second or third game Culver played all season. The kid is, well, a kid. He’s barely 18!

      KLaw can simply update his statement in a couple seasons, claiming something like “Culver has made great progress since I saw him in early 2011, blah, blah, blah.” Yet by declaring him a bust now, if Culver doesn’t make it, he can use it as an example of his scouting expertise. If Cluver improves, he updates his rating. In other words, I think Law’s statement is useless, and is more for show. (BTW I read Law reguarly and I’m a fan.)

      So far, Keith Law is the only person I’ve read who has trashed Culver, and he is NOT a professional scout. He is a writer for ESPN.

      A year or so ago, Law wrote that the one area that he considers a personal weakness is in the past he’s giving up on young, toolsy players too quickly. He might have just done it again.

      • Esteban

        I don’t think KLaw called Culver a bust, more that he wasn’t optimistic based on the game eh saw and what other scouts told him. KLaw is far from perfect, but I don’t think he’s dishonest. If he said that other area scouts said Culver wasn’t looking good, then I take him at his word.

        • Ted Nelson

          He called his swing hopeless and said he wasn’t a SS… He made long-term analyses based on a tiny sample of an 18 year old.

          It’s like all the people who thought Jorge was done and would never hit again… or Gardner… or Swisher. It’s a mistake ignorant fans make, it shouldn’t be a mistake a guy like Law makes if he wants to keep his job and attract readers.

          • Doug

            he called his left-handed swing hopeless and the numbers bear that out so far (.450 OPS vs .955 righthanded)

          • Pat D

            He referred just to his left-handed swing, if I recall.

      • Ted Nelson

        The thing is that Law would be better served to just acknowledge his opinions are not final. Maybe his editors tell him to act that way, but it’s a pain to read him ignorantly making definitive statements on draft day or the first time he sees a player. It’s all about wording. He said Culver’s swing was hopeless, he can’t play SS, blah blah… He could have qualified that by saying in the game he saw this is what happened. Instead he extended it to the guy’s whole career. It’s stupid, a mistake a well educated guy like Law should be able to avoid.

        • Ted Nelson

          Also, Urban… Law goes out of his way to make fun of the Yankees. He asked if they thought they were drafting Dante Bichette Sr… I find it hard to say he’s not biased. Everything I see from him is either slamming the Yankees or damning them with faint praise.

          • Pat D

            That’s his typical snark.

            You know what team Law rooted for while growing up? That’s right, the Yankees.

          • Doug

            it was his way of saying he didn’t like the pick

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

    “Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – had three hits in his previous 21 at-bats (.143)”

    No walks!?!? BUST!!!!!!!

    • Skip

      I was going to say the same thing. Either great minds think alike or we are soooo unoriginal. Probably the latter.

  • Slugger27

    cojo and mason williams have been in beast mode

    • mbonzo

      Culver is 11 for his last 22.

      • Frank O

        Mason Williams is hitting .347 and Cito has his average up to .299 after a very slow start. Reymond Nunez is hitting .304 with power. Shane Brown is hitting over .450. Recent 13 game winning streak – Staten Island is a fun team to follow.

  • yanksfan09

    This Santana kid is really starting to really imprease me. I doubted the 80 power that he was supposed to have maybe its close to that.

    Culver starting to look pretty good especially since the kid just turned 18 and could be a senior in HS.

    william looks to be the best pick of last yrs draft the kid is just a beast, i wonder if he keeps it up if the move hi up

  • pat

    So Justin James walks in and is immediately the most athletic guy in the system? If he’s not number one he’s gotta be up there with Slade, Cito, Mason and maybe Ravel Santana.

  • buckfunts

    Wild Swing Yeicock, RF: 0 for 4, 3 K – hitless in his last 17 at-bats with nine strikeouts

    • Scout

      What happended to Yeicock’s big stick?

  • jon

    poor allen horne

  • JohnnyC

    Schaeffer Hall. Moving quickly up the ladder. Now in Scranton. Is he a viable contender for the major league bullpen? Back end of the rotation?

    • Slugger27

      no chance on rotation, way too many guys ahead of him (nova, warren, phelps, gordon, noesi). he’d have to be added to the 40-man before being considered for the LOOGY role, but i dont think he’d be an upgrade over logan.

      • Samuel

        The Yankees will definitely have TWO lefties in any post season bullpen, especially against the Red Sox.

  • Nickel

    So how much longer before they cut their losses on the Brad Halsey experiment?

    • Slugger27

      1.97 whip


    • zs190

      what loss is there to cut? it’s just a minor league deal that pays him very little money (for professional baseball players) He hasn’t pitched much and hasn’t pitched well, but no harm in keeping him around unless we need the roster spot.

    • Tags

      And get rid of Okamoto, I die when I see him come out of the pen. Though it is funny to watch all the poeple in the stadium who think it’s Igawa.

  • Gonzo

    Bottom line for me is simple.

    Any prospect can prove any writer wrong or right with their play. Sometimes it takes a long time though. The truth shines.

  • dr mrs the yankee

    Thank god Goldstein and to a degree Sickles make me feel less crazy than KLaw’s report on Culver. I don’t think he’s a bombastic prospect or anything but when he said Cito has a bad arm I was thoroughly confused. I really respect and like Law but it just felt like an attack on the kid and I didn’t get it.

    • Doug

      If you’re referring to his blog on 6/23, in his defense, Law said: “At short, Culver goes to his left fine, but his range into the hole isn’t great and he doesn’t have the arm to make that play.”

      Never said he has a bad arm

      • pat

        He said in his podcast last week that he “doesn’t have much of an arm at all”

        • Reggie C.

          That podcast was hard to listen to and inflamed commentary that night. I wonder if someone can link the night’s thread…

        • dr mrs the yankee

          The whole way they set things up in the podcast to talk about Culver was bizarre. I was really taken aback by it, honestly.

    • NickP

      One thing to bear in mind is that neither Goldstein or Sickels have seen Culver play whilst KLaw has. It is very possible that Culver just had a very bad night which has biased KLaws opinion.

      • dr mrs the yankee

        I know and Ben was there and said he had an off night but Law’s opinion was so opposed to everything else there that it was pretty jarring. I spoke to John Klima after Culver was drafted and pretty much the first thing he mentioned was his plus arm.

      • Ted Nelson

        Law should know better than to make definitive statements about players based on one game…

  • pat

    Believe it or not Cito is younger than a bunch of 2011 prep first rounders- Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, Jose Fernandez, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, Kevin Comer and others. He’s only month older than Dante and the kid already has a half season worth of professional AB’s and months of intensive professional instruction. I think his age (along with Gumbs, who’s even younger than Cito) played a big part in being selected that high. The Yanks basically got two HS juniors with their first two picks last year. Compared to some of the huge bonus babies that wont sign until late August they’re getting an almost two year head start on other prospects that are the same age.

    • Avi

      This is a good point I haven’t heard anyone make. I still hate the culver pick but it would be nice to be dead wrong about it.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I’ve learned to like it…he’s one of the few players that projects to stay at short and given how shitty most shortstops hit there’s a good chance he can stay at short.

    • Phil

      Yeah, but I’d take Henry Owens over either Culver or Gumbs in a nano-second. Nothing against either Cito or Angelo, & quite frankly, I like Gumbs more than I like Culver, but imo Owens is going to be an ace, & I hold Randy Levine responsible for losing the first round pick which could have dropped Owens into our laps. Instead, he gift-wrapped & delivered Owens to the Bosox.

      • Dave

        The odds of Henry Owens becoming a solid major league pitcher are low. The odds of him becoming an ace are the same as Cito Culver becoming an all-star SS.

  • W.W.J.Montero.D

    Hey Mike, how do you decide how to do “__ for his last __?” Is it when you feel they 1st started heating up?

    • Mike Axisa

      Pretty much, getting hot or cooling off.

  • Multiple Personalities

    Where are Angelo Gumbs/Heathcott?

    • Mike Axisa


    • Dave M

      Sick Bay

  • Brian S.

    Promote Kahnle!

  • SodaPopinski

    I was at the Scranton game. Such a nice relaxed stadium to visit. The seats were amazing, and were practically free. Free parking too, etc. Cool place.

    Gordon looked really good. He was K-ing a lot of guys on curveballs, the Iron Pigs couldn’t touch it. He was throwing the curve for strikes, and got at least one K looking at a curveball. It’s nice to have him in our system. He looked unhittable, perhaps we can trade him for something if he keeps it up!

    Golson is really aggressive on the bases.

    Kaird’s homerun was a rocket off the scoreboard in LF.