Warren begins prep for big league start

Yankees announce 2011 HOPE Week
Bats back shaky Hughes, Yanks win big over A's

Penn League Report has some video and scouting reports for Mason Williams, Cito Culver, and Brandon Pinder. It’s good news all around. Meanwhile, David Phelps will be back from his shoulder tendinitis pretty much any day now.

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Bradenton, walk-off style)
Eric Chavez, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – played seven innings in the field … made two plays in the field according to the recap, one ground ball and one line drive
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 5, 3 R, 1 SB
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 0 for 1
Ronnier Mustelier, 2B-3B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – just keeps hitting
Kyle Roller, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Rob Segedin, RF: 1 for 4
Luke Murton, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Neil Medchill, LF: 0 for 3
Mitch Abeita, C: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Kelvin Castro, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … had walked eight guys against six strikeouts in his last six starts
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Francisco Gil, RHP: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1-1 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton (8-3 loss to Syracuse)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 K, 2 E (both throwing)
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 4, 1 SB
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Mike Lamb, DH, Jordan Parraz, RF & Doug Bernier, SS: all 1 for 4 – Lamb whiffed twice … Parraz scored a run and struck out twice … Bernier doubled, drove in a run, and struck out
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – two for his last 27 (.074) with 15 strikeouts
Austin Krum, LF & Luis Nunez, 2B: both 1 for 3 – Krum walked, drove in two, and struck out … Nunez drove in a pair
Adam Warren, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (63.6%) … he’s going to come out of the bullpen and piggyback with D.J. Mitchell on Monday, lining him up to start one of the games in next Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles …  I guess they’re taking it easy on Ivan Nova with his ankle
George Kontos, RHP: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 27 of 45 pitches were strikes (60%)
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 16 of 24 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … picked a runner off first
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – half of his 30 pitches were strikes, but the walk was intentional
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73.1%)

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to Bowie)
Ray Kruml, LF & Corban Joseph, 2B: both 1 for 4 – CoJo doubled and scored a run
Austin Romine, DH, Zoilo Almonte, RF, Jose Pirela, SS, Jose Gil, C & Addison Maruszak, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Romine walked and whiffed … Gil and Maruszak each struck out once, Pirela twice … Gil committed a throwing error
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – ten for his last 22 (.455) with four doubles and a homer
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 4-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Pat Venditte, SwP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to Lexington)
Jose Toussen, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – seven for his last 14
Ramon Flores, CF & Kelvin DeLeon, DH: both 0 for 4 – Flores struck out once, DeLeon twice … Flores also committed a throwing error
Gary Sanchez, C: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Mike Ferraro, RF: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B – 11 for his last 19 (.579) with three doubles, but it’s in part time duty spread across the whole month
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Nathan Forer, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-6 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB
Manny Barreda, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-2 GB/FB – 54 K in 47 IP

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 win over Hudson Valley)
Cody Grice, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB – six for his last ten
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Zach Wilson, DH & Ben Gamel, RF: both 0 for 3 – Gamel struck out
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 3, 2 K
Ali Castillo, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 K – Tyler Austin hasn’t played in a while, but he’s not on the DL
Jhorge Liccien, C: 0 for 2, 1 BB – Mason Williams pinch-ran for him late, but then Nick McCoy took over behind the plate
Bobby Rinard, LF: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K
Evan DeLuca, RHP: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 9-4 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … 37-19 K/BB in 37 IP
Fred Lewis, LHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Ben Paullus, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-3 win over GCL Pirates)
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 4, R, 1 3B,  RBI, 2 K – 16 for his last 38 (.421)
Ravel Santana, CF: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – dude’s rocking a .294 ISO
David Adams, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – 13 for his last 33 (.394) with six doubles and a homer
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI – 17 for his last 38 (.447) with three doubles, two triples, and a homer
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – he’s got a .238 ISO
Jackson Valera, C: 0 for 4
Damian Taveras, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K
Justin James, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R – lifted after going from first to second on a single, so an injury is likely
Danny Lopez, LF: 1 for 3, 1 K
Deward Cruz, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – 25-6 K/BB in 22.1 IP
Kenedy Agramonte, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP – well hello there
Corey Maines, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Joaquin Hinojosa, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Yankees announce 2011 HOPE Week
Bats back shaky Hughes, Yanks win big over A's
  • Uke

    Pretty sure those Deluca stats are wrong…

  • Uke
    • DERP

      Joseph got to play against his brother tonight.

      • DERP

        reply fail

        • Uke

          yea pretty much lol

  • pat

    .275/.420/.440 with more walks than strikeouts. I am content with that.

  • Skip

    Nice to see Dante continue his hitting streak. Maybe it’s still too early to tell, but he just needed time to adjust and now he’s coming around. He’s at .275/.420/.440 on the season now. Good for him.

  • infernoscurse

    what the hell with david adams, move him up alreadyyy

    • Phil

      Leave him where he is until he’s ready; he’s obviously coming off a really serious injury. There’s no need to rush him.

  • Uke

    Jim Bowden over at ESPN named prospects for each team that should be targeted by other teams in a trade. Betances, Banuelos and Montero as yanks first tier prospects, Romine a second tier, Laird third tier and Warren and Williams 4th tier.

    • Gonzo

      Interesting he had Laird over some pretty good prospects. I wonder what mix of floor vs. ceiling he uses for his rankings$

      • Dave M

        I guess that’s why he’s not a GM any more. Kidding. I know that’s not why.

  • Pants Lendelton

    There has to be a logical reason why Adams is still low level ball. I suppose constant playing time is better than the log jam at the upper levels I suppose?

    • Skip

      Maybe they’re intentionally dragging down his trade value?

      I’m making that up based on nothing.

    • Samuel

      I believe they might be looking to send Adams to the Arizona Fall League (AFL). Teams are allowed to send only one player from below Double A to the AFL.

      By keeping Adams in Tampa, shuffling back and forth between GCL and High A games, they can send him to the AFL after the regular season is over and still send Corban Joseph and a few other higher level guys out there, too.

      That gets more top guys out there and Adams would need the extra reps.

  • IRF

    Another disappointing start for Manny

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      We should probably release him if he can’t cut as a 20 year old at AA.

      • Oliver

        He did not advocate that the Yankees should do anything like that. Nobody is expecting perfect games every time out, but 10 baserunners in five innings isn’t ideal. I would imagine IRF would think that you putting words in his mouth is also less than ideal.

        • Sayid J.

          Yea, really. Sure, there are plenty of bridge-jumping Yankee fans, but commenting that somebody had a disappointing start does not qualify. There’s so much bias around here that any negative talk about a prospect that people like has to receive some mocking type response. Who gives a shit that Manny is 20 and in AA? He was promoted to AA because he was expected to succeed there. Last night’s start was a disappointing one, no other way around it. Nobody is advocating cutting the kid.

          It’s along the same lines of the “Oh you don’t like the content, i’ll mail you your refund” commentary from the writers any time somebody complains. It’s just annoying at this point. This is a Yankee website. People are allowed to be critical of the team and of the content on the site. I love RAB, but sometimes comments like that are really frustrating to read, especially when coming from the writers themselves.

          • Voice of Reason

            Here here.

        • Bavarian Yankee

          come on, release Banuelos and sign Gaudin :D

  • Kevin D.

    Did Adams steal candy from a baby or something? Seriously WTF!

    • Slugger27

      i dont get it… if hes healthy to play, why is it safer on his ankle to play at a lower level than at a higher level?

      • Phil

        It’s not safer; it’s just wiser to let him get his legs back playing in a less stressful environment. You throw him back in to the deep end too quickly, you could envision him struggling, maybe pressing, maybe developing some bad habits, maybe trying to do more than he’s mentally or physically ready to do just yet.

        Here, he’s at a level where he can knock the rust off, get back into the habit of playing competitively again, get some positive reinforcement, & yes, get healthier. IMO, it’s all to the good. Hope he and everyone else remain patient.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Calderon’s ISO is mad impressive for that level.

    • nycsportzfan

      Calderon and Norton were my 2 Sleepers coming into this season, guys i thought would be on peoples radars, of course Norton had to get hurt and screw it up, but i think some people know who he is now..lol

      Also, man Deluca is really intriguing.. I wish i knew more about Vidal Nuno and Jose Quinatan, can anyone give me the low down? And, where the heck if Caleb Cotham and Jairo Heredia?

      • YankeeGrunt

        His ISO is impressive, but he’s striking out 1/3 of the time and despite his power stats has only three walks on the year. I get that he’s young and has a lot of room to improve, but Kelvin De Leon actually has a lower K rate on the year, and occasionally takes a walk. Calderon has a ton of potential, but he needs to improve his approach at the plate if he’s going to anything more than a lumberjack.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    is Bichette a fast baserunner? He seems to have a lot of triples for a guy playing 3B.

  • dennis

    Maybe the reason Manny is walking so many guys is that he is working on his curve ball. In spring training it looked bad, so maybe they Yankees told him to use it a lot in different counts and not worry about stats just develop the pitch.Anyone who attends Thunder games can give us an idea of how may curves he throws.

  • Roger

    (1) Z. Almonte and C. Culver both are switch hitters who seem to hit well from the right and suck from the left. Any chance they can be persuaded to break their meddling fathers’ hearts and go back to just hitting from their natural side — the right?

    (2) How soon will Ronny Mustelier be moving up? He looks like he might be a big-league-ready bat.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    it’s really hard to find any information about Mustelier. The only interesting thing I found was this: “Ronnier Mustelier, who in his sixth season has developed into one of the league’s most unrated stars …” That was written in 2008 when he still played in Cuba. The other things I found that he’s a “reliable third baseman” and that he was a legit .300 hitter in Cuba. Couldn’t find more stats or anything, somebody who speaks spanish might be able to find more.