A-Rod’s rehab HR headlines big night in minors

Yankees unlikely to make any trades this month
Sabathia gives up five homers in loss to Rays

Update: The Short Season Staten Island game is over and has been added to the post.

Mason Williams got some love in this week’s Prospect Hot Shot, getting ranked as the 13th hottest prospect in the minors. Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez has been placed on the DL according to the Low-A Charleston roster. I have no idea what’s wrong with him, but remember he left last night’s game for an unknown reason. Ray Kruml has been activated off the DL for Double-A Trenton.

High-A Tampa (6-4 loss to Dunedin)
Alex Rodriguez, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – the homer came in a 3-1 count and was hit to left-center field, the double was an oppo shot into the right field corner, the strikeout was looking … not a bad start to the rehab, but don’t get too excited, he’s old for the level
Abe Almonte, CF, DeAngelo Mack, RF, Kelvin Castro, 3B & Mitch Abeita, C: all 1 for 4 – Almonte scored a run and struck out … Mack whiffed … Castro doubled, scored a run, and struck out twice … Abeita doubled, drove in a run, and struck out three
Walt Ibarra, SS & Luke Murton, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Murton struck out twice
Kyle Roller, PH-DH: 0 for 1, 1 K
Cody Johnson, LF & Emerson Landoni, 2B: both 2 for 4 – Johnson doubled, drove in a run, and scored another … Landoni got picked off first
Sean Black, RHP: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4-3 GB/FB – as hard is it is to believe, he’s been worse than Brackman this year
Ronny Marte, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Mike Gipson, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Syracuse)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 4 K
Chris Dickerson, CF & Jesus Montero, C: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – Montero homered to left-center
Mike Lamb, 3B, Jordan Parraz, RF, Greg Golson, LF & Doug Bernier, SS: all 1 for 4 – Parraz struck out … Golson doubled, scored, and threw a runner out at the plate … Bernier scored and struck out
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Terry Tiffee, DH: 3 for 4, 1 K
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 4-4 GB/FB – 55 of 96 pitches were strikes (57.3%) … picked a runner off first … gave up four hits and two runs in the first, he settled down after that
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 16 of 29 pitches were strikes (55.2%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – half of his 18 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-2 loss to Harrisburg, walk-off style) a pretty good prospect hit the walk-off two-run homer
Austin Krum, CF, Jose Pirela, 2B & Zoilo Almonte, RF: all 0 for 4 – Krum drove in a run and struck out twice … Pirela whiffed once, Almonte twice
Ray Kruml, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Rob Lyerly, 3B & Jose Gil, C: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Lyerly tripled … Gil doubled and scored a run
Melky Mesa, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
Yadil Mujica, SS: 1 for 2, 1 R
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 0 for 2, 1 RBI
Dellin Betances, RHP: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5-6 GB/FB – 60 of 97 pitches were strikes (61.9%) … best start of the season? I think so … he faced Bryce Harper three times, getting him to strike out, ground out, and line out to left (Kruml had to make a nice play)
Pat Venditte, SwP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 13 of 20 pitches were strikes
Ryan Pope, RHP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 13 pitches, nine strikes

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over West Virginia)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 2 for 5, 1 K
Jose Toussen, SS: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HBP – eight for his last 22 (.364)
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI,  BB – 12 for his last 31 (.387)
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Shane Brown, DH & Garrison Lassiter, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Brown got hit by a pitch … Lassiter walked and struck out twice
Taylor Grote, LF & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 1 for 4 – Grote drove in two and struck out three times … Feliz struck out and got picked off first
Vidal Nuno, LHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 6-3 GB/FB – 46-3 K/BB in 40 IP (0.66 BB/9)
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (11-3 loss to Auburn)
Cody Grice, CF & Wes Wilson, C: both 0 for 4, 2 K – Grice walked
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – eight for his last 21 (.381)
Ben Gamel, RF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Casey Stevenson, 3B & Tyler Austin, DH: both 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – Stevenson scored a run and committed a fielding error … Austin drove in two and walked twice
Zach Wilson, 1B & Bobby Rinard, LF: both 0 for 3 – Wilson got hit by a pitch and struck out … Rinard walked and whiffed twice
Ali Castillo, 2B: 1 for 4
Evan DeLuca, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1-2 GB/FB – that’s ten walks and three strikeouts in his last eight innings
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Caleb Cotham, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch) – 31-9 K/BB in 22 IP
Zach Varce, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Matt Richardson, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K – no contact! … 8-16 K/BB in 9.2 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-8 win over GCL Tigers)
Ravel Santana, CF: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB – 16 for his last 30 (.533) and nine for his last 16 (.563)
Claudio Custodio, SS: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – fourth three-hit game in the last five he’s played
Isaias Tejeda, C: 0 for 1, 1 PB – left the game for an unknown reason in the third, a half inning after the passed ball
Jon Hurst, PH-C: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (missed catch)
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – got picked off first … 14 for his last 38 (.368)
Matt Duran, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – eight for his last 25 (.320)
Damian Taveras, 1B: 0 for 1
Bubba Jones, DH & Danny Lopez: both 1 for 5 – Jones struck out thrice, Lopez twice
Henry Pena, RF: 0 for 5, 4 K – 24 strikeouts in 51 at-bats this year (47.1%)
Fu-Lin Kuo, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – just keeps hitting, and for power too
Mark Prior, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 2-0 GB/FB
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6-3 GB/FB
Hayden Sharp, RHP: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – not the debut the hard-throwing bonus baby had in mind
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Danny Martinez, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Yankees unlikely to make any trades this month
Sabathia gives up five homers in loss to Rays
  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Where are the black prospect for the Yankees? racism must be addressed in the baseball.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      What’s Mason Williams?

      • Tex sucks

        Read his name. Racist troll.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          Who me or the other guy?

          Also, didn’t even bother to look at his name, I’m not funny so I didn’t get it =/

      • jay h

        he’s joking. Look at his handle.

        • Multiple Personalities

          lol how could you take that seriously…

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Is Hayden Sharp a pure reliever, or are they going to work him into the rotation and see what he can do?

    • pat

      You don’t sign a kid from HS, give him 200k and then put him in the bullpen. They’re just getting his feet wet.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I believe they will try him out as a starter.

  • boogie down

    Any chance this Rodriguez guy gets called up in September?

    • http://Www.or.ly JM

      Bold prediction: this guy will have multiple MVP seasons and hit over 600 HR. I see that kind of potential in him.

      • YankeesJunkie

        What a homer!

    • http://riveraveblues.com GT Yankee


  • http://Www.or.ly JM

    Just kinda curious how Venditte would do in AAA. couldn’t hurt, rit? It would be so cool if he could be a decent MLB reliever.

    • Tex sucks

      Lets start with Montero in the bigs.

      • Esteban

        Wrong. Venditte> Montero. FACT.

    • John

      I’ve asked the same thing.

      a few people have.

      Hopefully they give him a shot in AAA next year.

      • mbonzo

        I think that his stuff doesn’t really translate to the major league level, and they’ve been hoping to develop some more out of him in AA. His numbers have always been fantastic, but I think its a product of the lefty/righty splits for young players. I think theres a very good chance he’ll at least get a shot in the majors, but who knows if his splits will hold up facing elite hitters.

  • Reggie C.

    Would love to see video of Betances vs. Harper. Any word as to which pitches Betances used to strike out Harper?

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I guarantee Mike Ashmore will have a video up of Betances vs Harper sooner or later.

      • Neil T

        Just got back from the game!! I can’t say I remember much about the K, but Kruml’s catch was up against the wall in LF (325ft). As for the HR, Harper easily cleared a 15+ ft wall in dead center (400ft) on a 2-2 count (I wasn’t looking at the pitch… not after the ball got hit and everyone started cheering). He whiffed a couple of times, but gradually got his eye in against Pope.

  • China Joe

    It’d be great to see Betances end the year strong. I know a lot of people are down on him because of all the walks, but he’s still shown dominant stuff and he doesn’t have many minor league innings under his belt with all the injuries he had in the past. Considering he was all bit written off at the beginning of last year, two healthy seasons and a pretty good chance he sees the big leagues at some point in 2012 is pretty remarkable.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      his last two starts have been pretty impressive.
      12 innings, 3 earned, 11 hits, 12 K’s,and just 2 BB’s. Maybe, just maybe he’s starting to figure it out. Obviously, the walk totals is the most important.

    • Reggie C.

      Betances is guaranteed to start 2012 season in Scranton. I agree Betances has come a long way since the beginning of last season, and this season Betances certainly didn’t hurt his prospect profile. I would say health isn’t an issue anymore, though now that he’s accrued a decent amount of innings these two seasons, the pressure will be on Betances at AAA to set himself apart from a crowded field.

      AAA is crowded: Brackman, Phelps, Warren, Banuelos, and Betances …

      One of these guys MIGHT be the 5th man in the rotation at this point next season.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Is Vidal Nuno a legitimate prospect? The strikeout and walk rates are very nice

    • Gonzo

      Kinda old, but that’s a 70 name.

  • Brandon

    Alex returning and Montero arriving will infinetely improve this lineup! Call up Mintero, Brian!

    • Tex sucks

      Yanks don’t need Mintero.

      Montero will do.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I say Montero doesn’t come up until September call ups or if Posada were to somehow walk away. But I doubt that Jorge walks away. If the Yankees really wanted to call Jesus up before September they would already. I think one of the reasons why he’s still in AAA is because they want him to work with Banuelos and then Betances hopefully in the near future.

  • http://bombers24/7 OBdaddy

    Local sports quotes ESPN saying Alex will rehab here in Scranton on Tues and Wed. I have front row,right behind the dugout as my season tics.Can’t wait .

    • pete

      what are the season tics for august? still deer?


  • Reggie C.

    It’d be a damn shame if the DL prevented Sanchez from getting to 20 homers. He’s done enough to guarantee himself a Tampa promotion which was a concern of mine a month ago.

  • pat

    I knew we would hear this about Arod-

    dannyburawa danny burawa
    Arod is on my list of big leaguers who are cool. Drops a bomb on his first swing then drops a bomb spread on us. He is worth every penny.

    • Luis “the batboy” Castillo

      Meh … He didn’t slip the $ in his locker like he slipped me a couple of hundred in my suit pocket.

  • Cory

    Yeah it’s only a rehab start, but I think it’s a very good sign that his power is back. They said one of the problems he would have had if he continued to play on the injured knee would have been a lack of power and that was certainly evident before he went on the DL. Sure it’s A ball, but if he wasn’t fully healthy he wouldn’t be doing that, so that’s an excellent sign.

    On another note, am I the only one who wishes minor league teams would throw at Harper once a game? The kid thinks he’s all that (blowing the kiss, blowing up on the ump) and they need to teach him something.

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

      I’m sorry, that’s such bullshit.

      Bryce Harper thinks he’s all that because, well, he is. And he hasn’t done anything insulting – “blowing a kiss” is now considered a capital offense? Please.

      • Cory

        Well first off, did I say give him the death penalty? No, I didn’t think so. So no, I don’t consider blowing a kiss a capital offense. Now what’s bullshit is saying blowing a kiss to the pitcher after hitting a homer is not insulting. What part of that isn’t insulting?

        • emac2

          What part of that would have anyone but an idiot calling for him to be assulted with a baseball for it?

          • Cory

            Assaulted? Really? It’s a part of the game that happens all the time. I didn’t say throw at his head or with any intent to injure him, but you can still hit a batter to send a message. Just like when Papi showed off a little too much on a homer early this year, the Yanks threw at him and that was it. It’s a part of the game that happens all the time, it’s not assault.

      • amr5026

        The blown kiss was in response to the pitcher blowing him a kiss when he K’d him earlier in the same game.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Yep, everyone ignores that. The pitcher also had some unkind words for him earlier in the game. As for the the ejection, that stuff happens every single day, but Harper has such a big target on his back that it’s made into a big deal.

          What happened earlier in the game? How bad was ump’s strike zone? I’m sure there’s also the “I’m the ump that ejected Bryce Harper!” element to it as well. We don’t know, but it’s presented as is he flipped out for an unknown reason. The kid got built up with all the hype, and now it’s time to tear him down, just like everything else.

          • amr5026

            On the part about tearing him down, and I know this is a bit off topic, but I am simply amazed by how badly the fans in Harrisburg want to see him fail. My family has season tickets to the Senators and at every game we’ve been to, the crowd itches for this kid to just implode. I’m stunned by it. Especially bc they didn’t act this way with Strasburg. What is it about someone like Harper that everyone wants to see him fail?

            • Guest

              I think its that people are inclined to react in one of two ways to other worldly talent: unabashed reverence or insane jealousy.

              To receive unabashed reverence, the insanely talented have to do everything right. And the earlier that talent is picked out, the more they have to be perfect.

              They have to seem humble, yet confident. Get a big hit in every big moment. Come across as the guy fans want their daughters to date.

              If they mess up once, its over. The insane jealousy comes out and everyone starts to seem them as this lucky “overdog” who they want to see fail.

              From day one, Harper has seemed cocky, probably because he is. Huge no no. Nevermind that any 6’3 225 lb. 18 year old who can literally hit a baseball 500 ft. would have to be a pretty special person to not be cocky.

              Lebron was actually doing a pretty good job of navigating the terrain, and then the Decision happened and he left his hometown team–bigger no, no. That’s it. He gets no second chance.

              As for Strasburg: I think most people who care enough to be Harper in a minor league game also care enough to know Strasburg was this chubby not highly recruited kid who didn’t become Strasburg until he lost the weight and dedicated himself to the sport. People probably feels like he earned it more.

              Is it fair? No. But its the curse that comes with other wowrldly talent. But the success, money, and joy they will experience from excelling at the game they love probably makes it worthwhile.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      You won’t be saying that in 2020 when he his putting up .330/40/120 seasons in RF for the Yankees.

      • Cory

        If he turns out to be all that he’s made out to I’ll be shocked. It just doesn’t happen that often. But if he does, and he ever blows a kiss at a pitcher after a homer I will absolutely say the exact same thing, no matter where he’s playing. And you can bet your ass a big league team wouldn’t take that and absolutely would throw at him. If he blows up at an ump once he’s in the majors and it’s not something that becomes a habit, okay, that’s understandable. But players earn the right to do that by making it to the majors, but sure as hell don’t deserve to while they’re still in the minors.

      • bk

        People have to put him in his place before he thinks he’s bigger than the game. Veterans in the show aren’t going to a take kindly to his shinannegans

  • Ed

    14 for his last 38 (.368)

    It’s not often that you see a line like that and think “he’s cooling off”.

  • Dick M

    I want Montero up but where does he play? Do you play him at catcher and have him work with our starters mid season like this? Is R Martin that bad? For the DH, do you bench Chavez/Jones who have been solid?

    I’m not sure there’s a spot for him.

  • dennis

    Deluca has been horrible the last few starts. I wonder if his arm got tired becuase he is not used to throwing so many innings.

  • CS Yankee

    Bullpen catcher come 1 September.