Betances promoted to AAA after a rainy day

Sunday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Johnny Damon

Dellin Betances was promoted to Triple-A Scranton, which was expected. Congrats to him.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. Doubleheader tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Harrisburg)
Austin Krum, LF & Ray Kruml, DH: both 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB – Kruml drove in a run
Jose Pirela, 2B, Rob Lyerly, 1B & Melky Mesa, CF: all 0 for 4, 2 K – Pirela scored a run … Lyerly committed an error on a missed catch
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Yadil Mujica, SS: 1 for 3, 1 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
R.J. Baker, C: 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – Corban Joseph pinch-hit for him late and drove in a run with a single
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 9-1 GB/FB – 58 of 105 pitches were strikes (55.2%) … he’s getting ground balls, but still seems a little off since being activated off the DL
Brad Halsey, LHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (69.7%)
Pat Venditte, SwP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 17 pitches, and 16 were strikes … wow

High-A Tampa (7-5 loss to Dunedin)
Abe Almonte, CF, Kyle Roller, DH & Kelvin Castro, 3B: all 2 for 4 – Abe tripled, scored a run, stole a base, walked, and missed a catch for an error … Roller homered, drove in three, walked, scored twice, and struck out … Castro drove in a run, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 5, 2 K
Luke Murton, 1B & Cody Johnson, LF: both 1 for 4 – Murton doubled and struck out … Johnson scored around and struck out three times, pushing his season total to 174 whiffs
Neil Medchill, RF & Tyson Blaser, C: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Medchill drove in a run … Blaser got hit by a pitch and committed a throwing error
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 7-3 GB/FB
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – allowed all three of the runners he inherited from O’Brien to score … 98-25 K/BB in 94.1 IP
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over Hickory)
Jose Toussen, SS: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Ramon Flores, LF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – five for his last nine with three doubles
Shane Brown, DH: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Taylor Grote, RF & Eduardo Sosa, CF: all 1 for 4 – Mahoney drove in a run and struck out … Grote doubled and struck out twice … Sosa doubled, drove in a run, and whiffed twice
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Mojica, SS & Jeff Farnham, C: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Mojica stole a base and drove in a run … Farnham doubled and came around to score
Manny Barreda, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 2-1 GB/FB – left after a lengthy rain delay
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Michael Recchia, RHP: 3 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Aaron Dott, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 39 K in 21.1 IP

Short Season Staten Island was rained out. I’m guessing they’ll play a doubleheader when Auburn comes back to town a little later this month. SI is off until Wednesday now for the All-Star break.

Rookie GCL Yanks had their regularly scheduled Sunday off day.

Sunday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Johnny Damon
  • espn succs

    Dis is da fastest I’ve seen da yankees promote der players in years ..let the youngs kids work dey way up

    • Esteban

      You have a(n interesting) way with words.

    • Jorge

      That’s, like, ten accents rolled into one.

      • Avi

        I think it’s a John Kruk impression.

    • boogie down

      Who dat say dey can’t speak dat English??

  • mbonzo

    I wouldn’t take Graham Stoneburner’s walks seriously, he was getting squeezed all game. Might have been the smallest strike zone I have ever seen. There were pitches right down the middle of the zone called balls.

    • Steve S.

      Yeah, but his velocity’s been way down since coming back. I read a report that had him in the high 80s low 90s with the FB. Hopefully its nothing permanent.

      • Jericho Spade

        This is also like spring training for him again.

      • Mike Ashmore

        Ask me stuff. I do reply, I promise. Stoneburner has been touching 93 lately. Velo was down in his first start back, now he is where he was at the start of the year.

        • mbonzo

          If this is really Mike Ashmore, keep up the good work. You’re the best resource for first-hand analysis on Yankees prospects. Its too bad YES/CBS doesn’t bring you on for interviews during the game, Yankee fans should know more about the true core of the organization. Its also way more interesting than hearing Suzyn talk about Roger Clemens for a half-hour.

        • Steve S.

          Thanks for that Mike. IIRC, I think the report was actually a Tweet from you. And yes, it was from his first start back. Thanks for clearing that up.

        • Samuel

          While he hit 93 once or twice two starts ago, Stoneburner is consistently only 88-90 with his fastball.

    • Samuel

      Funny, but I saw the game on last night and he was getting squeezed a little.

      Then I saw the home plate umpires name and remembered he was the same home plate ump from last years game with Charleston and Lakewood on May 5th, a game Stoneburner pitched and was dominant, hitting 95 MPH on the gun.

      It was also a game where the same umpire had a bigger strike zone than last night, giving Stoneburner pitches just off the corners.

      I guess the umpires get tighter the more they move up the ranks.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    It may just be confirmation bias, but it seems like SWB has been rained out a lot this year.

    • Steve S.

      It’s because they’re located so close to a Mohegan Sun. Somebody has to tell those silly Indians to stop doing those rain dances.

  • jeety

    Good luck to betances… hopefully he can make it to the show soon…

  • kenthadley

    Any update on Santana injury?

  • Dennis

    Great news about dellin i am a big fan of agressive promotion. If a prospect fails and gets demoted and it ruins him then he isn’t fit to play in new york anyways.

    • Pants Lendelton

      Melky Cabrera says hello!

    • Steve S.

      You’re overstating it, but the good ones will find their way back.

    • Voice of Reason

      It’s certainly true that the dangers of rushing prospects is overblown, if not almost entirely imagined. It’s far more reasonable to believe that a lack of playing time or skipping levels allowed their deficiencies to go unnoticed, rather than that exposure to a higher level of competition created the deficiencies or prevented them from ever being corrected.

      It’s all narrative. “Prospect gets promoted too quickly, confidence gets shattered and cannot develop further, all is lost.” That’s much more compelling than, say, “Prospect gets promoted quickly, but like most prospects, never becomes a good player.” It’s just a convenient little trick to blame someone when a prospect doesn’t pan out.

  • Joe

    I wonder if this will get him a september call up!

    • Art Vandelay

      He is on the 40 man right? Swb isn’t going to the playoffs. Maybe he gets called up like brackmonster last year

  • Steve

    Congrats to Dellin – but I do think this confirms that Hughes is not going to AAA, but that he’ll be sent to the pen upon removal from the rotation

  • Cory

    So with Montero, Banuelos, and Betances all in AAA, and Romine, Murphy, Heathcott, and Sanchez all hurt, what players should we be following from the other teams (other than Mason Williams)?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The 2 worst first rounders ever.

    • Danny

      GCL – DBJ, Justin James, Matt Duran, and the rest of the 2011 draftees

      SI – Bryan Mitchell, Cito Culver, Angelo Gumbs and Mason Williams who you mentioned

      Tampa – Brett Marshall

      I’m sure there are more but those are the more interesting follows

    • Reggie C.

      Zolio Almonte has attained “break-out” status. He’s put together a fine offensive season, and he’s held his own in AA, which makes Z-Almonte a must follow next season.

      • Steve S.

        Hmmmm..maybe its time someone (hint Mike Axisa hint hint) did a prospect profile on this guy, huh?

      • Sean C

        But, but… He went 0 for 3 tonight! Bust!

    • mbonzo

      These are the guys I watch.

      AA- Zoilo Almonte, Corban Joseph, Graham Stoneburner
      A+- Rob Segedin, Michael O’Brien, Brett Marshall, Jairo Heredia, Jose Ramirez, Nik Turley(for fun), David Adams
      A- Ramon Flores, Thomas Kahnle
      SI- Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Ben Gamels, Angelo Gumbs, Philip Wetherell, Caleb Cotham
      GCL- Dante Bichette, Isaias Tejeda, Ravel Santana, Justin James, Austin Jones, Matthew Duran, Gabriel Encinas, Evan Rutckyj

      • Steve S.

        I’d love to follow Evan Rutckyj, but I live my life by a few simple rules. One of which is to never follow a prospect with a 7 letter name that contains only one vowel.

        Its an obscure rule to be sure, but a rule nonetheless.

        • Mister Delaware

          You would have been a shitty early 1970s Phillies fan.

          • Steve S.

            You wouldn’t have been a Mike Schmidt early 1970s Phillies fan?

            No sir, I would not have. A rule’s a rule.

  • Naved

    Greatest news today. WOOOOOO. Been on the Betances to AAA bandwagon since like two months ago.

  • MikeD

    My guess is we will see Banuelos and possibly Betances pitch in September. I thought the goal was to get both up to the 140-150 innings range this year, yet both are on track to fall short. If SWB is not in the playoffs, the Yankees may want to give them both innings on the MLB level.

    • Steve S.

      Is it really all about IP, or more specifically about pitches thrown? Both of these guys have taken the ball and thrown their 80-100 pitches on a regular basis, they’ve just been reaching their pitch count too soon. From a health standpoint, they’ve been fine. But developmentally, I could see them wanting to see them log innings. It means they’re being efficient, which is important.

      • MikeD

        Valid point. Pitches thrown/batters faced also need to be considered, so if both have experienced more high impact/stressful innings, the Yankees might cut them short.

        I believe both can also pitch in the Arizona Fall League if the team wants to add some more innings. Not sure if they’re eligible, though, if they’re added to the 40-man roster. Not sure at all of the exact rules, but they probably are eligible since they won’t be added until after many of the rosters are set (I believe nominations must be made by end of August).

    • Jesse

      SWB is 6.5 GB of the Wild Card spot with the season ending on Sept. 5th, so it’s safe to say they’re out of it barring a remarkable comeback. But, Banuelos is at 112 innings with Betances at 105. So for argument’s sake let’s say they get 137 and 130 respectively. That gives them three weeks to get their 150-160 innings limit. Still very possible to reach.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I hope there’s some more promotions going around.

  • Jorge

    Always wanted to see a kid from the LES work all the way up to the Yankee rotation. I worked down in the LES when I first heard of Betances, and it will a joy for me to see him one day become a mainstay in this rotation. Gotta keep those walks down, but he’s now one step away.

    • Steve S.

      Yeah, I’ve been following him since draft day and can’t wait to see him in pinstripes. I know he could be a complete bust, but he’s talented enough that he’ll get plenty of chances.

      • Jorge

        What makes you say that? I see a kid that, if he can get his control in check, is going to be an excellent MLB starter. I’m not seeing a Daniel Cabrera here (wasn’t he a hard thrower with ace stuff who never put it together?).

        • Steve S.

          Yeah, and Cabrera was notoriously uncoachable. Dellin’s a good kid and hard worker by all accounts. But guys that are that tall are very speculative. All pitchers have a high failure rate, I have to think his is higher.

          • SDM

            You really gotta look at body frame and a players natural movements. IMO if a tall pitcher has a really lanky and awkward looking frame (think guys like brackman) I think you should worry; but if your of strong frame and looks normal/natural in his movements (like CC, or Halladay) he should have an easier time getting right.

  • Avi
    • boogie down

      Off of the one and only Ollie Perez!

  • joek

    could somebody tell me how to pronounce betances’s name?

    • Jesse

      I’m sure Axisa will bring it up during Friday’s podcast. Look for it and listen to it if he says it.

    • Xstar7


      • camilo

        beh tahn ces

      • MikeD

        Hmmm, I don’t know Xstar7. I’m beginning to think you might be from Boston!

    • SDM


  • jon

    Great news

    makes me even happier than i was able to see both the Bs pitch in AA when they played the portland seadogs (where i live)

  • BGrider85

    John Kruk’s abilities as an analyst < the trash I throw away.

  • Mark D.

    Hopefully this means that Brett Marshall will get promoted soon to AA. I want to see if he can continue to pitch well at a higher level. I f they do it soon, he may get 3-4 starts at that level. He is a very intriguing prospect who has a good chance of making some preseason top 100 for next year. I just wish there was an updated scouting report on him, would like to know what he currently throws since he has a high strikeout rate and generates alot of groundballs.

  • Daddycakes28

    It may just be me but it seems Low A is god aweful and theres no one (not named Mark Montgomery) Im excited about. How bout a demotion of the whole team and a promotion of SI?

  • http://bombers24/7 OBdaddy

    Should be great here Tues and Wed….A Rod ,Montero Banuelos,now Betances,WOW. I wonder if Betances will start and Manny out of the pen,pitching to Montero!Cashman will be here and maybe Levine. Stadium is not yet sold out for either game.