GCL Yankees take home league championship

Game 134: Can they make it two?
Yanks can't hang on to one-run lead, fall to Sox

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Lehigh Valley) stave off elimination for another day, they’re still mathematically alive in the wildcard race
Chris Dickerson, CF, Jorge Vazquez, DH & Greg Golson, LF: all 0 for 4 – Dickerson walked and struck out … JoVa and Golson whiffed twice
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Mike Lamb, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI – just his ninth homer of the season … feels like it should be more
Gus Molina, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI , 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – nice first day on the job in the post-Jesus Montero era
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Hector Noesi, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 28 of 39 pitches were strikes (71.8%) … he was limited to three innings or 45 pitches tonight
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 7-3 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 51 of 83 pitches were strikes (61.4%)
Pants Lendleton, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R<  ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 12 of 16 pitches were strikes … kinda surprised he pitched tonight, I figured he’d be the long man behind A.J. Burnett tomorrow

Double-A Trenton (7-2 win over New Hampshire)
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – played seven innings in the field
Austin Krum, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K – had been in a 1-for-32 slump (.031)
Corban Joseph, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI – 13 for his last 38 (.342)
Austin Romine, C, Zoilo Almonte, LF & Melky Mesa, RF: all 0 for 4 – Mesa struck out once, Almonte twice
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Pirela, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-7 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa Game One (6-3 loss to Daytona in seven innings)
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K – hitting streak is up to 31 games
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – that’s his eighth homer of the year … he went deep eleven timestotal from 2006-2010
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 1 for 4, 1 SB
Ronnie Mustelier, LF: 0 for 3, 2 K
Kyle Roller, 1B, Cody Johnson, DH & Mitch Abeita, C: all 0 for 2 – Roller walked, scored a run, struck out, and committed a fielding error … Johnson walked and whiffed twice … Abeita walked and came around to score
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 3
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 3
Sean Black, RHP: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 Balk, 3-2 GB/FB – he’s probably happy the season is about to end
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa Game Two (4-1 win over Daytona) makeup of yesterday’s rain out … they turned a triple play in the second inning
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – and now it’s 32 games … he’s giving Mitch Hilligoss a run for his money
Kelvin Castro, SS: 0 for 4, 3 K
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Ronnie Mustelier, LF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – threw a runner out at third … I don’t know what happened exactly, but he started the triple play … the play-by-play makes it sounds like he made an unexpected catch in the outfield, then caught the runners too far off first and second
Neil Medchill, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 37 career homers in 920 PA (24 HR per 600 PA)
Luke Murton, 1B & Tyson Blaser, C: both 0 for 3 – Blaser struck out
Rob Segedin, 3B: 0 for 1, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – three walks and no whiffs in his last four games
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Jose Quintana, LHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-7 GB/FB – another nice outing in a season full of them
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day. They’ve got a five-game series with Asheville coming up, and that’s it for their season. They’ve already been eliminated from postseason play.

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 win over Vermont)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 4 K – no contact day
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Tyler Austin, 3B & Reymond Nunez, 1B: both 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Austin got hit by a pitch, tripled and scored a run … Nunez walked
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 K – got ejected after arguing balls and strikes
Ali Castillo, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B
Zach Wilson, DH: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Bobby Rinard, LF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 4, 2 K
Bryan Mitchell, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 5-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … first time he’s allowed more than one run in three starts
Zach Arneson, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-3 GB/FB – 37-5 K/BB in 30 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-1 win over GCL Marlins) they won the best-of-three title series 2-1, so congrats to them … here’s the game recap, if you’re interested … they last won the championship in 2007, when Montero hit a game-tying homer in the deciding game … they also won it all in 2004 and 2005 after joining the league in 1999
Jose Rosario, SS: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – scored the go-ahead run in the eighth in classic GCL fashion: he hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who threw the ball away and allowed Rosario to go to second, then he tagged up on a fly ball, only to score after the right fielder overthrew the third baseman
Danny Lopez, CF: 0 for 4, 3 K
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB – hit a game-tying solo homer in fourth
Damian Taveras, DH, Jackson Valera, C & Jorge Alcantara, LF: all 1 for 4 – Taveras and Alcantara each struck out twice … Valera doubled and struck out
Matt Duran, 1B: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – first and fourth rounder getting it done in a game
Fu-Lin Kuo, 2B: 0 for 2
Henry Pena, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Isaias Tejeda pinch-hit for him in the ninth and singled in an insurance run … Yeicok Calderon played right in the bottom of the inning
Reynaldo Polanco, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB – unsung hero, held it down and gave them a chance to tie and eventually take the lead
Mariel Checo, RHP: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1-1 GB/FB – another great job out of the bullpen

Game 134: Can they make it two?
Yanks can't hang on to one-run lead, fall to Sox
  • mbonzo

    All I gotta say about the GCL is, I think the Yanks did a good job drafting this year, and it shows in their GCL title.

    • Bob

      All I have to sy is you are a pen-is.

      • mbonzo

        Thanks, I always thought my pen was huge.

        • Jack

          The penis mightier.

          • Greg

            For 200 Trebek!

            • Bob

              I love life. Thank you.

  • Gonzo

    Can we pencil in Noesi over AJ on the depth chart for next year?

    • Avi

      Can we do it this year?

      • Gonzo

        I was going to say that Noesi could only give you 3 innings right now. Then I stopped myself.

        • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety Jeety

          I second this sentiment

          • El Caballo

            and motion passed

    • Jorge

      I’d say it’s possible. Sure.

  • Will (the other one)

    So the organization’s gonna do the right thing and stretch Noesi back out without trying to bring him back up to the ML bullpen again…right?

    • mbonzo

      Scranton only has 5 games left.

    • Gonzo

      The AAA season is ending soon, so they need him in the MLB if they hope to get him more innings.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DBjr destroyed GCL, will be an exciting follow on DoTF going forward.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      DBjr for 2012 RAB prospect watch

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Mike’s already declared it’s going to be a pitcher. Easier to update.

        My money’s on Betances.

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          Geez, that Mike is always looking for short cuts.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            He’s a lazy, fistpumping, clapping, disrespectful, excitable Latin. It’s sad what’s happening to the game today.

            • Nuke LaDoosh

              these kids today…

            • Jack

              Miguel Axiso.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                After giving my comments some thought, I have some revisions to make. My original comments were taken out of context. What I meant to say was:

                Mike is a lazy, fistpumping, clapping, disrespectful, excitable Latin young. It’s sad what’s happening to the game today.

                Thank you for your time.

        • Gonzo

          I got Brett Marshall for the watch.

          • Jorge

            Still too raw. Still could go either way. I’d say Betances as well….or even a repeat of ManBan until he actually comes up.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I got Bryan Mitchell. He loves him.

            • Nuke LaDoosh

              I always get Brett Marshall and Bryan Mitchell mixed up.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Who has Axisa used in the past as prospect watch? I’ve only read RAB since the start of the season. But, I’m gonna take a guess. Last year it was Montero, 2009 it was Austin Jackson, 2008 it was ???, and 2007 it was either Joba, Hughes, or IPK. Am I right???

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

          2006 – Hughes (pre-RAB)
          2007 – Joba
          2008 – TJ rehab guys (Chris Garcia, Humberto Sanchez, Melancon, JB Cox)
          2009 – Brackman (I think)
          2010 – Montero

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Pre RAB? Who did you used to write for? I’m sorry for asking stupid questions, just curious. haha

          • Pat D

            Yes, I remember it being Brackman in 2009.

    • wolf larson

      Lots to like on that team.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      .342/.446/.505. Nice.

    • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety Jeety

      Him and Duran really did well, and Austin already moved to Scranton… looks like Charleston and Tampa will be loaded next year…

      DBJ, Duran, T. Austin, Mason Williams, Gumbs, Culver, Gary Sanchez, Flores, Heathcott, Murphy… etc

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        With that in mind, I’m really starting to believe that the Yankees Farm System could be right at the top next year, or Top 5 at least. Good God, for a team with a $200+ million payroll to have a farm like that is fucking awesome.

      • Dennis

        Mason and slade should not be on the same team, both are great CF’s and would be waste to have one play right or left.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The Tampa Yankees turned a triple play in the second game. Mustelier is a frickin beast.

  • Carl LaFong

    How badly injured is J.R. Murphy?

    Will Slade Heathcott’s shoulder ever permit him to play injury free? It would appear that little brawl he unnecessarily got himself into during the summer stole major development time from him; senseless!

    Where in the world is David Adams? I mean besides the 7-day d/l.

    Tampa Yankee CF Abe Almonte is really starting to develop into a real deal prospect; 2012 is an important year for him.

    We should have signed more of the high ceiling HS arms in this years draft, but y’all knew that; right?

    • Accent Shallow

      Heathcott’s repeated injuries do worry me. Some people are durable, some people are J.D. Drew. (Or someone even more fragile than Drew, who has had a solid career.)

  • http://bronxbaseballbloggin.mlblogs.com/ mlbnyy35

    Is Montero coming up for sure tomorrow or will they wait until the AAA season is over?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      They say he’ll be up. But they’ve been saying that since the end of the Trade Deadline, so I don’t believe anything about him being called up 100% until I see it.

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        oh ye of little faith

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I’m 99% certain he’ll be up, how’s that “little faith”?

          • Nuke LaDoosh

            it’s like you were born again

    • Zach

      they still gotta make room for him on the 40

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    He’s at Logan airport awaiting his luggage at Baggage Claim.

  • Dennis

    Once mitchell learns to control his dominating stuff he will fly through the system. Him and marshall will be the new B’s. Also deluca hasn’t pitched in a while, probably shut down for the year.

  • Carl

    Could Brackman be the long man out of the pen tomorrow??? It would make sense, if/when AJ BOMBs, and it’s already a blow out, the perfect time for Brackman to get his feet wet.

  • Avi

    How great would it be to have this at Charleston next year?
    C Isaias Tejada
    3B Dante Bichette
    2B Angelo Gumbs
    SS Cito Culver
    OF Mason Williams
    OF Ravel Santana
    And Matt Duran and Tyler Austin.
    There’s at least a decent chance it happens too.

  • Colin

    I think Bichette’s getting called up to Staten Island for whatever’s left of their season. I’m just basing this off of his twitter page:

    grantharris01 Grant Harris
    @dante19jr dude congrats on the championship! heard about the staten island thing congrats miss u man<3
    5 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    in reply to ?

    Dante Bichette Jr
    @grantharris01 how'd u hear?? And thx bro

    • Tbord


      • Colin

        haha just a little

  • Brian S.

    Because we couldn’t have used Noesi for today’s game. Screw Ayala.

  • Dave M

    “Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 4 K – no contact day”

    I used to hit like that. Now I don’t play no more.