GCL Yanks wrap up season as Irene distrupts schedule

Hurricane Irene Open Thread
Colon, Nova set to start Sunday's DH

Apparently Jesus Montero hit a bunch of homers while I was on vacation, because he was named the fourth hottest prospect in the minors in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Here’s some other stuff that happened while I was gone…

  • Jorge Vazquez hit his 30th homerun of the season, tying Shelley Duncan’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre single-season franchise record. He’s got another week-and-a-half to break it.
  • Graham Stoneburner will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League despite missing all that time with the neck strain. I thought he was a shoo-in.
  • No Yankees farmhands were named to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Team. That’s the fancy end-of-season team, not the team that played the All-Star Game or anything like that.
  • Triple-A Scranton’s run of four consecutive division titles will almost certainly come to an end. One more loss or one more Pawtucket win will knock them out of the race. Lehigh Valley’s magic number for the wildcard is two, so the Yankees are going to need some serious help to make the playoffs. The season ends on September 5th.
  • Low-A Charleston was mathematically eliminated from postseason play. Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa are both still alive but need to make a big run in the next week and a half. It’s entirely possible that all four full season affiliates will miss the playoffs (in the same season) for the first time in basically forever.

Triple-A Scranton was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. They’re going to play two on Monday.

Double-A Trenton Game One (7-4 loss to New Britain in seven innings)
Austin Krum, CF & Yadil Mujica, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Mujica whiffed
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 29 (.379)
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – ISO is “up” to .088 this year after .134 last year
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 K
Melky Mesa, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R
Damon Sublett, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Sublett committed a throwing error, and he’s now got more triples (seven) than doubles (six) or homers (two)
Jose Pirela, SS & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 2 – Pirela drove in a run … Maruszak walked and whiffed
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 10-5 GB/FB – recently outrighted, so he can probably forget about a September call-up if he was expecting one
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton Game Two got Irene’d. This was actually supposed to be Sunday’s game, which was moved up a day because of the storm. They play New Britain in the final series of the season, so I’m guessing they’ll make it up then.

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Brevard County)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – that’s his fifth homer, or the same amount he hit in 2009 and 2010 combined
Walt Ibarra, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 14 for his last 36 (.389)
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 1 for 5, 1 K
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kyle Roller, DH & Neil Medchill, LF: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Medchill scored a run
Rob Segedin, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – nine for his last 22 (.409)
Tyson Blaser, C: 2 for 3 – Cody Johnson pinch-hit for him in the ninth, then came around to score after reaching on a fielder’s choice … Blaser allowed a passed ball before that
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 3, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 45-11 K/BB in his last 49.2 IP with a 2.21 GB/FB ratio
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (15-3 loss to Savannah)
Jose Toussen, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – had just one hit in his previous 27 plate appearances (.037)
Ramon Flores, DH: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Shane Brown, LF, Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Mike Ferraro, CF: all 0 for 3 – Brown walked and threw a runner out at third … Mahoney walked and whiffed twice … Lassiter walked, scored, and struck out … Ferraro got hit by a pitch, scored and struck out
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – third two-hit game in his last four contests
Wes Wilson, C & Taylor Grote, RF: both 0 for 4 – Grote struck out all four times, giving him 124 in 386 plate appearances (32.%) … he did throw a runner out at second though, so that’s good
Nathan Forer, RHP: 4 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – gave up two homers, so that’s eleven allowed in 64.2 IP (1.53 HR/9) this year
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-2 GB/FB
Scottie Allen, RHP: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB – first game in more than three weeks because of some injury

Short Season Staten Island got Irene’d. Sunday’s game had already been postponed and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday, but I don’t know what they’re going to do with this game since they don’t play Aberdeen again after Monday. They may just not make it up.

Rookie GCL Yanks (14-9 loss to GCL Pirates) last game of the season!
Jose Rosario, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Tyler Anderson replaced him late in the game and walked in his only plate appearance
Danny Lopez, CF: 0 for 2 – left the game after tracking down a fly ball in the fourth
Henry Pena, PH-CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – waited until the last day of the season for his first jack
Isaias Tejeda, C: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing) – finished the year at .331/.404/.568
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – finished the year at .342/.446/.505 … second in the league in AVG and OBP, fourth in OPS (Tejeda is third)
Matt Duran, DH: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – ten for his last 23 (.435)
Jackson Valera, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 E (throwing)
Fu-Lin Kuo, 2B: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Jorge Alcantara, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Justin James, LF: 0 for 4, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at the dish … hitless in his last 15 at-bats
Hayden Sharp, RHP: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4-0 GB/FB – not the prettiest start to his career, but it happens
George Isabel, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB
Leonel Vinas, RHP: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Corey Maines, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Adam Smith, RHP: 0 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – wow
Kenedy Agramonte, RHP: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – allowed two of the three batters he inherited from Smith to score … he also got ejected for an unknown reason
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

As I said, the GCL season is over. The Yankees went 37-23 and led the league in AVG (.298), OBP (.378), SLG (.466), OPS (.843), runs (388), hits (625), doubles (150), triples (28), homers (51), total bases (975, second place team had 773 (!!!)), and stolen bases (116), not by a small margin either. They’ll take on the GCL Orioles in a one-game playoff sometime tomorrow. The winner of that game will advance to the finals and play the winner of the GCL Pirates-GCL Marlins one-game playoff in a best-of-three for the league title. Got it? Good.

Hurricane Irene Open Thread
Colon, Nova set to start Sunday's DH
  • Esteban

    Is setting the single season record for AAA HRs better than setting the record for career AAA wins?

    • Jedile

      Wins win ball games, homeruns don’t always! So most likely if a guy is winning in AAA he will be called up to win!


      • Carl

        Kei Igawa says HI

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Kanekoa Texeira is freaking terrible. Not only does he give up runs in every outing, but it’s almost always multiple runs. The yankees should seriously just cut this scrub, he’s not even minor league worthy

    • Troll Killer

      Just because he sucks?? he’s just an arm. Organizational arm, you need pitchers like that on the team for innings.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Is Tejeda a prospect?

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

      I know next to nothing about him, but the circumstantial evidence suggests the Yankees think he is. He’s 19, he’s catching pretty much everyday, and he’s batting in a premium lineup spot. Players without ceiling don’t do that.

    • pat

      His numbers+ His age = Prospect.

  • pat

    Cito was mentioned in the Not so Hot Sheet.

    It’s Culver’s 19th birthday today, so we’ll try to be nice. Culver’s first pro season has been a success. He’s hit a bit more than was anticipated, and he’s helping Staten Island to a 40-24 record and likely playoff spot. But Culver’s starting to wear down as the season closes in on 70 games. He has just three hits in his last eight games, a 3-for-34 slump since the league’s all-star break that has dropped his OPS from .745 to .678. Culver’s made 15 errors this season but early reports on his defense have been positive.

    • Brian S.

      Shouldn’t first round picks put up better numbers than that?

      • pat

        Ideally, but nobody ever said he was anything but a project. Bear in mind he’s younger than half the prep players taken in the first round of this years draft.

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        .210/.311/.314 .625 OPS and 21 errors. Derek Jeter’s first season (1992). He committed 56 errors in 1993.

        • http://www.twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H.


          • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

            Was Keith Law scouting back then?

  • JonS

    Hey Mike,

    Did Bichette do enough to get people off of his back for a while?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Personally, I did not like the pick and to say my mind will ever change on that is doubtful, but I am hoping he makes me eat crow. This was nice sampling, but a far way to go. Lets see how he does against pitchers older and with more experience than him.

      • Ted Nelson

        You didn’t like the pick (probably based on other people’s opinions that you read) and even if he goes on to a good career It’s doubtful your mind will change. Great attitude.

        • The Big 3

          I didn’t like the pick because nonathletic white dudes is not the direction the league is heading in. I’m sure Bichette Jr will be a wonderful hitter, but what then?

          • SDM

            He was a nationally ranked junior tennis player until he decided to focus on Baseball, now I don’t know if you’ve ever seen or played tennis…but it takes a pretty athletic person to play that sport even halfway decent.

            • The Big 3

              Is your argument that he will become a good defender because he knows how to play tennis?

              • SDM

                No my argument is that he’s very athletic, and he played a sport that required far more left to right quickness than 3rd base ever will…thats what will allow him to be at worst a decent defender at the position.

        • YankeesJunkie

          I don’t like the pick because I don’t think he was even close to be the best player drafted at this position. However, I am rooting for him as a prospect since he is a Yankee and if he makes me eat a ton of crow then I will have my fork and knife ready. However, to say that he was in the top 10 available picks in upside would not be true considering they signed him quickly and for slightly above slot. While it is true that is always good to find value in prospects considering how deep and good the draft was I was and will continue to be disappointed for the lack of upside the Yankees got with Bichette Jr. compared to other players. If he and Oppenheimer want to make me look stupid then I am perfectly accepting of that, but to change my opinion with the facts and the knowledge that I had and have at this point would be hypocritical of me.

          • bottom line

            When an 18 year old kid tears up a professional league –yes, even the GCL — leading in doubles, second in BA and OBP and near the top in virtually every other category– it’s time to throw out the “upside” blabber. Tons of kids with “upside” never come close to such accomplishments. Dante has proved he can hit, control the strike zone and likely hit for power once some of those doubles turn into HRs. Also ridiculous to argue that a nationally ranked junior tennis player lacks “athleticism.” The kid’s on his way.

            Worth noting too that Yanks had three of top six and something like four of the top eight hitters in GCL. Lots to look forward to wth this bunch.

            • YankeesJunkie

              Absolutely not, I believe the “upside” blabber that I was “spewing” does not get discredited just because he tore up the lowest league of American MLB ball. Looking at the facts the Yankees signed a Dante to the first round for basically slot money. That does not sound like a man who has necessarily a ton of upside without a disproportional amount of risk. He was not even the highest paid draftee in the Yankee class that coupled with the professional writings other people that live to watch scouts have gotten to me to this view. Whether or not he was a ranked amateur tennis player seems to have as much bearing on his athleticism than the fact that he is already playing a corner position in HS. Once again I am rooting for him as a prospect it is just hard to believe at that point in the draft that he was the best pick for the Yankees considering the hefty wallet they carry around.

          • YankeeGrunt

            The issue is whether he would have been available later, and while we don’t know for sure other people seem to think he would have lasted at least until our pick in Round 2. He projects to have corner IF power and already seems to have better plate discipline than his father, he is pretty athletic and could prove to be very good on the hot corner. What’s done is done, the kid raked in a professional league, we can hope for the best next year.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Does Bichette start in Charleston next year or Staten Island?

    • J

      I would think Staten Island. That would seem to comport with the recent Yankee philosophy regarding HS draft picks.

      • YankeesJunkie

        He may get a call up to Charleston depending on how he looks in EST, but I agree that SI is the most likely destination for him. Hopefully, he can reproduce the numbers next year and the year after, and so on.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Matt Duran and Austin Jones probably end up at SI, Nunez and Tyler Austin at Charleston, so there are ABs for him at 3B and DH either place. As good as he was I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes straight to the Sally league.

  • mbonzo

    Glad I didn’t have summarize tonight’s GCL game. They should have used more pitchers.

  • Brian S.

    So which of these players are being traded for Matt Garza and John Danks this offseason?

  • MannyB ace2be

    Yu darvish and trade no one?

    • Brian S.

      CC-Darvish-Nova-Hughes-Burnett? How do you know Darvish won’t blow? He will have to adjust to pitching every five days…

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        He’d be perfect for our new 6 man rotation.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Too much money for a what is basically an unproven AAA prospect along with tough adjustments to the majors. If the total price were to be along the lines of 30-40 million I think I would bite, but at this point it will end up being closer to a 100 in total.

  • Brian S.

    So who out of the Yankees farm system will be in the top 100 prospects in all of baseball this offseason?

    • your mom

      The injured one. . . . . .

    • mbonzo

      Definites are:
      Montero, Banuelos, Betances

      The there is a decent chance for:
      Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine

      And then the long shots are:
      Zoilo Almonte and Slade Heathcott

      • Brian S.

        I would think Sanchez is a shoe-in for top 100.

        • YankeesJunkie

          I would agree, he has put up some pretty solid numbers in Low A especially for a catcher, if he can improve his defense his stock will be in for a massive uptick.

        • The Big 3


        • mbonzo

          There is a case to be made for him, but I think last year was mostly based on hype. BA might realize that and drop him a lot.

      • Ghost

        Z-Almonte, is not even a top ten prospect in the Yankees farm system, let alone top 100 prospect in baseball. Heathcott is a better long shot in my mind. Wouldn’t be surprised if Romine doesn’t make it seeing as he has put up essentially the same season he did a year ago while repeating the level. The power wasn’t there either this year.

  • mike myers

    you forgot the 3rd “b”


    /early 90’s joke

  • YankeesJunkie

    While Marshall has not necessarily broken out as some people have projected he has not only put up some very respectable numbers in High A, but has a career high of nearly 140 innings. He is still very young and I look forward to see if he can make strides to make him status jump when he moves up to AA considering what is left of the Killer B’s will most likely be up with the Yankees earlier rather than sooner.

  • Addison

    “Can confirm he will NOT.”

    Who the f*ck is Mike Ashmore, and why would I take his word for anything?

    I can confirm Graham Stoneburner’s name is on the preliminary roster of players the Yankees have submitted to the AFL as possible participants.

    How do I know this?

    Come out to the Arizona for the Fall League and introduce yourself.

    • Skip

      Well as for your first question – Mike Ashmore is a very well respected beat writer covering the Trenton Thunder. He always has good articles about prospects and insights from people like Damon Oppenheimer and Brian Cashman when they are around the park. He’s not some random shmuck.

      As for the second part, I guess the only way to truly tell is to see who actually plays or not. Maybe he’s on a preliminary roster of possible players but that’s far from finalized.

      • YankeesJunkie

        I am definitely a little surprised not to see him on the AFL team for the Yankees as he not only a good prospect, but had an injury preventing him from pitching the whole season. If he is able to shape back into form next year he could be making an impact for the Yankees sooner rather than later.

    • mbonzo

      If you don’t know who Mike Ashmore is, you don’t know enough about the Thunder to comment on Stoneburner.

    • http://twitter.com/rebeccapbp Squishy Jello Person

      Mike Ashmore’s been doing his shit for almost a decade now. One of the most experienced guys on the MiLB beat.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Ms. Person,

        Since you are experienced at writing, well at that might I add, can you explain the life of a MILB beat writer let alone a writer such as yourself. Your work here and Mike Ashmore’s work at Trenton has been tremendous so that is why I ask such a broad question.


    • pat

      So what makes your confirmation more binding than his? He definitely could have been on a preliminary list but was told tonight by the organization he won’t be making the trip. You sound like a complete condescending douche btw.

    • Ghost

      I stopped taking you serious after “Who the f*ck is Mike Ashmore, and why would I take his word for anything?”

  • reed

    i think if we are going to let betances and banuelos pitch for us, we could temporarily put them in the bullpen for this season. But if we do the same next year, i don’t want us to put them in the rotation after putting them as relievers in the beginning. Other wise the same thing will happen to them most likely that happened to joba chamberlain. Its ashame what happend to joba.He could have been the closer to suceed rivera and would have been great at it.
    THis not happening is a direct result of what we did to him in the 2008 season. When we drafted him he was 100% recovered from his college surgery and was a stud. I know its easier to develop relievers than starters so it was worth giving him a shot but not the way they did in 2008.

  • reed

    And man what happened to chris cabrera this year. he’s going to 20 years old next year and he’s not even in the gulf coast yet! anybody know why?

    • YankeeGrunt

      He had some sort of weird injury, a rib removal or something like that. He pitched at DSL and didn’t fare as well as he did last year, probably still recovering. We’ll see if he comes north in the spring.