Sanchez homers in Charleston win

Yankees will release Randy Flores tomorrow
CC battles through eight in win over ChiSox

Jorge Vazquez was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week while Preston Claiborne was dubbed the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. Randy Flores, meanwhile, will be released tomorrow.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (4-2 loss to Lehigh Valley) makeup of a May 19th rain out
Kevin Russo, 2B & Mike Lamb, DH: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Russo doubled … Lamb whiffed
Greg Golson, CF, Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: all 0 for 3 – Golson walked and whiffed twice … JoVa and Laird struck out once … Vazquez also committed a fielding error
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – the RBI single came off a rehabbing big leaguer, a brand name
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Austin Krum, LF & Doug Bernier, SS: both 1 for 3 – Krum drove in a run
Pants Lendleton, RHP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1-8 GB/FB – 45 of 76 pitches were strikes (59.2%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1-3 GB/FB – 13 of 20 pitches were strikes (65%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 16 of 28 pitches were strikes (57.1%)

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (4-1 win over Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, LF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 K – threw a runner out at first … helluva day
Greg Golson, CF, Jesus Montero, DH, Jorge Vazquez, 1B, Brandon Laird, 3B & Luis Nunez, 2B: all 1 for 3 – Golson scored a run and struck out twice … Montero doubled, drove in a run, and struck out twice … JoVa doubled and drove in two … Laird committed a throwing error … Nunez doubled and drove in one
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Gus Molina, C & Doug Bernier, SS: both 0 for 3  – Molina struck out twice, Bernier onceorge Kontos, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 4-3 GB/FB – 41 of 57 pitches were strikes (71.9%) … 76-22 K/BB in 72 IP
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 14 of 21 pitches were strikes
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – ten pitches, seven strikes

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa (7-4 loss to Charlotte)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Dan Brewer, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K – movin’ on up the rehab ladder
David Adams, 2B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – really wishing he hadn’t gotten hurt, he can really hit
Kyle Roller, DH: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Cody Johnson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – beast modin’ it
Mitch Abeita, C & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Abeita committed an error on a pickoff
Emerson Landoni, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB – movin’ on up the rehab ladder
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 14-2 K/BB in his last 14 IP
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2.2, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB – wins Pitcher of the Week, then melts down spectacularly in the ninth
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP

Low-A Charleston (9-8 win over Asheville)
Jose Toussen, 3B & Taylor Grote, DH: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Toussen stole a base, drove in a run, and committed a throwing error … Grote doubled
Anderson Feliz, 2B, Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 1 for 5, 1 R – Feliz committed a throwing error … Mahoney dove in a run and whiffed … DeLeon struck out twice
Shane Brown, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Gary Sanchez, C: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – second homer in five games
Mike Ferraro, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Vidal Nuno, LHP: 4 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2-2 GB/FB – just up from Staten Island … 34-3 K/BB in 29 IP
Michael Recchia, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3-2 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB – just four strikeouts in his last 5.1 IP … what gives?

Short Season Staten Island (5-0 win over Jamestown)
Mason Williams, CF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS – nine for his last 25 (.360)
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4
Ben Gamel, DH, Angelo Gumbs, 2B & Reymond Nunez, 1B: all 2 for 4, 1 2B – Gamel drove in two … Gumbs scored a run … Nunez scored and struck out twice
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 4, 3 K
Ali Castillo, 3B & Nick McCoy, C: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Castillo scored a run
Bobby Rinard, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Will Oliver, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6-3 GB/FB
Matt Tracy, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – there’s his first walk of the season, after 21 strikeouts and 17 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-0 win over GCL Tigers)
Claudio Custodio, SS, Matt Duran, 1B, Jackson Valera, DH & Danny Lopez, LF: all 0 for 3 – Custodio walked, struck out twice, got picked off first, and committed a fielding error … Duran drove in a run and struck out … Lopez whiffed
Jose Rosario, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 SB, 1 HBP
Isaias Tejeda, C: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – up to .365/.460/.596 on the season
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) – 28 for his last 46 (.609) with five doubles, a triple, and three homers
Yeicok Calderon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K – ten game hitting streak
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – now has more doubles + triples (nine) than homers (eight)
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8-3 GB/FB – easily the best start of his young career
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Corey Maines, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Yankees will release Randy Flores tomorrow
CC battles through eight in win over ChiSox
  • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

    mike, what are your thoughts on pinder? possibly a fast-moving reliever?

    and what about vidal nuno? i know nothing about him, but a lefty with those stats has to be at least intriguing, no?

    and lastly, how about mikey obrien, what a performance today. what are your thoughts on him?

    • Mike Axisa

      I don’t know much about Pinder, but I do know he throws hard and that’s good enough for me. Nuno’s just an org guy, he’s way old for the level. O’Brien’s legit, small guy that relies on command, but he’s legit.

  • RIP Irabu

    Scouting report on this Nuno kid?

  • xnyles

    Gary Killing them.

  • I Voted 4 Kodos

    Bichette is putting up video game numbers. 2 – 4 with a steal and 2 RBI is almost a meh game for him right now.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Worst draft pick ever ;)

      • Avi

        Yes I agree. It was one of the worst picks ever.

        • Ted Nelson

          You’re really still going on about how a player I’m willing to bet you had never once seen play before the draft was a bad pick because Baseball America ranked him #109? While the kid is still a teenager?

        • pete

          yeah man. Baseball America and Keith Law know SOOO much more about prospects than ML scouting departments.

    • SD Charlie

      Seriously! At .609 over his last 45 AB’s or so, 2-4 is more than .100 points below that! I sure hope he keeps killing it. It’ll be fun to watch him over the next couple years.

  • Cy Pettitte

    where’s JR Murphy been?

    • Zach

      injured :(

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Supposedly he’s out for the year.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    With those AB’s Tejeda can now qualify for the GCL batting title.

  • Xstar7

    Dante ONLY had 2 hits? Bust.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He also made an error. Release him.

    • SDM

      Only 2 rbi’s and a K, DFA!!!

    • Sayid J.

      This never gets old…

      Oh wait.

      • Xstar7

        Haven’t you heard? Getting old is the new black.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Randy Flores, meanwhile, will be released tomorrow. (safe)

  • joe

    Mike, do you see Russo getting one more shot before seasons end? He’s been on fire since start of july and really all season after that awful start. He plays 2B,3B, Of and can play SS in a pinch. He has proven he could handle Aaa he’s a .300 hitter there in 3 seasons. What are your thoughts I feel he could still be a nice piece in september

    • nycsportzfan

      thee obvious guy he reminds me of is Jeff Keppinger.. I’ve said a zillion times on the Yank MB that he desrves a 2nd chance, as hes a 100times better then PENA, and he really does, if not with us, then with some one else.. Its funny how these guys lose steam as soon as they get a certain age, almost like nothing he can do to get his status of even a decent prospect back.. His only chance would be to get his 2nd chance with us and show something to someone else while getting it…
      Jordan Parraz is another guy.. Both Parraz and Russo are the kinda players the Yanks actually lack… Good “HITTERS” that won’t go in huge pro-longed slumps, are very professional and won’t make stupid mistakes often..

      How about George Kontos? Theres another guy i’ve been high on, because the guy projected as a mid-rotation inn eater before injuries, and is absoulutley back, and has strikeout stuff, and a really smart kid as well, being from Northwestern and all.. I mean, u got just about every kinda prospect u can think of in this farm system..

      • Ted Nelson

        It goes beyond just the stats with minor leaguers. Organizations actually watch them play, they don’t just look through the box scores and season stats. If the guy can’t recognize off-speed pitches, can’t hit the better pitchers in the league and only beats up on the scrubs, haven’t improved the skills that they lacked at MLB previously, etc. they might see something that you and I don’t see in the box score stats which suggests they will not succeed in MLB.

        “Both Parraz and Russo are the kinda players the Yanks actually lack… Good “HITTERS” that won’t go in huge pro-longed slumps”

        Seriously? A. You think the Yankees lack good hitters? B. You think that Russo and Parraz will be immune to prolonged slumps at the MLB level?

  • Jake H

    Evan Rutckyj great job. I’m hoping he goes to Low A next year.

  • Zach

    Do you folks think J.C. Romero will be up for Boston?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Oh, are we playing Boston soon? I was not aware of that, I don’t think anyone mentioned it.

      • Zach

        How do you think they will make room?

        • Mister Delaware


  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    GCL only scored 4? Something’s seriously wrong…

  • Guest

    When Murphy’s healthy, the Yanks have some depth at the C position:

    AAA: Montero
    AA: Romine
    High-A: JR Murphy
    Low-A: Sanchez

    Right now, I think its very possible that all 4 of them will be MLers. Pretty impressive stuff.

    • Kevin D.

      We also have Kyle Higashioka down with Sanchez in Low-A. He is not a can’t miss prospect but I think he is pretty solid. A nice backup catcher maybe.

    • Xstar7

      You could even add the GCL Yanks’ Isaias Tejeda to that list.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It’s the GCL…we should relax a bit on GCL stats.

        • Xstar7

          Right. That’s why I stated he “could” be included and not “should.”

        • Ted Nelson

          Doing well in GCL isn’t a sign of greatness or anything, but from a fan/observer’s perspective it certainly increases the odds of that player doing well at higher levels than if they struggle in GCL.

    • Zach
    • Nuke Ladoosh

      What? No love for Cervelli?

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I wonder when Kontos will be up. I think he’ll be in line for a September call-up along with Manny. Romero and Montero should be up soon I’m sure. I think Golson is probably the only other name that may be called up.

  • Skip

    What do we think Tejada’s ceiling is? I mean, he doesn’t exactly have the HR numbers, but his OPS is very comparable to Sanchez’s numbers last year in the GCL. I can’t wait to see an actual scouting report on him. Yet another high ceiling catcher in the system is crazy.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      Mike Piazza with a better glove or A-Rod at catcher.

      /someone had to go there

    • Gonzo

      Consider that Sanchez put up similar #’s when he was 2 years younger. Does that change things?

      • Skip

        Yes it does, I didn’t realize the age gap. Thanks. Wow, Sanchez was a baby last year, huh?

        Still – maybe there’s potential there for Tejada.

        • Gonzo

          Oh no, I still think he’s a prospect. I just don’t think he’s jumping into any top 100 lists this year.

  • Guest

    It appears that Cervelli has become CC’s “personal catcher.” I wonder if this means that Jesus will now definitely not come up until September 1.

    I doubt they will carry three catchers and I can’t see
    Girardi breaking up the CC/Cervelli battery (Not that I agree…something tells me CC doesn’t need Cervelli to be great).

    • Jack Merridew

      Word from earlier in the day was that Montero would be up very soon. And he can’t get here soon enough. Cervelli and Posada are just awful. Montero is an upgrade.

    • NHYankeesFan

      I dont think CC has a personal catcher. Joe Girardi just likes to rest the starters when CC pitches. I expect Montero to be up before Friday

      • Delaware – Ralph

        I hope you are right, especially when you say BEFORE friday. I would rather his first game not being thrown into the rivalry in Fenway. Let him get his feet wet first.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    hope montero comes up this week, doubt they do it tomorrow though, day after a dh

    • Alfredo

      It might be tomorrow because Jeter is Coming back to the lineup tomorrow.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Whenever Montero comes up who does he catch? Martin has hasn’t been lighting it up but he has been good behind the plate.

  • mason

    Montero’s double was a bomb that hit about half-way up the right field wall. He’s going to get a bunch off easy homers in Yankee Stadium.

    • Avi

      Call him up already!!
      Even if he’s as bad as Posada this year he should be up. The Yanks need to get him ML at bats if only to prepare him for next season. Unless you intend on bringing back Posada or signing a Lance Berkman for about $10M, Montero’s the DH next year. CALL HIM UP!!!

  • Pants Lendelton

    I don’t think Montero will be called up till September or till Scranton’s season is over. At earliest to be honest. Especially with #13’s return around the corner.

    • crawdaddie

      I agree with you, we’re in for a long month of whining about Montero.

      • Ted Nelson

        And it won’t stop there… every time he has an O-fer there will be incessant whining about how the Yankees’ organization is stupid and can’t develop players and Jesus is a bust, etc., etc.

  • Paul Gibson’s Glasses

    Will the Yankees reward Bichette with a late season call up to Staten Island.

    • Will


  • Phil

    What are the chances that Bichette plays in Charleston next year? It’d be nice for him to get into some full season ball.

    • Troll Killer

      Easy buddy he can wait for Charleston.

  • Avi

    Have to be excited about what Mason Williams has done. A center fielder with elite speed, a sound swing and already hitting for power with a lot of projection left as he fills out. I think we’ll see him crack a lot of top 100 prospect lists this offseason.
    My early guess is the Yanks have 6 top 100 prospects on most lists this offseason. Montero (if he doesn’t get 130 ML AB’s), Banuelos, Betances, Sanchez, Romine and Mason.

    • pat

      Sanchez will fall out of the Top 100. Hitting .235 will do that to you.

      • Avi

        I don’t think so. He’s a high profile international signing playing catcher in the SAL as an 18 year old and showing good power. He’ll be in the top 100, probably in the last third.

    • Ted Nelson

      But, Avi, I thought that the Yankees had no idea how to draft???

      Mason Williams was the #145 prospect according to BA in a weaker draft, while Bichette was #109 in what was considered maybe the strongest draft ever… how can you stand by your stance that BA’s pre-draft rankings are the only thing that matters when drafting and then turn around and complement a guy they ranked lower than Bichette?

  • E

    I misread Bichette’s line as “he went 2 for 4 with five doubles, a triple, and three homers.” That doesn’t seem unreasonable.

    • MikeD

      He’s hot enough right now that he just might do that.

  • nycsportzfan

    ANyone catch Jimmy Paredes get the big hit for HOUSTON last night? He was the 2ndbasemen in the deal for Berkman last yr.. Melancon got either the WIN or Save as well.. I liked Paredes, seemeed like a guy who could do alittle bit of everything and hit for AVG, with some speed, and switch hit, kinda reminds me of a Denard Span type offensive player..

    • V

      You’re trolling, right?

      Paredes could barely muster a .700 OPS in AA. He’s not a major leaguer. The Astros don’t count.

    • Skip

      Good for them. I always like to see former Yankees players do well. It definitely builds up the reputation of our farm system.

      In the early to mid-2000’s, the whole narrative was that everything Yankees related was overrated and that our prospects were puffed up because of the big media coverage and New York hubris. It’s kind of true when you look at the “top flight” prospects we gave up for Randy Johnson, which included Dioneer Navarro (but not Cano or Wang, who Arizona just didn’t like…whatever).

      Now, though, we have solid contributors everywhere. Melancon just never had a solid chance, unfortunately. I think that’s one case of Joe Girardi being like Torre and not using guys at the back end of the bullpen (though I think Girardi has generally been fantastic with BP management in his time as manager).

      Melancon and Clippard are the two recent trades that we probably could take back because they would be useful pieces on our team. IPK too, but that’s a question mark of how he’d do in the AL East.

      Others, like AJax were given up because Granderson is better. Karstens, McCutchen, etc just wouldn’t fit into our lineup. The previous narrative changed when we have players like Joba, Hughes, Robertson, Cano and Gardner in our lineup. I think Paredes just wouldn’t have a spot there.

  • SRB

    I agree w/ the postings about Mason Williams- Just finished watching him in a 3 game series in Batavia- Hit to all fields against both lefties and righties- Can fly and seems to have good baseball sense- All the focus was on the return “home” of Cito Culver but this guy really shone

    • ColoYank

      Thanks for the eyewitness account.

  • infernoscurse

    I want a Yeicock Watch

  • JD

    I don’t understand at all why Dante is not at Staten Island already.