Austin’s bat drives Charleston to another win

Pettitte throws four scoreless in latest minor league start
Game Nine: Jackie Robinson Day

Triple-A Empire State (7-2 loss to Syracuse)
2B Kevin Russo, DH Jack Cust & RF Dewayne Wise: both 0-4 — Cust and Wise both struck out twice
SS Doug Bernier: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
3B Steve Pearce: 2-4 — 12 for his last 33 (.364)
1B Brandon Laird: 1-4, 1 2B — seven hits in his last 24 at-bats (.292), and five of them are doubles
CF Colin Curtis: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Craig Tatum: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 PB
LF Ray Kruml: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 50 of 75 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
RHP Jason Bulger: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (52.8%)
SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 25 of 39 pitches were strikes (64.1%) … he pitched exclusively left-handed today for an unknown reason
LHP Mike O’Connor: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GB/FB — eight of 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Akron)
LF Dan Brewer: 0-4, 1 K
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
RF Zoilo Almonte & 1B Luke Murton: both 0-3 — Almonte walked and stole a base … Murton whiffed
DH Cody Johnson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — got picked off first … four hits in his last seven at-bats
C Jose Gil, 2B Addison Maruszak & SS Walt Ibarra: all 1-3 — Gil drove in a run … Maruszak walked and committed a fielding error
RHP Craig Heyer: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 55 of 80 pitches were strikes (68.8%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 19 of 34 pitches were strikes (55.9%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — five pitches, two strikes
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 11 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (6-1 win over Clearwater)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 1-5, 2 K
2B Kelvin Castro & 3B Zach Wilson: both 0-4 — Wilson threw a ball away for an error
LF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — first walk(s) in eight games, pretty uncharacteristic
RF Rob Segedin: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB — threw a runner out at the plate … 13 for his last 30 (.433) with two doubles and two homers
1B Kyle Roller & C J.R. Murphy: both 0-3, 1 R — Roller got hit by a pitch and struck out … Murphy drew a walk and allowed two passed balls
DH Neil Medchill: 3-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
SS Jose Mojica: 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 K — nine for his last 17 (.529)
LHP Andy Pettitte: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7/0 GB/FB — had more on his start earlier
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 7/2 GB/FB — another nice outing

Low-A Charleston (7-5 win over Rome)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI — that’s four straight two-hit games
SS Cito Culver: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
DH Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R — still waiting on the first homer, but that’ll come
RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB — 12 for his last 23 (52.2%) with four doubles, two triples, and three homers … dude is out of his mind right now, pretty much the only batter more locked in at the moment is Matt Kemp
LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
1B Rey Nunez, 3B Casey Stevenson & 2B Anderson Feliz: all 1-4 — Nunez doubled, drove in a run, and struck out twice … Stevenson committed a throwing error … Feliz scored and struck out
C Francisco Arcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP Will Oliver: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6/3 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Mariel Checo: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Pedro Guerra: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/2 GB/FB

Pettitte throws four scoreless in latest minor league start
Game Nine: Jackie Robinson Day
  • IE

    At what point does Tyler Austin get promoted to Tampa so he can face pitchers who are a bit more sophisticated?

    • Havok9120

      I dunno how the Yankees will handle it, but I would think it’d be at least 2 or 3 more weeks before that comes up. He’s hot, and that’s nice, but it looks even better than it is because its out of the gate.

      • jjyank

        Agreed generally, but I think there is a point to be made to separate Austin and Bichette to see what kind of defender Austin is at third.

        • http://none Bernard

          I agree totally with jjyank!

        • Havok9120

          Oh, yes. Most certainly. That’s why the best case all along has been to get one of them going for a month or so and then promote them so that they can both try their hand at 3B.

    • Larch

      My guess is 150 AB. Anyone want to take the over or under?

    • Steve S.

      There’s no rush, but if their long term plans are to play him at 3B then you may want to push him up a level so he can get his reps defensively.

      His best spot would be at 3B, that lines up nicely for him or Bichette to take over for Alex in a few years. His bat may be a little light for 1B.

      • Ted Nelson

        He has beautiful balance swinging the bat, a really stable core. (He and Sanchez have the best swings of the Yankees’ prospects to me easily.) I think he’s got a chance to be a very good MLB hitter. Still pretty young, should add strength.

  • DM

    Ramon Flores had a tough day.

    • Havok9120

      I meant to point that out too, but forgot about it.

    • Rebecca

      Totally. Feel bad for the kis ;)

    • Plank

      Ramon Flores has always seemed like the forgotten prospect to me. He is as young as the other crop at A- and has had superior numbers. He got promoted faster and is currently one of the youngest players in the FSL. He held his own last year as a 19 year old in A-.

      • Ted Nelson

        I think it’s mostly his size as a corner OF. I’m a fan and think that he might have the skill to overcome it, but I can see why it’s a concern.

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Did we ever get an explanation for why they moved Austin? Was it as simple as Bichette also needing to play 3B? Because a guy who can hit enough and play both RF and 3B would be extremely valuable even if only for a few pre-peak years. A-Rod could man the position so long as he’s hitting enough, but a kid that could step in where needed is money in the bank.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, it was Dante and him both sharing a position and them not wanting to rotate them all over the place.

  • SamVa

    Question, have an opportunity to go see Trenton play, who should I try to see pitch?

    I think this is the right place to post something like that. If not, i’m sorry.

    • Havok9120

      It is, but I honestly have no idea. If no one answers, try the Game Thread or Open Thread tonight. You’ll get an answer.

    • Havok9120

      Ohhhh. I forgot Marshall was down there. He might be your best bet.

    • Bizzle

      Yea, Marshall would be your best bet to see a decent prospect (the rest of the rotation is just filler)….OR you could see if they schedule Andy to pitch there in the coming weeks. He does need 4 more starts, so it’s conceivable 1 might be in Trenton.

    • Tags

      Not much great pitching in Trenton this season. Most hyped guy would be Brett Marshall but he had a bad outing last time. I have tickets for Sat and the Thunder have been sending emails that Pettitte could line up for a start this weekend.

  • Countryclub

    Austin’s HR came in the 9th with 2 out.

    • Havok9120

      Sweet. SITUATIONAL HITTING!!1!one

      Unless of course we were already up a run and it was a solo shot. Then he’s just another Nick Swisher and we should probably trade him now. Damn stat-padders making people think our offense is actually good when it isn’t.

      • jjyank

        Garbage time!!!111onezzz!!!!

        Seriously though, screw that meme. I’ve had enough arguments about that.

        • Havok9120

          I enjoy it and “rally killing” HRs as Yankee memes.

    • Steve S.

      Doing his best Scott Broscius.

  • kenthadley

    I’d say Marshall…he’s not performing the best but might have the highest ceiling…after that Hall.

    • kenthadley

      meant for SamVa

  • Ari Gold

    Austin,Mason, and Sanchez are absolutely killing it. Right now more so Austin but damn that’s tough. If Cito can ever get going then that 1-4 is just absolutely dynamic.

    • Havok9120

      Dante Jr. too. That lineup is going nuts right now.

  • Plank

    I get the impression they are testing Veditte to see what he is capable of. I bet he pitches in the Bronx at some point this season if he does okay in AAA.

    • Plank


    • Kvothe

      Maybe they told him to work on LHP because it represents the best chance he has of making it to the bigs? Or maybe his right arm wasn’t feeling well.

      • Plank

        His right arm had an appointment with Dr. James Andrews while his left arm was winning baseball games.

        • Steve S.


          • Havok9120

            I still have no idea what that means.

            • JohnnyC

              I Enjoyed That Comment.

              • Havok9120


  • Naved

    Venditte could come to the Bronx. Got to give at least a shot. Can’t believe he already made it all the way to AAA.

    • JohnnyC

      Already? He’s a college senior draftee who’s in his fifth year in the organization. He’ll be 27 in June.

      • Havok9120

        I was about to say….

  • Mike R.

    Most importantly according to BR Sanchez has thrown out 36% of base stealers with ZERO passed balls.

    • jjyank

      This is good. Anyone have any links to scouting reports on Sanchez’s defense? I know he is projected to be decent, but had a lot of problems last year. That is pretty much the extent of my knowledge though.

      • Havok9120

        No links. All I’ve heard are vaugeries about how he’s made a ton of progress.

  • Joe

    So if they were to redo last years draft how high I’d you think Dante would go? Top 25 maybe?

    Second, when is this years draft?


    • Mike Axisa

      I’m not sure if he’d made top 25, last year’s draft was stacked. Maybe 30-35 range. The draft is the first full week of June.

  • Joe

    Kevin Russo has a strange line right now .273/.265/.303 he is getting the ball on the bat which was a problem for him last year. he has only 1K in 33AB this year but 0BB. He must have a new approach at the plate. The Yankees told him to be more aggresive at the plate I heard, and he is hacking this year. You said yesterday he is a Singles Machine is that bad? What do you see for him this year?

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Remember seeing Nova lines in DOTF and paying as much attention to them as we probably pay to lines from guys like Heyer and Arbiso now? It was always “yeah the Yanks say they like this guy, but the results have really never been there, so we’ll see, he seems to have uninspiring results every time out.”

    Development, man.

    • GoGoPlatter

      Zolio Almonte is the honorary Ivan Nova Award recipient at this time.

  • Kevin

    Wow…Ramon Flores had the worst day in the history in baseball. Dont think we ever will see a player go 0-25 again!

  • Bryan

    How old is Austin? It is great to see him destroying the Sally league like that.

  • bpdelia

    As for venditte I wonder if he finally went to management and said “ive been basically the most effective reliever on every team youve sent me to. Ive, watched guys with half the success get promoted ahead if me. What do I have TO DO TO GET A SHOT?” And mngmt told him, you don’t throw hard enough. Your left arm is your only chance. You can be an ml loogy but you need to start focusing ALL YOUR REPS on the left arm to overcome the development time wasted on your 86,mph right arm.

    I don’t particularly agree but I could see that scenario.

    …….or his right arm was a bit tight. Dude must be getting frustrated. He knows hes no uber prospect but all he has done is get guys out. He must look at the loogy slop in mlb and think he deserves a shot. I agree with him.