Austin’s bat powers Charleston to win

Saturday Night Open Thread
Angels rough up Hughes in blowout

David Adams has been battling a stiff neck, and now he’s on the DL. Like I said the other day, at least it’s not his ankle. Luke Murton takes his roster spot.

Triple-A Empire State (6-3 win over Syracuse) first “home” game of the season, this one in Syracuse
LF Kevin Russo: 2-4, 2 RBI — not hitting for much power, but he’s a singles machine
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-5, 1 K — just two singles and two walks in seven games
1B Steven Pearce & SS Ramiro Pena: both 0-2, 1 R — Pearce walked twice and struck out twice … Pena walked and got hit by a pitch
DH Jack Cust: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — six for his last 12
CF Dewayne Wise: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — still hittin’
3B Brandon Laird: 1-4
RF Colin Curtis: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K
2B Doug Bernier: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — nine for his last 23 (.391)
RHP Adam Warren: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 10/5 GB/FB — 57 of 89 pitches were strikes (64.4%) … picked a runner off first … much, much better than his first start
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%)
RHP Cody Eppley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-5 loss to Akron)
RF Abe Almonte, LF Dan Brewer & DH Zoilo Almonte: all 0-4 — Zoilo whiffed once, the other two guys twice
2B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS — three two-hit games in his last four contests
CF Melky Mesa: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB — had three hits in his previous 22 at-bats
1B Luke Murton & 3B Kevin Mahoney: both 1-4 — Murton drove in a run and struck out three times … Mahoney scored a run and whiffed
C Jeff Farnham & SS Addison Maruszak: both 1-3 — Farnham walked, scored, struck out, and allowed a passed ball … Maruszak doubled and drove in two
LHP Josh Romanski: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1 Balk, 7/4 GB/FB — 46 of 86 pitches were strikes (53.5%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (57.7%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 22 of 43 pitches were strikes (51.2%) … 11 strikeouts in seven innings so far

High-A Tampa (8-0 win over Daytona)
CF Eduardo Sosa & 1B Kyle Roller: both 0-3 — Sosa drew two walks and scored twice … Roller walked and whiffed
2B Jose Toussen, LF Ramon Flores & RF Rob Segedin: all 2-5 — Toussen scored twice, drove in a run, and struck out … Flores scored, drove in a run, and struck out … Segedin drove in three, scored a run, and struck out twice
C Hector Rabago: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH Neil Medchill & 3B Garrison Lassiter: both 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — Medchill doubled and drove in a run … Lassiter struck out in his season debut
SS Jose Mojica: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 1/8 GB/FB — one of the biggest arms in the system
LHP Aaron Dott: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 9 K in 5.1 IP

Low-A Charleston (8-5 win over Rome)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B
SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — still waiting for that first homer, but the kid is raking
DH Tyler Austin: 4-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — dude is out of his mind right now … he’s got ten hits in his last 19 at-bats (.526) and eight of those hits have gone for extra bases: four doubles, two triples, two homers … hitting .429/.429/1.000 right now
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
1B Rey Nunez: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first
RHP Scottie Allen: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/5 GB/FB — that’s … better
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K3/1 GB/FB

Saturday Night Open Thread
Angels rough up Hughes in blowout
  • Larch

    When does Tyler Austin become a thing?

    • Havok9120

      When he does it outside of Low-A. Same time everyone else should.

      It’ll happen before then though, unfortunately.

  • Derrick

    Batted 400 in Gcl, about 350 in staten island, and now full season. Find him a position NOW.

    • http://none Bernard

      And to think that Tyler Austin was a 13th round pick in 2010!

    • crawdaddie

      He has a position, RF.

      • Samuel

        And was drafted as a catcher (played there in HS), played 1B and 3B last season. The versatility and lack of ego when being moved around is refreshing.

  • V

    I have to wonder how Warren and Mitchell feel about Phelps’ success with the big club. His making the team, and his success since making the team, has to bode well for their prospects to be major leaguers. Seems like the club knows their value.

    • AC

      Thckub knows there value but Girardi stated today in post that he doesn’t consider him a starter. I hope they don’t deal this kid. So much hype on Banuelos n Betances I hope they realized what they have in Mitchell , Warren and Phelps. To me Ohelps looks better than Hughes and throwing as hard as him too 93.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Did I miss something about Romine?

    • Plank

      He’s on the DL for his back. It seems like he’ll be out a while. As soon as he went down, they traded for Chris Stewart.

  • Charles R.

    Hi Mike! What do you mean by Zach Nuding being “one of the biggest arms” in the system? Does he project to be a frontline starter if all goes well? Really don’t know much about the kid. Thanks and keep up the good work with the blog! – From an avid NYY fan from the Philippines

  • Pete Law

    Went to the AAA in Syracuse. Warren looked sharp and the runner he picked off at first was Bryce Harper.

    On another note, Jack Cust absolutely murders the baseball.

  • jeb

    If Austin continues to produce at a high rate and perhaps walk a little more, I wonder if they’d move him up to Tampa and let him see more time at 3B. I remember that Law was high on his defense at 3B after Austin showed some serious improvements

    • Havok9120

      That was the preseason best case scenario for him. I’m hoping that that’s what happens. Separating him and Dante so we can see which looks like a 3Bman and which needs to be moved would be nice.

  • infernoscurse

    can we promote the charleston bats to the bigs and send ours to the minors or dfa?

  • mustang

    I see Dante stop sharing his hit with Culver.


  • Danny

    Mike, Austin projects as a .300 15 HR 15 SB guy right ? Sounds like an ideal #2 hitter …

    Looking at some MLB player comparisons

    Martin Prado type of #’s ? with a ceiling of an Alex Gordon type year in his prime ? Anywhere on point with this or completely off ?

    • pat

      Picture Herman Ruth but with some power, or even Theodore Williams but with a better eye.

  •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

    Bichette, Mason, and Austin are playing pretty damn well right now.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Adams might have the Nick Johnson disorder where even minor maladies turn into extended DL stints and ‘what might have been’ becomes the dominant theme.

    • Plank

      It’s not limited to Nick Johnson. Followers of 29 other teams have never heard of David Adams. Every team has one, or a few. It could just as easily be called Jeremy Bleich disease.

      • Steve

        I believe the medical term is Bleich’s Blight.

  • Leg-End

    Monty picks up where he left off last season, still mowing them down.

  • Samuel

    Tyler Austin is the real deal with the bat, and will alwys hit wherever he goes. Saw him a bunch of times in Staten Island.

    Yankees absolutely did the right tihing by making the switch with him to corner OF, where they are severely lacking in overall depth. He is very athletic and should have no difficulties in the position switch.

    Simply a great kid with a good swing and very hard working.

  • J. Scott

    The guy at Pinstripes Plus [Patrick] says Austin looks like a natural in RF. Catches the ball and has a strong throwing arm.