Banuelos implodes in win; Austin homers twice

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Sabathia, Phillips, 2B, Robertson

Jose Campos headlined today’s Future Shock after last night’s dominant performance. “[If] he stays healthy, he’s likely an easy Top 101 prospect next year” wrote Kevin Goldstein. You need a subscription to read the entire piece.

Got some roster moves: RHP Chase Whitley, UTIL Kevin Mahoney, and LHP Francisco Rondon have all been promoted. C Gus Molina, 1B Rob Lyerly, and IF Jose Pirela have all been placed on the DL. C Jeff Farnham was activated off the phantom DL.

Triple-A Empire State (7-2 win over Buffalo)
2B Kevin Russo: 2-5
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K — .087/.160/.087 so far
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — .333/.419/.481 so far
DH Jack Cust: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
RF Dewayne Wise: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — been rakin’ since the day he got here, Spring Training included
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing) — five for his last 17 (.294) with three doubles, two walks, and one strikeout
CF Colin Curtis: 0-1, 1 R, 5 BB — that’s a new franchise record for walks in a game
SS Ramiro Pena & LF Ray Kruml: both 1-4 — Pena drove in a run and struck out … Kruml doubled, drove in two, and whiffed twice
LHP Manny Banuelos: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB — just 36 of 74 pitches were strikes (48.6%) … total disaster, the worst start of his career … if you’re looking for a silver lining, Ben Badler says reports indicate that his stuff is still lively, it’s just location
SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, six strikes
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/4 GB/FB — 27 of 53 pitches were strikes (50.9%)
RHP Cody Eppley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (58.5%)
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — seven of eleven pitches were strikes … capped off a great day of bullpen work

Double-A Trenton (6-1 loss to Akron)
DH Abe Almonte, LF Dan Brewer, CF Melky Mesa & 1B Addison Maruszak: all 0-4 — Almonte, Mesa, and Maruszak struck out once each … Brewer committed a throwing error while Mesa threw a runner out at second
3B Ronnie Mustelier & 2B Kevin Mahoney: both 2-4 — Mustelier drove in a run … Mahoney struck out twice
RF Zoilo Almonte & C Jose Gil: both 0-3, 1 BB — Almonte struck out thrice and committed a throwing error … Gil allowed a passed ball
SS Walt Ibarra: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B
RHP Brett Marshall: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 50 of 90 pitches were strikes (55.6%) … he started slowly last year as well before ratcheting it up in May
RHP Michael Dubee: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — only eight of his 21 pitches went for strikes (38.1%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 27 pitches were strikes (51.9%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (52.8%)

High-A Tampa (5-4 win over Daytona)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — five for his last 14 (.357)
2B Kelvin Castro: 1-5, 1 CS
LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 K — three for his last 17 (.176)
RF Rob Segedin: 1-3, 1 R. 1 HBP
1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C J.R. Murphy: 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — those are his first two extra-base hits of the season
3B Zach Wilson: 0-4, 1 K
DH Neil Medchill: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 3-3, 1 R, 1 BB
RHP Shane Greene: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 9/2 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch)
LHP Kramer Sneed: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 9/2 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (9-3 win over Rome) they faced a rehabbing Tim Hudson for the second time in a week
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB — in his 31st plate appearances of the season, he finally struck out for the first time
SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 2 K — .045/.200/.045 so far
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — .345/.367/.448 so far
RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI — both homers came off the bullpen, not Hudson
LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
DH Anderson Feliz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — hits in half of his last 16 at-bats
C Francisco Arcia: 1-4, 1 2B
RHP Caleb Cotham: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8/2 GB/FB — I’ll say it again, I’m glad they have him started after he missed all that time due to injury
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GB/FB — one baserunner and nine strikeouts in six innings so far
RHP Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Sabathia, Phillips, 2B, Robertson
  • Plank

    Cito Culver needs to stop taking batting tips from Cervelli.

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      Cito Culver needs to focus on his strong side.

      • All Praise Be To Mo

        He has a strong side? That’s like saying Kevin Youkilis makes up for his looks with a great personality.

  • .zip file

    Methinks Frankie Cervelli is not taking his demotion too well so far…

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      Me thinks they should have traded him when folks thought he was a starter.

      • Plank

        The season is a week old.

      • Steve (different one)

        Yes, I’m sure the yanks blew a chance on a huge return by not trading Cervelli.

        • jjyank

          This. If the Yanks thought they could get something useful, they would have traded him. They probably feel that Cervelli is more valuable as catching depth than what they could get in a trade.

  • dutchsailor

    I thought that Charleston would be a great team because of all the hitters, but their pitching looks pretty good so far as well. Looking forward to see them play next week.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Mike, what’s the deal w/ Segedin? He’s kinda old for that league, no?

    Are’t they usually quick to move college kids up?

  • Reggie C.

    What must be going through Cervelli’s mind right now. The young man didn’t see the minors for more than a handful of games these past two seasons to now not knowing when he’ll be called up once more. building up a rapport with CC just cpuldnt save Cervelli this time around. I really hope Cervelli finds a handle on his situation.

    As for Culver’s start … I’m not surprised much. I wonder if Culver is still switch hitting because the kid has to focus on maximizing the questionable upside from his bat.

    • pat

      He’s definitely still switch hitting. He’s apparently ridiculously ambidextrous and will be given more than enough time to work though it.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    My main man, Francisco Rondon getting promoted. Good to see it. Great arm, hopefully he can harness it.

    • Plank

      How often do you see minor league games?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I go to a few GCL games every year, and I go to all the Tampa Yankees games when they come to Daytona, plus a dozen or so more Daytona Cubs games.

        • Plank

          How many people are in the stands at GCL games? I heard it was just an open door policy. Are there regular attendees?

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Nobody goes. A handful of parents….maybe. They usually just play GCL games on the back fields of the minor league complexes.

            • Plank

              That’s crazy to me. Free professional baseball every day and no one goes.

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                It’s hot…..Africa hot.

                • Plank

                  I’ve often been described as Africa Hot.

                  • jsbrendog

                    ::golf clap::

                • Havok9120

                  No kidding.

  • M-Three

    I am enjoying Cervelli’s demotion more and more everyday. Seeing him bat .087 in shows me that he no maturity and can’t when things don’t go his way. I hope that Cervelli keeps posting nights like this so that he stays in the minors all year. Hell, if he keeps this up maybe they will demote him back to Double-A once Romine is healthy.

    • Plank

      I really don’t understand the desire to see others do poorly. I don’t mean to pick on you but you are demonstrating it here, and I see and hear it often.

      Why does it/would it make you happy for Cervelli to do poorly?

      The season is a week old. He is going to hit better than this.

      • M-Three

        The reason I’m glad Cervelli is doing poor is because I can’t stand how all the Cervelli lovers overate him. The guy us just a back-up catcher, yet they all act like he is an important piece to the team and its some kind of sin to say something bad about him.

        It was embarassing how much people were complaining last week when Cervelli got sent down. I was happy because his defense had become bad/lazy and it showed everyone that he can be easily replace when ever the Yankees to want.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I can’t understand how someone who claims to a fan of this franchise, and is posting on a fan blog, would root for a player to do poorly under any circumstance. That’s just crap.

        • Kvothe

          So you’re rooting for someone to do badly because other people like him and you don’t think others should like him so much.

          This might make some sense if Cervelli was on another team. He’s a freakin Yankee.

        • mustang

          Someone explain this logic?

          • Havok9120

            There isn’t any, and it isn’t worth the time to deconstruct.

        • RetroRob

          You got it backwards.

    • Cashwoman

      Hey, lay off the guy. Jeez.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      What did Cervelli do to you?

      If he plays well, at least he wouldn’t hurt his trade value. I’m sure he’s going to hurt his value big time if he keeps hitting so poorly.

      • RetroRob

        He’s not being traded. The Yankees aquired Stewart because they needed depth while Romine is out for who knows how long. Cervelli is part of that depth.

        •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Yeah, I understand that. That doesn’t change the fact that Cervelli is hurting his value if he hits badly.

  • Nickel

    Venditte in AAA? So close…so close…

    So…Chase Whitley ends up in Trenton, then? Sweet!

    • DM

      Whitley was already in Trenton. If he was indeed promoted, he’s in AAA now.

      • Nickel

        Ah…Well, even better for him. But bummer for me because I missed getting a chance to see him.

  • bpdelia

    The power was the advertised bichette tool. But man the hit tool is looking pretty fantastic. Hes young, hss good discipline and has not stopped hitting for average. Looking pretty damn good. The bichette, austin, williams, sanchez with murphy, gumbs, cave, romine,. After years of me bitching about the depressing lack of anything outside montero position wise….wow. And the take away is this is why ranking systems is pointless. So much can change in one year. This group is very exiting and its been built in 3 years snd really only vroke out in the last year and a half

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Yeah. The low minors are very exciting. Austin, Bichette, and Williams can really hit. Gumbs might be pretty good too.

      Sanchez too, but everyone knows that.

      Culver, why you no hit ball?

      • Mike

        Culver needs to say “Fuck you, Jobu. I do it on my own.”

  • Craff

    Will every realize now that it didn’t matter at all that cervelli was sent down? He can’t throw on top of not being a good hitter. I’d take the defensive stud as a back up any day. And stop talking about his trade value. Even at his best he was going to bring back an iffy middle reliever or middling prospect.

    • Havok9120

      Lots of needless Cervelli hate tonight. It like you’re enjoying watching him struggle.

  • mustang

    “3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — .345/.367/.448 so far”

    Dante is on fire!!!! Kid hit in every game, but one 2 of those hits were against Tim Hudson earlier in season. He is 19 years old very impressive.


    • mustang

      And let’s not forget his 2 HR of 2 pitches in the spring training.

      • Havok9120

        That episode is one of the reasons I laugh every time people moan about swinging at the first pitch in the Game Threads.

  • ND Mike

    What is going on with Manny Banuelos?? That’s two complete stinkers in a row isn’t it?

    • RetroRob

      All I know if he’s 5’10” with a compact delivery, and was known for having strong command, that is up until last year when the Yankees changed how he sets up for his delivery. He’s had command issues since.

      • Havok9120

        Did they do that? Hm. Why?

        • RetroRob

          Banuelos mentioned during spring training the change the Yankees made last year, saying he had difficulty adjusting to it at first, but felt more comfortable with it now. I can’t remember the reason why they did it. I’m not even saying that caused the command issues, but it all happened around the same time. I would certainly like to believe they would go back to how he used to hold the ball and sets up for delivery if that was the cause. Right? Right?? Right!!!???? :-)

          • Rookie

            Don’t be silly, RetroRob. That’s what OTHER teams’ pitching coaches are for.

            After the Yankees give up on him and trade or release him, THEY can let him try going back to his old ways.

    • Sean C

      Have you seen CC this year? Yes, it’s CC, but he hasn’t thrown to CY levels yet. It’s two starts. And I am not, in any way, comparing Manny to CC. If either of them still throws this way in May, or even June (which I hope they won’t) then there are many, many things to worry about. One of the reasons I love baseball is that things correct themselves over time. We freak out day to day/start to start, and all we are is short-sided. Patience, people. Patience.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Also, CC’s April every single year. The man’s just warming up the band.

  • murakami

    Manny pitched in 45 degree weather. Can’t take the early starts too seriously.

    • Tyrone Sharpton

      he’s right. october in the bronx is 80 degrees, at least

  • Randy Watson

    What’s the long term outlook on Ronnie Mustelier? Is he suppose to hit in the majors? Is he a legit 3B? When is his ETA?

    If he does have the glove and stick, what would keep the Yankees from easing him in at 3B, and Arod at RF next year? Swisher will be gone, and they don’t have a ready replacement in the system. FA will be too expensive if they’re going to get under $189 in 2014 so why not put Arod out to pasture?

    I know pop-ups aren’t his strong point, but their is a big difference between infield and outfield fly balls. Arod can still run a bit and seems like he’d be athletic enough to handle the switch and give at least league average defense in RF.

  • Mike

    Surprised they never tried out Checo as a starter. Even if you think he is a reliever long-term, it gives him more innings to develop, with a possibility of becoming a more valuable starter.

  • Sly Robbie

    Please forgive a Big Dummy here, but what was up with Russell Branyan? I had thought he re-signed with the Yanks to play on the AAA Empire State squad on the understanding that he get at-bats untill the parent club needs him. Any word as to why he is not in the line-up?

    • Plank

      He has a back injury.

    • Steve (different one)

      Think he’s injured still and rehabbing.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    hmmm, Banuelos and Betances seem to turn from prospects to suspects pretty quickly. Let’s hope Banuelos can turn it around, I’ve given up on Betances (as a starter) a while ago.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Did you forget about Betances’s first start this year already?

      • Bavarian Yankee

        so 1 start is more important than what he did the last 2-3 years?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say “we’re looking for this kid to develop, improve his command, and see where he fits in” and then say, “but he wasn’t doing it three years ago when he was an injury-prone 21 year-old in single-A!”

          Yes, the first start matters, as does the dump he took on the mound this week.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Well, if we’re looking at the past 2-3 years, I would like to point you to 2010.

    • KL

      Yankee fans have zero patience.

  • Pounder

    J.R. Murphy and Jose Campos are coming on fast.