Bichette returns in Charleston win

Open Thread: The next step for Andy
Massacre: Yankees mount huge comeback in win over Sox

Tim Bontemps spoke to David Adams about his injuries and goals for this season. In a shocking turn of events, he’s focused on staying healthy.

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to Harrisburg)
RF Abe Almonte: 0-5
LF Ronnie Mustelier & DH Cody Johnson: both 1-4, 1 K
CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
1B Luke Murton: 3-4, 1 RBI — has hits in six of eight games since being promoted
2B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K — a personal fave, as I’ve said before
3B Addison Maruszak: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
C Jeff Farnham: 0-4, 1 K
SS Walt Ibarra: 2-4, 1 2B
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 60 of 87 pitches were strikes (69.0%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of eleven pitches were strikes
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — just five of eleven pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (13-2 loss to Daytona)
CF Eduardo Sosa, 2B Kelvin Castro & DH Garrison Lassiter: all 0-4 — Castro and Lassiter struck out
LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — eight hits in his last 26 at-bats (.308), so he’s starting to come around
RF Rob Segedin: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) — had been stuck in a 1-for-15 rut (.067)
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — five hits in his last 15 at-bats
3B Zach Wilson: 2-3 — got pinch-hit for late for some reason
1B Shane Brown: 1-2, 2 BB — been on base six times in his three games with the team
SS Jose Toussen: 0-3
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 5/2 GB/FB — first clunker of the season, it happens
LHP Vidal Nuno: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GB/FB — first time he’s really gotten knocked around in his young career
RHP Manny Barreda: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over West Virginia)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 SB — 15 for his last 42 (.357)
DH Ben Gamel & 2B Angelo Gumbs: both 0-3, 1 BB — Gumbs scored a run and struck out … Gumbs stole a base
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 E (fielding) — missed three games because he was banged up, but obviously it was nothing major
RF Tyler Austin & C Gary Sanchez: both 1-4, 1 2B — Austin scored a run … Sanchez drove in a run, struck out, and committed a throwing error
SS Cito Culver: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 E (throwing) — hopefully that gets him going
1B Rey Nunez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 1 SB
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 8/3 GB/FB — 54 of 84 pitches were strikes (64.3%)
RHP Zach Varce: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 16 of 22 pitches were strikes (72.7%)
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes … 12 K in 11 IP

Triple-A Empire State was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Open Thread: The next step for Andy
Massacre: Yankees mount huge comeback in win over Sox
  • Plank

    Thank goodness Bichette’s swing looked prettier in the several weeks between High School and the GCL. Where would we be if that didn’t happen?

    • Clayton

      Yes, because high school coaches and the professional coaches of the Yankees are of equal talent.

      • Plank
        • Clayton

          Did you read his scouting report? I guessing not, otherwise you would have read how he said that the swing has changed; Bichette even mentioned it.

          But, no you are totally right. Players never change anything and never try to improve their swings/motions/deliveries.

          • Plank

            The scouting report that Keith Law wrote made Keith Law sound like he was right last year even though he said the exact opposite thing? Shocking I tell you.

            He started in the GCL weeks after graduating high school. You think the disparity between coaches is the reason he was able to maintain his high level of play? I think it was because he was a first round talent that Law was wrong about. I think that even if he tweaked his swing, it would have taken longer to improve/change his game. He hit the ground running mere weeks after high school when Law determined he wasn’t much of a prospect.

            • Clayton

              I liked how you skipped over the part were Bichette said he changed his swing.

              • Plank

                JK: After you were drafted, did the Yankees change anything about your swing? Did they make any adjustments?

                DB: Not at all. The Yankees have this rule where they are not allowed to touch you for 100 or 90 days, something like that. My hitting coach Edwar Gonzalez, he wasn’t allowed to say anything, but I was trying to pick his brain within the first week. He didn’t change anything in my swing though. So no adjustments. The big thing is getting adjusted to the pitching. It’s a lot different in pro ball than in high school, competition and speed of the game.


  • Steve S.

    Just once, I’d like to hear a promising young player say “I’m focusing on getting injured more often this year. So I can sit on the couch, eat cheese doodles and dial up the local escort service”

    • Gonzo

      I’m sure a player has said that. I think the hearing part would be the problem.

      • Gonzo

        Actually didn’t Denny Neagle say that exact thing? I don’t think he was a prospect when he said it though.

    • jjyank

      It’d be a great April Fools joke.

      “So tell me, Mason, what are your goals for the upcoming season?”

      “Well, I want to get injured as often as possible. Maybe then people like you will just leave me alone so I can pull a Pavano and munch on Cheeze-Its while I watch TV all day and still get paid.”

  • DERP

    Klaw was at last night’s game. Had some nice things to say about Mason, Tyler, Gary, and Dante (based on his BP session). Didn’t really like DeLeon.

    • Gonzo

      Has he warmed on Gumbs?

      • DERP

        I have never heard him talk about Gumbs. I know he’s not too fond of Culver. He didn’t mention either of those two. Only guys he mentioned were Mason, Bichette, Austin, Gary, and DeLeon.

        • Gonzo

          I think he’s said in the past that Gumbs’ swing won’t translate to the bigs. Or something like that.

          • Ted Nelson

            At this point I’m still just hoping his swing translates to SALLY.

          • Dave M

            I’ve seen Gumbs play a few times last year. His defense at 2b makes Alfonso Soriano look like a gold glover. Not sure if he’s any better this year.

        • RetroRob

          He didn’t even mention Culver in his write-up in a column that he said he was a review of the Yankees top prospects in Charleston. I think that pretty much says what he thinks of Culver.

  • http://none Bernard

    How ’bout them Yanks???!!!

  • JAG

    That’s…a lot of errors in Charleston. Hopefully just a fluke and they don’t all turn out like Nunez. Tighten up!

    • crawdaddie

      That’s the Sally League for you.

  • aRX

    It almost feels silly to ask, since it’s Low A, but does the fact that Mason has only walked twice so far matter? Even a little?

    • Plank

      If he was striking out and hitting poorly, I would start to be concerned, but he’s raking right now. No need to change your approach or swing if you are hitting the ball all over the place.

    • dennis

      he is batting over 300. would you rather he bated 250 and walked.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Glad to see Bichette is over getting his balls bruised…now he’s gunna go back to tearing up baseballs