Campos rocked, Austin homers twice in win

Open Thread: Brett Gardner Update
No comeback this time: Yankees unable to rally following Freddy's latest dud

Manny Banuelos (back) is scheduled to come off the DL and start for Triple-A Empire State on Wednesday, so hooray for that. Meanwhile, Graham Stoneburner (groin) will come off the DL and start for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

Triple-A Empire State (8-4 win over Lehigh Valley)
LF-3B Kevin Russo: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — eight for his last 13 (.615) with four doubles
C Frankie Cervelli: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — ten for his last 25 (.400)
DH-LF Dewayne Wise: 1-4
1B Steve Pearce: 0-1, 1 R, 1 BB – left the game after fouling a ball off his foot in the second inning
CF Ray Kruml: 0-2, 1 K — replace Pearce off the bench
2B Jayson Nix: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
RF-1B Brandon Laird: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
CF-RF Colin Curtis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Doug Bernier: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB
3B Ramiro Pena: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the eighth inning
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 8/3 GB/FB — 43 of 65 pitches were strikes (66.2%) … dude is still sitting in the low-90s at 38 years old too
RHP Adam Miller: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 22 of 36 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 18 pitches, 12 strikes … 17 K and 5 BB in 11 IP

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over New Hampshire in 11 innings)
RF Abe Almonte: 2-5, 2 CS
SS Walt Ibarra: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K — doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-6, 1 K
DH Cody Johnson: 0-4, 2 BB, 2 K — he’s all about the three true outcomes
CF Melky Mesa: 2-2, 1 R, 3 BB — 10 BB and 13 K this year, a substantial improvement over his usual K/BB numbers
1B Luke Murton: 2-5, 1 2B
2B Kevin Mahoney: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first
C Jeff Farnham: 1-5
3B Yadil Mujica: 2-3, 3 R, 2 BB – seven hits in his last ten at-bats
RHP Cory Arbiso: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/2 GB/FB — allowed his first two homers of the season after allowing just four in 82.2 IP last season
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 22 of 32 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … 19 K in 14 IP, but also 7 BB
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — eight pitches, three strikes
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72.2%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven pitches, four strikes … efficient

High-A Tampa (6-1 loss to Dunedin)
CF Jose Toussen, 2B Kelvin Castro & C J.R. Murphy: all 0-4 — Murphy struck out once
RF Rob Segedin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 14 for his last 33 (.424) with four doubles, two homers, three walks, and two strikeouts
DH Ramon Flores: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Shane Brown: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first
3B Hector Rabago & SS Jose Mojica: both 0-3 — Rabago struck out
RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 6/2 GB/FB
LHP Kramer Sneed: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — having a rough go of it this year after such a strong season in 2011
RHP Manny Barreda: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (14-9 win over Hickory)
CF Mason Williams: 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 15 for his last 41 (.366) with three walks and two strikeouts
SS Cito Culver: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB — first monster game of the season, also his first two extra-base hits of the season
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — five for his last 34 (.147)
RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI — that’s five homers in his last six games … he’s hitting .364/.390/.870
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, 2 E (throwing, catcher interference) — that’s already seven errors in 16 games behind the plate
LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
2B Anderson Feliz: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K — quietly having a nice year, though he is repeating the level
RHP Jose Campos: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB — rough, the worst start of his young career
LHP Fred Lewis: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — what more could you ask?
RHP Phil Wetherell: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GB/FB
RHP Pedro Guerra: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB

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Open Thread: Brett Gardner Update
No comeback this time: Yankees unable to rally following Freddy's latest dud
  • Can’t wait for Pettitte

    Even though Campos did bad, I would have rather he pitched for the Yankees today than Garcia.

  • Blue Falcon

    So, Campos is a method actor.

  • Rookie

    Hughes and Garcia pitching like crap, Pineda out at least for the year with a career-threatening injury, now Banuelos on the DL, most of our pitching prospects disappointing in the minors, our one bright spot, Campos, now having what you say is the worst start of his young career…

    Can this really be happening?

    One good thing: It’s hard to imagine it not getting better. And, famous last words, it’s unlikely to get worse. (I won’t tempt fate by saying it CAN’T get worse.)

    Predictions:
    Garcia gets it together.
    Hughes doesn’t — at least not as a starter with the Yankees this year.
    Pineda – I have no idea.
    I believe that we’ll get enough from Sabathia and Kuroda and Nova and Petitte and some combination of Garcia and prospects that we wind up with five solid, albeit not spectacular, starters plus a solid long man in the bullpen.

    It’s gonna get better. It’s gonna get better. It’s gonna get better….

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Dude, I can see getting worked up over Hughes, Garcia, and Pineda but Banuelos is about to come OFF the DL and every single pitching prospect has at least one bad start… not just Jose Campos. He’s in A ball. Let’s not get carried away.

      Take a drink. And relish the fact that Sabathia, Kuroda and Nova (and possibly Pettitte) are going to be a formidable one through three (and possibly four) come playoff time.

      • Rookie

        I agree with you. I was just saying that despite all the bad news, I expect that — however ugly the starting pitcher picture may look today.

        However, again, at this point, it seems like almost everything that COULD go wrong HAS gone wrong.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Pineda was a huge blow. But Jeter is playing like he’s 28 right now. Granderson is doing what he does. Cano will undoubtedly get it together once the weather heats up. A-Rod has been healthy and showing signs of life, even if he doesn’t have the slash line to show it yet. This team WILL pitch better. It starts with CC tomorrow to lead the way. I think Hughes is going to end up shining as a power reliever in the bullpen and the top 4 of CC, Kuroda, Nova, and Pettitte will lead this team come October. Book it.

      • Rookie

        And what exactly did I “get worked up over” or “get carried away” about?

        I think it’s just the opposite. I think so highly of Campos and he’s been so dominant in his brief career that I’m surprised when he’s NOT dominant.

        And again, I said it’s hard to imagine it not getting better.

        You suggested I take a drink. I suggest you take a course in reading comprehension.

    • Rookie

      It’s always darkest before the dawn.

      Or in the words of the immortal Bobby Valentine before his team went on a winning tear: “I think we’ve hit bottom. If this isn’t bottom, we need to find some new ends of the earth.”

      Nobody expected the Red Sox to go on a six-game winning streak immediately following the Yankees broke their hearts with our comeback from nine runs down on April 21st. Maybe the Yankees are about to do something equally unexpected and go on a run of solid starting pitching.

      • Matt

        You do realize they’ve won 11 of 17, right?

      • Tags

        Actually a lot of people thought the Sox would start winning since they hit a very soft part of the schedule

    • murakami

      Jose Ramirez, Nik Turley, Brett Marshall and DJ Mitchell, among others, all say “hi”.

      Does anyone who is not obsessed with trying to justify the trade realize we have pitching prospects besides Jose Campos??

    • jayd808

      Don’t sell Phelps or Mitchell short. We’re lucky to have them.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Tyler Austin to Tampa and Ravel Santana to Charleston.

    • Plank

      Did that happen, or is that you endorsing it?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Endorsement

  • Jamey

    Wow Yankees kept Banuelos on the DL a while for that “fake” injury he had.

    • Derrick

      Thanks dr Phil.

  • Joe

    Its really annoying on here how everyone only talks about Charleston. Meanwhile, Scranton has 3 of the systems hottest hitters (Wise,Russo,Pearce) all 3 guys could be up to NY this season if they need them. Everyone complains how SWB has a bad lineup, Really? Charleston is good don’t get me wrong but those guys are 2-4 years away from the show. Low A is not a great read on a player either. Not trying to be negative just feel SWB isn’t getting any credit on here.

    • Plank

      In terms of prospects, SWB doesn’t have any on the hitting side. In terms of AAAA guys who could contribute this year, by definition they have to be in AAA.

      For me, it’s a lot more fun dreaming about a 19 year old who could be an all-star for a decade straight than a 27 year old who could maybe be a backup infielder for a few weeks.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Wise is 34, has 879 plate appearances spread over nine MLB seasons, and he has a career triple slash of .219/.256/.373. If the Yanks need him to be more than a fifth outfielder this year, they’re screwed. Not a prospect.

      Steve Pearce is 29, has 521 plate appearances across five MLB seasons and has a career triple slash of .232/.302/.366. He’s a AAAA player, this year’s Jorge Vazquez, and a lot will have to go wrong (A LOT) for him to get an MLB call-up. Not a prospect.

      Russo is 27 and impressed the Yanks so little after his 54-plate-appearance cup of coffee in 2010 (.184/.245/.224) they dumped him from the 40-man. His career minor league triple slash is .287/.348/.383. Not a prospect.

      The guys on Charleston are actual prospects who could one day be legit Major Leaguers. That’s why they get the attention.

      • Joe

        Guarentee Williams,Bichette,Gumbs,Campos Only ones with decent MLB Career. Russo being backup IF this year would be more valuable then anyone on that team, unless they are used for trade bait. All i’m saying is everyone is getting way too excited over 19-21 Year olds who have proven nothing besides Half a season and a month so far.

      • Joe

        Alos didn’t say those guys were prospects they are in AAA and be more valuable to the Yankees this year. You obviously know nothing about minor league baseball if all you worry about is who is a prospect

        • Plank

          I’m not sure if you are pretending to act like a headstrong 18 year old or if you actually are a headstrong 18 year old. If it’s an act, congrats–you nailed it.

          You are guaranteeing that Williams, Gumbs, Campos, and Bichette have decent ML careers? Any Yankee fan with a decent head on their shoulders would take that in a heartbeat.

          Russo being backup IF this year would be more valuable then anyone on that team, unless they are used for trade bait.

          I assume you are talking about the RiverDogs. How can that be since you are guaranteeing 4 players have decent ML careers? Will Russo be more than decent?

          Also, the common first name, no last name rule should go into effect here. Doubly bad since it’s the name of one of the writers.

      • http://none Bernard

        I agree with everything you said above.

        I liked Celerino Sanchez alot. I thought he was never given a legitimate shot at third base. If I recall, it was one year and gone. Do I remember that correctly?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Cool story, bro.

  • P.A. Dice

    Hey Mike. Do you think of Tyler Austin as a top prospect who could develop into a star or simply a nice player who could be an average major leaguer? I’m just not sure how the Yankees or scouts see him.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I’ve read around the internet that he has a chance to be a top 100 prospect this season, so I would guess that means he profiles with some above average to star potential.

  • IE

    Austin is clearly not being challenged at Charleston. A promotion to Tampa, with its pitching friendly environs, is in order to see what he can really do.

    • Gonzo

      Naw, if he wasn’t challenged, he’s be bored and sucking.

  • Kentucky Bomber

    I saw Charleston in person at Lexington this week, and there’s lots to be impressed by and to dream about. Mason Williams put on a show at bat and in the field and Austin’s swing is a beauty. Bichette is obviously in a funk right now and doesn’t look happy about it. Don’t know enough about the system to know how Bryan Mitchell is regarded, but he had good looking stuff that day. They were easily the best looking low-A team I’ve ever seen, several players looked like they belonged at a higher classification.

    • http://none Bernard

      Great report! Nicely written too. How did Austin look in rightfield? They say he has good speed and a strong arm. Did you get to see him use either tool? Please tell us, tell us, tell us. We’re all ears.

      • Kentucky Bomber

        Lexington didn’t have enough pop to make anybody in the outfield do much except Williams’ diving, back to the infield catch at the center field wall. Yes, I said “WOW”. Austin had one difficult catch, the very next batter, who popped up into short right and Tyler made a diving catch. Again, I’ve seen low-A games that would shame a good high school team; the Dogs looked entirely professional.

        • http://none Bernard

          Thanks, Kentucky Bomber, for that additional information. From what I have read, Dante Bichette doesn’t have the mobility that Tyler Austin has, and that is why the decision was made to keep Dante at third and try Tyler in the outfield. Sounds like he [Tyler] can handle it.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Bryan Mitchell has awesome stuff and zero consistency. Think Betances junior

  • V

    The problem with single-A pitching stats, is we have no idea of knowing if Campos was working on something (that obviously didn’t work), or just totally sucked.

    Purely hypothetically, if his fastball has been dominating, but the Yankees want him to work on breaking pitches in-game, his #s will obviously change.

  • Sly Robbie

    I’d like to see Kramer Sneed to succeed, if for nothing other than having the coolest name in Tampa A-ball.