O’Brien dominates in season debut

Game Five: Starting A Streak
Rafael Soriano tore nail warming up, may or may not have been available

David Adams was a late scratch tonight due to a stiff neck. At least it wasn’t the ankle. Catcher R.J. Baker was placed on the phantom DL as Ramon Ortiz was officially added to the Triple-A roster.

Double-A Trenton (7-1 loss to Portland) senior advisor Gene Michael was in the house
CF Abe Almonte & C Jose Gil: both 0-4
2B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — got picked off first
LF Dan Brewer: 1-4, 1 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — nine for his last 13 (.692)
1B Rob Lyerly: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — was lifted for an unknown reason in the eighth
DH Cody Johnson: 1-2, 1 BB
3B Addison Maruszak: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
SS Walt Ibarra: 1-3, 1 2B
RHP Craig Heyer: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 44 of 74 pitches were strikes (59.5%) … the Triple-A promotion was very short lived, I see
RHP Michael Dubee: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP — ten of 24 pitches were strikes (41.7%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB — threw just two pitches and got a double play
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (53.7%) … one of the walks was intentional
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 14 of 24 pitches were strikes (58.3%)

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Clearwater)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB — very nice
2B Kelvin Castro & 3B Zach Wilson: both 0-4 — Castro drove in a run and struck out three times … Wilson struck out twice
LF Ramon Flores, 1B Kyle Roller, C J.R. Murphy & DH Neil Medchill: all 1-4 — Roller struck out … Murphy drove in a run … Medchill scored a run and struck out
RF Rob Segedin: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first … he’s six for his last ten
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB — very nice stuff from a personal fave
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — moar Ks

Low-A Charleston (2-0 loss to Augusta)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4 — still hasn’t struck out this year
SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr., C Gary Sanchez, DH Angelo Gumbs & 1B Rey Nunez: all 0-3 — Bichette and Nunez each struck out once, Sanchez thrice … Nunez committed a fielding
RF Tyler Austin, RF: 1-3 — threw a runner out at third … back after missing a few games for an unknown reason
LF Kelvin DeLeon & 2B Anderson Feliz: both 1-3 — DeLeon struck out once, Feliz twice
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 48 of 68 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 17 of 25 pitches were strikes (68%)
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 29 of 45 pitches were strikes (64.4%)

The Triple-A Empire State game was suspended due to rain after four innings. Ortiz threw four very effective innings and not a whole lot happened offensively even though they were leading two-zip. Here’s the box score. They’re going to finish this one up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Game Five: Starting A Streak
Rafael Soriano tore nail warming up, may or may not have been available
  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Seems like Craig Heyer has been around forever. Is he just an organizational arm?

    • Juan P.

      I would say yes.

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

    It’d be nice to see some big games out of Gamel, Sanchez, Austin, Bichette, Culver, and Gumbs.

    Hoping Williams has a big year.

    Zoilo Almonte is on fire.

  • Parth

    I don’t know how realistic it is, but how about a callup of Zoilo Almonte sometime this season or next and potentially groom him as the replacement to Swisher? He has been raking so far and impressed during ST, plus if he proves he can play in the MLB, then it would go a long way towards the $189 payroll

    Thoughts guys?

    • whozat

      He’s not very good at hitting, though, which is a problem. He strikes out a lot, and that’s one of the best indicators of a hitter who can’t cut it in the bigs.

      • Parth

        Do you think it’s a possibility though? I can see it happening if he shows he can even kind of keep this up.

      • YankeeGrunt

        He can hit, he k’s too much but he has pop, he takes walks and he has some speed. Not an ideal replacement, but could be a stopgap if we can’t figure it out with Swish or someone else in the offseason.

    • A.D.

      That would be awesome, but a long way to go especially given he wasn’t too strong in AA last year

      • fin

        I read a prospect report on him that said he has struggled each time he has been promoted to a new level and then comes back to rake the following year at that level. If he keeps to form he could get to AAA this year and struggle rake next year and be called up late in the season.

    • Ted Nelson

      Definitely possible. If he keeps raking in AA he could definitely be promoted mid-to-late in the season lining him up for a possible September call-up.

      While possible, opening next season as the starting RF would be really aggressive/optimistic. Could more see a stop gap veteran with Zoilo getting a chance to earn playing time in 2013 or 2014.

      Have to imagine Michaels was there to watch Z-lo. Pretty big decision for the org to make in RF going forward.

    • Tags

      You should have been at opening night. Against a top prospect pitcher he struck out every at bat looking real bad. He’s started hitting against a Portland team that Mike has said looks to be bad. So lets see how he fairs for a while longer. My next Trenton game is next week so I looking forward to him keeping things on track.

  • IE

    Mike, what sort of stuff does Mikey O’Brien feature?

    • pat

      Good curve good change below average fastball velocity but good controll. Think Corey Wade-esque.

  • blah

    The box score says Tampa won.

  • BronxBombers98

    I guess anyone with the last name Nunez is a bad fielder?

    • Jesse

      I laughed.


    David Adams was a late scratch tonight due to a stiff neck. At least it wasn’t an ankle.

    Just keep him away from Stairs.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      And trampoulines.

      • handtius

        and hookers.

        • Plank

          I once tried to keep Adams away from hookers. He broke his ankle teaching me a lesson.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Adams: ‘Stiff neck, coach. I took a viagra and it got caught in my throat.’

  • flamingo

    Thrice? A+

  • Voice of Reason

    What kind of velocity is Mark Montgomery showing? He’s barely pitched 30 pro innings but with those K numbers, pitching below the AAA level is probably a waste of time.

    • JohnnyC

      It’s his slider. Joba-esque. FB velocity is low 90’s, not elite.

  • Jordan

    Was at the Charleston game. Offense simply couldnt do anything – opposing pitcher was a relative (cousin I think) of Alcides and Kelvim Escobar.

    Sanchez also missed a pop-up that fell right behind him. 2 pitches later, same guy popped it up and Sanchez made the easy play – got the classic Bronx cheer.

    Gumbs and Culver have barely hit all year – hope they pick it up. Culver may really be a slick glove, no bat prospect.

    • Juan P.

      You mean to tell me that Edwin Escobar is also Jose Campos’ COUSIN? Because Campos is ALSO cousin of Alcides Escobar and former big leaguer Kelvim Escobar.

    • Brian in NH

      All year? you mean 5 or 6 games? guys go through those kinds of slumps all the time, and its still early. If it gets to a point where they’re only getting 1 hit ever 5 games for longer than say…10 games, maybe we have a problem. lets all catch our collective breath on this one.

  • Brian S.

    That Trenton team is boring outside of Zolio. Also, why is Segedin playing RF?

    • pat

      Because we have a more pressing need for corner OF’s than corner IF’s.

  • mustang

    Dante breaking my heart.

    Go get ’em tomorrow Dante!

  • Naved

    Tomorrow is an awesome prospect matchup

    Dellin Betances vs. Jeurys Familia

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, two guys with an 80 name tool.

  • measha

    Wetherell putting up some nice stats. How long before he moves up to Tampa?

    • YankeeGrunt

      They may keep him at Charleston to make sure he’s getting consistent work. They have a lot of BP prospects spread out between Charleston, Tampa and Trenton and promotions will have to be handled carefully mid-season to ensure that the guys are still getting their multi-inning stints.

  • measha

    Looks like he was a starter in High School and JC then started a few times in D1 but mostly can out of the pen.

    Any chance that he could be looked at as a starter in the future?