River Dogs win tenth straight behind Williams

Pettitte goes 5+ innings in Double-A start
Yankees can't overcome Hughes, drop rubber game to Rangers

Dellin Betances was one of five prospects off to slow starts highlighted by Kevin Goldstein today. You can read the article on ESPN or Baseball Prospectus, but you need a subscription either way. It’s the usual Betances stuff, meaning nasty stuff but likely to end up in the bullpen because he can’t throw strikes with any consistently.

Triple-A Empire State (8-6 win over Pawtucket) scored four in the top of the ninth for the comeback win
RF Colin Curtis: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB — 13 BB and 15 K this year
CF Dewayne Wise: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at second
1B Steve Pearce & SS Ramiro Pena: both 1-4, 1 R — Pearce drove in a run and Pena struck out
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — drove in the first two runs of the ninth
DH Jack Cust: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — second straight day with a dinger
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 HBP
2B Jayson Nix: 0-5, 1 K
LF Kevin Russo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Adam Warren: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 5/2 GB/FB — 60 of 98 pitches were strikes (61.2%) … allowed three homers as well, so hopefully this is just a bump in the road after two strong starts
RHP Adam Miller: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of ten pitches were strikes … season debut after spending some time in the DL, hopefully he pitches his way into the bullpen mix later this summer
RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 17 of 21 pitches were strikes (81.0%)
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — just a dozen of his 26 pitches were strikes (46.2%) … struck out the last two batters to preserve the win

Double-A Trenton (10-4 loss to Erie)
RF Abe Almonte, SS Walt Ibarra, CF Melky Mesa & 1B Luke Murton: all 0-4 — Ibarra scored a run and committed a fielding error … Murton struck out once, Mesa twice
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB — 18 for his last 43 (.419) with four doubles and two triples
DH Cody Johnson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
2B Kevin Mahoney & 3B Addison Maruszak: both 0-3, 2 K — Mahoney walked … Maruszak committed a fielding error
C Jeff Farnham: 1-4, 1 K
LHP Andy Pettitte: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 59 of 81 pitches were strikes (72.8%) … had a little more on this start earlier
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 25 of 38 pitches were strikes (65.8%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — just 20 of 44 pitches were strikes (.455), though one of the walks was intentional
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (7-2 win over Brevard County)
LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
2B Kelvin Castro: 1-5, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Rob Segedin: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — nine for his last 19 (.474) with three doubles and two homers
1B Kyle Roller: 0-5, 2 K
C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI – five straight games with exactly one hit
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 12 for his last 35 (.343)
DH Tyson Blaser: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
RF Shane Brown: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — threw a runner out at third
SS Jose Mojica: 1-4, 1 R
RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — 19/5 K/BB in 14 IP
RHP Sean Black: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-4 win over Lexington) here’s a pretty neat article about the chemistry of the team and all that
CF Mason Williams: 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — hell yeah
DH Anderson Feliz: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — hit back-to-back homers with Williams in the eighth inning
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K — stuck in a 3-for-22 rut (.136)
RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — has slowed a bit lately, but he’s still good for an extra-base every other day
2B Angelo Gumbs & LF Kelvin DeLeon: both 2-5, 1 2B — Gumbs scored a run … DeLeon scored a run and scored twice
SS Cito Culver: 1-5
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 R
C Francisco Arcia: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 4/3 GB/FB — Good Bryan came to the park today
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB – 17 K and 3 BB in 12 IP
RHP Ben Paullus: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB

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Pettitte goes 5+ innings in Double-A start
Yankees can't overcome Hughes, drop rubber game to Rangers
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com/ Rebecca

    One of these days Flores will get more than one hit in a game!

    It’s almost a shame that they’ll break the Charleston team up at some point…

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Mason!

  • Karl Krawfid

    1927 Yankees or the Charleston Yankees?

  • Derrick

    Mitchell teasing me again.

  • Plank

    The word ‘hero’ gets thrown around way too much in today’s society, but Mason Williams is the greatest hero the world has ever known.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’d get excited for Mason but he’s a position player so there’s a 90 percent chance of trade.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Not if he develops some pop, though that’s doubtful with his swing. Even if he doesn’t, he could take over as a better version of Brett Gardner in a few years.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        His swing will evolve and he’ll develop pop.

    • Voice of Reason

      Considering Gardner’s clock and Granderson’s and Swisher’s contract situation, it’s pretty easy to imagine Williams playing for the Yankees at some point if he develops well from here.

    • CP

      Which position player prospects have the Yankees traded recently besides Montero? They’ve kept Gardner, Nunez, Pena, Cervelli and (before that) Cano. Most of the trades I remember involve mediocre pitching prospects – borderline major league starters or relievers.

      • Plank

        IPK and A-Jax were ready to be legit major leaguers. Can’t complain about getting Graderson, though.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    “..many see a move to the bullpen in his future, but even then, a high walk rate would keep him out of late-inning situations.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=16652

    David Robertson says hello.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    I guess I’ll put this here.

    If you were the Sox, what would you do with Middlebrooks? He’s destroying AAA right now.

    Trade Youkilis for a pitcher? Move Youk to the OF? They really need salary relief, so trading Middlebooks doesn’t work unless you’re getting someone very cheap back.

    • Plank

      What kind of trade value does Youkilis have? He’s in his last year with an option/buyout for 2013 and he’s a little underpaid if he’s healthy and a bit overpaid if he plays the same number of games as the last few years.

      More importantly, do the RS do that? Is it that important to unload him or is it better to have Middlebrooks and Youkilis on the roster at the same time? Who would trade for him?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Maybe the Sox would trade Middlebrooks for Pineda.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Not going to be a huge market for a corner IF with declining skills who makes $12 mil and is good for two or three trips to the 15-day every year.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E
      • All Praise Be To Mo

        God, that article made me laugh for 5 minutes straight. How did Bowden ever run an MLB team? Seeing his idiocy gives me hope of one day being able to take over for Cashman down the road, now I just have to get my foot in the door.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Move Youk to OF??? Did you see him fill in there in a pinch a couple of years ago. Looked like me out there and I’m a bean counter.

  • Mike R.

    There’s a disconnect between Mason’s stat tracker and MiLB by about .10 points in BA.

    • Plank

      The first game of the season was suspended, but Williams had a triple. It’s counted here, but won’t count until the rest of the game gets played.

      • Mike R.

        Thanks man.

  • Miles Davis

    we need another Williams in CF in the bronx!

    • RetroRob

      We need another Mantle in CF in the Bronx. Although since I don’t see one on the horizon, a Williams will do!

  • Bo Knows

    Bichette not hitting right now (probably due to rust since coming back) but he’s walking….sounds like last year and we alll know how that went ;)

    • Rick in Boston

      Good point. I do love a hitter who will take walks even if he’s slumping.

  • Carl LaFong

    Nice to see Adam Miller pitching again. I know he’s 27 years old, but any reason the Yankees opted to place him on the AAA roster instead of lower in the system? W/an arm like his, I’d rather the Yankees exercise more patience w/him & give him the time to build up his arm & leg strength while he regains the confidence that he can throw hard & not injure that valuable arm of his. Even at an advanced age for a one-time big prospect, he still has a lot of ability & could bring a big unexpected return if he’s handled right & stays healthy.