Sanchez shows off the arm in Charleston win

Pettitte goes five in latest minor league outing
Yanks spoil Fenway celebration with homers, win

Tyler Austin‘s insanely great week landed him in the third spot on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He currently ranks third in the minors in AVG (.432), first in SLG (.932), and first in OPS (1.411). That’ll do.

Remember that 6-3-2-5 triple play Low-A Charleston turned in last night’s game? Danny Wild explained how exactly it happened. As you’d expect, there was some hilarity involved.

Zoilo Almonte has been placed on the DL with a hamstring issue. Yadil Mujica took his spot on the roster.

Triple-A Empire State (6-4 win over Norfolk)
CF Colin Curtis: 1-5, 1 RBI
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 PB
RF Dewayne Wise: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — not gonna get a call-up unless he keeps ripping extra-base hits!
1B Steve Pearce: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS — ten for his last 24 (.417)
DH Jack Cust: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — still no homers 15 games into the season
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Kevin Russo & SS Ramiro Pena: both 2-4 — Russo struck out … Pena drove in a run and scored another
2B Doug Bernier: 0-4, 1 K
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 49 of 79 pitches were strikes (62.0%)
SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (57.9%), though the walk was intentional … no word if he threw left-handed exclusive like his last outing
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — six of 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-5 win over Harrisburg in 12 innings, walk-off style) they gave up two runs in the top of the 12th but rallied to win in the bottom half
RF Abe Almonte: 3-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB — eight for his last 17 (.471)
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-7, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K — reached on an error in the 12th, tying the game
CF Melky Mesa: 0-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — walk-off sac fly
DH Cody Johnson: 0-4, 2 BB, 3 K
1B Luke Murton: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
PR-3B Yadil Mujica: 0-2, 1 K
2B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB — got the comeback started in the 12th with a leadoff triple
3B-1B Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
C Jeff Farnham: 3-6, 1 R, 1 K
SS Walt Ibarra: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Craig Heyer: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 12/3 GB/FB — 64 of 98 pitches were strikes (65.3%) … a personal fave, but he hasn’t made any progress since the start of last season
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 20 of 31 pitches were strikes (64.5%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (57.7%) … the walk was intentional
LHP Lee Hyde: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (59.3%) … after all that, he gets the win

High-A Tampa (9-2 loss to Daytona)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — seven for his last 15 (.467)
2B Kelvin Castro: 3-4, 1 R, 1 SB
LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 RBI — slow start to the season, but plenty of time to pick it up
RF Rob Segedin, DH Zach Wilson & 3B Hector Rabago: all 0-4, 1 K — Segedin and Rabago each made throwing errors
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4
1B Shane Brown & SS Jose Mojica: 0-3 — Brown walked
LHP Kramer Sneed: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — starting in place of Zach Nuding, who was a late scratch for an unknown reason
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB
LHP Aaron Dott: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Sean Black: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB — glad they’re trying him relief because starting just wasn’t happening

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over West Virginia) no Dante Bichette Jr. for the third straight day, but I know he took batting practice prior to this game … he can’t be that banged up in that case
CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB — hit streak ends at 11
2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 3 K
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K — threw out four (!) of six attempted base stealers
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB — the power gets all the attention, but he’s a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen base chances in 61 career games
LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — four walks and one strikeout in his last three games
SS Cito Culver: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — got picked off second
3B Anderson Feliz: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 10/3 GB/FB — 44 of 70 pitches were strikes (62.9%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — 14 of 24 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … also picked a runner off first
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (60.6%)

Pettitte goes five in latest minor league outing
Yanks spoil Fenway celebration with homers, win
  • Steve

    Any word on bichette?

    • Mike Axisa

      I know he took batting practice today, so he can’t be that banged up.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Who’s a best case Tyler Austin comp? I’m really excited about this kid, it’s great when a sleeper prospect just blows everyone out of the water.

    • viridiana

      Bestest Tyler Austin comp: Paul O’Neil

    • Voice of Reason

      Jason Bay comes to mind. Pre-Mets, of course.

  • crawdaddie

    Keith Law was suppose to be that Charleston game tonight. I expect we’ll see some of his comments on certain players.

    • http://none Bernard

      With Law at the game, it’s too bad that Austin was the DH.

      Sanchez can’t seem to decide whether he wants to a great defensive catcher, or one who’s simply turrible [thanks, Charles Barkley]! Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

      • Havok9120

        Eh. The eye test is more realible with grading the defense of catchers than trying to use CS%, unfortunately. Everything I’ve read (which hasn’t been a ton) is that he’s greatly improved behind the plate.

    • Jesse

      I’m sure we’ll hear some good Mason Williams comments, though he went 0-3. He loves that guy.

      • Ted Nelson

        And is not a Cito fan, not that he has that many fans

        • Gonzo

          Doesn’t like Gumbs’ swing either.

      • RetroRob

        He won’t judge him on the results, but the form.

  • Tony

    Who is Dott? Nice game!

  • Naved

    Yankees must hate Venditte. I’m hoping he can get a crack at the majors this season.

    • Derrick

      Why do people ball wash him he is a freakshow at best. There’re are about 5 guys who will take spots if anyone in the bullpen gets hurt not this carny.

      • V

        Wow. Tell us how you really feel.

  • Plank

    It seems like the Thunder bats have been alive so far this season. Is that actually true, or am I just remembering incorrectly?

  • Midland TX

    Lee Hyde’s 12th-inning performance was disrespectful to Flanny.

  • Samuel

    Venditte was again exclusively left handed tonight.

  • JohnnyBGoode

    So basically Sanchez is Montero with a great arm, but a huge 5 hole.

    • Monterowasdinero

      Montero has a very good arm-underrated-especially on this site.

      • RetroRob

        Good strength, but a slow release.

        • Monterowasdinero

          It will get faster. I am confident that he will improve with experience and motivation. You can’t “teach” a strong arm but you can work on a quicker release, pop time and footwork.

          • Ted Nelson

            I would say prospects can still add some arm strength. Look at Ps who add velocity. You might not turn a noodle into a cannon, but you can add strength and improve mechanics.

            • Samuel

              The added strength to provide better velocity is leg and core strength.

              Arm strength has nothing to do with velocity.

              For example, Tim Hudson was a 90 MPH guy until Rick Peterson changed his mechanics, getting him out longer and improving his arm action. He also put Hudson on a leg strength regimen.

              He improved to throwing 95.

              • Mike Axisa

                Arm strength has nothing to do with velocity.

                That’s not true. Arm strength isn’t the only thing you need for velocity, but you have to have some. Velocity is not all arms or all legs, it’s both.

  • Ted Nelson

    Biggest surprise has got to be an actually good start from Scottie Allen. That or DeLeon not K’ing.

  • qwerty

    A couple of more seasons like the one Austin is having and we could potentially trade him for a fat injury pitching prospect.

    • Havok9120

      Making the rounds between all tonight’s threads are we?

  • Dan

    Does Austin have 30/30 potential?