Apr
20

Sanchez shows off the arm in Charleston win

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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%)

Categories : Down on the Farm

30 Comments»

  1. Steve says:

    Any word on bichette?

  2. GardnergoesYardner says:

    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.

  3. crawdaddie says:

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

  4. Tony says:

    Who is Dott? Nice game!

  5. Naved says:

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

  6. Plank says:

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

  7. Midland TX says:

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

  8. Samuel says:

    Venditte was again exclusively left handed tonight.

  9. JohnnyBGoode says:

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

    • Monterowasdinero says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        Good strength, but a slow release.

        • Monterowasdinero says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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.

  10. Ted Nelson says:

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

  11. qwerty says:

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

  12. Dan says:

    Does Austin have 30/30 potential?

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