Trenton & Tampa both win late

Game 22: Win it for Hiroki
Starting pitching ends April strong, Yanks beat Orioles 2-1

Slade Heathcott took batting practice today for the first time since having his second left shoulder operation last year. He says it went well. Meanwhile, Josh Norris interviewed Tyler Austin recently, so check that out.

Yadil Mujica went 10-for-18 last week and was named the Double-A Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week.

Double-A Trenton (6-3 win over Portland) scored three in the top of the ninth to win it
RF Abe Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — having himself a very nice season thus far
LF Dan Brewer: 1-4, 1 R
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — gave the team the lead in the ninth with a two-run dinger
DH Cody Johnson: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP — had been in a 4-for-33 rut (.121)
1B Luke Murton: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS
C Jose Gil: 0-5, 2 K
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (all fielding)
2B Yadil Mujica: 1-4, 1 K
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 32 of 48 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … first start off the DL (groin), so he was probably limited to 50 pitches
RHP Michael Dubee: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 30 of 41 pitches were strikes (73.2%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 2.2IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 34 of 51 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — threw eight pitches, including six strikes
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 15 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (6-4 win over Dunedin in ten innings)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
2B Kelvin Castro: 2-6, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding) — drove in the go-ahead run in the tenth
LF Ramon Flores: 3-6, 1 SB — hopefully this gets him going a bit, it’s been a slow start
RF Rob Segedin: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K — if he plays, he reached base it seems
1B Kyle Roller: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB — only his fourth and fifth extra-base hits of the season
DH Tyson Blaser: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B
3B Garrison Lassiter: 0-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 3-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — has just two hits in his last 29 at-bats (.069)
RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6/7 GB/FB — 23/6 K/BB in 20 IP
LHP Vidal Nuno: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 17/6 K/BB in 12.1 IP

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Hickory)
DH Mason Williams: 0-1 — was pulled for a pinch-hitter after running out a ground ball in his first at-bat … apparently he got a little banged up making a diving catch yesterday, so hopefully it’s not too serious
PH-DH Anderson Feliz: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 SB — Casey Stevenson pinch-hit for him with one out and the bases empty in the ninth, lining out to left
SS Cito Culver: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — 13 for his last 29 (.448) with two doubles, two triples, six walks, three strikeouts, and three stolen bases in three attempts
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — that’s his first career caught stealing, he’d been a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts in 69 career games prior to today
CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
1B Rey Nunez: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
LR Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C Francisco Arcia: 0-4
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 6/3 GB/FB — retired 14 of the first 16 men he faced (no hits), then it all came apart in the sixth inning
RHP Ben Paullus: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — allowed the runner he inherited from Mitchell to score and then some
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB

Triple-A Empire State had a scheduled day off.

Game 22: Win it for Hiroki
Starting pitching ends April strong, Yanks beat Orioles 2-1
  • Plank

    Slade games played by year:

    2012: 12
    2013: 0
    2014: Announces retirement

    • Gonzo

      He’s got a long softball career ahead of him. Don’t short change him.

      • Plank

        He can hang out with Eric Byrnes.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Damn, Dubee was smokin’.

  • Larch

    Has Kevin Long been sighted near Charleston?

  • http://none Bernard

    I think you may be right on the money with that prediction, Plank. But, in my own mind at least, Slade has already been adequately replaced by one Mister Tyler Austin. Don’t you agree?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Or at least as a CF, Mason.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    That, indeed, is the Melky Mesa Waysa.

  • http://none Bernard

    BTW, from everything I’ve read so far, Mason Williams may be a better centerfield prospect than Slade Heathcott was [before all of those shoulder surgeries and knee surgery]. What do you think?

    • Knoxvillain

      I’d say Heathcott would be the better prospect, but he just can’t stay healthy. Since he can’t, obviously Williams has much more value.

    • http://none Bernard

      Well, Paul. They say great minds think alike. Your answer beat me by 3 minutes. Easily explained. I’m probably older [I’m 68] which is why I think slower. Same result though. Just slower is all.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Hahah, I’m sure it’s all your great memories that have slowed the processor a little bit. Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mason is the better prospect. If Slade hadn’t had the surgeries, the Arm was a Plus Plus weapon, but now, probably not anymore.

        • http://none Bernard

          I agree. It’just like you and the Kentucky Bomber said [below]. Problem is, you hate to see a number one draft pick like Slade not make it. Let’s hope he surprises us all. He’s only 21, so there still is time.

  • Kentucky Bomber

    I’d be disappointed if Heathcott can’t make it all the way back. Saw him last year and he was tearing it up. I described him as Brett Gardner with power. Here’s hoping it works out for him.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Nice to see Stoneburner have a solid outing. Up until last year which was a washout due to injuries, I was high on Stoneburner and thought he was at least the equal of the Phelps/Warren/Mitchell trio.

    hopefully he’s healthy and ready to get back on track.

  • pat

    Safe to say that Austin has lost a lot of his luster after that CS. Makes you wonder of he’ll have base stealing problems in the future.


  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    Late? Like my girlfriend’s time!

    • Jd

      Congratulations. First?

      • Jim Is Bored

        He’s making a stupid joke. It’s his thing.

  • G

    Austin doesn’t seem to be all that fast, but his ability to steal seems more indicative of the fact that he’ll be a good baserunner in the bigs if he makes it. I doubt he can run that well on MLB catchers’ arms, but he seems to have a great feel for it.

    Really becoming an exciting prospect.

  • rossdfarian

    What do we know about Vidal Nuno? Org guy or legit prospect? It seems like he’s always throwing up zeroes and striking out multiple people.

    • Brian S.

      What I know is that Vidal is a kickass name.

  • Carl LaFong

    Another day, another hit for Ben Gamel; interesting.

  • JohnC

    WOnder if Montgomery can fast track it to the big leagues the way David Robertson did. So far he has been dominant at each level he goes to

  • Robert

    Such a tough road these kids have. Never would have thought the Killer Bee’s would become 2 1/2 duds.
    Brackman has resumed his high ERA with Cinn AAA
    Betances throws 100 pitches with walks and cant get past the 5th ininng.
    Only hope Baneuelos has a good outing this Wednesday….

    A year ago never though Phelps,Mithchell and Warren would move ahead of the KB’s

  • http://googlechrome yankeewanabe

    wher is slade extened st or in tampa and is he still recovering from his shoulder surgrey

  • KBatch

    Is there a scouting report anywhere for Tyson Blaser? I don’t recall how he became a Yankee (draft? FA? trade?) and if he has any prospect value beyond being an org player. He is old for A+ league and hasn’t played much (6 games) but seems to be hitting when given the chance.

  • emac2

    How often have minor league players started their careers with 40-40’s in their first 162 games?