Turley & Campos throw gems in wins

Game Ten: Bring on the Twins
Back-to-back homers not enough; Yanks fall to Twins

In not-so-shocking news, Tyler Austin had the best offensive performance in the minors this weekend. He reached base ten times in 15 plate appearances, including three doubles, a triple, a homer, and two walks. That earned him a spot on Kevin Goldstein’s Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “He has nowhere near the tools of some of his Riverdog prospect brethren, but the bat stands out, and is very much for real,” wrote KG. Austin has been raking all season and came into today with a .438/.471/1.031 batting line and a .604 wOBA.

Austin and DeWayne Wise were named the Offensive Players of the Week for the Low-A South Atlantic League and Triple-A International League, respectively. In case you missed it earlier this afternoon, Tim Norton is making the transition to coaching following his latest shoulder injury.

Triple-A Empire State (5-3 loss to Rochester) first “home” game in Rochester, where they will play the majority plurality of their displaced home games
LF Kevin Russo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
RF Colin Curtis, 1B Steve Pearce & SS Ramiro Pena: all 1-4 — Curtis drove in a run and struck out twice … Pearce struck out … Ramiro hit a homer (!), drove in two, and struck out
DH Jack Cust: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
CF Dewayne Wise: 2-2 GB/FB — left the game in the sixth after twisting his ankle running the bases in the fourth, we’ll know more tomorrow … for an unknown reason in the sixth … Ray Kruml replaced him and went 0-2 with a strikeout
3B Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — threw out two of three attempted base stealers, including one from his knees
2B Doug Bernier: 0-3, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Dellin Betances: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — only 44 of 96 pitches were strikes (45.8%) … 11 walks in 13 IP so far
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 38 pitches were strikes (63.2%)
RHP Cody Eppley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — just a dozen of his 27 pitches were strikes (44.4%)Double-A Trenton (6-3 win over Erie)
LF Abe Almonte: 1-5, 2 R, 1 K
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 1 CS
RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Cody Johnson & CF Melky Mesa: all 2-4, 1 R — Almonte doubled, drove in two, and struck out … Johnson hit a solo homer and struck out twice … Mesa hit a two-run jack and struck out
C Jose Gil: 2-4, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
1B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — a personal fave for an unknown reason
SS Addison Maruszak: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
2B Walt Ibarra: 0-4, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 3/6 GB/FB — 56 of 82 pitches were strikes (68.3%)
RHP Michael Dubee: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 of 20 pitches were strikes (55%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K — 20 of 31 pitches were strikes … 13 K in 8 IP so far

High-A Tampa (6-2 win over Clearwater)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI — been pretty hit or miss so far, lots of multi-hit games and lots of 0-fers
2B Kelvin Castro: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
RF Rob Segedin & 3B Zach Wilson: both 0-3 — Segedin drove in a run and struck out … Wilson struck out three times and committed a fielding error
1B Kyle Roller & C J.R. Murphy: both 0-4 — Roller struck out … Murphy allowed a passed ball
DH Neil Medchill: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B — ten for his last 15 with three doubles and a triple
LHP Nik Turley: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 10/2 GB/FB — another gem lowering his season ERA to 1.00
LHP Kramer Sneed: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 10/2 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Augusta)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 SB — his fifth straight two-hit game
2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-5, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — a disappointing game by his standards
C Gary Sanchez: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — nine for his last 19 (.474)
LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 E (fielding) — dropped in the lineup and he responds with a hit
1B Rey Nunez & DH Anderson Feliz: both 0-4 — Nunez struck out twice, Feliz all four times
RHP Jose Campos: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 5/3 GB/FB — gave up his first run of the season on a solo homer, but otherwise he was splendid
RHP Zach Varce: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Game Ten: Bring on the Twins
Back-to-back homers not enough; Yanks fall to Twins
  • GotJesus

    Mike, check the numbers on Sanchez and Austin. You missed their last ABs

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Bichette went 1-4, Sanchez went 4-5 with 2 2B, and Austin went 2-4

    • Larch

      I can’t recall if Yankees tend to promote in groups for social/adjustment/simplicity reasons.

      EX: keeping Sanchez and Austin together so Sanchez isn’t obviously the best hitter on the team, or keeping Gumbs and Culver together as DP combination.

  • Plank

    What’s a realistic ETA for Campos in Tampa?

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        • Nick

          id love him tomorrow, but I think he will always be a day away

    • YankeesJunkie

      Considering he is only 19 it would be nice to see him get 12-15 starts in low A before finishing the year in High A. He should be considered a long term project who is not rushed to majors and it would awesome to see him get 120-130 innings of solid pitching in full season A ball.

      • Plank

        True, no need to rush him.

        Banuelos moved along at a brisk pace, though, so the Yankees seem to be willing to aggressively promote when they see fit.

        I wish they had been a bit less agressive with PHughes all those years ago. He’s 6 months older than Nova, playing the what if game for a minute, what if Hughes had been brought up slowly and were just starting his first year in the bigs?

        Anyway, what were we talking about?

        • 36nj36

          Phil’s problem wasn’t that he was rushed. His problem was that he had a freak injury in the middle of pitching a no-hitter, and he has never been the same since. I watched him pitch at least 15 times (in person and on MiLBTV) before he made his ML debut. The pitcher he has been since that leg injury only vaguely resemebles that once top prospect. His ball does not have the same explosiveness, but most significantly (and this remains his problem to this day) his curveball never recovered. It was a devastating out-pitch at one time, and now it is garbage. And it’s the main reason he doesn’t miss bats, and runs his pitch count up. He’s a flyball pitcher who can’t miss bats, and can’t put guys away.

          If I could change one thing about Phil Hughes’s career, I would have had him throw a fastball to Teixeira on that pitch instead of a curveball…then let’s see how his career would’ve unfolded.

          • Buddy

            Well its not like if he had thrown Tex a fastball it never would’ve happened. Maybe not that day… Maybe not the next start… Hell, maybe not that year.

            But something in his delivery was causing that stress and it would’ve eventually happened.

            • 36nj36

              You should check your history because you really don’t know what you are talking about.

          • Plank

            We can play the what if game all day. If he had stayed in the minors, he would have been injured there, and there wouldn’t have been as much of an urgency to get him back on the mound and he would have recovered in a lower pressure environment.

            Attributing over 4 years of struggle to a single event isn’t looking at the big picture. He has been a good pitcher since then, but mostly he’s just sucked.

            • 36nj36

              Actually, it’s a simple matter of causality. A single event DOES change the course of all subsequent events. This happens every day. You’re throwing around the “big picture” cliche and you’re not even considering the fact that what I’m saying is basic logic. If he hurt his leg, and that led to him altering his mechanics because he was tentative to use the same drive and stride off of the mound, which led to a loss of stuff, which led to him trying to compensate, which led to other problems, why is that so difficult to conceive of?

              I’m not saying it’s ok or even an acceptable excuse.

              And you and the previous poster matter-of-factly saying he just would have got hurt eventually is utter nonsense. It was a freak injury as a result of him over striding trying to bury a curveball, by a young pitcher throwing a no-hitter in his 2nd ML start. Don’t act like it was the culmination of some type of degenerative injury. What you both are supposing is tantamount to saying that if someone dies in a car wreck, it’s not worth wishing they didn’t drive to work that day because they just would’ve died in a car wreck eventually.

    • jeeman

      The way he is pitching he should be in trenton already, no doubt.

      • Hughes Supporter

        How about no.

  • Derrick

    So much hitting talent in minors; can’t stop drooling

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  • http://none Bernard

    It was great to see Gary Sanchez go 4 for 5 with 2 singles and two doubles. But his defense is scary. He dropped three third strikes, one in which the batter made it safely to first base. Two steals, several passed balls, I’m not at all sure he’ll be any better than Montero was [or is] behind the plate.

    • Nemesis

      I guess the report out there is Sanchez is athletic unlike Montero who will probably never get better not because of effort but because he is just physically a stiff.

      Sanchez is just raw.

    • pat

      Except he’s been playing amazingly behind the plate this year. Those were his first passed balls of the season, and scouts have been raving about how his play has been.

  • flamingo

    The Charleston team has been making me grin crazily since the season began. Only bad thing? They’re too far away for me to watch in person.

    • Plank

      I can’t wait for a decade from now when we tell people about the bad old days when we would have to follow box scores and listen to the radio broadcasts of minor league games instead of watching them.

      Seriously, the Tampa Yankees, GCL (obviously), and SI Yankees don’t even have radio broadcasts. For shame. I hope that changes.

      • flamingo

        I can’t imagine, one day, having multiple camera angles and actual clear video of minor league games. Prospect hugging will go up by about a 1000%.

        • Plank

          Actual production value on minor league games and access to those games would be amazing. I wish the Yankees owned a channel where they could broadcast these games. If only…

          • Joe

            Why don’t they have a few games a year on YES like they did a few years back? Usually on Yankees off days or Night vs Day

            • Plank

              It’s not worth the money it would cost to produce the game.

              I wish they would, but unless there are a lot of viewers, they think it’s not worth it to them.

              I see it as short-sighted though. The Yankees stand to gain a lot even if the initial returns aren’t there by making homegrown prospects into household names. If SWB games are broadcast and people follow Banuelos and Betances, when they are called up, ratings for MLB games would go up. They would in essence be creating stars, not just prospects.

              • Havok9120

                There are two sides to making your prospects, which are resources more than they are players, household names for people to fall in love with. Can you imagine the terror generated by the Montero trade multiplied by us following him on YES for his entire career?

                • Plank

                  Of course, but I think overall it would be a net benefit rather than a negative.

                  Ivan Nova would have been a marketable name instead of just some youngster the Yankees have.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    I don’t see a ton of value in Nova being a “marketable name.” Team W-L tend to correlate with attendance a lot more than anything and once a kid gets a few games in his play outshines his hype. How many more fans would watch a youn prospect because they’d seen him? Hardcore fans already know the prospects, and casual fans probably don’t care.

                    In fact, I don’t think Nova would be marketable anyway. He just wasn’t that great or that praised in the minors. Top prospects are already anticipated and hyped without the games televised.

                    I would love to see more games, but we are a niche market. I can see why YES doesn’t see the ROI to do it. Online (more frequent/consistent with better quality) might happen before on TV I’d guess.

              • JohnnyC

                How can they become household names when no households are watching the games? Most fans have no interest in actually watching minor leaguers play. Every halfway serious football or basketball fan is interested in the annual draft but how many of those fans would even bother to watch a developmental league game?

                • Plank

                  Ideally I would love to have a daily hour-long sportscenter type show where they show highlights of all the Yankees minor league games.

                  If YES starts showing the games, even if people watch a game here or there, people will still become more familiar with the minor league players and teams and eventually, I think they will start watching the games.

                  The market isn’t there right now, but they would create the market if they presented it the right way.

                  You can’t equate the NBA D-league with minor league baseball. Few players make the transition from d-league to NBA and even fewer make an impact in the NBA. Every MLB player (save for a few, and not for decades) plays in the minors for years.

                • YanksFanInBeantown

                  The closest equivalent of the minors for football and basketball is the NCAA, not the D-leagues.

                  And I don’t think that the NCAA is exactly hurting for viewers

                  • Ted Nelson

                    I don’t think the NCAA is particularly comparable to MiLB.

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    Mahoney = Police Academy = childhood 80’s nostalgia ?

  • BronxBombers98

    I love checking the DotF and seeing Nik Turley doing awesome! I hoe a promotion to AA is in the near future.

  • MP

    It’s becoming harder and harder not to have a serious prospect crush on Campos.

  • Batman

    So far this season Mason Williams has put the ball in play all but 3 times (2K’s and 1BB), that is some serious bat control.

  • http://none Bernard

    Mike reported that Betances threw 96 pitches tonight, and only 44 were for strikes [45.8 percent]. His ERA is 10.38. Banuelos has been even worse. His ERA is over 10 runs per game too. All of the walks they issue are beginning to score. I wish these two would stop trying to overthrow everything and instead learn how to pitch. Who is the pitching coach at SWB? And what is he doing while all of this is going on?

    • pat

      Manny was put on the short DL with back soreness, so that at least explains some of his wildness. Dellin is just being Dellin.

      • viridiana

        Have to wonder if Yanks are messing too much with Manny and Dellin. Those of us with long memories remember other top prospects who ran into injury/wildness problems becomes of overly aggressive tinkering. Cullen Hartzog, Ryan Bradley are two.
        May be time for Yanks to consider different approach with these two. Let them return to old mechanics.

    • Pat D

      Scott Aldred is the ESY pitching coach. Since, ya know, SWB technically doesn’t exist this year.

      Did you miss the part where Banuelos went on the DL with back issues? Probably a good explanation for his struggles.

      • http://none Bernard

        I hope you’re right, Pat D. But didn’t Manny average over five walks per nine last year? Seems like ever since he went from 92 to 95 with his fastball, his control tanked. I’ll take 92 with control anyday.

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          Banuelos was at 4.98 BB/9 last year at triple A and 4.91 BB/9 at double A. Missing bats is great, missing the strike zone not so much. If he and Betances don’t improve their command, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the less heralded prospects, like Phelps or Warren, become much more successful then them.

      • Plank

        They are still technically the SWB Yanks. ESY is just a marketing thing to sell merch.

  • pat

    Two more turns through the rotation and if both have dominant starts you gotta start thinking Turley goes to Trenton and Campos takes his place in Tampa. Coincidentally, Pplus just had an article with quotes from his pitching coach Jeff Ware saying how his FB has been creeping up a little bit to where he’s now flirting with a few 94’s every once in a while as opposed to topping out at 92 last year. I will unabashedly admit I’ve been on his junk since the day he was drafted (50th round!! 6’6″ lefty with a good feel for a pair of off speed pitches!!!!) and it is very exciting to see that he is actually developing, and on the track to cracking our Top 10.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Would be so nice if Turley can crack the Yankee top 10 next year! I’ll happily admit You Called it !!

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

        I doubt he’s a top 10 prospect next season. He doesn’t have the ceiling for that sort of thing. Not yet at least.

        And besides…

        Austin (That hit and power tool will decide if he makes it into the top ten.)

        And some combination of Santana (very high ceiling), Flores (young for High-A), Warren/Phelps/Romine (more proven) are probably ahead of him at this point. Culver and Gumbs may sneak in somewhere ahead of him as well.

        I do like those stat lines from Turley though. If he consistently starts hitting 92-94 mph, his ceiling would have to be re-evaluated. Last time I checked, Turley was more 88-90mph.

        • Ted Nelson

          A lot of successful MLB pitchers sit 88-90 and below. Your absolute upside tied in with your velocity a bit, but I think it’s way overrated in evaluating prospects.

    • Ted Nelson

      They’re pretty aggressive with Ps, but I’d be surprised if tey’re that aggressive.

  • Joe

    If you were to redraft the players from last years draft how high do you think Bichette would go? Any higher or right around the same place.
    I have to admit I didn’t like the pick (like Cito) but unlike Culver the guy can really hit.
    I know most of the top ten would stay the same but would he crack the top 30?

  • plaquesonplaquesoff

    PitchFX needs to get off its ass and rig up some minor league parks. I’m sick of this “low to mid 90s” and “hit 94” business.

  • Plank

    This is the ultimate in grammatical and word usage nit picks, but they will play the plurality of their home games in Rochester, not the majority. Majority means over half, plurality is the highest number but still under 50%.

    I’ll go back into my hole now.

  • http://none Bernard

    Wasn’t it Craig Heyer who a few years ago pitched a ridiculous number of consecutive innings without issuing a walk? He seems to be doing very well this year even if he is older than most at his current level [AA].

  • Brian in NH

    Campos may be the real prize in that Montero deal. Give it a couple years, and this guy is going to be shutting down hitters every five days in the bronx.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Yeah, everyone already knew that.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s a good prospect, but a whole lot can go wrong between low A and shutting down hitters in MLB.

  • Monty

    I know he’s one of their future hopes and dreams but at what point do you send down Detances? He wasn’t impressive last September and he’s depressing at best this year. Is anyone in Trenton waiting for a spot to move up?

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    What’s the deal with Romine?

    • Slugger27

      hurt back

  • Kevin

    Anybody know how many pitches they let Campos throw this time?

  • Red Stag

    He has nowhere near the tools of some of his Riverdog prospect brethren, but the bat stands out, and is very much for real,” wrote KG

    What an ignorant statement… austin came into the 2010 draft with plus/plus power and a plus arm. Not to mention his base-stealing prowess. That’s pretty toolsy if you ask me. He was considered a VERY raw catching prospect, that’s all.