Banuelos strong in return from DL

Update: Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash and possible concussion
Yanks shut down by Arrieta, drop rubber game

Got some more minor league notes than usual, so let’s break out the bullet points…

  • Remember Juan Carlos Paniagua? The Yankees signed him for $1.1M last year but the deal was later voided due to falsified documents. The 22-year-old will be eligible to sign again this July, and Conor Glassey got a fresh look at his live arm yesterday. Paniagua will be subject to the new spending restrictions and it’ll be interesting to see if the Yanks pursue a new deal.
  • Local columnist Gene Sapakoff says the current Low-A Charleston team is the best in franchise history. The River Dogs came into today leading their division with a 16-7 record.
  • D.J. Mitchell’s two-hit gem last month was the second best pitching performance in all of Triple-A during April. By Game Score (84), it was the sixth best performance in all of minor league baseball during the season’s first month.
  • Pat Venditte was placed on the DL with right arm soreness, which explains why he had been pitching exclusively left-handed of late. Triple-A Empire State also activated two players following last night’s game: OF Cole Garner (DL) and RHP Cody Eppley (demotion).

And now to the games…

Triple-A Empire State (2-1 win over Rochester)
LF Kevin Russo, CF Dewayne Wise & DH Jack Cust: all 0-4 — Wise and Cust each struck out twice
2B Jayson Nix: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
1B Steve Pearce: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 16 for his last 33 (.485) with six doubles and three homers
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-3, 1 R — 13 for his last 38 (.342)
3B Brandon Laird, RF Cole Garner & SS Ramiro Pena: all 1-3 — Laird doubled … Garner struck out … Pena doubled, drove in a run, and struck out
LHP Manny Banuelos: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 38 of 60 pitches were strikes (63.3%) and he was up to 94 on the stadium gun … very nice first start back from the lat problem, and he should get it up to 75 or so pitches next time out
RHP Jason Bulger: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 26 of 39 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
RHP Cody Eppley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 20 of 38 pitches were strikes (52.6%)

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Portland)
RF Abe Almonte, 1B Luke Murton & SS Yadil Mujica: all 0-4 — Almonte walked, struck out thrice, and threw a runner out at the plate … Mujica struck out once, Murton three times
LF Dan Brewer: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 15 for his last 43 (.349)
DH Cody Johnson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
CF Melky Mesa & 2B Kevin Mahoney: both 1-3 — Mesa doubled, walked, stole a base, and struck out … Mahoney tripled, drove in a run, and scored another
C Jose Gil: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth
RHP Craig Heyer: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 8/1 GB/FB — 58 of 88 pitches were strikes (28.4%) … hooray for strikeouts and grounders
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — 12 pitches, seven strikes (58.3%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (60.6%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57.1%)

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Brevard County in 11 innings, walk-off style)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 3-6, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Kelvin Castro: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS, 2 E (interference, fielding)
LF Ramon Flores: 5-6, 1 2B, 1 CS — ten hits in his last 16 at-bats (.625)
RF Rob Segedin: 0-5, 1 BB, 3 K — stuck in a 2-for-16 rut (.125)
1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
PR-1B Jose Toussen: 1-1, 1 RBI — pinch-ran for Roller late, but he wound up winning the game with a walk-off single
DH Tyson Blaser: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K
C Hector Rabago: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
3B Garrison Lassiter & SS Jose Mojica: both 1-5, 2 K, 1 E — Lassiter’s error was a fielding error … Mojica stole a base, scored a run, and threw a ball away
LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 35 K in 36.1 IP
LHP Kramer Sneed: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — picked a runner off first

Low-A Charleston (5-3 win over Lakewood)
2B Angelo Gumbs & SS Anderson Feliz: both 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB — Gumbs stole a base and scored a run … Feliz struck out
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 1 BB — boy those few days on the shelf really took the wind out of his sails
RF Tyler Austin: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB — 11 for his last 38 (.289) with three doubles and six homers
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 12 for his last 38 (.316) with seven doubles
1BRey Nunez & DH Casey Stevenson: both 1-4, 1 K
CF Ben Gamel: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — no Mason Williams today, he’s a little banged up after making a diving catch three days ago
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — doubled in the two go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth
RHP Scottie Allen: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 49 of 88 pitches were strikes (55.7%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 11 of 21 pitches were strikes (52.4%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — 23 of 39 pitches were strikes (59.0%) … picked a runner off second
RHP Phil Wetherell: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 16 pitches, 12 strikes

Update: Eric Chavez leaves game with whiplash and possible concussion
Yanks shut down by Arrieta, drop rubber game
  • Brian S.

    You have to call up Wise now. No excuse.

    • Havok9120

      Laird makes much more sense with Chavez down. He can play all 4 corners AND has options.

  • Brian Cashman

    No way Brian, Wise struck out twice today.

    • Who’s Your Daddy?


      Please call up Adam Warren, Cashmoney.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Bread & Water back on the table.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Good one. +1

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I feel like everyone is getting injured. Sportsprobz.

  • Preston

    Yay for ManBan!

  • BronxBombers98

    Yay for Turley!

    • Bernard

      I don’t think he’s had a bad outing this year, has he? And to think he was taken in the final round [50th] of the draft! Some 1,500 players were taken before him. Incredible so far!

  • Ted Nelson

    What happened to the sky falling with Manny?

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It’s a relief to see a good stat line from Banuelos. It’s been a while. Hopefully he can pitch well the rest of the way.

      • http://none Bernard


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        Agreed. I like the zero in the BB column.

    • Kosmo

      3 and 2/3 innings is encouraging . Let´s wait until he´s pitching 6-7 innings on average with good control over 120-130 innings and with a relatively low ERA . To much to ask ?

  • Joe

    With Chavez injured a call up is happening tomorrow. I feel the candidates ar: Laird,Pena,Russo,Nix. Laird and Pena have the obvious advantage of being on the 40 but have had pretty cold starts to the season. Nix just came off the DL and hasn’t hit much. Russo has had a very nice start to the season .296Avg,.370OBP has more walks then K’s and played 2B,3B,LF,RF but is not on the 40. Laird plays 3B/1B and some OF(not to the ability of Russo). It will be interesting who they call up. They have 3 guys they could put on the 60day DL to clear a spot. IMO Laird and Russo should come up this bench is paper thin.

  • Gonzo

    I’m curious to see how they approach Paniagua.

    • http://none Bernard

      This is exciting stuff. I’m anxious to see what his new name might be. He tried Juan Carlos Collado, but that didn’t work. Then he tried Juan Carlos Paniagua but was suspended for a second time. They say that the third time’s the charm. I can’t wait ’til July 19th for the suspense to end. Any guesses out there?

  • Damix

    Interesting note on Venditte there, when do they decide to DL him? I mean he can still pitch presumably.

    • The Scout

      Shouldn’t only half of Venditte go on the DL, opening half a roster spot?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Happy to know ManBan is back pitching and doing it well.

    With the Pineda news and the recent Yankee offensive woes, some good news was needed.

  • Jesse

    Glad to see Manny get back on the right track. Hopefully he’ll keep it up the next time around.

  • pat

    Have a day Ramon. Have a day.

  • A.D.

    boy those few days on the shelf really took the wind out of his sails

    Hopefully he’s not playing through something

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — picked a runner off first

    Domo Arrebato, Mr. Rigoberto

  • Guest

    The Charleston article is a quick fun read. I wonder how many of them get promoted together?

    The weird thing about Austin is that he appears to have solid size and athleticism. I’d imagine a kid who had it in him to hit like he’s been hitting and could move around a bit would have had more “projectability” hype. I know that he’s gone above and beyond, but it doesn’t sound like he’s doing that much more than what his natural skillset would allow.

    This isn’t some small guy jacking XBH’s (Pedroia) or some rotund guys showing speed and agility (Pedroia). He’s a 6’2″ 200 lb. guy with an athletic build. If he keeps producing like this, people have to start looking at his size, athleticism, and production and see a big time prospect, no?

    • Guest

      Sorry, the second (Pedroia) was meant to be (Kirby Puckett)

  • measha

    Wetherell is quietly having a nice start to the year for Charleston.

  • The Oberamtmann

    Wow – and Venditte was still getting really good results throwing multiple innings left-handed against opposite-side batters while his other arm hurt.

    Venditte to the rotation?