Betances dominant in Triple-A win

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Kevin Goldstein identified Tyler Austin as one of this year’s pop-up guys, meaning someone who has raised their prospect stock considerably since the start of the season. You need a Baseball Prospectus subscription to read the entire article, but the Austin write-up is at the top and not behind the paywall. In other words, go read it.

Meanwhile, Doug Bernier was put on the DL with an oblique strain. With he and Ramiro Pena (groin/quad) on the shelf, the Triple-A squad is down to their third string shortstop, otherwise known as the Double-A utility infielder.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Columbus)
LF Brett Gardner: 1-2, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 K — played seven innings in the field (replaced by Cole Gardner, who didn’t come to the plate) which is typical rehab stuff … the triple was a double that he hustled into a three-bagger … unless he wakes up with some serious soreness, I have to think we’ll see him in the Bronx tomorrow
2B Kevin Russo: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — only eight hits in his last ten games, but three of them have left the yard
DH Jack Cust, CF Colin Curtis & SS Yadil Mujica: all 0-3 — Cust walked and whiffed … Curtis struck out
RF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 2B — six hits in 19 at-bats (.316) since the promotion
3B Brandon Laird: 0-4, 2 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-3, 2 K
RHP Dellin Betances: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (63.9%) … first batter of the game hit a solo homer and the walks didn’t come until the seventh and eighth innings, so there were a whole lotta outs in between … easily his best start of the season and his best since early last August
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — eight of 11 pitches were strikes (72.8%)

Double-A Trenton (5-1 loss to Reading)
RF Abe Almonte: 1-4, 2 SB — 12 steals in 15 chances (80%)
LF Dan Brewers & DH Cody Johnson: both 0-4, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — second straight day with a homer, and he’s got 13 hits in his last 42 at-bats (.310)
1B Luke Murton: 1-4
3B Kevin Mahoney: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
C Jeff Farnham: 0-3
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — that’s his tenth error 21 games, including seven in 11 games at shortstop
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 7 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 56 of 79 pitches were strikes (70.9%), plus the one walk was intentional
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — half of his 16 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Jupiter)
CF Eduardo Sosa & 3B Rob Segedin: both 0-4, 1 K
DH J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R
LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — 16 for his last 44 (.364)
RF Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 K
C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 R
1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — seven hits in his last 16 at-bats (.438)
2B Kelvin Castro: 0-2, 1 BB
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 RBI
RHP Jose Ramirez: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12/4 GB/FB — the last two years have been rough, but he seems to be putting a little something together now
LHP Kramer Sneed: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 13 BB and 12 K in 15.1 IP

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled day off. Tyler Austin has an extra-base hit anyway.

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  • tom zig

    Always had a soft spot for Betances. Hard not to like a local kid who has an ideal frame and a big fastball. I hope he can put it together.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Dammit Dellin! Why do you taunt us so!

    • Reggie C.

      It does ruin the narrative a bit …

      Well, its one start, but i’m glad to finally see Betances harness command and control. Lets see what happens in the next start.

  • Preston

    A day off can’t keep Tyler Austin down.

  • Chip

    I’ll take another 5 or so starts like this from Betances

    • handtius

      i’ll take a 10 year major league career worth, if we’re in the asking mood.

      • Bo Knows

        Just Ten years, be greedy? Gimme 20 years

  • Robinson Tilapia

    They must have really done a good job on Banuelos’s back. It’s even helping Dellin cut down on his walks.

    • handtius

      healing through osmosis.

  • Steve

    I hope Melky can keep this up. He’s not gonna be a star, but he could absolutely be a present-day Andruw Jones-type. Likely less power, but with the ability to play center, comparable fielding (I’m assuming), and some speed.

    • Preston

      Melky Mesa is the definition of a tools guy, from a physical standpoint he has star written all over him, great fielding, great speed on the base paths, and power. He just has trouble making contact. Although so far this year he’s cut way down on his K’s, so his low BA is more bad luck with BABIP then anything. Hopefully he can keep it up.

    • Chip

      I disagree, sometimes it just clicks for these guys and they start making contact. And he could definitely be a star in the Granderson mold as a power hitting centerfielder that knows how to take a walk

      • Ted Nelson

        He’s what? 25 in AA? I’d say that he’s got maybe a 2% chance to be Granderson.

        I also don’t think contact skills are Very likely to develop late. Any examples?

        • Chip

          Hmmmm, Nelson Cruz, Jayson Werth, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette?

          • Kosmo

            Chip, I see what your saying. First Mesa has to get to AAA and if he continues hitting .240 in AA ball it would more than likely not be this year. Something clicking for Mesa might be on another teams roster 3-4 years down the road.
            Speaking of Bautista what happened to him ? It´s like Encarnacion stole his mojo.

            • Chip

              Exactly! Well he does only have like 2 more option years left before he has to stick

          • Ted Nelson

            None of those guys were low-.200s BA guys like Mesa.

            At 23 Nelson Cruz had a .326 BA on the season (about half A+ and half AA) and made it to AAA for a cup of coffee. Followed it up with a .289 BA at 24 and .302 at 25… he stuck out plenty, but he also hit for average besides one season at 22.

            Werth was a top 100 prospect 4 years in a row. His BA was routinely in the high-.200s. He debuted at 23 and basically split the year at 24.

            Ortiz hit above .315 just about all his minor league seasons. He was in AAA by 21.

            Bautista’s OPS was above .800 throughout the minors. Mesa’s has largely been in the .600 and .700’s.

            Castilla and Bichette played in Coors during the steroid era. Bichette was replacement level on his career. Castilla had one solid season and a lot of bad seasons outside of Coors, strong home-road splits.

            • Ted Nelson

              I agreed that Mesa has a chance of suddenly learning how to hit… I just said it’s a low chance, like 2%.

              He has a much better chance of being a passable 4th, 5th OF like Steve originally commented. Still, his best chance is to be a AAA or AAAA player. Odds are against him ever making a sustained MLB impact.

        • Domenic

          Mesa has long reminded me of Mike Cameron, in terms of both the skill-set he brings to the table and his build (though not significantly). Things clicked for Cameron at 23 (in his second go-round in AA, I believe), though, and he was in the Majors for good shortly thereafter.

    • 28 this year

      Two things. Andruw Jones was one of the greatest CFs of all time both defensively and offensively. He was a monster. If Melky isn’t gonna be a star, he isn’t going to be a borderline Hall of Famer like Jones. Just saying.

      • Ted Nelson

        Miss the “present-day” part?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Hence present day Andruw…

      • Don W

        He did say present-day version of Andruw Jones.

      • 28 this year

        My bad then. I am going to go sit in a corner for a time out then.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Oh, and BTW, he did say “present-day”. :-)

      • Lumbergh

        Did you see the memo? We’re putting the new covers on the TPS reports now.

        • Kosmo

          Oh, and remember: next friday is Hawaiian shirt day….

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Banuelos pitching well, Betances with signs of life… Master Blaster run Empire State.

    (It’s been a while, humor me.)

  • Brian S.

    Betances’ start doesn’t make me feel any better about the game today.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yeah, that sucked. Let’s hope there aren’t too many more like this.

  • Jack

    I wonder if Mike’s “Tyler Austin Extra-base Hit” button is next to the “Tim Battle K’s” button?

    • Mike Axisa

      “Tim Battle K’d twice,” to be precise.

      • Chip

        Nunez dropped a bag of chips tossed to him by a teammate for an error as well

        • Rick in Boston

          That would be the “Carmen Angellini committed an error” button.

  • Kosmo

    Yadil Mujica has a better upside than either Bernier or Pena. He´s not a double A utility INF.

    Great to see Betances come out of his funk let´s hope he can put together a string of pearls.

    Mustelier just keeps hitting .ETA in the Bronx ?

    • LiterallyFigurative

      If he keeps hitting, could Mustelier be in RF in 2013? Part of a platoon with a Dickerson/Andruw Jones? We’ve gotta scrimp somewhere.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Hoping that these starts are signs of things to come for ManBan and Betances.

    They could battle it out for the 5th spot next year.

    Cole Hamels (I know, I know)

    with Pineda waiting in the wings.