Gumbs leads the way in Charleston blowout win

Saturday Night Open Thread
Huuuuughes and Rauuuuul bury Mariners

If you’re wondering what Jorge Vazquez is up to, Mike Ashmore points out that he’s back playing in the Mexican League this summer. He’s hitting .273/.344/.473 with three homers in 15 games for Tigres de Quintana Roo after the Yankees released him at the end of camp. It wasn’t much of a secret that JoVa was getting tired of playing in Triple-A, but apparently none of the other 29 clubs were willing to give him a shot.

Triple-A Empire State (3-2 win over Durham, walk-off style)
2B Kevin Russo: 1-5, 1 R, 1 SB
LF Colin Curtis: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — walk-off single
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — has replaced JoVa and then some
DH Jack Cust & CF Ronnie Mustelier: both 0-4 — Cust struck out twice … Mustelier played center, eh? interesting
3B Brandon Laird & C Frankie Cervelli: both 1-4 — Laird doubled

RF Cole Garner: 0-4, 1 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 2-4, 1 2B
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 62 of 91 pitches were strikes (68.1%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 20 of 35 pitches were strikes (57.1%)
RHP Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 16 of 22 pitches were strikes (72.7%)

Double-A Trenton (5-1 win over Portland)
DH Abe Almonte: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K — eight hits in his last 23 at-bats (.348)
2B Corban Joseph, DH Cody Johnson, 3B Kevin Mahoney, RF Dan Brewer & SS Addison Maruszak: all 1-4 — Johnson hit a solo homer and struck out thrice … Mahoney and Maruszak each struck out twice, and the latter also scored a run … Brewer stole a base
1B Luke Murton: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
CF Melky Mesa: 1-3
C Jose Gil: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
RHP Cory Arbiso: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 12/4 GB/FB — 60 of 93 pitches were strikes (64.5%) … easily his best start of the year and maybe the best of his pro career
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56.3%)

High-A Tampa (4-2 loss to Lakeland)
LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB — eight walks in his last ten games
2B Kelvin Castro: 3-5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB
1B Kyle Roller: 0-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K — seven walks in his last five games
DH Tyson Blaser & CF Eduardo Sosa: both 1-4 — Blaser struck out once, Sosa twice … Sosa also got caught stealing
RF Neil Medchill: 0-4, 3 K — 13 strikeouts in his last eight games
3B Hector Rabago & SS Jose Mojica: both 2-4 — Rabago struck out … Mojica drove in a run
LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — first start back from a blister problem, so he gets some slack
LHP Aaron Dott: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (16-2 win over West Virginia) still no Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez, but the good news is that neither guy is on the DL
2B Angelo Gumbs: 3-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB — 12 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.480), and he’s also 13-for-14 in stolen base chances during that time … dude is out of his mind right now
SS Cito Culver: 0-6, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — four straight multi-hit games, now nine hits in his last 17 at-bats (.529)
RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 25 extra-base hits in 31 games
CF Ben Gamel: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 K– got picked off first … second homer in three games
1B Casey Stevenson: 0-2, 1 R, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) — left the game in the sixth, an inning after getting plunked
1B Rey Nunez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 4-5, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — nine hits in his last 14 at-bats (.643) … another guy who’s absolutely locked in
C Francisco Arcia: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI — was taken out after seven innings, once the score got out of hand
C Nick McCoy: 1-1, 1 R, 1 BB — so Sanchez isn’t on the DL but they’re carrying a third catcher? hmmm
LF Ali Castillo: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 22/10 K/BB in his last 21 IP
RHP John Brebbia: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB

Saturday Night Open Thread
Huuuuughes and Rauuuuul bury Mariners
  • Jimmy McNulty

    Is CoJo or David Adams ever going to do anything?

    • Larch

      Maybe they have decided to wither in deference to Gumbs’ new status as the 2B of the future.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I really liked them once upon a time. Whatevs, shit happens…prospects sometimes don’t take the leap.

        • Ted Nelson

          CoJo had a solid enough offensive season in AA last season and had advanced to AAA this season, but got hurt. I’d imagine he’ll be in AAA fairly soon, and don’t think the injury really changes his prospect status. Still has a shot to be a Chavez replacement if not a starter.

          Adams’ injuries do seem to change his prospect status… Doesn’t seem to be as much a question of when he’ll play so much as if. Certainly possible he puts it all behind him to reach his potential still, though.

  • Brian

    Whats up with Russell Branyon?

    • Preston

      He has a back problem and when he finally gets healthy he’ll probably ask for and receive his release rather than go to AAA.

      • Ted Nelson

        Or rehab with the Yankees.

  • Kulish

    Does Mustelier get called up soon?

    • Preston

      Doubtful, he’s really old for the level. So the production might just be because he’s a vet beating up on kids. If he has about 150 productive ABs at AAA and Chavez/Nix are both hurt/struggling, he might get the call.

      • Steve

        He’s gonna be up within two weeks. While the Yankees are figuring out Nunez’s fielding issues, Jayson Nix is not the optimal replacement. Nix is career low-.200s hitter and the Yankees know that. Mustelier can AT LEAST hit as well as Nix, with more range in the field.

      • Kosmo

        I believe Mustelier is 1 yr older than Nunez his current teammate.
        27 year old Cuban refugee is a “vet beating up on kids“? Maybe he´s just really good ?

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Nunez is turning 25 in June.

      • Voice of Reason

        He is 3 years older than Nunez…allegedly.

        As far as beating up on kids goes, until he gets to the majors he’s got no choice but to beat up on whoever’s pitching to him. Considering he’s 28 in 3 months (or even if he’s 31), it’s not as if people are looking at his numbers the same way they would a traditional prospect’s. If you put a legit ML hitter in AA, that’s what they’re supposed to do: beat up on AA pitching. The Yankees are obviously keeping their utility options wide, wide open, so if Mustelier hits well in AAA it would be a shock if he isn’t in the majors some time fairly soon.

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    • Ted Nelson

      Definite possibility.

  • vin

    Seriously, what is going on with Mason and Sanchez? I can’t believe no one has learned what is happening.

    • Eric

      I believe Sanchez bruised his thumb (or perhaps another finger) on a foul tip. I’m not sure what Mason’s deal is, though I seem to remember him getting banged up after a dive in the outfield.

  • Howard Cosell

    Mason Williams is being disciplined for not running out a ground ball….


  • Howard Cosell

    Zach Varce having Tommy John surgery next week…


  • Howard Cosell

    Mariel Checo hit 98 on the gun a few times the last outing and apparently the guns there are lower than the pros. Still has some control issues though….


  • Will

    Does Mark Montgomery ever pitch anymore? For a guy who turned a lot of heads last year he’s not getting many appearances.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s killing it again this season.

    • mattdamonwayans

      Montgomery has been in 11 games this year, in a threeway tie for most appearances in Tampa

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Gumbs didn’t get caught stealing, Gamel did.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      He also went 4-6, not 3-6. And the 4th hit was a home run

  • Danny

    Mitchell pitching pretty well so far ….. being overlooked on a stacked Charleston team

  • Vinnie

    Check out Tyler’s numbers. He’s scoring close to seventy percent of the time he reaches base and over sixty five percent of his hits are for extra bases.
    Anyone know what the records are for the minors in those two departments?

  • measha

    Anyone know why Wetherell was assigned to Staten Island? His stats look better than most of the pitchers on Charleston