Mitchell strikes out nine in extra-innings loss

Sunday Night Open Thread
Kuroda dominates A's, Yanks win fifth straight

Triple-A Empire State (1-0 win over Buffalo)
LF Kevin Russo, 2B Matt Antonelli & 3B Brandon Laird: all 0-4, 1 K
1B Steve Pearce: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — there’s the only run of the afternoon
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — 53.7% of his plate appearances this year have ended in a walk, strikeout, or homer
CF Colin Curtis: 0-3, 2 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
RF Cole Garner & SS Ramiro Pena: both 1-3 — Garner doubled … Pena struck out twice
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 65 of 83 pitches were strikes (78.3%) … two runs and one walk allowed in his last 21.2 IP
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of his dozen pitches were strikes
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 15 pitches, nine strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-2 loss to Richmond)
CF Abe Almonte: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 K
2B Corban Joseph: 2-3, 2 BB — 15 walks and 11 strikeouts in 20 games since coming off the DL
DH David Adams: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — has played just nine of 16 games in the field this year
LF Cody Johnson: 0-5, 3 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K
1B Luke Murton: 1-2, 2 BB
3B Jose Pirela & SS Yadil Mujica: both 0-4 — Pirela struck out three times and committed a pair of throwing errors … Mujica struck out once and committed a fielding error
C Jose Gil: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 K
LHP Vidal Nuno: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 57 of 79 pitches were strikes (72.2%), plus he picked a runner off first … this is just his second start, so he’ll probably stretch it out to 90 pitches next time out
RHP Michael Dubee: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (57.9%) and he picked a runner off second
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 HBP, 1/1 GB/FB — seven pitches, five strikes … he picked a runner off first as well

High-A Tampa (4-0 loss to Lakeland)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-4, 1 K, 1 HBP
DH J.R. Murphy & SS Jose Mojica: both 0-4 — Murphy walked … Mojica committed a fielding error
RF Rob Segedin, LF Neil Medchill, C Tyson Blaser, 1B Kyle Roller & 3B Garrison Lassiter: all 1-4 — Segedin, Blaser, and Roller each struck out once, Lassiter thrice … Medchill doubled … Blaser allowed three passed balls
2B Kelvin Castro: 1-3, 1 HBP
RHP Caleb Cotham: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 7/0 GB/FB — 53.5% ground ball this year
LHP Evan DeLuca: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — lowered his BB/9 from 17.2 to 15.9
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 43.0% strikeouts and 68.3% grounders

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Greenville in 11 innings)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 HBP
DH Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — seven in a 7-for-41 slump (.171)
LF Ben Gamel & 2B Angelo Gumbs: both 1-5 — Gamel stole two bases
C Francisco Arcia: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B —
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 RBI — singled in the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 2 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 53 of 85 pitches were strikes (62.4%) … that’s eight or more strikeouts in three of his last four starts with a 31/8 K/BB in 24 IP during that time
RHP John Brebbia: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 30 of 48 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 29 of 41 pitches were strikes (70.7%)

Sunday Night Open Thread
Kuroda dominates A's, Yanks win fifth straight
  • Buddy

    Are David Adams or Curtis Joseph even a factor at 2B when deciding who to let walk b/w Cano/Swisher/Granderson? Or has prospect status passed them by?

    • Buddy

      (btw, i’m assuming they’ll have to let one of those guys walk if they make a play and are successful signing a Greinke or Hamels this winter…)

      • Dennis

        Mitchell will probably be our second best pitching prospect by end of year behind Manny.

      • Ted Nelson

        I think that either can become a factor in the Cano decision I’ve the next 1.5 years, but they both have a lot to prove before then. (Mustelier has a chance too, I’d say.)

        • YankeeGrunt

          Mustelier probably doesn’t have the agility to be an everyday second baseman at the next level. Probably profiles more as a utility guy, unless the bat can play in the outfield.

          • Ted Nelson

            I said that he has a chance… Nothing about how he profiles in the most likely case. So far he’s blown expectations out of the water, so I wouldn’t put it past him to keep doing it.

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              But scouting reports I’ve read say he’s lousy at 2B defensivey so unless his bat is outstanding, he’s not gonna cut it as a middle infielder.

              • Kosmo

                Mustelier might be a lousy 2B but what information scouts have of him playing 2B is incomplete. How many reps has he gotten at 2b ? SSS

              • Ted Nelson

                That’s exactly what I’m saying. That the bat has been outstanding so far, so it might continue to be.

                Cano was regarded as a lousy 2B himself.

                • YankeeGrunt

                  Cano was a prospect. Mustelier is a defector, not quite the tabula rasa that a 16 year old IFA is. Excited to see what he’ll do, but not likely to be a middle IF going forward.

                  • Manny’s BanWagon

                    Exactly. Mustelier is barely younger than Cano is right now and he’s been much older for every level that he’s dne well in so far. expectations of him being a starting middle fielder are overly optimistic.

                    Super utility guy who can play some 3B, 2B, corner OF and maybe even a little 1B would be what I expect his ceiling to be and if he could do that and hit a little above league average, that would make him a pretty valuable player

  • David Brown

    Does anyone think the “Killer “B”s might be the same as the Mets Generation K? Of course there are two more on the way: Brett Marshall & Bryan Mitchell

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I don’t even think the Killer B’s were as heralded as The Big Three, much less be compared to three pitchers who were on the cover of SI.

      • Steve H.

        I also think it’s unlikely the Killer B’s have as much MLB success as Generation K did.

        • Ted Nelson

          You might be right, but they only had 21 fWAR between the three of them. So it won’t be terribly difficult to match them with just a tiny bit of luck.

    • Deep Thoughts

      I thought those two were known as “The Stinky BMs”

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    For the record, Dante pronounces his last name Bih CHET not SHET. I guess they got daddy’s name wrong all those years.

    • Bryan__fromNZ

      Nice write up the other day about some of the Charleston prospects.

      Anything else to add from your time there? Sux about Cito Culver if he’s as bad as you saw. Moving off switch-hitting might prove a necessity in the near future. At least he has a good arm. 2B possibly for him.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        OK, trying again. Mason is a permasmile guy (like um Swish Lite). Mason rips it out to CF to start an inning and looks like he is loving every inning. And he’s an amazing athlete and has mad skills. Cito has negative body language, argues balls and strikes, and looks a bit like he is lolly gagging. Next to Mason and Angelo as an athlete, he’s unimpressive. I saw Cito argue balls and strikes more in 4 games then I saw DJ argue in his first 4 years in the Bigs. Strong arm and accuracy, and good hands but a major leaguer? I didn’t see it. (I’m not a scout and don’t claim to be one). Perhaps he needs a life coach more than a hitting coach to tell him to Seize the Freaking Day! You’re a number 1 draft pick for the NY F’n Yankees. Smile and play like you’re loving it.

        Bryan Mitchell looked amazing today. Changed speeds and had a swing and miss FB and CB. Agree with a different poster who said he’d be the #2 Pitching prospect behind Manny this offseason. Sanchez has a long way to go behind the plate. I like Dante and Tyler. 4 hour drive to Asheville tomorrow and 3 games there.

        • RetroRob

          Campos will have a say in who is number two behind Manny once he returns, which reminds me, I haven’t heard any updates.

        • Ted Nelson

          Cito has his flaws, but I don’t think there is any correlation between arguing balls and strikes and making MLB. Lawrie made MLB just fine and proceeded to basically assault an umpire.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Albert Belle says, “Take your sunny disposition and shove it up your &@#@)!”

          • Paul VuvuZuvella


        • Voice of Reason

          It’s funny how the same traits will look entirely different depending on the skill of a player. The game will come easily to a lolly gagger, an arguer is passionate, a guy who doesn’t smile is all business, and what the hell is body language anyway?

          If Culver could hit, he’d probably look mike a major leaguer, but he can’t, so he looks like a guy with a bad attitude instead. What’s the difference?

  • Danny

    Mike, you expect Mitchell to stay in Charleston all year or move to Tampa midseason like Turley ?

    • Jake H

      needs to keep up the K’s while lowering his walks. It’s only 48 innings so far. Probably need another 40 innings before a promotion.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      “I am not a scout and I don’t even play one on T.V. I don’t know Gary’s ass from Mason’s elbow. I’m a fan who has probably seen 40,000 innings in my life Mason is a “permasmile” kind of Guy – think Isiah Thomas or even Andruw Jones in his prime. Vito

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Bad mobile experience. Will reply later.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mitchell’s innings high is the 61 he threw last year. Not sure what that would put his ceiling at this year, but I doubt he’s much into triple digits. I’d guess it unlikely he sees significant time at Tampa this year, if he sees any. He is only 21 anyway, there is no need to rush him.

      • Jake H

        you forget about instructional before he got assigned to SI and afterwards.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Well if you figure he had a handful of simulated starts at that level, maybe 30 innings worth, they might be willing to let him go 110 to 120 this year, as long as he is healthy. In ManBan’s first season of full-season ball he went 109. Jose Ramirez went from 61 to 115. Betances missed time in short-season, so his jump from reported innings one year to the next was a lot steeper. Betances had the most innings his first full-season year, throwing 121.

      • Pharryn

        You can’t forget Mitchell’s innings in extended spring training last year. Even though they don’t count statistically, they count for his development.

  • JonS

    Why is Montgomery still in Tampa? Can he get a Joba-like fast track?

    • wilk

      agreed. he’s just wasting his time at that level

  • King Charles The Great

    Steve Pearce/Jack Cust = teh feared Manny Ramirez/David Ortiz of Scranton!!

  • Phil

    1. It is completely pointless for Montgomery to be in Tampa.
    2. Ramon Ortiz has been dominating. I wish we’d let him be in our major league bullpen and let Phelps improve instead of being stuck with the role he has now.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think everyone here agrees on Montgomery. Still fairly early in the season, and maybe they’ve got legitimate reasons. He wasn’t actually as dominant, but Robertson spent 33 IP in Tampa, and I think Montgomery is still in the low 20s. He could be in MLB in September or by next season.

      I wouldn’t have a problem with Phelps to AAA, but he can definitely get better in the MLB pen. There’s a very long list of successful MLB starters who started in the pen.

  • Wayne

    The guys that have performed the best this year are nuding , marshall and Ramirez. I would give up Marshall , banuelos, and Bryan Mitchell and betances for a young position player like Joey votto and top pitching prospects like homer bailey and Travis wood. I think votto could play outfield and first when texiera is off ! If you can’t get votto you should ask for homer bailey and Travis wood and one of their pitchers in bullpen for they have a deep one.

    • Are you serious

      Hahaha so much fail in post don’t know what to say.

    • jjyank

      If Homer Bailey is a “top pitching prospect” in your eyes, then I literally have no idea what to say.

      • Dennis

        The only 2 possible things this guy can be is a troll or an idiot. Basd on the post I’m hoping for troll because if he is serious it’s just sad.

    • Ted Nelson

      Why is Cinci giving up one of the top hitters in baseball? (Yankees were apparently only other team seriously scouting Votto, btw, and would have taken him over Weeden if Cinci hadn’t.)

      Wood is on the Cubs…

      Bailey is much less a top prospect than Banuelos at this point. He’s got less team control left and stinks in the NL.

  • BigGuy

    Mustelier has played mostly leftfield at Scranton, for the person who wondered about him in the outfield.
    Mike, Scranton is still the offical name of the team, not Empire State. You’re driving me nuts with that. lol