Murphy picks up five hits in Tampa win

Game 45: The Left Coast
Yankees top Athletics behind Nova and homers

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Remember RHP Jairo Heredia? He started the season on the DL with “something internal” but resumed throwing earlier this week. Heredia is one of the most enigmatic pitchers in the system, dominating for weeks at a time before forgetting how to record outs. He could be ticketed for Double-A Trenton once healthy.

In other injury news, RHP Diego Moreno had Tommy John surgery. He’s one of the two players the Yankees received from the Pirates in the A.J. Burnett trade. The other player, OF Exicardo Cayones, is in Extended Spring Training. Neither player is much of a prospect, but Moreno throws hard and has a non-zero chance of helping out of the bullpen at some point.

Anyway, if you’re unfamiliar with minor league baseball in general, friend of the blog @leokitty put together a pretty great primer for you. Make sure you check it out even if you know your way around the bush leagues.

Triple-A Empire State (8-7 win over Buffalo in ten innings, walk-off style)
CF Kevin Russo: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
2B Matt Antonelli: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
3B Steve Pearce: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — only his third game at third base this year
DH Jack Cust: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — walk-off homer
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — his two-run homer in the seventh tied the game
1B Brandon Laird: 0-4, 1 E (fielding)
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K — eight hits in his last 22 at-bats (.364)
RF Cole Garner: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1 Balk, 1/1 GB/FB — 31 of 65 pitches were strikes (47.7%) … 42 walks and 41 strikeouts in 46.2 IP
LHP Mike O’Connor: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 31 of 59 pitches were strikes (52.5%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
RHP Jason Bulger: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4/0 GB/FB — 14 of 23 pitches were strikes (60.9%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes
RHP Kevin Whelan: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — nine pitches, five strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to Richmond)
CF Abe Almonte, 2B Corban Joseph & RF Zoilo Almonte: all 1-4 — Abe doubled and drove in a run … Zoilo struck out
DH Cody Johnson, 1B Luke Murton, 3B Kevin Mahoney, SS Yadil Mujica & C Jeff Farnham: all 0-3 — Johnson walked and whiffed twice … Murton walked and struck out … Mahoney struck out and committed a fielding error
LF Jose Pirela: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 8/2 GB/FB — 55 of 76 pitches were strikes (72.4%) … picked a runner off first
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 25 pitches were strikes (48%) … also picked a runner off first

High-A Tampa (7-1 win over Lakeland)
LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
C J.R. Murphy: 5-5, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 SB — he really needed a huge game like this
3B Rob Segedin & RF Neil Medchill: both 1-5, 1 R — Segedin struck out … Medchill hit a homer, drove in three, and struck out three times
DH Kyle Higashioka: 0-1, 1 R, 3 BB
1B Kyle Roller: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K — had been in a 4-for-30 slump (.133)
SS Jose Mojica & 2B Jose Toussen: both 0-4 — Mojica struck out
CF Eduardo Sosa: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Sean Black: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (12-6 loss to Greenville)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K — in a bad funk right now, he struck out in five consecutive plate appearances between this game and last
SS Cito Culver, 1B Rey Nunez & LF Kelvin DeLeon: all 1-4, 1 R — Culver walked, stole a base, struck out twice, and committed two errors (throwing, missed catch) … Nunez and DeLeon each doubled, drove in a run, and struck out
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — got his batting average up to .250 after that brutal and prolonged slump a few weeks ago
RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K — starting to get the Bonds treatment with all these walks
DH Ben Gamel & 2B Angelo Gumbs: both 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — Gamel struck out once, Gumbs twice … Gumbs also committed a fielding error
C Francisco Arcia: 1-2, 2 BB
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 50 pitches were strikes (46%) … not exactly what he was hoping for following his stellar debut
LHP Dan Mahoney: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (63.9%)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 2/0 GB/FB — 33 of 47 pitches were strikes (70.2%)
RHP Ben Paullus: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/2 GB/FB — ten pitches, eight strikes
LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes
RHP Casey Stevenson: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 11 of 21 pitches were strikes … they played 13 innings last night, so the utility infielder had to take one for the team … gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced

Game 45: The Left Coast
Yankees top Athletics behind Nova and homers
  • Joe

    Great, we traded for 4 guys and three of them are pitchers and all 3 are out with arm issues, 2 for the year.

    Cashman for president!!!

    • YankeeGrunt

      We got rid of AJ, we were not especially concerned with the return. Campos and Pineda are one thing, but losing some organizational fodder to injury is not the end of the world.

    • sam

      If you are really going to make a sardonic comment about mr cashman you are almost as ungrateful as redsox fans. I would have never traded away montero and agree he hasnt been quite as spot on as in years past but sheesh give the guy a break, he knows what hes doing and has managed to consistently develop one of the best farm systems in baseball.

    • Smart Guy

      dont worry, we got john maine, he will surely start games in august for us

  • Jay

    Is Betances really still considered one of their top prospects? Yikes

    • Smart Guy

      Yankees ruin pitchers

      • dr mrs the yankee

        Don’t be asinine, Betances has always been a high risk/project pitcher.

        • sfly6844

          I think its time to take the pressure off Dellin and do a Roy Halladay with him. Send him to Tampa to work with Nardy (if still employed with Yanks) and rebuild his confidence. At this point nothing to lose and maybe something to gain.

          • dr mrs the yankee

            That’s not a Roy Halladay at all.

            • Ted Nelson

              It’s the AAA version of it I’d say.

              I think Nardi is only working with AA and AAA if I remember correctly, so he probably already is working with him… But the idea of some ExST might work… I don’t think there’s any obvious solution. This is basically the second year in row this has happened with Brackman and now Dellin. Might just be luck, but it’s awful either way.

        • Havok9120

          He’d almost never comment if he stopped being asinine. Can’t have that.

  • Havok9120

    4 errors in AAA? Yikes.

    Meanwhile, 2 SBs for Murphy is pretty amusing.

  • NyCsPoRtZfAn

    When we gonna give Mustellier a shot on the bench? We need youth and and mostly a young bat , and the guy could be something very solid, and i’d like to know… I kinda see alittle Junior Spivey with mustellier.. At least when Spivey was actually playing well.. I want to see what he can give us…

    • Preston

      Why limit it to the bench. Put him in LF, move Ibanez back to DH, until Gardner comes back. I’d be surprised if he didn’t out hit the mix of Chavez, Wise and Nix.

  • Davies81

    Didn’t bichette hit 2 home runs in the last spring training game? What happened to the power?

    Do the Yankees not see that Pearce and Mustelier see better than Nix and Wise? Come on let’s bring up the BETTER players!

    • YankeeGrunt

      Bichette got off to a flying start and then had a prolonged slump. I’d guess he was banged up (he had missed a couple games with injuries). He is .333 over his last nine, so I’m guessing he’s probably healthy again. He’s also 19 years old and power develops last, don’t get too concerned. He only had four last year.

  • Davies81

    Didn’t bichette hit 2 home runs in the last spring training game? What happened to the power?

    Do the Yankees not see that Pearce and Mustelier are better than Nix and Wise? Come on let’s bring up the BETTER players!

  • Jon

    Based on the primer, it appears Betances will never amount to anything. Oh well.