Mustelier & Ortiz lead Triple-A team to win

Game 43: A Friendly Face
Jeter & Hughes carry Yanks to win over Royals

Another day, another round of injury updates…

  • RHP Jose Campos is still dealing with his “elbow discomfort” and doesn’t appear to be close to returning. An MRI showed no structural damage earlier this month. [Josh Norris]
  • RHP Dellin Betances has been pitching with a cracked fingernail and it is has contributed in part to his control problems. I’m not sure we would have been able to tell anyway given his usual walk problems. [Norris]
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich has resumed pitching in Extended Spring Training and is likely to come back as a reliever. The team’s highest signed draft pick in 2008 hasn’t pitched since mid-2010 due to major shoulder surgery. [Norris]
  • RHP Conor Mullee threw live batting practice today for the first since having Tommy John surgery last June and everything went well. Mullee has thrown just 22 IP since being the club’s 24th round pick in 2010, but he’s one of the hardest throwers in the organization and is part of that relief pipeline the Yankees have built out of late-round draft picks in recent years. [Mullee’s Twitter]
  • RHP Danny Burawa was scheduled to appear in an ExST game today, his first game action since suffering an oblique tear in camp. He impressed this spring and should head to Double-A Trenton once fully rehabbed. [Burawa’s Twitter]
  • In case you missed it earlier, LHP Manny Banuelos‘ had an MRI on his sore elbow and it came back clean. The DL stint is precautionary.

Triple-A Empire State (6-2 win over Columbus)
CF Kevin Russo: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB — five straight two-hit games
2B Matt Antonelli: 0-5
1B Steve Pearce & RF Brandon Laird: both 2-4, 1 R — Pearce drew a walk … Laird doubled
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — .337/.387/.568 in 42 games this year
C Frankie Cervelli & LF Cole Garner: both 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K — Cervelli walked twice and got hit by a pitch … Garner walked once
DH Gus Molina & SS Ramiro Pena: both 1-4, 1 RBI — Molina doubled and struck out twice … Pena whiffed once
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 66 of 91 pitches were strikes (72.5%) … two runs or less in three of his last four starts
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 21 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Akron)
CF Abe Almonte & 1B Luke Murton: both 1-4, 1 R — Murton doubled, drove in a run, and struck out twice
2B Corban Joseph & DH David Adams: both 1-3, 1 BB — Adams scored a run and struck out
LF Cody Johnson: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — really hope he’s putting it together
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-2, 1 RBI
C Jose Gil & SS Yadil Mujica: both 0-3, 1 K
RF Dan Brewer: 1-3, 1 K — left the game in obvious pain after colliding with Murton in the outfield … update: he dislocated his finger in the collision
LHP Vidal Nuno: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 40 of 60 pitches were strikes (66.7%), and he was limited to five innings or 60 pitches after working out of the bullpen all year … was sitting 88 with the fastball early on
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — just 11 of 24 pitches were strikes (45.8%) … picked a runner off first
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — only 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (48.6%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 22 pitches were strikes (77.3%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K — six strikes out of nine pitches

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Palm Beach in ten innings) they turned a 9-2-6-3-2 double play to end the bottom of the ninth, with both runners being thrown out at home … I dunno either
LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS
C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 3 K — just a brutal year so far, I wonder if he’ll go to Charleston when Gary Sanchez gets promoted (probably not)
3B Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — hitting streak up to 11 games
RF Neil Medchill: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — was pinch-run for late, but then Jose Toussen came to the plate in the ninth and singled in the winning run … Toussen also contributed to that weird double play in the ninth
DH Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 1 R
1B Tyson Blaser: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Kelvin Castro & SS Jose Mojica: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — Castro stole two bases … Mojica doubled and drove in a run
CF Eduardo Sosa: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K — threw a runner out the plate
RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 10/3 GB/FB — first start since the promotion
RHP Manny Barreda: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — no strikeouts? lame

Low-A Charleston (5-3 loss to Savannah)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first … 23 walks in 37 games after 30 walks in 69 games last year
3B Dante Bichette Jr., 2B Angelo Gumbs & RF Kelvin DeLeon: all 1-4 — DBJ walked and whiffed … Gumbs doubled, scored a run, and struck out
DH Tyler Austin: 1-5, 3 K — coming into the day second in all of minor league baseball with 30 extra-base hits
C Gary Sanchez & LF Ben Gamel: both 2-4 — Gamel struck out
1B Rey Nunez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4 WP, 8/2 GB/FB — pretty sure four wild pitches is a DotF record
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 1/1 GB/FB

Game 43: A Friendly Face
Jeter & Hughes carry Yanks to win over Royals
  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Fangraphs reported that Banuelos was placed on the 60 day DL???

    I assume that’s a mistake.

  • Tom Zig

    What does Burawa project to be?

    Middle relief?
    Late inning reliever?

    What’s in his repertoire?

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mid-90’s FB with a hard (high 80’s) slider, upside is a good setup guy, downside is probably average middle reliever.

      • YankeeGrunt

        He was flirting with triple digits at St. Johns but he seems to be sitting more mid-90’s now with improved control on the FB and the slider.

    • http://none GrandyManCan

      I saw him in the Cape Cod league in 2010, and his fastball moves. He was nasty.

  • Will

    You know you have good stuff when you throw 4 wild pitches and only give one earned run and it’s considered a bad start.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    No strikeouts?!

    Send Montgomery to Low-A!!!!

  • jjyank

    So what’s the story on Mustelier? Seems like he would have more upside than, say, Jayson Nix, but can he play as many positions? I honestly know very little about the guy.

  • Brian S.

    Wild pitches? I guess that means Bryan Mitchell is a headcase.

  • Jon G

    Any chance we see Mustelier as the new Nunez until Edwardo gets his defensive act together..?

  • Brian S.

    Call up Mustelier.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Isn’t it a little late to be calling a guy like that?

      • Dave M

        Late? He’s only been in this country for less than a year, right?

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    I just spent waaaay too much time trying to picture that Tampa DP.

    Maybe…single to right, RF throws home and the runner is out. The 2nd runner is caught in between 2nd and 3rd, and the catcher throws to the SS covering 3rd. He tries to get the runner going back to 2nd, but throws the ball away. Then the 1B chases it down and throws to the catcher, and the runner is out at the plate?

    • Chip

      I just did the exact same thing! Also, I came to the same conclusion

    • Nebkreb

      I think it was: 1st and 2nd, single to RF. Goes home and records out #1. Runner that started on 1st pulls safely in to 3rd, but the original hitter heads to 2nd (perhaps intentionally to get runner on 3rd home?), catcher throws to 2nd (covered by the SS). The runner goes back to 1st, so the SS throws to 1B, who notices the runner on 3rd break for home. Throw comes home to record the double play.

      • Samuel


        Great analysis.

      • Charlie in SD

        That’s how I figured it. (And no, I’m not just saying that) It had to be a run-down situation, the way those position numbers were ordered.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You know what we’re gonna do? We’re gonna buy Dellin Betances a fucking nail file. Yes. A nail file. He’s going to file his nails and, then, BOOM, transition to the top of the rotation is complete. You heard it here first, bitches.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      He’ll go all 2010 on the International League

      They won’t know what hit them (or didn’t hit them, as the case may be).

      • jjyank

        I laughed, well done.

  • John


    You’ll never believe this, but a friend of mine who loves baseball has been to the following games as his 3 most recent trips:

    1. Hamilton’s 4 HR game
    2. Giancarlo Stanton breaking the scoreboard at Marlins Park
    3. That game with the crazy two outs at home that you RT’d earlier tonight.

    He’s actually one of ESPN’s stats guys. Doug Kern. Great guy, with unreal luck.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Good to see Bleich begin to work his way back as well. Best of luck to him.

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

    Jose campos and micheal pineda = javier vasquez AJ Burnett = GM who should be fired.

    • Knoxvillain

      Replying just to reply. I don’t know what to say. Geez.

    • pat


    • Pat D

      D- for content, F- – for effort.

    • vin

      Don’t forget Nick Johnson, Randy Winn, Xavier Nady, Craig Wilson, Kevin Bown, Tony Womack, Jay Witasick and many more! If you’re going to troll, at least know your history.

      • http://none GrandyManCan

        Nick Swisher, Eric Hinske, Jerry Hairston, Eric Chavez, Cory Wade, Boone Logan etc. I’m more concerned about the lack of available talent at AAA. He’s worked the junk heap just fine. It’s still early.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’s astounding how many times we hear this point, and how easy it is to make the counterpoint. It’s like people want to believe this is true, even though they know full well it isn’t.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I agree. As GM, Jose Campos really needs to go.

    • viridiana

      But I liked tha country song: “Jose Campos…Your are a friend of mine.” Shelley West, I think.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    is it a record for WP on dotf? there was that notre dame pitcher that was extremely wild, remember?

    • pat

      Slammin Sammy Elam!!!!

      • pat

        Over two seasons – 30IP, 34K, 51BB, 15 WP, 11HBP


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

          ¡¡WILD THING!!

  • Cuso


    It looks like someone needs to find a way to fit Mustelier on the roster. Is it an issue that they just don’t want him to be on the bench up here?

    The irony is he plays the super utility role that they tried to force Nunez into, but they probably want him to play every day.

    My opinion? He’s 27. Get him up here, let him become a part time player. Who knows? Next year A-rod could become a full time DH.

    • viridiana

      Amen. Mustelier can help…now.

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think it’s that they don’t want him playing part time so much as they want him to get some more AAA reps to prove himself… who knows, though? Also might not want to cut Wise quite yet if they don’t think Mustelier will hack it in MLB (probably don’t cut Nix, since Mustelier isn’t really a back-up SS).

  • Midland TX

    Great to see Laird and Mustelier swinging the bat well and getting reps in the field. Nice to have insurance policies behind A-Rod and Chavez.

  • Steve S.–001vid

    If Vidal Nuno shows he can maintain his velocity from start to finish, he’s an interesting under the radar breakout candidate for the MLB rotation. He’s 25, was signed as a MILB FA and has always been a reliever, but he has excellent command of his high 80s/low 90s stuff. Limits base runners (1.097 career) and has always posted off the charts K/BB rates (5+ Career).

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    There is only one position player at AAA of any interest to me and that is Mustellier. I’ve seen everyone else and “there is no there there”.

  • jack

    J.R. Murphy had two unbelievable plays at the plate last night.

  • rogue

    I can’t wait for the day Banuelos and Bertances join Pineda in what shapes up to be an awesome rotation in 2014.