O’Brien dominates in Tampa win

Game 32: The Return of Jesus
Yanks can't hit good pitching, beat Felix anyway

Got some notes…

  • According to Slade Heathcott, he will play his first game of the season with High-A Tampa on June 5th. Hooray for that.
  • Dellin Betances got the sixth spot on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet following his eight-inning gem the other day. Hopefully he strings a few strong performances together.
  • A number of players — including Betances and Andy Pettitte — have had trouble with the mound in Rochester, so it will be rebuilt. Triple-A Empire State will play 38 of their 72 “home” games in Rochester this season, not to mention their regularly scheduled road games there as well.
  • Mentioned yesterday that Rob Lyerly is out for the season with a shoulder problem, and apparently he had surgery to repair his labrum. That bites. Meanwhile, Jose Pirela is close to returning from the dreaded mystery injury.
  • And finally, check out Yankees Fans Unite‘s interview with Tyler Austin.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 loss to Durham in ten innings) they faced former Yankees great Lance Pendleton
2B Kevin Russo: 0-6, 1 K
CF Ray Kruml: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) — Brandon Laird pinch-hit for him in the tenth and struck out
1B Steve Pearce: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — yawn
DH Jack Cust: 1-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K — six walks in his last ten trips to the plate
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP — nine hits in 27 at-bats since the promotion (.333)
RF Colin Curtis: 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K — threw a runner out at second
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
LF Cole Garner: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — first multi-hit game of the season
SS Yadil Mujica: 3-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 62 of 93 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
LHP Mike O’Connor: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 52 of 83 pitches were strikes (62.7%)

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Portland)
RF Abe Almonte: 0-3, 1 BB
LF Dan Brewer, 3B Kevin Mahoney & C Jose Gil: all 1-4 — Brewer committed a fielding error … Mahoney scored a run and struck out … Gil hit a two-run jack
1B Luke Murton & CF Melky Mesa: both 0-4 — Murton struck out twice, Mesa once
DH Cody Johnson: 2-4, 1 K
2B Jose Toussen & SS Addison Maruszak: both 1-3 — Toussen doubled … Maruszak struck out twice
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 18 of 26 pitches were strikes (69.3%) … he was sitting 89-90 before leaving the game after re-aggravating his groin injury … sigh
RHP Ryan Pope: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 22 of 37 pitches were strikes (59.5%) … picked a runner off first
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 23 pitches were strikes
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 3/0 GB/FB — 22 of 31 pitches were strikes (71%)
RHP Michael Dubee: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (57.6%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — threw a dozen pitches, half for strikes

High-A Tampa (4-0 win over Jupiter)
CF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 K
DH Kyle Higashioka: 0-5, 1 K
RF Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — up to .294/.359/.471
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K — ten hits in his last 23 at-bats (.435)
C Tyson Blaser: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — 15 for his last 34 (.441) with seven walks and five strikeouts
LF Neil Medchill: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
2B Hector Rabago: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
3B Garrison Lassiter: 2-3, 1 BB
SS Jose Mojica: 0-3, 1 HBP
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7/4 GB/FB — nine hits allowed in his last 17 IP
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-4 win over West Virginia in ten innings) still no Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez, but the good news is that neither is on the DL
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB — nine steals (in ten tries) in his last four games
SS Cito Culver: 1-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 CS — eight walks and six strikeouts in his last ten games
CF Ben Gamel: 1-6, 3 K
RF-1B Tyler Austin: 1-6, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB — his average dipped under .300 (to .297 to be exact) before getting a hit in his final at-bat (.303 now)
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — three straight two-hit games, so hooray for that
1B Rey Nunez: 1-2, 1 R, 2 HBP — left the game after getting plunked a second time … Ali Castillo replaced him, played left, singled and scored in his only at-bat, and ended the ninth by throwing the would-be winning run out at the plate
DH Casey Stevenson: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
LF-RF Kelvin DeLeon: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
C Francisco Arcia: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — he’s done a nice job filling in for Sanchez
RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 30/7 K/BB in 33 IP
LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 2/1 GB/FB — Clip’d the win after blowing a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth
RHP Ben Paullus: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Game 32: The Return of Jesus
Yanks can't hit good pitching, beat Felix anyway
  • Mattchu12

    I thought the injury to Mo would definitely mean we’d see Betances as a reliever at some point this season, but I wouldn’t be sad at all to see him find his command and remain a starter. Still think we’ll see him in the pen at some point though.

    • jjyank

      I am of the opinion that Betances will eventually become a reliever (I hope I’m wrong though), but even if that’s the case, I hope the Yankees don’t rush the decision because of Mo’s injury.

      • Fin

        I’m not sure what the Yankees will do with him. They could certainly use an arm like his with Mo going down. However, with how many people he walks, I cant see the Yankees bringing him unless they converted him to a reliever in the minors first and saw some results.

        Next year the Yankees will have Mo, Ardsma and JOba back on top of the relievers they have now. It also wouldnt suprise me to see Hughes in the pen by next year. So I’m not sure there is a great insentive for the Yankees to give up on Betences as a starter anytime soon.

  • Larch

    It’s nice to see Mikey O’Brien doing well. Hopefully, him and Marshall will continue the pipeline of back-end starters.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    It’s been a rough year and a half for Stoneburner. I had high hopes for him at one time to at least be a solid set up man.

    • Tags

      I was at Trenton last night Stoneburner looked amazing. They didn’t get a ball out of the infield. Such a shame this kid can’t stay healthy, I was looking forward to watching him.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Gumbs = SB Machine!

  • http://yankees.com sam

    Wow just checked tyler austins stats, obviously a .764 slugging is not sustainable but is the power legit? and I think i have a new favorite farm system yankee replacing sigh, JR Murphy

  • Richard Leo

    anyone know something about Caleb Cotham?

  • Samuel

    Can we push the 24 year old Caleb Cotham up the High A already?

    Then push Mikey O’Brien up to Double-A at the same time.

    Push these kids up quickly.

    The other way of being protective and conservative hasn’t worked, so time to be aggressive.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      The Yanks have been conservative with inning limits, but aggressive with promotions. Joba made it to the majors with less than 100 career innings pitched in the minors. Hughes was under 300 when he got promoted in 2007. Banuelos made it to AAA last year at 20. Chase Whitley has rocketed to AAA in just over two seasons.

      They push the prospects, maybe too fast.

  • Now Batting

    To be a backup catcher in low-A ball at 22/23…blahhgh. And to think I thought I loved the game

  • Djammer

    There were some 400′ shots hit in the lowA Charleston game by Austin and Nunez to the wall in center. Bichette looked rough dealing with off speed stuff. Phil Wetherell’s splitter was out of control. Bounced a couple for the wild pitches and couldn’t go to it so they keyed on his fastball and hit it pretty well.