O’Brien stellar in Double-A debut


RHP Cory Arbiso was placed on the DL with a mid-back strain.

Triple-A Scranton (9-8 win over Toledo)
2B Kevin Russo: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RF-CF Colin Curtis: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 1 CS — seven hits in his last 13 at-bats (.538)
1B Steve Pearce: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K — fourth homer in his last ten games
DH Jack Cust: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 HBP
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 2 BB — six hits in his last 18 at-bats (.333)
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB — helluva game, but he also bounced into a 5-4-3 triple play
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
CF Ray Kruml: 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — not sure why he was lifted in the fifth
PH-RF Cole Garner: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
LHP Manny Banuelos: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 3/4 GB/FB — 56 of 94 pitches were strikes (59.6%) … first dud since coming off the DL
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 31 of 51 pitches were strikes (60.8%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63.2%)
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of 17 pitches were strikes … loaded the bases with no one out, but then got a strikeout and a double play to escape

Double-A Trenton (7-1 win over New Hampshire)
RF Abe Almonte: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph, 3B Kevin Mahoney & SS Yadil Mujica: all 2-4 – CoJo hit a solo homer, walked, and whiffed … Mahoney walked and whiffed … Mujica doubled in a pair
1B Luke Murton & LF Dan Brewer: both 0-4, 1 BB — Murton scored a run and struck out
DH Cody Johnson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — second straight game with a jack and his fourth in his last five games
CF Melky Mesa: 1-5, 1 R
C Jeff Farnham: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7/4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 54 of 93 pitches were strikes (58.1%) … how’s that for a Double-A debut?
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 22 of 30 pitches were strikes (73.3%)

High-A Tampa (2-0 loss to Charlotte)
LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 2 K
C J.R. Murphy & RF Rob Segedin: both 1-4 — Segedin doubled and threw a runner out at the plate
DH Neil Medchill: 1-3, 1 2B
2B Kelvin Castro, 1B Kyle Roller, CF Eduardo Sosa, 3B Garrison Lassiter & SS Jose Mojica: all 0-3 — Mojica struck out once, Castro, Roller, and Sosa twice, and Lassiter thrice … Castro and Lassiter both committed fielding errors as well
LHP Nik Turley: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — wonder why he left the game so early, maybe he was having some more blister issues
LHP Kramer Sneed: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 4/2 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston Game One (3-2 loss to Rome in ten innings) this is the completion of the very first game of the season, which was suspended due to rain after one inning
CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 CS — the triple came last month before the game was suspended … he was replaced by Ali Castillo in the tenth inning for an unknown reason
SS Cito Culver: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4
RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
C Gary Sanchez: 0-4 — tough to win when the 3-4-5 hitters go a combined 0-for-11
LF-CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
2B Angelo Gumbs, 1B Rey Nunez & DH Kelvin DeLeon: all 1-4 — Nunez drew a walk while the other two struck out … Gumbs also got caught stealing
RHP Will Oliver: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%) … started the original game, before the rain suspension
RHP Scottie Allen: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 64 of 96 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … just six earned runs allowed in his last 35 IP (1.54 ERA)
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58.3%)

Low-A Charleston Game Two (10-5 win over Rome in seven innings)
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
CF Ben Gamel: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — no Mason in the nightcap? drat
RF Tyler Austin: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Stevenson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-4, 2 K
C Francisco Arcia: 4-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI — the backup catcher quietly has 15 hits in his last 29 at-bats (.517), including five doubles, a triple, and a homer
3B Ali Castillo: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GB/FB – 29 of 50 pitches were strikes (58%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, seven strikes
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB – 22 of 29 pitches were strikes (75.9%)

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Mainer says:

    I’ve noticed that Mustelier is playing a lot of LF of late. Any reason why…..perhaps a call up if Gardy stays down awhile

  2. Bob Paullus says:

    Ben Paullus should be in the Yankee pen

  3. CS Yankee says:

    Thinking the same on Ronnie…old, non-prospect is a bit unfair read on him though. He is raking in AAA and has only been in the system for a couple of years…he be playing in Oakland’s system.

    • Peter Lacock says:

      Mustelier signed with Yanks 6-7-11.

    • Tags says:

      Saw him multiple time in Trenton, they guy never stops hitting. Yes he’s old for the minors but he’s proved himself at every level and the AFL league last year. He plays multiple positions could he be worse than Nix? I’d like to see him get a shot with the Yanks.

  4. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Bummed to see Manny throw a dud. Hope he can get back on a roll again.

  5. viridiana says:

    I think Mustellier can help the big league club. Has hit at every level. Best of all, he doesn’t K much. May remind some people of JoVa but key difference is in low strikeout rate. Beginning to remind me a little of Gates Brown.

  6. RetroRob says:

    Hmmm…so why is CoJo the second baseman at Trenton (not to be confused by CoJo the DH/OFer at Trenton) still in AA? He joined AA in the last third of 2010, was there all of 2011, and is still there for the start of 2012. He hit solidly enough there last season, showing good doubles gap power, and he’s hitting .320 plus this year. The kid is 23. Move him to AAA. He might make a better utility player than Nunez.

    • Brian S. says:

      But then where will Russo play!?

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      CoJo can’t play second base competently, much less shortstop, and doesn’t have the bat for third.

      • RetroRob says:

        Right. Exactly. Perfect replacement for Nunez.

        Seriously, there are widely varying opinions on this kid. He’s 23. He’s a righty hitter in a tough park for righthanded hitters. Move him up.


      • Ted Nelson says:

        He can be a bench player without playing SS. I would consider him a possible Chavez replacement with added value of being able to play 2B and probably OF.

        I think his bat can play in MLB. He’s not a stud, but his line drive swing definitely might play.

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      He has played ten games at Trenton this year. They may simply want to make sure he is healthy and give him a little time to get back up to speed in AA before they promote him. He’s a legit prospect, whether he profiles as a utility player/below average starter or a solid starting second basemen at the major league level remains to be seen.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Yeah, I believe he was slated for AAA before getting hurt. I assume it’s just a warm up, too, and 23 isn’t very old. (Total speculation, but I wonder if he’s still rehabbing a bit if a team with a home is a better fit.)

  7. Kosmo says:

    Corban Joseph is blocked from being promoted to Scranton because of Russo. Once NY figures out what to do with Russo, Joseph will be promoted. Mustelier is playing alot of LF for similar reasons, Laird is the 3B so heĀ“ll more than likely continue to get reps in the OF.
    If you look around MLB many teams need to strengthen their benches so maybe Cervelli gets traded and Gil gets promoted from Trenton.
    If it is the Nationals looking for catching depth Cervelli might net Lannan. The Nationals seem reluctant to part company with C M Wang who would fit nicely into the 5th SP role with the Nationals.

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      Russo is a marginal player, you know you’re not likely to see much more than a low-.600s OPS from him (at best) at the next level, he strikes out a fair amount for a kid with no power and doesn’t have much speed, plus his BA fell by .050 from 2009 to 2011 at the same level. At 27, soon to be 28, he’s essentially a non-prospect. If they think Joseph deserves to be at AAA I really doubt a kid in his fourth year at SWB is going to stop him.

      • Kosmo says:

        I think a move is imminent. Not only Joseph but Adams too if he starts hitting, as well as Yadil Mujica. Remember both Adams and Joseph were injured to begin the season. I think Joseph has had about 50 Abs and Adams 25.
        Like I said they have to figure out what to do with Russo which implies trading him in a package deal or releasing him outright.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      What do they have to figure out with Russo? I mean what options do they have with him? I think CoJo was slate for AAA before getting hurt, wasn’t he?

  8. Wayne says:

    I like mikey o’brien’s debut at aa . Hope the yanks don’ t trade him.mikey o’brien’s and Jose ramirezcouldne future of Yankees rotation in a year or so. With the new rules as far as money spent on draft picks being limited the Yankees can’t afford to give these guys away! By the way any update on Jose ramirez’s injury from anyone.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Trading someone and giving them away aren’t the same thing.

      • Kosmo says:

        I think what he means is trading someone and not getting something of equal value in return can be interpreted as giving them away or in other words getting fleeced.

  9. Wayne says:

    I like mikey o’brien’s debut at aa . Hope the yanks don’ t trade him.mikey o’brien and Jose ramirez could be future of Yankees rotation in a year or so. With the new rules as far as money spent on draft picks being limited the Yankees can’t afford to give these guys away! By the way any update on Jose ramirez’s injury from anyone.

  10. Josh says:

    Wayne. Jose Ramirez has a strained lat muscle in his back. He’ll miss a couple of starts.

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