Rutckyj dominates in Low-A debut

Sunday Night Open Thread
Injury Updates: Gardner, Robertson, Jeter

Triple-A Empire State (4-1 loss to Columbus)
CF Kevin Russo & 3B Brandon Laird: both 2-4
2B Matt Antonelli: 1-4, 1 K
1B Steve Pearce & C Gus Molina: both 0-4, 1 K — Molina allowed a passed ball
DH Jack Cust: 0-3, 1 BB — 32 walks in 39 games
RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — hitting .348/.401/.584 with just 25 strikeouts in 40 total games this season
LF Cole Garner & SS Ramiro Pena: both 0-3 — Garner struck out twice
RHP Dellin Betances: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — 47 of 87 pitches were strikes (54.0%) … 39/38 K/BB in 44.2 IP
LHP Mike O’Connor: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2/5 GB/FB — 38 of 68 pitches were strikes (55.9%)

Double-A Trenton (8-3 win over New Hampshire)
CF Abe Almonte: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at the plate
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 11 hits in his last 24 at-bats (.458)
DH David Adams: 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
LF Cody Johnson: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Luke Murton: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
3B Kevin Mahoney & 1B Jose Gil: both 0-4 — Mahoney drove in a run and struck out
RF Dan Brewer: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — four hits in his last seven at-bats, including two doubles and a dinger
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 8.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 14/3 GB/FB — 69 of 97 pitches were strikes (71.1%) … so close to the rare minor league nine-inning complete game
RHP Ryan Pope: 0.1 IP, zeroes — four pitches, three strikes

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Charlotte, walk-off style)
CF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — not much of a defender, can’t imagine things went well in center
DH J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
RF Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — .294/.364/.472 this year
1B Tyson Blaser: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — .375/.444/.482 since coming up from Extended Spring Training
C Kyle Higashioka: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
LF Eduardo Sosa: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single
2B Kelvin Castro: 0-3, 2 K
3B Garrison Lassiter: 1-3, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 2-3
RHP Sean Black: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6/4 GB/FB
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, zeroes, 6 K — 34 strikeouts and 64% grounders ratio in 20.2 IP … might be time to get him up to Double-A, this is a waste

Low-A Charleston (6-1 win over Rome)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
3B Dante Bichette: 0-3, 1 HBP, 1 SB — there was an injury delay after the hit-by-pitch, but he remained in the game
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 2 SB, 1 HBP
DH Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — already 14 doubles after just 16 last year
2B Angelo Gumbs & 1B Rey Nunez: both 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — Nunez drove in a run
C Francisco Arcia: 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP — 16 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.615)
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-4, 1 K
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — 49 of 74 pitches were strikes (66.2%) … that’ll do kid, that’ll do just fine
RHP John Brebbia: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 29 of 48 pitches were strikes (60.4%)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — all seven pitches were strikes

Sunday Night Open Thread
Injury Updates: Gardner, Robertson, Jeter
  • Will

    Guy has power lefty stuff, he is the only one in the system below manny who can be a front line starter.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Daniel Camarena says hi.

      • Will

        Below says high and he hasn’t even been in a game. And he throws low 90’s not power stuff.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          But he IS in the system. But I guess you’re right, pitchers never gain velocity as they get older, and the fact that Camarena already throws three above average pitches mean nothing.

          • Will

            Evan deluca had above average pitches before he pitched in games. How did that turn out? From what i read about camarena he has great command for a high school pitcher but we have yet to see it in games. Anyone can gain velocity, most don’t and we are talking about now stuff not what could be in magical land.

            • Ted Nelson

              Most prospects don’t work out. Whether or not you’ve appeared professionally doesn’t decide your potential, though.

        • Bo Knows

          Rutckyj probably has gained a tick or two since the DOTF, Mike did when he was drafted (where he was only pitching full time for a little over a year). We know last year he was sitting in the low 90’s but he will get bigger (if you have seen him, the guy is huge already but still looks like he could pack another 10-15lbs of muscle)

    • pat

      If you’re saying Rutckyj can be a front line starter you might as well say about 10 other guys in the system can be too.

      • Will

        I’m talking about lefty starters only.

    • Phil Linz’ harmonica

      Matt Tracy has some potential…

  • Josh

    How do you pronounce Rutckyj?

  • crawdaddie

    Don’t forget Turley, who is touching 94 now.

    • Accent Shallow

      Welp, I’m excited.

  • Danny

    Mike, got a scouting report on Rutckyj ?

    • Johnny O

      I remember when we drafted him a few years back. Canadian out of HS. Mostly a hockey player growing up so he was a massive developmental project. Big left hander, throws heat, had to work on control and secondary pitches.

  • I like it in the poop shoot (formorly 00)

    Montgomerey should have been in AA last year, seriously wasting his time IMO.

    • Voice of Reason


      His numbers were so ridiculous last year that it was pretty obvious high A wasn’t gonna pose any kind of challenge. I sorta doubt AA will be much different, but nobody in the low minors is going to hit him, that’s been very safely established. Again. AA? AAA? Why not see if you really have something?

      • Leg-End

        With the numbers he has now it can’t be long until AA, by the end of the month probably.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think he’ll be promoted soon enough. Wouldn’t get impatient, though. He was just drafted last year and could be in the bigs this season or next…

  • Brian S.

    Is Francisco Arcia legit? Was he the catcher in that lead his league in OPS last year? The one that played with Bichette and Santana?

    • Fernando

      I think the catcher you’re thinking of Isaias Tejeda (i.e. played with Santana & Bichette).

  • MP

    Getting pretty clear that Dellin is headed for a career in the ‘pen, no?

  • Rick in Philly (was Boston)

    I’m trying to remember if Sean Black has ever had a better start in full-season ball. I might not be remembering much, but he usually is hit much harder.

  • Wayne

    I have to see this rutckyj pitch more recently on video before I start saying he has got ace potential. I know he changed the way he threw the ball.

  • Wayne

    I have to see this rutckyj pitch on video again. I know he changed the way he threw the ball.

  • Wayne

    . I know rutckyj changed the way he threw the ball.

  • Alex C

    Time to call up Mustelier he has to be better than Wise and lord knows we need offense.

  • Mainer

    Alright, Mustelier should be getting a call up soon. Of what I have seen, he has been playing a lot of OF of late as opposed to 3B. Teixeira is still coughing so maybe Swish to 1st and give Ronnie a shot in the OF…..

    why not? How can it get any worse

    • Ted Nelson

      Watch out for those pieces of sky…

      I do think Mustelier could contribute, but it could get a lot worse… Even very good teams have cold streaks.