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Based on his Twitter feed, OF Jake Cave broke his knee cap at some point this spring and has been rehabbing. Doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100% ready to go when the short season leagues start in late-June.

Triple-A Empire State (5-2 win over Toledo)
CF Kevin Russo, LF Ronnie Mustelier & SS Ramiro Pena: all 1-4 — Russo walked and got caught stealing … Mustelier drove in a run … Pena doubled, scored a run, and struck out twice
2B Matt Antonelli: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K — seven walks in his last four games
RF Colin Curtis: 1-3, 1 BB
3B Brandon Laird: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB — he’s in a 2-for-27 (.074) rut
C Gus Molina: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second straight game with a dinger
RHP Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9/2 GB/FB — 54 of 100 pitches were strikes … he got roughed up early but really settled down in his final three innings, allowing just two hits and no walks in three scoreless
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — only six of his 14 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: — 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 22 of 31 pitches were strikes (71%), and he was running his fastball up to 95 … organizational debut after being claimed off waivers yesterday

Double-A Trenton Game One (4-3 win over Erie) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with two outs in the top of the fifth
CF Abe Almonte & SS Addison Maruszak: both 1-3, 1 2B — Almonte walked, stole a base, and drove in a run … Maruszak scored and struck out
2B Corban Joseph: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
DH David Adams: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
LF Cody Johnson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — homered in the bottom of the eighth to five the Thunder the lead
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 11 hits in 23 at-bats (.478) since coming off the DL
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
C Jose Gil: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Adam Miller: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 48 of 77 pitches were strikes (62.3%) … only ten strikeouts in 23.2 IP
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 23 of 37 pitches were strikes (62.2%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 1/3 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton Game Two (3-2 win over Erie in seven innings)
2B-3B Kevin Mahoney: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — gave the Thunder the lead with the solo homer in he sixth
3B-SS Addison Maruszak: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Yadil Mujica: 0-0, 1 R, 1 HBP – left the game after getting hit by a pitch in his hand
Everyone Else: combined 0-16, 5 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4/4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 55 of 86 pitches were strikes (64.0%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — only seven of 18 pitches were strikes
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Clearwater)
LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Russell Branyan & 1B Kyle Roller: both 0-4, 1 K — Branyan walked
3B Rob Segedin: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
RF Neil Medchill: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at third
2B Kelvin Castro: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
CF Eduardo Sosa: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Jose Mojica: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — Jose Toussen pinch-ran for him in the ninth and stole a base
LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/2 GB/FB — strikeouts and grounders
LHP Matt Bashore: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 – gave it up in the eighth

Low-A Charleston Game One (19-6 win over Asheville) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the third
CF Mason Williams: 0-5, 1 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at second
SS Cito Culver: 3-6, 3 R, 1 E (missed catch)
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-6, 1 R, 2 K
RF Tyler Austin: 5-5, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 17 for his last 37 (.459) with four doubles and the triple
C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — second straight game with a jack and his third in the last five days
LF Ben Gamel: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI – left the game for an unknown reason in the fifth
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — replaced Gamel and went deep off the bench
1B Casey Stevenson: 2-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI
2B-LF Ali Castillo: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B — threw a runner out at third after the move to left
RHP Will Oliver: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 Balk, 4/1 GB/FB — pitched before the rain
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 7/0 GB/FB
RHP Pedro Guerra: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 0/1 GB/FB — 12/2 K/BB in his last 7 IP

Low-A Charleston Game Two (10-5 loss to Asheville in seven innings)
CF Mason Williams: 0-2, 1 HBP — he got hit in the first inning and left the game in the fifth for an unknown reason, though I suppose the two could be related
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-1, 1 K – replaced Williams and threw a runner out at home
SS Cito Culver & 3B Casey Stevenson: both 0-3 — Culver drew his 30th walk of the season, which is second most in the system behind Jack Cust … Stevenson struck out
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3,1 BB, 2 K
DH Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K
2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — a dinger in each game and three in his last five games, very nice
1B Rey Nunez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Francisco Arcia: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
LF-CF Ali Castillo: 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI — he hit for the cycle between the two games
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4/2 GB/FB — has allowed 11 runs in 5 IP since throwing five scoreless in his debut
RHP John Brebbia: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB

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  • Will The Thrill

    Our farm is so barren of any real. Seems like Banuelos and Betances were overhyped. Sure the kids in Charleston are interesting but they’re so far away from the big leagues there’s no guarantee they’ll be the players we think they can be. Sad.

    • Smart Guy

      they arent overhyped, they are human, they are extremely talented but they have ups and downs like every other person, they werent 1st round top picks so why are people so hard on their struggles? like brackman and culver and others.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      You do realize that’s how it works with prospects right? They come in waves. We’re in the process of graduating and trading the last wave and the next wave happens to be in Low-A right now,

      And there’s never a guarantee they’ll be the players we think they can be, for every Bryce Harper there’s a Delmon Young or an Andy Marte.

      • YankeeGrunt

        We also have legit pro prospects at every level. We don’t have elite prospects up and down the org, but there were years where we had two or three levels with NO ONE who profiled as a likely MLB regular.

        • Ted Nelson

          Good point

    • JimmyToucan

      I’m entirely sick of this “overhyped” shit. Who in the fuck cares how the mediots or even the team touts their players. The scouting reports for all three B’s has been pretty dead on balls accurate thus far….anyone pissed off about the “hype” has no one but themselves to blame.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I like Gumbs. I think he’s a better prospect than Culver…but I’m not a scout.

    • RetroRob

      I think a number of scouts would agree with you on that, although it’s much too early to give up on Culver. What is he, 19?

  • Joe

    Hey Mike,
    Who are you hoping for (in your perfect draft) for the yanks to take in the first?
    Love the profiles, seems like you like a couple. I myself have been hoping for Russell but seems like he is falling and a couple of the pitchers look like the better pick

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I really like Carson Kelly. Also like Berrios, Underwood, and Russell.

      • JohnC

        I really like Mitch Gueller. Hope he’s the first pick unless Joey Gallo is on the board

  • Carl LaFong

    Wow, another serious injury to a quality prospect. Anyone know more about this broken kneecap Jake Cave incurred or is this all we’re going to hear about it? How did it happen, what’s the prognosis, anyone know anything about kneecaps & their injuries, etc.? It sometimes feels like the entire organization is snakebitten this year.

    Oh, & did I mention that this rigid slotting cap for the amateur draft is really pissing me off?

    • Greg

      It depends on the type of fracture he had. Given that he didn’t need surgery, I’m assuming it wasn’t that bad. Given that fact it’s probably just going to be a 6-7 week recovery from when he fractured it, if that.

  • Warfield42

    Don’t give up on Cito, like Rob says, he’s just 19 (almost 20). I had the good fortune of coaching against Chris for years as a cross-town rival and he’s as good a young man as he is a player. He’s strugglin’ a bit with the stick but he works as hard as anybody and he’ll figure it out. Pitching in our area throughout his HS years was just OK so he needs reps against quality arms. Its amazing the numbers of this group at Low-A, lets all hope they come along together & form the next core of greatness.

    • Rick in Philly (was Boston)

      Looking at his splits, I wonder at what point the Yankees decide to stop letting him switch hit. He seems to have a good eye at the plate, and hopefully he fills out and can start driving the ball a bit more.