Sanchez homers twice in big Charleston win

2012 Draft: Christian Jones
May 2012 Monthly Wrap-Up

Triple-A Empire State (3-0 loss to Toledo)
CF Kevin Russo: 2-4, 2 K, 1 CS
2B Matt Antonelli: 1-4, 2 K
1B Steve Pearce & DH Jack Cust: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 HBP — stuck in a little 8-for-39 rut (.205)
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.371)
3B Brandon Laird: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K — had two hits in his previous 27 at-bats (.074)
RF Colin Curtis: 0-4, 1 K
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 1 K
RHP D.J. Mitchell: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 70 of 115 pitches were strikes (60.9%) … 46 strikeouts in 53 IP this year (7.8 K/9), up a full strikeout from his career rate coming into the season (6.9 K/9)
RHP Jason Bulger: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 33 pitches were strikes
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 18 pitches, 12 strikes

Double-A Trenton (11-0 win over Erie)
CF Abe Almonte: 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB — had been in a 5-for-32 (.156) rut
DH Corban Joseph & 2B David Adams: both 2-5, 2 R — Adams doubled, drove in two, and struck out
LF Cody Johnson: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — second straight game with a homer and four in his last seven games
PH-LF Jose Pirela: 0-2, 1 K — not sure why Johnson was taken out of the game in the seventh, hopefully it was just rest with a huge lead
1B Luke Murton: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
3B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C Jose Gil: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
RF Damon Sublett: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K — threw a runner out at the plate
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 8/6 GB/FB — 56 of 73 pitches were strikes (76.7%) … hasn’t allowed a run in four of his last five outings (3 ER in 31 IP during that time)
RHP Michael Dubee: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 26 of 44 pitches were strikes (59.1%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB — threw nine pitches, six for strikes

High-A Tampa (10-9 loss to Clearwater in 13 innings) they had the bases loaded with no outs in the 12th and failed to score, so it’s good to see they’re teaching the RISPFAIL throughout the system
CF-1B Ramon Flores: 4-7, 1 R — 16 hits in his last 48 at-bats (.333)
C Kyle Higashioka: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — third homer in his last six games … I wish they’d play him a little more
1B Russell Branyan: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — I guess the back is healthy is he’s playing the field and hitting dingers
RF Rob Segedin: 0-5, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Neil Medchill & DH Kyle Roller: both 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB — Medchill scored a run and struck out … Roller scored twice and struck out twice
3B Garrison Lassiter & SS Jose Mojica: both 1-6, 1 RBI, 2 K — Lassiter doubled, scored, and committed a throwing error
RHP Sean Black: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/0 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/0 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only four strikeouts? weak
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (13-2 win over Greenville) they’ve scored 49 runs in their last four games and 61 runs in their last six games
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB — three straight games with a homer and four in his last six contests
SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first … seven hits in his last 19 at-bats (.368)
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — at long last, he finally hit his first homer of the season
RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — 20 hits in his last 43 at-bats (.465)
C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI — four homers in his last four games and five in his last seven … his last eight hits have all gone for extra-bases … he’s out of his mind right now, he really wants out of Charleston
DH Casey Stevenson: 0-5, 2 K
1B Rey Nunez & LF Kelvin DeLeon: both 2-4, 1 2B — Nunez got hit by a pitch, scored a run, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error … DeLeon walked, scored two runs, and struck out
CF Ali Castillo: 1-5, 1 R
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/4 GB/FB
RHP Brett Gerritse: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6/1 GB/FB
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB

2012 Draft: Christian Jones
May 2012 Monthly Wrap-Up
  • Matt Imbrogno

    Gary mother fuckin’ Sanchez.

    • Cmart332

      I second this sentiment.

      • jjyank


    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Jesus who?

  • DERP

    Love Brett Marshall. Wish he would strike out a few more guys though.

  • King Charles The Great

    That Charleston team is nuts!!

  • My Pet Goat

    Mike, what’s the word on Gumbs? I know I’ve seen Law call him more athlete than prospect or something along those lines. Besides a HR binge, what signs of improvement are you looking for in a kid like this? K:BB rate?

    • crawdaddie

      Gumbs has come a long way since even last year. He’s just starting to reach some of his potential as his bat will be deadly in a few years.

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      Soriano pt. 2

  • LiterallyFigurative


  • IE

    It seems as though Sanchez’s bat has a good chance of being major league ready by 2014. We shall have to see about his defense.

    • Ted Nelson

      Maybe. I’d say 2014 is a little aggressive though. I would call that more best case. There are still 3 levels between him and MLB. He can definitely skip a level at some point and do two levels in one year, but that’s going to take everything going right against much harder pitching. Right now he’s repeating a level and should be raking.

  • Mango

    Maybe the reason they don’t promote Sanchez is because they don’t want him to split time with Murphy. Murphy does not deserve a promotion so the Yankees want each catcher to catch on a consistent basis.

    • Dave M

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they swapped Sanchez and Murphy at some point. Murphy is just really struggling.

    • jjyank

      True at this point, but I said this in a thread the other day and I stand by it:

      The challenge and progression of Sanchez’s bat very well might outweigh a potential delay in defensive development. If Sanchez is ready for High A Tampa, I really hope the Yankees don’t hold him back because of Murphy. Correct me if I’m wrong, but can’t Murphy also play a corner position? So have them split time at DH/C/3B(Murphy only). They did it with Montero and Romine for awhile.

      I really think that challenging Sanchez is more important than keeping him and Murphy separated. It’s not Sanchez’s fault that Murphy isn’t keeping pace, and something will need to give in the next month or so.

      • Ted Nelson

        I disagree that they should rush Sanchez at the expense of his defense. Guy has a chance to be a legit star C. Needs to develop defensively. He was ready for High A offensively coming into the season. He demonstrated immaturity and inconsistent defense, though.

        I agree that we may get to a point where he gets promoted this season and the situation is dealt with. I wouldn’t rush it, though. Sanchez is still only 20.

        • jjyank

          I never used the word “rushed”. I do not want that either. What I was saying, is that if Sanchez’s bat was ready, and the only obstacle holding him back was Murphy, then he should be promoted anyway. Murphy struggling and not getting promoted should not stand in the way of Sanchez being promoted, IMO.

          A couple of months at High A Tampa may do more good for challenging his bat than it would delaying his defensive abilities. Do you really thing Sanchez should spend two full years at Low A?

          • YankeeGrunt

            It’s a fair point about Murphy, but he is a legit two-way prospect. His defensive progress got rave reviews at the beginning of the year and his CS % is way up. The bat should improve; he is very patient for his age and nobody thinks he’ll slug .320 over a season. He is hitting .310 over his last 10 games with half of the XBH he has on the season.

            Sanchez’s glove is improving too. His CS is actually down on the year but his problem was never throwing out runners, it was the more mundane things like keeping the PBs down. They have no reason to rush him if they’re satisfied that his defense is more likely to improve by taking promotions slowly.

            As good as Sanchez is I doubt they’d let Murphy block him, but it’s not like Higashioka or Chase Weems, Murphy is one of the better all around prospects in the org and a slow start to the season doesn’t doom him.

            • jjyank

              I agree with you. I didn’t advocate “rushing” Sanchez, or promoting him today or anything. And I also didn’t say that a slow start dooms Murphy. I like Murphy a lot as a prospect.

              All I’m saying is that come, say, July, Murphy still isn’t hitting and Sanchez is raking, Sanchez should be promoted. In a perfect world, they would be separated forever so they could work on their defensive game, but I would hate to see Sanchez spend two full season at low A. If Sanchez spends a year and a half at the level, I can’t see how that is in any way “rushing” him.

              Like I said above, I really hope Murphy tears the cover off the ball for the next 6 weeks or so and get promoted to Trenton to make this all moot.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Sanchez is only 19. He won’t be 20 until December.

          • Doug

            Sorry Andy, didn’t read down before I posted

        • Doug

          actually, not even 19 1/2 yet (tomorrow actually)

    • Brian S.

      JR Murphy blows. Sanchez should go up to Tampa and fuck him in the ear.

      • jjyank

        …or that?

    • DM

      I thought the same. But the question should only begin now that Sanchez is on fire. He wasn’t ready to hit or field for Tampa coming into the season — and he didn’t play a full season in Charleston last year. He still strikes out too much, and needs to catch full time. He’s only just reached a full season’s worth of Charleston, so you can certainly justify keeping him there a little longer to see if his hitting is only a hot streak or a something more (like what Austin has been doing).

  • JohnnyBGoode

    Ronnie Mustelier=bored

  • A.D

    Gotta figure: montgomery, austin, sanchez, cojo are all up for promotions

  • JonS

    Montgomery gave up a walk? No way he gets promoted now.

  • wow

    I was at the Riverdogs game. All the homeruns were pretty impressive, but Sanchez’s homeruns were absolute bombs to center field. They must have traveled 430 feet+.

    • Brian in NH

      They must be an incredibly fun team to watch. I can only imagine. Maybe when a lot of these kids make their way to Trenton in the next season or two I will have to go see them when they come to Portland or Manchester

  • Jacob

    What’s the word on Mason?

  • Jacob

    Chances the orginization is just waiting to promote the whole charleston team together? Lmao

  • sam

    I played with JR murphy at IMG he absolutely does not blow. Dude has crazy pop most people arent aware of. He has been trained by the best minds in baseball since he was 5 because his mom works at IMG and I personally guarantee (as little as that means) that he will be a stud in the majors and a great hitter. Hes also one of the smarter guys ive ever played with or against and I have no doubt in my mind he does not “blow”. In a few years when he is in the majors either for the yanks or someone else and is making a case for rookie of the year you will regret saying he blows and say to yourself, “oh damn i really dont know shit”.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Nice post. The kid has a lot of talent and seems to have a great attitude. That’s no guarantee of success, but writing him off because he had a bad month or so stretch as a 21 year old is silly.

  • Pat D

    “…so it’s good to see they’re teaching the RISPFAIL throughout the system.”

    That reminds me of the comment Rob Neyer made about the Cubs’ “College of Coaches” from the early ’60’s.

    The idea was that the top 8 coaches would rotate through the entire organization, from Class D all the way up to the big club, ensuring that players at every level were taught the same ways to botch rundowns, miss cutoff men, ground into double plays, and so forth.

  • crawdaddie

    You guys do realize that Sanchez already has 10 errors this season, most of them with throws. His passballs are down from last year, but he’s already committed more errors this year than any other season in his young career. Also, he’s only caught something like 95 games at Charleston. IMO, he’s still in Charleston because of his defense development.

    Yankee fans scream about the Yankees lack of developing players, but when they’re trying to do it right with this young catcher, who did have some discipline issues last season, Yankee fans still aren’t happy.

    We need to stop looking at his batting stats and surmising he’s ready for Tampa, when the Yankees are looking deeper into his performance beyond how’s he doing with the bat. This kid has a chance to be something special at catcher, the Yankees need to do what’s right for his long-term development as such.

    He’ll get to Tampa, when they feel his overall game is ready for the FSL.

  • China Joe

    Tampa hitting instructor, showing footage of Yankee at-bats with the bases loaded:

    “Now I want you to play close attention, because this is the kind of pressing that will get you to the big leagues. Now check out Teixeira, watch him fly open and pop that ball up to second. Look at Cano, how off-balance he is. Watch him roll that ball over for the 4-6-3 double play…beautiful. Bases loaded, no outs, no runs…THAT’S NEW YORK YANKEE BASEBALL!!!”

    • American Wang

      So true it hurts.

  • http://riveraveblues kenny holstein

    I hvae saw Charleston’s last 4 games .Gary Sanchez is truly a man playing with the boys.Time for him to move up.And Tyler Austin is not far behind.Dante Jr. is still one of the boys.He looks 16 .Ball just doesn’t come of his bat at all.He did get his first HR of the year today but struck out 4 of his last 8 at bats.Alot of movement at the plate..ALOT..

    • CS Yankee

      Must be great games to see. I’m hoping to catch some Tampa games in early July and hope a few get promoted by then.

      Is Sanchez more like Jesus part 2? Can rake but isn’t really a catcher?

      Is Austin’s power close to Sanchez?

  • Monty

    When does Frankie get the call back up? Except for the bullshit with Laz Diaz, Russell hasn’t done a thing all year. He’s not even batting his weight.

  • Robert

    Saw this group all play in Staten Island.Hope to see them move in mass to Trenton,If the Yanks want to get to that 2014 payroll of 184 million than we will need to break camp with an out field of Granderson Tyler Austin and Mason Williams we are stuck with TEX at 1B and AROD at 3B we can then pick two between Gumps Jeter and Cano at SS/2B and hopefully have Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez at Catcher…

  • D23

    Sanchez will be promoted to Tampa, probably in the next couple of weeks or by All-Star Break the latest. Why the hold up? As much as Sanchez is ready for high level A, the Yankees view JR Murphy a valuable prospect with outstanding work ethics and decent bat. JR is not just the only problem but Hagioshioka as well. Hagioshioka is viewed as the better game receivers and better defenders than any of the Cs we have. This is just me, I honestly believe they are waiting to see if Hagioshioka is ready for AA to backup Gil.

    I also think the Yankees are following the same approach with Jesus Montero before they promoted him to Tampa. Montero spent 132 games at Charleston in 2008 hitting 17 HRs and hitting over .320. They didn’t rush him to Tampa. In 2009 he played both Tampa and Trenton before he got hurt. I think because of his success and confidence builder in Charleston, it helped him tremendously in his approach and mindset for Tampa. Thus that being said despite Sanchez hitting 17 HRs in Charleston last year in 84 games, they are waiting to get his power surge and several more games in before he goes to Tampa. Right now he is at 127 games played with 24 HRs at Charleston. So it will not be before long when he will be moved up to Tampa.