Warren strong in Empire State loss

Update: Clay Rapada leaves game with viral infection
Ibanez leaves game after getting hit by pitch in elbow

Got some notes…

  • Slade Heathcott played in his first Extended Spring Training game this afternoon. He’s scheduled to re-join High-A Tampa early next month following his latest left shoulder injury.
  • Shane Greene has been sent to Extended Spring Training from High-A Tampa. He got annihilated last time out and his Twitter feed makes it sound like the demotion is performance (not injury or discipline) related, which is kinda weird. Super-sleeper Matt Tracy is taking his place on the roster though, and that’s fun. Adam Miller was sent from Triple-A to Double-A.
  • Both Manny Banuelos and Angelo Gumbs made this week’s Ten Pack. You need a Baseball Prospectus subscription to read the entire thing, but both the Banuelos and Gumbs capsules are above the paywall. In other words, you don’t need a subscription for those two so check it out.
  • Gumbs and Steve Pearce were named the Offensive Players of the Week for the Low-A South Atlantic League and Triple-A International League, respectively. Gumbs stole 11 bases in 12 tries last week.
  • Jim Callis wrote about Cody Johnson briefly in this week’s Ask BA. He’s arguably the club’s best left-handed power prospect, but Johnson has struggled to make contact since turning pro and led the minors with 195 strikeouts last season.

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 loss to Durham)
SS Eduardo Nunez: 1-5, 1 CS — first game since being sent down … he led off the ninth with a single before getting thrown out trying to steal second
LF Kevin Russo, DH Jack Cust & 2B Ramiro Pena: all 0-3 — Russo walked twice, stole a base, and struck out once … Cust walked twice and struck out thrice … Pena walked once
1B Steve Pearce & RF Cole Garner: both 0-4, 2 K — Pearce got hit by a pitch
RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 2 K, 1 SB — 11 hits in ten games since the promotion
3B Brandon Laird: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — had been in a 2-for-27 rut (7.4%)
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB
RHP Adam Warren: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 10/4 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (63.9%) … his best start of the season, good to see him get off the schneid
RHP Cody Eppley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (64.7%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … I wonder if he could pitch his way onto the big league roster, not that I want to see it happen

High-A Tampa (7-3 loss to Lakeland)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 BB
C J.R. Murphy & CF Eduardo Sosa: both 0-4 — Murphy walked and allowed a passed ball … Sosa whiffed
3B Rob Segedin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
1B Kyle Roller & 2B Kelvin Castro: both 1-4, 1 2B — Roller drove in a run, scored another, and struck out … Castro struck out three times and committed a throwing error
DH Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — he’s a waste at DH, arguably the best defensive catcher in the organization
RF Neil Medchill: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
SS Jose Mojica: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — started the year on the DL with a dreaded mystery injury … very excited to see his season get started
RHP Sean Black: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB
LHP Kramer Sneed: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 2/3 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, zeroes, 4/0 GB/FB — hooray errors

Low-A Charleston (6-2 loss to Savannah in ten innings)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 E (both throwing)
C Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 3 K — hitting streak ends at 14 games
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
LF Ben Gamel: 0-4
1B Angelo Gumbs, 1B Rey Nunez & DH Kelvin DeLeon: all 1-4 — Gumbs struck out once … Nunez doubled and struck out twice … DeLeon struck out twice
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 52 of 80 pitches were strikes (65%)
LHP Dan Mahoney: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (59.5%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62.1%)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 24 of 34 pitches were strikes (70.6%)

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled day off.

Update: Clay Rapada leaves game with viral infection
Ibanez leaves game after getting hit by pitch in elbow
  • JobaWockeeZ


    Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees (Triple-A Empire State)
    On April 12, in his second start of the year, Banuelos walked six over two innings and then hit the disabled list with a minor back injury. The back was clearly affecting his delivery, but control was an issue in 2011 as well, and whether it’s getting healthy or just a good run, he’s suddenly turned into a strike-throwing machine. Since his return to the rotation—and including six outstanding innings on Sunday—Banuelos has reeled off 14 2/3 innings without issuing a walk, and he’s done it without ratcheting down his stuff in terms of velocity or break. It’s too early to get excited here, but with both Banuelos and Betances pitching well of late, maybe the Yankees will trust their own this year when a need arrives.

    Nothing outside of the obvious here except for the last line which is funny.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Dude, you’re so right!

      I can’t think of a single time the Yankees have trusted a homegrown starting pitcher!

      Remember 2008! That entire rotation consisted of aging veterans, not a single fresh face to be found!

      I wish you were the GM, JobaWockeeZ! You clearly could do a much better job than Cashman, after all, we did miss the playoffs that one time in the past decade.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        At least Tilapia is creative with the insults. And is actually insulting.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Well, I didn’t want to be rude.

      • BrooklynPaulie

        Actually, I believe 2008 was the year of the rookie pitcher. Wasn’t it that year they had Hughes, Kennedy and Joba start the season in the rotation? How’d that turn out? Oh yeah…no playoffs.

        • YanksFanInBeantown


    • Ted Nelson

      It is funny… because they’ve already trusted Phelps and Mitchell this season.

      • forensic

        Phelps a little bit, but Mitchell? They gave him less than 3 innings and immediately dumped him back down for Cody freakin’ Eppley.

        • Havok9120

          Would you really rather have them carrying 3 long men? Or are you asking for one of them to be used as a short reliever?

          • forensic

            Well, that’s a difficult question since I would have had different roster construction from the beginning. I wouldn’t have re-signed Garcia as his performance begged for implosion, which they got and I wouldn’t have signed Pettitte.

            But, at this point, I would release Garcia and have one of them as the prototypical long man and the other as a sometimes long maybe sometimes short reliever (maybe a Mendoza/Aceves type role).

            • Steve (different one)

              I get Garcia, but not signing Pettitte is taking the prospect hugging to an insane extreme. (big if) IF Pettitte comes back to where he was, you have a #2 starter for $2.5M. It’s as close to a no brained as there is in this game. Why would you pass? Because it might cost David Phelps some starts? That’s crazy IMO.

              • Kosmo

                Good point. Lucky the Yanks have Pettitte AND Phelps because Nova has been real shaky and you never know what your going to get from Hughes.

                • rico

                  wow nova has been real shaky , 1 loss in what 18 starts !!! u are pathetic

            • Ted Nelson

              Garcia’s had ERA “luck” last season, but his performance was in line with the 1.25 seasons prior in Chicago. His xFIP this season is right in line with that performance again. For $4 mill that’s not a bad asset to have.

              There is no guarantee at all that Mitchell or Warren or anyone else in AAA would be any better.

        • Ted Nelson

          A little bit? If they don’t trust him why is he on the active roster?

          How many prospects do you want in the bullpen? There’s a difference between trusting them and force-feeding them innings in a role that might hurt their development compared to regular starts in AAA.

  • Joe

    Russo is in a pretty bad slump went from .323 to .276 but he is getting walks during the stretch and not K’ing to much so that is a plus. Will hopefully get back on track soon. Have always liked him and would like to see him have a strong season and get one more chance.

  • pat

    @SladeHeathcott S/o to @SGreene1117 can everyone give him a pity party please and make him feel better

    L-O-L what a dick.

    • the other “D.J” of the Yankees (formerly STONE COLD Austin Romine)

      That’s one harper-esque tool I see he naturally has.

    • Dave M

      Yeah, that’s pretty stupid of Slade. Well he does have make up issues. LOL

    • YankeeGrunt

      Maybe so, or maybe it is a joke between friends. They have been playing together for a few years now.

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah, that’s pretty much how I took it. Probably ribbing. Even if he was just being a dick, though, at least he was exposing self-sufficiency and not being a brat. The “character issues” guys who work hard are less often the problems, it’s mostly the guys who feel entitled and don’t work hard.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

    I was under the impression that Tracy’s injury was legitimate. I don’t think they held him out of games over nothing.

    You’re probably not questioning the legitimacy but I know that in the past when you refer to “mystery injury” you are referring to a “made up” injury that magically goes away when someone else gets demoted or goes on the DL.

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

      Phantom injury = fake injury

      Mystery injury = no idea what was wrong

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        Ahh, that makes much more sense. I will say I remember the injury being something very minor and I’ve been surprised at how long he’s been out.

  • Charlie in SD

    What is the deal with Higashioka? I remember being excited about him as a draft pick. For a second, he seemed to disappear from DotF. I’m glad to see him back, but mostly DH’ing? I know he’s relatively young, but what’s his ceiling?