Aune & Breen debut in GCL win

Game 73: A Big Test(s)
Hughes handles Tribe as Yanks win 4th straight

Notes!…

  • RHP Dellin Betances headlined today’s Minor League Update but obviously not in a good way. Kevin Goldstein didn’t offer up any scouting notes or anything, just said it’s time for the Yankees to take him out of the rotation and either put him in the bullpen or have him work on things on the side. It’s a subscriber-only piece but the Betances blurb is above the pay wall.
  • Fifth rounder 2B/OF Rob Refsnyder was named the College World Series MVP after his Arizona Wildcats won the National Championship last night. He hit .476 during the tournament. Last week we heard that Refsnyder was likely to sign as soon as his CWS run was over.
  • UTIL Kevin Russo (sore right hamstring) was placed on the DL while OF Cole Garner was activated to take his roster spot.
  • RHP Michael Dubee was released to free up a roster spot for the recently signed RHP Jon Meloan.

Triple-A Empire State (3-1 win over Gwinnett)
CF Chris Dickerson: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 3-3, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 BB — got picked off first, but otherwise it was an excellent night for CoJo
LF Ronnie Mustelier, 1B Brandon Laird, RF Cole Garner & 3B Doug Bernier: all 0-3 — Mustelier drove in a run, walked, and struck out … Garner and Bernier struck out
DH Russell Branyan: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-2, 2 BB — stuck in a 2-for-20 rut (.100)
SS Ramiro Pena: 1-3, 1 R
RHP D.J. Mitchell: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 8/5 GB/FB — 67 of 103 pitches were strikes (65.0%) … he needed a strong start like this, he’s been struggling bad of late
RHP Jason Bulger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to New Britain)
LF Damon Sublett: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
2B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 11 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.306)
CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP — he’s been on a nice little tear of late
1B Luke Murton: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 RBI
C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Shane Brown: 0-4, 1 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Adam Miller: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 7/2 GB/FB — 45 of 73 pitches were strikes (61.6%) … he’s pretty much a release candidate at this point, the comeback hasn’t really worked out
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 17 of 31 pitches were strikes (54.8%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa Game One (7-6 loss to Fort Myers in eight innings, walk-off style) makeup of Sunday’s rain out
CF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — third homer in the last ten games
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
RF Rob Segedin & LF Neil Medchill: both 1-4, 1 R — Segedin drove in a run and struck out twice … Medchill doubled, struck out, and missed a catch for an error
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second straight game with a jack
3B Zach Wilson & SS Jose Mojica: both 1-4, 1 E — Wilson struck out and committed a fielding error … Mojica drove in a run and threw a ball away
2B Hector Rabago: 0-3, 1 K
RHP Shane Greene: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 6/2 GB/FB — strikeouts and grounders
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — two of those walks were intentional

High-A Tampa Game Two (6-5 win over Fort Myers in seven innings)
RF Ramon Flores: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI — he had two homers all year coming into the game
3B Zach Wilson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
DH Slade Heathcott, RF Rob Segedin & CF Eduardo Sosa: all 0-3 — Slade and Sosa each struck out
1B Kyle Roller & SS Jose Mojica: both 0-2, 1 K, 1 HBP — Roller scored a run and committed a throwing error … Mojica got caught stealing
C Tyson Blaser: 3-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI – he’d slowed down a bit of late, but obviously got back on the horse tonight
2B Jose Toussen: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
RHP Jose Ramirez: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6/1 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB

Low-A Charleston (7-6 win over Savannah in ten innings, walk-off style)
CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — no homer? slacker
2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-2, 2 K — left the game after striking out swinging in the third … not sure what that’s about, though I suppose he could have hurt himself on the swing
2B Ali Castillo: 3-3, 1 R, 2 SB — not a bad game off the bench
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – starting to get the Bonds treatment with all the walks
DH Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — 65 games into the season and he still only has one homer
LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Casey Stevenson: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second homer in his last ninth games
C Francisco Arcia: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 PB – walk-off single
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6/1 GB/FB — 53 of 95 pitches were strikes (55.8%)
LHP Dan Mahoney: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 39 pitches were strikes (53.8%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB – 29 of 45 pitches were strikes (64.4%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – four pitches, three strikes

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 win over Aberdeen)
SS Claudio Custodio: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Exicardo Cayones: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — threw a runner out at the dish
1B Saxon Butler, C Jackson Valera & 3B Matt Duran: all 0-3 — Butler and Valera each drew walks … Duran struck out twice
CF Ravel Santana: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Matt Snyder: 0-2, 2 BB — six walks and three strikeouts in eight games so far
2B Fu-Lin Kuo: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — oh look, another extra-base hit … yawn
LF Danny Lopez: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Andrew Benak: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — he was mostly 88-90 but did hit 93 with the fastball
RHP Derek Varnadore: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game One (10-3 win over GCL Tigers in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
CF Kelvin Duran: 0-2, 2 BB
2B Jerison Lopez & 3B Miguel Andujar: both 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — Lopez struck out … Andujar committed a fielding error
1B Bubba Jones: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — has doubled in four of his six games so far
RF Ericson Leonora: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
C David Remedios: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Austin Aune: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — second rounder signed for $1M and singled in his first pro plate appearance … he only played five innings, which is pretty typical for kids playing in their first career game
SS Fernando Perez: 1-1 — took over for Aune in the sixth
LF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
DH Jorge Alcantara: 2-2, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
RHP David Aardsma: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB — third rehab appearance
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — second appearance since shoulder surgery
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
RHP Joey Maher: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/1 GB/FB — sinker baller getting ground balls is a good thing

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-3 win over GCL Tigers in seven innings)
DH Kelvin Duran: 1-4, 3 K
2B Jerison Lopez: 3-3, 1 R, 1 RBI — 11-for-25 (.440) so far
3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 2 K
1B Bubba Jones: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
RF Ericson Leonora: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K —
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K – drove in the game-tying run in the top of the seventh
C Chris Breen: 1-3 — so apparently the Yankees signed their 12th rounder … he only played five innings in his debut like Aune
C Eduardo DeOleo: 1-1, 1 RBI — drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh
LF Justin James: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — one hit and seven strikeouts in ten at-bats so far
SS Fernando Perez: 0-3, 1 K
RHP Rookie Davis: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 4/1 GB/FB — pro debut for last year’s $550k man
RHP Deivi Mojica: 0.1 IP, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Cesar Vargas: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Edison Mejia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GB/FB

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Game 73: A Big Test(s)
Hughes handles Tribe as Yanks win 4th straight
  • Need Pitching

    $550K is a huge bonus for a guy who will never make it past being a rookie

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Well done, sir.

    • JohnnyC

      But he’ll be eligible for Rookie of the Year every year.

    • Jack

      How much did Edinson Volquez get?

      • JohnnyC

        Fun facts about Volquez: He originally signed with the Rangers as a 17 year old named Julio Reyes. The Immigration authorities corrected that to his real name, Edison Volquez, but, in 2007, he produced a birth certificate that had his name spelled Edinson Volquez. A player to be re-named twice!

    • Brian S.

      Is he related to somebody that played in the Majors? That name sounds familiar.

      • pat

        Chili Davis’ son.

        • Brian S.

          So he’s going to be good then.

        • Ted Nelson

          His secret albino love child…

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Lots of games today. Good work.

    For all the complaining about the last two drafts, it’s absolutely unbelievable how the low levels are playing.

    • Steve (different one)

      It’s almost as if most people don’t know anything about 95% of the kids in the draft….

  • YankeeGrunt

    I was going to say you were jumping the gun on Miller, but his K’s are pretty miniscule and if you’re not missing AA bats you’re probably not going to miss MLB bats, at least not when you’re 28 and about done “projecting”.

    • JohnnyC

      Red Sox champing at the bit to claim Miller as soon as we release him.

      • Fernando

        Let them have them. They’d have two Millers (Andrew and Adam), neither of which fulfilled any of their 1st round promise.

  • DERP

    Really feeling Bubba Jones

  • Cory

    Last years 18th rounder Matt Troupe was the winning pitcher of the CWS as well

  • Brian S.

    When did we get Fu-Lin Kuo?

    • JonS
      • Brian S.

        He’s already 20. He should be playing in A ball.

        • Ted Nelson

          Because age and not baseball is the determining factor in what level you play at and all

          • Brian S.

            Correct.

          • Strat

            Hey.. When I was 13 they made me leave little league and go play with the bigger kids too!!

            Shenanigans… Shenanigans!!

  • Bryan G

    Did anyone see what the gun had Aardsma at?

  • yooboo

    Daniel Moskos is DFAed by Pirates. It would be nice if Yanks passed on Farquhar and took Moskos instead.

    Timing sucks.

    • yooboo

      How long should we wait for Betances?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What time did he say he left at?

        • yooboo

          midnight on one of days in May.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Forget him. I’m hungry. Let’s go.

      • JohnnyC

        Since it’s his height that makes repeating his delivery almost impossible I suggest Yankees persuade him to surgically shorten himself.

    • Steve

      Farquhar is light-years better.

      • Steve

        And if they wanted to they could just DFA Farquhar and claim Moskos. They know the Q-man won’t be claimed.

  • DERP

    Longest DOTF in RAB history?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    No errors for Matt Duran!

    • Rick in Philly

      This is going to be like Carmen Angellini all over again, isn’t it?

  • D-Lite

    And where has Greg Bird been the last couple days? Just fitting the other guys in or ….?

    • pat

      He had a sore something or another.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        A slightly stiff thingamajig.

  • pat

    Maher is a big boy (6’4″) with a pretty heavy sinker for a kid outta HS. He is a very interesting follow.

    Aune also booted his only chance at SS.

    • Deep Thoughts

      AunE

  • Greg

    By the way, D’Backs prospect Ryan Wheeler, 23 years old, nowhere to be found on Baseball America’s top 100 list is in AAA.

    .367/.403/.573 with 11 homers and 72 RBI’S in 73 GAMES!

    Why isn’t he in the majors yet?

    • yooboo

      Yanks should have asked for him instead of Skaggs for trading away Romine. lol.

      Is there a rule that a prospect can’t be on BA list after 3 years being listed?

  • robert mitchell

    NINE Dingers&27 ribs for muscle this month[including 1&1 in 3 games for Tampa].NOT bad.Int.player of da month?Including.299.

  • V

    Re: Bonds treatment for Austin – they have to promote him now, right? Nothing to learn if you just get pitched around.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think he will get promoted soon, but I also think you can learn a few things from being pitched around as long as the walks aren’t intentional: patience, plate discipline/the zone, pitch recognition, and confidence.

  • felixpanther

    will Refsnyder asking more since he won the MVP?

  • M&M Boys

    Is Jose Campos done for the season?

    • Jesse

      Cashman has said that he’ll “definitely” pitch again sometime this season.

      • Strat

        Just curious… If he doesn’t pitch at Charleston again this season (or very little)… would they send him somewhere to pitch in the fall or winter leagues? Or would they just re-set it and go again in Charleston next year? I realize it might depend on things we don’t know yet… but I’m just wondering what the thinking might be here.

  • Danny

    Rafael DePaula with 5 no hit innings, 7 ks and one walk.

    I know it’s the DSL and stats should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s still nice to see him dominate down there.

  • Ryan

    Nice game for De Paula today.

    5.0 IP
    0 H
    1 BB
    7 K

    Sucks that he is staying in the DSL the whole year.

    • Voice of Reason

      It definitely does suck that he’s stuck down there. Zero hits won’t happen much, but if he’s any kind of prospect that kind of outing should be the norm.

      And am I the only one a little…unconvinced about this whole staying in the DSL for “family reasons” thing? Are the Yankees really nearly a full year so he can be close to his family at all times? It just seems very, very strange. There’s gotta be something else going on there.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Playing 5 innings in debut? Is this a superstition thing or something?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow, so they really are going to keep Aune at SS for the time being, huh?

    He’s going to end up in LF or CF…