Betances demotion headlines night on the farm

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A trio of notes…

  • Big Story: RHP Dellin Betances was demoted to Double-A Trenton. Something had to be done here, the poor kid must have zero confidence left after these last three months. Hopefully getting away from the traveling circus in Triple-A and closer to home allows him to catch his breath for a bit and get back on track. RHP Preston Claiborne went from Double-A to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
  • Medium Story: RHP Adam Miller was released. I kinda called it after his latest dud outing last night. Miller was a very intriguing minor league free agent pickup as a former top prospect, but it just wasn’t working out. He wasn’t missing bats or consistently throwing strikes.
  • Small Story: Triple-A Empire State has just one All-Star representative: LHP Juan Cedeno. DH Jack Cust, UTIL Ronnie Mustelier, and RHP Ramon Ortiz all had great All-Star cases, though Mustelier may not have been with the team long enough. I guess they just wanted to go prospect-heavy for the first time in basically ever.

Triple-A Empire State (3-2 win over Gwinnett)
CF Chris Dickerson: 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB — nine extra-base hits in 16 games since coming off the DL
C Frankie Cervelli & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K — Cervelli got hit by a pitch … Mustelier drew a walk
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — up to 59 walks on the season
1B Russell Branyan & SS Doug Bernier: both 0-4 — Bernier struck out thrice and committed a throwing error
3B Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 22nd homer in 923 plate appearances at Triple-A after hitting 23 homers in 506 plate appearances at Double-A
RF Cole Garner: 3-4, 1 K, 1 CS
2B Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/8 GB/FB — 63 of 100 pitches were strikes
LHP Juan Cedeno: 0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 11 pitches, six strikes
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 29 of 49 pitches were strikes (59.2%) … nice effort even though he Clip’d the win

Double-A Trenton (9-4 win over New Britain)
DH Damon Sublett: 0-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
LF Jose Pirela: 3-5, 3 R, 1 RBI — hitting .408/.468/.541 in June
1B David Adams: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB — those are his first two homers of the year
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Melky Mesa: 0-5
1B Luke Murton: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — three homers in the last five games and five in the last ten
3B Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 CS
C Jose Gil: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9/2 GB/FB — 56 of 86 pitches were strikes (65.1%) … decent return after a brief stint on the DL
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only half of his 26 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes
RHP Jon Meloan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68.2%)

High-A Tampa (6-2 loss to Fort Myers)
CF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4 — 16 hits in his last 46 at-bats (.348)
DH Slade Heathcott & LF Neil Medchill: both 0-4, 1 K — Slade struck out … Medchill committed a fielding error
RF Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
1B Tyson Blaser: 0-1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 E (throwing) — six walks and three strikeouts in his last five games
3B Zach Wilson: 1-4
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Jose Toussen: 0-3
RHP Sean Black: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB
LHP Aaron Dott: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-5 win over Savannah)
CF Mason Williams & LF Ben Gamel: both 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — first extra-base hit in six games, which is a slump for him
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — just his 15th extra-base hit in 66 games
1B Rey Nunez: 0-4, 1 RBI
SS Cito Culver: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 0-2, 1 BB
2B Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 7/3 GB/FB — 52 of 80 pitches were strikes (65%)
RHP John Brebbia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 20 pitches were strikes
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%)

Short Season Staten Island (7-2 loss to Aberdeen)
LF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 1 BB — on-base 12 times in six games
2B Jose Rosario: 0-3, 1 BB
DH Saxon Butler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
1B Matt Snyder, CF Ravel Santana & C Wes Wilson: all 0-4 — Santana struck out twice … Wilson committed a fielding error
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out at second, already his third outfield assist in nine games
3B Matt Duran: 1-3
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-2, 1 R, BB
LHP Tim Flight: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/8 FB/FB — he was sitting 84-88 and was limited to 50-60 pitches after a heavy workload in school this spring (102.2 IP)
LHP Alex Smith: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch)
LHP James Pazos: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB —came into the game with a 0/9 K/BB in 5 IP (not a typo)
LHP Evan DeLuca: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-6 win over GCL Pirates in 11 innings)
LF Kelvin Duran: 1-6
2B Jerison Lopez: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — five doubles, six walks, and three strikeouts in nine games
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB — singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th
1B Bubba Jones: 1-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Ericson Leonora: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — you don’t see many homers down here, especially not from a 19-year-old kid listed at 5-foot-11 and 174 lbs.
DH Austin Aune: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K — ouch
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
C Eduardo DeOleo: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PB, 2 E (both throwing)
SS Fernando Perez: 0-4, 3 K
RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … he’s coming off Tommy John surgery, remember
LHP Rony Bautista: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 3/2 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Yoely Bello: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Victor Beriguete: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Yankees had scout at Zack Greinke's start today
Yanks win game, lose Pettitte in sweep of Tribe
  • FachoinaNYY

    Something I never got in these situations, with Adam Miller playing poorly or whatever, why do they not keep him on regardless? Do they want to play other guys over him? contract issue? player request? It just seems like there is no risk in keeping him, in the small chance that he improves? I thought the old adage was a minor league contact is never a bad thing?

    • RetroRob

      The recent amateur draft, as well as the constant pick ups of players on waivers, creates a domino effect across all levels of the minors. A decision must have been made that he was more expendable that others.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Tracy would seem the likely candidate to take his place.

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          Actually, sadly, I think it’s Betances that’s taking his spot in the rotation. The replacement is from above, not below.

  • Rebecca

    Who should we be keeping an eye on in SI and the GCL?

    • Tom Swift

      In the GCL, I like my three Sons; Jerison, Ericson, and Mikeson.

    • Gonzo

      Personally, I track Andujar, Bird, and Aune the most in GCL out of position players. In Short Season, I track M. Duran, Dugas, R. Santana the most. That’s just personal preference.

      A lot of good pitchers too.

    • j

      GCL; Aune, Jones, are draft guys from the last two drafts. Andujar was our top IFA last year. Gallegos and Bautista are both lefties that can hit 94.

      • j

        Greg Bird too, when he gets off the DL.

    • j

      SI: Duran was a top pick last year. Custodio, Santana are some of our better IFA guys. I’m a fan of Dugas, perhaps more than his prospect status warrants. Dan Camarena when he gets off the DL, he was one of our better draft guys last year. Also Jose Rosario and Isaiah Tejada as up the middleo guys.

    • YankeeGrunt

      At SI I’d say Rutckyj, Camarena, Encinas, Goody and Mullee on the mound (with some other intriguing prospects who could step up) and Custodio, Duran, Danny Lopez and Ravel Santana among positional players. Don’t be overawed by good numbers from Dugas and Butler as they played a lot of college ball.

      At GCL you have Cote, Sharp, Rincon, Maher and Rookie Davis (and a handful of other guys from the DSL that nobody can pick out of a lineup yet), with Jerison Lopez, Aune, Bird, Andujar and Austin Jones probably the best hitting prospects.

      Not an exhaustive list. Some of those guys will fail before they get out of short-season, and someone you’ve never heard of will get people chattering before too long.

      • Ted Nelson

        Dugas is a legit prospect. Not a top, top prospect, but a prospect.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Perhaps, but his numbers are still likely to be inflated because he played four seasons of college ball. Charleston will be the test. Refsnyder is a prospect, but you’d still expect him to excel at SI.

          • Ted Nelson

            You’d expect most prospects to excel in short season, and especially college guys. Don’t think one extra year is a huge deal there.

    • Eric

      Off the top of my head, the main names to follow:

      SI: Ravel Santana, Matt Duran, Dan Camarena, Evan Rutckyji, Taylor Morton (plus Peter O’Brien, most likely)
      sleepers: Fu-Lin Kuo, Claudio Custodio

      GCL: Miguel Andujar, Jordan Cote, Greg Bird, and Austin Aune (plus Ty Hensley if/when he signs).
      sleepers: Gio Gallegos, Bubba Jones, Rookie Davis

  • Smart Guy

    I called for the Demotion to AA, cause I’m a smart guy

  • Gonzo

    I hope Adam Smith has a deceptive delivery. That way we can call him The Invisible Hand.

    • Tom

      Nicely done!

      (I suspect that went over a few heads)

    • Jack

      1776 callback. Nicely done.

    • jjyank

      Love the reference. I feel like I’m in a freshman year Poli Sci class again :P

  • Smart Guy

    btw also! promote Jr Murphy to trenton and sanchez to tampa already!

    • Epic One

      No Kidding. Can someone explain why Farnham is in Trenton and not Murphy? If I remember correctly both Higashioka and Farnham were backing up Sanchez last year in Charleston…

      • Ted Nelson

        Because he’s an or guy whose development they coul care less about. Those guys often go to the level at which their warm body is needed, especially at a premium position like C.

        Murphy is a prospect, who they hope will develop into a big league contributor or solid trade chip. He had an awful offensive start to the season, ad has just started hitting. You don’t prote a prospect just because he has a hot week. Murphy might get promoted soon, but it’s by absolutely no means overdue.

        • Ted Nelson

          *org guy

          • Brian S.

            I liked or guy better.

      • Brian S.

        Probably because Murphy hasn’t been good this season.

  • vin

    Melvin?! Nope, wrong one.

  • Greg Corcoran

    Anyone know why Camarena hasn’t pitched yet? They considered starting him in Charleston, and now he’s not even pitching in the GCL. Hope he pitches soon because he’s gotten rave reviews. Of high school pitchers drafted last year, I have the highest hopes for him. Maher and Sharp haven’t looked great in very limited action so far. Davis looked okay in his one appearance, and Cote has looked really impressive in his two outings. Hebert looked pretty good in his two inning outing as well. It’s strange to me how much they have been limiting these guys innings though. The only one who has had an appearance greater than four innings is Cote. The rest are all throwing at two inning clips. I’m pretty sure they’ve all been at extended spring training, so it’s not like they’ve had to build up innings. Anyone have a reasonable explanation for this?

    • YankeeGrunt

      By “looked” you mean on a stat sheet, and for most of these HS kids the line isn’t terribly important. They’re developing secondary offerings, they’re working on throwing strikes and repeating a delivery. Even good teenage pitching prospects take time to mature.

      And Camarena has a dead arm, nothing serious, should be back in a week or so.

    • Ted Nelson

      They’re teenagers and their ligaments are still developing. Limits are often placed on pitche as much as innings. If they’re looking for 50 pitches, that could come after 2 innings for one outing, and 4 innings for another. I haven’t tracked their pitch counts at all, just saying that it’s a possibility. Especially since successful outings like Cote’s tend to require less pitches than getting knocked around.

      Camarena is on the DL

  • BK2ATL

    Glad to see Betances demoted. He really needs to get it together. Maybe this will be the kick in the pants that he needs.

    • rogue

      He’s part of Cashman’s grand plan.

  • Billy Madison

    Yoely Moly! Look at all the LHP at SI and GCL!