Bleich returns to action in GCL near no-hitter

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Triple-A Empire State (11-6 loss to Louisville)
LF Chris Dickerson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — threw a runner out at second … 11 doubles in 17 games this year
2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-5, 2 R
DH Jack Cust: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
1B Russell Branyan: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K — 17/20 K/BB in 22 games this year
RF Kevin Russo: 3-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB
3B Brandon Laird: 0-5
CF Colin Curtis: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-4, 2 K
RHP D.J. Mitchell: 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 3/1 GB/FB — only 31 of 63 pitches were strikes (49.2%) … good gravy man, they’re not going to call you back up when you’re pitching like this
LHP Mike O’Connor: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 32 of 51 pitches were strikes (62.7%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)
RHP Jason Bulger: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (59.5%)

Double-A Trenton (7-2 loss to Richmond)
LF Abe Almonte: 1-5
2B Jose Pirela: 1-1, 1 R, 4 BB — had eight walks all year coming into this game
DH David Adams: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Melky Mesa & SS Addison Maruszak: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — Mesa scored a run … Maruszak committed a fielding error
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 K
C Jose Gil & SS Yadil Mujica: both 2-4 — Mujica drove in a run and struck out
RHP Adam Miller: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6/2 GB/FB — 44 of 75 pitches were strikes (58.7%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GB/FB — 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61.4%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … picked a runner off first
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB – 12 of 20 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (9-4 win over Lakeland)
CF Ramon Flores: 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — fifth multi-hit game in his last ten contests
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 37 at-bats (.351)
RF Rob Segedin: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
LF Neil Medchill: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
DH Tyson Blaser: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K — remember earlier in the year when all he did was rake? good times
1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
3B Zach Wilson & SS Jose Mojica: both 2-4, 2 R — Mojica struck out
2B Jose Toussen: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
RHP David Phelps: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — first start since the demotion … they’re stretching him back out here before bumping him back up to Triple-A … too bad they don’t have the pitch count at this level
LHP Aaron Dott: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB
RHP Jose Ramirez: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB – just off the DL
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB
LHP Kramer Sneed: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (12-6 loss to Greenville)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 14 hits in his last 44 at-bats (.318) with four doubles and a homer
SS Cito Culver: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB — fresh off getting the nod for the Futures Game
C Gary Sanchez: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B — exited the game in the fourth, and the play-by-play makes it sound like he was hurt on a play at the plate … yuck, hopefully it’s just a precaution
C Francisco Arcia: 0-2, 1 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — had been in an 0-for-16 rut
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Rey Nunez & DH Casey Stevenson: both 0-4 – Stevenson struck out
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at the plate immediately after Sanchez left the game, so they could have lost their numbers one and two catchers on back-to-back plays
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7/2 GB/FB, 1 WP, 1 E (pickoff)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Phil Wetherell: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ERA went from 2.97 to 4.81 tonight
RHP John Brebbia: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island ()
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP
2B Jose Rosario: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Saxon Butler: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 HBP — he’s been their best hitter so far, but he left the game after taking a pitch to the hand/wrist/forearm … Matt Snyder replaced him and did not come to the plate
C Jackson Valera: 1-5, 1 K
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Matt Duran: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K
DH Danny Oh: 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB — he did have a 15/17 K/BB for Cal this spring
SS Claudio Custodio: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K — 1-for-11 with nine strikeouts so far
CF Danny Lopez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K — no Ravel Santana after he left last night’s game for an unknown reason
RHP Andrew Benak: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-1 win over GCL Blue Jays)
LF Kelvin Duran: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
2B Jerison Lopez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB — had at least two hits in each of the first three games of the season
CF Mikeson Oliberto & RF Ericson Leonora: both 0-4 — Leonora struck out once, Oliberto twice
DH Slade Heathcott: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K — no contact kinda day
1B Bubba Jones: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — he can really hit, I just wish he could play a real position
3B Jorge Alcantara: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — got picked off first
C Eduardo DeOleo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
SS Fernando Perez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — first appearance in a game since May 16th, 2010 due to major shoulder surgery
RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — excellent debut for one of the club’s most intriguing international free agent pickups last year… he’s coming off Tommy John surgery
RHP Dawerd Cruz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB
LHP Rony Bautista: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GB/FB — 6-foot-7 southpaw? yes please
RHP Edison Mejia: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — they had a no-hitter going until he allowed a solo homer with one out in the ninth

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Thursday Night Open Thread
Kevin Long talks about Melky Cabrera, superstar
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not a line Phil Wetherell wants to remember.

    What’s going on with DJ Mitchell? Seems like he’s unraveling.

  • JohnC

    Good Gravy? What are you back in the 60s?

  • King Charles The Great

    Some notes:

    – Hmm looks like JR Murphy is finally heating up. Already up to .252/.316/.359 after a horrendous start.

    – Chris Dickerson should be called up. So much better than Wise.

    – Whenever I see the name Rigoberto Arrebato, I always read it in my mind in a Japanese-like accent. :)

    – Lots of really cool names on the farm: Danny Oh, Dietrich Enns, Mikeson Oliberto, Eduardo DeOleo(?). Though Exicardo Cayones still gets my vote for “Best Name on the Farm.”

    – There’s a TON of players on the GCL and SI team that I have no idea who they are. Probably came up from the DSL right?

    – Finally, welcome back Bleich a.k.a Pettitte v2.0!

    • Bob Jones

      I question any dude that uses the phrase Hmm. Very femanine.

    • Doug

      Yeah, Murphy has .394/.429/.697 over last 7 games

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Domo Arrebato Mister Rigoberto

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So how long before we start to throw the “b” word around with Slade? Two years? Three years? He’ll be 22 next year and only has 53 games at the A ball level under his belt. His career’s been marred by shoulder problems, but he still hasn’t fixed the contact issue.

    • Voice of Reason

      Two or three years of what? Of missing half the season and putting up mediocre numbers? Yeah, that would probably do it. I’d wait until at least his second high A game before posing that question though.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Well as you can see I gave it plenty of time. He’s been in the organization a few years, and he’s already in danger of falling out of the organizational top ten. If he still hasn’t done much or isn’t close to being ML ready in two years I’d say that’s when it’s bust time.

    • zs190

      He’s on rehab in GCL and will go to Tampa after that. If he plays well in Tampa, I could see him get to AA next year in his age 22 season. Sure, he could possibly be there already this year if he wasn’t injured but he’s not that far behind in development for a kid his age.

      You don’t really call someone a bust unless they are stalling at a particular level and not making progress. He hasn’t been healthy enough to play much but when he’s played, he’s been fine at every level, so I would give him a couple years at least.

      • Brian S.

        Fine at every level you mean 103 wRC+.

        • Ted Nelson

          He’s a CF

    • Brian S.

      He and Culver are turning out to be…not so good first round picks. Especially when Brett Jackson and Tyler Skaggs were drafted right after Heathcott and Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos, and Mike Olt were taken right after Culver.

      • Ted Nelson

        What a joke. Most 1st round picks that late aren’t good. There are far more bad ones than good ones, like 4 to 1. Picking the few guys who have excelled after them to criticize is hilarious.

        • http://n/a Steve,s yankees

          The History Professor, say’s that not true!!!!

    • Ted Nelson

      When he has no hope you call him a bust. Plenty of hope with Slade, even though the shoulder is a concern. I would also differentiate between injury busts and performance busts. As fans they’re all the same, but in evaluating the org.’s drafting there’s a big difference.

      • Pharryn

        Mariano Rivera was once an Injury bust!!! That was until he came back from elbow surgery and started throwing 95!!!

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Agreed. I mean he’s one first round pick and he’s a guy that I liked as a draftee anyways, so I’m not busting the organization’s balls or anything. I’d at least like to see him do well in AA sometime next year.

  • My Pet Goat

    Pinstriped Prospects are facebook farmers. Ugh.

  • j

    Gallegos and Bautista are worth following. Plus stuff from the left side.

  • Midland TX

    Where the hell is Nunez already? Please tell me he’s been fitted with a laser-guided robot arm.

    • zs190

      Pretty sure he had a finger injury, he’ll be the full time SS in AAA when he’s healthy.

  • Midland TX

    Also, if you play Slade Heathcott’s name backwards it says “TTO”…

  • Brian S.

    If Gary Sanchez is hurt I hope we bean Jackie Bradley or Garin Cecchini in the head tomorrow or whenever we play Greenville again.

    • Ted Nelson

      Because Cs getting hurt on plays at the plate are rare?

      • Brian S.

        You should disagree with everything I say more.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Heathcott has joined David Adams in my “not counting on them as top 10 guys but you never know” category of prospects.

    This category is in higher regard than the Kelvin DeLeon “they must have seen something” category but below the Dellin Betances “they’ve made it this far – praying they flip the switch” category.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Speaking of injured prospects, I think Pineda and Campos have some sort of physic connection like the Corsican Brothers.

  • Jesse

    Nice to see Jose Ramirez back out there. I like him as a prospect going forward.

  • Doug

    Is it time yet for Culver to give up batting righthanded? .194 BA with no XBHs in 67 ABs.

    • Ryan

      Probably. Something needs to change.

  • D23

    My thoughts exactly. But Yanks have always been kown to keep the m on both sides.

  • Sean

    Duran just made a sick play at third for staten island. No ravel Santana again