Jun
05

Branyan homers twice in Triple-A win

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As expected, the Yankees will be well represented in the Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game. OF Tyler Austin, C Gary Sanchez, C Francisco Arcia, RHP Bryan Mitchell, and RHP Pedro Guerra were all selected for the game, which will be played in Charleston. I’m kinda surprised OF Mason Williams didn’t make the cut, but what can you do. The River Dogs coaching staff will be calling the shots for the Southern Division club as well. In case you missed it a few weeks ago, the Homerun Derby will take place on the deck of an aircraft carrier. I have to think Austin will take his hacks and hopefully dent some F-16s.

Here’s your bullet point minor league update for Tuesday night…

  • Triple-A Empire State (win): 1B Russell Branyan led the way with two homers and six runs driven in, though CF Kevin Russo (double), LF Ronnie Mustelier, RF Colin Curtis, and SS Ramiro Pena all had two hits apiece. DH Jack Cust (double) and 2B Corban Joseph both had a hit and two walks. RHP D.J. Mitchell got rocked, I’m talking eight runs and 12 hits in 5.2 IP. RHP Chase Whitely and RHP Jason Bulger came out of the bullpen to allow nothing the rest of the way.
  • Double-A Trenton (loss): IF Jose Pirela continued his hot hitting with two singles, half the team’s hit total. RHP Brett Marshall got hit around a bit, allowing four runs in six innings. LHP Francisco Rondon allowed one run in two innings of relief in an otherwise uneventful game.
  • Low-A Charleston (win): CF Mason Williams hit a solo homer while RF Tyler Austin had two hits (including a double) and 3B Dante Bichette Jr. had three hits (including a double). C Gary Sanchez singled, ditto SS Cito Culver. The latter stole home (!!!) and former drew two more walks. LHP Evan Rutckyj allowed one unearned run in four innings before giving way to a parade of relievers.

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’re going to play a pair tomorrow.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Chip

    Wonder if it will be a race to the majors between JR Murphy, Gary Sanchez and 2nd round pick Peter O’Brien

    • Danny

      O’Brien is no where near the type of prospect Sanchez is, Murphy is having a bad year but I think I would still rank them Sanchez >>>> Murphy >> O’Brien

      • jack

        Bird is also a top c prospect

        • YankeeGrunt

          If Bird catches. They’ll give him a shot, but considering the depth at the position if they don’t see the potential for him to be a passable catcher they’re not going to keep him there indefinitely.

          • Smart Guy

            well i heard that bird is the word

      • Voice of Reason

        O’Brien’s definitely not the prospect Sanchez is (then again he also hasn’t played professional baseball), but he’s also more than 2 years older. Not sure how Murphy is clearly a better prospect though. O’Brien is somewhat better regarded than Murphy was heading into the draft, at worst their profiles were pretty similar, and I don’t see how Murphy’s pro career thus far warrants the addition of two greater thans.

    • Will

      O’Brien should move quicker considering he’s a college guy who’s more polished. I would love to see him start in Tampa and maybe get promoted to Trenton if he shows he’s above the High-A competition.

      • YankeeGrunt

        He’s a college senior. You’ll probably see NYP, at best Charleston if they move Sanchez up (although Tejeda may get that nod if he starts this season as hot as he finished the last one). It is rare that college seniors would start at Tampa, and if they intend to keep O’Brien behind the plate they’re not skipping him ahead of Sanchez.

    • Voice of Reason

      Forget the majors (my money’s on Sanchez fwiw), I’m more curious as to how the three of them are going to share a minor league system next year. Sanchez will obviously be headed to Tampa soon, and J.R. Murphy isn’t going anywhere. As a college senior with great numbers, high A seems like an ideal destination for O’Brien when he’s ready for full season ball. Pretty good chance two of the three are splitting catching duties somewhere.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Don’t count Murphy out for an in-season promo, he’s hitting better of late and he has a lot of time in at Tampa as it is. They’d like to see sustained hitting performance from him, but if he’s sitting at .250 or .255 in a month don’t be surprised if he gets promoted.

        • Voice of Reason

          Suppose it’s possible, especially considering he’s been throwing people out. His a lot of time in Tampa has been spent not hitting thus far, so he’s definitely gonna need a run before he’s promoted for any reason other than accommodating Sanchez.

          And for the record I’m not totally selling on Murphy personally. His K and BB rates are very good, so he’s obviously not over his head. Could easily just be a matter of time before he starts getting some hits and showing some power, and that could happen in Trenton too.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    That would be F-18s on an aircraft carrier Mike!

    • Havok9120

      More like an F4U….

      We’re talking an Essex-class after all.

  • Brian in NH

    I know everyone bailed on culver already, but after a 1-3 night, he’s slowly been having that average crawl up and he still takes walks like a champ. if he can have that batting average get north of .250-.260 I think we can call it pretty successful considering how awful he was to start.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Plenty of time for Cito, still. I don’t think anyone’s truly bailing on him.

    • Ted Nelson

      Interesting that his splits seem to have flipped this season. 2010-11 he hit from the right side and struggled from the left, this season he’s hitting a bit from the left side but now he’s really struggling from the right side. Hopefully he can put the two together.