Cust and Branyan homer in Triple-A loss

Report: Yasel Puig defects from Cuba
Braves win Homerun Derby, beat Yanks 10-5

Bernie Williams will manage the World Team during the Futures Game next month, the Yankees announced. That’ll be neat. George Brett will run the USA Team since the game is being played in Kansas City. The rosters will be announced tomorrow and I have to think someone from the OF Mason Williams, OF Tyler Austin, and C Gary Sanchez trio will represent the Yankees. Each organization gets at least one representative but no more than two. I’d go Austin and Sanchez given the seasons they’re having, but that’s just me.

Meanwhile, OF Jake Cave is unlikely to play this year due to his knee cap injury. If he does play, it probably won’t be until Instructional League after the season.

Triple-A Empire State (5-3 loss to Louisville) apparently they won’t be known as the Yankees much longer
CF Chris Dickerson: 0-4, 1 BB
2B Corban Joseph & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 1-3, 1 BB — CoJo committed a fielding error … Mustelier scored a run
DH Jack Cust: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — already his 14th homer, which caught me off guard … hadn’t realized he’s hit that many
1B Russell Branyan: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — eight dingers in 21 games
3B Brandon Laird & SS Doug Bernier: both 0-4 — Laird struck out twice, Bernier all four times … Bernier also committed a throwing error
RF Colin Curtis & C Gus Molina: both 0-3, 1 BB — Curtis struck out twice, Molina once
RHP Dellin Betances: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 48 of 92 pitches were strikes (52.2%) … that’s a season-high in walks
RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 24 of 35 pitches were strikes (68.6%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — 16 pitches, a dozen strikes

Double-A Trenton (7-5 loss to Richmond in 12 innings)
LF Abe Almonte: 1-6, 1 3B, 3 K
2B David Adams: 1-6, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K — 12 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.400)
DH Cody Johnson: 1-2, 1 K — left the game limping after legging out an infield single
PR-DH Damon Sublett: 1-4, 2 K
C Melky Mesa: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB — had been stuck in a 6-for-29 rut (.207)
1B Luke Murton: 1-6, 1 RBI, 4 K —
3B Addison Maruszak: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
C Kyle Higashioka: 0-5, 1 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-4, 1 BB
LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6/6 GB/FB — 70 of 98 pitches were strikes (71.4%) … picked a runner off first
RHP Kelvin Perez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69.2%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 18 of 30 pitches were strikes (60%)
RHP Michael Dubee: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — only 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%), but the walk was intentional

High-A Tampa (3-2 loss to Daytona, walk-off style)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — four multi-hit game sin the last four contests
C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
RF Rob Segedin: 1-5, 1 R
DH Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
3B Zach Wilson: 0-4, 1 K
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-3, 1 BB
2B Jose Toussen: 0-3, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 9/1 GB/FB — 21/9 K/BB since being recalled from Extended Spring Training
RHP Manny Barreda: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/2 GB/FB — he was dealing until he served up the walk-off homer

Short Season Staten Island (7-2 loss to Brooklyn)
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — not a bad pro debut
SS Jose Rosario: 1-2, 1 3B, 1 RBI
CF Ravel Santana: 0-3, 3 K — removed from the game for no apparent reason in the seventh inning … he’s 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts on the young season
1B Matt Snyder, 3B Matt Duran & DH Saxon Butler: all 0-3 — Duran and Butler each struck out … Duran also committed a fielding error
C Isaias Tejeda: 1-3, 2 K
RF Danny Oh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B
2B Fu-Lin Kuo: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — wish he’d play everyday, dude sits to rip an extra-base hit every time he starts
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 7/0 GB/FB — hooray strikeouts and grounders
LHP Evan DeLuca: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 13 walks and six strikeouts in 6.2 IP this year
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-0 win over GCL Blue Jays)
CF Kelvin Duran: 0-5,1 K
2B Jerison Lopez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 HBP
C Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — back at catcher
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB — apparently he got some bad news after the game
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — first pro extra-base hit
1B Bubba Jones: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — single and a double in his first game, single and a double in his second game
RF Jorge Alcantara: 0-4, 1 SB
LF Justin James: 1-4, 1 K
SS Fernando Perez: 1-4, 1 RBI
RHP Angel Rincon: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5/7 GB/FB — nice debut for the 19-year-old
RHP Victor Beriguete: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston is off until tomorrow for the All-Star break.

Report: Yasel Puig defects from Cuba
Braves win Homerun Derby, beat Yanks 10-5
  • Danny

    Based on his twitter feed, he thought he was getting promoted to Tampa tommorow and evidently that is now not the case.

    • King Charles The Great

      Good. I thought he injured something again. Anyway, Heathcott’s sporting a pretty bad-ass hat on his profile pic huh?

  • King Charles The Great

    That SI Yanks team are already littered with senior signs from this year’s draft class. Also, Evan+Evan tandem there! Wooot!

    • YankeesJunkie

      For Rutckyj being relatively new baseball and getting 9K/9 at the age of 20 is pretty impressive, maybe if he continues he will get called up in Charleston.

      • Brian S.

        He was already in Charleston wasn’t he?

        • Randy Watson

          He was, didn’t see that he got demoted. Hopefully it’s just to keep him on schedule with Charleston off for the All-Start game. I’m officially backing Mr Rutckyj as the heir to the Andy Pettitte throne.

  • Roofs

    Depaula pitched. Got roughed up but struck out a lot of guys.

  • Joe

    Is Fu-Lin Kuo a prospect? Plus, where is Yeicock?

    • pat

      Fu-Lin-Quo yes. Yeicock sucks.

      • Rick in Philly

        If he didn’t have the plus-name tool, would anyone care about Calderon?

        • Ted Nelson

          The name is what attracts so much attention, but he does have power too. He had a pretty hot start last year as I remember, which I think got him on people’s radar a little beyond the name.

  • felixpanther

    Cave will be a pitcher?

  • BronxBombers98

    Anyone else seriously doubting the trade value of Betances? I keep hearing that getting Garza would take him and another prospect, I’d have to think the other prospect is amazing or there’s a drunk guy working the phones on the Cubs side.

    • Jack

      If I had to watch the Cubs every day I’d drink too.

    • Danny

      Betances has little to no trade value right now, he’s value is as low as it has ever been. He’s gone from a mid B level spec to a C

      • Ted Nelson

        What’s your scale there? Betances was an A prospect coming into the season…

        • Bavarian Yankee

          really? He’s never been an A, B is as high as I’ve seen him. I think he was a B- before the season.

          Montero’s the only A the Yanks had for quite a while.

          • Rick in Philly

            Depends on where you look. After 2010 there were some in the baseball media calling Betances a potential #1/#2. The questions regarding his mechanics were always there, so there was some talk of him being a borderline A/B guy.

          • Ted Nelson

            A top 50 prospect with ace potential who is already in AAA and has debuted is MLB is an A prospect as far as I’m concerned. Or at least A-. Huge trade value and potential value to the team in the very near future (entering the season that is, stock has obviously taken a huge hit this season). I think that the difference between the #15 prospect in baseball and #50 is relatively marginal. Betances is struggling, but that doesn’t mean he was destined to struggle. (Montero hasn’t exactly set the league on fire himself so far.)

            So are Banuelos and Williams, who Law has in his top 25 prospects in baseball. And maybe Sanchez if you’re high on him. Austin more B maybe, though hopefully he keeps impressing as he progresses.

            That’s why I originally asked about scale, though.

            • Bavarian Yankee

              ah, ok. I don’t know where I read about the scales and I either can’t remember where I got the grades for Betances (I think Baseball Prospectus or Baseball America).

              I think the usual scale is this: An A projects to be a star player, B an everyday guy and C a bench guy.

              I’m reading about this for some years on several sites and I’m honest with you: the only A I’ve read about on the Yankees system was Montero. I think (not sure though) Betances was as high as B and Banuelos as high as B+.

    • Ted Nelson

      Walking everyone you face is usually good fr your trade value…

  • Brian S.

    I hope that injury didn’t ruin Santana’s career…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      11 at-bats. Let’s press “pause” on ordering a coffin for now.

    • Voice of Reason

      I don’t see the connection between breaking an ankle and then striking out 8 times in 11 at bats 10 months later.

      The injury could negatively affect his career if he lost some speed as a result of it, but considering he’s playing again and apparently recovered well, “ruining” is pretty much off the table.

      • Dan

        I agree, I doubt it influences him much. The only way it might is if he might be more hesitant on his swings worrying that he is going to foul the ball of his ankle.

        • Ted Nelson

          Not just fouling off, but also transferring his weight. Could definitely be impacting him rigt now.

      • Samuel

        A secure base is very important to hitting. A busted ankle with ligament damage could affect his base and therefore, hitting performance.

        A busted ankle could offer less support for his leg drive and proper hip rotation. It could also affect a pre-swing proper load, too.

        Right now, Santana has too much load back and too much drift forward. Those faults are correctable, unless they are a result of the injury.

  • Danny
    • Samuel

      Fixing a faulty foot plant might be the easiest thing to fix in a pitcher. But, I am surprised that with all the time the kid spent in extended spring training after being drafted, the foot plant was that far off the spot where it should be.

      Also, when a RHP misses up and away to a LHH, it usually means his front shoulder is pulling out too quickly. Then the arm drags through and pushes the ball to the plate rather than throwing the ball.

      Another easy fix.

  • Frank

    This has been a really awful year thus far for the org in terms of development of young players. Sanchez, Austin, and maybe Williams aside…they’ve lost pineda for the year, if not more, banuelos is hurt, betances is awful, campos is hurt, cave won’t play, heathcott only just came back. Geez. Last year was a special year for prospects, but this year seems to be almost the exact opposite.

    • Rick in Philly

      This is fairly typical for most farm systems. What the Yankees had two years ago is almost an aberration.

    • Ted Nelson

      There have been injuries, but that’s largely luck. I wouldn’t call this an awful year at all.

    • Voice of Reason

      It’s most definitely been a bad year, though not irredeemably so. Pineda should definitely not be included in this discussion. No need for the “young players” shoehorning.

      Banuelos and Campos both being out for a long time just guts the upper echelon of Yankee prospects, Betances couldn’t have hurt his stock more other than by needing shoulder surgery and Bichette has been quietly terrible. Tyler Austin is really the only one who’s had anything resembling a breakout.

      On the other side of the coin, the arrow is up a bit for some 11-20something type prospects: Mitchell, Gumbs, Turley, CoJo, Montgomery (it could be way up for him, but god forbid he pitch in AA) and Mustelier if he counts have all had nice seasons. Who gives a shit about Cave, and it’s not like we didn’t know Heathcott was going to be out, and he could easily have a good rest-of-the-year. It looks like pretty slim pickins on the SS squads right now but you never know, maybe somebody will distinguish themselves a la Williams, Bichette and Santana last year. It’s only going to look better from here.

      • Ted Nelson

        The SS squads have played 2 and 3 games… Doesn’t really look like anything yet.

        Sanchez I having a good year, Mason solid enough, and Dante is in full season his first full pro season. Only guy I really see as a big disappointment outside of injury is Betances. Injuries could be a long term concern, or they could be nothing.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Nunez ever gonna play again?

  • MBN

    Kevin Perez. Now there is someone who has come out of nowhere to have a fine season.

    He walks too many guys, but he is not giving up hits this year. And he is keeping the ball in the park – only 1 HR in 43+ innings.

    • Ted Nelson

      He was mentioned by scouts in Josh Norris’ farm system highlights the other day.

    • Samuel

      Kelvin Perez is not very good.

      Don’t get your hopes up with him.

      • Ted Nelson

        I don’t know what’s with the know it all stuff, but apparently multiple pro scouts disagree with you. I don’t know why you want to state your opinion as fact.

        • Samuel

          My comment is not fact, of course, but opinion. I have seen this kid pitch multiple times at four different levels now.

          Straight fastball, rinky dink breaking ball and not reaqlly good command.

          So my opinion is that he isn’t very good. He may make the majors one day, but my opinion is he won’t have any impact.

          And in October, Perez will be 27 years old. Not exactly prospect status.

  • AdamC6

    Vidal Nuno? Okay, he’s not a little kid (turns 25 this year), but his numbers are really nice.

    Can we get some info? Anyone seen him @ Trenton? Is he just fooling kids with a curve, or does he have legit stuff?

    • Samuel

      Doesn’t throw hard, good off speed pitches to keep guys off balance. Good control AND command within the zone.

      “Fooling kids with a curve” though is “legit stuff.” But not the type of guy the Yankees typically like and use.

      All he does is get guys out. Forty years ago, he might be allowed to start in the show and become a “crafty left hander.”

      In today’s power game, not so much.

      But I would rather have him Nuno start a post season game for my team than Dellin Betances.

      • AdamC6

        Yeah — It just seems like there is a profile of pitchers who can kill it at A and AA because their breaking stuff is hot, but then it doesn’t translate to MLB success.

        I’m rooting for him! Ugh, Betances…..that prospect banana turned brown fast.

      • Ted Nelson

        Total red herring. No one want Dellin starting any MLB game right now the way he’s pitching

        • Samuel

          For the record, I wasn’t a big Betances fan even a couple years ago when he was dominating the FSL.

          And even though I haven’t seen him pitch this year, I still think Banuelos has a future. I just wish the Yankees would let him throw the damn ball.

          I like Nuno as a pitcher, but he doesn’t fit the Yankee mold of a big, strong, hard throwing kid.