Jun
02

DePaula debuts in the DSL

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If you’re looking for video of Dante Bichette Jr.’s first (and only) homer of the season from earlier this week, well here it is. (h/t Danny)

Triple-A Empire State Game One (3-1 loss to Norfolk in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
CF Kevin Russo, 2B Corban Joseph, 3B Brandon Laird & C Frankie Cervelli: all 1-3 — Russo struck out … Cervelli drove in a run
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 1 BB
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3
1B Russell Branyan: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B — as expected, he took over first base following the trade of Steve Pearce
RF Colin Curtis: 0-2
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 6/5 GB/FB — 59 of 98 pitches were strikes (60.2%) … also picked a runner off first

Triple-A Empire State Game Two (5-1 loss to Norfolk in seven innings)
RF Kevin Russo & 3B Brandon Laird: both 0-4 — Laird struck out once, Russo twice
2B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS
DH Jack Cust & 1B Russell Branyan: both 1-3 — Branyan struck out
LF Ronnie Mustelier & SS Ramiro Pena: both 2-3 — Pena drove in a run
C Gus Molina: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — four straight starts with exactly one hit, and they’ve all gone for extra bases
CF Colin Curtis: 2-2, 1 BB
LHP Mike O’Connor: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 47 of 69 pitches were strikes (68.1%) … he’ll be 32 in August, and for some reason that really surprises me … I feel like he was in the Nationals’ rotation like two years ago, but that was 2006 (!!!)
RHP Chase Whitley: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 30 of 47 pitches were strikes (63.8%), though one of those walks was intentional

Double-A Trenton Game One (3-2 win over New Hampshire in 14 innings, walk-off style) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain in the middle of the eighth
CF Abe Almonte: 0-6, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB — ouch
LF Jose Pirela: 3-7, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — walk-off solo dinger
2B David Adams: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB — he’ll finally get the play the field every day with Joseph in Triple-A
DH Cody Johnson & 1B Luke Murton: both 0-5, 1 BB — Murton struck out three times, Johnson four times
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-6
3B Kevin Mahoney: 3-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — very quietly has ten hits in his last 17 at-bats (.588)
C Jose Gil: 1-5
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
LHP Vidal Nuno: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 8/6 GB/FB — 49 of 76 pitches were strikes (64.5%) … dynamite performance, but he couldn’t keep going because he just moved out of the bullpen and is still being stretched out
LHP Lee Hyde: 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — only four of 11 pitches were strikes … took him all of three batters to blow Nuno’s potential win before the it started raining
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only five of 12 pitches were strikes (41.7%), but the walk was intentional
RHP Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 11 of 21 pitches were strikes (52.4%), but one of those walks was intentional
RHP Kelvin Perez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 28 of 42 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB – ten of 17 pitches were strikes (58.8%)

Double-A Trenton Game Two (6-5 win over New Hampshire in 15 innings, walk-off style)
CF Abe Almonte: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB
3B Kevin Mahoney: 0-7, 1 R, 1 K
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-7, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Cody Johnson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 HBP — third homer in his last four games and fifth in the last nine games
1B Luke Murton: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K — Shane Brown pinch-ran for him late but didn’t come to bat
PH Addison Maruszak: 2-2, 1 RBI — pinch-hit for Brown late and got the walk-off single
LF Damon Sublett: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — first homer of the year, of course he’s only played four games
2B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Yadil Mujica: 0-6, 3 K, 1 CS
C Jeff Farnham: 0-5, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6/2 GB/FB — 59 of 90 pitches were strikes (65.6%) … picked a runner off second
LHP Francisco Rondon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 4/2 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … he didn’t pitch in the first game, that was part of the game that was played yesterday before the rain caused the suspension
LHP Lee Hyde: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB – 12 of 18 pitches were strikes
RHP Michael Dubee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — seven of 17 pitches were strikes (41.2%)
RHP Shane Brown: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (52.8%), though the walk was intentional … this is already the third time we’ve had a position player pitch this season, seems like an awful lot compared to a typical year … he got the win, by the way

High-A Tampa Game One (2-0 loss to St. Lucie in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
LF Ramon Flores, RF Rob Segedin & 3B Zach Wilson: all 1-3, 1 2B — Wilson committed a fielding error in his return from the DL
C J.R Murphy, DH Neil Medchill & CF Eduardo Sosa: all 0-3 — Sosa struck out once, Medchill twice
1B Tyson Blaser: 1-3, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica & 2B Jose Toussen: both 0-2, 1 K
RHP Zach Nuding: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB — seems kinda odd that he came out after three innings, he wasn’t pitching that poorly … hopefully he’s not hurt
LHP Aaron Dott: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa Game Two (6-5 loss to St. Lucie in seven innings, walk-off style)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
2B Kelvin Castro: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – 15 errors in 51 games in the field
RF Rob Segedin & 1B Kyle Roller: both 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — Segedin doubled and got caught stealing … Roller hit a solo jack
DH Neil Medchill: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – his previous three hits had all been homers
3B Zach Wilson: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Eduardo Sosa: 1-3, 1 R
SS Jose Mojica: 2-3, 1 CS, 2 E (throwing, missed catch)
RHP Caleb Cotham: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 6/5 GB/FB — second straight rough start
RHP Branden Pinder: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (10-4 loss to Greenville)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5 — back after missing two games following a hit-by-pitch
SS Cito Culver: 1-5, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-5, 1 E (fielding)
RF Tyler Austin: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB — 18 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.514) with five doubles and a triple
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.440) with three doubles and five homers … dude’s en fuego right now
DH Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-4, 3 K
2B Ali Castillo: 1-4, 1 K
RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6/5 GB/FB — left in to take the pounding with a taxed bullpen
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB

Special Dominican Summer League Update

RHP Rafael DePaula: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/0 — apparently he’s starting in the DSL because of a family issue … this is his first game action in a long time, he wasn’t allowed to pitch in games while waiting for his visa … here’s the box score

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    Good DSL find on DePaula’s line. Six Ks in three innings.It’s a start.

  • Matt s

    I hope we soon add soler to these posts.

    • Gonzo

      I’d put the odds not in that favor, but I know nothing more than anyone else here.

      • Ted Nelson

        Well objectively the odds are definitely not in favor of it.

        • Gonzo

          Thank you for the agreement.

  • vin

    Seems like Scottie Allen gives up 8 or 9 runs every start. Also, didn’t he just pitch, or are all his shitty starts dominating my memory.

  • Joe

    do you think depaula will still go to staten island?

    • YankeeGrunt

      It’s possible he just ends the season down there. Depending on the severity of what those family concerns are, it seems unlikely he’d throw two or three starts down there and then come north. If he was going to pitch in North America this year he probably would have stayed down in Instructs until NYP kicked off. Daniel Lopez came north last year, but as a general rule prospects usually either play in the DSL or play up here from year to year.

      • Ted Nelson

        This may be an extra-ordinary case that breaks the general rule. The reports are that he’s not in ExST for family matters, so I don’t think it’s correct he’d be there if he’s going to pitch in the US at some point.

        As you say, whether he comes up this season might depend on what the family issue is. Can’t imagine they’re going to let him basically take a season off to deal with a family issue, so I think we’ll see him if he remains healthy and productive.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Good point, worth following going forward. Might just be DSL as an alternative to ExST rather than as an alternative to short-season.

  • forensic

    Is it just me (or maybe the camera work) or does it look like Bichette is stepping way toward the 3rd base dugout on that swing? If that’s normal for him this year, yikes, no wonder it took him so long to hit one.

    • pat

      Yeah that was my first impression too. Hopefully it was just a weird angle.

      • pat

        After re-watching it a bunch of times it looks like by the time the camera cuts to DBJ his foot is already in the air and when he drops it, it gives the appearance of stepping way towards 3B. I could be wrong, but I’d hope his swing mechanics aren’t that bad.

  • Kevin G.

    Is it too late for a Gary Sanchez watch?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Don’t know why it wasn’t him in the first place.

  • TJ

    It was actually Shane Brown who had the walk off single in the second Trenton game. So he was the winning pitcher and had the walk off… I wonder when the last time that happened.

  • Jonathan

    Good lord….how bad is the announcer calling the DBJ HR? That was like a rambling drunk that had never seen a baseball game before…perhaps it was.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Is Vidal Nuno anything?

  • CapitalT

    Time to move Sanchez and Austin up to Tampa

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    It was definitely a rough start to the season for the system as a whole but I feel like things are looking up a bit. There are certain injuries and performance issues that continue to be problems, but it’s really nice to see guys like David Adams and CoJo back and doing fine so far, the Charleston team is sick, and there are some players who look like they might provide some depth (like Mustelier). I know Angelo Gumbs has gotten some mentions recently but his month of May was really pretty sick (.306/.345/.532, 13XBH, 5HR, 14SB); it’s fun to watch the numbers as some of these guys adjust to their new levels and start to perform better.