Dugas keeps hitting in Staten Island loss

Game 69: Chickens
Yanks unable to climb out of early hole, fall to Mets

Notes? Notes…

  • The Yankees have signed RHP Jon Meloan out of an independent league and assigned him to Double-A Trenton. The 27-year-old was the other guy in the Carlos Santana-Casey Blake trade and he has 13 games of big league experience to his credit. I remember Baseball America describing him as a fitness nut whose body was wound too tight/lacked flexibility in their Prospect Handbook. [Mike Ashmore]
  • OF Cody Johnson has been placed on the DL with “left hamstring tightness.” He pulled up lame legging out an infield single the other night. C Jeff Farnham was activated off the phantom DL to take his roster spot. [Ashmore]
  • RHP Craig Heyer (arm) and LHP Josh Romanski (blister) each threw 25-pitch simulated games today. IF Walt Ibarra (finger) started throwing today after getting checked out by a doctor. [Ashmore]
  • C Gary Sanchez did not play tonight after leaving yesterday’s game following a collision at the plate, but he’s expected to return to the lineup sometime this weekend. Phew. [Josh Norris]

Triple-A Empire State (4-2 loss to Indianapolis)
RF Kevin Russo & CF Chris Dickerson: both 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB — Russo drove in a run, walked, and struck out … Dickerson committed a throwing error
2B Corban Joseph, 1B Russell Branyan, C Frankie Cervelli, 3B Brandon Laird & SS Ramiro Pena: all 0-3 — CoJo walked and whiffed … Branyan walked and struck out twice … Cervelli struck out once, Laird twice
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — broke up the no-hitter in the sixth
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 73 of 107 pitches were strikes (68.2%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — 16 of 30 pitches were strikes (53.3%)
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP — six of 11 pitches were strikes

Low-A Charleston (7-3 loss to Greenville)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 BB
RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K — why is he still here? anyone know?
1B Rey Nunez: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 1 K
2B Angelo Gumbs & DH Casey Stevenson: both 1-4 — Gumbs scored a run and struck out
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
C Francisco Arcia: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6/1 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GB/FB
LHP Dan Mahoney: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-4 loss to Hudson Valley)
LF Taylor Dugas: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — 7-for-12 (.583) in his three games
2B Jamiel Orozco: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
DH Jose Rosario: 2-5, 1 K — six hits in his last 12 at-bats
1B Jackson Valera & RF Exicardo Cayones: both 1-5, 1 K — Cayones scored
3B Matt Duran: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
C Wes Wilson: 3-4, 1 R
SS Claudio Custodio: 0-4, 3 K — 1-for-15 with 12 strikeouts so far
CF Danny Lopez: 0-4, 2 K
LHP Tim Flight: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB
RHP Derek Varnadore: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Charles Basford: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-2 win over GCL Phillies)
LF Kelvin Duran: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
2B-RF Jorge Alcantara: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
C Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K — has drawn a walk in all four of his games this year
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB — second stolen base so far
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Bubba Jones & CF Mikeson Oliberto: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — Jones scored a run … Oliberto struck out and threw a runner out at the plate
RF Ericson Leonora: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — left the game for an unknown reason in the eighth … 2B Jerison Lopez took his spoke and singled in his only at-bat
SS Fernando Perez: 1-4, 2 K
RHP Luis Nielba: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5/3 GB/FB
LHP Chaz Hebert: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — last year’s 27th rounder signed for $148k
LHP Yoely Bello: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — already his third appearance in five games

Double-A Trenton was rained out. They’re going to play a pair tomorrow.

High-A Tampa was also rained out. They’re going to make it up as part of a doubleheader on July 23rd.

Game 69: Chickens
Yanks unable to climb out of early hole, fall to Mets
  • pat

    The Custodian is getting cleaned out.

  • ultimate913

    Maybe they just want to promote everyone as a family? So that they can grow together. Or something.

    If he stays there the whole year, I hope they skip him ahead to Trenton next year. His confidence should be sky high right now. Especially if he keeps it up. Definitely wouldn’t mind testing him there. If it doesn’t work, just demote him. But I’m sure there are other factors that I can’t possibly think of myself that affect this process.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      No way. The jump from High-A to Double-A is considered to be the biggest jump in professional baseball. The level of competition from Low-A to Double-A is far too wide. There’s no logic in the Yankees doing something that drastic. I’d expect him to go to High-A soon though.

      • Ted Nelson

        AAA to MLB is considered the largest jump, I’d say.

        It’s mid-season and he just came back from injury… So I think he’ll be in Tampa this season.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Not really. It’s arguable, I guess. There are plenty of Double-A prospects that can jump to MLB, so the gap between MLB and Triple-A isn’t really that big. There’s definitely a difference though

          • Ted Nelson

            There is absolutely no doubt the Jump to MLB is absolutely the biggest. No doubt. All the best prospects from 15 years are in MLB at any given time. It’s a different game.

            • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

              Yes, I understand that. There are also a ton of prospects who flamed out once they hit Double-A because the talent level is much higher.

              I understand your point, but High-A to Double-A is a huge jump. I think you’re underestimating this a bit.

  • Dropped Third

    Just want to thank you Mike! You do ALOT of these DOTF post’s and their great!

  • Sean

    Custodio took some serious cuts tonight, def sells out for the home run. Duran made a few nice plays.

  • Joe

    I know I am VERY EARLY on thinking like this, but I have been thinking if tomorrow was September 1st who would be called up? My predictions of course its early would be:
    Laird-1B/3B Only because hes on the 40 and can play first..stats stink this year..
    Mustelier-OF Need a spot cleared for him
    Russo-UT Need a spot cleared for him as well
    Delcarmen-P need a spot cleared for him
    So if I counted right I had 3 non 40 man guys listed.. With Nunez and Nix Pena becomes unnecessary so DFA him having a bad year anyway.. I would also DFA Antonelli as he has done nothing besides go on the DL I don’t know who the 3rd person would be that I would DFA it is a tough one..I also missed Joseph and Adams Joseph would be a yes and Adams most likely if he ends season strong enough.

    • Gonzo

      Do you really want Betances pitching any innings in September?

    • Knoxvillain

      Betances has a better chance being a FA then ever pitching this September, let alone ever again in his big league career.

      The guy is a bust and will never be anything.

      • Ted Nelson

        Great story

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hyperbole much?

        He has as much chance of pitching in the big leagues this year as he did last year, and guess what he did last year. Still plenty of baseball to be played.

        This is, of course, unless you are actually some Fantastic Voyage type organism which has lived inside his body and knows something we don’t.

    • Ted Nelson

      Doubt they clear spots for org guys. Maybe if spots are cleared by DL stints or just switching an Antonelli for a another scrub.

      • Joe

        Do you think every player not named Jeter or Cano is a scrub? Look up the definition of a role player thats what sepetember call ups are.

        • Ted Nelson

          Thinking Russo and Delcarmen are scrubs and thinking every player is a scrub are totally different things. Russo is not an MLB role player, he is a below average AAA player. The Yankees are not getting rid of anyone with any value to get a below average AAA player in his late 20s a call up.

    • ikl

      I don’t see how Russo or Delcarmen add much. Nunez, Mustelier, Dickerson and, maybe, Joseph all hit better than Russo and Nix is probably better in the field. I think Dickerson would be a potentially more useful addition to the 40 man roster as he would be a better pinch runner than Russo or Laird and is probably a better hitter and fielder. Since he is out of options, whether or not he is added might come down to whether he can become a minor league free agent this winter if not on the 40 man roster (and thus impossible to stash in the minors for next year).

      I wouldn’t be against replacing Igarashi or Thomas with Delcarmen if Delcarmen seems more likely to be effective, but having all three seems like overkill and certainly not worth DFA’ing anybody for. I also would have no problem DFA’ing either Thomas or Delcarmen to clear space for someone else (Mustelier, Dickerson or Branyan).

      I think that Adam Warren would be added since he is Rule 5 eligible in the winter anyway. Whitley could be added for the same reason, although that is a harder call as it would have to be more based on potential than performance.

      I would also add Branyan at this point as a pinch hitter/ backup first baseman. I have no problem DFA’ing Antonelli or Pena to do so. Depending on who is healthy in September and who would need to be DFA’ed, this might not make sense.

      Since the premise was that tomorrow is Sept. 1, Aardsma and Chamberlain aren’t a factor. But by September, they likely will be and the team will have to clear two more spots on the 40 man for them – some combination of Igarashi, Antoneli, Thomas, Pena and Laird (unless he starts hitting better, I don’t think that he would be claimed) will probably be DFA’ed in roughly that order of probablility. These leaves less room for September additions to the 40 man.

      • Travis L.

        You could DFA Wise for Dickerson, Pena for Mustalier, Thomas for Aardsma, Igarashi for Chamberlain, and Antonelli for Branyan. I also could see the Yankees going after someone like Drew Sutton and DFA Nix. I’m not sure about Sutton’s defense, but his offense is better than Nix’s. But Sutton wont be playing SS, or 3B for that matter. I think he can play 2B and OF, so maybe they wont. Either way, I think Sutton (who was DFA by Tampa Bay earlier this week) would be a good fit as a bench player.

        • ikl

          That all sounds good to me. The Yankees won’t DFA Nix for someone who can’t play SS though – unless they bring Pena back up which I doubt. So I don’t think Sutton for Nix works. Wouldn’t mind picking him up in place of Antonelli though.

          One dark horse – Cedeno has been pitching well at SWB. I don’t know much about him, but he is a lefty so I imagine that they could decide to have a look at what he does against major league hitters. I doubt they add him, but it wouldn’t shock me.

  • Sully

    Ramon Ortiz > Freddy Garcia (right now)? Or is the difference nominal at best?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes and yes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No reason at all to make that switch. Ortiz would play precisely the role Freddy is, and Freddy’s not doing badly at that role.

  • Bavarian Yankee
  • Billy Madison

    Yoely Bello?


    I have not followed Mustellier in the field much(know what positon hes been playing?).. Has he just kinda started playing OF? If so, could it possibly be the yanks are thnking of giving him a look out there and see if they got something? I sure hope so, because i think Ronnier Mustellier is a guy who is very deserving and not getting any younger, and we could use legit youth in the lineup, and if he works out, u could kinda platoon him and gardner a bit, and use em as a PH against lefties late… I really want to see what he has.. Igot a feeling about him.. I could see him being a 285 13 70 type guy given the proper amount of at bats…

  • viridiana

    Yankee FO reluctance to promote Mustelier — along with other delayed promos — is baffling. They will certainly need youth, contact hitting and cheap outfield help over the next few years — all of which Mustelier provides. Cashman seems to have been traumatized by his Kennedy/Joba/Hughes disappointment of a few years ago. Yanks seem willing to sign players dumped by other teams — so long as they have had even negligible MLB experience. But internal options are often ignored. At some point, Yanks must give their own a chance. If nothing else, some MLB experience will enhance value and credibility.

    Also have to wonder why Austin, Sanchez (and maybe even Williams) are still in Charleston.

  • bojii3

    Heathcott is on way to Tampa, his rehab is done per his twitter

  • bojii3

    Heathcott is on way to Tampa, his rehab is done per his twitter

  • bojii3

    Also, garrison lassiter was released by yankees on 6/22 and calen cotham is activated off the DL

  • bojii3