Greene flirts with perfection in Tampa win

Game 58: Win It For Brett
Tex's late homer helps Yanks to win over Mets

C Austin Romine reported to Tampa yesterday and both swung a bat and played catch for the first time since suffering a back injury during Spring Training. He isn’t expected to return to game action until July. Meanwhile, Brian Cashman confirmed that Manny Banuelos‘ will be out for another month or so. He’s battling a sore elbow that is not considered serious because the MRI showed no structural damage.

Triple-A Empire State (9-5 loss to Louisville)
3B Kevin Russo: 1-4, 1 RBI
DH Corban Joseph: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K — has hit in all ten games since the promotion
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Chris Dickerson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — wonder if we’re going to see him in the big leagues at some point soon given Brett Gardner‘s setback
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Colin Curtis: 1-4, 2 R, 1 K
1B Brandon Laird: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — seven hits in his last 24 at-bats (.292), which is much better than what he had been doing
SS Ramiro Pena: 1-5, 1 K
2B Doug Bernier: 0-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
RHP Dellin Betances: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 58 of 99 pitches were strikes (58.6%) … wocka wocka wocka
RHP Jason Bulger: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 27 of 47 pitches were strikes (57.4%)
LHP Mike O’Connor: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 36 of 53 pitches were strikes (67.9%)

Double-A Trenton (12-0 loss to Binghamton)
CF Abe Almonte: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
LF Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 K — 20 hits in his last 39 at-bats (51.3%)
2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 2B — he’s starting to come around
DH Melky Mesa, 1B Luke Murton & C Jose Gil: all 0-4 — Murton committed a throwing error … Gil struck out
3B Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 BB
RF Shane Brown & SS Yadil Mujica: both 1-4 — Brown struck out
LHP Shaeffer Hall:5 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 58 of 82 pitches were strikes (70.7%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 34 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 22 of 31 pitches were strikes (71.0%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 13 of 23 pitches were strikes (56.5%)

High-A Tampa (7-0 win over Daytona)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 K, 1 SB — 11 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.355)
2B Anderson Feliz: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — got picked off first … 13 hits in his last 41 at-bats (.317)
RF Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 R
DH Kyle Higashioka: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 13 hits this year, and seven have gone for extra bases
1B Kyle Roller: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 14 hits in his last 39 at-bats (.359) with three doubles, a triple, and three homers
3B Zach Wilson: 0-4, 1 K
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-4, 1 RBI
SS Jose Mojica: 1-4
RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 9/2 GB/FB — brilliant, easily the best start of the season in the system
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — first appearances in nine days, I wonder what was up with that

Low-A Charleston (8-7 win over Savannah, walk-off style)
CF Mason Williams: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — hasn’t had a huge game like this in a while, good to see
SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — has walked 24 times in 31 games since May 1st
2B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single … ten hits in his last 23 at-bats (.434)
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — grand slam was already his ninth homer of the year … remember when we were still waiting for him to hit his first dinger?
2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
1B Casey Stevenson & DH Francisco Arcia: both 1-4 — Stevenson stole a base
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — got picked off first
LF Ali Castillo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Will Oliver: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 56 of 96 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … three or more runs allowed in five straight starts
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 4/1 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch) — 31 of 52 pitches were strikes (59.6%)
RHP John Brebbia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB — 25 of 34 pitches were strikes (73.6%)

Game 58: Win It For Brett
Tex's late homer helps Yanks to win over Mets
  • DM

    “July” for Romine.

  • Neo

    What type of ceiling does Shane Greene:have?

    • Mike Axisa

      He throws hard but is probably a reliever long-term. I’m kinda surprised they haven’t moved him to the bullpen yet, but I guess they want him to throw as many innings as possible to work on his secondary stuff.

    • zs190

      If I recall correctly, he’s an org guy, I guess ceiling is maybe an up and down mopup guy. Still a great night for him.

      • RetroRob

        His arm is too good and he’s still a bit too young to be an org guy. Still has potential, but as Mike noted, his future is probably more as a reliever.

        If he’s still sitting in A-ball in a couple of years, then he can be moved into the org guy category. He still has potential. Org guys don’t.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Get well soon, MannyB!

    The Charleston team has me reading the DoTF updates daily. I scroll straight past the higher A teams to see Mason, Austin, Sanchez, Cito, Gumbs and the boys.

    • @ggooglyboogly

      I’m with you 100%, the talent in charleston is great

    • Ted Nelson

      I like to check out Flores, JR, Roller, and K-Mark… But today those Low A lines sure picked me up after feeling a bit dejected over Betances. I mean at this point I expect it… but still always hold out hope it’ll be the game he starts to turn it around. But then multiple hits for all of those guys was just beautiful to see.

      (Not to compare him to Dellin in terms of potential, but Hall also seems pretty disappointing this season.)

  • forensic

    Don’t the A-ball box scores usually have pitch counts? Anyone have any idea how many he had?

    • Mike Axisa

      No pitch counts for High-A for whatever reason.

      • forensic

        Hmm, guess all the other ones just bleed over and made me think there were usually pitch counts there too. Thought maybe the guys who usually counts the pitches was still stuck in the rain somewhere.

  • MontgomeryKmachine

    Montgomery to Double A soon please!

  • Knoxvillain

    I don’t even count Betances as a prospect anymore. I wouldn’t be surprised if he never pitched in a Major League game again. I hope I’m not.

    • forensic

      If they move him to the BP at some point later in the season, I could see him getting another Sept. call-up and an appearance or two (depending on game/standings situations) in the majors at that point. Other than that, I agree with you.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yesterday’s failed starter is today’s dominant reliever. It happens. Ask the guy on the DL with the torn ACL.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not comparing the two in the least but, rather, just making a general point as to trajectories.

      • Bo Knows

        Mo is probably closer to Joba than Betances or any other starter turned closer. Mo had 10 starts in the majors before being sent to the bullpen, where he has remained since.

      • RetroRob

        Mo was not a failed starter. What he would have done as a starter is unknown.

        • blooper

          Shame the way they ruined his career moving him back and forth.

        • Ted Nelson

          You can say that about just about any successful RP who wasn’t re-introduced to the rotation.

        • viridiana

          One of the gtreatest relievers in Yankee history falied miserably — and over a much longer peiod than Mo — as starter. That would be Goose Gossage.
          Too much meddling with Betances delivery. Let him return to mechanics that made him unhittable (with maybe 4.5 BB per 9 innings) until his AAA nightmare.

          • Ted Nelson

            It’s all the org’s fault! The player is responsible for nothing!

      • Ted Nelson

        I’m still not sure a move to the pen will fix Dellin. I do think he can be fixed, but if just moved to the pen as is I think he’ll still stink until that fix happens. And I’m not sure it will happen any sooner in the pen.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Gary fuckin’ Sanchez

  • forensic

    The last tagged update for Nunez on here was him taking groundballs on the 31st. Any word on if he’s still just doing that or has he advanced some? Seems like he should’ve advanced in the week and a half since then.

  • Cuso

    Seriously, Betances is just not going to get better is he? That stinks.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Maybe it’s still the cracked fingernail?


      • Cuso

        If anyone’s got a viable reason to not give up on him, I’ll accept it right now.

        • Mister D

          He remains under team control.

          • Havok9120

            I’ll take it.

  • Cuso

    Murphy to AA, Sanchez to High-A. Come on, let’s go (clap)(clap)(clap).

  • Brian S.

    Mustelier to the Bigs!

    • Ted Nelson

      Martin is done! Gardner, Jeter, and Swisher were done last year! Slumps are part of baseball.

  • Reggie C.

    Another month on the DL??


    I’m not sure how Manny Banuelos flirting with a lost season isn’t the headliner tonight. Its pretty effing disappointing that he can’t get back out there.

    • forensic

      I would put Gardner flirting with a lost season as the headliner simply because it’s currently affecting the big league club, but yeah, Banuelos is probably 2nd. It takes something pretty big to pass him though.

    • Ted Nelson

      Sure it’s disappointing, but P missing seasons with elbow problems isn’t uncommon. I’m just glad it’s not his shoulder, and glad he dominated for the small window he was healthy. He’s 21 and could still pitch 2+ months and then AzFL.

  • voIII

    Any updates on Austin’s injury?

  • Tom

    Banuelos missing a month is a big deal, even if the injury turns out not to be significant.

    He threw ~130 innings last year, if they got him to about 150 this year he could compete for a job next year and not be on any sort of major innings limit if he makes the team (figure if he’s a 5th starter they can skip a start or two and do some creative shuffling around the all star break)

    Now he’ll probably be lucky to throw 100-130 innings if he’s out another month (he’s thrown all of 24 innings this year), which means next year he’ll probably be on a 150-155 inning limit – or basically a reset of what this year was supposed to be. He also will not likely be ready to compete for a spot next year (and if he does win a spot it will be innings craziness all over again).

    • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Nah, it’s not a big deal. Do you really think he’d be so MLB ready without the injury? I think the difference is marginal. That is, if he recovers within the expected time-frame.

    • nick

      Banuelos will likely throw some innings in the fall/winter leagues as well to make up a bit for the lost time now if need be.

    • Havok9120

      I’ve seen little this season that led me to believe he’d be so good as to force the team to give him a spot next season. Besides that, he’s 21. The organization can (and should) take its time with him. Not every homegrown pitcher needs to crack the rotation by age 22.

      • Havok9120

        I’m not saying that its unimportant, just that we should all breathe a bit.

      • Ted Nelson

        I agree about breathing, but you have to look at this season in context. He had a back issue, then when he got healthy he was brilliant for a small sample. That it’s a tiny sample doesn’t prove he’s definitely ready, but that the only healthy inning he had at AAA at 21 were dominant sure suggests he can be a force.

    • Ted Nelson

      Welcome to prospect development! You’ve also arrived at professional pitching!

      A P prospect having a setback, especially due to his elbow, is almost the rule. Not an exception.

      • Tom

        Thanks – another one of your extremely helpful posts.

        Prospects have setbacks…. brilliant. Did I indicate otherwise?

        • Ted Nelson

          You pointed out that being injured is worse than being healthy and reaching your best case scenario… did that really need to be said? It would be better if he were healthy and earning an MLB rotation spot! Really?

          • Ted Nelson

            You also said that it’s a big deal because he’s not able to reach his best case scenario of being an effective MLB starter who piles up innings. Havok also pointed out above that’s not necessarily the best way to approach prospect watching.

    • mattdamonwayans

      He’s gonna miss 2+ months, but it’s not serious, so no big deal.