Gumbs’ big night not enough in Charleston loss

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Binder, Danks, Frenchy, Pineda

Some notes…

  • Josh Norris spoke to Short Season Staten Island manager Justin Pope (yes, that Justin Pope) and got a feel of the club’s roster. Ravel Santana is expected to be the club’s Opening Day center fielder while OF Danny Lopez, IF Claudio Custodio, RHP Taylor Morton, and IF Matt Duran highlight the rest of the crop.
  • RHP Scottie Allen has been placed on the Low-A disabled list and LHP Matt Bashore was demoted from High-A Tampa to take his spot. [Josh Norris]
  • C Jeff Farnham was placed on the Double-A disabled list and C Kyle Higashioka was bumped up from High-A Tampa to take his spot. I’m a big Higashioka fan for no apparent reason, so I hope he gets a chance to play. [Mike Ashmore]

Just FYI, the Staten Island and Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees both start their seasons this coming Monday.

Triple-A Empire State (10-0 loss to Syracuse)
RF Kevin Russo: 1-3, 1 BB
2B Corban Joseph, DH Jack Cust & 1B Russell Branyan: all 0-4 — CoJo struck out twice, Cust thrice
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 16 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.356)
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 PB
3B Brandon Laird: 1-4
CF Colin Curtis: 2-4
SS Doug Bernier: 0-3, 1 BB
RHP Adam Warren: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — 47 of 92 pitches were strikes (51.1%) … oh Adam, stop being such a disappointment
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 35 pitches were strikes (57.1%)
LHP Mike O’Connor: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76.2%)
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (64.7%)

Double-A Trenton (7-6 loss to Altoona, walk-off style) they were up 6-1 heading into the ninth, so … ouch
DH Abe Almonte: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
3B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — 17 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.447)
2B David Adams: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB — 11 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.314)
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — six hits in his last nine at-bats
CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Cody Johnson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — his 16 homers are the second most in the organization behind Curtis Granderson’s 19
1B Luke Murton & C Jose Gil: both 0-4, 1 BB — Gil scored a run and struck out
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
RHP Adam Miller: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/6 GB/FB — 41 of 59 pitches were strikes (69.5%) … two strikeouts or fewer in five of six starts for the Thunder
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 18 of 28 pitches were strikes (64.3%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — only seven of 20 pitches were strikes
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — only eight of 22 pitches were strikes (.364) … allowed all three of the runners he inherited from Flannery to score
RHP Preston Claiborne: 0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — three pitches, two strikes … allowed both of the runners he inherited from Hyde to score

High-A Tampa (10-7 loss to Clearwater)
CF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — eight hits in his last 27 at-bats (.296)
DH J.R. Murphy: 1-6, 1 R, 3 K
RF Rob Segedin: 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS — threw a runner out at second
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP — ten hits in his last 32 at-bats (.313)
C Tyson Blaser: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
LF Neil Medchill: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Zach Wilson: 0-4, 1 RBI — stuck in a 6-for-29 slump (.209)
SS Jose Mojica: 1-5, 1 2B
2B Hector Rabago: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K — seven hits in his last 19 at-bats (.368)
RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 7/1 GB/FB — first runs he’s allowed in three starts since returning from Extended Spring Training
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 21-year-old is making his stateside debut after spending the last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League … he allowed two of the three runners he inherited from Rigoberto to score
RHP Mark Montgomery: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-3 loss to Greensboro)
CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 CS
SS Cito Culver, LF Casey Stevenson & DH Francisco Arcia: all 1-4, 1 K — Culver stole a base … Stevenson drove in a run … Arcia came around to score
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 K
C Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB
2B Angelo Gumbs: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP — had been in a 7-for-34 rut (.206)
1B Rey Nunez: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 2 K
RHP Will Oliver: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12/2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — has only allowed three homers in 65.1 IP this year (0.41 HR/9)
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 3/0 GB/FB — can’t get much better

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Binder, Danks, Frenchy, Pineda
  • AnthonyD

    W/ Manny B injured, is there really anyone worth checking in on at the AAA or AA level at all? Actually other than Murphy can you throw Tampa in there as well?

    • Smart Guy

      brett marshall, david adams, zolio, betances

    • Ted Nelson

      Betances, Phelps, DJ Mitchell, Warren, Mustelier, CoJo, Cervelli, Laird, David Adams, Zoilo Almonte, Brett Marshall, Mikey O’Brien, Mark Montgomery, Flores, Segedin…

      They’re not top 25 prospects in baseball, but they all have a chance to help the Yankees.

      • viridiana

        Wrell done, Ted. Nice list.
        I would add Mustelier and Abe Almonte. I wonder if there is potential for OF platoorn down road with the Mustelier/Z. Almonte/A. Almonte and may be even Melky Mesa (vast improvement in K %) group. Though he gets less attention than Zolio, Abe hits for similar average (less power), fewer Ks, more BBs. He is also a real force on the bases. Both are switch-hitters with similar splits. Obviously not ready yet. But at some point Yanks are going to have to give these guys chances. I believe there is greater likelihood of near-instant success from position players than from pitchers. So there’s that too.

        • viridiana

          Oops– see Mustelier is on your list.

    • RetroRob

      Since you mentioned Manny, I’m guessing your interest is more in the real high-end prospects, like Manny and many on the Charleston roster.

      Yet there is another level down of players who will/can help the Yankees, and there’s probably one or two “surprises” mixed in that group.

      Ted’s note does a good job of listing them.

  • Skip

    Gary Sanchez also had a CS today. He gunned out a runner trying to steal 2nd and the throw beat the runner by a comfortable margin – very easy to call from the stands. He showed a pretty good arm. The passed ball was on a sacrifice bunt attempt which allowed runners on 1st and 2nd to advance to 2nd and 3rd. They eventually came around to score.

  • Danny

    Interesting article on Mitchell

  • Rey22

    Is the Adam Miller in AA the former top prospect (for the Indians I think?) that performed horribly out of the bullpen in Spring Training? They made him a starter again?

    • Ralph

      Yes and yes.

  • Joe

    Where is Greg Bird? No SI for him? Any scouting report on Duran?

    • RetroRob

      From what I’ve read (all of two mentions at other sites), he’s looked good in extended ST. He’s probably ticketed, though, for the Gulf Coast come June.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    20-year old C Daniel Vavrusa is starting off hot down in the Dominican Summer League. .538/.586/.846/1.432 in his first 29 PA. He was signed out of the Czech Republic a couple of years ago.

  • DH

    Rafael De Paula after his start today…

    3 starts (3 IP, 5 IP, 5 IP). 2-0, 13 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 HR allowed, 17/6 K:BB, 1.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .170 AVG against.

    • JohnnyC

      It’s a shame that a family situation is going to keep from coming stateside this year. He’s already 22. Unfortunately, so many years of development have been wasted due to his various problems.

  • Jack in Taiwan

    “LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 3/0 GB/FB – can’t get much better”

    Don’t get it. Looks like he faced six batters (“2 IP, zeroes”)but got “4 K” and “3 GB” (that makes 7, batters right).

  • Wayne

    When does Jordan cote start in gulf coast ?

  • Wayne

    I heard someone compare Ty Hensley to Phil Hughes. Ty Hensley has a smooth delivery. Phil Hughes one arms the ball and is an injury waiting to happen. With Ty Hensley’s body and pitches he definitely has more projectability than Hughes and could be dominant barring any freak accident.

    • leftylarry

      Hughes doesn’t hide the ball very well and his fastball is pretty straight, so the days he doesn’t have some late giddy-up to it, it’s a meatball.He needs to be in 110% good shape after every off season.
      I think TY Hensley has much higher upside, better personality for the game too.
      All that being said, I think Hughes is over the orughest part of his career and should be a functional if not solid starter for the rest of his YAnkee career.
      i think he’ll have a few more 16-17 maybe even 18 win seasons before he’s done.

  • Ed Torres

    Any word on Tyler Austin’s injury?

    • coolerking101

      Yes, he only has a bruise. He’s on the 7 day DL and expected back shortly.

  • Don W

    You are confusing what Hughes is with what he was. Do a little research on Hughes and you’ll find he was considered one if not the top pitching prospect in the game at one point.

    • Don W

      Reply fail.

  • coolerking101

    At 83K’s is Cody Johnson leading the entire Yankee org in K’s?

  • Rick

    When does Branyan or Mustelier force the Yanks hand? In particular, Branyan likely has an opt out at some point. Anyone care to comment?

  • viridiana

    My guess is Yanks will call up Branyan before Mustellier– and that’s a shame.
    Branyan hit something like .197 in his last major league season and he has always been a wind turbine at the plate, striking out far too much.
    Mustelier continues to hit at every level. And he’s apparently a contact hitter with gap power — exactly what Yanks could use to win some games when they don’t hit the long ball. His defense is said to be OK at 3b, maybe less so in OF. But I would hope Yanks will find a way to get him in the mix — DeWayne Wise and Jayson Nix are not exactly inexpendable.

    • Yankees WINNNN

      Mustelier sounds a lot like a Juan Uribe clone. Good contact but limited defensively but can fake a bunch of different positions.

    • RetroRob

      I’d like to see Mustelier if for no other reason than curiosity, but nothing wrong in giving Branyan a shot. He only had a little over 120 ABs last year, so not sure his .197 BA means much. The two prior seasons he hit 25 and 31 HRs, triple slashing along to a .244/.336/.504 line and an .841 OPS.

      Be it Mustelier or Branyan probably depends on what role they’re trying to fill, and I’m not sure either fills the Gardner role. I can see them giving Wise’s spot to Dickerson. A Dickerson/Mustelier platoon is interesting, but they’d have to find another roster spot. A player like Nix is necessary the way the Yankees are constructed.

    • Kel

      BA is not a good way to judge Branyon. And yeah, he strikes out a lot. That is not exactly breaking news. Like Adam Dunn and Jack Crust he is a master of the Three True Outcomes.

      But I can tell you one thing. Any pitcher would be nervous as hell seeing him come off the bench in Yankee Stadium.

      • leftylarry

        Adam Dunn has hit 40 HR’s like 5-6 times,I think 5 consecutive years at one point, though he’s done it quietly.He’s in a different league than Branyan.