Heathcott homers in Tampa win

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Double-A Trenton is sending five players to the All-Star Game according to a release: OF Abe Almonte, OF Cody Johnson, IF Kevin Mahoney, RHP Brett Marshall, and RHP Kelvin Perez. Johnson is out for a while with a hamstring injury, so he’ll be replaced on the roster. Not necessarily by one of his teammates, of course.

Triple-A Empire State (11-5 win over Gwinnett) they roughed up RHP Julio Teheran, arguably the best pitching prospect in the minors
CF Chris Dickerson: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
DH Jack Cust: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB — fourth homer in the last five games and fifth in the last seven games
1B Russell Branyan: 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
3B Brandon Laird: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
RF Cole Garner: 2-4
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP John Maine: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 57 of 82 pitches were strikes (69.5%) … the injuries to CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte (as well as the Dellin Betances demotion) probably save his job for a few weeks simply because they need some starters
RHP Chase Whitley: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 29 of 41 pitches were strikes (70.7%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60.0%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to New Britain, walk-off style)
RF Abe Almonte: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — 16 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.356)
3B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
2B David Adams & DH Zoilo Almonte: both 0-5, 1 K
CF Melky Mesa: 1-5, 2 K
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 K
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.387)
C Jeff Farnham: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B
LF Damon Sublett: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2/7 GB/FB — 50 of 88 pitches were strikes (56.8%) … ties his career high in strikeouts
RHP Ricky Orta: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB – only seven of 17 pitches were strikes (41.2%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (54.5%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HB — only 16 of his 34 pitches were strikes (47.1%)

High-A Tampa (7-1 win over Brevard County)
LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 16 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.500)
C J.R. Murphy: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — first homer of the year
RF Rob Segedin: 0-3, 1 BB
1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — third homer in his last four games
3B Zach Wilson & CF Eduardo Sosa: both 1-4 — Wilson struck out and committed a pair of fielding errors … Sosa tripled and scored a run
2B Hector Rabago: 0-4, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 8/0 GB/FB — now that’s dominance, you can’t do much better than zero walks and zero fly ball outs
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Savannah)
CF Mason Williams: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
DH Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
RF Tyler Austin & 1B Rey Nunez: both 1-4 — Austin scored a run when a he stole home (!) … Nunez struck out
C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 3 PB
3B Dante Bichette Jr. & LF Kelvin DeLeon: both 0-3 — DBJ got hit by a pitch … DeLeon stole a base, struck out, and got picked off first
SS Cito Culver & 1B Ali Castillo: both 1-3 — Culver committed a fielding error … Castillo scored a run
RHP Scottie Allen: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 7/5 GB/FB – 34 of 55 pitches were strikes (61.8%)
RHP Brett Gerritse: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 26 of 43 pitches were strikes (60.5%)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59.4%)

Short Season Staten Island (9-3 loss to Hudson Valley)
CF Taylor Dugas: 2-5
2B Jose Rosario, DH Ravel Santana & 3B Matt Duran: both 0-3 — Rosario got hit by a pitch and committed a fielding error … Santana walked and scored a run … Duran walked, scored a run, drove one in, struck out, and committed a throwing error
1B Saxon Butler & C Jackson Valera: both 2-4 — Butler scored a run and struck out twice … Valera whiffed once
RF Danny Oh & LF Danny Lopez: both 0-4 – Oh struck out once, Lopez twice
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Taylor Morton: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 6/9 K/BB in 16 IP
RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Charles Basford: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-5 win over GCL Pirates)
2B Jerison Lopez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K — hitting .471/.561/.647 with six walks and four strikeouts in his ten games so far
SS Austin Aune: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K — played his five innings in the field again … Fernando Perez replaced him and singled in his only at-bat
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
DH Bubba Jones: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
RF Ericson Leonora: 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 2 K — pro debut for this year’s third rounder, who played six innings … Kelvin Duran took over and sacrifice bunted in his only trip to the plate
C Chris Breen: 0-2, 2 K, 1 E (missed catch) — guess he many innings he played in the field? yep, five… David Remedios replaced him and made outs in his two at-bats while also allowing two passed balls
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — ten hits in his last 16 at-bats (.625) with three walks and one strikeout
1B Jorge Alcantara: 0-4, 1 K
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — rehabbing a groin injury
RHP Andury Acevedo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Luis Niebla: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB
RHP Chaz Hebert: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Edison Mejia: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — capped off a great deal of bullpen work, allowing the offense to comeback for the win

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  • forensic

    Four full season league starting pitchers: 22 IP, 14 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 23 K

    Can’t do much better than that.

  • Brian S.

    Call up Mustelier. Our offense needs a spark.

    • robert mitchell

      To play where?Call up to sit?Don’t think so.

    • robert mitchell

      Hope Branyan gets called up by a big league club soon[purchased from N.Y.]Needs 6 ding dongs for 200 in less than 3,000 mlb at bats to go with 219 minor league taters.15th all time in h.r. frequency with 1 every 14.8 at bats.Won’t get ‘em with a Sept.call up by the big club.

  • Smart Guy

    Butler will be this years bichette JR, you heard it here first from the guy who called betances demotion and it was gonna be hot today

    • pat

      Butler is 22. Dante was 18 last year.

      • Brian S.

        Dante doesn’t have any power.

        • Ted Nelson

          Because his development is done his first full pro season…

          Was that a serious comment?

          • RetroRob

            Hard to tell if it was serious.

            If he’s saying he hasn’t shown power yet, then he’s correct. If he’s saying he doesn’t have power, then he wrong.

            Dante grades out as “plus-plus” power in BA’s rankings. The fact that his power has yet to show up in game action as a teenager in his first full season of pro ball is meaningless. Power is the last skill to develop.

  • Robert

    When are Romine and Venditte coming back if ever?

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s only half way through the season. I don’t know the answer, but it’s not like they’ve missed two seasons or something.

  • Chris

    Sanchez has 3 passed balls? Ouch!

    • Brian S.

      I wonder what his pitch framing is like. He apparently has a cannon arm but being able to steal pitches is the defense that our organization cares about.

  • BronxBombers98

    Why is Danny Oh in Stanten Island while the other draftees from this year are in the Gulf Coast League?

    • pat

      Dugas, Butler, Garrison, Oh and aare all 2012 draftees. All are college picks and usually college picks will go to SI.

  • Andrew

    Anybody know why Heathcott hasn’t played in the outfield yet?

    • pat

      Probably just part of the rehab process. He’s been known to be a bit reckless in the field.

    • Jonathan

      I’m guessing because he’s cleared to hit but not to throw. His injury was to his throwing shoulder and I’ve had 6 shoulder surgeries. You can hit WAY before you can throw in a game. He’s probably doing his rehab and throwing program right now. I’m guessing they’ll make sure he’s 100% ready to throw before seeing an inning in the OF.

    • Voice of Reason

      Yeah, most likely he’s fine to hit but his shoulder isn’t 100% yet. Personally I don’t care if he doesn’t throw a baseball all year, outfield defense is what it is for the most part, the important thing is that he get his ABs. No reason for him to play the field until he’s as recovered as he’s going to get.

  • pat

    One thing I like about this new CBA is that most of the prepsters are already playing. Usually their contracts are delayed by the Commissioner’s Office and they have to stay home until August. This is good for their development. And our fandom,

  • Kuoda

    Didnt Betances get demoted not promoted?

    • Jonathan

      no offense but obviously. if he got promoted he’d be in the MLB team.

      • Jonathan

        on*

  • Jonathan

    Mike,

    How many errors would Duran be projected to have in a full 162 game season? Seems like he’s good for at least one a game.

    • RetroRob

      Oh, about 90, but doesn’t mean much for a teenager in the lower levels. They’re working on mechanics, getting used to the speed of the game, etc.

      For example, Derek Jeter in the low levels his first couple of seasons was making errors at a rate that projected to over 70 errors in a full season. One thing we know about Jeter today. He doesn’t have great range, but he’s sure-handed and makes true throws. Not the case when he was 18/19.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Ashmore did an interview with Hensley that’s a worthwhile read on his Minor Matters blog. Hensley talks about the likelihood of his signing, saying the sides are getting closer but he hasn’t ruled out college.

    • RetroRob

      I just checked his twitter feed and he made some reference in the past couple of days to not signing yet and it being a “big decision.” My guess is they’re just trying to squeeze a few extra dollars out.

      • YankeeGrunt

        After Refsnyder signs the upper bound of Hensley’s contract should be pretty apparent. Whatever is left plus the max overage they can give without incurring a penalty.

    • Rick

      link?

  • Rick

    Is it just me, or does Culver make a lot of errors?