Heathcott & Ravel return in short season openers

Josh Norris' state of the system series
CC dominates as Yanks' streak hits double digits

Triple-A Empire State (9-2 loss to Louisville)
CF Chris Dickerson: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K — seven doubles in nine games since coming off the DL
2B Corban Joseph: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K —
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
DH Jack Cust: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Russell Branyan & C Gus Molina: both 1-4, 1 2B — Branyan struck out and committed a fielding error
3B Kevin Russo: 0-4, 2 K
RF Colin Curtis: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Ramiro Pena: 2-4 — 13 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.406)
RHP John Maine: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 36 of 66 pitches were strikes (64.5%)
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 46 of 76 pitches were strikes (60.5%)
RHP Jason Bulger: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)

High-A Tampa (6-3 win over Daytona)
LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
C J.R. Murphy: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB — eight hits in his last 20 at-bats (.400)
RF Rob Segedin: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
DH Neil Medchill, 2B Hector Rabago & SS Jose Mojica: all 1-4, 1 R — Medchill walked and struck out twice … Rabago whiffed once, Mojica twice … Mojica also stole a base and committed an error (interference)
1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI — 11 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.306)
3B Zach Wilson: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Eduardo Sosa: 1-4, 1 2B
LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7/4 GB/FB — one earned run or less in six of seven starts this year
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — good to see him bounce right back after getting hammered in the All-Star Game over the weekend

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 loss to Brooklyn)
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-4, 2 K — left the game after striking out swinging to end the eighth … Jamiel Orozco took his spot in the field
2B Jose Rosario: 0-4
CF Ravel Santana: 0-4, 2 K — good to see him back after that devastating ankle injury
1B Matt Snyder: 1-4, 1 K
3B Matt Duran: 0-3, 2 E (both throwing) — the big question mark for him coming out of the draft was his defense at the hot corner
DH Jackson Valera: 0-3, 1 K
C Isaias Tejeda: 0-3
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 SB — threw a runner out at third … fine organizational debut for one of the pieces in the A.J. Burnett trade
LF Danny Lopez: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Taylor Morton: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8/5 GB/FB — very fine Opening Day start
RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — missed last year with Tommy John surgery, but he has some of the best pure velocity in the system
LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — ouch

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-3 win over GCL Braves)
DH Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — first game of the season after his second left shoulder surgery … hopefully he gets back into CF soon and up to Tampa shortly thereafter
RF Ericson Leonora: 0-5, 5 K — you’re not in the Dominican Summer League anymore, kid
C Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 PB — received the largest bonus ($1.1M) of last year’s draftees and hoping the whole catching thing works out
LF Jorge Alcantara: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K — third straight year at the level
1B Bubba Jones: 2-4, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — played 15 games here last summer
3B Miguel Andujar: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — received the largest bonus ($750k) of last year’s international free agent crop and the Yankees wasted no time with him, skipping him right over the DSL and putting him here as a 17-year-old
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — pretty disappointed my parents went with Michael over Mikeson
2B Jerison Lopez: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
SS Fernando Perez: 0-4, 3 K
RHP Hayden Sharp: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — big arm but small control, at least today
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Jordan Cote: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 5/0 GB/FB — impressive pro debut for last year’s third rounder, who looks like he’ll be piggy-backing with Sharp
RHP Edison Mejia: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB

Both Double-A Trenton and Low-A Charleston had scheduled days off. The River Dogs are off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The actual game will be played tomorrow.

Josh Norris' state of the system series
CC dominates as Yanks' streak hits double digits
  • Me

    The Yankees must think a lot of andujar to bring him to the states in the first year. They usually are very slow with international kids. But the reports on him are very good.

    • Bo Knows

      yeah the only guys I can recall them allowing to go into the GCL that young are Jesus and Sanchez.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Polanco and Banuelos did it as pitchers, but hitters? I’m guessing just those 2 recently.

        • Bo Knows

          I was just thinking hitters

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Scratch that…Polanco was 18 and is back in the DSL at 19.

  • JonS

    I know it’s extremely early, but what’s the chance that Andujar passes Bichette on the way to The Show™? The Yankees obviously like him to start him one level below Bichette at 17.

    • Bo Knows

      very unlikely, unless Andujar starts straight murdering the ball.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s two levels below, but I’d call the odds like 50/50… If either makes MLB for more than a cup of coffee I’d consider it a small victory. If both make it i’d call it a major victory. If Andujar proves good enough for MLB, could definitely step over Bichette on the way.

    • SamVa

      Here we go, “he’s the next Miguel Cabrera” /next RAB comment
      (Maybe defensively ;))

      • Jesse

        I can only chuckle at this comment, because I was one of the guys who labeled Jesus as The Next Miguel Cabrera™, when he was still around.

  • DERP

    Let me love you Jordan Cote.

  • AnthonyD

    Any reason to think they moved Andujar quickly as a signal to anyone they’re looking to sign post July 2nd since money is somewhat limited now?

    • Ted Nelson

      Don’t think so. Anyone good who is eligible to sign now has a big incentive to do so. Most of the 16 year olds who are the best prospects after the deadline are ineligible to sign right now.

  • Phil

    Do you think this means that Cote will relieve instead of start?

    • Ted Nelson

      Short season kids just coming out of HS usually aren’t getting too deep into starts. I would imagine it could mean Sharp beat him out somewhat for the honor of starting opening day, but think he’s still a starting prospect.

    • pat

      No it means they want to get everyone enough innings and putting them on a schedule helps them develop a routine.

  • forensic

    Is Cote pronounced like coat or like coata (long a)?

    • The Moral Majority is Neither

      Either way, Girardi will call him coaty.

      • Danny

        Its pronounced Co-Tay

        Jordan Cote … solid baseball name right there

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hopefully, this is the year I go to an SI game. Great to see some names I still recognize debuting. Great to see Ravel and Slade back.

  • pat

    BUBBA JONES…. my boy. Glad to see Mullee back. He was a position player in college that the Yanks happened to catch during a relief appearance and signed him as a player.

  • viridiana

    Get back out there, Claudio. I missed you.

  • Brian S.

    Tracy should get promoted soon. He’s 23.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s been pitching full-time for less than a year.

  • JimmyToucan

    Hey Mike…. what the f*ck is the deal with Austin being held from the HR derby? Those jackoffs let him get back into regular games but couldn’t let him simply hit in the derby?

    This is a crock of shit and if I had gone to AS week there i would be incredibly pissed. It’s one thing to baby your prospects, but this is a bunch of bullshit.

    The fans deserve some answers as we’re the ones that ultimately make it happen. Who do they think we are, Mets fans? What a letdown. If he and Sanchez don’t get promoted i can’t blame people for getting sick and tired of their shit and throwing fits over not moving guys up.

    • jjyank

      A little harsh for a meaningless exhibition event in the low minors, no?

    • Steve (different one)

      Hilarious. “the fans deserve answers”….it’s A ball.

      99.999999% of Yankee fans have never heard of Austin.

    • Robinson Tilapia


    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He just came off the DL, he probably withdrew from the event.

      • Steve (different one)

        Mike, the fans deserve answers. This is the low A home run derby. I expect an organized walkout in the Bronx tonight.

    • Ted Nelson

      I would much rather he play in actual games than a HR derby, personally.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Welcome to our hearts, Mr. Andujar. Within a week, it will be like everyone had known who you were all along, we will lament that there’s not more like you in AAA, and Tyrone Sharpton will want you promoted to the big leagues.

  • Danny

    What’s the status of Jake Cove?
    The Yankees brass had high hopes for him?
    Haven’t seen his name anywhere.
    Where is he playing this year? Or is he hurt?

  • JohnC

    Was at the S.I. game last night. Morton looked really good. Escaped a bases loaded 1-out jam in the 4th. That kid Cayones we got in the Burnett deal can really fly!. Has a nice arm too as he threw out a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple. Was hoping Greg Bird would have ended up there but he is in Tampa with the GCL team.

    • Rick in Philly

      I think Bird’s just too raw and inexperienced behind the plate to go to SI right now. Plus, with Tejada already there, the Yankees don’t really need to move him up.

  • DH

    David Aardsma w/ GCL Yanks – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 1 BB, 1 Wild Pitch, 2 K’s, and a ground ball out to short for the third out.

    Slade Heathcott also had an RBI double in the first.