R.J. Baker pulls a Chris Davis in Triple-A win

Yanks make RHP Ty Hensley their first-round pick
2012 First Round Draft Pick: Ty Hensley

C Gary Sanchez was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week. He hit five homers and three doubles in seven games.

Triple-A Empire State (5-4 win over Norfolk in 13 innings) brutal few days for these guys, they played doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday and then went long this afternoon
LF Kevin Russo: 1-6, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 E (fielding) — third homer in six games since the promotion
RF Ronnie Mustelier, CF Colin Curtis & 3B Ramiro Pena: all 0-5 — Mustelier got hit by a pitch … Curtis walked and whiffed … Pena struck out
DH Jack Cust: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP — solo homer gave them the lead in the top of the 13th … three homers in the last two games and five homers in the last eight games
1B Brandon Laird: 2-6, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 3-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.333)
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-5, 1 BB
RHP Dellin Betances: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 7/1 GB/FB — 63 of 110 pitches were strikes (57.3%) … unraveled late, all the walks came in his last two innings
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of ten pitches were strikes
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 28 of 45 pitches were strikes (62.2%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%) … came out of the bullpen on his throw day (threw 98 pitches on Saturday) to blow the save in the tenth
LHP Mike O’Connor: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 12 of 20 pitches were strikes … like Figueroa, he came out of the bullpen on his throw day (threw 69 pitches on Saturday)
RHP R.J. Baker: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … the third string catcher came out of the bullpen to get the win … this is his first appearance of the season, he hasn’t even gotten an at-bat yet!

Double-A Trenton (10-7 win over New Hampshire)
CF Abe Almonte: 2-5, 1 R, 2 SB — 21-for-25 in stolen base attempts (84.0%)
LF Jose Pirela: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 11 hits in his last 20 at-bats (.550) including two doubles and two dingers
2B David Adams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Cody Johnson: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — just three hits in his last 33 at-bats (.091) with 20 strikeouts
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — his grand slam in the fourth turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead they would never relinquish
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
C Jose Gil: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GB/FB — 72 of 101 pitches were strikes (71.3%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — 24 of 31 pitches were strikes (77.4%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 14 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over St. Lucie in ten innings)
CF Ramon Flores & DH Kyle Roller: both 0-4, 1 K — Flores got hit by a pitch and threw out a runner at the plate … Roller drove in a run and walked
C J.R. Murphy: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K
RF Rob Segedin & 3B Zach Wilson: both 1-4, 1 BB — Segedin struck out
LF Neil Medchill: 0-5, 3 K
DH Tyson Blaser: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
2B Kelvin Castro & SS Jose Toussen: both 1-5 — Castro doubled twice, drove in the winning run in the tenth, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error … Toussen struck out once and got picked off first
LHP Matt Tracy: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 10/4 GB/FB — beautiful
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — blew the save in the bottom of the ninth
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled day off.

Yanks make RHP Ty Hensley their first-round pick
2012 First Round Draft Pick: Ty Hensley
  • pat

    No Yankees or Riverdogs = Zzzzzzzzz

    • pat

      Also, I think a Yankees milb reliever recently got a game winning RBI in an extra innings game.

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

        Mike Solbach got a walk-off single last season. It was awesome.

  • AP

    Part of me wants to keep giving Betances chances in the hope that he’ll magically figure it out, while the rest of me is ready to give up and stick him in the bullpen so he can at least be useful.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Most frustrating Yankee pitcher since …. Phil Hughes?

      • Hummingbird S.

        not even.. Id say Hughes is a lot more frustrating because he’s so much better. He wasn’t challenged at all in the minors if I remember correctly.

        • SamVa


          You get Hughes who can throw a complete game against a very formidable Detriot offense or you get the BP, I can get every hitter to two strikes in two pitches, but then it takes me 45 pitches to get them out, Phil Hughes.

          Mike (or anyone with prospect knowledge) is there any benefit of moving Betances down to AA? or at this point is it sorta sink or swim as a starter and then if you sink, you’re going to the pen? Kyle Farnsworth Syndrome.

          • mac

            The banged up Tigers aren’t a formidable offense right now. Was a great game by Hughes nevertheless.

            • Ted Nelson

              Anytime you have both Miggy and Fielder in your lineup you are a formidable offense.

              • Dave M

                I’m with Ted on this one. Those two dude scare the crap out of me.

      • AP

        I still believe in Hughes. He’s at least shown the ability to dominate at the big league level as a starting pitcher. So, to answer your question, I think it’s either Andrew Brackman or you have to go all the way back to… Contreras maybe? Interesting question. I can name a dozen position players (Nick Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Drew Henson, Eric Duncan, Jackson Melian, etc), but can’t remember too many pitchers.

        • Ted Nelson

          I would go with Brackman. Like Hughes, Contreras proved at least something in MLB and I don’t think he ever walked 8 per 9 IP.

          What do all those hitters have in common? Some flamed out in like A ball, Soriano was an MLB All-Star, and Johnson was a stud held back by injuries.

  • http://yankees.com sam

    well yea but i dont remember phil having these sort of control issues that conventional wisdom would make one think he should be relegated to the bullpen

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think the bullpen will fix Betances’ problems. They’re pretty extreme.

      I do think he can get back on track, but I think it’s about as likely in the rotation. It’s not like he always blows up after several innings, he often blows up in the first. Maybe short bursts will help him concentrate, but I’m not sold. Over a large enough sample I think the control will be as much of a problem until he fixes it.

  • viridiana

    I suspect the solution is part of the problem –as they used to say — with Betances.

    People like to bring up Brackman, but Betances never had a control problem anywhere near as damning as Brack’s — until this year. Strictly speculation (and I wish one of the minor league beat writers would explore this) but I suspect that the Yankees have tried to “fix” a problem, and made it worse. How else to explain the abrupt deterioration in performance? Maybe, it’s all the split nail, who knows. But this is a kid who has always been very hard to hit. Let him reuturn to his old mechancis and walk four guys a game. When you only give up three or four hits, that’s not too shabby.

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think Betances’ control record is much better than Brackman’s was. Totally different career paths, but Betances is at 4.8 BB/9 in MiLB while Brackman is at 5.1.

      “I suspect that the Yankees have tried to “fix” a problem, and made it worse. How else to explain the abrupt deterioration in performance?”

      Maybe assign some blame to the actual player himself? Crazy idea, I know. Could be the Yankees’ fault, but my first reaction is not to absolve the responsible party from any responsibility. He’s the one throwing the pitches.