Williams & Bichette keep hitting in Low-A loss


CF Slade Heathcott is done with his rehab and will join High-A Tampa in the next day or two according to his Twitter feed. I’m surprised he didn’t play even one game in the outfield in the GCL, but whatever. Hopefully he can stay healthy and finish the season strong.

As for the bad news, OF Cody Johnson was placed on the DL with “left hamstring tightness” yesterday, but apparently it’s severe enough that Double-A manager Tony Franklin described it as “the injury that’s going to derail his season.” No bueno.

Triple-A Empire State (8-3 loss to Indianapolis)
RF Kevin Russo: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 K — had been in a 7-for-31 slump (.226)
LF Ronnie Mustelier & CF Colin Curtis: both 0-4, 1 K
DH Jack Cust: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – second homer in his last four games
1B Russell Branyan: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — 23 walks and 20 strikeouts in 24 games
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Ramiro Pena: 1-3
RHP John Maine: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1 E (pickoff) — half of his 34 pitches were strikes … I see walking papers in his future
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 52 of 85 pitches were strikes (61.2%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB – 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (52.9%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — seven of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton Game One (8-3 win over Portland in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
LF Abe Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB — very quietly 29-for-34 in stolen base attempts (85.3%)
DH Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R
2B David Adams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — third straight game with a two-bagger
RF Zoilo Almonte, CF Melky Mesa & 1B Luke Murton: all 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR – Zoilo drove in two, walked, and stole a base … Melky and Murton both hit solo shots
3B Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 2B
C Jose Gil: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — picked a runner off first with a snap throw
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-3
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 65 of 97 pitches were strikes (67%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 20 of 39 pitches were strikes (51.3%)

Double-A Trenton Game Two (7-6 win over Portland in seven innings, walk-off style)
CF Abe Almonte: 1-5, 2 K
2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — walk-off single
DH Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.342)
1B Luke Murton: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
LF Damon Sublett: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Addison Maruszak: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — very quietly has 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.343)
C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Shane Brown: 1-4, 1 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 0-0, 2 R, 4 BB — hooray weird batting line
RHP Ryan Pope: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 4/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 41 of 55 pitches were strikes (74.5%)
RHP Ricky Orta: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65.2%), and apparently he was running the fastball up 97
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (69.7%), and he was up to 94
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (57.7%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — five of eight pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (9-1 loss to Lakeland)
CF Ramon Flores: 3-4, 1 K — 14 for his last 41 (.341)
C J.R. Murphy & 2B Jose Toussen: both 0-4 — Murphy walked, Toussen whiffed
RF Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Neil Medchill: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — 71 strikeouts in 220 plate appearances (32.3%)
DH Tyson Blaser: 1-4, 1 K
1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Zach Wilson: 2-4, 1 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
SS Jose Mojica: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
RHP Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/4 GB/FB — ouch
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 29 strikeouts in 24.1 IP, but he’s also walked 16
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (13-8 loss to Greenville)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 11 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.344)
DH Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 RBI
RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K — got picked off first
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 K — 5-for-12 (.417) since the All-Star break
LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — just off the DL
1B Rey Nunez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI — 15 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.441) with five doubles and a homer
SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 4 K – woof
2B Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — got picked off first
RHP Scottie Allen: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 7/0 GB/FB — hooray grounders, boo everything else
RHP Brett Gerritse: 0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — omg
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — now that’s an interesting line
RHP Pedro Guerro: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (10-1 loss to Hudson Valley) SS Claudio Custodio was in the dugout with his ribs wrapped before the game, not sure what the deal is there
LF Taylor Dugas: 0-3, 1 BB
SS Jose Rosario, 1B Matt Snyder & 2B Jamiel Orozco: all 0-4 — Rosario struck out once, Orozco twice
DH Saxon Butler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
C Jackson Valera: 0-3, 1 PB, 1 HBP
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — been pleasantly surprised by his performance early on
3B Matt Duran: 1-4, 1 E (throwing) — his fifth error in six games
CF Danny Lopez: 0-3 — 0-for-15 on the young season
RHP Taylor Morton: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 8/1 GB/FB
RHP Alex Smith: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
LHP Evan DeLuca: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — allowed a pair of homers, the first two he’s allowed since 2010
RHP Nick Goody: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (2-1 win over GCL Phillies)
CF Kelvin Duran, 3B Miguel Andujar & C David Remedios: all 0-4 — Duran and Andujar each struck out once, Remedios thrice
SS Jerison Lopez: 1-3, 1 BB
1B Bubba Jones: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — has doubled in three of his five games
RF Ericson Leonora: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB
LF Mikeson Oliberto: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB — it’s been either a multi-hit game or an 0-fer for him so far
DH Justin James: 0-3, 3 K — 1-for-7 with four strikeouts so far
2B Jorge Alcantara: 1-1, 2 RBI, 2 BB — got picked off first
RHP David Aardsma: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — had a little more on him earlier
RHP Andury Acevedo: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Jordan Cote: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — 11/1 GB/FB in 8.1 IP in his two outings
RHP Victor Beriguete: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. 28 this year says:

    Lot of crappy pitching performances out of starters today. Sheesh.

  2. Brian S. says:

    Trenton can only win with home runs!!!

  3. DERP says:

    I wonder why Camarena hasn’t pitched yet.

  4. Dante's Inferno says:

    On the way too early train, but I already love me some Jordan Cote

  5. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So what ravel gets one day to play and that’s it?

  6. Dante's Inferno says:

    On the way too early train, but I already love me some Jordan Cote.

  7. DERP says:

    Charleston knocked around a pretty good pitcher in Henry Owens.

  8. Will The Thrill says:

    It’s safe to say the Cito Culver is a certified first round bust. But on the bright side the other 90% of the Riverdogs roster are studs. I’m wondering why Tyler Austin is still there though. Maybe they’re just waiting until everyone to be ready so they can graduate them together. I think Austin will be the first to reach the big leagues just because he’s older and mashing more.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He hasn’t even completed his first full season yet.

      • Will The Thrill says:

        True. I guess his patience at the place is something to be excited over. I just wasn’t a fan of the pick but obviously I’m no pro scout. Maybe Culver will be a good player, maybe he won’t. You can’t predict baseball.

        • Chris Hansen's wife says:

          No, you are right, he is a first round bust. We have seen enough sample since 2010 to start making some observations. Guy has no clue at the plate. Perhaps a switch to pitcher might be better-supposedly threw 94 in HS.

          Still cant beleive Yankees reached for a guy ranked in the 150′s in low first.

          I am willing to wager Culver does not see Yankee Stadium as a SS by the end of 2016.


          • RetroRob says:

            Why don’t you have a seat over here. It’s take a long time to educate you.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            Check out hi splits. Gone back and forth, but held his own at the plate from one side every year.

            You realize those rankings are arbitrary rankings a few guys put together trying to rank thousands of guys from across the US, Canada, and PR right?

            • Chris Hansen's wife says:


              .188/.222 BA BR/BL

              .452/.659 OPS BR/BL

              Dont see a ton of improvement there-cant hit RH worth a dime..even switching to LH full time not satisfactory progress for such a high pick

              Yes, I am familiar with rankings. This pick was a strectch….but I have problems with the minor league system in general.

              • Ted Nelson says:

                Joey Votto and Prince Fielder were regarded as stretches too. Where was Pujols ranked? Not comparing Cito to those players, but those predeaft rankings are only so valuable.

                Now check his splits from last season. Come on, you can do it!

                Their farm system is stacked right now, not sure what problems you have.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          20 minute ago, he was a bust. Now, you can’t predict baseball. That’s what I call conviction.

          • Will The Thrill says:

            Um. I still think he’s a bust but you can’t predict baseball and I could be wrong. Nowhere in there did I change my opinion. Anyways this is a sports blog. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and can flip flop if they want.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              When you come on here and rant about how it’s safe to say someone’s a bust, change your mind 20 minutes later, and then claim everything’s hunky dory, what you’re actually saying is ” please ignore me next time I try to make a point with fake righteous indignation.”

    • DERP says:

      What a great post. Awesome job.

  9. Danny says:

    A lot of interesting guys from last year haven’t debuted yet: Camerena, Cave, Yeicock, Rookie Davis

    Also Isias Tejeda had a nice year last year, any idea why he hasn’t gotten more time this year ?

  10. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    How come Charleston only pitched 5 total innings?

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

      OK, so Allen pitched 4 innings, not 1.

    • forensic says:

      Allen actually pitched 4 innings. Mike was just seeing if people could guess without checking the box score. Gotta keep people on their toes even on saturday nights.

  11. Rick says:

    Cote velocity is probably up. Looking forward to an updated scouting report.

  12. Will says:

    Interesting to see the two runs given up by Montgomery were in the second inning he pitched, when he’s supposedly not allowed to use his slider. So does that mean batters can just sit fastball the whole time?

  13. forensic says:

    I wish there was a site which basically acted as a clearing house where you could list all players in a organization with their stats, regardless of level, of course with several filters and sorts available.

    It’d be really nice to be able to check everything out at once without having to switch between sites all the time. I also would like to see who’s going to step up to the challenge of catching up to Granderson’s in K’s now that Johnson is out. Though looking at just today’s results, some guys are trying to get a jump on that.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Sounds like a good idea, if your good with computers try and build one

    • Betty Lizard says:

      I wish there was a site which basically acted as a clearing house where you could list all players in a organization with their stats, regardless of level, of course with several filters and sorts available. It’d be really nice to be able to check everything out at once without having to switch between sites all the time.

      Isn’t that what Axisa does? :-)

      • forensic says:

        If he listed the cumulative stats every night, sure, but that’s kind of absurd to ask for.

        Although for the prices we pay, there should be things like that already…

      • forensic says:


        Awesome, thanks Mike! Apparently I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t found that part of BR though.

        Guess you’ll have to come up with another idea for your next multi-million dollar website now. Sorry.

        • forensic says:

          If only they had the MLB numbers on there too. Didn’t realize Cust would be the next in line to stay ahead of Grandy. Obviously he’s always been a big K guy, but being in AAA and hitting very well, just didn’t seem to realize it without watching the games.

        • RetroRob says:

          There’s a lot of stuff in B-R, but it’s not always easy to find. I wasn’t aware of this page either.

  14. Nemesis says:

    You have to OPS Barry Bonds steroid era numbers to get moved up in the Yankee system.

    • Billy says:

      That’s not necessarily the case. Ask Jorge Vazquez

      • Knoxvillain says:

        I can’t imagine his OPS was that high. I think his OBP was a pretty shitty .290 his last year or something like that.

      • Nemesis says:

        OPS Barry Bonds steroid era numbers and be an actual prospect.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Promotions are often more about specific skills a player needs to work on than performance. In Gary Sanchez’s case, for example, they’re probably looki at his defense (and maybe contact skills and almost definitely maturity) not his power and offensive output overall. Plus their mission is to maximize the whole system, not one prospect. Holding Sanchez back a little so Murphy can develop might be best for the org… Especially when he’s very young ad has shown maturity issues.

          There’s also a big subjective component. One guy might thrive being thrown to the wolves and struggling a bit… Another might be better off being babied a bit and building confidence. Just depends on personality. It’s just about half way through the season, though… So I wouldn’t get bent out of shape about promotions. Last week or a week for now is nothing in the scene of things.

          • Nemesis says:

            Come on bro, be real.

            the Yankees have to be one of the slowest teams in promoting their hitting talent.

            Forget Tyler Austin or even someone like Mason Williams who both would have probably been already promoted in other organizations from Low A to high A.

            Just look at Gary Sanchez basically repeating low A after the year he put up last year(.820 OPS as a 18 year old)

            Other top prospects would have been promoted on simply having spent a full year at low A irrelevant of putting up impressive numbers nevermind impressive ones like Sanchez.

            He’s doing a good job of not being “bored” many prospects in his position would be frustrated as hell.

            Also just to be clear I’m talking specifically about hitting prospects, pitching prospects are obviously a completely different animal.

            You look at other organizations and their top prospect guys putting up ok hitting statistics nothing spectacular and they get promoted all the time specifically in the lower levels and might even do better in the next level then they were doing before they moved up which usually has something to do with that top hitting prospect getting a confidence boost from the promotion and thus taking off.

            • Bronx Bomber23 says:

              I agree. The Yankees are painfully slow in rewarding their hitting prospects with call ups. It doesn’t seem to matter how much they’re tearing up their current level, they will stay there longer than they should in my opinion.

              Heck, I’m still trying to figure out why Mark Montgomery is still in Tampa. He has been lights out.

  15. Nebkreb says:

    So which guys down in the short-season leagues should we be looking out for? Cote? Bird? Ravel?

  16. Gonzo says:

    I wonder if Dante had a nagging injury that needed some rest.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Certainly possible, but I think e was just pushed too hard too fast. Had some hot streaks earlier in the season too, but has generally struggled. Ot’s not necessarily a bad thing to fall on your face, though. In fact, I think it’s a good thing.

      • JD says:

        Provided that they get back up, of course. Dante looks like he is starting to figure out this level. It will be interesting if he can get to .290 plus.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          That’s the whole point… They have to learn how to get themselves back up. The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall (Lombardi). I’m sensitive to a prospect’s confidence and believe they legit thought Dante was ready for low a, but if he can’t handle a slow start here mentally to the point he never recovers, he probably wasn’t cut out for MLB baseball. Good for him to learn how to handle a setback now, I think, not that I think they should be overly aggressive in all cases.

  17. Bavarian Yankee says:

    “RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — now that’s an interesting line”

    huh, what happened there? Did he walk the bases loaded and then a wild pitch allowed all runners on base to score? That must have been the wildest pitch ever. Too bad there’s no video.

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      Less interesting than that. Walked the bases loaded to start the 7th and it looks like Guerra allowed a bases-clearing double to score them all after he came on in relief.

  18. Billy Madison says:

    Is this the weakest SI team in a while? Or have we just been spoiled the last few seasons?

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Still early, but not looking good early. Part of it is pushing Dante right past SI and holding Bird back, presumably for defense. Plus Santana still recovering. That could have potentially put three top 10 prospects on the team. There is still some talent there, though.

  19. YankeeGrunt says:

    18th rounder Brady Lail signed for $225+ college money. Yanks watched him pitch in a summer league and were impressed enough to make an offer. It’ll be official on Monday and he should report to GCL on Wednesday. That leaves Dawe, Refsnyder and Hensley as the only picks from Rounds 1-19 that are unsigned, and all three are likely to get done.

  20. Will says:

    What ever happened to Jairo Heredia?

  21. Will says:

    What ever happened to Jairo Heredia?

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