Williams & Sanchez homer in Charleston win

Mailbag: Jose Quintana
Game 71: Dickey

The Yankees released a handful of minor leaguers per Matt Eddy, most notably RHP Brandon Braboy, RHP Rich Martinez, and 1B/C Damian Taveras. IF Garrison Lassiter was also released, cementing his status as the biggest big money ($675k) dud of the 2008 draft.

Triple-A Empire State (4-0 win over Indianapolis)
RF Kevin Russo: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HBP
2B Corban Joseph: 1-5
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 RBI
DH Jack Cust: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — second straight game with a homer and third in his last five contests
1B Russell Branyan: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Brandon Laird: 1-3, 1 BB
CF Colin Curtis & SS Doug Bernier: both 0-4
C Gus Molina: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
RHP Adam Warren: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 65 of 96 pitches were strikes (67.7%) … lowers his season strikeout rate to 6.15 K/9 (15.7 K%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 20 of 34 pitches were strikes (58.8%) … had allowed runs in his four previous outings
LHP Juan Cedeno: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — eight of 15 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 13 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-5 loss to Portland)
DH Abe Almonte, 2B David Adams & 1B Jose Gil: all 0-4 — Almonte walked, stole a base, and drove in a run … Adams and Gil each struck out once
LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS — threw a runner out at second … 13 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.325)
CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second straight game with a homer, three in his last seven games
3B Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 R
C Jeff Farnham: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 PB
SS Yadil Mujica: 2-4
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/5 GB/FB — 52 of 88 pitches were strikes (59.1%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP — 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (52.8%)
RHP Michael Dubee: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 28 of 48 pitches were strikes (58.3%)

Low-A Charleston (7-5 win over Greenville in six innings) they cut this one short due to the weather
DH Mason Williams: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — 14 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.389) … second straight game with a jack and three in his last four contests
SS Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB — played six games at short back in 2010, but nothing since
RF Tyler Austin & 2B Ali Castillo: both 0-2, 1 BB — Austin stole a base and struck out
C Gary Sanchez: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — picked a runner off first with a snap throw … 13 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.433) with five homers
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 R
CF Ben Gamel: 2-3, 2 R
1B Rey Nunez: 2-3, 1 RBI
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 1 RBI
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6/1 GB/FB — and he got the win
RHP John Brebbia: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (9-1 win over Hudson Valley)
LF-RF Danny Oh: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B
SS Jose Rosario: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS — eight hits in his last 19 at-bats (.421)
RF-CF Exicardo Cayones: 0-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K — five walks and five strikeouts in seven games
1B Saxon Butler: 4-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI — seven hits in his last 12 at-bats (.583) with five doubles
CF Ravel Santana: 1-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP — left the game after getting hit by a pitch in the wrist, dude seems to be an injury magnet … PR-LF Taylor Dugas took and did not record a hit in his only at-bat
DH Matt Snyder: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Wes Wilson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K
3B Matt Duran & 2B Jamiel Orozco: both 0-4 — Duran struck out twice, Orozco once … Duran also committed his sixth error (fielding) in seven games
RHP Gabe Encinas: 3-1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 2 WP, 4/0 GB/FB — he was 91-92 with the fastball
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 90-91 with the heat
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa got rained out. They’re scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrow, but the weather on the gulf coast is really bad — 1B Bubba Jones confirms with photos on Twitter — so they might not be able to play tomorrow either.

Rookie GCL Yanks had their regularly scheduled Sunday off day. Lucky for them considering the weather.

Mailbag: Jose Quintana
Game 71: Dickey
  • Danny

    Gumbs playing SS is quite interesting especially considering Castillo normally plays there when Culver is out.

  • vin

    I’m impressed with Mitchell’s ability to pitch to the score. ;)

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mitchell had four good innings and struggled in the 5th (and his relief didn’t help him much). Not his best outing, but not terrible either.

  • Rick

    I hope ravel doesn’t become heathcott 2.0

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He has to get out of short season ball first.

  • Reggie C.

    675K is a nice start to life. Good luck to those released minor leaguers.

    Anyways, Mason Williams is showing more in game power than expected. Williams has shown he can accumulate extra base hits in bunches during a hot streak, but this one he’s now showing he can go over the fence. Developing Kenny Lofton 2.0 would be an amazing.

    Lets hope this weekend is Gary Sanchez’s last one with the Charleston team. Dude needs to get promoted ASAP. The promotion is probably more necessary than T. Austin’s case, since Sanchez now racked up 540 at-bats in Low-A ball.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There probably aren’t many people who’ve made that much in their entire lives. Hope he invested it well. At least he got to live part of the dream.

      • Rick

        What r u serious? Wow someone has a GED

        • Preston

          Might be you, there are about 6 billion people on the planet currently. About 4 billion live in China, India and Africa; how many of them make 675k? It’s probably hard to imagine in NYC, but their are plenty of places in the country where 32k would be a solid yearly income, and if you worked for 30 years at that job you wouldn’t make that much. And that’s in the most prosperous country in the world.

          • G

            32,000 times 30 is less than 675,000?

            Clown math bro.

            • RetroRob

              Per capital income in the United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is approximately 41K.

              So, yeah, getting 675K out of the box is pretty significant.

              • Jon

                Nice try, but it’s “per capita”. Public schooling at its finest.

            • Adam

              Although the math is technically wrong, if you account for the present value of money that figure is not very far off.


      We better start promoting guys.. Not just sanchez, but u got guys like Zolio Almonte, Angelo Gumbs, Austin, all deserving of promotions in my opinion. Actually, Abraham Almonte is another guy i’d promote.. Forget having nothing but retreads in Triple AAA, have some guys who could actually help if given a chance.. Also, we need speed on the big club, and guys like Abe Almonte have that… Look what happens when we actually give a guy a shot, namely David Robertson and Brett Gardner… Probably would have more, but its usually a retread taking someones spot in the farm.. Thers so many guys in our farm who are nothing but fodder.. Even if a guy has only a small chance to help the big club, i’d rather see them moving along the ranks then having guys picked up from other teams trash barells every other day it seems like…

      • Joe

        You understand zero on how minor league baseball works.

        • Preston

          +1, a guys performance and development should be what gets him to progress to higher leagues. Not the guys in front of them. Yes our AAA team is low on positional talent, but Mesa and Almonte have definitely not done enough to force their way up a level.

        • RetroRob

          You’re being kind. He understands less than zero.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

    Williams has been showing some pop as of late. Nice to see. Gotta love that Charleston team. I wonder if Encinas, Morton, Camarena Cote, or Rutckyj will become valuable down the line. I’m sure I’m missing some starting pitchers in SI or GCL that have talent.

    Also…are we ever going to see DePaula play in the U.S.? Seriously…

    • Fernando

      Yankees have said that DePaula will spend the year in the DSL. There was some sort of family issue, but not sure if that still is the reason.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Yeah, I heard about that. Can’t wait until he finally debuts in one of the lower levels (Low A, SI, GCL)

  • Raul

    mason and gary should deff get promoted they are proving they are ready for the next level. It looks like mason is starting to get an idea of how this home run thing works though is easy to say now that he can hit 14-15 this year if he continues like that. Also take a look at nathan mikolas the yankees 3rd round pick he recently signed and if you look close at the video he looks kind of like a young grady sizemore idk what you guys think.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Too bad Mikolas won’t be bringing his glove to CF

  • DERP

    Pazos has nine walks and no strikeouts so far. Not a great way to start a career.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      If he was a hitter…


    Whats ur opinion on Reymond Nunez mike or anyone? Hes a guy i like to possibl make it down the line outta the guys who are not bigtime prospects.. I said he needs to pick up the power a bit(hit hr yesterday), and learn the strike zone a bit more as he progresses, but other then that, hes got good size, nice Line drive stroke, and hits for solid avg… I could see him hitting his way on to a roster.. I don’t know uch aobut his defense though..

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

      Doesn’t have a position and not enough power yet. Kind of a ‘tweener at first.

      • Brian S.

        I want a team full of Nunez’

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    honestly…where do austin, mason and sanchez rank in next season’s top 100? probably pretty high right?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m gonna guess Austin top 60. Mason top 30. Sanchez top 20.

    • Brian S.

      I agree with what JobaWockeez said and I want to add that unless Banuelos comes back ridiculously strong I expect him to slip to around 40. Betances gets dropped straight up. Gumbs and Campos (depending on when he comes back) have a shot at cracking 100.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Gumbs still has a way to go. Good prospect, very toolsy, but it’ll take two or three more months of beast mode before he’s in that convo.

    • Voice of Reason

      depends who’s doing the ranking obviously, but pretending the season ended today I’d guess:

      Williams 25ish
      Sanchez 25ish
      Austin 80ish

      Prospect people were clearly obsessed with Williams before/early in the season, so any non-disappointing showing was going to send him skyrocketing. I might be underestimating it. Sanchez was confusingly ill-regarded by a lot of them, probably because of vague concerns about his character, but now I doubt they’ll care. They seem to regard Austin just as a bat (supposedly he has average-at-best speed, though I still don’t see how that’s possible), so considering his Ks, lack of pedigree, and level, I don’t think he’ll go much higher than that right now.

      Gumbs won’t even be close, at least not consensus, but he’s got a shot down the road. I have very little faith that Jose Campos is going to do much if any more pitching this year, and missing this amount of time basically precludes him unless he comes back and absolutely kills it.

  • Brian S.

    Call up Mustelier and Branyan and Dickerson and Cust.

    • Chris Hansen’s wife

      Not realistic…who goes down?

      Ibanez,Wise,Nix,Jones/Chavez would have to be cut.

      I would switch out Mustelier for Wise, but the others dont make sense right now..

      • CapitalT

        Wise is only there for his D and ability to play CF if Grandi takes a rest. Mustelier can’t do that as far as I can tell. You could argue about Chavez.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    Jose Pirela is doing great so far this season, hitting .376/.452/.523.
    It’s SSS – only 130 PAs – but is he somebody worth having a close eye on nonetheless? Seems like he’s good at 2nd and also can play in the outfield, perfect bench guy in 1-2 years if he keeps on hitting.

  • Rick in Philly

    Refsnyder is making himself some extra money in Omaha. Solid game last night – 2/3 with a homer and two walks. He’s been having a very good CWS.

    • Charles in SD

      I watched a game or two of this guy. He looks like a good pickup. Hopefully he can grind his way up to the bigs.