Austin & Camarena return in GCL win

Game 96: Ichiro!
Yanks kick off Ichiro era with win over Mariners

Triple-A Empire State (10-6 loss to Gwinnett)
CF Chris Dickerson: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.375) with three doubles, three triples, two homers, seven walks, and five strikeouts
3B Kevin Russo: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — ten hits in his last 28 at-bats (.357)
DH Jack Cust: 0-1, 3 BB — 77 walks on the year
1B Brandon Laird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — 16 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.400) with four doubles and three homers
LF Kosuke Fukudome & RF Cole Garner: both 1-4
C Gus Molina: 2-4, 2 K
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 1 R, 1 HBP
LHP Mike O’Connor: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 46 of 75 pitches were strikes (61%) … filling in for D.J. Mitchell, who went to the Mariners in the Ichiro trade
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — just 22 of 45 pitches were strikes (49%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 24 of 47 pitches were strikes (51%)

Double-A Trenton (7-4 loss to Portland in 11 innings, walk-off style)
LF Jose Pirela: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 15 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.429) with four doubles, two triples, and a homer
1B Kevin Mahoney: 2-6, 1 K
2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 16 hits in his last 41 at-bats (.390)
DH Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 BB
CF Melky Mesa, C Jose Gil & SS Yadil Mujica: all 0-4, 1 BB — Mesa struck out thrice … Mujica scored a run
3B Rob Segedin & RF Neil Medchill: both 2-5 — Medchill hit a solo homer, doubled, and struck out
LHP Vidal Nuno: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 54 of 98 pitches were strikes (55%), and he picked a runner off first … can’t help but wonder if he’ll get bumped up to fill Mitchell’s spot
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — seven pitches, three strikes
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GB/FB — only 16 of 37 pitches were strikes (43%), but two of those walks were intentional
RHP Craig Heyer: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — five of 11 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa Game One (3-1 win over Lakeland)
CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 K
SS Eduardo Nunez, LF Ramon Flores, DH Slade Heathcott & 1B Kyle Roller: all 1-3 — Nunez scored a run and struck out … Flores scored a run … Heathcott doubled and struck out … Roller drove in a run and struck out twice
C Gary Sanchez: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
RF Adonis Garcia & 3B Zach Wilson: both 0-2, 1 BB
2B Anderson Feliz: 0-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
LHP Matt Tracy: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 11/4 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … strong start after a few stinkers

High-A Tampa Game Two (7-0 win over Lakeland in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 R
LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Adonis Garcia: 2-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — picked a runner off first
1B Kyle Roller: 0-3
3B Zach Wilson: 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB — ten hits in his last 22 at-bats (.455)
2B Anderson Feliz: 2-3, 1 R, 1 SB
C Kyle Higashioka: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K
DH Hector Rabago: 0-1, 1 R, 2 BB
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Nik Turley: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 9/2 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … hard to top that performance, my goodness

Low-A Charleston (8-2 loss to Rome)
SS Ali Castillo, RF Rob Refsnyder, 1B Rey Nunez & LF Kelvin DeLeon: all 1-3 — Castillo walked and stole a base … Refsnyder struck out … Nunez doubled, scored a run, and struck out … DeLeon drove in a run, score another, and struck out
DH Ben Gamel & 2B Casey Stevenson: both 1-4, 1 CS — Stevenson struck out
3B Dante Bichette Jr. & C Tyson Blaser: both 0-4 — DBJ committed a fielding error … Blaser struck out all four times and picked a runner off third with a snap throw
CF Eduardo Sosa: 2-3
RHP Brett Gerritse: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 53 of 86 pitches were strikes (62%)
RHP Ben Paullus: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (56%)
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 27 of 45 pitches were strikes (60%)

Short Season Staten Island (9-8 loss to Hudson Valley, walk-off style)
CF Taylor Dugas: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Claudio Custodio: 4-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
DH Saxon Butler: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 K — just keeps mashin’
1B Matt Snyder: 0-2, 1 BB — left the game for an unknown reason in the sixth
1B Fu-Lin Kuo: 0-2, 1 K
C Isaias Tejeda: 1-4, 1 RBI
RF Exicardo Cayones: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Jose Rosario: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
3B Matt Duran: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E (throwing, fielding) — he needs to push the reset button on the season
LF Danny Oh: 0-4, 1 R
LHP Tim Flight: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/1 GB/FB
RHP Alex Smith: 2 IP, zeroes, 5/2 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — good grief
LHP Evan DeLuca: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K — one of the walks was intentional

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-2 win over GCL Braves)
2B Walt Ibarra: 0-3 — played five innings in the field then was replaced by 2B Francisco Rosario, who struck out and grounded out in his two at-bats
SS Austin Aune: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K — 12 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.375)
C Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP — spent seven innings behind the plate
RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
DH Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — like he never left, eh? … played just five innings before taking the rest of the afternoon off
DH Ericson Leonora: 0-1, 1 R
1B Bubba Jones: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — six hits in his last ten at-bats
LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 BB
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 RBI
LHP Daniel Camarena: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — pro debut for last year’s 20th rounder after signing late last summer and being sidelined with a minor shoulder injury earlier this year
LHP Rony Bautista: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/2 GB/FB
LHP Caleb Frare: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB

Game 96: Ichiro!
Yanks kick off Ichiro era with win over Mariners
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Nuno and Perez to AAA, Turley and Whomever to AA?

    • Greg Corcoran

      Gotta be Matt Tracy, Jose Ramirez could use the extra time in High-A in my opinion.

    • Jeety

      gotta think pirela moves up too right?

  • Ron

    Love me some bautista.. No walks is the best part.

  • Greg Corcoran

    Re: Matt Tracy – “strong outing after a few stinkers.” Not really, he’s let up a total of two earned runs in his last three outings including this one.

    • Mike Axisa

      I’m talking about the whole BB > K thing. That’s more important to me than actual runs allowed for prospects.

      • Greg Corcoran

        I can understand that, but I think “stinker” is a bit of a strong word when you describe an outing with zero or one earned run.

    • Chris

      Probably was thinking of Taylor Morton – who had some stinkers and at a different level. Tracy’s been pretty good.

  • first name only male – Retire 21

    Why doesn’t Cojo get more attention?

    • Reggie C.

      Apparently cojo’s defense really needs improvement. The way he’s played Cojo will probably get a call up in September. The bat has come around better than anyone could’ve projected, but he’s gotta tighten up the defense especially if he wants to make it as a utility guy.

      • A.D.

        Surprised they haven’t actually moved him around to give him experience at other positions


        I agree about the defense, but his hitting is what he was drafted for, and is no surprise at all. The only surprise may be he hasen’t develope alittle more power, as there were a few “chase utley” comparisons when he was drafted, but “hitting” is certainly his fortay, and if anything, the surprise to me is that he hasen’t hit just a tad better in his career..

        Don’t take that the wrong way, as i love COJO, and hes been very solid indeed, but becasue of what i expected, i thought he’d of lit up the stats even alittle more then he as, albeit, hes been solid, as i said…

    • Samuel

      CoJo is a guy who would REALLY improve his bat under Kevin Long’s coaching. Already a pretty good hitter, CoJo gets a little too pull happy sometimes. If he stays in the middle of the field, he is a mucho doubles/triples guy with 15 HR potential, higher in Yankee Stadium.

      But his defense is not very good, especially around the bag on the double play.

      With Cano ahead of him on the depth chart, there isn’t a real reason to think CoJo has a future in New York. That could be why he isn’t talked about much.

      • Ted Nelson

        Cano is coming up on free agency and at an age where 2B often decline–whether you want to take that to mean he might lose the quickness for 2B soon or he might decline soon (I tend towards the former). Plus he could be talked about for his trade value even if Cano were younger and under contract for longer.

        • Samuel

          If you are advocating the Yankees let Cano walk because his career might be coming up to a decline phase and then give the job to Corban Joseph, you probably would be in the minority.

          With declining range and quickness, Robinson Cano at age 39 would still be a better defensive second baseman than CoJo ever could.

          • Ted Nelson

            If I was advocating that, why wouldn’t I have said that? Read what I said. That’s what I meant. Not some false conclusion you drew on you own.

            What I said was that he might not be the Yankees 2B for ever. He might be a Yankee, and not their 2B. You have no idea how much his range and quickness will decline, and neither do I. I have seen plenty of CoJo at 2B, and I think his issues are often overstated. He’s not a good 2B defensively, but I think he’ll stick there.

            • Samuel

              “What I said was that he might not be the Yankee @B for ever.”

              Well, no kidding, really?

              Cano will likely gain 20-25 pounds by 2017 (he’s already heavier thru the middle than even five years ago) and be limited in his range as he ages and gains more weight, but even at age 39 Cano will still be better defensively than CoJo at second base.

              CoJo may stick at 2B (only cause where else is he going to play), but CoJo won’t log any decent playing time at second base for the Yankees in the majors.

              I have seen Joseph play about a dozen games, too, at different levels.

              He can hit, but isn’t very good around second base. He’s basically scared turning the DP and doesn’t move his feet well enough side to side.

  • Tremont

    The DJ trade really lines things up perfectly for Nuno and Turley to move up a level. Perfect timing.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Semi-repost from the game thread:
    David Adams is a beast. His home run was a line drive over their replica Green Monster, and his last out was a screamer right at the shortstop.

    Also, Vidal Nuno was sitting at 85-86. The fastest I saw was 87 on the stadium gun. That’s probably why no one talks about him despite the results.

    • Greg Corcoran

      That may explain why he had a bit of a rough game today. Most sources have him sitting 87-89 on most nights.

      • RetroRob

        Lefties can live in the majors in the upper 80s.

    • Laz

      That, and he will be 25 in 2 days. Regardless I’d like to see him move up to AAA soon. He has had a couple rough outings in July, but he has been a very good pitcher.


      I’ve been raving about David Adams.. I don’t understand how Mike dosen’t have him in his TOP 20.. Obviously, hes healthy now, and looks as good as he ever did, and hes still only 25, not like hes 28or something.. I have a feeling teams are gonna want him in trade again, very shortly, if not all ready.. With his college pedigree as well, hes not gonna have to spend a ton of time at Tripl AAA, and it woulden’t shock me to see a team trade for him, and start him early on in 2013…

      • Dan

        I think the Yankees might be less likely to trade away 2nd base prospects right now, at least until they know Cano will re-sign. It was a different story 2-3 years ago when they knew they still had Cano for a few years and didn’t need to worry about second base.

        • Ted Nelson

          This plus Adams’ long-term ankle health is still a real question. He’s healthy now, but you’d have to ask a Dr. if it’s the kind of thing that could easily be re-injured at any moment.

          • Dan

            Right, I have a hard time seeing either Joseph or Adams being traded until Cano re-signs. They might even decide to use both if Cano leaves (start Adams and keep Joseph up to spell Adams and use as a utility player). This type of option might appeal to them for at least 2014 so they can make sure they get under the luxury tax.

            • Ted Nelson

              Could platoon them, as CoJo is LH

  • The Scheister of Doom

    I was at the G-Braves vs Empire State, I liked the offense but the D left a lot to be desired. I brought my 2.5 year old and my 7 year old, I was exhausted chasing them around. The stadium is beautiful, Coolray Field, and it’s 5 min from my house. Gotta get my boys into baseball at a young age!

  • Gonzo

    Hey Mike, can Pirela play SS in the majors? Can he be the super-util guy that Ramiro was being groomed for back in the day?

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think that anyone knows for sure. Stunk there last season and isn’t playing there this season. Could probably at least get by there occasionally.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    3 straight games without Ravel :(

    • Danny

      This worries me a lot. Finally started heating up after a slow start and now he’s out again …. not good.

  • viridiana

    The beuaty of the Ichiro move is that Yanks have addressed their most pressing need without giving up any key prospects — or even any trading chips. I can now see potential for big move that would either land top pitcher or longer term outfield solution. Consider a package consisting of three of the following:

    Hughes or Phelps
    CoJo or Adams
    Warren or Marshall
    Turley or Tracey

    Not saying I want to move any of these guys. But I think Yanks are now in position to bid (or at least raise price of deals for Texas, Angels, Boston). Even Hamels seems possible. I mention Hughes only because he is FA in 14. Might have ton of market value, though, especially in deal for a two-month rental like Hamels. And I am holding on to next core, meaning Williams, Sanchez, Austin, Man-Ban.

    • Danny

      You’re insane if you think that’s gunna land a top-flight starter or a long-term OF.

      There’s no chance of landing Hamels, Greinke, Upton etc. without giving up at least one, more then likely two of the Williams/Austin/Banuelos/Sanchez group. You don’t get a star player without giving up top prospects, it just doesn’t happen and people need to stop pretending it will.

      • Carl LaFong

        I wouldn’t deal any of the four of William/Austin/Banuelos/Sanchez, & certainly not now. I don’t want Upton at all, & would love Hamels or Greinke, but not willing to pay more than Betances, Cojo, & an either/or on a guy like Laird or Segedin, w/another lower level pitcher thrown in. This Upton talk is crazy stuff. He’s the wrong fit here; I hope Cashman stays away.

        • Danny

          Lol if your not dealing any of the 4, your not getting a top-flight player back, it’s that simple.

          Seriously, why do we pretend that we can get elite players by trading non-elite prospects ? This is complete fucking nonsense here.

  • Joe berger

    Ty Hensley debut?

    • Danny

      He said originally the 23rd by then later tweeted that it was gunna be the 30th.

      Brady Lali (18th rounder this year ?) also said he’s making his debut on the 30th. Greg Bird also said he looked like he would return from injury on the 30th.

      Gotta love twitter lol.

  • MontgomeryKmachine

    What are the ceilings on Custodio and Saxon Butler?


      I don’t know much about saxon butler, but i do know Custodio has a bit of upside, and enough so where hes ranked in the 20’s of our prospect rankings, and can still move up considerably(still very young and lots to learn)

      Nice to see him hit 316BA over the last 10games…

  • Adam

    Anyone know what happened to Russell Branyan? Was he released? Hurt?

    • Laz

      Still in AAA, I thought that cust would at least make it up this year as the DH. He can get quite a few out of the park.

    • Ted Nelson

      Back acted up, I believe