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Two minor health updates: C Austin Romine is out with the flu and LHP Shaeffer Hall has been placed on the DL with a toe problem. Nothing major, but how the hell do you get the flu in July?

Triple-A Empire State (4-2 loss to Pawtucket)
CF Chris Dickerson: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 K
2B Corban Joseph: 0-5
SS Eduardo Nunez & RF Darnell McDonald: both 1-4, 1 R — Nunez doubled and struck out three times … McDonald hit a solo homer
DH Jack Cust: 0-4, 4 K
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-3, 1 HBP
3B Brandon Laird & C Frankie Cervelli: both 1-3, 1 K, 1 HBP — Cervelli doubled
1B Doug Bernier: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 9/3 GB/FB — 51 of 79 pitches were strikes (65%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eleven pitches, nine strikes

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Altoona) they faced former Yankees first rounder Gerrit Cole
2B Jose Pirela & SS Addison Maruszak: both 0-4, 1 K
3B David Adams, RF Zoilo Almonte, CF Melky Mesa & 1B Luke Murton: all 1-3 — Almonte hit a solo homer (not off Cole) and struck out … Mesa scored a run
DH Kevin Mahoney: 0-3, 2 K
C J.R. Murphy: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K
LF Rob Segedin: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI — the double was off Cole
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 48 of 72 pitches were strikes (67%) … when the Yankees failed to sign Cole in 2008, Marshall received the team’s largest signing bonus in that draft
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GB/FB — 28 of 48 pitches were strikes (58%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 25 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (6-4 win over Charlotte in 11 innings)
CF Ramon Flores: 4-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SB — 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.423)
LF Adonis Garcia, SS Jose Mojica & 1B Jose Toussen: all 0-5 — Garcia walked and scored … Toussen struck out
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 1 R — was pinch-hit for in the eighth for an unknown reason
PH-DH Kelvin Duran: 0-3, 2 K
RF Tyler Austin: 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB — threw a runner out at second and drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th
1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
C Kyle Higashioka: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — picked a runner off second with a snap throw
3B Hector Rabago: 1-5
RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB — hooray FIP
RHP Sean Black: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB
LHP Aaron Dott: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — one of those walks was intentional

Low-A Charleston (10-5 win over Greenville)
LF Eduardo Sosa: 1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 2 BB — up to 60 walks on the season
CF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI — 14 hits in his last 44 at-bats (.318)
RF Rob Refsnyder: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP — got picked off first and he threw a runner out at third
3B Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP
C Francisco Arcia: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Jamiel Orozco: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
1B Rey Nunez: 4-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 7/2 GB/FB
LHP Dan Mahoney: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Charlie Short: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB– recently signed out of an independent league
RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks had their game suspended due to rain after just one batter. CF Abe Almonte led the game off with a double and that was it. They’re going to complete the game on August 10th. Meanwhile, Short Season Staten Island had a scheduled day off.

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  • GotJesus

    Really like what Flores is doing.

    • Brian S.

      How can you not? I love this farm system. Sleepers everywhere. So many players that I would be disappointed to see traded.

  • Brian S.

    God dammit Romine.

  • Brian S.

    Refsnyder seems to be coming around.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Well I think I’ve had the flu for the last couple day and it sucks.

  • Jon G

    Maybe Romine has been spending too much time around farm animals of late..?

    Or it’s a “flu”, but not necessarily *the* flu

  • pat

    Wish Marshall could bump up the K’s a notch. They’re a bit underwhelming at their current state.

    • http://none Bernard

      What can we expect? He’s an undersized pitcher. He used to be listed as 6-0 in height, now I see him listed at 5-11.

      • Ted Nelson

        Pedro, Robertson, Johan, Oswalt… All 6 feet or less. And those were just the first four that came to mind. So what you expect In terms of Ks shouldn’t have too much to do with his height.

  • Dropped Third

    Saxon Butler… Prospect?

    • zs190

      I think he’s an org guy, old guy mashing short season ball and playing 2/3 of his game as a DH. You don’t have real prospects play as DH unless there are legit health issues that prevent them from playing in the field.

      • Laz

        Slade has been starting quite a bit at DH.

        • pat

          Aka legit health reasons, like recovering from shoulder surgery.

      • MBN

        Butler and Snyder are the power bats in Staten Island. Both play 1B. One has to DH.

    • Tremont

      Probably not. His season reminds of Neil Medchill’s in SI a few years ago. With his lack of pedigree, he will have to do something in full season ball to make himself a prospect.

      • Dave M

        I was hoping Butler is more like Tyler Austin……..Oh well.

        • Ted Nelson

          Could definitely surprise everyone, but Austin had more hype and upside coming out of HS than Butler out of college, and more defensive value.

    • JohnnyC

      He has light tower power. Not much else. But you can’t teach power.

      • Dropped Third

        Jorge vazquez 2.0

  • Bo Knows

    If Austin keeps hitting through the remainder of the year, I hope Yanks are aggressive and let him start next year in Trenton

    • tyrone sharpton

      put him in the majors! lol troll comment brutha there’s no need to rush him.

    • Laz

      He will probably start at High A, only because there is only 1 month left, and he only got in 30 AB so far in High A.

      • YankeeGrunt

        If he can get 100+ ABs in Tampa and he is raking, I’d guess they give him a shot at Trenton next spring. Aggressive but not painfully so, not like he has to learn a complicated or uniquely demanding defensive position like catcher or short.

        • Dave M

          Maybe if Austin plays in the AFL this fall, and plays well, they start him in Trenton next year. I wonder if Slade will play in the AFL to get him more at bats?

      • Bo Knows

        If he stays healthy he’ll finish the season with around 130 ab’s that’s not a insignificant number so if he’s hitting, he probably isn’t being challenged

        •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          130 AB’s isn’t that significant a number. Not enough to say a player is good enough to play at the next level.

          The larger the sample size, the more truth that will be revealed.

          • Bo Knows

            Take this for comparison, he had 266 ab’s in his two months in Charleston, it was a month far too long. It’s not about “truths” it’s about development, if he is crushing everything everyone is tossing at him, he’s not developing he’s not learning because he isn’t being challenged.

            AUstin became such a threat in the Sally League that teams just started pitching around him like he was Miguel Cabrera for that last month.

            • Ted Nelson

              It’s a balance between consistent skill development and challenging someone. 130 at a new level really isn’t that significant a sample–ask Shane Spencer or Shelly Duncan or Ciriaco–but you also have to look beyond the production to the underlying skills. Is there one pitch consistently fooling him or one bad habit you want him to break now rather than when it becomes a problem at a higher level?

  • Will

    Nick Goody is my shiny new “favorite low level pitching prospect”. Dude is dealing.

    • Dan

      I agree, him and Montgomery have the potential with Robertson to form an insanely dominant ML bullpen by around 2014-2015 if they all stay with the Yankees.

    • Matt

      It also has to do with what scouts are seeing at games. It’s all a process and if they feel a player looks good then he’ll get the bump. JR Murphy wasn’t putting up ridiculous numbers at Tampa but he got promoted. There’s only so much a box score can tell us when it comes to prospects.

  • tyrone sharpton

    austin, williams and sanchez make my mouth water. hope they don’t get traded….seem like future stars

  • Ralph

    I got the flu once in late July because the air conditioning was too powerful.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Sigh. It’s like the Nunez error just goes without saying.


    I wish they’d send Zolio up to Triple AAA for Cole Garner.. Garner is never getting a chance with us, lets see what Zolio has.. Zolio is a guy whos probably gonna be in camp next yr, lets get em some triple AAA at bats…

    Flores is a hit machine. A guy like him would fit so well in our big league lineup.. Kida CANO like, without as much power.. I could see him with a 298ba 16hr 88rbi 100run 180/195 hits type of player.. Kinda reminds me also a bit of the 2B for the mets, murphy.. Just offensively of course.. Obviously, i think he has bit more power then him, but that typ-e of hitter.. As far as power, he falls in between Cano and Murphy..

    • http://none Bernard

      I agree with all of this. Isn’t it funny how great minds think alike?

    • Dave M

      I like the Cano comp. Keep in mind, no one thought he’d hit for this much power when he was in the minors. He was mostly compared to Rod Carew with a little more power back then.

      • Jigginz

        IMO:Flores = Bobby Abreu…This is,of course,if he hits his ABSOLUTE ceiling.Lefty,good average;some pop,patience and speed.

  • http://none Bernard

    Do you think Flores will become what we thought Heathcott would?

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      A five tool player? I don’t think so. Flores and Heathcott don’t have much in common and I like Flores.

      Plus, Heathcott has played pretty well. Way too early to give up on him.

      He just needs to stay healthy.

      • Ted Nelson

        If his power were to come around (and it often is the last to develop), what tool is Flores really missing? I don’t think he has the ceiling of Hearhcott, but… Hit is a given, power may develop to some extent, speed is at least good enough for CF and 19 steals in High A, glove also being used in CF, and his arm is good. (Plus patience, which should be the sixth tool.)

  • Phil

    Why doesn’t Perez get called up already? I know he’s old, but his ERA is 1!! I think he at least deserves the chance to prove himself in tougher competition.

    I also really hope Refsnyderawefaw can transition to 2B well because the outfield is crowded right above him. With Slade, Mason, Austin, Garcia, and Gamel all at the level of playing for Tampa, I’m curious to see what we do about this situation.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I just hope Refsnyder transitions to 2B because it’s a more valuable position.

      Also, Gamel isn’t playing for Tampa.

  • Brian in NH

    a summer cold/flu is really one of the worse things. nothing like sitting in high humidity, not being able to breathe, and running a fever (or at least having trouble with temp regulation).

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Totally predicting: RAB “The Tyler Austin Watch” for 2013.

  • Skip

    You can get the flu anytime. More people get it on the winter because everyone is indoors and passes the bug to each other.

    You should now worry about the rest of the clubhouse getting sick.