Flores & Heathcott continue hot hitting in loss

Fourth of July Open Thread
Yanks come from behind, escape Tampa with win

Good news: OF Tyler Austin went for a CT scan after getting hit in the head by a pitch last night and everything came back clean. Here’s video of the pitch; it looks like he was able to duck out of the way just in time to avoid a full-on impact. Hopefully he’s back in a few days and is able to participate in the Futures Game this Sunday.

In other news, Austin Romine (back) has been catching bullpen sessions down in Tampa but Joe Girardi confirmed that he’s still “a couple of weeks away from playing in a game.”

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Lehigh Valley)
CF Chris Dickerson: 0-2, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — he was replaced by a pinch-hitter for an unknown reason in the third
PH-CF Ray Kruml: 1-4, 2 K
2B Corban Joseph & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 2-6, 1 K — CoJo doubled and drove in a run … Mustelier stole a base and scored a run
DH Jack Cust: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 104 strikeouts and 66 walks in 80 games
1B Russell Brandon & 3B Brandon Laird: both 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR — Branyan hit a solo shot, walked, and struck out … Laird drove in three and got hit by a pitch
RF Cole Garner: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Gus Molina: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
SS Ramiro Pena: 0-5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 10/5 GB/FB — 68 of 95 pitches were strikes (71.6%)
RHP Cory Wade: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, seven strikes … first appearance since being sent down, and he’s expected to be the 26th man for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, six strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — 14 pitches, ten strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-2 loss to New Britain)
2B Jose Pirela, RF Zoilo Almonte & CF Melky Mesa: all 1-4 — Zoilo and Melky each struck out, though Almonte did throw a runner out at the plate
3B Addison Maruszak: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second straight game with a jack and his fourth in the last seven games
1B Luke Murton: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 PB — Double-A debut
LF Rob Segedin, DH Shane Brown & SS Yadil Mujica: all 0-4 — Segedin struck out once, Brown twice … Segedin also threw a runner out at third … Mujica got picked off first
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB — 55 of 91 pitches were strikes (60.4%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 40 pitches, 30 strikes

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Brevard County)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 K
LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 15 hits in his last 39 at-bats (.385)
RF Adonis Garcia: 0-4, 1 K
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB — nine hits in his last 25 at-bats (.360) with five doubles, two homers, eight walks, and two strikeouts
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — fourth homer in his last ten games
3B Zach Wilson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Jose Mojica: 0-4
2B Jose Toussen: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 9/3 GB/FB — second time in his last three starts he’s walked more than he struck out
RHP Sean Black: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Savannah)
CF Ben Gamel, 1B Rey Nunez & C Tyson Blaser: all 0-4 — Gamel and Blaser each struck out twice
2B Ali Castillo & SS Cito Culver: both 2-4 — Castillo doubled and drove in two … Culver struck out
3B Casey Stevenson, RF Kelvin DeLeon & LF Eduardo Sosa: all 1-4, 1 K — Stevenson stole a base … DeLeon and Sosa each scored a run … Sosa threw a runner out at the plate
DH Francisco Arcia: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8/1 GB/FB — 10/9 K/BB in his last 13.1 IP
RHP Joel DeLaCruz: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Pedro Guerra: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 loss to Jamestown in 12 innings)
LF Taylor Dugas: 0-4, 2 B, 2 K
2B-1B Fu-Lin Kuo: 0-6, 3 K — ouch
DH Saxon Butler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Matt Snyder: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
PR-2B Claudio Custodio: 1-2, 1 CS — ran for Snyder late but did not come around to score
C Wes Wilson: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1CS
3B Matt Duran: 1-6, 2 K
RF Danny Oh: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jamiel Orozco: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
CF Danny Lopez: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — five singles in 68 at-bats
RHP Gabe Encinas: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … he was sitting 89-91
RHP Derek Varnadore: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/4 GB/FB — 13/3 GB/FB in 12.2 pro innings
RHP Taylor Garrison: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6/0 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — very nice, other than the error of course
LHP Eric Erickson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-3 win over GCL Phillies)
CF Kelvin Duran: 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 2B — played five innings in the field in his second pro game … he missed a bunch of time with a broken wrist this spring, so I think (hope) he’s just getting back in swing of things down here before heading up to Staten Island for the duration of the season
RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
1B Bubba Jones: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
DH Austin Aune: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K — four walks in six pro games so far
LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Jerison Lopez: 2-4, 2 RBI
SS Fernando Perez: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
LHP Chaz Hebert: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 7/1 K/BB in 6.1 IP
RHP Luis Niebla: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/4 GB/FB
RHP Edison Mejia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Fourth of July Open Thread
Yanks come from behind, escape Tampa with win
  • Robert

    Looking at the minors the past years it seems that there is a issue with young pitchers and their control .Is the issue the players or the coaching?

    • kevin

      its because the yanks dont draft early so all the guys with good arms that fall to them are raw HS

    • Bo Knows

      the vast majority of HS pitchers are going to be raw and prone to walking people. Most young players will have that problem, its not a big deal

    • 28 this year

      Where the Yankees draft, you get either big raw arm with command issues but potential tapered if their command can be harnessed, you end up with a top pitcher or you get a guy with polish that can barely touch 90.. Hence, walks are part of the developing process and you hope the players repeat their mechanics well enough to lower that rate. Or you get a guy with big arm and command like jobs but people worry about injuries. There are no total packages at the bottom of the draft.

      • 28 thisyear

        Great potential not tapered. Stupid autocorrect. That didn’t even make sense

      • viridiana

        By the logic of the draft, shouldn’t Selig, who sits atop the baseball pyramid, make the least money– like less than the groundskeepers?

        • Ted Nelson

          The logic of the draft is that the better olaters get oaid more. That was how it worked before the draft pools too.

          • viridiana

            The logic of the draft is that the least succcesful are best rewarded. Please don’t respond to my posts as you bring nothing but sour temper amd imperious attitude.

            • Ted Nelson

              You’re trying to extend a competitive balance measure in place in literally every single major US sport to pay, and then ask me not to respond to your nonsensical drivvle?

              The best player in the draft as judged by the teams (and represented by his agent) gets the most money. If you consider Selig to be the top guy in baseball yourself, you shoul expect draft logic to dictate he be the highest paid. Selig is not a team, he’s an individual.

              Do I really have to explain to you why the draft rewards the worse teams?

            • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

              The best strategy is to just not respond to the guy and hope he goes away. He’s feuded with pretty much everyone around here including the guys who run the blog.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              God, I am so sick and tired of this Ted hate. The guy actually has informed opinions, which is more than I can say for half the bozos showing up here these past few months.

              It takes two to tango in any relationship. You don’t want a heated argument with someone? Then don’t engage in it. The person on the other end of the argument is just as responsible for keeping it going.

              • Don W


                The Selig rant, and that’s what it was, was nonsensical and you got called on it. Ted’s opinions are usually based on facts. You may disagree with his take but you’d better have facts to back up your stance if you want to debate a topic. If you’re not willing to do that just pretend like he doesn’t exist like R T suggested.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  And then you’d be ignoring one of the most informed guts on here and, rather, giving Stuart a platform. Just unbelievable. Biggest scapegoat in here.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

                That’s total BS.

                No one ever said he doesn’t make valid points but he can make his points without the underlying obnoxiousness, condescending tone and air of superiority

                If this blog and the commenters are intellectually beneath him, then maybe he shouldn’t post.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  He hasn’t once one it to me. I’d like to think that’s because of how I approach him.

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

                    You must be seeing something different from me. Ive even seen him attack Mike numerous times because he didn’t agree with or like the subject of one of his columns.

                • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

                  I agree that there’s a balance to be struck and that Ted quite often (slightly) strikes an improper balance.

                  Remember it’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it. The fact that “a lot” of posters here have issues with Ted’s perceived attitude, plus, well, just reading his posts, makes it pretty clear that on some level “it’s a Ted problem.”

                  I feel that he’s quite informed (usually) and brings much to the table. But with that comes a tone which is not particularly pleasant to put it mildly and thus not particularly welcomed IMO.

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                    He seems like a bright guy and and usually makes points based on fact and logic but give me a break, there must be 20+ commenters on this site that he’s had ridiculous drawn out nasty arguments with most of which began with a snarky comment he made.

                    All anyone says here is really nothing more than opinion and the way he dismisses others opinions as “drivel” (which is a direct quote he used yesterday in regard to a post) is hard to swallow.

                    Like you said, when one person has problems interacting with many, it’s usually because of a flaw with the individual, not the rest of the world.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      We all make snarky remarks. I make a ton of them and there’s plenty of folks who don’t have many nice things to say about me because of it. The other person still chose to engage.

                      I respect Plank and DM a ton, but they gave it just as much as they took it. I assume Mike, Ben, and Joe were fully capable of handling whatever it was appropriately.

                      All I am saying is that I find it quite ridiculous that we’re tossing all this bad stuff at a guy who actually comes to this site with a balanced, informed opinion, even if his tendency is to be argumentative. I think he gets easily frustrated when people come back at him with the usual nonsense, but you and I do as well. It’s part of hanging out on here.

                      If his being argumentative is his worst fault then, know that going into a disagreement with him, that there’s only so far you’re going to take it. I disagree with Ted at times. Have we drawn it out over two hours, ever? No. That’s because I respect him AND because I’m not going to engage in that manner. That’s basic human interaction.

                      Maybe this is just the family therapist in me talking, but I believe in “co-creation.”

                      We all have faults. You’re a Knicks fan, for example.

                      Moving on from the topic.

                    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

                      I represent that Knicks remark! JKidd FTW!

  • The Scheister of Doom

    That pitch was nasty that hit Austin in the dome and could’ve been a lot worse. OUCH! Get back soon.

  • tremont

    Does anybody know which Latin players on the GCL club are considered prospects? If you’re basing it on the stats, don’t bother. I can look at those myself.

    • Ted Nelson

      Andujar definitely is. Calderon, not really. Repeating GCL. Maybe fringe prospect, has some power.

      Don’t know much about Lopez or Duran. Doubt it on either, but maybe Lopez is. Seems unlikely that he suddenly nlossomed like this after steuggling in DSL for a few years, but everyone has a different development path.

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

      Mikolas, Aune, Andujar, Jones, and O’Brien from a hitting standpoint.

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

        Sorry, I didn’t read your question well enough. Just Andujar. Yeicock was supposed to be a guy to watch, but he hasn’t been any good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dear lord baby Jesus, please let Slade Heathcott be healthy for once.

    • Bo Knows

      I agree, he’s basically lost 2 years worth of time due to injury, if he had been able to stay healthy he might have been getting promoted AAA at this time (would have been perfect timing too because of Swish’s contract). Hopefully he continues killing it, and starts next year in AA.


      ya, u just see the skills that heathcott has, and it just drives u crazy to have someone with those skills and there always injured.. God, i hope this is finally the start of a long healthy stint for heathcott…

  • Levi

    Slade is basically exclusively playing DH then with Williams up?

    • Ted Nelson

      Was only playing there before Mason went up too.

    • Fin

      Heathcot is a pretty good, ready to go outfielder, if I recall correctly. Maybe the Yankees are going to have him DH all year, and have him get further removed from injuries before putting him in the of next year.

      • Voice of Reason

        yeah playing the outfield isn’t rocket science and he’s been doing it his whole life. Doubt he’s going to learn many new tricks at this point. Vastly more important to avoid risk of injury, however slight it may be.

        Plus, between him, Austin, Williams and Flores, he should be the one DHing anyway. Austin needs reps, Williams needs to cultivate a rep, and Flores needs to keep playing the OF for trade value purposes. Heathcott just needs PAs.

  • bobtaco

    9 days left to sign Hensley…

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

      It’ll get done.

      • Danny

        Highly surprised it got this far considering Hensley said he was eager to sign and start his career. Assuming his agent/adviser got ahold of him and explained that saying things like that could cost him money, which is why everything he has said lately is that college is still a big option for him.

    • Ricky

      I hope they sign Refsynder…

  • crawdaddie

    His father is a scout for the Cardinals I think so he knows how the game is played with negotiations since he does it with the prospects he signs for that team.


    Im happy to see David Adams staying healthy and starting to get in a bit of a groove.. Before that ankle injury, he had nice trade value and was cranking through the system.. He seems to finally be really back..

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Oh jeez you had to go and say it! Injury in 5…4…3…2…….

  • Paco Dooley

    Anyone heard an update on Romine? Seems like it’s been ages since we’ve had an update. I assumed he would have been back by now given his injury.

    • MBN

      Per several sources, he has been catching some bullpens lately. However, Girardi was quoted that he is still a few weeks away.

    • Dave M

      I guess you didn’t read the beginning of this thread?

      “In other news, Austin Romine (back) has been catching bullpen sessions down in Tampa but Joe Girardi confirmed that he’s still “a couple of weeks away from playing in a game.””

      No big deal, I do that myself sometimes.


    I hope Ramon Flores gets up to Double AA at some point this season even if only for a couple weeks..