Gamel continues to mash in Charleston win

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Poll: The Best Moment of the First Half

Triple-A All-Star Game (Pacific Coast League wins 3-0)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 14 pitches were strikes … pitched the eighth and was their only representative

Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game (Eastern Division wins 5-4, walk-off style)
PH-2B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 K — took over in the fifth … singled in the ninth as part of the game-winning rally
CF Melky Mesa: 0-4, 3 K — started and played the entire ninth … he batted ninth
RHP Brett Marshall: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57%) … he started the game for the Eastern Division squad
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB – 14 of 19 pitches were strikes (74%) … pitched the eighth

Low-A Charleston (9-3 win over Asheville)
2B Ali Castillo: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — 13 hits in his last 42 at-bats (.310) with five doubles and a triple
C Tyson Blaser & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — DBJ scored a run
1B Casey Stevenson & LF Eduardo Sosa: both 2-4 — Stevenson homered and drove in three … Sosa tripled, scored three runs, and struck out
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
LHP Matt Bashore: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 5/3 GB/FB — 43 of 83 pitches were strikes (52%)
RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 27 of 46 pitches were strikes (59%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 34 of 52 pitches were strikes (65%) … 49/14 K/BB in 47 IP

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 loss to State College)
SS Claudio Custodio, C Peter O’Brien & 3B Matt Duran: all 0-3 — O’Brien walked and whiffed … Duran struck out
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH Saxon Butler & 2B Jose Rosario: 0-4 — Butler struck out twice
CF Ravel Santana: 1-4, 1 R
1B Matt Snyder: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 14 hits in his last 28 at-bats with three walks and three strikeouts
RF Danny Lopez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — have to think he’ll be back with Trenton soon, this is 11.2 IP in the short season leagues already
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1/7 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … first time all season he’s allowed more than four hits in an outing

Both High-A Tampa and Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out. They’ll play doubleheaders tomorrow.

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Poll: The Best Moment of the First Half
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Whenever the Yankees promote Mark Montgomery, I think Pedro Guerra will take his spot in Tampa very nicely.

  • DERP

    Red Sox 2012 draft pick Shaq Green-Thompson is 0-24 with 23 strikeouts to start his career.

    His future is probably in football, but yikes nonetheless.

    • Skip

      Beastly football player – saw him in the ESPN HS All-American game…but man those are some nasty numbers in SSS.

      • SDM

        Well in his defense he had only returned to the baseball field his Sr. year in highschool after not playing for several years.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s obvious this guy’s the next Lars Anderson and/or Casey Kelly.

    • RetroRob

      Wow. That’s so bad that I almost am pulling for him. Oh, wait. He’s a Red Sox. Sorry. Time to move on.

  • DERP

    I wonder if Dugas will be moved up now that Charleston has some outfield openings.

  • SDM

    Another pretty good start by Rutckyj any word on the velocity?

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Probably around 89-92 MPH, since that’s where he’s sat this year. If it was over 92 it probably would have been mentioned.

  • dutchsailor

    When is Guerra getting promoted? Of his 5 strikeouts, 4 were against Asheville’s 4,5,6 hitters.

  • Gonzo

    Who is DBJ?

    Is he the guy that was ticketed for future top 100 lists for years to come. The guy that blistered Gulf Coast League so bad that Tyler Austin had to move to RF (to be honest I don’t know for sure if the two are related).

    Or is he the guy that was overdrafted and tattooed weak competition only to struggle under more talented competition. A guy with 2 HR’s and a wOBA of .308 so far this year.

    In between? But closer to which side?

    Who is John Galt?
    Who shot JR?
    Who killed Laura Palmer?
    Who killed Rosie Larsen?
    Who is Dante Bichette Jr?

    • Brian S.

      John Galt is a fictional character in an Ayn Rand novel. Kristin Shepard shot JR. Lenold Palmer killed Laura Palmer. Terrie killed Rosie Larsen. And Dante Bichette Jr. is a 19 year old facing people that are a year to three years older than him. He’s been really disappointing but one bad year doesn’t mean he’s done.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Couldn’t have said it better.

        • Reggie C.

          Bichette’s is only a month older than Culver. Thats why we can’t freak out over Culver’s disappointing season. Culver wasn’t touted for his bat at any point, but he should be hitting with greater authority.

        • Gonzo

          He really didn’t answer the question though. I guess I should have worded it differently. I never said he was done. I asked who he was. Stating the obvious, is kinda gauche, no?

        • Brian S.

          If he is posting another .310 wOBA next season I will be very unhappy though. Same goes for Culver. They need to show that they can hit next year after what has happened this season.

          • Gonzo

            I don’t know where you stood at the time, but when he had a wOBA of .438 last year, that wasn’t the sober look people took.

            • RetroRob

              The enthusiasm many felt for Bichette no doubt was a counter reaction to the negative reaction he got at draft. I do find it a bit funny that the talent evaluators dismissed him as an overdraft and then dismissed his fine rookie campaign for most of the year, but then came full circle noting he was better defensively than expected at third, and had made some changes in his swing to the point where he was not a legit prospect. So then what happens? He has an off year! Can’t wait to see what they write next.

              In fairness, they were probably correct in both assessments. Player development in baseball is long in most cases and not linear.

              • RetroRob

                *now* a legit prospect.

                Get one damn letter wrong and it changes the entire meaning!

                • Gonzo

                  This was actually a well though out response.

      • Gonzo

        I never said he was done, did I?

        • Brian S.

          That’s true.

          • Gonzo

            I also didn’t imply that he wasn’t 19 and, etc…, did I?

            • Brian S.

              No you did.

              • Gonzo


    • RetroRob

      The more important question, though, is where is DB Cooper?

      Supporting what Brian S said, DBJ is a teenager playing his first full year of pro ball. It’s not uncommon at all for players, even very talented ones, to struggle at the start. Keith Law even mentioned this in one of his recent podcasts. He wasn’t referring to Bichette, but noting overall that players’ development lines are not necessarily linear.

      Of course, that doesn’t answer your question. Unlike the question of where is DB Cooper, or who the hell was DB Cooper, we will have a better idea who of DBJ is a year from now. Maybe it won’t even take that long. Like Gary Sanchez last year, he may come on strong in the second-half.

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah, I keep hoping he’ll turn it around this season and finish strong. Something like a .330 wOBA his first full season really wouldn’t be too bad overall and an ability to adjust in-season would be nice to see… but the season keeps dragging on and every day it’s another 0-fer.

    • Pounder

      Who put the bomp in the bomp shoo bomp? Who put the ding in the ram a lam a ding dong?

  • Brian S.

    Why did Juan Cedeno leave baseball for three years?

    • zs190

      Not sure what you mean, he only skipped one season and judging from the fact that he went from Korean baseball before to indy league after, he probably just couldn’t find a job.

      • Brian S.

        Oh okay. I was looking at his fangraphs page. Think he has an impact in our bullpen down the stretch? He’s having a great season and you know how much Girardi loves LOOGYs.


    Pedro Guerra is a intriguing kid.. Can’t wait to see what he offers Tampa, when he gets there.. I’d imagine kelvin perez will get shuffled up to trip AAA evetually.. Hes old for Double AA, and it’d be nice to get a gauge on what he can offer to the big club if anything.. I have no idea what his out pitch is or even his velocity, by just by pure size and being a right hander, and is age, he reminds me a bit of Edwar Ramirez.. Dudes only given up 1hr in 56plus innings.. His ERA against lefties is under 1.00.. Also not to shab against righties at under 1.50.. Def worth a looksy against better trip AAA players..

    Why not give Cedeno a shot with the big club? Sometimes u get these guys when there hot and it carries over and u can get a nice run outta em before they come back to earth.. Having a 3rd Lefty in the pen would be nice, and u still got Epply, Robertson,SOriano, andQualls for the righties.. Add in Cedeno, Logan, and Rapada for lefties, untill Joba is ready to return…

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m not as rigid about BP construction as many, but 4 one out guys and no longman is a little ridiculous. I would rather see what DJ Mitchell can do. Maybe he can earn a Mendoza/ Aceves role. Maybe he can lock down the 6th/7th like Wade. Cedeno might get a look when rosters expand if they can clear a 40-man spot, helping them make a decision on him for next year.

  • Jersey Joe

    Does Melky Mesa have any type of future as even a 4th or 5th outfielder, or is he doomed to stay in the Yankees’ farm system forever?

    • Ted Nelson

      I would say that chances are against an MLB future, but that he still has the potential.

  • Cuso

    We’re not signing the first round pick…..are we.

    I refuse to say his name until he signs.

  • AdamC6

    Phil Wetherell seems to need 25 pitches to get through an inning. Is he really trying to paint corners/strike everyone out? What gives?

    His K rate is really good, but all those pitches…..