Phelps strikes out 11 in return to Double-A

2012 Homerun Derby Open Thread
Getting our hopes up for Rivera's return in 2012

RHP John Brebbia was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week after throwing six scoreless innings of relief.

Double-A Trenton (3-0 win over Portland)
LF Jose Pirela: 3-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS, 1 HBP — seven homers in 49 games this year after hitting just eight in 128 games last year … he’s up to .324/.395/.511 with nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (24) on the season
2B David Adams, RF Zoilo Almonte & CF Melky Mesa: all 1-4 — Zoilo doubled, stole two bases, and struck out … Mesa whiffed twice
1B Luke Murton, DH Neil Medchill & SS Yadil Mujica: all 0-3 — Murton walked and whiffed … Mujica struck out
C J.R. Murphy: 0-4, 2 K — still hitless with Trenton, though it’s only been four games
3B Rob Segedin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — the solo homer was his first hit for the Thunder
RHP David Phelps: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66%) … that’s what happens when you stick a big leaguer in Double-A … the most important thing is the pitch count, he’s fully stretched out now and ready to start whenever the team needs him
RHP Danny Farquhar: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 20 of 31 pitches were strikes (65%) … pretty stellar relief work right there

High-A Tampa (4-1 win over Dunedin in five innings) the game was completed early due to lightning
CF Mason Williams: 0-3
LF Ramon Flores: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — 16 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.400) with four doubles, a homer, six walks, and five strikeouts
RF Adonis Garcia: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB
DH Slade Heathcott, 2B Anderson Feliz, 3B Hector Rabago & SS Jose Mojica: all 0-2 — Feliz stole a base, drove in a run and came around to score
1B Kyle Roller: 0-0, 2 BB, 1 SB
C Kyle Higashioka: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — 17 hits in his limited time this year, including three doubles and five homers
LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … exactly four walks in each of his last three starts, but he’s only been pitching full-time for a little over a year, still has a ways to go

Short Season Staten Island (9-4 win over Williamsport)
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — ten errors in 17 games
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 11 walks and ten strikeouts in 15 games
DH Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Saxon Butler: 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB — dude is starting to get the Bonds treatment, he’s been a monster since the season started
CF Ravel Santana: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — hopefully this gets him going, because he’s been just awful so far
3B Fu-Lin Kuo: 0-4, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
2B Jose Rosario: 1-5, 2 R, 1 SB
C Isaias Tejeda: 2-4, 1 R, 1 PB — five passed balls in eight games
LF Danny Lopez: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RHO Gabe Encinas: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 8/3 GB/FB — feels like there’s been an awful lot of BB > K starts throughout the farm system this year
LHP Dietrich Enns: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GB/FB
RHP Charles Basford: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (2-1 win over GCL Pirates in 12 innings)
CF Kelvin Duran: 0-6, 2 K — he hit into the walk-off, two-run error … hooray Rookie ball defense!
2B Jerison Lopez & 1B Bubba Jones: both 0-5 — Jones struck out
3B Kevin Mahoney: 0-2, 1 K — rehabbing, so he played his three innings and got out of there
3B Miguel Andujar: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
RF Yeicok Calderon: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 E (throwing)
LF Ericson Leonora, C Eduardo DeOleo & SS Fernando Perez: all 0-3 — Leonora walked … Perez walked and whiffed
DH Austin Aune: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — first career multi-hit game
C David Remedios: 0-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 PB, 1 E (throwing) — not sure when DeOleo had to leave the game
SS Fernando Rosario: 0-0, 1 BB — no idea who this is or why he had to leave the game after four innings
RHP Zach Nuding: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — working his way back from shoulder fatigue
LHP Yoely Bello: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4/0 GB/FB — rehabbing from his groin strain
RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Adam Smith: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Edison Mejia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — almost blew it by allowing a solo homer in the top of the 12th, but his offense picked him up in the bottom half

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The actual game will be played on Wednesday and the Yankees only representative LHP Juan Cedeno. Kinda dumb.

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled day off.

2012 Homerun Derby Open Thread
Getting our hopes up for Rivera's return in 2012
  • Richard Leo

    can you tell us more about Jose Pirela, Mike?

    • Brian S.

      Utility guy that plays all over, including SS. Kind of an average hitter until this year where he has just erupted (144 wRC+ before this game). Not sure how good his defense is but I do know he is versatile. Also I am not Mike.

      • Brian S.

        Also he is 22 so this isn’t age vs. level.

    • Mike Axisa

      He went from being the everyday SS to the utility guy this year. Also repeating the level, so he should be mashing. IIRC, he had some kind of attitude/disciplinary problems in the past.

      • Richard Leo

        but he is not old for that level,right?
        what is his upside?

        • pat

          Pedro Ciriaco…. if we could only be so lucky.

          • Ted Nelson

            Lucky is the key word.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            No one’s THAT lucky.

            • Ted Nelson

              He has one MiLB season above a .700 OPS and is mid to laye 20s… Maybe he radically altered his swing, dedicated himself to the game after halfassing for years, or hit the gym/PEDs… But I think it was largely luck. Luck as in a small sample.

            • Don W

              Brian Doyle says HI!

        • RetroRob

          22 is not old for AA, although he should be moved up quickly since he seems to be handling AA nicely on his second turn through.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    “he’s fully stretched out now and ready to start whenever the team needs him”
    But they don’t need him so what do they do? Do they leave him in AA or move him to AAA? Do they keep him stretched out in the minors or put him back in the big league bullpen? Keep showcasing him as a trade chip?

    • tremont

      Can’t we just make him the fifth starter til Andy returns? Does Freddie have that spot locked down? If so, why?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I wouldn’t say Freddy has the spot locked down, but putting the veteran out there, with the stretched-out youngster ready to go as a backup option, not just for Freddy, but for any starter, makes sense from a depth perspective. I’d love for the team to just go with the younger pitcher as much as anyone else, but it wouldn’t be without merit to make Freddy the first option as long as he’s getting the job done….which he thus far is.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yep. There’s definitely a case for getting Phelps more big league exposure, but there’s also a case for keeping the veteran stretched out and the guy with options stretched out.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s in AA because AAA didn’t have a game today, so I don’t think AA is an option. Could leave him in AAA or bring him up. Pretty great problem to have.

  • Brian S.

    Was Pirela beaned because he hit the two home runs?

  • Rebecca

    Flores is like, “Yo I got this”

  • Fin

    I doubt they keep him in AA, and it doesnt seem likely they would stretch him out only to throw him back into the pen. Just going on the available options, you have to figure hes tucked away in AAA rotation until someone gets hurt or rosters expand.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      When they decided to stretch him out, they weren’t sure what they would get from Freddy. Now that Freddy looks like a stop gap until Andy returns, they could decide they’d rather have him in the big leagues in the pen. I think it’s unlikely though. Would rather see him stay stretched out and pitch in AAA.

      • tremont

        I believe Phelps is better right now than Freddie and a possible part of the rotation moving forward. It seems a no-brainer to me that he should be allowed to start til Pettitte returns. Sorry for simply elaborating on a point I just made.

        • forensic

          Girardi’s basically said that Garcia will stay in the rotation and Phelps will stay stretched out in the minors, so I imagine we’ll be seeing Mitchell staying up for a bit.

          I completely disagree with starting Garcia over Phelps though, but oh well.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          I think you could go either way. Yankees seem to value veteran experience (Freddy) and probably feel like Phelps can keep working in the minors. I don’t disagree with you though, I’d like to see Phelps pitching in the show.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          See my earlier reply to you.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yeah, it’s about depth and what move is best for the org as a whole. Phelps is still a phone call away.

        • Ted Nelson

          I don’t know that he’s any better than Freddy right now. Had one good start and followed it with a good AA start. Overall a mid-4s FIP/ERA kind of guy like Freddy.

          I hae no problem getting Phelps in the MLB rotation for a few turns, I just don’t know that he’s clearly better than Freddy.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            And, while he may be more valuable to the team in the long run, this isn’t a long run kind of move to make right now.

            He’ll get his opportunities. He made the most of what he was given and has put himself on the map.

            • forensic

              If you’re not going to look at a ‘long run’ kind of move when you have 2 months to do it before the incumbent is back, then when would you do it?

              He’s gotten some opportunities, but they’ve been at tough times as he’s never really gotten to start when he’s been stretched out. Every time has been in the middle of the process. That he’s hung in there even with that gives him a few extra points in my book. I’d like to see what he could do getting a group of regular starts in a row in normal starter form and put Garcia back in the BP. Maybe he’d suck, in which case it’s easy to replace him again. But, maybe you’ll find something out about him that would help in the future.

              • Ted Nelson

                It wouldn’t be that easy to replace him again if the replacement is in the pen not stretched out, though. The benefit of Phelps to AAA is that your replacement stays stretched out.

  • Smart Guy

    I agree with the Royals fans, Saxon Butler should have been on the home run derby

  • Cuso

    Nice, Phelps.

  • Joe

    Is Butler an org guy or can he be a prospect. College guy but so was O’brien and Butler was a noted power guy…I believe

    • Steve

      We shall find out next year.

  • forensic

    Does SSSI still only have one homer outside of Butler? Is this kind of lack of power typical at that level or that park, or is it just kind of a weak team power-wise?

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It’s typical for the level, but one homerun without Butler is a bit ridiculous.

      • forensic

        Geez, and I just realized that he’s a 22 Y.O. college senior, which is why he’s doing it. That makes it so much less impressive.

  • Steve

    I really dislike DJ Mitchell being the long man. He will pitch so infrequently considering the excellent starting pitching. Let him start in the minors, letting some bum eat up those insignificant innings in the Majors (Ortiz or O’Connor).

    • Ted Nelson

      Longmen don’t just pitch insignificant innings.

      That the rotation has been cruising doesn’t mean it will continue to. Think 2010 when the rotation got it together for a while and then fell back apart.

      The Yankees have to develop prospects, but they also have to win. And you can argue that getting some MLB exposure is as good for a guy with a year and a half of AAA under his belt already, anyway. It’s not like Mitchell is some stud prospect. Guy is a back-end of the rotation, relief prospect. The bullpen may well be his future.

      • Ted Nelson

        If he earns it Mitchell could find his way into a Mendoza/Aceves or Wade sort of role right now with only Eppley and Qualls separating him from DRob on the right side of the pen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No longer really a youngster. Two other guys right next to him, none considered top prospects. These guys need to make the most out of any opportunity given to them if a future in pinstripes is to happen.

  • RetroRob

    The best move right now is to keep Freddy in the rotation and Phelps stretched out in the minors if needed. It provides the Yankees with the most depth and keeps two pitchers fully available to be starters.

    That said, I really would like to see Phelps face big league hitters to understand if he’s a legit option for the rotation in 2013. Yet the only way for that to happen is for Garcia to pitch like he did in April, which I’m certainly not going to root for, so I’m fine with the current plan.

    • Ted Nelson

      Or for someone else to get hurt/ineffective. Also not something to root for, of course.

  • Robert

    As far as the Phelps situation he should be starting over Garcia. He could be another home grown starter ala Nova and Hughes.But Cashman might just be ready to deal him at the deadline as his value is high.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      He could definitely be trade-bait (as could anyone, of course), but he really does have an impressive track-record in the minors. I just point it out because he’s always been one of those guys, for me at least (and I suspect others as well) who hasn’t exactly flown under the radar but also hasn’t generated the type of buzz that other prospects have. I suppose that’s a result of being a 14th round (and relatively unheralded) pick and because we’ve never heard that he has overpowering stuff. He’s really excelled at every level he’s been at, though; his numbers are pretty impressive.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Which is all just to say… Yes, his value is probably high right now, but I’m not sure it’s the type of superficial value inflation that makes a player a chip you want to move because you think he’s overvalued. He’s not doing anything out of line with his career numbers, he might just be a good pitcher.


    Good game by Flores.. Theres nothing like seeing his boxscore when he had a great game.. He can blow up a boxscore..

  • Dicka24

    Anyone else wondering if it’s sell high time on David Phelps? Not that I don’t see him as a viable middle to end of the rotation arm moving forward. It’s just that the proverbial “buzz” seems to suggest a potential sell high point, for one of the deadline pieces that might be available. Keep in mind that I’m not sure what the package price will be for guys like Grienke, Hamels, Garza, Dempster, etc. but the inclusion of Phelps at this point, might represent a good time to seel. Heck, if the FO feels that Phelps can be Nova, maybe Nova will be the more attractive piece the Yanks would be willing to part with. Just a thought, nothing more.