Sanchez homers in Sojo’s record-breaking win

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In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have sent RHP David Phelps down to Double-A Trenton in an expected move. RHP Mikey O’Brien was placed on the DL with a “bad toe,” freeing up a roster spot.

For what it’s worth, the Cubs had a scout watching Double-A Trenton tonight. Could be routine coverage, could be something else. Speculate at your own risk.

Triple-A Empire State (8-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)
SS Doug Bernier: 0-5, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph & RF Cole Garner: both 1-3, 1 BB — CoJo scored a run and struck out … Garner committed a throwing error
LF Ronnie Mustelier & DH Jack Cust: both 0-4 — Cust struck out in all four at-bats
1B Russell Branyan: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP
3B Brandon Laird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — third straight game with a homer
CF Ray Kruml: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
RHP Adam Warren: 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 8/1 GB/FB — 54 of 99 pitches were strikes (54.5%) … hooray for the ground balls but goodness, miss a bat will ya
RHP Preston Claiborne: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 29 of 40 pitches were strikes (72.5%)

Double-A Trenton (7-1 loss to New Britain)
2B David Adams: 3-4
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 2B — 15 for his last 41 (.363)
Everyone Else: combined 1-24, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 5 K — C J.R. Murphy walked and scored the run … DH Neil Medchill doubled
RHP Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 4/4 GB/FB — 61 of 104 pitches were strikes (58.7%) … he was hitting 95 while mixing in low-80s curves and changeups, so hopefully that Cubs scout liked what he saw
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 21 of 34 pitches were strikes (61.8%)
RHP Jon Meloan: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 11 of 14 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (1-0 win over Brevard County) this was manager Luis Sojo’s 419th career win in the Florida State League, the new all-time record
CF Mason Williams, LF Ramon Flores, RF Adonis Garcia & 3B Zach Wilson: all 0-4 — Williams and Flores each struck out once, Flores twice
DH Slade Heathcott: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K — got picked off first … six walks in his last three games
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 CS
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — first High-A homer
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 BB
2B Jose Toussen: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Nik Turley: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 7/4 GB/FB — excellent, he’s been very good this year when not shelved by blisters
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — surprised he’s not in Trenton yet, seems like a waste

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 win over Jamestown)
LF Danny Oh & 2B Jose Rosario: both 0-4 — Oh struck out twice … Rosario committed a fielding error
DH Saxon Butler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
1B Matt Snyder: 2-3
CF Ravel Santana, C Isaias Tejeda & SS Claudio Custodio: all 1-3 — Tejeda doubled and scored … Custodio committed a fielding error
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Matt Duran: 0-3, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 10/4 GB/FB — he was anywhere from 88-92 on the gun
RHP Conor Mullee: zeroes across the board — apparently injured himself after throwing one pitch … he’s coming off Tommy John surgery
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB — dynamite
LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-7 loss to GCL Phillies, walk-off style)
LF Kelvin Duran: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
C Chris Breen: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — seven hits in his last 11 at-bats (.636) with four doubles
DH Peter O’Brien: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles so far
RF Ericson Leonora: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — 16 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.533)
SS Austin Aune: 0-4, 1 K
3B Miguel Andujar, CF Mikeson Oliberto, 1B Jorge Alcantara & 2B Jerison Lopez: both 1-4 — Andujar doubled, drove in a run, came around to score, and struck out … Oliberto doubled, drove in a run, and whiffed … Alcantara hit a solo homer and struck out twice … Lopez doubled, scored a run, and struck out
LHP Caleb Frare: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GB/FB — pro debut for this year’s 11th rounder
LHP Rony Bautista: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6/2 GB/FB — 6-foot-7 southpaw has 15 strikeouts in 11.1 IP
LHP Yoely Bello: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston‘s game was postponed due to wet grounds. They’re going to play two on Saturday.

Update: Yankees release Matt Antonelli
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  • DERP

    21st round draft pick Jimmy Reed, who is a summer follow has a 4.91 ERA in 14.2 innings in the Cape Cod Baseball League. 14 hits, 17 strikeouts, 2 walks.

    Anyone know how good the competition is in this league?

    • Gonzo

      The competition is top notch, best of all summer leagues, but I think it’s supposed to be very pitcher friendly.

      • DERP

        Yeah, I looked at a few of the rosters and I didn’t recognize any of the hitters, but the pitchers just on Reed’s team included Karsten Whitson, Dylan Covey, and Austin Kubitza.

      • Rick in Philly

        It’s primarily pitcher friendly because the hitters have very little experience with wood bats. But teams love the Cape League because they can see more fastballs than during the college season, when even the new metal bats can hit a mistake a long way.

  • Reggie C.

    Clearly a Z-Almonte, Murphy, and Betances for Dempster deal is in the works.

    • John Letizia

      I hope that package is for Garza and not Dempster.

      • Knoxvillain

        That’s barely enough to get Dempster let alone Garza. Betances will never be anything. Murphy and Almonte are both expendable for the right package, and Dempster has been pretty good this year. I’d do it without thinking twice.

    • DM

      I wonder if they’re discussing DeJesus. It’s getting late, and not much chatter about Gardner coming back anytime soon.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Fingers-crossed that David Adams stays healthy, he’s really hitting well lately. Interested to see how he adjusts if/when they push him up to AAA.

    I feel like we all got spoiled a couple of years ago, but the farm system’s really been pretty good this season. There have obviously been some high profile disappointments (whether injury or performance-based), but there are lots of guys taking steps forward and having good seasons.


      well, more so very recently.. For the most part, this seasons been a complete mess for the yanks farm system.. Now, guys are starting to show us why our farm waslooking like a beast farm coming in…

      David Adams is now hitting,and Zolio Almonte is red hot, and Betances finally had a game that resembled something other then pure horror, and Turley put together a heck of a effort tonight, and Laird is finally hitting HR’s..etc

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Perhaps. Doesn’t seem like such a recent development to me, though.

        Plenty of guys have been having solid seasons for a while now; there’s more to a farm system than just the guys with hype coming into a particular season. See: Mustelier, Pirela, CoJoMultipass, Melky Mesa, Zoilo, Anderson Feliz, Segedin, Nuno, Mikey O’Brien, Segedin, Ramon Flores, Turley (and the obvious Sanchez/Williams/Austin triumvirate) just to name a few.

        • Havok9120

          I agree with you, for what that’s worth.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            More than you’ll ever know, Havok9120.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Segedin so nice I named him twice. That’s just how good he’s been this season.

          (I kid. Whoops.)

        • Brian S.

          Wow. I never even realized how good Feliz has been doing.

          • Brian S.

            He’s in Tampa isn’t he?

      • Ted Nelson

        It’s been a fine season.

        • Brian S.

          Meh. When your two top pitching prospects lose their elbows and your third one loses his command it kind of sucks.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The entire point of the sentiment was to look beyond one or two guys and see the improvement in the rest of the system. C’mon.

          • Ted Nelson

            Ebow injuries are so common among Ps that it’s almost expected. It’s definitely concerning and would be better to have them healthy, but let’s see how it plays out before deciding it’s a bad year.

            And I like how Campos now jumps ahead of Betances (and a few others) at the beginning of the season in hindsight.

            • Brian S.

              I was going by fangraphs rankings. They had Campos as our number 2 prospect.

          • NYCSPORTZFAN

            Its not even just that.. Look at our top 20prospects on

            Banuelos- hurt and inefective when he was out there
            Betances- very ineffective
            Sanchez- AWESOME!
            Williams- AWESOME!
            Campos- Hurt, and So So when he did play
            Heathcott- Hurt, and now is startig to play well.. 409OBP 4SB 7BB’s last 10games.
            Romine- Hurt
            Bichette- No power and not even hitting 260
            Culver- Hitting 212BA and hitting has not prgrossed at all yet..
            Warren- Inefective and got bombed in debut
            Santana- batting 186
            Murphy- Hitting 251 5 28, all though hes now picking it up some..
            Custodio- hitting 182
            Austin- AWESOME!!
            Z.Almonte- Picking it up lately to give him Solid, but not super num’s 270 8 38 2hr 7rbi last 10games..
            Gumbs- Very solid!!!
            Gamel- Solid
            D.Adams- PIcking it up bigtime as of late.. Hitting 390 last 10games getting his numbers up to very solid..
            B.Mitchell- nothing special
            B.Marshall- Solid, but terrible k/bb ratio

            Again, i love our farm system, and have raved about it for yrs, and was raving about guys like Banuelos and Montero well before it was the norm, but right now, its been a down yr for the farm overall, but it is on the UPSWING


          Ok, well lets see…

          Brandon Laird- Batting 232BA 7hr 32RBI.. And those numbers are only that good because of a 300ba 4hr 9rbi tear over his last 10games..

          Jose Campos
          Dellin Betances
          Manny Banuelos – All 3 either injured or not performing.

          Dante Bichette Jr- 252BA 1hr 26rbi. Has shown no power and the avg is just not good.. has yet to really show a prolonged hot streak..

          Austin Romine- Injured all yr
          Jr Murphy- 251BA 5hr 28rbi… Not exactly what we were all expecting, but as i said, kinda picking it up lately..

          Claudio Custodio- Hitting 182BA through first 13games.

          Zolio ALmonte- 270BA 8hr 38RBI… Like i said, the system’s coming around recently, as hes got 2hr 7rbi in his last 10games.. Solid numbers, but not jump off the board numbers.

          David Adams- Tearing it up lately, adn i love it! But key word is “lately”.. over last 10games, 390ba 3hr 10rbi, giving him 296ba 3hr 24rbi for season.. Again, the systems coming around now, but surely hasent been all season long, as i said..

          Graham Stoneburner- Did well when heatlhy, but hasen’t been healthy, and only pitched in 4games..

          Slade Heathcott- Playing well “lately”, but overall numbers show hes been just OK for most part.. Batting 254BA 2hr 10rbi for season.. Has 7bb’s 4SB 409OBP over last 10games.. Again, “lately”…

          Ramon Flores- Overall numbers look solid now at 294BA 4hr 22rbi 359OBP.. But that is becasue hes playing well “lately” with 349BA 2hr 4rbi 417OBP over his last 10games..

          Jose Ramirez- Overall, expected more from him then 2-4 3.83ERA.. But hes been picking it up lately, giving up only 2ER’s over his last 15.3innings.. Again, hes picking it up Lately, after rough start…

          Nik Turley- Hes having so so season so far, and some would of expected more outta him, but hes coming off a gem his last time out..

          Caleb Cotham- Another injury plaqued yr

          Cito Culver- Hasen’t picked up hitting at all and is only hitting 212BA on the season..

          Bryan Mitchell- Expected more then a 4.44 ERA and ERA has gone up in all 3seasons so far..

          Evan Rutckyj- Picking it up now that hes at SI pitching to the tune of 1.93 in 4starts, as opposed to 4.50ERA at charleston..

          Dj Mitchel- been awful this yr

          Adam Warren- Another dud last night, and just hasen’t been productive, an got bombed in ML debut…

          Corban Joseph- Hes been picking it up at TRiple AAA lately, hitting 333BA with 5RBI over his last 10games, upping his Trip AAA avg to 268BA..

          Like i said, this yrs been a mess for the most part, but some guys are coming along “lately” and makng our farm look a bit more like it did coming into this yr..But it certainly hasen’t been a good yr for are farm, and u’d have to be nuts to think that.. It certainly can change, and it seems to be back on the upswing, but its not bee like that all yr, and there is still quite a bit of work to be done for this yr to be a success in my eyes..

          • Ted Nelson

            You took guys who have been good all season and arbitrarily applied “lately” tags to them. I can make a list where I randomly list guys and say they started well, too.

            You also picked meaningless stats for the most part.

            • Ted Nelson

              I mean Brandon Laird and Caleb Cotham? Are you kidding? Is it 2009?

              You left out all of the Yankees top prospects this season: Austin, Williams, and Sanchez. You also left out Angelo Gumbs, Segedin, Mustelier, Marshall, O’Brien, Montgomery, Mesa, Abe Almonte, Pirela, Tracy, Nuno, Kahnle, Cedeno… everyone who is having a good year. And short season guys or guys just drafted this season… they can’t possibly have done anything until recently.

              CoJo had an .842 OPS in Trenton before being promoted, but somehow he’s just turning it on “lately?”

              Prospects generally don’t work out. Like baseball, prospect watching is a game of failure. If you’re going to make a list of fringe prospects who are having bad seasons, you can do that for every single organization.

              You somehow took a farm system with 3 top 50 prospects, another top 30 prospect on the DL, and another exciting your P prospect on the DL and turned it into a “mess.”

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Well said.

              • NYCSPORTZFAN

                Can u guys Read? The original post is about the depth of the system, and after the TOP few guys..Its a “overall” from A-Z thing.. Read before u comment, jesus! Obviously Williams, Sanchez, Austin, and a couple others have been fine all yr, but for the most part, its been a rough yr for the farm, and has gotten better lately for quite a few, adding to the Williams, Sanchez, Austin group, making the farm now doing WELL, but thats because of “lately” progress.. I hate when people don’t read the original postings and make slick remarks.. Makes u look kinda ignorant…

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “Can u guys Read?”

                  When it comes to your comments, it takes a little extra effort, but we make due.

                  “Makes u look kinda ignorant…”

                  Heh. I just liked this sentence fragment, I have no retort.

              • NYCSPORTZFAN

                U say “laird and Cotham, what is this 2009” and then bring up Melky Mesa, Abe Almonte, and Pirela?lol

                Mikey O’brie is nothing special, and dosen’t miss enough bats, and has been horrendus his last couple outings.. He’d be lucky to make the show for a cup of coffee, lt alone help…

                Cedeno as a prospect ey???lol U do realize the guy isn’t a prospect of ours, right? He all ready been on about 6teams and involved in a trade and is like 29yrs old or something?

                Corban Joseph all ready spent a full season in Trenton and should of started the yr at Triple AAA anyways, as he had nothing to prove at Double AA.. As far as Triple AAA, hes batting 268 in more at bats then he had this yr in Double AA and that is even that high because hes recently picked it up..

                Pirela isn’t even a Hes repeating Double AA and is cooling off mightily back to arund the kinda player he is, as hes hit 205 over his last 10games..

                I named off alot of actual prospects, guys like Cito Culver, Adam warren, Dj Mitchell, Dante Bichette, Jr Murphy, Romine, Betances, Banuelos, Laird, Jose Ramirez, Flores, CoJo, Bryan Mitchell, Heathcott, and so on.. Those guys have done bad or have been injured or are turing it on “lately”..

              • Jd

                Ha. Exercise in “failue”. Words to live by. We all want 25 out of 50 to succeed

            • RetroRob

              Yeah, really. NYCSportsfan’s note is what’s a mess.

          • Johnny O

            do you really need to put the word “lately” in quotes every time?

            yes the farm season hasn’t been as good as the last few but still half a season to turn it around. mason, sanchez, and tyler have all been bright spots, as reflected in their recent BA top 50 rankings.

            would love to see manny come back healthy and productive, he’s the key.

            • NYCSPORTZFAN

              Well, seeing how that is where the debate began, and started when i said its been more “recently” that our farm has turned it around, and really got going “fully”, because alot of guys who were not producing have not gotten it going, then YES, i do have to put “lately” in quotations every time..

              Obviously we have plenty of time left for guys to have tremendous seasons, no one said any As of right now, the farm has been so-so, and is turning it on with guys like Flores finally getting hot, and murphy and laird and so on and so fourth..etc

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Seems like, by your estimation, plenty of people are nuts, then. Tell us more about Reymond Nunez, oh soothsayer.

            • NYCSPORTZFAN

              Reymond Nunez is a non prospect that i like to possibly help out down the line.. Key word, “non prospect”…lol That was the queston asked on this board and he was one of the guys i think could surprise and either turn into something.. Hes just gotta hit for a little more power and be a bit more patient, as his BB/K rate isn’t that good..

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                (I didn’t really want you to tell me more about Reymond Nunez, that comment was sarcastic. Sorry for any confusion.)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Here lies the danger of too much information. Suddenly, we’re all experts on the development of Claudio Fucking Custoglio and Caleb Friggin Cotham.

            • RetroRob

              …or not enough information or an understanding of player development and the minor leagues.

            • NYCSPORTZFAN

              Custodio is on our Top 20prospect list, and Cotham is a former 5th rd draft pick who started off really well and comes from Vandy, which is a solid baseball school.. Injuries have derailed what looked like a promising caeer.. Hopefully he turns it around.. It looked like he was going to untill reinjuring himself this season.. Without injuries, Cotham would probably be in our top 15prospects…

  • Ron

    Bautista doesn’t walk people which is very encouraging for a 6’7 guy.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Looks like he walked his fair-share of batters last year in the DSL, and he did walk 5 in 3.2 IP on 6/27.

      Gotta love that the Yanks have a 6’5″ LHP, a 6’6″ LHP and a 6’7″ LHP in their org. Pretty crazy.

      • RetroRob

        They’ve been searching for their Graham Lloyd replacement for the past 15 years!

  • .a trauts

    Brandon Laird: 42 RBI
    Alex Rodriguez: 36 RBI


      Alex Rodriguez- Faces Verlander
      Laird- Faces Eric Junge (exactly!!lol)

      Nah, Arod’s stunk now doubt, but so has laird, and he plays in minor leagues, where Alex dominated….

    • sam

      the only way you could cite a less useful statistic than RBI is if you cited pitcher Wins. Look yourself in the baseball mirror and ask yourself why you’re stuck in 1950’s era logic.

    • Ted Nelson

      Who cares about RBIs?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The guy spelling his name backwards but staying with the usual shtick?


        RBI’s are important for cerain player.. Do u think its coincidence that Alex’s past 2yrs, which have been his worst seasons in his carer, are yrs hes not driven in any kinda runs? How many times has he failed with RISP or with Bases Loaded? When u have RBI’s, it kinda tells u that hes doing something when guys are on base.. I know Mike dosen’t care about RBI’s, but there Runs batted in.. Without RBI’s, guys don’t

        Have ur cleanup guy hit 75-80 RBIs in a season, and i’ll tell ya without looking at anything else, he had a bad season, and the AVG, and pretty much everything else will probably show just that…RBI’s are everything to a guy like Alex…

  • yankee blue

    Sanchez must be an awful defensive catcher. Seems like he is making an error every game.

  • Smart Guy

    Promote Butler to replace teixeira!

  • Hoss

    So, there was a Cub scout at the game. Cub scout troops go to baseball games all the time.

    Cashman, Please don’t trade the farm for Dempster or even Garza. Berkman supposedly cost us nothing. Actually cost us Melancon and Paredes. No more of that.

    • Gonzo

      After the draft, they’ll be scouts from other teams at a ton of other games. Scouts scout.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      How would a third-baseman with a .393 slugging percentage and .713 OPS be helping the Yanks? Paredes is not as good as Chavez. He’d have trouble getting ABs in Scranton. You can’t keep everyone. Guys have to graduate to the Yanks or get traded, and if they don’t, you lose them as minor league free agents. Cashman has to manage an organization, not just a 25-man and 40-man roster. He took a guy with no future in the Bronx and turned him into half a season of a productive player. Sounds like a good move to me.

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah, playing for the Astros doesn’t really count as MLB (and I’m being serious, not sarcastic).

        • Robinson Tilapia

          This explains the full Astros uniform I just found in my closet.


    Like i’ve been saying, we should have Zolio Almonte in TRiple AAA instead of signing scrubs off the street, and holding him back.. The guys at least got a chance to help the big club, and i hate watching our guys get old on the same class in the farm that they’ve been in.. Zolio is ready.. Switch hitters with alittle pop, could be a solid pro..

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s gotten old in 1 year?


        Hes plenty old enough to be in TRIPLE AAA, at what 23yrs old? U got guys like Cole Garner taking up spots on the Triple AAA roster, when Almonte has played more then half of last yr and half of this yr at double AA and performed well.. Whats Cole Garner gonna do for you? By the time Almonte gets to Triple AAA, he’ll probably be about 24yrs old, and then have to play another yr, yr and half there before he gets his chance..

        And yes, scrubs off the street, like Col Garner, who was a 26th rd draft pick like 9yrs ago for the rockies.. Whats he gonna do? Oh i forgot, the Yankees brass can do no wrong, and ur only allowed to say how great every decison they make This is why people laugh at this site on other yankee sites.. Theres more homerism on this site, then any other site on the web.. Grow a pair a balls! My god!

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Just thought I’d drop in a little info a little late… Zoilo has played 100 games at AA, spread over 2 seasons. (Which is less time than he spent in the FSL, for what it’s worth.)

          If you want to say Zoilo’s only come on in AA “lately,” and we know he’s only played 100 games there (only 54 this season), what’s the big rush to push him up to AAA?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I stopped at “signing scrubs off the street.”

      I’m shocked this comment didn’t mention Carlos Quentin.

      • Gonzo

        You know the old homeless guy that you used to get to play stickball because you had uneven teams? Yup, he’s in the Yankee farm system taking away at-bats from deserving kids.

    • JonS

      No way was Zoilo ready for AAA earlier this year. He has only been hitting for a few weeks.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        This. And, he played more than half of last season in A ball, and when he got to Trenton, he didn’t hit (.686 OPS). He had to start this year in AA. He wasn’t ready for AAA let alone NY.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Has the defense improved at all since that lovely display we saw in Spring Training?


    David Adams is really back, and its exciting..

  • JU

    I was at the Trenton game tonight sitting right behind Josh Norris, and two seats away from the Cubs scout. He was undoubtedly there with intention of seeing Betances. He was barely focused on the game when Trenton was hitting, and didnt even lift his gun for the opposing pitcher. I think he saw what he prob expected to see. Great stuff. Inconsistent command. It may sound ridiculous, but despite allowing 6 ER Betances looked electric at times and dominant in many ABs. Granted that’s what he should look like against AA competition.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Man, I know it’s silly, but I’ll be sad to see Betances traded (if that’s what winds up happening). I’m obviously totally fine with the Yanks moving prospects for big league chips, but it’s never fun to watch a prospect for years and then see him shipped off to another org. Especially a local kid (who happens to be a giant who throws in the mid-90s).

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, I’m with you. I’d be incredibly sad for exactly these reasons.

    • Hoss

      If Betances is traded now, we are selling low. His value is at its lowest point in years. Unless the team is ready to give up on him, now is not the time to move him in a trade.

      • Reggie C.

        With the season to date that Betances has turned in, who could possibly lay any blame on Cashman for shipping Betances as a secondary piece that’ll help a contending Yankees team.

        Betances has fallen so far back in the depth chart, i’d be shocked if he wasnt traded and remained on the 40 man roster.

        • Hoss

          Betances is not the only developing young pitcher to have a year of setbacks. To assume that this is the way that he will continue to progress is to make a dangerous prediction. Roy Halladay bombed at one point, as I recall, as did a lot of other top flight pitchers that needed work on mechanics and pitch development.

          • Ted Nelson

            And a whole lot of pitchers bombed and never recovered.

            The Yankees have to assess his value to their organization, and trade him if they’re getting more perceived value in return. You can’t just hold every prospect because they might someday become a star.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It’s not a year of setbacks, though. It’s an issue which has been known to even us fans for a while now which seems to not be getting any better, if not getting worse.

      • Brian S.

        Actually he has thrown two good games in a row. Selling high!

    • John Letizia

      And don’t forget only 1 of those runs was earned

  • wilcymoore27

    Good to see Nik Turley back at it.

  • pat

    Never thought we’d see Rony stateside. Awesome.

  • Reggie C.

    How is Rony stateside but Rafael DePaula still toiling away in the DSL? DePaula is probably the best pitching prospect in the DSL. I’m not sure any straight explanation was ever given. DePaula’s power pitching puts him in the 11-20 portion of organization prospect rankings.

    • j

      Officially DePaula has a family issue, but I think they are just trying to ease him into pro ball.

      • Voice of Reason

        Ease him in? Really? If they wanted to do that, he’d be tuning up in the GCL with all the other recent pros. Being in the DSL isn’t easing, it’s just weird. 21 year old legit prospects with visas don’t play there, it just doesn’t happen. I’m even less inclined to buy that explanation than the “family issues” one.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I think you’re taking things at face value too much here. When it comes to something as trivial as whether a guy is in the DSL versus the GCL, I’d wager the organization has a whole lot more to base their decision on than fans do. Hell, I bet 90% of fans don’t even know what either is.

          I understand the excitement about a name us geeks have been hearing about for a while now. This isn’t a big deal….in the least.

          • Voice of Reason

            O…kay. Obviously the Yankees base their decision on more, and I’m wondering what that more could possibly be because their posited explanation rings false. Whether most fans know what the DSL and GCL are or not, putting him in the DSL is undeniably strange. “Excitement” and being a big deal have nothing to do with it.

  • isotopesgm

    I read on CBS sportsline today that the cubs are shopping Brian LaHair. Yanks may be interested in him as a DH future RF’er.

  • RiverdogsIQ

    Good to c Evan Rutckyj throwing well with the Baby Bombers. His progression has increased and his slider is working.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

    Mazal Tov to Sojo!

  • RetroRob

    Manager: Mikey, Mikey O’Brien, come over here.

    Mikey: Yes, sir, you called?

    Manager: You have a bad toe. You’re on the DL.

    Mikey: Huh?

    Manager: Bad toe. Oh, and clear out David Phelps’ locker.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Mikey: Huh?

      *Manager steps on Mikey’s toe. Hard.*

      Mikey: Oh.