Almonte homers twice in Trenton win

Thursday Night Open Thread
Nova, 'pen hit hard as Yanks can't finish sweep

OF Abe Almonte was placed on the DL and will miss 7-10 days with a left hamstring injury. He missed a bunch of time earlier this year with a right hamstring problem, and the last thing the speedster needs to develop is some kind of chronic hammy issues.

Triple-A Empire State (5-4 win over Pawtucket)
RF Chris Dickerson & 2B Corban Joseph: both 0-3, 2 BB — Dickerson got caught stealing … CoJo scored a run
SS Eduardo Nunez: 1-5, 1 E (fielding)
DH Brandon Laird: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP — left the game after taking a Daniel Bard fastball to the collarbone area, so yeah … Kevin Russo pinch-ran and did not come to the plate
C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
LF Darnell McDonald: 0-4, 2 K
CF Melky Mesa: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — third homer in 17 games since the promotion
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K – started in place on Ronnie Mustelier, who was a late scratch for an unknown reason
3B Ramiro Pena: 0-4, 1 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1/5 GB/FB — 59 of 85 pitches were strikes (66%) … allowed his first two homers of the season (60 IP) at any level, Majors or minors
RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 21 of 31 pitches were strikes (68%)
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%) … recently outrighted off the 40-man roster

Double-A Trenton (14-12 win over Reading)
DH Jose Pirela: 0-5, 1 K
CF Adonis Garcia & 1B Jose Gil: both 0-3, 1 HBP — Garcia walked, drove in a run, scored twice, and struck out twice … Gil scored a run
RF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K — 14-for-37 (.378) in his last nine games with four doubles, a triple, and four homers … that’s 20 homers on the season, five more than the career-best he set last year
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
3B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C J.R. Murphy: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — nine hits in his last 35 at-bats (.257), but five of those hits are homers
LF Rob Segedin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — threw a runner out second
2B Walt Ibarra: 1-4, 1 R
RHP Brett Marshall: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 WP, 1 HB, 7/0 GB/FB — 55 of 92 pitches were strikes (60%) … he’s now at 141.1 IP this year, surpassing last year’s total (140.1 IP)
RHP Craig Heyer: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76%) … has allowed at least one run in four of his last five appearances
LHP Josh Romanski: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — seven of 11 pitches were strikes
RHP Jon Meloan: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — four pitches, three strikes

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Clearwater)
LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
CF Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 14 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.389) … he’s 16-for-19 in steal attempts
RF Tyler Austin: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SB — 10-for-19 in his last five games (.526) … also 23-for-25 in steal attempts on the year
1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH Gary Sanchez & 2B Jake Anderson: both 1-3, 1 K — Sanchez drove in a run and walked … Anderson got caught stealing
C Kyle Higashioka & 3B Hector Rabago: both 0-4 — Rabago struck out once, Higgy twice
SS Jose Toussen: 0-2, 1 K
RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3/2 GB/FB — fourth time in 17 starts he’s struck out eight or more … that’s tough to do when you’re limited to five innings all the time
RHP Caleb Cotham: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Augusta)
CF Ben Gamel, SS Cito Culver & C Nick McCoy: all 0-3 — Gamel drove in a run, struck out, and threw a runner out at the plate … Culver walked and whiffed
DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 2 K
1B Saxon Butler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – first homer since the promotion
RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R
3B Casey Stevenson, 2B Ali Castillo & LF Eduardo Sosa: all 1-3 — Stevenson struck out and got hit by a pitch … Castillo doubled, scored a run, and drove one in … Sosa tripled
RHP Scottie Allen: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 38 of 52 pitches were strikes (73%)
RHP Ben Paullus: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — half of his 14 pitches were strikes
LHP Dan Mahoney: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 20 pitches were strikes
RHP Nick Goody: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (70%) … 40/8 K/BB in 25.2 IP

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 loss to Vermont) they faced RHP Michael Ynoa, who you surely remember from the international free agent frenzy years ago
LF Taylor Dugas: 3-3, 1 BB
Everyone Else: combined 0-26, 2 BB, 11 K — SS Claudio Custodio and 3B Matt Duran drew the walks … Custodio also scored a run and committed a fielding error … 2B Jose Rosario got hit by a pitch and scored a run
RHP Derek Varnadore: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3/5 GB/FB
RHP Alex Smith: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (9-4 loss to GCL Braves)
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
SS Austin Aune: 0-5, 3 K, 4 E (fielding, three throwing) — maybe the worst game of his life
C Chris Breen: 1-3, 1 R, 2 E (both throwing) – left the game for an unknown reason in the seventh — Eduardo DeOleo took over and struck out in his only trip to the plate while also committing a throwing error
1B Greg Bird, RF Nathan Mikolas, 2B Jerison Lopez & LF Justin James: all 1-4 — Bird and James struck out twice … Mikolas drove in a run and whiffed twice … Lopez scored a run and struck out
3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
RHP Ty Hensley: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — had a little more on him earlier
RHP Dayton Dawe: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 4/1 GB/FB
RHP Hayden Sharp: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 4/1 GB/FB — man, seven errors on defense and four wild pitches? brutal day, even for rookie ball

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Thursday Night Open Thread
Nova, 'pen hit hard as Yanks can't finish sweep
  • kevin w.

    When does Almonte start being in the convo for the 2014 plan? Hes having a great year.

    • Richard Leo

      i think he strikes out a bit too much

      • JohnnyC

        He would have to stop doing that. Who does he think he is, Curtis Granderson? He’ll never make it to the majors that way.

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

          Never mind striking out, Almonte needs to learn to take a walk.

        • Bo Knows

          until he can take a walk (which he doesn’t do well) and hit 40 homeruns, he shouldn’t be in the discussion imo

          • Brian S.

            It’s not hard to hit home runs in YS3.

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

              For a left handed hitter, that is the case.

              I’m sure you’re not saying Zoilo can hit 30-40 home runs. I mean, we barely know if he can hit 15 in the big leagues.

    • Bryan__fromNZ

      Man I was looking at his career stats and I was thinking the same thing. He’s adjusted to every level he’s been in. He’s just turning 23 this November, so he’s age appropriate for AA. It’s unlikely the Yankees will give him a starting role by 2014 spring training, but he’s got a huge shot as a 4th outfielder then.

      I’m still hoping the Yanks sign Melky to a short-term deal this winter. All things equal he’ll likely choose us over another team.

      My gut says they’ll sign Cano and let Swisher and Granderson walk. Then we’ll trade for a RFer this offseason like Justin Upton using some combination of Mason/Austin, Manny and a lotta pitching. Unfortunately a lot of our other trade chips are having down years.

      • Richard Leo

        i really hope Melky can return on a 1 year deal,he really improved.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think he has to continuously push his way into the conversation. No defensive value, not a particularly exciting bat in an OF corner, and hasn’t gotten a chance in AAA yet. If he gets there I assume it will be as a plan b who holds his own.

      • Richard Leo

        why you say he has no defensive value?bad defender?

      • Brian S.

        If Swisher’s slow ass can play right, so can Zoilo.

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

          Foot speed isn’t the only way to evaluate defense. Just sayin’.

          Also, I have no idea what Zoilo’s defense is like.

        • RetroRob

          Nick Swisher, a #1 draft pick, is a better athlete and OFer than Zoilo, who won’t have a fraction of success on the MLB level that Swisher has, if has any at all.

  • Richard Leo

    really hope Jose Ramirez can figure it out and stay healthy

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

      Can’t believe he’s already 22 years old.

  • Brian S.

    Zoilo=beast.

  • Richard Leo

    Injury has slowed down his development,but i heard he has nice stuff.And this year he really strikes out a lot batter.

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

      I’m assuming this is in response to me. Yeah, Ramirez has averaged a strike out per inning. Hopefully he can continue to pitch well in Trenton next season.

  • Robert

    Move Tyler Austin up to Trenton……Mostly because I am going there Saturday and partly because he deserves it!!!!

  • Wayne

    Hayden sharp and Brady lail seem like they have a chance to be real good along with Ty Hensley Jose Ramirez and Rafael depaula Jordan cote we have to have one of the deepest farm systems we’ve ever had to this point in our history in pitching for the entire league.

    • Billy

      Dude take a deep breath and step back. Four of those guys are in the GCL and Depaula is doing great in the Dominican. Look how many guys thrive is DSL and then flounder for years in the GCL and low A.

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

      You’re joking, right?

      Those guys are talented, but they haven’t proved anything. Everyone you mentioned other than Ramirez is pitching in short season ball. We have no idea if they have the ability to make it through a full season, let alone pitch well throughout an entire season. The Yankees have had far better pitching in the minors before and it’s amounted to a few very good/dominant relievers and a couple of solid starters.

      Don’t get your hopes too high. This comes from someone that likes Cote and Hensley. Depaula has a great arm, but he’s still hasn’t come state side. Ramirez has talent, but he’s not particularly young for Tampa.

  • Rev Max

    Good day on the farm, needed one.

    • morris

      We don’t have one AAA prospect to bring up. The system is in bad shape. In my opinion,Mark Neummen,etal should be held accountable.

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

        Cool story, bro.