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Thursday Night Open Thread
Tex & Chavez carry Yanks to split in Detroit

The Yankees have signed 24-year-old RHP Zach Woods out of an independent league. He has decent numbers this year to go along with a four-pitch mix and a fastball that reportedly touches 94. This is the time of year when clubs will reel in some indy ballers and hope one of them provides some useful of big league innings down the line. Most don’t.

Triple-A Empire State (5-2 loss to Rochester)
CF Chris Dickerson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 14 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.438) with three doubles and two homers
2B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — he’s been slumping pretty hard of late, good to see him get off the schneid a bit
SS Eduardo Nunez & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 1-4 — Nunez struck out once, Mustelier twice
C Austin Romine & CF Melky Mesa: both 0-3 — Romine struck out once, Mesa twice
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 1-4, 1 K
RF Darnell McDonald: 1-3, 1 BB
3B Ramiro Pena: 0-4
RHP John Maine: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 72 of 102 pitches were strikes (71%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — only eight of 18 pitches were strikes (44%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten of 14 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to Reading) following the game, RHP Kelvin Perez was promoted to Triple-A
DH David Adams & RF Zoilo Almonte: both 1-4 – Adams drove in their only run … Almonte doubled and threw a runner out at third
Everyone Else: combined 0-21, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K — CF Abe Almonte drew two of those walks
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 63 of 101 pitches were strikes (62%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 30 of 48 pitches were strikes (63%)

High-A Tampa (12-0 win over Clearwater)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
CF Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB – the power numbers are very good, but he’s also 15-for-18 in stole base attempts
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — first homer at this level
1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 2 R, 2 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — the best part? both triples came in the same inning
C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — it’s been an adjustment since the promotion, so hopefully this gets him going
3B Zach Wilson: 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 0-5, 2 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Jose Toussen: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
RHP Zach Nuding: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/8 GB/FB — I’d say the shoulder isn’t fatigued anymore
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Hagerstown)
2B Ali Castillo: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS — nine hits in his last 20 at-bats (.450)
SS Cito Culver: 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
CF Ben Gamel & C Francisco Arcia: both 0-3, 1 K — Gamel drove in a run … Arcia drew a walk
RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Saxon Butler: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — dude has done nothing but mash since signing
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 2B
DH Rey Nunez: 0-4, 3 K — two hits in his last 13 at-bats (.154) with seven strikeouts
LF Eduardo Sosa: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
RHP Corey Black: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 51 of 78 pitches were strikes (65%) … nice full season league debut for this year’s fourth rounder
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%)
RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 12 pitches were strikes

Short Season Staten Island (6-5 loss to Connecticut)
LF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 2 BB — 21/33 K/BB in 39 games
SS Claudio Custodio, DH Peter O’Brien & RF Danny Lopez: all 0-4 — Custodio walked, stole a base, scored a run, struck out twice, and committed a throwing error … O’Brien scored and whiffed … Lopez struck out
1B Matt Snyder: 1-4
CF Ravel Santana: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
3B Matt Duran: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
2B Jose Rosario: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
C Isaias Tejeda: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
RHP Alex Smith: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB
LHP Evan DeLuca: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — and the control problems continue

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-2 win over GCL Phillies)
CF Mikeson Oliberto & 3B Miguel Andujar: both 1-4 — Oliberto doubled, drove in a run, and struck out
2B Jake Anderson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
RF Ericson Leonora: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at third
DH Yeicok Calderon: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Bubba Jones: 0-4, 1 K
C David Remedios: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI — third straight game with a homer and five in his last five games
LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-4, 1 K
SS Francisco Rosario: 1-3, 1 K
LHP Daniel Camarena: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 8/0 K/BB in 9 IP since the little shoulder issue
RHP Rookie Davis: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Chaz Hebert: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 26/2 K/BB in 21.1 IP

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Thursday Night Open Thread
Tex & Chavez carry Yanks to split in Detroit
  • MontgomeryKmachine

    Seems like maybe its time for Slade to be moved to AA, I know he has not been in Tampa long and is coming back from a serious injury but man, he is straight up mashing, seems like a great game every night lately.

    • crawdaddie

      Ramon Flores needs to be promoted before Heathcott. Heathcott will join him in Trenton next April.

      • John Y.

        The potential Trenton outfield for 2013 is ridiculous. Flores, Heathcott and Austin. My…oh…my that is dirty

        • Andres

          He might have gotten injured..but you cant forget about Williams.

          • Laz

            Mason will definetely start the year in High A. He only got 83 ab’s there and was struggling. Seems Abe Almonte should head up to AAA. He has done nothing to show that he can’t handle AA pitchers, and alot of our AAA outfielders are kinda turds.

      • Laz

        Heathcott is stealing bases and hitting hr at a much higher clip than flores, and higher obp. He also is 2 years older.

  • pat

    2k and a FB on 7 pitches? That’s pretty badass.

    • pat

      Blah, reading comprehension fail.

  • DERP

    It has been a pretty crappy year for the 2011 hitting prospects. Cave missed the season, Bird has barely played and Bichette, Duran, Davis, and James have been mediocre at best. It wasn’t a great group of prospects anyway, but still. Did I miss anyone?

    • pat

      Slade,Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, Ben Gamel, Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores are all having good years. Melky Mesa has cut down on his strikeouts considerably. The Almonte’s are having solid but not flashy seasons too.

      • Laz

        Abe has had a really solid season. Zoilo has a .315 obp in AA, worrisome.

    • pat

      WOW another reading fail. You specifically said 2011. I’m gonna sit the next one out, maybe myself a safe house or a relative close by and lie low for a while.

    • Brian S.

      Bird has hit well when he has played. Too bad he’s not a C anymore.

    • DERP

      I meant Jones instead of Davis

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    so i take it cito is ok after leaving game early yesterday? Thats good.. Also, Slade s raking..

  • William

    Indy league????

    • Jimmy James

      Independent leagues. Where guys who don’t get drafted or stink up the minors go if they want to keep playing.

      • Billy

        Why not?? Worth a shot. He was playing with Angel Berroa on the Jackals and Matt Cusick.

  • LeftyLarry

    Culver has started to hit and continues to walk, let’s not give up too early here.

  • Joe

    Mike:
    Do you think the Yanks would have Cito drop switch hitting before trying pitching?
    Good fielder, if he can hit half way decent right handed maybe he can make himself a decent big leaguer.

    • JonS

      Culver is hitting .306/.413/.333 w/ 7BB 5K in his last 10 games. Let’s not throw him out just yet.

  • Reggie C.

    Slade is putting together a great hot streak that should land him on BA’s top wkly prospects list. No doubt he’ll start next season In Trenton. Let’s not forget however that Slade has barely accumulated 150 at-bats so the only factor holding him back is health.

    That’s a skill that if not realized derails many a career.

  • Richard Leo

    i heard that Zach Nuding has nice stuff, anyone has some details?

  • Gil L

    What are the thoughts on Saxon Butler?
    Mashing so far, and has one of the best names in the farm system!

  • Wayne

    One guy who might have trade value is Corey black . He sidearms the ball and still throws relatively hard. Could be part of deal for somebody major in offseason. Out of all the Tampa yankees and Trenton thunder prospects who would be the top 5 pitchers to go in a trade for a major player.

  • Wayne

    One guy who might have trade value is Corey black . He sidearms the ball and still throws relatively hard. Could be part of deal for somebody major in offseason. Out of all the Tampa yankees and Trenton thunder prospects who would be the top 5 pitchers to go in a trade