Calderon homers twice in GCL loss

Mike Newman on Cito Culver
Nova rocked again in loss to Tigers

Got some notes…

  • C Austin Romine has finally made it back to Triple-A after missing half the season with a back injury and playing a few weeks’ worth of rehab games. He’ll join the club tomorrow and presumably split catching duties with C Frankie Cervelli.
  • Hard-throwing RHP Corey Black has been bumped up to Low-A Charleston. I unofficially count four 2012 draftees playing in full season leagues already, which seems like an awful lot. Maybe it’s the new signing deadline.
  • Triple-A Scranton announced their 2013 schedule, with the newly renovated PNC Field set to open on April 4th. All indications are that construction is going well and the park will be ready on time.
  • In case you missed it earlier, we had an injury update on LHP Manny Banuelos and a discouraging report on SS Cito Culver.

Triple-A Empire State (9-2 win over Rochester)
3B Kevin Russo & SS Eduardo Nunez: both 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — Russo walked … Nunez doubled and drove in a pair
DH Chris Dickerson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 7-for-24 (.292) since coming off the DL
1B Brandon Laird: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI — third homer in the last eight games
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-4, 1 K, 1 HBP
CF Melky Mesa: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K
RF Darnell McDonald: 0-5
2B Ramiro Pena: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 37 of 61 pitches were strikes (61%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 4 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 6/0 GB/FB — 30 of 40 pitches were strikes … pretty awesome job right there
LHP Juan Cedeno: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 21 of 29 pitches were strikes (72%)

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over August in 14 innings)
2B Ali Castillo, SS Cito Culver & CF Ben Gamel: all 2-6 — Castillo scored two runs and struck out … Culver walked, got caught stealing, and scored … Gamel got hit by a pitch, struck out, threw a runner out second, and drove in three, including the go-ahead run in the 14th
RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-7, 1 RBI, 3 K — just three hits in his last 25 at-bats (.120)
1B Saxon Butler: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 1 BB, 2 K
C Francisco Arcia: 0-5, 1 BB, 1 CS — picked a runner off second with the snap throw
DH Rey Nunez: 0-6, 4 K
LF Eduardo Sosa: 4-6, 1 R, 2 K, 1 CS
LHP Matt Bashore: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 7/0 GB/FB — strikeouts and grounders … picked a runner off first
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP John Brebbia: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB
RHP Charlie Short: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Nick Goody: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 34/7 K/BB in 22.1 IP
LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-1 loss to Lowell)
LF Taylor Dugas: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB — 19/30 K/BB with a .318/.462/.394 line in 36 games
2B Fu-Lin Kuo, DH Peter O’Brien, 3B Matt Duran & C Isaias Tejeda: all 0-4 — Tejeda struck out twice, Duran and Kuo twice each … Tejeda also committed a pair of throwing errors
1B Matt Snyder & RF Danny Oh: both 1-4 — Snyder drove in a run … Oh struck out
CF Ravel Santana: 2-3, 1 CS — left the game after getting thrown out trying to steal in the sixth … CF Danny Lopez singled in his only at-bat after coming off the bench
SS Jose Rosario: 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/4 GB/FB — 70/40 K/BB in 77 IP
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-3 loss to GCL Blue Jays)
SS Austin Aune: 0-5, 4 K — woof
C Chris Breen & 3B Miguel Andujar: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Greg Bird: 0-1, 1 BB — coming back from a back issue and played three innings in the field … sucks they’ve already taken out from behind the plate, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected
1B Bubba Jones: 0-2
DH Ericson Leonora: 2-4, 1 R
RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — two Yeicokshot!s in one game … that’s a league-leading seven homers in 28 games
LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-3, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 0-4, 3 K
2B Jake Anderson: 0-2, 1 K — coming off an injury and played six innings in the field … 2B Jerison Lopez went 0-2 off the bench
RHP Luis Niebla: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB
RHP Kelvin Castro: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K — 15/3 K/BB in 11.1 IP
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Both Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa had scheduled days off. Trenton starts a stretch of 28 games in 28 days tomorrow to wrap up their season while Tampa has one day off a week between now and the end of the year. Hooray scheduling.

Mike Newman on Cito Culver
Nova rocked again in loss to Tigers
  • pat

    You got cito on the brain dude. I dont think he was playing in Scranton tonight,hah.

    • Rey22

      I was like holy crap did I miss some huge promotions?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Yeicok!! Yeicok!! Yeicok!!
    I can’t just hear the Bleacher bums serenade this hero.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella


  • JonS

    How funny would it be if the Yankees called up Romine instead of Cervelli for September?

    • JohnnyC

      Girardi mentionned today that he hasn’t spoken to Cervelli since he was sent down this Spring. In contrast, last year, Joe texted Nova frequently when he was sent down for a month. Beginning to think Girardi has something personal against Cervelli. Must have spilled coffee on his binder.

      • JonS

        I’d bet his comments after the demotion weren’t received well. In addition to how putrid he’s been at AAA.

    • M-Three

      I hope that happens. It would do Romine some good to be around the big league club and maybe get in a few games.

      Plus, theres no need for Cervelli to be up here. This season has been so much more enjoyable without that fool around goofing off, not throwing runners out and being a poor defensive catcher. Steward has been better than we ever would have got out of Cervelli offensively or defensively. Everytime Steward comes through with a hit I smile because I know it bothers his haters/Cervelli lovers.

      I hope that when Romine gets activated tomorrow that Cervelli either becomes glued to the bench or is sent to Double-A to backup Murphy.

      • Ted Nelson

        You know Stewart is throwing almost no one out and hits much worse than Cervelli, right? You seem to have an irrational hate for Cervelli, but that doesn’t mean people who look at him objectively “love” him… That’s about the most ridiculous comment I’ve seen in a while. Stuart A quality crazy.

        • M-Three

          What the hell are you talking about? Steward is throwing more guys out this year than Cervelli did last year and at a better rate. Plus, he has allowed less passed balls. I’m the only one who has ever been objective Cervelli by pointing out he is a scrub. Trolls like you are the irrational ones here.

          • forensic

            I’m not even necessarily a fan of Ted’s, but why is it that just because he disagrees with you he has to be called a ‘troll’? That’s rampant on here and it’s just absurd.

            And if you’re such a big ‘Steward’ fan, couldn’t spell his name right one of the 3 times you used it in 2 comments?

          • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

            We can actually look at the stats on these questions rather than hurl insults at each other.

            Stewart in 2012: 36 games, 283 innings, 11 passed balls, 21% caught stealing (5 for 19); .260/.288/.337/.625, .275 wOBA.

            Cervelli in 2011: 41 games, 316 innings, 3 passed balls, 14% caught stealing (4 for 24); .266/.324/.395/.719, .322 wOBA.

            So, Cervelli was a much better hitter in 2011 than Stewart is in 2012, and while Stewart has been a better thrower, both were/are awful catching guys trying to steal. And Stewart has WAY more passed balls than Cervelli did.

            It’s hard to make an argument that 2012 Stewart has been improvement over 2011 Cervelli, especially at the plate.

        • M-Three

          What are you talking about? Steward is throwing more guys out this year than Cervelli did last year and at a better rate. Plus, he has allowed less passed balls. I’m the only one who has ever been objective Cervelli by pointing out he is a scrub. Trolls like you are the irrational ones here.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Cervelli is definitely worse than Stewart defensively.
            Stewart is god awful offensively though.

            • http://none Favrest

              Stewart is hitting .260. How on earth does that equate to awful? Russell Martin is still under .200, so pick on him.

  • forensic

    Culver’s been fast-tracked to AAA, how could there be discouraging news about that?

    And you obviously made Ravel Santana self-conscious last night about not trying to steal bases, so he goes out and gets himself hurt again.

    Don’t you understand the power of your words yet? You need to be more careful…

    • JohnnyC

      According to Justin Pope, his manager, Santana left the game early to make his appointment with his eye doctor. He’s fine. Just near-sighted. They should set him up for lasik surgery.

      • forensic

        Seriously? He’s a professional baseball player and he’s not scheduling appointments like that around games and off-days? I sure hope it’s something the team made him do or someone needs to teach him a few things.

        • Rick in Philly

          If it is true and he did have to go for an eye appointment, it could be something that popped up recently. Yesterday’s game was at 11am, and they are on the road for the next few days. And the eye doctors I’ve had suck at having flexible schedules.

  • Tremont

    Does anybody know what is going on with Jordan Cote? He hasn’t pitched in a couple weeks.

    • Danny

      Shut him down for the year. Reached his innings limit.

  • Richard Leo

    can someone tell me something about Nick Goody?

  • cashmoney

    David Adams seem to be scorching the ball in AA after almost 2 years. Time to promote him to AAA and take a spot from replacement players like Pena or Russo (my preference, Pena) What the fuck are the Yankees waiting for?

    • zs190

      He just started hitting for like a month then ARod got hurt and now he’s learning a new position in AA, that’s why he’s not moving up. Learning a new level while switching position is tough, I’m not all that bothered that they are having him learn 3B instead of moving him up.

      • cashmoney

        fair enough. rational.

    • Voice of Reason

      I’d guess that the switch to 3B was in contemplation of moving him up to AAA, seeing as they have a relatively similar prospect in Joseph playing 2B there already and just washout Brandon Laird at 3B.

      • Ted Nelson

        I’d guess he’s lost mobility with the ankle, but I haven’t seen him at all so that’s pure speculation.

        • Voice of Reason

          possibly, who the hell knows, but if/when he gets bumped up there’s probably not room for him and Joseph at 2B, and who gives a shit about Brandon Laird at this point. So if they were going to promote him, adding 3B to his repertoire first just makes sense. Even if his mobility is fine and he’s not going anywhere, he might as well add some versatility anyway.

  • Buhner’s barber

    Has Jose Mesa Jr. pitched at all yet? I’m kinda spooked that the reports of him signing might have been false, I don’t think there were even any reports of how large his bonus was.

  • Voice of Reason

    SS Austin Aune: 0-5, 4 K — woof

    Not a bear, I see. Definitely not the right word.

    Other than Aune (today excepted), it’s been a pretty hideous beginning for the Yankees’ earlier hitting selections.

    • JohnC

      Taylor Dugas, Saxon butler, Matt Snyder all hitting very well in their first taste of pro ball.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      101 plate appearances in the GCL is hardly enough to crucify a guy, especially when he’s hitting .286/.380/.417/.797 while re-learning new position, as Aune is.

      • Voice of Reason

        Wut? I said other than Aune, meaning Refsnyder, O’Brien, and Mikolas.

  • DMC

    Has no one mentioned that Mike unilaterally promoted the last three teams one level? They probably have. Long time reader, bothered by having to figure that out myself. Other than that, everything’s kismet. Welcome back Romine.

    • forensic

      Heh, nice catch. I don’t even necessarily look at the team levels. I glance at the win/loss and then skim for big offensive numbers or name I know.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    So was Ramiro Pena optioned, not DFA’d? Yankee site lists him as being DFA’d on 8/1, but optioned on 8/3. He wasn’t listed on the 40-man roster a couple of days ago, but now he is?

    • forensic

      Cashman confirmed he was DFA’d. Just spitballing, but maybe he cleared waivers by the 3rd and was optioned at that point. Why he may be listed on the 40-man now? I have no idea.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        If he was DFA’d, he can’t be optioned though, only outrighted. The transaction list says he was DFA’d, then optioned, which isn’t possible, I don’t think. ESPN’s Yankee transaction page says he was optioned, with no mention of DFA. I’m thinking that him being listed on the 40-man again means he was actually only optioned.

        • forensic

          That’s true, forgot about the out-righted terminology. But Cashman did confirm to Chad Jennings that he was DFA’d, so I’m not sure where the confusion on everything else is.

  • Pauline VuvuZuvella

    Yay for cock! Yay for cock!

  • Wayne

    . Would trading Jose Ramirez Rafael Depaula and Gabe Encinas get you Justin Upton?

    • coolerking101

      Sure, so long as you threw in Phelps, Sanchez and Williams too.

    • jeremy

      not even close

  • Wayne

    Or if thats too much how about Bryan Mitchell, gabe encinas, Evan rutckyj, Mikey o’brien mason williams and Angelo gumbs for justin upton

  • Wayne

    That Plus Sanchez and David Phelps could get you Justin upton.

  • Wayne

    That Plus Sanchez and David Phelps could get you him

  • Wayne

    Let’s just keep it simple Bryan Mitchell , David Phelps, Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez for him that makes the most sense.

  • Wayne

    Let’s just keep it simple Bryan Mitchell , David Phelps, Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez for Arizona outfielder

  • Carla LaFong

    How bout Chris Stewart for Tim Lincecum?