Flores has monster night in Tampa loss

Update: Dellin Betances placed on DL with shoulder tendinitis
Jeter on managing: "No chance. No chance. Nada. Zero. No, not a chance."

Triple-A Empire State (4-3 win over Buffalo in 11 innings)
RF Chris Dickerson: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 3 RBI, 1 K
SS Eduardo Nunez, C Frankie Cervelli & LF Kevin Russo: all 0-5 — Cervelli struck out once, the other two guys twice each
DH Brandon Laird: 1-5, 1 K
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 SB
CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — hit the go-ahead solo homer in the 11th, his fourth dinger in his last seven games
3B Ramiro Pena: 1-5, 1 R
LHP Mike O’Connor: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/8 GB/FB — 54 of 89 pitches were strikes (61%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 28 of 55 pitches were strikes (51%)
RHP Cory Wade: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)

Double-A Trenton (3-0 win over Akron)
CF Adonis Garcia, 3B David Adams & LF Shane Brown: all 0-4 — Adams and Brown each struck out once … Adams also committed a throwing error, his first in 17 games at the hot corner
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4
RF Zoilo Almonte: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B — 13 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.382)
1B Luke Murton & 2B Kevin Mahoney: both 1-3 — Murton walked and scored a run … Mahoney struck out and got hit by a pitch
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
DH Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 K
LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 54 of 91 pitches were strikes (59%) … picked a runner off first
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 12 of 14 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (9-5 loss to Dunedin)
CF Ramon Flores: 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB — threw not one, but two runners out at the plate … pretty sure this is the best game of his life
DH Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — now has three more extra-base hits than last season in 22 fewer plate appearances
RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
3B Zach Wilson: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
LF Kelvin DeLeon, SS Jose Mojica & 2B Jose Toussen: all 0-4, 1 K — Mojica committed a fielding error
LHP Matt Tracy: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 7/2 GB/FB — he’s been a bit disappointing, but at least the ground ball rate is up around 60% this season
RHP Manny Barreda: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — 70/21 K/BB in 53 IP

Low-A Charleston (10-9 win over Lexington in 11 innings)
SS Cito Culver: 2-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K
RF Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth, won it with another solo homer in the 11th
CF Ben Gamel & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 3-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — Gamel stole a base and got picked off first … DBJ doubled and committed a fielding error
1B Saxon Butler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second homer in three games, third in the last seven
2B Casey Stevenson & LF Eduardo Sosa: both 1-5 — Stevenson struck out twice, Sosa thrice
DH Rey Nunez: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
C Nick McCoy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Brett Gerritse: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5/5 GB/FB
LHP Dan Mahoney: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — allowed both of the runners he inherited from Lewis to score
RHP Adam Smith: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (10-1 win over Vermont) despite the win, they have the worst record in the league and have already been eliminated from postseason contention
LF Taylor Dugas: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — he’s reached base 112 times in 49 games
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
C Peter O’Brien: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — that’s his fifth homer in his last six games and ninth homer in his last 14 games
CF Ravel Santana: 0-4, 3 K — that’s 55 strikeouts in 200 plate appearances (27.5%) after a 21.6% strikeout rate last year
1B Fu-Lin Kuo: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Matt Duran: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
DH Danny Lopez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Jose Rosario: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Andrew Benak: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8/6 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB
LHP Evan DeLuca: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game One (4-1 win over GCL Tigers) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the third
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
DH Austin Aune: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS — first pro homer for this year’s second rounder
LF Ericson Leonora: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — third dinger in his last nine games
1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4
RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — Yeicokshot!
2B Jerison Lopez: 1-3
C Eduardo DeOleo & SS Francisco Rosario: both 0-3 — DeOleo struck out twice and committed an error on a catcher’s interference
LHP Pedro Feliciano: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — pitched yesterday before the game was suspended
RHP Ty Hensley: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 E (throwing) — this year’s first rounder has a 14/7 K/BB in 12 IP
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GB/FB — the first pitcher of today’s resumption owns a 21/4 K/BB in 16 IP
RHP Rich Mascheri: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB
RHP Edison Mejia: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game Two (5-2 loss to GCL Tigers in seven innings) the regular season ends on Saturday, and they were eliminated from postseason contention with this loss
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
DH Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 K
LF Ericson Leonora: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 RBI — with 1B Matt Snyder injured, I wonder if he’ll get bumped up to Staten Island next week to finish off the season
3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3
C David Remedios: 0-2 — Bubba Jones pinch-hit late and drew a walk
2B Jerison Lopez: 1-3
SS Francisco Rosario: 0-1, 1 BB — Kelvin Duran pinch-hit late and made an out
RHP Hayden Sharp: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 20/12 K/BB in 23 IP
RHP Luis Niebla: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Dayton Dawe: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2/0 GB/FB

Update: Dellin Betances placed on DL with shoulder tendinitis
Jeter on managing: "No chance. No chance. Nada. Zero. No, not a chance."
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  • yanks or death

    mike, dugas gonna be any good in couple years?

    • Richard Leo

      he has no power and not much speed.

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

      I think Keith Law thought he was at least a major league fourth outfielder in the future during this year’s draft.

      • Richard Leo

        it is really high praise in my opinion.

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

          Yeah. I was pretty surprised.

          • Richard Leo

            older Ramon Flores

        • Voice of Reason

          Slow Brett Gardner

          • Smart Guy

            whiter mel hall

            • AdamC6

              Laughing out loud at Mel Hall.

  • Richard Leo

    i wonder how Ramon Flores handles CF?
    if he can be an average defender at CF,he will be much more valuable.but i really doubt it.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I saw him play CF last Friday night and he looked good out there, ran some balls down in the gap. He played LF for 1 inning before the rains came on Sunday and threw a guy out at home with an absolute bullet. He’s been a nice under-the-MSM-radar performer this year. I’m sure some of the “experts” will say his tools aren’t strong enough, but I think he has a great chance.

      • Richard Leo

        what he lacks is power.
        because he is quite young,there are some hope.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Plenty of time to turn some of those doubles into homers. He is young, you’re right. He’s got to be the youngest guy in the league eligible for the batting title.

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

          Yeah. I imagine he’ll probably end up in left field (haven’t heard much about him having a strong arm besides AISD mentioning and today’s throw outs at home plate.)

          If he has a strong arm, then maybe right field is a possibility. Like you said, Flores is really young. He’s only 20 years old in High-A. He’ll probably start next year at Trenton at just 21 years old. Plenty of time for him to improve and develop some more power.

          It really makes what Trout is doing in the big leagues this season pretty insane.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Honestly, I didn’t know he had that strong of an arm until I saw it. He threw John Andreoli(who leads the league in SB with 52) out at home with ease.

          • Ted Nelson

            Strong arm has been noted since he first came stateside.

  • DERP

    I know RBI is a stupid stat, but it is crazy that Matt Duran only has 6 RBI for the season.

    • john r

      Ya real stupid stat hitting with men in scoring posision thats how you get runs,something the yankees have been bad at most of the year.They were 1 for 17 r.i.s.p. against w.sox.Big reason why they gone swept.

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

        Wait, how did this turn into….

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It was 4-21 against the White Sox, but still awful.
        Hitting with scoring position is obviously important. RBI’s without context doesn’t accurately tell how well a hitter does that, which makes it a poor way to evaluate individual hitters by itself. RBI’s don’t reflect opportunities, and are dependent on teammates getting on base almost as much as what the hitter actually does.

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

        This is difficult to read, but I’m guessing you’re saying “RBI” is an important statistic.

        Scoring runs is most certainly important, but RBI is a poor way to evaluate a player. I think that’s what he means when he says “RBI is a stupid stat.” No intelligent human being with a good understanding for baseball is going to evaluate Duran’s talent off of how many RBI he has.

      • Ted Nelson

        RBI is not a measure of productivity with runners in scoring position… You can get an RBI both without getting a hit and without anyone in scoring position. Have you ever seen a baseball game before?

    • forensic

      A .479 OPS? Holy crap is that bad.

  • Brian S.

    Zoilo Almonte sucks. Because strikeouts. -other people on RAB

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


      I don’t think people are saying “Almonte sucks.” But yes, there are concerns with his batting eye. He swings at too many pitches, doesn’t take enough walks, and strikes out a little more than people would like.

      Or are you choosing to ignore that? He has power, but major league pitchers won’t throw him strikes because they wouldn’t have to at this point. Once he starts walking a bit more, then we can talk about him having a job on an MLB team.

      And personally, I like Zoilo. I just don’t know if he’s a MLB player in a couple of years. Time will tell.

      • JohnnyC

        Zoilo is a much better left-handed batter than right-handed. There’s some belief he could hit lefty right now in the majors. However, even if you see him as a decent platoon player, his defense is awful.

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

          Yeah. I forgot about his bad defense.

          • Richard Leo

            defense may be the easiest part to improve in baseball.
            strong work ethic and hard work can get the job done.

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

              If the player is athletic enough.

              • JohnnyC

                Eduardo Nunez is very athletic.

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

                  Yeah… he’s hopeless.

            • Ted Nelson

              Defense is not only about work ethis at all.

        • john r

          You said it.He has about 11 errors this year.It is surprising he is batting so bad right handed because that is his natural side.Is this just a bad year or does has Almonte always hit better from the left side.I think Abe Almonte is going to be a better player,but same problem natural rh batter and batting under .200 this year in about 80 atbats.

      • Ted Nelson

        It’s not just about taking the walk. It’s that plus contact skill.

    • pat

      Destroyed that strawman. Congrats.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Congrats to Ty Hensley on his first pro win.

  • Reggie C.

    Glad to see Peter O’Brien’s homerun stroke still in effect. He’s really the “it” guy for me to follow next season in Charleston. O’Brien could be a fast riser, and frankly, should be considering he’s played a couple years of competitive college baseball.

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

      Sounds about right. I’m interested to see how his power translates to full season ball.

      …And if he can stick at catcher, things start to get really exciting.

      • Richard Leo

        Gregory Bird

        • RetroRob

          I’ll consider it a minor personal victory if I can somehow separate Greg Bird and Pete O’Brien in my mind. I keep thinking they are the same player for some reason. I clearly have filed them in the same bucket, and when I see one, I immediately think of the other.

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

            This might sound strange, but I do the same thing when I see your poster name and Richard Leo’s poster name.

            Not sure why…

            • Richard Leo

              oh no
              you hurt me badly

          • forensic

            I always screw up Brett Marshall and Bryan Mitchell. I think one is supposed to be a much better prospect than the other, but damned if I can ever remember which is which.

            • Richard Leo

              those two guys are rather close in my opinion
              Marshall much higher floor
              Michell higher ceiling
              i will take Marshall ahead of Mitchell

  • pat

    I have a feeling Ravel sees all his boys up at Charleston, is a bit jealous and is trying to hit the shit out of the ball instead of letting the game come to him. I have a feeling he bounces back strong next year. This has been somewhat of a wash anyway with his extended rehab and whatnot.

    • pat

      Apparently I have many feelings. Whatever.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I have a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good, good night…

  • Richard Leo

    Melky Mesa either hits a extra base hit or strikes out at AAA.

  • M-Three

    Where is Austin Romine? He is healthy yet is barely playing at Triple-A. Shouldn’t Romine be starting 5 days a week if hes healthy? I don’t get why the manager down there is having him play back-up to Cervelli. Romine could be our future starting catcher while Cervelli has no future with us. It makes no sense.

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

      I think he’s being used cautiously right now. I’m guessing he won’t play 5 times a week for the rest of the season.

  • Josh

    Wow poor Kelvin DeLeon, has 4 hits in 47 ab’s since being promoted. What did he even do to be promoted?

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

      I forgot about him. Not someone worth following at this point.

  • Ghost

    Clearly, Ravel is just bored in Staten Island like Montero was in AAA.

  • Mike R.

    Heathcott sure strikes out a lot.

    • Richard Leo

      it really is a big concern

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

      Yeah. Strikes out quite a bit, but he also takes his walks, so it’s less concerning.

  • Richard Leo

    No one metioned Rob Refsnyder even though he had a big night.
    sorry for the guy.

    • Samuel

      Yeah, the kid had a definite Ryne Sandberg type game.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Losing pitcher: one CJ Nitkowski! I didn’t know he was a) back Stateside and b) still playing pro ball.

    • Richard Leo

      nice job dude

  • Bavarian Yankee

    seems like every other day the headline is “player X has a great night in Tampa loss”

  • Wayne

    Ramon Flores could be in majors next year or in 2014 after granderson is gone. But mason Williams could he be ready by then in 2014 too since Ramon Flores will likely play right field. Angelo gumbs I heard is a better center fielder than second baseman they should have him play both in minor leagues. Gumbs looks pretty fast. How is Gumbs rated defensively in centerfield?

  • LeftyLarry

    Slade H will play CF before Flores.

  • Yank The Frank

    I first thought when I saw the headline that the Rays finally lost. Oh well…

  • coolerking101

    Jr Murphy 290/340/872 in the last 10 games. They’ve been pushing him hard. Hopefully he’s getting into a groove at AA.

  • LeftyLisa

    Yay for Cock!


    Ramon Flores is just plain nasty! I just hope hes not the next Ricky Ledee…lol I’d like to see a shane victorino type, minus a bunch of steals.. Flores can be a 290-300 15-20hr 70-90 rbi guy for sure.

    • Richard Leo

      in four years he hit toally 18HR

  • greg

    Saxon Butler!