Garcia & Bichette get big late hits in wins

Game 127: End of the Line
Sunday Night Open Thread

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Lehigh Valley)
RF Chris Dickerson: 1-6, 3 K, 1 SB
2B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
SS Eduardo Nunez: 1-5, 1SB
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 5-for-13 (.385) since coming off the DL
C Frankie Cervelli: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts this year
DH Brandon Laird: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — four hits in his last 22 at-bats (.182) with 11 strikeouts
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Ramiro Pena: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 13/2 GB/FB — 60 of 88 pitches were strikes (68%) … he’s become a nice little starter for them after moving into the rotation out of necessity, he might start Game Two of the postseason behind Adam Warren
RHP Cory Wade: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/5 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Akron)
CF Adonis Garcia: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth
DH J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 BB
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 3 K
1B Luke Murton, SS Addison Maruszak, C Jose Gil & LF Shane Brown: all 0-3 — Murton walked and whiffed … Maruszak struck out and got hit by a pitch … Gil walked and scored … Brown struck out twice
2B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
3B Rob Segedin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 9/0 GB/FB — 57 of 89 pitches were strikes (64%) … hooray strikeouts and grounders
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 27 pitches were strikes (70%) … 92/22 K/BB in 59.1 IP
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Lexington)
SS Cito Culver: 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 E (fielding) — up to 69 walks on the season, most in the organization now that Jack Cust is gone
RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.316)
DH Saxon Butler: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB — singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth
2B Ali Castillo & 1B Rey Nunez: both 0-5 — Castillo struck out and got caught stealing
LF Eduardo Sosa: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
C Nick McCoy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
RHP Scottie Allen: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/0 GB/FB
RHP Adam Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Charlie Short: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — very quietly has a 65/24 K/BB in 59.2 IP

Short Season Staten Island (12-2 win over Brooklyn)
SS Claudio Custodio & DH Fu-Lin Kuo: both 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — Custodio struck out once, Kuo twice
C Peter O’Brien: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K
CF Ravel Santana: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI — exactly one hit in seven of his last nine games
1B Greg Bird: 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — the homer was to dead center
3B Matt Duran: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — ten hits in his last 24 at-bats (.417)
2B Jose Rosario: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
LF Danny Lopez: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
RF Danny Oh: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
RHP Derek Varnadore: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/5 GB/FB
RHP Charles Haslup: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Charles Basford: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 0/3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off-day, but they would have been rained out due to Tropical Storm Isaac anyway. The rest of the league was.

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ season is over. They did not qualify for the postseason.

Game 127: End of the Line
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • Brian S.

    I thought Mustelier sucked.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      The question is more whether he’s just a 28 year old guy playing in AAA or not.

    • Travelbug83

      No-one said he sucked but a .781 OPS for the season is not having me do cartwheels. Specially since he was advertised as the HR hitting type.

  • kenthadley

    Justin Thomas….is he a possible help in 13?

    • The Real Greg

      I think he was with the Red Sox earlier this year and I think we faced him once.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Pretty good chance he doesn’t survive the 40-man roster crunch, with an already full roster and spots possibly needed for Pettitte, Feliciano, and any non 40-man player they might want to call up in September (Dickerson?)

      • Laz

        Most likely, Pena and Laird I could also see being removed from 40 man. Laird more so because Adams has been at 3b and can easily replace him.

  • The Real Greg

    Looking at Bichette, the problem is that he has a massive lefty/righty split.

    .276/.360/.402 against lefties
    .226/.294/.290 against righties.

    • viridiana

      Another problem with DBJ is that he’s still just 19.

      Keep hearing that Marshall doesn’t miss bats but somehow in his last 58 innings he has better than one K per inning.

      Terrible year on the farm with all those pitcher injuries but a lot to like too.

      • The Real Greg

        No I agree with you.

        That split can be fixed in time.

        • viridiana

          Bears watching next year, though.

          DBJ, along with Santana and Custodio, had disappointing seasons. But lots of position players really justfied or even out-performed promise. Austin, Sanchez, M. Williams, Adams, CoJo, Almontes, Mustelier and Gumbs before he was hurt — that’s a pretty good wave of position talent. If only we could speed it up by a year or two.

    • Countryclub

      He’s still very young, so I’m not worried about it. Were his splits the same last yr?

      • The Real Greg

        I don’t know, but I’m a supporter of DBJ. I pointed this out to show what his lackluster season can be attributed to and that it can be fixed.

      • mike cutler

        And if I could just fast forward something I would but the key is our kids aren’t studs that need to learn the game most are still growing and putting on weight. Mason and Vito are just kids. The slower they move them up the more they will rake and grow confidence. That will allow them to mature physically. I get jealous of other teams prospects too but ina couple years we could have an arsenal of young players that the organization 5 years ago wouldnt even dream of. Tyler Austin and JR Murphy might be our studs though because they are developed more physically and have grade A+ baseball pedigrees which should give them opportunity to move up quick.

        • Laz

          Really don’t get the hype on JR. Sure he is a ok, but for the 3rd straight year he hasn’t been able to hit at an adequate level. He isn’t hitting well enough, and although he walks a decent amount neither is able to get his obp up to a decent level. He doesn’t strike out a whole lot, but he is going to have to get better if he will be a top prospect for the yankees. Probably 15 prospects I would still put ahead of him in.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Guys who have watched him play since HS say they think he’ll be special. You see bits and pieces of it, hasn’t really had a breakout year yet. The mid-season promo suggests the Yanks see it. His defense is also much-improved, going from fringey to pretty good over the course of a season.

          • Ted Nelson

            You know he plays C, right? He hit about league average in High A this season and above it in AA (with an ISO above .200) at 21. His defense is much improved, to the point most seem to expect him to stay behind the plate. The tools are there for further offensive development. And last season he spent most of the season in Charleston where he had a 118 wRC+.

            You might want to reconsider your standards.

            No one is calling him a total stud, but a legit C prospect who can hit league average has plenty of value. If there are 15 prospects in the Yankees’ org you’d put ahead of him, that might say as much about their org as Murphy.

            • Richard Leo


  • JScott

    Cito Culver turned 20 today. He’s one month older than Bichette, had a very similar OPS, is faster and plays a much more important position. This is the long way of saying I hope all of the Bichette believers are still hanging on with Culver as well.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Eh, Cito has a full additional year of professional experience and he’s only beating Bichette in walks. DBJ only has slightly worse stats this year in Charleston than Culver did in Staten Island.

    • Rod

      Cito needs to just stick to being a RHB since he’s no great shakes lefty.

  • Naved

    Mark Montgomery for a September call up please.

    • Laz

      Don’t know if that is a good idea. The 40 man is full and there is an additional 8 players on the 60 day dl. Players like Meyers, Thomas, Laird, and Pena could be cut, but that still doesn’t leave much room once people start to get healthy. Not really worth it when people already on 40 man can help. Aardsma should be healthy soon, and wade could help out if need be.

      • Samuel

        Wade sucks. I would rather have Montgomery pitch in a tight spot this October than Wade.

    • John Y.

      Don’t worry, Montgomery is here to stay. With a good spring, he will be in the bigs by the All Star break. Good; quality relievers like Montgomery are hard to come by. He is only 22 and it would be wise to let him develop. Now, someone like Victor Black for the Pirates would be a perfect Sept. call up. If no one knows who he is, look up his numbers for AA Altoona.

  • Robert

    Saw JR Murphy twice in the last few weeks,He is a legitimate prospect,his Dee is better than Montero when he was at Trenton and I feel his hitting will improve,I look for him to crack the bigs by 2014.

  • yankees94

    Mike, aside from just a few bad outings, whats your take on the year that Scottie Allen has had down in Charleston. From my view he has seriously improved from previous years. Only being 21 do you think he can improve on this and be someone to look out for in the future?