Heathcott & Austin have big nights in Tampa loss

Game 124: Escape from Chicago
Swept: ChiSox beat Yanks 2-1

In case you missed it earlier, C Austin Romine was officially activated off the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A. To make room on the roster, LHP Lee Hyde was bumped down to Double-A.

Update: Based on the Twitter, RHP Nick Goody has been bumped up to High-A Tampa already. Sure looks like this year’s sixth rounder is going to move up the ladder crazy fast.

Triple-A Empire State(2-1 win over Buffalo in 12 innings)
RF Chris Dickerson: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
DH Corban Joseph & LF Kevin Russo: both 1-5 — CoJo walked and struck out twice
SS Eduardo Nunez: 1-6, 1 R, 1 K, 2 SB
3B Brandon Laird: 2-6, 1 K
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 1-4, 2 BB
C Frankie Cervelli: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K — had the game-winning sac fly in extras
CF Melky Mesa: 1-6, 1 2B, 3 K
2B Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 2 BB
RHP Adam Warren: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/3 GB/FB – 67 of 104 pitches were strikes (64%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 19 of 40 pitches were strikes (48%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes (67%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%)
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 18 of 30 pitches were strikes (60%) … dude is money down here, but not so much in the show

Double-A Trenton (14-2 loss to Altoona) faced former Yankees first rounder RHP Gerrit Cole
CF Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
3B David Adams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.353)
RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Luke Murton & LF Rob Segedin: all 0-4 — Murton and Segedin each struck out once, Almonte twice … Zoilo also committed a throwing error
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 BB
C Jose Gil: 0-2, 2 BB
2B Walt Ibarra: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Dellin Betances: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 5/4 GB/FB — 44 of 82 pitches were strikes (54%) … that’s 20 runs and 33 baserunners allowed in his last 12 innings
RHP Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — only 20 of 42 pitches were strikes (48%)
LHP Josh Romanski: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 23 of 34 pitches were strikes (68%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%)

High-A Tampa (12-2 loss to Dunedin)
LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB — threw a runner out at second
CF Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
RF Tyler Austin: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 K — 13 hits in his last 27 at-bats (.481)
1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
C Gary Sanchez & 3B Zach Wilson: both 0-4 — Sanchez struck out
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-3, 2 E (missed catch, fielding)
2B Jose Toussen: 1-4, 1 R
RHP Shane Greene: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4/1 GB/FB — gotta think they’ll shift him to the bullpen next season, where he could really take off in a hurry
RHP Sean Black: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB
LHP Kramer Sneed: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3/3 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to West Virginia, walk-off style)
SS Cito Culver, RF Rob Refsnyder & CF Ben Gamel: all 1-4 — Culver struck out twice and committed a throwing error … Refsnyder stole a base and scored a run … Gamel committed a fielding error
1B Saxon Butler & 2B Ali Castillo: both 0-4 — Butler struck out three times
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB — had been in a 3-for-30 rut (.100)
DH Casey Stevenson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
C Francisco Arcia: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K — got picked off first
LF Cody Grice: 0-3, 1 K
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/4 GB/FB — hey, Good Bryan, long time no see
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GB/FB
RHP John Brebbia: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — the walk was intentional

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 win over Vermont)
DH Taylor Dugas: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Claudio Custodio & DH Peter O’Brien: both 1-4, 1 R — Custodio struck out twice … O’Brien drove in a run and struck out
CF Ravel Santana: 0-4, 1 K
1B Fu-Lin Kuo: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 HBP
3B Matt Duran: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
LF Danny Lopez: 1-3, 1 BB
2B Jose Rosario: 3-4, 1 K, 1 SB — eight hits in his last 18 at-bats (.444)
RF Danny Oh: 0-3, 1 K
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 36 hits in his last 24 IP
RHP Charles Haslup: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Alex Smith: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nice job filling in at closer for the night

The Rookie GCL Yanks had their game suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the third. LHP Pedro Feliciano threw a scoreless inning in his latest rehab appearance and RHP Ty Hensley following up with 2.2 scoreless frames. He allowed a single, walked one, struck out three, and all five balls in play were on the ground. Here’s the box score, I’ll update the full stats when the game is completed tomorrow. Oh by the way, the season ends on Saturday and they’re two games out of a playoff spot. Crunch time.

Game 124: Escape from Chicago
Swept: ChiSox beat Yanks 2-1
  • DERP

    Love Haslup

    • Dante’s Peak

      seriously though, with the prospect hugging of a reliever in short season ball?

      • pat

        Who cares?

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

          Dante’s Peak cares. Not sure if you were looking for a different answer.

          • pat

            Dante’s Peak is notoriously irritable. I should have known better.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        If there’s one safe thing to prospect hug it’s a reliever. Can be very valuable to the big league team, not valuable enough to be traded.

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

          Meh, prospect hugging most relievers is pretty boring for me. Montgomery/Robertson being exceptions.

          Position players with the tools to become all-star caliber players? Sign me up. Starters that have the potential to become a number 1-3 starter? I’ll take that as well.

          Then I cry when 80% of them fail :)

          • JobaWockeeZ

            I’ve hugged too many traded prospects to make me feel good anymore. I like Austin or Mason but they’re too far away and they have a pretty good hype train.

            A recipe for a trade. And since we’re going once more into a season where starting pitching is a necessity, I think someone beloved will go.

            I refuse to risk it.

            • Ted Nelson

              So instead just make things up about how they trade every prospect and make nothing but negative comments?

  • JW

    So do Heathcott and Austin both start the season at Trenton next year?

    • Laz

      Slade I would think should since he has almost 50 games in at A+. Austin has only 23 games so far at A+ so he is still a canidate to start the season back there. Although I think they will definetely take into consideration how they both perform in fall ball (both are going to arizona?), and spring training. If they both show up strong in fall ball they should move up. Both are hitting really good, although austin only has 1 hr so far at A+.

      • Strat

        I think only one prospect below AA can go to the AFL, and I believe they’ve announced that Heathcott is the guy. Maybe winter ball somewhere for Austin.

    • John Y.

      Most definitely. Heathcott and Austin are pure hitters and if their AFL seasons are strong and they perform well in ST, they will both be on Trenton’s opening day roster.

    • john r

      I am surprised a lot of scouts don’t like austin, 4th outfielder in the majors they predict.

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

        That’s inaccurate. Most scouts like Austin. He was ranked in the top 50 list in a few of the mid-season updates.

        There’s one or two scouts that I’ve read saying Austin’s future was as a fourth outfielder.

      • Richard Leo

        if austin really becomes a 4th OF in the majors,it is not a failture for yankees.

      • Ted Nelson

        There’s a whole lot of variability involved with projecting prospects, so there’s going to be a range of opinions. That some scouts think he’ll be an MLB contributor but not a starter doesn’t mean much. Getting a “4th OF” out of a 13th rounder signed for peanuts is a huge win. And not all 4th OF are the same… a hard hitting platoon guy can offer more value than some teams’ starters.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’d like to get Austin to comment, off the record, on who the best CF he played with this year is…

  • ron

    its now a shock when betances has a good start

    • John Y.

      That was no where near a good start. I was at the game and he was shitty again……Release him is the only option now. He has no worth whatsoever. His fastballs stay up in the zone, his breaking ball is mediocre at best. No good :/

      • john r

        You cannot give up yet.Look at quintina pitching great for the white sox after not given a 40 man roster last year by Cashman.Betances will do better with another team,the yankees have a bad reputation developing pitchers.

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

          So Betances will suddenly stop walking people, locating his pitches and become a quality starter once he signs with another team?


          • Richard Leo

            just look Brackman

        • John Y.

          It is time to. He has been in the organization since 2006. Injures have finally gotten to him. The Yankees have done everything to fix his problems. The demotion to AA was the last resort. He was walking people in AAA. He is still walking people in AA. The Eastern League is a pitchers league, so this demotion should have produced a positive result. Well, it hasn’t. Quintinia is having a fluke season at best. Next year, he will fall off of the radar. Granted Dellin is only 24, but it is time to let him walk. If he somehow digs himself out of the grave that he is in, than so be it.

          • Ted Nelson


            Where’s the causation from the injuries?

            Why would you let him walk when he has an option left? Who is taking his 40 man spot that is so valuable?

        • Ted Nelson

          A lot of that reputation comes from impatient fans who expect every prospect to become an ace. Their recent track record is solid or better.

    • Magilla Gorilla

      Killer Bees or West Nile Mosquitos. If only we had Phil Coke.

  • your mom

    Trenton with the 14-2 loss. Of course Betances was on the hill in that one. Lost cause.

  • Bo Knows

    I wouldn’t be to concerned with the hits and Rutckyj, he seems to be an extreme groundball pitcher and as shoddy as low A ball defenses are, I bet more than a few of those balls were on the ground and in places where a more experienced defender could get them

    • Richard Leo

      his problem is his control.
      way too much BB

      • Bo Knows

        4.4 bb/9 this year, his case is far more forgivable since he’s essentially been pitching full time for only a few years, but he’s very athletic and will continue to get better with more reps

  • Magilla Gorilla

    Give the Houston Astros everything, including all the vacant season ticket seats behind home plate for their first round pick. I will throw in either Ibanez or Jones. Just get me a 6′-7″ lefty dude. Make him a bonus baby so he throws at Yankee Stadium at eighteen before he breaks my heart.

    • pat

      Rony Bautista is a 6’7″ lefty.

  • forensic

    Scranton 1-14 with RISP. They really are auditioning to join the big club.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Gotta disagree with John F. Betances pitched the first three scoreless innings allowing two singles and one walk. The wheels fell off in the fourth. Since he’s on the 40 man, I’d like to see if his power arm could help the tired bullpen in New York. Worth a shot no? Where were you sitting John? My wife and I were in Section 8, Row BB, Seats 5 and 6!

  • Wayne

    I’m not high on Evan rutckyj. He doesn’t look like a natural pitcher when he throws the ball if you watch his arm movement. He looks like some dude playing catch. Prospect hugging right now should go to Jose Ramirez and Rafael depaula. I’m also interested in seeing what Hayden Sharp does for Staten island in August next year. Plus i got a good feeling about Brady Lail. I hope these 4 stick around for quite some time! But Ty Hensley and Jordan Cote with their physical issues ands Rookie Davis might be looked at as future trade bait to me.

    • Richard Leo

      i think no one will put Rutckyj ahead of Jose Ramirez and Rafael Depaula.
      Rafael Depaula can easily be a top-10 yankees prospect next year,and even a top-5 gue.
      Jose Ramirez is always considered to be a top prospect but never really healthy.

    • Bo Knows

      I’m not sure I understand, what is a pitcher supposed to look like? All motions are unique and different. Also the appeal for Rutckyj is that his arm is fresh and he’s quite raw, he’s been pitching for only about 3-4 years.

      Ty Hensley was born with a different body than normal, we don’t know what it means. He himself has said that he can’t even get a consistent answer of what this “abnormality” means. You can’t go putting him on DL before he gets hurts.

      Also Jordan Cote, no one even knows what he was dl’d for, and chances are is that it’s a minor issue (and based on his twitter, he thought so as well).

      Your making mountains out of molehills about “physical issues”

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

      So you’re relying on a 22 year old guy (Ramirez) in High-A, a guy (De Paula) who is already 21 years old and hasn’t throw a single pitch in the U.S., and another guy (Sharp) who has talent, but not as much as Cote or Hensley. That makes a ton of sense.

      Abnormality =/= injury prone. That’s a pretty poor conclusion to come to. And we’ve heard nothing serious on Cote, so it’s silly to jump to conclusions.

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  • Wayne

    Sometimes the guys that take longer to develop turn out to be the better pitchers.