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Keith Law and Kevin Goldstein got together on the Baseball Today podcast this afternoon to talk about prospects who traded at the deadline. They also took some time to speak about RHP Dellin Betances and his awful season, and predictably were pretty down on him. The Betances stuff starts around the 31:00 mark, so check it out.

Meanwhile, OF Melky Mesa has been promoted to Triple-A following tonight’s roster moves.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Altoona in 11 innings, walk-off style)
2B Jose Pirela & SS Addison Maruszak: both 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — Pirela had the walk-off sac fly
3B David Adams, CF Melky Mesa & 1B Kevin Mahoney: all 1-5 — Adams struck out twice, Melky thrice … Mahoney hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth and committed an error when he missed a catch
RF Zoilo Almonte & LF Rob Segedin: both 0-4 — Almonte got hit by a pitch, struck out three times and committed a fielding error … Segedin drew a walk and scored twice
DH Luke Murton: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
C Jose Gil: 0-3, 1 HBP
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 E (pickoff) — 61 of 100 pitches were strikes
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — half of his 22 pitches were strikes
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 19 of 27 pitches were strikes (70%)
RHP Jon Meloan: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (59%)
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)

High-A Tampa (6-1 win over Charlotte)
DH Ramon Flores, 3B Zach Wilson & 2B Jose Toussen: all 2-4 — Flores walked and scored two runs … Wilson tripled, scored a run, and struck out … Toussen drove in a pair and stole a base
LF Adonis Garcia: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — threw a runner out at first
CF Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 15 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.395) with five doubles, two triples, and two homers
RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
1B Kyle Roller & SS Jose Mojica: both 0-4 — Mojica struck out once, Roller twice
C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R
LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 4/3 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … he had walked three batters total in his previous 25.1 IP
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Greenville)
SS Cito Culver & RF Rob Refsnyder: both 1-4 — Culver stole a base, scored a run, and struck out
2B Jamiel Orozco: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Ben Gamel, 1B Rey Nunez & C Nick McCoy: both 2-4 — Gamel drove in a run and struck out … Nunez doubled and struck out twice … McCoy whiffed
3B Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP — hitting .314/.404/.405 as a utility guy (227 PA)
LF Kelvin DeLeon & CF Cody Grice: both 0-4 — DeLeon struck out twice, Grice thrice
LHP Matt Bashore: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GB/FB
RHP Ben Paullus: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/4 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (10-5 loss to Auburn)
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
SS Claudio Custodio, C Peter O’Brien & 3B Matt Duran: all 1-5 — Custodio drove in a run, struck out twice, and committed a fielding error … O’Brien whiffed twice and allowed a passed ball … Duran committed a fielding error
DH Saxon Butler: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Matt Snyder: 4-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
CF Ravel Santana: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K — threw a runner out at the plate
RF Danny Lopez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
2B Jose Rosario: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4/5 GB/FB
RHP Charles Haslup: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Charles Basford: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Stefan Lopez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out. Not sure when they’re going to make this one up, but they have plenty of time. Meanwhile, Triple-A Empire State had a scheduled day off.

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  • DERP

    Any chance Kahnle gets moved up to AA?

  • RetroRob

    So I have this fear the Yankees will not add Nik Turley to the 40-man, gambling that no team will take him or keep him for the entire year. That is most likely the reason they left Jose Quintana exposed. It wasn’t that they didn’t think he had potential, they just gambled he wouldn’t be taken or would stick.

    If you’re making the decision for the Chicago White Sox, what are the chances you wouldn’t grab Turley?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      His minor league service time is only 3 years after 2012 I believe. I don’t think he’s eligible.

      • Fernando

        Mike Axisa has previously posted that Turley would be eligible for the Rule 5 this coming year. Marshall & Warren also would be eligible.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Warren is already on the 40-man roster, so that’s a non-issue.

      • RetroRob

        He first pitched in the minors in 2008, so he’s in his fifth season. Not sure how minor-league service time is calculated, yet as someone else in the the thread noted, Mike A did mention, he would be eligible this off season. That’s probably when I started thinking about it.

        He’s a lefty who has pitched decently throughout his minor league career and has really stepped it up this year. He’s 22. I’d be surprised if some team didn’t take him. The Yankees would then be gambling he wouldn’t stick for the entire year.

        Curious to see if he gets bumped to AA this month.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

          I’m not entirely sure how minor league service time works. He is definitely only completing his third year though. If Rule 5 is only determined by years with the organization, then it would seem he is eligible.

          • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

            For players signed at 19 or older, it’s four years in the system. If signed at 18 or under, it’s five years.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Turley and Quintana were in two completely different positions.

      Turley will be Rule 5 eligible if the Yanks don’t add him to the 40-man, which means that any team that selects him would have to keep him on the 25-man roster (for the season) or offer him back to the Yanks.

      Quintana, based on his minor league service time, wasn’t Rule 5 eligible. He was a minor league free agent (if the Yanks didn’t add him to the 40-man, which they chose not to do). It was a bigger risk, since an interested team didn’t have to keep him on the 25-man roster all year (and Quintana didn’t start the year on the 25-man). The White Sox offered him a 40-man spot, and he chose to go there rather than stay in the Yankee system. It was a far smaller risk/burden for the White Sox (especially with their super weak farm system).

      So the risk of losing Turley is way smaller if they don’t put him on the 40-man than the risk was of losing Quintana for not adding him to the 40-man.

      • RetroRob

        Thanks. That makes even more sense. Yup, I guess one “advantage” the White Sox had is their farm system was thin enough that they could add a player like Quintana to the 40-man.

  • Richard Leo

    Heathcott will be a Top-10 yankees prospects at the end of the season,agree?

    • Preston

      He’d be in my top ten right now. I know the shoulder is a worry, but the guy can flat out play ball. There is plenty to like from both a production (albeit SSS) and projection (true 5 tool guy).

      • Scout

        If by five tools you mean scalpel, foreceps, dressing pads, scissors, and retractors, I’m with you.

        • Rick

          Awesome. Sad, but true.

        • CS Yankee

          LOL

          best comment of the year.

    • Gonzo

      Let’s see if he can stay healthy for the next few weeks.

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

      If he continues to hit this way without getting hurt for the rest of the year, definitely. He still has a high ceiling. He just needs to stay healthy.

  • CapitalT

    They couldn’t be harsher on Betances – ouch

    • Laz

      Is it a lie though?

  • jeety

    Slade is heating up

  • Keith Law

    man Betances sucks…..I haven’t seen him pitch this year….but he sucks.

    • Matt Montero

      Definately painful but at the same time they said they didn’t expect him to be this bad, so I guess he isn’t supposed to remain THIS horrible at least.

  • Mike R.

    Anyone notice Culver has 60 walks. If only he can hit a baseball…

    • Richard Leo

      can he hit better than Jose Iglesias

      • JohnnyC

        Ramiro Pena hit better than Iglesias this year in AAA. No shit.

        • Gonzo

          I smiled when I read this.

  • Rookie

    Another great performance by Montgomery. Two innings, no hits, no runs, and four strikeouts.

    By my count, in AA, Montgomery has pitched 8 innings, given up one hit, no runs, and struck out 13! Wow!!!

    • Kosmo

      Montgomery belongs in AAA Scranton, nothing more to prove at Trenton.

  • Will

    For anyone interested. The Thunder beat writers have some comments and video up from Mark Montgomery’s performance tonight. Well worth the time.

  • http://none Bernard

    I think Goldstein’s evaluation of Betances was very fair. I saw him pitch against Trenton two years ago. He was bad then. He’s even worse now.

    • http://none Bernard

      Naturally, I meant he was pitching FOR Trenton, not against them. I think he went five innings, allowed just two hits, but walked the entire opposing team. He lost the game. Very frustrating and agonizing to watch.

  • Brian S.

    Matt Snyder has walked more than he has struck out. Beast.

    • Gonzo

      He’s a 1b college senior in SS.

      • Ted Nelson

        He’s still doing extremely well.

        • Gonzo

          Relative to?

          • Ted Nelson

            The competition they put him against. He has no control over that. Not everything has to be about a guy’s ultimate MLB success. Snyder is playing against plenty of NCAA guys, and he’s doing really well. He’s definitely beasting. He deserves to be recognized.

            • Gonzo

              Deserves to be recognized? According to who, you? That sounds awfully subjective.

              You can recognize whoever you want based on any criteria. I will continue to just share the truth and my opinion.

        • Gonzo

          Point is, a college senior 1b guy is supposed to destroy SS pitching.

          These stats for him really mean nothing.

          • Ted Nelson

            He’s facing a bunch of NCAA guys who were good enough to be drafted and has NCAA senior teammates who are not doing well. It doesn’t mean he’s a future star, but it does mean something: that he’s been a beast.

            No one said he is going to be Joey Votto. He is beasting.

            • Gonzo

              You say he’s beasting, I say he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing.

              The guy he faced tonight has yet to record a combined season under a 5 ERA in the minors.

              • http://none Bernard

                Pay no attention to him, Gonzo. Nelson likes to argue just for the sake of it. It’s his way of putting himself above others. He’s right, and everyone else is wrong.

                • Gonzo

                  Thanks.

                • Brian S.

                  Is his point not valid?

                  • http://none Bernard

                    Does it really matter? The only point that really matters here is Nelson’s.

                  • Gonzo

                    My point is valid too though.

                    • http://none Bernard

                      If Nelson says it is, then it is. If not, then it isn’t. Fair enough?

                    • Gonzo

                      LOL

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

              I hope you and Gonzo realize that you’re arguing two completely different things.

              Gonzo is talking about him as a prospect and what he can potentially do in the future. You’re just talking about what he’s doing at the level of competition he’s been placed in.

              Personally, I could care less about what a 22 year old first basemen is doing in a short season league.

              • Gonzo

                I’m pretty sure he knows and is doing it on purpose.

          • Brian S.

            Considering a year ago he shattered his face it is pretty remarkable. I think the Yankees should start him in High-A to catch up with people his age level next season.

            • Gonzo

              Ok, but my point still stands.

              • http://none Bernard

                And I think it’s an excellent point.

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

              The guy hasn’t even played in a full season league yet. The Yankees will place him where they believe he belongs. Just because he’s older, doesn’t mean he belongs in High-A. He might be terrible in Low-A.

              It’s far too early to say where any player in short season ball belongs or “should be.” Especially without any professional evaluation.

  • JohnnyC

    Melky Mesa promoted to AAA. Per Josh Norris.

    • Shaky Jake

      Any chance Heathcott gets promoted to AA Trenton or is Zoilo Almonte going to take over at CF full time?

  • Dan

    I think Montgomery pitched two inning and not one, based on the number of outs he has in the pitching line.

    • Dan

      He also should be moved up to AAA now. I know he hasn’t been at AA that long, but he has been dominating at every level and if he can have some success at AAA this last month, maybe call him up in September and see if he can maybe earn a relief spot on the post-season roster.

      • JonS

        Whoa, did you just take a guy with <10 AA innings and make him a post season roster candidate?

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

          I usually stay away from responding to those sort of things…

          Some people are just too far gone.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

            It’s really not that ridiculous.

            Robertson only spent 11 games in Trenton before he was moved to Scranton. Numbers-wise, they seem to be almost identical, with a slight advantage to Montgomery.

            • JonS

              Big difference between moving to AAA and being considered for the post season roster.

            • Dan

              I agree… Joba is another example of someone that shot through the system in one year. He began 2007 in high A and finished in the majors. I know he is a starter, but still it shows that if someone is dominating in the minors they might be able to help the big club.