O’Brien homers again in another SI loss

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Triple-A Empire State (5-1 win over Buffalo)
RF Chris Dickerson: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB
2B Corban Joseph & C Frankie Cervelli: both 1-4 — CoJo drove in a run and walked … Cervelli stole a base and struck out
SS Eduardo Nunez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — five straight exactly-one-hit games
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — ten hits in his last 39 at-bats (.256), but three doubles and a homer
3B Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B,1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — his 14th homer puts him two behind last year’s pace in 24 fewer at-bats
CF Melky Mesa: 0-4, 1 K
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Darnell McDonald: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 49 of 76 pitches were strikes (65%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 20 of 27 pitches were strikes (74%) … he’ll be a minor league free agent after the season and seems to be on the keep/let go bubble
RHP Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 26 pitches were strikes (65%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Altoona)
CF Abe Almonte: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Jose Pirela: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
DH Zoilo Almonte: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K — 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.316) with three doubles and four homers
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
SS Addison Maruszak: 0-5, 1 K
RF Adonis Garcia: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP
3B Kevin Mahoney: 3-4 — had just one hit in his previous 33 at-bats (.303)
C J.R. Murphy: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — only six hits in his last 30 at-bats (.100), but five are doubles
LF Rob Segedin: 0-4
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 6/4 GB/FB — 53 of 88 pitches were strikes (60%) … 5.5 K/9 in the first half, 8.3 K/9 in the second half
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 1/4 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … ball just wasn’t going where he wanted it to, I guess

High-A Tampa (6-2 loss to Brevard County)
LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 RBI — threw a runner out at first, must have been one hell of a play
CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K — starting to play the field a little more regularly
1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 2B
DH Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 RBI — starting to click at this level
3B Zach Wilson: 1-4
C Kyle Higashioka & RF Kelvin DeLeon: both 0-4 — Higgy struck out once, DeLeon twice
SS Jose Mojica: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB
2B Jose Toussen: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
RHP Shane Greene: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 1/2 GB/FB — 56/27 K/BB in 55.2 IP
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 62/24 K/BB in 61 IP

Low-A Charleston Game One (2-0 loss to Hagerstown in six innings) the game was completed early due to the weather
2B Ali Castillo: 3-3, 1 2B — got picked off first base twice
SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 K — got picked off first
LF Cody Grice: 1-1, 1 HBP
Everyone Else: combined 0-10, 3 BB, 2 K — the walks were drawn by RF Rob Refsnyder, 3B Dante Bichette Jr., and 1B Casey Stevenson
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GB/FB — 49 of 87 pitches were strikes (56%) … 106/68 K/BB in 102 IP
RHP Scottie Allen: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of nine pitches were strikes
RHP John Brebbia: 0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — nine of 12 pitches were strikes

Low-A Charleston Game Two was cancelled due to rain. They won’t make this one up.

Short Season Staten Island (6-3 loss to Tri-City)
LF Taylor Dugas: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Claudio Custodio: 2-5
1B Matt Snyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
CF Ravel Santana: 0-4, 3 K — 47 strikeouts in 162 plate appearances (29.0%)
C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS — wrist seems healthy, that’s his third homer in his last five games
3B Matt Duran & SS Jose Rosario: both 0-3, 1 BB — Duran struck out … Rosario stole a base
2B Jamiel Orozco: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
RF Danny Lopez: 0-4, 1 K
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3/6 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-7 loss to GCL Tigers)
2B Jake Anderson & 3B Miguel Andujar: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB — Anderson doubled and struck out three times … Andujar struck out once
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP — six hits in his last 15 at-bats (.400)
1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K — Bubba Jones replaced him in the seventh and singled in one of his two at-bats
DH Ericson Leonora: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
RF Yeicok Calderon: 0-2, 1 RBI — replaced in the sixth inning for an unknown reason … Jorge Alcantara took his spot and struck out in one of his two at-bats
SS Austin Aune: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 E (throwing, two fielding) — four of his last five hits have been doubles
LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-2, 1 R, 1 K, 2 HBP — got picked off first
C Eduardo DeOleo: 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
RHP Luis Niebla: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17/3 K/BB in 12.1 IP
LHP Caleb Frare: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — picked two runners off first
RHP Cesar Vargas: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GB/FB

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

    Tyler Austin better keep playing the outfield, but once in a while, playing first base isn’t bad.

    • Laz

      Long term he is more valuable to the Yankees in the outfield. Teix is only 32 and is signed for several more years. 1B is much easier to get to fill, but occasionally taking easy days off at 1B is fine.

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

        Yeah… that’s what I said, but in not so many words.

  • IE

    Wasn’t Nathan Mikolas supposed to be a bat first prospect who had shown an ability to hit high level pitching in high school?

    • crawdaddie

      So, Jeter hit .202 in the GCL.

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

      Don’t put too much weight on short season league stats. Positive or negative. I say this for my own health and sanity.

  • Ron

    Aune is already a better prospect than culver. I don’t know what that says about either.

    • Brian S.

      Aune is legit as fuck.

      • pat

        .260/.354/.375 is “legit as fuck”?

        • viridiana

          Actually, .280/.368/.410. Not bad for an 18 yr. old in his first two months of pro ball.

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

            A couple of bad games and that stat line looks pretty mediocre. I like Aune, but temper your expectations.

            He could turn into a very good prospect, but evaluating stats in the lowest level of professional competition isn’t the best way to judge a prospect.

            • viridiana

              Yeah, but there are already signs the kid is good. Doubles at such a young age an extremely positive sign. Aune will hit. Question is whether he stays at short.

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

                Plenty of young guys in the GCL can hit doubles. It’s a good sign, but don’t get carried away and say he’s going to hit at any level. That’s just silly.

                Bichette was far better than Aune in the GCL last season and he’s been pretty awful offensively this season. Obviously, Bichette is young and could turn things around next season, but to say that a prospect with a decent stat line at the lowest level of competition is just “going to hit” is ridiculous.

                • pat

                  WHoops, didn’t see this. But yeah, what you said.

                • viridiana

                  Don’t make a fool of yourself by calling informed projections “ridiculous.”

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

                    Okay. I’m not here to call you names or to try to bash you with insults. If you can’t handle someone disagreeing with you because of their knowledge on prospects this is a waste of time.

                    Also, if you’re going to make statements like “informed projections,” I would like to know what those informed projections are. Simply stating that you’re going by informed projections means nothing.

                    There are hundreds of prospects who have performed better than Aune at a similar age and level (or higher level) and performed poorly. This isn’t about thinking Aune isn’t going to be a good prospect, but I think that it’s far too early to tell.

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

                      and performed poorly in future levels of the minor league system*

              • pat

                100 AB’s doesn’t mean sh*t. DBJr killed the GCL and has been pretty bad in Charleston.

                • RetroRob

                  Right. Neither means anything. Those who think Aune is a star in the making or Bichette is not are getting way too wrapped up in the stats of teenagers.

            • G

              Going off of tool evaluation, not just stats, which are more or less meaningless at this point, Aune is indeed a legit prospect.

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

                Our definitions of “legit prospect” might be different. He has plenty of tools, which make him an interesting prospect, but we still don’t know how those tools are going to translate throughout the minors. GCL stats don’t mean much in terms of prospect value.

                • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

                  GCL stats mean a lot more when they can be matched with great tools and a great scouting report. It doesn’t mean that he is going to produce this way for the rest of his career, but it does mean that he is able to translate some of that potential into games.

                  That is what makes him a “legit prospect” to me.

                  Don’t forget, the stats weren’t there for Melky Mesa until High-A, and yet he was still considered a “legit prospect” just because of his tools. If you consider someone who has tools and no production a “legit prospect” like Mesa, then you have to consider Aune a legit prospect.

    • Rainbow Pinstripes

      … Why, exactly? Haven’t seen nearly enough of Aune to make that kind of declaration, IMO.

    • Nick

      you say welcome to prospect livin’, there’s gonna hits and there’s gonna be misses. Think its still too early to say its a miss on Culver however although certainly not been good up to date. He’s actually had a pretty solid month and a half (.381 obp in july and .368 obp so far in august.

      • Laz

        If Culver can get his average up a bit he could be a pretty good prospect. He is very patient, and has a very strong arm over at ss.

        • G

          Not to mention scrapping the switch hitting would be an instant improvement.

    • Voice of Reason

      The day of the 2010 draft, Culver wasn’t any better regarded than Aune was this year, and in the last two years Culver has more or less fallen on his face while Aune has yet to do so (and been pretty good thus far), so stock down for Culver, stock at least level for Aune. Why shouldn’t Aune be the better prospect? Seems like a pretty reasonable statement.

  • Richard Leo

    Bryan Mitchell is too wild

    • tyrone sharpton

      and wet

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

        Well done, sir.

  • Danny

    Bryan Mitchell has to be one of, if not the most frustrating pitcher in the system. Hopefully as he moves up he learns to repeat his delivery and throw strikes, his stuff is incredible.

  • Tremont

    I’ve seen three SI games this year and I’ve been very disappointed in Ravel. He has a really long swing and from what I’ve seen his pitch recognition seems awful.

  • Bob Buttons the Cat

    1. Is Bleich a full time RP now or is there a chance that the Yanks let him start next year?

    2. Is Cito always short for Clarence?

    • Bob Buttons the Cat

      errrm never mind that second part. Christopher Culver.

    • pat

      I believe Bleich is in the bullpen permanently.

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

        Yeah. I believe that’s the case as well.