Sep
03

Two wins and two losses on the final day of the season

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LHP Vidal Nuno was promoted to Triple-A while RHP Ryan Flannery was bumped down to High-A, clearing two Double-A roster spots for all the recent promotions. Click here and here for all the recent movement.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Pawtucket in 12 innings, walk-off style) this was their final game of the season, they finished at 84-60 and won the North Division … their first round best-of-five series with Pawtucket starts Wednesday
3B Kevin Russo: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Darnell McDonald: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 1-5, 1 R
DH Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — left the game for an unknown reason in the eighth, though I’m almost certain it was just a “rest on the last day of the season” thing
PH-DH R.J. Baker: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
RF Cole Garner & C Gus Molina: both 0-5 — Garner struck out
CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 CS
1B Jose Gil: 1-5
SS Doug Bernier: 0-3, 1 BB
LHP Mike O’Connor: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/5 GB/FB — 26 of 37 pitches were strikes (70%) … wonder if he’ll be back in the bullpen for the postseason, this certainly seems like “just get work in” appearance
RHP Jon Meloan: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 28 of 43 pitches were strikes (65%) … it all came apart once he went back out for the third inning of work
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 26 pitches were strikes (77%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes
RHP R.J. Baker: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0/2 GB/FB – 11 of 21 pitches were the strikes (52%) … and the final pitch of the season was delivered by the third catcher who spend most of the year on the phantom DL

Double-A Trenton (8-5 win over Binghamton) this was their final game of the season, they finished at 78-64 and won the Eastern Division … their first round best-of-five series with Reading begins Wednesday
CF Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R
LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — homered in his second Double-A plate appearance
RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Luke Murton: 1-3, 2 R — his 25 homers led the organization this season … Melky Mesa (23) and Zoilo Almonte (21) were the only other non-Jack Cust players over 20 dingers
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
DH Rob Segedin: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Jeff Farnham: 0-4, 1 K
2B Walt Ibarra: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/6 GB/FB — 54 of 95 pitches were strikes (57%) … welcome to Double-A, kid
RHP Mikey O’Brien: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 32 of 44 pitches were strikes (73%)
RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes

Low-A Charleston (7-1 win over Augusta) this was their final game of the season, they finished at 73-63 overall and did not qualify for the postseason
SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K — finished the year at .215/.318/.283, though at least he led the organization with 71 walks
DH Casey McGehee: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — he’ll rejoin the big league team tomorrow, there’s already a locker set up for him at Tropicana Field
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 CS, 1 HBP — finishes the season at .248/.322/.331 with just three homers, easily one of the most disappointing players of the season
1B Saxon Butler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
2B Casey Stevenson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K — left the game in the seventh for what I assume was “last game of the season” reasons … Ali Castillo replaced him and doubled and struck out in his two at-bats
C Francisco Arcia: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
CF Eduardo Sosa: 0-4, 1 K
LF Cody Grice: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP. 2 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — finishes the year with 115/72 K/BB in 114 IP
RHP Phil Wetherell: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5/0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (11-5 loss to Connecticut) they’ve already been eliminated from the postseason and their season ends on Wednesday
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-6, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
DH Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 1 RBI, 4 K, 1 HBP — eek
CF Ravel Santana: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
1B Greg Bird: 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — very interested to see what he does next year now that he doesn’t have to worry about the whole catching thing now
3B Matt Duran: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
LF Danny Lopez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Jose Rosario: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
C Isaias Tejeda: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch) — seven hits in his last 16 at-bats (.438)
RHP David Aardsma: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — had a little bit more him earlier
RHP Stefan Lopez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Angel Rincon: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 r, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4/4 GB/FB — he was sitting 90-91 with a few 93s
LHP Tim Flight: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GB/FB

Both High-A Tampa‘s and Rookie GCL Yanks‘ seasons are over. Neither qualified for the postseason.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Richard Leo

    Flores and Austin waste no time to hit at AA

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Let’s hope they stay on track along with Heathcott and maybe Williams to reach the bigs in 2015 because god knows the Yankees can use an infusion of youth to their team.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        If Flored and Austin do well next year they could be September call-ups next season. The Almonte brothers and Adonis could be called up during the middle of the season next year if they do well in AAA. Mustelier and Mesa are ready right now. Lots of outfield help on the way.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          .271 OBP in AAA doesn’t exactly scream ready.

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

            Nice cherry picking. Melky Mesa has done well in limited time in AAA. He’s probably not in the team’s long term plans but he’s nice depth. I included him last on that list for a reason.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              It’s not cherry picking. That is an obvious issue. Along with his absurdly high K rate.

              • Brian S.

                I could easily say “He has a .306 ISO.” He’s a future star. His overall offensive profile has been good in AAA (121 wRC+) in limited at-bats. But as I mentioned, I do not think he is a future regular. Maybe a nice bench piece.

                • Brian S.

                  “He’s a future star” should be quotations. ^^^

                • Ted Nelson

                  The sample size is a problem. It’s unlikely Mesa suddenly became a blind Barry Bonds. What were Shane Spencer or Shelley Duncan or Wise’s ISOs when first called up? And Mesa isn’t doing this in MLB. K’ing in 1/3 of your AAA PAs is a big issue. MLB Ps are worlds better than AAA Ps. That’s not to say he can’t get the K rate down and become a contributor. However, the issue here is that someone called him “ready.” That’s pretty duboius.

          • Richard Leo

            the bright side is Mesa really shows his power at AAA
            and i think he can improve his K rate next year to an acceptable level.
            A cheap 4th OF can play good denfense and hit with power is not sexy but still useful.

            • YankeeGrunt

              His K rate might improve, but it has increased just about every time he has advanced a level (promotion to Tampa being the lone exception). In a full season at AAA as he adjusts to the pitching it may drop, though you’d expect a similar adjustment to the pro game, one that the Yanks might be reluctant to weather. To me his upside looks like 2012 Curtis Granderson – maybe not 40 HR potential but a guy who will frustrate the heck out of you with his K rate.

      • Laz

        I am hoping to say goodbye to granderson after next season. Some may not work out, but it is exciting to see Flores, Austin, Slade, Williams that could all be solid ml regulars. I think that developmentally that Williams will be furthest behind, and Slade or Austin should reach the bigs first.

  • crawdaddie

    I thought Trenton won today.

  • Ron

    Mitchell with a tease for next year. Next year will be big for him to show what kind of a prospect he is.

    • Richard Leo

      always hope he can figure it out

  • TEC

    Trenton won.

  • Facepalm

    The farm this year has been small ups, big downs.

    • Ted Nelson

      Three prospects establishing themselves as consensus top 50 are “small ups?” I would love to see what a big up is…

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    What do you think, one more season for Culver to show he can hit before trying to reinvent him as a pitcher?

    • Laz

      I guess, this is his 3rd mediocre year in a row. His ceiling is much higher as a hitter, but if he can’t move up at all in the minors they might as well try him as a pitcher. It is reassuring at least to see the Rays pick right before the Yankees’ doing even worse. He just turned 20 a couple weeks ago so he definetely still has time to turn it around.

    • Facepalm

      No, take away switch hitting first. He hits better as a righty, but gets more reps as a lefty, if you make him hit righty, the ball will look funny coming out of a righty’s hand. So I guess you have to go lefty and hope he can clean up his swing. He’s showing an eye, and arm and a glove and will be twenty, don’t take the bat out of his hands yet.

      • Tremont

        He’s better righty, so you conclude that he should quit that and bat lefty all the time?

        • Facepalm

          I worry about pitch recognition. He’ll see more right handers, thus get more work in.

          • Bo Knows

            The guy had a 13% walk rate to a 19% strikeout rate, I think pitch recognition is pretty good….he needs to make better contact and that might be better served if he starts swinging exclusively right handed.

    • Ted Nelson

      Unless he plays himself off SS I doubt they move him to P anytime soon.

  • Greg

    nothing more fun than overestimating one’s prospects – if even two of our OF prospects (Almontes, Mesa, Flores, Austin, Williams)become more than semi-regulars, it will be a surprise. That’s just the way the odds work.

    • Laz

      I really don’t see Zoilo or Mesa making it. But out of AA, Slade, Williams, Austin, Flores. You have 5 young good outfielders. Not all of them will pan out, but out of the way they are performing, I think the Yankees have a very good shot of at least getting one or two regulars.

    • Tremont

      I disagree. If two of the Williams, Austin, Heathcott, Flores, Almontes, Mesa group don’t become decent starters, it would be an upset.

      • Richard Leo

        the last three have low chance to become decent starters.

      • Ted Nelson

        I’d put it more at 1.5, but 2 could be right. Between Mason and Austin I’d expect one to make it. With Slade’s health and Flores’ ‘tweener risk I’d put the others at .5 starters. Higher in terms of contributors, of course.

    • Bo Knows

      Not really, I don’t care at all for either Almonte they just don’t seem all that good. Flores is interesting but he’s more of a possible sleeper, if he hits well and with power in Trenton, then there might be something.

      Austin and Williams on the other hand are both respected throughout the scouting community, that’s not “over-valuing” they are both just very good prospects.

      • pat

        And Slade is the best of the bunch.

        • Bo Knows

          I don’t know about that, him, Mason, and Austin are definitely the best of the bunch, I think it’s more of a Rock/Paper/Scissors situation between those three, Slade is the most Patient, Austin seems to be the strongest, and Mason is the fastest.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Flores wasn’t on anyone’s radar, but he’ll be 21 playing in AA next year, with patience, a little bit of power and a reasonable K rate, to go along with the speed. I can’t comment on the arm strength (assists are a pretty bad metric) and not sure how his power projects, but he has demonstrated three or four of the five tools, so don’t count him out yet.

  • viridiana

    Austin and Williams are very good bets to make it. What makes Williams a premium prospect is the fact he already provides excellent defense and speed. This should enable him to crack the bigs first, if needed, as the speed and defense give him value even as he adjusts offensively. His low strikeout rate also augurs well. Tyler Austin is a stud. Both are probably Top 30 or 40 BA prospects.
    Ramon Flores is beginning to profile like one of the great Yankee outfielders of the 50s. That would be Gene Woodling. Like Flores, Woodling was short and patient with a knack for putting his bat on the ball. Cannot emphasize enough the fact that Flores is extremely young for where he’s already succeeded. Not the world’s greatest athlete — but if he can platoon with Hank Bauer, he should be another asset.
    I’ve always been more skeptical than most about Heathcott, but he’s opened my eyes a bit this year. Still needs to make better contact but he could be good.

    The rest are questionable, for sure. But the Almontes both look like they could help as platoon hitters. Very good splits.

    Mesa showed tremendous improvement in his K rate in AA but regressed once he was promoted. I remain skeptical about him.

    In all, I think there’s a decent chance that three or four of these guys wind up helping at the big league level. The question is whether the Yankees will give them the chance by sticking woth them thru the inevitable early ups and downs.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Williams cut his K rate significantly, but his walk rate also dipped (even as his HR numbers jumped). That suggests he is being more aggressive at the plate. Nothing wrong with that, just keep an eye on whether pitchers adjust to this as he advances and whether he can tweak his approach to avoid getting in early holes.

      • Rehobie

        Williams, Slade and Flores have all played Center field. Withe Austin (their best prospect) could form a formidable outfield except…. Yankees don’t give youngsters a chance.

        • YankeeGrunt

          At that age prospects are pretty suspect. You can’t expect that they’re all going to progress evenly or even progress at all. They’ll do the best to space these kids out and ensure them reps at CF, the only “premium” position in the OF, if they think they could realistically profile as center fielders at the next level, but having more prospects than reps is a lot better problem to have than more reps than prospects to take them.