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RHP Jon Meloan, LHP Francisco Rondon, and C/1B Jose Gil were all promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Empire State today. RHP Mark Montgomery is likely to remain with the Thunder for their playoff drive, however. Make sure you check out last night’s update for the rest of the late-season promotions, including moves for OF Tyler Austin, OF Ramon Flores, LHP Nik Turley, and LHP Matt Tracy.

Triple-A Empire State (6-2 win over Pawtucket) their season ends tomorrow but they’ve already clinched their division … their first round best-of-five series with Pawtucket begins Wednesday, and they’ll play their home games in Rochester for at least that series
3B Kevin Russo: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — had been in a little 3-for-18 rut (.167)
DH Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — 18 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.474)
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP — apparently he was robbed of another homer on a great play as well
RF Cole Garner & CF Melky Mesa: both 1-5, 2 K — Mesa doubled
C Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
LF Darnell McDonald: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Doug Bernier: 1-4, 2 K
LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 57 of 95 pitches were strikes (60%) .. very nice spot start for the sleeper prospect
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 32 of 48 pitches were strikes (67%)
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (58%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Binghamton, walk-off style) their season ends tomorrow but they’ve also already clinched the division title … their first round best-of-five series starts Wednesday, opponent TBD
3B David Adams, 1B Luke Murton & LF Shane Brown: all 0-4 — Murton struck out once, Adams twice … Brown drove in a run and struck out twice
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
CF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — 21 homers is six more than the career-high he set last season in 36 more plate appearances
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 E (both throwing) — ended the game on a walk-off error
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 K — hard to believe he’s in Double-A already (even if it is just a late-season call-up)
1B Kevin Mahoney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
DH Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
LHP Vidal Nuno: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 60 of 86 pitches were strikes (70%)
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 21 of 30 pitches were strikes (70%) … he was up to 96 with the fastball
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — seven of 11 pitches were strikes (64%) … he was up to 94, which is good because he’s been missing some velocity since last year
RHP Ryan Pope: 0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 13 of 15 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (6-0 loss to Lakeland) this was their final game of the season, they finished at 65-70 overall and did not qualify for the postseason
SS Francisco Rosario: 0-4, 1 K
CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 K — finishes the season at .302/.377/.461 with five homers and 19 steals (in 23 chances) in 265 plate appearances … now it’s off the Arizona Fall League in a few weeks
3B Zach Wilson: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 K — finishes at .266/.357/.471 with 18 homers, fourth most in the farm system not counting the departed Jack Cust
DH Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K — finishes the year at .290/.344/.485 with 18 homers
C Kyle Higashioka, RF Kelvin DeLeon & 2B Jose Mojica: all 0-3 — Higgy committed a throwing error and struck out … Mojica struck out
LF Hector Rabago: 0-2 — threw a runner out at the plate
RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 1 WP, 8/3 GB/FB, 2 E (pickoff, throwing) — I wonder if they’ll just stick him in the bullpen next year and let him go
LHP Kramer Sneed: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB
RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — finishes his pro debut with 52/9 K/BB in 32 IP

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Augusta) their season ends tomorrow and they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention
SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 1 R
CF Ben Gamel & RF Rob Refsnyder: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB — Gamel struck out … Refsnyder doubled
DH Casey McGehee: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — still sporting a sub-.100 ISO
2B Ali Castillo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 HBP
LF Eduardo Sosa & 1B Rey Nunez: both 1-4 — Sosa drove in a run, got caught stealing and struck out twice
C Nick McCoy: 2-4, 2 RBI
RHP Brett Gerritse: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GB/FB
RHP Zach Arneson: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Will Oliver: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB
RHP Adam Smith: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Brooklyn) their season ends on Wednesday, but they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention despite their recent strong play
LF Taylor Dugas, SS Jose Rosario & 2B Jamiel Orozco: all 0-3 — Dugas walked and whiffed … Orozco struck out once, Rosario twice
RF Danny Lopez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — that’s 11 homers in 51 pro games
CF Ravel Santana & 3B Matt Duran: both 0-4 — Duran struck out once, Santana twice
DH Greg Bird & 1B Fu-Lin Kuo: both 1-3, 1 BB
RHP Andrew Benak: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB
LHP Pedro Feliciano: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — had a little more on him earlier
LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB

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

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Feliciano throws scoreless inning in latest minor league rehab outing
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  • Richard Leo

    hope Graham Stoneburner can turn into a nice reliever

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Dude was amazing as a starter in 2010. Fuckin injuries man.

      • Richard Leo

        he was a nice sleeper in the farm then.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Tough year for Stoneburner. Do you protect him from the Rule V draft knowing he could potentially help the bullpen next year? Kind of a project though, and Whitley and Montgomery have first dibs a spot in the bullpen.

    • Richard Leo

      he gives up way too much homerun right now and i don’t believe he can stick at big league next season.So no need to protect him IMO

      • Laz

        He really hasn’t shown the ability to be a high value arm so far in his career. 24 yo at AA with 5.02 era. I don’t think that he can stick with a ml team for the time being. If they have an extra spot and want save him fine. But I really don’t think that he is anything really worth worrying all that much about.

        • Bo Knows

          He was actually progressing pretty well until that weird neck injury a couple of seasons back. It’s been a struggle just for him to even be on the field. Don’t get me wrong, he was almost always destined to the bullpen but he had a ton of health issues that have really messed his numbers up

          • Laz

            Sure he may work out, but 5.02 era this year in trenton, trouble seeing him stick. If he can’t they get him back anyways.

  • Ron

    I love that Austin gets to see what the skill level is like in Double A. Hopefully this will show him what he needs to do in the offseason to have another great year.

    • Laz

      Usually later in the season alot of the players are called up to higher levels, so AA at this time of year is somewhat easier. I’m excited to see what he does next season, this was his second strong season in a row. He is moving right on up, Hard to believe him and trout are the same age.

      • Bo Knows

        Yeah it is amazing but you have to consider that he was drafted the year after Trout and he (Austin) suffered a season ending within his first few games (if I recall he had signed really quick).

        Considering how well he’s hit the ball over the past two season, it makes you wonder where he would have been had he not gotten hurt….who knows we might have been hearing his name as possible call up when someone went down.

        • Laz

          I wasn’t trying compare them and say he is mediocre. I was just commenting about different development rates and in awe, now profar is in the majors at 19….

  • Robert

    I really like this Pete O’brien catcher on the Staten Island Yanks. Watch him next year!!

  • Matt s

    55/10 k/bb in 200 ab, .255 obp. Some nice power though.

  • JonS

    O’Brien beginning to look good.

    Then again I’m biased as a former Cane. :)

  • pat

    Went to look up O’brien’s stats on b-ref. This is what came up. Bless you baseball reference.

    http://www.baseball-reference......pe02.shtml

  • Nick

    A few Austin-related questions…

    Does he need to perform well in this brief call up to start 2013 at AA or is he pretty much a lock to do so? IF he does start at AA next year, what is a realistic time frame for his ML debut? When a prospect hits AA thats usually when you can start thinking about them doing something at the major league level. It would be nice to have a bat like Austin waiting for the callup at some point late next summer…

    There should be some solid near-ML ready arms in Montgomery, Nuno and a healthy Banuelos next year. It would be nice to see a few bats waiting to help us too.

    • emac2

      He put up a good enough season for a spring training invite as a reward and I would let him determine the starting level with the way he plays when he shows up. I would be surprised to see him back in A ball unless a roster crunch pushes him back.

      It’s going to be interesting to see how he gets written up by the prospect guys who haven’t been in love with him.

      • Laz

        I think that Flores is a lock for Trenton, seeing as he performed good and spent the whole season at Tampa. both Almonte should move up to AAA seeing as they were decent and Scranton could use the outfielders. Mustelier is probably the only lock there, although I wish they brought him up this month to see if he could be a bridge for RF next year.

        Even If Slade, Austin, Flores, Williams all make it up to trenton midseason, I think they will be fine with roster spots. Worst case you just rotate the DH around, and it keeps them fresher.

  • Nico

    How is Adams doing defensively at third base? It would be nice if he became a good utility man.