Trenton clinches division with Garcia’s big night

A-Rod hitless in second minor league rehab game
Late rally helps Yankees to much-needed win


  • With their roster depleted due to September call-ups, Triple-A Empire State received LHP Matt Tracy and IF Yadil Mujica from High-A Tampa today. IF Doug Bernier and C R.J. Baker were also activated off the DL. I wouldn’t ready anything into the Tracy promotion, just typical end of season roster-filling stuff.
  • In other promotion news, all of the following have been promoted to Double-A Trenton: OF Tyler Austin, OF Ramon Flores, LHP Nik Turley, RHP Zach Nuding, RHP Tommy Kahnle, and RHP Branden Pinder. Expect to see a few of the current Thunder players (coughMarkMontgomerycough) bumped up to Triple-A as the top two levels get reinforcements for the postseason.
  • Austin earned some love in the In The Team Photo section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He hit a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the ninth two days ago to help keep High-A Tampa’s playoff hopes alive. Not quite Hot Sheet worthy, but still ridiculous.
  • The Yankees have signed SS Dan Fiorito as an undrafted free agent out of Manhattanville College, reports Chad Jennings. No word on the bonus, but it’s unlikely to be anything significant. This isn’t another Daniel Aldrich situation.

Triple-A Empire State (2-0 loss to Pawtucket) their season ends Monday, though they’ve already clinched the division title
3B Kevin Russo: 0-4
2B Corban Joseph & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 1-4 — CoJo doubled … Mustelier struck out
1B Kosuke Fukudome, CF Melky Mesa, C Gus Molina & SS Doug Bernier: all 0-3 — Fukudome walked … Mesa struck out twice, Bernier thrice
RF Cole Garner & DH Darnell McDonald: both 1-3 — McDonald struck out and got picked off first
RHP Chase Whitley: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — 30 of 47 pitches were strikes (64%) … spot started with Adam Warren now in the big leagues
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 25 of 43 pitches were strikes (58%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 17 of 23 pitches were strikes (74%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Binghamton) their season ends Monday and they clinched the division title tonight, so congrats
CF Adonis Garcia: 4-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS — 15 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.455) with five doubles and three homers
DH J.R. Murphy, RF Zoilo Almonte, SS Addison Maruszak, C Jose Gil & 2B Walt Ibarra: all 1-2 — Murphy scored a run and struck out … Maruszak drove in a run and struck out twice … Gil scored and whiffed twice … Ibarra doubled
3B David Adams: 1-3, 1 RBI
1B Luke Murton: 2-4, 1 2B
LF Kevin Mahoney: 0-4 — threw a runner out at third
RHP Craig Heyer: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 41 of 68 pitches were strikes (60%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of 12 [itches were strikes
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 19 of 25 pitches were strikes (76%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%)

High-A Tampa (8-1 loss to Lakeland) their season ends tomorrow, and they’ll need to win as well as get help elsewhere to clinch a playoff berth
3B Alex Rodriguez: 0-4, 2 K — had a little more on him earlier
CF Ramon Flores, C Gary Sanchez & DH Slade Heathcott: all 1-3 — Flores tripled, walked, and got picked off first in his final game with Tampa … Sanchez drove in a run … Slade struck out twice and got picked off first
RF Tyler Austin, LF Kelvin DeLeon, SS Jose Mojica & 2B Jose Toussen: all 0-3 — Austin walked, scored, and struck out … the other three each struck out once
1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
RHP Caleb Cotham: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB
RHP Sean Black: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-2 win over Augusta) their season ends Monday, and they’ve already been eliminated from playoff contention
SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CB
CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — 15 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.441)
1B Casey McGehee: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI — 6-for-16 (.375) down here
DH Saxon Butler: 1-3, 2 BB
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB — 11-for-12 in steal attempts
2B Casey Stevenson & C Francisco Arcia: both 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — Arcia scored a run
LF Eduardo Sosa: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Cesar Vargas: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/1 GB/FB
RHP Melvin Mercedes: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Charlie Short: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 loss to Brooklyn) their season doesn’t end until Wednesday
DH Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
SS Claudio Custodio: 1-5, 1 K
C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 K — picked a runner off second with a snap throw
CF Ravel Santana & 2B Jose Rosario: both 0-4 — Santana struck out once, Rosario twice
1B Greg Bird: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP — doing a nice little job up here late in the season
3B Matt Duran: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
LF Danny Oh & RF Danny Lopez: both 2-4 — Oh drove in two … Lopez struck out
LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 0/7 GB/FB — he was sitting 90-92
RHP Alex Smith: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB

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

A-Rod hitless in second minor league rehab game
Late rally helps Yankees to much-needed win
  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Adonis with a Godly performance today.

  • M-Three

    The SWB-Yankees have used Whitley for 3-4 innings a lot this year. Anyone else think that they are trying to develop him into being another “Alfredo Aceves” type reliever?

    I know that Montgomery get all the love here and its well deserved but I’ve felt that Whitley has kind of gone under the radar by most here this year With a good spring training, I could see Whitley having a shot to be part of the MLB bullpen if there is an open spot.

    • Richard Leo

      Whitley is really good

    • Laz

      Scranton’s rotation isn’t that good. Maine, O’Connor, and Ortiz; since they called up Warren. I guess Matt Tracy may join that mix now. Someone has to start.

      I guess Whitley could become an innings eater now, but his ceiling isn’t nearly as high as MM.

  • Robert

    Just got home from SI Yankee game.O’Brien the catcher(Big Boy at 6’3″) hit two line drive outs but really impressed on Dee ,besides snap pick off he fielded a bunt and fired a strike to third to get the runner.Looks like a leader also. Bird the 1B is a hitter as well as a good fielder.Ravel Santana can go get them in CF. Pitcher Rutckyj big lefthander at 6’5 but not overpowering.Not impressed with Rosairo,Duran or Custodio. But there is something about Taylor Dugas that says winner.
    And I dont know how he did it but Robbie Cano was at home plate at 630 just an hour after his game in the Bronx!!!

    • Richard Leo

      Cano good at everything

  • Nice Scheister

    Why is McGehee still in A ball?

    • forensic

      Because the season isn’t over.

  • pat

    Montgomery to the MLB pen, please.

  • Richard Leo

    need to clear a spot for him

  • Laz

    Surprised Slade didn’t get the call. Although Flores spent the whole year in Tampa and he was very good. I guess that shifts Zoilo to left for the time being? Especially since he isn’t really a real prospect like Austin is.

    What is the injury status on Abe Almonte?

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Zoilo is absolutely a prospect.

  • Naved

    “Sounds like Montgomery is staying in Trenton. Holy cow that’s going to be a bullpen full of heat. ”

    From J. Norris

  • kc

    The kid they signed is named dan fiorito, not nick

  • Josh

    Should we be concerned with Austin’s lack of power at High A, with just the 2 home runs, his slugging is way down.

    • jesse

      It’s at .498 which is nothing to sneeze at. Same with his 154 wRC+. The FSL is a pitcher’s league anyway. He deserved the promotion.

      • jesse

        Err, that’s a .478 SLG for Austin. Still, not too bad.

    • Laz

      He is hitting a double every 10 AB. It’s also a pitcher’s league. I am slightly concerned about his hr hitting ability, but he is still driving the ball far, If he still continues his high obp and lots of doubles he could be a very valuable hitter for the Yankees.

    • RetroRob

      Nothing concerning. His hitting was fine.

    • Is There Anybody in There?

      He’s in a pitchers league hitting in one of the larger parks; Darwin forbid the kid actually needs some time to adjust before he starts scorching the damn ball.
      While i wouldnt mind seeing him move quickly, these last minute “promotions” are often about filling a roster and less about earning a regular seat. Many times you’ll see this all over the rosters, and they end up right back where they left off.
      For instance….. Is Tracy really ready for AAA, or do they simply need a warm body for the last of the season?

    • Rehobie

      Typical accounts mentality. Everything has to balance to zero. If there is a plus somewhere, we gotta find a negative.

  • crawdaddie

    The dude slug .478 coming back from two injuries at Tampa.

  • viridiana

    Austin in Tamapa cut down dramatically on his strikeouts– that’s likely a factor in lower HR totals. But as many have said, all those doubles suggest power will be there.