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Game 19: Another Lefty
Ichiro leads Yankees to comeback win over Rays

OF Jake Cave has been added to the Low-A Charleston roster according to Josh Norris. The team’s sixth round pick in 2011 missed all of last season with a knee injury. Cave’s a great athlete, but there are some concerns about his swing and ability to hit long-term.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Columbus)

  • 1B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 2B — first career appearance at first base … he’s never going to be able to play shortstop, but there are still three other infield spots he could work on
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Dan Johnson: 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — first homer of the year
  • 3B David Adams & CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 7/5 GB/FB — 60 of 90 pitches were strikes … every once in a while, he does this
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (71%)

Double-A Trenton (7-1 loss to Akron)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — threw a runner out at the plate
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-4 — one hit in his 14 at-bats (.071) since the three-homer game
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 57 of 98 pitches were strikes (58%)

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Brevard County, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB — hitting streak is quietly up to 14 games
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K
  • SS Dan Fiorito: 2-3, 1 R — second career game (first was last night) after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 5/4 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over West Virginia)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — strong full season debut
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) — six hits in his last 35 at-bats (.171)
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-3, 1 BB, 1K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — seven hits in his last 40 at-bats (.175)
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4/8 GB/FB — 59 of 81 pitches were strikes (73%) … one earned run or less in all four starts this year, he’s been awesome
Game 19: Another Lefty
Ichiro leads Yankees to comeback win over Rays
  • AdamC6

    Does Refsnyder actually have a position? He’s making an error a night at 2b….of course the night I ask this he was actually error-free….

    • zs190

      They are trying to convert him to play 2B, he played there in high school but played more LF in college I think. I think BA and such talked to scouts that thought he could stick at 2B.

      If 2B doesn’t work out, he’s probably a LF and the bat doesn’t play there so yeah, this conversion needs to work for him to be a prospect.

    • Katesogreat

      Actually Refsnyder Scotty smallls-ed a ball over to the first base line tonight. Totally floppy armed it and the ball went to the dugout, not even close to first base. The runner wasn’t paying attention and stayed at 1st which was the only reason he didn’t get an error.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      On the other side of the keystone, something tells me that this Dan Fiorito kid playing shortstop for Class A Tampa Yankees is a keeper and a future NY Yankee. Is he really a 22 year old 6’4″ 215 lb. shortstop w/pop? Where did we find this guy, & are there any more where he came from?

      • Rick in Philly

        He’s an undrafted free agent from D3 Manhattanville where he put up some outstanding numbers, but it does look like he was a man among boys. I don’t know much about him, but he’s a long shot. Worth cheering for, sure, but a little out there to be a “future Yankee”.

        • pat

          Lol. One game in A ball and he’s a future Yankee. Hah.

          • The Real Me

            We need all the “Future Yankee SS”‘s we can get. :-)

      • pounder

        He’s a kid from Yonkers and appears to have enough talent for advancement.Moves well for a big guy, and has good hands.Think he may be a good one.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott


    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Among the reasons I come here every day is to see your emoticomment about his performance.

  • Matt Damon Wayans

    Pretty crazy that Dellin Betances vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka turned into a pitcher’s duel.

    • emac2

      I was thinking that ump must ave a big strike zone.

  • forensic

    JR Murphy must just be bored in AA…

    • The Real Me

      Catchers get bored in AA. It’s a proven fact.

  • Jd

    Any word on Betances stuff

  • Chris “Chicken Arms” Stewart

    How many errors has cito made this year?

    • forensic

      6 errors in 18 games.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Errors aren’t a very good metric for determining how effective a defender is. Good defenders, especially those learning a new position. What is the range like? How is the pivot? Is his arm strength enough? The mental mistakes will smooth out, he is a hard worker and he’ll fix them. It’s the same with Culver, you can’t teach those tools.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mean to say “good defenders, especially those learning a new position, will commit errors.” Hope that was clear.

      • Now Batting

        I disagree. I think errors matter more in the minors than anywhere. You have to make the routine play 99.9% of the time.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Refsnyder has a fraction the number of reps at the position that most High A 2Bs do. He has to get used to the way the bat comes off the ball, the hops it’s going to take, etc etc. He will make mistakes. If he’s making the same ones regularly at AAA in a year or two, I’d be a lot more concerned.

        • Steve

          I put absolutely no stock in minor league errors. Derek Jeter’s errors in the minors are as follows:

          1992: 42
          1993: 56
          1994: 25
          1995: 29

          Obviously Culver can’t really hit either, but my overall point is that errors in the minors aren’t a huge deal.

          • Steve

            Check that only 21 in 1992. Added his total together with his level by level

            • Now Batting

              So he cut them in half and made big progress. I fully expect a young minor leaguer to improve and cut down on his errors. If he doesn’t though then he’s not going to be in the bigs. Look at Nunez last year.

              • Rick

                Is it possible to factor in throwing to a MLB first baseman? I obviously haven’t seen any throws that Culver has made, but does anyone know if there are balls that should be gobbled up by the 1B but the error is given to the SS because it wasn’t a perfect throw?

          • Baseballnation

            I’d put some weight into errors all though other tangible factors are needed to take into evaluation. Also, a lot of the teams fans like to bring up the Jeter minor league defense comparison, yet Jeter has been a below fielder his entire career.

            • Jim Is Bored

              He’s been a below average fielder range wise, not error wise.

              Which is also helping the point; you need to pay attention to all factors of D; errors don’t tell the whole story.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Jeter made 56 errors in Low-A, it happens.

  • Phil

    Jairo Heredia’s shoulder fixed yet?

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Dammit Dellin, why do you do me like this?

  • dkidd

    why can’t I quit you, dellin???

  • vicki

    just get his stock slightly higher than worthless.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Trade him now!

  • gleb

    cito culver is…so bad

    • Jim Is Bored

      Maybe would fit better on a day where he wasn’t 2/4.

  • Wayne

    I am impressed with Gabe Encinas he , Zach Nuding and Rafael Depaula are having big years so far. Also how is Tommy Kahnle doing so far in aa. I would love to see him in our bullpen next year! Only i don’t know if that is a longshot at this point but i hope he becomes our closer eventually at some point next year.

  • Brian in MA

    I think this is what is so infuriating about Dellin. Every once in a while, he’ll show you why he was considered a top prospect, then he’ll be absolutely terrible again.

    • MannyGeee

      He’s our own little reminder of AJ Burnett. Which bums me out.

      I am 120% positive its mechanical. That is my medical opinion

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        I’m sure we could work out a deal with the Pirates.