Bichette goes deep as Campos makes first start in 11 months


If you’re curious about which minor leaguers started the year on the DL (and there is a lot of ‘em), then check out this week’s minor league transactions courtesy of Matt Eddy. Meanwhile, Ben Badler listed RHP Rafael DePaula as a prospect who has seen his stock rise early in the year. Seems a little (way) too early to be adjusting prospect statuses, but to each his own.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Rochester)

  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — eleven strikeouts in 23 plate appearances so far
  • 3B David Adams: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 3 K
  • C Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — nice little 5-for-14 (.357) with three walks start
  • 1B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 R
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 51 of 84 pitches were strikes (61%) … nice debut for the veteran journeyman
  • RHP Cody Eppley: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64%)

Double-A Trenton (15-7 loss to New Hampshire)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — off to a bit of a slow start so far
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-5, 3 K — threw a runner out at third
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — meanwhile, he’s still mashin’
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB
  • SS Walt Ibarra: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K — only 16 of 39 pitches were strikes (41%) … egads, not the ideal Double-A debut
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB – ten of 18 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Shane Brown: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — only 12 of 34 pitches were strikes (35%) … he’s actually an outfielder, so yeah, they got a little desperate in the late innings

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off-day.

Low-A Charleston (9-4 win over West Virginia)

  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — strong start continues
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — he should crush this level after spending three years with a major college program like Arizona
  • DH Greg Bird: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K — second homer in as many games … he didn’t hit the second of his three homers last year until July 7th (!)
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Jose Campos: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — lots of short starts by legitimate prospects early this year, I wonder if that’s a Gil Patterson thing … I don’t remember starts ever being cut short this early in the season
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 12/1 GB/FB — ground balls are awesome, but I greatly prefer strikeouts at this level
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Bob Buttons says:

    So anyone got any idea how O’Brien looks behind the plate?

  2. Josh says:

    Peter O’Brein is the kid from Florida right? Whats his future outlook at catcher? IIRC he can really mash. Would suck to lose him and Bird…

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      He went to Miami. Big body might outgrow the position, but has a great arm and fairly nimble for his size.

    • DInnings says:

      ‘This kid the son of Charlie O’Brien inventor of the catcher’s mask 90% if not all MLB catchers wear nowadays?

  3. Bunch says:

    Does Refsnyder go straight to AA with Gumbs at A+ ?

    • Angelo says:

      No. They would be more likely to either split time (one DH and the other at 2B.) That would be a pretty big jump for even the best minor league players.

    • A.D. says:

      He didn’t exactly crush the Sally League in his debut last year, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves

  4. pat says:

    Tracy sporting a cool 135 ERA.

  5. Barry says:

    Stay healthy Romine… Stay healthy.

  6. pat says:

    Bichette’s HR was bases loaded 2 outs in the 9th.

  7. YankeesJunkie says:

    Campos and Evan R. in Low A should be exciting to watch.

  8. Pro says:

    Can we get austin’s run and rbi total in the prospect watch?

  9. Matt L says:

    Any word on if Cito did in fact give up switch hitting?

  10. Preston says:

    The SunDevil in me objects to anybody calling Arizona a MAJOR program.

  11. Deathstroke Heathcott says:


  12. Robert says:

    Saw Pete O’Brien alot in Staten Island. Outside of striking out wat too much he showed Power good defense and above all great leadership qualities,definetly one too watch.

  13. Wayne says:

    I am not as high on campos as the Yankees are. As he looks injury prone. That trade will not workout for either team. The only reason yanks are high on this guy is because they traded Montero for him. As far as rutckyj goes i heard he changed his delivery. But the vídeos i saw of him last year i don’t think there much of a difference.
    Peter o’brien should be converted to first base. If he can play there he could make mark texiera expendable eventually but that is a big if as far as being a top first baseman defensively! Cause it looks like the guy can hit. The problem with our top position players they are either hurt or are unsure of what type of defense they can play. Expect the second and third round picks this year to be defensive players and very athletic players. We will see what happens!

    • vicki says:

      expendable is a weird word; there’s no strategy there. teix has a no-trade and has said “bury me in pinstripes.” of course the yankees may not want to extend or re-sign him in four years.

    • Laz says:

      They will give him every chance at catcher first, just because it makes him way more valuable. They can very easily switch him to 1B later on if he can’t handle behind the plate.

      • A.D. says:

        Does O’Brien really have the bat for 1B? Thought the idea was he could be a good offensive catcher but wouldn’t be too exciting anywhere else.

    • Rick says:

      Ahhhh, the old dump Campos after a rocky first start post. Now if only they would have done that with CC when he first signed, we wouldn’t be stuck that guy either. Wait, that would be bad. Nvd.

    • pat says:

      Lol. SO why were they high on him to be included in the first place then?

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    David Adams having a solid little start to the yr if not stellar… Anyone think he’d be fist up if we were to bring up a infielder and/or Bat off the bench type?

  15. Jeff says:

    I’d really like to see Romine and Murphy both bumped up a level….soon. Romine can’t be any worse than Stewart at this point and giving him Stewart’s ~2 out of every 5 starts will still be plenty of playing time.

    I think it’s even $ if Stewart is DFA’d that nobody picks him up.

    • Laz says:

      Can Murphy get 20 PA in before we start calling for him to go up a level?

      He proved last year he can’t handle AA yet. He needs to stay at the level at least for a while now. Might get a bump up once Sanchez comes up.

  16. John C says:

    “— ground balls are awesome, but I greatly prefer strikeouts at this level ”

    I prefer outs, any way you get them

    • Rick says:

      While correct to a degree, the strikeouts help predict future performance better. As you progress through the levels, players stop missing the hittable pitches. However, just because he had only 1 K in this game doesn’t mean he won’t be able to record them in the next.

  17. A.D. says:

    Seems like the Badler piece is more like some early success helping back up everyone’s hype of these players. Less that DePaula’s stock has gone up, and more that we weren’t crazy to rank him as a prospect since now it’s confirmed:

    1. He does exist
    2. He will be allowed to play baseball in America
    3. The big fastball exists
    4. All the redic stat lines he put up the DSL do mean that he can dominate stateside MILB hitters (at least for one night)

  18. Govin says:

    All I know is that Tyler Austin doesn’t seem to be at all fazed with the double A. I forget whether I said this before but I’m not overly concerned with Heathcot. It seems that he normally starts slow.

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