Bird & Bichette homer in Charleston win

Sunday Night Open Thread
CC leads Yanks to much-needed win over Tigers

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 2 K, 1 HBP — nine strikeouts in 19 plate appearances so far
  • 2B Corban Joseph: 0-2, 2 BB
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 3B David Adams: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 3/3 GB/FB — 45 of 83 pitches were strikes (54%) … hardly an ideal Triple-A debut, but he’ll give it another go in five days

Double-A Trenton (9-7 win over Portland)

  • DH Slade Heathcott: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 K — six strikeouts in 15 plate appearances so far
  • CF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP — has reached base at least twice in every game so far
  • LF Neil Medchill: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — four extra-base hits in the three games
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI — kind of a forgotten prospect
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/5 GB/FB — 50 of 74 pitches were strikes (68%) … all three runs came on solo homers (all righty batters)
  • RHP Dan Burawa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (53%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 15 of 28 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 24 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Lakeland)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 2B
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs & DH Gary Sanchez: both 0-4 — Sanchez struck out once
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 2B
  • SS Carmen Angelini: 1-4 — still keeping the dream alive, I see
  • C Francisco Arcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4/5 GB/FB — 4.20 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for the Thunder last year, but he has to open the year back here due to the numbers crunch … rough, but he’ll get bumped up soon enough

Low-A Charleston (5-0 win over Greenville)

  • SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 R
  • 1B Greg Bird: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — didn’t hit the first of his three homers until May 31st last year
  • DH Kelvin DeLeon: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-4
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 11/0 GB/FB — 52 of 76 pitches were strikes (68%) … very strong out for the potential breakout prospect
Sunday Night Open Thread
CC leads Yanks to much-needed win over Tigers
  • nycsportzfan

    Solid games for Mason Williams, Ramon Flores, and Ty Austin, which is nice to see.. Gotta get these real deal prospects moving along..

  • Pseudoyanks

    These are going to be fun to read all season. So many dudes to track.

    • Angelo


  • Cool Lester Smooth

    One of these days, Carmen Angelini is going to break out and become the next Derek Jeter. I just know it!

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      I can’t wait to have Eric Duncan and Carmen Angelini on the left side of the infield in a couple of years.

  • Alkaline

    Yikes. AAA isn’t looking so hot.

    • Murderers’ Row Boat

      I was at the game today. There wasn’t enough beer in the world to make that game better. However, Zoilo Almonte has a cannon for an arm. He went CF to home without a bounce.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Not to sharpshoot, but Bird had his first hits last night, he was 3-4 yesterday too.

    • Samuel

      I have said it a bunch of times on here, but Greg Bird is a flat out stud. He will be the Yankees first baseman by 2016, if not sooner.

      He is a cross between Joe Mauer and Nick Johnson. He has the bat control of Mauer (gap to gap line drive hitter), and the plate discipline of Johnson, who was one of the biggest walk machines when he actually played.

      Best part about the kid is his mental attitude and approach to hitting. Makes his adjustments from at bat to at bat, and pitch to pitch.

      • Bo Knows

        That is lofty praise, he better hit .400 in Charleston then

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          With a .550 OBP.

      • forensic

        So, the Yankees are going to move Teixeira to DH and away from 1B when his defense is the one part of his game that hasn’t declined? And while A-Rod is much more likely to need to be moved out of the field?

        He is a cross between Joe Mauer and Nick Johnson.

        Sure hope that’s not injury-wise…

        • Laz

          No way Teix gets dropped to DH. Arod will be with Yankees for the rest of Teix’s contract.

          • Samuel

            I believe Alex will be released well before his contract is up. The Yankees will make some deal with him.

        • Samuel

          HaHaHa, so funny.

          Did I say injury wise, or did I specifically say “plate discipline?”

          Maybe you guys on here should see some of these kids play, talk to them about their games, and confirm with some of their coaches to find out what a player is all about.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Yup, none of us ever go see them play.

          • Bob Buttons

            Maybe you haven’t noticed but most of the RAB posters are nowhere near the lower minor league affiliates. Some of us aren’t even from the same continent (I’d assume there’s a few), and some of us, like myself, are no where near any of the affiliates.

            I’m not trying to offend anyone but ’tis the truth. Too much of a hassle for a lot of us to see the lower minor leagues, save for SI.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Bird is 20 years old.

            When Joe Mauer was 20, he hit .335 at A+ and .341 at AA.

            When Nick Johnson was 20, he hit .345 with a .525 OBP at AA. He had 123 walks and 37 HBP in 132 games. Only 6 of those walks were intentional. 26.5% of his PA ended with him walking to first unintentionally. That’s steroids-era Bonds level plate discipline.

            • Samuel

              Wow, I’m sorry. I apologize for the Yankees treating their high school draft picks differently than the Twins do. In fact, the Yankees treat their young picks different than most everyone else.

              So, Bird was drafted at the same age, but the Yanks decided to wait an extra season before letting him play. The Yanks did that with almost all other high school kids drafted like Mason Williams, Tyler Austin etc.

              Would you love to have another Tyler Austin type kid ripping thru the Low A Sally league at age 20? Well, me too, and his name is Greg Bird.

              So, when Bird is in Trenton next year, putting up great numbers like Austin did (and Austin still does by the way), you’ll remember this info I put up on these boards.

          • Angelo

            You know nothing.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              …Jon Snow.

            • Samuel

              I know more than you, Angelo. Lots more. I can see more than a spreadsheet.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    Didn’t Bird also go 3 for 4 in Saturday’s loss?

  • A.D.

    Maybe I missed it but why is Rondon starting this year?

    • Havok9120

      It wasn’t explained as far as I know. Mike is not a fan of the move but I don’t know enough about the guy to judge either way.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Why not? He gets more innings/pitches to work on things and he’ll be better prepared to handle a heavy workload than a pure reliever such as Robertson or Montgomery would be.

  • Josh

    Why is Almonte playing CF and Mesa left? Isn’t Almonte a RF or is this just a typo?

    • Laz

      Isn’t a typo, his bat would profile much easier in majors if he can handle center.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott


  • Cool Lester Smooth

    The box score says Austin had 3 hits, not 2.

  • bomonk

    Any idea about the second pitcher in Tampa Today? Was the game clock accurate? Could the last three and a half innings go that fast?

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I guess those calling for Melky Mesa to make the big team can see why that wouldn’t have been such a good idea.

    • forensic

      You almost have to wonder if he’s going to have a very short stay on the 40-man roster if he doesn’t start to show to semblance of improvement in that facet of his game.

      Of course at this point it’s hard to really see that happening.

      • Laz

        Which is why he didn’t start the season in the majors. He has yet to prove that he can even handle AAA last year.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    morning, ya’ll. i can’t wait to see campos pitch.

  • Robert

    Good start for the Blue chip position players!

  • stephen

    So Rutckyj and Camarena are going to eork out of the pen?? Seems like a waste especially for the latter.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I hope when someone asks Rutckyj how he spells his name, he says “How it sounds”

    • jjsabe

      No one will be in the rotation the other will be a piggyback starter.

  • Wayne

    I like Gabe Encinas alot along with Rafael depaula. These two could have the biggest year out of our single a clubs and move fast after this year!
    Does depaula turn 22 this year or 23 just asking. Can’t wait for Jose Ramirez to come back. He was easily the best player to come out of spring training from the minors this year!
    In low a told you Hensley and cote are injury prone! I want to see what Hayden sharp and Brady Lail do in low a.

    • Bo Knows

      He just turned 22 two weeks ago