Encinas throws another scoreless start in River Dogs win


Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader was rained out. They’ve had no luck with the weather this year. They’re going to play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday to make these games up.

Double-A Trenton (9-5 loss to Portland)

  • CF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K — five walks in his last three games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 walks in his last ten games
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — too bad he’ll never get a chance to play everyday in this organization
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GB/FB – 54 of 98 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 26 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (9-2 loss to St. Lucie)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 CS
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — the hitting streak is up to 16 games
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Shane Greene: 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/5 GB/FB — 30 strikeouts and five walks in 30 1/3 innings … to bad he’s repeating the level

Low-A Charleston (1-0 win over Kannapolis)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 2 K – that was their only hit of the game … he has a hit in every game since the promotion so far
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 1 BB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr. & C Peter O’Brien: 0-3, 1 K — O’Brien allowed a passed ball, his seventh of the season
  • LF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 51 of 78 pitches were strikes (65%) …this was his fifth start overall and the fourth with zero earned run, in the other start he allowed just one earned run
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Laz says:

    All stadiums should have domes!

  2. Leo says:

    anyone has some scouting report of Gabe Encinas?He is a big surprise this year.

    • Tremont says:

      Saw him a couple times last season. Low 90s fastball. OK curve. Didn’t throw enough strikes last year. Worth tracking as a back end starter/ middle reliever type.

  3. zs190 says:

    I had completely forgotten that Francisco Rondon is on the 40 man roster. He’s 25 and has big stuff but has major command issues. He didn’t start for 4 years and suddenly Yankees want him to pitch as a starter and he’s been just awful. I can’t imagine him working out as a starter with his command issues and he’s behind Logan, Rapada, Nuno, Spence, Cedeno, etc on the LHP depth chart. Should definitely be considered for DFA if the Yankees need a spot on the 40 man roster.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      1) He’s only starting to get more work in. AA bullpen ain’t exactly roomy.

      2) Spence sucks, Rapada is a LOOGY, Nuno is strictly a starter.

      3) Francisco first. Then maybe Eppley (as much as I love him).

      • zs190 says:

        1. AA bullpen has a lot of non-prospect types, Aaron Dott, Shaeffer Hall, Josh Romanski, Kelvin Perez, etc. Shaeffer Hall in particular has been a good starter for Trenton for several years now and is pitching in relief, so Rondon is not in pen because pen isn’t roomy.

        2. Spence and Rapada are LOOGY types, but so is Rondon. Has very sizable difference in his splits vs LH and RH hitters.


        Nuno for this season is strictly a reliever, his future is probably a long reliever/swingman but that’s a debatable.

        3. Fans don’t like Francisco, but I think they’ll keep him around for depth reasons. Quite possible Boesch gets sent to minors when Curtis is back instead of Francisco DFA. Eppley is a DFA candidate for sure, but at least he’s been useful before.

        • zs190 says:

          Oops, should have said Rondon is not *starting* because pen isn’t roomy. Could have easily had those two guys in roles they were in last year.

        • Bob Buttons says:

          Lefties who can bring heat can sometimes do a bit more than LOOGYing. Rapada is a soft-tosser, and other guys really don’t throw that hard. Also, in the very same link, it shows that Rondon has lower BABIP vs RHB. IIRC there are speculation that Rondon is getting more game action for some reason, but nothing is for sure that he’s getting converted. But either way, there is a chance that he may become more than a LOOGY. LOOGYs generall don’t throw that hard.

          Either that or I’m thinking of the wrong lefty in the Yanks upper levels.

  4. qwerty says:

    Refsynder will be in AA before long if this continues. Maybe he can bring some respectability to the farm if he does well there.

  5. Phil says:

    Who gets promoted first, Encicas or Refsnyder?

    • zs190 says:

      Probably Refsnyder, since he’s a polished guy from major college program. He’s not being challenged in A ball, could argue he should have started in high A to begin with. Encinas struggled last couple years and they’ve promoted him a level each year anyways, it’s ok to let him pitch a little while in low A even though he’s been awesome in first 5 starts.

  6. horsehockey says:

    ” too bad he’ll never get a chance to play everyday in this organization”

    what a crock…. first i’ve seen any mention like this from you Mike, nor would it last long if he were to ever make it to the BX. you’d be twitter-shitting all over him his first ugly game.

    • GoGoPlatter says:

      Totally incorrect. I’ve seen Mike mention a certain affinity for Higashioka since he was drafted. I tend to agree as well. He never has had much of a chance to play everyday despite a relatively positive scouting report coming out of the draft. I believe he and Murphy may have been drafted the same year.

      • Bob Buttons says:

        Murphy was 3rd round, 09, Higashioka is 7th round, 08.

        I had a BA prospect handbook for 09, and it listed Higashioka as the best Yankee draftee in 08 in terms of power. FWIW it wasn’t a strong draft for us, batter-wise. Names you might have heard of are him, Adams, Corban, Ray Kruml and Addison Maruszak. That’s really it.

        • horsehockey says:

          24 XBH’s at most in his MiL days so far…. if only.

          it’s easy to pine for the guy now…just imagine if he were with the big club. ha! it would not be so friendly for him, nor would there be any “oh derrrr i’m so glad he got a shot here derrrrrerrrr”.

          • Bob Buttons says:

            Oh I have an irrational hate for Martin, so if he was hitting like crap last season in the big leagues, I’d still cheer for him.

            Long story short, I sincerely hate Martin most of the time because he rarely gets a hit in real life, simulation-based games like BM or OOTP or third person sports games like 2k. He kills rallies for me in every single way possible, in this realm and the imaginary realm.

      • horsehockey says:

        sure…. he’s been a sub 700 OPS guy his whole career. drafted a year after murphy, he’s done nothing save for play decent d in his MiL days.

        and make no mistake…. twitterxisa would have no patience for this guy on the big club.

    • Samuel says:

      Quote – “C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — too bad he’ll never get a chance to play everyday in this organization.”

      Although Mike seems to have an affinity for Higashioka, the player is just not that good. Can’t hit, especially hard stuff inside and chases junk away.

      With the Yankees strong cache of catching prospects (Romine, Murphy, Sanchez), why wouldn’t other organizations see how great Higashioka is, and look to trade for him? Why would they want Gary Sanchez instead?

      Cause Sanchez is good, and Higashioka is not good.

  7. horsehockey says:

    sure…. he’s been a sub 700 OPS guy his whole career. drafted a year after murphy, he’s done nothing save for play decent d in his MiL days.

    and make no mistake…. twitterxisa would have no patience for this guy on the big club.

  8. KCSwiss says:

    Hey no error for Refsynder today! Seriously though at what point do they consider a promotion for him? Still mashing after moving up a level, only concern I have is with his fielding.

  9. Sara says:

    Be well.
    Who are the Yanks starting pitching prospects that throw 95 mph or more?
    Ramirez? DePaula?
    And I read in a feature article in a magazine that Brett Marshall throws 95. Is that correct?
    Here’s a hypothetical. If the Yanks had to fast track a hard-throwing starting pitcher as the Marlins did with Jose Fernandez, who would it be?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’d imagine the first two guys you mentioned would be it. They have absolutely zero need to do it, and thank God for that.

      We enjoy guys like Fernandez because we don’t have to root for their teams day in, day out.

  10. Jeffro says:

    Checked out the Thunder game yesterday. Rondon was all over the place as you can tell from his walk total and B/S ratio. Also,he seemed to be living in the high 80′s with his FB. Overall, not very impressed with him as a starter.

    Other thoughts, Burawa was throwing some gas (hitting 95 several times). Was disappointed I didn’t get to see JR Murphy play. Austin GiDP in a big spot to kill a rally. RS might have a player in 3B Almanzar – he had a couple walks and a few hits including a BOMB to LCF.

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