Murphy continues hot hitting in Trenton loss

Game 15: North of the Border
Pettitte strong in return as Yankees pound Jays

RHP Graham Stoneburner has been sent down to Double-A Trenton, reports Josh Norris. That clears room on the Triple-A Scranton roster for RHP Chien-Ming Wang. LHP Josh Romanski was placed on the DL to clear a roster spot for Stoneburner. Meanwhile, Wang’s debut with Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. I assume he’ll pitch in one of those games. Low-A Charleston was rained out as well. Their doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday.

Double-A Trenton (6-2 loss to Erie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB — five walks and two strikeouts in his last five games
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — six of his last eleven hits have gone for extra bases (three doubles, three homers)
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 3 K — 15 strikeouts in eight games
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 54 of 81 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59%)

High-A Tampa (8-3 win over Daytona)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 R, 2 BB — 13 walks and 12 strikeouts in 13 games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB — new level? no problem … been hitting all season
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • DH Francisco Arcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • SS Jose Toussen: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
  • RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1HB, 8/4 GB/FB
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB — just off the DL
Game 15: North of the Border
Pettitte strong in return as Yankees pound Jays
  • jeety

    CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 R, 2 BB — 13 walks and 12 strikeouts in 13 games

    Very happy about this!

  • Barry

    So, is Murphy’s power here to stay? I’m really pulling for this guy. I guess I really pull for all of the catching prospects.

    • Bob Buttons

      He was always a legit hitter (even compared to other positions). He’s not as famous because he was never the best on the farm offensively or defensively among catchers.

      • Barry

        I know he was always a legit hitter. But his power spike is encouraging. He has 4 homeruns in a dozen games so far. He had 4 in 43 last year at AA. SSS aside, that’s a considerable spike.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Demotion to AA? Major league name, minor league arm.

    • Pat D

      He’s no Balls Mahoney.

    • Havok9120

      Would’ve been nice to see him make it as a reliever just to go over to the other team’s blogs and see the reactions to his name.

      One of my favorite parts about the night the Red Sox Dream Team got eliminated in 2011 was when George Kontos came into the Yanks/Tampa game and the OTM crew responded with a collective “what’s a George Kontos??”

      Such a great night.

  • Travis L

    True or False…JR Murphy has to be added to the 40-man after this season to avoid the rule 5 draft. Also, I think Slade Heathcott and Vidal Nuno (and David Adams) need to be added as well.

    • forensic

      Based on what I see, it would appear yes on Murphy and Heathcott.

      Adams is a no since he just signed as a typical minor league free agent after they released him, so he’s just a regular free agent after the year (unless I’m missing something).

      Nuno is tough to tell. He’s older but seems to fit the years and draft time, though he also had the Independent League time. Actually, I guess maybe that means he signed a regular minor league contract then and it’s just minor league control time he’s under now? Not really sure.

      • Bob Buttons

        You’re right on Adams.

        Here’s what I found on google that might pertain to Nuno.

        MLB RULE 55: Sometimes called a “Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent,” a minor league player qualifies for free-agency under MLB Rule 55 if the player has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league club’s Active List and/or Disabled List (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors), and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract (known as a “second contract” even if it’s his third or fourth minor league contract) has expired. Note that a player who ordinarily would have been eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent is NOT eligible if the player is either added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or agrees to a minor league successor contract with his previous club by 5:00 PM (Eastern) on October 15th or by 5:00 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series (whichever is later).

        He was a 48th round pick released by Cleveland so I assume that he can become inor league FA if he’s not picked in the Rule 5. So it’s 40-man or lose him.

        • Bob Buttons

          minor league FA*

          • Travis L.

            Any reason why the Yankees wouldnt add Nuno? I’m assuming Heathcott and Murphy will be added. Do you think they take another chance on Adams, or just try to sign him as a MiL free agent?

            • Bob Buttons

              Frankly it’s quite early at this point but I think Nuno has a good chance but Adams does not.
              Nuno is probably better than a couple of guys on the 40-man right now, plus the could always be added and protected before we go scrap-heap shopping for parts later on in the FA season to fill out the last couple of 40-man spots. Of course, Hiroki and/or Andy might retire and Phil might go for a spacier park, and Nuno is an ideal candidate for a long man/spot starter type a la Phelps. He has a spot in-line to be the next LRP/#6 starter and it’s his spot to lose. Lefties who can start and non-loogy relieve effectively doesn’t exactly grow on trees.
              Adams on the other hand, isn’t exactly what you’d want in a back-up infielder at this point, because, let’s face it, he’s not starting. I’d figure that they’d prefer Nunez or Nix as backup, since they love their veteran’s presents (because let’s face it, rooks don’t have too much extra cash to buy nice ones), and Adams have a real problem staying healthy. You don’t want your back-up to be injured a lot when your starter is on the wrong side of 35. He might get a legit shot on another team, so it really wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he left for greener pastures. Of course, all these could change depends on how the backup IF options does until the end of the year.

        • forensic

          Yeah, that’s kind of what I figured, but the only question would be if his (and Adams’ really) contract was just a one year contract or has a longer term meaning it doesn’t expire after the season. I wouldn’t really expect that, but I don’t remember hearing about him being a minor league free agent this past offseason, which seems like it would’ve been the same situation as this coming offseason. It’s certainly possible that he was and he just wasn’t a big enough name to have heard about it and the subsequent new contract (or I just don’t remember), but who knows.

          • Bob Buttons

            I think minor league contracts are mostly year-to-year since people who qualify for minor league FA are usually bouncing around. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Nuno resigned mid-season and we didn’t hear about it, whether it was because we had no idea who he was or because it wasn’t announced.

            I checked BA’s list for 2012 and I didn’t find Nuno’s name, so I’d assume that he signed another minor league contract to remain with the Yanks during the season.

            But again, who knows. I learn half of my transaction rules from OOTP.