Romine hurt in Scranton win

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts following the off-day

OF Slade Heathcott is still day-to-day with his neck strain, according to Mike Ashmore. Given his injury history and all-out style of play,”day-to-day” actually seems like an apt nickname. 2B Angelo Gumbs was placed on the DL today as well, hopefully for nothing involving the elbow.

Triple-A Scranton (10-1 win over Rochester)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — had just three hits in his previous 20 at-bats (.150)
  • 3B David Adams: 2-5, 2 R
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 4-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB — seven hits in his last seven at-bats
  • C Austin Romine: 3-3 — left the game due to injury in the fifth, but I don’t know what happened … hopefully it was just a foul tip and not the back or anything
  • RF Melky Mesa: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 RBI
  • LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 65 of 99 pitches were strikes … I feel like “Hopalong” would be a good nickname, “Hopalong Nuno”

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Akron)

  • CF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 E (fielding) — nine hits in his last 22 at-bats (.409)
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS — four straight two-hit games
  • LF Neil Medchill: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — been mashing since the start of the season
  • LHP Nik Turley: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GB/FB — 53 of 90 pitches were strikes (59%) … much better than his first two starts
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes

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

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 R — five hits in his last 12 at-bats (.417)
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 BB — has a hit in ten of eleven games this year
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7/5 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (12-2 win over Rome)

  • CF Taylor Dugas: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — four errors already
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K — 14 walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — six hits in his last 16 at-bats (.375) with four doubles
  • DH Kelvin DeLeon: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 8/2 GB/FB — 52 of 90 pitches were strikes (58%) … 22/2 GB/FB so far this year
Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts following the off-day
  • SamVa

    I wanna see a chart of all the people drafted behind Culver.. Just so I can feel worse about that pick. Bichette at least has promise. Yikes.

    • lightSABR

      You mean, the Cito Culver who’s OPSing .781 this year? I mean, I’m not saying he’s the next Jeter or even a future big leaguer. Just that it’s odd to be moaning about him after a game in which he went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

      • forensic

        And 2 strikeouts and another error…

        • Jim Is Bored

          If you’re going to compare him to Jeter, look at Jeter’s error numbers in the minors before you freak out about Culver’s.

          • forensic

            Where in my comment did I say anything about comparing him to Jeter? I just added stats that complete the picture that he chose to ignore. If you’re going to reply with something like that, then reply to him, the person who actually said something about Jeter.

        • cid

          I smell troll.

      • jsbrendog

        even when the pick was made it was panned as a reach.

      • Rick

        A lot of people have been moaning about things at the wrong time on this board. You’re 100% correct with this comment.

    • pat
      • Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)


  • nycsportzfan

    Man, how much more does Nuno have to do before he gets a shot at either a starter for Hughes or Nova, or as a 2nd lefty in the bullpen for Shawn Kelley?

    • Scott

      I’m really watching the calendar to see when they accept that even if Nuno and Mustelier don’t fit some “type” they have in mind, each has more than earned a shot to outperform some of the deadwood on the MLB roster (e.g., Nuno > Kelley, and Mustelier > Francisco).

      • mitch

        I don’t think the need for a second lefty in the bullpen is so great that you’d switch Nuno from starter to reliever just to get him on the roster. I’d rather see him continue to get AAA experience as a starter. They’ll need an extra one at some point.

        • Caballo Sin Nombre

          Personally I think it would be better for his development right now to get Major League experience, even if it were only in the bullpen. It is a huge step up from AAA to the Majors. Let’s get him started on that.

          • Laz

            Way different ballgame if he is out there as the Loogy vs starting.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      All he does is sit batters down, not walk them, and win.

      Seriously, I’m glad Nova and Hughes fit your mold, but neither of them can attest to any of the above.

    • trr

      Soon, my friends….soon

    • Samuel

      Sheesh. I like him as a pitcher but way too early.

      Give Nuno at least two months at AAA before talk about him supplanting anybody in the major league rotation.

      By the way, there is this guy named David Phelps on the major league roster who might get the first shot at starting over Hughes. In fact, that should happen immediately, as Phelps is better than Hughes right now.

      Nuno doesn’t fit the Yankees “image” of a starting pitcher. He’s short, doesn’t throw hard and doesn’t have projection.

      All he does is get hitters out.

      Anyway, you need to give any pitcher at least ten starts at a new level to really see how he can perform.

  • Matt

    Romine was hit by a foul tip in the right arm and was down for a while apparently.

    • RetroRob

      Reports of a foul tip to right arm didn’t greatly concern me at first. Follow-up reports indicating the foul tip might have hit his right forearm does. Much easier for bones to break. Hopefully the injury was limited to a deep, painful bruise.

  • nycsportzfan

    Maybe Culver paying alittle to much attention to his offense, starting to hurt his defense? 4errors is alot for this early in the yr..

    It really sucks about Austin Romine, he had to be so close to helping the big club and taking stewarts spot or going to another team in a trade as they start to see what a healthy Romine can do.. I feel bad for the kid..

    • Larry

      If Romine goes on the DL long enough maybe JR gets a promotion and Sanchez too?

      • RetroRob

        Unlikely just yet. They’ll probably go with the back-up catcher at AAA if Romine is out for any length of time.

  • Gerry

    Instead of Culver they could have had Aaron Sanchez from Toronto, Taijuan Walker from Seattle, Nick Castellanos from Detroit or Mike Olt from Texas. Yep…pretty depressing

    • Bo Knows

      Do you really trust this team to help a pitcher with walk-itis like Walker? He’d probably be in just as bad a shape as Betances

    • jjyank

      I’m not saying that Culver wasn’t a reach, he absolutely was. But I find it kind of silly to play that game with the draft. I’m sure you can do that with most picks by most teams.

      • trr

        all you can do with a guy like Culver is keep working with him, and send him out every day. comparisons with Jeter are pointless

      • Rick

        Can’t believe we passed on Pujols, Crawford, Morneau, Brandon Phillips, Ludwick, Lackey, Brian Roberts, Rauch, Putz, Bedard, Victorino, Harang, Peavy in 1999 and took… Dave Walling. Fire Everyone!

    • Samuel

      I was screaming for Yankees to take Castellanos over anybody at that point, solely based on his bat and Yankee needs at the time.

      Needs now, too, by the way. Big RH bat who plays 3B.

      I also wanted Todd Frazier taken in 2007 first round over Andrew Brackman. That pick didn’t work out either for Yankees.

      Asked a Yankee scouting guy back then why they didn’t take Frazier? Quote: “His swing is too long and he has too many holes…”

      What? The Yankees don’t have any minor league hitting coaches who can fix those type of things?

      • Mike Axisa

        Big RH bat who plays 3B.

        Castellanos is neither of those things, really.

        • Samuel

          So, a high school kid drafted to be a third basemen, who has a career OPS well over .800 in his first couple years AS A THIRD BASEMAN, gets bumped to AA as a 20 year old.

          And he has moderate success as a 20 year old in AA, then moves to AAA in 2013 as a 21 year old, but also has to move off his third base position to the OF because Miguel Cabrera, a reigning TRIPLE CROWN winner, now mans third base in the majors for his parent club – one level above.

          Yeah, Castellanos isn’t any of those things at the time of the draft, and the Yankees sure couldn’t use him at AA or AAA instead of Kevin Mahoney, Casey Stevenson or some other freaking scrub loser.


  • Wayne

    Or kyle richter from USC. I sincerely hope we draft him in this years draft. He is going to be a lefthanded version of Tom Seaver. Hope I didn’t jinx it!!

  • Wayne

    Vidal is going to get called up and soon.

  • vicki

    the gary sanchez watch

    PA 43
    AB 40
    H 14
    2B 4
    3B 0
    HR 2
    SB 1
    CS 0
    BB 3
    K 9
    HBP 0
    AVG 0.350
    OBP 0.395
    SLG 0.600
    wOBA 0.441

    wrc+ 187

    looks good doing it.

    • vicki

      oops, sorry; stats do not reflect his hit and rbi tonight.


    • forensic

      Just two or three more years before he’s in the majors…

      with another franchise.

      • vicki

        hush up.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        How long till the Yanks start intimating that he’s got attitude problems and no work ethic? When he gets to AA or AAA? It’s only a matter of time with them.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Actually, it was two years ago when he had to be sent down to Extended Spring Training because he had attitude problems and a low work-ethic.

    • trr

      thanks Vicki!

  • KCSwiss

    People drafter after Cito Culver
    Aaron Sanchez
    Noah Syndergaard
    Anthony Ranaudo
    Asher Wojciechowski
    Taijuan Walker
    Nick Castellanos
    Chance Ruffin
    Mike Olt

    • pat
    • Scout

      OK, like almost everyone else, I panned the Culver pick at the time. But, really, people, it’s time to get over it.

      • KCSwiss

        I’m fine with Culver, I want the kid to succeed, I was happy when the Yanks took him, hell I played against him in high school.

  • New Guy

    Is Ronnier injured or just not being reported on these? Seems like the later would be weird considering he was pretty close to making the team…

    • coolerking101


      • mitch

        pretty terrible timing for that injury. He should be getting Francisco’s ABs right now. By the time he gets back the ship may have sailed.

  • Tim B

    So when can we expect Vidal Nuno to be called up? If he is called up than he could replace Boone Logan or be put in the rotation. If Pettitte retures than you hve an LHP already ready to play at the MlB level. Hughes hasnt’t been the same since a few seasons ago. If i were Cashman i would trade Hughes for an outfielder that can help us. Than you have a rotation consisting of

    Not bad

    • gageagainstthemachine

      What exactly are you going to get from Hughes right now? His stock can not be high enough to garner anything of true value coming back in a trade. He’s also starting on a shortened ST preparation (which means he probably shouldn’t have started in MLB when he did this season and should’ve spent more time in Extended ST). Although Hughes broods about as much confidence as AJ Burnett at the moment, you’d be dumping MLB ready pitching (on a team that, let’s face it, is going to need a lot of starting pitching to get through the full season) for another outfielder on a team loaded with outfield depth (on the roster and even a few options in AAA). Let’s sing the real tune here. Hughes wasn’t ready to start the season when he did. That’s on the manager and the FO for putting him out there unprepared and not 100%. Regarding a trade, it’s just a bad idea in my opinion. Now or even later. If he’s not worth it, let him walk at the end of the season. But I guarantee his arm will be needed this season one way or another.

    • hmelawyer

      “Hughes hasnt’t been the same since a few seasons ago.”

      I don’t get where this is coming from. He has been the same pretty much his whole career as a starter (relief was a different game). He never lived up to the promise and has been consistently inconsistent. However, we know what he is at this point and he has been the same for several seasons, a mid-back end starter. The truth is he has made two April starts following injury and is a player who usually has a poor start. Last year he righted the ship after April and he probably should get that chance again. Check out the splits.

      I will not get really concerned until the calendar turns to May. He always stinks in April, except for one outlier year in 2010. From Baseball-Reference his splits (career) by month for ERA and OPS-A
      April- 7.31, .900
      May- 4.32, 7.52
      June- 3.46, .697
      July- 3.95, .739
      August- 4.62, .727
      September- 3.56, .665

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        He hasn’t been the same since he tore his hammy in 07 when he was 21, forcing him to change how he threw his curveball, actually.

  • CONservative governMENt

    How great would it be if Culver hits this year and officially becomes the shortstop of the future?

    He’s at the age where he would be starting his first full season after getting drafted as a college junior, so I’m going to pretend this non-switch-hitting version is a new player and relieve him of the “slot money reach pick” burden he’s been carrying.

  • myman50grand

    Culver was a high pick. Revisionist historianism is allowed. 50th round….., not so much, but 1st round in front of “better” picks……, sure, second guess away.

    • cid

      Even though he is playing well now is only 20?

  • ClusterLawDuck

    Even when Cito hits the ball “square” he still can’t hit it out of the infield. /Lame scouting report.