Trenton opens the season with blowout win

Game Three: Baby Steps
Andy & Mo carry Yankees to first win of 2013

Might as well start the season with some notes…

  • According to his Twitter feed, RHP Ty Hensley is already riding a bike after having right hip surgery yesterday. I guess it was just an arthroscopic procedure rather than a full blown incision? Either way, good news.
  • Baseball America’s Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis (no subs. req’d) says Austin Aune is already transitioning from shortstop to the outfield. That kinda stinks. Last year’s second round has some big power, but his bat is much more special at shortstop. For shame.

In honor of minor league Opening Day, here are the full lineups. I am planning to modify (i.e. shorten) DotF this summer just because I don’t have as much time as I once did, but Opening Day is a special occasion. Hooray minor league baseball.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 loss to Pawtucket in ten innings)
3B David Adams: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — he and Adams picked up right where the left off last summer
LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
1B Dan Johnson: 1-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB — he’s been MVP of this league in the past
CF Melky Mesa: 1-6, 1 RBI, 5 K — yikes
DH Cody Johnson: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K
C Austin Romine: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K — please stay healthy, please stay healthy…
RF Thomas Neal: 0-4, 2 K
SS Gil Velazquez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
LHP Vidal Nuno: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 4/3 GB/FB — 55 of 79 pitches were strikes (70%) … rock solid yet again
RHP Sam Demel: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 19 of 35 pitches were strikes (54%) … recently claimed off waivers and outrighted off the 40-man roster
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — six pitches, five strikes
LHP Juan Cedeno: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only three of nine pitches were strikes
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GB/FB — 15 of 25 pitches were strikes
RHP Jim Miller: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (59%) … losing sucks, but I’d like to thank him for not letting this one go deep into extra innings

Double-A Trenton (13-5 win over Portland)
CF Slade Heathcott: 0-6, 1 K — not the way he wanted to start his season, I’m sure
LF Ramon Flores: 1-6, 3 R, 1 K
RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — the Tyler Austin Watch is up in the sidebar, by the way
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — would be nice for him to have a real big year given the questions behind the plate at the big league level
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB — he can mash, little old for a prospect but he can mash
3B Rob Segedin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Neil Medchill: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — homered off Daniel Bard, who, yes, is in Double-A
SS Walt Ibarra: 1-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
LHP Nik Turley: 2.2 IP, 4 G, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 38 of 78 pitches were strikes (49%) … rough season debut, ouch
RHP Dan Burawa: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes … missed all of last year with oblique and rib issues, but he’s a swing-and-miss reliever who could become a big league factor at some point in the next 18 months
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (56%) … numbers crunch means he’s in the bullpen
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes
RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — nine of 14 pitches were strikes … finishes off an absolutely stellar night of work from the bullpen

High-A Tampa (7-4 win over Lakeland)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — glad to see him healthy after the shoulder injury
2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — same with him, good to see the elbow’s okay
LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — poised for a breakout year
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB — very quietly stole 15 bases in 2012
1B Matt Snyder: 0-4, 2 K
3B Zach Wilson: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Anderson Feliz: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
RF Eduardo Sosa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — him and Williams in the same outfield makes Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki look like Bobby Abreu and Raul Ibanez
SS Ali Castillo: 2-4
RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/2 GB/FB
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GB/FB
RHP Nick Goody: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/4 GB/FB — Clip’d the win

Low-A Charleston was rained out. Crummy way to start the season. They’re going to play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Game Three: Baby Steps
Andy & Mo carry Yankees to first win of 2013
  • Dean

    Oh Mitchell u and your walks. Smh

  • hogsmog

    A first glance with no glasses, and I read something like “Ty Hensley blows out hip.”

  • Rebecca

    When/if do you think Gary Sanchez would make it to Trenton? I get he might be in Tampa a while while Murphy has the Trenton spot?

    • RetroRob

      Second half of the season would be the earliest. Romine gets bumped to the bigs, Murphy moves up to AAA, and Sanchez to AA.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Any recent word on the extent of Musty’s injury or when he might be back?

    Not sure if I missed something along the way.

    • Crespo

      pretty sure it’s only a shin bruise

  • your mom

    Hooray for DOTF! Didn’t even realize that the minors started their season this early.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Too bad about Aune. The Yanks really have no potential replacement for Jeter in the organization now and with Andrus signing long term, the best potential FA has been removed from the equation.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Aune was always a stretch at short because of his frame. His bigger problem right now is hitting. If it clicks with the bat, and by most accounts it hasn’t yet, he could be a very good prospect. If he doesn’t, it won’t much matter where he’s playing.

    • Greg Corcoran

      Actually there is no truth to this rumor. He’s still at shortstop this season and will likely start at Staten Island.

    • Greg Corcoran

      Also the best potential replacement for Jeter is Abiatal Avelino. This or next season he is going to emerge as a top prospect IMO.

    • Crespo

      Well, now that cito is only hitting right handed….

      • Dave M

        That is what I’ll be watching this year. He’s already good enough defensively. He just needs to hit.

  • Danny

    Bryan Mitchell doing Bryan Mitchelly things. Next year’s Jose Ramirez I predict.

  • Barry

    Can’t wait to go see the pretty much new ballpark in Scranton, looked really nice in the architectural draw ups last year. Hopefully by mid summer there’ll be someone named Austin to watch there.

  • pat

    Austin struck out? Twice? Bust.

    • Bob Buttons


  • Bob Buttons

    Heh. Totally forgot Eduardo Sosa existed.

  • vicki

    damn, i love a catcher who steals bases.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Are you saying that Williams and Sosa make Gardner and Ichiro look like Abreu and Ibanez in terms of speed/fielding or in terms of girth?

    • Bob Buttons

      Could be both..

    • vicki

      laughed literally out loud.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s going to be interesting to watch the fate of some of these long-time farmhands who are on the 40-man once the regulars, plus guys like Pineda, start getting healthy. I can imagine a guy like Mesa is going to need to show some discipline, and quickly.

    Great to see some production on the first day from Austin and a Montgomery-esque line from Montgomery. Slade will pick it up soon.

    Even if I don’t get to see them, I look forward to following a hell of a lot of players this season through DOTF.

    • Greg Corcoran

      There’s a lot to look forward to. To me the relievers were really showcased today. Especially in Trenton. Burawa, Perez, and Pinder are all hard throwing strikeout relievers and all look good. Even Shaeffer Hall could end up as a useful lefty reliever. I find it interesting he had 2 K in 2 innings. He didn’t match his IP and strikeouts too often last season.

    • govinthegreat

      Im not to concerned with Slade, I remember he started slow in the fall league, and we all remember how that turned out.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott


  • Laura

    I love you Slade!

  • RetroRob

    My life has been a little frantic of late, so I’ve been missing some transactions. I didn’t hear about Adams being released for a couple days, but now I see he’s back in AAA. What happened? No one claimed him?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Possibly not, but it was release waivers instead of outright waivers, so it’s also possible he was claimed and opted to become a free agent instead.
      Most likely he went unclaimed though.

  • Sayid J.

    Gotta move that Austin sidebar up the page!!

  • Preston

    Catching was supposed to be a problem? Cervelli, Romine, Murphy and Sanchez all had good games today! Hopefully Romine can displace Stewart, and soon.

    • Samuel

      I have seen Romine play about a half dozen games at three different levels, and have to say Romine isn’t very good.

      He will never be able to hit major league pitching on a consistent basis, and his defense isn’t a good as the talk on this site. It is amazing how one early scouting report on a guy remains gospel for his entire career.

      I would much rather have Cervelli for two years and have Sanchez arrive in 2015.

  • M-Three

    Its only game 1 but nice to see our young relievers have good games. I don’t think Pinder will be in Trenton for too long if he pitches to his potential.

    As for the Triple-A bullpen, Montgomery just needs to keep on dealing like we know he can. It wouldn’t shock me if by May we are talking about him come up to replace Eppley (still don’t get how he beat out Aardsma). Also, keep an eye on Preston Claiborne. I know we shouldn’t take much from spring training games but I was impressed by what he showed in camp stuff wise.

  • Giacomo

    I produce the broadcasts for the AA Trenton Thunder. Apparently Pinder was at 95 mph and Burawa touched 97 a couple times. Not bad.

    • dkidd

      good intel. please check in as often as your schedule allows

      like every game


      • Dave M

        Ditto what dkidd says!!!

  • Havok9120

    After last season it feels downright WEIRD to look at the AAA roster and see guys that I believe could be adequate replacements at the MLB level if the need arose.

  • Jay T

    What Montgomery did last night is absurd!

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      Glad to see it. He kind of tailed off in spring training. I thought he might have had a low-grade injury.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    I am really, really rooting for JR Murphy. He was supposed to be a plus hitter coming into the draft. I’m hoping that his mediocre results in that area were due to hi focusing on developing his catching skills. Now that he’s achieved competency in that area, maybe the hitting will pick up. Fingers crossed.

  • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…


  • Wayne

    When does Rafael depaula pitch ?