Wang throws 5.1 scoreless innings in first Triple-A start

Yanks bounce back for 11th inning win over Jays
Yankees will stick with internal options following Jeter setback

Dan Martin spoke to RHP Ty Hensley, who will be out another few months following hip surgery. He said the hip problem caused repeated abdominal strains and prevented him from rotating properly during his delivery. Will be interesting to see how things go for him following the procedure. Also make sure you check out this Jonathan Lehman piece on C J.R. Murphy, who spoke about his defensive improvement and learning experience since turning pro.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-3 win over Syracuse in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — nine hits in his last 24 at-bats (.375) with two doubles and two homers
  • CF Melky Mesa & LF Zoilo Almonte: both 0-3 — Mesa struck out thrice but also threw a runner out at second
  • 1B Dan Johnson: 0-0, 2 R, 3 BB — 12 strikeouts and ten walks in 12 games for the former International League MVP
  • C Bobby Wilson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 9/2 GB/FB — 51 of 74 pitches were strikes (69%) … first start of the year and that’s pretty darn close to vintage CMW right there

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (4-3 loss to Syracuse in seven innings)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — okay, now he’s got 11 hits in his last 27 at-bats (.407) with three doubles and three homers
  • 3B David Adams: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-3, 1 BB — 14 walks in 14 games after 25 in 106 last year
  • C Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 2 K — rough day
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 61 of 89 pitches were strikes … first time this year he allowed fewer than five runs
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%) … actually had a chance to strike out four in one inning, but the final batter he faced grounded out
  • Cody Eppley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over Erie)

  • CF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 15 hits in his last 37 at-bats (.405) with seven walks and five strikeouts
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-3, 2 BB — eight hits in his last 24 at-bats (.333)
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 3-5, 1 RBI
  • DH Neil Medchill: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3/2 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 62 of 100 pitches were strikes, plus he picked a runner off first … seems to have gotten passed the slow start
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 22 of 34 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 13 of 22 pitches were strikes (59%)

High-A Tampa (6-4 win over Daytona)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — ten hits in his last 28 at-bats (.357) with six walks and five strikeouts
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — been all over it so far this year
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 0-4
  • SS Jose Toussen: 3-4, 2 R, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 5/1 GB/FB — 19 strikeouts and 11 walks in 22 innings

Low-A Charleston (10-9 loss to Hickory, walk-off style)

  • DH Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K — six walks in his last three games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 15 games
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Kelvin DeLeon: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 8/4 GB/FB — first solid start after two clunkers to open the season
Yanks bounce back for 11th inning win over Jays
Yankees will stick with internal options following Jeter setback
  • RobA

    Well, call him up then. Personally, as a Blue Jay fan, Ive been wondering how your Wang compares to our Johnson.

    • vicki


    • Bob Buttons

      Neither of them stands a chance against Furbush.

      • Bo Knows

        I bet Fister can pound Furbush into the ground

        • Now Batting

          Jokes aside, if Wang pitches well in AAA I bet he’ll be the first one called up being a veteran.

        • Rob L
        • Bob Buttons

          In the most disappointing discovery of the week, Shooter Hunt is his actual birth name, but his middle name does not start with a C.

    • Dave M

      I don’t know about your Johnson. But that reminds me of a headline from a few years back when David Bush was with Toronto and Wang was with the Yanks.

      “Yanks Wang too much for Toronto’s Bush”

      • Bob Buttons

        Two random facts:

        1) Las Vegas 51s play at Cashman Field.

        2) If Las Vegas wasn’t in the PCL, we could have “RailRiders’ Wang too much for 51s Bush.”

  • forensic

    Mesa making up for lost time after not K’ing the last few games.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Great stuff from the Wanger. Good to see Austin and Flores keeping things going as well. Good stuff ahead.

    Mesa not exactly playing like he wants his 40-man spot.

  • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

    I know it’s not important, but the box score has Adams as going 1 for 4.

    • forensic

      Adams probably thinks it’s pretty important. :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        As does the guy who revoked his fandom over his release.

  • Bo Knows

    I figured Austin would start heating up soon, almost all of his peripherals were in line with his previous levels except for his his LD%, strikes while looking and infield flies; which were drastically different. Those were/will return to normal and his other stats are going to start climbing

  • Brandon Mauk

    How hard did Wang throw?

    • Brandon Mauk

      Ok, I worded this really awkwardly

  • nycsportzfan

    I remember seeing Refsnyder in the College World series with Arizona St(i believe?), and he was a guy who reminded me of a young Michael Young type bat.. Sprays linedrives, can hit probably 10-14 hr’s a yr and will hit for a high avg and be a really tough , smart batter…

    He should be tearing the low level league hes in up, and he is, which is nice..

    • Barry

      Too bad he can’t play short.. or can he?

      • Laz

        Highly doubt it.
        As it is he is an offensively minded 2B, which if he can handle would be great offense from 2B.

    • Dan

      I remember him from the CWS as well, but I think he played with Arizona (not Arizona State). He seems to be tearing up high A, I would like to see him get an early promotion to AA. If Cano does happen to leave the Yankees, which I think is unlikely, he could be a good option as a replacement if he has the same success at AA.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        It wouldn’t hurt to have him continue to play 2B, even if Cano re-signs. Cano won’t be the 2B forever, so in 3 to 4 years, you’ll probably need a 2B, as Robbie will move to either 1st or 3rd (ARod/Tex contracts expire by then).

        It’s a long way from now, but having Refsnyder develop as an offensive 2B would be sweet.

  • forensic

    Mustelier must have the worst bruise in the history of mankind.

    • JonS

      Some bruises are worse than fractures. Hopefully he will be back soon.

      • forensic

        I hope so. He could’ve had a knee replacement by now and been back already…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ego bruises are hard to come back from.

  • Barry

    Good write up on Murphy there. That dude looks pretty solid for 5’11 195. I like how he seems willing to be a sponge and soak in wisdom. Have a feeling about this guy.

  • Naved

    Monty to the majors and Kahnle replaces him in AAA. By midseason this should happen.

  • Steve (different one)

    Seeing Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner rake, is there any doubt Wang comes up and throws 100 innings of 3.50 era?

    • Laz

      If his sinker is back I don’t think it is that crazy.

    • trr

      wish I could second that, but I think we should temper our expectations about Wang. Still, this is good news, and any positive impact from Wang would be like found money. I enjoyed watching him pitch for us and would welcome the chance to do so again.

  • Laz

    Really cool to see Flores continue to hit. Not the most spectacular player, but he hits every level, and is the youngest of the outfielders.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Mike had him ranked pretty high up there on his pre-season list. Perhaps he’s not spectacular by comparison, but he still seems like a pretty solid prospect.

  • mitch

    Maybe it’s time to give Adams a shot at the big league level in place of Francisco.
    1. The AAA sample size is tiny, but he’s hit at every level. He can’t be worse than Francisco.
    2. I’d rather have an extra infielder on this roster than outfielder given the injury concerns of Youk and general mediocrity of Noony, Nix, and Overbay.
    3. Playing in a reserve role might keep him healthier.

  • D23

    While I agree someone like Joseph, Adams and even Neal could be as good or better than Francisco, I think they are waiting how Tex and Grandy are rehabbing and determine how soon they return before making any roster moves. Not sure if any of the guys are on the 40 (Mesa I know is on but is not ready) but this isn’t easy to create roster moves particularly when you have stars due back in the next 3 months. Francisco will be most like the first player removed from 40 to clear room for Tex or Grandy. Who will be the second player to be released or optioned? Boesch (who has one year left)?

    • mitch

      Tex for Overbay seems like the obvious move after Grandy for Francisco. Boesch actually has options, but demoting him wouldn’t open up a spot on the 40. Swapping Boesch for Adams or Mustelier (if he gets healthy) might make sense if Tex and Grandy come back healthy.

  • FLYER7

    Reysnyder played RF in college