Austin & Bichette homer in losses


Triple-A Scranton (9-4 loss to Durham)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — had been in a 5-for-35 (.143) slump
  • RF Brennan Boesch: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — he was called into the manager’s office after the game, so he’ll almost certainly be coming up to replace the injured Curtis Granderson
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-5
  • DH Thomas Neal: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.440)
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — 70 strikeouts (!) and four walks in 45 games
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68%) … first scoreless outing of the year
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 25 of 48 pitches were strikes (52%), and he was sitting mostly 89-90 mph with the fastball … 15 strikeouts and 15 walks in his last 15.1 innings
  • RHP Sam Demel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 pitches, eight strikes … he’s been their only reliable reliever this year

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Bowie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — had been in a 6-for-36 (.167) slump
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — first homer in 18 games
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 7/3 GB/FB — 65 of 105 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Dunedin, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4 — threw a runner out at first
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs & DH Rob Refsnyder: both 0-4 — Refsnyder struck out thrice
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4
  • 1B Casey Stevenson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — walk-off three-run homer, so that’s cool
  • RHP Corey Black: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 12/3 GB/FB — 56/20 K/BB in 48.1 innings
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — first two strikeouts of his rehab assignment (third game)
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB – all batted balls tonight, but he’s got a 23/3 K/BB in 20.1 innings this year

Low-A Charleston (12-2 loss to Greenville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 E (pickoff) — no contact kinda day
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PB – another no contact kinda day … that’s also his 15th (!) passed ball
  • 3B Dante Bichette: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — fourth homer of the year, one more than all of last season
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 54 of 79 pitches were strikes (68%) … just an ugly, ugly season so far
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Disappointing year for Montgomery. I thought he was gonna be a factor on the big league level this year but he’s been pretty mediocre even in AAA.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Glad to see Flores have a multihit game.

  3. Bichette is really turning his season around lately.
    Last 10 games: .421/.500/.711

    • Bo Knows says:

      I hope he fixed his swing, it had completely fallen apart his first year. I also hope he ditched the “imitating Jose Bautista” swing and has established his own swing. We all tend to forget Bautista was terrible, terrible hitter until 2010. Joey Bats’ mechanics are far to complicated to even try to get the timing right.

  4. Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

    “Threw a runner out at first.”


    • forensic says:

      Shane Opitz flies into a sacrifice double play, center fielder Mason Williams to second baseman Angelo Gumbs to first baseman Casey Stevenson. Jon Talley scores. Nick Baligod out at 1st.

    • Spaceman Spiff says:

      Maybe he made a nice catch and doubled the guy off at first?

  5. Wayne says:

    Camarena has a delivery that is hard to repeat thats why he sucks!
    Tommy kahnle i hope gets a promotion to aaa by july and by september i hope he gets called up! He should be given a shot at closer for the yankees next year but yankees will not do that and will give up a first round draft pick to sign a closer as insurance.

  6. Laz says:

    Bichette seems to be turning it around. He obviously has a long way to go, but it is promising to see a .256/.326/.390 line so far in may.

    • I'm not the droids you're looking for... says:

      Shrinking the sample further looks even better (duh). Last 10ish games it’s a downright impressive line and getting better. I wonder how long it has to last before there’s a real sense that he made an actual, repeatable adjustment as opposed to simply riding a hot streak?

      • Preston says:

        Well he is repeating the level, he would be expected to get significantly better. Until 10 games ago, he’d been even worse. I think he’d have to keep mashing for three solid months to earn a promotion and hit at high A before he was considered a real prospect again.

  7. Coolkering101 says:

    Montgomery saw Betances get called up, so now he’s apparently trying to emulate him.

  8. jmpnyy says:

    How about giving Thomas Neal a shot as a RH bat/OF? The curse of Ben Francisco lives.

  9. cooolbreeez says:

    The Melky Mesa Meltdown is off the charts bad. What up with that?

    • Electric Nunez ll says:

      Its not a “meltdown”, which would imply a precipitous drop in performance. More like the more refined pitchers in AAA simply dissect him at the plate due to his hideously superb 80+ swing-and-miss tool. Imagine his line if he didn’t have a sweet .440 BABIP.

      And now imagine if he were facing the even better pitchers in the majors. Not that that deterred some armchairs GM’s from claiming he should have been the LF starter out of ST w/ his awesome blend of speed, defense, and power.

      • Conor Gallogly says:

        I thought he should be the fifth outfielder. Thought his defense and speed would make him more valuable than Francisco. But I admit, I was wrong. He’s been so terrible I wonder if he’s a plus in AAA.

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