Austin homers, Rondon rocked in Trenton loss

Hughes dominates as Yankees top Athletics
Granderson hit by pitch in right arm in Extended Spring Training game

Triple-A Scranton was rained out yet again. That’s at least their seventh postponement of the season. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (15-8 loss to Richmond)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-6, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second homer of the year and his first extra-base hit in eight games
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB — eight hits in his last 23 at-bats (.348) with three walks and one strikeout
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — boy did he need a game like this
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 6/3 GB/FB — 56 of 93 pitches were strikes (60%) … 22 runs allowed in his last 13.2 innings with ten walks and nine strikeouts

High-A Tampa (9-8 win over Clearwater in 11 innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-6, 1 RBI — walk-off sac fly
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SB – 20 walks and 19 strikeouts in 28 games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — fifth homer of the year already
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 6/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Delmarva)

  • RF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — 25 walks in 27 games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB — easily his worst start of the season because it’s the first time he’s allowed more than one earned run
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 16/3 K/BB in 13 innings
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Hughes dominates as Yankees top Athletics
Granderson hit by pitch in right arm in Extended Spring Training game
  • Tim

    I think you can leave off Culver and Bichette. It’s pretty clear they have no future. But I’m sure it’s easy to copy and paste their nightly 0-4’s simply editing the number of K’s. It’s too bad NYY whiffed on those two first round picks.

    • Bob Buttons

      When’s the last time NYY didn’t whiff on a first round pick on a batter? (Outside of Jeter)

      • Dan

        Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, all were good first round picks. Heathcott and Hensley may be good down the road.

        • Bob Buttons

          When’s the last time NYY didn’t whiff on a first round pick on a batter?

          Heathcott certainly has talent but his injury problems worry me. Nick Johnson may have been healthier in his first few years in the minors.

          • qwerty

            Derek Jeter was a first rounder and so was Thurman Munson.

            • Bob Buttons

              So it’s what? 40 something years outside of Jeter?

              It really isn’t that much worse than the average, but still hurts to see the Potersons, Duncans and Sardinhas don’t do crap.

      • RetroRob

        That would be an interesting list.

        Jeter, however, is in a different class. He’s the type of pick a team has access to when they suck. Really suck. The Yankees almost always select late in the first round or even in the second round plus. Hit or miss at that point.

        Was there any great skill in the Nats picking Harper or Strasburg? No. There’s also the luck factor. Most classes don’t have a Harper or a Strasburg as the clear #1s. The Nats were the worst in back-to-back years. In prior years, one of those would have flipped to an AL team when they would rotate them. Not quite sure why they stopped that. On the Yankees side, they were a hair away from nabbing Trout.

        That said, I don’t want to go too far down that line of thinking. While it’s all true, fact is the Yankees selection of Culver and Bichette had no defense if they were truly looking for best-available player at the time. It was driven by other factors, most likely an overriding draft budger, where the Yankees decided to push more money down the chain where they’ve had good success. As bad as the Yankees have been recently at the front of the draft, they are one of the better teams in the later rounds.

        That’s nice, but it’s stupid. They could have both. The Yankees should always use their financial advantage.

        • trr

          In a word, yes!

        • YankeePankee

          Thanks for this. But enough excuses.
          The Red Sox are in the playoff mix almost every year and they have much more minors talent than the Yanks farm. Rangers, Angels too.
          And what arms the Yanks have eventually get hurt and need surgery.
          They need an entire revamp of their system. And, of course, they have more money than anyone to hire the best scouts.
          And they should have stocked up on foreign and Latino free-agent prospects before MLB clamped down with the bonus and cap system.
          That’s what the Rangers did.
          Cashman and crew are not doing a good job with the farm system.
          Regards.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Who gets less love among commenters than the MLB journeymen fill-ins?”

      I think we have our answer.

      • Bob Buttons

        I don’t see any mention of stuart or dalelama there?!

  • Bob Buttons

    If they had another name change right now, I nominate AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rain Outs

  • Chamberlain

    I like Tyler Austin’s OBP… but I’m little bit worried about his strike outs….

    I hope It’s just adjustment period for Tyler….

    I think Tyler is the key for Yanks org….
    He can be next clubhouse leader for Yanks

    • Preston

      I think it’s unhealthy to pin that kind of expectation on a kid. For the player or the fanbase. No young player needs to be a leader. Austin will arrive on a team with CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano, he will not need to be a leader.

    • qwerty

      I don’t think Tyler is the key to anything.

    • RetroRob

      Clubhouse leader?

      Good one.

    • CountryClub

      Considering how young he is for the league, his OBP is very encouraging. The power will come as he gets used to he level.

      • RetroRob

        Makes sense.

        It would be great to see Austin and Heathcott bolt out of the gate, but AA is where the men are separated from the boys. The weak have been left behind, and the higher level and the now more experienced level of talent from the lower levels funnel into AA where they zlxo meet up with AA players repeating the level, AAA players bouncing between levels, even former MLBers. It is not uncommon for talented players to struggle quite a bit initially at this level, especially younger ones.

        Look no further than JR Murphy. He really didn’t do much his partial season at AA last year, but he’s raised it up this season.

        His high walk rate coupled with his Ks may indicate he’s a little tentative as he’s trying to figure out the consistently higher level of pitching he’s seeing. Yet he’s holding his own. Once he does he figure it out and feels more comfortable, he’ll go on a tear. Don’t know if that’s next week or in three months, but when he does, it will be the clearest sign yet that he’s close to MLB ready.

    • Rehobie

      Also, OBP for Bird at Charleston is .439. That’s insane.

  • Laz

    70 PA in and Refsnyder still has an obp over .500, I think he is ready for AA.

    • http://gotfisheries.blogspot.com Dropped Third

      I know he’s probably just to developed for this league and assuming this is a showing of his real potential would be irresponsible, but…. Imagine if it is!!!

  • veroblu

    What about the ss Fiorito? Legitimate prospect?

    • Adam

      Fiorito is a neat story. Grew up a Yankees fan.

    • Rick

      Enough about the Fiorito kid, he’s almost older than I am and I’d be very old for a baseball prospect. He played at D3 Manhattanville and went undrafted as a SS after graduating. Should say enough.

      • Andrew Brotherton

        He’s only 22? That really isn’t old at all. He’s the age of most college senior signs.

  • Phil

    It is so hard to gauge what can come out of the farm system. Some guys mature faster than others and move up while some who showed great potential regress to a minor league purgatory.

  • Wayne

    We stil need to focus on starting pitching with the top 3 picks in this years draft. Then focus on position players to fill out the secon and third round man.

  • CONservative goverMENt

    If a player they like drops I hope they’ll take them regardless of position, but I agree that ideally the players that drop are high-end pitchers.