Betances throws five no-hit innings as SWB sweeps doubleheader

Update: Yankees outright Cody Eppley to Triple-A
Comeback goes for naught; A's take series finale

RHP Caleb Cotham was promoted to Triple-A Scranton according to Josh Norris. They were an arm short after losing Preston Claiborne to the big league team.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-1 win over Gwinnett) make up of yesterday’s rainout

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B David Adams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 K — after three games at the hot corner, he shifts to right to accommodate CoJo and Adams
  • CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 2 K
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 7/2 GB/FB — 49 of 90 pitches were strikes (54%) … that might be the most Dellin Betances line ever, hints at dominance with lingering strike-throwing problems
  • RHP Sam Demel: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 33 pitches were strikes (55%) … blew the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (2-1 win over Gwinnett)

  • 2B Corban Joseph & 3B David Adams: both 1-3, 1 BB
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — Ben Francisco’s days have to be numbered
  • CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 60 of 91 pitches were strikes (66%) … doubles his season earned run total with this start, he’s been outrageously good so far

Double-A Trenton (5-1 loss to loss Richmond)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4 — seven hits in his last 37 at-bats (.189)
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 3 K — eight hits in his last 35 at-bats (.229)
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 19 of 35 pitches were strikes (55%) … the promotion came after the game, which is why he was pulled early
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6/0 GB/FB — 28 of 51 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (61%)

High-A Tampa (8-2 win over Fort Myers)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 3 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — I have to think he’ll get bumped up to Trenton as soon as Angelo Gumbs comes off the DL … no idea when that will happen, but apparently he’s nursing a wrist injury
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RB, 1 BB — second straight two-hit game after an ugly 3-for-27 stretch (.111)
  • RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4/6 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-2 loss to Delmarva)

  • LF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 SB — had been in a 3-for-20 slump (.150)
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-3 — left the game for an unknown reason in the fifth
  • 1B Greg Bird & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 0-4 — Greg committed a fielding error
  • C Peter O’Brien: 3-4, 1 R
Update: Yankees outright Cody Eppley to Triple-A
Comeback goes for naught; A's take series finale
  • JD

    Betances seems to have a clue again. Any idea what his stuff was like?

    • JW

      Um, yeah, a “clue” but even so, 4 BB in 5 IP. Sadly, that seems to be about as good as it gets with him.

  • tripp

    So is Refsnyder sticking at 2b? How’s his D?

    • Coolkering101

      He’s an error machine. Haven’t seen him personally, so I have no idea what his issues are.

    • Greg Corcoran

      Apparently his defense is raw, but he just started playing the position. Scouts are saying he has a good chance to become a solid if not plus defender at second.

  • sabes

    “SS Cito Culver: 0-3 – left the game for an unknown reason in the fifth”

    The reason: he sucks.

    • your mom


      • Ryan Maclemore

        Hes being called up to replace Nunez, who is going on the DL

  • your mom

    Culver & Bichette Jr, keeping the hot streak going I see. What a horrible start for the 2 of them.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      The constant whining about Culver and Bichette is boring. Yes, they don’t seem to be very good. News flash: Most late first round picks are not Trout. He is the outlier. To obsess over their failures is just silly. Unless you’re trolling, in which case it’s just sad.

      You know what’s more interesting about today’s DotF? Sanchez with another big game, Austin getting hot in AA, and maybe even Refsnyder making both low-A and high-A pitchers look silly.

      So you can copy and paste the complaints about Culver and Bichette every day, and I’ll enjoy watching Adams hit over .300, Zolio hitting for power and average and Mustlier getting healthy.

      • 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.

        • Laz

          Yes RS are a much better run team. They have a much better winning % in the playoffs over the past 3 years.

          • Bob Buttons


        • LeftyLarry

          Yes, Yankee farm just is not productive enough considering the money available.
          Seems like kids like Bichette & Culver get worse when the YAnkees work with them and it’s unlikely that you can miss on so, so many starting pitchers if you have good COaching.Eventually some big kid throwing 90’s is supposed to improve and make it, even a 3rd-4th-5th rder.
          Happens for other teams.

        • renzostew

          The Rangers have one of the best farm systems in baseball clueless,and most publications have the Yankee system even or better than the Red sox,i do not know about the Angels.The red flops went 86 years without winning the Cubs are the only team worse,get your records staight HOMER.

      • your mom

        Neither obsessing or trolling. You keep enjoying DOTF, as will I.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I often make fun of people who use “Celerino Sanchez” somewhere in their tagline but, seriously, THIS. The complaining is getting so old. These kids are playing professional baseball, and it’s not easy.

        First rounders, whether some random commenter read on a website that they were “reaches” or not, often fail. End of story.

        I’m certainly still rooting for both of them.

        • Greg Corcoran

          Couldn’t agree more. Culver is also for the first time ever hitting right handed against right handed pitching. It’s not something you wake up one day and can just do. If he is ever to succeed, which is still a bit of a long shot, it will be after a long period of adjustment.

          Yet another thing we are just going to have to accept.

        • This.

          Since Hughes (Pick # in parenthesis)
          Yankees – Henry (17)
          Red Sox – Ellsbury (23), Hansen (26), Buchholz (42), Lowrie (45), Bowden (47)
          Yankees – Kennedy (21), Chamberlain (41)
          Red Sox – Place (27), Bard (28), Johnson (40), Clay (44)
          Yankees – Brackman (30)
          Red Sox – Hagadone (55), Dent (62)
          Yankees – Cole (28), Bleich (44)
          Red Sox – Kelly (30), Price (45)
          Yankees – Heathcott (29)
          Red Sox – Fuentes (28)
          Yankees – Culver (32)
          Red Sox – Vitek (20), Brentz (36), Ranaudo (39)

          • Bob Buttons

            Your point was kinda counter-productive.

            Failed hard: Jason(?) Place, (Never heard of) Johnson, Caleb (?) Clay, (Don’t remember) Dent vs Brackman, Culver

            Traded (and had some value): Craig Hansen, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden, Nick Hagadone, Casey Kelly, Raymond Fuentes vs Henry, IPK

            Productive but disappointing: Daniel Bard vs Joba

            Doing quite well: Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz (career 3.73 ERA at Fenway is a win in my book) vs literally no one

            (Of course, I’m too lazy to check if I’m thinking of the right people).

            • Robinson Tilapia

              His screen name wasn’t all that great either.

            • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

              He was agreeing with you, pointing out that the Sox really haven’t done much better than the Yankees.

              • Bob Buttons

                Yeah. By counter-productive I mean not exactly a great time-frame since the Sox during the time got more value (trade or otherwise) out of their first rounders.

                Of course, Bay and Martinez ditched them, and they jetted away Adrian, but that’s another story.

                • Cool Lester Smooth

                  The Yankees got more out of Abreu and Grandy than the Sox did out of A-Gon and Bay.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Yup. You’re right.

                Remember kids, when you assume, you make an ass out of me and Bob.

                I blame Casey Kelly’s being listed. I wuz blinded.

    • your “uncle”

      How’s your mom? Loved her apple pie. Could eat that all day long. All day long. Yes, indeedy.

  • fabricio

    the yankees have to give mustelier a chance cause nix is good for his defense but i’m tired if seeing him play every day his bat stinks call up musty!!!!!

    • Preston

      All three of CoJo, Adams and Mustelier would probably be offensive upgrades. The problem is I’m not certain any of them can play third base well enough to make the upgrade worthwhile.

      • Laz

        I’d prefer they bring him up. Defense will be a downgrade, but Nix is awful with the bat, .650 career ops.

      • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

        Adams isn’t a bad 3B. Nothing special, but not bad at all.

        • Bob Buttons

          Still can’t call him up within a month of his resigning.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            They can’t call him up until May 15. They released and re-signed him over a month ago.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Of course, I was just saying that he would be fine defensively.

            It sucks that we cut him, because he’d be the best option right now.

    • Stephen

      The problem of course being now that Nunez is unavailable and they certainly don’t think Mustelier could handle SS, so there you have it, starting shortstop Jayson Nix. Also, I remember a lot of complaints about Nix’s defense.

      • Bob Buttons

        But he makes everyone feel better with his veteran presents!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yay. More dumb Nix hate.

      I think Musty should be up over Francisco, though.

  • JonS

    Did anyone else go -_- when they saw Betances with the rest of that title? lol

  • TinePar

    Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnier!

    Time for Ben F to be DFA’d.

  • qwerty

    If Refsynder continues his hot hitting in AA there’ll be no stopping him.

  • trr

    Both will happen, and sooner rather than later.

  • YankeePankee

    What are the details on Bettances today? Velocity?

  • Laz

    That is going to lower Refsnyder’s obp.

  • Wayne

    I won’t lose any sleep over trading Betances even if he worked out for another team. Every indication is that he is a mediocre reliever at best same with Banuelos. We got much better guys in our minor leagues than these guys. Plus there are starting pitchers to be had in this years draft. Hope we go there with guys I am thinking of. Kyle Richter USC
    Kent Emmanuel UNC and JD Busfield from Valencia High School in California.

    • Bo Knows

      Why does Banuelos get lumped in as a “mediocre reliever at best” he was 20 the first time he was promoted to AAA and 21 when he started what would be his lost year which would become his lost 2 years?

    • Greg Corcoran

      You’re wrong about Banuelos though. He’s hurt, not horrible. He had 1/4 of a season where he wasn’t effective and that was likely because his elbow wasn’t right.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What the hell does Manny Banuelos have to do with any of this?

      • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

        It has to do with the fact that he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.

      • Bob Buttons

        Banuelos refused to give Wayne his autograph.

  • jjyank

    easy big fella

  • Robert

    Bring up Musty now. Adams on the 15th. Hope by June Yanks do a triple catcher promotion with Murphy,Sanchez and O’Brien advancing.
    Also hope Yanks continue to invite the maximum of the Minor’s to Spring Training,Preston stated yesterday during his debut that it proved to him he could get out ML Hitters.

  • pounder

    Got a feeling about this kid Fiorito,why no love?