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Yankees will call-up Preston Claiborne on Friday
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Reader Mike Addonizio was at tonight’s Triple-A Scranton game, so he sent along some photos to check out. Brian McCann was rehabbing with Triple-A Gwinnett, so that’s him behind the plate in most of the pics. Otherwise, got some quick notes…

  • UTIL Ronnie Mustelier was added to the Triple-A Scranton roster as expected. IF Kevin Mahoney was send back down to Double-A Trenton is a corresponding move.
  • In today’s chat, Keith Law said RHP Jose Campos and RHP Rafael both have questions about their mechanics and could wind up dynamite relievers instead of starters. He said he’s spoken to a few scouts who said DePaula has “premium stuff.” The strikeout rate (15.72 K/9 and 41.9 K%) with Low-A Charleston backs that up.
  • In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees are calling up RHP Preston Claiborne from Triple-A to replace the injured Joba Chamberlain.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Gwinnett)

  • 2B David Adams: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K — first game at second base this year
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 37 strikeouts and four walks in 25 games … yuck
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — first game of the year
  • RF Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 9/5 GB/FB — 58 of 99 pitches were strikes (56%) … easily his best start of the year
  • RHP Cody Eppley: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over New Hampshire)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — had been in a little 0-for-11 slump
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 55 of 92 pitches were strikes (60%) … best start of his season so far
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, eight strikes

High-A Tampa (8-0 loss to Clearwater)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 K
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — the hitting streak ends at 18 games
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K — so the top four guys in the lineup went a combined 0-for-14 with one walk and seven strikeouts
  • RHP Corey Black: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 36 strikeouts and nine walks in 30.2 innings
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-0 loss to Lakewood)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — one hit in his last 20 at-bats
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 2 K — 31 strikeouts and six walks in 25 games
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 2 PB
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 4 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 6/2 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … fourth time he’s allowed at least four runs in five starts
Yankees will call-up Preston Claiborne on Friday
Mailbag: Duncan, McCann, Expansion Draft
  • Bo Knows

    I find it amazing that De Paula and Campos have questions about their mechanics, but yet there are numerous other SP with mechanics a lot less fluid and/or far more absurd that don’t get those kind of comments.

    I guess I understand the reliever comment on De Paula since he is so far away, but the guy doesn’t really walk a ton of guys, and strikes everyone out and has been very efficient when doing so.

    • Bob Buttons

      On the bright side, if it does happen, at least they are “dynamite”.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Does anyone actually care about those SP, though?

      Lots of people care about DePaula and Campos, so they’re gonna get a lot more coverage than the average prospect, both positive and negative.

      • Bo Knows

        My point is that unless the mechanics look like they are going to rip your shoulder apart (Chris Sale) or your a scientist in one of the new biomechanical analysis facilities, people (I’m guilty of it too) need to be quiet about mechanics because we don’t know what constitutes a flaw that leads to a higher injury risk and what doesn’t because everyone (except Rivera and Verlander) have some kind of hitch that doesn’t seem right to the naked eye.

        • TomH

          …or your a scientist in one of the new biomechanical analysis facilities,…

          Do we know anything about their success rate in either resolving or anticipating-and-preventing injuries related to mechanics?

          • Bo Knows

            The Biomechanical facilities hook up pitchers and analyse how the force generated by the delivery affect areas of the body. If there is a flaw that is causing more stress to affect the body, the sensors will pick it up.

            It’s helped improve efficiency in mechanics, with two of the most notable pitchers to visit those facilities were CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee when they were with the Indians.

    • Greg

      I don’t see what’s to question about De Paula’s mechanics, I think that’s a knee-jerk from Klaw. From what I’ve seen he’s very fluid and doesn’t have any of the warning signs of effort/stress/impending doom. Campos, if you’ve ever watched his delivery, looks pretty bad.

      • zs190

        I don’t think he mentioned anything about DePaula having bad mechanics. He said scouts he talked to thinks DePaula might be a reliever instead of starter. This could mean a lot of things, it could be mechanics, it could be arsenal, it could be stamina, it’s kind of vague.

        He admits that he didn’t get to see DePaula in Charleston himself so he might not even necessarily agree with the scouts he talked to but he’s relaying the information he’s gotten.

      • Bo Knows

        I’ve seen his mechanics the arm action doesn’t look all that different from CC’s to me. Campos does the old school over the head thing and his stride is shorter but the arm action looks very similar

  • Bob Buttons

    So… who’s the bigger disappointment: Culver, who never shown crap as a 1st rounder, and proved to be an over-pick, or Bichette, a guy who raked in his first year and has done his best Culver impression as a 1s rounder?

    • zs190

      Probably Bichette. They were both considered to major reach when they were drafted so expectations weren’t that high to begin with. Then Bichette had that really good GCL season and got people’s hope up that maybe experts were wrong and it’s gone downhill ever since.

    • Mickey Scheister

      I thought Bichette would show more at this stage but apparently just not yet, hopefully he figures it out real soon. Culver, is more like ‘eh’, bad pick; awful use of a first rounder.

    • emac2

      The Yankees for picking either and both.

      • trr


  • Mickey Scheister

    Culver needs to start pitching if he’s gonna be an atrocious hitter.

    Scranton didn’t have a hit until the 7th inning, Maruszak looked good and had some hard hit balls. Also, with Melky Mesa swinging, one can only assume he’s missing.

  • Troy

    Where is chase Whitley?

  • qwerty

    If not for Refsynder, I wouldn’t even bother to keep up with the minor league system.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Okay, dude. I guess you’re not a huge fan of David Adams tearing up AAA, or Tyler Austin and JR Murphy’s 120 and 156 wRC+s as 21 year olds in AA, or Gary Sanchez’s 128 wRC+ as a 20 year old catcher and Mason Williams’ 121 wRC+ as a 21 year old CF in High-A.

      Or Rafael De Paula putting on a show in Low-A, for that matter.

      You do you, man.

      • Geno

        Who is the biggest story in this young Yankees MiLB season? I’d have to give it to Murphy.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He’s raised his stock for sure. Mr. Austin is holding his end in AA, though, and Rafael DePaula is stateside. All good stories.

          Of course, it’s Refsnyder or bust for Mister Absolutes up there.

      • qwerty

        You must be easily satisfied.

        • iRememberCelerinoSanchez

          And you must enjoy saying ridiculous things just to get a rise out of people. Pretty sad way to live.

  • Robert

    Going to Lakewood tonite to see Charleston and DePaula pitch.

  • Rod

    Where is Chase Whitley?

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

    Too much italics.

  • JimBob

    I read the chat with Keith Law and there was no mention of DePaula’s mechanics. In fact Law said he had yet to see him pitch.

    Hooray for in depth reporting!