Cave doubles three times, Custodio homers twice in River Dogs win

Rainout allows Yanks to juggle Andy-less rotation
Fan Confidence Poll: May 20th, 2013

Triple-A Scranton (10-4 loss to Columbus)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 1-4, 1 BB
  • RF Brennan Boesch: 1-2, 1 R, 3 BB — five walks and four strikeouts in four games here
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 2 K — stuck in a 12-for-57 rut (.211)
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66%) … allowed four homers, so he’s up to seven in 13 innings at this level
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 25 of 39 pitches were strikes (64%) … seven walks and seven strikeouts in his last 8.1 innings

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Bowie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 2B
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K — one hits in his last 14 at-bats (.071) … pretty amazing how all three of the team’s top outfield prospects is falling on their face this season
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 72 of 105 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 15 of 25 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 11 of 20 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (6-2 loss to Clearwater)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — nine hits in his last 33 at-bats (.272) with three doubles
  • DH Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 E (throwing) — seven hits in his last 35 at-bats (.200)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Corey Black: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K,  WP, 1/0 GB/FB — I guess the control wasn’t there today

Low-A Charleston (9-7 win over Greenville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 4-6, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K — ten hits in his last 25 at-bats (.400) with five doubles and a triple
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-6, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — third homer in the last four games
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 BB
  • 2B Claudio Custodio: 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — he hit three homers total from 2011-2013 prior to this game
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 2/6 GB/FB — 62 of 98 pitches were strikes (63%)
Rainout allows Yanks to juggle Andy-less rotation
Fan Confidence Poll: May 20th, 2013
  • JD

    A little early for falling on your face stuff. Slade is coming on.

    • JonS

      Last 10 games:

      9-37, 1R, 1HR, 1 RBI, 2BB, 13K, 2SB, .243/.282/.405

      No. He is not coming on.

      • Rick

        Don’t let stats get in the way.

  • Prospect Shlostic

    Can we refer to Cito and Dante as “Failed Prospect #1” and “Failed Prospect #2?” I click “read more” each night just hoping for a big game from either of them. Instead I find strikeouts and errors. ##SadFace

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Culver can’t hit a lick even in low A ball. I wonder when they’ll give him a last shot as a pitcher.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      It takes a certain kind of futility to hit directly behind someone who goes 4 for 6 with three doubles and a triple and end up with zero rbis to show for it.

  • Robert

    Sat in the drizzle at Trenton today. Slade is fast as lighting but thats about it,a nice bunt single and some great base running but I still have doubts about him getting to the Bronx.He looks like a poor mans Gardy which I could hear many fans saying.
    Tyler Austin looked lost at the plate I have seen him at least 20x and today he did not impress. Nuding grinded out 5 inning but threw two many pitches.The rest of the AA lineup today was terrible.

    Well its been a rainy and cold spring,Lets see if the bats heat up in June.

  • qwerty

    Refsnynder is only getting one hit a game, not good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Falling on their face? You know better than that, Mike.

    It’s mid-May. Let’s see how they deal with adversity. It’s not the struggle. It’s how you come out of it.

    Even if all three of these guys have to even repeat a level, what matters is that they grow, make adjustments, and get to that next level.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I agree that’s it’s early however I think it would be pretty disappointing if they had to repeat a level and they would have lost a lot of their shine as prospects if that were to happen.

      • Laz

        They all still have time to turn it around. And aside from Slade they all have obp at decent levels, they just aren’t having the power. So far they have struggled, but prospects struggle all the time when brought up a level. They took a step back, but look at what Ramirez and De Paula have done. Some guys fall behind, some prove themselves. You just hope at the end of the year overall you are better off.

        • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          “look at what Ramirez and De Paula have done”

          Good point.

        • viridiana

          Yes, and here’s another young Yankee OF prospect who “failed” in his first crack at AA. Hit just .252. Year was 1989. Bust by the name of Bernie Williams.

          • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            CHECKMATE !

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Shine doesn’t get you a whole lot. I just want things to get a bit easier these next few years by graduating a couple of solid guys to the majors.

      • Bo Knows

        Many prospects end up needing to repeat a level, its not that big a deal. AA is seen as the highest jump in pure competition, so it might take a while to adjust. With Austin though, the issue with him seems to be the lack of power, all his other peripherals seem in line with all he’s done before (or in case of the bb% very good)

    • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Agree, but I must say as pleasantly surprised as I am with the AAA Wannabes in pinstripes I’m equally as disappointed with these guys. I would have expected at least one of them to be very impressive by this point but we will see.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Hey, Gary Sanchez is tearing it up right now, relatively speaking.

        • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          .273/.351/.473, 7 HR, 33 RBI

          Your right that’s good

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Yeah, especially for the FSL. That’s like a 135 wRC+.

  • 5

    To everyone in the bring in the lefty fantasy league…get ready for a little Jurickson Profar.


    • trr

      I just became a caveman

  • http://riverave.blues EL

    (Falling on there face) I’m sorry for the last 20 days I thought it was May. Can we wait until atleast the middle of June before we say they are falling on there face. Unreal!!

    • ClusterDuck

      Yes, too early to say that they are falling on their face.

      That said, those fast-track mid-season promotions to the next level that we were all hoping for probably won’t happen now.

    • qwerty

      Um…no, because the reality is they are falling on their face at the moment. Where is the debate?

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Or they’re in a perfectly normal cold spell, that we wouldn’t notice in August, and we’re putting undue emphasis on it because it’s the only sample we have.

  • Robert

    I agree though Slade,Tyler,Ramon and Mason were touted as being the future Yankee OF,it is still early May. Get Hot produce get promoted.

    Two weeks ago it was Refsynder,this week its Cave,but pitching wins games and our pitching pipeline has delivered to the Bronx and looks good in the Minors.

    And do not forget Romine,Murphy,Sanchez and possibly O’Brien one of which could be traded for a young Outfielder if need be.

  • Kevin

    May (1) statistics (2) in the minor leagues (3). That’s at least 3 orders of don’t matter. Let’s give it til at least July. Except maybe for Culver and Bichette, I think they might be cooked.

    • Rick

      Do you get fries with those orders?

  • shittyshittybangbang

    Regardless of glass half empty/full views …., been kind of a shitty 10 to 14 days for our top OF prospects. And it seems to be simultaneously occuring accross AA, AAA. Shoot, even mustellier has been mediocre since his return. Yankees were waiting to replace Francisco with Mustellier. Even rock steady Montgomery got rocked. WTF !