CMW gets rocked in fourth Triple-A start

Monday Night Open Thread
Nagging injuries could leave Yankees short-handed against Rockies

News and notes, notes and news:

  • OF Zoilo Almonte was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week today, plus he got a little love in Baseball America’s Prospect Notebook. “An improved hitting approach could take Almonte from a longshot prospect to someone who has a chance to have a major league role in the near future,” they wrote while noting his much-improved walk rate (14.5% this year vs. 5.6% last year).
  • Also, remember when RHP Caleb Cotham was getting promoted to Triple-A? That’s no longer happening according to Josh Norris. I’m guessing he was supposed to take RHP Cody Eppley’s spot, but Eppley cleared waivers and was outrighted back to Triple-A rather quickly, so the roster spot closed up.
  • 3B Rob Segedin is not close to returning and he be done for the season, says Norris. He is currently on the DL with a right hip problem. Segedin was off to a nice start for Double-A Trenton, hitting .338/.390/.606 (165 wRC+) in 24 games.
  • C Kyle Higashioka had Tommy John surgery and is done for the year according to Norris. At least he’s not a pitcher, I guess.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 loss to Indianapolis)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B David Adams: 2-4, 2 2B — that’s his first career game at first base, and word is he looked “uncomfortable” … no surprise there, but they’re obviously working to improve his versatility
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — hasn’t exactly torn the cover off the ball yet, he’s 3-for-16 (.188) so far
  • RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 8/0 GB/FB — 59 of 84 pitches were strikes (70%) … peripherals were great, but the sinker sat 88-89 and it was getting hit hard
  • LHP Clay Rapada: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — half of his 22 pitches were strikes … first official game of the year, and he retired the only lefty he faced

Double-A Trenton (5-0 win over Binghamton)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — slumpbuster
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C J.R.Murphy: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B — still mashin’
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%) … easily his best start of the year given his brutal first month
  • RHP Branden Pinder:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 28 of 46 pitches were strikes (61%)

High-A Tampa (7-0 loss to Fort Myers)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K — three hits in his last 37 at-bats (.081)
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 K, 1 SB — nothing but multi-hit games from this guy
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 6/3 GB/FB — there’s Bad Bryan

Low-A Charleston (10-4 win over Delmarva)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 3-6, 2 R, 1 RBI — two three-hit games and six hitless games in his last eight games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — 11 hits in his last 27 at-bats (.407) with nine walks and three strikeouts
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Jose Campos: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB — hooray for throwing more than three innings … maybe they’re starting to stretch him out a bit
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 7/3 GB/FB
Monday Night Open Thread
Nagging injuries could leave Yankees short-handed against Rockies
  • Bob Buttons

    C Kyle Higashioka had Tommy John surgery and is done for the year according to Norris. At least he’s not a pitcher, I guess.

    Nor someone the Yanks would blink about.

  • zs190

    Wang had great results first three games and Cash basically said good results aren’t good enough for the Yankees, he has to throw enough offspeed pitches to convince the Yankees.

    So now he’s forced to throw offspeed, possibly in situations where he could get an out with the sinker but can’t, might be some bad results with it but it’s probably necessary.

    • Bob Buttons

      I have to say it is better to be safe than sorry, with a guy who will need a precious 40-man spot. There will definitely be nights where his sinker doesn’t work so well and he’ll need to use other stuff and grit to tough it out.

    • Laz

      Maybe he can fool the AAA hitters, but he won’t always have a great sinker and be able to fool mlb hitters. His stats aren’t the most important, it is determining whether he is ready to be a consistent mlb starter again.

  • Frank

    “….and it was getting hard.”

    LOL @ Mike.

    • forensic

      Don’t forget ‘slumpbuster’, which goes right along with it, from just a couple lines down from there.

  • JohnnyC

    Wang’s next opt-out date is May 31st. Odds are he’ll get offers from other teams even if the Yankees aren’t quite satisfied by his performance to that point. He should revive the changeup he used to throw way back in his AAA days (first time around).

  • bkight13

    Saw the game live tonite against Delmarva. Cold and foggy but Campos looked good. Hitting 94mph on the gun with nice control. Bichette had a couple hits and Culver was solid with the bat, but better with the glove.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It was bound to happen. Let’s see how Wang recovers and what he’s able to do for his next start. The journey certainly isn’t over yet.

    With that and Musty struggling some, not a good night for your potential knights in shining armor.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      On the bright side, only 9 more days till they gain call Adams up!

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Ugh, *can* call Adams up.

      • Brian in MA

        I know right? seems like all this guy does is get on base and hit doubles (occasional HRs). Sucks about the way they handled this. I feel like they would have been better off giving Corban Joseph this treatment.

  • qwerty

    Another two hits for Refsynder and a stolen base. That makes 13 in 30 games. He’s on pace for like 70 :)

  • dkidd

    am i the only one who didn’t know refsnyder was korean?

    he has a cool bio

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      He was adopted by Jewish parents, right?

    • SD Charlie

      I remember watching him in the CWS before the Yanks drafted him. He definitely looked of Asian descent, but the last name threw me off. I haven’t read up on him as yet, but really hoping he can climb the ladder. He was a standout in that CWS, just a good old-fashioned ballplayer.

  • trr

    He is having a great stretch right now, isn’t he?

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Does anyone know how Segedin hurt his hip? Out for the year is just brutal. Life is NOT fair!!!

    • The Real Me

      Wolfgang’s Fault

      A VH reference?

    • RetroRob

      I wonder if he has the same type of hip injury as A-Rod and Utley and others have had. That could explain why he might miss the year.

  • Coolerking101

    Mike – given that Kelvin Perez pitched for AAA for the first time last night, wouldn’t it appear that he was promoted to Scranton rather than Cotham?

  • Ghost of Joe Dugan

    “peripherals were great, but the sinker sat 88-89 and it was getting hit hard”

    Based on what? He gave up a homer but it appears all the other hits landed in front of the outfielders. 8-0 ground outs to flyouts and a bunch of singles in front of outfielders? Unless an eyewitness report says otherwise this looks like bad luck with balls-in-play to me.

    • Rick

      Hard hit line drives can all land in front of outfielders as well. A ball can be scorched on a line and only land for a single.

      • Ghost of Joe Dugan

        …and the sun comes up in the east.

        What you’ve stated is obvious. The FACT that the other team wasn’t hitting it over the outfielders and that he had a 8-0 GB to FO ratio indicates that wasn’t happening. Like I said, I’d bow to an eyewitness report…not supposition.