DePaula strikes out 12 in River Dogs win

Granderson homers, plays left in second minor league rehab game
Overbay carries Yankees to win over Royals

In case you missed it earlier today, the Yankees have finally moved RHP Dellin Betances to the bullpen on a full-time basis. It was a long time coming.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Gwinnett)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K
  • LF Curtis Granderson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — had a little more on him earlier
  • RF-LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI — had three hits in his previous 17 at-bats (.176)
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 1 CS — had four hits total in his previous 29 at-bats (.138)
  • 1B David Adams: 0-3
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 57 of 96 pitches were strikes (59%) … allowed three runs in the first after allowing two runs total in his first five starts
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 17 of 32 pitches were strikes (53%), and he was sitting 93-94 and touching 97 … day one as a reliever is a success

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over New Hampshire)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB — threw a runner out at the plate … eight hits in his last 22 at-bats (.364)
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 59 of 89 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 20 of 34 pitches were strikes (59%)

High-A Tampa (7-3 win over Brevard County)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, , 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at first
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 PB — already his sixth homer of the year
  • RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/9 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Hickory)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 RBI
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 PB — that’s eleven passed balls in 24 games behind the plate
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GB/FB — 64 of 91 pitches were strikes (70%) … 58 strikeouts in 33.1 innings (15.7 K/9)
Granderson homers, plays left in second minor league rehab game
Overbay carries Yankees to win over Royals
  • sabes

    Time to move RDP up a level.

    • 2afan

      Almost 16K/9! I’ll say so.

    • Coolerking101

      Pretty sure Newman just said he will spend the year at low A. So don’t get your hopes up.

      • bx hates hipsters

        Sanchez and RDP need to be bumped up. Time to put the women and children to be and go looking for f#$%ing supper.

      • Bo Knows

        Newman didn’t say the whole year he said they aren’t going to right now which means he could be promoted mid-season. Still complete bullshit, but what can we do?

  • John

    3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 PB — that’s eleven passed balls in 24 games behind the plate….

    • YankeeGrunt

      Those are Bird’s PB stats

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        At 1B?

        • YankeeGrunt

          O’Brien. Long night.

  • YankeeGrunt

    They’ll probably give O’Brien a full year, but with the catcher depth in the system I can’t see them keeping him on there forever. Not like Murphy or Sanchez where the body type and athleticism were evident, he’s already a big guy.

    • Greg

      Yeah, he pretty much plays catcher like a first baseman.

      Lightening round assessment: hard to see much more than an organizational future for a guy pushing 23 who strikes out like crazy and never walks in low A.

      • Greg Corcoran

        His strikeouts are significantly down this year.

        • Greg

          You must be thinking of somebody else. He’s gone from 28.6% to 27.5%

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        He’s supposed to have big power though.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Adams at first again.
    With Youk apparently not close, maybe we see Adams in 5 days.

    • Havok9120

      I sure hope so. Depth and backup for every non-SS position would be nice. Especially if his bat takes the transition well.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Apparently, it’s gonna happen.

        With their infield situation a mess due to injuries, the Yankees, according to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans, intend to call up the young infielder and give him a shot to play every day at third base.

        • forensic

          Can’t help but put that release into the group of moves that make people question the decision-making processes of several things involving the minors/prospects, including the 40-man moves such as this.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I can’t really blame them too much for this one. They took a calculated risk that he wouldn’t be needed until May 15. It only became relevant because Jeter had a setback, Youk got hurt at the wrong time (not that Youk getting hurt should have been a surprise, but they couldn’t predict the timing), and Musty got a late start to the season due to injury. If any one of those things didn’t happen, that Adams wouldn’t have been eligible until May 15 wouldn’t have even been noticed.
            Tex to the 60-day DL would have clearly been the wiser move, especially in hindsight, but all in all, I don’t think the Adams move was a terrible risk to take.

        • Jim


          Thanks for the link. Interesting development. Adams can only help.


  • KCSwiss

    When did DBJ move behind the plate

  • nycsportzfan

    Does Betances remind you a bit of Joel Hanrahan as a reliever Mike?

    • Preston

      Hanrahan is one of many guys who have been successful despite walking far more guys than a team would normally be comfortable. Carlos Marmol and John Axford are two others.

  • Robert

    Nice start at Tampa for Charlie Short

  • forensic

    Yup, very long overdue for Betances. Unfortunately, since they took so long they now only get a couple of months to see him as a reliever before they have to figure out what to do next season.

    And ironically enough, his relief role tonight was closer to long relief than short relief. Better result numbers, but still barely over 50% strikes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Which means its likely they have to figure out whether to try out Dellin, Cabral, and Monty in the majors this year. Someone’s not making it to pinstripes out of those three. I don’t exactly think its a lock that Shawn Kelley’s slot is there for the talks either.

      • Jim

        Shawn Kelley looked good last night. Hope he keeps it up. But a lot of the Royals are free swingers.

  • Preston

    Okay, honestly there is no reason for DePaula to be at low A anymore. I’m also happy to see Dellin’s bullpen debut.

  • Bo Knows

    De Paula in Charleston serves no purpose, you can’t learn anything if your not being challenged and it’s obvious he not. He almost has a 2:1 strikeout to inning ratio….this just seems like another questionable choice by a team that has a long history of fuckups when it comes to developing pitchers. I would bet actual money that if De Paula was with another team he would be in High A weeks ago based on his sheer dominance.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m not the one to defend the team in regards to development but the dude’s been out awhile because of this visa thing. Letting him build up innings with relatively no stress isn’t the worst thing in the world for the first couple months..

      Plus unless you’re a scout then you can’t tell if he’s learning or not. Even if he’s dominating it’s not like they aren’t telling him what he needs to improve on.

      If it’s the All Star break and the dude as a 2:1 K/BB ratio then by all means plead for him to be moved up.

      • Bo Knows

        He’s was pitching in the Dominican league team down in Tampa, its not a tough competition but one can argue that considering his level of dominance it’s not too different. De Paula is striking guys out at an insane rate, yet has maintained a preposterous efficiency despite that he has over a 30% swinging strike rate against the Low A competition.

        Also there is more than just pitches to learn, there is an entire mental aspect that can only be learned through tougher competition. Tougher competition is more patient competition, they take advantage of more mistakes and are more likely to be able to handle halfway decent pitches.

        • Havok9120

          You have absolutely no way of knowing what they’re working on with him. None. Sure, maybe it’s just a build up innings thing and possibly a waste of time. Or maybe they’re overhauling his mechanics and prefer to do that at a low level. Or maybe he’s got some huge hole in his game they’re trying to plug early. Or maybe they’re making him throw one pitch repeatedly to polish it up. Or….

          It’s May following the loss of a massive amount of development time. He’s pitched less than 60 innings. The crop of pitchers before the current one was rushed all to Hell and back. And nothing we’ve yet heard makes this sound like the utter travesty you, a guy as totally uninformed about the inner workings of Yankee development practices as the rest of us, are making it out to be. And, by the way, the “you can’t learn anything without being challenged” thing is one of those lovely lines that, while certainly rhetorically effective, is completely and utterly bogus.

          • Bo Knows

            There is a difference between rushing and pushing, and promoting De Paula to Tampa is not rushing. Sending to Scranton, or the MLB would be rushing.

            ” is one of those lovely lines that, while certainly rhetorically effective, is completely and utterly bogus.”

            Yeah, no its not… I stated earlier De Paula has a swing strike percentage of over 30%, they can not touch him down there. That is not going to happen in the higher levels let alone to the MLB. On top of the stupid high punchout rates, he has an absurdly low go/ao rate. That usually hints at an individual using the high fastball as the finisher. If he’s using the fb as his finisher low A players are not going to lay off that because as we’ve seen time and again a good fb especially one with command like De Paula seems to have can’t handle that. More advanced players more than likely will which also forces De Paula to trust and rely on his off-speed stuff.

            • Greg Corcoran

              A couple of things. Firs of all, I agree that DePaula is too good for this competition.

              On the other hand, there is no evidence to prove that waiting until the middle of a season to promote a player who is performing well is “holding them back.” You make a good point, as bad habits tend to develop when you keep a guy down too long. The problem is, DePaula is just starting to develop good habits at this level. He has had trouble with control at times and is just starting to get into his groove.

              There are also benefits to holding him down for at least a little bit longer. He can work on his offspeed pitches without getting shelled. He can build his confidence up. His statistics will be better, which in turn will increase his value if the Yankees were to trade him. As much as people like to say minor league stats don’t mean dick, it still comes up at the discussion table. Not what we as fans want, but still a good option nonetheless.

              This is definitely not a big deal. It’s not like promoting him now will lead to him moving up to Trenton quicker. They’re not gonna move him higher than Tampa regardless. Half of a season is more than enough adjustment time in High-A, where he will have plenty of time to show whether he belongs in Trenton in 2014, or should start off in High-A.

              Everything will be okay with DePaula, unless he gets hurt like everyone else in this system.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Sure, and maybe the stuff daynard writes about below has to happen first before we consider mental toughness.

          Dellin Betances could be the mentally toughest man on earth and, if he loses his delivery motion every few batters, he’s not going to succeed.

          • Bo Knows

            Mental include how one deals with adversity, can you forget the bad that happened the batter/inning/game before? Can you stay within yourself, not letting the adrenalin or the cortisol draw you away from your mechanics?

            Also why bring up Betances? He has nothing to do with De Paula, and we know his issues are his terrible hurky jerky mechanics. Though since we are talking about mental, Betances has stated that he let his issues carry over and bother him in other starts.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s……May. You’ll have forgotten by the time he needs TJ, er, makes the majors.

      I don’t mind, honestly. If everything I read about him is “raw,” then let him get his mechanics right, no matter where he is, so he has a better chance at looking this good at whatever that next level is going to be.

      I just want these guys intact by the time they’re in actual pinstripes.

  • dayners

    I ve read from quite a few knowledgeable sources that even though Depaulas numbers have been excellent, he is still very very raw from missing all that development time with the Visa issues.The biggest reason his # have been so good is because the hitters at this level are completely over matched with his quality stuff.

    From what i have read the Yanks are working quite extensively with him on his mechanics, motion, delivery and even the grips of his off speed pitches. The mechanical changes also are a big factor in why his Fb velo is down to 91-93 instead of the 94-97 he was throwing last yr and in instructs. They are also having him throw his CU the most out of all his 2ndary pitches because it was his least effective pitch and have had him completely shelve his SL which depending on the day and/or the scout was his best 2ndary pitch.

    My understanding is that Newman and especially Patterson would rather keep him in low A while they work on his mechanical changes and while he gets more comfortable throwing any of his pitches in any count. Keeping him in low A keeps his confidence high while he learns to improve his mechanics and become a pitcher not just a thrower .

    If and when he adjusts to all the changes they re making with him they’ll give him back his SL and bump him up a level. At that point we could see him go through the system pretty quickly if he continues to excel and it probably wouldn’t hurt if he regained a couple ticks on his FB that he has lost either

    • CS Yankee


      Have a couple of friends that have spent their careers working for A to AAA farms…the low & high A’s are where they need to tinker and smooth out mechanics. If RDP spends the entire season in low-A, how in the hell is that a waste? He could spend the first half in high-A next year and possibly cruise thru AA/AAA for the balance …and just maybe get a cup of coffee in the majors next September.

      Have him polish his secondary and out pitches where he will have complete faith in throwing that third pitch to a batter that generally mashes that same pitch during a 8-10 pitch AB and makes the batter look silly.

      All in good time.

    • Greg Corcoran

      Agreed. I have to admit though I am concerned about these “changed mechanics” which have already decreased his velo. What was wrong with his mechanics before that allowed him to throw 96-99? He seemed to control it well enough too.

      I’m assuming they know what they’re doing but I always worry that changed mechanics will result in injury.