Flores & Murphy hit grand slams in Trenton win

Sunday Night Open Thread
Sabathia rocked as Rays take series finale

According to Nick Cafardo, RHP Chris Bootcheck as a late-June opt-out date in his contract. The 34-year-old came into Sunday’s start with a 2.80 ERA and 3.73 FIP in 45 innings for Triple-A Scranton. He hasn’t appeared in a big league game since 2009 and I don’t expect the Yankees to add him to the big league roster regardless of well he pitches. If Bootcheck finds a team willing to bring him to the show next month, he’ll be a goner.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Durham)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
  • DH Thomas Neal: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — seven hits in his last 23 at-bats (.304)
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 1 R — 18 hits in his last 39 at-bats (.462)
  • CF Melky Mesa: 0-5, 2 K — 74 strikeouts and five walks in 48 games
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 59 of 91 pitches were strikes (64%) … and the ERA goes up
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eleven of 18 pitches were strikes (61%)

Double-A Trenton (8-5 win over Bowie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K — grand slam was his first homer of the year, and it also turned a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 lead in the ninth … also threw a runner out at the plate
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — just his fourth extra-base hit in the last 19 games
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — hit a grand slam as well
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 62 of 102 pitches were strikes (61%) … like I said last time, he’s either very good or just awful
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only ten of 25 pitches were strikes … 20 walks in 26.2 innings
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (60%)

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Dunedin in 13 innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-6
  • DH Angelo Gumbs: 2-6, 1 K — 15-for-49 (.306) since coming off the DL
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — five two-hit games in his last nine contests
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K
  • SS Carmen Angelini: 3-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — walk-off single
  • RHP Charlie Short: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — walked just seven batters total coming into the game

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Greenville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Greg Bird:  1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) — left the game for an unknown reason in the ninth
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB — eleven walks in his last ten games
  • RF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — got picked off first … 48/77 K/BB in 99 games since signing last year
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GB/FB — 58 of 89 pitches were strikes (65%) … second straight game with six or fewer strikeouts … bust!
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 26 of 37 pitches were strikes (70%) … 48/11 K/BB in 28.1 innings for last year’s 19th rounder
Sunday Night Open Thread
Sabathia rocked as Rays take series finale
  • Travis L.

    Promotions guess: Murphy to AAA; Ref, Sanchez, Gamel to AA; Enns, Cave, O’Brien to A+. I would have said Burawa to AAA, but his last few games have been horrendous. Possibly will see Mikey O’Brien to AAA, with Cotham coming back to AA.

    • YankeeGrunt

      I’d be surprised if Cave gets a promo anytime soon, he’s a prep kid and this is his first sustained minor league action. I’d guess he’s going to get a full year at Charleston.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Angelini is an interesting case. Ibarra at Trenton is older than he is and this might be Angelini’s last chance.

  • emac2

    The catching situation is getting interesting with AR in the extended death match one of those wet paper bags. JR or Sanchez would be a better bet and while I don’t think either is ready I do think they should both be pushed up a level in case they surprise.

    • Laz

      I doubt Murphy or Sanchez sees action this year. 40 man roster spots are hard to come by. Unless Cervelli isn’t able to come back, I doubt they devote 4 roster spots to catchers.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think you see a retread before you see them. Agreed.

    • RetroRob

      It’s a shame Romine is doing so poorly at the plate, since he’s been fine behind the plate. One silver lining for Romine is that he has a better chance of sticking with his glove than his bat considering the way Girardi seems to value catchers.

      Yet his track record and scouting reports suggest he can hit, for a catcher that is. He is not a buck ten hitter. Pitchers are better than that. He should be a substantially better hitter than Chris Stewart, yet unfortunately Romine slumping will only extend Stewart’s career on the team.

      • Laz

        From what I have heard it was always going to be Romine’s glove that was going to bring him to the majors. His MiLB numbers do suggest that he should improve offensively. I’m not ready to write him off after a disasterous 40 ab.

  • Richard Leo

    anyone can share some notes of Enns?

    • YankeeGrunt

      Low-90’s FB with movement, good change, decent slider. I understand he’s getting the bulk of his K’s with that FB, but it’ll be tough to sustain those kind of strikeout numbers going forward. Still, you have a lefty who can pound the bottom of the zone and throw strikes, that’s a guy who can be a useful bullpen piece as he progresses.

      • Richard Leo

        As a reliever he cannont get much notice,but even a loogy is useful

      • Greg

        He’s clearly doing something radically different from what he was doing last year. I wonder what that is.

  • Pro

    What does 48/77 mean for Dugas?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Whoops, left out the “K/BB” there.

  • your mom

    CF Melky Mesa: 0-5, 2 K — 74 strikeouts and five walks in 48 games


    • RetroRob

      If he was doing that on the MLB level and playing reguarly, he would break the single-season record for strikeouts. Of course, he’d never play everyday with those numbers. To have that many Ks and still play, a player needs to actually be good, such as hitting 40+ HRs, and/or walking a lot, aka Mark Reynolds.

      Melky does seem to do better after spending time on each level, but I’ve never been a fan. I just don’t see a MLB player in him.

  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

    “•LHP Matt Tracy: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 62 of 102 pitches were strikes (61%) … like I said last time, he’s either very good or just awful”

    Not so much recently though. Four of his last five starts have been excellent. The other was not horrible and he fell victim to errors. Overall in his last 5 outings he has 28 IP, 6 ER, a 1.93 ERA 32 K(!!!), and 14 BB (not so hot). Either way, I can understand calling him inconsisten earlier in the year but he really hasn’t been that way over his last 5 starts.

  • Wayne

    Rafael DePaula is not a bust. He has moré potential than any of our starting pitching prospects. You Have to remember he started late. Give him time. I know he is 22 already but still. Act like we just drafted him as a senior in college. He is a four year wait guy. Love to see this guy at 26. He will be flat out dominant i think! He is not going to be Phil Hughes at 26. Way better than that. At 26 he will be a cy young candidate.

    • Tags

      It was sarcasm Mike knows he’s not a bust.

  • Wayne

    Wells and ichiro should give Ramón flores and tyler Austin enough time to develope. They Have one moré year left with the yankees. Masón williams is expendable at this point see what you can get for him. Package nova and him should get you a decent reliever who is young.

    • Bob Buttons

      Are you drunk man? If all you’d get is a decent young reliever you’d be better off sticking with Mason and hope he pans out. Because the chances of that ain’t too different from the chances that the reliever flames out.

  • Wayne

    Just curious did tyler Austin Have cáncer at one point and did he actually smoke cigarettes.? Obviously now he does not. But i was not sure if he smoked.

    • Bob Buttons

      A tad curious why you’d think so, and I doubt that’d be true or it’d affect his draft stock and we’d hear about it.

      I mean, it’s not like he’s the 62nd round pick and have some random problems that was never confirmed nor proven false.

    • Psychedelic Wayne AKA Electric Nunez ll

      I wish I had your psychedelic vision of the Yankee scene, Wayne, I think it would be far more interesting than the more dull, rational approach some of us try and take…

      I think Tyler Austin smokes Newports, not sure if he prefers Menthols or 100’s, however.

    • Danny