Heathcott & Austin homer in Thunder win

Game 52: Back in the Bronx
Mets clinch 2013 Subway Series; blow Yankees out 9-4
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

First, some notes:

  • Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper put together a list of one disappointing prospect from each organization, selecting RHP Brett Marshall for the Yankees. Hard to blame him, Marshall owns a 6.81 ERA (5.59 FIP) with nearly as many walks (28) as strikeouts (35) in 39.2 innings for Triple-A Scranton.
  • Apparently LHP Josh Romanski has been traded to the White Sox, according to Josh Norris. Sounds like they’re getting a player to be named later in return. Romanski had a 2.00 ERA (1.45 FIP) in nine innings at Double-A Trenton this year (his third at the level) while frequenting the phantom DL to clear roster spots.
  • Forgot to mention this yesterday, but LHP Dietrich Enns was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. He’s got a 0.64 ERA (1.19 FIP) with a 48/11 K/BB in 28.1 innings for the River Dogs this year.

Second, the stats:

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Norfolk)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R
  • RF Thomas Neal: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — nine walks in his last ten games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-3, 1 BB
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 23 of 31 pitches were strikes (74%)

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over Erie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — the homer was an opposite field shot and fourth of the year, one shy of his career-high … of course, he’s never played more than 76 games in the season, and this was game number 43 of 2013
  • 3B Kevin Youkilis & 1B Mark Teixeira: both 0-2, 1 BB — Teixeira struck out … Brian Cashman confirmed the plan is to have both back on Friday
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — ten hits in his last 20 at-bats with three doubles and three homers, two walks, and zero strikeouts
  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-3
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7/3 GB/FB — 50 of 74 pitches were strikes (68%) … quietly having a nice year
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 14 of 26 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only five of eleven pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (3-0 loss to Daytona)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — left the game after being picked off first in the sixth, so maybe he jammed some fingers or something
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — got picked off first
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 K — remember when all he did was put up multi-hit games? he’s got ten hits in his last 69 at-bats (.145)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4 — 15 hits in his last 49 at-bats (.306)
  • LF-CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 6/6 GB/FB — good Bryan showed up to the park today

Low-A Charleston (3-0 loss to Rome) they faced a rehabbing RHP Brandon Beachy

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 K — stuck in an 0-for-18 rut
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 3 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — can’t do much better than that
Game 52: Back in the Bronx
Mets clinch 2013 Subway Series; blow Yankees out 9-4
  • Pinkie Pie

    Nice to see Austin heating up after a slow start.

  • CONservative governMENf

    Hoping Bichette stays hot through the draft to stem some of the ‘wasted pick – like Bichette’ and ‘Yankees need talent, not character’ comments. He deserves a chance. He was a nationally ranked tennis player, probably still adjusting his swing. Give him time.

    • Devin

      I’ll be ecstatic if his line is 250/310/450 at the end of june but I don’t have my hopes up. Its more likely this just a hot streak and he hit another extend “slump”

    • Mikey


  • nycsportzfan

    Why is Ronnier Mustellier not on the big club again? I think Mustellier can be a middle of the order type of bat. I could see 280 18 88 or something. The kid can rake and isn’t getting any younger. Lets see what he gots! Send Jayson Nix or Brigniac packing.

    • Pat D

      Because he can’t play shortstop and probably can’t play the outfield either. He’d probably outhit Ichiro and Boesch, but, again, the lack of defense might hurt too much.

      Also, he’s not going to take playing time away from Youkilis, provided he remains healthy.

      • nycsportzfan

        Ya, the short stop thing is definetly a issue, but I think he can play decent outfield, and play some 3rd, while also DH’ing some against lefties and Pinch Hitting.

        HIs bat is needed, and this lineup needs a spark. You add Youk, Tex, and MUstellier, you now got some beef to go with Cano, Gardner, Hafner, and Ichiro.

    • Jacob the OG

      *Yawns* I thought this talk ended months ago but I guess not, Ronnier Future Hall of Famer!

  • SDDC

    For the sake of everyone’s mental well-being can you please stop posting DBJ’s line from here on out, thanks.

    • Devin

      He has been on fire for the last 3 weeks. Don’t call him a bust yet

  • leftylarry

    Bleich struck out the side in his one inning of work. Maybe he’s the extra Lefty in the pen next year.

  • Shep

    Can’t argue with Brett Marshall as the most disappointing prospect thus far but, Mason Williams would be a close second in my book. Batting an ugly .227 avg

  • Alex C

    I am intrigued by Angellini. Would be nice if he was a late bloomer. Always rooted for him. Hope he gets a call up soon.

    • nycsportzfan

      24yr old(25 in sept), whos only in High A ball, and only hittig over 300 in a still pretty small sample size(93AB’s). I woulden’t get to excited yet.

    • RetroRob

      Sadly, I’m more in nycsportzfan’s camp on this one. He’s certainly old for his level and has never played above any A leagues. If he was doing this at AA then I might begin to believe again, but for now it’s funny to see his name popping up again with the Yankees after being MIA talent wise and playing wise for so long. Maybe he’s that longshot that pulls it together late, but unlikely.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    By the way, the Railriders lost 5-2, not won 5-2. We only wish it was a 5-2 win.

  • andy E

    i think i read on fangraphs that you shouldnt read too much into minor league stats once promotions started. has it reached that point yet? maybe tyler austin hasnt really hit any better of late, he’s just faced worse pitching. any thoughts out there?

    • CS Yankee

      Disagree with Fangraphs on that…only a handful of pitchers have been promoted and batters usually get better after seeing a pitcher a few times. They are just likely heating up and getting another look at the arms or just making the adjustment and dialing in their timing and pitch recon.

      Austin has 5 bombs already and has moved up rather quickly…people need to chill, it isn’t even July yet (let alone June)… The cream will rise, Austin will rake. The only one I’m bummed on a little bit are Campos ( yes injured but his is 3 years in low-A), DBich (who batted like .002 for a month after repeating) and Culver ( the Olympic thing about Culvers are their frozen custard).

      • CS Yankee

        Err, not Olympic…only thing.

        Guess that what’s autocorrect does to ya when you try to end on a smile.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        It’s only Campos’ second year in Low-A. He was in short-season ball in 2011.

    • RetroRob

      Some promotions are happening, but for the most part the players in AA now are the ones who started the year there. Sure, some players might have been moved up to AAA or the Majors, but some of them would have been replaced by talented players in A ball who were burning through those leagues.

      AA is regarded as the dividing line. All the talented players from the many A leagues funnel into AA, which also has holdovers from the prior year, some players kicked back from AAA, and even some major leaguers. Talent wise, AA teams are ahead of most if not all the professional leagues in the world — Japan and Cuba included — short of the Majors. More common today to see players either jump straight to the majors from AA or do shorter seasoning trips in AAA before going to the majors.

      So Austin struggling at his age and his first trip through AA doesn’t really concern me. He also plays in a tough home park for righty power hitters. Just about every young player has a point where they struggle, if even for a month or two. Part of the learning process. Austin will be up near .300 before the season ends.

  • Jacob the OG

    Am I the only one who thinks Tex looks a little awkward in that uni?

    • CS Yankee

      No, it reminded me of a bad actor trying to play a role of a ball player in a movie.

      • TomH

        Excellent analogy.

  • Tom

    I’m excited to see what Sanchez will do in AA (I assume he gets bumped up when they do the promos)

    With more AB’s in high A he has cut his K rate down, his BB rate has gone up, his power (ISO) has gone up, and his BABIP is not out of whack where you’d think the batting stats are unsustainable.

    On the flip side, given Williams step back this year I wonder if he finishes the year in A ball or if he will have even earned a bump to AA at the start of next year

  • nycsportzfan

    Tyler Austin hitting 316BA 3hr 9ribby over last 10games and also has 5bbs. Hes getting going now!