Heathcott homers in Trenton win

Saturday Night Open Thread
Yankees steal a win from Rays in extra innings

Some notes…

  • SS Cito Culver was placed on the Low-A Charleston DL for an unknown reason according to Josh Norris. Not sure what’s wrong with him, hence the “unknown reason” part. IF Jose Rosario was called up from Extended Spring Training to replace him on the roster.
  • 1B Luke Murton has been activated off the Triple-A Scranton DL, the team announced. RHP Graham Stoneburner was sent down to Double-A Trenton in a corresponding move. The Triple-A squad was carrying 14 pitchers and needed some position player depth.
  • Check out this Jonathan Lehman article on some of the team’s top position player prospects, with quotes from High-A Tampa hitting coach Marcus Thames. Yes, that Marcus Thames. They Yankees hired him as a coach in January.

Triple-A Scranton (11-6 loss to Durham)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Thomas Neal: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — man has he been slumping hard of late
  • DH Ronnie Mustelier: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — 16 hits in his last 44 at-bats (.364)
  • CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — that’s his first walk since April 14th, and it ain’t like he’s a part-time player either
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 40 of 73 pitches were strikes (55%) … he’s been completely overmatched at this level
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 26 of 50 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-4 win over Bowie)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first … 23-for-75 (.307) in his last 19 games, but also 24 strikeouts and just three walks
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — got picked off first … game-tying infield single in the top of the ninth
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP — drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth with a bases loaded hit-by-pitch
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only 12 of 26 pitches were strikes (46%), but one of the walks was intentional
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 13 of 16 pitches were strikes

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

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs & C Gary Sanchez: both 0-4, 1 K — Gumbs committed a fielding error
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — only his second homer of the year
  • LF Ben Gamel: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS — ten for his last 21 (.476) with five doubles
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GB/FB — 58/9 K/BB in 60.2 innings

Low-A Charleston (6-0 win over Greenville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-5, 1 R, 4 K — hitless in his last nine at-bats with eight strikeouts
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — ten walks in his last nine games after five walks in his first 28 games
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GB/FB — 46 of 80 pitches were strikes (58%)
Saturday Night Open Thread
Yankees steal a win from Rays in extra innings
  • The Real Greg

    Bichette is really interesting. His batting average is of course lower than last year, and it has been documented.

    But he has already surpassed last season’s home run total and is on pace to surpass his RBI total. He already has 32 RBI when he had 46 all of last year.

    Is it possible to be hitting worse and yet be more productive?

    • Bavarian Yankee

      yes, just ask Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.

  • Bob Buttons

    Another day, another familiar name as coach.

  • Poconos Adam

    GREAT reason why you need to go to games to really see what’s going on.

    I was at the Scranton game tonight (saturday). Caleb Gotham was throwing really nice for two innings and then his defense absolutely abandoned him. Throws off line, no-range infielders (Johnson at 1b and Bell at 3b), silly cut decisions, etc. He gave up the first three runs and had only allowed one hit and one walk. The mistakes didn’t go down as errors either — I don’t know what was going on in the scorers booth…..not saying the guy is going to be good, but man — if you looked at the stats, you’d think he got hit hard. Only one ball was hit hard (Beckham single).

    Betances let Wil Myers hit an absolute LASER into the bullpen — it was like 15 feet off the ground with little arc. Sick HR.

    Corban Joseph was the only guy who looked like a player on the field for Scranton.

    My daughter and her chorus sang the national anthem. It was mostly downhill for the home team after that.

    • forensic

      Corban Joseph was the only guy who looked like a player on the field for Scranton.

      Sounds like they just need some more Jayson Nix’s…

  • nycsportzfan

    Seems like Jake Cave has multi hits every game lately.

    Good to see J.R Murphy have a solid game, offensively.

    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

      Plus there’s the 80 name tool. Straight out of the Indians roster in Major League.

  • dennyneagleshooker

    def time to give up on bentances, guy is just never going to put it together :/

    • Jonathan

      he’s not going to put it together while he still has options. He’s presumably still healthy with the same stuff so it’s possible he puts it together late as so many other tall pitchers do but he’ll be long gone by then. Guess 2010 was a total fluke with about a 2 BB/9 rate considering it was 4 times that 2 years later. *sigh*

      • JonS

        He’s out of options after this year. He’s done.

  • Ppiddy

    Neal is at .346 now. When is he going to replace Ben Francisco already?

    • Jonathan

      I kind of figured you got cutoff since you could say that about everyone in the minors. At least with Melky you have a guy who can pinch run and play the OF and maybe run into a HR between all the Ks. Francisco isn’t good at ANYTHING. I’d take Neal/Musty/Melky/Almonte over him right now although I’d rather Almonte get the ABs in AAA. I’d vote Musty and then Neal. Hell anyone really. He’s at -0.5 fWAR in only 50 PAs. That’s an EPIC pace. It’d be almost impossible to be worse. Melky playing LF while Wells DHs is giving you more value than Wells playing LF and Francisco DHing on defense alone.

      • JonS

        I think he asked about Neal because he would have went to the Bronx with the team had he not gotten hurt.

  • qwerty

    Thank goodness Betances is back to his old self, I was beginning to worry there for a moment.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott


    • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…


  • YankeeGrunt

    Yeicok demoted, and with it a litany of unused puns will have to be shelved until short-season.