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RHP Rafael DePaula placed fifth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He’s struck out 69 of 159 batters faced this year (43.4%). Meanwhile, the Yankees have signed 3B Josh Bell according to Chris Cotillo. Bell, 26, was a big prospect just a few years ago, but he’s been done in by poor plate discipline and an 80 swing-and-miss tool. He’s just a warm body for the Triple-A roster, I’ll be surprised if we see him with the big league team at any point.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Toledo in ten innings)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 0-5, 2 K
  • RF Brennan Boesch: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – hopefully he gets a few games in at first base while down here
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — nine hits in his last 41 at-bats (.220)
  • 2B Ronnie Mustelier: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI — drove in the go-ahead run in the tenth … seven hits in his last 16 at-bats (.438)
  • DH Josh Bell: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/9 GB/FB — 57 of 99 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Sam Demel: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 29 of 51 pitches were strikes
  • LHP Clay Rapada: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (65%)

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to Bowie) they got dominated by RHP Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft

  • CF Ramon Flores & RF Tyler Austin: both 0-4 — Flores struck out thrice, Austin twice
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • DH Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — tripled off Gausman
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 52 of 79 pitches were strikes (66%), and he sat at 94 while touching 96 … 33/5 K/BB in 24 innings
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only 17 of 35 pitches were strikes (49%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 14 of 25 pitches were strikes (56%)

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Clearwater in 13 innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-6, 1 R, 2 K
  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-6, 1 R, 1 SB
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — six hits in his last 27 at-bats (.222)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 2 BB, 1 E (catcher interference) — nine hits in his last 22 at-bats (.409)
  • 3B Dan Fiorito: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — walk-off double
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GB/FB — well, the control still has a ways to go
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/1 GB/FB — 20/3 K/BB in 18 innings

Low-A Charleston (7-6 loss to Greenville in 11 innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — 15 hits in his last 43 at-bats (.439)
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • DH Greg Bird: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — nine hits in his last 25 at-bats (.360) with three doubles, two triples, and two homers
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB — 13 passed balls in 30 games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 Balk, 4/1 GB/FB — 59 of 92 pitches were strikes (64%)
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  • Crink

    At what point will Mustelier replace Francisco? You’d think with the lack of depth on this team that a RH bat that can play 3B and the OF would be fairly useful. Its a shame he suffered that injury in spring training

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I have a feeling that’s not going to happen. They might judge the role too small and too temporary to lock up another 40-man roster spot long-term for.

      • Joe

        Fair point, spots on the 40 man are gonna be hard to come by this summer with 5 guys potentially coming off the 60 day DL. Wouldn’t want to end up having to release Jose Quintana 2.0 for a couple weeks of “MUSTY” chants in the Bronx.

        Still though, seems to me there are other options already on the 40 man that could serve as a righty DH/OF… Melky Mesa has decent pop and is certainly a fringy enough prospect to sit on the bench collecting dust most nights; can’t do much worse than Ben Francisco.

        • Laz

          Mesa is very toolsy, but overall a mediocre hitter. Probably would be better than Francisco has been though.

          • emac2

            Why would you bring up a relative non prospect that isn’t going to help you instead of a real player that could actually help you win?

            I totally agree that the spots on the 40 are valuable and that there is an upcoming crunch but every game counts and keeping the better player out of the game because you have to protect the roster spot of a player that will never be more than a defensive back up or 5th arm out of the pen is a really good example of someone outsmarting themselves. I think it’s easy to see that this isn’t going to help you win and so why do it.

            • Laz

              They should just bring up Mustelier. Francisco isn’t getting it done, and Musty proven he deserves a shot. Worst case is that he proves he isn’t worthy of the 40 man spot in the next 2 months until they need the spot. If that is the case I won’t feel bad if they have to let him go. We aren’t talking top 100 prospect here, we are talking someone who might be able to help now, and if he sputters out it won’t be a big deal.

              • Jo

                Despite my comment, I do tend to agree that they should probably not base decisions for their “scratch and claw” season on avoiding losing fringe prospects. However, was jut pointing out that even IF Cashman is opposed to using a 40 man spot on Musty, he STILL has better options than BF available.

        • Steven S

          They have a few guys that can be DFA’d with little loss: Mesa, Rondon, Francisco, Boesch….and eventually Alberto Gonzalez and (unfortunately) Overbay.

    • brucevodka

      BINGO well said.

  • bobtaco
    • vicki

      no way. that josh bell is still in A ball. this is the one who was with the o’s a couple years ago.

  • Havok9120

    How in God’s name did Cabral give up two hits and walk four with a wild pitch while getting just three outs and only give up one run?? That must have been a sight to see.

    • vicki

      i can’t wait to hear from the man himself.

    • JU

      He could’ve done that in 1+ IP and got bailed out by the guy who relieved him.

      • Havok9120

        True. That, in combination with his 3 outs being split between two innings, certainly makes it possible. It’s just impressive. Where that WP fell in could make it more so.

        I’d just really, really have liked to see that inning.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Hmm, something like:

          double, walk, wp, walk, lineout to third doubling off the runner at third, flyball out, comes out to start the next inning, walk, single, walk

          does it. But you’re right, would’ve been a heck of a show to see him only come out with one run in all that action.

          • NeilT

            From the box score:
            Cabral pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

            You may be on to something.

        • Caballo Sin Nombre

          The WP is a red herring. If the WP was on the first baserunner of the inning– the one who scored– then it is immaterial to the solution the puzzle.

          Then it’s just a matter of spreading 6 runners across two innings with only one run scoring. Lots of way to do this.

          • Caballo Sin Nombre

            I mean, “if the WP happened after the first baserunner of the inning was put on base”.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    So Rafael DePaula turns every batter into roughly Melky Mesa in terms of striking out. Not bad.

    • emac2

      Not quite that linear but it’s still pretty cool.

      I think he got hit pretty hard by a top prospect the other day so I’m curious to see how he does at higher levels.

      • Laz

        is all about practice though. Him spending so much time facing mediocre hitters won’t be nearly as helpful than him facing talent.

  • RICO

    what kind of prospect is Lou Curcio ,he is all glove no hit , and will we see him in staten island this year?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      You will probably see him in Staten Island if you buy popcorn.

  • CS Yankee

    …and an 80 swing-and-miss tool.

    Might be my favorite line ever heard on RAB. Too funny.

  • Wayne

    Vidal nuno should pitch in place of sabathia let sabathia get extra days rest. He is older he could use it especially since he went six last time out. Otherwise you should Have let nuno
    pitch in aaa today at least then call him up!

    • emac2

      I’ve always thought that they should give these guys more rest. Especially now that they can’t pop pills all season. I know some people are impressed by the ability to grind and records that aren’t impressive until you look back on the steady accumulation of slightly above average numbers over a very long career with little or no injury but it sure seems that peak individual day performance has to improve with more time off.