Almonte picks up three hits in Triple-A loss


Update: The Yankees have promoted RHP Rafael DePaula to High-A Tampa, reports Ben Badler. This has been inevitable for a few weeks now, he simply dominated Low-A ball.

Turns out that RHP Jose Ramirez‘s promotion to Triple-A Scranton is permanent, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Josh Norris. It was originally expected to be a one-time spot start with LHP Vidal Nuno on the DL and RHP Chris Bootcheck in the big leagues. Ramirez had a 2.76 ERA (4.26 FIP) in 42.1 innings for Double-A Trenton this year, his first time at the level. So yeah, aggressive promotion.

Just as a reminder, the Short Season Staten Island season starts tomorrow. The two GCL Yankees teams start on Friday, and yes, they will play each other.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley in 11 innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 13 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.433)
  • SS Albert Gonzalez: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI — I know about the left/right stuff, but he has to be better than Reid Brignac, no?
  • RHP Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9/5 GB/FB — 65 of 103 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — only seven of 17 pitches were strikes (41%) … first real bad outing as a reliever

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to Altoona)

  • CF Ramon Flores, DH Slade Heathcott & RF Tyler Austin: all 1-4 — Flores and Austin each struck out once, Heathcott twice … Austin stole a base
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 53 of 89 pitches were strikes (60%)

High-A Tampa is off until tomorrow for the All-Star break.

Low-A Charleston (2-1 loss to Augusta)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 K — seven hits in his last 11 at-bats (.636)
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 K, 1 PB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1/1 GB/FB – 40 of 61 pitches were strikes (66%) … 69/14 K/BB in 44.1 innings
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Different Josh says:

    When do we bring up Almonte? Cashman has been singing his praises for the last two years, and god knows he cant be worse then Wells.
    Also don’t know much about Enns. Is this his first year on the radar? What is he like as a prospect?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’d think Zoilo would be in competition with Musty if Neal fails in his role, of if there’s further injury and Boesch isn’t back yet.

      I expect that Zoilo will definitely be in the conversation for 2014.

    • JonS says:

      They just brought up Neal.

  2. Govin says:

    Wow I did not remember Dietrich Enns getting drafted last year. I read up on him Dietrich Enns opens eyes. We’ll see what he does but always good to see some of the under the radar guys doing well.

  3. Tim B says:

    Alberto Gonzalez is definitely better than Brignac. Also i thought Nix & Brignac can play first base but we saw Adams play yesterday. Whats the point of 2 UT’s when your not gonna use them at a position they can play and have Adams who plays 3B/2B (did he play SS this year?), at a position om pretty sure he hadnt played before. So yeah get rid of Brignac and callup Gonzalez. He didnt play bad at all. He made a few nice defensive plays. Nova needs to stay in Scranton. 103 pitches in 6.1 innings isnt that impressive. Culver hasnt been that good to me. I thought he was supposed to be good. He was drafted early in the draft. Almonte needs to be brought up. I like the Ramirez promotion. Betances needs a better steike ball ratio. When is Pat venditte coming back? I’d like to see Bird & Enns both get a promotion. Id say they deserved it.

  4. Richard Leo says:

    Enns is great this year,but anyone notice Cesar Vargas is also pitching well,better than our Campos.

  5. forensic says:

    First real bad outing as a reliever???

    Is 8 baserunners and 3 runs in 2.1 innings not bad?
    Is 4 baserunners and 2 runs in 1.2 innings not bad?

  6. Ron says:

    Love that enns is getting stretched out as a starter. If he can maintain velocity, this guy might be our Matt Moore. #wishfullthinking

  7. Laz says:

    Bit aggressive on Ramirez, maybe they view him as having an impact next year.

    • Greg says:

      Aggressive as opposed to passive, I suppose. They could’ve left him in AA and waited til his HR/FB inevitably regressed, but what would be the point in that? He’s 23 and it’s obvious from his ratios that he has nothing to prove there, seems as good a time as any.

  8. EndlessJose says:

    Think the yankees are aggressive to bring him as a reliever?

    • Laz says:

      No reason to make him a reliever unless he can’t make it as a starter. Didn’t we learn from Joba.

      • Richard Leo says:

        Bring him as a reliever not always mean make him a reliever

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          But, but, look how irreversibly damaged David Price, Shelby Miller, Matt Moore, Max Scherzer and Chris Carpenter have been by pitching out of the pen for a little bit early in their careers!

          • JobaWockeeZ says:


            I don’t have to look it up but I already know none of them were treated like 2009 Joba. No one has argued that 2007 was bad. It’s 2008 to 2009 that ruined Joba’s career.

            • Greg says:


              His career was ruined before the treatment that people pretend ruined it even began. He was absolutely great as a starter in 2008, then he hurt his shoulder, and after that he was never anywhere close to what he’d been. Check out his velocity charts on brooks or fangraphs and you can see the drop off clearly. That whole Rules narrative needs to die.

  9. Laz says:

    When do they sit the turd?
    His ops in almost 50 pa in June is .236.

  10. RetroRob says:

    I wonder if the Ramirez promotion is one of the first signs of Gil Patterson’s approach. I seem to remember he advocated pushing players quickly to keep challenging them.

  11. Wayne says:

    Watch we are going to put José Ramirez as a reliever in the beginning of the year then start him halfway through the year and he will hurt his arm. Career over!!!! Damn!!

  12. Wayne says:

    Or the yankees will trade José Ramírez away because they think michael Pineda is the answer! What a awful trade that is going turn out to be!!!!!

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    I’ve been saying Enns needs to be promoted. I mean, what will it take from this kid to get that promotion?

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