DePaula strikes out six in first High-A start


Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Norfolk)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 12 hits in his last 29 at-bats (.414) with two homers and two doubles
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 0-2, 1 BB
  • SS Brent Lillibridge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 57 of 90 pitches were strikes (63%) … best start in a long time, needs to build off this now
  • LHP Mike Zagurski: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)

Double-A Trenton (11-0 loss to Portland)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) — nine strikeouts and eight walks in his last ten games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at the plate … 72 strikeouts in 63 games
  • 1B Andrew Clark: 2-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%)

High-A Tampa (1-0 loss to Clearwater, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams & DH Gary Sanchez: both 0-4 – Sanchez struck out twice
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 2B — just noticed he has eight walks and two strikeouts in the last ten games
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-2, 1 BB
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-3, 2 K
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB — very nice debut at this level

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Rome in 12 innings) they struck out 20 times as a team

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-7, 5 K, 1 SB
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 SB — raises his average to .209
  • DH Greg Bird: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — best game in a long time … he’d reached base four times total in the last seven games
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7/5 GB/FB — five hits, one walk, one run, and eleven strikeouts in his last 17 innings

Short Season Staten Island (10-4 loss to Aberdeen)

  • 2B Derek Toadvine: 2-5 — off to a nice little start
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • DH Kale Sumner: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 10-for-17 (.588)
  • RHP Phil Walby: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 5/0 GB/FB
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB – Jason Parks said he was 92-93 with “serious run” on the fastball, plus promising offspeed pitches (changeup and slider)

Both Rookie GCL Yanks affiliates had a scheduled off-day. There are almost never any GCL games on Sunday, so this is a weekly thing.

Categories : Down on the Farm
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  • jimmy james

    RHP Rafael DePaula: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB

    Between DePaula, Ramirez (when healthy), and Turley, the Yankees have some exciting, semi-under the radar pitchers coming up. Optimistically speaking, if each of these three can be solid starters and if Pineda and ManBan pan out, the Yankees pitching staff won’t look so bad toward the end of this decade. Lots of ifs in there, though. I’d be happy if two of these pitchers turn into solid starters…

    • Ron

      I think it’s depuala Ramirez and enns that have the highest upside. Now that enns is starting and he can maintain the stuff and results in the second half he becomes our second best lefty after manny. Turley is a junk baller that touches 90-91. He sealing is a 3 in the NL. In my opinion the other 3 and especially depuala have MUCH higher ceiling.

      • Tremont

        What leads you to believe Enns has front of the rotation upside? He’s a 19th round pick who used as a reliever til a week ago.

        • Ron

          Who cares what round he was drafted in? He has a mid 90 fast ball with 2 good secondary pitches. The important thing is to see if he can maintain it as a starter.

          • Danny

            Low 90′s with two average secondaries … lets not get ahead of ourselves here. The fastball tops out around 93, more 90-91ish on average with a breaking ball and changeup that project out as average.

            • Ron

              That was his draft report. Do you think a guy with that stuff can put up numbers like he has. Why do you think they converted him to a starter.

              • nycsportzfan

                I agree, Enns has some good stuff, and solid size to boot. I don’t know if hes a front end starter, but hes MLB potential in some role, I believe.

              • OhioYanks

                You know that those results are coming in A-ball, right? A college guy can definitely dominate A-ball without having MLB front-end potential. An MLB average pitch is going to be way above average down there.

                Have you actually watched Enns pitch in Charleston and Tampa, or are you just guessing (/making up) what his stuff might look like? Enns has definitely been a pleasant surprise, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a top prospect. Could be the case, but it’s fairly unlikely.

  • JonS

    CF Jake Cave: 1-7, 5 K, 1 SB

    That’s a bad day…lol

    At least he got one hit though.

    • nycsportzfan

      Terrible day. He k’s alot! I actually thought Cave was one of our steals from last yrs draft, but he K’s almost 2 much to get excited about with his lack of power.

      Ben Gamel is the young gun i’m endorsing now as a sleeper.

      • OhioYanks

        Ironically, Gamel K’d at the same rate in Charleston. Not sure that Gamel qualifies as a sleeper anymore, though. He’s been on everyone’s radar for a while and was being called a sleeper two or three years ago by Keith Law and other big media types. If everyone calls him the Yankees sleeper, then I would argue that he’s not really a sleeper.

  • forensic

    And we thought the MLB team’s bullpen struggled today. Check out the box score for the AA bullpen…

  • Kronk

    Loving this run Murphy is on since being promoted. I know he should probably spend the rest of the season at this level instead of playing part time in the bigs, but its nice to dream about the possibility that Catcher won’t be an offensive black hole the entire year.

    • trr

      Look like the team is determined to go Stewart/Romine until Cervelli returns. It would truly be amazing if Murphy is with the team at all this year, unless it’s a sept. call up

      • OhioYanks

        Not sure if not calling up a guy who just got to AAA and passing to date on DFA’d guys that no one else has picked up either qualifies as “determined.”

    • 28 this year

      I see this as more a positive for next year. Maybe they give him a shot at the every day role or most of the days next year. They probably won’t spend for a catcher outside the organization and maybe Murphy can hit decently from that spot. At least we will finally see the beginnings of the catching crop the Yankees have been hoarding to no real benefit yet.

      • jimmy james

        I guess the dream scenario would be if both Murphy and Sanchez pan out. One would likely be part of a blockbuster trade, one would think.

  • hmelawyer

    Is there any news on Jordan Cote? He was having a great debut last year then had some undisclosed injury that shut him down and now disable to start this year.

    • Danny

      Still hurt from last season, elbow or shoulder strain, he’s rehabbing and apparently according to his tweets he should be done with that soon

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He tweeted that he’s pitching Tuesday

      • Danny

        Gotcha, think its more along the lines of a sim game rather then actual game action. Either way, nice to see he’s close.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          No, he says his rehab is done. He’s starting for one of the GCL teams on Tuesday.

  • Curtis

    DePaula going to get hurt and if he doesn’t Cashman trade him for bust! They don’t know to develop pitchers! They all hurt or turn into bust!! You better hope Hal wake up and smell cofffee!! Time to bring in new management!!!

    /wayne’s world’d
    //pre-emptive strike

    • Buddy

      Your grammar & punctuation makes you sound Shortround from Indiana jones and the temple of doom. In fact, that’s what I was picturing as I read your comment….

    • OhioYanks

      Great call. Nailed the comment two down almost perfectly.

  • number 21

    I don’t know if this has been asked already but where is Matthew Duran?

    • Danny

      Not listed on any roster, still in extended ST perhaps ?

      • number 21

        Yea, maybe

  • Wayne

    Rafael depaula is the real deal babe! Hope yankees don’t screw this kid up by making him a reliever at the beginning of the sea son and then starting him like they did with joba. Every body say depaula depaula! Time to recognize he is the real deal baby! That goes out to yankee management and to all people who think this guy should be traded for giancarlos stanton! The misguided need to recognize the real deal here!

    • jimmy james

      Rafael, is that you?

    • Adam

      If DePaula is the major piece to acquire Stanton, you absolutely make that trade. Lets not forget that we’re talking about an unproven 22 year old pitcher in High-A. By age 22, Stanton had already been wrecking major league pitching to the tune of 93 homers in 1324 AB. That equals ~14.24 AB per HR, a pace eclipsing the career rates of greats like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Fox, Mike Schmidt, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sose, AROD, Manny Ramirez, and Albert Pujols. Yeah, I think the Yankees make that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

      • Adam


  • nycsportzfan

    Kale Sumner is having some kinda start to is professional career. My best buds last name is SUMNER, and i’d love to see this kid make it.

  • Don’t mess with the Jesus

    I unnderstand Romine has been awful at catcher this year but he needs more time. He is getting almost no time because Joe G has a raging boner for Stewart and is therefore afforded no time to get into any type of groove. Really unfortunate. He was always a middle of the pack hitting c with good d. This is not his true talent level.

    • OhioYanks

      Agree that this isn’t Romine’s true current or especially long-term talent level, but I doubt there’s a manager in MLB who would play him over Stewart right now.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    What’s J.R.’s defensive projections ? Has this kid been touted highly prior to this revelation ?

    • Don’t mess with the Jesus

      He is a bat first catching prospect. But his d has apparently gotten a ton better over the past two years considering until last year they were playing him at 3b and of occasionally. But his d has progressed enough that most see him sticking behind the plate.

  • Wayne

    You win with starting pitching that is dominant. You can not outslug everyone come playoff time. It comes down to starting pitching. So you keep depaula and forget stanton. The misguided don’ t know what they are talking about. That is fools gold if you make that trade fools gold!!!

    • Adam

      Placing a higher value on DePaula than on Stanton is the definition of misguided. And it would take a lot more than DePaula to land him regardless.

  • Wayne

    We Have not developed a dominant young starter since ron guidry. If we are patient Rafael depaula will be that next dominant starting pitcher for the yankees!

    • OhioYanks

      Even if he was actually 100% assured to develop into an Ace (he is not), there is still a huge attrition rate for Ps due to injury. So there’s a chance that even if you’re patient he’s going to blow out his shoulder at some point.