Gumbs walks off with a win for Tampa

Update: Yankees release Ben Francisco
Yankees hang on for second straight win; beat Indians 4-3

Got a whole bunch of notes…

  • RHP Rafael DePaula, RHP Gabe Encinas, LHP Dietrich Enns, and C Peter O’Brien have all been named to the Low-A South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star Team. DePaula will start the game and Encinas will not pitch because he’s done for the year with an elbow injury.
  • Triple-A Scranton Roster Moves (Donnie Collins & Mark Feinsand): LHP Clay Rapada has been released while 2B Corban Joseph and RHP Kelvin Perez were placed on the DL. OF Brennan Boesch and LHP David Huff were added to the roster.
  • Double-A Trenton Roster Moves (Josh Norris): RHP Danny Burawa and C Tyson Blaser were activated off the DL. C Nick McCoy was placed on the DL, and RHP Branden Pinder was demoted to High-A Tampa. He’s been pretty awful this year.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Syracuse)

  • LF Thomas Neal: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — eight hits in his last 17 at-bats (.471)
  • RF Melky Mesa: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB — ten hits in his last 30 at-bats
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 67 of 98 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 27 of 43 pitches were strikes (63%) … 13/4 K/BB in 12 innings since moving to the bullpen

Double-A Trenton (8-0 loss to Binghamton)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 BB
  • CF Slade Heathcott & C J.R. Murphy: both 1-4 — Murphy struck out and picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4/7 GB/FB — 59 of 83 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 11 of 23 pitches were strikes (48%), though the walk was intentional
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%)

High-A Tampa (5-4 win over Palm Beach in 11 innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off double
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 RBI — four hits in his last 23 at-bats (.174)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB — 19 walks in 48 games after 32 walks in 116 games last year
  • SS Carmen Angelini: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K — went from the hottest hitter in the system to batting sixth in the like, three weeks
  • RHP Brady Lail: 3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB — up from Extended Spring Training to make the spot start
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-2 loss to Greenville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4the hitless streak comes to a merciful end at 31 at-bats
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 31 of 54 pitches were strikes (57%) … well, he can’t be damn near perfect all the time
Update: Yankees release Ben Francisco
Yankees hang on for second straight win; beat Indians 4-3
  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    RIP Clay Rapada. Dumb shoulder cabron.

    • lightSABR

      Sad. I liked him, a lot. It was nice to have a real LOOGY in the pen. Logan’s the better all-around pitcher, of course, but of the two, he wasn’t who I wanted on the mound against David Ortiz or Prince Fielder.

      • Bob Buttons

        FWIW I may be reading too much into the wording but they say he was “granted his release”. Suppose that means he is trying to find greener pastures.

        • trr

          Sounds that way, who can blame him?

  • Mark

    What happens with Cabral when his 30 day rehab is over, think he has a week left?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He either has to be called up or exposed to waivers.
      IF he’s not called up and he managed to clear waivers, he would have to be offered back to Boston.
      Any team that claimed him on waivers would inherit the Rule V restrictions.

      • Bob Buttons

        There was something about two time rule 5 becoming FAs and Cabral is one of those. Not sure if this precedes waivers.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I believe that’s after waivers. Clearing waivers would mean a second outright assignment for Cabral (either by Yankees or Boston), which he could refuse and become a free agent instead.

          • Bob Buttons

            Ah that makes sense. LOOGY depth is nice to have.

  • lightSABR

    Nice to see Mason Williams have a good game. Here’s hoping he can put a few of those together and start looking like a hot prospect again.

    • qwerty

      Unlikely, with the hole he’s currently in. He’s toast. Top prospects are not supposed to struggle in A ball. If they did they wouldn’t be top pospects.

  • jimmy james

    Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 27 of 43 pitches were strikes (63%) … 13/4 K/BB in 12 innings since moving to the bullpen

    I’m happy to see him do something. Certainly not getting my hopes up, but he might be able to provide something out of the ‘pen in the near future.

    • Manny’s BanWagon


      I was thinking the same thing. It would be great to see him not completely wash out.

  • BX hates hipsters

    Good to see Sanchez back from a couple of days off with the foul tip off his hand. Hopefully no more injuries and he will be in AA. Would be nice to see him with Austin and Heathcotte.

    • qwerty

      Catchers who never learn how to protect their non glove hand are not real catchers.

      • Brian S.

        Go back to your Red Sox blog

      • bpdelia

        actually that’s total nonsense. catchers are no longer taught to keep the throwing hand tucked because it slows release times and getting badly injured from foul tips on that,hand are rare occurences. hence this being the first tine it’s happened to sanchez in,two and a half years. you have no idea what you are talking about

  • Wayne

    Brady Lail i saw a video of him from this year pitching for the yankees he has got a pretty good delivery. He is probably our third best starting pitching prospect behind José Ramírez and Rafael DePaula. Rafael Depaula 1 , José Ramírez 2, and Brady Lail 3 but could be a number 2.

    • Coolerking101

      If he’s currently one of the top 3 starting pitching prospects in the organization, I’m George Clooney.

  • Coolerking101

    Refsnyder is hot again – 7 for his last 14 w/ 2 walks. Even after his slump, he’s hitting .294/.412. If he keeps his average above .300, I’d promote him to AA at the AS Break.