Katoh, Severino & Torrens have strong debuts in GCL openers

Yankees acquire Brent Lillibridge
World War Zoilo: Almonte leads Yanks to 6-2 win over Rays

The Yankees added Mike Zagurski, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Brent Lillibridge to their Triple-A squad today, now here are a bunch more roster moves and notes:

  • The Yankees also signed OF Corey Patterson to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton. As with Lillibridge and OF Fernando Martinez, it’s a move meant to help out an call-up and injury depleted team. That’s all.
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck cleared waivers and has re-signed to a new minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo. He can opt out on August 15th if he’s not in the big leagues. Bootcheck appeared in one game for the Yankees last weekend before being designated for assignment.
  • Triple-A Scranton: Sent both RHP Jose Ramirez and RHP Caleb Cotham to Double-A Trenton. They are just temporary paper moves, apparently. Both RHP Mark Montgomery and IF Josh Bell have been placed on the DL for unknown reasons. Montgomery recently missed about a week with a tired shoulder.
  • Double-A Trenton: Sent both RHP Zach Nuding and LHP Fred Lewis to Triple-A Scranton. They needed the extra pitchers to manipulate their rotation so RHP Ivan Nova, who was scheduled to start tonight, could be pushed back so he could start for the big league team on Sunday. The Yankees need a starter after Tuesday’s rainout threw the rotation off schedule.
  • Low-A Charleston: C Peter O’Brien and RHP Alex Smith have been promoted to High-A Tampa. Josh Norris hears O’Brien will play third base in Tampa, which is … uh … interesting. Pretty good indication a C Gary Sanchez promotion is not coming anytime soon.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Norfolk)

  • LF Corey Patterson & CF Cody Grice: both 2-5 — Patterson scored one run … Grice stole a base, scored twice, and struck out once
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • 1B Dan Johnson: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 61 of 98 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Mike Zagurski: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (9-2 win over Portland)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — five hits in his last 15 at-bats with two doubles and the triple
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Andrew Clark: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — organizational debut for the former indy baller
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — six hits in his last ten at-bats with two doubles and two homers
  • RHP Scottie Allen: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 8/5 GB/FB — 60 of 101 pitches were strikes … not bad for his Double-A debut

High-A Tampa (7-5 loss to Brevard County)

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 5-for-7 over the last two games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI — 14 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.368) with two doubles, two triples, and three homers
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K, 1 PB — six hits in his last 34 at-bats (.176)
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 2 K
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2/2 GB/FB — hopefully they’re giving them a chance to start, he’s earned it
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 BB — 12 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.387) with five doubles, a triple, a homer, seven walks, and six strikeouts
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats with five doubles
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • RHP Jose Campos: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3/1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 13/1 K/BB in his last 15.2 innings

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • CF Michael O’Brien: 1-4, 1 K — 6-for-17 (.353), but five strikeouts and no walks
  • DH Brandon Thomas: 0-4
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — Yeicokshot!
  • LF Daniel Aldrich: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K — signed for at least $150k as an undrafted free agent last summer
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP David Palladino: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — signed for almost $100k over-slot, so the Yankees really like him
  • RHP Cale Coshow: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (6-4 win over GCL Pirates) first game of the season, so full lineups as per tradition

  • CF Adonis Garcia: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — he broke his wrist in Spring Training and is just coming back now
  • CF Jordan Barnes: 0-0, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 CS — replaced Garcia, who only played three innings in the field in his first rehab game
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 3 E (fielding, two throwing) — nice debut for this year’s fourth rounder, at least at the plate
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K — well, he’s a lot less interesting now that he’s no longer a shortstop
  • 1B Chris Breen: 0-4, 1 RBI, 3 K
  • C Eduardo de Oleo: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — trying to shake that “too skinny, not strong enough” tag by hitting a homer in his second pro at-bat
  • PF-2B Ty Afenir: 0-1, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB — replaced Katoh, who played five innings by design … he just signed a few days ago and hadn’t played in a few weeks, so they’re breaking him in slow
  • LF Sandy Brito: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Jimmy Falla: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Kevin Cornelius: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — signed for $225k back in 2011 and is one of the best sleepers in the system … the 19-year-old runs his fastball in the low-to-mid-90s with a good slider, though he needs to figure out a changeup
  • RHP Taylor Morton: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB
  • RHP Chaz Hebert: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3/1 GB/FB — had a 30/4 K/BB in 25 innings here last year
  • RHP Victor Beriguete: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 Balk, 1/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-3 loss to GCL Tigers) two GCL affiliates this year, so another Opening Day

  • DH Bryan Cuevas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — got picked off third
  • C Luis Torrens: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — nice debut for last year’s big international signing, who signed for $1.2M
  • C Alvaro Noriega: 1-1 — replaced Torrens, who played eight innings in his first pro game
  • 3B Renzo Martini: 0-4, 2 K — 80 name tool
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-4, 1 K — struck out 35 times in 105 plate appearances at this level last year (33.3%)
  • 1B Dalton Smith: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff)
  • CF Kendall Coleman: 1-3, 1 R
  • 2B Jake Anderson: 1-3 — third year at this level
  • 2B Jose Javier: 0-0, 1 CS — replaced Anderson, who was taken out after flying out in the seventh
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 CS — another 80 name tool
  • RF Jose Figueroa: 1-3, 1 R
  • RHP Joey Maher: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Jose Pena: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB
  • LHP Yoely Bello: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1 Balk, 2/0 GB/FB
Yankees acquire Brent Lillibridge
World War Zoilo: Almonte leads Yanks to 6-2 win over Rays
  • Rahul

    Good To see some nice debuts and a good performance from Campos and maybe Mason is finally turning it around.

  • pat

    One thing that’s pretty fortunate for Katoh is that he won’t have to worry about learning a new position. Not like he was primarily a SS or a CF in high school. He’s played there for 4 years and is allegedly pretty good at it already. One less thing to worry about in what is going to be a whirlwind couple months.

  • pat

    Btw it’s f*cking AMAZEBALLS we got another GCL team.

  • Danny

    So much for all the Austin Aune excitement, went from potentially being a SS to RF in a hurry, talk about moving down the defensive spectrum a ton.

    • Laz

      I know.
      I was hoping he could at least stick at 3B. They must have a plan with producing so many outfielders, maybe for trades down the line if they are easier to develop.

    • Baseball fun

      Austin Aune was drafted as an outfielder. some of the best players in baseball play in the outfield. Geez…. Yankees asked him if he wanted to play at short and he took an opportunity. Doesn’t mean he sank a ton. Aune was never a full time baseball player before getting drafted so it would be natural to have a lot of adjustment in a whirlwind situation. it’s tough and best wishes to all the young players for a successful opportunity to fulfill their dreams in the big leagues.

  • Rob

    Heard on the Tampa Yankees broadcast that Enns will remain in the rotation for the time being.

  • JU

    I’ve been calling for an O’Brien move to 3rd since April. Finally something proactive. I love it

    • RetroRob

      Nothing wrong with assessing him over a few months, especially as they were working with him. It’s not as if it’s going to delay his arrival in the Majors, assuming he even makes it to the Majors.

  • CountryClub

    3 errors for Wade. At least he hit.

    Good to see another catcher (Torrens) in the pipe line.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Maybe Katoh has the Fast Twitch Skinnyleticism. It wasn’t an inside the parker, was it? Aune in RF….sigh. At least if they were moving him of SS it would have been nice to see him in CF. Oh well.

    • OhioYanks

      Anyone who bothered to read a scouting report or watch some tape knew that he had some pop in his bat. I don’t expect him to become a power hitter, but the overreaction to his physical build was largely people who knew nothing about him besides where BA ranked him and how Law reacted to the pick.

      They didn’t move Katoh off SS. He was a 2B. Regarded as a very good defensive 2B, in fact.

      And why would you prefer he play CF? 2B is a premium defensive position. This season there are 14 qualifying players hitting above league average at both 2B and CF. Since the start of 2009 there are 17 2B and 25 CF who have hit above league average. 2B who hit are at least as rare as CF.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        He was talking about Aune, not Katoh.

  • Travis L.

    I want to see what Jose Figueroa brings go the states. He was awesome in the DSL last year.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I guess Michael O’Brien is a typo? Should be O’Neill. Kinda funny that nobody saw that so far :D

  • Travis L.

    I want to see Adonis Garcia in the Bronx this year.


  • Mads

    Katoh just homered again today to lead of the game. 2 HR’s in 2 games, seems okay…

    • Adam

      But what is his weight?

      • Mads

        6’2 180

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        What is his bat speed and what does his swing look like.


  • Michelle Axisa

    Yay for Cock!

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

    Does the GCL manager say in his best French accent “Not now Katoh!” when he removes him from a game?

  • Bronx Bombers23

    I love this site, but I swear it kills me how quickly potential prospects are written off around here. Austin Aune has been moved to RF. Well he sucks then.

    If these guys don’t come out of the gate hitting .400, then the vast majority, especially Mike, is ready to throw them out with yesterday’s garbage. Have a little bit of patience jeez.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Who’s writing anyone off? Aune was exciting as a SS, but as a RF he stands out less. Same with Bird and the move from C to 1B. Moving down the defensive spectrum is a bad thing, especially at such a young age.

      • OhioYanks

        It’s a bad thing, but it’s completely expected. Both of those guys were drafted and signed with the understanding that they had very little chance of sticking at their original positions. Would have been nice if Aune moved to CF, but they were drafted for their offensive potential and unique physical attributes. They’re just as interesting, because they were always destined for these positions (Aune maybe had a chance at CF).

        I don’t see age having much to do with when you move down the defensive spectrum. If Bird is a long-term 1B at the MLB level (big if, of course), moving there in Low A or AA doesn’t seem like it matters. In fact, moving there earlier might even be an advantage early in a player’s career as he’s gotten more reps.

        • Greg

          Common sense! Thank you!

          It’d be nice if every prospect could stay at C or SS until the last possible second regardless of their projected ML spot, but there are a finite number of positions on the field.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        I’m hoping that they at least try him out in CF, the dude’s supposed to be a burner, right?

    • Mads

      He didn’t write him off, a RF prospects is just not as speciel as a SS prospect, because of the defensive value.

  • phil

    looks like the yankees are loading up on OFers for the future…with Austin Aune moving to RF …Almonte, Slade Heathcote, Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Adonis Garcia and first round pick Aaron Judge,,,

    and Catchers Cervilli, JR Murhy and Gary Sanchez.

  • Bronx Bombers23

    I understand that line of thinking, but I guess what I’m saying is, just because a kid changes positions from a premium defensive position to a lesser one, doesn’t mean he can’t excel at his new position and have real value down the road to the organization as a contributor to the big league club, or as a trade chip.

    Greg Bird has been hitting well this year. Should the fact that he’s showing potential at the plate be discounted because he’s not behind the plate anymore? I don’t think we’re hurting for quality catchers in the organization, at least not down on the farm. Now in the Bronx, that’s another story.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Bird’s K’ing 24% of the time in Low-A while not showing huge power. That’s something you can look past with a catcher, but it’s concerning with a 1B.

      That’s why he became a lot less exciting when he switched to 1B.

  • Wayne

    Hope we sign judge. Is Luis Severino big what is his height and weight? Can’t wait to see José Ramírez in aa again he needs it. Ramírez might take longer to develope this year but it will be worth it if we keep him in aa till september then to aaa in september. I really do think Ramírez and depaula are the corner stones of this franchise once the older players are gone. Best advice is to keep both of them! Plus are there any staten island yankee videos of pitchers from the last few days. Love to see palladino and coshow on video. Staten island yankees are usually on you tube! I also think we Have some serious depth with our starting pitchers in aa and aaa that we should not reliquish so that the two córner stones Ramírez and depaula Have time to develop!!

  • Greg

    Aune’s move is the nonissue of nonissues. His future was always in the outfield.

  • Preston

    I’m interested in seeing if O’Brien can be an adequate 3b.

  • Wayne

    Zach nuding move to aaa legit? Any chance we see him this year come up. I Have seen video of him this year really has a pretty good delivery. Looks like he can fool hiitters with his stuff. Loved his video against Castellanos the tigers Big prospect position player and hitter! Would love to see us develop this guy too with hughes being gone next year as the fifth starter.

  • Phil

    Torrens is barely 17 and already in the GCL.

  • KennyH123

    Nice debut for Torrens.. the kid is an exciting prospect… my God he was born in 1996!!

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      That is absolutely terrifying to this 1994 kid.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Cody ‘Freakin’ Grice! And he plays CF too! I’m tellin’ y’all, Cody ‘Freakin’ Grice is going to make some big league ball club a very useful swing/utility/4th outfielder somewhere.

    Taylor “Jake” Anderson w/a nice season debut of 1-3. If “Jake” could put a little meat on his rather lean frame, we’d have something here.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Nathan Mikolas is only 19 years old, he’s already a solid 6 ft. 200 lbs, & he’s got an entire summer to do nothing buy play baseball in the GCL. Lucky dude w/a lot of baseball talent. Now, all he’s gotta do is stay focused, work hard, have some fun, stay and eat healthy, & voila!!!

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    That GCL team 2 outfield w/Mikolas, Figuoroa, & Coleman is both talented and young at 19, 20, and 18 years old respectively. Should be a fun group to follow this summer.