O’Brien doubles twice in River Dogs win

Saturday Night Open Thread
Pettitte stifles Mariners; Yankees win 3-1

LHP Vidal Nuno was not placed on the DL today, reports Donnie Collins. The left-hander left last night’s Triple-A Scranton start with a groin injury and Joe Girardi indicated a DL stint was likely.

Triple-A Scranton (10-4 loss to Buffalo)

  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R
  • CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Thomas Neal: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 8/2 GB/FB — 58 of 100 pitches were strikes … it’s June 8th, and he’s sitting on a 7.45 ERA and 6.2 BB/9

Double-A Trenton Game One (3-2 loss to Richmond in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 2 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 BB — four walks and three strikeouts in his last six games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 K
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — six homers in 46 games after hitting nine in 110 games last year
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 50 of 78 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 17 of 22 pitches were strikes (77%) … he’s walked one batter in his last 14.1 innings, which is pretty awesome considering strike-throwing was his biggest weakness coming into the year

Double-A Trenton Game Two (7-3 loss to Richmond in seven innings)

  • CF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 49 of 85 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 25 of 37 pitches were strikes (68%) … ten walks and ten strikeouts in 12 rehab innings so far … his 30-day rehab window expires next Friday, by the way

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader tomorrow, and RHP Michael Pineda will make his first official minor league rehab start in the first game. He was supposed to go today.

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Asheville)

  • LF Taylor Dugas: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — five hits in his last 21 at-bats (.238), but three are doubles
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — leads the system with 20 doubles
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB — one hit in his last 43 at-bats (.024)
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 56 of 79 pitches were strikes (71%)
Saturday Night Open Thread
Pettitte stifles Mariners; Yankees win 3-1
  • Pat D

    So what’s gonna happen with Cabral? I can’t imagine him being called up, so does he have to be offered back first?

    Also, obligatory DBJ sucks post.

    • Conor

      Pretty critical on a day he was 1-3 with a walk.

      • Pat D

        It was sarcasm.

        Pretty much every DOTF thread has an anti-DBJ comment.

    • jimmy james

      We’ll see what he’s made of since he has direct competition in Jagielo now. But a 1-3 day with a walk isn’t a bad day…

  • jimmy james

    LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 49 of 85 pitches were strikes (58%)

    He’s been struggling as of late. Hopefully, it’s just a stretch of bad performances that every young pitcher goes through before they figure it out.

    • Laz

      AA is a big jump for non-elite prospects. He hasn’t been awful, just there are things that he still needs to work on.

  • The Real Greg

    While DBJ has gone back into suck mode, I’m starting to be intrigued by Peter O’Brien.

    He should move up to A+ ball and maybe even AA by the end of this year.

    • Preston

      Eh, he’s old for the level and not a catcher. Not all that exciting.

      • Nick

        wrong and very wrong. He’s one to definitely keep an eye on.

        • Preston

          He’s about to turn 23 and he’s at low A, that’s old for the level. That’s not a disputable fact. So you should be taking his numbers with a grain of salt. I guess whether or not he sticks at C is a matter of opinion. But he hasn’t been very good back there so far and he caught all through college so it’s not like he’s inexperienced back there, just not good.

          • Preston

            When you consider the age difference and the fact that their MLB position is 1B Greg Bird could actually be the better hitter. He’ll likely grow in to more power, is young enough to think he could still improve his contact rate and cut down on K’s and he walks at a crazy high rate.

  • yankeepankee

    Frail arms all over the place.
    More surgery this year (Encinas, Ty Hensley..).
    Can’t even produce a decent backup shortstop to hold the fort until Jeter is ready.
    Once again, no LOOGY lefty reliever from the system.
    Even Montgomery and Pinder regressing.
    Cashman gets poor marks with his drafting and stocking of the farm.
    And he got schooled by Rangers (Profar, etc..), Dodgers (Puig, Jin-Ryu), A’s (Cespedes) with international free agents.
    Bad job Cashman.

    • Pat D

      Wah wah.

      Another one track mind.

      Just to let you know, as an FYI, saying the same thing over and over again in multiple threads over multiple days and weeks will cause people to not listen to you.

      • Frank

        Not sure how anyone can disagree about the fact that the Yankees have been awful in the recent international market. How different would this team be with any of soler, cespedes, puig, or profar. You can’t win them all…but one out of 4 would be nice. Cashman and Hal are hamstrung on the ML level bc of the stupidity of signing Arod long term but that should be more of a reason to be wild spenders in the market not subject to IFA rules (Cuba). This organization is not set up for long term success at this point. Solid draft this week but lots of misses that could be really helping over the last few years. But thank god they signed Ichiro…I mean where would we be without him?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          A little early to use Soler as an example, especially considering the size of the contract and that he’s still in A ball.
          Any of the others would be mighty useful right now though.

        • Pat D

          I don’t necessarily disagree, it’s just that this is at least the second time he’s made, more or less, this exact same comment.

          If there’s one thing no one on this board should aspire to be it’s a stuart clone.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Still whining. How different would any team be without a good player currently not on the team?

      • yankeepankee

        Thanks for the advice.
        But I’ll take my chances.
        Too much blind optimism and Cashman pom pom waving here. Over and over again.
        Topic needs to be addressed. Over and over again.

        • Pat D

          Well at least you listened.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Did they call you back when you submitted your résumé?

          • Dante’s Inferno


            Also, Puig has had a great start, no doubt, but I think we should maybe require more than 5 games of pro ball and half a year in the minors before we declare him a legit stud. Cespedes is batting int he mid-.250’s with power, and anyone with eyes should be able to tell you the yankees lack contact ability before they lack power (at least with a full lineup). Profar is hard to argue about, but he was being looked at mostly as a pitcher when he was on the market. The rangers gave him a shot to stay, something most GM’s, including Cashman would not have. hard to fault him for the Ranger’s gamble paying off. this isn’t to say he would not have helped, but it’s not like he was a no brainer signing. And I’m not going to touch Soler. To have him in that conversation is just asinine. He’s in A ball.

        • Mr Roth

          Great job on your sentence structure.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      No way a team can win without a homegrown LOOGY.
      Major fail on Cashman’s part.

      • yankeepankee

        Remember that when Logan’s arm falls off from being the only lefty in the pen. He had arm trouble last year too.
        And are we still paying Marte and Feliciano?
        Gave them big bucks because Cashy came up empty again with a farm lefty specialist. Again and again.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Of all the things to complain about regarding the current state of the Yankees, not having a homegrown LOOGY is about #14,768,321.
          No they aren’t paying Marte and Feliciano anymore.
          I would hope they have no focus on developing lefty specialists.

          • forensic

            Out of curiosity, What’s #14,768,322 on the list of things to complain about?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Not having a catcher in the system with 50 SB/yr potential.

              Cashman failed yet again.

              • forensic

                Sweet, thanks! Just wanted to be prepared.

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

            Plus they have Nuno. wtf?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              yeah, that too.

    • vicki

      the money it took to sign the likes of cespedes, puig and ryu would not be managed by cashman’s discretion.

    • http://riverblues renzostew

      I agree with everything you said about the minor league system and the international players.Cashman has a terrible team in picking and devolopement of young players.Make him a vice-president and clean out the system

  • Laz

    Ramirez is really proving to be a legit prospect this year.

  • nycsportzfan

    What ever happened to Jairo Heredia and Gavin Brooks outta curiousity?

    • http://riverblues renzostew

      jairo heredia has shoulder problems and i am pretty sure Brooks was released last year.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thanks man. So Heredia is still part of yanks org? Gavin Brooks was sensational that 1st yr in Short season ball and then just dissapeared off the map. So you say we released em? Was it because he could not get healthy?

        Also is Rob Segedin out for the yr? He was having a trmendous season!