O’Brien hits first High-A homer in rain-shortened win

Wells comes through late in 7-5 win over Rays
Yankees unlikely to have interest in Manny Ramirez

Some more roster shuffling at the upper minors, which is becoming difficult to track. Injuries, doubleheaders, and big league needs are throwing a big wrench into things. All courtesy of Josh Norris and Donnie Collins:

  • Triple-A Scranton: Both RHP Zach Nuding and LHP Fred Lewis have been sent down for Double-A Trenton. They were up to help cover for RHP Ivan Nova yesterday. He was scratched from his scheduled start so he could start for the MLB team tomorrow. IF Dan Fiorito was sent back to High-A Tampa and C R.J. Baker was placed on the phantom DL to accommodate the recently acquired RHP Chris Bootcheck and UTIL Brent Lillibridge.
  • Double-A Trenton: UTIL Casey Stevenson has been bumped up to Triple-A Scranton. RHP Jose Ramirez, who was sent down yesterday, will be moved back up to Triple-A Scranton to start on Tuesday. The demotion was just a paper move to free up a roster spot. RHP Scottie Allen was sent back down following his spot start.
  • High-A Tampa: 2B Angelo Gumbs has been demoted to Low-A Charleston, according to Norris. He’s hit .248/.299/.344 since coming off the DL (finger) a month ago. OF Eduardo Sosa was released, reports Nicholas Flammia.
  • Low-A Charleston: IF Fu-Lin Kuo was been promoted to High-A Tampa to replace Gumbs. The Yankees have signed OF Aaron Gates out of an independent league and assigned him to the River Dogs, reports Norris. OF Taylor Dugas has been placed on the DL for an unknown reason.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (6-4 win over Norfolk in 11 innings, walk-off style) this was a regularly scheduled doubleheader from what I can tell, not a makeup date for anything

  • CF Corey Patterson: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K — 10-for-31 (.323) with five walks and five strikeouts in nine games since the promotion
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LF Cody Grice: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — 13-for-45 (.289) with two homers and two steals in 13 games since being an emergency call-up
  • 3B-2B Casey Stevenson: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — he has three homers this year, and this is second time he’s hit a walk-off homer in the first game at the new level … he did it when he joined High-A Tampa last month
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4/7 GB/FB — 58 of 81 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 32 of 48 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Yoshinori Tateyama: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%)

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (5-2 loss to Norfolk)

  • 2B Brent Lillibridge: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • DH Dan Johnson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 52 walks and 50 strikeouts in 70 games
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 58 of 84 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60%) … 27/9 K/BB in 24 innings as a reliever

Double-A Trenton (8-3 win over Portland)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 56 of 87 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 14 of 23 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K — 20 of 37 pitches were strikes (54%)

High-A Tampa (4-1 win over Brevard County in five innings) completed early due to rain

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, R
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 BB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-1, 1 R, 1 BB — on pace for 43 walks after drawing 32 last year
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — grand slam for his first homer at this level … if they do intend to play him as rumored, it might be a few days until he debuts there just so he can do some prep work, etc.
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — 24/6 K/BB in his last 28 innings

Low-A Charleston (7-3 loss to Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K — 14 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.389)
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 4 K — four hits in his last 29 at-bats (.138)
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 2 K
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 3 IP, 13 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 5/0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (4-2 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • SS John Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — first pro homer for this year’s sixth rounder
  • DH Michael O’Neill: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — has a hit in all five games so far
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3/8 GB/FB — only the third time he’s allowed a run in 13 career games
  • RHP Andy Beresford: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Stefan Lopez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (3-2 loss to GCL Pirates)

  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP — second homer in as many pro games, and this one was an opposite field shot out to left for the left-handed batter
  • RF Austin Aune & CF Jordan Barnes: both 0-4, 3 K
  • 3B Chris Tamarez: 0-3, 2 K — signed for $650k back in 2010, though that was back when everyone thought he could stick at shortstop
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — one of the better sleepers in the system, a three-pitch guy with a very good curveball and an upper-80s fastball that will hopefully add a few ticks as he fills out his 6-foot-2, 175 lb. frame

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (5-2 loss to GCL Tigers)

  • CF Adonis Garcia: 1-2 — played five innings in the field as he rehabs from a broken wrist
  • CF Kendall Coleman: 0-2, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-3, 1 K — played seven innings in the field, probably by design … he was born in 1996 (!!!) and just turned 17 last month
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Dalton Smith: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — former Phillies reliever has a 3.85 ERA (4.27 FIP) in 117 career big league innings and is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery … the Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Blue Jays, outrighted off the 40-man roster, then re-signed him to a new minor league contract this winter thinking he could be a middle relief option in the second half and maybe even in 2014 and beyond
  • RHP Angel Rincon: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 22/6 K/BB in 22.2 innings at this level last year
Wells comes through late in 7-5 win over Rays
Yankees unlikely to have interest in Manny Ramirez
  • dkidd

    already hypothesizing about sterling’s call for katoh

    it’s a tricky one: kato kaelin? the cato institute? does anything rhyme with gosuke?

    this is what i do with my saturday nights. stupid toddler…

    • JonS

      A go sake bomb from gosuke.

      • Kansas Yankee

        A Nuke from Gosuke…

        • The Doctor

          Well considering that’s probably how Sterling would end up saying it yeah, but that’s nowhere close to how you actually pronounce it.

          “Gosuke goes yard” seems like a simple, logical one. No rhyme but a nice bit of alliteration.

    • Bob Buttons

      You could always look back to Fukudome calls and check because Kosuke probably rhymes with Gosuke.

    • Shittyshittybangbang

      Suke’-Suke’, Camel-Ka-Toh wedges one over flaps !!! Wow, that was disgusting and disturbing all at once !

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

      Not Now Katoh!

    • Howard Cosell

      ” A Bazooka(h) for Kasuke (pronounced Kasukah)”

      ” It’s a Grand Sashimi from Katoh Kasukeeeee”

      ” Another Sake blast from Kasukeee”

  • Pat D

    Tough break for Gumbs. Hopefully he can right the ship.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’d forgotten about the Herndon signing.

    Unbelievable that Torrens was born in ’96. Cobain had been dead for a couple of years already. I don’t trust him.

    Hope Gumbs is able to overcome this hurdle and never looks back.

    • Pat D

      I was born two months after Lennon was killed. Do you trust me?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        1980? I was six. It was also the first time I’d ever heard of John Lennon. I knew something big had happened, but it’d be a while before I realized how big.

        Nixon was still president when I was born. Don’t trust me.

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          LBJ was president when I was born. So … yeah.

          • Pat D

            Yea, but I spent the first 12 years of my life under Reagan and Bush I!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Screen name gives it away, buddy.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I was born when…Bill Clinton was president.

          • Pat D

            Get off my lawn, you damned young’n!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Bill Clinton was the first president I ever voted for.

            • Pat D


              Al Gore. By absentee. Who knows if they even counted it? Had to put the ballot inside one envelope, then put that envelope inside another envelope which was not bigger. It ended up being a little bent at the top, so they might have suspected it was tampered and disqualified it.

              Gore still carried PA that night.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                And, then, they put Pat D in a bigger envelope and sent him to Palm Beach County.

                Definitely didn’t count, sorry to say. Did you receive your “thank you” from Pat Buchanan?

                ’92 was my first election. Very proud of it.

                • Pat D

                  Like I said, Gore carried PA, my state, so Pat Buchanan had nothing to do with it.

                  I’d be proud if ’92 was my first election, too. Alas, mine is 2000.

                  All I know is that I’ve gotten my record back up to .500, hoping to get over the hump in 2016.

  • Different Josh

    Holy crap is that quite a line for Niebla.

  • Curtis

    Luis Niebla: 3 IP, 13 H

    What da whaaaa? Isn’t this guy a prospect?

    • Different Josh

      I find it amazingly impressive that he managed to only give up 4 runs with that line. The no walks isn’t bad. I’m actually curious if it was the bullpen who gave up the runs, or if they stranded the runners.

      • OhioYanks

        Stranded. Recap available on MiLB.com

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And he wasn’t even pitching against the big league Yanks!


  • Doug

    That wasn’t Caleb Frare pitching today. He is out for the year after Tommy John last November.

    • Different Josh

      Yep, judging from the line I would say its Daury Aquino.

  • trr

    I may become a Cave-man again

  • Ramiro

    how is it possible to give up 13 hits in 3 innings while only giving up 5 runs?

    • Different Josh

      4 earned!

    • OhioYanks

      There were 8 non-scoring baserunners across what was really 4 innings (pitched in 4th, but recorded no outs). That’s only an average of 2 per inning, which can easily be stranded.
      In this case he also got two double plays and the reliever stranded 3 inherited runners. Unearned run was on a passed ball rather than E, which also means one less base-runner.

      Recap is on MiLB.com

  • Danny

    Frare didn’t pitch, he’s out with TJ this year, box score was updated late in the afternoon.

  • felixpanther

    I think Frare is on TJS rehab….

  • pat

    Only a solo HR for Katoh. Clearly just a stat padder.

  • nycsportzfan

    Peter O’Brien is a fucking beast! Thank god he got promoted, because he deserved it! The kid has a serious bat!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      And let’s hope he actually has a position on the field to play by the time he gets to the majors.

      • Pat D

        That is why the good lord invented the DH.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We do like them more when they’re not resigned to DH by the time they reach the majors, though……or, at least, Seattle does.

        • trr

          Or LF…..what ? Who said that?

    • OhioYanks

      Four year college guy who played his senior year at a major program. He certainly has good offensive potential, but at the same time I’m waiting to see what he does at a higher level. Even at High A, where we don’t have a sample nearly large enough to say anything about yet, nice to see a HR and 2-6 but he also has a 50% K-rate.

  • Omerta

    Austin threw a runner out at first after catching a line drive to right.Not second.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I just realized something. Murphy is actually going to be on the ’14 team isn’t he? Time flies….

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yup. Maybe even Slade and Austin, at some point.

  • Wayne

    Whatever happen to timothy flight and hayden sharpe were they traded?

    • Robinson Tilapia


      • Travis L.

        Damn! I thought it was for Strasburg and Harper???

    • http://bassoprofundo1@blogspot.com ColoYank

      I definitely saw Tim Flight’s name on one of the org rosters. After a quick check of Staten Island’s I didn’t see it. Check out the minor league rosters at milb.com.

  • Wayne

    I don’t get the promotion of José Ramírez to aaa he is not ready for it! They are slowing down his developement this way. Wait till mid august to transfer him to aaa at least.

  • Wayne

    I hope peter is not another arod with the drug situation Coming from Miami. That is why i hope we don’t sign Robinson Cano in the offseason. He started hit ring homeruns and got bigger out of nowhere. Cano and Bautista from Toronto i suspect are both cheaters. I love robinsons glove but he is not worth the investment not at his age. He does not even sell tickets from what they are saying.

    • Robinson Tilapia


      • Travis L.

        When I think of that movie, I think of the Suck-Cut. Is that weird?

        • Pat D

          Not really. There are a lot of fairly memorable moments between those two movies, frankly.

          As much as I grew to dislike the guy, I’ve always enjoyed this scene from the sequel:

    • TJ

      O’Brien is not a part of the Miami drug thing he is the cleanest kid ever. It’s a real shame that its even brought up! Peter doesn’t even drink, he works his butt of and kills baseballs! He’ll be fine at 3rd too, he grew up in the infield and played 3rd in high school before catching his senior year! Just be happy for the kid and don’t start stupid rumors.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Wow! Katoh BatOh!

  • Wayne

    I sincerely apologize from bringing it up. I let arods situation affect my judgement with out knowing the guy. I am so sorry. I hope he has a great career whether he does it with the yankees or not. You can’t knowing a guy who works hard and is clean. god bless peter o’ brien in good times and bad times. I hope he gets everything he wants and needs out of his life. Again i am deeply regretful! I will not bring it up again!

  • Wayne

    I sincerely hope Peter O’brien has a beautiful life!!!!