O’Brien homers again in Tampa loss

Game 80: Just Win
Yankees embarrassed by O's; lose fourth straight

According to Chad Jennings, neither OF Brennan Boesch (shoulder) nor UTIL Ronnie Mustelier (groin) are expected to return from the Triple-A DL anytime soon. Hope you weren’t counting on them to improve the big league lineup.

Triple-A Scranton (12-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 4-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 15 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.455)  with five doubles and two homers
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 4-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI — 17-for-42 (.405) with four doubles and three homers since being acquired
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 2-5, 1 R
  • 2B Brent Lillibridge: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — second homer in as many days
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7/5 GB/FB — 58 of 97 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … 32/10 K/BB in 27.2 innings

Double-A Trenton Game One (4-2 win over Binghamton in seven innings) makeup of the June 13th rainout

  • LF Ramon Flores & CF Slade Heathcott: both 1-3, 1 R — Flores struck out once, Heathcott twice
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — big year continues
  • DH Andrew Clark: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B — has done nothing but mash since signing after hitting .421/.536/.816 in indy ball
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 4/5 GB/FB — 56 of 88 pitches were strikes (64%) … 82/14 K/BB in 91 innings this year
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — only six of 14 pitches were strikes (43%) … seven walks in his last 5.2 innings after one walk in his previous 15.2 innings

Double-A Trenton Game Two (4-3 loss to Binghamton)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB — five walks and three strikeouts in his last six games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 1 R
  • 3B Reegie Corona: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K —
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GB/FB — 48 of 80 pitches were strikes (60%)

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Dunedin)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R — 14 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.350)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — his 14 homers lead the farm system … Sanchez (12) and Roller (11) are the only other guys in double digits
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/5 GB/FB — first real disaster outing of the season … it was bound to happen at some point
  • RHP Charley Short: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 54/7 K/BB in 39.1 innings

Low-A Charleston (2-1 win over Hickory, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.333) with six doubles and a triple
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • DH Greg Bird: 0-4, 3 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 59 of 88 pitches were strikes (67%)

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 win over Aberdeen)

  • CF Michael O’Neill: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first
  • 3B Kale Sumner: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 14-for-36 (.389) with two doubles and a homer in ten games
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/1 GB/FB

The two Rookie GCL Yanks teams were rained out. They were scheduled to play each other. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 15th.

Game 80: Just Win
Yankees embarrassed by O's; lose fourth straight
  • tmoney

    Fernando Martinez still have any prospect shine? Still young.

  • Bo Knows

    This might sound crazy, but I’m a little happy De Paula got knocked around, as long as it doesn’t happen too much, getting your ass handed to you every once and a while is good for learning how to handle adversity. He seemed to have settled down after the 2nd inning, but it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back.

    • pat

      Agree 100%. It’s not about the results, it’s the process. Maybe he just didn’t have it or maybe he thought he could coast. Either way it’s a learning experience and its good to see a kid show a bit of an iron jaw.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yup. How you rebound almost matters more. I like my prospects facing some adversity before they hit the MLB level.

        Why is Slade striking out this much? What is being exposed in his game?

        • pat

          I’m by no means a scout or an evaluator, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s a combination of things. He’s always shows a willingness to be selective, take a walk and wait for a pitch. Throw in the fact that he’s missed a ton of time to injuries and you have a guy who’s trying to make up for lost time and prove himself with every swing of the bat. Now throw in the fact that he’s seeing the best pitching of his life in what’s pretty much his first full healthy season and you get a guy who’s waiting for pitches that don’t seem to be coming and he gets stuck swinging at pitchers pitches or watching quality strikes pass him by.

          We should really keep in mind that this is his first legit prolonged look at pro pitching and he’s doing it at what’s pretty much the highest level of competition in the minors. (I personally think AA is comparable to AAA in terms of raw talent, AAA just has more older guys who could float between the MLB and minors.

    • Laz

      I like seeing him succeed, but it is good developmentally that he has some bad days. It is up to him to determine whether he just didn’t have it, or whether the other team found something to exploit him. The minors are a learning process, and nobody will judge him any different for the game, but maybe he learned more about himself than if he had gone 5 inning with 2 er.

  • ScrantonBombers

    Might as well switch out the AAA lineup for the ML lineup, at least they know how to score.

    • Bo Knows

      Most of the damn big league roster is a AAA lineup

      • ScrantonBombers

        I consider the big league lineup to be more of a joke than a AAA lineup.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Well, they are a worse MLB lineup than the Scranton lineup is a AAA lineup, but they’re not comparable at all in real ability.

  • Pseudoyanks

    OK Mike, I know you select your prospect watch the same way Annie Savoy selects her conquest/student (pick your prospect before the season starts and then remain loyal for the entire season), but maybe you can make the switcheroo to JR Murphy this season…Annie did end up sleeping with Crash, you know.

    • JCK

      To be fair, Mike didn’t select the prospect watch, it was a reader vote. (I voted for Sanchez.)

      That said, I’m not opposed to switching it up.

    • Bill O

      Careful what you wish for the prospect watch has brought no good fortune to those on it.

  • forensic

    I mentioned this in the game thread, but maybe someone here has more info. Is Nunez going to travel with Tampa, since all the affiliates (above Charleston) are on the road for the weekend? Kind of surprised he was off today, given that he only played 3 innings the last 2 nights. Doesn’t seem like it should be such a necessity at this point.

  • Curtis

    JR Murphy! Holy crap!

    He has to make every top 100 list in the offseason, right? Maybe top 50 even?

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I’d say top 100. Top 50 would be quite a leap. Doubt he’s on every top 100 list, but he’ll probably make the back end of some.

      • Bo Knows

        He’s a just turned 22 yr old catcher at the highest level of the minor leagues, with at least average abilities behind the plate. If he keeps on dominating, he’ll be a lot higher than just top 50.

        If he tails off, he’ll at least be a top 70

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Right…well I was assuming he wouldn’t dominate AAA…since he didn’t dominate in AA, or any other level of the minors. If he continues to hit well, but not necessarily “dominate,” there’s a good chance he won’t land on any top 50 lists.

          Fans tend to overrate their team’s prospects. Murphy isn’t the best hitting catcher in the minors. He’s a solid hitting prospect considering his position and his defense should be fine. Maybe he’s underrated, but I doubt his talent will land him any higher than a top 75-100 prospect.

          • Bo Knows

            Ok, I understand

            Murphy has always been a very solid catcher, he’s put up very solid and consistent numbers for each level, never really struggling; yet never really dominating. He honestly gets forgotten, he’s far more an underrated prospect than anyone overrating him. I’ll admit it as well that I hadn’t paid much attention too him either.

            This year seems to be his breakout and I feel very confident in saying that he’s leapfrogged into the conversation of top 10 catching prospects.

            I’ve been looking at Murphy’s numbers and underlying peripherals. What’s shocking is that nothing he’s doing is terribly out of place from what he’s done in the minors until this point. His BABIP is at .324 which is higher than his career babip of .298 but not terribly. His lD% is higher, but that’s mostly it. He’s never been a homer guy, his game has always been built on contact, few strikeouts, walks with Double’s power. It’s possible that he’s one of those players that benefit from facing pitchers with good control.

            • Bo Knows

              Forgot to mention this, Austin Romine by comparison had a BABIP of almost .450

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              I agree. Murphy’s a solid prospect, not a sexy one, so he often gets forgotten in the bustle.

              I gotta think he makes the Top 100, considering that Romine was making them at around the same age, despite worse offensive output.

              From what I’ve heard, though, the defense is not all there yet. He’s gotten a lot better, but that just means that he should be able to stick at catcher, not that he’s become a good one.

  • http://Thepowerplaynetwork.com Smallz

    Much rather see JR Murphy in the bigs right now then Austin Romine

    • JonS


    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It’s funny because Murphy isn’t going to hit like this forever. He’s on a nice hot streak, which is good, but give him time to develop and have success in the minors, so that when he gets called up, he stays up.

      Don’t need to go crazy every time a player gets hot in AA/AAA.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        It’s also funny because Austin Romine is currently serving as an object lesson in what happens when you put a player in the majors before they have any real experience at AAA.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Agreed. Sadly…

  • Nick

    I do wonder about FMart-have the Yankees made a mechanical adjustment that has helped his hitting? Or is he just a AAAA player teeing off-basically Ryan Thompson or Carlos Pena?

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I’m guessing he’s just hot…but we can dream…

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Carlos Pena? He of the 119 career wRC+ and 285 HR, including 6 seasons with 25+ HR, 3 with 30+ HR and 1 with 46 HR in the Major Leagues?

      I would kill to have that Carlos Pena in AAA when he was 24.

      • Nick

        Well not at 24, but we did have him at 28- just before his monster years. Granted, he had much more major league success at that point than FMart has now.

        But yeah- he’s probably just hot right now- though if he can maintain the 1:1 K:BB ratio for a few hundred more at bats, we may be onto something.

        Doubtful- but better than hoping for success from Vernon Wells

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    J.R. Murphy, Andrew Clark, F-Mart and Kyle roller are the new Core Four.

    • Cool Lester Smooth


  • Tyrone Sharpton

    is roller/angelini a prospect? and man, there are so many catching prospects in the farm system right now

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    and is this peter obrien 3b a short term gig, or are they trying to gear him towards playing that position?

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Trying to see if he can handle playing 3B, so it’s not short term, unless he looks terrible playing 3rd.

    • pat

      Getting him at bats as well as attempting to increase positional flexibility.

  • Curtis

    You can’t be a pro athlete and go by “Mikey”. Hard to take this guy seriously

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, it’s almost as bad as going by “Johnny,” “Ricky,” “Willie,” “Jackie” or “Yogi.”

      I wouldn’t want any of those guys on my team.

      • Curtis

        Lol at the serious response

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          I was just keeping it going, man.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    F-Mart is only eight months older than Zoilo Almonte & is still just 24. He’s already put in a lot of time in the minor leagues, and if he’s healthy, and it seems as if he is, would be the kind of prospect you could bring up now as he’s about as ready as he’s ever going to be. Unfortunately for him, as a left-handed hitter, at present he’s either blocked by Ichiro or Almonte. If F-Mart continues to swing a hot bat w/the “Rail-Riders,” I’d love to see him get his shot in the Bronx this summer.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    A right-handed hitting outfielder/First baseman who could mash against left-handed pitching & hold his own defensively would really be a welcome addition to this ballclub.

    Can’t wait until Eduardo Nunez (yeah, you heard that right) is back playing shortstop for the NY Yankees.

    Ok, what have they done w/Cody Grice? They move him up what two/three levels, he mashes at Scranton, & he’s now back in the missing person’s file? The mysteries of player development.

    Ok, crucify me if you’d like, I still think Joba Chamberlain can be a special pitcher (as in a quality guy on your pitching staff). Cashman said earlier that all relief pitchers are failed starters, but in Joba’s case, he never really failed as a starter. The Yankees exploited his ability early & didn’t develop him properly.

    Anyone else getting the feeling David Adams is having better A/B’s? He’s a good little player. Now, if only this trend continues and he can remain healthy.

  • Wayne

    Jose Ramirez pitches today any chance he is still here past trade deadline in July or here by September in the major league roster and not traded at all this year and is given a shot in the rotation next year? Percentage wise what are the odds he is not traded this year and percentage wise what are the odds he is still with us next season and given a shot next year in the rotation? Hal knows we need offense if we don’t get Stanton does Hal package Ramirez and depaula for the upton brothers in Atlanta. Bj you know has attitude and does not run out all balls Justin is obviously great but his brother might influence him to be a bad person. I personally would not do the trade. But Hal is impatient and with the rotation getting old it just does not make sense nor would I give up our aa and aaa pitching depth for the upton brothers. They are a public relations nightmare to me especially with bj upton. Peter o’brien should be on major league roster at least by 2015. But like I said Hal wants to win every year. Something tells me we are headed back to losing years if Hal is going to be impatient like the sixties and eighties. Remember the eighties where Willie McGee and Jose Rijo and Doug Drabek got traded. But depaula and Ramirez are going to be way better than those guys and it will hurt to see them on another team having dominance and success and winning championships with other teams cause Hal was impatient with them cause he wanted offense badly. To me Peter O’brien and Gary Sanchez JR Murphy Tyler Austin Slade Heathcott who reminds me of Kenny dykstra with austin Aune backing him up and Aaron Judge if he ever signs and possibly gosuke katoh and Angelo gumbs backing him up are the future of our offense and position players . Outfield of Aaron Judge in right Heathcott in center and Tyler Austin backing Aaron Judge up in right possibly or jake cave in left field would be great. Tyler wade and Eric jagielo or miguel anduhar at short and third base and Greg bird at first. We should continue to develop at third and short in the draft and in the outfield with the next draft in 2014 but the pieces are there!

    • Curtis

      Yep nailed it once again

    • David Brown

      This has been a “Murphy’s Law” year for the Yankees, where everything (except Gardner and the Bullpen) that can go wrong has went wrong. That said, Hal (and Cashman) are not George or Hank, and they know what happens when you panic (Arod being Exhibit: A), and will not do it. The team is not going to give a crazy contract to Cano (they saw what has happened to the Angels with Pujols & Hamilton), and they will wait out Aaron Judge, either he signs at slot (like the pick right after him (Clarkin)), or he goes back to Fresno State. From what I have been reading, there is a good chance Cortes, Bridges & McCarley will be onboard, and Bueno & Fowler are possible as well, and they will not risk those picks (and future ones), by showing weakness over Aaron Judge. Finally, I do not mind taking a step back, accepting the $189m Budget (which involves getting contracts such as Granderson & Hughes off the books), and having a 1 year rebuild (getting good again in 2015), particularly when I have heard the 2014 Draft Class is outstanding, and we will have multiple picks. We need to be patient, and hope the team does not make the mistakes of the 80s. Gut feeling is because of the fact they are investing more in Scouting, getting guys signed, not sacrificing First Round Picks and this year, added an extra GCL Team, they will not.

  • In conclusion

    & so ends the 6/29/30 edition of D.O.T.F with the ever so fatefully dreaded “wall of text”.

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      Hahaha…I agree, so terrible….who the hell is going to read all of that?

      That being said, while scrolling down, the word ‘Upton’ caught my eye. So I scanned that sentence…and I shouldn’t have, because this is what I saw:

      “if we don’t get Stanton does Hal package Ramirez and depaula for the upton brothers in Atlanta”

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I laughed. I’m scared to read it for several reasons. At least break it down into sections/paragraphs…