SI Yanks open season with win over Brooklyn

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts following Monday's off-day

In case you missed it late last night, RHP Rafael DePaula has been promoted to High-A Tampa. Here are some other notes and roster moves:

  • Triple-A Scranton: CF Melky Mesa (shoulder), UTIL Ronnie Mustelier (groin), and RHP Sam Demel (unknown) have all been placed on the DL, reports Mike Ashmore. 1B/DH Randy Ruiz was signed out of the Mexican League to give the club another warm body.
  • Double-A Trenton: LHP Matt Tracy (hip) was placed on the DL and RHP Corey Black sent back down to High-A Tampa according to Ashmore. Black’s recent promotion was just a paper move, apparently.
  • High-A Tampa: RHP Shane Greene and RHP Sean Black were both promoted to Double-A Trenton according to Josh Norris. Greene has been awesome.
  • Low-A Charleston: LHP Dietrich Enns has been promoted to High-A Tampa based on his Twitter feed. He’s been outrageously good and the promotion is long overdue.
  • Miscellaneous (via Matt Eddy): RHP Cory Arbiso has been re-signed. He spent parts of five years in the system as an organizational arm before being released at the end of Spring Training … RHP Dan Mahoney and 1B Luke Murton were released. He led the system with 25 homers last year but he didn’t hit a lick this year (22 wRC+ at Triple-A).

Triple-A Scranton Game One (10-1 loss to Rochester in seven innings) makeup of the April 10th rainout

  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-3
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-3 — 15 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.455)
  • 1B Dan Johnson: 2-3, 1 R — ten hits in his last 28 at-bats (.357) with three doubles and two homers
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 8 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/0 GB/FB — only 34 of 83 pitches were strikes (41%) … I can’t ever remember an eight-walk outing in all the years I’d been DotFing
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 18 of 30 pitches were strikes
  • RHP R.J. Baker: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 14 of 30 pitches were strikes (47%) … he’s the backup catcher, by the way

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (5-3 win over Rochester in seven innings)

  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K — welcome back to the organization
  • C Bobby Wilson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — came into the game hitting .188/.317/.316, in case you were wondering what the alternative to Austin Romine was doing in Triple-A
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 8/2 GB/FB — 40 of 67 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%) … 18/6 K/BB in 19 innings

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off-day.

High-A Tampa (6-4 loss to Dunedin) they faced a rehabbing Brandon Morrow and Jose Reyes

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — doubled and flew out against Morrow … left the game after grounding out in the seventh, so he either hurt something or dogged it and got benched
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — singled and grounded out against Morrow
  • LF-CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — singled off Morrow
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — drew a walk against Morrow
  • DH Angelo Gumbs: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — hit into a double play against Morrow
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K — 3-for-27 (.111) since joining the team
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 WP, 7/0 GB/FB — allowed two singles to Reyes, but he also struck him out once … 19/5 K/BB in his last 23 innings

Low-A Charleston is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. RHP Alex Smith and RHP Ben Paullus have replaced DePaula and Enns on the Southern Division roster. C Peter O’Brien is the only other Yankees farmhand in the game.

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 win over Brooklyn) full lineup since it’s the first game of the season … believe it or not, they are now 2-13 all-time on Opening Day … Robert Pimpsner has a ton of photos

  • SS John Murphy: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 CS
  • 2B Derek Toadvine: 1-4, 1 K
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 SB — hoping he completely tears this level apart
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at third … after four years at Georgia Tech, this level should be a piece of cake
  • DH Yeicok Calderon: 2-4, 1 2B
  • C Isaias Tejeda: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RF Danny Lopez: 0-0, 1 HBP — left the game after being hit by a pitch in the head
  • RF Mikeson Oliberto: 0-3, 1 K — took over for Lopez
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Francisco Rosario: 0-3, 2 K — he reached base on a two-run error, which is why no one on the team had an RBI
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/5 GB/FB — picked up right where he left off last summer
  • RHP Charles Basford: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GB/FB
  • LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — oh by the way, this year’s tenth rounder has apparently signed … no word on his bonus, but I’m guessing the college senior signed for well-below slot

As a reminder, the two Rookie GCL Yankees teams start their season on Friday.

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts following Monday's off-day
  • Sam

    So is Jagielo going to start in Staten Island with the other guys? Clarkin? Judge (when/if he signs)?

    • Dan

      Jagielo is hurt, but Judge and him are SI bound. Clarkin to the GCL, if the physical goes well, i’d imagine he could start friday.

    • Bo Knows

      Jagielo (when healthy) and Judge (as soon as he signs) will go to Staten Island.

      Clarkin is will go to the GCL, which is where all High Schoolers go first

    • JohnnyC

      Jagielo is on the Charleston roster (low A) but due to a hamstring injury won’t be making debut for a few weeks. Have a feeling they’ll give Jagielo every chance to zoom through the system.

      • trr

        Don’t want to rush him, but damn this team needs hitters. The age on this roster next year is frightening.

  • forensic

    I’m confused on the Enns information. You have him listed next to High-A and being promoted to AA, but wasn’t he actually at Low-A, or am I misremembering that? Is he skipping a level or should he have just been listed under notes for Low-A?

    • Mike Axisa

      I’m an idiot.

      • forensic

        It’s all good. I just figured I had missed something along the way.

  • Bob Buttons

    Don’t know whether it’s sad or funny that RJ Baker is the second best pitcher for SWB in that game.

  • Jon G

    Am I the only one who gets confused about the difference between (a) Shane Greene, (b) Shawn Black and c) Cory Black?

    I know Greene has been great, but I remember reading that one of the Blacks has better off speed stuff than Greene — anyone know which Black that would be?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Sean Black is awful. Corey Black is a prospect.

    • Bob Buttons

      For all we know the guys in the FO got Sean and Corey mixed up too.

      • forensic

        Maybe that’s why they demoted Corey (who CLS said is a prospect) and promoted Sean (who CLS said is awful). ;-)

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Haha, Sean’s been in Tampa since the end of 2010, good for him.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        All those Blacks look the same to me.

        • Cool Lester Smooth


          Not all white people look the same!

  • NeilT

    2B Derek Toadvine: 1-4, 1 K

    Well here’s the clear winner of “obscure player with great name”.

    • Bob Buttons

      Still say Yeicok’s better.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Nope, Robert Pimpsner has em both beat.

        • trr

          Or as Girardi called him, “Pimpsy”

    • Greg

      Never knew that was a real name, I figured Cormac McCarthy had made it up.

      • trr

        Excellent reference , Greg

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I’m pretty sure his name is “renovated dike”

  • Billy boy

    Where is Austin Aune?

    • Dave23

      Believe he wilk start in GCL and be called up later. Still work in progress and to cut down 45 Ks in 139 ABs and his errors at short. My understanding is that they are considering him in OF because of his arm and potentially a 5 tool prospect. Still raw but

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      All those Austins look the same to me.

  • SoonerYankee

    Is Hayden Sharpe still in the system?

    • first name only male – Retire 21

      Yes he is, but I know this only because he is my Facebook friend. Can’t remember the last time I saw a stat line for him.

  • Darren

    Must feel awesome to get plucked from the Mexican league and be a heartbeat away from 1B for The New York YANKEES.

    Any chance this Randy Ruiz fella can help us? Wasn’t Jorge Cantu a Mexican league graduate who had a lot of pop for the Rays?

    • The Real Me

      Seems to be nothing more than a 4A player. He’s had parts of 2 seasons in the Majors, from what I’ve read, with some success, yet wasn’t able to stick. Hasn’t been up since 2010, I believe.

  • nycsportzfan

    Congrats to Enns! I was heading his bandwagon of fans hoping he was promoted, and i’m super stoked hes getting his bump up!

    Still wish Petey O’Brien was also on his way to high A ball though.

  • nycsportzfan

    Huge debut for Michael O’Neill! Also, Zolio Almonte is ready for his chance! I mean, give it to em! This guy could carry us for a short period if were to get em up to the big club pronto, why hes hitting like he is.

  • your mom

    8 BBs? Yeesh.

  • yankeepankee

    Cashman gets schooled in international signings again.
    By Rangers again too (Profar, Martin..).

    • Bob Buttons

      We don’t have the budget room. There’s a limit on spendings.

      • Mike Axisa

        Yeah, well, they should have paid the penalty to sign this guy I just learned about five minutes ago.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          CASHMAN FAILD!

    • wsa

      Yankees got two of Baseball America’s top four IFA prospects for the 2012 signing period:
      (#6 and 7 on Mayo’s list)
      Plus an intriguing SS prospect.

  • Wayne

    Yankees are going to get dietrich enns hurt you are suppose to build up the arm strength to start within the first Montt or two of spring training not in june. Yankees are going to ruin this kids arm!!!!
    If they wanted him to start he should Have been stretched out by april. He actually has the mechanics and make up to be a starter and a good enough fastball change up mix. But they will ruin his arm if they make him a starter this year. Make him a starter next year not this year!

    • The Real Me

      Thanks for that info. Please refresh my memory. How many top pitching prospects have you turned out?

      • Ron

        how many have the Yankees?

        • wsa

          Quite a few recently, actually. Depends where you want to draw the line for a top pitching prospect, but in terms of guys who have either been top prospects or MLB contributors since they took Hughes in 2004: Hughes, Marquez, Dunn, Joba, Kennedy, McAllister, Kontos, Betances, Melancon, McCutchen, Robertson, Brackman, Phelps, Warren, Claiborne, Montgomery, Hensley, Black, and Goody.

  • Wayne

    In 2014 yankees should Have him stretched out by april or they will screw his arm up next year too!!!!

  • Wayne

    How does gio gallegos delivery look like? Any video of gio gallegos pitching please post

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Honest question: why do guys wind up repeating short season or rookie league? Seems like it’d be a temporary stop for most players.

    • trr

      I’d say the team simply determines that they’re simply not ready to progress. I get your point though, it seems redundant to have to do it over.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      Because there are not enough playing time slots available at the next level up?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Probably because they aren’t very good, haha.

  • Jamie

    I saw Sanchez in the FSL All-Star game on Saturday…he should be the Yanks starting catcher. There is no real reason he shouldnt be at this point…he would be servicable defensively and a large upgrade offensivly IMO