Bird continues to rake in Charleston win

Granderson hitless, Nix doubles in latest minor league rehab games
Late rally falls short as Rays clobber Sabathia

The Yankees have signed infielder Brendan Harris to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton, reports Josh Norris. The 32-year-old hit .206/.252/.355 (69 wRC+) in 117 plate appearances for the Angels earlier this year, his first taste of the big leagues since 2010. Nothing to see here really, the Triple-A squad needs some warm bodies due to injuries and call-ups.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Louisville in ten innings)

  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — five hits in his last 13 at-bats (.385) with three doubles
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — seven hits in his last 14 at-bats
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 36 of 56 pitches were strikes (64%) … 28/21 K/BB in 31.2 innings
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K — 23 of 41 pitches were strikes (56%) … eight walks in his last nine innings

Double-A Trenton Game One (4-1 win over Binghamton in seven innings) makeup of the June 27th rainout

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R — .243/.338/.327 on the year … yuck
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%) … 50/34 K/BB in 50 innings

Double-A Trenton Game Two (4-1 loss to Binghamton in seven innings)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 3 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%)

High-A Tampa Game One (5-4 win over Charlotte, walk-off style) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the ninth

  • 3B Jayson Nix: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Curtis Granderson: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — both he and Nix played yesterday, not in the completion
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 K — took over for Nix and wound up hitting the walk-off single
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — threw a runner out at the plate
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 2 K, 1 PB — picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 119/33 K/BB in 87 innings

High-A Tampa Game Two (4-3 win over Charlotte)

  • 3B Jayson Nix: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Curtis Granderson: 0-3, 1 K — had more on him and Nix earlier
  • CF Mason Williams & C Gary Sanchez: both 0-4, 2 K — Sanchez allowed a passed ball
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — four hits in his last seven at-bats following an 0-for-18 slump
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 K
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/4 GB/FB — fourth year here
  • RHP Charley Short: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — 62/10 K/BB in 43.1 innings

Low-A Charleston (2-1 win over Greensboro)

  • SS Cito Culver: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 23 at-bats (.565)
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Jose Campos: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 37 of 66 pitches were strikes (56%) … had walked three batters in his last 36.2 innings total

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 loss to Brooklyn)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-3, 1 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-3, 1 K
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-3, 2 K
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (11-4 loss to GCL Phillies)

  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-5
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — 36 strikeouts in 72 plate appearances (50%)
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 1-2, 1 RBI — 4-for-5 in his pro career so far
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/4 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (10-3 win over GCL Braves)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB — absolutely on fire right now
  • DH Nathan Mikolas: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB — helluva game
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB
  • RHP Dallas Martinez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/3 GB/FB
  • RHP Dayton Dawe: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
Granderson hitless, Nix doubles in latest minor league rehab games
Late rally falls short as Rays clobber Sabathia
  • Richard Leo

    we have 3 interesting SS propects in GCL

    • Angelo

      I’m really rooting for Avelino. Wade and Estrada are intriguing as well

  • Mark

    Nice win for Scranton, considering they probably got to Louisville sometime late this morning.

  • YankeeFan

    Any reason why Bird has remained this long at Charleston? Hitting over .300 since May 1 with a .400+ OBP. OPSing well over .900 over that time as well which is 250+ ABs.

    • Richard Leo

      someone in BA said Bird’s power has potential to be plus

      • D-Lite

        Ball jumps off dude’s bat. Isn’t hitting a lot of cheapie HRs and is playing in an extreme pitcher’s park.

        • Samuel

          The kid hits rockets all over the park. Sound off his bat is different than most other kids his age.

    • Angelo

      Well, finishing the year strong in Low-A wouldn’t be the worst thing, but I understand where you’re coming from.

    • nycsportzfan

      I was just asking Mike about Bird yesterday in the chat. I’ve been asking about the O’briens, Birds, Rollers, and Segedins all yr long. We got quite a few ML type bodies and pop in all 4of those guys. Bird needs to get moved up to Tampa for the rest of this yr, so if he rakes, we can get em to start in Trenton next yr.

      • Samuel

        I believe they might give Bird a cup of coffee promotion at year end, but will spend most of the rest of this season at Charleston.

        Still, he will begin next year in Tampa, and a good start or solid improvement over first 2-3 months by FSL All-Star break will get Bird to Trenton by mid-season.

    • Samuel

      Still only in his first full year of professional baseball as HS draft pick. They might want to just let him be in Charleston.

      Yankees usually do not move newer drafted HS kids up during season, unless they are repeating that level.

      Murphy, Mason Williams and Heathcott were promoted mid-year, but all had were in their second full pro seasons when promoted, and Murphy and Slade were both repeating Charleston. I counted Mason in SI as full year since he had 300 plate appearances.

  • entonces

    Was it mentioned earlier? Bird made BA list of hot prospects. #6, I think.

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    3 games, 14.0 innings, 22 runs, OMG.

    So can we compare ARod contract to Sabathia’s contract now? haha.

    That’s why you renew contracts to young players or players accepting less money or years, every time a guy wants as much money as possible, good bye.

    Longoria accepted a contract without a single year of 20M, Weaver 5 yrs/$85M, Lee took less money than what Yankees and Ranger offered, Pedroia didn’t even ask for more money than Kinsler, etc, etc, etc. I hate players asking for the most, show some heart, as Weaver said: “If $85 (million) is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of families then I’m pretty stupid”

    • Angelo

      This is the wrong thread for this information.

      It has nothing to do with prospects. Go complain about Sabathia in the appropriate thread.

    • Laz

      Longoria is nowhere near the level of player that arod at his peak was. Just because Weaver took a discount doesn’t mean CC has to. Yankees were able to get CC in first place because he didn’t take the midwest discount.

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    I don’t care, I just hate that fat mediocre pitcher

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

      The feeling is mutual, I’m sure.

  • yankeePankee

    Hi folks.

    Why did Yanks not go after Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Cuban pitcher signed by Phils today?????
    Scouting reports look good.
    And he is not subject to the international bonus pool system since he’s 26.
    Need to stockpile pitchers. Always get hurt or have excess to trade.

    • Laz

      Because $48M that will count towards the mlb salary is still substantial. People throw out Cespedes all the time but the guy is costing $9M a year, and was decent last year, and atrocious this year, not even like they are saving money.

  • YankeePankee

    And can Melky Mesa be another Carlos Gomez. Same kind of player in minors.

  • Wayne

    Can jose Ramirez please be sent back to aa. Damn don’ t they get it!

  • Wayne

    Rafael Depaula Jose Ramirez and Rookie Davis right now are our best three starting pitching prospects. Hal please
    don’t trade these guys, be patient. These guys are going to be studs. This is going to end up being the eighties all over again if we trade these guys. We have no chance of winning this year or making the playoffs.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’m starting to wonder if Dellin Betances is a guy who could be our Closer next season? He could be next in line to take homegrown stud title for the yanks. Hes primed and ready to take over a bullpen role, and we got a insane setup man in Robertson all ready. I have a feeling Betances is gonna be our next closer, and Betances is gonna be our next pitching stud. SO obviously, i’m hoping we don’t trade him.

      • Samuel

        Would much rather have Robertson or Kelley as closer next year over Betances. He is not proven in majors and one half season of consistently throwing strikes is not a good enough track record.

  • nycsportzfan

    Whats up with Connor Kendrick guy? I don’t know much about him but he catches my eye in these threads when i read his pitching lines usually. Is he someone to keep a eye on?

    • nycsportzfan I looked up his stats, and hes been overly bad, just solid recently. It just felt like i’d seen a bunch of games in a row of him pitching well is all. At least hes turning around his season.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’ve asked for weeks why Randy Ruiz isn’t getting a shot. Its getting annoying now. Why in the world have him at all?

    • Angelo

      Because he’s AAA guy. Putting up great numbers in Triple-A when your 35 doesn’t really mean much. Now shut up about it already.

  • nycsportzfan

    One more thing about Betances. He may of resorted back to walking some guys recently, but hes also struck out 27 in his last 17inn of work and gave up zero runs. This guys closer material and its just to hard to string 3 at bats together to score of this guy, even if he walks a guy or 2. Hes the real deal, and has found his calling as a future closer.

  • trr

    a lot more fun reading this than the game thread!

  • tyrone sharpton

    mentioned this before, but what happened to matt richardson?

    • Mike Axisa

      He was released at some point, I think before last season.