Bird hits grand slam in Charleston walk-off win

Game 93: Beat The Twins
Yankees top Twins in rain-soaked shutout

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended in the 12th inning. Here’s the box score. The date and time for the completion is TBD.

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over New Britain)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 3-4 — eight hits in his last 25 at-bats (.320)
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at third
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — four straight multi-hit games
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — only nine of 19 pitches were strikes (47%)

High-A Tampa was rained out yet again. No idea when they’re going to make the game up, but they have all weekend to do it. Alex Rodriguez has played in just six games during the first eleven days of his 20-day rehab assignment. Tough to think he’ll be ready once the clock expires.

Low-A Charleston (8-7 win over Augusta, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 34 at-bats (.353) with six doubles, a triple, and a homer
  • 1B Greg Bird: 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB — hit a grand salami
  • DH Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-5, 4 K, 1 E (fielding) — barf
  • C Jackson Valera: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — walk-off single
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 66 of 89 pitches were strikes (74%)

Short Season Staten Island (6-5 win over Lowell)

  • 2B Derek Toadvine: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 2-5, 2 R, 3 K, 1 SB — 31 strikeouts and five walks in 22 games
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB — had three hits in his previous 32 at-bats (.094)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/3 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … that’s his first walk of the season (22/1 K/BB in 30 innings)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (7-1 win over GCL Blue Jays)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-1, 1 R — left the game following a lengthy rain delay … remember, he missed the start of the year with a torn quad
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 4-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — got picked off first …  hitting .364/.472/.727 in 13 games since signing
  • 3B Chris Tamarez: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Brady Lail: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GB/FB — left the game after the rain delay as well

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-3 win over GCL Astros, walk-off style)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-4, 1 HBP
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 PB
  • DH Nathan Mikolas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — walk-off single, his second walk-off hit of the year
  • 1B Renzo Martini: 3-4, 1 2B
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — first game in just about a month due to a shoulder issue (supposedly fatigue)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB
Game 93: Beat The Twins
Yankees top Twins in rain-soaked shutout
  • Pseudoyanks

    GOS-K !!!!!

    • trr

      Yeah, he’s been a little crazy since signing! There were some negative comments when we signed him, so this is nice to see…

      • Paco Dooley

        My concern is that he might be DBJ 2.0 – wait until he sees A ball…

  • forensic

    Alex Rodriguez has played in just six games during the first eleven days of his 20-day rehab assignment.

    BR kept confusing me because he technically played in the June 30th game with Tampa, but he played in the continuation of it after it was originally postponed. That really makes things weird in this situation.

    Anyway, It’s just unbelievable to me that they still have him sitting down in Tampa all this time not playing.

    • RetroRob

      Careful. You might cause a NY Daily News conspiracy article about how the Yankees don’t really want him to return!

      I mentioned in another thread that I did hear earlier than if he’s not ready on the 22nd that he can be evaluated and put on another rehab assignment. Perhaps they don’t think he has any chance of being ready so they’re not concerned.

      • forensic

        I’ve seen stuff like that on random sites, that he can wait 5 days and then start a new one, but I don’t see anything quite like that in the CBA. The lawyer/agent-speak in there may be convoluting it a little bit though.

        The rehab assignments are actually a written agreement that the player has to consent to for a certain number of days (not to exceed 20 days). It mentions that the player can provide another consent for the same injury so long as the length doesn’t exceed 20 days. I’m just not positive if that 20 days is the total for both consents or if he can do another full 20 day assignment.

    • OhioYanks

      Yeah, they are so dumb they probably don’t even realize that he’s not playing or know anything about the weather in Tampa which has been their Florida home for years!

      Can we give the Yankees a little credit at some point and assume that they do some things on purpose (or at least realize what is happening) instead of always assuming that they are really dumb? I’m not asking to assume they are right. Just that they are not morons.

      • forensic

        Yeah, because I said they don’t realize that he’s not playing.

        Feel free to just skip over all of my comments from now on.

        Ok? Thanks.

        • OhioYanks

          No, you just decided that you know more about the nature of his injury and rehab than they do and that they can’t look at a weather report to figure out whether or not Tampa is the right place to have him. “Anyway, It’s just unbelievable to me that they still have him sitting down in Tampa all this time not playing.”

          Feel free to make a reasonable comment from time to time and I’ll skip over it. Ok? Thanks.

  • Marcus

    There was a lengthy rain delay in the GCL 1 game, and Avelino and Lail were taken out as a precaution. The field was a little messy, and apparently they wanted to take it easy with Avelino.

  • Matt

    The GCL Yanks1 were rain delayed which is why Lail was taken out and probably same for Avelino.

  • Preston

    Man if you don’t get excited about Katoh, Torrens and Wade as up the middle prospects I don’t think you have a pulse.

    • nycsportzfan

      Also very excited about the pop in the bats of Bird and O’Brien.

  • viridiana

    Could care less about A-Rod. But Sanchez and Mason have missed what seems like ten games watching the rain down in Tampa. Really have to wonder why they continue to hold Sanchez back — especially since they can’t get any games in.

  • Andrew

    Isn’t it possible A-Rod is doing tons of inside work in these rain situations to “simulate” the game experience? Obviously it sucks and is not the same at all, but the only alternative this week would have been Charleston, where he’d already been. Not moving up at all for him, and alternative would have been going even further down to the short-season leagues, which is probably not what they wanted to do.

  • your mom

    “DH Nathan Mikolas: 2-4, 11 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — walk-off single, his second walk-off hit of the year”

    11 runs in one game is amazing.

    • Preston

      or a typo

  • Gonzo

    Just curious, not trying to offend or stir it up, but where do people stand on Dante Bichette Jr.? Is he a non-prospect in your eyes or more than that?

    • Preston

      People criticize the draft pick saying he was a reach. But he wasn’t that much of a reach, more of a second round talent than a first. A guy who had that kind of talent and displayed it at GCL shouldn’t be given up on completely. However it seems like a work ethic issue, if he grows up a little bit maybe he starts hitting. If he doesn’t he’s nothing. At this point I consider him a non-prospect until he starts hitting again. And honestly I probably wouldn’t be convinced by him hitting at A ball, he’s going to have to get promoted to AA and hit there before I consider him a prospect again.

      • OhioYanks

        I think it’s certainly a possibility, but what makes you say it seems like a work ethic thing?

        I think that two reasons people are so convinced Bichette was a massive reach are 1. Culver was more of a reach the year before so they just kind of lump the two together and 2. he was the Yankees’ first pick even though he wasn’t taken until #51. Plus Keith Law’s public outburst. His hot start in GCL might actually create more hatred among fans for him than Culver, but I’m not sure about that.
        Generally speaking, taking a guy in the 100 range on BAs list around 50 is not uncommon. Just off the top of my head Olt was a similar “reach” the year before at the 49 pick and Snell was a similar “reach” with the next pick after DBJ.

        It’ll also be interesting to see how the picks after him turn out. Only guy in the next 20 picks who looks like they missed out on to date is Brad Miller.
        Bell is someone a lot of people wanted. Doing a lot better than DBJ, but still a RF repeating the Sally with a sub-.800 OPS (though somehow that is a 123 wRC+). Daniel Noriis, Dillon Howard, and Hudson Boyd were all guys I remember people lusting over who went in the next 20 picks or so. All three have stunk to date.
        It’s still really early, but the only 1st taken after him who seems to be having any real success is Jace Peterson (OPS of .780 in A+ after .770 in A last season).
        Looking through the next 30 picks I saw a bunch of guys struggling as badly (some repeating rookie ball for the 3rd year without much success).

        Basically, there’s a chance that the Yankees didn’t blow the pick so much as there wasn’t much talent available. Culver seems like a different story so far. They just seem to have guessed wrong on his offensive development, though he has stuck at SS at least.

        • Preston

          I don’t think that Bichette was that much of a reach. My work ethic comment comes from Mike Newmann and others saying he seems disinterested in baseball when they scouted him. I usually don’t put any stock in that kind of scouting, but when a guy with that kind of pedigree and who has exhibited that type of talent fails, it’s probably due in part to his work ethic. The Culver pick actually bothers me less. He’s a plus defender at SS. How many of those are there in the minors total? You got one who you thought had offensive potential. It hasn’t worked out, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good idea.

          • OhioYanks

            Yeah, I was just agreeing with and giving my two cents on this comment: “People criticize the draft pick saying he was a reach. But he wasn’t that much of a reach, more of a second round talent than a first.”

            Hadn’t seen Newman’s comments. Interesting. I think it’s very likely that it is something like that. Just didn’t know if there was any evidence.

            Thing about the Culver pick is that is was 20 spots higher. A lot closer to the meat of the draft. So looking back at the draft there appears to have been a much higher opportunity cost with that pick. People were upset that the Yankees took DBJ, but almost no one else valued around the same spot has had significantly more MiLB success to date. No guarantee one of the successes was the Yankees 2nd choice, but the 20 picks after Culver have had an order of magnitude greater MiLB success than the 20 picks after Bichette. So, the Yankees might have actually made the right pick with Bichette talent/projection wise, while it seems really unlikely that they did with Culver.

            I do totally agree about the plus or at least adequate defensive SS thing, and that’s what I was trying to say in my original comment. I don’t really see how it was any better an idea than the Bichette pick, though. A recent write up I saw, on fangraphs I think, had 3B as the most historically successful use of a top 100 pick, and Bichette has managed to stick at 3rd so far. Based on the initial reports work ethic seemed like the last thing to worry about with him, if that is in fact the problem.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        For what it’s worth, my theory has been that he never was all that talented in the first place. As the son of a good major leaguer, isn’t it likely that he was extremely “advanced” for his age, having full-time access to a major league gutter as a coach. This kind of preparation could have helped him through the lower levels, but he may have all-long been a second-tier talent that is now getting unmasked. Just a theory.

        • Caballo Sin Nombre

          @$@# spell check. “gutter”–> hitter.

        • Preston

          Nepotism might have brought scouts out to the games, but his one calling card tool according to scouts was power. I don’t think that can result from polish. He then did okay last season exhibiting a marginal ability to make contact and take a walk, the problem is he had almost no power, if his line had been .248/.322/.431 he’d probably have been promoted. Instead he slugged an atrocious .331. This year he’s regressed in all three areas. It’s tough to regress in low A at this age, you’d think the experience you gained by playing everyday the year before would have given you experience to draw on. Not to mention that you’ve grown a year older and as a professional athlete should be quicker and stronger.

        • OhioYanks

          It’s possible, but I see a few big holes in the logic. It doesn’t do much to explain how he got worse at the same very low level from one year to the next. He didn’t really get through the lower levels, as you say, he got through rookie ball and then stalled out in what is still one of the lowest levels. Plus the consensus wasn’t really that he was a “second tier” talent, at least in terms of a talent that should stall so badly so early. He was something like #102 on BA’s top draft prospect list. He was expected to be maybe a 2nd rounder, not a marginal guy or something.

          And finally, as I was saying above, it doesn’t seem like there was much talent available at that point in that draft. The Yankees could only take someone who was available to them, and almost none of those guys has worked out in any way at all. It really looks like they were picking a needle out of a haystack at that spot. They might not have thought DBJ was actually all that good, they might just have accurately judged that the overslot guys fans were so excited about were not worth it. They spread some of those funds backwards and might end up with a decent draft overall if a couple of other guys work out (Cote, Bird, Cave, Camarena, Davis, Sharp, etc.).

          The chances are really good that if the Yankees had taken someone like Bell, Howard, Norris, or Boyd that people were clamoring over at the time, fans wouldn’t be much happier right now.

    • Curtis

      Oh much more than that. The Collective opinion of DBJ, here, is that he has the floor of Scott Rolen and the ceiling of Wade Boggs. Almost unanimous in our collective admiration if his talents.

      • Gonzo

        Ok, I laughed. Everyone is making me laugh tonight, and I’m not drinking or smoking funny sticks.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Gotta be mental with bichette jr. Seems like the proverbial snow-ball rolling down a mountain, wow ! Who’s this Jackson Valera kid ? Gio Gallegos, “real” prospect ?

    • Gonzo

      I chuckled at your screen name.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mike ID’ed him as a deep sleeper before the year, upside in the 2-3 starter range, especially if he can hone his secondary stuff. Great , great command (first walk all year).

      • OhioYanks

        I think it’s fair to call him a sleeper, but I don’t know how deep of one. He’s pretty well known.

  • Steve P

    Should I be paying attention to Cito Culver again or is this too small of a sample size since July 1st? How much has batting exclusively as a righty helped him?

    • Preston

      Who knows, but the bar for his bat is pretty low seeing as people say he’s a plus defender at SS. He’d have to be pretty awful with the bat not to eventually get a cup of coffee as a utility infielder.

      • YankeeGrunt

        He is hitting RHP as a right-hander, that was going to be hardest part of scrapping switch-hitting so it is a positive. He has been very streaky this year, but he bears watching for the rest of the year.

    • nycsportzfan

      Dudes only 21 or so yrs old. I’m definetly paying attention still. One thing about Culver, is we all knew his bat was lagging behind a bit and was gonna take alittle longer to catch up with the rest of his game when we drafted him.

  • Naved

    Dellin and Monty future callups for the bullpen this season? That would be amazing.

    • Shittyshittybangbang

      Maybe Dellin. It seems as if Monty has regressed this year. Probably injury related. Claiborne seems earth bound. Dellin might replace him.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Zoilo cooling off. Like the kid, but NYY have that revolving door going with milb. Fernando Martinez getting a shot soon ? Zoilo’s switch hitting might get him a reprieve.