Campos & Culver lead Charleston to win

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Game 107: Dodgers Ace vs. Former Dodgers Ace

OF Tyler Austin is heading to Tampa after having his right wrist checked out, reports Josh Norris. He’s been out with a bone bruise for nearly three weeks and will start the whole rehab/re-evaluate process. There are only five weeks left in the minor league season, so I suppose there’s a chance we won’t see him again this year. The Yankees could send Austin to the Arizona Fall League to make up the lost time, however.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Indianapolis)

  • 2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 BB — he hasn’t exactly forced the team to consider calling him up
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 K
  • LHP David Huff: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 67 of 96 pitches were strikes (70%) … he’s been really good for them since moving into the rotation out of necessity

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Harrisburg)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 K
  • DH Curtis Granderson: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — have to think this will be his final rehab game
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — stuck in a little 7-for-36 (.194) slump
  • LHP Nik Turley: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 7/6 GB/FB — 65 of 106 pitches were strikes (61%) … 57 walks in 112 innings this year after 45 walks in 117 innings last year
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only 12 of 27 pitches were strikes (44%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes

High-A Tampa (4-1 win over St. Lucie)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3,1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K — up to 101 strikeouts on the year (26.9%)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP — got picked off second … two stolen bases in two days
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4/5 GB/FB
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 44/10 K/BB in 43 innings

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Hickory)

  • SS Cito Culver: 3-3 — had three hits in his last 34 at-bats (.088)
  • 1B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 16 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.444)
  • RHP Jose Campos: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 52 of 67 pitches were strikes (78%!) … it took until July 31st, but he finally threw five innings in a start
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GB/FB — 32 of 48 pitches were strikes (67%) … indy baller has a 19/3 K/BB in 16.1 innings since signing

Short Season Staten Island (6-0 win over Jamestown)

  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K — two Yeicokshots!
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 14/13 K/BB in 22.1 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (6-1 loss to GCL Yanks2) going to combine the two teams into one because why not?

  • SS Abi Avelino: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — 16 hits in his last 37 at-bats (.432) with seven stolen bases
  • DH Luis Torrens: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 3 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 2-3, 1 K — the daily strikeout(s)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13/1 K/BB in 12.1 rehab innings
  • RHP Dallas Martinez: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 11/2 K/BB in 13.2 innings for the 18-year-old
  • LHP Omar Luis: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 2/2 GB/FB — the control does not appear to be strong with this one
Wednesday Night Open Thread
Game 107: Dodgers Ace vs. Former Dodgers Ace
  • SP

    Francisco Rondon was so wild he threw 2 balls into the stands (hitting multiple people) while warming up in the bullpen.

    The fact my gf and I were inches away from being hit the the back of the head and that his body language on the mound was some of the worst I’ve ever seen has led to him becoming my least favorite player.

    • DrMcGillicudy

      Stop being such a pussy. Holy hell. They throw for a living. F**king hard. Sometimes it’s wild. It’s AA, wtf did you expect?? Pony up and buy you and your gf real tickets next time, or take a midol before you comment.

      • Ghost

        Nurse, someone needs their meds room 149

        • Greg

          Needs to take his Midol…because he has his period…because he’s a woman! Get it!

      • SP

        Ha thats funny, I don’t know if you’ve been to the Trenton stadium but its actually really hard to throw it over the bullpen fence not to mention do it twice.

        Also I’m sorry I have actually have a gf who appreciates being able to take 40 min rides out to Trenton to see rehabbing stars and prospects. But don’t worry I’m sure I sit in better seats up in the Bronx than you do :-)

        • Mister D

          Me and my wife (!!!) saw Rodriguez’s last game in Scranton and he didn’t try to hit us with anything which means Rodriguez is better than Rondon and maybe we’re better than you guys but I don’t know about that last part because you could be great too!

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Yay good ol’ fashioned sexism.

    • Brian in MA

      My question is…how is his wild pitch almost hitting the back of your head? Are you actually watching the game?

  • nycsportzfan

    Jake Cave is freaking raking! Cave is kinda a lesser version of Casey Kelly, right? As far as he can try and make it as a hitter and if that don’t work, we can try pitcher?

    Either way, i know he was a nice sleeper pick, and i’m glad hes tearing it up in Charleston now. Hopefully we give a couple promotions so that some of these guys can get some excitement going to other teams in the league, and maybe we can make a deal or 2 this offseason, or see what we got in some of these guys.

    Cave is just tearing the cover off the ball these days! I want to see him get some AB’s in Tampa before next yr!

    • trr

      I’m a Cave Man!

    • DERP

      I wonder how his defense in center is. When he was drafted, people thought he would definitely have to move to a corner.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Not that I recall. He had very good speed, his knee injury may have slowed him a bit but he has been stealing more of late (though his CS% leaves something to be desired). I haven’t heard anyone say he needs to move.

        • DERP

          Law called him a “corner bat with doubles power” in this article

          • YankeeGrunt

            No doubt based on his exhaustive in-person scouting of him and the other 1000+ draftees that year.

            • Havok9120

              Shockingly, most people tend to listen to professionals over the opinions of random people on the internet. Some even trust professionals operating in their field over their own, ill-informed, judgement.

              I don’t understand it either.

              • Mac

                Law was on an island on this one. The general consensus was that Cave had plus speed. He was being called the 3rd best defensive CF in the system behind Mason and Slade when he was drafted. I will trust several people over one person who tends to throw around wild, extreme opinions for a mainstream site known for just awful analysis. Saying you read sports analysis on is the equivalent of saying you got your news from the tabloids.

                After the knee injury, his ability to stick in CF is more in question. At the time of the draft, I’m not sure that anyone besides Law was questioning it.

                • Mac

                  I should say any media type besides Law. I’m sure at least someone somewhere was.

              • YankeeGrunt

                What I read plus what the Yanks said after the draft said above average to plus, not Slade Heathcott speed but more than enough for CF. Remember, he was one of the Yanks’ pet guys, they were on him from the Area Code Games and Hank’s Yanks and all that jazz. Cave was also being looked at as a pitcher. Keith Law is an okay read, but compare him to Jim Callis who has a staff and it isn’t even close.

  • nycsportzfan

    Whats up with Mikolas? Dudes a 3rd rder and he can’t hit consistently in the GCL? Those are the picks that gotta progress through the ranks for godsake! Between Aune, Gumbs, Mikolas, Culver, Bichette Jr, R.Flores, Bryan Mitchell, Heathcott, Ty Austin, its tough to get to excited about our system. Some of those guys gotta start turning it around and make our system more appealing.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Mikolas was a big-time prospect and the Yankees were praised for being able to sign him. He’s still young, but he and Aune illustrate the idea that prep prospects in particular are pretty speculative.

    • Mac

      A 3rd rounder busting is the norm, not weird.

      Your list seems fairly incoherent. It includes guys who are busting in A ball up through an injured guy in AA. It ignores several of the Yankees actual top prospects. If you go through every farms system and just pick out the busts or guys having down years, you’re going to get a similar list and come to a similar conclusion.

      • nycsportzfan

        What are you talking about? Tyler Austin just got hurt, and was busting bigtime this season, and that list isn’t even the tip of the iceberg as far as underachieving this yr and in recent yrs. Shoot, you can even say Hughes and Joba have failed to live up to expectations. Dellin Betances was moved to the pen becuase of how wretched he was at starting, and Banuelos was pitching to a down season before he was injured, and hes now injured, which obviously isn’t his fault, but don’t change the fact hes not on the field. You can add Mason Williams to the players having a down season, and Brett Marshall, even though hes been better, is still pitching to a high 4’s ERA, and Yeicok Calderon has lost his prospect luster all ready, and Nik Turley isn’t as good this yr as we all thougt, and Gary Sanchez is hitting 256BA in his 2nd yr at Tampa for godsake.

        This isn’t a opinion, but more obvious conclusion. Everybody knows are system has underachieved this yr, and the past couple for that matter.

        • nycsportzfan

          And 3rd rders not making the show may be the norm, but struggling in GCL is not the

        • YankeeGrunt

          And Bird has broken out, and DePaula has broken out, and with the exception of injuries to Encinas (who was breaking out) and Hensley pretty much all of our starting pitchers who qualify as prospects have been at least meeting expectations this year – no, guys like Turley and Marshall haven’t been exceeding them, but they’ve been within the range of reasonable. Betances was more or less inevitable. A lot of disappointment this year, sure, but it hasn’t been all bad.

          • nycsportzfan

            Its been a dissapointing season in the yankees minor leagues. If you did a poll, it’d be about 90pct in agreement on that fact. Obviously, its utterly impossible for every player on 5-7teams to struggle, but there is way to many players struggling to not consider that a fact.

    • Bryan

      Culver is still one of the youngest guys in the Sally and has been hitting far better over the last month or two. Heathcott the same. Gumbs has been hitting better since being demoted and still also one of the younger guys out there. Ty Austin is not busting. Are you serious? Stop being so overdramatic. Save it for the soap operas. Austin is having a tough season. That tends to happen once in a while when over the span of 2.5 years you jump 4 levels of play. Heck, even if he does meh the rest of this year and replays AA next year, he would still be age appropriate for AA at 22. So please, take your hand off the panic button and settle down.

      • Rick in Philly

        I’ll also add Heathcott to the list of “not busting”. The goal for him was to stay healthy, and, so far, he’s succeeded.

      • nycsportzfan

        whoa guy! No ones panicing at all. Speaking facts isn’t panicking. Everyone knows the yankees farm system has underachieved this yr. As for Ty Austin, i meant busting this yr, not Gumbs has been a bust so far. I don’t know how you debate that? So what hes hit alittle better? Hes hitting 240BA for godsake. He actually got demoted!!!lol Ya, hes really raking at 273BA in charleston, where he all ready played a full In fact hes doing the exact same as h did last yr in Charleston. Hes shown zero improvement.

        Again, its been a dissapointing yr, end of story.

  • viridiana

    Whoever is in charge of promotions seems to have fallen asleep.

  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    who knows some details about Dallas Martinez

  • DERP

    Is Alvaro Noriega on the GCL team any good? He is 18 and only plays like twice a week, but is putting up decent numbers. They gave him 175K and supposedly he is a good defensive catcher.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Some positive press, not as much as Martinez, Severino or Abiatal but the org seems to like him.

  • Coolerking101

    What’s up with Heredia going back to A+? He’s 23 and pitched well in Tampa last year. Maybe it’s time put him in AA?

    • YankeeGrunt

      He missed all of last year with a shoulder injury. He pitched well there in 2011.

  • Peter gammons brother

    The yankees are supposedly concerned with judges k rate, they are holding him back in ex st for rest of year with idea that he starts in staten island next year

    • Danny

      “If you take a college bat in the first round and they aren’t ready to start the year in High A in their first full season, you took the wrong college bat”

      • Bryan

        “I like my ham sandwiches with swiss cheese and mustard.”

        – Abraham Lincoln

    • Hues

      Well that’s exceedingly strange. Source?

  • Michelle Axisa

    Yay for cock! Yay for cock!!

  • Dicka24

    Yeicock double penetration style.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      Yeicok is leading the NYPL in HRs.

      There were two naughty bits referenced in the previous sentence.

  • RetroRob

    Too bad Yeicok is not considered a better prospect. He needs to make the Majors so we can look forward to a decade-pluse of Yeicok-shots.

  • Charlie in SD

    How much longer must we endure this oppression?! Free Yeicok! He could be the (Yeicok)-shot in the arm that this team needs! I will not rest until I see that Yeicok in the Bronx. Yeicok swings and hits it deep into the gap!

    OK, I really gotta stop now. In reality, it would be fun if he could climb the ladder.