Clark’s big day leads Thunder to a win

Yankees sign Polish left-hander Artur Strzalka
Game 98: Just Win (Again)

RHP Jose Ramirez was activated off the Triple-A DL, according to Donnie Collins. He wasn’t actually hurt, they just took advantage of the All-Star break to free up an extra roster spot between his starts.

Oh, and C Gary Sanchez is day-to-day, so says Josh Norris. He tweaked something running the bases yesterday. I thought he got hurt on a collision at the plate.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Louisville)

  • 2B David Adams: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.343) with four doubles
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 HBP
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — first hit in four games off the DL
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/5 GB/FB — 54 of 80 pitches were strikes (68%), plus he picked a runner off first
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (70%) … the bullpen dominance continues

Double-A Trenton (8-2 win over New Hampshire)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — pretty disappointing year overall despite the nice game
  • 1B Andrew Clark: 3-4, 3 2B, 1 RBI — ten doubles in 28 games since signing out of an independent league
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of eleven pitches were strikes (73%) … 16 strikeouts and 13 walks in his last 12.2 innings

High-A Tampa (9-4 loss to Palm Beach)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — in a 6-for-36 (.167) slump
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-5, 2 K
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 5/3 GB/FB — seven unearned runs? that has to be some kind of DotF record
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB
  • RHP Charley Short: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-0 win over Hickory)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 1-5 — Culver struck out once, DBJ twice … Culver also committed a throwing error
  • 1B Greg Bird: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 15 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.429) with six homers, eight walks, and six strikeouts
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 SB — six two-hit games and four no-hit games in his last ten contests
  • RHP Brett Gerritse: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GB/FB — 71/24 K/BB in 62 innings

Short Season Staten Island Game One (3-0 win over Mahoning Valley in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-3, 2 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K — seven walks and five strikeouts in his last eight games
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 2-3,1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 14 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.389)
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Kelvin Castro: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — recently converted infielder has a 16/3 K/BB in 14.2 innings this year

Short Season Staten Island Game Two (7-3 loss to Mahoning Valley in seven innings)

  • LF Brandon Thomas: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 0-4
  • DH Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3/3 GB/FB

Both Rookie GCL Yanks teams had their usually Sunday off-day.

Yankees sign Polish left-hander Artur Strzalka
Game 98: Just Win (Again)
  • Rick

    With betances always tossing multiple innings, could he be a poor mans aceves?

    • John

      I think it’s about time to bring Betances up and see what we have.

      • jjyank

        Whether or not he’s brought up right now is probably debatable, but he’ll be a FA after this year, no? I’m sure the Yankees will give him a crack in September at least and probably give him a shot in the Bigs next year too. They’d lose him otherwise, if I’m remembering correctly. I can’t imagine they’d let him walk after all this time without seeing what he can do.

        • Mac

          I don’t think they’d let him walk because he’s shown some promise. If he was still dogshit, though, I don’t think they’d let the sunk cost impact the decision too much. Had to let Brackman walk not too long ago.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          He’s out of options after this year, not a FA.

          • Mac

            Yeah, but if they don’t give him a shot in the bigs next season and he’s out of options they’d have to pass him through waivers or release/re-sign him to keep him. If he keeps up the success in relief I have to imagine another team is going to want him in its pen.

            • The Doctor

              Considering Rivera’s retiring and both Logan and Chamberlain are headed to free agency, you have to think he’ll get more than a cup of tea this September and have every chance to make the team next year. In his last 18 innings pitched (10 games), he’s allowed no runs, struck out 28, and walked 8. Walks are still a bit high, but that’s just flat out dominant.

              • Mac

                I tend to agree he’ll get every chance, I was responding to a specific comment.

          • jjyank

            Wrong wording then. Isn’t the point that he has to be added to the MLB roster or he’s a FA?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Not a free agent. He’d have to pass through waivers to keep him in the minors.
              They can keep him in the majors, trade him, or try to outright him to the minors (I’d think someone would claim him on waivers to prevent an outright though).

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                The only way he’d become a free agent would be if the Yankees released him and either nobody claimed him on release waivers or he didn’t accept the claim.

                • jjyank

                  Right, I got that. I wasn’t speaking literally, sorry if my use of “FA” was too specific. But I assume that someone would claim him as a reliever given how well he’s pitched there, and would probably not be worth much in a trade.

                  So my main point still remains, give him a crack in the Bigs, or he’s gone. Most likely.

        • your mom

          He’s out of options after this year. Not FA til 2019 according to baseball ref.

          • Mac

            If they don’t give him a 25-man spot it’s basically the same difference.

    • dkidd

      if we’re talking multiple inning saves, i’d prefer a poor man’s gossage

      • Jacob the OG

        Relievers get so babies now, I WANT TO SEE 100 IP FROM M?Y CLOSER NEXT SEASON

    • RetroRob

      A poor man’s Aceves?

      • jjyank

        I’m assuming he meant “a poor man’s 2009 Aceves”.

        • Mac

          Yeah, I didn’t find that particularly hard to follow.

      • Tim

        Yea what exactly is a poor man’s Aceves? Someone with a 7.00 ERA? His current AAA numbers and better the Aceves right now!

    • Revan

      In terms of production sure but they are very, very different from each other.

    • I’m not sure where Dietrich Enns and I begin

      Betances has become interesting as a bullpen arm. I don’t see why he can’t be a contributor in the BP next year. His upside is pretty good. Maybe he can be another David Robertson?

  • Wayne

    I liked the Vimeo of David Palladino good delivery big dude hopefully his knees hold up but I liked what I saw. Is there Vimeo of cale coshow and rookie davis pitching for Staten Island. Check back in a few days if there is any Vimeo from rookie davis pitching today.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Andrew Clark ripping it up in Trenton & doing so w/a bum shoulder that requires surgery he’ll finally be getting over the coming winter. What kind of #’s will he put up when he actually gets to play healthy?

  • Mick taylor

    What type of prospects are Luis torrens a nd bubba jones . And how come with over a billion people in china the yanks cannot find nod puig type stud

    • Electric Nunez ll

      “And how come with over a billion people in china the yanks cannot find nod puig type stud”-

      I was, am, and always will be forevermore awed by that comment…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Over a billion people in India as well.
        They should be able to find 2 Puig type studs!!!

        • The Doctor

          Tomorrow’s headline:

          Desperate for the next Puig, Yankees sign entire People’s Republic of China

  • EndlessJose

    The Yankees obviously get Carlos Pena since he has been cut right?I think he’ll hit some homeruns in Yankees stadium.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Pena doesn’t really make sense for them right now.
      But then again, neither did Ishikawa, so maybe.

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      He’s been pretty bad for a couple of years now. I’d offer him something but I’m sure another team would offer him more.

  • Kunta Kinte

    Andrew Clark. I went to the double-a Trenton game when Pineda pitched there a few weeks ago and why wouldn’t I go I live 2 minutes away and Andrew Clark went 3-4 with 2 monster homers and a double to center. The HR’s each went into the Delaware river which is right behind right in the stadium about 40-50 feet back. He should be a solid candidate for DH or lefty bench bat next year.

  • Samuel

    Greg Bird was 3-4 tonight, a walk, two runs & one RBI. He figured in every run of the RiverDogs 3-0 victory.

    Now .284/408/506.

    His OBP over .400 every single month. Consistency.

    Might as well give him the Yankee Minor League Player of the Year right now.

    • Travis L.

      Why cant he be promoted to Tampa? Is he blocked by Saxon Butler?


      • Samuel

        All I can figure is that since it is Bird’s first full year of pro ball, they would rather let him play it out in Charleston.

  • pat

    Imagine how apeshit DoTF would be if RAB were around when Nick Johnson was in our system? We’d have crowned him the next Ruth and not thought twice about it. When he was Bord’s age he was in AA and hit .345/.525/.548 with 14 HR 88k and 123!!!!!!!!! BB

    • pat

      Fuckin Bord. Hate that guy. Bird is the man.

    • Bo Knows

      Johnson’s issue was always health, he hit for a decent average, had an outstanding OBP, hit for power; just couldn’t take a step without wrecking something

    • Tom K

      If Johnson remained healthy, he would have been fun to watch. His career OPS+ was 123 in 3,316 plate appearances. It isn’t like he was a slouch when he was able to play.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, he put up video game numbers as a 20 year old in AA.

      That’s why, as much as I like Greg Bird, it’s absolutely nuts to compare him to Nick Johnson in any way. The man was simply on another level.

  • viridiana

    Kind of amusing that some people still bring up Betances walks. The fact is the guy has always been very hard to hit. Hits are more important than walks and Betances, with the exception of his dreadful 2012, has always been stingy with hits. This year, he’s given up just 40 in 61 innings. Those are impressive numbers — he’s averaging just under 6 hits per nine innings. This is not the first time he’s been really good in this respect. Gave up just 53 hits in 85 IP in 2010. Just 102 hits in 126 IP in 2011. I don’t mean to imply walks are unimportant — just that they’re less important for pitchers who don’t give up hits. Certainly, DB’s walk totals last year were unacceptable. But now they’re quite reasonable. Nearly unhitable in three of the last four season, Bretances now looks like a pitcher who could be quite valuable on MLB level.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, the kid’s looking like a shutdown reliever right now.

      This may have been a lost year for Montgomery, but the reliever pipeline hasn’t been affected at all.

    • FrankeeYankee

      Joba is gone. He didn’t pitch once in this series so Girardi has no trust in him anymore. Betances is the obvious replacement.

  • nycsportzfan

    I wonder what the yanks could get for Betances right now? If you add in a piece. Theres alot of teams looking for middler relievers, and this one happens to have closer type stuff and seems to of found his calling.

    I would like the yanks to use him or trade him.

    Betances and Phelps for Ruiz?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      That might actually be a bit much for Ruiz on his own. Phelps is a nice piece.

  • Wayne

    Any chance dietrich enns gets promoted to aa by years end.

  • AJosh

    Enns gave up 2 HRs, but only 1 ER. So if all the runs scored after an error when there were 2 outs in an inning, none of those runs are earned?

    • Samuel

      That is correct. None of those runs are earned. A starting pitcher not allowing runs to score after an error which could have been the third out is essential to winning games.

      When a starting pitcher shuts the door after that type of error, it is similar to a reliever coming in with a couple guys on and not allowing any inherited runners to score.

  • Michael Cutler

    Rookie Davis is a stud. . .no homo. . .no homophobia. . .