Heathcott’s big night leads Trenton to win

Hughes can't overcome offense, Yanks fall 4-1 to Twins
NYDN: A-Rod may consider plea deal with MLB

Both RHP Jose Ramirez and LHP David Huff were placed on the Triple-A DL, according to Donnie Collins. I’m pretty sure they’re just two paper moves to free up roster space around the All-Star break, but I don’t know that for certain. OF Melky Mesa (shoulder) was activated off the DL and LHP Francisco Rondon was called up from Double-A Trenton.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (2-1 win over Buffalo in seven innings) makeup of an April 12th rain out … they beat former teammate RHP Chien-Ming Wang

  • CF Adonis Garcia: 1-4 — threw a runner out at first
  • 2B Brent Lillibridge & C J.R. Murphy: both 1-3 — Lillibridge struck out
  • 3B David Adams: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1K — 4-for-13 (.308) since being sent down
  • DH Dan Johnson: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — had been in a 2-for-20 slump
  • RF Melky Mesa: 0-3
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 8/5 GB/FB – 60 of 97 pitches were strikes (62%) … they needed an outing like this, the bullpen is taxed

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (5-0 win over Buffalo in seven innings)

  • 3B Brent Lillibridge: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B David Adams: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — nice day for him
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 30 of 52 pitches were strikes (58%) … he’s been dynamite since getting taken off the 40-man roster a few weeks ago
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 37 pitches were strikes (51%) … first multi-walk appearance in a month

Double-A Trenton (6-1 win over New Britain)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-5
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 16 hits in his last 39 at-bats (.410) with four doubles
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB – 56 of 89 pitches were strikes (63%) …
  • RHP Cesar Cabral: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 15 of 20 pitches were strikes … five straight scoreless outings after getting roughed up during his rehab assignment
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB – 16 of 18 pitches were strikes (89%) … eight of his last ten outings have been hitless

High-A Tampa Game One (10-0 win over Bradenton in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 K — ten hits in his last 25 at-bats (.400), but he missed ten days in there because he was sick
  • 3B Alex Rodriguez: 0-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP — had a little more on him earlier
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 BB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI — six hits in his last 19 at-bats (.318) with three doubles and a homer
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RHP Corey Black: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2/4 GB/FB — one run or less in six of his last seven starts
  • RHP Charley Short: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 53/7 K/BB in 36.1 innings

High-A Tampa Game Two (3-2 win over Bradenton in eight innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — nine hits in his last 26 at-bats (.346)
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS — walk-off single
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3 WP, 5/1 GB/FB — 28/9 K/BB in his last 26 innings
  • RHP Taylor Garrison: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 36/7 K/BB in 36.2 innings

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Augusta)

  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — second straight game with a homer and his third in the last eight games
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 13/4 GB/FB — 50 of 87 pitches were strikes (57%)

Short Season Staten Island (6-1 win over Auburn)

  • CF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 3B Jose Rosario: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — ten hits in his last 24 at-bats (.417)
  • RHP Phil Walby: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (9-8 win over GCL Blue Jays) they faced a rehabbing J.A. Happ

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-5, 2 R – five hits in his last nine at-bats with four steals
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 2 R — played seven innings in his latest rehab game
  • 1B Chris Breen: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — ten hits in his last 29 at-bats (.345) with two doubles and a triple
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Hayden Sharp: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 8/4 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (8-7 loss to GCL Astros, walk-off style)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – 15 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.417)
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PB
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • 3B Renzo Martini: 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Omar Luis: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB — 12/6 K/BB in 6.1 innings
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Hughes can't overcome offense, Yanks fall 4-1 to Twins
NYDN: A-Rod may consider plea deal with MLB
  • Casey

    Mike, is Peter O’Brien moving up in your prospect rank? Where would you put him?

    • sabes

      Or is everyone else moving down?

    • Mac

      It’s obviously not my list, but to me his value is mostly holding steady from the beginning of the year. Maybe increasing a bit as he’s proving he can do what people thought he could, but I don’t think he’s a real helium guy. (Granted, still plenty of season left to go.)

      It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up defensively. Still Cing a bit. And 3B is a fairly premium position in its own right. Higher offensive bar at 3B than C, though.

      Offensively I would say he’s done about what was expected. He was a four year NCAA guy who spent the fourth year at a major program. He turns 23 tomorrow. Low A was a cakewalk for him, but that’s not really surprising. He hit for a lot of power (great that he met expectations for what is really his carrying tool), but he K’d a ton. He hasn’t been up in Tampa for long, but that’s the level he probably should have been at offensively this season from day 1. And, in a small sample, he’s hitting league average in Tampa so far while K’ing 1/3 of the time. Been hot lately, and if that carries on the rest of the season certainly increases the outlook. More advanced P next season in the high minors could be tough for a guy who Ks so much, though.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        He said Mike, not Mac.

        Nah, just fuckin with you. I agree

  • yankeepankee

    Hi all.

    Read a feature a while back that said Brett Marshall regularly hit 95 mph.
    That true? Does he still do that?

    • pat

      When he was first drafted and raw he could his 95 and highe regularly, but he had shit mechanics and just tried to throw fastballs past people all day. That works in high school not the pros. Since his surgery his overall velo has been much lower.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Hey Mike, what’s the deal with this Rodriguez kid ? Real prospect, or one of those AAAA guys ?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Omar Luis? Let’s see him get out of rookie league, for gods sake.

      Young, got a nice bonus as an IFA. I’m sure they didn’t do that if they thought org guy was his highest potential.

      Still, way too early and a zillion things could go right or wrong.

      • DERP

        I think he was making a joke about A-Rod, but I could be wrong.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Heh. Didn’t even cross my mind. :)

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        I think he meant the other Rodriguez kid, the one they call A-Rod.

      • Shittyshittybangbang

        Shit, my bad. Joke fail.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Nah, I’ll take the fall on that one.

  • KeithK

    Saw the SI yanks play in Auburn tonight. O’Neill looked pretty over matched against the first two pitchers (both righties) with 3 K’s before getting the late hit against a lefty. Walby looked pretty good in his 4 innings, walking his way into trouble in his final inning before working out of it. Then Smith was even better, though it’s always haerd to say too much about one Short-A appearance.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Attaboy, Slade.

    I want to see Slade and Austin continue to make the strides they need to take in AA, get to AAA next year, and I want to see the “when do we see them?” Conversations at this point next year.

  • Curtis

    One of the prospect dudes I follow on twitter was talking up Avelino & Estrada. Seems like this system has much more depth than usual. (below AAA anyway)

    • Mac

      Yeah, I like their depth. I think it’s something they’ve been doing a good job of building since Opp took over. (Maybe just now getting to a point where the system is fairly saturated throughout.)

      AAA needs guys who can step in to the bigs right away if needed, so it’s natural to have some vets there. Still, though, there are quite a few prospects at that level. Some have been called up due to injuries and others have been injured themselves. But is the full roster was there at one time you’d have Murphy, Zoilo, Adams, Romine, CoJo, Mustelier, Garcia, Ramirez, Nuno, Marshall, Betances, Montgomery, Rondon, Whitley. A lot of prospects at that level. Not all top prospects, but guys that have a shot to contribute.

    • viridiana

      They’re loaded at lowest levels — that’s why they’re fielding two GCL teams.

  • Laz

    The top 3 outfielders now all have their ops over .700
    Things are turning around.

  • Paco Dooley

    Heathcott and Williams being spurred by the recent bad press??

  • Robert

    I see Heathcott as another Gardy type,Austin and Williams as another Z. Almonte types.
    Am I wrong?

    • viridiana

      Heathcott will have to put his bat on the ball more to approach Gardner profile. Williams — more speed, better D than Z. Austin might be closest as corner outfielder, though scouts have liked him better than Z. Til recently, at any rate. Tyler has been struggling — some scouts wondering why.

    • Mac

      Those aren’t the comps I would use, personally.

      Slade has less patience and a lot more swing-and-miss than Gardner. One of Gardner’s calling cards is really his approach, and that’s something Slade struggles with a little (maybe due in part to missing so much time, but might just be who he is too). He potentially has more power (he’s a strong boy, had an LSU football offer, check out the video of him starting a brawl a couple of years ago if you haven’t), though he hasn’t shown it consistently. Probably has similar speed to Gardner.

      Williams is a true CF, vs. a corner guy like Zoilo. Williams can steal a lot of bases. Zoilo can grab some, but isn’t a big steal threat. Mason’s shown better contact skills than Zoilo, though Zolio has cut his Ks a ton this year. Zoilo has shown more power, though Mason did flash some last season. Williams profiles as a potential lead-off man (decent on-base guy, good contact skills) with the complementary skills (defense, base running) to maybe at least stick on a bench even if he doesn’t hit too much. I would say Mason is probably more comparable to Gardner than Slade, though he does have more power potential too. A lot of bad attitude accusations for Mason. Zoilo is more dependent on his bat and probably has less chance to be a good starter than Mason since his bat doesn’t profile as great for a corner guy (Mason can really be a top notch CF if he puts it all together, Zoilo more likely an adequate corner guy). Granted, Zoilo has improved his second crack at every level and been pushed up two levels this year, so I think he’ll get better than he’s shown so far.

      Austin is probably more comparable to Zoilo as a strictly corner guy who needs to hit to have a career and doesn’t profile as a huge power hitter. Austin is considered to have more upside, I’d say, but I think it’s fair to say there is plenty of overlap between the two.

  • Snarf

    When will Aaron Judge make his first appearance?

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    I’m waiting for that “Cano” moment. A milb kid making steady progress, makes it to the parent club…, and boom ! The eureka moment. As I vaguely remember, Cano didn’t come up as a can’t miss. Whom can we surmise that might one day have small chance to do the same ?

    • Mac

      Kind of tough to say. Cano’s total OPS in the minors was .756, and he only matched that number once before hitting AA. I would say that there are a lot of players throughout the minors who could do that, but very few who actually will.

  • Wayne

    What channel is future games on and what time? Also any chance Ramirez gets sent back to aa if he is injured when he comes back. And when will cortes debut?

  • Dick M

    I was at the Thunder game last nite. Austin sat out. Blackburn pitched for the Twins.

    Heathcott hit one ball hard. He didn’t scream “prospect” to me.

    Flores carries himself like a prospect. He’s all business in the way he prepares before the game, etc.

    Pirela looked like the best hitter on the team. He looked shaky at 2B tho.