Lillibridge & Ruiz homer again in SWB win

Yankees finish off sweep of Twins with 9-5 win
Mailbag: Axford, Qualifying Offers, Judge, Aoki

Following a brief four-game tune-up with the Rookie GCL Yanks, 3B Eric Jagielo has been bumped up to Short Season Staten Island according to Alex Faust. I suspect he’ll remain there for the rest of the season, unless he completely tears the cover off the ball and forces a promotion.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Adonis Garcia: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B
  • 2B Brent Lillibridge: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — four homers in the last six games
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, 2 K, 1 SB
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 1B Dan Johnson: 3-4, 2 RBI — he’s been mashin’ of late
  • LF Thomas Neal: 1-4
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (66%) … career-high in innings … third straight strong outing
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 11 pitches were strikes (82%) … it’s early, but so far the move to the bullpen is working out wonderfully

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Reading)

  • DH Eduardo Nunez: 0-5, 2 K — he will stay with the Thunder at least one more day according to Josh Norris, but a bump up to Triple-A could come after that
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — 71st game of the year is just five shy of the career-high he set in 2010 … if nothing else, at least he’s stayed healthy this year
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4/7 GB/FB — 57 of 101 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%)

High-A Tampa‘s game was suspended due to rain after a whole two batters. They’ll finish this one up tomorrow. Here’s the box score.

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over Augusta)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 2 K
  • DH Greg Bird & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 0-3, 1 BB — Bird struck out twice, DBJ once
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — second homer in the last three games
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/5 GB/FB — last seven outings: 27 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 15 K … this is the guy I was hoping to see when the season started, but I better late than never
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13/3 K/BB in eight innings so far for this year’s tenth rounder

Short Season Staten Island (9-1 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • CF Michael O’Neill & 3B Eric Jagielo: both 1-4 — O’Neill struck out three times
  • DH Brandon Thomas: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — third Yeicokshot! in the last four games
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 9/2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 Game One (3-1 loss to GCL Astros) completion of yesterday’s day, which was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the third

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB — this year’s fourth rounder has six walks and one strikeout in six pro games
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 0-4, 3 K
  • 3B Chris Tamarez: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — picked two runners off first base … he pitched yesterday before the rain
  • RHP Francis Joseph: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 5/1 K/BB in 3.2 innings for the 19-year-old who spend the last two years in the Dominican Summer League

Rookie GCL Yanks1 Game Two (5-1 loss to GCL Astros in seven innings)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 K — first game of the year for the 18-year-old, who missed the first few weeks with an unknown injury … he signed for $300k in 2011 and is one of the team’s better shortstop prospects (more info here)
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-3, 1 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 0-3, 3 K — 5-for-31 (.161) with 20 strikeouts, which is quite bad for anyone, especially such a high draft pick who signed for nearly double slot money
  • RHP Luis Severino: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 18/3 K/BB in 12 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-2 loss to GCL Blue Jays)

  • C Luis Torrens: 2-4
  • LF Nathan Mikolas & 3B Renzo Martini: both 0-4, 1 K — Martini stole a base
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — the 17-year-old is 10-for-27 (.370) in nine games so far
  • RHP Joey Maher: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 5/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Dayton Dawe: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/2 GB/FB
Yankees finish off sweep of Twins with 9-5 win
Mailbag: Axford, Qualifying Offers, Judge, Aoki
  • Karl Krawfid

    Get lilly up here now

  • trr

    Get Murphy up here now

  • trr

    ……and maybe Dan Johnson?

  • Bwitz

    Get some butts up here now! I want some butts!

    • Btitz

      Yay for cock!

  • Nick

    “71st came of the year is just five shy of the career-high he set in 2010 … if nothing else, at least he’s stayed healthy this year”

    And to me, this is the most important thing. The tools are there for Heathcott, the durability was the question headed into the season. The production should follow.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Send down Adams for Lillibridge. He has some ML experience and couldn’t do much worse than Adams has done as of late.

    • http://deleted Richard Leo


    • Laz

      Adams at least has potential to improve. bringing Lillibridge up is just a move to make a move, not really to improve team.

    • fin

      Lillabridge? really? So Adams gets a month and hes replaced by guy who had washed out of baseball? Not that either player is a gem, but how many failed prosprects are you going love?

      • OhioYanks

        One can advocate sending Adams down to AAA to get things together and trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Lillibridge without loving Lillibridge or giving up on Adams. Lillibridge isn’t particularly good, but he is capable of getting hot at the MLB level: 125 wRC+ in 216 PAs for the White Sox in 2011. Who knows what the right answer is, but I don’t think it would be that hard to make an argument Adams would benefit from some more AAA time.

        • emac2

          One can advocate anything they want. It’s a free country.

          I think the issue is what a stupid idea it is too send down a prospect who is battling through the down side and starting to emerge so that you can bring up some washed up utility infielder with the idea that he will make the difference?

          Adams is playing and developing just fine. Baseball isn’t a sport where guys get on base every day. Winning isn’t something that you accomplish by refusing to give your prospects time to develop either.

          • OhioYanks

            You seem to have missed the second half of that first sentence. Go ahead and try reading it again. Slowly this time. I’ll wait for you…

            Being sent back down to AAA does not mean you’re not giving someone time to develop. Plenty of players get sent back down to work on something or in deference to a better player. Some of them take advantage of the opportunity and come back stronger. Some don’t.

            You’re creating a strawman out of my argument. Quite intentionally it seems after the way you blatantly misrepresented my first sentence.

            Try considering the other side of an argument and actually understanding it before calling it stupid. It will help you to look less stupid more of the time. Because you look pretty dumb in that comment.

        • emac2

          BTW – Why would you assume that someone who has hit well in AAA will learn more down there than he will in the majors? Isn’t that sort of like saying you passed 8th grade but you have a D in your first month of 9th so maybe you go back to third grade to figure out 9th???

          It’s normal to have an adjustment time. Hanley Ramirez went hitless for a month while he made the adjustment.

          • OhioYanks

            No, it’s nothing like your 8th/9th grade analogy. Guys get sent down all the time to work on things. It’s like being up against the best in the world at something and then going back down to play the second best in the world at something to keep working on your skills. It is no more likely that he’ll get it together continuing to play MLB guys than it is going down to get some time in AAA. Some guys keep getting run out there over and over again in the bigs only to never improve and some guys go down and come back more ready to excel. You are, once again, creating false alternatives.

            I don’t know what’s been wrong with Adams and I haven’t seen Lillibridge play once for Scranton. I am just saying that it’s certainly possible to promote Lillibridge without “loving him” or to demote Adams without “giving up on him.”

  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    Welcome Back Avelino

  • Yanks

    Wade has 6 BBs and 1 SO. Little error there

  • Bob Buttons

    I hope Renzo names his kid Juan Moore.

    • Shittyshittybangbang


  • Robinson Tilapia

    Can’t imagine there’s a whole lot of sugarcoating you can do with Aune, eh? Sounds like he’s spectacularly overmatched right now.

    • OhioYanks

      Definitely terrible, but the sugarcoating is that I don’t think he’s physically overmatched. He hit quite well at the same level last season (granted small sample and he did K a lot, not nearly this much, though). Could be that the holes in his swing are being better exploited after the league has gotten to know him, but I sort of doubt he’s getting that steady of a diet of a particular pitch in a particular location from Ps working to round out their arsenals. I have no idea what it is, but I think it could be more of a mental or approach thing. Sulking after moving off SS, mechanical changes that aren’t taking, spending his million bucks in the offseason rather than working on his game. None of those would be good things, but are probably more correctable than being physically overmatched.

  • Aims

    Aune has 20 strikeouts in 31 at bats…not exactly the hottest of starts

    • fin

      seems to be a really good thing tha au

      • fin

        my thought was that when Aune got moved off ss, his career was over, he seems to know it. Let alone the move to RF

        • OhioYanks

          Sort of doubt it, since he was expected to move off SS from the day he was drafted.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Goodness, thankfully I’m now The Artist Formerly Known As Austin Aunelowitzky.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    ouch i hope this is a fluke from aune. ugly numbers

  • felixpanther

    trade Joba and bring up Dellin

  • D$1184

    Seems like Johnson has found his home run stroke. Who do we need to remove to get him up here–Overbay?

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      I’d keep Overbay as our backup 1B. I’m sure I’d have to take a long hard look at the roster to get it done, but he’s been the closest thing to Ibanez-clutch we’ve had this year.

      • vicki


  • CONservative governMENt

    If Aune decides to switch to to football would the Yankees get some pool money back?

  • yankeepankee

    Jose Quintana, K’s 11 Orioles for White Sox today.
    A young lefty that Cashman gave away for nothing.
    A disgrace. Cashman’s made too many mistakes and his farm system kills young arms or lets the wrong ones go to other teams.
    And other teams get Puig, Cespedes, Darvish, Sano.
    We get fringy Musty and Garcia etc.
    Cashman must go.

    • Brian S.

      Vidal Nuno=Jose Quintana. Although yes it sucks we let him go for nothing.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      There are bigger things that you can validly complain about. Especially while you’re in the farm department.

      • vicki

        please don’t talk to dumbasses as if they were people.

        i’m – okayy, critical – rather vocally – of the steinbrood/cash culture we live in. but i hate when fools come around and make us all morons.

        • fin

          you talk a lot but say nothing.

          • OhioYanks

            What’s your problem? This guy is clearly a troll and/or an idiot. He lists four guys who are working out to varying extents from all over the league from three different countries, but only lists two of the Yankees IFA signings who are somewhat similar profile veterans from the same country. The Yankees also got Gary Sanchez, Rafael DePaula, Montero, Omar Luis (who is their highest priced Cuban, not either of the two mentioned), Flores, Torrens, Banuelos, Zoilo, Jose Ramirez, Cervelli, Nunez…

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Maybe he’s just misquoting Psycho Killer.

    • Robinson Tilapia


      • Jim Is Bored

        Someone with that handle is not here to contribute. Just saying.

      • Shittyshittybangbang

        Nickel, now señor ! *envisions making millions, but remembers lack of copyrigh. Damn !

  • Mick taylor

    What Type of prospect is Adonis Garcia. Gil Patterson was smart to put betances in the bullpen

    • fin

      Garcia is milb filler, and Betances is only a reliver because Cashman wanted something from him before he got released. Cashman would have rathered Dellin start for a few more years.

      • OhioYanks

        No, Garcia certainly has the upside to contribute a bit to the MLB team. He may end up being nothing more than a AAAA player, but that’s not a fact.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Garcia’s name is too easy to pronounce and he’s not portly enough to rise to the level of FHOFer.

  • John C

    So glad that Camarena has turned his season around beautifully. Looks like Marshall has finally found it also.

  • Robert

    Todays NY Post Doubtfield written by Mark Hale about Slade,Austin and Williams and there careers so far….

    Saw all 3 play and all I can say is none of them WOW you.

    Saw Manny Machado play against Trenton last year and immediatly said WOW!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There you have it.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Why are some people pooh-poohing what Lillibridge is doing at AAA ? Is he a washed up mlb’er ? Maybe. Point is he’s hitting well, where ever he is. He’s forcing Yankees hand. Good for him. If he can fake 3rd base as “well” as Adams, then heck, give him a shot. Adams doesn’t deserve benefit of anything. Only what he earns, and his BA …, doesn’t deserve much. Heck, I don’t necessarily think Nunez is the answer either.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I don’t think people are pooh-poohing anyone. We’ve just seen this movie before, including the crying masses for the guy having the good month in AAA to get a chance, a thousand times.

      • OhioYanks

        I know we’ve seen a lot of similar movies. However, not many where the villain is a seriously, seriously struggling rookie and the hero is a guy with at least some MLB track record (a bad one, granted). This isn’t exactly replace Teixiera with JoVa or something. I actually like Adams quite a bit, but still have to admit there’s a decent chance Lillibridge might well be as good as he is. Especially short-term. Even long-term, though. There’s also a decent chance Adams is much better, don’t get me wrong. I just think this has more merit to it than the typical FHOFer meme.