Pineda strikes out eight in SWB blowout win

Update: A-Rod homers in rehab game, will be activated Monday
Mailbag: Beltran, Kuroda, Joba, D'Backs

Some notes:

  • OF Tyler Austin has a bone bruise in his right wrist, reports Josh Norris. He’ll keep it immobilized in a brace and then be re-evaluated in a week. Austin told Mike Ashmore he was hesitant to swing because it hurt whenever he did.
  • UTIL Ronnie Mustelier was activated off the Triple-A Scranton DL according to Chad Jennings. He was out with two groin strains. Given the team’s struggles against southpaws, I have to think he’ll be considered for a call-up at some point.
  • Baseball Prospectus (subs. req’d) but together a quote book from scouts on various prospects. Here’s a piece of the OF Slade Heathcott nugget: “Terrible approach when I saw him but was still arguably the most physically talented prospect I’ve seen this year … farm directors dream about players having tools like that, and at his age I would not give up on him.”

Triple-A Scranton (8-0 win over Louisville)

  • 2B David Adams: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — nine hits in 24 at-bats (.375) since being sent down
  • 3B Alex Rodriguez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — had a little more on him earlier
  • SS-3B Brent Lillibridge: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — he’s been crushing the ball since being acquired last month
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • CF Melky Mesa: 3-5
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 2-3, 1 BB
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 1 R — very close to an all-Cuban outfield
  • RHP Michael Pineda: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 56 of 82 pitches were strikes (68%), and this is the first time he’s gone over 80 pitches since getting into official minor league games … he was sitting in that same 92-93 range with a few 94-95s … according to Collins, he seems to be running into a bit of a wall around the fourth and fifth inning, which isn’t a surprise given the injury and long layoff
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 14 of 27 pitches were strikes (52%) … 48/16 K/BB in 38 innings since moving to the bullpen

Double-A Trenton (9-2 win over New Hampshire)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — 53 walks in 93 games this year after 54 walks in 132 games last year
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB — 15 hits in his last 44 at-bats (.341)
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP — they should promote him just to make the all-Cuban outfield a reality
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 49 of 82 pitches were strikes (58%) …
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — only 19 of 40 pitches were strikes (48%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 15 of 29 pitches were strikes (52%)

High-A Tampa (6-1 loss to Jupiter)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 BB — threw a runner out at the plate … 17 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.425)
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-4
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Corey Black: 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GB/FB — he’s been real good this year, was due for a clunker
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 19/3 K/BB in 17.2 innings since being demoted
  • RHP Charley Short: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 62/9 K/BB in 42.1 innings

Low-A Charleston (8-5 win over Grennsboro)

  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — 11 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.275) with seven doubles and a triple
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — got picked off first
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K — eight homers this year after only three last year, so that’s good
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — this year’s tenth rounder had allowed two runs in his first 11 pro innings total

Short Season Staten Island (8-2 loss to Batavia)

  • CF Michael O’Neill: 0-5, 1 K
  • DH Eric Jagielo: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB — eight hits in his last 20 at-bats (.400) … 7/8 K/BB in 16 pro games
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 0-4, 3 K
  • SS Jose Rosario: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4/4 GB/FB — he had walked three batters in 55 career innings coming into this game

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (3-2 loss to GCL Braves in 12 innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-5, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS — got picked off first
  • DH Gosuke Katoh: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 32 at-bats (.375) with four doubles, three triples, nine walks, and six strikeouts
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (7-0 win over GCL Pirates)

  • SS Bryan Cuevas: 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI — played five innings in the field in his second game back from injury
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — got hit in the second and was taken out in the seventh, so he might have just been coming out early in the blowout
  • DH Nathan Mikolas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP — left the game in the eighth, an inning after the HBP
  • 1B Renzo Martini: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 10/3 K/BB in 14 innings
Update: A-Rod homers in rehab game, will be activated Monday
Mailbag: Beltran, Kuroda, Joba, D'Backs
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well that explains a ton with Austin lately. Heal up. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

    More than one reason to keep Pineda gaining strength in AAA while he’s not immediately needed. What a nice luxury to have. Going back to the “acquire a starter” thread, while it shouldn’t be “Priority 1A,” not having to force Pineda into situations he doesn’t have to be in would be a good thing going forward this season.

    Slade’s terrible approach isn’t looking so terrible lately.

    Austin Aune only struck out 34 times today. Progress.

    • shadow

      Everyone’s approach is terrible when they go 0-4 with 3 K’s on the day you went to see him. This is why a player needs to be evaluated over multiple at bats rather then one game.

      Hell, one 3-25 slump, which is totally normal in baseball on any level, and one scout might deem that player as dogshi#

      If the scout saw his game today Heathcott would of been deemed to have a “Great Approach”

      • Robinson Tilapia


      • Mac

        I don’t have a subscription and can’t actually read the article, but there seem to be a lot of assumptions in your comment. I agree that you can’t tell everything from watching one game, but think you’re going too far.

        Does the scout say how many games he watched? If not, “when I saw him” could refer to a series he watched. Could refer to multiple series.

        You can also have a terrible approach and still go 3-5 with a HR or have a great approach while going 0-4 with 3 Ks. Approach isn’t really about results. An AB where you swing at the first pitch at your eyes or toes and hit a HR is not indicative of a good approach. You can demonstrate a strong approach in an AB where you K if you work the count, foul off some touch strikes, and get punched out looking at a borderline strike or just miss a tough pitch.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          This x100.

        • Gonzo

          So true.

        • YankeeGrunt

          For instance, two nights ago Bichette was swinging from his heels. Last night he took one deep, but that doesn’t mean there was anything better about his approach, it is much more likely that he just connected with one while doing the same. Though again, that was a tiny sample from an untrained eye.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Of course you’re right but why let logic stand in the way of trying to discredit someone who said something critical about a Yankee prospect. That’s like the first commandment for many RAB commenters.

          • jsbrendog

            wait, i thought cashman failed and all the prospects suck? I am so confused.

            seriously, the hate for keith law here is unbelievable. I really enjoy what he has to say. (not that this was him, just saying)

        • shadow

          Nice post Mac. You broke it down for me in basic form.

          As for Keith Law, you can’t say Miquel Cabrera is the 3rd best player on the tigers last year and then come out and say Chris Sale shouldn’t of been a first round pick and expect to be taken seriously. Sorry, I don’t care how many numbers he crunches.

        • Samuel

          I saw Heathcott a couple games during an early Trenton series. He was severely disappointing.

          He was almost always off balance when swinging, mainly all upper body, and using nothing from his lower half. This caused him to move over his front side several times and end up swinging one handed. That type of swing does not result in any power.

          I have not seen him during this hot streak (with power), but the power surge indicates he is getting into good hitters counts, staying back, using his legs and is balanced throughout his swing. That is the only way a hitter generates any power.

          I plan on seeing Trenton again in next week or so.

          The key with Heathcott this year is staying healthy, which has been his only field negative his entire pro career. The tools are there, the desire is there. He is a pretty good kid, and very popular with his teammates.

          Also, I had heard couple weeks ago that Austin had a wrist injury. They really need to take there time with him, even if he has to miss a month.

    • Angelo

      I’m rooting for Heathcott as much as the next guy, but I think we both know that “Approach =/= result.” Hopefully his approach is getting better though.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Of course.

      • YankeeGrunt

        I saw him a few months ago and his “approach” had problems (some of his swings just looked silly), but he was doing some of the little things right. For instances, he shortened his swing on two strikes and managed to put enough bat on the ball to get a run in, something you don’t see nearly enough from a lot of young players. He turned a routine grounder to second into a near-run thing because he was busting his ass down the line. He looked like a good hitter struggling. Cave looked like that the other day. A good hitter slumping.

    • Mac

      I don’t know if they need a new SP to keep Pineda out of the rotation. Sure, it’s going to be tempting to promote him if he’s blowing away AAA even if he’s not ready for full starts, but they’re like 6-7 deep in the rotation right now with passable guys if Phelps gets healthy and stops stinking. Even if they blow through 3 of those guys it’s going to take probably 2 GS each to move on to the next guy.

  • SDB

    Good to see Musty back. Hopefully he stays healthy for a bit now.

  • Curtis

    Slade & Mason on fiiiirrrrreeeee! Now if Tyler Austin starts raking, we’d be back to being excited about that threesome.

    And I took that scouting report as positively beaming. We all know he was awful till recently. But good to hear how highly they think of his talent

    • Mac

      I don’t know when the wrist issue occurred, but Austin’s wOBA was up around .340 until a while back. Not killing it by any means, but he was holding his own.

  • nycsportzfan

    At least we get to look forward to seeing Pineda in the 2nd half(hopefully). We still got a chance to kill it off the Montero deal, and that is exciting.

    With Pineda coming back, as well as hopefully Granderson and jeter, and Alex, we should definetly be buyers and at least take a shot on a Carlos Ruiz type, to really fill out the lineup.

  • nycsportzfan

    Katoh is hitting 393 in limited AB’s against lefties. Nice!

    • Angelo

      Now only if it was a significant sample size in a full season league.

      Success is success, I guess.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yup, better then hitting 179 in those limited AB’s against

  • Angelo

    Slade & Mason on fiiiirrrrreeeee! Now if Tyler Austin starts raking, we’d be back to being excited about that threesome.

    There’s a joke in there somewhere.

    • Angelo

      Ah, reply fail. Was trying to respond to Curtis, obviously.

      • vicki

        it’s funny anywhere.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Absolutely, as well as a strange choice in material to get you going.

  • Slugger27

    why is jagielo not in A ball?

    • vicki

      so that actual new yorkers get a chance to see him, i hope? once the temperature dips below 95 i’ll make the sail to st. george.

    • Nick

      I really hope he gets to Charleston this year at least.

    • The Other Sam

      He was listed on Charleston’s DL. Forget what he did to get there. Just rehabbing in SI I think.

    • Mac

      We’re only talking a dozen Gs at the level. Not a ton of guys, especially in the late first, skip short season. Zunino played 29 Gs in short season last season. I would expect Jagielo to get some time in the Sally or even higher this season (Zunino is obviously a beast, but he jumped right to AA after short season).

    • tom

      They probably want him to get used to playing every day. They don’t play every day in college and it’s good to get them used to a bit of the grind at a fairly “easy” level.

      There’s also probably some value in getting someone exposed to all sorts of different coaches. While it’s not like they’d be re-tooling his swing or making massive changes right after drafting him in SS ball, who knows what he might pick up from different coaches or what those coaches might see and pass on to the development guys to keep an eye on.

  • vicki

    i hope that avelino fan comes around tonight. every night. dude’s gold.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We also haven’t gotten a broken pitcher update from Wayne lately. With both a Pineda and Campos appearance tonight, we may get an episode of Wayne’s World just yet. Party on, Vicki.

      • vicki

        party on, gills.

      • forensic

        There was no Campos appearance tonight.

        Looks like Friday is his 5th day, but he’s not listed on the schedule, so maybe Saturday instead?

    • Gonzo

      Avelino and Estrada duking it out for SS of the furure!

  • Pa Poo

    This and the A-Rod news makes me wetter than Nancy Grace after a white baby murder.

    • vicki

      i salute you.

    • jsbrendog

      priceless and moist

    • JLC 776

      No need for any more comments on this thread. This one wins!

  • Billy boy

    Anyone know when Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin are going to debut?

  • Aims

    Bentances has been absolutely lights out since he got into the bullpen this year…no earned runs in his last 10 appearances with 26 Ks in 18 innings and an ERA of like, 1.20 over the last 2 months. Can’t help but hope that he gets a shot this year when/if they move Joba

    • vicki

      he’s steve delabar.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Are the GCL games played in front of a crowd at all?

    • forensic

      The teams generate little if any revenue, as admission is not charged and no concessions are operated. As almost all of the games are played in the heat and humidity of Florida summer afternoons, very few show up to watch the average contest.

      And remember, everything on the internet is true…

  • Gonzo

    No subscription required for that BP article BTW.

  • Chris

    So we can move Joba and Phillip and have Pineda and Betances at some point? I like it. I would rather see them both be September roster moves while letting them build up confidence in the meantime. Mac, when are you taking over the RAB site? Your knowledge and insight are insane.

  • RetroRob

    Keith Law’s current podcast has a quick take on the Yankees system and Tyler Austin. I won’t do a recap on the entire section since Mike may have something planned (although maybe not, since it’s a podcast, not an article), but Klaw repeated something I’ve read from two other scouts this year: Austin’s bat speed is reduced from where it was last year. Law conjectured that maybe the current injury is something he’s been dealing with for a while. Certainly the lost bat speed and Austin’s own quote about being “hesitant to swing” certainly fit together.

    I don’t think that explains his overall meh year unless he’s had this all season, but he was coming on quite strongly a month back before tanking. Certainly wouldn’t be shocking if that’s when the wrist injury happened. I’ve noticed he’s had a few unscheduled days off during the slump. The Yankees were probably trying to give him a day off here and there hoping that helped, but apparently didn’t. Just a guess.

    • paco dooley

      wrist injuries seem to really have a long and prolific impact on hitters compared to other injuries. hopefully he gets past this and gets back to being a beast with the bat

  • trr

    Any reason why Lillibridge hasn’t gotten a sniff yet?

  • Robert

    Looks like the Doubtfielders are waking up… Austin admits to an injury.Slade and Mason are on fire recently….

  • MannyGeee – Failed Starter

    A couple of thoughts:

    – Nice to see Dellin may have found his niche, lets see if he can stick and maybe he finishes strong and gets a shot at the 2014 bullpen. It would be pretty nice to get some dividends from all those years invested in him.

    – As much as I like to think that Mustelier will get called up to salvage 2013, A-Rod is coming back at the worst possible time for Ronnier. I would love to see it happen, but I don’t know where he’d fit in with the current 24 man plus A-Rod.

    • Bryan

      I have to disagree with you on that. Ronnier would be coming up at the best time. You are insinuating that Arod will be playing 3b all the time. Arod will not. He will be getting lots of DH play (especially if Jeter is out much longer) which means Ronnier would soak up those games. He would an should get a decent amount of at bats.

      • MannyGeee – Failed Starter

        Fair enough, he could see a ton of time against LHP while Jeter’s out – which may only be a week if you believe that the grade 1 strain was only that – and possibly spell some AB’s from IchiGardner against LHP.

        My point was that he would have seen the majority of ABs at 3B (instead of David Adams) a month ago, but those innings are somewhat limited now with A-Rod expected to return. But I can see your point too.

  • I’m One

    Hasn’t Ronnie played a little (or stood at) 1B? Could he be a cheaper version (and also possibly slightly less offensively productive) of Michael Young and spell Loverbay and A-Rod?

    • I’m One

      Reply fail to Brian and Manny above.

      • I’m One

        And appologies to you Bryan, for misspelling your name. Should have gotten that right, as my nephew spells it that way.

        Rough morning … need more caffeine.