Sanchez homers in Tampa’s near no-hitter

A-Rod goes hitless in latest minor league rehab game
Yanks break out for one run, lose to KC anyway

Got some very sad news pass along: Chase the Bat Dog passed away at age 13, Double-A Trenton announced. He had been battling a form of blood cancer since January. Chase’s retirement party was just last Friday. Cancer sucks. Chase will be missed by many.

In other news, the Yankees signed C Jose Gil and assigned him to Double-A Trenton according to Chris Cotillo. He was in the system from 2005-2012 before becoming a free agent last winter and hooking on with an independent league team and then the Orioles. It’s just a depth signing, but it is a pretty good indication C Gary Sanchez won’t be promoted anytime soon.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Rochester, walk-off style)

  • RF Thomas Neal: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Brent Lillibridge: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — walk-off double … six homers in 17 games with SWB
  • DH Randy Ruiz: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — nine homers in 25 games with SWB
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 6/2 GB/FB, 2 E (missed catch, pickoff) — 49 of 87 pitches were strikes (56%) … managed to string together three good starts before this

Double-A Trenton is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The actual game will be played tomorrow. For Yankees farmhands are headed to the game: RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP Nik Turley,  OF Tyler Austin, and OF Ramon Flores.

High-A Tampa Game One (8-4 loss to Dunedin) completion of the June 30th game, which was suspended due to rain with one out in the bottom of the first

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-1, 1 CS — started the original game but did not play the completion
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien & DH Gary Sanchez: both 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI — O’Brien struck out
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4
  • 3B Alex Rodriguez: 0-3, 2 K — had more on him earlier
  • RHP Corey Black: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — started the original game
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3/7 GB/FB — his next appearance will be at CitiField on Sunday for the Future’s Game

High-A Tampa Game Two (7-0 win over Dunedin in seven innings)

  • LF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 3 E (all throwing) — let’s just say the third base experiment is off to a rocky start
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — he’s on pace for 22 homers after hitting 18 last year
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9/5 GB/FB — can’t ask for a better spot start
  • RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — blew the no-hitter with one out in the seventh

Low-A Charleston (2-1 loss to Greenville)

  • SS Cito Culver & CF Jake Cave: both 1-4 — Culver doubles, drove in a run, and struck out twice
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs & 1B Greg Bird: both 0-4 — Gumbs struck once, Bird thrice … Gumbs also committed a fielding error
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 1 K
  • RHP Jose Campos: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 6/4 GB/FB — 38 of 55 pitches were strikes (69%) … he has walked one batter since May 29th (22/1 K/BB in 27.2 innings)

Short Season Staten Island (7-5 loss to Connecticut)

  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-4, 1 HBP
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB — only his third extra-base hit in 19 pro games
  • LF Danny Lopez: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • C Isaias Tejeda: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 E (both throwing)
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — the batter he hit was Ben Verlander, Justin’s brother
  • RHP Stefan Lopez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (10-2 loss to GCL Pirates)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 2-3, 1 R — .333/.455/.722 in eleven pro games
  • DH Matt Duran: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — threw on back-to-back days already … the perk of being ambidextrous, I guess

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-1 loss to GCL Tigers)

  • 2B Jose Javier: 3-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — .342/.395/.605 in 13 games for the 20-year-old
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-4
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 E (throwing) — eleven hits in his last 23 at-bats (.478) for the 17-year-old
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/2 GB/FB
A-Rod goes hitless in latest minor league rehab game
Yanks break out for one run, lose to KC anyway
  • Different Josh

    Why aren’t teh Yankees playing the kids???Call up Gil!!!

  • forensic

    Lots of errors tonight.

  • Danny

    Some Aaron Judge stuff

    K. Levine-Flandrup ?@YankeesDraft 53m
    Window closing on #Yankees 1st rd #MLBDraft pick to sign. Phys process is 2 days & NYY not signing a guy w/o completed phys. (con’t)

    K. Levine-Flandrup ?@YankeesDraft 38m
    As of now #Yankees 1st rd #MLBDraft pk Aaron Judge isnt scheduled to fly to Tampa in the next 24hrs to begin the phys process. #seriously

    • http://deleted Richard Leo

      can’t believe that

    • trr

      What’s up with this?

      • Danny

        Really leads me to believe there is a some type of issue here. Most players get physicals a week or two ahead of deadline if they are deadline-day signings. No clue whether he is hiding an injury that may lead to a reduced bonus or something else of that sort.

        • David Brown

          The questions then becomes these. 1: Are we having another Ty Hensley situation, where some injury popped up (maybe they found something when he took batting practice in Oakland?), and the team wants him to sign for less. 2: Have some of the other possible late signs (McCarley, Cortes and Fowler come to mind) had physicals yet? If yes, then the odds increased he is hiding something, or the Yankees do not feel comfortable. 3: If there is still a chance he signs, and he did not have a physical, does Judge have to go to Tampa for the physical or can it be taken on the West Coast? The answers to these questions should be known within 24 hours.

          • Danny

            Interesting questions, based on what we know

            1)Every report says Yanks offered him slot and that he wants more, so if injury is present, the Yanks seem to be comfortable at slot

            2) No known reports on them, I gather if they were somewhat interested in signing, they would have taken them or the Yanks are comfortable with pre-draft medical reports to offer them $100k-300k.

            3) Physical is a two day process and obviously needs to be conducted by Yankee team doctors in Tampa, so unless a doctor is flying out there (which makes little sense since Judge has to report to Tampa to play anyway), I would say no

        • OhioYanks

          I’d possible he’s hurt. I think it’s more likely he’s just playing chicken with the Yankees over the bonus and perfectly willing to try for an Appel than hiding an injury. I’d imagine that it’s also possible he’s had/will have the physical without the media finding out.

          • David Brown

            If Judge is playing chicken, and draws a line in the sand that will go back to Fresno State unless he gets paid more, they not only should, but likely will let him go. Why? Because it establishes a bad precedent for not only this draft class, but others going forward. There are only two possibilities that we can consider now: 1: Signing at slot or not signing and his $1,677,100 is accounted for, and they are at $311,900 (minus any over slot payment to Bridges) 2: He is injured, and he takes less which they can use on unexpected options such as Round # 17 pick Hever Bueno (not to mention McCarley etc). My gut says McCarley is coming (they invested a lot of time with him and things have been strangely quiet since). I just wonder who the team thinks (or knows) can be signed, and who are the priorities? 60 hours to go.

            • OhioYanks

              My point was not at all in reference to what the Yankees will or should do. It was a comment on whether Judge is hiding an injury.

              There are not only two possibilities we can consider. We can consider that Judge doesn’t sign and goes back to school. I don’t think it will happen, but it’s a real possibility.

    • Bo Knows

      Well if he doesn’t sign, he just fucked himself royally. Him and his agent, are going to cost themselves some serious money.

      • OhioYanks

        Wouldn’t expect his draft position to be any lower next year (could be lower, could be higher), and Sr.s who are good can get paid. A big part of a prospects’ leverage is how badly the team wants to sign the guys. Just this season Appel played that game and seems to have won.

        • YankeeGrunt

          A couple of this year’s draftees were former first round bats. Even Brandon Thomas went from looking at slot money in the fourth to below slot in the eighth. It isn’t a good gamble most of the time.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            This. It’s a colossal risk on his part, if this is what it is. I wouldn’t do what he’s doing in a million years. Take the slot now. You’ll be one year closer to big league money.

            • OhioYanks

              It’s a risk, sure. He’s unlikely to ever see much big league money, though.

          • OhioYanks

            I’m pretty sure that no Yankee pick was a former first rounder. Thomas got mono. Pretty fluke thing.

            I can point to several examples where it was a good gamble.

        • Bo Knows

          appel is the exception not the rule, this year was weak in regards to polished high upside college pitchers. If he had had a subpar year or got hurt, his stock would have (tank isn’t even close to what would have happened) he was lucky but most seniors don’t see their stock stay static, and often times see it fall because in specific regards to next year, there will almost always be someone younger, just as good if not better, that can be had for less.

          • OhioYanks

            He’s certainly not the rule (few guys turn down that kind of money in the first place), but I would also not say the exception. Certainly most guys do not turn around and go #1, but some do make money money. JD Drew is one high profile example. Peter O’Brien is one recent Yankee example. I don’t know what he was offered in bonus $ by Colorado, but he moved up in the draft and got slot.

            “most seniors don’t see their stock stay static”

            No, but depending on how high it is now it’s theoretically as likely to improve as get worse.

            Do you have any actual proof? Or just making stuff up?

  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    Danny Lopez is hitting pretty well this year

    • pat

      Yeah, he is. His speed is very intriguing. He ran a sub 6.3 60 when he signed. For a comparison, Gardner ran a 6.6 as a freshman in college.

      • http://deleted Richard Leo

        not so many SB in two years,why?

        • JonS

          Instincts maybe?

        • pat

          Couldn’t tell you, to be honest. He really wasn’t on base a ton last year so he didn’t get a lot of opportunities. Not sure what the deal is this year.

  • Jon G

    Not exactly looking like Arod will be ready for much more than a suspension in 12 days, is it? Seems every night is an 0-fer with 1-2 K’s. Granted, it was a big surgery and lots of time off, but to be this overmatched at High A is concerning…

    • Fin

      Yea, I wont be surprised if there are still issues with Arod’s health when his 12 days are up. Seemed odd to me that they were talking about Arods power coming back because he drove a ball to warning track in BP. I thought it sounded to me like that ment he was a long way from returning. Instead he started his minor league rehab a couple days later. Driving the ball to the warning track in BP doesn’t scream ready from live games to me.

    • OhioYanks

      If it weren’t the first few games of a rehab assignment after months off it would be concerning.

  • pat

    The dude from PPlus is in Tampa now, said O’Brien actually made a couple very agile plays in the field but was a little wild with the throws. Very, very strong arm apparently.

  • dkidd

    shame to waste lillibridge’s once-every-five-year hot streak

    • pat


  • Bo Knows

    DePaula hasn’t pitched in two weeks, its gotta be rust

  • Tom

    They are really using the kid gloves with Campos. 56 innings this year so far, I wonder what the target is.

    I worry he will be yet another prospect who eventually gets promoted to AA with at most a 100-120innig season under his belt. I wish the Yankees would take a page out of the Rays playbook with the top arms and get them a 130-140inning season under their belt in A ball before promotion. Then when they hit AA they are not working on endurance against substantially tougher competition. The Yankees seem to want to do everything in AA (or lately in AAA) – build innings, work on a 3rd pitch and get results.

    • YankeeGrunt

      This is about the injury, not kid gloves.

      • Tom

        Halfway into the season he can’t throw much more than 50-60 pitches?

        And this isn’t exactly the first prospect they have ramped up innings ridiculously slow on in a season.

        • pat

          It was a serious elbow injury, can you blame them for being cautious?

          • Tom

            If he’s subsequentally raced through the system then yes, I can blame them. They just don;t give a lot of the top guys enough innings in the lower minors and ask them to figure everything out in AA or AAA while they are pushing through innings they have never faced before and facing much tougher competition.

            If the plan is to keep Campos in A/high A ball for a couple of years to build up arm strength I have no issues, but I’d bet there’s a good chance he’s in AA in 2015 with very few innings under his belt this year and next.

            • OhioYanks

              Based on what are you assuming he doesn’t get many IP next season if he stays healthy? Healthy Yankees prospects who weren’t advanced NCAA guys have gotten plenty of IP in A ball. You’re looking at apples and oranges comparing advanced college arms to HS arms. (Or an advanced arm like Phil Hughes, who did get 146 IP his second full season, it was just dominating AA guys.) Guys like Nova have gotten 100 IP in Low A and then 150 IP in High A. Guys like Betances and Ramirez got lots of time, they just couldn’t stay healthy in A ball.

              • YankeeGrunt

                Mitchell had 120 in Charleston and is on pace for probably 150, give or take, in Tampa.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          How many of those other prospects had been shut down for the year the previous April with a serious elbow issue?

    • OhioYanks

      He’s 20 in Low A. If he gets close to 100 IP this season, he could easily get your arbitrary 130-140 IP number in Tampa next year. The Rays guys who do reach that mark in A ball mostly do it in High A.

      It would be great if no P ever got hurt, but some do. Rushing someone back from injury is better than rushing him through the minors how?

      You’re also exaggerating your narrative. There are a bunch of notable exceptions like Nova, Phelps, Price, Hellickson, Colome. And the Rays aren’t big on advanced college arms like Warren and Brackman who reach those IP early, but are already in AA.

      • YankeeGrunt

        And the Yankees have a perennial 40-man crunch that’s about to get worse, if you slow that pace down that much you’re going to start having Rule V problems and you’re going to be developing other teams’ 4-5 starters instead of your own.

  • pat

    Clarkin sprained his ankle, if anyone was wondering where he was.

  • SteveO

    R.I.P. Chase the Trenton Thunder bat dog. Dead at 13 from cancer. He just retired.

    • Tags

      Chase was a Trenton Thunder treat. Always brought smiles to everyone at the games when he come out and retrieve the bats in the first inning. His son Derby had taken over the last few years so he’ll still be a part of the game.

  • Robert

    Looks like Yanks will leave Sanchez in Tampa this year.RIP Chase.

  • jmpnyy

    What happened to Martinez at SWB? hasnt played for a while. Hurt?

  • nycsportzfan

    Ruiz homered again. I guess we coulden’t use right handed HR power these days.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    ruff times at Trenton :(

    • Bob

      That is terrible LOL!

  • Wayne

    Shane mccarley odds of signing percentage wise are what right now? Same with Cortes ?

  • Wayne

    Is the futures game on tv and if then what channel?