Williams, Refsnyder have big days in Tampa win

A-Rod not planning to make plea deal with MLB, could face lifetime ban
Luis Cruz likely headed to DL with knee injury

IF Alberto Gonzalez has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced. He was designated for assignment over the weekend.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (3-1 loss to Toledo in ten innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • 2B David Adams: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — seven walks and four strikeouts in his last nine games
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 BB
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4 — just one hits in 20 at-bats (.050) since coming off the DL
  • RHP Michael Pineda: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%) … Brian Cashman confirmed he was pulled early because of “innings management” … okay then
  • LHP Mike Zagurski: 2 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 22 of 29 pitches were strikes (76%) … 23/5 K/BB in 13.2 innings with SWB

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (3-1 loss to Toledo in seven innings)

  • DH J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 2B — nice day at the plate
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 K — not a nice day at the plate
  • C Bobby Wilson: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — one of only three hits on the night
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/7 GB/FB — 65 of 100 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton Game One (3-2 win over Altoona in seven innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K — 56 walks in 97 games this year after 64 walks in 132 games last year, so that’s good
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB — walk-off infield single back to the pitcher … I don’t know either
  • RHP David Phelps: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 37 of 61 pitches were strikes (61%) … had a little more on him earlier
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 21 of 40 pitches were strikes (53%)

Double-A Trenton Game Two (3-1 win over Altoona in seven innings)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — he’s been a monster for about a month now
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7/8 GB/FB — 56 of 91 pitches were strikes (62%) … complete games aren’t all that common in the minors, even seven-inning ones … nice game

High-A Tampa (9-5 win over Palm Beach)

  • CF Mason Williams: 4-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 55-for-162 (.340) over the last month
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-5
  • RHP Corey Black: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/4 GB/FB
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 21/10 K/BB in 23 innings

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Hickory)

  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 1 RBI
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K — eleven hits in his last 38 at-bats (.289), so there are some signs of life
  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — eight hits in his last 22 at-bats (.364)
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10/1 GB/FB — one earned run or less in seven of this last ten starts

Short Season Staten Island (6-4 loss to Connecticut)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-5, 1 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — quietly has 16 doubles and eleven homers in 73 games this year
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4/3 GB/FB — has allowed two earned runs in his last 22.2 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks1 had their game suspended due to rain after the first inning. Not sure when they’re going to complete the game, but it won’t be tomorrow. Here’s the box score.

Rookie GCL Yanks2 were rained out. Again, I’m not sure when they’ll make this one up, but it won’t be tomorrow.

A-Rod not planning to make plea deal with MLB, could face lifetime ban
Luis Cruz likely headed to DL with knee injury
  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Guess Mason Williams is pretty much shitting on all those that were crapping on him early in the season.

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes red hot!

    • Lukaszek

      Williams en fuego

  • nycsportzfan

    Refsnyder really needed a game like that. Hopefully this game will get him going at his newest level.

  • Wayne

    What do they mean innings management ? The fact he came back from surgery i guess. Is he on a innings limit next year too because of surgery. I’d be shocked if they don’t start him out in the bullpen next year and then as a starter in july like joba chamberlain did then he gets hurt.

    • nycsportzfan

      It’d be a joke if Pineda dosen’t start next yr outta the rotation. I mean, lets go!

    • trr

      Could be a precursor to his being recalled

    • Bavarian Yankee

      they played a double-header so maybe his next turn in the rotation will come on short rest?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Party on, Garth.

    • Coolerking101

      I don’t think anyone knows what that means. Maybe he was looking tired. Maybe it’s part of some really odd plan. Let’s not forget that it’s trade deadline time, so for all we know, Pineda had a setback and “innings management” is just meant to hide this fact while Cashman looks for another pitcher.

      • All Praise Be To Mo

        Cash WTF? Why do we always have “innings management” problems? He has been tiring in the 5th or 6th inning and hasn’t gotten up to 100 pitches a start yet. He pitched a bunch of innings last year, there shouldn’t be any “innings management” problems with him.
        Build up his stamina and lets him get out there every 5th day for the big league club as soon as he’s down in AAA long enough to get an extra year of control.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          He’s probably limited to 75-100 innings on the year, and they want most of them to come in the majors.

  • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

    It’s weird to say this, but Heathcott has hit more home runs this year than any other year. Hopefully he stays healthy.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Makes sense, this is the most he’s ever played in a single year by 10 games.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Yeah. Hence why I hope he stays healthy. Fingers crossed.

        • All Praise Be To Mo

          Also, hence why he has the most home runs he’s ever hit.

          • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

            Yeah…this was already said. And I knew it prior to it being said. Maybe I’m missing a joke here or something.

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  • Nick

    Heathcott’s walkoff was a rope up the middle headed toward CF but hit the pitcher’s foot, flew up in the air, Gil headed home and the pitcher could not corral the ball in time.

  • Paco Dooley

    Nice month thus far for Culver .280/.365/.440. I am really hoping that dropping switch hitting is the explanation and that he can improve from here. He is still younger than many of this years first round choices (including their own selection Aaron Judge).

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      Yea, we have to remember that, him and Gumbs were both very young for their draft year, never mind in comparison to others such as Judge who we just took this year. Another reason why I prefer high upside HS talent in the draft, you get them in your system with your coaches for 3 extra years of development.

      • Chris

        i agree. i still have hope for culver and bichette; they were both very young with lots to develop in their games. culver needed to abandon switch-hitting and bichette needed to rework his swing. that said i think if they finish up on a good note this year then we’ll see a lot of positive development from them next year. i hope as both players develop physically and mentally the contact rates will go up, the k’s down, and the hits increase a ton.

        another thing when calling out both picks as busts compared to other top picks by other teams – consider other examples like tim beckham, donovan tate, et al. it takes a while to develop even for all-world talents.

        here’s hoping all our prospects stay healthy and hit their stride.

        by the by – where did gio gallegos and rony bautista rate in the top 30 list – next 5,10 or after-thought?

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Well, being younger than a draft pick doesn’t mean much, especially when that pick is coming out of college and has had more experience and development.

      College picks are usually a bit safer (though Judge is considered to be a less safe, high upside pick), and high school players are much riskier because of how faraway they are, so their projection can quickly change for better or worse.

      I’m not saying I dislike Culver or Bichette, but they’ve given little reason over last season and half to think they’ll be successful in the future. It can happen, but failing twice at the lowest full season league level isn’t a good sign.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Culver actually has a sneaky 97 wRC+. He’s a true SS, so that’s doable.

        Of course, he’s also K-ing 27% of the time, but one step at a time.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          I’d be okay with that, but that’s after repeating the level and having a pretty hot month, to raise his numbers just beneath league average.

          He’s still just 20 years old though (going to be 21 in a month), so there’s hope. The scouting reports have also not been kind to him.

  • Robert

    When will the Judge make his debut?

  • Brian in MA

    FINALLY some signs of life from a couple of the better OF prospects on the team. Would love to see these home-grown guys all come up and be awesome in 2014-2016 time frame, but you know this really means they just have better bargaining chips for them to trade for MLB talent, then they get stuck with a bunch more Vernon Wells’s in the outfield again.

  • Samuel

    The box score link for Charleston leads to the Trenton game 1.

  • Wayne

    Read the cale coshow article seemed positive. Especially the part about him refocusing when he is in trouble. Is there any video on this guy throwing please post.