Bird draws 100th walk in River Dogs loss

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CF Melky Mesa has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL with a hamstring problem, reports Donnie Collins. He pulled up lame running out a ground ball the other day. Terrible timing for Melky with September call-ups right around the corner. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. C Jose Gill has been called up from Double-A Trenton to fill the roster spot.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Lehigh Valley in 12 innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B David Adams: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • C J.R. Murphy: 3-6, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — scored the winning run on a walk-off passed ball
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K — has multiple hits in seven of the last ten games
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 56 of 85 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%) … 70/10 K/BB in 50.2 innings this year

Double-A Trenton (9-8 win over New Britain in 12 innings, walk-off style) they scored two in the 11th to extend the game before winning in the 12th

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-6, 1 R, 1 K — stuck in a 7-for-45 (.156) rut
  • DH Ramon Flores: 3-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off two-run single, though a throwing error by the left fielder helped … picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — threw a runner out at second
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 14 of 23 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB, 2 E (pickoff, fielding) — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 23 of 39 pitches were strikes (59%)

High-A Tampa Game One (2-0 win over Clearwater in seven innings) makeup of last Thursday’s rainout

  • SS Cito Culver: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 0-3
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/5 GB/FB — up from the GCL for the spot start

High-A Tampa Game Two (2-0 win over Clearwater in nine innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — walk-off tater
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7/0 GB/FB — 12/8 K/BB in 15.2 innings as a starter

Low-A Charleston (2-1 loss to Greenville in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB — 13-for-39 (.333) during his nine-game hitting streak
  • DH Greg Bird: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K — and there it is, his 100th walk of the season … he’s the first Yankees prospect to hit the century mark since Nick Johnson in 1999 (123 walks)
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-5, 2 K
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 5 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/4 GB/FB — 53 of 77 pitches were strikes (69%) … pretty good debut at this level

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 win over Vermont)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 2 K — got picked off first
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — 11.8% walk rate and 23.6% strikeout rate
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-4, 2 K
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 2 K

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (3-2 win over GCL Blue Jays in ten innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB — ten hits of his last 28 at-bats (.357)
  • DH Austin Aune: 1-4, 2 K
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 20/5 K/BB in 18.1 innings for this year’s 36th rounder

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (5-0 loss to GCL Astros)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 0-4, 3 K
  • DH Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-3, 1 K
  • LHP Omar Luis: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — in what was likely his last start of the season, he finally looks like a $4M pitcher
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  • trr

    100 walks is impressive

  • viridiana

    Like what Murph is doing as 22 yr old in AAA.
    Nice work by Bautista, Davis and Omar too.
    Anyone know how hard Batista throws?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      When Bautista was younger, he threw in the high 90’s, but he had no idea where it was going. He has now refined his mechanics to a point where he’s comfortable and he sits in the 91-93 range. As he gets more and more comfortable with his pitching motion you will probably see an uptick in his velocity. The big arm is definitely there.

      • viridiana

        Thanks, Andy.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Still wish we’d call up Mustelier on Sunday, but I doubt it at this point.

    • forensic

      Yeah, I don’t see it happening at this point. As it is, they’re likely going to need to find a 40-man roster spot for a 3rd catcher. Adding Mustelier would mean finding two spots which certainly wouldn’t seem to be easy.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        Joseph, Banuelos, Nuno…

        …or was that idea denied as possible?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          If you’re referring to putting them on 60-day DL, it doesn’t seem that’s allowed, at least according to Wikipedia.

          Minor League Baseball uses a 7-day disabled list for all injuries. Players who are on the 40-man roster but get hurt in the minor leagues are placed on the minor league DL, but not on the major league DL. One problem this poses is that a player who is injured in the minors and who would be placed on the major league 60-day DL cannot be placed on the 60-day, meaning the 40-man roster spot is not freed up.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Could they activate one of them, call them up and place them on the 60 day?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              I’m guessing if this rule is correct, they would have to actually be cleared medically to play before they could be called up, in order to prevent such shenanigans. Otherwise, there would be no point to the rule.

              I can’t find anything about this scenario in the MLB rules though, so I’m not really sure.

              • forensic

                I’ve been looking this whole thing up for a bit and have found basically the same thing as you guys.

                The minor league 60-day DL doesn’t free up a 40-man spot, so that’s useless.

                As for calling them up and putting them on the major league 60-day DL, I seem to remember seeing somewhere at some point that you can do that, but you’re then giving them major league service time. I certainly could be wrong though. They would also have to be out for the rest of the season, as you can’t activate someone placed on the 60-day DL after August 1st.

                In terms of the service time (if I’m even right), I would assume they wouldn’t want to start Banuelos’ clock, but it may not be such a big deal for Joseph and/or Nuno.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  you can do that, but you’re then giving them major league service time

                  From another thread, we determined that to be true–better have a damn good reason to do that!

  • forensic

    I’m just surprised that Nick Johnson stayed healthy enough to play enough games for that many walks.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      He probably did it in like 80 games.

      In all seriousness, though, his first injury happened the next ST.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Always like it when a guy starts out with a bang at the next level. Congrats to the best damn name in the org tonight in his Low-A debut.

    • dkidd

      toadvine takes offense at this comment

  • dick m

    I watched Murphy against Alan Webster the other night. The guy can hit. He hung in there just fine. He’s got a nice short stroke and good balance. We don’t need McCann.

    • Ghost

      Need aside since its entirely objective and dependent on how the 2014 roster shapes out, having an all star catcher that can hit certainly outweighs an in proven commodity in AAA.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        I gotta say, I’m fully aboard the “Trade Sanchez and DePaula for Lucroy” wagon at this point.

        • Roadgeek Adam

          No DePaula, Lucroy isn’t that good.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Lucroy is an elite pitch-framer, he’s been the third best offensive catcher in the game over the last two years (Jaso’s essentially a DH) and he’s signed through 2016 for $11 million ($2.2 million AAV) with a $5.25 million option for 2017.

            Oh, and he just turned 27.

        • Samuel

          I wouldn’t trade Sanchez. Pretty good hitter, better defensively than this blog thinks. Really good arm, good feet. I wouldn’t trade him.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            I don’t want to trade Sanchez either, but if I’m the Brewers I don’t take anything less than Sanchez+ for Lucroy.

            The man’s been Yadi-lite over the past 2 years, and he’s signed for dirt cheap.

      • dick m

        We have 2 major development issues. The first is that we don’t develop enough legit major league talent. The second is that in the rare instance when we do develop a major league talent we lack the discipline and patience required to allow the talent to succeed.

        The fact that we’re talking about using assets to acquire a catcher when we have cheap in house solutions is mind boggling to me. It’s the kind of thinking that’s got us into the payroll mess that we r in. And as other teams continue to lock up their young talent we need to start showing the patience required to develop our own.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          It’s not “a” catcher; it’s Jonathan Lucroy, who is both one of the best young catchers in baseball and signed long-term to an absurdly cheap contract.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Just for reference, Carlos Santana’s team friendly deal is just as long, but $10 million more expensive.

          • Dick M

            I know how good Lucroy is. He is very good. But we have our own in house options, young and cost controlled for that position. Why give up 2 assets for something you can address cheaply on your own? You then do not have the assets to address the issues that you don’t have young, cost controlled options for — like the left side of the infield.

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  • Richard Leo

    anyone show some love of Rob Refsnyder?

    • forensic

      I’m sure his parents have shown him some love. I’d assume his girlfriend has shown him some love too.

      Other than that though…

      • RetroRob

        Father Murphy. He did, too.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Nah, dude. I’m like 90% sure that Refsnyder’s Jewish.

  • Bryan

    At what point does management look at Bird and say, “you know…maybe it is time to give this kid a shot at the next level.” I understand he is young and in his first full season (injured last year). It does not at all answer for the Yanks inability to move up players at the right time. Sanchez should have been pushed up a few weeks earlier and Bird has deserved a promotion since about June.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Eh, it’s better to be conservative than to rush a guy.

  • Charlie in SD

    Matt Daley sighting! And a good showing too. As a fellow Bucknell alumnus, I enjoy seeing his name in DotF. I hope he can break back into the bigs soon.

    Also, how kooky is it that the Catchers are starting to come into their own? It’s like we went from zero viable options to a good looking pipeline. I hope they can continue to develop, and soon we’ll have the “good” problem of which one to use. We can finally close the book on Chris “Elite Defense” Stewart.

  • Wayne

    Trade Gary Sanchez and Rafael Depaula for Lucroy is rediculously rediculously rediculous. How the hell you gonna give up on two guys like that for a catcher who I don’t care how good he is ain’t worth giving up that. You are mad because of what happened to Stewart last night. Classic over reaction! Take a breather bro! You win with young starting pitching with that type of potential. Look at a wider and wiser picture , we are not losing because of our catchers. Sabathia is getting old and we Have no young pitching on the current team. But our minors still Have potential for starting pitching. Don’t give up And be patient. Remember we Have won five championships man five in 17 years so be patient with the minors man especially with Depaula And Ramirez. Gary Sánchez is our best position prospect besides Greg Bird offensively and Aaron Ju?ge defensively. Rookie Davis i would trade straight up for Anthony Gose on Toronto. Their would be our future centerfielder. Toronto at this point looks like they will trade anyone at this point.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Thoughts on Venditte moving up next year?

  • dygg

    Is no one going to mention that the affiliates were 4-1 in walk-offs today?