Clarkin makes pro debut in GCL Yanks win

Adam Warren will start on Wednesday
Nix's walk-off hit gives Yankees doubleheader sweep of Blue Jays

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • 2B David Adams: 1-5, 1 K
  • CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 CS
  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — nice game but he has struggled overall in August (.623 OPS), maybe he’s tiring a bit late in the year
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — fourth straight multi-hit game
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 48 of 70 pitches were strikes (69%) … very nice spot start … he’s got three pitches, so he’s not a total fish out of the water in the rotation, but the bullpen is definitely his long-term future
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB – 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (63%) … 66/22 K/BB in 53.2 innings as a reliever at this level


Double-A Trenton (6-4 loss to New Britain)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI — four hits in his last 13 at-bats (.308) a double, a triple, and a homer
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB – only his second hitless game in 12 with the Thunder
  • RF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 2B
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 36 pitches were strikes (67%) … he’s at a career-high 128.2 innings this year (28 more than his career-high in 2011), so the bullpen thing is probably more to control innings than a permanent move even though he’s probably a hard-throwing reliever long-term

High-A Tampa (11-2 loss to Clearwater)

  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — 4-for-38 (.105) with 15 strikeouts in his last ten games
  • RHP Jaron Long: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 K/BB — undrafted free agent signee is already pitching at a higher level than anyone they actually drafted this year

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over West Virginia in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 2 K
  • DH Greg Bird: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — walk-off double … boy he’s really had a great year, maybe the best on the farm since Nick Johnson’s insane 1999 effort … that’ll take some research, however
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Jose Campos: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%) … this is the weird thing about him in the bullpen: if the game doesn’t go to extras, he doesn’t pitch … usually the prospects are on a set schedule and pitch on a certain day no matter what, usually by being the first guy out of the pen

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 loss to Brooklyn)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 SB — got picked off first … six hits in his last 17 at-bats (.353) with two walks and zero strikeouts … he’s also 24-for-28 (86%) in stolen base attempts overall this year
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-5, 4 K – 76/10 K/BB … egads
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-1, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 HBP — eleven hits in his last 33 at-bats (.333) with seven doubles and two homers
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP David Palladino: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 10/1 GB/FB — great outing, too bad they couldn’t turn it into a win

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (3-0 win over GCL Braves)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • DH Gosuke Katoh: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Chris Tamarez: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 0-3, 1 E (fielding) – threw a runner out at second
  • LHP Ian Clarkin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — pro debut for the team’s third first rounder in this year’s draft … he rolled his ankle almost immediately after signing and missed a few weeks
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 45/15 K/BB in 42 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-0 loss to GCL Pirates)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-3, 1 CS, 1 SB
  • DH Luis Torrens: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 E (fielding) — hitting streak is up to 14 games … that’s his 11th error in 22 games at the hot corner
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Joey Maher: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6/5 GB/FB
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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    If Musty can keep it, come on September call up. :)

    • Havok9120

      He almost has to be one, right? I was assuming that all along just because he was so high on the depth chart during ST.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        Well after the double groin he wasn’t exactly hitting. Hence he needs to keep it up.

        • dkidd

          groin? keep it up? hello?

          *taps mic*

          is this thing on?

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Don’t forget the first comment.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        With limited options for opening up 40-man roster spots, and with (barring injury) very little if any role available to Musty, I’d say a call up is very unlikely.
        Unless maybe they decide to replace Adams on the 40-man with Musty, which I don’t think is likely.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Agreed.

          • emac2

            Yeah. Better to have meetings about no minor league talent than to promote players when you can sign a released fossil.

            There is no way Musty or Adams can play as well as Reynolds or Overbay.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Did you miss Adams’ 2 months of playing time?

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

            Is there actually any word if Joseph/Banuelos/etc can be moved for the roster moves for the 60DL? I remember we did that for Cesar Cabral, twice.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So why would the undrafted guy start at High-A? I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical reason I can’t reach for here.

    • Laz

      College senior reliever, that they probably don’t really care about his development.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Instant org guy” was all I could think of.

        You never know, I guess.

      • pat

        Winner.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Jaren Long is actually Melvin Croussett. Should be in the majors by September. Mo’s replacement!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Jaron Long Croussett is the reason for Yasiel Puig’s slump. He’s that scared.

  • Richard Leo

    who can tell us something about Jaron Long

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Kevin Long’s son, is actually a rather good pitcher. Was doing well in pre-signing performances. YES did a special about him several months ago?

      • Richard Leo

        i remember he pitched well in the Cape Code League,why was he undrafted?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          Filed for free agency, never went into the draft I believe.

          • Richard Leo

            never know such a way into pro baseball,thanks.
            any details about his stuff?

          • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

            I’m not even sure if that’s possible. Why would top prospects (such as Strasburg, Harper, Price) ever go into the draft then if they could just file for free agency and make millions more?

            Maybe I’m missing something here. I believe any player that’s age eligible can be drafted regardless of their commitment to the sport.

            • Yanks

              I would assume you can only get up to 100k like most undrafted signings and anything over would count against your salary pool.

  • trr

    Welcome Ian.
    Pitch long and prosper.

    • Michael Allen

      +1

  • Curtis

    This system would look a lot more exciting with Banuelos, Pineda, Jose Ramirez, Hensley, Heathcott, Tyler Austin, Judge, Nuno, Almonte, Montgomery, dietrich enns, and anyone else that got hurt. Right now it’s uninspiring

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The good news is that none of those guys actually died and will return.

      • Curtis

        Lots of folks have died rehabbing from injury, so that’s no guarantee

        • Robinson Tilapia

          All the dead guys will be joining Alex in his grievance claim.

          • Curtis

            Haha +1

    • Havok9120

      They’ll be back, you know. ManBan is clearly well behind the curve with Pineda not much in front, but none of those guys are totally done.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This is also not the time of year where it matters much to me. MiLB season is almost over. Might as well shut guys down and not risk anything further. Live to fight next season.

  • Bo Knows

    Murphy has serious platoon splits, and has shown it for at least since his promotion. His numbers against LHP is a strong .316 but that’s down from the crazy .376 he had just a few weeks ago. So far he’s .235 against RHP, but fortunately that has been an improvement. In a nutshell, I don’t think he’s tiring so much as he’s normalized against lefties, and is trying to learn overcome a weakness against same-sided pitchers.

  • Jack

    Micheal O’Neill makes Tim Battle look like Nick Johnson.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Is Mikey O’Neill going to have to choke a bench?

  • MannyGeee

    What’s the deal with Abi Avelino? Any sort of prospect? Seems to get looked past in the SS discussions.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Is this a joke? I’m asking seriously. Avelino gets love on here all the time. He’s just very far away. He’s probably the most talked about short stop prospect in the system. And yes, he’s a good prospect. Possibly a great prospect. Time will tell. Thairo Estrada and him are the two new short stops to pay attention to.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        No harsh tone intended by the way.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        Yes, it was a joke. “What’s the deal with Abi Avelino? “– clearly the musings of an observational comic. Speaking of which, what’s up with all the Austins?

        • TheEvilUmpire

          Who are these people? Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

        • MannyGeee

          /Seinfeld’d

      • JU

        Culver may be more talked about – but not for the right reasons.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          The unfortunate truth…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s so far away that, if you were to call out his name, he may not hear you.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “He’s probably the most talked about short stop prospect in the system.”

        I mean……by the geekiest of Yankee geeks, yes, he is, and lord knows some of us resemble that.

        I know you clearly didn’t intend to come off as snarky, but it’s OK for someone to be playing catch-up on a guy in short-season ball.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Yeah, I wouldn’t expect someone to know who Abi Avelino is, as much as I’ve been drooling the last couple of months.

          • MannyGeee

            From someone who NEVER frequents DoTF and only hears about how guys like Culver are the reason we’ll never have another real shortstop and why Cashman failed, my legit question is “is Avelino a LEGIT SS prospect, because I do not hear his name often enough (in non DoTF threads)…

            I think I got my answer from “Is this a joke”…

            Thanks for playing, MannyGeee, now go get your fuckin shinebox!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Missing DOTF means missing the nightly Wayne comment on how all pitchers will get injured while, at the same, predicting a 2015 Yankee rotation consisting of guys currently in the DSL. It’s just part of the RAB experience.

              • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

                Wayne’s World gets pretty crazy.

            • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

              From someone who NEVER frequents DoTF

              Well that’s a damn shame! DotF is probably the only thread I comment on…for the most part.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Yeah, I figured whoever reads DotF qualifies as the “geekiest of Yankee geeks.” But yeah, it sounded harsher than I intended :)

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I think next year (providing he progresses well)and Gary Sanchez starts to get consideration for a September callup he needs to grow a real, Magnum P.I., Buddy Cop, Eligible Bachelor, Burt Reynolds, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson 80’s Man-stache.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Not to imply that Munson had anything to do with the 80’s, just in that similar catcher vein

      • RetroRob

        True. Thurman never quite made it to the 80s, although many of the 70s staches did stick around for at least part of the 80s.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    What Our Savior did to the FSL in 2009, when he was 19, was a hell of a lot more dominant than what Bird is doing this year.

    That’s not a slight on Bird, by the way; he’s been fucking awesome.

    • Bo Knows

      That’s actually arguable considering Bird has been hitting for more power, on top of lapping Montero’s total walks for that year 3 times over with some to spare. Montero did have the positional edge, slightly younger age and the higher batting average.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        That’s true for 2008 Jesus Montero. However, 2009 Jesus Montero crushes Bird’s numbers. That’s when he split the year between Tampa and Trenton at the age of 20.

        Bird of course crushes him in walks no matter how you look at it though.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          He turned 20 in November that year, so 2009 was his age-19 season.

          • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

            That is correct. Should have looked that one up. I assumed he was born earlier in the year for whatever reason.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Montero actually had a slightly higher ISO on the year in 2009 to go with his .071 higher batting average and 10% lower K-rate.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Seattle knew.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Palladino’s start is pretty intriguing. He is only 20 years old and wasn’t one of the low-ball college guys, at 6’8″ he has that downward plane. He was anything but a finished product so he’s going to have a learning curve, but that also means there is a lot of room for improvement. If he can throw mid-90’s deep into games and command it he has a pretty high ceiling as a starter. If he can’t, probably power reliever.

    • Bryan

      He’s Brackman version 2.0. The difference is this time the Yankees were smart and used a 5th round pick instead of a 1st round pick on him. The potential and size is there for him to be a legitimate starter long term. The issue is his control and wind-up. He doesn’t have great control and his wind-up (at least to me) seems rather violent as he seems more to throw using his whole body…which is bad news bears.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....palladino/

        http://riveraveblues.com/2007/...../#comments

        There are probably better write-ups on both, but there’s clear differences, and clear reasons why one would be a first-round pick and why one wouldn’t.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Exactly. There are only a couple of people who can be mentioned in the same sentence as Andrew Brackman in terms of raw stuff/talent; one of them is named Randy Johnson.

        • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Yeah…I didn’t read the write ups, but c’mon, Brackman was considered to be a top 5 talent that year.

  • nycsportzfan

    Solid day overall for Big Club and prospects. Avelino is fantastic and very exciting prospect! I love checking his box scores out.

    Congrats on Clarkin making his debut.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I should REALLY head out there and see some of these guys before the season ends. Of course, this was the season I told myself I was going to Trenton to see Austin and Slade, and I still haven’t been to YS3 (although I do have tickets for a Boston series in September) and, yeah….

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        I went to Lowell to see Mason/Austin/Gumbs/Cito/Bryan Mitchell a couple years ago, it was a ton of fun.

        • MannyGeee

          CLS, you up here in New England too, or did you just have the misfortune to get stuck in Lowell for an unforeseen amount of time?

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            I’ve lived in Newton since 1999. Middle School and High School were an…experience.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Also, I haven’t been to YSIII either; I was hoping to make a pilgrimage this year in honor of His last season, but the timing didn’t work out.

        Stupid college.

  • Da Zhang

    Any idea why they are playing Peter O’Brien at third a lot? It seems that in every update for a while, he is playing at third and not catching.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Probably because they know he isn’t capable of catching in the MLB.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Yeah, it looks like his catching days are over. Hopefully he can get it together at 3B.

  • Wayne

    I would not compare Andrew Brackman to David Palladino. First when we drafted Brackman he was going to be operated on from the start. Palladino is already ahead of him pitching six shutout innings against the rival cyclones. Brackman was nowhere near Brackman at 20 years of age. Plus Palladino has a way better delivery than Brackman . Give Palladino a chance before you compare him to Brackman as an injury prone player. If randy Johnson likes him you can go either way with that cause Brackman did not work out if he is comparing him to Brackman but I just don’t see it right now. He looks way better just from his first season standpoint in minors. He is not hurt so far.