Clarkin makes pro debut in GCL Yanks win


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
Categories : Down on the Farm


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

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  3. Richard Leo says:

    who can tell us something about Jaron Long

  4. trr says:

    Welcome Ian.
    Pitch long and prosper.

  5. Curtis says:

    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

  6. Bo Knows says:

    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.

  7. Jack says:

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

  8. MannyGeee says:

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

    • Angelo says:

      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.

      • Angelo says:

        No harsh tone intended by the way.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

        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?

      • JU says:

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

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        “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 says:

          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 says:

            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!

        • Angelo says:

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

  9. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    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 says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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.

  10. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • Angelo says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

      Seattle knew.

  11. YankeeGrunt says:

    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 says:

      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.

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        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.

  13. Da Zhang says:

    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.

  14. Wayne says:

    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.

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