Flores extends hitting streak in Thunder win


In case you missed it earlier, both OF Slade Heathcott (knee) and RHP Mark Montgomery (shoulder) were placed on the DL. In semi-related moves, RHP David Herndon was bumped from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton and SwP Pat Venditte was bumped from High-A Tampa to Trenton, reports Mike Ashmore.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Charlotte in ten innings)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 1 K — got picked off first
  • 3B David Adams: 0-4, 3 K
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 2 BB — also got picked off first
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6/7 GB/FB — 61 of 98 pitches were strikes (62%)

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Harrisburg)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K — 22-for-61 (.361) during his 14-game hitting streak
  • C Gary Sanchez: 3-4, 1 RBI – seven games since the promotion and he has a hit in all seven of ‘em
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59%) … he’s been outstanding since the start of July
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%)

High-A Tampa (8-3 loss to Brevard County)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 K – stuck in an 8-for-44 (.182) slump
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 3-for-7 with a walk in two games since the promotion
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — yuck

Low-A Charleston was rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Short Season Staten Island (5-4 loss to Aberdeen)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — well-deserved promotion
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-3, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GB/FB — 13 runs allowed in his last 17.2 innings after 17 runs allowed in the first 59 innings of his career
  • RHP Cale Coshow: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (7-1 win over GCL Blue Jays)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K — 30/23 K/BB in 38 pro games
  • RF Austin Aune: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K – five hits in his last 13 at-bats (.385)
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 42/5 K/BB in 46.1 innings this year, including a 33/3 K/BB in his last 38.2 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-0 win over GCL Phillies)

  • C Luis Torrens: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) — 13-for-36 (.361) with six walks and seven strikeouts during the ten-game hitting streak
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4 — 17-for-41 (.415) during the eleven-game hitting streak
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Joey Maher: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 11/5 GB/FB — awesome day, but the 22/14 K/BB in 46.2 innings is no bueno
  • RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/3 GB/FB — finishes off the one-hitter
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Richard Leo says:

    rady Lail is worth watching

  2. Curtis says:

    Bummer about Slade but at least the season’s almost over

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Yup. Rest up and be ready for next season. Next season could be a very big one for him. At least it wasn’t a re-injury. Shit happens.

      Nice to see Flores heat up and Sanchez quickly adjust. What people think of the AAA team could look mighty different at this point next season.

  3. Midland TX says:

    I have to say, I’m amazed that Venditte–who arrived as little more than a Bill Veeck-style sideshow attraction–has stayed in the system this long and made it to AA.

  4. Caballo Sin Nombre says:

    I’m glad Austin Aune finally had a good day. I was getting worried that we might soon have been down to two Austins.

    You can never have enough Austins, AFAIC.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      If Vince McMahon owned the Yankees, Aune would have to change his first name to “Garrison,” or something like that.

  5. Justin says:

    If Sanchez finishes the year out steady, is he a lock to be the starter at Triple A next year?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Not to start the season, I’d imagine. I bet Murphy still starts in AAA unless he has a hell of a spring.

      • Angelo says:

        Pretty much. Sanchez will likely start in Trenton with a mid season promotion. Hopefully Murphy hits well enough to see time with the big league team next season. Still hoping the Yankees allow themselves to see what they have in Romine.

  6. A.D. says:

    2 guys picked off first in the same game both by a RHP…geez

  7. Angelo says:

    Plenty of interesting guys in the GCL this year. Reminds me a bit of when Mason, Sanchez, Austin, Bichette and others were going through the short season leagues.

    Really rooting for Avelino and Estrada. Good hitting short stops are hard to come by. Hopefully they can develop into two good ones.

  8. Coolerking101 says:

    Though this has been a disappointing season for DOTF, the one good thing to come out of the farm this year is relief pitching. At AA this year the yanks have 3 legitimate bullpen arms who could help the big league club next year. Kahnle has been a beast all year. Rondon has been lights out since June. Burawa is finally back from injury and has been unhittable for the last two months. Though his stats weren’t pretty as a starter, Nuding has been smoking people since being switched to the pen. If Montgomery bounces back next year, there should be a strong crop of hard throwing relievers to help the big league club.

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    I can’t help but think of Bryan Mitchell’s putrid play when thinking about people worried about Corey Black being to much to pay for Soriano. Its so hard to work your way up to the bigs, and at any point, you can end up losing your prospect luster. Another words, alot has to go right for Corey Black to not be worth Alphonso Soriano.

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