GCL season comes to an end with a win and a loss

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Kazmir, Johnson, Bichette, Soriano

Let’s start with some notes:

  • 1B/3B Dan Johnson was granted his release from Triple-A Scranton according to Sweeny Murti. The Yankees weren’t going to call him up in September and this gives him some time to hook on with another club before rosters expand. Johnson hit .253/.379/.447 (133 wRC+) with 21 homers and more walks (93) than strikeouts (82) in 559 plate appearances for the RailRiders. They aren’t going to the postseason, so this opens a roster spot and some playing time for someone else before the season ends on Tuesday.
  • LHP Caleb Smith, this year’s 14th rounder, has been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Double-A Trenton, reports Josh Norris. He’ll start one game of their doubleheader on Saturday. Seems like a temporary move more than anything. RHP Diego Moreno was placed on the DL for an unknown reason to clear a roster spot.
  • 1B Greg Bird was named to Low-A South Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team. There isn’t an actual All-Star Game or anything, it’s just a list of the best players in the league at each position as voted on by whoever. Bird leads the circuit in OBP (.423) and OPS (.940) but lost out on the league MVP award to SS Rosell Herrera (Rockies).

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • 2B David Adams: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP — season doesn’t end until Tuesday, but he’s already set new career highs in hits (110), homers (12), and walks (46)
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — wonder if they’ll open a 40-man roster spot for him next month
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 67 of 106 pitches were strikes (63%)

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to New Britain in 13 innings)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-6, 2 K — threw a runner out at third
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-6, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, 7/5 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 78 of 107 pitches were strikes (73%) … ties his career-high in strikeouts … this might be the best start of his career, pretty good way to close out the regular season before the team has to decide whether to protect you from the Rule 5 Draft
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 23 of 42 pitches were strikes (55%)

High-A Tampa (6-3 loss to Lakeland)

  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — third career homer for the K/BB monster (39/61 in 2013)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 K
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/6 GB/FB — only three days left in their season, so this was his final start … ends the year with a 4.29 ERA (~3.10 FIP), 11.4 K/9 (29.9%), 4.2 BB/9 (10.9 BB%) in 113.1 innings across 23 starts and one relief appearance

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off-day.

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to Brooklyn)

  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-4, 2 K — 82 strikeouts in 260 plate appearances (31.5%)
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP — threw a runner out at the plate
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — no contact night
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 BB
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — seven walks in his last eleven innings after seven walks in his first 49.2 innings
  • RHP Cale Coshow: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Stefan Lopez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (8-3 loss to GCL Blue Jays) the GCL season is over, they finished 28-32 and in last place in the Northwest Division

  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — ends the year at .310/.402/.522 with six homers and four stolen bases in 50 games
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — finishes with 72 strikeouts (43.6%) and eight walks (4.8%) in 165 plate appearances
  • LHP Ian Clarkin: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — six runs and nine base-runners in five innings across three appearances in his pro debut

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (5-2 win over GCL Astros) they finished 36-24 and in first place in the Northeast Division … they play the GCL Red Sox in a one-game playoff tomorrow with the winner advancing to the best-of-three championship series starting Saturday

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 SB — finishes the regular season at .302/.383/.401 with 19 walks, 16 strikeouts, and 28 steals in 32 attempts … guessing he was sent down from SI to help with the playoff push
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 BB — guessing he’ll stick around for the playoffs before joining the Thunder for their playoff run
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 HB
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 RBI — 18-year-old hit .318/.364/.496 with four walks, four homers, seven walks, and 21 strikeouts while repeating the level
  • DH Luis Torrens: 0-3, 1 K — 17-year-old finishes the regular season at .246/.353/.304 with 39 strikeouts and 27 games
Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Kazmir, Johnson, Bichette, Soriano
  • Gonzo

    I remember Andujar being a big deal when he signed. Good for him. I hope he does well.

    Who’s bringing Gosuke protein shakes in the offseason. Is he the biggest surprise (positive) in his brief time in the system this year? And befoer you mention it, yes, I know DBJr had a great start to his professional career too. Let me feel good about the kid until next year.

    De Paula’s FIP was 4.31 in A+, but it was only 44 innings. He turns 23 before the start of the season next year too. I wonder how aggressive they are going to be with him next year.

    • Mac

      I don’t think Katoh is a surprise except to people who judged his game entirely on his build (and Keith Law’s wisecrack about his build). There were a lot of those people. It was pretty obvious from scouting reports and tape that he could hit with some pop against top HS competition.

      I assume that how aggressive they are with De Paula depends largely on how he pitches. I would say that his age has only so much to do with it. Should still be a long while until he’s rule 5 eligible. As much as we were all hoping that he’d fly through the system, it just might not be the case.
      If they really do want to get aggressive they might have to move him to the pen (which they may anyway at some point down the road).

  • your mom

    The farm system sucks. Depaula has looked like shit since the promotion. No one else has really stood out. Murphy is a sleeper, Sanchez has been alright, Bird has been awesome but is a DH, Jag-Off shows promise, the rest is crap.

    • Your dad

      It’s not them. It’s you.

    • Brian in MA

      I would say Murphy is more than a sleeper. He’s got a decent triple slash line as an everyday catcher in two pitchers leagues, and is noted to be at least an average receiver behind the plate. I would say he’s had a fantastic year, and merely gets overlooked because of Sanchez being the sexy name as a catching prospect. Since he’s been in SwB, he’s been the everyday guy after splitting time with Sanchez in AA. If this kid isn’t in the mix for at least a fake spring training competition in 2014 then I will be surprised (that fake competition will ultimately be won by Stewart and Cervelli again…because…you know…)

      The farm has been disappointing, but there are definitely bright spots. The best guys just haven’t been amazing and they’ve dealt with injuries.

      • Samuel

        Murphy and Sanchez were never in Double A Trenton at the same time, so they didn’t split time there.

        But, I do agree Murphy is a pretty good player, and has improved his power numbers over the years. He has a great swing, but the only issue I saw over the years was his tendency to swing at lots of pitches out of the strike zone early in counts, getting himself out.

        In the few games I saw him play in Trenton, he had lessened this fault. It is a great sign his power numbers improve and he still is at least five years away from being fully matured physically.

        I still believe he will play most of his major league career at another position besides catcher.

        • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

          Eventual replacement for Teix. Also lessens the upper level C logjam.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Bird is the only possible replacement for Teix in this system right now. Murphy could be an above average MLB hitter, but he simply does not have the power for 1B.

  • nycsportzfan

    Clarkin and Depaula with crusty starts..

  • ChrisS

    Just what the Rockies need, another highly rated SS.

    • CS Yankee

      They do, as Tulo gets injured more than a 2013 Yankee.

  • crawdaddy

    Mitchell has to be protected as his arm is special.

    • John C

      Mitchell has always had electric stuff but had command issues most of the year. Finally seems toi have gotten it together in 3 starts at Trenton. I agree they need to protect him

  • Denver – Ralph

    Does anyone know that status of Matt Duran? He was the 2011 4th round pick? Local guy out of New Rochelle HS (where I went) is what peaks my interest. Looks like he only played 6 games this year. Does anyone know if he got hurt?


    • Samuel

      He sucks. Nothing else needs to be said.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Hurt. I forget the particular injury or injuries, but he was hurt for the start of the season, came back for a week, then got hurt again. I don’t remember if he re-aggravated the previous injury or managed to get a new one. He has talent but when he was drafted it was a thin crop at 3B and it isn’t anymore.

  • YankeeFan

    Given the fact that DePaula missed a bunch of development/in-game time while dealing with all the international issues and the fact that he had already surpassed his innings total from last year before heading up to Tampa, I’m none too worried about him. I’m sure fatigue played a big part in his lack of control. Still struck out a batter per inning. Now if he starts out slow in Tampa next year, I would be a bit worried but I think this was a positive first season for him in the states, in full season ball. He stayed healthy all year, got his innings up to 113 and showed that strikeout stuff.

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Out on a limb: Aune will continue to improve, and be given chances to develop. and surprise, and won’t flame out of baseball until AA.