Greene pitches Thunder into playoffs with seven-inning shutout

Nova carries Yankees to 2-0 win over Orioles
Yankees call up five players as rosters expand

Both C J.R. Murphy and RHP Brett Marshall were late scratches for Triple-A Scranton tonight, according to Donnie Collins. That almost certainly means both guys will be coming up when rosters expand tomorrow. Earlier today we heard Murphy was “very likely” to get the call. Chris Cotillo says LHP Cesar Cabral will be called up as well, which is fun. He almost made the team out of Spring Training last year before fracturing his elbow. Cabral and Murphy will require 40-man roster moves.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • LF-3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — second homer in his last three games
  • 1B Randy Ruiz:1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second homer in as many days … he was ejected by the first base umpire for arguing something
  • RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 45 of 68 pitches were strikes (66%) … just called up from Tampa to help the depleted staff … I guess the plane was late otherwise he would have started the game

Double-A Trenton Game One (8-0 win over Portland in seven innings) makeup of the July 1st rainout … they clinched a postseason spot with the win, so congrats to them … they’re the Yankees only full season affiliate headed to the playoffs

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-2, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — eight hits in his last 16 at-bats (.500) with a double and two triples
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Shane Greene: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 9/1 GB/FB — 56 of 84 pitches were strikes (67%) … that’s how you pitch your team into the playoffs

Double-A Trenton Game Two (4-2 win over Portland in seven innings)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-2, 1 K — left the game in the third after running down a ball in the outfield, so I assume he’s hurt … hopefully it’s nothing series
  • DH-LF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • LF-CF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 47 of 71 pitches were strikes (66%) … nice spot start for this year’s 14th rounder
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (64%) … he actually got an at-bat (struck out) because they lost the DH following Williams’ injury
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%)

High-A Tampa Game One (17-0 beatdown at the hands of Lakeland in seven innings) makeup of the August 17th rainout

  • CF Taylor Dugas: 1-2, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder & 3B Peter O’Brien: both 0-3 — Refsnyder struck out once, O’Brien twice … O’Brien also committed his requisite fielding error
  • RHP Joey Maher: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — up from the GCL to make the spot start and I, uh, guess he wasn’t ready for this level
  • RHP Jose Toussen: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GB/FB — utility infielder had to chip in two innings to spare the bullpen

High-A Tampa Game Two (4-2 loss to Lakeland in seven innings)

  • CF Taylor Dugas: 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS — on base 20 times in his last eight games
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • RHP Angel Rincon: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9/3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (7-3 win over Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 2 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB — up to 105 walks, which is the second most in all of baseball behind Joey Votto (107)
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 8/2 GB/FB
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 48/8 K/BB in 35.1 innings for this year’s tenth rounder

Short Season Staten Island (4-2 win over Hudson Valley in 12 innings)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-5, 1 BB, 1 K — back from the GCL after their playoff run ended
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 0-6, 3 K
  • DH Eric Jagielo: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5/6 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … very nice spot start
  • RHP Phil Walby: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3/1 GB/FB

The season is over for both Rookie GCL Yanks affiliates.

Nova carries Yankees to 2-0 win over Orioles
Yankees call up five players as rosters expand
  • Andrew

    Looking forward to 2014’s Greg Bird Watch, everybody.

    • pat

      And then his inevitable flame out.

  • Richard Leo

    i told myself not to put much hope on Tayler Dugas,but man he is always getting on base.

  • Adonis Garcia

    Am I the only one that wants randy Ruiz to be called up because he’d be a great pinch hit left handed bat off ench or 1st basemen with power and I think that mustelier should get the call up also since he can play almost everywhere is is a solid bat. I’m taking English classes so I hope it’s getting better. #CUBALIBRE

  • Conor in China


    Nix and Almonte to the 60-day DL to make room for Murphy and Cabral?

    Any chance Mesa is cut since he’s injured and may not be claimed off waivers? Is he the third move if they decide to bring up Whitley?

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral


    Stairs has arrived, bitches.

    RIP Mariano Rivera. Viejo.

    Big ups to my DOTF boys like Richard Leo. You people don’t post anywhere else. Just DOTF because you like Stairs so much. Stairs dedicate his first strikeout to you.

    • pat

      Because they like Stairs so much, or because they fear him?

  • The Sorrier Warrior

    Michael O’Neill is a total mess. Sure, it’s his first taste at pro ball, but his numbers a fuggin ghastly for someone considered a legit prospect, even if he’s lower tier.

    .224/.291/.299 with 87 SO and 14 BB in 241 ABs at short season ball? Good grief that’s awful.

  • Umbrelladoc

    Hafner, Joseph, Nuno, and Banuelos are also 60 day DL candidates.

  • Isaac

    Cito is lighting it up. Small Sample Size, but great results.

  • Isaac

    Also, a side question, what website lists wRC+ ?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      The stats are better than B-Ref, even if they aren’t as conveniently sortable.

  • Omar

    Yo, what up bird.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Bird loved that piece. It was Austrian, or Australian, one of them ‘a’ countries.

      assuming your comment is a Wire reference

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I approve this message.

  • Robert

    Congrats to CJ Murphy,saw him play many games at Trenton..
    Caleb Smith keep him on the radar impressive.

    • Travis L.

      Who is CJ Murphy?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Very cool to see Stairs coming up. Hopefully, we’ll make a bit smarter use of the 40-man next year and not stash away guys who probably wouldn’t stick on a 25-man roster somewhere else. We may actually have a 40-man next year with guys that can benefit the MLB team just yet with these two and Slade getting added.

    • Travis L.

      I think they add Whitley, Bryan Mitchell, Tom Kahnle, Jose Campos and possibly Shane Greene and/or Danny Burawa. That’s a lot of guys, but I think Greene has earned it this year. Burawa is the last one of the group to be saved. Kahnle was solid, Campos and Mitchell are top 20 prospects and Whitley could definitely help the bullpen next season.

    • Mac

      Where weren’t they smart with their 40 man this year? They were scrambling just to find healthy bodies most of the season.

      Rondon is about the only guy I can think of where you might be upset, and even he looked like he had a chance of sticking with another team or helping the Yankees at some point coming off his 2012 season. A whole lot of guys can stick on a team like the Astros or Marlins.

  • Wayne

    Shane Greene pitched great. Hope i get to see him on the major league roster next year And José Ramirez start at triple a next july. Rafael Depaula at Tampa , David Palladino at charlestón next year. Also like to see that Polanco kid nephew of Plácido get a chance to start next year in gulf coast along with simon dela rosa , brady lail at staten island And cale coshow at staten island be a starter. There is a lot to look forward to next year in our minor leagues.

  • JU

    So I’m assuming Pat Venditte is also a Switch Hitter…

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

    Honest question for those of you who seem to have fairly informed opinions about a lot of our prospects…

    How do you generally come by this knowledge? I assume you’re based in one of the affiliate towns and see most of the guys come through at some point?

    • Mac

      Not sure how many people with strong opinions actually watch the guys they are opining on live. (Some do, of course.) You’d have to do some traveling to see all of them in a year and commenting on what the guy looked like 2 or 3 years ago may or may not be relevant anymore. Pretty much anywhere on the east coast you shouldn’t be too far from seeing at least one of the affiliates, though.

      You can stream games, watch youtube highlights, read scouting reports and organizational rankings, and of course check out stats on fangraphs and baseball reference. I’d guess that most commenters knowledge comes largely from the stats and reading various sources around the internet.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I just read a lot of Minor League Ball, Mike Newman and KLaw (when it’s free), and then “scout the box score” at FanGraphs.

      • Mac

        Love how you took it upon yourself to proclaim yourself one of the people with well informed opinions. I would personally not consider you one of those people. That’s not a knock and I never said I was one of those people (read my comment), but you don’t seem to actually watch a single one of these guys play. You just comment on stereotypes and box scores. Now you are basically saying that you have two sources (since Law is almost always behind a pay wall) and box scores…

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Are you not a native English speaker, are you illiterate, or are you simply unintelligent?

          Those are really the only three options I can imagine after reading this asinine comment.

  • Old Kinderhook

    Saw the SI Yankees vs HV Renegades game at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls last night. Nice place to see a ballgame. Friendly, good-natured crowd who support their Renegades, even though most of them are Yankee fans.

    Some notes about Yankee prospects:
    ABI AVELINO: Nice surprise seeing him in there! Didn’t get much action at SS, but showed plus range on one play up the middle. He went far to his left, fielded the ball at least 5 steps to the right of second on the outfield grass, did a spin move and threw a strong strike to first to beat a reasonably fast runner by half a step.

    He must have been working on his bunting, because he bunted into outs twice, once right back to the pitcher and once on a foul pop to the catcher (who made a really outstanding diving catch on it). Also hit two grounders up the middle and walked. Looked like he wanted to steal when he finally got to first base, but there was a lefty pitcher who was paying close attention and threw over multiple times.

    CHAZ HEBERT: Showed poise and polish but fits the description of a “crafty lefty” as opposed to a “can’t miss prospect.” (Think Nuno, not Banuelos.) Dominated the Renegades for first 5 innings with good sharp breaking pitches and off-speed stuff. Got into a little jam in the 6th, but still looked poised and minimized the damage, which could have really gotten out of control. Fastball maxed out at 87 on the stadium gun (but can’t vouch for its accuracy).

    PHIL WALBY: Looked like a scary guy to face. Threw hard with lots of effort (stadium gun had him consistently at 93, which was the fastest it registered all night with anyone). Wilder than “conveniently wild.” Only credited with 2 wild pitches because they don’t count the ones that come with no one on base.

    ANDY BERESFORD: Big guy (6’7″), but has a smooth, easy delivery. Threw strikes. Pleasant change after Walby.

    ERIC JAGIELO: Had a quiet game… a nice line-drive single to right, a walk, an rbi ground-out. Looked comfortable at the plate.

    YEICOK CALDERONE: The stadium announcer pronounced it “Yie-Sock.” Second time I have seen him play with this team, and he compares favorably in presence and power with Jagielo. This guy is a ballplayer.

    PAULIE’S NEPHEW MIKE: Plays a nice outfield (was in center last night, looked good in left previously). If you can’t say anything nice about a guy, say the opposite about somebody else.

    BUBBA JONES: Not a big thumper of a first baseman — maybe thump will come as he fills out and gets used to pro ball — but he gets timely hits and does not appear overmatched, clueless, or planless.

    DEREK TOADVINE: Looks very good at 2nd, and also looked good at the plate both times I have seen him. Apparently he saves it for when I’m at the games.

    Had a 90 minute drive home, so I left the game after 9. Missed out on all the free baseball, the 12th inning fireworks, and the actual fireworks display afterward.

    Getting old sucks.