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That video above is Low-A Charleston SS Cito Culver making a ridiculous play in the hole on a ball that deflected off the third baseman’s glove in last night’s game. It was number two on SportsCenter’s top ten plays last night. Pretty awesome.

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Buffalo)

  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP — 10-for-27 (.370) since being sent down
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 26 doubles and nine homers in 92 games this year after 26 doubles and nine homers in 110 games last year
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 29 of 47 pitches were strikes (62%) … 80/23 K/BB in 55.2 innings … had to make the spot start because they’re short an arm with RHP Michael Pineda on the DL
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Sam Demel: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K — 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (59%) … 54/18 K/BB in 42 innings

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Akron in 13 innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – scored the winning run on a walk-off throwing error
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-6, 1 2B,, 2 K — has a hit in all five games here, including four doubles
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/0 GB/FB – 37 of 57 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 16 of 24 pitches were strikes (67%) … two earned runs allowed in his last 27.2 innings dating back to June 11th (0.65 ERA)

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

  • CF Mason Williams, 2B Rob Refsnyder & 3B Peter O’Brien: all 0-4 — Williams struck out … Refsnyder walked and whiffed … O’Brien walked and struck out twice
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K –
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4/4 GB/FB — 40/22 K/BB in 36 innings since the promotion

Low-A Charleston (8-5 loss to Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 2 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-5, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B — hitting .284/.414/.504 on the year
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 2 K
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6/3 GB/FB — 54 of 94 pitches were strikes (57%)

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Lowell)

  • CF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 65 strikeouts are already the 20th most in the system this year … out of 174 players (including the DSL)!
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 1-2, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Dillon McNamara: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Stefan Lopez: 3 IP, zeroes, 6 K, 2/0 GB/FB — now that’s a save … 32/7 K/BB in 26.1 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (5-2 loss to GCL Pirates)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — back-to-back games with a double, which is notable because he has only five extra-base hits (all doubles) in 33 games
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
  • 3B Chris Tamarez: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS — no strikeouts? no strikeouts!

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (10-4 win over GCL Tigers)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — 22 steals in 26 chances after going 20-for-22 in the Dominican Summer League last year
  • DH Luis Torrens: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 9-for-26 (.346) during his seven-game hitting streak
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • 2B Jose Javier: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Omar Luis: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 22/20 K/BB in 16.2 innings for the $4M man
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  • MP

    Holy moly those uniform tops.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    If that doesn’t earn him a jump to Hi-A, I don’t know what will!

    (We all know it isn’t going to be his bat).

    • Stratocaster

      Call him up to NY. Hell, nobody else can hit either! At least watching him play SS would give us all a reason to tune in the rest of the way…. :)

      Go batshit crazy Cashman!!

      #justifythefirstroundpick

  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    at least Culver can play SS

  • RetroRob

    Wut the wut? I’m too distracted by those uniform tops to actually see the great play.

    • jjyank

      Uh, yeah. They should find whoever it is that vomited all over the Charleston uniforms, and fire him/her. Or at least let him/her contact Plouffy for some…nausea medication.

    • forensic

      Maybe Culver is distracted by them too, that must be why he can’t hit.

    • trr

      Bush league all the way..

  • Robert

    Nice play by Culver to bad his up side is Ramerio Penaville at Best.
    I am not gonna get excited over any of our Rookie or A league Superstars.

  • fat jeter

    Wow, good play! Here’s hoping he has a Jose iglesias rsie to respectability as a hitter. Iglesias couldn’t hit in the sox organization and somehow become a .300 hitter.

    What’s with the clown camouflage jerseys? They’re useful if you are going hunting in a ball pit at Chuck E Cheese.

    I’ve been keeping tabs on Mesa, but it just seems like a waste of time. He could hit .400 and slug .900, there are just too many OFs on the NYY roster right now. Is it just me or are Granderson and Soriano the exact same guy? The only difference is one hits RH and the other hits LH. Both strikeout a ton and rarely get on base. they may run into one every once in a while, but damn they are essentially platoon players.

    • Laz

      Mesa is no where near as good as Granderson.

      • fat jeter

        I’m not saying he is. I like Mesa as a 4th outfielder. Unfortunately with Ichiro, Gardner, granderson, soriano, and wells he’d be like a 6th outfielder.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Career-wise, Granderson walks (and gets on base) more than Soriano.

  • Samuel

    When did Saxon Butler get promoted to Trenton? Now he’s the first baseman/DH with Kyle Roller?

    After an off day tomorrow, the Trenton Thunder have no more off days and play 22 games over next 21 days.

    Prediction: Greg Bird will be promoted to Trenton by August 22nd (start of long home stand) and be available for Trenton in the Double A playoffs.

  • Wayne

    Greg bird future firstbaseman then Gosuke Katoh future second baseman Gary Sanchez future catcher JR Murphy also future catcher and third future catcher Peter O’brien. Aaron Judge future right fielder. I like that man!

  • YankeeFan

    Slade & Mason Williams have really turned it on.

    Slade: .279/.339/.514 line since the ASB (111ABs) which includes 15XBHs and 7 for 7 on stolen bases. To go further than that, he’s hitting .307 since July 1st (137ABs).

    Williams has struggled out of the gate in August but in June/July combined to hit .319 in 166ABs with an 11:19 BB:K

    If only Austin can come back in September and finish the season strong but who knows if they make him return.

  • Dooley Womack

    how about this optimistic Culver Theory:

    A Rochester, NY kid, he hasn’t had a ton of ABs against more skilled pitching. He’s a late bloomer and is trending in right direction, albeit slower than we’d like from a first round pick. He turns 21 this month, so he’s got time to mature and improve.

    With more reps perhaps he’ll continue to improve and contribute in the bigs.

  • D23

    I believe Culver is no longer hitting from both sides of the plate, something that the Yankees and Culver decided to get rid off. I would not count him out just yet. Give him two more years and see if he becomes a better hitter to become a decent backup utility player. The guy can run and throw.

    • YankeeGrunt

      He steals bases, he is patient (sometimes a little too patient), he has a streaky sort of pop that could be 10-15 HR power as he develops. If he could hit serviceably for average (.250-.260 range) going forward he could turn into a good prospect. DBJ is a lot closer to “lost cause” territory at this point than is Culver.