Mikolas & Estrada homer in GCL Yanks win

Game 117: Win two straight, maybe?
Kuroda carries Rivera-less Yankees to series opening win over Halos

Congrats to OF Melky Mesa, whose huge week earned him Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, Low-A Charleston, and Short Season Staten Island all had scheduled off-days. Weird. The SI Yanks are off until Wednesday for the All-Star break. The actual game will be played tomorrow.

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Daytona)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 4-4, 1 R, 1 B, 1 HBP — had four hits in his previous 20 at-bats
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — he walked three batters total in his previous 33 innings
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (6-2 loss to GCL Phillies)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB — 17.4% walk rate in 34 pro games for this year’s fourth rounder
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-5 — in a 11-for-50 (.220) slump
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 0-4
  • RHP Dallas Martinez: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (8-3 win over GCL Braves)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-5
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB — 14-for-34 (.412) with two doubles and two homers during his nine-game hitting streak
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — second straight game with a homer
  • DH Drew Bridges: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 20/5 K/BB in 28 innings
  • RHP Jaron Long: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB
  • RHP Dayton Dawe: 0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 12/20 K/BB in 11.2 innings for last year’s 15th rounder
Game 117: Win two straight, maybe?
Kuroda carries Rivera-less Yankees to series opening win over Halos
  • http://deleted Richard Leo

    a little slow on Jordan Cote’s development

    • YankeeGrunt

      Cote’s velocity tumbled last year so he was topping out at 89 or 90. That’s why they slowed him down. I could be wrong but I think it’s back up to where he’s sitting in the low 90’s.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Free Jordan Cote!!!

        • Bob Buttons

          Would I have to sign up for certain services and/or junk e-mails to claim my free Jordan Cote?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            They were giving away free Juan Abreu last night. I’d frankly wait and see for what tomorrow’s giveaway is.

            • Bob Buttons

              Free Yeicokshots.

              • I’m One

                I think I got one of those at the doctor’s office one time. It was painful. Not interersted. :-)

      • http://deleted Richard Leo

        i like him better than rookie davis,but now davis has done solid job in SI.

        • nycsportzfan

          Jordan Cote has some monster upside.

  • Bob Buttons

    If my last name was Long I’d name my kid Albert Dayton.

    That way his name will be Al Day Long.

  • Curtis

    Hey Mike(or anyone), can you rank Culver, Tyler Wade, Estrada, & Avellino defensively? Are all 4 projected to stay at short?

    • http://deleted Richard Leo

      defense is too hard to rank

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        They are all true shortstops, though.

      • Laz

        Especially since defense gets you nowhere.
        As long as you can hold your own and still be offensive you will advance. Good defense with no bat like Culver gets you no reviews, no fans, and no moves.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Ramiro Pena says hello.

          • Bob Buttons

            Brendan Ryan and John McDonald says wait up.

    • http://deleted Richard Leo

      that’s rank how we like those four SS.
      For me it is Avellino Culver Wade and Estrada.

  • Travis L.

    Dayton Dawe is pretty bad. What was his scouting report? Does he suck or is there something else going on?

    Tyler Wade, Thairo Estrada, Gosuke Katoh and Abi Avelino make for an exciting lower level middle infield bunch. Add Jose Javier and Bryan Cuevas and 2B/SS look pretty solid down there.

    • trr

      Katoh coming back to earth, but there just might be something there

  • http://rab.com Michael Cutler

    Joes Abreu
    Cervelli/Romine. . .
    doesnt sound bad for 14 . . we should take a flyer on Abreu he could be huge presence (and i don’t think Soriano is at this point enough protection for Tex)

  • Wayne

    They are lowering the load on Rookie Davis too. I expect his load to go up next year and have big year for the yankees in 2014. Same thing for Jordan Cote.

  • Wayne

    Check that I expect Cote to have a big year in 2015 !

  • nycsportzfan

    I’d like to know what players are the most pleasently surprising to folks around here this yr?

    I would of said Detrich Enns as number 1 if he haden’t fallen on hard times since his promotion. Tyler Wade is alittle surprising, as i didn’t think he’d hit quite this good, this quickly.

    Dellin Betances as a true intimidating bullpen pressence has been a pleasent surprise also. Hes a legit prospect outta that pen. CLoser type stuff.

    Those are a couple pleasent surprises i could think of for this yr in the minors.

  • waneditor

    How offensive is Cito Culver?

    After 3 years in professional ball, Culver gave up switch hitting this year, his second in low-A. In 104 games, he ranks 2nd in runs and 3rd in hits (95, including 28 extra-base hits) on the team. His offensive improvement seems to be accelerating, too: 1st half/2nd half BA splits are .214/.253, although his OBP/SLG/OPS splits are static. Offsetting this improvement are 124 SO (30% of AB) and 19 errors.

    He’s almost 21 with nearly 4 years of professional ball under his belt. Unless he really picks up his game, he’s destined to be another lost 1st round pick.

    Avellino, Wade, Estrada, and Jorge Mateo (DSL Yankees1)

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Culver being “almost 21” is a point in his favor. He’s shown a lot more pop since the switch and he’s a true SS defensively with a cannon for an arm. The bump in Ks is to be expected considering that he’s never faced righthanded pitching as a righty before.

      He’s still young, and he still has a shot to make the majors. It’s unlikely, but shit happens.

      • Yanks

        Plus errors aren’t seen as the best way to determine whether or not someone is good on defense. He’s a true shortstop with a cannon like you said. He plays a real good SS and has good range. I’ll take some errors with it if I’m getting some really nice defense the rest of the time.