River Dogs win behind Bird’s homer

Game 121: Back in Boston
Offense stays hot: Yankees blow out Red Sox in series opener at Fenway

Two scouting report-esque notes:

  • RHP Dan Burawa made an appearance in Baseball Prospectus’ Eyewitness Accounts (subs. req’d): “Overall, Burawa has near elite arm strength and violent stuff. The below-average command will keep him from pitching in the back end of games, but he can be a useful piece in the middle innings.”
  • SS Thairo Estrada was in the Helium section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet: “[The] Yankees were ecstatic when they were able to get him for $49,000. Estrada’s tools and hitting ability were comparable to players who signed for significantly more money, so he looked like a sleeper coming into the year. With good speed, smooth hands and clean footwork, he projects as a true shortstop, and his bat has been even better than expected.”

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Charlotte)

  • 2B David Adams: 0-5
  • CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K — 16 hits in his last 42 at-bats (.381) with four doubles, three homers, one walk, and 14 strikeouts
  • RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
  • RHP Brett Marshall: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 62 of 101 pitches were strikes (61%) … I guess he’s not coming up for the doubleheader on Tuesday, unless they’re cool with using him on three days’ rest
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (53%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to New Hampshire in 15 innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-8, 1 R, 2 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 BB, 1 K — ten walks and four strikeouts in his last nine games
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 2 BB, 2 K — first hitless game at this level
  • RF Ben Gamel: 3-7, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — nice first game at Double-A
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — 28 of 54 pitches were strikes (52%), but one of the walks was intentional
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Casey Stevenson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (56%) … nice job by the utility infielder and emergency outfielder
  • RHP Jose Gil: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54%) … backup catcher almost made it through two innings unscathed

High-A Tampa (7-1 win over Lakeland)

  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 2 R, 2 K – has at least one hit in all four games here
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 3-4, 3 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third … 36/53 K/BB this year and 71/104 K/BB in his career
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Peter O’Brien: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing) — 13 errors in 26 games at third
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7/5 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-4 win over Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB — 91 walks … he’s got a pretty good chance at 100 with 16 games to go
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr. & RF Ericson Leonora: both 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B — DBJ struck out thrice, Leonora twice … Bichette also committed a fielding error
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 3/6 GB/FB
  • RHP Jose Campos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — at 83 innings this year, surpassing his career high (81.1 in 2011)

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 loss to Tri-City)

  • DH Bubba Jones & CF Brandon Thomas: both 0-4, 3 K — Thomas got picked off first
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/7 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (7-6 loss to GCL Yanks2 in eleven innings, walk-off style) combining the two teams

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB — seven steals in eight attempts this year
  • 3B Kevin Cornelius: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-5, 1 R – only one hit today, but he’s been awesome in his second go-round this league … still only 18 years old
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • DH Drew Bridges: 1-5, 3 K
  • CF Jose Figueroa: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — scored the winning run when he stole third and the catcher threw the ball into left field
  • RHP Erick Canela: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 9/3 GB/FB
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB
  • LHP Omar Luis: 2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — only three times in nine starts that he’s had fewer walks than innings pitched
  • RHP Jaron Long: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 7/1 K/BB in 6.1 innings for the hitting coach’s kid
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Game 121: Back in Boston
Offense stays hot: Yankees blow out Red Sox in series opener at Fenway
  • Richard Leo

    oh my Bird

  • Curtis

    Melky Mesa is the man to end the Vernon Wells experiment in couple weeks

    /hoping

    • Richard Leo

      he can’t hit worse but should play better defense and run better

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Mesa vs. LHP in AAA this year: 186/230/300
      Wells vs. LHP in MLB this year: 304/347/444*

      Mesa isn’t going to replace Wells.

      *not including today

      • Richard Leo

        never realize Mesa hit LHP so poor

      • Curtis

        I was being facetious mostly but damn holy crap Melky

  • YankeeFan

    Did the organization just decide to pull an A-Jax on Culver to see what was there, meaning he’s having his issues but lets promote him and see if that lights a fire or something clicks. If I remember correctly, A-Jax was hitting in quick sand down in Charleston, got an unexpected promotion to Tampa and never looked back. Of course too early with Culver but maybe that’s the Yankees hope before calling him a failure.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      It freaks me out to see a .375 BA by Culver’s name.

    • emac2

      Not exactly.

      He was hitting well for awhile before they promoted him.

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Regardless, he played far better when he was called up to Tampa.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I don’t expect much from Culver, so if he does put up impressive numbers with Tampa, I will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Lukaszek

    Bird is the word!

    • trr

      He’s been impressive ..

      • Lukaszek

        No kidding, the ball just flies off his bat

        I hope he doesn’t quack up like DBJ

  • forensic

    Near elite arm strength, violent stuff, and below average command?

    Sounds like an uncomfortable at-bat.

    • Poconos Adam

      Very good comment! Nuke LaLoosh kind of stuff.

  • Lukaszek

    Tosh.0 is an uber-overrated show, they should just give the segment to more John Oliver/Jon Stewart

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Maybe I missed something, but how does this relate to yankee prospects at all?

      There’s an off-topic/open thread thread for this sort of stuff.

  • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

    Nice to see Thairo getting some love. Him Avelino are two really intriguing prospects. Too bad they’re so far away.

  • Coolkering101

    Is Heredia Rule 5 eligible this year? Can’t think of any other reason he would still be in A ball besides the Yanks want to make him as unappealing as possible for the draft.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nah, they could just have him legally change his name to “Alex Rodriguez” in order to accomplish that.

      Would he have a prayer of remaining of someone’s roster all season?

      What if Stairs hurt his own elbow in order to avoid going back to the Sox?!?!

    • YankeeGrunt

      He is in A Ball because he missed all of 2012 with an injury. I think he’ll actually be a minor league FA after the season.