Severino strikes out nine in River Dogs win

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Some roster moves:

  • OF Mason Williams has been promoted up to Double-A Trenton, according to his Twitter feed. Not coincidentally, OF Slade Heathcott was placed on the DL with what appears to be a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Williams, 21, hit a disappointing .261/.327/.350 (94 wRC+) for High-A Tampa this year, but the Thunder need someone to play center.
  • OF Ben Gamel and LHP Rigoberto Arrebato were also bumped up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, reports Josh Norris. Gamel missed a bunch of time due to an unknown injury but otherwise hit .272/.351/.396 (112 wRC+) with Tampa.
  • RHP Cesar Vargas was promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, the team announced. RHP Kelvin Castro — the former utility infielder — goes from Short Season Staten Island to the River Dogs.
  • In other news, LHP Mike Zagurski has opted out of his minor league contract according to Chris Cotillo. The reliever had a 3.08 ERA (2.78 FIP) in 26.1 innings for Triple-A Scranton after signing in June.

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Charlotte)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB — 16-for-42 (.381) with three doubles and four homers in his last ten games
  • 2B David Adams: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 36 of 58 pitches were strikes (62%) … very nice spot start in place of David Huff, who was called up to the big league team
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — ten of twelve pitches were strikes … 10/1 K/BB in six innings at this level

Double-A Trenton (6-5 loss to Harrisburg)

  • CF-LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 PB — has a hit in all eight games with the Thunder so far
  • PR-CF Mason Williams: 0-1, 1 R, 1 K — guessing he arrived at the park late following the promotion
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 63 of 87 pitches were strikes (72%) … going to be interesting to see if they leave him exposed in the Rule 5 Draft this winter, he could definitely stick in the bigs as the last guy in the bullpen next year
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)

High-A Tampa (5-3 loss to Brevard County)

  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — stuck in a 2-for-28 (.071) slump
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Charley Short: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 79/15 K/BB in 53 innings for the former independent leaguer

Low-A Charleston Game One (1-0 win over Lexington in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • CF Jake Cave & 2B Angelo Gumbs: both 0-3 — Gumbs struck out twice
  • 1B Greg Bird & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 0-2 — DBJ is fresh off the DL (unknown injury)
  • LF Ericson Leonora: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles and two homers in the last ten games
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 41 of 65 pitches were strikes (63%), plus he picked a runner off first … 48/5 K/BB in his last 68.2 innings

Low-A Charleston Game Two (8-4 win over Lexington in six innings) completed early due to rain

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
  • DH Greg Bird: 1-1, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 89 (!) walks on the year
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3/1 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 44 of 58 pitches were strikes (76%) … 53/10 K/BB in 44 innings for the 19-year-old

Short Season Staten Island (10-6 loss to Aberdeen)

  • 2B Derek Toadvine: 0-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB
  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-5, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) — nine hits in his last 35 at-bats (.257), but six doubles
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-0, 1 R, 1 HBP, 1 SB — left the game after the hit-by-pitch, though he did stay in to run the bases
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B Bubba Jones: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • RHP David Palladino: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — 18/5 K/BB in 16.1 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (4-3 win over GCL Blue Jays)

  • DH Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — nine hits in his last 25 at-bats (.360)
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 5/1 GB/FB — 43/20 K/BB in 31.2 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (14-5 loss to GCL Astros)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 3 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — eight hits in his last 18 at-bats (.444)
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-5, 2 RBI
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  • Curtis

    Two triples!

    • Cool Lester Smooth


      • Gonzo

        Damn skippy!

        Thairo Time!!!!

  • trr

    curious to see who might get Sept. call ups

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I wouldn’t expect much. Guys on the 40-man. Maaaaaaaybe you get Murphy added to it in time.

    • Coolerking101

      The big club is going for it and there’s no one at AAA who is going to be able to help down the stretch, so I would expect few call ups in early Sept. Even if they bring up Murphy, I would not expect him to see an inning of playing time unless the team has been mathematically eliminated. Even then, Romine should get the bulk of the at bats.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Maybe the change in scenery and challenge are a nice kick in the ass for Mason. Kid’s got a golden opportunity and a ton of raw talent.

    • Pat D

      And he plays a killer guitar.

    • Angelo

      Those are my thoughts and hopes right now.

  • Richard Leo

    Ericson Leonora came from nowhere but performed well

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Is it safe to assume that Abi Avelino got promoted, too?

    • Angelo


  • F. Montana

    Happy to see ma boy mason up at double-a. When does Dominican summer league start

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      It would have been nice if he had earned the promotion with good play though.

  • nycsportzfan

    Cavemen are happy everywhere tonight yet again!

  • Lukaszek

    When they gonna promote Gosuke Katoh? He’s OPSing .965

    • Selig is an opportunistic hypocrite (formerly not the droids you’re looking for…)

      Not now Cato!!

    • Selig is an opportunistic hypocrite (formerly not the droids you’re looking for…)

      Domo Arrebato, Mr. Rigoberto!

  • Bo Knows

    anyone think Bird can pass 100 walks?

    • Angelo

      It’s certainly possible.

    • RetroRob

      How many more weeks? Three?


  • Angelo

    Severino, De Paula, Banuelos, Hensley, and Clarkin could really make the pitching talent in this farm system jump next year.

    • Richard Leo

      don’t forget our Campost Cote and Lail.

      • nycsportzfan

        Jose Ramirez comes to mind also.


        THose guys excite me most.

        • Angelo

          Yeah. J-Ram deserves being mentioned.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Rookie Davis is in that conversation and guys like Dallas Martinez and Gio Gallegos are at least in the team photo. Davis in particular could have an Encinas-like breakout next year in full season. Stuff is a tick less than Encinas but he is already putting it together. And Camarena is a wildcard, the velocity makes it a little more difficult and you’re still talking about Low A batters but when he has been on (as he was tonight) he is unhittable.

          • nycsportzfan

            I don’t think Rook Davis is in the top of the line potential type pitchers we have, but he’d be in the next group, in my opinion. I do like em though.

            The 2nd group for me would be

            Rook Davis
            Brett Marshall
            Deitrich Enns
            Brett Gerritse
            Rony Bautista( 6ft 7in leftys are intriguing)
            Caleb Cotham/Jeremey Bleich- both can pitch, but just need long stretch of good health.

            Forgot about Nik Turley. He’d be in my first group as well.

          • Angelo

            None of the guys you mentioned have the kind of potential/ceiling/talent that the five I mentioned have. I was sticking to the big guys. That doesn’t mean the guys you mentioned should be ignored, just a lower level of talent overall.

            Of course, these things change quickly and often since we’re dealing with prospects after all.

            • YankeeGrunt

              I think some of those guys have the ceiling of Cote, at least, though they’re probably not in the same class as the rest of that group. Cote, and Maher for that matter, are cold-weather kids who need patience, but Rookie Davis was a bonus baby ($550K) and has shown the sort of repertoire that puts him in that Mitchell/Encinas class arm-wise.

        • Richard Leo

          my fault,forget Jose Ramirez

      • Angelo

        Lail isn’t quite as good as the others. I can understand Campos even though the scouting reports haven’t been as favorable this year. I like Cote, but he’s more of a project. The five I mentioned are big time arms. I just have more faith in them having success as prospects. Time will tell though.

        • nycsportzfan

          As Keith Law said about Cote. “Hes a pitching coachs dream for his Physical Tools and the fact he had basically a clean slate with limited instruction”. They think he’ll bulk up to around 235-240 when said and done, and his heater will get faster as he builds his strength. Your right, hes somewhat of a project, but a very intriguing one, and not a wild one, like say Andrew Brackman.

          • Angelo

            Yeah. Cote is definitely intriguing. High school prospects with big arms are always nice to have.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Easy to say that after Brackman flamed out.

            Brackman’s potential ceiling was awesome. This scouting report, while interesting, doesn’t read like anything you won’t see out of a bunch of raw HS guys.

            Look at what even the sliver of hope that Brackman was able to develop into anything resembling his ceiling was worth to the Yankees.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Cote is intriguing, but the fact that he’s a “clean slate” is a little overrated. Pitchability isn’t his problem. His walk rate has been very good in both seasons. His problem is that the stuff is good but may not stand up to better pitching (though it could still iimprove).

            • YankeeGrunt

              Better hitting rather, hope that was clear.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Cote’s my personal favorite sleeper, but I think the “clean slate” appeal applies to his stuff as well. He isn’t married to one breaking ball or his mechanics in the same way that a kid from Cali would be. Speaking from experience, he couldn’t have pitched more than 10 HS games a year, although he obviously pitched a lot more in AAU, and kids who throw in the mid-80s are nigh-unhittable in public school leagues in MA. He was a tick up from that in NH, which has an even shorter season than we do, so I’d be pretty surprised if he threw more than a couple breaking balls a game in HS. He had no bad habits and no skills when he came into their system, just raw talent.

  • nycsportzfan

    Surprised no ones brought up Refsnyder. Hes been on a freaking tear at High A Tampa and seems to have figured that level out. Hes hitting 382BA with more BB’s then K’s over his last 10, and even has 15steals for Tampa, and 20plus overall. Hes hitting a solid 290BA overall this yr.

    • Angelo

      Nice prospect, but we’re still not sure if he’ll stick at 2B. If he doesn’t, he’ll end up in the outfield where his value would drop significantly.

      • nycsportzfan

        i gotta admit, i don’t know much about his glove, but as far as his Bat and patience , hes got a chance. He also can steal a few bags.

    • Coolerking101

      Very hard to speak intelligently about Refsnyder. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a streakier hitter. He hit .404/.525 in April, .212/.336 in May, .313/.424 in June, .207/.324 in July and .364/.500 in August! The question is, why does this guy go on such prolonged streaks? Does he have some weird timing mechanism in his swing? Until these questions get answered, it’s really hard to know what to think.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Well what’s anomaly there? .207 could have been a nagging injury, a super slump, adjustments that needed to be made, etc. The others look like a good hitter on a couple of hot streaks.

  • Nick

    What’s wrong with Austin Aune?

  • nycsportzfan

    Yanks signed Mark Reynolds. No more overbay against lefties!

  • Slu

    Heathcott hurt? No way!