River Dogs season ends on Bird’s walk-off single

Yankees clobber White Sox in rain-delayed series opener
Poll: Three options with Hughes and Huff

Triple-A Scranton (13-3 loss to Rochester) their season is over … they finished in fifth place in the North Division at 68-76 and did not qualify for the postseason

  • 1B Brent Lillibridge: 2-4 — I wonder if they’ll clear a 40-man roster spot for him now
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 2 RBI — finished his injury-filled season at .272/.319/.397 with seven homers in 374 plate appearances
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 0.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 44 pitches were strikes (55%) … that’s an unfortunate way to end the season
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 23 of 34 pitches were strikes (68%) … 31-year-old from Queens finished the year with a 74/10 K/BB in 53.1 innings after missing most of 2011 and all of 2012 following shoulder surgery
  • RHP R.J. Baker: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (61%) … because this season wasn’t bad enough, the third string catcher threw three innings out of the bullpen in the final game of the year

Double-A Trenton was rained out. This was the final game of the season, so it will not be made up. They finished in second place in the Eastern Division at 74-67 and will play Binghamton in the best-of-five first round playoff series starting Wednesday. Mike Ashmore says the postseason rotation will be RHP Bryan Mitchell, RHP Mikey O’Brien, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Nik Turley, and RHP Scottie Allen.

Low-A Charleston (1-0 win over Rome, walk-off style) last game of the season … they finished at 75-63 in the Southern Division, good for third place but not a playoff spot

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 CS — finishes the year at .282/.344/.401 with two homers, 18 steals, 40 walks (7.7%), and 110 strikeouts (21.2%)
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — caps off a great season with a walk-off single … he finished the year at .288/.428/.509 with 20 homers, 107 walks (18.7%), and 132 strikeouts (23.0%) … he also led the system in OBP and OPS (min. 300 plate appearances) while finishing third in homers behind 3B Peter O’Brien and 1B Dan Johnson
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-2, 1 K — finishes at .214/.292/.331 with eleven homers, 43 walks (8.8%), and 118 strikeouts (24.3%) after hitting .248/.322/.331 with three homers, 8.4% walks, and 18.0% strikeouts in the same league last year
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 5/5 GB/FB — 34 of 47 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP Derek Varnadore: 4 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/0 GB/FB — 28 of 38 pitches were strikes (74%) to finish off the one-hitter … he and Davis threw 85 total pitches in nine innings … think the other team was eager to get the season over with?

Short Season Staten Island‘s game was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the fourth. Their season ends Wednesday, so they’ll make it up sometime between now and then (probably tomorrow). Here’s the box score.

The High-A Tampa and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over.

Yankees clobber White Sox in rain-delayed series opener
Poll: Three options with Hughes and Huff
  • forensic

    Wow, that’s quite a line for Cotham.

  • Preston

    I’m excited to see Jake Cave and Greg Bird at High A next season.

    • nycsportzfan

      Agreed! I cant wait to see all the bigger boppers in the system next yr. I’m talking Bird, Segedin, O’Brien, and Roller. And i’m definetly a caveman!

      • YankeeGrunt

        Segedin’s career high in HRs is 10, and he’ll be 25 in a couple months. Not sure he’s in that weight class.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    I’d rather have Musty up than Lillibridge, myself.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I don’t think you’ll see Lillibridge again unless there’s additional 60-day DL guys who haven’t been moved over. He’d probably be the first guy DFA’d after the season anyway.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He’d have to be added to the roster before he could be DFA’d.
        That he’s expendable and would be DFA’d immediately after the season is one reason I think he might get a callup – if they can easily create a roster spot.

  • Curtis

    Bichette bounces back next year and re-establishes himself as a prospect!

    /last one still remaining on the DBJr bandwagon
    //I don’t care I don’t care I don’t care

    • Betty Lizard

      (Climbs on wagon)

    • viridiana

      Last one remaining on the Cito bandwagon looks pretty good right now. Anyone to claim?

      • Curtis

        I never got off the Cito express! People ripping on them is why I root extra hard for those two

        • Betty Lizard

          Me too. The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives . . . .

        • Brian in MA

          Always wanted to see him do well. not sure if lucky or good in High-A or was facing diminished competition as call-ups were made, but he definitely finished his season on a high note.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Fuck it. I’ll climb on board.

        • forensic


  • YankeeFan

    Mike, what do you think the Yankees do with Nik Turley? I know you don’t appear to be his biggest fan but in his 3 seasons of full-season ball, he has averaged nearly a K per inning and much less than a hit per inning. His walks did spike this year but also like the fact that he appears to be limiting the HRs (I know pitchers’ parks) and is getting out lefties very successfully. No question I can see a team pluck and stash him in the bullpen even as a lefty specialist to start just to keep him on the 25-man for the season.

    I still believe Turley can be a legitimate mid to back-end guy, if the reports of his uptick in velocity are true.

    • YankeeFan

      Or am I completely wrong and he’s already on the 40-man?

      • forensic

        He is already on the 40-man. He was added last offseason when he was rule 5 eligible.

      • 28 this year

        Yea and next year, he’s probably somewhere around 8th starter on the depth chart although that could fluctuate based on who the Yankees sign. But without any signees, it probably goes something like Sabathia, Nova, Phelps, Pineda, Huff (maybe?), Warren, Marshall, Turley with some guys I probably forget and whatever happens in terms of signees/trades. Obviously, people will be brought in but Turley is knocking on the door and will probably see some time next year.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Do we still have rights to Huff next season?

          • forensic

            According to BR, next season is his first arb eligible year.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              I don’t think he got enough service time this season to be arbitration eligible.
              I believe he’d still be pre-arb, fwiw.

              • forensic

                You’re probably right, since I guess he would’ve needed 178 days this year to reach 3 years (assuming I’m thinking about what he would need correctly), and he certainly didn’t get that with his minor league time both in Cleveland and NY.

  • viridiana

    Fo Kahnle and Burawa have to be protected this year?

    • viridiana

      *Do* Kahnle etc……..

    • forensic

      Based on a quick look, it does appear that both would be rule 5 eligible this offseason.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Kahnle at least could probably stick somewhere, too.

        Not sure he’s worth the roster spot, though.

        • Yanks

          Yeah, he’s got a monster fastball but other than that, he’s not as exciting as a guy like Montgomery who has two plus pitches.

        • RetroRob

          Too much arm and success to not keep. They’ll find a spot for him.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Adonis Garcia managed to ground into a triple play. Ouch.

  • Wayne

    Tommy kahnle is way better prospect than Mark Montgomery! He has a way better delivery an much moré potential. Remember Mariano basically got outs with one pitch the cutter. Plus Montgomery has gotten hurt And has a worst delivery that is too violent in my eyes. Kahnle is very compact in his delivery. I also like Chase Whitley Alot mor and has had the best season clearly Out of all of our relievers in minors. Whitley, Kahle and Claireborne are three guys that Have or will contribute in the near future plus you Have Robertson as your closer. I would trade Montgomery see what you can get for him. Look at the teams in nl who could use a reliever. Maybe you get a Pablo Sandoval type player or Cody whats his name who won with san francisco who gets hot in the playoffs!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You couldn’t even get Pedro Sandoval’s sister for Mark Montgomery.


    • CS Yankee

      The questionable thing with monty is why he was chosen to go to AFL after throwing 70+ innings in the minors last year.

      The lack of attention to ManBan’s injury last season also looks bad as it cost him another year of development.

      Hopefully they have made adjustments beyond just firing staff.

  • Wayne

    What type of year has buruwa had not sure whether to protect him? I haven’t followed him. You gorra protect whitley And kahnle as far as relievers Go along with Claireborne as far as our young relievers go. If you Can only choose one moré player between Kahnle And Montgomery on who to protect gun to your head you leave Montgomery unprotected!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Montgomery doesn’t need to be protected.

  • ropeadope

    Derek Varnadore …. he and Davis threw 85 total pitches in nine innings …. think the other team was eager to get the season over with?

    It’s a long, long trip back to Rome (4865 miles as the crow flies).


  • CS Yankee

    Thought if DBJ finished strong he would start high-A and Jag would start low-A in 2014 and he didn’t own up to Tampa they would change them mid-season or so…that ain’t happening.

    No way thats happening now, DBJ may want to look at Real Estate in Charleston this off-season.

    Hope he finds the lightswitch.