Tampa Yankees end their season with a win

Sunday Night Open Thread
Bullpen grabs defeat from jaws of victory in series finale against Orioles

More roster moves as Double-A Trenton gears up for their playoff drive: IF Ali Castillo, RHP Taylor Garrison, and RHP Branden Pinder have all been promoted from High-A Tampa to the Thunder according to Nicholas Flammia. LHP Caleb Smith was sent the other way to clear a roster spot.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Rochester)

  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4 — 17 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.378) with five doubles and two homers
  • RHP Sam Demel: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (58%), plus he picked a runner off first … very quietly has a 65/23 K/BB in 52.1 innings

Double-A Trenton (9-4 win over Portland) no CF Mason Williams today after he left yesterday’s game for an unknown reason, but he has not (yet) been placed on the DL

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — career-high fourth homer … that lack of power is why he’s not considered a better prospect; he’s a bit of a ‘tweener
  • DH Ramon Flores: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 12-for-25 (.480) with two doubles, two triples, one homer, four walks, and two strikeouts in his last six games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — 27 doubles and 15 homers in 117 games this year after 29 doubles and 18 homers in 116 games last year
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 7-for-14 with two doubles in four total games since coming back from the wrist injury
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — 60 of 98 pitches were strikes (61%) … finishes the regular season with a 3.88 ERA and a 141/76 K/BB in a career-high 145 innings
  • RHP Charley Short: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 14 of 29 pitches were strikes (48%) … 11/13 K/BB in his last 7.1 innings
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — ten pitches, six strikes

High-A Tampa (9-6 win over Lakeland) this was the final game of their season … they finished in last place of the North Division at 58-78 and did not qualify for the postseason (duh)

  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-5, 1 R — finishes the year at .285/.405/.339 with two homers, 64 walks, 39 strikeouts (!), and 17 steals in 28 attempts (61%) … I suppose they could send him to Trenton for the playoffs if Williams will be out a while, but there’s no indication that will actually happen
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — finishes at .248/.322/.362 with a career-high nine homers, though remember, this is his first year hitting right-handed exclusively … the uptick is power is encouraging, if nothing else
  • 1B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — finishes at .293/.413/.413 with six homers, 84 walks, 82 strikeouts, and 23 steals in 29 attempts (79%)
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-5 — finishes at .291/.350/.544 with the most doubles (39) and homers (22) in the system
  • RHP Erick Canela: 2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GB/FB — up from the GCL to help the pitching staff … safe to say he wasn’t ready for this level

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HBP
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff) — up to 107 walks, one fewer than Joey Votto for the most in all of baseball
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 6/1 GB/FB — 60 of 89 pitches were strikes (67%) … 51/6 K/BB in 50.1 innings for the former independent leaguers

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 win over Hudson Valley)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Tim Giel: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GB/FB — undrafted free agent out of Columbia has a 20/4 K/BB and a 54% ground ball rate in 20.2 innings since signing

The season is over for both Rookie GCL Yanks affiliates.

Sunday Night Open Thread
Bullpen grabs defeat from jaws of victory in series finale against Orioles
  • Richard Leo

    we have two tweeners in 2A right now. Gamel and Flores.

  • Wayne

    Will Nik Turley and Shane Greene and Jose Ramirez be protected from rule 5 draft ? Is Rafael Depaula eligible for rule 5 draft? Would not protect Brett.Marshall !

    • Richard Leo

      Rafael Depaula is no way eligible for rule 5 draft

      • Harold

        Who do you think they will protect this year? Slade Gary and Whitley are definitely getting protected. but what about Kahnle Burawa Mitchell nuding greene Cotham pirela segedin roller Flores Turley rondon and Ramirez. they are all up for the 40 man. 40 man is thin with infielders but Yankees don’t have upper level depth at any position in the infield. A lot of bullpen arms that the Yankees need to choose from m

        • Richard Leo

          in fact i never check out who is eligible for rule 5 draft.if your information is correct, i will protect Slade Gary Whitley Flores Turley Ramirez and Greene.

          • forensic

            1. I wouldn’t trust his list. For example, I don’t see how Sanchez would be eligible this offseason. He signed young and has only played 4 seasons. I haven’t bothered checking the rest of them (though some are certainly eligible).

            2. Hypothetically if they were all eligible, you’re really going to protect all those guys? Is there some double-secret 60-man roster I don’t know about?

    • Yanks

      Turley and Ramirez are protected. DePaula has only been in the system two years so no.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Marshall is already on the 40-man (and on the Yanks now, incidentally), so he is not Rule 5-eligible (the Rule 5 draft is for guys not on the 40-man roster).

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      De Paula is very far away from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Don’t feed the troll. Same monicker, same garbage.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Is he a troll, though, or just a genuine goofball?

        • YankeeGrunt

          Troll. The mix of names and tidbits that only someone who paid attention would know and the flat out asininity of someone just trying to stir things up.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Isn’t he always Wayne, though?

  • Sam

    I didn’t even know Cito culver started hitting only righty I thought he was still switch hitting this whole time. (0_0)

  • Sam

    I thought Cito culver this whole time was switch hitting I didn’t know they made him only hit righty now.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Sanchez already has 15 home runs? haha

  • Jimmy

    Was at the Thunder game. Sanchez hit a bomb over the replica green monster in Portland. One of Gamel’s doubles hit just under the yellow line in right and was originally ruled a home run. Reegie Corona also hit a home run and a double that just missed going over the monster. Austin throwing out the runner at home was more a nice play by Sanchez(looked like Austin rushed the throw and it rolled about 5 feet away from the plate on the first base side. Sanchez got the ball and dove to tag out the runner). Turley was dealing at first but then started getting hit. His HBPs were back to back and if i remember correctly both were on two strike counts. Good (but very long) game.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Ben Gamel’s season slugging % would have doubled if it stayed gone! All kidding aside, he’s an interesting kid. His walk rate has improved markedly this year, as has his SB success rate. May not have the highest ceiling of our OF prospects but he’s a decent bet to reach his.

      • Richard Leo

        power development is very very important for him

      • Mac

        Gamel isn’t a slap hitter. He just doesn’t have much power for a corner OFer.

        He actually tied for the Tampa team lead in 2Bs this season (in 20 fewer games at the level than Refsnyder who he was tied with). Obviously someone like Sanchez or O’Brien hit fewer 2Bs because he was hitting more HRs, so I’m not trying to say he was a big power hitter on their team. His .124 ISO was respectable enough but obviously not a power hitter. The point is that he’s not a slap hitter and some of those 2Bs may start to turn into HRs as he matures. He’s only 21.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Exactly. Brett Gardner without the steals isn’t a starter, but he’s a very useful 4th OF.

        • forensic

          Well, if Mike was right when he wrote:

          his defensive value in the corner outfield figures to be small

          then he’s not Brett Gardner without the steals, he’s Brett Gardner without the steals and without the elite defense (especially in CF), which (IMO) makes him not even a major leaguer.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Eh, Brett Gardner is a league average offensive player. A guy with a 100-ish wRC+, +5 defense in the corners and -5 defense in CF is an excellent 4th OF.

  • Old Kinderhook

    Late post to yesterday’s DOTF re Saturday night’s SI Yankees game:

    Saw the SI Yankees vs HV Renegades game at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls last night [Saturday night]. Nice place to see a ballgame. Friendly, good-natured crowd who support their Renegades, even though most of them are Yankee fans.

    Some notes about Yankee prospects:
    ABI AVELINO: Nice surprise seeing him in there! Didn’t get much action at SS, but showed plus range on one play up the middle. He went far to his left, fielded the ball at least 5 steps to the right of second on the outfield grass, did a spin move and threw a strong strike to first to beat a reasonably fast runner by half a step.

    He must have been working on his bunting, because he bunted into outs twice, once right back to the pitcher and once on a foul pop to the catcher (who made a really outstanding diving catch on it). Also hit two grounders up the middle and walked. Looked like he wanted to steal when he finally got to first base, but there was a lefty pitcher who was paying close attention and threw over multiple times.

    CHAZ HEBERT: Showed poise and polish but fits the description of a “crafty lefty” as opposed to a “can’t miss prospect.” (Think Nuno, not Banuelos.) Dominated the Renegades for first 5 innings with good sharp breaking pitches and off-speed stuff. Got into a little jam in the 6th, but still looked poised and minimized the damage, which could have really gotten out of control. Fastball maxed out at 87 on the stadium gun (but can’t vouch for its accuracy).

    PHIL WALBY: Looked like a scary guy to face. Threw hard with lots of effort (stadium gun had him consistently at 93, which was the fastest it registered all night with anyone). Wilder than “conveniently wild.” Only credited with 2 wild pitches because they don’t count the ones that come with no one on base.

    ANDY BERESFORD: Big guy (6’7?), but has a smooth, easy delivery. Threw strikes. Pleasant change after Walby.

    ERIC JAGIELO: Had a quiet game… a nice line-drive single to right, a walk, an rbi ground-out. Looked comfortable at the plate.

    YEICOK CALDERONE: The stadium announcer pronounced it “Yie-Sock.” Second time I have seen him play with this team, and he compares favorably in presence and power with Jagielo. This guy is a ballplayer.

    PAULIE’S NEPHEW MIKE: Plays a nice outfield (was in center last night, looked good in left previously). If you can’t say anything nice about a guy, say the opposite about somebody else.

    BUBBA JONES: Not a big thumper of a first baseman — maybe thump will come as he fills out and gets used to pro ball — but he gets timely hits and does not appear overmatched, clueless, or planless.

    DEREK TOADVINE: Looks very good at 2nd, and also looked good at the plate both times I have seen him. Apparently he saves it for when I’m at the games.

    Had a 90 minute drive home, so I left the game after the 9th. Missed out on all the free baseball, the 12th inning fireworks, and the actual fireworks display afterward.

    Getting old sucks.

    • kenthadley

      Good report. Thanks, O K. Always enjoy the first hand reports that folks put up here. Most of us never see these guys play.

  • viridiana

    Excellent day for sleepers and tweeners like Flores, Gamel, Refsnyder, Culver and Dugas. A couple of these guys have elevated their prospect status with strong finishes.

    • Electric Nunez ll

      I actually have some hope for Culver, and put a bit more stock in his SSS at Tampa than I would otherwise. Those last few weeks promotions to a higher level for prospects seem much like September call-ups to the Bigs, where the numbers put up don’t mean much.

      I would submit that Cito giving up switch hitting maybe a bigger transition for most than someone taking up switch hitting for the first time, esp. for a guy now batting exclusively as a RHB. Now, most of his AB’s are from a heretofore foreign position, same side batter vs. pitcher, and obviously one usually worse split-wise for most batters. So it wouldn’t surprise me if it took the better part of a year (or more) to really adjust and see a real net benefit over dropping the weaker side for hitting, and is just now seeing the results. He already is seeing some more power, though of course physical maturity also helps there.

      So I’m guardedly optimistic the SSS is indicative of something more permanent and that he may eventually hit enough for his position, where the bar is lower than other position except maybe catcher. Plus hitting High-A at 20 ain’t exactly too old…

      That’s the rose-colored view of it, anyway…

      • Dante’s Inferno

        this, this and this. guardedly optimistic is a perfect evaluation of how I feel about him too. SS can often be looked at similarly to catcher (though not at the same level); the defensive responsibilities often precede development at the plate. Very curious to see what happens next year.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Yeah, this year definitely makes him look like a potential utility man in the bigs. That’s not a bad outcome at all for a guy drafted at the end of the first round.