Avelino has a strong day in Charleston loss

Game Four: TANAKA
Update: Mark Teixeira leaves game with strained right hamstring

Baseball America published a list of the youngest players at each level (no subs. req’d). Who is youngest player in MLB? Bryce Harper, even though he is now in his third big league season. Crazy. OF Ramon Flores is the fourth youngest player in the Triple-A International League, C Gary Sanchez is the sixth youngest in the Double-A Eastern League, and C Luis Torrens and 3B Miguel Andujar are the second and tenth youngest players in the Low-A South Atlantic League, respectively.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. Donnie Collins says RHP Chase Whitley will start the first game, RHP Graham Stoneburner the second game. This will make it each to get both C John Ryan Murphy and C Austin Romine a game behind the plate.

Double-A Trenton (7-3 loss to New Hampshire)

  • OF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 BB — threw a runner out at third
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-5, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 50 of 82 pitches were strikes (61%) … not sure how starting will work for him, but he’s in the rotation because they need some arms early in the season
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Lakeland)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-5, 2 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-5, 2 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB — still searching for his first hit of the season, which he’ll never get because the Prospect Watch has cursed him
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-1, 3 BB — on base five times in eight plate appearances so far
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 24-year-old signed out of independent league last summer, then had a 51/6 K/BB with no homers allowed in 50.1 innings
  • RHP Phil Wetherell: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-3 loss to Augusta)

  • DH Tyler Wade: 0-5, 2 K
  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB — kid is super advanced for a 19-year-old
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K — first pro hit
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB — picked up right where he left off last season
  • RHP Luis Severino: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3/0 GB/FB — not a great outing, but it’s only the first of the season
  • RHP Jaron Long: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7/1 GB/FB — the hitting coach’s kid
Game Four: TANAKA
Update: Mark Teixeira leaves game with strained right hamstring
  • ALZ

    You sure you don’t have Jagielo and Bichette switched?

    • Chip

      I’m pretty sure the world would simply explode if Bichette destroyed Single A at the age of 21. I mean, we had the pre-draft hype of how great he was, the post draft deflation of how the Yankees overdrafted him, the GCL season where he won the MVP and then 2 pathetic seasons at Low A. Maybe he’s just trying to troll obsessive Yankee fans

      • Chris

        bichette is still 4 months younger than jagielo; and he’s already had professional league trials and tribulations. maybe he’s a player after all. and culver too. hopefully we’re in for a healthy year for all and a rebirth of the farm system.

  • Yankee$

    How does one pronounce Bleich?

    • Can0fer29

      My guess would be either Bleak, or the sound that you made when you saw his line (ok, it wasn’t thaaat bad).

    • http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com ColoYank

      “Blyshe” – I think.

    • nycsportzfan

      Its pronounced Bl-ike(as in Ike Davis)

      • Josh Norris

        It’s Blysh. 100 percent certain on that one.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Yet folks still claim that the Yanks don’t promote aggressively enough.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Abe Avelino is clearly ready to be starting at the MLB and Jeets is being selfish and ego driven by not giving up his spot. Clearly.

    • Yanks

      They were super aggressive with hitters this year, which is awesome, but they seem hesitant on pitchers. Unless there were major flaws in camp, I don’t know why a guy like Rony Bautista wouldn’t be in Tampa or Charleston.

  • will

    Katoh is batting 8th heh i guess they agreed the power last year was a fluke? only 2 games, but he’s doing well

    • Preston

      The only non-prospect in the lineup is batting 4th. So who knows why the manager put people where he did.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    It’s good to see Katoh using that speed. He’s reportedly a 70 runner but didn’t do much in the SB dept. last season (4 sb, 2 cs), so 3 SB in 2 games is very encouraging.

  • Chip

    So what’s the best case scenario for Abi? Midseason promotion to Tampa, start next year at Trenton with a shot at coming up in 2016? And I’m talking like hitting stupid well at every level best case scenario of course

    • nycsportzfan

      You never know. He’d have to be super man, but with the need at SS, he could be quickly advanced if he really rakes and plays top notch defense. Not crazy to think we could have 1yr of stop gap next season at SS, and then follow up with Avelino(if he does really really really well)..

      • Angelo

        Yeah, it’s not crazy, but it’s just short of crazy.

    • Yanks

      I would say that if he and Culver do well, they’ll promote Culver to AA, and move Avelino to A+ so Wade can start at Charleston. He’ll only be 20 next year, so AA might be aggressive, but another mid-season promotion would make sense, unless his development takes a huge leap. I’d say he’s got a chance at showing up in the big leagues in September of 2016 if he keeps on his current path.

  • nycsportzfan

    Loving Dante Bichette Jr. playing well! Huge bonus for Yanks if he starts playing like hes supposed to, consistently.

    • Chip

      Like I said, I totally want to live in a world where Culver is a slightly better version of Brendan Ryan and Bichette turns into an above average MLB hitter just to see the collective freakout. I am, however, not convinced that any of the above is likely to happen

  • YankeePankee

    Hi folks,

    Think the Yanks should be aggressive and put prospects in Scranton starting rotation and use just 1 or 2 vets.
    Banuelos and Turley (eventually), Greene, Whitley (who else??) all need to start. Fill in with retread vets (Gordon, Cotham etc..)

    • Chip

      Isn’t that exactly what they’re doing?

      Billings (vet), Stoneburner (semi prospect), Whitley (prospect), Gordon (vet), and TBA. I think Aceves will get that TBA spot when they get him stretched out and Banuelos will grab Gordon or Stoneburner’s spot as soon as the weather warms up

  • Paco Dooley

    Would really love to see this farm system turn it around a bit – get some of those borderline and question-mark players start to perform and push this to a top 10 farm system.

  • Bryan

    I like the way the hitters have looked so far. Very, very nice.