Banuelos helps Tampa to Opening Day one-hitter


Sure, the Yankees opened their season in Tuesday, but now the 2014 season is officially underway. The minor league season started today and all four of the team’s full season minor league affiliates were in action. Here are some quick notes before we get to the games.

  • RHP Jose Ramirez (oblique), UTIL Ronnie Mustelier (hamstring), 1B Greg Bird (back), LHP Nik Turley (arm), and RHP Jose Campos (being eased back in) are among those opening the year on the DL. Slade Heathcott (knee) and OF Tyler Austin (wrist) are working their way back after being slowed in camp, like Bird and Campos. They should join their teams soon.
  • Following today’s starter, LHP Manny Banuelos, the High-A Tampa rotation will be LHP Eric Wooten, RHP Rafael DePaula, LHP Daniel Camarena, and RHP Brett Gerritse. Wooten is a former independent baller who had 88 strikeouts, nine walks, and one homer allowed in 90 innings at three levels last season. The rotations for the other levels can be found right here. [Josh Norris]
  • Here is Baseball America’s minor league roster analysis for the AL East, if you’re interested.

Since it’s Opening Day, here are the full lineups and results.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Syracuse)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — led off the game with the team’s first hit of 2014
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 3-3, 1 R, 1 BB — can opt-out of his deal on May 1st
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4 — drove in the first run of the year with a GIDP
  • 1B Russ Canzler: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — he always mashes at Triple-A
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4 — threw out the only runner who attempted a steal … as expected, he’ll get the majority of the playing time behind the plate.
  • CF Adonis Garcia: 0-4
  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at home … very nice Triple-A debut
  • DH Austin Romine: 0-4
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — was drafted as a shortstop and has played a handful of games there each year, so it’s not an entirely new experience to him … SS Carmen Angelini replaced him for defense in the ninth
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/4 GB/FB — picked a runner off first … 53 of 82 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 15 pitches were strikes (53%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76%) … if he continues to throw pitches like this, he’ll be in the big leagues later this year
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/2 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — nine of 13 pitches were strikes (69%) … caps off an excellent day for the bullpen

Double-A Trenton (6-0 loss to New Hampshire) lost to Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez, one of the best pitching prospects in the game

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4 — singled in the third for the Thunder’s first hit of the season
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 1-4, 2 K — missed most of last season with a hip injury
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Zach Wilson: 1-3
  • RF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB
  • 1B Dan Fiorito: 0-3, 2 K
  • SS Ali Castillo: 0-3
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6/0 GB/FB — 49 of 76 pitches were strikes (64%) and Keith Law had his fastball at 93-95 mph, but straight
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GB/FB – 21 of 31 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Cole Kimball: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 10 of 18 pitches were strikes (56%)

High-A Tampa (4-0 win over Lakeland)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B — doubled for the first hit of the team’s season, then scored the first run of the year on a throwing error
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) – the curse of the Prospect Watch!
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — picking up right where he left off in 2013
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — let’s see if he actually turns it around now
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 3 K
  • 1B Rey Nunez: 0-3, 1 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 1-3, 1 2B
  • LF Claudio Custodio: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB — first regular season game action since May 18th, 2012 due to the elbow injuries
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — finishes off the one-hitter

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Augusta)

  • DH Tyler Wade: 0-5, 1 K — drove in their first run of the season with a fifth inning sac fly
  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-5, 1 2b, 1 RBI, 1 K — really looking forward to seeing what he does this season
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-4 — pro debut for the second of last summer’s three first round picks
  • 1B Mike Ford: 3-3, 2 R, 1 BB — singled in the second for their first hit of 2014
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — also looking forward to seeing what he does
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K — not going to lie, I really don’t like him at this level at age 17 after he converted to catching roughly 18 months ago, it’s so aggressive
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — another guy to watch, this team is pretty stacked
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/4 GB/FB — very nice start to the season
  • RHP Cesar Vargas: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Phil Walby: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K

Just in case you’re wondering the Short Season Staten Island and Rookie GCL Yankees seasons open on June 13th and June 20th, respectively.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Pineda Colada says:

    !*$%ing prospect watch curse!

  2. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    AWWW SHIT! Cito starting off hot!

  3. Cheval Anonyme says:

    Cito Culver!!!!

  4. Richard Leo says:

    Cito Culver!!!

  5. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Sizemore Watch.

  6. I checked your other article, has anyone reported where Aceves will start? Is he hurt?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No, still in Extended Spring Training getting stretched out after working as a reliever all spring.

    • forensic says:

      Cashman said they specifically signed him because they needed depth for the AAA rotation after taking all three long-men. Once he’s stretched out he’ll definitely be there.

  7. nycsportzfan says:

    Pete O’Brien wit the blast! Man, Matt Daley has been nothing but dominant for the Yanks since getting him, weather were talking minors, spring training, or cup of coffee with big club.

  8. JCK says:

    Yes! DotF is back!

  9. John C says:

    Dietrich Enns continues to impress. Nice start for Rookie Davis too

  10. pat says:

    You have to be a special brand of awful at short of Carmine Angelini is coming in for defense on your behalf

  11. your mom says:

    Hooray for DOTF!

  12. pat says:

    Gosuke Katoh is my pet cat this year.

  13. Pgoing reston says:

    A lot of positives tonight. Mainly that MiLB is back. But the thing that stuck out to me was Gumbs going 0-4 with 3ks while repeating the level. He was a guy we were really excited about once upon a time.

  14. Jeff says:


  15. Dalek Jeter says:

    Scott Sizemore.

  16. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Officially starting the MAN-BAN 2015 Callup Watch.

  17. Joel says:

    If Rookie Davis makes it to the major leagues and sticks around for a while, I wonder if he’ll change his first name to “Veteran”.

  18. nycsportzfan says:

    Whos the Mike Ford fella?

  19. Corporate Luxury Box says:

    Did a double take when I saw Torrens was on a full season team. Here’s to Abi having a big year!

  20. vicki says:

    right now it sure seems like all the angsting about the big league bullpen was unneccessary. looking pretty deep there.

  21. Wayne says:

    Brady Lail is going to be our best pitching prospect this year I think and he is a keeper. He and Bryan Mitchell I like alot in our minors to have big years and the closest starting pitchers to major leagues that could be dominant.. Wanted to ask in gulf coast this year is Alex Polanco projected to be a starter or reliever? curious about him the most in lower minors ?

  22. Naved says:

    Monty starting where he left off. Here is to him on the major league bullpen this season!

  23. Yankee$ says:

    Ouch Gumbsy.

  24. Angelo says:

    F#%* YEAH! DotF!!

  25. Jimmy says:

    Good to see Ben Gamel getting some time in as Left Guard. Blind side on the pass rush and key guy on a left side sweep.

  26. rod says:

    Where is Francisco Rondon at ?

  27. will says:

    kAtoh ill be watching , we’ll see if he is dante 2.0 and can bring the GCL stuff to A ball

  28. I have to agree about Torrens…I’m a little nervous about how it’s going to go for him this year. Typically teams will not push catching prospects through the minors because it takes a while to really learn how to play that position effectively. Add to that he’s only played the position for 18 months and it doesn’t look like a great idea. That being said, if it works out you’re probably looking at a Top 50-100 overall prospect in the minors, so there is some upside in the aggressive placement. I hope it goes well; he’s my favorite prospect in the system.

    • Wolfgang's Fault says:

      What’s the harm? If he’s over his head, he’s playing ball against better competition & that can only be a plus for a 17 year old kid plus they can always drop him back down a level in June when the shorter season leagues start if he’s struggling by then. If he holds his own, then he belongs there. He’s probably had all the individual attention and extended year long stuff anyway. Now, he’s just gotta get acclimated, continue to grow physically & mentally, stay healthy, hang in there, & play ball. Gotta feeling Torrens is going to be something special!!!

  29. Tags says:

    Was at the Trenton game last night. Mitchell looked awesome the first inning throwing in the 90′s with 2 strike outs, then the wheels game off in the second. He got hit hard and couldn’t throw strikes, with his pitch count around 50 in 2 innings. Sanchez was everything Mike said he kept the Thunder off balance looking like the top prospect he is.

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