Banuelos helps Tampa to Opening Day one-hitter

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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.

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  • Pineda Colada

    !*$%ing prospect watch curse!

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    AWWW SHIT! Cito starting off hot!

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Cito Culver!!!!

  • Richard Leo

    Cito Culver!!!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Sizemore Watch.

  • Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

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

    • Mike Axisa

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

    • forensic

      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.

  • nycsportzfan

    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.

  • JCK

    Yes! DotF is back!

  • John C

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

    • nycsportzfan

      A few to many walks for Enns, but he kept runs off the board, which is most important.

  • pat

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

  • your mom

    Hooray for DOTF!

    • OB/GYN. Kenobi, Jedi bushmaster


      NOW the season has actually started.

  • pat

    Gosuke Katoh is my pet cat this year.

  • Pgoing reston

    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.

    • Preston

      I need to drink less when I post…

      • RetroRob

        Oh, no. Moving forward, you are Pgoing reston.

    • stuckey

      First 2013 DotF false first day extrapolation post!

    • Cheval Anonyme

      Gumbs bites.

  • Jeff


  • Dalek Jeter

    Scott Sizemore.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Officially starting the MAN-BAN 2015 Callup Watch.

    • Joel

      2015? You mean 2014?

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        I’m optimistic, but he’s still got a ways to go. He was basically a AA pitcher when he got hurt.

        • Joel

          I think the conventional wisdom is he’ll be called up this year, but we shall see…

  • Joel

    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”.

    • NCS

      If he leaves it as is, he’ll be eligible for ROY votes every year.

      • forensic

        He’d need to change it to Edinson Volquez for that.

    • Bo Knows

      Personally I’m looking forward for his promotion to AA during team photo day where he will be with Rookie the Bat-dog.

  • nycsportzfan

    Whos the Mike Ford fella?

    • Mike Axisa

      An older guy they signed as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton last summer.

      • Yankee$

        He’s in his 50’s?

      • Yanks

        Ford was the normal age for a junior last year I believe. He’s only 22 and signed at 21. Not that he’s a real prospect or anything

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          He’s younger than Aaron Judge

  • Corporate Luxury Box

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

  • vicki

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

    • OB/GYN. Kenobi, Jedi bushmaster

      And Mets fans everywhere weep.

  • Wayne

    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 ?

  • Naved

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

  • Yankee$

    Ouch Gumbsy.

  • Angelo

    F#%* YEAH! DotF!!

  • Jimmy

    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.

  • rod

    Where is Francisco Rondon at ?

  • will

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

  • The Bronx Empire

    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

      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!!!

  • Tags

    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.