Judge, Severino have big days in Charleston win

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Thoughts following the off-day

RHP Bryan Mitchell was named the Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Not a bad week for him. He struck out 12 in six innings on Monday, turned 23 on Saturday, got called up to the big leagues on Sunday, and was named Pitcher of the Week today. That one day in the show gave him a $41,000 raise for the year. Not bad. (h/t Andy in Sunny Daytona)

According to Josh Norris, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman said OF Slade Heathcott (knee) and 1B Greg Bird (back) are about two weeks from returning while RHP Danny Burawa (unknown) and LHP Nik Turley (arm) are still a ways off. No word on RHP Ty Hensley (hernia), RHP Jose Campos (taking it easy), and RHP Jose Ramirez (oblique).

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Corban Joseph, 3B Russ Canzler & CF Adonis Garcia: all 1-4 — CoJo drove in a run and struck out … Canzler struck out and committed a fielding error … Garcia scored a run
  • RF Ramon Flores, LF Zoilo Almonte & C Austin Romine: all 0-3, 1 BB — Zoilo stole a base … Flores and Romine both struck out once
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — first two walks of the season
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 48 of 70 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 28 of 43 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-2 win over Akron)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 BB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4
  • 3B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — third base again
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 54 of 88 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61%) … ten strikeouts in eight innings

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Brevard County)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — ten hits in his last 20 at-bats (that’s good)
  • SS Cito Culver & C Peter O’Brien: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — Culver scored a run
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 1-4
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 1 R — 14 hits in his last 29 at-bats (that’s also good)
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 K —16-for-43 (.372) during his 11-game hitting streak
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 10/3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over Lakewood)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS — quietly 10-for-27 (.370) in his last six games
  • DH Aaron Judge: 2-2, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB — Keith Law was the game and said the triple was off the center field wall 400 feet away … he also took some batting practice video
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 HBP
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K — scored the go-ahead run in the ninth on a walk, sac bunt, error, passed ball
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing) — some batting practice video from Law
  • C Eduardo de Oleo: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI,1 PB — dingered in some insurance runs in the ninth
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 7/1 GB/FB — Law said he “topped out 95, plus changeup
  • RHP Jaron Long: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB — his father was at the game, in case you were wondering what the hitting coach did with his off- day
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Thoughts following the off-day
  • Naved

    Monty to the majors movement

  • Bryan

    Couple more outings like this from Severino will push my excitement to the irrational stage.

  • Angelo

    It was only a matter of time before Judge started getting some extra base hits. Avelino is still my favorite prospect on that team, but if Judge starts hitting bombs with great frequency that might change.

    Still… (I <3 Avelino.)

    • ALZ

      More excited to see if Judge can live up to his potential. Don’t discount the strong defensive shortstop that can actually hit though.

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    Good to see some Ks for Monty.

    • nycsportzfan

      Montgomery, Bichette, Austin.etc Lots of goodies tonight.

      • lightSABR

        Six months ago, who would have predicted that Bichette would be one of the names we’d watch again?

        Here are his batting lines for this season and the last two.

        2012 (low-A): .248/.322/.331 (84 wRC+)
        2013 (low-A): .214/.292/.331 (82 wRC+, with an awful 24.5% strikeout rate)
        2014 (high-A): .347/.500/.531 (202 wRC+, with a 24.2% BB rate, in 66 PA)

        Obviously it’s not going to last – his .421 BABIP is going to fall, in particular – but it’s still awesome to see a struggling youngster get promoted to the next level and suddenly remember how to play ball.

        • Looser trade droids Kenobi FotD™

          You didn’t post it and I’m too lazy to look it up, but it seems that his K rate is not only down this year but dramatically so. It’s like he eats a box of plate discipline for breakfast every morning.

          • lightSABR

            Here are his career K rates:

            2011 (GCL and SI Yanks): 17.4%
            2012 (low-A Charleston): 18.0%
            2013 (low-A Charleston): 24.5%
            2014 (high-A Tampa): 15.7%

            So, last year was the outlier on K rates, not this year, though this year is a slight improvement over career norms, and done while facing better pitching. It’ll be interesting to see if the number moves as he gets more PA.

        • Samuel

          Bichette finally stopped allowing his father to interfere in his hitting. Or the Yankees told daddy to take a hike. One of the two.

  • ALZ

    Really nice to see Judge heating up, that now pushes his ops over 0.800.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’m so glad we protected Jose Campos this off-season when we actually had 80 40-man spots to hand out.

    Good to see Judge really starting to show a bit o what we think he could be.

    • ALZ

      I’d rather just protect him, because wouldn’t be surprised if team like Astros just got his 90 days of service time in sometime, and dl him the rest. I’d rather give him the spot than to really care about the group of revolving players.

      • Looser trade droids Kenobi FotD™

        But you have to admit that we’ve had to employ some less than optimal moves due to the 40 man set up. Not saying they were debilitating, just sub optimal. The question is whether (keeping) the value of a Campos or the like is > the “ideal” 40 man roster move would be.

  • Yanks 47

    Bullpen on july 1.

    CL robertson
    SU Kelley
    7 Montgomery
    MR Thornton
    MR Warren
    MR Betances
    LR Phelps

    Not bad, young 2

  • Yanks 47

    Anyone have any updates on Heathcott, jose ramirez, campos or bird?

    • forensic

      Did you read Mike’s 2nd paragraph?

  • forensic

    The Jose Campos saga just never ceases to amaze me.

  • TWTR

    Mitchell may force his way into the NYY’s rotation this season.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I admit I maligned Bichette as much as the next guy…

    How many PAs of this performance do we need before he starts to get some shine back? 300? 400? Make a believer out of me, Dante.

    • ALZ

      Probably 300. He was so bad for several years.

      • Pineda Colada

        Several? Lol he hasn’t been in our system for several years yet…

        • ALZ

          He has been useless since 2011.

          • Pineda Colada

            Uhhh the same 2011 where he batted 350 over almost 60 games and 200 PA while winning the MVP? Yea his last 2 years were downright awful but let’s not pretend he’s been in our system for 5 yrs doing jack shit….I’m as down on him as the next guy but I’d be happy to see him have some sustained success regardless and who knows maybe he adds some hope back to his prospect status

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              GCL stats mean nothing. Look at Katoh right now.

              • Phil

                Katoh is 19 playing in low A for a few weeks and you’re ready to give up on him?

                • Cool Lester Smooth

                  No, I’m not ready to give up on him. He’s just evidence that GCL stats don’t prove anything, because he’s been completely overwhelmed in Low-A despite dominating the GCL.

                  He’ll likely be fine longterm, but he really needs some time in SI.

      • Looser trade droids Kenobi FotD™

        He was bad for 2 years, so I’d need a full season, meaning all of this year, to really be a believer. He obviously won’t keep his current pace, and I’d settle for a wRC+ north of….125(?), which is far below where he is at this moment.

    • Pineda Colada

      He has to cross all the circles of hell before dante is out of the Inferno

      • Looser trade droids Kenobi FotD™

        Nicely done. Dan Brown is proud. Also, your high school English teacher.

      • lightSABR

        In other news, the Yankees AAA affiliate has been moved from Scranton to Mount Purgatory. New strength conditioning exercises will include crawling in circles with a boulder on your back.

    • TWTR

      Even if he ultimately develops, it was likely an overdraft.

      • Bo Knows

        If he hits and plays well it won’t be an overdraft, interesting though is that his struggles coincided with when his father took up the hitting coach job with the Rockies, and his reemergence coincides with his father leaving that job citing “The call of my family”

        • n0exit

          It is interesting, he’s been seen filming at bats at most of his games. But that makes me wonder why the Yankee coaches weren’t able to get him to fix his swing.

          • Looser trade droids Kenobi FotD™

            Nothing like papa.

        • TWTR

          An overdraft is taking a player in a round or round position earlier than was necessary to select him. That was the case with Bicbette according to all reporting. So if he plays well, it would be great, but they still probably could have waited a round or two or three.

          • Bo Knows

            That’s your opinion, if Bichette was someone the team liked at that spot then he isn’t an overdraft, just because baseball america says it does not make it true. If he hits he was drafted exactly where he needed to be, if he doesn’t then he is.

            By your logic, Mike Trout is an overdraft because he was not a projected 1st rounder when drafted. Does that also mean guys like Bubba Starling who sucks, wasn’t an overdraft, because everyone thought he was a top 10 pick?

      • Ghost

        “Even if he ultimately develops”….into a quality big leaguer, then that would technically not make it an overdraft at all.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Not really. He was well within the range of reasonable selections where he was picked.

        He was the 51st overall draft pick. That’s a mid-second in this year’s draft. Most mid-second rounders don’t do anything.

      • Havok9120

        Meh. That’s not provable in any way.

        If we’d used a first rounder for the guy, that’d be terrible. But it was the 51st pick. In a year where there’s no first rounder, I’m fine with the team using their judgement and getting a kid they really like. There really aren’t any “consensus” type players left after about 40 picks.

  • nycsportzfan

    What kinda player does Judge project to be? If everything went right, Dave Winfield type?

    • http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com ColoYank

      Too dang early for comps like that, but you have to love the nickname: Aaron “Zoom Out” Judge.

    • I’m One

      I think that’s pretty much the type of player he might project to be. Becasue of size and athleticism, Winfield and Giancarlo Stanton have been thrown around. I guess I’d be happy if he approached either of those 2. :-)

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      While Judge may resemble Winfield in physical stature, I’m sure no one is projecting him to be a 1st ballot HOFer with 3,000 hits and 465 HRs.

  • Paco Dooley

    The system seems to have had a lot of guys to get excited about in Charleston, but as they progress up the levels their luster fades – let’s hope the system can graduate some top quality talent to AAA in the next few years!

  • dalelama

    The lack of quality in our farm system is depressing…long, hard times ahead. Not a serious high quality position player in the lot.

    • Tanaka is my Shidoshi (Formerly Electric Nunez ll)

      You know what is terribly depressing? Your trolling is losing its luster, and that is a shame since you won’t reach your potential in that regard.

      A-Rod out of the picture must be hard to deal with. You better pick it up a notch if you don’t want to be DFA’d… Claimed by the Astros boards as a troll will be a downer…

  • Robert

    Who gets the promo to Trenton 1st Bichette or Jagielo ?

    • Bo Knows

      If Bichette keeps hitting like this or close to this for another 20-30 games; he needs to be promoted. Guy is hitting like Barry Bonds right now

      • Bryan

        I wouldn’t. Maybe move him up at the tail end of the year but I would let him stick in high A for most of 14. This is his first time hitting well in a long time. He needs to prove he can keep it up over the long run.

        • Bo Knows

          30 games would put him at roughly one third of the season, if he is still north of 310 with a 400obp there is nothing thats going to be shown with him staying down in Tampa, also it’s not as flukey as we make it out to be, the swing is tangibly different, and its obvious his father being around to help him maintain his swing, has been a big help for him.

          • ALZ

            He spent 2 years being awful before this year. I doubt they push him up before most of the season is gone. He will also have cold spots, and he needs to learn to adjust to all that. I don’t see a reason to push him up to AA, just give him time and make sure he is ready.

          • Preston

            Let’s not completely buy into a .429 BABIP. His walk rate is hugely impressive and his Ks are way down, that’s great. But given that right handed power was his calling card you’d like to see him post a higher ISO. He’s only 21. He doesn’t need to be on the fast track yet.

  • will

    I think that’s still 2 months away

  • ChrisS

    It’s too bad that the Yankees don’t have a few extra 40-man spots. It’d be fantastic to see Venditte in pinstripes as a lifetime achievement award for continuing to put up numbers in the minors and, I’m not gonna lie, seeing the novelty of a switch pitcher in the show.

  • John C

    Judge’s swing reminds me of Juan Gonzalez. Nice easy swing, a little out in front, but the ball really explodes off his bat. What happened to Burawa? Didn’t say what injury he suffered. I think Campos’s elbow was flaring up again, last I heard. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him headed for TJ surgery. Katoh looks totally overmatched at this level. He will probably have to go to S.I when Short season ball starts.

    • Bryan

      It’s nice but long. He will strike out a good amount as he moves up. But if he has the power people expect, I will gladly accept the strikeouts.

    • Samuel

      I was at last night’s Charleston game. Judge’s swing is not as long as I originally thought – and I didn’t see Law’s video until just now.

      What Judge does have is an extremely strong strike zone discipline. His 8th inning walk saw him take five straight pitches, (S, S, B, B, B) then hack at 3 or 4 strikes/close pitches, before drawing the walk.

      He will not swing unless it is the pitch he is looking for. Ball three in above PA was very close.

      Avelino has weird fielding mechanics (backing up, bad feet), but handles the ball OK, then winds up and fires. Great arm, but wildly inconsistent. No two arm angles were same and no two throws were at same spot to first baseman.