Smith strikes out 13 in Charleston win


Excellent news! lol j/k. Both OF Tyler Austin and C Gary Sanchez are hurt. Details:

  • Austin was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL with a groin strain. He hurt himself stealing a base last night. No word on the severity or how long he will be out. [Mike Ashmore, Josh Norris]
  • Sanchez was held out of today’s game with some kind of hand soreness. Thunder manager Tony Franklin said it was precautionary and he could play tomorrow, but we’ll see. [Nick Peruffo]

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Buffalo)

  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • DH Zoilo Almonte: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K, 1 CS — hit a three-run homer as part of their spirited four-run rally in the ninth, but ultimately they fell just short
  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 26 of 38 pitches were strikes (68%) … with both RHP Bruce Billings and RHP Shane Greene getting called up today, he made the emergency start
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (62%) … 12/4 K/BB in ten innings so far
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (62%) … 14 strikeouts in seven innings at this level

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to Akron)

  • DH Mason Williams: 0-4, 4 K — eek
  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 K — hitting .353/.405/.912 with four doubles and five homers in nine games since coming off the DL
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 K
  • LF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1 Balk, 8/1 GB/FB — 56 of 99 pitches were strikes (57%) … filled up every column
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 16 of 22 pitches were strikes (73%) … 14/4 K/BB in 9.2 innings

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Lakeland, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-5
  • SS Cito Culver & DH Eric Jagielo: both 0-3, 1 BB — Culver struck out twice, Jagielo once
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — seventh homer of the year already
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 2 K — snaps his 13-game hitting streak
  • 1B Zach Wilson: 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — hit the go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth, then the bullpen blew it
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/5 GB/FB — nice bounce back from his disaster five days ago
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — blew his own win

Low-A Charleston (6-0 win over Delmarva)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R
  • DH Michael O’Neill: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB — got picked off first
  • 1B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — came into the game with five hits in his last 28 at-bats (.179)
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 60 of 89 pitches were strikes (67%), plus he picked off first … according to the team, that is the most strikeouts by a River Dogs pitcher since they became a Yankees’ affiliate in 2005
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 27 of 37 pitches were strikes (73%) … wonder if he’ll move into the rotation once guys start getting promoted at midseason
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. nycsportzfan says:

    God, I love Jordan Cote as a sleeper for the Yanks. I’m surprised your not more exicted for him Mike, as if I remember correctly, you were pretty hyped with the pick when we made it, no?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah, but it was what, four years ago now? He was a project pick and he just never developed as hoped.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Hes only 21. Your seeing guys come up at 25-26yrs old now, and hashing out solid careers. I do get his lack of workload at this point is near nothing, but luckily for us, hes still young enough to hit on that potential.

      • Cheval Anonyme says:

        He was drafted shy of three years ago.

      • Samuel says:

        The fact Cote had an ERA below 1.00 for each of his first two seasons in pro ball (albeit in the GCL), says some thing for the kid with very solid K/BB ratios speaks well for him.

        He is continuing the trend in full season ball now.

        Yankees likely will push a kid like this after this first full season. A size of 6’5″ and 215 lbs. doesn’t suck either.

  2. nycsportzfan says:

    Hopefully that 2rib double gives Katoh something to go on, and he starts picking it up. Tough start for the kid.

  3. jdp says:

    I think we’ve seen enough of Shane, and I don’t mean just for tonight.
    Shane, Shane, DON’T COME BACK, Shane.

    • ALZ says:

      Wouldn’t have been as ugly if not for the error. Breslow was awful on the other side, and he is a pretty good reliever.

    • Dante's Inferno says:

      C’mon, man. That’s as myopic as you can possibly get, assuming you’re not being facetious/trolling. 12 pitches and you’ve given up on him? Straight up silly. Seen much better prospects have much worse debuts and come back and have not only solid performances shortly after, but solid to very good careers long-term. He’s a kid who has thrown less than 3 innings this year, while riding the shuttle, making his MLB debut at Fenway on a freezing ass cold night. Don’t be ridiculous.

  4. nycsportzfan says:

    Anyone notice what Tommy Khanles been doing for the Rockies? He’s pitching pretty good. Alot of Yanks prospects showing up around the bigs the past couple yrs. Jimmy Paredes, Abraham Almonte, Tyler Clippard, Zach McCallister, Tommy Khanle, George Kontos, and i’m sure i’m forgetting a couple. Not to mention, the group were using. Are farms been doing pretty well if you ask me.

    • ALZ says:

      Clippard is the only one of that group you listed that I wish we had back. The rest are all scrubs. Kontos is even back at AAA. McAllister is so inconsistent, and averages 5.5 innings a start these last few years when his era actually has looked good, which kills your bullpen.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I’d take Zach McCallister, Tyler Clippard, and Tommy Khanle. But my point was, that alot of the Yanks B prospects are getting chances, and some are turning it into good ML careers.

        Zach McCallister is 3-0 2.28ERA

        Tommy Khanle is 2-0 1.59ERA 11k in 11.1inn… His last outing he pitched 2scoreless with 5k…

        George Kontos has pitched to a 3.51ERA in 105inn with 97k

        Tyler Clippard continues to be good..

        Abe Almonte has only played 41games in the majors, and hasen’t been good in that time, but hes getting a chance, and has had his moments..

        You guys don’t get it, its not a bad thing to see some of are guys doing well around the league. Its actually a good thing, because teams will get a better vibe about are prospects, as opposed to them all dudding out all the time, which I feel was kinda the perception for awhile there.

        • Angelo says:

          Please stop using “are” where you should be using “our.”

          Also, you mentioned a bunch of players who are either okay relievers or bench/AAA players. Clippard is clearly good and McAllister is decent, but other than that the rest could be easily replaced.

          Also, you’re clearly a “the glass is full” kind of guy. To speak positively about what those players have done is just silly. Every team produces MLB players. The quality of those players vary. And the Yankees have produced too little and not enough above average talent in recent years.

          • nycsportzfan says:

            Point is, there getting better at producing some MLB quality players, which only helps the Yanks as a franchise. Its not a glass half full approach to our prospects, just obvious, that our farm system is now producing some quality players. Its not only whats showing up on other teams, but also what is on the Yanks roster right now. Add Brett Gardner, Adam Warren, David Robertson, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, and Dellin Betaces to the list I mentioned, and maybe you can start being just a wee bit more optimistic, no?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      That’s not an impressive bunch, other than the obvious one guy.

    • Mr. Roth says:

      If your point is that the Yankees farm team produced some players that play baseball, then I agree with you.

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      Almonte sucks.

    • Samuel says:

      How many guys you want on the ML staff? 15? Not possible.

      Most of the pitching staff is already home grown with DRob, Betances, Phelps, Warren, Nuno, Nova, and include Pineda if you count prospect for prospect trades. Plus Greene and Mitchell for emergency needs.

      Be happy for what the ML team is currently doing with the kids – that is, finally allowing them an opportunity to play. And most have rewarded the Yankees with solid if not great play so far this season.

  5. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    I saw an article on Cote saying he had been moved to the bullpen. I hope they shift him back, though.

  6. GeneralChaos says:

    Sure glad we didn’t protect Kahnle instead. That 1.59 era he has pales in comparison to Green’s 54.0. In all fairness to Shane, the Yankees have jacked him around for a month and them they threw him to the wolves.

    • cofuzz says:

      Greene’s ERA is 0.00 and his K/9 is 27.

    • lightSABR says:

      Putting him in with a 10-run lead is hardly throwing him to the wolves.

      • GeneralChaos says:

        Yeah, he did great.

        • GeneralChaos says:

          If guess if you’re gonna get your ass handed to you, that’s the best situation. He’d been better off to make the scheduled start in AAA since he’s only pitched 2.2 innings so far this year.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            This part I’d agree with, but we’re not guaranteeing these kids the most optimal situation every time. Sometimes you have to make the best of what’s handed to you.

            Unless you pitch for the Cardinals, where it’s always sunny and the women have three boobs.

    • ALZ says:

      After 10 games? Lets wait a bit longer before declaring disaster. Is all the time that you get a good reliever coming out of nowhere for a bit, and then sucking. Remember Cory Wade?

      • Dante's Inferno says:

        this, this, and THIS. Cory Wade reference, ftw. Wait til the league has seen him a little more. Especially with relievers, who are volatile by nature, you see a lot of guys spit hot fire for a short time before blowing up once the teams have got a better report on them. Not saying he won’t end up making us regret it eventually, but I think its a pretty premature judgment.

    • edrt says:

      Are you for real?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      It’s “oversimplification night” at DOTF tonight. Dollar cans of cans just marked “beer” for everyone.

  7. cofuzz says:

    Is Caleb Smith a legit prospect now?
    They called him up to Trenton last year for a game an he handled it OK if I remember?
    Maybe an under the radar, sneaky good guy?
    What’s he throwing up there?

    • Tags says:

      Read Mikes mailbag today, I asked him about Smith and he said he was his sleeper pick. Big lefty could move up quick.

  8. cofuzz says:

    If Sanchez is hurt, does O’Brien get the call to AA?
    Should he get it anyway as Gary’s caddy and a Leyritz type Swiss Army knife?

  9. Jimmy says:

    Any word on Romine? Is he just injured?

  10. Wayne says:

    Is Bryan Mitchell going to get called up again before his next start!

  11. proday says:

    So is Caleb Smith an actual prospect with a high ceiling or some meh dude who had a big night?

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