Tampa Yanks win behind dominant Banuelos

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Update: The Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 win over Syracuse)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 4-4, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB — had four hits in his first 27 at-bats of the season (.148)
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-5, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 1 RBI — six hits in his last 12 at-bats
  • DH John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — five hits in his last 16 at-bats (.313) with three doubles
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7/8 GB/FB — 54 of 90 pitches were strikes (60%) … helluva start
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight of eleven pitches were strikes (73%) … 8/1 K/BB in four innings
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76%)

Double-A Trenton (4-2 win over Erie)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — fourth two-hit game in the last eight days
  • DH Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin & C Gary Sanchez: both 2-4, 1 BB — Austin scored a run … Sanchez doubles and struck out
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — homer on the first pitch he sees after starting the season on the DL
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 57 of 94 pitches were strikes (61%)

High-A Tampa (7-3 win over Daytona)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — five hits in his last 17 at-bats (.294) with three doubles
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 PB, 1 (pickoff)
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K — ten walks and seven strikeouts in ten games
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, zeroes, 6 K, 0/1 GB/FB – four hits, one walk, eleven strikeouts in nine scoreless innings so far

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Augusta)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K – still no extra-base hits, weirdly
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-3, 1 K – only 2-for-21 (.095) so far, but only six strikeouts
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 49 of 77 pitches were strikes (64%), plus he picked two runners off first
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  • CountryClub

    Figure one more start in Tampa before bumping Banuelos to AA?

    • And in merrie olde England

      Should be going back to AAA once he shakes the rust off?

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        I’m hoping for the patient route on this one. Make sure he can do what he’s doing now at each level. If he makes 4 or 5 starts like he has at AA, then yeah send him up to AAA. Gives him the time to adjust to the level and, should he show success, he’d have to be the favorite to replace Kuroda (assuming the probable retirement) in the rotation.

        CC-Pineda-Tanaka-Nova-Banuelos in 2015

        Could be pretty great.

        But patience must come first.

        • Bo Knows

          Banuelos will be down in Tampa until the weather is consistently warm up North, Trenton and Scranton are still fairly cool but once it’s warm I bet he’ll be sent almost immediately to AAA

        • Jeff

          fuck patience.

        • forensic

          At the rate they’re going, there’s no way Banuelos will be ready for a rotation spot next year. He’ll be lucky to reach 100 IP this year and his career high (3 years ago) is still less than 130 IP.

          • W.B. Mason Williams

            Good point.

            Of course I think they’re gonna scale up his workload as the year progresses.

            And there’s always Winter Ball.

            • forensic

              People figured they’d up Campos’ workload as the year progresses too, but that didn’t happen. I’m hopeful they will since he’s more advanced than Campos, but it’s hard not to be skeptical of what they’re doing at this point.

              And look how well Campos is advancing, still sitting down in ExST. It just makes their development and 40-man decisions even more frustrating and questionable.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                Campos was a completely different situation. Different part of the elbow wasninjured, and he never had surgery.

              • TNB

                It’s hard not to be skeptical that they’re rehabbing a guy who missed two years and clearly wasn’t ready to P in spring training in a warm weather environment? If they were doing anything else it would be questionable.

                Jose Campos is really a separate discussion, as he had a different injury. There’s a very good chance that he would have been selected in the Rule 5 draft, though, and between his rehab and long-term potential that could have been a bad thing even if he didn’t stick. Very possible that a team like the Marlins or Astros would have made him stick all season to Johan Santana him.

    • ALZ

      He only made it through 3 innings. I would just wait to get through April, Scranton is still regularly getting rain outs. He already played in AA, to me what he needs is just the regular turn in rotation, and stretching out, just because he missed so much time.

      • Can0fer29

        He already played in AA?

        Heck, he was pitching in AAA *THREE* years ago.

  • Paco Dooley

    Good games down on the farm – interesting to see Banuelos in high A and only out for three IP. Gumbs is now hitting over .300 and Culver has a hit in almost every game (but still a low BA). That hi A team is an interesting team to watch.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Banuelos is in Tampa until the weather warms up in the Northeast. They’re going to ease him in but this is still impressive.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    As bad as yesterday’s farm line looked, this one is equally as good.

    Just goes to show how quickly things change, and how much attention I’m devoting to a bunch of kids playing a game.

    All the same, excited am I.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Charleston’s lineup needs to pick it up. Tampa’s is very good and that’s without perhaps their best hitter in Greg Bird. Still a lot to watch on the farm, legit prospects at every level for the first time in a long time.

      • Yanks

        Most of the main prospects on Charleston are extremely young. It’d be nice to see them play better but they are being pushed very aggressively, so some time is needed to adjust.

  • MB923

    Off topic, but Jeter is out of the lineup tonight. With an off day tomorrow and with him out yesterday, I would suspect something is wrong.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    In semi-related news, Hector Noesi has been traded to the Rangers for cash.

    Please Pineda and Campos, make this the most one-sided trade of all time.

    • ALZ

      Meh, you don’t want that. Sure it sounds good if you win everything, but you don’t want to be known for dumping bad players on teams. If Montero works out that just means that he will help take wins away from the A’s and Rangers.

      • Celerino Sanchez

        This is a silly reply. How was trading our best prospect at the time, “dumping” bad players on teams. Besides, isn’t getting the best value you can for the players you have the whole idea of why you make trades? You fill a void and the other team tries to do the same. You make it sound like you’re OK when the Yankees make trades like Tyler Clippard for Jonathan Albeledejo. I think Cashman would like a do over on that one. No way the Nats regret sending us Albeledejo.

        • ALZ

          I’m not saying that you don’t want to win trades. But I don’t think that you should hope for it to be extremely one-sided.

  • Dick M

    Who knows if he’ll make it, but I saw a couple of Flores’ games last year and I just loved the way he prepared/warmed up and carried himself. My instinct tells me he’s got a chance to be good.

  • Mick taylor

    Gil Patterson donea great job with guys like Pineda and betamces . He is a real asset

  • forensic

    I see Banuelos is on the Campos plan. Maybe by the end of the season he’ll be stretched all the way out to 4 innings per start.

    • bonestock94

      It’s April 13th, relax

    • ALZ

      He missed 2 years. He probably on the Pineda plan.

  • Angelo

    Mason Williams looks like he’s ready for a bounce back year. Bichette is looking much better early on as well. Should be interesting to monitor the progression of these two, especially the latter since he’s had two terrible seasons in a row in Low-A.

    Really hope some of the guys in Low-A start making some noise. They seem to be struggling pretty hard to start the year.

  • qwerty

    Nice to see Banuelos back on track. He should cruise in tampa until they promote him to aaa.

  • YankeeGrunt

    I mentioned this elsewhere, but Torrens is such a weird case in that he is very mature defensively at a premium defensive position, a real factor in the running game (runners were 0/2 off of him today, one of the CS was a pickoff where the runner took off), but the bat is lagging way behind. They might stick him there all year despite the struggles (if they continue), the Phillies did that with one of their CF prospects last year, or they could send him back to Staten Island when short-season starts.

    • n0exit

      Baseball America would disagree with you on Torrens’ bat. He makes a lot of contact and doesn’t strike out much. I mentioned his low BABIP yesterday, it was at .200 then. He only started catching 2 years ago when the Yankees insisted he work out as a catcher instead of a SS before signing. He’s no. 10 on this list http://www.baseballamerica.com.....g-reports/

      • TNB

        BABIP is not just a function of luck, especially at such a low level of the minors. The quality of contact is also a big determinant. This is much less the case with mature MLB hitters who are all making fairly hard contact, but for a 17 year old who didn’t hit particularly well in rookie ball and is now in full-season ball it definitely could be the case that he’s just not making hard contact. Or it could be luck. Without watching the games you just can’t say what the cause is in such a small sample.

        I don’t think anyone is saying that Torrens can’t hit, but there’s no doubt his bat lags behind his defense.

        Also, Torrens was a 3B/C prospect, and it wasn’t just the Yankees who thought he was better off at C.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah. I really think there’s a risk of a Tocci like season from Torrens if he doesn’t head down to SI when Short Season ball starts. He just doesn’t have the juice in his bat for full season yet.

      • TNB

        Same as above applies here: can’t tell what kind of “juice” he has in his bat from a small sample of box score stats.

        We’re talking about 21 ABs and 28 PAs. Let’s just say that he’s been robbed of 3 more hits than you would expect from average fielding. He’s be hitting a fairly respectable .238 BA with a .429 OBP. Or he might be hitting nothing but weak grounder. It’s just too small a sample to tell what’s going on from the box score.

      • Bryan

        I disagree. No reason to send him down. He has the eye to handle sally league pitching. His bat is lagging a bit, but the fact that his eye can handle it leaves me to believe he will be there all year.