DotF: Manny Banuelos returns to the mound in Trenton’s blowout win

Thursday Night Open Thread
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 11

According to Josh Norris, OF Slade Heathcott‘s knee is bothering him again and he is heading to see the team doctor in New York. He took batting practice yesterday but did not play in the game. Hopefully all of this is precautionary following offseason surgery.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Louisville) they faced old friend RHP Chien-Ming Wang

  • RF Ramon Flores & DH Kyle Roller: both 0-4 — Roller struck out
  • 1B Scott Sizemore: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 12-for-29 (.414) in his last seven games
  • SS Dean Anna: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing) — 6-for-13 (.462) in his last three games
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 56 of 91 pitches were strikes (62%)

Double-A Trenton (12-2 win over Reading)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — left the game in the sixth inning for an unknown reason, though Norris says he is not hurt … benched for not hustling (again) maybe?
  • LF-CF Ben Gamel: 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 11-for-28 (.393) in his last six games
  • 3B-RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — three unintentional walks in his last two games doubles his season total
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 16-for-38 (.421) with four doubles, two triples, and two homers in his last nine games
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB,. 1 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GB/FB — according to Norris, he was sitting 90-92 mph and throwing all his offspeed pitches (cutter, changeup, curveball) after missing two weeks with arm fatigue
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 1 WP, 8/4 GB/FB — just up from High-A Tampa

High-A Tampa (4-0 loss to Bradenton)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 2 K — two strikeouts in each of his last four games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 10/5 GB/FB — just up from Extended Spring Training

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Asheville)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K — he threw runners out at home and third base
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 3 K
  • DH Dustin Fowler: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 44 of 59 pitches were strikes (75%)
Thursday Night Open Thread
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 11
  • Skip

    I’m really on the Robert Refsnyder train. He has dominated the month of May (.340/.370/.583/953) after a slow start. A few more good months and he may be up to AAA by the end of the season.

    Realistically, though, I don’t know if that will happen, because that would be going from High-A ball at the end of 2013 to AAA in the course of 1 season. In any case, I hope he keeps up the good effort; 2B is wide open for him in the future if he continues to be successful.

    • Mucho brazzos

      Starting to board said train. If he can develop to league average by next year, that’d be huge.

    • JohnnyC

      He’s 23 and a 4 year college bat. The only reason he’s not in AAA already is he’s had to learn a new position…which apparently he’s shown great improvement at this season.

      • Bo Knows

        Refsnyder is was a Jr when drafted this is his 3rd year in the Yankees system

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes one of the rare players I actually watched play games at College. From watching him, you’d think he’d be a late 1st rd, 2nd rd talent, and all of a sudden the rankings dropped and hes projected like 3rd-6th range, judging where your looking.

      When I seen him play at St., I actually thought of Pedroia and some of those other Redsox players who weren’t elite athletes or anything but kinda scrappy Paul O’Neill types. Yeah, I hate giving sox props for anything, but thats what there offense reminded me of in there good yrs there.

      I could see a 280-290 15-20 with some steals from time to time, and a good line drive approach and can hit to all fields. Someone who projects as a number 2 type hitter in a lineup, I think.

    • TWTR

      “I’m really on the Robert Refsnyder train.”

      Move over.

    • qwerty

      Refsynder is alright, but he’s no Slade heathcott or Mason Williams.

      • CS Yankee

        Refsynder is alright, but he’s no peanut brittle or lazy susan.

        • waneditor


      • I’m One

        he’s no Slade heathcott or Mason Williams.


    • waneditor

      Refsnyder was 2012 NCAA College World Series MVP as a junior @ the University of Arizona, his last season there. He was a 5th round pick in the 2012 MLB draft, the 187th player selected. In HS, he was a 3-sport athlete and star quarterback @ Laguna Hills (CA) HS, but opted for baseball @ UA.

      I’ve read that one of UA’s top players was the 2nd baseman, so he played OF while there.

      He seems to be a player who rises to the occasion….

  • Mucho brazzos

    Banuelos, nice. Maybe he will stay healthy.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Or pulled because they were up 12-1 at that point.

  • Yan Solo

    DotF Reefer Madness!

  • Jagielo Unchained

    The current aaa second baseman seems pretty strong. Is refsnyder better?

    • YankeeGrunt

      Pirela is a prospect, but a limited one (and, at 24, no longer a young one). His patience is nonexistent and he is very streaky. Refsnyder may be a touch slower but the contact tool is comparable, as is the power, and he is much more patient. The defense is improving and he’s actually a year plus younger than Pirela. So while Pirela could turn into a decent major leaguer I think you find a way to split reps before you let him block Refsnyder.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Actually that’s not really fair on my part. His patience this year has been almost nonexistent, but over the last few years he has been reasonably selective.

    • stuckey

      Assuming you mean Jose Pirela, he spent 3 straight full seasons in Trenton amassing cover 1200 ABs

      • nycsportzfan

        Some guys take longer. I’ve seen situations a guy like Pirela gets traded to a team who wants to give em a chance and he ends up being a pretty good player. Hes the type of guy who I think has continued to get better and might even be a better overall pro, or at least carry similar production to the pros.

        • Mikhel

          During winter league in Venezuela Pirela had a fine season… but that’s all, his defense both in the infield and the outfield looks solid but that’s it.

          • Chip

            Pirela’s bat the last couple of seasons has been pretty strong. If the Yankees decided to give someone other than Brian Roberts a look this year, I hope it would be him.

        • Cheval Anonyme

          I’ve seen 6 year minor league Free agents who suddenly looked like all stars whn they changed teams.

          • I’m One

            It’s not the norm, but it has happened in the recent past. ;-)

    • RetroRob

      Qualifying this with the “I’m no expert” line, but Refsnyder is a legit prospect who is making the transition to second. The guy at AAA, assuming you’re talking about Pirela, is not really a prospect, although he might have some promise as multi-position backup.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      If Refsnyder continues on the pace he’s on, Pirela isn’t exactly going to stand in his way.

  • wilcymoore27

    Bit of a rough patch lately for Aaron Judge.

    • nycsportzfan

      I still think he should be bumped. Hes still got very good overall numbers in 50games at the level, and hes 22yrs old. I would like to see him when hes 23 or 24 at most. I hope they rush him a bit. I honestly think he is a ML player. They just don’t make em like him and not have em make the We’ll be seeing Judge in the pros, mark that down.

  • rainbows

    thsi guy sucks 3 runs scored 2 hits and an rbi but only 1 bb , come on o brien i need more 0-3 with 2 bb games out of you

    • cooolbreeez

      They can’t stop Pete O’Brien, they only hope to contain him.

      • Dick M

        Article on Espn insider has a rival gm calling O’Brien a beast. Says we have the chips to make a deal. Although more likely for a rental like Shields.

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  • Josh

    I hope and pray we trade Mason Williams while he still has some value. I’m tired of reading all his hype and seeing how bad he sucks every game.

  • qwerty

    Mason williams is too talented to hustle. He’s got Robinson Cano disease.

    • cooolbreeez

      Mason Williams is bored.

      And over-rated.

  • 461deep

    Enjoy the weekend RAB Folks. Live near Albany but be in Trenton Sat. to see the Thunder. Will check out Sanchez. Team should do well against the Twins who are a little better this year. Mauer good hitter but for guy 6-5 he has so little power. Looks like Phil will pitch Sunday.

  • marv fan

    How about DBJ? Guys hitting 358BA with a 429OBP over his last 10games and is hitting well over 280BA while driving in runs and hitting for a little power. To me, DBJ has to be one of the bigger pleasant surprises in the Farm System.

    • waneditor

      …this year.

  • Kosmo

    Jairo made it to Scranton. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

  • paco

    I’m surprised to see no comments about Cito – he has had a bit of a hot streak – 14 hits in his last 7 games. Okay, so he is probably never going to develop into a real prospect, but a little success is at least a tiny glimmer…

    • Cheval Anonyme

      Cito teased us late last year… this time he needs to do it for a bit longer.

  • Samuel

    Pete O’Brien is a beast with the bat, swings and misses but really doesn’t chase lots of pitches out of the zone. Some, but not lots. He is a first ball hitting type of guy, and this is the reason for lack of walks…but really who cares when he mashes early strikes?

    Now, pitchers are being carful with him, and O’Brien has walked a few times. He goes after early strikes, which is a good approach and has benefited him well with great power numbers.

    Almost all players produce better numbers when they attack early strikes.

    He has played behind the plate, some outfield, a little third (though not great) and could probably handle first base. With the Yankee upcoming outfield situation in upcoming seasons; ie: Gardner, Ellsbury locked in in left and right fields, with speed an defense but no power, it is a apparent O’Brien is suited for a RF spot, and part time catcher/DH. Basically, put him different places where he will get his four ABs a game.

    The Yankees have no one else in the system now who could conceivably step in a be a solid bat – a right handed power bat. With right handed power very rare in MLB, why would the Yankees want to trade O’Brien?

    The guy was a third round pick out of college, didn’t sign and then a second round pick a year later of the Yankees. It’s not like he was a 13th round pick who has “gotten lucky.” (By the way, Albert Pujols was a 13th round pick.) O’Brien has always been a hitter, and always will be a hitter.

    Why trade a guy like this?

  • Cuso

    I think we all can agree at this point that Solarte will be here next year. I just thought they’d shift him over at his most comfortable position of 2B. Who knows, though. Maybe August of ’15 has Solarte at 3B and Refsnyder at 2B.

    • Cuso

      My original Solarte shift idea was for next year, not this year – to clarify.