DotF: O’Brien homers twice in Trenton’s blowout win

Mother's Day Open Thread
Teixeira's huge homer goes for naught; Brewers walk-off with 6-5 win

Bunch of notes to pass along:

  • C Gary Sanchez had a closed door meeting with Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin, coach Orlando Mercado, and catching coordinator Julio Mosquero following today’s game, according to Nick Peruffo. They just wanted to iron out some bad catching habits, apparently. “It’s not that he’s doing wrong, it’s just some things that Julio saw in the last couple of days that he wanted to talk to him about, and be a little more emphatic about,” said Franklin. “There is more that goes in to coaching besides going out and tossing them balls all the time.”
  • RHP Chase Whitley was scratched from today’s Triple-A Scranton start for an unknown reason, according to Donnie Collins. Seems like it has something to do with CC Sabathia‘s injury than anything else. If Al Aceves moves into the rotation, Whitley might replace him as the long man.
  • OF Tyler Austin (groin) was activated off the Double-A Trenton DL yesterday. SS Carmen Angelini was placed on the DL with an unknown injury, according to Peruffo. Matt Kardos says RHP Brett Gerritse has joined the Thunder as well.
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow and RHP Stefan Lopez were promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, the River Dogs announced. LHP Rony Bautista has joined Charleston.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Durham in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-5, 2 K
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K — hasn’t hit much here yet
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-5, 1 RBI — walk-off single
  • DH Zelous Wheeler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • LHP Eric Ruth: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 56 of 92 pitches were strikes (61%) … called up from Tampa to make the spot start in place of Whitley
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 14 of 28 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, zeroes, 2/3 GB/FB — 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (55%)

Double-A Trenton Game One (4-3 loss to Reading) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain in the 13th inning

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-6, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — threw a runner out at the plate
  • DH Ben Gamel: 3-6, 2 SB
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 0-6, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-6, 1 R, 2 K, 1 PB
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — first game back from the groin injury
  • RF Peter O’Brien: 1-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — first Double-A homer in his second game at the level
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-6
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1/6 GB/FB — 55 of 77 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — ten of 13 pitches were strikes (77%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (58%) … he pitches today, everyone else yesterday before the rain

Double-A Trenton Game Two (15-0 beatdown of Reading)

  • LF Taylor Dugas: 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI — he now has 13 homers, tying him with Rangers 3B Joey Gallo for the most in the minors … Jose Abreu leads MLB with 3B
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B — nine hits in his lat 17 at-bats (.529)
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 9/2 GB/FB — 59 of 98 pitches were strikes (60%) … that’s his best start since 2012

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off-day.

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Savannah)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first … 7-for-17 (.412) in his last four games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 BB — four walks and two strikeouts in his last four games
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Gosuke Katoh: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 56 of 80 pitches were strikes (70%) … 16/1 K/BB in his lat 18 innings, 30/6 K/BB in 37.2 innings on the season
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)
Mother's Day Open Thread
Teixeira's huge homer goes for naught; Brewers walk-off with 6-5 win
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    OK, really. Can they fix the hole in O’Brien’s bat by the time he gets to the majors? Fuck this “next Shelley Duncan” shit. I’m willing to chip in a couple of bucks for some extra tutoring, if need be.

  • vicki

    the florida state and the eastern are both pitchers’ leagues too, no? go, big pete.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Or the closed door meeting was an assurance that he will still be the everyday catcher despite the O’Brien hot hitting and call-up, or an explanation that he will be catching less and splitting time or playing first or third base. Just hyperboling there a little at the end.

    • Chris

      I’ll accept it for now as just a meeting to correct some things – Sanchez has had a lot of catcher’s interference and passed balls in the past week. Williams probably needs a little talk too.

    • Poconos Adam

      I had not considered the timing…..interesting thought.

      I hope Sanchez’s attitude does not mess up his talent.

    • Brian in MA

      The nice thing about minor league baseball is that its as much developmental as anything else. In college, the coaches aren’t teach you how to be the best pro you can be, they are trying to get as much out of you as possible to win games. Winning isn’t anywhere near as important for minor league teams because they exist to almost exclusively develop players for the major league club. You can give a guy with more upside more time to learn a craft and make mistakes.

  • Chris

    That’s a pretty nice Trenton line-up – Williams, Gamel, Segedin, Austin, O’Brien, Sanchez, Refsnyder, Dugas and Heathcott is supposed to go there.

    • rehobie

      How come Taylor Dugas gets no love?

  • Kenny

    Mason Williams: free fall.

  • Yanks

    Avelino went on the DL, anyone know why?

  • yankeepankee

    Forget Jags Watch.
    Please replace (or add) Pete O.

    • Angelo

      Jagielo has played pretty well too. O’Brien is really showing off that power though.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Yeah, my watch is still on the guy we hope develops into our next third baseman.

  • Hornblower

    O’Brien is getting better. Power hitters in the post-steroid era are increasingly rare. He is a good enough athlete to play several positions. As long as he doesn’t get homer happy he will be fine.

    • vicki

      he’s got Two True Outcomes written all over him, hence the shelley duncan comparison.

      • Dean Travers

        if Shelly Duncan could catch he’d be a valuable player

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Shelley Duncan’s never been able to hit on a consistent basis in the major leagues. I’d doubt that would even help him much.

          • Looser trader droids FotD™

            Did you see our catchers last year?!? :D

            Pretty sure I would’ve welcomed Shelly Duncan into our lineup to replace those guys. I’m too lazy to check his most recent stats but could he have sucked as bad as our C’s last year?

          • hogsmog

            Saltalamacchia hasn’t had too much trouble finding a job these last few years…

        • Angelo

          O’Brien probably won’t be catching if he gets to the big leagues. His defensive evaluations have not been favorable. The bat will have to carry him wherever he plays.

          • vicki

            i think it’s clear his catching days are over.

      • Josh

        Can he do better than .242 with 5 HR’s? That’s what are current DH/4th OF is doing. What’s the difference between him and Soriano if he’s a “all or nothing” at the plate and can catch fly balls?

  • Ghost

    “Mason Williams is the next future superstar” said 2011/2012. Jake Cave is coming for his spot sooner then later.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Said people who paid way too much attention to low-level stats and took projections as gospel.

  • CashmanNinja

    Pretty soon we’ll all just accept that Mason Williams will be a 4th outfielder in the majors — if he’s lucky. He’s got most of the tools, but he’s not hitting worth a lick now. He’s a late innings defensive replacement at this point. It’s kind of sad, but maybe he’ll get back on track before it’s too late.

    • vicki

      his game used to be his speed, but now he’s jacked like adrian peterson. guys like andrew mccutchen make big, strong bodies work for them, but i wonder if the change was too much, too fast.

  • Robert

    Is it time to put Mason Williams in the CC Culver class ? Please tell why not?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      1. Culver carries the “undeserved first round bust” tag. Williams doesn’t.

      2. Culver’s never really hit at any level, while Williams appears more to having his progress be stalled as he moves up. He’s hit before, though.

      3. Cito Culver wishes he had Williams’s raw ability.

      4. I think just about anyone who follows the farm system will agree that Williams stand a hell of a lot better chance of having that lightbulb go off than Cito will.

      • Robert

        Ok I will go with that. If Abe Almonte can play in the majors than Williams can also.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          One has nothing to do with the other. However, I do think someone, perhaps the Yankees, gives him a shot even if he stops looking impressive anywhere above AA. The tools are that enticing.

          Greg Golson comes up for air every few years in the majors, doesn’t he?

  • RetroRob

    So who loses playing time in Trenton when Heathcott is activated? Or is he ticketed for Scranton right away?

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    MLB comparison for Petey at this point? Trumbo?

    • vicki

      mike has made that comp.

      as an argument against moving him to first.

    • Angelo

      I hate comparing prospects to mlb players, but that’s the first guy I think of when looking for a ceiling for O’Brien, which I would gladly take.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Agreed. I’ll take Trumbo as best case scenario anytime.

        • vicki

          i know any success at the major league level is a positive scenario, but mark trumbo is a waste of a 25-man spot for any real contender.

          okay, that was harsh. maybe he could contribute off the bench.

          • bpdelia

            That’s absurd. He may be over rated by some and yes he’s a poor fielder but he’s been a 3 win player each of the last three years with 30+ home run power in a league where power (ESPECIALLY right handed power) is increasingly rare and thus more valuable. Even last season, his worst, with asub 300 obp His power kept him as a valuable player. Not only is he not a bench player he’s a solid to above average regular on any team. Right handed power is a big tool to have. 3, 2.5 and 2.4 WAR makes you a solid every day player on any team. There are a ton of outfielders who are starting on teams who are worse than mark trumbo. I know he’s a guy who is over valued by old time anti stat guys because of the RBI but he’s a good player.

            • vicki

              please. it should be clear from my tone i was being funny. i have dbacks fans in my life and i give them shit about him. it takes no effort.

              but hyperbole aside, i don’t want him on my team. sure, he would’ve been a better backup than overbay last year, but otherwise, yuck. one trick pony.

    • Mike Axisa

      I think that’s the best case scenario. Trumbo has more power (really) and struck out way less often in the minors.

  • Daniel

    I see a lot of Richie Sexson in O’Brien. No walks, crazy power.

  • qwerty

    O’Brien appears to have left every prospect in the dust. His lack of walks and strikeouts is a bit alarming, not as alarming as some of the stats I see from all of the yankee position prospects.