DotF: Romine’s big day helps Scranton win

Thursday Night Open Thread
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 5

Chad Jennings had a ton of great minor league stuff today, so make sure you check it out (part one, part two). Here’s the important injury updates:

  • RHP Andrew Bailey (shoulder) is throwing but not off a mound just yet. “He’s a ways away,” said VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. “But we’re going to keep working at it because obviously he could be a big factor for us.”
  • LHP Manny Banuelos (elbow) will gradually be stretched all the way out and throw regular, full starts. He’s working three innings at a time now. The Yankees have him on an innings limit and want to have as many available as possible in case he becomes a factor at the big league level later in the season.
  • OF Tyler Austin (groin), OF Slade Heathcott (knee), RHP Bryan Mitchell (elbow), RHP Danny Burawa (oblique), LHP Francisco Rondon (shoulder) are all about a week away from returning. LHP Fred Lewis (blister) is further away.
  • RHP Ty Hensley (hernia) is scheduled to begin facing hitters next week. Hopefully he’ll be ready when the Rookie GCL Yanks and Short Season Staten Island season start late next month.
  • And finally, C/RF Peter O’Brien was promoted to Double-A Trenton following today’s, according to @Draft2Dynasty. It’ll be interesting to see what position(s) he plays and how often.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Indianapolis)

  • 1B Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB — back-to-back days at first base? hmmm
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1BB, 1 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B — 7-for-22 (.318) with two doubles and a homer in his last six games
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 49 of 84 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches (65%) were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Reading)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • DH Rob Segedin: 4-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — had been in a 7-for-35 (.200) slump
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (catcher interference) — is it just me, or does he have a lot of catcher interferences?
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP — had been in a 5-for-33 (.153)
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 54 of 81 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 11 of 13 pitches were strikes (85%)

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Lakeland)

  • CF Jake Cave & 1B Greg Bird: both 0-4 — Bird struck out and committed a fielding error
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4
  • C Peter O’Brien & Eric Jagielo: both 0-3 — Jagielo struck out
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 6-for-35 (.171) in his last ten games
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 30/13 K/BB in 34.2 innings

Low-A Charleston (6-2 win over Rome)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB — 10-for-21 (.476) with four doubles in his last five games
  • CF Brandon Thomas: 0-3, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB — just off the DL (not sure what was wrong with him)
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — stuck in a 1-for-22 (.045) slump
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-5
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • 2B Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB — eleven strikeouts in his last seven games
  • RHP Luis Severino: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10/3 GB/FB — 33/7 K/BB in 31 innings
Thursday Night Open Thread
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 5
  • Ron

    Severino has jumped Depaula as the pitcher with the highest cealing in the organization .

    • RetroRob


      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Tanaka. ;)

        • RetroRob

          Ron and Rob stand corrected!

          • CS Yankee

            What’s a cealing?

            …and i doubt that Tanaka has one.

  • Yankee$

    Judge better heat up or he’ll wind up on the bench.
    Ba dump bump.

    • Gish

      I object.

    • ALZ

      Yes, getting on base 2/5 times simply doesn’t cut it.

      • Johnny5

        So what you’re saying is that it is ok to have a .400 OPS so long as it is entirely OBP?

  • YankeePankee

    Hi all.
    Can someone fill in the blanks below for me?

    Thinking about the Scranton rotation, say sometime in June…..

    De La Cruz

    No bad. All farm guys. No old retreads.
    Can everyone tell me what each has as best pitches, what velocity do they top out at, etc.?
    How do they project? Is Banuelos the only potential No. 1? Greene a No. 2?

  • Yankee$

    It’s not you. I think that’s 3 Catcher’s Interferenci in like, uh, 4 games no? Are they trying to get him to position himself differently and he hasn’t quite figured it out yet?

  • Yankee$

    Geez I hope Hensley can get a full short season in.

    • ALZ

      was the nature of that pick. If he works out though he could be a real front line starter.

  • Robert

    Congrats to Pete OBrien! Good luck in Trenton!!

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      He’s gonna need to pack his outfield mitt. Maybe O’Brien gets 2-3 games a week behind the plate & they d/h Sanchez during those games to keep him fresh? Maybe Sanchez get a promotion sooner than I expected? Whatever they do, what happens to Sanchez impacts all the other catchers except McCann, so all sorts of possibilities throughout the system.

      Just found out Roller promoted to Scranton so maybe O’Brien and Sanchez platoon at 1b & C. The plot thickens.

  • Martín

    Where’s De Paula?

  • RetroRob

    Envisioning a power bullpen heading into the postseason with Ramirez, Banuelos, Betances and Montgomery supporting D-Rob.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      I think Warren’s staked a claim, & so far, he’s shown he belongs somewhere in that group. Gotta have him somewhere.

      • RetroRob

        Yup. Wasn’t meant to be all inclusive, just a look at how the pen might change to even more power/strikeout guys as the season progresses. Thornton as the lefty will be there, too, and at least one long man, be in Phelps or Nuno, depending on which one keeps his starting job when Pineda returns, with the other heading back to the pen.

        Yet that’s eight relievers, and that’s not including Kelley, so so one or two won’t make it. I haven’t even considered what happens if Aceves pitches well.

        It’s good to have many options. I just like the idea of all those arms who can strikeout batters available during the postseason.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    What would the motivation to try Flores at first be? I don’t see it.

    • Travis Lincoln

      He has played there before, Im thinking he is Tex insurance and it also makes him more versatile.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      To make good use of a 40-man spot. The more positions guys on the farm can play, the better

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Agreed. I’m confused. He’s got exactly the tweener profile to be a starting caliber LF.

      Above average bat, mediocre power, mediocre speed. Great eye for the plate from what I’ve read in reports.

      I want him to succeed.

      • Angelo

        I’m guessing they’re trying to add some versatility to his profile. Should be a useful player in the future.

        The seemingly low ceiling kind of sucks though. Maybe he’ll be better than scouts expect.

    • RetroRob

      It doesn’t appear Flores will be getting too much time at first. Josh Norris just tweeted that Kyle Roller has been promoted to Scranton to make room for O’Brien at Trenton.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Yup, Flores back to the outfield, and Roller and Canzler platoon or fight it out for a/b’s. A lot of pieces throughout the system that could be packaged if the right player(s) &/or deal turned up. If so, hope they can find some quality young starting power arm or two, and maybe a young quality corner outfielder who can pick it & has hitting tools w/some power from the right side. Maybe the corner outfielder is already in the system in Austin or out-of-the-box Segedin? Both probably not ready yet, but hey, you never know. Maybe a guy like Adonis Garcia or Zelous Wheeler slots into the left-field corner spot if the need arises for an extra right-handed bat? Lots of possibilities.

    • Cheval Anonyme

      Flores is a left-handed fielder.

  • Kenny

    When does it become possible, statistically speaking, to begin worrying about Mason Williams as a hitter? I know it’s only been about 50 or so games with Trenton over the past couple of years, but, man, are those B.A. and O.B.P. numbers low.

    • Slugger27

      its already possible, the dude has sucked for like 800 ABs now.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Last year’s All Star Break.

    • qwerty

      Williams is probably just bored.

  • SD Charlie

    In my opinion, it’s fantastic to see all these guys off to hot starts. It’s a great problem to have. Unfortunately, we’ll probably see these kids make the show on another team. I’m probably in the minority, but I was really bummed about the McCann signing. I know it’s all a gamble, but if there was one position that the farm was producing, it was Catcher. I would’ve been totally happy with Cervelli and one of Romine / Murphy to start the season, while continuing to develop Sanchez as the next big thing. Now, Catcher is blocked and we’re saddled with McCann’s contract. Again, just my opinion.