Jun
20

DotF: GCL season opens with a pair of wins

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The Yankees have released 1B Russ Canzler, according to Donnie Collins. There was some thought he could help as a righty platoon bat, but he didn’t hit in Triple-A and lost playing time once 1B Kyle Roller was promoted.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — first game back
  • RF Zoilo Almonte & 3B Scott Sizemore: both 0-4, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles and a triple
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — Triple-A debut
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 28 of 47 pitches were strikes (60%) … left the game after being hit in the arm by a comebacker
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67%) … hmm, efficient

Double-A Trenton (8-5 win over New Hampshire)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 CS — heating up
  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI — tripled in two runs in the eighth inning
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — not having a great year, but he has eight homers in 57 games this year after hitting 15 in 117 games last year, so almost exactly the same pace
  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 9/5 GB/FB – 50 of 81 pitches were strikes (62%)

High-A Tampa (7-1 loss to Lakeland)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 3 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-2, 2 BB — 8-for-19 (.421) in his last five games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5/0 GB/FB — not a terrible High-A debut … 78/16 K/BB in 72.1 innings this year
  • LHP Ramon Benjamin: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (6-1 loss to Kannapolis)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 2-3, 1 2B — 13-for-40 (.325) with four doubles, one triple, two homers, five walks, and six strikeouts in his last ten games
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — ten walks and seven strikeouts in his last ten games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB — 16-for-37 (.432) with six doubles, two triples, and two homers in his last nine games
  • DH Gosuke Katoh: 0-4, 2 K
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 50 of 81 pitches were strikes (62%)

Short Season Staten Island (3-0 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • CF Collin Slaybaugh: 0-4, 3 K
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 K
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-3, 1 K
  • RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (4-3 win over GCL Pirates in 13 innings) since it’s Opening Day, here is the full lineup and results

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 2-6, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB — 18-year-old might be the top prospect on the team … the scouting reports are pretty exciting
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 1-6, 1 RBI, 1 K — received an over-slot bonus as the team’s 20th round pick last year and singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI – got picked off first … played eight innings as he rehabs from an unknown injury
  • PH-2B Ryan Lindemuth: 0-2, 1 K
  • PH-2B Miguel Mojica: 0-1, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-2 — played five innings as he rehabs from a shoulder injury
  • PH-1B Dalton Smith: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Alex Palma: 1-5 — signed for $800k back in 2012
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 0-5, 1 K — pro debut for the 16-year-old, who signed for $1.4M last summer
  • DH Bryan Cuevas: 1-5, 1 R, 1 SB
  • 1B-C Alvaro Noriega: 1-5, 1 R
  • LF Kendall Coleman: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Dominic Jose: 0-1, 1 K
  • RHP Simon De La Rosa: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3/0 GB/FB — signed for only $50k back in 2012
  • LHP Orby Taveras: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 6/2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — another $50k guy
  • RHP Dayton Dawe: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 15th rounder in 2012 is a bit of a sleeper
  • RHP Reynaldo Polanco: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB
  • RHP Gean Batista: 3.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/4 GB/FB — spent the last four seasons in the Dominican Summer League

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (5-4 win over GCL Tigers, walk-off style) with all due respect to these guys, the GCL Yanks1 squad is the one with all the really interesting prospects

  • 2B Junior Valera: 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
  • C Jesus Aparicio: 0-3, 1 K — got picked off second
  • PH-C Rainiero Coa: 0-0, 2 BB
  • SS Angel Aguilar: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 1B R.J. Johnson: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single
  • 3B Allen Valerio: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • DH Jake Hernandez: 0-4, 2 K – was highly regarded out of high school, but didn’t develop as expected at USC and signed as an undrafted free agent a few weeks ago
  • LF Anderson Feliz: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — played seven innings as he rehabs from an unknown injury
  • LF Frank Frias: 1-1 — signed for only $7,500 last year
  • RF Wilmer Romero: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — was a high-profile prospect who signed for $657k back in 2010, then he had a big growth spurt and lost all his athleticism … such are the risks of signing 16-year-olds
  • CF Jose Augusto Figueroa: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — GCL homers are rare!
  • PH-CF Jordan Barnes: 0-2, 1 K
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 6-foot-7 righty has a huge arm and is one of the system’s top sleepers
  • RHP David Rodriguez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
  • RHP Jonathan Padilla: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 3/0 GB/FB
  • LHP Abel Mora: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — the Yankees signed the NYC native back in October 2012
Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Paisa

    Some really exciting names on those GCL teams….

    • Yanks

      The GCL Yankees1 are so much more exciting. After Acevedo, Frias, and Foley, and maybe a few others, the GCL Yankees2 don’t have the same star power. Yankees1 has Hensley, Mateo, DeCarr, Lindgren, Montgomery, Bridges, Molina, Palma, De La Rosa, etc.

      • Paisa

        Don’t sleep on Jake Hernandez either. The dude is severely talented. He was just one of many victims who got caught in the black hole that is now the USC baseball program.

  • Bo Knows

    Severino left the game with one man on, the reliever allowed that one to score before getting out the inning

  • yankeepankee

    Folks,

    Yasmani Tomas, Cuban star, young (23) now a free ageent.
    Righty power hitters tough to find now in baseball.
    Do we go all out and get him or do we pull another possible Puig (as a hitter) and pass????
    Who can provide more info on Tomas?
    It’s only money and money spent is exempt from MLB’s international spending limitations, even after the rules become tighter on July 2 (at that point, the amount of pro experience needed for exemption jumps from three years to five years).

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-cuba.html

    Thanks.

    • Yanks

      Sounds like he isn’t nearly as good as Puig or the other highly touted ones. Huge power but holes in his swing and not a great athlete. Might be worth a look, but doesn’t sound can’t-miss at all.

    • n0exit

      Can everyone please stop getting amped about all these Cubans? Not everyone is puig. He’s a once in a generation type guy. The other Cubans in the majors haven’t been that great. Everyone knows abreu has a big hole inside in his swing but he does put away mistakes and the leagues caught up to cespedes. This kid struck out quite a bit in the Cuban league and struggled against the US team. And for god’s sake stop saying its just money, money is finite even the dodgers have a budget. Money spent on this guy is money not spent elsewhere on someone who might be better.

      • Paisa

        Cespedes is laughing at you all the way to the bank with his 266/315/513 line.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Right. Puig is the only one I really wish they had gotten so much in hindsight. And people were hyping up Cespedes earlier here. Stop making it sound like he is a bargain. .266/.315/.513 he is putting up this year, that’s really nothing to whine we missed out on, not to mention you have to factor in he could have busted too.

        • Paisa

          This is 2014, not 2001. I would gladly take that triple slash, as would every team in baseball.

          • n0exit

            Cespedes is good Carlos Beltran with more strikeouts, lower avg and a shit load more risk. He’s nothing special.

            • Paisa

              Dude has been one of the top 50 hitters in the game over the past 2 years. That’s “special” enough for me.

        • n0exit

          Puig was such a high risk guy and at the time everyone, even the dodgers thought he was an overpay. You’d have to have huge balls to beat the dodgers offer.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Yeah, dude! Cespedes only has a 130 wRC+! That’s only 30th in the MLB!

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Cespedes’ 130 wRC+ would lead Yankee OF’s by a wide margin.
          His 2.2 fWAR and 2.6 bWAR would both lead all Yankee position players.
          And he’s a huge bargain on a 4/$36M deal.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Yeah, he’s been as good as Teixeira offensively this season.

          • n0exit

            Its easy to say that now but he could easily have been a bust. He plays average defense (its only average because of his unreal arm) strikes out a ton and you have no idea exactly how old he is. You don’t know how he’s going to react to moving country’s. Its not like he came with some guarantee that goes going to be above avg. The amount of risk for the reward isn’t worth it. He’s just good, the Yankees have players who could play as well as him with less risk but they just haven’t worked out so far.

            • Paisa

              You make some valid points. But the Yankees have the financials where they can afford to possibly make mistakes on risks like that. It’s their advantage over the rest of baseball and they should flex that muscle when they have the opportunity to do so.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Don’t be ignorant. We know exactly how old Cespedes is. His mother was a major Cuban softball player.

        • Not an ace

          Yeah .247 ISO’s just grow on trees.

      • nycsportzfan

        Abreu hit a remarkable HR against Tim Hudson on a 0-2 count the other day. The pitch damn near would of almost hit his back ankle had he not swung and to even get it fair would of been a miracle, and Abreu hit it out and fair by a mile. Hes unreal.

        • n0exit

          Up until recently abreu had a 36% hr/fb. Not sustainable.

      • forensic

        And for god’s sake stop saying its just money, money is finite even the dodgers have a budget.

        Thank you! That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with so many people here.

        • Paisa

          I just flat out disagree. The Yankees are more financially dominant than the dodgers let alone relative to the rest of baseball. They have a number of bad contacts on the payroll already between arod, tex, cc, etc and yet they’re still comfortable committing to half a billion in free agent signings. How much damage could a puig/cespedes-esque contact really inflict?

          • forensic

            If they don’t work out the contracts the can inflict plenty of damage. It’s not the same disaster potential as an Ellsbury contract, obviously, but they could still fail and just continue the circle of tied up money, inflexibility, and a lack of incoming impact prospects because they’re getting traded for more big money older contracts, etc.

            • Paisa

              If they haven’t reached that point yet, with all the money they have tied up now, then where does that point really exist? I guess you could highlight the whole cano affair but I tend to believe that that had more to do with some odd personal animosity between the 2 parties than the money that was at stake.

              Certainly there’s some point where it becomes unsustainable. But the length of contacts are just as finite as money is and they’ve shown that they can withstand that cycle of adding payroll while remainingin contentionand remainingflexible financially for 10 years now. So why not take the risk on a free agent who is just entering prime years even if the unknowns are greater?

              • Paisa

                Of course it all depends on how you feel about the player.

              • n0exit

                This is completely wrong, on a per year basis the Yankees are spending less money then ever before when you adjust for inflation. They want to spend even less. The scatter gun approach with major leaguers is reckless. You can’t expect them to risk 9m/yr on a completely unknown quantity who plays average defense and strikes out heaps. Contracts for established major leaguers are completely different and carry much less performance risk. To say the Yankees can afford it is a meaningless statement, its about the best risk reward tradeoff. The Yankees will never risk a complete bust as a key off season acquisition especially when the best he’s going to be is ~4 war. It’s all about value, 15m/yr for Beltran is much better value in terms of risk-reward. If your point is why don’t they sign both then my counter is why don’t they just sign every free agent ever?

                • Paisa

                  “Certainly there’s some point where it becomes unsustainable. ”

                  They don’t sign every few agent ever because there is obviously a point where that becomes unfeasible. My point is that a 4 year 36million dollar or a 7 year 42 million dollar contract hinders this team at the extreme minimum if at all.

                  • Paisa

                    Again, this undoubtedly hinges on how you’ve scouted the actual player.

          • Preston

            The only way to guarantee that the Yankees can’t compete is to spend gobs of money on players who deliver no value. As much as the FA market is a dice roll, the IFA market is worse. The Yankees can afford to overpay. They just can’t afford to give money away.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Keep hearing it is just money, but that’s money that can’t be spent other places, so it’s not like they should just sign him because.

    • Kevin G.

      I know nothing of this guy and offer no opinion on whether or not we should sign him, but if we were to sign him would this count against our international free agent cap (lol) or would he be a true free agent (I’m assuming so, considering Puig was as well).

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        True free agent.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There are only two classes of Cuban:

      1. Puig
      2. Tilapia

      There is no in between.

      This is starting to sound just downright ignorant.

  • YankeeFan

    Funny to hear Paulie talking about Judge on the broadcast this evening, speaking about how big he is in person when he went to see his nephew play. Sad is the fact that Kay seemed to have no clue who he was. Shouldn’t he have a better clue of the farm system, especially recent high-profiled picks considering he is the play-by-play guy?

    • n0exit

      To be honest I don’t think so. Judge was a late first round pick last year who’s in A-ball and has never been to big league spring training. He wasn’t really at the top of rankings and so given that he is expected to know a bit about the majors league teams and watch a lot of MLB games he probably doesn’t really have time to read dotf.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        As a Yankees guy though I think he should at least know a few of the top prospects. I don’t expect him to know about Ben Gamel or Tyler Wade, but don’t think it would be too much to at least know the name of couple of the guys that are tearing up the minors and could help the team somewhat in the future. Know Judge, Refsnyder, and Sanchez and that’s adequate.

        • Not an ace

          Sanchez hasn’t been good since 2012.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Is what someone who doesn’t understand positional value or age-relative-to-league would say.

            • Not an ace

              He’s no Blake Swihart

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Can name random minor leaguers around baseball. Doesn’t understand baseball.

                I hate the Internet.

          • entonces

            False. A 21 yr old in AA on pace to hit 15 HRs is very good.

        • n0exit

          I would agree but judge has been playing in the system for 3 months. You can’t expect him to follow every new guy on his upswing.

        • nycsportzfan

          Im sure Kay called the game that Judge took BP with the big club in Oakland last yr and supposedly Judge put on a show. How in the world did he not hear about em that day or even meet em?

          • forensic

            Kay doesn’t often do the Oakland games, and many times they’re preparing for the games during BP. Also, maybe he heard about it then but god forbid forgot in the last year.

            Eric Duncan put on a show in YS in BP after being drafted. Doing that doesn’t suddenly mean everyone in some way affiliated with the Yankees needs to follow him that closely, or even at all until a later time.

            • marv fan

              The entire team was talking about it that day. And on top of that, its not like Judge has done nothing to this point. I completely disagree with you. Go listen to a Redsox game, they’ll talk about prospects in LowA ball who have promise.

        • forensic

          Refsnyder is in AAA and has been a hot name this year while Sanchez is in AA and has been their top prospect for a few years now. That’s not close to the same thing as Judge who is in the single-A levels and has played for about 3 months in the system.

    • Tom K

      It would be nice, but is it required? Not really – he is there to call the team he sees on the field. YES has a staff that will feed Kay all of the information he needs if/when Judge makes it to Yankee Stadium.

      • Yankee$

        Sure he is paid to call the game, but a big part of calling that game is to provide key analysis on all things Yankee. I think he should know the farm system at least as well as I do. I guess he doesn’t read RAB or Baseball America.

    • forensic

      Eh, Judge is still way down the affiliate ladder and has only played for about 2-3 months. Some of the AAA guys, such as a Refsnyder or the first in line to fill-in for an injury kind of guys, sure, but not somebody still playing in the single-A levels.

      Just because people here get obsessed (way too much, in my opinion, but to each their own) with the shiny new toys and possible big numbers at the way lower levels doesn’t mean the Yankees announcers need to know them until they show up in ST or maybe make a splash like Refsnyder kind of is.

  • Kevin G.

    Feels weird seeing former All-Star closer Heath Bell in the minor leagues. Talk about a humbling experience.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Why you don’t give relievers big money on long term deals. They come and go so fast, we just don’t realize it because we had Mo closing all these years.

  • Tommy knows

    Yankeefan wake up stop being judge mental

    • waneditor

      +1

  • Kenny

    I’m in Scranton for the next two games. Definitely trying to get a good report on Refsnyder and Dugas. Also hoping to see Venditte pitch. Plus Sunday is autograph day which is pretty awesome.

    • blbdad

      Kenny – the best thing about being in SWB for the next two games is that you should be guaranteed not to see Heath Bell. I was at Fri night’s game, and it was as brutal as the line says. unable to retire four AAA batters, and throwing a half-game’s worth of pitches in the process. the only saving grace with an ugly blown save like this, is that it should safely eliminate any consideration for a return to the bigs. unless, of course, the Mets want him back -!

  • nycsportzfan

    The Yanks are freaking loaded with players in there farm system if you ask me. They might not have 2or3 top 20 guys, but the overall amount of players that are worthy of prospect status is tremendous and with so many quality players, some of em will come through. Even guys like Manny Banuelos and Tyler Austin whos stock have been hurt by injury are still alittle lucky healthy streak away from being a step away from the bigs, and we don’t even really think about them much..

    Some guys who are having bad yrs are starting to turn them around and who knows by seasons end, could also be back in the eyes of fans. Talking bout guys like Mason Williams, Mike Oneill for starters. You got Refsnyder, Murphy, Sanchez, Judge, O’Brien, Bird(big yr last yr and coming around nicely lately), Cave, Gamel(both gamel and cave could be Gardy types), Lail, Severino, and CLarkin(for 1st yr in higher class then expected) all doing well. You got Jagielo and Avelino both injured , who will be back soon, I hope…etc

    I could go on and on mentioning Hensley coming into the Fold, and sleepers like Mike Ford having huge yr, but you get the point. Even DBJ is doing enough to keep a eye on.

    And were gonna go big in the international FA signing period.

    Its a good time to be a fan of the Yankees.

    • nycsportzfan

      Not to mention what guys like Warren, Betances, and Whitley are doing for the big league club right now.

    • forensic

      I think your head might explode if you were a fan of an organization that had one of the top ranked farms, especially if it had high level guys instead of guys who are still years away where plenty could still go wrong.

      • nycsportzfan

        I keep tabs with other teams prospects. Its not as glamorous as you think man. The Yanks haven’t made many trades in the past few yrs and just got 3 1st rd picks a yr ago, spend as they want in the international FA period, and have quite a few HS kids that would be higher ranked had they gone to school mixed in there system. Lail,Fowler,Bird,Cave, and Gamel just to name some.

        I guarantee you the Yankees system is ranked in the top 10-15 going into next yr, assuming they don’t make a couple blockbuster trades from now till then.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Another two outfielders from the 2013 draft I’m excited about is: 1) 19 y.o. Kendall Coleman, hits/throws L/L, 6’4″ 190 Lbs (at the time he was drafted) from Rockwall, TX high school, and Jordan Barnes, hits & throws R/R w/a lot of ability. Barnes is built like a rock at 5’11”, 180 (at the time he was drafted), but it’s Coleman that makes my heart go all aflutter. Coleman’s a kid who needs to play every freaking day. I think he’s still learning how to play this game, but once he puts it together, & I’m betting he does, he could blossom into a star. Totally legit prospect!!! I agree w/you, nyc, they have a very deep system, but if there’s one area that’s still thin, it’s upside starting pitching arms, unless & until some of the 2013/2014 class & F/A signees prove otherwise. No question there are a lot of exciting pieces throughout the system.

      • nycsportzfan

        Just take Dellin for example. Had he gone to Vandy(I think it was Vandy?), he’d probably of been a 1st or 2nd rd pick. Its not as cut and dry as where you pick depends on your farm system. And yes I realize some rules have changed since Betances was drafted, but the Yanks still no how to get the HS kids to stay away from college. Pretty sure they got Garrett Cave to stay away this yr, no?

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m so excited about Ty Hensleys debut! Watching Hensley, Clarkin, Lail, and Severino over the next few yrs as they work there way toward the boogie down is gonna be alot of fun.

  • nycsportzfan

    One thing I don’t get about young international kids that we get super super young and when they come in you expect em to take along time progressively getting better till they become a fully developed player is, alot of times it happens but by that time, there prospect status has lost its luster.

    I’m thinking about Jose Pirela in this case. He was like 18yrs old when he debuted for us in 07 and hes grown throughout his career and developed well , getting past all the learning curves, and now hes 24yrs old and probably fully developed, but we don’t even think about em as a prospect. Its strange to me. Its not like hes ever been terrible. Hes grown physically over the yrs and honed his craft, and now you’d think hes ready to help but in reality, hes really not even thought of as a prospect. I don’t get it?

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Actually, I think Pirella’s year has opened a lot of eyes throughout baseball. Yankee fans have a hard-on for Refsnyder, & probably justified, but Pirella’s bat, if nothing else, has garnered attention throughout a lot of organizations in need of players who can hit. For the moment, think of him as a poor man’s Mookie Betts. If Pirella could learn one thing from watching/playing against Betts (Pawtucket 2b now playing the outfield due to Pedroia in Beantown — sound familiar?), it would be command the hitting zone the way Betts does. No two players are the same, of course, but to greater (Betts) and/or lesser (Pirella) degrees, it feels like both these players are ML ready hitters awaiting an opening or opportunity somewhere.

      • forensic

        ‘Poor man’s Betts’ would seem to be extremely generous to me.

        Pirela currently has a career high .810 OPS and US high .363 OBP at age 24 in AAA while Betts has a second lowest of his career .850 OPS at age 21 in AAA (so far, SSS) after putting up a near 1.000 OPS in AA with well over .400 OBP’s the last couple of years. As for ‘commanding the hitting zone’ Pirela K’s far more than he walks while Betts has generally walked a good bit more than he’s K’d. Reversing that isn’t exactly something you commonly just learn in your mid-20’s at AAA.

        Personally, they don’t seem to be in very similar situations to me at all.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Don’t disagree w/you that Betts is the more desirable prospect, & he’s three years younger to boot. W/ Scranton playing Pawtucket last night (this entire weekend actually), I thought it was an interesting moment in time to consider the matchup of the respective team’s leadoff hitters, & so it caught my attention. I didn’t intend to minimize Betts career or prospect status, & if it came across that way, my bad. I do believe, though, that Betts’ extraordinary numbers don’t negate the progress or potential of Pirella either. Your point about the BB/K rates of both is valid but do note that while Pirella hasn’t walked nearly as often as Betts, he doesn’t K much more than Betts either. At 24, Pirella (obviously this applies to Mookie as well) still has some growing and refining of his game that can take place, & his size, at 5’11” 210 Lbs. would suggest there might be more power in that body to tap than has been readily apparent up to this point. Should that become the case, Pirella becomes a very desirable player indeed, & won’t need to be called a poor man in comparison w/anyone. Just being Jose Pirella will be good enough. As for Betts, The Bosox are rumored to be close to bringing him up any day now, so should that be the case, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get our first big league look at him.

    • renzostew

      Iagree with you about Pirela would got a big bonus when he signed and is now coming along and is ready for second base.Pirela played short-stop in the beginning so he can handle second base,

  • vicki

    rough night for cousin eric, but i’m happy to see him back on the bump.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I can’t believe the name “Simon De La Rosa” was mentioned on a DOTF and we didn’t get ten Wayne comments in response. He was supposed to be our fifth starter in Wayne’s World already.

    Yeah, some nice names on those GCL teams.

    • Angelo

      Spoke too soon. You got one Wayne response. But he thinks Domingo Acevedo could be the best Yankee starting pitching prospect ever.

  • Wayne

    Simon DeLaRosa and Domingo Acevedo another pair of starter pitching prospects to keep an eye on.
    If they are not traded they could be well known in our farm system after this year.
    Simon is suppose to have a prett good delivery and we got him pretty cheap.
    Don’t know how much we paíd for Domingo but if he is a legit starter he could end up being our best starting pitching
    prospect ever but i want to see him pitch before making a judgement because mechanically he has to hold up and he is big and tall so it is harder to repeat your delivery for a starter ala Betances but we will see!!!!