DotF: Judge homers in third straight game

Game 56: Robbie's Back, Again
Mariners finish off rain postponed sweep, beat Yankees 10-2

The video above is OF Mason Williams making a ridiculous catch after slipping in the outfield during yesterday’s game. He might not be hitting much this year, but Williams is an outstanding defender and one of the very best in the all the minors. Here are some notes:

  • OF Ramon Flores, IF Dean Anna, and RHP Diego Moreno were all placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, according to Donnie Collins. Flores has an ankle injury and will miss a month or so. Not sure what’s wrong with the other two. C Jose Gil, IF Carmen Angelini, and LHP Francisco Rondon were bumped up to replace them.
  • According to his Twitter feed, RHP Gabe Encinas pitched in an Extended Spring Training game today. He made seven starts for Low-A Charleston last year before blowing out his elbow and needing Tommy John surgery. Encinas is one of the hardest throwers and best sleeper prospects in the organization.
  • IF Jose Pirela and 2B Rob Refsnyder were named the Triple-A International League and Double-A Eastern League Offensive Players of the Week, respectively. Meanwhile, RHP Jaron Long was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Congrats to all.

Triple-A Scranton‘s box score and game log seem to be broken after a lengthy rain delay. I’m not going to wait around any longer. Here is the link if you want to check it out yourself.

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off-day.

High-A Tampa (8-2 win over Fort Myers)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-6, 4 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-5, 1 2B — had been in a 2-for-22 (.091) slump
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/7 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-6 loss to Hickory)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — three straight games with a homer … 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles, a triple, and three homers in his last six games, so the power’s a comin’
  • 3B Miguel Andujar & CF Dustin Fowler: both 0-4, 3 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — second homer in his last ten games
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 6/0 GB/FB — had three walks in his previous 34 innings (0.79 BB/9)
Game 56: Robbie's Back, Again
Mariners finish off rain postponed sweep, beat Yankees 10-2
  • Sean

    Any word on when Jagielo is coming back for his injury?

  • wilcymoore27

    Good for Judge. We need some power hitters in this organization.

    • I’m One

      Based on stats (haven’t seen him play), it looks like Judge is ready to move up.

      • Preston

        I saw him play a couple of weeks ago. He lined a double of the center field wall and hit a line drive that basically made the third baseman duck, and then drew an intentional walk in the 9th. The thing is he doesn’t look like a guy who’s 6’7″, usually guys that tall are gangly, awkward or at the very least muscle bound. He is a fluid athlete and if you didn’t see him standing next to other players you would think he was 6’1″ or so.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Kendrick is intriguing. Might just be another in a long line of back-end prospects, but there could be more there. And a back-end prospect is still worth following.

    • zs190

      Senior sign, throws in the high 80’s with average offspeed stuff and mostly gets by through deception. Usually these guys are not major leaguers but can be good org players that you can move around.

      • YankeeGrunt

        It’s a tick faster than that, though apparently not much, but as a lefty topping out at 91-92 isn’t necessary a dealbreaker. And he wasn’t a senior sign, he won’t turn 22 until August (JUCO and then one year at Auburn).

  • Pro

    When is o’brien going to start getting some time at first base. He doesn’t have a true position right now and he cant be worse than anybody else we have thrown out there to back up tex.

    • ALZ

      He should be. 1B and RF are going to be his best chance make this team next year.

  • nycsportzfan

    And for the 4th straight day i’ll say, move Judge up. Like a broken record, hes 22yrs old all ready. Hes proven enough at this level. With prospects like him, I think you try to be right on it when they are ready and not wait long. Slumps happen. Then all of a sudden he has a slump and hes stuck at this level longer, when its just hes a human who goes cold sometimes. We get it, he can handle this level with no problem. You can still get a good part of the Tampa season under his belt now. That means with any lucky he can reach Trenton rather early next yr, if not to start the yr. This guys gonna be a good pro. He just looks the part, and has the all around skill set, with a college pedigree of a really good baseball player.

    • I’m One

      I agree. Hoping the move comes soon. They should be aggressive with this kid. He’s not some 19 year old.

    • ALZ

      Is probably anytime now. They set Jagielo lower levels for about 200 PA, and now Judge is right around that level.

      • nycsportzfan

        If you could keep only one of Eric Jagielo or Aaron Judge, who do you keep?

        • ALZ

          Judge. Judge had a legit chance of being top 25 prospect if he put it together, and he has so far. Jagielo I think was the safer choice, not as high ceiling, but still very solid player.

    • Rick in Philly

      Judge will probably move up in a few weeks post-SAL all-star game. That’s normally the point where you see a lot of guys moving up.

  • nycsportzfan

    Some Pirela love baby! Give the kid a chance! What do we have to lose with this offense right now?

    • nycsportzfan

      By the way Pirela is 2-3 2RBI right now and Scrantons up 5-2 in the 4th.

      Also why not see if Kyle Roller can bring some power to the team? One of Pirela or Roller should be brought up to try and spark the offense. And start using Zoilo alittle bit more. I mean, hes done well in limited opp’s, give him a chance with slightly increased playing time. I’d love to see Solarte in the 6hole followed by Zoilo in the 7 hole. I think that’d work out really well personally.

      • nycsportzfan

        Roller might not be great defensively but he probably won’t be much worse if any then Kelly Johnson’s been at 1st. And not just talking errors, he has missed some plays he should of made that are hits as well. Rollers power is gonna max out at Yankee Stadium and he can hit. Hes got a 1.091OPS on the season right now and is 26yrs old(Prime). You shoulden’t be drafting in RD8 for Minor League Fodder as you should still be looking for players that can stick. Dellin Betances was a past 8th rder and I could name 100 more. So with that said, whats the point of having the kid if no matter what he does your not gonna use em? We need power hitter, and pref not one dimensional. Our defense sucks, so whatever. Give the kid a chance!

        • Yanks

          You draft a guy like Roller in the 8th to save on your bonus pool elsewhere while hoping he might potentially turn into something. Teams do it all the time.

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          Betances was a signability drop. Roller was a cheap senior with no leverqge the Yanks took to save money. You cannot compare the two. They were also drafted under very different rules.

          AAA stats do not necessarily translate to MLB success. If they did, Shelley Duncan and Jorge Vazquez would be representing the Yanks in the all-star game this year. The scouting reports on Roller are that he is not an MLB hitter.

          • nycsportzfan

            I know what Betances was, hence why I said I could name 100more. He might of been a low leverage but his bat was always highly regarded. He was a 8th rder because his defense never projected to much. Hes a strickly offensive player. You still don’t waste 8th rd picks on fodder. You just don’t. Need I throw David Phelps, David Robertson, Brett Gardner, Mark Montgomery names around just for starters?

            Hes not Shelley Duncan or Jorge Vazquez. Terrible comparisons. Those guys were one dimensional power hitters, and in Vazquez case, was abysmal at getting on base overall. Roller isn’t a defensive wiz but is much better then Jorge Vazquez was.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              You absolutely DO waste eighth round picks on fodder in this CBA. They are one of the better picks to waste on fodder, in fact.

              • nycsportzfan

                Not that I’ve seen. Kyle Rollers bat was extremely valid coming outta college. Like I said, his problem is hes not anything special and maybe slightly below as a defender. We need offense. It just makes sense. I’ve noticed many others starting to talk about Roller as a possible call up on other sites as well.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              Also, Brett Gardner was a third rounder. Believe it or not, there’s a slight difference between a third rounder signed for $210,000 and an eighth rounder signed for $45,000.

        • forensic

          Roller has a .900 OPS in AAA, which is still good but not as potentially misleading as the nearly 1.100 OPS you’re giving him on the season based on his AA time. He’s also striking out in about 39% of his AB’s. These 40 games don’t render the prior 400+ games moot.

      • Jonathan

        He’s done well in limited opportunities?!?!?!!? He has a career 50 wRC+ and a 20 wRC+ this year. Gardner is playing great. Ellsbury is clearly a better player and Ichiro is still hitting over .300 with a high OBP. And as bad as Soriano has been he’s still been more productive than Almonte and is a notoriously slow starter who hit 34 home runs last year. Who sits for Zoilo? Roller has barely been at AAA for a few days and would require a 40-man roster spot, even though he’s hardly seen as a prospect. Did last season teach you absolutely NOTHING about the difference between doing it in AAA and the majors? We rotated through waves of guys who have done it at the minor league level AND were seen as having talent and they were absolutely garbage in the show. You seem to just be completely delusional and think anyone who’s had a hot couple of weeks or less (or played AWFUL in Almonte’s case) in the minors should just be given a shot in the show immediately, regardless of actual track record, talent level or not even having a place to play them.

        • Preston

          He’s not worried about numbers or logic.

        • slow clap

          This comment should get a plaque in Monument Park instead of Tino Martinez.

        • forensic

          I’m with you on Roller, but disagree on Soriano/Almonte (against righties). Soriano looks, and IMO is, cooked and fluked his way into a crazy 50+ game stretch for them last year. If you look at the larger body of work from recent years, it’s not nearly as nice an outlook. I would absolutely be playing Almonte over Soriano against righties at this point (not that it matters much now since Beltran is theoretically just a couple days away).

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            If you look at Soriano’s larger body of work from recent years, you’ll see that he’s put up a 105-115 wRC+ every year with ~30 HR.

  • Yankonymous

    Mike Axisa, the very best of the people who use the term “very best.”

  • JonS

    Does Judge seemingly having a contact tool make him primed to jump into baseball’s top 25 prospects next year if he keeps this up?

    • ALZ

      Keith Law had him as one of his 25 breakout who could make the top 25. There were concerns with Judge, but also a huge potential from him.

      • nycsportzfan

        I love that hes the size he is but also speedy and athletic. Hes gonna be good. I just got such a hunch feeling about him.

        Hey ALZ, you seem to know your farm stuff. You got some College Prospects your hoping to see in the 2nd or 3rd rd for our Yanks?

        • Preston

          Maybe Judge will be good, but you have a feeling that every prospect will be good.

          • nycsportzfan

            Not true at all. I think people want to much outta prospects to consider them legit and worthy of calling prospects during there minor league careers. To me, you have different caliber prospects and I consider a guy I think will help the team in even just a role situation is a prospect worth watching. Look at guys like David Robertson, brett Gardner, Preston Claiborne, Chase Whitley..etc You’d probably have a smart remark if I was talking about one of them as a legit prospect in the past as well.

            As far as Judge though, I think hes gonna be real good. Its rare a player his size has the athletic ability and speed he has, and I just coulden’t imagine such a rare player not being good. Judge is the type of player who gets me drewling to see the finished product. I don’t say that about every player at all. You people just like to complain to much.

    • Yanks

      If he does this at Tampa, he’d probably make the top 50. He’s probably too advanced for Charleston at this point.

  • Paisa

    Aaaaaaarrrronn Judgeeeeeeee….

  • nycsportzfan

    When you think about it, DBJ is 22yrs old and at Tampa and Judge is 22yrs old and at Charleston. I know the reasons but it makes you feel good about DBJ kinda when thinking that. If DBJ can just keep this type yr up, he’ll be shoe in to move up to Trenton next yr at 23yrs old. With any luck, if he keeps improving, he would be only like 25yrs old at latest when seeing him. Not terrible.

    • CS Yankee

      DBJ flunked two years with the River Dogs (maybe they messed with his swing?), however i do enjoy the Tampa start.

      Judge is old for low-A, It’ll be fun to see what he can do in Tampa once he gets his time in at Charleston. Maybe a cup of coffee in the show in 2015, that would be nice.

  • lightSABR

    With thanks to Need Pitching and Hitting for giving me a link to MiLB batted ball data, here’s my report on Mason Williams this year:

    1) His BB% has spiked: from 6% in 2012 to 7.4% last year all the way up to 11.9% this year.

    2) His K% is at a career low, also 11.9%

    3) His LD%, after falling to 10.1% last year, is almost back up to where it was in 2012 (17% this year versus 18% or so in 2012).

    4) His GB%, up to 50.5% last year, is back down to 43%.

    5) His BABIP is stuck down at .238, instead of the .300 or so he’s mostly been getting.

    I haven’t watched video of him hitting – and lack the scouting chops to make a lot of it anyway – but I look at those numbers and see a guy who’s dramatically improved his approach and started making better contact with the ball. The results don’t seem to be there yet, but I wouldn’t write him off while his peripherals still look this good.

    • lightSABR

      PS to Needs Pitching and Hitting: Isn’t it time to add something about defense to your handle?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Awesome info. Where are you getting your MiLB batted ball data?

      • lightSABR

        Again with thanks to Needs Pitching and Hitting:

  • nycsportzfan

    Anyone got a couple faves they are hoping for at Pick 56 for the Yanks in the upcoming draft? Maybe the 3rd rd pick as well?

    My top 5 changed alittle as the Rankings play themselves out.

    1). Ti’Quan Forbes SS Miss(HS)- This is a bit of a fantasy pick, but has the slightest chance of being there when Yanks pick. Super athletic kid who has the body to put on weight and not lose his athletic ability. Projects as a up the middle player who probably sticks at SS. Hes got power potential as well. Hes staying my number 1 hopeful till the draft.

    2). Justus Sheffield LHP Tenn(HS)- Small pitcher that can throw the ball 95mph. Supposedly hes a huge competitor as well. I got a feeling about him..

    3). Andrew Suarez LHP Miami U- Hes ranked more in the 70-100 range on prospect lists but I love em. Missed nearly all of 2012 recovering from labrum tear, but hes been dynamic this yr and his velocity has returned. Miami pitching coach thinks hes got the makings of a 4plus pitch pitcher. His latest start he threw complete game shutout 10k 0bb against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Baseball Tourney. Hes a sleeper of sorts for me who I love. I woulden’t even care reaching a bit in 2nd but would love in the 3rd

    4). Mike Papi OF Virginia- College kid who can really stroke it and has some good power. ACC’s 2013 Batting Champion who has continued to play great ball in 2014. This kids faced nothing but the best at Virginia and done nothing but really well. A safe pick yet exciting. Can play 1B and corner OF spot but even CF in a pinch. 6ft 3in 210lb kid with great bat speed.

    5). Jace Fry LHP Oregon St.- 6ft 1in 195lb southpaw whos coming off 2012 Tommy John surgery but has looked fine. Dosen’t have power stuff all though can run the heater up to the low 90’s, but is very creative and adds deception to his game and has performed extremely well in the really good Pac12.. 3pitch pitcher who can add and subtract from his cuver and has sink to both the heater and change as well as tail on the heater. This kid was brilliant in 2014.. Kinda who I want in the 3rd rd more then 2nd, but I really like em regardless..

    Next in line

    Patt Connaughton RHP Notre Dame
    Jordan Foley RHP Central Michigan
    Joey Pankake 3B/2B South Carolina

    • nycsportzfan

      Forgot a player for my Next in Line.

      Matt Imhof LHP Cal Poly- Might have him tied with Jace Fry.

      As you can see, I love left handed starting pitching.

      • Sully

        Easy on the Red Bull after 11:00 pm

        • nycsportzfan

          I like the draft man. Im trying to get more people talking about the players. I’m more into the NFL draft of course, but the ML draft is fun to do some research on as well.

        • slow clap

          I had assumed wine spritzers.

          • nycsportzfan

            Funny how wrong people can be on the internet.

    • ALZ

      Wouldn’t mind if they could get Papi. I like his approach at the plate. So far he doesn’t look to have a ton of power, but he is hitting nice line drives to all fields. Lefties are always nice in YS. Don’t think he plays center, especially if he adds muscle to start pulling more balls, but I like his approach and swing more than some of the toolsy players.

      • nycsportzfan

        I think hes got like 11dingers on the yr right now. And hes kinda a wirey kid who should get stronger and add a bit more power to his game. I can see him as a 17-22 type HR player. Yeah, he’ll only play CF in a pinch supposedly. Always nice to know in a pinch you got a guy who can step in for ya. As you said, hes got a great approach as well, with solid bat speed. I was impressed he won the batting title last yr in the ACC. Very intriguing.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Love the Papi (Wahoowa!) but he’s going to end up a corner infielder or a RF. He’s not lead-footed but he’s not fast enough to be a major league CF, probably not even to play left in YS, and if he is now he won’t be once he starts packing on muscle. But a lot of power (saw him muscle what looked like a routine fly ball over the right field fence the other night), strong contact tool and a good eye at the plate. One of the better college hitters in the fold.

          Curious to see what missing time does to Derek Fisher’s draft stock. Was talked about in the 15-20 range or thereabouts before he missed six weeks or so with an injury.

    • nycsportzfan

      Quick Yankee 4rd mock. This would make me a happy dude.

      2). Justus Sheffield LHP Tenn(HS)- Don’t think Forbes has much of a chance to make it to us at 56.

      3). Pat Connaughton RHP N.Dame- Are starting pitching gets huge boost if we can draft these 2.

      4). Julius Gaines SS Florida International- I don’t think any of the guys I listed will quite make it this far. Julius Gaines is one of the most gifted defensive Short stops in this draft. Hes got bigtime projectability. His bat is coming along. He has very little power. Think Ozzie Smith type with this kid(Kinda has a Ozzie Smith feel to em(

      Theres my mock.

    • JohnC

      How bout Bryce Montes De Oca, 6’7″ righty out of H.S. in Kansas, Has mid 90s FB and good overhand curve

  • kenthadley

    Eduardo de Oleo…seven dingers in very limited at bats…any thoughts on his potential?

  • Robert

    Pirela and Refsynder both 2b tearing it up yet the Bronx makes no move Why?

    • ChrisS

      Because Brian Roberts is a savvy veteran that plays the game the right way. He’ll come around. You don’t just give ML jobs away. Those two are unproven. Roberts is a former All-Star!

      Why don’t you just follow the Astros if you want to see unproven minor leaguers play ML baseball.


      • Cool Lester Smooth

        If you wanted to do it right, you’d be saying Roberts sucks, but Kelly Johnson is so much superior to Pirela that there’s no point in calling him up.

        You know, since KJ is so much better than Pirela that here’s no point in calling him up.

  • Wayne

    Second Round Jordan Foley RHP Central Michiagan
    Third Round Trey Supak RHP from La Grange HS
    Fourth Round Ryan Butler RHP Charlotte
    Fifth Round James Norwood RHP St. Louis
    Sixth Round Kyle Richter LHP USC could be biggest steal of the draft!

  • Nick

    In reference to Papi I don’t think he makes it to the Yanks pick but if for some reason he does you grab him. As someone mentioned he lead the ACC in batting last year and leads the conference in HR and BB this year. He also walks more than he K’s. The HR are impressive considering his home park is a legit pitchers park, no cheap home runs at Davenport. As mentioned above he is a corner OF and has done very well at 1B this season after being moved to 1B out of necessity, somebody had to play 1B. His value is definitely boosted in a corner OF spot, also has slightly above average arm strength. There is video of him on Youtube smoking a couple of pitches off Jeff Hoffman early this season.