Jun
09

DotF: Kelley, Cervelli continue rehab in AAA win

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According to his Twitter feed, RHP Ty Hensley will throw three innings in an Extended Spring Training game tomorrow. He’s working his way up to five innings. The two short season leagues open their seasons in a little less than two weeks, so it seems like he’ll be stretched out just in time to join one of ‘em.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Toledo)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — not his first time playing left field, in case you were wondering … he’s done it plenty of times in the past
  • C Frankie Cervelli: 0-4 — picked a runner off second with a snap throw … caught all nine innings for the first time during his rehab assignment
  • CF Adonis Garcia: 2-2 — left the game for an unknown inning after singling and running the bases in the third
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Austin Romine: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 12-for-37 (.324) with four doubles, two homers, six walks, and eight strikeouts in his last ten games
  • RHP Shawn Kelley: 1 IP, 1 Hm 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%), plus he threw some more pitches in the bullpen afterward according to Donnie Collins … Kelley told Collins he doesn’t know what the next step will be, but he assumes he will join the big league team
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 6/2 GB/FB — 43 of 62 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 20 pitches were strikes (65%)

Double-A Trenton got rained out.

High-A Tampa (3-0 loss to Brevard County)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-3 — 6-for-17 (.353) with three doubles in his last five games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 2 k — still waiting for his bat to come off the disabled list
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 2 K
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — rebounds from a very rough outing … he’s now allowed no more than one earned run in six of his last seven games

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

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB — got picked off first
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 13-for-35 (.371) with five doubles, one triples, three homers, nine walks, and nine strikeouts
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 2-4, 1 RBI — got picked off first
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 6/4 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 57 of 89 pitches were strikes (64%) … apparently the other team had him checked for a foreign substance at one point
Categories : Down on the Farm
  • YankeeGrunt

    The other team being of course a Boston affiliate, right down to the mini-monster and the blaring ode to pedophilia between innings.

    • Yankee$

      Sweet Caroline? Is there a single reference to pedophilia in that song? I’ve never seen it. Not like Bruce’s I’m on Fire or Ringo’s You’re Sixteen (although Ringo wasn’t necessarily singing from the perspective of an old man, he may have been singing from the perspective of a 17 year old dude.)

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Ringo’s version of “You’re Sixteen” was a cover.

        • Yankee$

          IDNKT

      • YankeeGrunt

        A full grown man signing lustily about a pre-pubescent girl?

    • Preston

      I’m not going to hate on Neil because of a fairly new tradition. Plus the guy was born in Brooklyn and still roots for the Dodgers.

      • Yankee$

        OK, just one thing, when you use the first name Neil to refer to a singer/rock star….it can only be Neil Young.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Diamond’s early output was awesome. He’s totally allowed to be referred to as “Neil” as well.

          • Yankee$

            Oh I bet you throw the Madonna moniker out there liberally too.

            • Preston

              I didn’t always listen in Sunday school, but when I did I’m pretty sure there was only one Madonna (and she WAS a virgin, not LIKE a virgin).

              • Yankee$

                Perhaps, I should have stuck with the earlier Elvis theme?

                • Preston

                  I was just making a joke.

                  • Yankee$

                    Me too.

                    • Preston

                      I almost didn’t post it, religion and the internet and all.

                    • Yankee$

                      I hear you there. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. Religion and the internet and all. I went for humor.

      • I’m One

        I’ll just hate on him because I ate that song (and his voice in general). :-)

        • I’m One

          *hate that song …

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Did it taste like clam chowder and Red Sox fans’ tears?

  • 28 this year

    Judge is supposed to be a decently advanced college bat, he has got to move up soon. He has some at bats under his belt, now its time for a bit of a test in Tampa.

    • Yankee$

      I think this is a unanimous RAB poster opinion. I also think Rob Ref to AAA is pretty unanimous but there “might” be 2B Defense considerations there…IDK.

      • I’m One

        I’m no player development guru (some would say the Yanks don’t have any either), but I’d think Refsnyder could continue his work on D at the AAA level.

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

          But at the same time, if his defense is that problematic then you don’t want to rush him to AAA. If it’s really not ready then you also risk having him sit at AAA for awhile.

          • Preston

            MiLB managers know what their job is. They wouldn’t bench him because of defensive struggles. Scranton started Jesus at C for 105 games in 2010 and 88 more before his call up in 2011.

          • hornblower

            Ref. can hit. He played outfield in college. His hitting profile said infielder so they moved him there. But he is better than they thought with the bat. They may move him back to the outfield. He has struggled at 2nd.

            • Preston

              Everybody’s bat plays better at 2b than a corner OF spot. They moved Ref there because they thought he could play. They have in no way wavered from that stance yet, nor should they.

              • waneditor

                +1

            • Dick M

              REF is putting up Mookie Betts numbers.

      • Paisa

        Based on what Cashman said yesterday it seems pretty likely that Refsnyder will be in Scranton soon.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Yeah. I’m sure there are MANY promotions to come.

    • Preston

      If I had to guess I’d say they are holding him down until the All-Star break. It seems silly to make the guy miss a pretty cool experience that he’s earned just to get him to Tampa a week or two earlier.

      • hogsmog

        Though getting promoted might be the coolest experience a minor leaguer can have.

        • Preston

          But this way he gets both.

    • nycsportzfan

      Refsnyder played 59games at Charleston as a seasoned College drafted player, and Judge is up to 60games, and has done quite a bit better at Charleston then Refsnyder did. And on top of it all, Judge is physically developed more then most, giving more reason you can move him on quicker. Hes 22yrs old. Lets get him to Tampa please!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You’ll get your wish soon.

    • RetroRob

      Judge will be moved up another level, so will Refsnyder. Multiple moves will be coming in the next few weeks. Everyone relax.

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

    I see the Sox are teaching their players at a young age to accuse the other team of cheating.

    • Yankee$

      Either he’s effectively learning the cheating aspect of the game or he’s filthy.

  • Mike b

    Can Rob Ref be Cano 2.0 ?

    • Yankee$

      I thought that was Solarte…

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      That is an awful high ceiling to stick on a guy. Cano has been arguably one of the two best second baseman of the last 10-15 years. Refsynder just isn’t in that class.

      If Refsnyder can be an average defender and league average hitter in MLB, that will be a success.

    • RetroRob

      Sure, it’s not *impossible*, since Cano wasn’t supposed to be Cano.

      Yet, there is basically no chance he’d achieve the level of Cano, who is building a HOF career.

      As what was said above, a leave average hitter and fielder at second base would be a major win.

  • Mike b

    He’s got some pretty impressive Cano like numbers this year…But he’s still along way from MLB

    • Preston

      Yeah, at this age Cano was in his second MLB season and hitting .342 as a major leaguer. No knock on Refsnyder to say he’s probably not ever going to be that good.

    • I’m One

      Probably not Cano 2.0. Maybe Cano lite, at best. Nowhere near the power and his D still needs work. Still, I’m hoping for the best.

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

        Just because he isn’t a $240MM player doesn’t make him a failure though.

      • Dorian

        Markakis at 2nd?

  • Mike b

    Unfortunately we lost Cano to Seattle…. If we’re lucky enough for Refsnyder to become Cano Lite I’ll take it. No we need a fix at SS and soon the rest of the IF.

    Anyone know who we’re targeting during IFA?

    • Preston

      Nobody that’s going to help the infield in 2015. But there are two SS in the rumor mill so far. http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....rs-102977/

      • Yankee$

        But, but, they’re 16, sure they’re beautiful, but they’re not ours yet.

    • Mikhel

      a bunch of “green” kids who have upside but not the raw tools as of now, a development project as some calls them, and another bunch of rock-throwers with no command nor control but who are young…

    • http://None Conchita

      3B Dermis Garcia ($3MIL), 3B Nelson Gomez ($2.8 MIL), CF Juan Deleon ($2.0 MIL), OF Jonathan Amundaray ($1.5 MIL), SS Chris Torres ($1.0 MIL), SS Diego Castillo ($900K), CF Antonio Arias, C Miguel Flames, SS Hyo-Jun Park…for starters.

  • Mikhel

    Could it be that Adonis is hurt or could it be that a promotion is near for him? he is one of the various multi-position players I saw play this past winter (he and Wheeler play a very respectable 3B, Adonis a bit better, and both are good serviceable OFs).

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

      Let’s hope not. He isn’t nearly as good as he is playing this year.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        & you know this how exactly?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Age. Level reached in his time since he came to the states.

          Yangervis Solarte does not mean you throw what’s always worked out the window.

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

          He is 29, and his career minor league numbers are .277/.322/.416. His ops last year wasn’t eve .700.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Promotion replacing who? There isn’t a single non-catcher position player on the roster with options except for Solarte. Unless they are cutting Soriano (not likely, given he was going to bat cleanup tonight), there is no place on the roster for Garcia (or any other outfielder) right now. And Garcia isn’t really a legit infield option.

      And while many of us would do it, the Yanks are not cutting Roberts to promote anyone from SWB.

      In fact, the best thing about Kyle Roller not playing in SWB tonight is that we get a break from the “promote Roller” comments.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Donnie Collins
      ?@RailRidersTT
      Adonis Garcia sat in his chair after the game with his left leg wrapped in ice around the knee. Doesn’t look happy.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Don’t look now, but Cito’s hitting .277/.345/.406 over his last 25 games.

    • Preston

      The Cashman Failed# is irrevocable. Cito must fail.

    • nycsportzfan

      Its a start. DBJ has fallen off a bit, which sucks. Hes still pretty young and I thought we may finally be getting something with him. Now its Cito trending upwards and DBJ leveling out some. I really want these 2 to make it but one has to wonder at this point? DBJ looked poised for huge yr finally and now hes slowed down. Cito has these hot streaks but when said and done , he’ll still have unimpressive numbers.

      Heres to hoping one of em becomes consistent.

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

      I’m not holding my breath. He is younger than Judge and Jagielo, so if he does put it together now then he would be right on track. He still has time, but he really needs to start putting it together.

      • Preston

        As long as he’s still a competent fielding SS, I haven’t seen a report on his defense in a while, he’ll have more time than most.

      • ChrisS

        That’s the thing. Cito is very young and didn’t play a lot before being drafted. If he was a college kid he’d be starting this first year in A- like Judge and Jagielo. He’s already a year ahead and he’s probably played more baseball in the last three years than any college player.

        I don’t think he’ll ever be an AS, but I certainly am not ruling out a starting SS. He may not be anything great, but average D and a decent enough bat will be a win.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      It seems highly unlikely Cito will hit enough to be an impact MLB player. I think that ship has passed (and taken DBJ with it).

      • I’m One

        I agree that it’s unlikely he’ll be an impact player, and as a 1st round pick that’s disappointing. However, if he’s a viable backup, at least they get some value. Many more hilghly-touted first rounders bust. He’s still young, so there’s a chance, even if it’s not a great one.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Dude, you have outsized expectations for the 32nd overall pick.

          The mean career WAR of 32nd overall picks is 2.3

          The median is 0.

          The mode is 0.

          If he’s Nick Punto, or even Jayson Nix, he’s an above average 32nd overall pick.

    • Angelo

      This is going to sound too kind, but I almost cared.

  • Wayne

    What are the odds of us signing William Giddis RHP from Brentwood High.
    He has a pretty good delivery and is just 18. Hope we sign him , David Graybill RHP from ASU.
    And Matt Borens RHP Eastern Illinois. Everybodyelse i am not worried about us signing cause they are all relievers who should sign and position players that are no Big deal or high schoolers who are position players we will expect less from since we will reinvest in latino position players this summer..
    Oh and it looks like we may Have another Michael Pineda in our system Luis Severino with the foreign substance.

  • TJ

    There was no Trenton game scheduled today.

    • pinch hitter

      You’re saying their off-day was rained out?

  • stuckey

    Despite having an off-day, apparently the Eastern League is crediting Rob Refsnyder with a 2-4 with a double for the evening anyway.

    As to his defense, his errors are higher than you want them to be, but not outrageous (and 3 of the 9 were in one game), but his range factor has increased significantly this season over last (his first at 2nd base, 3.92 in Tampa in ’13 and 4.72 this year.

    Could be partially a product of the organizational embracing of defensive shits, but best as I can tell (but I’m no defensive metrics whiz) that’s pretty representative of where you’d be happy for a hitting 2nd basemen to be.

    I’ve seen no recent scouting reports on his D. Has anyone?

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

      I would also think some of that is practice. Ref was an outfielder in college, it will take some time before he gets control of 2b. Most I have heard is that he should eventually become comfortable enough that he will stick at 2B. He won’t be a defensive wiz, but with that bat he should be a very solid player.

  • CS Yankee

    i’m surprised the org embraces any type of shits, let alone defensive shits…which is what, keeping the stall door locked?