DotF: Opening Day rained out in Staten Island

Game 66: Oaktown
Yanks grab fourth straight win with 7-0 shutout of Athletics

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Columbus)

  • 1B Jose  Pirela: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — four homers in nine games since being sent back down
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 K — back-to-back hitless games … you’re not in Double-A anymore, kid
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K – 11-for-35 (.314) in his last ten games
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 50 of 89 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 27 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — nine of 17 pitches were strikes (53%) … he was signed to a minor league contract earlier today

Double-A Trenton‘s game was suspended due to rain in the eighth inning. They’ll finish it off tomorrow. Here’s the box score in case you can’t wait that long. C Gary Sanchez is still riding the pine.

High-A Tampa is off until Monday because of the All-Star break. The actual All-Star Game is tomorrow night. Here are the rosters. 3B Dante Bichette Jr., OF Jake Cave, LHP Daniel Camarena, and UTIL Zach Wilson will be there representing the Yankees. 3B Eric Jagielo was also named to the team but will not play due to injury.

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Lexington)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB — 7-for-21 (.333) with four walks and two strikeouts during his little five-game hitting streak
  • RF Aaron Judge: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI — 15-for-37 (.405) with five doubles and two homers in his last ten games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • DH Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5/5 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island‘s first game of the season was rained out. That bites. They will play a doubleheader on Sunday. Here is the roster.

The two Rookie GCL Yanks teams open their seasons one week from today.

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Game 66: Oaktown
Yanks grab fourth straight win with 7-0 shutout of Athletics
  • ropeadope

    Heath rings the Bell in his Yankee debut. Great signing by Cash & Co. I’ll forever remember Heath sliding into the pitcher’s mound at breakneck speed when summoned during an All-Star game. Bell will be a positive factor later this season for the big league club.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      He hasn’t been able to get AAA hitters consistently out this year, let alone getting shelled in MLB. If he is a key part of the Yanks pen at any time this season, the season will likely have gone very badly.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Counterpoint: we gave the team so much shit for a flyer on Chad Qualls a few years ago, who went on to rebound decently after he left us.

        These guys don’t all wake up one morning and forget how to pitch. Sometimes, you luck out and get them on the rebound. If not, no harm, no foul.

        • nycsportzfan

          Most teams that would try the guy at this point have no bullpen depth. That happens to be a strength for the Yanks. We can’t even keep a good one up here because of the depth(Claiborne). I’d take Daley and Aceves over Bell at this point as well. Hes physically not able to perform anymore.

          • Preston

            Daley is a ROOGY, which is impractical for a team that is getting so little length out of 3/5 of our rotation. We need more guys that can pitch at least a full frame. I agree Claiborne is a better options, but Aceves is not. Bell was willing to take an MiLB contract and I for one and happy with the depth.

            • nycsportzfan

              Oh man, have you seen Bell this yr? Honestly if there was one pitcher in baseball I would hope the Yanks were facing down runs late in a game, it’d be Heath Bell. I swear to god. I think hes the worst pitcher in baseball at this point.

            • nycsportzfan

              On top of we got Jose Ramirez whos been really good in limited innings, and we now have Huff, who was really good for us to end 2013.

              Its no biggie though. I doubt he’ll get in a game that matters or make it to the bigs again.

            • Wolfgang’s Fault

              Disagree w/you abut Ace, but otherwise in agreement. IMO, Ace will pitch & pitch well again in the bigs.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Every team in baseball, at some point during the season, has room to add a Heath Bell to their AAA roster.

            Even *gasp* the Cardinals.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Shit. Sanchez must have really fucked up.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Also, Jose Javier better not be spending too much time at second for SI. That needs to be Katoh’s spot.

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

        Only if Katoh goes down to fight him for it.

  • Danny

    Outside of murder, what the fuck could Sanchez have done to elicit this response from coaches ?

    • Yanks

      I assume it’s the summative response to what he’s done since his last closed doors meeting, triggered by what I believe was a late arrival to a team meeting or the game or something. Could be that they’ve been putting up with minor things but wanted to end it now.

    • Not an ace

      You aren’t allowed to joke about murder because my feelings will be hurt.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        A) Don’t carry over shit from different threads, and then call other people oversensitive. A comical lack of self-awareness ain’t a good look.

        B) There’s a huge difference between this and referencing a specific tragedy involving a man dying in front of his son.

        Basically: stop. Just stop before you get going.

        • Preston

          From now on can we all just agree to ignore this guy. Every comment he’s ever made has been meant to elicit a reaction. Trolls like Eddard are harmless, this one is looking for a fight. Don’t feed him.

          • Angelo

            Agreed.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            You didn’t hit the O:S button. This is why your request was not processed. Please try again.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Yup. I’m sated.

  • Sam

    Start this on twitter

    #CallUpZelousWheeler @yankees

    Btw is the high a all star game televised or online anywhere?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Seems a bit overzelous

      #badpun

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

      Zelous Wheeler isn’t that good. If he was 22 this would be something, but he is like 27. Not everyone is Solarte.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        This.

        It is fun to watch AAAA guys mash in AAA, but it is important to distinguish between actual prospects and guys who aren’t up to MLB level. There is a reason organizations let a guy like Wheeler walk.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Yeah, well I remember Celerino Sanchez, too. He had a great glove at 3B, but not much of a hitter. As for your comment, I think it’s horse shit, at least regarding Wheeler. We don’t know how he’ll perform in the bigs, him being 27 or 127 is besides the point, and Solarte besides the point. I disagree w/Mike’s take on Wheeler, yours, and a lot of other people on this board. Regardless, we’ll never know unless he gets a fair shot and we see what he does w/it. IMO, he’s a freaking solid big league ballplayer right now, but the Yankees don’t presently have a spot open for him. The time will come when some club — the Yankees or some other — will, & this guy will acquit himself quite nicely.

          • Angelo

            What makes you come to this conclusion? Plenty of old triple-A guy hit very well in Triple-A and fail to do much of anything in MLB.

            Minor league stats become less and less meaningful the older the player is. Another possibility for why we’ll never know how he can perform in MLB is that he’s simply not good enough to bother finding out.

            I don’t dislike Wheeler, but calling a minor league player a solid big leaguer before they’ve done anything at that level is just silly. Even top prospects who hit very well in the minors, fail.

            Simply put, most minor league players fail to reach MLB. The older the player is before reaching MLB, the less likely one is to make an impact or reach MLB.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            You will never hear of Wheeler again after this season.

            *throws down gauntlet*

          • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

            Mike had a post a few weeks ago that showed how historically bizarre it was for.a.26-year-old to make his MLB debut and be productive. Setting aside Cubans who were not in the minors but in another country, it was something like five guys in history.

            Wheeler is 27, never played in MLB and has already been released by a couple of orgaizations. History says he is a AAAA player. It is not even like he has standout minor league numbers. He is more liely a AAA player on a hot streak.

            The bigger issue is that fans don’t seem to realize how meaningless AAA stats are without a scouting context. AAA is filled with players with great numbers who have shown they can’t handle MLB. Look at the top OPS guys in the International League right now. You will see guys like Polonco (legit prospect) next to guys like Chris Dickerson.

            The bottom line is that Wheeler is an org player like literally 100s of guys in MiLB.

            As for Celerino Sanchez, of course he was a terrible hitter. That is the point. He is one of the guys who is kind of a symbol of the bleak CBS era in the late 1960s/early 1970s bfore Steinbrenner bought the team.

          • Alkaline

            Saw them a few times this year. Nothing about him stands out. Fine player for AAA, sure, but I’m very very worried about banking on him to come up and have a Solarte type impact. Let Solarte, Johnson, and eventually Sizemore if backup is needed.

            Disclaimer: I’m not a pro scout and don’t pretend to play one on TV.

            • Wolfgang’s Fault

              Most people in the game don’t have one outstanding tool that stands out, but some of them learn to use what they’ve got & turn themselves into very good baseball players. Wheeler is one of these. He knows how to play baseball, & he’s getting better. His age may be relevant to most on this board, but it isn’t to me. I don’t make the decisions for the Yankees or anyone else in MLB, but I can tell you right now this guy could help a lot of MLB teams right now, maybe even the NY Yankees. If he gets the chance, here or elsewhere,I’m confident he’ll prove it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Easy way to point out who to make fun of on Twitter.

  • Preston

    .330/.427/.530 exceeds any expectations I had for Judge coming into the season, and I thought I was bullish on him.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yeah but he should of been at Tampa 3wks ago. Most of us expect this kinda stuff day in and day out. He truly mastered this level. Still pretty cool that hes doing what you’d hoped.

      • Preston

        They’re going to promote him after the All-Star break. No reason to call him up before he gets to play in the game.

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

        He probably moves up after the asg down there. He just needs his time, and he will move along fine. Most players get at least half a season at each level. Thought they would bump him after 200 PA, but maybe they just wanted to do at the asg. He will spend the second half in tampa, and could still be starting in Trenton if all goes good next season.

        • nycsportzfan

          I’m not really worried about it at this point. I know its coming soon. I just meant that we kinda expect it at this point, at least on this level. Still fun, but hes honestly not exceeding my expectations at this level anymore. For 3wks or so now , I have felt hes mastered LowA ball.

          My new man crush is Aaron Judge.

      • Joel

        *should HAVE

  • forensic

    I’ve been crazy busy with work this week so I haven’t even had a chance to read recent DotF’s. When did this Sanchez thing start and was it in the middle of a game he was pulled from? Did he not run something out or show up late or is it all just a mystery?

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

      3rd day in a row. Nothing is out there as to why though.

      • RetroRob

        They sat Williams for a few games, too. I can’t remember exactly why. I don’t think it was just an injury. He wasn’t hitting, but I seem to remember reading about attitude issues. He’s come on strong since. Let’s hope the same happens with Sanchez.

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

          him they pulled in the middle of a game.

          • nycsportzfan

            And it has worked really well so far.

    • perfect double taper

      He stole Derek Jeter’s glove.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        He fucked Jose Tabata.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Who will Wayne kill off or trade tonight?

    • Nuke Guy

      Probably Tanaka because he is hogging the number one spot in the rotation when it belongs to Ian Clarkin.

  • nycsportzfan

    Banuelos 3inn 1hit 0er 0bb 3k.. Best part of tonights Dotf, i’d say.

  • nycsportzfan

    Feels like Dustin Fowler has been hitting well lately, no?

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

      Still has ops under .700

      • nycsportzfan

        He hasen’t even really been hitting well. 250BA over his last 10.Just felt like i’d been reading solid boxscores often from him the past couple wks.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          He was in extended ST until just a few weeks ago, got off to a slow start, & has only 88 A/B’s. He’s 7 for his last 20, though, so he’s starting to heat up a bit. Still only 19 y.o., Fowler’s another under the radar guy w/talent in the system. I think he’s starting to get more acclimated to the professional game, so I’m expecting his #’s to reflect that this summer. I think the kid is a legit prospect.

          • nycsportzfan

            Thanks for the Info. I’ll be keeping a eye on him as well.

  • Kentucky Ed

    I got down to Lexington, KY to see Charleston play, mostly to see Judge. The guy is a beast. Hit 2 ropes for his singles, his homer left the park at about 385 by plenty. Didn’t have much to do in the outfield, but seemed to move much more smoothly than you’d expect from someone his size. Obviously needs to move up, and apparently will at the break in a couple of days. Glad he stayed down long enough for me to see him. And get his autograph…I was in the stands, he on the field and he still towered over me. Also seemed to be a genuinely nice guy.

    • Preston

      I went and saw him in Hickory, NC. Had the same impression. The man is a monster.

    • nycsportzfan

      Awesome!

  • nycsportzfan

    A write up about Jonathan Holder RHP Miss St. Our 6th RD pick. Ty McFarland and Jonathan Holder are probably the 2 sleeper types I like most from our draft. Holder is really battled tested in the SEC and hes done nothing but succeed. Hes also got it done as a closer. I love Big Physical Middle relievers that have a good curveball to offset the Heater and accuracy. Holder will move quickly.

    “Sixth Round (182nd): Jonathan Holder, RHP (Mississippi State)
    Holder posted a 2.13 ERA with 7 saves for the Bulldogs this season, one year after he tied the single-season SEC record with 21 saves in 2013. He is a two-pitch pitcher, with a 89-92 mph fastball and curveball in the 70-73 range. He has plus control, averaging just 2.1 BB per 9 with a 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his college career”

  • Wayne

    Who is pitching for staten island today?
    Is it David Palladino? Or is he pitching on Sunday’s double dip?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      David Palladino hurt his shoulder and was traded for Heath Bell.