DotF: Williams, Almonte go deep in losses

Game 65: For The Sweep
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 13

The video above is highlights from yesterday’s Double-A Trenton game, including Frankie Cervelli‘s latest rehab game. Here are some other notes:

  • C Gary Sanchez, who was benched yesterday for disciplinary reasons, had a closed door meeting with the coaching staff according to Nick Peruffo. “Gary is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple,” said someone on the staff. This isn’t the first time they’ve had to discipline him — Sanchez was demoted to Extended Spring Training a few years ago because he refused to catch a bullpen session, among other things.
  • OF Slade Heathcott will once again have his knee scoped, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Josh Norris. Heathcott had surgery on the knee over the winter and it hasn’t been right since. The kid can’t stay healthy. Sigh.
  • On the bright side, Newman told Norris that 3B Eric Jagielo (ribcage) is about ten days away from being activated off the disabled list. C Luis Torrens (shoulder) and SS Abi Avelino (unknown) are two weeks ago. These are Newman timetables though, so who knows.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Columbus)

  • 1B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 12-for-32 (.375) with three homers in eight games since being sent down
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — second homer in his last three games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 K — snaps his multi-hit game streak at eight
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 8/1 GB/FB — 47 of 81 pitches were strikes (58%) … after parts of five seasons, he finally made it out of Double-A
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 20 of 31 pitches were strikes (66%)

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Richmond)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 14-for-41 (.341) in his last ten games
  • C Frankie Cervelli: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 PB — he is eligible to be activated off the DL tomorrow, though it sounds like he’ll have to wait until the team comes back from the West Coast to be activated
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4
  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — had been in a 7-for-35 (.200) slump
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9/4 GB/FB — 74 of 110 pitches were strikes (67%) … not often you see a prospect (even a fringy one) throw 110 pitches in a start

High-A Tampa Game One (8-5 loss to Clearwater in seven innings) this was a scheduled doubleheader, it’s not a makeup or anything

  • CF Jake Cave & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 2-4 — DBJ scored a run and struck out
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — quietly hitting .304/.371/.441 in his last 26 games
  • DH Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — yikes

High-A Tampa Game Two (3-0 loss to Clearwater)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 1 BB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 2 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-1, 2 BB
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 9/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Lexington)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding) — had been in a 4-for-25 (.160) slump
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — 14-for-35 (.400) with six doubles, one triple, and two homers in his last ten games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 0-4
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — 73 strikeouts in 55 games this year after 44 in 50 last year
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 10/1 GB/FB — 71/13 K/BB in 69.2 innings
Game 65: For The Sweep
The River Avenue Blues Podcast: Episode 13
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’m not going to say this is the final, or even next to last, nail in the Slade coffin, but I did come back from Home Depot with a pack of nails in case.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I helped build a fake coffin once.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        That’s because you’re a weirdo.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          It was wrestling related.

  • cofuzz

    He’s gotta be a Rule 5 candidate for some other team, though.
    I hope he doesn’t pull a Hamilton and straighten up his act a little too late for us.

    • Not an ace

      I hope he doesn’t pull a Hamilton and murder a fan in front of his kid.

      • Travis Lincoln

        Thats a fucked up comment. Troll elsewhere. Im by no means a Hamilton fan, but that wasnt his fault and Im sure all involved took it hard. If you want to be a prick, leave RAB please.

      • Bo Knows

        The fuck is wrong with you man?

      • Dropped Third

        What a POS you are for making this comment.

        • Not an ace

          I believe personal attacks are against the community guidelines. If you would refrain from such vicious insults I would appreciate it sir.

          • Travis Lincoln

            Your vicious and completely ignorant comment is ludicrous and is deserving of such an insult.

          • gi

            here’s a personal attack. go fuck YOURSELF- douchebag
            you’re definitely not an ace, but your a complete acehole

            • Clownquestionbro

              Telling someone to go F themselves is def against the rules.

      • Angelo

        Someone is looking to get banned.

      • Adam

        Holy fuck. Not gonna lie, I laughed HARD when I read this.

        • Travis Lincoln


          • Not an ace

            Because some people don’t take the Internet as seriously as you apparently do.

            • Travis Lincoln

              Really? You and your sensitive, “please refrain from using vicious insults”, dont take the internet seriously? I suppose if that were true you really wouldnt mind being called a piece of shit.

              Oh and to clear it up, the Internet doesnt bother me, ignorance does. When a tragedy occurs in your family, do you make jokes out of it? Probably not. That kid watched his dad die. Not a damn thing about that is funny. Not a damn thing.

              • New Guy

                Just let it go man. You’re 100% correct but some people don’t know how to act. That incident was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard about. It gives me chills to this day. People get a lot of internet courage and make stupid comments. They’re right that people are way to sensitive in general, but way too many people are just plain stupid. And you guys, are definitely stupid if you can’t understand how that is inappropriate.

                • Clownquestionbro

                  Would everyone still be upset if he left a smiley face after the comment??

      • Gosuke Kantdrive


        Love all the self-righteous pinheads feigning shock at this comment.

        It’s a hilarious comment – ignore the losers who are upset with you.

        • Nutty Squirrel

          For the record I’ll defend his right to crack that joke, however distasteful it may be, but people also have the right to express displeasure at it.
          He told a joke that’s not for general taste while your screen name is pure discrimination. Please, this guy honestly need to be banned.

    • Yanks

      Slade is on the 40 man roster.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You and your details.

        • Travis Lincoln

          Who needs ’em.

      • cofuzz

        I’m projecting his departure from the 40-man due to persistent injury problems.

        • ALZ

          And that would be different than rule 5 eligible.

  • Not an ace

    Lail=future ace. He Clarkin Palladino and Severino the next big four since ‘big three’ hasn’t been working for us.

    • Mick rivers

      …not an ace is Not a scout either. Do like Lail tho.

      Banueles will be the man one day soon. hopefully Ens will come back hard.

      Depaula and Sanchez should both be sold high soon. Trade them both for MLB help or better prospects.

      • qwerty

        Banuelos and Depaula would make a good lefty, righty combo out of the pen.

  • Yankee$

    I’ll send you a hammer.

  • Yanks

    Eduardo de Oleo deserves to get some mention in the DoTF posts IMO. Not sure about his defensive ability, but he’s got 9 homers on the year now from the catcher position at age 21. Pretty solid. And he’s hitting .267.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      The RIverDogs are loaded w/quality catching prospects w/ 21 y.o. de Oleo, 22 y.o Jackson Valera from Venezuela, 23 y.o. Kale Sumner from Hawaii, and of course, Luis Torrens, who recently turned 18 y.o. and once off the D/L, will probably be moved to a short league team to knock the rust off.

  • Raza

    Good to see Mason Williams and Cito Culver doing well. Hopefully, they can keep it up. They will give a nice boost to the farm.

    • Travis Lincoln

      They have a long way to go. Been bad for a couple years now. They need a truly solid year to climb back into top prospect status.

      • Raza

        No doubt. Still, it’s better to see them do well recently than seeing them continue to perform poorly.

        • nycsportzfan

          Exactly. And Mason Williams is at Trenton, its not gonna take him forever to get back into the prospect world. He came into this yr ranked as the Yanks number2 prospect despite having a terrible yr last yr. We’ve always known it was gonna take some time for the Toolsy Williams to put it all together, but we were spoiled with his first couple seasons. And i’m not just talking baseball, he also had to grow up. I’m sure the instant success went to the young fella’s head a bit. Since he was sat down by coaches, hes been red hot. Its a maturation process as much as anything else.

  • steve3o18

    Is it just me or has O’Brien been walking a lot more recently?

    • Angelo

      A lot more for O’brien’s standards.

      • Rick in Philly

        He’s already up to 4 walks this month. He actually walked 4 times in both April and May, so he’s way ahead of pace.

  • Cuso

    Oh my God, the Mariners telecast was priceless for calling that a home run.

    Suck it, Dave Sims you moron

  • SevenAces

    Round of applause to our 8th starter, Whitley. I would’ve let the kid pitch some more…

  • Cuso

    Come on, Kelley.

    D-Rob shouldn’t even have to be warming up.

    • Cuso

      Ha, 3 straight reply fails that were meant for the game thread

  • Cuso


  • Paisa

    Hard not to feel for Slade.

    Also, good to see Cave get a couple of knocks.

    • Gosuke Kantdrive

      Gimme a break. He’s had about one good season since being drafted. If he’s too brittle to play in the minors, don’t expect him to actually contribute at the major league level. This ship has long since sailed.

      • Slu

        Exactly – I am so sick of hearing about Slade. He has never done a damn thing to be worthy of the coverage he gets here. I won’t even call hima bust since he never did anything of note.

    • Yankee$

      I’ve seen Cave called the sleeper in the system (Norris I think). Would be nice if he keeps progressing. Even as a 4th OF with the ability to handle CF, he has value.

  • nycsportzfan

    Mason Williams baby!

  • nycsportzfan

    Pete O’Brien threw a frozen rope to catch that kid stealing in the ThunderVision video.

    Is Cervelli getting the call up no matter what? Jon Ryan Murphy has done pretty dang well in his absence. If nothing else, Murph’s trade value has gone up this yr. Hitting 310BA in a backup role is pretty impressive.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Roster management. Cervelli can’t be sent to the minors (he is on rehab now, that is different), Murphy can.

  • nycsportzfan

    Judge is hitting 400BA 2hr 9rbi 10bb’s in his last 10. Damn!

  • nycsportzfan

    I wonder who the Yanks top 5 prospects will be going into next yr? I’m guessing Refsnyder and Judge will be at least 2 of them. Peter O’Brien may be on the list as well. I wonder who will round out the list?

    • JM

      1. Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens
      2. Brien Taylor
      3. Sam Militello
      4. Dan Pasqua
      5. Drew Henson

      That’s either next years top 5 or the all time bust list. I forget.

  • Tim

    My top 5 are:

    1. Sanchez
    2. Severino
    3. Judge
    4. Clarkin
    5. Refsnyder/Avelino

    • nycsportzfan

      Mine would probably be

      1). Aaron Judge
      2). Luis Severino
      3). Robert Refsnyder
      4). Peter O’Brien
      5). Mason Williams(still young and turning it around.)

      Lindgren may all ready be up with the Yanks, so no need putting him on the list.

  • leftylarry

    Bleich pitched well into the 7th, there’s some hope there for at least a LH reliever.
    DePaula has been around enough and pitched enough to suggest, maybe we ave been overrating him substantially, at some point you are what your are and he isn’t very good right now at a low level.

  • Mick rivers

    Trade Sanchez and depaula now while they still have value.

  • Wayne

    David Palladino Brady Lail Ian Clarkin are our best starting pitching prospects in the minors. plus Chase Whitley on the major leagues.
    Hope we don’t trade any of these starters.
    Mashiro Tanaka can’t do this all by himself!!!

    • nycsportzfan

      Manny Banuelos and Luis Severino might have something to say about it. Hopefully someday we’ll actually see what Ty Hensley can do as well. Jodran Montgomery might join the list fairly quickly as well.

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    Man. 26 games is almost not a super small sample size anymore. Wake me when the season ends obviously, but wouldn’t it be a real corker if he finally puts those tools to good use…