DotF: Banuelos struggles again in Trenton’s loss

Game 92: Just Win
Back to .500: Offense no-shows in 3-2 walk-off loss to Orioles

Some notes, starting with injury updates from Josh Norris:

  • LHP Ian Clarkin is on the Low-A Charleston DL with a sprained ankle and SS Jorge Mateo is out with a sore hand. He is not on the disabled list, however. As long as Clarkin’s arm is fine, whatever. SS Abi Avelino (quad) will return to game action tomorrow and 3B Eric Jagielo (oblique) could return next week. I guess he had a setback.
  • C Luis Torrens was sixth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The 18-year-old came in Friday hitting .409/.447/.659 (217 wRC+) with four doubles, two triples, and one homer in eleven games with Short Season Staten Island.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Rochester)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — so what do you think, he gets the All-Star break to get comfortable in right then gets the call?
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — 11-for-23 (.478) in his last six games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 3/7 GB/FB — 52 of 79 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 42 pitches were strikes (62%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Akron in ten innings)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-5, 2 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — threw a runner out at the plate
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • C Peter O’Brien: 0-0 — was ejected in the first inning after getting into an argument with the opposing batter at the plate
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB, 5 WP — 30 of 58 pitches were strikes (52%), and those five wild pitches are definitely a DotF first … eleven runs and 17 base-runners in his last 5.1 innings
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — first appearance in a month
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 18 of 35 pitches were strikes (51%), though one of the walks was intentional

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to Bradenton)

  • CF Jake Cave & SS Cito Culver: both 1-4 — Cave walked, stole a base, and struck out twice … Culver doubled and struck out
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 K — had been in a 3-for-25 (.120) slump
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K — hitting streak is up to 14 games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 3 K
  • RHP Brett Gerritse: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 46 of 69 pitches were strikes (67%)

Low-A Charleston‘s game was postponed because the field was unplayable following a heavy rainstorm.  They’ll make this game up as part of a doubleheader on August 4th.

Short Season Staten Island (5-4 win over Lowell)

  • CF Devyn Bolasky: 0-5, 1 K
  • 2B Ty McFarland: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 9-for-28 (.321) with five doubles and two homers in his last seven games
  • LF Chris Breen: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K — 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, four walks, and three strikeouts in his last six games
  • RF Austin Aune: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • DH Nathan Mikolas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP David Palladino: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 9/1 GB/FB — 28/15 K/BB in 27.2 innings
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/4 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (8-2 win over GCL Orioles)

  • CF Leonardo Molina: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — 7-for-19 (.368) in his last five games
  • C-1B Roybell Herrera: 2-3, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB
  • LHP Orby Tavares: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 5/5 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (5-2 loss to GCL Astros)

  • LF Frank Frias: 2-4, 2 RBI — got picked off first
  • DH Angel Aguilar: 0-4, 3 K
  • 1B Bo Thompson: 1-4, 1 K
  • LHP Carlos Diaz: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — last year’s 36th rounder who wasn’t expected to sign
Game 92: Just Win
Back to .500: Offense no-shows in 3-2 walk-off loss to Orioles
  • Angelo

    Pirela has had a solid season in Triple-A. Might as well give him a shot. Not expecting much, but why not.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Unfortunately for Wayne, it’s actually the ankle on Clarkin’s left pitching elbow.


    • Yankee$

      Are you sure? I heard it was a blister on his pinky adjacent to the Rotator Cuff.

    • Old Man Time

      Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Ian Clarkin, Brady Lail, Dustin Fowler, Gosuke Katoh, David Palladino, Simon De la Rosa, Domingo Acevedo!!!!!!!

  • Wayne

    Just saying?

  • Wayne

    It is unusual how Ian Clarkin hurt his ankle a second time.
    Don’t you think?
    What’s going on there?
    What kind of stretch was that, he was doing?
    Wonder if he was humping a girl while standing and had tripped on something ?

    • Yankee$

      Yeah, that’s probably it. Nuke LaLooosh style before the game in the locker room.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if they’ll consider moving DGJ up to AA when Jags returns, if not immediately, in he next month. I think the plan was to move Jag up, but since he’s missed a bit of time it might be Juniors chance first.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’m just glad were talking about moving DBJ up. He’s starting to develop and its really nice to see.

    • ALZ

      Jagielo needs much mroe time at Tampa because of the injury.

  • Wayne

    Same shit happened to me!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yeeeeeeees. Yeeeeeeeees. Embrace the troll.

      Then you’ll just get boring and Eddard-like, though.

  • Wayne

    Girl left a beer bottle on the floor.

  • forensic

    I’m really starting to get disillusioned by Banuelos, both in production and their handling of him. I assume he’ll get a 4th option year, which still gives him two more after this year, but it’s still been disappointing, both after and even before (at the upper levels) his missed time.

    • Farewell Mo

      With each passing start, it’s looking more and more like he’s gonna end up as one of the minority that doesn’t make it back from TJS. He’s been dismal this season so far.

      • RetroRob

        Really hard to say. He missed basically two seasons, so I’d have to see where he is the second half, and really until next year.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yeah, 2015 is the moment of truth for me on him. Tired of expecting guys back immediately, but a year and a half is more reasonable.

          • RetroRob

            Agreed. Expectations, driven by hope, were a little off the charts here. I consider this year part of his rehab and the Yankees seem to be treating it that way, too. 2015 will be much more telling.

      • swo


        • Soylent Greene (former Electric Nunez ll)

          Funny, that name crossed my mind this morning, too.

          He threw harder than Banuelos pre-TJS and came back throwing about the same velo or a bit worse than Manny when he returned IIRC, so if there is a similar relative dropoff here, even with Manny’s better breaking stuff and pitchability, well then…

          Yes, 2015 might indeed tell the story, but my guess is that nearly 2 yrs on after TJS, if his velo isn’t all the way back then it could be quite likely it never will fully return, and even with improved command & refinement of offpeed stuff his ceiling will have been permanently and significantly lowered as it was for Henn.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            and even with improved command & refinement of offpeed stuff his ceiling will have been permanently and significantly lowered as it was for Henn.


            So another failed Yankee prospect smh

          • RetroRob

            He hit 95 mph earlier. He hasn’t had the innings, and frankly he wouldn’t need the peak velocity. It’s his command and breaking pitch right now. The danger of following prospects as closely as we do here on RAB is you experience the roller coaster ride much more than the average fans. Manny needs a lot of work. Expecting a few months of three inning appearances to say much is expecting too much.

            He may never make it back, but so far what we’ve seen is pretty meaningless when trying to draw conclusions. My expectations for this season have been low, so maybe that’s why I’m less concerned right now.

            TJS players are pushed back much too quickly now. It used to be 18 months from point of surgery to return and then there is additional time to really master command. Manny had command issues even prior. He’s a project and watch him from that perspective and we’ll all be less disappointed.

            • RetroRob

              …and, btw, related. That’s why the six-week attempt to rehab Tanaka makes sense. It’s not going to matter if he has his surgery in July, September or October. He is going to miss all, or almost all of 2015. Even if he had the surgery immediately, he’d be limited to some token innings at the end of next season, innings the Yankees could also give him during the 2015-2016 offseason if the surgery is later.

              He has a seven year contract at a ton of money, with an opt out after four years. The only way he doesn’t trip that opt out is he is injured or substantially reduced as a pitcher. That means it’s to the Yankees advantage to go slow with him. The investment is enormous. Success here will be Tanaka triggering the opt out. Failure will be him not triggering it because that means something has gone wrong. If he needs surgery, the Yankees will do everything to make sure nothing goes wrong.

              Hopefully this treatment will work. It has in the past, even though it’s more the minority. If it doesn’t, see you in 2016 Tanaka, and that will be if the surgery is now or in September.

    • PatSal

      I have given up on any of their prospects from AA and AAA. You can’t get get a bag of used baseballs for anyone at AA or AAA. They have to have the worst collection of talent at the AA and AAA levels of any club in MLB.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Anyone know whether 2011 4th rounder Matthew Duran is still in the Yankee system, & if not, is he still playing professional or independent ball anywhere?

    • forensic

      From what I’ve been able to piece together, it seems he had a serious arm injury of some sort last season and is still working on coming back from that. He seems to be listed on the DL with Charleston.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault


  • ALZ

    Like we need another catcher.

    • bpdelia

      That’s crazy talk. There are 3 things you can’t have enough of. Starting pitching, short stops and catchers.

      The other massive advantage the Yankees have is the ability to write off sunk costs.

      I’m still confident McCann is going to have a second half that’s representative of his career but at this point he’s going to have a bad year.

      I’m pretty sure he’ll be back and playing well next year.

      But having catching prospects, as the Yankees amazingly do at almost every level, is huge. There is a dearth of quality catchers in baseball. They generally don’t last long and even a catcher who is a league average hitter is a very valuable asset.

      Sanchez and Torrens were both big time highly regarded IFA guys. Murphy is looking like he has a future as a top shelf backup at least with the potential to be an average starter.

      Romine looks like he still has a future, probably very similar to Murphy.

      Wade, Avelino, Estrada, Mateo and maybe even Culver. Romine, Murphy, Sanchez, Torrens.

      Having that many actual prospects at the two hardest positions to fill in the majors is a fantastic thing and deserves credit.

      Also pretty exciting.

      That doesn’t even count the 3-5 really highly regarded IFA’s they just signed who may be long term SS. ALSO they signed another catcher.

      • ALZ

        You can have too many catchers, simply because they don’t end up having the flexibility of the others. Yes you want a couple good backups, but you don’t want much more than that. Shortstops end up moving to 2B, 3B, or CF, which is why you can’t have too many. Pitchers can fit in so many slots. A catcher is blocked if one guy never goes down, or they may end up at 1B. A pitcher can slot in one of the 5 starter slots if one gets hurt, or they can work themselves in through the bullpen. Is fine who they signed of the IFA. Those guys are so far off that I guarantee a good portion of those players will move positions by the time they get to AA.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Teams are always in need of catchers, so they can be dealt for other pieces should the need arise. Having “too many” catchers is a good problem to have. If they’re athletic, they can play corner infield or spot up at times as corner outfielders.

          • RetroRob

            Exactly. They could get a taker for any of their catchers immediately. And don’t look now, but Romine is actually coming on strong after a very slow start and is hitting better than Murphy.

            I still believe in Murphy longer term. Just noise in the machine right now with Murphy, but Romine re-establishing some of his shine would be a good thing. Look at what happened to Romine after the last two seasons. Lots of lost development and playing time at a critical period. No wonder if was off to a slow start.