DotF: O’Brien homers twice in Trenton’s win

Game 88: Seven To Go
Bats back Greene in 5-3 win over Indians

First, some notes:

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain with one out in the bottom of the fourth. The pitching staff has been worked hard of late and I’m sure those guys are all happy to get a few innings off. The game will be resumed tomorrow. Here’s the box score if you can’t wait.

Double-A Trenton (10-3 win over Reading)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 RBI
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-5, 1 K
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 2-3, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP — had gone eleven games without a dinger
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 11/2 GB/FB — 63 of 99 pitches were strikes (64%) … has allowed exactly two earned runs in five of his last seven starts
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes (70%) … quietly has a 19/5 K/BB in his last 12.2 innings

High-A Tampa (9-3 loss to Dunedin)

  • CF Jake Cave & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 1-4, 1 2B — Cave scored a run and struck out … DBJ whiffed twice
  • SS Cito Culver & 1B Greg Bird: both 1-4 — Culver drove in a run and struck out
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-2, 1 BB
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 L, 2/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Greenville, walk-off style)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI — four of his last seven hits are doubles
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB — walk-off single
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 54 of 81 pitches were strikes (67%) … 88/16 K/BB in 92 innings

Short Season Staten Island Game One (3-2 win over Aberdeen in seven innings, walk-off style) makeup of Thursday rainout

  • CF Devyn Bolasky: 2-4, 1 2B
  • 3B Ty McFarland: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LF Chris Breen: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single
  • RF Austin Aune: 1-3
  • DH Nathan Mikolas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — first homer and second base hit of the season in his 15th game
  • RHP Matt Borens: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GB/FB — allowed six runs in 1.1 innings in his first game, but has thrown seven scoreless innings with only two hits allowed since

Short Season Staten Island Game Two (4-1 loss to Aberdeen in seven innings)

  • DH Luis Torrens: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B — 11-for-27 (.407) with two doubles and two triples in his last seven games
  • 2B Ty McFarland & RF Austin Aune: both 0-3, 1 K
  • 1B Chris Breen: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (7-3 win over GCL Pirates)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: both 0-2, 1 K — not sure why he was pulled from the game after two at-bats
  • DH Eric Jagielo: 1-5, 1 RBI — have to think he’ll rejoin Tampa soon
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 0-5, 2 K
  • RF Alex Palma: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K
  • 1B-3B Drew Bridges: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B
  • RHP Ty Hensley: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — gave up two solo homers
  • RHP Reynaldo Polanco: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 1/1, 1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 were rained out. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Game 88: Seven To Go
Bats back Greene in 5-3 win over Indians
  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    *rises from grave*

  • RetroRob

    Refsnyder: 1 for 1 with a walk.

    No need to play the rest of the game.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Big news of the night…O’Brien walked!!!

  • Yanks

    Wish we could have some idea what happened to Mateo. The last thing he did was complete a double play and then the next at-bat, he was pulled for a hitter. Doesn’t seem like it was a benching or anything, and it’d be weird if he were pulled to be called up somewhere, so maybe he did get injured somehow. Hopefully it’s nothing major.

    Also, Dustin Fowler’s spray chart makes it look like Yankee Stadium will be paradise for him:

  • whitey

    Maybe a smidge early and maybe a wrong thread, but… anyone else stoked about Shane Greene’s outing?

    • Yanks

      It was pretty encouraging. His power slider was dirty when he threw it well and his fastball was sinking and moving all over. Got into some tough spots and battled out of it. Definitely looked better than Whitley, and certainly deserving of staying in the rotation for now.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Very different kind of pitcher. Did he look better than Whitley when he went seven innings that one start? Probably not.

        I hope neither see AAA again. That would be nice to see.

        • forensic

          Did he look better than Whitley when he went seven innings that one start?

          Considering the level of competition and/or stadium, it may have been.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            I think it’s safe to say Greene on his best day will be better than Whitley on his best.

            But let’s wait to see what Greene looks like at his worst. Do I hope we have a legit 4/5 starter? Of course. Is one start going to convince me that he’s better than Whitley, or that he won’t be exposed the 2nd or 3rd time he faces a team? Of course not.

            RAB calls me the polyanna, yet here we are fellating Shane Greene after one outing. I was taking loads of shit when all I ever said about Chase Whitley was “How about we don’t judge people on tiny sample sizes”

            • Looser trader droids FotD™

              Well really Tilapia is the OG Pollyanna. You’re just his friend ;)

              • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

                I think RT himself might disagree.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Calling me a Pollyanna is not understanding what the term even means.

                  I’m totally fine with being a Pollyanna to FotD, though. We can’t let that joke die.

        • Jack P

          Oh please yes his stuff looked 100% better than Whitley, note even close, stop this nonsense.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Whitley is a pitchability guy (probably better than his last three starts, but still limited) while Greene is the classic tease who, when he is on, can simply overpower hitters. Much like Mitchell. Last year Greene looked like he “got” it with the huge drop in his walk rate, this year whether it was the yoyo at the beginning of the year or something else he regressed a bit with his control early on and still isn’t back to his 2013 level yet. Great outing though.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Yes, stop this nonsense that you continue to shit on a guy who performed well over the first seven starts of his career and spared you from a series of Bruce Billings and Alfredo Aceves starts.

            I am going to give you all so much shit when Greene winds up shitting the bed and doesn’t get the bullshit Whitley suddenly gets on here.

            • Looser trader droids FotD™

              Regardless of how hard people are coming down on Whitley, the reality is that his generally low-ceiling stuff caught up with him.

              For my part, if/when Greene comes crashing down, I will be no harder on him than I am on Whitley, which is to say, not so hard, and honest about the respective limitations.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                That’s not exactly true.

                What I saw was the usual. Getting the ball too up in the zone, etc. I didn’t see a guy who, with some further work, couldn’t get right back out there and do the job.

                Do I think he’s anything beyond a back-end starter? No, I don’t. This isn’t blowing smoke up Chase Whitley’s ass. I just think it’s rididculous to shit on the guy so quickly after the inevitable letdown that was going to happen, then singing the praises of another mid-level-to-fringe prospect after one start. It’s like people don’t keep track of what they even type anymore.

                Have a level head with these frigging guys. It’s not like they’re the first young pitchers you’ve ever seen have a good first start before.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                It goes like this:

                The part of me could just as easily be played by Jim.

                Other guy: The Yanks have nothing in AAA! Cashman failed!

                *Guy comes up in AAA and does well for a game or two*

                Same other guy: Awright! See what happens when you play the kids?!

                Me: Didn’t you just say they had nothing in the minors!

                SOG: Come on, man! Let the kids play!

                *Same guy brought up shits the bed*

                SOG: Hahaha! That guy sucks! This farm system sucks! What a joke!

                Me: I don’t think it’s that bad. He did have that string of good outings we were all happy about.

                Everyone in unison: POLLYANNA!

                Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It was a very good start, and he now potentially makes roster decisions difficult. THATS the best kind of problem to have.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Actually, it makes the roster decisions easier (for the time being), so long as there are no new trades in the next week. Once they go back to 12 pitchers:



        Someone comes up to take Soriano’s slot (Zoilo, Sizemore, Pirela, etc.).

        • forensic

          I think it should absolutely be Zoilo. He’s a good platoon partner with Ichiro. The question is if Girardi would stick correctly with the reverse platoon of Ichiro facing lefties and Zoilo facing righties. I’m not so sure he would, unfortunately.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Not a bad idea.

          • Bryan

            They are playing Pirela at RF in Scranton for a reason. I get the feeling he will be the one to come to NYC.

    • nycsportzfan

      I remember when he was drafted Mike.A talking about him as a upside pick. A guy who was raw with upside. Specifically talking about him as one of better sleeper picks.

  • D$1184

    “All Surprise Team”. What a beautiful backhanded compliment. “We expected absolutely nothing out of you but hey, it turns out, you can actually PLAY this game!!!”

  • hornblower

    Are these the same guys who picked the top 100 group? No surprise here.

  • Richard Leo

    anyone know some details about lail’s stuff

    • forensic
    • nycsportzfan

      3pitch pitcher who was throwing those 3pitches coming outta HS, which was all ready encouraging. I believe we went over slot for Lail and he was a get.

      I’ve been mentioning him with the top group of pitchers the Yanks have in the lower levels personally.

      • Richard Leo

        i always mistake him with Daniel Camarena.
        it seems that Lail has legit stuff while Camarena not.

        • nycsportzfan

          Camarena was also a get in the 20th rd outta Cathedral HS in Cali.

          Heres a Quote from Mike.A on Camarena. He likes him alot as well. We got em outta his commitment with the U of San Diego paying him overslot money and with the HS kids, you never know if you got a gem.

          “The Deep Sleeper
          I’m a very big fan (almost certainly too big) of 20-year-old left-hander Daniel Camarena. The Yankees bought him away from a commitment to San Diego with a $335k bonus as their 20th round pick in 2011, but a minor arm issue limited him to 17.2 rookie ball innings during his pro debut last summer. They were 17.2 really awesome innings — 15 strikeouts and no walks — but my fandom is based on his ability to throw strikes with three pitches. Camarena sits in the upper-80s/low-90s with his fastball and backs it up with a curveball and changeup, plus it all plays up because he commands everything well and knows how to set hitters up. When the Yankees drafted him, I half-jokingly said they were getting a college pitcher (in terms of polish) in a high school pitcher’s body. He obviously has a long way to go before having a big league impact, but Camarena has everything needed to fill a mid-rotation slot down the road.”

        • nycsportzfan

          The big difference seems Lails got a better Curveball, and Camarena is a Lefty.

          • YankeeGrunt

            The big difference is in MPH. Lail doesn’t have a huge FB but he can touch 93 and sits 91-92. Camarena sits 87-88 and touches 90, 91 on a good day. If Camarena could touch 93 regularly he would be a Top 100 prospect because of the control. Lail is also 6’2″ or so, Camarena is barely 6′. Both good prospects with Lail the better one, of course Camarena being a lefty keeps him in the prospect conversation.

            • nycsportzfan

              Yeah, I just meant they were similar as both throw 3pitches , neither will blow you away, but as you said, Lail throws a bit harder, and both have solid control. I think despite Camarena not being a top 100 prospect, hes still a prospect worth monitoring, and is pretty close to Lail , as far as tops out prob mid rotation starter who is more crafty then power, and mixes there pitches really well, and both having solid accuracy.

              Good post, by the way. Both should be fun to watch grow.

  • whitey

    Give me 2 run ball through 6 innings all night long.

    • Evan3457

      Then you need a rainout after 6 innings.

  • n0exit

    If people want to hear Cashman talk about prospects, trades yanks etc. here is an interview with Francesca. Interesting point is that if refsnyder was called up he would play right field but they aren’t inclined to do that just yet.

    • Yanks

      Probably because they don’t really see a real reason to get rid of Roberts, who obviously hasn’t been very good, but hasn’t been the same liability that a guy like Soriano in RF. Ref hasn’t played RF at all, so I can’t see him actually coming up and playing RF since he hasn’t taken game time reps there in years and they’re focusing on him being a 2nd baseman. Basically, it sounds like they’d rather let him develop than rush him up to play 2nd when he isn’t really needed.

      • hornblower

        While it may be difficult to learn to play 2nd base when it’s a new position, Ref. was an excellent right fielder in college. Going back there would be easy for him. He has an excellent arm as well.

        • Bryan

          The issue is that he offers little to no power. His offense plays up well at 2b because the average offensive bat there is exactly great. He hits for average, on base, and offers a bit of speed. That does not exactly translate well in RF where you ideally want some power (ie: Beltran or good Soriano). I can’t imagine them taking Ref out of 2b now and placing him in RF.

  • nycsportzfan

    Anyone know anything about this Reynaldo Polanco kid? He was starting up untill this yr, unless they are just getting him going as a reliever?

  • nycsportzfan

    Peter O’Brien might not of been hitting HR’s hit last 10 or so games, but that dosen’t mean he hasen’t been doing well. Hes hitting 317BA over his last 10 and has scored 11run in the same time frame.

    Hes having a pretty big yr, for the kinda player hes projects to be.

    I personally have a man crush on Gregory Bird, and like him over O’Brien, but nothing wrong with having both.

  • Wayne

    What happened to Ian Clarkin?
    Was he suppose to pitch today?

    • Yanks

      Not sure if he was supposed to start, but he hasn’t started since July 1st, which is interesting. He’s had more walks, so maybe they’re trying to space his starts and work on mechanics while giving him some breaks.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Traded for Nick Swisher, didn’t you hear?

  • entonces

    O’Brien is seriously under-rated. On a pace to hit 40 HRs or more in minors — almost nobody does that. Ks are a bit high, but not awful by any means for someone with his power. Not concerned about low BB totals. They will improve, and have already begun to. I just wonder why he isn’t getting reps at first base.

    • Yanks

      He usually plays first

      • entonces

        Is that right? Thought he’d been used mostly catcher, RF and DH. Will have to check.

        • entonces

          You’re right. Has played at first. Errorless, too, FWIW

    • TC

      He is. He’s played more games at first for Trenton than anywhere else. They are training to maintain some versatility for both him and Austin though so they mix it up sometimes.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Hopefully this is a sign of him turning around the year. He’s got power in spades, but otherwise his year is going poorly.

    • Evan3457

      Command of the K zone. 86 K and 14 BB between high A and AA. And he’s not particularly young for AA.

      It isn’t just the low BB, it’s the high K’s together with the low BB. If both were high, or both were very low, he’d be a prospect, instead of Shelley Duncan II, which is what he looks like right now.

      • entonces

        Ridiculous to compare O’B to Shelley Duncan. O’B has hit HRs at a near historic pace, reaching AA as a just turned 23 yr. old. Duncan didn’t make it to AA til he was 25. K rate is comparable but O’Bs HR rate at at much younger age is clearly superior. At roughly one K per 4 ABs that’s not prohibitive for a guy like O’B who hits HRs every 12 ABs or so.

    • nycsportzfan

      Bird and O’Brien are both extremely intriguing if you ask me. Again, Yanks have done splendidly drafting in recent yrs, outside of reaching for Cito Culver and DBJ(albeit DBJ is still on prospect radar). I’m not ready to put the slight reach of Katoh up there as hes not played long enough and after his impressive 1st yr in 2013, hes finally starting to put it together in 2014. To be honest, theres still time to salvage this yr for Katoh.

      I could talk Yanks prospects all day nowadays. It used to be fairly boring for a heck of a stretch there.

  • Wayne

    Ian Clarkin is hurt.
    That is messed up.
    He is only 19 years old.
    Maybe they brought him to charleston too soon!
    What is the injury?

    • Yanks

      What are you even talking about?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Your brain.

    • ron

      He got hurt stretching in front of his Kershaw poster.

  • Wayne

    They Have to change his mechanics or Ian clarkin will get hurt and end up with serious surgery.

  • Danny

    Clarkin is being skipped to save him from the innings limit

  • Wayne

    Ian Clarkin has been put on disabling list so he must be hurt. Check Out his profile from milb .

  • Wayne

    If that is the real reason for putting him on disable list I don’t like idea of skipping him so he pitches límited innings.
    Why not just stop him when he reached his limit for the rest of the year?
    He can get hurt that way especially with a young pitcher. They need repetition!!

  • Wayne

    Repetition build a arm strength!!!!

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      When you post 5 times with only one reply, and everyone is clearly ignoring you, maybe it’s time to sit the next few plays out.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I fall for it, though. He’s my eddard.

        Is the dude really injured, btw? Now I need to know.

        • Aaron Juez

          “I fall for it, though.”

          You’re better than that. Wayne isn’t even original with his trolling.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            It’s the random DSL namedrops. The constant fear that everyone is getting hurt or traded. The obsession with Simon de la Rosa and Brady Lail. He just gets to me in ways others don’t.

            And I am better than that. You’re right.

  • Wayne

    If you look At Ian Clarkins minor league profile it says he is on seven day disable list .
    I am not lying.
    Why don’t you check for yourself the milb profile for Ian Clarkin ?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      7-Day disabled list works in MiLB the same it does as in the MLB, which would imply some concern about a concussion, although have we even heard anything related to that with Clarkin happen? Someone get Mark Newman on the phone. He’ll tell us exactly what happened.

      It’d be great if you did some of this legwork yourself and posted something coherent about it other than OMG HIS ARM MUST HAVE FALLEN OFF. This took me two minutes. At work.

      • n0exit

        Actually in milb, the 7 day is like the MLB 15 day. He might actually be injured. Of course, he might be on the DL for the roster spot if they decided not to pitch him for a little while to save bullets so this basically means very little.

        Side note: we all just got faked out by a Wayne troll. How will we ever know what’s real now?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’d read that MiLB patterned it’s 7-day after the MLB. Would Wikipedia really ever lie to me?

      • CS Yankee

        Maybe he hurt his head hearing that the NYY were in talks with the Cubs and his name floated around….

        Maybe Cashman hid him on the DL to keep teams from asking or him.

        Maybe he had a family matter to attend to and this was the best solution for him to leave the team.

        How am I doing? maybe if Newman goes on vacation I can fill in and basically say everything that means nothing.