DotF: Refsnyder, Romine both homer in AAA loss

Yankees hang on for unnecessarily close 9-7 win over Twins in series finale
Fan Confidence Poll: July 7th, 2014

Triple-A Scranton (13-9 loss to Charlotte) they managed to hit five homers and lose

  • RF Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K — third homer in his last ten games
  • 3B Yangervis Solarte: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — mashin’
  • LF Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • 1B Scott Sizemore: 0-2, 2 K — not sure why he was pulled from the game, though with all the recent roster moves, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was a call-up
  • PH-1B Corban Joseph: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • C Austin Romine: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — everyone once in a while he shows of flash of why he was once a highly touted prospect
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 29 of 54 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54%) … yikes, not what they needed with a short bullpen following the Jim Miller and Bruce Billings call-ups
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — eight of 13 pitches were strikes
  • LHP Taylor Dugas: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%) … yeah, the bullpen was so short they had to use a position player to pitch
  • RHP Antoan Richardson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GB/FB — only six of 17 pitches were strikes (35%0 … yeah, the bullpen was so short they had to use TWO position players to pitch

Double-A Trenton (9-7 loss to New Hampshire, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-6, 1 SB
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — 8-for-16 (.500) in his last four games
  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 21-for-108 (.194) in his last 27 games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 30 of 45 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 26 of 45 pitches were strikes (58%) … remember when there was talk he might make the team out of Spring Training? that was weird
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%) … 23 strikeouts (37.7%) and five walks (8.2%) in 61 plate appearances against lefties this year

High-A Tampa (4-0 loss to Dunedin)

  • CF Jake Cave & SS Cito Culver: both 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird & RF Aaron Judge: both 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 BB
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 3 K
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — one earned run or less in nine of his last eleven starts at this level

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Rome)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Mark Payton: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — first pro hit for this year’s seventh rounder
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 10/1 GB/FB — 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (65%) … can’t get much more dominant than that … 17/3 K/BB in his last 19.1 innings

Short Season Staten Island (7-6 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • CF Devyn Bolasky: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — only played seven innings, which is kinda weird because he had graduated to playing full nine-inning games since coming back from the shoulder problem
  • 2B-3B Ty McFarland: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B,, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing, fielding)
  • RF Austin Aune: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K — 10-for-40 (.250) with 22 strikeouts in his last ten games
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB
  • RHP David Palladino: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 5/1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — tall pitchers will have nights like this as they work to figure out their deliveries
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GB/FB — see Palladino’s comment

The two Rookie GCL Yanks teams had their regularly scheduled Sunday off-day.

Yankees hang on for unnecessarily close 9-7 win over Twins in series finale
Fan Confidence Poll: July 7th, 2014
  • RetroRob

    Dugas as lefty specialist for the big league bullpen!

    • Doofus

      Isn’t he like 5’8 lol GOAT!

  • YankeeGrunt

    Also significant is Holder starting and going 3. There was some talk that they’d see if he could start, so it seems like they’re trying that.

  • Tanuki Tanaka

    But is their bullpen shorter than Pedroia?

  • n0exit

    Apparently J ram is injured.

    • forensic

      I was about to comment how it’s weird that they had such a short bullpen but only had him throw 13 pitches. Guess that explains it, if true.

      • n0exit

        Donnie Collins retweeted someone who said he left with an injury.

        • JPK

          Not good.
          What is Claiborne’s injury?

          • n0exit


            • JPK


              • n0exit

                Haha, you must not read too many minor league injury updates. We’re lucky to know what’s injured and any further updates on timelines should be taken with a huge sack of salt.

                • JPK

                  I know little is often given in the form of actual info…. just wondering if I missed something over the hoilday

                  • n0exit

                    No no, Newman hasn’t got his mitts on this one yet. ;) (sorry, that’s just my contempt for these so called “updates” shining through).

                    Also, how did you do the back to the future thing to reply to my comment?

                    • JPK

                      flux capasiter

                      honestly no clue

  • JPK

    Why would they call up sizemore on the heels of wheeler being brought up??? Also where was Almonte in this game, he is the much more obvious call up as for now.

    • forensic

      I agree. Unless they’re giving KJ the Soriano treatment, there’s really no place for Sizemore. With Almonte not playing tonight, I could see him (and Greene) meeting the team in Cleveland with both Miller and Billings going down and Whitley going to the pen (maybe permanently).

      • JPK

        hard to figure they would send both miller and billings out before the greene start, just in case it is a short one, better to let those guys suck some innings up.
        Is Greene technically taking Nuno’s spot on the 25 man until McCarthy arrives or does somebody have to go for him?

        • forensic

          Yeah, they’ll probably hold onto one of them for his start, maybe with the other one going on Tuesday before Tanaka’s start.

          And my phrasing was poor saying they’d be ‘going down’. Obviously that’s not the case. They’d have to be DFA’d and then see if they re-sign again. Since that’s how it would be, I wonder if they’d keep one of them up and send down Whitley to maintain a little bit of depth. I guess maybe it depends on how Greene looks.

          And somebody else needs to go for Greene. McCarthy essentially gets Nuno’s spot immediately.

          • JPK

            I think there is a bit of a loop hole there, a team has a few days to add a player to the roster when a trade occurs.

            • JPK

              Current Offical Active Roster on has 24 players… no McCarthy, no Greene… but the trade is lined out in the transaction section.

            • Tom

              I was wondering about that and whether they could ‘float’ that spot until Tuesday (and basically stick with an 8 man pen/3 man bench with Greene technically the 5th starter). I’m not sure how the roster rules go regarding trades – they may just have to put McCarthy on the 40man right away (which would also be Nuno’s 40man spot, but the 25man spot would be open)

              Then on Tues send two pitchers down – one for McCarthy’s 25man spot, and one to get back to a normal bench/7 man pen . That would be some mix of Greene/Miller/Billings; I doubt they would pull the plug on Whitley with the all star break coming up. I could see them using that start (and Greene’s start tomorrow) to determine if a change is needed post all stare break. Of course if Greene comes out tomorrow and blows everyone away, that could change quickly.

            • forensic

              I could be wrong, but I believe that only applies when you trade a non-25-man roster guy for one that will on the 25-man. You may have a day or two until the player reports in that kind of deal to send someone down. And I believe that’s just on the player’s timetable, where he has I think 48 hours to report (at least that’s what I think it is to report to the minors), not on the team’s timetable.

              I can’t think of anything like that happening in a trade involving two 25-man guys. If that was a loop hole, or floating spot as Tom mentioned, then you already would’ve seen them try to get someone to Minnesota in time for Sunday’s game, in addition to Billings.

              As far as I know, it’s just basically a dead spot until McCarthy reports, which I assume would be Monday in Cleveland.

              • JpK

                Roster Move: As expected, the Yankees have called up Greene to make the spot start. There is no need for a corresponding move because technically McCarthy has not yet reported the team. They will need to drop someone from the roster when McCarthy is added tomorrow.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    It’s crazy to think how rare even a good LOOGY is these days, much less a shutdown lefty reliever.

    I demand someone that is left-handed answer for your people’s crimes!

    • Cuso

      We think with the opposite sides of out brains.

      • Dick M

        I know lefties who don’t think with either side of their brains.

  • Michael

    So now that the international free agents are basically signed are we going to finally see an updated Yankees top 30 prospects? I’d like to know where some of these guys stand at the mid season mark.

    • RetroRob

      I doubt most, if any of the international signings make Mike’s list, with maybe the exception being the 18-year-old Korean SS who could start his career stateside immediately.

      Most of the other players seemed to be 16-year-olds who we won’t see here in pro ball for a year or probably two. Could be wrong about that, but can’t remember seeing any international signings on the top 30 list until they were playing here in the States.

      • JPK

        yeah way too early on that.. only updates will be on the new draftees and the shifting status of current prospects

      • Yanks

        Dermis Garcia is probably the only one who would get mention of the IFAs. Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Rafael Devers, etc, are guys who got love on top prospect lists around baseball before they even debuted because of how highly regarded they were.

        We could certainly see some of these guys next year in the GCL. Leonardo Molina went there as the big free agent signing last year, so we could see Garcia, Gomez, De Leon, etc. potentially debuting in the GCL next year.

      • YankeeGrunt

        DePaula, Sanchez and Montero are the only ones I remember getting any love like that before their stateside debuts, because the latter two were big-time bonus babies and because it was understood that because of his age DePaula would probably start in full-season ball.

  • YankeeFan

    Gary Sanchez up to a .275/.346/.439 line. Nice to see that the benching appeared to work as he has been on fire since then.

  • Vinnie

    3B Yangervis Solarte: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — mashin’

    It was a pretty quick recovery. Maybe it’s just that he’s back home.

    • ProjectNeo


  • Tyrone Sharpton

    What’s wrong with Montgomery?

    • CS Yankee

      They had him pitch in the AFL after throwing over 70 IP in the great minor year and he got hurt.

      Hasn’t been anywhere close to that over the last two seasons.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You all thought he’d be a ’96 Rivera before he even mastered AAA and/or a second pitch?

  • Wayne

    Chaz Hebert has a pretty good delivery.
    What is the scouting report on him ?
    What age does he turn this year?
    What pitches does he throw?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He doesn’t just throw a gyroball. He throws a shawarmaball.

  • Bobby d

    Once again the yankees are being foolish and showing lack of faith and an inability to recognize young talent. The obvious move to inject some youth and immediately improve the club is to promote Refsnyder. He has destroyed pitching at every level and if you have an eye for talent he deserves to be promoted. Give him some at bats in right field and see what you have. Stop acquiring old over the hill players when you have someone in your own organization with youth and talent staring you in the face!!!

    • CS Yankee

      Heard his D has really improved at 2B, hasn’t played in RF for a couple of years so unless Roberts goes DL, I bet they let him finish the last couple of months in AAA with a September call-up.

      The bread is still baking…should be amazing bread, but its still baking. Have some pita chips to tie you over.

      • The Great Gonzo

        The bread line is a fantastic spin on the old TSJC burrito meme… I commend you, CSY.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Bread? Mexican? TORTA.

        • Looser trader droids FotD™

          Sniff. Miss that guy.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d wager he’d be closer to up if he could play third base. There’s little hurry to get Roberts out of there at the moment.

  • CS Yankee

    Thinking that Camerena needs to be bumped up to AA.

    11 starts in high-A with 9 of them being elite should equate to a promotion. Let the lefty spend the last two months at Trenton.

    • I’m One

      I was thinking the same thing. The results are certainly there. Maybe the approach needs a bit more work, but I suspect they could still work on that at the next level.

    • donnybaseball72

      I would keep him in Tampa for now. I’ve just seen too many of our A pitchers struggle with the big jump to AA. Lets enjoy his Tampa dominance a little more. Besides, he’s only 20 I believe.

  • The Great Gonzo

    So… I know this is the place you all usually go to whip out our collective dicks and wank mercilessly over the next biggest Yankee in the history of the world, and ‘Rob Rysnyderz’ is the Prospect-Wank du jour…


    The kid seems to be striking out a shit ton though. He’s got a 61/34 K/BB ratio halfway through the season. He was sitting on 84/82 last season. Sure, the slash line is sexy, and he WILL get a call up eventually and he may be good, or even great when he gets here… But it warrants mentioning that he is swinging more freely which could hurt him coming up.

    • Bo Knows

      He wasn’t walking much in AA because he was hitting practically everything in site yet still wasn’t K much at 15.6%. When he was promoted you gloss over the fact that he’s walking almost as much as he’s striking out. K/BB is nice but you completely gloss over the context in which it occured.

    • Dick M

      It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s working on different approaches.

      For example, when he got to AAA it seems like his walk and strike out % went up and he started hitting more homers. So maybe he’s being more selective, looking for a pitch he can drive? Which might be getting him into more pitcher’s counts on the one hand and leading to the walks/homers on the other? His OBP is up which you know they are looking at.

      His strikeout % at AA this year was about the same as last year. It was his walk rate that nose-dived.

    • derp

      well just the other day his BB and K rates were equal at around 18%.

      <20% isn't a shit ton, and walking as often as you strike out at the highest level of the minors isn't a bad thing.

      if anything, his drag is his defense, which by numerous accounts has improved ever since he got moved back to the position. blindly looking at numbers is easy… putting them to context is another story and apparently incredibly difficult or simply ignored as it doesn't fit the narrative.