DotF: Severino returns in Trenton’s loss

Game 123: Opposites
Robertson melts down, sends Yanks to 7-4 loss to Astros

The notes:

  • RHP Luis Severino (oblique) was activated off the Double-A Trenton disabled list, the team announced. How about that? A minor injury that actually turned out to be minor. C Gary Sanchez was placed on the paternity list to clear a roster spot, according to the team. Congrats to him.
  • 1B Mike Ford was promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, says Nicholas Flammia. 1B Bubba Jones was bumped from Short Seasons Staten Island to Charleston in a corresponding move, according to the team.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Syracuse, walk-off style)

  • CF Jose Pirela: 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — walk-off three-run triple … hot damn
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin  Romine: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2/6 GB/FB — 59 of 93 pitches were strikes (63%)

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to New Hampshire)

  • RF Jake Cave: 1-4
  • LF Ben Gamel & 1B Greg Bird: both 0-4 — Gamel struck out twice, Bird thrice
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 BB
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — five walks and four strikeouts in his last eight games
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4
  • RHP Luis Severino: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … I’m sure he was on a strict pitch count after missing three weeks
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%) … 41/8 K/BB in 20.2 innings as a pro … he’s up to 75.2 innings this year between college and pro ball
  • RHP Nick Goody: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 20 of 31 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, zeroes, 3/3 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%) … caps off an excellent night for the bullpen

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to Brevard County, walk-off style)

  • CF Mark Payton: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 2 E (both fielding)
  • DH Eric Jagielo: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-2, 2 K — left the game after the fifth inning for an unknown reason
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP,0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9/3 GB/FB — very nice
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — lost the combined no-hitter with one out in the eighth
  • RHP Chris Smith: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — gave up the walk-off hit on what the play-by-play calls a “soft pop up” to the second baseman

Low-A Charleston (8-7 win over Greenville)

  • DH Abi Avelino: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K — 8-for-26 (.308) in his last six games, so he’s starting to come around a bit
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — tenth homer of the year … ten homers as a 19-year-old in a brutal home park in the Sally League is pretty damn impressive
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB — 14 walks and seven strikeouts in his last eight games
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 r, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 48 of 73 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60%)

Short Season Staten Island is off until tomorrow for the All-Star Game. The game ended in a 1-1 tie after nine innings, which is really lame. Here’s the box score.

  • 1B Connor Spencer: 0-2, 1 K — started and batted fifth
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — entered the game in the fifth
  • 2B Ty McFarland: 0-2, 1 K — started and batted seventh
  • PH Isaias Tejeda: 0-1 — pinch-hit in the seventh and that was it

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (10-5 loss to GCL Astros)

  • DH Alex Palma: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — second homer of the year for the 18-year-old
  • RF Dominic Jose: 1-2, 2 BB
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — had been in an ugly 1-for-27 (.037) slump
  • RHP Hayden Sharp: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB – second game back from retirement

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (4-3 win over GCL Pirates)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — played seven innings in his fourth game back from the ankle injury
  • DH Chris Gittens: 2-4, 1 R
  • 1B R.J. Johnson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF-RF Jose Figueroa: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — 13-for-38 (.342) in his last ten games
  • SS Yancarlos Baez: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Melvin Morla: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 2/3 GB/FB
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Game 123: Opposites
Robertson melts down, sends Yanks to 7-4 loss to Astros
  • Call Me Carlos the Dwarf

    Jeez, Gary. 21’s a little young.

    Congrats all the same, though.

    • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

      Sadly, 21 isn’t even that young anymore…

      • YakaTanaka

        Anymore? Think it’s the exact opposite.

        • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

          To be having a child? Maybe it’s just my area but 16-18 year olds are getting knocked up daily.

          • YakaTanaka

            At what point in human history were 16-18 year olds not getting knocked up? I would bet you a whole lot of money that the average age of parents at birth has done nothing but increase over time.

    • vicki

      it’s cultural. i see some hot grandmas at the felix millan little league games on the east river.

      • YakaTanaka

        Could be (certainly seems more prevelant… just sayingthat could be the motivating reason for Sanchez), but it also doesn’t seem at all unusual for pro athletes in general to have kids by 21. White, black, latino, whatever… White boys from rural America are known to pop em out early too.

        No idea what the percentages are or how they compare to the population at large. I certainly wasn’t surprised to hear that a millionaire pro athlete of any ethnic background had a kid at 21. I’m actually kind of shocked that other people were surprised.

  • Yanks

    Connor Spencer definitely should have gotten the call over Bubba Jones.

    Seems Aguilar has disappeared for an unknown reason.

    Mike didn’t post it in the recap, but Joey Maher, who has been out all year for an unknown reason, pitched in a game today. He’s a big sinkerballer.

    • Yanks101

      I agree on connor spencer believe he will be there next year.

    • YakaTanaka

      A promotion isn’t just about rewarding one guy vs. another. Might feel it’s best for Spencer’s development to finish the season in SI for whatever season.

  • Danny Aiello Jr.

    Seeing how good Lindgren is makes me happy. Also, hell of a game from Jose Pirela

  • Yanks101

    Whats the thoughts on Mike Ford? Late season promotion. Signed as an undrafted free agent? Org guy? Prospect?

    • Yanks

      Almost certainly an org guy.

      • Yanks101

        You think? I was debating whether to say in between. Like hovering if he plays good he has a chance, but no?

        • Yanks

          Undrafted at 1st base who isn’t very big nor athletic… yeah…

          • Yanks101

            I didnt say an a rate prospect. I said something in between. Very similiar to a Kyle Roller almost. I know you consider him an org guy, But everyone has a chance. All about performance. if you hit you will eventually get a shot somewhere

            • Call Me Carlos the Dwarf

              “Similar to a Kyle Roller” means “an org guy.”

              • YakaTanaka

                Roller might be a bit more than an org guy, I’d say.

                • Yanks101

                  I second this

                • Preston

                  I wouldn’t say that. 26 yo 1b with a 28 % K rate isn’t very appealing. Normalize his AAA BABIP of .373 and I think you’d get a pretty accurate picture of his big league batting line.

                  • YakaTanaka

                    I didn’t say he’s a good prospect or he will succeed in MLB. I said he MIGHT be a bit more than an org player. Org players generally do not progress steadily through the system all the way to AAA, mastering each level as they go. They generally fill in where the org needs them… moving backwards, spending 3, 4 years at a level… Definitely not progressing only based on what is best for their own development, which is essentially the dividing line between prospect and org player. They have almost no chance of helping the big league club. I think Roller has largely progressed based on what is best for him (forcing their hand when the Yanks tried to stall him in AA), and is establishing himself as a AAAA player who is always a call away if needed at the MLB level. Even if he’s never the Plan A, B, or even C at the MLB level for a contending type team.

          • vicki

            oh, he’s big alright. he’s just not tall.

            • ropeadope1

              I’m going back and forth on how to interpret that.

  • Yanks101

    Awesome game by Pirela. I think he could be in heavy consideration for a bench role next season, dude can play everywhere.

    • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

      If he couldn’t make this year’s team…

      • Yanks101

        Yes but he also hadnt had a full year at AAA and I believe they might see him as a huge super utility place. He can play everywhere but pitcher and catcher now. I think the yanks could see him as that type of player

    • Bo Knows

      Pirela isn’t a good defender anywhere either

      • renzostew

        well he must have a lot of errors.I get tired of people putting a label on players and there is not any evidence to back the statements up

        • YakaTanaka

          Errors are a poor way to measure defensive aptitude. Getting to a ball and booting is only one way a defender can make a poor defensive play. More often a bad defender will just not get to a ball that a good defender would have. (Think Gardner… He doesn’t make that many highlight reel plays bc he just makes plays other LFs wouldn’t even have a shot at look easy.)

          The evidence comes in the form of first hand accounts.

        • Bo Knows

          Errors don’t tell you anything, Jeter for his career doesn’t make a ton of errors but it doesn’t mean he’s a good defensive player. Try that crap for someone who doesn’t know anything

    • Preston

      By “dude can play everywhere” you mean he’s willing to stand at every position. That’s not the same as being able to defend it at an MLB caliber level.

  • nycsportzfan

    Brady Lail throws a reminder hes still around at us. Sick start.

  • Yanks101

    Not gonna make any comment on this indivdual game been a huge SSS for bichette in AA. But if he can ever make it to MLB alot of scouts are gonna look like asses for calling him a bust. When in fact it was the yankees own fault he started struggling in the first place

    • Danny Aiello Jr.

      Coached against DBJ when he played at Orangewood Christian and I was at Colonial in Orlando. Oddly enough it was at a spring break tournament Damon sponsored. He could hit but everyone there said he had no true position and a potential for being exposed with above off speed stuff. I hope he proves them wrong cause he’s a good kid, but I’m cautiously optimistic. I actually coached against him and Mason Williams, and regardless of what they do at these levels, watching them is High School was seriously something special.

      • Yanks101

        I agree I believe the same thing. If he can make the show it would be awesome. Im optimistic too. He had a bounceback year at High A and was moved to AA where he has had a few good games and a few bad games. All this happening after the yanks let him go back to his orginal swing. I dont think thats a condeince

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Sometimes the best coaching is to just get out of the way. Also, it is a lot nicer to comment on these DOF threads. A lot less negativity.

          • Yanks101

            and they changed his swing and he sucked. So it tells you that danny is more on pat being a couch the best coaching is sometimes to get out of the way

            • Danny Aiello Jr.

              For him I honestly think it’s mental. If it’s been that way since High School it takes a toll. I mean at least with his old swing he could hit some. That changed swing he couldn’t even hit fastballs. I’ll take a guy who can hit fastballs and the hanging cookies over the guy who looks like Chris Stewart up there.

              • Yanks101

                It was his old swing that hes using now. They changed his swing in the sally league., They should of never fucked with him

                • YakaTanaka

                  Again… This appears to contradict reality. His original swing was very noisy. Lots of moving parts (going back to HS and same in Sally). Now he is quiet.

                  You also have to stop pretending these players don’t have free will.

                • Preston

                  Saying it repeatedly does not make it true. Bichette had a complex swing in HS, the Yankees tried to get him to simplify. When he struggled at Charleston he reverted to his old swing. After failing for two years he finally accepted coaching and simplified his swing and found some success. This is verifiable both from verbal accounts and video evidence.

            • YakaTanaka

              This does not appear to be true at all.

              All reports are he worked with his dad (Rockies former hitting coach) extensively and changed his mechanics significantly. Does not appear to be a matter of leaving him alone, but working with him more.

        • Yanks

          They changed his swing because they probably didn’t think it would work long term. People who have seen DBJ have commented that he struggles with offspeed stuff, and it’s unknown, but possible, that his swing is a reason for it.

        • YakaTanaka

          I believe it’s the exact opposite. The Yankees changed his swing in GCL and he did well. He changed it back and stunk for two years. His dad started working with him more and convinced him to go back to what worked in GCL.

          I could be wrong, but that’s the way I have heard it.

          • Yanks101

            Thats wrong. He had his orginal swing in the GCl. Got bumped up to low a they changed his swing, He couodnt even hit a fastball anymore. Now they had him go back to his orginal swing and hes hitting again. Theres an article out there it was shared on a past DOTF thread cant find it

            • YakaTanaka

              I have heard different things. Most scouts thought he changed mechanics from HS to GCL amd he has said that while the hitting coach isn’t allowed to make changes that eaely he did pick the guy’s brain.

              Have heard he made few changes as well, though.

              Have definitely heard his dad started working with him more last offseason after leaving Rockies.

              If you have a link, share it. Haven’t heard that, though.

            • YakaTanaka

              And please don’t lead with “that’s wrong” unless you’ve personally broken down the tape or been there to see who made what changes. Really unnecessarily confrontational, which I know is you MO… But should probably stop. And one article that isn’t even Google-able might not actually be accurate.

            • YakaTanaka

              This article suggests he changed his mechanics away from the noisy stance he was always known for in HS: http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-jr-high-a

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

    Some Cashman comments on the AA roster:

    http://minormatterstrenton.blogspot.com/

    • Yanks101

      Wow nice to hear all that from cashman.

      Pretty high praise from burawa compared to bencantes.
      Goody I think can be awesome.
      and Lindgren as advertised sums it up.

      I mean if even 50% of things fall right. Your looking at a star studded bullpen

  • Yanks101

    Loads of good pitching performances by trenton today:
    Nice to see serverino come back. Im an honest beliver in this kid. I think he could be in our rotation as early as mid season 2015. A rotation of tanaka, pineda and Severino would be sick.

    Secondly: Lindgren, Goody and Burawa all looked really good. I think lindgren needs to get bumped to AAA, same with goody. I know hes coming back from Tommy john, But I could see the kid in the bullpen out of spring training next year same with lindgren. Burawa sgain showing us why he needs to be protected. Pure stuff

    • Jimmy

      Lindgren is ready for the next level. Goody was a little wild and got hit pretty hard, just at his fielders. His stuff is there, he just needs more work.

  • Yanks101

    Brady Lail. Someone to really keep an eye on. Kid is really really crafty. Starts next year in High A tampa with a mid season jump to trenton if he does well

  • n0exit

    Tucker Blair at bp was raving about lindgren. Cj wittmen in his char today said he believes all the Trenton bunch are second division regulars and that refsnyder is over hyped because when he saw him at Trenton a major league calibre arm took him apart. Take it for what it’s worth.

    • YakaTanaka

      Not sure it’s worth much. Margin of error is so great on prospects that I’m not sure anyone who really knows what they’re doing would bother predicting an exact outcome. (A cost controlled second division regular is quite valuable, though, so that would be great.) Also not sure anyone who knows what they’re doing would project someone based on one game, or more likely maybe 3 PAs.

  • Yanks101

    Ramon Flores slowly making his way back. I believe had his season not been cut really short by injury he wouldve been a favriote for the 4th or 5th outfielder next year. I still think he has an outside shot with a really good spring training

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Dude has a long way to go. Hopefully he does it injury free.

      • Yanks101

        Hes already at AAA. Not that long of a way to go

        • Preston

          Sometimes the distance between AAA and MLB can be infinite…

          • YakaTanaka

            Yeah, I think a lot of fans forget that. At the same time, Flores may have one of the theoretically shortest ways to go to MLB of any Yankee prospect. Whether he succeeds there or not is another story. In relative terms his journey doesn’t seem all that long, though.

      • YakaTanaka

        Why do you say that he has a long way to go?

        • Yanks101

          exactly how a long way to go

          • W.B. Mason Williams

            Baseball is a game of inches. But exact measurements? Save that for shuffleboard.

        • W.B. Mason Williams

          The injury history alone suggests his rehab could take a circuitous route. That and his 1/3 of a season at AAA, on top of shaking off some rust, would indicate he’d need some time.

          • YakaTanaka

            Has he ever had a major injury before this one? Most injuries are unique and take different amounts of time to come back from, but I don’t remember any injury history with Flores.

            It’s not a big enough sample to say if it’s his true talent level, but in 1/3 of a AAA season at 22 he hit like 20% above league average. Didn’t seem like he had a long way to go at the time. So seems like he may only have to get back to where he was. (Not an elite prospect by any means… But a solid one.)

            I still don’t know what you mean by a long way: there’s not a long way left this season and if he’s not recovered by next season he may never be. He’ll probably be one of their most MLB ready guys in short order.

  • JUNEBUG®?

    I nominated Jeter for the ice bucket challenge and he did it! lol

    • UnKnown

      I’m sure it was because you nominated him too…

  • Hankflorida

    Watching the kids play and looking for a hot hand as call up time is approaching. I expect the Yanks to hang in there for the WC chase and wonder if Girardi would gamble with his young ones unless
    “the parties over and it’s time to call it a day.”

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Really nice to see Andujar recover from that rough start and impress in the Sally league. Our fearless leader predicted him to take the biggest step forward this year and, while I’m not quite sure he fully lived up to that, things are looking pretty damn good so far……from reading stat lines, of course. :)

    • Preston

      FWIW when I went to see the Charleston team he physically stood out over everyone but Judge.

  • vicki

    so, down two runs with two outs in the ninth is something i’m familiar with. it’s the walk-off triple part that confuses me. that’s allowed?

    • Yanks

      I believe if he was rounding 2nd heading towards third when the runner crosses the plate, it counts as a triple. Could be wrong.

      • vicki

        it was a too-vague dig at the big club and their dearth of late-inning rallies this season.

        ps. the bases were loaded and they needed all three runs to walk off.

  • ropeadope1

    Took a quick look at the headline and thought it said Soriano returns in Trenton’s loss.

  • forensic

    At least one bullpen had an excellent night.
    Interesting description on that High A walkoff. Maybe they forgot to put in a new 2B after Gumbs left…

    • ropeadope1

      Maybe the 2B replacement swallowed the ball.

  • Yanks101

    Whats up with all these walks for Katoh? dude must has a great eye?

    Also adjuar and avelino look really good.
    I think High A tampa is stacked next year.
    Adnjudar, Katoh Avelino and Wade all start there I believe. Trenton stacked too

    • Yanks101

      With judge and jags both joining trentons already stacked roster

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      The only guy that really looks he’s got a good grip on the level is Wade.

      • Yanks

        Even Tyler Wade is only rocking a 100 wRC+. Andujar is at 95 prior to tonight. Gosuke at 99 prior to tonight

        • Yanks101

          Yes due to there patheic starts to the season since about two weeks before the all star break theyve all been hitting. They started the season both batting near the mendoza line

          • W.B. Mason Williams

            Don’t get me wrong, I think Katoh is eligible to move up after a few weeks of proving his worth at this level. But I want to see it carry over. I’m no scout, but it’s what I’d like to see. Continuity and consistency.

            • YakaTanaka

              I think we all, would… But these are prospects. Works in progress.

              Where they start out is not nearly as important as where they finish. The adjustments and improvemets are what matters. Just about everyone in the Sally has a lot to work on before they’re MLB ready.

      • YakaTanaka

        Andujar looks to have the beat grip, in my opinion. While you have to be careful with small samples, prospects also can develop a lot over the course of one season. He struggled out of the gate, but seems to have been in control at tht level for months.

        (That’s without look at a single stat… Just off the top from following DOTF.)

    • Preston

      At lower levels high walk rates might likely mean passivity as much as a good eye, because A ball pitchers tend to struggle to throw strikes. His high K rate seems to back up that he’s just not swinging at ANY pitches.

      • selftitled85

        While I agree with your overall premise, I disagree with the case for Katoh. Katoh had a k rate hovering around 40 percent and a walk rate near 10 percent for the fir 2-3 months of the season. Now his K rate is down to below 30 percent, his walk rate is around 13 percent, and his wRC+ is 102. Katoh was either too passive at first or just too weak to make contact. Now? He is swinging more and swinging with more authority while still laying off the junk. For someone who is 19 years old in a stadium like this? That is pretty damn impressive. To me, he is easily the best of the IFers for Charleston prospect wise.

      • selftitled85

        While I agree with your overall premise, I disagree with the case for Katoh. Katoh had a k rate hovering around 40 percent and a walk rate near 10 percent for the fir 2-3 months of the season. Now his K rate is down to below 30 percent, his walk rate is around 13 percent, and his wRC+ is 102. Katoh was either too passive at first or just too weak to make contact. Now? He is swinging more and swinging with more authority while still laying off the junk. For someone who is 19 years old in a stadium like this? That is pretty damn impressive. To me, he is easily the best of the IFers for Charleston prospect wise.

      • YakaTanaka

        You can swing at pitches and strikeout… Really tough to read too much into box score stats.

        Also think the K rate is way down recently to a perfectly acceptable level.

  • Call Me Carlos the Dwarf

    Katoh’s got a K/BB of about 1 (21%/21%) over his last 100 PA or so.

    Nothing resembling power, but that’s a pretty nice turnaround, especially for a 19 year old in Low-A.

    (This is Cool Lester Smooth. I haven’t been around much recently, because I fucking hate Disqus.)

    • YakaTanaka

      Welcome back…

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Lame. We miss you. Quit it.

    • Preston

      I took several days off after the transition too. We need all the sane commenters we can get though. Please stick around (and change your name back).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I thought you were AskmeAboutcandybars. Then who the hell is that?

      • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

        Getting confused in your old age? You know who I am (zoo, cotton candy, etc.)

        • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

          clue

          • Dos Luises

            Ropeadope?

            • Dos Luises

              Never mind. Ropeadope still posts under that name.

              • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

                Trust your first impression.

  • argenys

    Am I the only one that read Mora at first instead of Morla?

    Has Pirela passed Almonte for you guys in the depth chart?

  • LIYankeeFan

    Pirela needs to be called up to the bigs