DotF: Refsnyder’s on-base streak ends at 25 games

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4 — the on-base streak ends at 25 games … he went 35-for-101 (.347) with 13 walks (.426) during the streak
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — 11-for-38 (.289) in his last ten games
  • LF Tyler Austin: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 SB
  • RHP Jaron Long: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 11/3 GB/FB — 63 of 97 pitches were strikes (65%) … his best start at this level by a mile
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — four pitches, four strikes
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%)

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DotF: Jagielo leads Trenton to a win with another home run

Triple-A Scranton (13-10 loss Durham)

  • CF Mason Williams: 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B — first big game in Triple-A
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — threw a runner out at second … has three extra base hits in three games since I noted he had one extra base hit in his previous 25 games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — the on-base streak lives to reach 25 games
  • C Austin Romine: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at third … 8-for-25 (.320) with two homers in his last six games
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GB/FB — 27 of 50 pitches were strikes (54%) … woof
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 56 of 88 pitches were strikes (64%) … I feel like he’s on both the Triple-A and Double-A rosters at the same time
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of 13 pitches were strikes … here temporarily with Jacob Lindgren on his way to MLB and Branden Pinder not yet with the RailRiders
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 16 pitches were strikes (63%)

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Sunday Links: A-Rod Promo, Eddy Julio Martinez, Drew

(Patrick Smith/Getty)
(Patrick Smith/Getty)

The Yankees and Rangers wrap-up their three-game series later tonight with the ESPN Sunday Night Game. Sigh. Getting sick of all these late Sunday games. Anyway, here are a handful of links to hold you over until first pitch.

Minor league team apologizes for A-Rod “juice” box promotion

On Friday, the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays) scheduled an Alex Rodriguez “juice” box promotion for their game against the Tampa Yankees. The team was going to hand out juice boxes labeled “The Sports Drink: 100% Juiced. Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!”

First of all, an A-Rod steroids joke? I award you no points for creativity. Secondly, Marc Topkin reports both the Yankees and Rays objected to the promotion, so it was cancelled. The Stone Crabs then issued an apology, according to Topkin. Here’s part of the text:

“On behalf of our entire organization I apologize to the New York Yankees, our affiliate club the Tampa Bay Rays, and all fans who may have taken offense,” said Stone Crabs General Manager, Jared Forma.  “While our intent was to raise awareness for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and the Salvation Army, we realize this promotion may have been offensive to many and for that we are sorry and have decided to cancel the promotion.  The Stone Crabs organization has the utmost respect for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays organizations and wishes both organizations only the best in the future.”

Yeah, that probably wasn’t a good idea. It’s fine to hate A-Rod, most do, but an affiliated minor league club scheduling a promotion mocking an active player? That’s not going to sit well with the team, the league, and the MLBPA. Better luck next time.

Yankees among teams interested in Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez

According to Jesse Sanchez, the Yankees are one of several teams interested in free agent Cuban center fielder Eddy Julio Martinez, who has already been cleared to sign by MLB and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Sanchez says Martinez is in showcase mode right now — he’s held several workouts for scouts and has a few more scheduled.

Martinez, 20, has been described as an “impact talent” according to Kiley McDaniel, who says he has 70 speed and 50 power on the 20-80 scouting scale. Jeff Passan hears Martinez’s signing bonus could approach $10M. There’s no indication whether Martinez is ready to sign, but he is subject to the international spending pools, so the Yankees can offer him any amount until June 25th, the final day of the 2014-15 signing period. If Martinez doesn’t sign by then, New York can only offer him $300,000 due to the penalties from last year’s international spending spree.

I don’t know much about Martinez at all, just what’s in this post basically, but, as always, I am pro adding young up-the-middle talent at all times. The Yankees have dipped their toe in the Cuban market the last few years but have yet to dive in — they attend showcases and invite players in for private workouts, but have yet to pull the trigger and sign one. Their last notable Cuban signing was Jose Contreras more than a decade ago.

(In other Cuban player news, Ben Badler reports highly touted 21-year RHP Norge Ruiz has left the island, but the Yankees won’t have a shot to sign him because he won’t be cleared until well after June 25th.)

(Patrick Smith/Getty)
(Patrick Smith/Getty)

For first time, Cashman noncommittal about Drew’s job security

A few weeks ago, when Stephen Drew was scuffling offensively but playing solid defense, Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand the team was not considering a change at second base. “No. I think Drew’s been fine,” said the GM. “Right now, I’m not looking at anyone being an alternative at second base to Drew. I’m surprised you asked the question.”

Now, in late-May, Drew is still scuffling at the plate and playing solid defense, and, for the first time, Cashman indicated Drew’s job may not be set in stone. “(Drew has) got rope, but if someone pushes his way into the mix, so be it,” said Cashman to Joel Sherman yesterday. “I am open to having Drew all year or someone else taking this if they can. I can’t predict what is going to happen.”

That someone would be Rob Refsnyder, who continues to tear the cover off the ball for Triple-A Scranton after shaking off his slow start. His defense is pretty bad, so he’d fit right in with the Yankees (hardy har har), but at least there’s a shot at an offensive upgrade. Drew’s been terrible at the plate, has been going back to last season, and his leash shouldn’t be all that long. Slade Heathcott is doing well in his very (very) limited big league cameo. Maybe that will make the Yankees more willing to roll with another young player.

DotF: Sanchez homers in AA; Montgomery dominates in Low-A

I missed this yesterday, but Josh Norris posted some video of SS Jorge Mateo. Mateo, 19, came into today stuck in an ugly 2-for-31 (.065) slump that dragged his season batting line down to .243/.299/.313 (80 wRC+) with Low-A Charleston. He does still have 29 steals, second most in the minors, and remains one of the organization’s top prospects. The assignment to full season ball was a bit aggressive though, especially since Mateo played just 15 games in rookie ball last year due to a hand injury. I wonder if they’ll drop him down to a more age appropriate level (Rookie Pulaski?) when the short season leagues start in a month.

Also, Keith Law (subs. req’d) posted some scouting notes from this week’s trip to see Double-A Trenton. He said RHP Luis Severino‘s slider was the”best I’ve ever seen him throw” and added he is “comfortable saying Severino will end up with a plus slider and a plus changeup.” Law also touted relievers RHP Kyle Haynes and RHP Johnny Barbato for their arm strength but noted their command is lacking.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Durham)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K — 35-for-97 (.361) with 12 walks (.436 OBP) during the 24-game on-base streak
  • DH Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — 57 of 99 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 24 of 35 pitches were strikes (69%) … with LHP Jacob Lindgren on his way to MLB, Rumbelow is arguably the team’s best relief prospect in the minors, and he might be next in line for a call-up among non-40-man guys

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DotF: Lail and Jagielo lead Double-A Trenton to a win

Thanks to his continued hot hitting, 2B Rob Refsnyder ranked 11th on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Durham)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-5
  • LF Ramon Flores: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 BB — the on-base streak is up to 23 games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 BB
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 10/4 GB/FB — 55 of 87 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — only 18 of 40 pitches were strikes (45%) … 20/13 K/BB in 24 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 21 of 41 pitches were strikes (51%)

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2015 Draft: Latest Baseball America and mock drafts

Stewart at the 2013 College Run Herby. (
Stewart at the 2013 College Run Herby. (

As usual, John Manuel at Baseball America published his weekly mock draft today, and this week he has the Diamondbacks taking Illinois LHP Tyler Jay with the first overall pick. I believe that is now the fourth player we’ve seen connected to Arizona for that top pick in the various mock drafts in recent weeks. As always, Manuel’s mock draft is free to read. You don’t need a subscription.

For the third time in three mock drafts, Manuel has the Yankees selecting UCLA RHP James Kaprielian with their first round pick, 16th overall. Jim Callis at also had the Yankees taking Kaprielian with that 16th pick in his most recent mock draft. Here’s my profile on Kaprielian, who is more of a high-probability prospect than a high-upside prospect.

With their second pick, 30th overall, Manuel has the Yankees taking Florida State OF D.J. Stewart. That’s the compensation pick for losing David Robertson. (Callis didn’t include the supplemental first round in his mock draft.) The Yankees selected Stewart out of high school in the 28th round back in 2012 but obviously didn’t sign him. Here’s a snippet of his free scouting report:

Stewart has a quick left-handed stroke, strength and patience. He has plus raw power but he doesn’t fully tap into it because he bats from an extreme crouch and has a flat swing. He might hit 20 homers per season if he stands more upright and adds some loft … Though he’s listed at 6 feet and 230 pounds, he’s a better athlete than his build might indicate … Stewart has close to average speed. He has good instincts as a runner and defender, though a below-average arm limits him to left field.

Stewart comes into the weekend hitting .323/.510/.598 with 13 homers, 64 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 57 games this spring. The Yankees love lefty hitters with power and patience, though I’m not a big fan of Stewart as a prospect. I think he’s likely to end up a bad left fielder or first baseman down the road, maybe even a DH, and I’m not sure I buy his power at the next level. I’d like a more well-rounded prospect that high in the draft. That’s just me.

Manuel notes the Yankees are also in on California HS C Chris Betts and a variety of high school pitchers, including Pennsylvania HS RHP Mike Nikorak, Tennessee HS RHP Donny Everett, and Indiana HS RHP Ashe Russell. Here’s my profile on Everett. This draft is very heavy on pitching and it seems very likely to the Yankees will end up with at least one pitcher out of their two first round picks, if not two. That works well, the system is thin on arms at the moment.

DotF: Tanaka throws three scoreless innings in first rehab start

OF Mason Williams has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton. I can’t help but worry this means bad news is coming for Jacoby Ellsbury. They wouldn’t promote Williams when Slade Heathcott is going to be sent back down in two weeks, right? Hopefully I’m just going crazy.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Durham in ten innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — had eight extra-base hits in his first eleven games and just one in 25 games since
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — hopefully he’s starting to heat up
  • DH Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K — walk-off single off ex-big leaguer Ronald Belisario
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 25 of 41 pitches were strikes (61%) … he was scheduled for three innings or 45 pitches … after the game, Tanaka told Fred Kerber he “felt pretty good” and was able to “pitch all my pitches with force” … it seems like Tanaka will make at least two more rehab starts after this to get his pitch count, but so far so good
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 43 of 69 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 13 of 20 pitches were strikes (65%) … K% from 2011-15: 41.1%, 39.4%, 29.9%, 24.3%, 23.1%

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