Archive for Down on the Farm
Some notes — mostly roster moves — from the last few days:
- RHP Charley Short has been bumped up to Double-A Trenton, according to Nick Peruffo. The 25-year-old former indy baller has a 1.84 ERA (~1.85 FIP) with an 81/16 K/BB in 58.2 relief innings across three levels this season. Expect the Thunder to get some more reinforcements for the playoffs in the coming days.
- 2B Angelo Gumbs has been placed on the Low-A Charleston DL. I’m not sure what’s wrong with him, but he had a finger injury earlier this year and an elbow injury last summer. IF Fu-Lin Kuo has joined the team to fill the roster spot.
- RHP Rookie Davis has been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Low-A Charleston. He had a 2.36 ERA (2.72 FIP) in 42 innings across eleven starts for the Baby Bombers. RHP Luis Severino was sent to one of the GCL Yanks affiliates to clear a roster spot.
- UTIL Ronnie Mustelier was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week, so congrats to him.
Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Pawtucket, walk-off style) they were eliminated from postseason contention yesterday, in case you missed it
- C J.R. Murphy & 3B Ronnie Mustelier: both 0-4 — Mustelier struck out
- RHP Brett Marshall: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 5/4 GB/FB — 63 of 93 pitches were strikes (68%) … best start of the year comes at a good time, right before September call-ups … ties his career-high in strikeouts
A loss on Sunday would not have eliminated the Yankees from postseason contention, it only felt like it would have. Dropping three straight to a division rival who also happens to be one of the teams you’re chasing at this point of the year is pretty close to a disaster. The Yankees walked the tightrope in the series finale against the Rays before eking out the extra innings win. The final score was 3-2 in eleven.
I’m still out of town and didn’t see a single pitch of the game — it’s rather liberating, I recommend taking a weekend away from baseball every so often — but this looks like a classic “shaky but made a pitch when he had to” start for Ivan Nova. He walked six (one intentional) and has now put 46 (!) men on base in his last four starts and 27 innings. That’s way too many. Alfonso Soriano created the winning run with a double to left before stealing third, a ballsy move that helped win the game. Curtis Granderson, who was quietly been awesome since coming off the DL, plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
Two questions: One, why didn’t Alex Rodriguez pinch-hit for Lyle Overbay against the lefty pitcher with two outs and two on in a one-run game in the sixth? Winning has to take priority over getting A-Rod a full day of rest at this point. Besides, he’ll have plenty of time to rest when he gets suspended after the season. Two, using Shawn Kelley for one batter was really foolish. Ideally David Robertson would have finished off the seventh before pitching the eighth, allowing Kelley throw a full inning (or more) later in the game. Oh well, Robertson did go two innings though. Still some weird managerial decisions there.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has the other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles pounded the Athletics, so the Yankees are four games back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. Cool Standings has their postseason odds at 10.9%. The Bombers open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday, when Phil Hughes gets the ball against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
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Roster Update: Preston Claiborne will be sent down to clear a roster spot for Derek Jeter on Monday, which is preposterous. If the Yankees are trying to win, they have no business keeping Joba Chamberlain over Claiborne or anyone else in that bullpen. I assume Claiborne will go to High-A Tampa since their season ends on September 1st, allowing the team to circumvent the ten-day rule and bring him back on the 2nd. Hopefully the Yankees come to their senses and decide to keep him over Joba at some point in the next 24 hours.
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Minor League Update: All of the box scores are available right here. 1B Greg Bird drew a walk — he’s two away from a hundred with seven games to play — and RHP Jose Campos threw two scoreless innings of relief. Not much else happened. Triple-A Scranton was officially eliminated from postseason contention with their loss.
I’m out of town this weekend and am doing everything possible to avoid baseball, Yankees or otherwise. So I didn’t see any of Saturday night’s game and I’m glad I didn’t. Two runs wasn’t going to be enough against the high-powered Rays, but, yet again, CC Sabathia was a letdown and unable to preserve the lead. It would help if Joe Girardi stopped treating him like a true ace and had a quicker leash, but what can you do. The Rays have done a real nice job of humbling the Yankees these last two games after their five-game winning streak.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Athletics beat the Orioles, so the Yankees are five games back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. Cool Standings gives them an 8.3% chance to make that postseason. They can’t really afford to lose games like this anymore; there are only 33 games left in the season. Ivan Nova will look to salvage the series on Sunday afternoon against certified Yankees killer Alex Cobb.
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Derek Jeter Update: As planned, Derek Jeter played another seven innings at shortstop for Triple-A Scranton on Saturday. He went 1-for-3 with a single to left, a ground out to short, and a ground out to second. The Cap’n made a throwing error on the only ball that came his way defensively. Jeter will take Sunday off and rejoin the Yankees on Monday for their series opener in Toronto.
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Minor League Update: The day’s box scores are right here. C Gary Sanchez homered, RHP Rafael DePaula walked seven (!) in 4.1 innings, and LHP Ian Clarkin allowed a homer in his second career outing. Not a whole lot happened otherwise.
Some quick notes:
- 3B Eric Jagielo placed third on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet following his recent hot stretch. Click through for some video. LHP Nik Turley, on the other hand, made the Not-So-Hot section.
- RHP Taylor Morton has retired, he announced on his Twitter feed. The team’s ninth round pick in the 2010 draft had a 4.32 ERA in 82.2 career innings while battling a shoulder problems.
- It also sounds like RHP Hayden Sharp has retired based on his Twitter feed. He was the club’s 18th round pick in 2011. Sharp pitched to a 4.75 ERA in 55 career innings.
Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Pawtucket)
- SS Derek Jeter: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — had a little more on him earlier
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 2 RBI
- RHP Dellin Betances: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 42 pitches were strikes (57%) … 12/4 K/BB in 6.2 innings since being sent down
Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Pawtucket)
- SS Derek Jeter: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — had a little more on him earlier
- CF Melky Mesa: 0-1 — pulled up lame running out a ground ball … would really suck for him if it’s anything more than a day-to-day problem since September call-ups are right around the corner
- 3B David Adams: 1-4, 1 K
- LHP Cesar Cabral: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (64%)
IF Brendan Harris has been released from Triple-A Scranton, reports Donnie Collins. He’s already hooked on with the Rangers. Now that players are starting to get healthy, the Yankees don’t need as many filler types in the minors.
Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Pawtucket)
- 2B David Adams: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — stuck in a 3-for-31 (.097) slump since being sent back down
- CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 12-for-19 (.632) during his five-game multi-hit streak
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
- RHP Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2/5 GB/FB — 54 of 91 pitches were strikes (59%) … third time in his last four starts he allowed at least five runs
- RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)
Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Lehigh Valley)
- 2B David Adams: 1-5, 1 K
- CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 CS
- C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — nice game but he has struggled overall in August (.623 OPS), maybe he’s tiring a bit late in the year
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — fourth straight multi-hit game
- RHP Chase Whitley: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 48 of 70 pitches were strikes (69%) … very nice spot start … he’s got three pitches, so he’s not a total fish out of the water in the rotation, but the bullpen is definitely his long-term future
- RHP Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB – 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (63%) … 66/22 K/BB in 53.2 innings as a reliever at this level
The Yankees have signed RHP Edwin Fierro out of the Mexican League, reports Matt Eddy. The 19-year-old had a 3.03 ERA and 3.87 FIP in 38.2 innings for Campeche, which is pretty impressive considering the Mexican League is usually somewhere between Double-A and Triple-A. The Yankees have a knack for digging up prospects in Mexico — RHP Al Aceves, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Gio Gallegos, for example — so Fierro might be someone worth keeping an eye on.
In other news, both RHP Bryan Mitchell and RHP Manny Barreda have been bumped up to Double-A Trenton, reports Mike Ashmore. To clear room on the roster, 1B Saxon Butler was sent to High-A Tampa and LHP Aaron Dott was placed on the DL. The Thunder are likely going to postseason, so expect them to get some reinforcements in the coming weeks. With that in mind, let’s update the standings. It’s been a while.
Triple-A Scranton (8-2 loss to Lehigh Valley) 62-68, 9.5 games back in International League North Division
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-4, 2 K — feels like he catches everyday, but he does indeed get days off once in a while
- CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — threw a runner out at third
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 RBI
- RHP Chris Bootcheck: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9/5 GB/FB — 65 of 108 pitches were strikes (60%)
Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Lehigh Valley, walk-off style)
- 2B David Adams & C J.R. Murphy: both 0-4 — Adams walked and whiffed
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
- 1B Dan Johnson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — walk-off two-run dinger
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4
- RHP Caleb Cotham: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 59 of 93 pitches were strikes (63%)
Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Lehigh Valley in eleven innings)
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-6, 3 K
- CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP — still mashin’
- 2B David Adams: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
- RHP Graham Stoneburner: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 41 of 62 pitches were strikes (66%) … rotation is pretty thin due to injuries and the David Huff call-up, so he’s back with the club
- RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 16 pitches were strikes … he’s thrown well following Tommy John surgery, have to think the Yankees will add him to the 40-man roster after the season to keep him around as an extra bullpen arm next year
- LHP Cesar Cabral: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – ten of 18 pitches were strikes (56%) … 21/4 K/BB in his last 16.2 innings … depending on the team’s plans for Boone Logan, Cabral could find himself back on the 40-man this winter
- RHP Corey Patterson: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%) … he’s the third different position player to pitch in the system the last two days