Archive for Down on the Farm
Two scouting report-esque notes:
- RHP Dan Burawa made an appearance in Baseball Prospectus’ Eyewitness Accounts (subs. req’d): “Overall, Burawa has near elite arm strength and violent stuff. The below-average command will keep him from pitching in the back end of games, but he can be a useful piece in the middle innings.”
- SS Thairo Estrada was in the Helium section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet: “[The] Yankees were ecstatic when they were able to get him for $49,000. Estrada’s tools and hitting ability were comparable to players who signed for significantly more money, so he looked like a sleeper coming into the year. With good speed, smooth hands and clean footwork, he projects as a true shortstop, and his bat has been even better than expected.”
Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Charlotte)
- 2B David Adams: 0-5
- CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K — 16 hits in his last 42 at-bats (.381) with four doubles, three homers, one walk, and 14 strikeouts
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
- RHP Brett Marshall: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 62 of 101 pitches were strikes (61%) … I guess he’s not coming up for the doubleheader on Tuesday, unless they’re cool with using him on three days’ rest
- RHP Dellin Betances: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (53%)
Some roster moves:
- OF Mason Williams has been promoted up to Double-A Trenton, according to his Twitter feed. Not coincidentally, OF Slade Heathcott was placed on the DL with what appears to be a season-ending knee injury earlier this week. Williams, 21, hit a disappointing .261/.327/.350 (94 wRC+) for High-A Tampa this year, but the Thunder need someone to play center.
- OF Ben Gamel and LHP Rigoberto Arrebato were also bumped up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, reports Josh Norris. Gamel missed a bunch of time due to an unknown injury but otherwise hit .272/.351/.396 (112 wRC+) with Tampa.
- RHP Cesar Vargas was promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, the team announced. RHP Kelvin Castro — the former utility infielder — goes from Short Season Staten Island to the River Dogs.
- In other news, LHP Mike Zagurski has opted out of his minor league contract according to Chris Cotillo. The reliever had a 3.08 ERA (2.78 FIP) in 26.1 innings for Triple-A Scranton after signing in June.
Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Charlotte)
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – 16-for-42 (.381) with three doubles and four homers in his last ten games
- 2B David Adams: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
- RHP Chase Whitley: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 36 of 58 pitches were strikes (62%) … very nice spot start in place of David Huff, who was called up to the big league team
- LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – ten of twelve pitches were strikes … 10/1 K/BB in six innings at this level
In case you missed it earlier, both OF Slade Heathcott (knee) and RHP Mark Montgomery (shoulder) were placed on the DL. In semi-related moves, RHP David Herndon was bumped from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton and SwP Pat Venditte was bumped from High-A Tampa to Trenton, reports Mike Ashmore.
Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Charlotte in ten innings)
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 1 K — got picked off first
- 3B David Adams: 0-4, 3 K
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-2, 2 BB — also got picked off first
- RHP Chris Bootcheck: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6/7 GB/FB — 61 of 98 pitches were strikes (62%)
Three wins in a row! Four wins in the last five games! Competitive baseball! The Yankees looked as good as they’ve looked all season on Tuesday night, at least offensively. They hit for power (three doubles and three homers), they hit for average (season-high 19 hits), they drew walks (five), they hit with runners in scoring position (5-for-13, .385), they pounded the other team’s bullpen (ten runs and 15 base-runners in 3.2 innings) … it was glorious. An ol’ fashioned Bronx Bombers beatdown.
Alfonso Soriano was the star of the night, going 3-for-6 with two homers and a career-high six runs batted in. Is that’s weird? Soriano’s been playing forever — plus he has three three-homer games to his credit — yet he’d never driven in six runs in one game until Tuesday. Baseball, man. Eduardo Nunez drove in a career-high tying four runs and Alex Rodriguez also drove in a pair with a booming double off the base of the left-center field wall. Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay had three hits apiece — the Grandyman is really starting to swing the bat well — and Robinson Cano had both a pair of hits and a pair of walks. Every position player, including pinch-hitter Brett Gardner, reached base at least once. Eight of ten guys reached at least twice. It was a total team effort. Oh, and Vernon Wells hit his first homer since like 2011. Actually mid-May, but who’s keeping track?
All of that offense helped cover for CC Sabathia, who was again shaky despite recording the bare minimum quality start (three runs in six innings). The big lefty walked a career-high tying six batters, which he’s done thrice before. Things would have been a lot worse if not for a fortunate (and from what I understand, incorrect) call to end the sixth inning, when Chris Nelson was called out at third base for leaving too early on a sacrifice fly. If that run scores, the game is tied and everything changes. Bullpen usage, pinch-hitters, everything. That call was a game-changer and goes to show how much help Sabathia needs to be effective these days. He’s a mess.
Dellin Betances had a rough first outing since being called up (four runs in two-thirds of an inning), but he hadn’t pitched in a while and had to sit through a poorly timed rain delay. I’m giving him a mulligan. Hopefully he does better next time. Shawn Kelley was the bullpen hero, retiring four of the five men he faced to escape Sabathia’s jam in the seventh and give the offense enough time to blow things open. Outside of Kelley, the team’s core relievers all got a much needed night off. That’s big.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees climbed to within six games of the second wildcard spot in the loss column, and Cool Standings says they have a 5.7% chance of making the postseason. They keep chipping away, but they will need to pick up the pace if they’re serious about playing October baseball. Ivan Nova will oppose Jered Weaver as the Bombers look for their fourth straight win on Wednesday night. RAB Tickets can get you in the door if you want to catch the game live.
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Minor League Update: Sorry folks, no full update tonight. All of the regular box scores are available right here while the Short Season NY-Penn League All-Star Game box score is right here. C J.R. Murphy and 2B Gosuke Katoh both homered, SS Cito Culver had two hits in his High-A Tampa debut, and SS Abi Avelino reached base three times (single and two walks). Not much else going on, but go ahead and click the links anyway.
Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, Low-A Charleston, and Short Season Staten Island all had scheduled off-days. Weird. The SI Yanks are off until Wednesday for the All-Star break. The actual game will be played tomorrow.
High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Daytona)
- CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
- 2B Rob Refsnyder: 4-4, 1 R, 1 B, 1 HBP — had four hits in his previous 20 at-bats
- LF Ben Gamel: 1-5
- RHP Branden Pinder: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB – he walked three batters total in his previous 33 innings
- SwP Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB
Sounds like SS Cito Culver has been promoted to High-A Tampa, according to CF Jake Cave’s Twitter feed. No official word yet.
- C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — he’s been tearing the cover off the ball lately
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-5, 1 R
- LHP David Huff: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/4 GB/FB — 69 of 105 pitches were strikes (66%)
- RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 13 of 16 pitches were strikes (81%)
That video above is Low-A Charleston SS Cito Culver making a ridiculous play in the hole on a ball that deflected off the third baseman’s glove in last night’s game. It was number two on SportsCenter’s top ten plays last night. Pretty awesome.
Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Buffalo)
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP — 10-for-27 (.370) since being sent down
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 26 doubles and nine homers in 92 games this year after 26 doubles and nine homers in 110 games last year
- RF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
- LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
- RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 29 of 47 pitches were strikes (62%) … 80/23 K/BB in 55.2 innings … had to make the spot start because they’re short an arm with RHP Michael Pineda on the DL
- RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)
- RHP Sam Demel: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K — 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (59%) … 54/18 K/BB in 42 innings
In case you’re wondering, OF Aaron Judge is on the DL with a tweaked quad according to Josh Norris. So that was a hamstring for 3B Eric Jagielo, an ankle for LHP Ian Clarkin, and now a quad for Judge.
Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Buffalo)
- CF Melky Mesa: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K
- 1B Dan Johnson: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4 — miserable year continues
- RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 62 of 101 pitches were strikes … he’s lined up to start next Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays (not this coming Tuesday, the next one after that)
As expected, RHP Michael Pineda has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL. He’s dealing with shoulder tightness. Donnie Collins says the recently outrighted UTIL Brent Lillibridge takes the roster spot.
Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-2 loss to Buffalo in seven innings) makeup of the April 13th postponement
- CF Melky Mesa, RF Adonis Garcia & 3B Ronnie Mustelier: all 0-3 — Mesa struck out twice, Mustelier thrice
- C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B
- RHP Chris Bootcheck: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66%) … remember how lights out he was earlier in the year (1.22 ERA in his first six starts)? he’s up to a 3.90 ERA on the season
Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Syracuse)
- CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 3-for-12 (.250) since being sent down, but all three are extra-base hits (two doubles and a dinger)
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 2 BB — 42 walks in 90 games this year after 42 walks in 110 games last year
- 1B Dan Johnson: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — four homers in his last five games, giving him the farm system lead with 20
- RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 RBI
- RHP Caleb Cotham: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 13/2 GB/FB — 57 of 77 pitches were strikes (74%)
- RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (64%) … 63/21 K/BB in 49.1 innings as a reliever