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Got some notes to pass along:

  • RHP Ty Hensley threw a bullpen session today, according to his Twitter feed. He missed all of last year after having surgery on both hips, and he’s been slowed by a hernia early this year. Not sure how long he’s been throwing off a mound.
  • RHP Shane Greene will make his first start of the season with Triple-A Scranton on Thursday. He’s been up and down a few times and hasn’t pitched much. Also, IF Zelous Wheeler (back) is close to returning. [Donnie Collins]
  • And finally, here is Keith Law’s write-up on last night’s Low-A Charleston game. It’s behind the Insider paywall, but here’s the short version: RHP Luis Severino and OF Aaron Judge were very impressive, SS Abi Avelino and 2B Gosuke Katoh not so much.

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

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — walk-off double
  • CF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 15 hits in his last 41 at-bats (.366)
  • DH Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C Francisco Arcia: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — C Austin Romine was supposed to start but did not play according to Donnie Collins … he was not on the bench or lined up for the anthem either … not sure what’s up there, but he could be sick or something
  • RHP Brian Gordon: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/8 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%)

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RHP Bryan Mitchell was named the Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Not a bad week for him. He struck out 12 in six innings on Monday, turned 23 on Saturday, got called up to the big leagues on Sunday, and was named Pitcher of the Week today. That one day in the show gave him a $41,000 raise for the year. Not bad. (h/t Andy in Sunny Daytona)

According to Josh Norris, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman said OF Slade Heathcott (knee) and 1B Greg Bird (back) are about two weeks from returning while RHP Danny Burawa (unknown) and LHP Nik Turley (arm) are still a ways off. No word on RHP Ty Hensley (hernia), RHP Jose Campos (taking it easy), and RHP Jose Ramirez (oblique).

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Corban Joseph, 3B Russ Canzler & CF Adonis Garcia: all 1-4 — CoJo drove in a run and struck out … Canzler struck out and committed a fielding error … Garcia scored a run
  • RF Ramon Flores, LF Zoilo Almonte & C Austin Romine: all 0-3, 1 BB — Zoilo stole a base … Flores and Romine both struck out once
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB — first two walks of the season
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 48 of 70 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 3/1 GB/FB – 28 of 43 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes

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Triple-A Scranton (9-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – seven hits in his last 18 at-bats (.389)
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.394)
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 53 of 76 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Shane Greene: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 32 pitches were strikes (75%) … only his second appearance of the year after going up and down for the first few weeks

Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all had a scheduled off-day. Weird for a Sunday, even with the holiday.

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Update: The second game of Low-A Charleston’s doubleheader is over and has been added to the recap.

RHP Danny Burawa has been placed on the DL for an unknown reason, according to Donnie Collins. He had a wild (four walks in 1.2 innings) and extended (51 pitches) outing on Thursday. Burawa missed the entire 2012 season with a torn oblique.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF-RF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela & 1B Russ Canzler: both 2-4, 1 R — Canzler doubled and struck out
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R
  • 3B Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 PB
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 7/6 GB/FB — 67 of 104 pitches were strikes (64%) … picked a runner off second
  • RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 22 pitches were strikes (91%) … guess he’s the new closer with RHP Matt Daley in the big leagues

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Sorry for the lack of a minor league update last night, but thankfully commenter Get Phelps Up picked up the slack. Here is his recap. The highlight of the night was OF Aaron Judge‘s first professional homer, which you can see in the video above. It was a bomb.

In other news, RHP Al Aceves was added to the Triple-A Scranton roster according to Chad Jennings. He had been getting stretched out in Extended Spring Training. Also, RHP Rafael DePaula placed tenth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in eleven innings)

  • RF Ramon Flores, DH Corban Joseph & SS Carmen Angelini: all 0-5 — Flores walked, scored a run, struck out, and threw a runner out at the plate … Angelini struck out
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-6, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Zoilo Almonte & 1B Russ Canzler: both 1-4, 1 K — Almonte walked, Canzler drove in a run
  • 3B Adonis Garcia: 4-5 — yep, third base … he’s been working out on the infield since winter ball in an effort to improve his versatility
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-5
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Al Aceves: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 53 of 79 pitches were strikes (67%) … right back where it all started, in DotF
  • RHP Shane Greene: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 20 pitches were strikes (65%) … believe it or not, this is his first appearance of the season
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 29 pitches were strikes (52%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 29 pitches were strikes (52%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 0/2 GB/FB — seven of 13 pitches were strikes (54%) … still super early, but only six strikeouts in 6.1 innings so far

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As expected, both RHP Chris Leroux and UTIL Ronnie Mustelier were activated and added to the Triple-A Scranton roster, according to Chad Jennings. Leroux was getting stretched out in Extended Spring Training and Mustelier was out with a hamstring injury. C Luis Torrens was transferred to the Short Season Staten Island roster according to Josh Norris. That’s a paper move. He’s reportedly under the weather and this allows them to replace him on the roster without putting him on the DL for a week. Torrens is not actually going to Staten Island or anything.

Triple-A Scranton (8-2 loss to Buffalo)

  • CF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-5, 1 E (fielding) — threw a runner out at second … 8-for-17 (.471) in his last four games
  • 1B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 PB
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 4/0 GB/FB — 34 of 61 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 10 of 18 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 14 pitches were strikes (79%)

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According to Donnie Collins, it seems likely RHP Chris Leroux and UTIL Ronnie Mustelier will soon join Triple-A Scranton. Leroux was in Extended Spring Training getting stretched out while Mustelier is returning from a hamstring injury. He’ll presumably fill the spot vacated by the just called up IF Scott Sizemore.

Meanwhile, Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader was not rained out today. It was snowed out instead. Seriously. One game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, the other in early-July. They’re up to ten games played and eight postponements now.

Double-A Trenton‘s game was postponed due to wet grounds. They will make this up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

High-A Tampa (8-7 loss to Clearwater)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) — already six errors on the season
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 13 hits in his last 40 at-bats (.325) with two doubles and four homers
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — up to .333/.500/.472 in 12 games … yep
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 9-for-17 (.529) in his last four games
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 8/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Phil Wetherell: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6/0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-2 win over Greenville)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (missed catch)
  • DH Tyler Wade: 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – had four hits in his previous 31 at-bats
  • RF Aaron Judge: 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI — 7-for-16 (.438) in his last four games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-1 — left the game in the third inning for an unknown reason, so he either got hurt or traded in all likelihood … UPDATE: Josh Norris says Torrens was just under the weather, no big deal
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-3, 2 BB, 3 K — no contact kinda day
  • RHP Luis Severino: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4/3 GB/FB – 40 of 67 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 6/0 GB/FB — 57 of 80 pitches were strikes (71%) … the hitting coach’s kid can pitch a little, it seems
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C Peter O’Brien was named the High-A Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week. He went 13-for-39 with two doubles and four homers during the first ten days of the season. Not bad.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out yet again. They’ve played ten games and had six rainouts this season. Crazy. They’ll try to play a doubleheader tomorrow, but the forecast isn’t much better.

Double-A Trenton (2-0 win over Akron)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4
  • LF Ben Gamel & 3B Rob Segedin: both 0-3, 1 BB — Gamel was caught stealing … Segedin scored a run and committed a throwing error
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Taylor Dugas: 1-4, 1 2B
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 58 of 87 pitches were strikes (67%) … that’s a new career high in strikeouts for him, he had struck out ten on two occasions (once last year, once the year before)

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Update: The Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 win over Syracuse)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 4-4, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB — had four hits in his first 27 at-bats of the season (.148)
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-5, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 1 RBI — six hits in his last 12 at-bats
  • DH John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — five hits in his last 16 at-bats (.313) with three doubles
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7/8 GB/FB — 54 of 90 pitches were strikes (60%) … helluva start
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight of eleven pitches were strikes (73%) … 8/1 K/BB in four innings
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76%)

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Triple-A Scranton Game One (7-1 loss to Syracuse in seven innings)

  • DH Jose Pirela, 2B Scott Sizemore & C Austin Romine: all 0-3 — Sizemore made a throwing error and struck out twice, giving him 12 strikeouts in 24 at-bats
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – threw a runner out at second
  • 3B Russ Canzler & LF Ramon Flores: both 0-2, 1 BB — Canzler struck out
  • RHP Brian Gordon: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB  — 61 of 86 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 25 of 45 pitches were strikes (56%)

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