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Some notes:

  • The Yankees have signed Lander University SS Graham Ramos as an undrafted free agent, according to Matt Eddy. The right-handed hitter hit .339/.396/.507 with seven homers in 55 games this spring.
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell and OF Jake Cave were Baseball America’s Pitcher of the Day and Hitter of the Day, respectively, for their work yesterday. Pretty cool that Yankees farmhands swept the day.
  • Mitchell and RHP Matt Wotherspoon were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Triple-A International League and Short Season NY-Penn League, respectively.
  • Update: RHP Ty Hensley has been promoted … somewhere, according to Ian Clarkin’s Twitter feed. Short Season Staten Island or Low-A Charleston are the obvious landing spots. We’ll find out soon enough.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4,2 R — had been in a 7-for-37 (.189) slump
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B
  • DH Kyle Roller:  2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 13-for-40 (.325) in his last ten games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 52 of 79 pitches were strikes (66%) … so I guess he cleared waivers and accepted the outright assignment after being designated for assignment the other day
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K,  1/0 GB/FB – 14 of 17 pitches were strikes (82%)

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Some roster moves:

  • RHP Brady Lail has been placed on the High-A Tampa DL, according to Nicholas Flammia. Not sure what’s wrong with him, but it could be an innings management thing. It’s the time of year for that stuff.
  • RHP Danny Burawa has been demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton while RHP Jaron Long goes from Trenton to Tampa, report Flammia and Matt Kardos.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Pawtucket)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller & C Austin Romine: both 0-4 — Roller struck out once, Romine twice
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 51 of 82 pitches were strikes (62%) … Good Bryan showed up today … he’s at 75/37 K/BB in 81.1 total innings this year
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB – nine of 17 pitches were strikes (53%)

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John DeMarzo wrote an article about UTIL Jose Pirela and the prospect of a call-up. “He’s not a bad player. He’s a Triple-A, emergency call-up kind of guy that can help you … Not a bad player, but he’d be a utility player,” said a scout.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Pawtucket)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — in a 10-for-44 (.227) slump
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 BB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — 11-for-32 (.344) in his last nine games
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 52 of 86 pitches were strikes (60%) … so I guess he cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A after being designated for assignment the other day
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 30 of 53 pitches were strikes (57%)

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1B Greg Bird placed 12th on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet while OF Tyler Austin squeezed on in the In The Team Photo section.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • 1B Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — apparently he’s going to work out at every position of need at the big league level but not get called up
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 2 PB
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — only 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%) … 49/26 K/BB in 39.2 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%) … 77/17 K/BB in 53.1 innings

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In case you missed it earlier today, I posted my Post-Draft Top 30 Prospects List this morning. There’s a new number one!

Triple-A Scranton Game One (12-4 win over Gwinnett) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with two outs in the top of the third

  • LF Taylor Dugas: 2-5, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 13 homers in 101 games this year after six homers in 130 games last year
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 4-6, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 K – hit two homers yesterday before the rain and the third today (that’s the * in the title)
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 3-5, 1 R — 12-for-36 (.333) in his last ten games
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%) … pitched before the rain yesterday
  • LHP Nik Turley: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 4/1 GB/FB — 49 of 88 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 26 of 31 pitches were strikes (84%) … 46/7 K/BB in 31.2 innings at this level

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Matt Eddy (no subs. req’d) went back and ranked the most productive drafts of the last ten years. The 2004 Astros, led by Hunter Pence and Ben Zobrist, claim the top spot. The 2005 Yankees are eighth thanks mostly to Brett Gardner and Austin Jackson. I’m surprised the 2006 Yankees draft didn’t make the list. It produced arguably three of the ten best relievers in baseball (David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon) as well as the solid Ian Kennedy and serviceable Joba Chamberlain. I guess the WARs don’t add up.

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain with two outs in the top of the third inning. They’ll finish it up tomorrow. Here’s the box score until then. OF Zoilo Almonte hit two homers already. Hopefully he’ll be in the Bronx tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (5-2 win over New Hampshire)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 2 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K — 9-for-33 (.272) during his little eight-game hitting streak
  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 8-for-14 (.571) with four doubles and a homer in his last four games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI — 15-for-36 (.417) with four doubles and a homer in his last ten games
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7/8 GB/FB — 66 of 97 pitches were strikes (68%)

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Two quick notes:

  • IF Scott Sizemore has been transferred from the temporary inactive list to the Triple-A Scranton disabled list, reports Donnie Collins. I’m not sure what’s going on there, but the temporary inactive list usually means the player had to attend to some personal stuff.
  • The Yankees have signed West Virginia 2B Billy Fleming as an undrafted free agent, according to Grant Dovey. He hit .357/.459/.420 with seven doubles, 20 walks, and 16 strikeouts in 30 games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League this summer. Yankees obviously saw something they liked and scooper him up.

Triple-A Scranton (7-0 win over Gwinnett)

  • SS Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 CS — second game at short this year (zero from 2012-13)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K — had three hits in his last 19 at-bats combined (.158)
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 3 K
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB — 9-for-27 (.333) in his last eight games
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI — 11-for-34 (.324) in his last ten games
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB — grand slam in his second game at Triple-A
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 49 of 81 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes (57%)

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Some notes:

  • Baseball America (no subs. req’d) covered 2B Rob Refsnyder as part of their What To Expect series today. You get a scouting report and a general overview of why he is not in the big leagues right now.
  • 3B Rob Segedin has (finally) been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, according to Chad Jennings. LHP Jeremy Bleich has been placed on the Triple-A DL for an unknown reason in a corresponding move. He’s had a lot of arm issues over the years.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Gwinnett)

  • 2B-1B Jose Pirela, RF-2B Rob Refsnyder & CF-RF Zoilo Almonte: all 1-4, 1 K — Refsnyder doubled in a run
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-3, 1 K
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K — Triple-A debut
  • LF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 65 of 91 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Edgmer Escalona: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 19 of 23 pitches were strikes (83%)

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Triple-A Scranton (16-5 win over Charlotte)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-6, 1 R, 1 K — in a little 10-for-41 (.242) rut
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K – if the Yankees are not willing to give him a chance to play right field everyday right now given the state of the MLB roster, I’m not sure they ever will
  • 3B Adonis Garcia: 3-6, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 13-for-34 (.382) in his last ten games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7/3 GB/FB — 53 of 89 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 18 pitches were strikes (56%)

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Triple-A Scranton (7-0 loss to Charlotte)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 K — back in right field
  • DH Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HB, 4/2 GB/FB — 54 of 79 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • LHP Rich Hill: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 12 pitches were strikes … first appearance since signing a minor league deal the other day
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB – 27 of 46 pitches were strikes (59%)

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