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Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • 1B-LF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – first Triple-A homer
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding, throwing)
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 R, 1 K
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 PB — started the day game after a night game
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 63 of 97 pitches were strikes (65%) … hasn’t pitched well at all this year when there was plenty opportunity at the MLB level
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 26 pitches were strikes (65%)

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RHP Bryan Mitchell has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, according to Chad Jennings. RHP Joel De La Cruz was sent down to Double-A Trenton in a corresponding move. Also, I’m a few days late on this, but Howard Megdal spoke to switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who is still trying to get to the show after right shoulder surgery and becoming a sidearmer from both sides. Check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 K — in a little 1-for-17 (.059) slump
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 11-for-29 (.379) during his eight-game hitting streak
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 7-for-18 (.389) with four doubles, five walks, and no strikeouts in the last five games
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 3/5 GB/FB – 48 of 84 pitches were strikes (57%) … nice Triple-A debut despite more walks than strikeouts
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K,0/1 GB/FB — 28 of 37 pitches were strikes (76%)

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The Yankees have released 1B Russ Canzler, according to Donnie Collins. There was some thought he could help as a righty platoon bat, but he didn’t hit in Triple-A and lost playing time once 1B Kyle Roller was promoted.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — first game back
  • RF Zoilo Almonte & 3B Scott Sizemore: both 0-4, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles and a triple
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — Triple-A debut
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 28 of 47 pitches were strikes (60%) … left the game after being hit in the arm by a comebacker
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67%) … hmm, efficient

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Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • As expected, OF Aaron Judge was officially promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. RHP Nick Goody, UTIL Zach Wilson, and UTIL Jose Toussen were all promoted from Tampa to Double-A Trenton while OF Taylor Dugas went from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton according to Matt Kardos, Nicholas Flammia, and Donnie Collins.
  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) posted his thoughts after attending yesterday’s Trenton game. He reiterated that LHP Manny Banuelos‘ stuff wasn’t as sharp as it was pre-elbow surgery and that C Peter O’Brien has huge power but might not tap into it at the MLB level because of plate discipline and pitch recognition issues.
  • Baseball Prospectus now has a database of all their free firsthand scouting reports, so check that out. There are only two Yankees farmhands so far (RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP Ian Clarkin), but they’ll continue to add to it.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Toledo)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 8-for-34 (.235) in his first nine Triple-A games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte; 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 4/3 GB/FB — 36 of 63 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/3 GB/FB – 34 of 56 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only 17 of 37 pitches were strikes (46%) … 32/14 K/BB in 25 innings
  • RHP Matt Daley: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only six of 14 pitches were strikes (43%)

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According to his Twitter feed, C Luis Torrens played in an Extended Spring Training game today. He has been out with a shoulder injury since mid-April. The Yankees aggressively pushed the now-18-year-old Torrens to Low-A Charleston this year and he was pretty overmatched (.154/.353/.369), so I wonder if they will opt to keep him with one of the Rookie Gulf Coast League squads in Tampa once healthy.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Toledo in eight innings) completed early due to rain

  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 2 BB
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 K — first hitless game since being sent down
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 6/7 GB/FB — 65 of 95 pitches were strikes (68%)

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The video is OF Mason Williams making a ridiculous catch in last night’s game. Here are two quick notes:

  • RHP Brett Gerritse was placed on the High-A Tampa DL with an unknown injury, according to Nicholas Flammia. LHP Ramon Benjamin was added to the roster in his place. The Yankees signed him late last month and he’s more than filler. Benjamin is an ex-Marlins prospect who is finally healthy after battling a ton of injuries the last few years.
  • Thursday’s Low-A Charleston game will air on CBS Sports Network, if you want to catch the game. I’m not sure who’s starting that night. Play-by-play guy Sean Houston is going to call the game while walking on a treadmill behind home plate. Minor league baseball, man.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Toledo)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — been playing nothing but left field or first base for a few weeks now
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 R
  • CF-RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 2 BB — wonder if we’ll start seeing him in center more these next few weeks as a trade showcase
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — go ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — he’s about to lose a bunch of playing time to the just demoted C John Ryan Murphy
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6/1 GB/FB — 53 of 88 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 10 of 19 pitches were strikes (53%)

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Two very quick notes:

  • As expected, OF Aaron Judge will be promoted to High-A Tampa after the Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game this week, according to Josh Norris. Judge hit .333/.428/.530 (166 wRC+) with nine homers in 65 games for the River Dogs. Pretty, pretty good.
  • OF Dustin Fowler was named the Sally League Offensive Player of the Week. The team’s 18th round pick in last summer’s draft started the season in Extended Spring Training, but he has quietly hit .260/.324/.458 (116 wRC+) with three homers in 26 games for Charleston as a 19-year-old. Not too shabby.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Toledo)

  • LF Jose Pirela & DH Corban Joseph: 2-5, 1 R — CoJo drove in a run
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 17-for-50 (.340) during his 12-game hitting streak, which started as soon as he was sent down
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 6/6 GB/FB — 52 of 93 pitches were strikes (56%) … 23 walks in 48.2 innings this year after 30 walks in 154.1 innings last year
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — 13 pitches, nine strikes … 18/6 K/BB in his last 16 innings
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 16 pitches were strikes (63%)

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Let’s start with some notes:

  • RHP Luis Severino has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, according to Josh Norris. The 20-year-old had a 2.92 ERA (2.90 FIP) in 61.2 innings for Tampa.
  • RHP Brian Gordon has been released, reports Chad Jennings. He had a 4.46 ERA (4.25 FIP) in 72.2 innings for Triple-A Scranton. LHP Jeremy Bleich will take over his rotation spot.
  • Meanwhile, RHP Graham Stoneburner has also been released, according to Matt Kardos. The 26-year-old had a 3.92 ERA in 424.2 innings as an organizational arm since being selected in the 14th round of the 2009 draft.
  • LHP Wade LeBlanc has elected free agency after clearing waivers and being outrighted off the 40-man roster, the team announced. He was designated for assignment a few days ago to make room on the roster for David Huff.
  • RHP Mark Montgomery was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL, says Kardos. No idea what’s wrong with him. Montgomery was demoted after the team signed Heath Bell to a minor league contract.

Triple-A Scranton (11-3 loss to Columbus)

  • 1B Corban Joseph: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 K – threw a runner out at second
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – 6-for-8 in the last two days after a 4-for-32 (.125) skid
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — 4-for-20 (.200) with seven strikeouts so far … he struggled when he first got to Double-A as well
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 7/1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) — 48 of 78 pitches were strikes (62%) … 95/31 GB/FB so far this year
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB – 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K — half of his 22 pitches were strikes

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If you knew nothing about baseball and decided to watch Saturday night’s game out of boredom, I’m pretty sure it would have turned you off from the sport forever. There wasn’t much offense, both teams played bad defense, Hiroki Kuroda was very wild, and play was delayed 38 minutes because the lights at the O.co Coliseum wouldn’t turn on. The Yankees lost 5-1 to end their four-game winning streak.

New York’s lack of offense — they had three hits and three walks, and the final 15 men they sent to the plate made outs — had more to do with the Athletics’ pitching staff being really good than their offense being bad, I thought. Scott Kazmir was pretty sharp and the Dan Otero/Scott Doolittle combination is quietly one of the best in the game. The Yankees scored their only run on a throwing error by shortstop Andy Parrino. They had another runner thrown out at the plate on the contact play.

Kuroda, on the other hand, was as wild as I’ve ever seen him as a Yankee. He threw two pitches to the backstop, bounced a bunch of 55-footers, and was generally all over the place. It’s surprising he managed to throw 55 strikes out of his 93 total pitches. Kuroda had no idea where the ball was going at all. A two-out rally in the second and some terrible defense in the fifth led to four runs in 4.2 innings. Kelly Johnson picked up a weak grounder that appeared to be rolling foul and John Ryan Murphy allowed two passed balls. Everyone can now use that inning to justify sending him down for Frankie Cervelli next week.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. That might have been the worst game of the year in terms of watchability. The Yankees wrap up their ten-game turned nine-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, when they send Vidal Nuno to the mound in the rubber game against righty Jesse Chavez.

Minor League Update: Here is the scoreboard for Saturday’s games. Here’s the box score for the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game. 2B Rob Refsnyder went hitless again, C Peter O’Brien homered, OF Aaron Judge had two hits, LHP Manny Banuelos threw three scoreless innings in the rain-suspended game, and RHP Luis Severino struck out eight in six innings. C Gary Sanchez remains glued to the bench for disciplinary reasons.

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Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Columbus)

  • 1B JoseĀ  Pirela: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — four homers in nine games since being sent back down
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 2 K — back-to-back hitless games … you’re not in Double-A anymore, kid
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K – 11-for-35 (.314) in his last ten games
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 50 of 89 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 19 of 27 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — nine of 17 pitches were strikes (53%) … he was signed to a minor league contract earlier today

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