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Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Binghamton) the Thunder lead the best-of-five first round series two games to none

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K — drove in their first run with a sac fly and played seven innings in his first rehab game
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 0-1, 1 K — took over for Zoilo
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-3, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 K – not a good night for the middle of the order
  • CF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R — scored the go-ahead run from first on a double in the seventh inning
  • 3B Reegie Corona: 0-3
  • SS Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — doubled in Williams
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8/5 GB/FB –56 of 102 pitches were strikes (55%) … let’s call this one “effective wild”
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%) … now that is how you middle relieve
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%) … obligatory walk to make it interesting in the ninth

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.

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Both 2B Gosuke Katoh and RHP Victor Beriguete were named the Rookie Gulf Coast League Postseason All-Star Game. Beriguete had great numbers (1.95 ERA and 2.55 FIP in 27.2 relief innings), but he was also a 24-year-old in the GCL. Katoh was obviously very deserving.

Double-A Trenton (6-5 win over Binghamton in ten innings, walk-off style) they lead the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-5, 2 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K — was lifted for a pinch-runner late
  • RF Tyler Austin: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — before the game, he told Nick Peruffo that “it’s going to be a long night” for RHP Noah Syndergaard, the opposing starter and one of the very best pitching prospects in the game … he backed that up with two doubles off the righty, including a two-run shot in the first inning … how awesome is that?
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB
  • PR-1B Casey Stevenson: 1-1, 1 RBI — took over for Roller late and wound up hitting the game-tying single in the tenth
  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3 K — walk-off single
  • 3B Reegie Corona & SS Ali Castillo: both 0-4 — Corona struck out once, Castillo twice
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 4/2 GB/FB – 53 of 98 pitches were strikes (54%) … the Bryan Mitchell experience in a nutshell right there
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K – 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (63%) … he’s been really, really good for a few weeks now
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 19 of 30 pitches were strikes (63%) … escaped a bases loaded, no outs jam in the eighth with the score tied at three
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%) … gave up the two runs in the top of the tenth, but he wound up getting the win

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Double-A Trenton‘s regular season is over. They open their best-of-five first round playoff series with Binghamton tomorrow night. It’ll be RHP Bryan Mitchell vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard in Game One.

Short Season Staten Island Game One (6-2 win over Vermont) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the fourth

  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-5, 2 K — 90 strikeouts are the 13th most in the system even though he didn’t even drafted until June
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — Yeicokshot!
  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 RBI – first hit in four games at this level
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/0 GB/FB — started the game yesterday

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Triple-A Scranton (13-3 loss to Rochester) their season is over … they finished in fifth place in the North Division at 68-76 and did not qualify for the postseason

  • 1B Brent Lillibridge: 2-4 — I wonder if they’ll clear a 40-man roster spot for him now
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 2 RBI — finished his injury-filled season at .272/.319/.397 with seven homers in 374 plate appearances
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 0.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 44 pitches were strikes (55%) … that’s an unfortunate way to end the season
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 23 of 34 pitches were strikes (68%) … 31-year-old from Queens finished the year with a 74/10 K/BB in 53.1 innings after missing most of 2011 and all of 2012 following shoulder surgery
  • RHP R.J. Baker: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (61%) … because this season wasn’t bad enough, the third string catcher threw three innings out of the bullpen in the final game of the year

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More roster moves as Double-A Trenton gears up for their playoff drive: IF Ali Castillo, RHP Taylor Garrison, and RHP Branden Pinder have all been promoted from High-A Tampa to the Thunder according to Nicholas Flammia. LHP Caleb Smith was sent the other way to clear a roster spot.

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

  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4 — 17 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.378) with five doubles and two homers
  • RHP Sam Demel: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (58%), plus he picked a runner off first … very quietly has a 65/23 K/BB in 52.1 innings

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Both C J.R. Murphy and RHP Brett Marshall were late scratches for Triple-A Scranton tonight, according to Donnie Collins. That almost certainly means both guys will be coming up when rosters expand tomorrow. Earlier today we heard Murphy was “very likely” to get the call. Chris Cotillo says LHP Cesar Cabral will be called up as well, which is fun. He almost made the team out of Spring Training last year before fracturing his elbow. Cabral and Murphy will require 40-man roster moves.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • LF-3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — second homer in his last three games
  • 1B Randy Ruiz:1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second homer in as many days … he was ejected by the first base umpire for arguing something
  • RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 45 of 68 pitches were strikes (66%) … just called up from Tampa to help the depleted staff … I guess the plane was late otherwise he would have started the game

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Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley, walk-off style)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Randy Ruiz: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — believe it or not, that’s his first homer in 18 games and just his second in the last 30 days
  • 2B David Adams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/3 GB/FB – 50 of 79 pitches were strikes (63%) … he’s Rule 5 Draft eligible after the season, it’ll be interesting to see if they call him up in September if they want an extra arm now that he’s somewhat stretched out
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — seven of eight pitches were strikes
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%) … probably his final outing before joining the big league team when rosters expand

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Let’s start with some notes:

  • 1B/3B Dan Johnson was granted his release from Triple-A Scranton according to Sweeny Murti. The Yankees weren’t going to call him up in September and this gives him some time to hook on with another club before rosters expand. Johnson hit .253/.379/.447 (133 wRC+) with 21 homers and more walks (93) than strikeouts (82) in 559 plate appearances for the RailRiders. They aren’t going to the postseason, so this opens a roster spot and some playing time for someone else before the season ends on Tuesday.
  • LHP Caleb Smith, this year’s 14th rounder, has been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Double-A Trenton, reports Josh Norris. He’ll start one game of their doubleheader on Saturday. Seems like a temporary move more than anything. RHP Diego Moreno was placed on the DL for an unknown reason to clear a roster spot.
  • 1B Greg Bird was named to Low-A South Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team. There isn’t an actual All-Star Game or anything, it’s just a list of the best players in the league at each position as voted on by whoever. Bird leads the circuit in OBP (.423) and OPS (.940) but lost out on the league MVP award to SS Rosell Herrera (Rockies).

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • 2B David Adams: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP — season doesn’t end until Tuesday, but he’s already set new career highs in hits (110), homers (12), and walks (46)
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — wonder if they’ll open a 40-man roster spot for him next month
  • RHP Chris Bootcheck: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7/5 GB/FB – 67 of 106 pitches were strikes (63%)

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CF Melky Mesa has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL with a hamstring problem, reports Donnie Collins. He pulled up lame running out a ground ball the other day. Terrible timing for Melky with September call-ups right around the corner. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. C Jose Gill has been called up from Double-A Trenton to fill the roster spot.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Lehigh Valley in 12 innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B David Adams: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • C J.R. Murphy: 3-6, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — scored the winning run on a walk-off passed ball
  • LF Ronnie Mustelier: 3-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K — has multiple hits in seven of the last ten games
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 56 of 85 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%) … 70/10 K/BB in 50.2 innings this year

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RHP Preston Claiborne was sent to High-A Tampa, not Triple-A Scranton according to Nicholas Flammia. That allows the Yankees to call him back up one day earlier, next Monday instead of next Tuesday.

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

  • C J.R. Murphy: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K — had been in a 6-for-37 (.162) rut
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4, 1 RBI
  • 2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Graham Stoneburner: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 47 of 74 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (59%) … 23/5 K/BB in his last 15.2 innings at this level

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