A trio of notes…
- Big Story: RHP Dellin Betances was demoted to Double-A Trenton. Something had to be done here, the poor kid must have zero confidence left after these last three months. Hopefully getting away from the traveling circus in Triple-A and closer to home allows him to catch his breath for a bit and get back on track. RHP Preston Claiborne went from Double-A to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
- Medium Story: RHP Adam Miller was released. I kinda called it after his latest dud outing last night. Miller was a very intriguing minor league free agent pickup as a former top prospect, but it just wasn’t working out. He wasn’t missing bats or consistently throwing strikes.
- Small Story: Triple-A Empire State has just one All-Star representative: LHP Juan Cedeno. DH Jack Cust, UTIL Ronnie Mustelier, and RHP Ramon Ortiz all had great All-Star cases, though Mustelier may not have been with the team long enough. I guess they just wanted to go prospect-heavy for the first time in basically ever.
Triple-A Empire State (3-2 win over Gwinnett)
CF Chris Dickerson: 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB — nine extra-base hits in 16 games since coming off the DL
C Frankie Cervelli & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K — Cervelli got hit by a pitch … Mustelier drew a walk
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — up to 59 walks on the season
1B Russell Branyan & SS Doug Bernier: both 0-4 — Bernier struck out thrice and committed a throwing error
3B Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 22nd homer in 923 plate appearances at Triple-A after hitting 23 homers in 506 plate appearances at Double-A
RF Cole Garner: 3-4, 1 K, 1 CS
2B Ramiro Pena: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Ramon Ortiz: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/8 GB/FB — 63 of 100 pitches were strikes
LHP Juan Cedeno: 0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 11 pitches, six strikes
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 29 of 49 pitches were strikes (59.2%) … nice effort even though he Clip’d the win