R.J. Baker pulls a Chris Davis in Triple-A win

C Gary Sanchez was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week. He hit five homers and three doubles in seven games.

Triple-A Empire State (5-4 win over Norfolk in 13 innings) brutal few days for these guys, they played doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday and then went long this afternoon
LF Kevin Russo: 1-6, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
2B Corban Joseph: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 E (fielding) — third homer in six games since the promotion
RF Ronnie Mustelier, CF Colin Curtis & 3B Ramiro Pena: all 0-5 — Mustelier got hit by a pitch … Curtis walked and whiffed … Pena struck out
DH Jack Cust: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP — solo homer gave them the lead in the top of the 13th … three homers in the last two games and five homers in the last eight games
1B Brandon Laird: 2-6, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Frankie Cervelli: 3-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K — 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.333)
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-5, 1 BB
RHP Dellin Betances: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 7/1 GB/FB — 63 of 110 pitches were strikes (57.3%) … unraveled late, all the walks came in his last two innings
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of ten pitches were strikes
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 28 of 45 pitches were strikes (62.2%)
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%) … came out of the bullpen on his throw day (threw 98 pitches on Saturday) to blow the save in the tenth
LHP Mike O’Connor: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 12 of 20 pitches were strikes … like Figueroa, he came out of the bullpen on his throw day (threw 69 pitches on Saturday)
RHP R.J. Baker: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58.3%) … the third string catcher came out of the bullpen to get the win … this is his first appearance of the season, he hasn’t even gotten an at-bat yet!

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Yanks make RHP Ty Hensley their first-round pick

With the 30th pick of tonight’s amateur MLB draft, the Yanks went for the highest ranked player still on the board as they selected right-handed pitcher Ty Hensley in the first round. Hensley, 18, is a 6-foot, 5-inch, 220-pounder out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK, and was 23rd on Baseball America’s top 500 list. In a capsule write-up a few months back, Mike noted Hensley’s mid-90s fastball, a change and a curve. He can push that fastball up to 97.

During his interview on MLB Network after the selection, Hensley spoke about his influences and cited both Roger Clemens and Roy Halladay. He also mentioned his pre-start Chipotle ritual. Kevin Goldstein called the pick “highway robbery,” and the Yanks are high on his future. As a high school senior, Hensley struck out 111 in 55.1 innings and went a perfect 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA. We’ll have much more shortly.

2012 Draft: Day One LiveBlog

Tonight’s amateur draft broadcast begins at 7pm ET and can be seen on MLB Network. Based on the past few years, it’s going to last about four hours, so find a comfy chair and settle in. The first and supplemental first rounds will be held tonight and the Yankees only have one pick to make this evening: #30 overall. The Cardinals and Blue Jays lead the way with five picks each while the Angels and Tigers are the only clubs without a selection on Day One. I’d rather have Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder than two draft picks as well, so I doubt they mind. The full draft order can be seen here.

Use this thread and liveblog to talk about all things draft. Our regular open thread can be found here for everything else. Please keep the draft talk in the draft threads and be mindful of our Commenting Guidelines. Thanks in advance.

Monday Night Open Thread

The Yankees are off tonight, so use this thread to talk about whatever your heart desires. ESPN is carrying the Phillies and Dodgers (Worley vs. Kershaw), depending on weather. Of course, the 2012 amateur draft begins tonight and I’ll be liveblogging the whole thing. Join in on the fun when the liveblog post guys up shortly. Otherwise, enjoy the thread.

2012 Draft: Ty Buttrey

The 2012 amateur draft starts tonight, so I’m going to highlight some last-minute prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Ty Buttrey | RHP

Hailing from Providence High School in Charlotte, Buttrey was used quite heavily this spring and often pitched out of the bullpen between starts. He’s committed to Arkansas.

Scouting Report
Big and strong at 6-foot-5 and 205 lbs., Buttrey usually sits in the mid-90s with his heater but was more 90-92 this spring due to the workload. His top secondary offering is a knockout power curve in the upper-70s, plus he also throws a changeup that is better than what you’ll usually find in the prep ranks. Despite a big leg kick and a powerful delivery, his command is fine. Buttrey is considered to have strong makeup and has the reputation of being a very quick worker on the mound. A “get the ball and throw it” kinda guy. It’s worth mentioning that he’s already 19 and is one of the oldest high schooler players in this year’s draft.

Keith Law (#34), MLB.com (#35), Baseball America (#38) all have Buttrey in the mix for the end of the first round/early-sandwich round in their latest rankings. Baseball America also said he’s been on the Yankees’ first round radar — they pick 30th overall — in their last two mock drafts as part of that interesting group of late-first round prep right-handers. Buttrey’s workload this spring is a bit of a red flag but there’s really nothing you can do about that. If anything, that workload might benefit the Yankees because had his stuff played up to its usual standards this spring, he might have been in the mix for a top-ten pick.

2012 Draft: MLB.com’s Latest Mock Draft

In his latest mock draft, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel first overall and the Yankees taking high school RHP Nick Travieso with their first round pick (#30 overall). That fits with other reports of New York seeking various prep arms, though Mayo does say they seem to be focusing on the best available player regardless of position. Hooray for that.

Travieso is very much a “now stuff” kinda guy with a low-90s fastball that’s been up to 98 in the past, plus a hard mid-80s slider and a developing changeup. He’s also working on a two-seamer. Travieso, who hails from outside of Fort Lauderdale, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs. and is a thrower who has quite a bit to learn about his craft. His stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he’s caught a lot of helium of late, but the Yankees prefer polish (especially with their early picks) and Travieso doesn’t have any. Great arm though.