The RailRiders ended up with four straight rainouts, but caught up a bit with a doubleheader on Sunday and finished up at 4-2 the last seven days. David Adams led the charge this week for Scranton, going 8-16 with a HR and an RBI. He raised his season batting average top .355 and his OPS to .976. With a lack of right handed bats and the news of Jeter being out until after the All Star break, there may be an opening for David to get some cuts in the majors. Corban Joseph got things rolling in the last few days, getting 8 hits in the last 26 AB’s including a pair of doubles and a homer. He drove in three while walking once and striking out three times. Zoilo Almonte also had a strong showing, going 10-21 with three doubles and a home run. The standout part of his performance this week was his lone strikeout while taking six free passes. That’s been his achilles heel, and if he can show some plate discipline while still hitting for power and not sacrificing hits he’ll make a much better case for getting himself a job with the big club. Melky Mesa went just the opposite, taking only one walk while striking out six times.
On the pitching front, Nuno continued his excellent work on the mound tossing 6 scoreless. He allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out eight. Nuno would be number one on my AAA depth chart right now as Brett Marshall (4.1 IP, 6H, 5R, 4BB, 3K) has been getting knocked around a bit while returning Chien Ming Wang will make his AAA debut tonight, and it’s yet to be seen how he will fare. Chris Bootcheck chipped in another solid stand-in performance throwing six scoreless of his own. Graham Stoneburner stepped in with a spot start and had his own scoreless outing of six innings, allowing just four hits while walking none and striking out a pair. Dellin Betances made two starts this week, opening with a pathetic outing that lasted just .2 IP, allowing six earned on four hits and two walks. His next outing wasn’t much better, although he managed to last four innings while allowing five earned runs. This is Dellin’s last chance to make something of himself before he becomes a FA, and so far it’s more of the same. Here’s to hoping that the change in his stride eventually pays off, because his time is running out. On the relief end Mark Montgomery continues to throw zeroes, going two innings, allowing a single hit, zero walks while striking out three. Codey Eppley and Craig Claiborne combined with 5.1 scoreless innings of their own while lefty Juan Cedeno tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball on three hits. He walked one and struck out a pair.
The Thunder offense had a heyday this week, finishing up at 4-3. Their record could have been a lot better if it were not for the pitching. JR Murphy continued to raise his line, going 10-21 with a pair of doubles and a three home run performance last night that should have been the nail in the coffin were it not for ten earned runs given up by Matt Tracy. Murphy got his average up to .375 and his OPS to 1.097 after his own personal derby. Rob Segedin chipped in a pair of bombs of his own, and together drove in 18 runs on the week. Tyler Austin may be coming around a bit, as he went 8-27 with a double and 7 RBI’s. He also took 6 walks to go with 7 strikeouts. Ramon Flores pulled off nine hits of his own, including three doubles and a triple while driving in seven. He walked and struck out three times each. Slade Heathcott made his way back from a stiff neck, but is in limbo still, chipping in just a single hit in eleven AB’s. His OPS stands at .573, a far cry from his fall league performance.
As mentioned earlier, Matt Tracy got lit up in his last performance, allowing ten runs over three innings. His previous start was far better, as he went 5 scoreless on three hits. He struck out four and walked four in that appearance. Nik Turley made some more steps to a solid performance tossing 4 innings of 2 run ball, allowing three free passes while striking out seven. He’s gotten a bit better each time out, so here’s to a quality start next time around. Francisco Rondon as a starter experiment continued as he had two outings combining for 9 innings of five run ball. Walks are a bit of an issue and the righties are eating him alive… in fact he’s yet to allow an earned run to a left handed hitter yet. If anything this gives him plenty of innings to pitch and a move to the pen won’t require any stretching out, so if/when they decide to ditch this idea he could step in and help the big club rather soon if needed. Tommy Kahnle came out of the pen to pitch three scoreless on two hits, allowing three walks and racing up six K’s. Zach Nuding worked four innings resulting in 5 runs, two of them earned. Danny Burawa was Jeckyl and Hyde, tossing 2 scoreless and then getting tuned up for four runs in just a single inning. While there were a couple of highlights and things to look forward to, the pitching overall was the downfall this week. With all the runs scored they could have gone 7-0.
Tampa had it’s share of offense this week as well. Gary Sanchez turned on the lights knocking three over the wall along with a double to go 8-23 on the week driving in ten runs and working his OPS up to 1.113. Mason Williams also went 8-23 including a pair of doubles and a triple. He got his batting average up to .289 on the season and his OPS to .860. Ben Gamel continues to spray the ball all over the field, going 9-28 with a pair of doubles and a pair of triples that he knocked in just last night. He’s yet to go deep, but 9 of his 20 hits thus far have gone for extras. The long ball power could be just around the corner. Carmen Angelini… yes… that guy, is hitting .308 on the year. In fairness he’s 24 so don’t take this as being a late bloomer, just way too old for his level. Matt Snyder is in the dark so far, posting a .088/.139/.147/.286 line. Yikes. Angelo Gumbs was placed on the DL and replaced on the roster with Robert Refsnyder. I have an unconfirmed report that he’s suffering from a strained tendon, and I wonder if it had any effect on his performance thus far, which has been pretty dismal.
Bryan Mitchell got straightened around his last time out, throwing 5 innings of 4 hit ball. He walked two but also only struck out two. With his kind of stuff you’d think we see more knockouts. Shane Greene made two starts; his first he gave up 5 runs over six innings, walking one and striking out four. In his second outing he went 6.1 IP and allowed a pair of runs, giving away zero free passes and struck out six. Corey Black made another start this past week, going 5 innings while allowing 4 earned. He walked a pair and struck out eight. The thing to watch with him is his velocity, as last year in his first go around in the pros he tended to lose his FB in the latter innings. He’s a guy that can run it up to triple digits, but falls considerably as he tires. Manuel Barreda appeared in two games and pitched four innings of one hit ball. He walked a pair and struck out five.
Robert Refsnyder led the Dogs this week to go 3-3 before getting promoted to the Tampa club. He parted with a .370/.452/.481/.933 slash line, and went 1-6 in his high-A debut. That was about it for the highlights of the greater known prospects. Greg Bird has been in a major funk as of late. He went 4-22 with zero XBH’s this past week, although he did drive in three. Dante Bichette Jr. also drove in three but had one fewer hit. Cito culver, after starting out on a good note, had just three hits himself including a double. He’s making K Law’s limited look at him earlier this week appear pretty spot on. As noted earlier, Gumbs was sent to the DL with what is supposedly a strained tendon after posting an anemic .286 OPS. Pretty fugly all the way around, save for Refsnyder who is now in Tampa, and Peter O’Brien who went 6-18 with 5! doubles and a HR. He struck out five times, walked twice and has his OPS up to 1.041 on the year.
The pitching end was a bit brighter, led by Gabe Encinas who tossed 11 innings of one run ball. He allowed six hits, three walks and struck out eleven in the process. He’s sporting a sub one ERA right now and is the unsung star of the show. Rafael DePaula took another trip to the mound and tossed six innings of 3 run ball. He had some yips his previous start and couldn’t find the zone but bounced back a bit this time out, allowing just a single walk while striking out seven. For those of you interested, he’s leading the SAL with a K/9 north of 18. Jose Campos made his third start after spending most of last year on the DL. He was limited to just three innings again, allowing one earned run while walking three and striking out five. His command and control should continue to come around as he works his way back and continues to build his arm strength. Looks like they’re taking it easy on the younger guys; wondering if it’s the Patterson effect in play. Ceasar Vargas chipped in 5.1 innings of two run ball, striking out four and allowing three free passes. Daniel Camarena continued to struggle, throwing three unfortunate innings of five run ball. He struck out two and walked two.
Mason Williams had surgery on his left labrum and will be out for the season. He reported that his surgery went well and we can look forward to his return next year.
Saxon Butler was promoted to Charleston after putting up a 179wRC+ in the NYPL.
Melky Mesa promoted to the traveling circus AAA team.
SWB Yankees 3-3 for the week, 62-52 on the season and 1 game behind Pawtucket for first place
Eduardo Nunez got some hits in after returning from his seemingly endless DL stint for his thumb injury and went 7-23 on the week with a 2B, HR and a RBI. Dickerson went deep while going 6-20, a 2B and a pair of RBI’s. Utility man Ronnier Mustelier turned in a 6-21 performance with a pair of doubles and a lone RBI. On the pitching end the bright spots were relievers Claiborne who went 3.1IP, 1H 0ER 3K’s and Justin Thomas who tossed 3 shutout innings giving up zero walks, striking out three. Melky Mesa made his debut for SWB and got knocked around at the plate a bit. He managed a nice game on Saturday however, going 3-5 with a 2B, HR and 2 RBI’s while scoring twice. If he gets himself rolling in SWB we might see him in the BX come September.
Trenton Thunder 5-1 on the week, 69-45 with a 7 game lead in the Eastern League
The bats were alive in Trenton,this week as recently converted third baseman David Adams went 7-19 with two doubles, a HR and 3 RBI’s. Adonis Garcia who just arrived from Tampa went 6-14 with a pair of doubles, a HR and 2 RBI’s. Walter Ibarra joined in the fun with a 7-16 showing hitting three doubles, a HR and 4 RBI’ws. Not to be outdone by anyone on the squad, Zoilo Almonte had himself a 7-25 week with a pair of doubles while going deep three times and driving in eight. On the mound Brett Marshall made two starts and ended up with a line of 12IP, 8H, 2ER, 2BB, 9K. Vidal Nuno had a decent outing going 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 9K. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but his control is outstanding; on the year his BB/K is 29/96. On the relief end Kelvin Perez tossed 4 innings of 1 run ball on 4 hits walking 3 and striking out 5. Mark Montgomery showed everyone he was human by giving up his first HR since April. He ended the week with 4IP, 2ER, 1BB, 8K’s. He’s been nothing short of outstanding this entire season so he’s certainly allowed a blip on the radar.
Tampa Yankees 4-3 on the week, 58-55 for the season, 8 games out of first place
Tyler Austin bounced back after a jarring collision with the OF wall to go 10-26, a pair of doubles and 4 RBI’s. Fellow OF’er Ramon Flores followed with a 9-26 performance and a triple. Slade Heathcott had a great week with six hits in 16 PA’s with a 2B, 3B and a HR while driving in five runners. After returning from shoulder surgery they’re taking it easy on him. This season is more or less a long rehab for him; if this kid can stay healthy he could be a major asset for the club. Moving on to the pitchers, lefty Nik Turley made on start this past week tossing 5 innings of 5 hit ball allowing zero runs on 4 BB’s and 5K’s. Branden Pinder went 3.1IP in relief, giving up just one hit and no runs, walking one and striking out 4. Jeremy Bleich is trying to make his way back up the ladder tossed 4 innings of perfect ball, walking none and striking out three.
Charleston RiverDogs 3-4 for the week, 49-52 on the season 10.5 games out of first
It’s safe to say the Dogs really miss the three headed monster of Austin, Sanchez and Williams, not to mention losing one of the best arms in Jose Campos. Saxon Butler debuted this week, going 3-9 with a RBI. He absolutely crushed it in SI, and as a first baseman he;s going to have to keep it up if he wants to keep moving. Nice start to low A; we’ll have to keep an eye on him. Ben Gamel turned in an 8-30 weel with a pair of triples while driving in 4. Refsnyder put some numbers on the board going 9-26 with a double, a HR and drove in 7. Cito Culver is doing his Ichiro! impression by building a picket fence; he’s had exactly one hit in nine straight games. He had a two-bagger and drove in three this week. Reymond Nunez went 7-19 with two doubles, 2 RBI’s and scored a run. Bryan Mitchell made 2 starts this past week and ended with a line of 10IP, 9H, 4ER, 8BB and 9K’s. Phil Wetherell made one start tossing 5 innings of one run ball while walking zero and striking out 6. Brett Gerritse went 6IP, 4H, 0ER, 1BB, 4K’s. Nick Goody was perfect in relief throwing 2 innings of zeroes.
SI Yankees 0-6 on the week (yuck) 15-31 on the year, 15 games out of first place
Matt Snyder really came around this week going 11-24, sending one over the wall and driving in 5. He’d been looking up at the Mendoza line so hopefully this will be a turning point. Claudio Custodia had himself a nice week with 7 hits in 25 PA’s; that included a double, two triples, a HR and 6 RBI’s. Daniel Lopez rounded out the bats going 7-15, all singles. Pitcher Gabe Encinas had an up and down week, starting off with 7 innings of one run ball and then getting shellacked his next time out yielding 5 runs over 2.1 innings. Corey Black took the hill this week and gave the SI Yanks 6 innings of 1 run ball, walking one and striking out 5. He was reportedly hitting the high 90’s. On the relief side, Stefan Lopez threw 2.2 innings of shutout ball on 2 hits. He walked none and struck out four.
GCL Yankees 3-2 on the week, 25-16 on the season, trailing the GCL Tigers by two games.
Kicking off the bats this past week was Austin Aune; he went 3-9 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI’s. The big question here is, wether he’ll be able to stick at shortstop. Miguel Andujar went 3-10 on the week while Yeicok Calderon had 5 hits in 17PA’s including a triple, 3 HR’s and 5 RBI’s. He’s holding an OPS of 1.037 the last ten days. Walter Ibarra put up some numbers of his own, going 7-16 with three doubles and a HR while driving in 4. Zach Nuding headed up the pitching staff, giving the club 6.2 innings of two run ball. He walked one and struck out 5. 2012 first round pick Ty Henseley made his second appearance since inking his deal. He settled in for this one and pitched 2 innings of one hit ball. He walked 2 and struck out 5. He was in the mid nineties, so the shoulder seems fine. Rookie Davis got back on the hill for 2.2 innings, giving up just one hit, walking zero and striking out 2.
The Short-Season Staten Island Yankees won the regular season 14-team New York Penn League with a 45-28 record and also won the league post-season championship. They did so with a strong all-around team that was 2nd in team average (.265), 3rd in runs scored and 5th in team ERA (3.50). The success of the Yanks 2 lowest level teams (Staten Island and Gulf Coast Yanks) proves the success of the latest drafts in 2010 & 2011 and bodes well for the future of the organization.
Williams was arguably the best prospect in the entire NY Penn Lg and he did nothing to disappoint with his on-field performance. He tore up the league finishing 2nd with a .349 average and 1st with 28 stolen bases & 94 Hits. He also finished in the top 10 in OBP (.395), SLG(.469), OPS(.863), Triples(6), Total Bases(126) and Runs(42). Mason is a wiry athlete with plus speed, a plus arm and a smooth left-handed stroke. He has a good feel for the strike zone but was very aggressive at the plate.
Williams has been compared to Brett Gardner because of his outstanding speed and defense. He projects to add more power as he grows into his slim frame and could end up being a cross between Gardner & Curtis Granderson.I was impressed to see that despite his immense physical talent, his coaches also regard him as a very hard worker who lives in the batting cage and has an infectious personality. Be prepared to see Williams in everybody’s Yankee Top 10 prospect lists this year and with his skill set & work ethic he could rocket through the system. He’s shown the ability to make hard contact so it will be interesting to see how much power he can generate as he starts to add more strength and weight to his 6’0″ 150 lb frame.
Wilson was a 21st round pick out of Arizona State who finished 2nd in the lg with 10 HRs plus a big solo shot for the 1st run in the 2-1 championship game. He hit .256 with a .346 OBP & .456 SLG% but doesn’t do anything particularly well except hit for power.
Gumbs is an athletic, up the middle player taken by the Yanks in the 2010 Draft. He got a $750,000 bonus as a 2nd -rd pick and has flashed all of the tools the team paid for despite tailing off at the end of the season due to injuries. He has great bat speed and a lot of raw power which he used to hit .264/.332/.406 with 3 HRs. Gumbs showed off his good speed with 11 SBs & 4 triples. This speed may make him better suited as a CF or LF moving forward because he wasn’t great at 2B with 9 errors.
SS – Cito Culver, 19 – 6’0 185
The Yanks were criticized for taking Culver with their 1st pick in 2010 but he’s impressed scouts with his rocket arm and a nice compact swing from both sides of the plate. Like most players right out of HS, he was inconsistent during the season but he showed a good approach at the plate but his poor August had him finish at .250/.323/.337. Cito is going to take a while to develop both offensively & defensively as he must cut down on his 17 errors. One area he is advanced in is his base running, as he shows good instincts and above average speed which he used to steal 10 of 10 bases.
3B – Tyler Austin, 20 – 6’2″ 200
Austin was a 13th round pick in 2010’s draft who started the season in the Gulf Coast Lg where he mashed the ball to a .390/.438/.622 clip in 20 games before he was promoted to Staten Island. He kept on hitting after the promotion in 27 games to finish a combined .354/.418/.579 for a .997 OPS. Tyler was also a perfect 18 of 18 in Stolen Base attempts.
Leading up to the draft Austin was considered a high ceiling H.S. player with big time power and solid speed & arm strength. But many thought he was a project but he has come out mashing. Tyler overcame testicular cancer as a teenager and battled back from a broken had last yr. He also has a reputation as a “gamer”, a hard-nosed type of player. He sounds a lot like Bichette to me and it seems the Yanks are looking for guys like this based on their recent draft picks. With his MLB power, solid speed & attitude, Austin is one of my favorite prospects and I will be following him closely as he develops.
RHP – Bryan Mitchell – 20, 6’2″ 175
Mitchell is a tantalizing prospect with a high ceiling but is still very raw. He has plus stuff but his questionable mechanics and inconsistent arm angle make him a project. The couple of videos I saw of him look like 2 different pitchers. Mitchell had a mediocre season but finished with 4 strong starts at the end of the season during which he gave up 3 ER in 21 IP. Overall, he went 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 & impressive 2.19 GO/AO ratio. The high strikeout & ground ball rates are very encouraging as he is likely to improve his command/control as he refines his mechanics.
LHP – Evan DeLuca – 20, 6’1″ 195
DeLuca is a New Jersey kid who played his HS ball at Immaculata in Somerville where he was picked in the 44th rd of the 2009 draft by the Yankees. Like Mitchell, he has taunted with his amazing stuff and wild bouts of inconsistency. I read scouting reports on him in the beginning of the season where he was sitting at 91-93 and topping at 94-95 and was getting excellent results at 3-1 2.19 ERA through July 22. But later reports had him at 87-89 which led to him getting ripped in his last 4 starts and eventually finish the yr on the DL.
LHP – Matt Tracy – 22, 6’3″ 212
Tracy was a 24th rd pick out of U of Mississippi this yr who had a solid season splitting time as a starter and reliever. He was 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 2.26 ground out to Air out ratio. He was the team’s best starter in the post-season going 2-0 including 6 shutout innings of 3-hit ball in the clincher.
RHP – William Oliver – 24, 6’2″ 185
Oliver had a strong season going 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA, 7.5 k/9, 3.7 bb/9 & 1.83 GO/AO rate. The 35th rd pick in 2010 out of Palomar College is a lot older than most of the players in this league so will need to prove himself at a higher level to show he’s a prospect.
RHP – Branden Pinder – 22, 6’3″ 210
Pinder was a 16th rd pick out of Cal State Long Beach this year and quickly got himself comfortable as Staten Island’s closer. He used his 94-95 MPH fastball with excellent command to finish 2-2 with 14 saves and a minute 1.16 ERA. He held hitters to a .152 BA and had a 11.0 k/9 & 1.5 bb/9 in 31 ip. He really has no quality secondary offerings but with command of a mid 90s heater he need only develop one other pitch to advance as a MLB reliever.
Trenton W 9-6 in 16innings
2B: Krum, A 2 (6, Gagnier, Gagnier), Johnson, C (5, Gagnier), Pirela (2, Gagnier), Romine, Au (7, Gagnier), Kruml, R (3, Garcia, R).
3B: Mesa (3, Gagnier).
HR: Suttle (4, 5th inning off Gagnier, 1 on, 2 out), Maruszak (3, 16th inning off Garcia, R, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Krum, A 5; Joseph; Romine, Au 3; Suttle 4; Johnson, C 2; Mesa 4; Pirela 3; Kruml, R 2; Maruszak 4.
RBI: Mesa (12), Romine, Au (21), Suttle 3 (22), Kruml, R (13), Maruszak 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Suttle 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Suttle 2; Johnson, C; Maruszak 2; Joseph.
SAC: Kruml, R; Joseph; Pirela.
Team RISP: 4-for-21.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Mesa (7, 2nd base off Gagnier/Murrian, J), Joseph (2, 2nd base off Gagnier/Murrian, J), Krum, A (14, 3rd base off Gagnier/Murrian, J).
Pickoffs: Hall (Johnson, J at 1st base).
SWB L 5-4
2B: Vazquez, Jo (4, Bump), Brewer (4, Perez, Ju).
HR: Laird (2, 6th inning off Bump, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Russo; Brewer 2; Vazquez, Jo 3; Maxwell 2; Laird 5; Bernier.
RBI: Laird 3 (9), Brewer (3).
2-out RBI: Laird 3; Brewer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Russo; Montero, J; Pena, R; Brewer.
GIDP: Pena, R.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Maxwell (7, 2nd base off Chapman/Kratz).
DP: (Pena, R-Bernier-Vazquez, Jo).
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SWB W 5-3
2B: Maxwell (4, Stinson), Bernier (2, Stinson).
HR: Montero, J (2, 8th inning off Parnell, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Dickerson; Montero, J 4; Maxwell 3; Bernier 2.
RBI: Bernier 2 (10), Montero, J 3 (11).
2-out RBI: Bernier 2; Montero, J 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parraz; Dickerson.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 2.
SB: Maxwell (6, 2nd base off Stinson/Chavez, R).
E: Bernier (1, throw).
DP: (Nunez, L-Bernier-Vazquez, Jo).
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Trenton L 7-4
TB: Krum, A; Romine, Au 2; Joseph; Maruszak; Kruml, R 2.
RBI: Maruszak 2 (15), Krum, A 2 (11), Romine, Au 2 (20), Suttle (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kruml, R; Joseph.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Mesa (3, 2nd base off Cohoon/Gronauer).
CS: Kruml, R (1, 2nd base by Cohoon/Blaquiere).
PO: Kruml, R (1st base by Cohoon).
E: Suttle (6, throw), Okamoto (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Joseph-Pirela-Maruszak, Pirela-Joseph-Maruszak).
Tampa L 6-2
2B: Grote (5, Miller, Q).
3B: Lyerly, R (4, Miller, Q), Mack, D (1, Miller, Q).
TB: Ibarra; Lyerly, R 4; Grote 2; Higashioka; Mack, D 3.
RBI: Mack, D (6), Landoni (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murton; Mack, D; Higashioka 2; Grote.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Grote 2 (4, fielding, throw).
Charleston W 5-4
2B: Toussen (1, Townsend).
HR: Murphy, JR (4, 1st inning off Dodson, 0 on, 2 out), Roller, K (3, 5th inning off Dodson, 0 on, 0 out), De Leon (5, 8th inning off Townsend, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Heathcott; Mojica; Murphy, JR 4; Flores, R 2; De Leon 4; Roller, K 5; Toussen 4; Feliz, A.
RBI: Murphy, JR (23), Roller, K (14), Toussen (1), De Leon 2 (14).
2-out RBI: Murphy, JR; Toussen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: De Leon 2; Heathcott 2.
GIDP: Murphy, JR.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Toussen (1, 3rd base by Townsend/Diaz, El).
E: Toussen (2, fielding), Murphy, JR (4, throw), De Leon (5, fielding).