This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit in the press box at a Staten Island Yankee game. Richmond County Bank Ballpark (say that three times fast) is very easy to get to and from my trip from north Jersey it was about thirty-five minutes. This was my first trip to the ballpark and it will definitely not be my last. If you haven’t been here it’s a must see the view’s are amazing (when not blocked by tanker ships going by) but seriously you are staring at Manhattan and the rise of the freedom towers. You are also looking directly at the statue of liberty from your seats as well. Tickets to a game range from $10 to $25, which is definitely reasonable.
On to my game notes I hope you can take away some tidbits from what I watched….
Gabriel Encinas (6th round pick of the 2010 draft) is 6’3” 195 from California. Encinas went 3-0 last year in his work with the Gulf Coast League. In his first outing this year he went 1.2IP giving up 1H, 2R, 1ER and striking out 2.
1st inning of work. Encinas works quick with no runners on. 3 up 3 down with 1K.
Bottom of the first: Danny Oh (LF) – With a rocket shot in a full count that the third baseman robbed him with an excellent catch.
Jose Rosario (SS) keeps his hands back well and laced a shot into right field.
Cayones (RF) hits a shot where the short stop tried to turn the double play without watching the ball and it went to the outfield. Rosario with heads up base running moved to third.
First pitch to Butler (1B) is a wild pitch and Rosario scores easily. Butler lined a nice hit to CF Cayones moved to third.
Ravel Santana (CF) who was out of the lineup for three games was 0-11 with 8K’s they gave him 3 days off to work on his swing. He is coming back from a broken ankle and torn ligaments suffered last season. Works a walk to the load the bases.
Matt Snyder (DH) worked a four-pitch walk that brings a run in. Staten Island up 2-0
Wes Wilson (C) – Hits a bases clearing triple. Note: Santana running from second almost passed Butler who was on third. Santana’s speed is something to see. Staten Island up 5-0
Matt Duran (3B) – Fly’s out to first.
Jamiel Orozco (2B) – grounded out to second.
Empire State Yankees L 5-3
Ronnier Mustelier – 1R, 1H, 1BB, .316
Jack Cust – 1R, 1H (solor homer), 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .268
Russell Branyan – 1R, 1H (2-Run homer), 2RBI, 1BB, .328
PTF Dellin Betances – 4.2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 7BB, 6K, 5.78era (ND)
Trenton Thunder L 7-5 F/12
Zolio Almonte – 2R, 2H (Double), 2K, .273
Melky Mesa – 2R, 3H (Double), 1Rbi, 2K, .258
Addison Maruszak – 1R, 2H (2Run Homer), 2RBI, 2K, .256
Vidal Nuno (ND) 6.oIP, 9H, 5R, 3ER, 4K, 1.08era
Tampa Yankees L 3-2
PTF J.R. Murphy – 1R, 1H (double), 2K, .248
Kyle Roller – 2H, (double), 1RBI, 1BB, .255
Jose Mojica – 2H, .262
Shane Greene – 6.0IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, 3.86era (ND)
Staten Island Yankees L 7-2
Taylor Dugas – 1R, 2H (double), 1K, .500
Fu-Lin Kuo – 2H (double), 1RBI, .667
Evan Rutckyj – 4.2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, 1HR, 5.79era
Gulf Coast Yankees W 5-0
PTF Slade Heathcott – 1R, 1H, 1RBI, .273
Jerison Lopez – 1R, 2H (double), .500
Austin Jones – 1R, 2H (double), 1RBI, .500
Angel Rincon (W, 1-0) 5.0IP, 1H, 3K, 0.00era
Now onto the links…
— Marc Carig of The Star Ledger says the Yankees have enough pieces for building the bridge to Soriano.
— Carig also writes that Ivan Nova is making progress and could be ready for his next start.
— The Daily News reports of the new ownership for the Staten Island Yankees.
— Here is the recap of last nights Empire State Yankees (Scranton Wilkes) AAA game.
— Gary Sanchez had a big day yesterday. Here is the recap.
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.
|Tracy (W, 2-0)||6.0||3||0||0||0||4||0||0.00|
|Arneson (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Wetherell (H, 3)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Pinder (S, 3)||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0.00|
The 22-year-old left-hander gave up three hits, fanned four and threw 54 of 83 pitches for strikes. He did not allow a Doubleday to reach third base and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
Wilson deposited the first pitch he saw from Auburn starter Nathan Karns (0-2) over the left-field fence to give Staten Island a second-inning lead.
Wilson finished second in the league with 10 homers during the regular season, but his blast in the clincher is one he won’t forget.
“He had been throwing first-pitch fastballs to a lot of guys, so I was waiting on it,” said Wilson, New York’s 21st-round pick in this year’s Draft. “I knew it was [gone].
“It means a lot to me. It was kind of a nail-biter, with us having a one-run lead from the second inning. And then to get a second in the eighth and see them get one in the ninth, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The Baby Bombers doubled their lead in the eighth on Tyler Austin’s one-out RBI single.
“It was a good pitch,” said Austin, who also singled in a run in Game 1 of the semifinals against Brooklyn. “He threw a slider in the dirt that I swung at and then he left me a fastball up that I was able to hit up the middle.”
The Doubledays made thing interesting in the ninth. A single and an error put runners on the corners and Justin Miller’s sacrifice fly halved Auburn’s deficit. But Branden Pinder retired Angelberth Montilla on a forceout and he got Caleb Ramsey to hit a sharp one-hopper to first base, setting off the celebration.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s a great feeling to be here,” Austin said. “We’ve been working hard and we’ve worked our butts off and now it’s our time. It’s amazing. I don’t know if words can describe what I’m feeling. We were able to accomplish something that not many people have the chance to accomplish.”
The victory provided a perfect end to manager Tom Slater’s first season in the New York-Penn League.
“I wouldn’t say there were huge ranges of emotions tonight, I just had to stay even-keeled and let them play,” Slater said. “We have good players, and that is the bottom line. It’s fun to work with them. They are all good kids who want to be great. They worked extremely hard all year long. They came in, stuck to their routine, played hard and had fun while they were playing.
“[Tracy and Wilson] are guys who played at major college programs. They are used to games like these, where they’re playing for a chance to go to the postseason.”
|Rodriguez, W (W, 1-0)||1.0||2||1||1||0||0||0||9.00|
|Arneson (H, 1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Wetherell (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Pinder (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
Angelo Gumbs entered the New York-Penn League Finals opener without a homer in his previous 103 at-bats. On Monday night, he picked a good time to break out of his power slump.
Selected in the second round of last year’s Draft, Gumbs hammered his first longball in almost two months to help the short-season Staten Island Yankees to a 9-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays in the opening game of the best-of-3 series.
With the game tied, 1-1, and the bases empty in the fifth inning, the 18-year-old California native took Wirkin Estevez’s offering over the wall in left-center field to give the Yankees a lead they would never relinquish.
The Baby Bombers’ infield prospect has seen limited time in the playoffs. He ended the regular season batting .179 over the final 10 games, and he had just three at-bats in two appearances off the bench in the semifinals against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
He previously hit three homers in 58 Minor League games — the last one came July 18 in a 12-4 rout of the Tri-City Valley Cats. He smacked a three-run shot off right-hander Joan Belliard.
Gumbs hit .264 with 29 RBIs in 51 games for Staten Island this year en route to helping the club win the McNamara Division with a 45-28 record. In 2010, Gumbs batted .192 in seven appearances for the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate.
On Monday, designated hitter Casey Stevenson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and shortstop Cito Culver went 2-for-6 with a double and a run in the victory.
Wilton Rodriguez (1-0) allowed a run on two hits in an inning of relief to pick up the victory. Starter Taylor Morton surrendered one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two batters over 4 2/3 frames.
The Championship Series heads to Staten Island on Tuesday for Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3 on Wednesday.
Remaining Game Times
|Game 2: AUB @ SI||Sep 13, 7:05 PM ET|
|Game 3*: AUB @ SI||Sep 14, 7:05 PM ET|
|Wetherell (W, 1-0)||2.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pinder (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
The final deciding game will be held tomorrow.
|Mitchell (L, 0-1)||4.2||6||7||4||2||5||1||7.71|
Scranton Yankees (Game 1) L 5-1
2B: Molina (6, Sweeney), Nunez, L (14, Sweeney).
HR: Golson (8, 5th inning off Sweeney, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Lamb; Golson 5; Kruml; Molina 2; Nunez, L 2.
RBI: Golson (32).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kruml; Pena, R; Russo.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.
|Betances (L, 0-3)||5.0||6||5||5||2||7||0||5.14|
Scranton Yankees (Game 2) W 2-0
3B: Golson (7, Egbert).
TB: Russo 2; Kruml; Vazquez; Golson 3.
RBI: Golson (33), Nunez, L (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Vazquez; Romine; Parraz 2.
SF: Nunez, L.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
|Phelps, D (W, 6-6)||6.0||3||0||0||1||7||0||3.19|
Trenton Thunder L 12-9
2B: Sublett (8, Lanigan), Lyerly 2 (16, Lanigan, Albers), Krum (10, Schuld), Maruszak (22, Schuld).
HR: Joseph, Co (5, 7th inning off Schuld, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Krum 3; Joseph, Co 6; Lyerly 5; Mesa 2; Sublett 3; Gil; Maruszak 2.
RBI: Mesa 2 (46), Sublett 3 (28), Joseph, Co 2 (57), Maruszak (47), Lyerly (34).
2-out RBI: Mesa; Sublett 2; Maruszak.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pirela; Gil; Krum 2; Sublett.
Team RISP: 6-for-16.
Team LOB: 6.
|Venditte (L, 3-7)||3.0||10||7||7||1||3||0||3.40|
Tampa Yankees L 2-3
The season is now over. In the FSL North Division, the Tampa Yanks finished in 4th place, going 74-64.
2B: Mustelier 2 (13, Wesson, Wesson).
TB: Landoni; Mack; Mustelier 4; Medchill; Segedin; Johnson, C 2; Murton.
RBI: Mustelier (24), Segedin (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Segedin; Murton.
GIDP: Murton; Landoni.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.
|De La Cruz, Jo (L, 0-1)||3.0||2||1||1||1||3||0||3.00|
Charleston RiverDogs W 8-1
2B: Flores (26, Mueller), Mojica (24, Mueller), Brown (7, Hungerman).
3B: Mahoney (3, Hungerman).
TB: Rosario, J; Flores 3; Brown 3; Mahoney 3; De Leon, K; Mojica 3; Farnham 2; Lopez, Da.
RBI: Toussen (23), Flores (59), Farnham (12), Lopez, Da (1), Mahoney (31), De Leon, K (60), Rosario, J (1).
2-out RBI: Flores; Rosario, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown; Toussen; Mahoney; Flores; Mojica.
SAC: Lopez, Da.
GIDP: Rosario, J; Toussen.
Team RISP: 6-for-20.
Team LOB: 14.
|Greene (W, 5-14)||6.0||5||1||1||1||7||0||4.37|
Staten Island Yankees L 7-4
The regular season for Staten Island is over. They finished at 45-28, the best record in the league. The first playoff series, a best of 3, begins tomorrow versus Brooklyn.
2B: Culver (14, Vazquez, C), Austin (10, Vazquez, C), Wilson, Z (15, Chism).
HR: Wilson, Z (10, 4th inning off Montero, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Williams, M 3; Culver 2; Austin 2; Gumbs; Wilson, Z 7; McCoy.
RBI: Culver (33), Austin (14), Gumbs (29), Wilson, Z (31).
2-out RBI: Gumbs; Wilson, Z.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nunez, R; Williams, M.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.
|Hobbs (L, 4-1)||1.1||3||4||4||1||0||0||6.91|
Trenton L 2-0
2B: Sublett (7, McGowan).
TB: Joseph, Co 2; Romine; Mesa; Sublett 2; Gil; Maruszak.
|Hall (L, 10-8)||7.0||8||2||1||1||5||0||4.12|
Tampa L 5-1
2B: Mack (14, Sorensen).
HR: Roller (7, 2nd inning off Sorensen, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Almonte, A; Mack 3; Roller 4; Landoni.
RBI: Roller (28).
|Burawa (L, 2-2)||2.0||5||3||3||0||0||0||3.76|
Charleston L 5-4
HR: Mahoney (3, 8th inning off Froneberger, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Flores 2; Mahoney 4; Mojica; Higashioka; Wilson, W.
RBI: Mahoney (30).
2-out RBI: Mahoney.
|Rondon (L, 2-3)||1.0||0||1||1||5||0||0||4.96|
Staten Island L 9-3
2B: Nunez, R (20, Powers), Gamel (18, Powers).
HR: Wilson, Z 2 (9, 4th inning off Powers, 0 on, 2 out; 6th inning off Menna, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Williams, M; Gamel 2; Austin; Nunez, R 3; Wilson, Z 8; Grice.
RBI: Wilson, Z 2 (29), Austin (13).
2-out RBI: Wilson, Z.
|Tracy (L, 1-2)||5.0||6||6||6||2||10||0||3.80|
SWB W 6-2
HR: Molina (4, 3rd inning off Bush, 0 on, 0 out), Parraz (8, 6th inning off Bush, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Russo 2; Lamb; Laird 2; Parraz 4; Molina 5.
RBI: Molina (21), Lamb (25), Laird 2 (69), Parraz 2 (49).
2-out RBI: Laird.
|Mitchell (W, 12-9)||5.0||4||2||1||3||3||0||3.35|
Trenton W 7-2
2B: Krum (8, Pino), Joseph, Co 2 (37, Pino, LaMura), Pirela (21, LaMura).
3B: Pirela (4, Pino), Krum (3, Pino).
TB: Pena, R 2; Krum 5; Joseph, Co 4; Lyerly; Pirela 5.
RBI: Joseph, Co 2 (51), Pena, R (2), Krum 3 (26), Lyerly (32).
2-out RBI: Pena, R; Krum 2; Lyerly.
|Garrison, St (W, 4-8)||5.2||3||2||2||1||3||1||6.55|
|Schmidt (H, 5)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.48|
Tampa Game 1 L 6-3F/7
HR: Castro, K (5, 7th inning off Rhee, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Almonte, A 2; Castro, K 4; Mack; Segedin; Landoni.
RBI: Johnson, C (19), Almonte, A (49), Castro, K (45).
2-out RBI: Almonte, A; Castro, K.
|Black, S (L, 6-9)||4.2||7||5||5||1||1||1||7.02|
Tampa Game 2 W 4-1 F/7
2B: Mustelier (11, Kurcz), Almonte, A (25, Negrin).
HR: Medchill (11, 2nd inning off Del Valle, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Almonte, A 2; Mustelier 3; Medchill 4; Landoni.
RBI: Medchill (24), Mustelier (22), Almonte, A (50).
2-out RBI: Almonte, A.
|Quintana (W, 10-2)||6.0||6||1||1||0||2||0||2.91|
|Flannery (S, 18)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.27|
Staten Island W 3-2
2B: Castillo, Al (8, Kilcrease).
3B: Austin (1, Kilcrease).
TB: Williams, M 2; Gamel; Austin 4; Nunez, R 2; Castillo, Al 2; Wilson, Z.
RBI: Austin (12), Nunez, R (32).
|Arneson (W, 2-1)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.02|
|Pinder (S, 14)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.90|
Gulf Coast W 3-1 (Big night for Bichette as the GCL Yankees take home the championship)
2B: Bichette (2, Rembisz), Valera, J (3, Nygren).
HR: Bichette (1, 4th inning off Hope, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bichette 6; Taveras, D; Duran 3; Valera, J 2; Alcantara; Tejeda, I.
RBI: Bichette (3), Tejeda, I (1).
2-out RBI: Tejeda, I.
|De La Cruz, Jo||3.1||1||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Checo (W, 1-0)||2.2||1||0||0||0||5||0||1.93|