The Farm Report 5/14/13

Just when I thought I was going to have to recap four losses by the Yankee affiliates, Charleston saved the day with a walk off against Savannah. Hooray!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got shellacked by the Toledo Mud Hens 10-2
The poor RailRaiders arrived in Toledo at 6 a.m. yesterday morning after a long bus ride, not that it should be an excuse but it could be a reason as to why a team that’s 12-28 absolutely creamed 20-17 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Everything started off fine as Joba Chamberlain, who was making a rehab start, threw a scoreless first inning. Things fell apart once scheduled starter Caleb Cotham came in. He ended up giving up six runs in four innings.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got their two runs in the sixth after three straight two-out hits by Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.

The RailRiders were victimized by bases loaded walks and the long ball. This was their third loss in a row and fourth loss out of the last six games.…

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The Farm Report: 5/10/13 Yankees’ affiliates sweep the day

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over.…

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Report: Betances to the pen

The first inkling that something was amiss came when Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre mentioned Dellin Betances‘s absence from the starter’s list in his piece this morning about the Triple A RailRiders:

Dellin Betances is not listed among the starters for the RailRiders during the upcoming four-game series with Gwinnet. He is on turn for Friday, and he was listed on the board for side work. My guess is that they’re holding him out in case the Yankees need the extra arm for Monday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.

After further investigation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, prompted by Collins’s post, found out that Betances wasn’t on the list of starters because he is being moved to the bullpen.

Sherman also declared the Killer B’s dead. The killer B’s being Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman. Banuelos is recovering from Tommy John surgery, Brackman hasn’t panned out and now Betances is the last man standing.…

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The Farm Report: 5/9/13

First, a few Minor League notes/links to check out. Mikey O’Brien has been promoted to Trenton, while Shaeffer Hall has been released and Josh Romanski was placed on the DL. Pitchers Taylor Garrison and Charlie Short are headed up to Tampa. Josh Norris posted some random scouts notes from Trenton, Tampa and Charleston, which I would recommend checking out. Meanwhile, all four teams were in action today and they all came up short, though Scranton held on for eleven innings before taking their defeat.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianpolis (11 innings):
The RailRiders drew first blood, after three scoreless innings against Gerrit Cole. Ronnier Mustelier lined a single to center and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when David Adams singled to left. A solo homer by Brett Carroll knotted up the score in the fifth. Curtis Granderson started the sixth with a single, but Scranton couldn’t capitalize. They had a chance again in the bottom of the tenth.…

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Who’s Not: April Prospects

 

sladeYesterday I looked at the prospects who have started 2013 with a bang. Today let’s take a look at those who have started with more of a whimper. Unfortunately, there are a few names here that I would much rather see on the other list. Starting with…

Slade Heathcott (OF, Trenton):
Trenton should boast an impressive outfield this year, and a big part of that was because of the Yankees 2010 First Round pick. Instead, Heathcott had a pretty miserable April. He hit .191/.282/.294, with just one homer. He has stolen two bases in four attempts and taken just nine walks, striking out twenty times. His numbers are starting to move up, he hit .286/.316/.400 over his last ten games.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B, Charleston):
Bichette is fairing about as well as Heathcott, putting together a line of .194/.257/.290 during April. Despite this, he did have moments where he came through for the RiverDogs. He hit a pair of homers and had 19 RBIs.…

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The Farm Report: 5/8/13

In case you missed it – there were a couple important minor league tidbits reported today. As EJ noted, Ty Hensley won’t throw a pitch for any minor league affiliate this year due to his hip surgery.  In happier news, Curtis Granderson is ready to make some appearances in Scranton, and even homered in Extended Spring Training today, as he nears his return to the Bronx. This is good news for Scranton, who struggled offensively today. Trenton wasn’t much better, but Tampa’s offense blew away Fort Myers.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianapolis 2-0:
Much like the big league club last night, Scranton fell prey to one bad pitch today. With the game scoreless in the top of the third, Graham Stoneburner walked Jared Goedert and then gave up a two-run homer to Felix Pie, which proved to be the difference in the game. Neither team put up much of a threat during the remaining innings. Scranton only managed a total of three hits, as David Adams and Dan Johnson both went 1-3 and Jeff Farnham went 1-2.…

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Another One Bites the Dust: Ty Hensley Out Until Spring Training 2014

Originally, Ty Hensley was going to miss 2-3 months following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Given that he was 19 years old, the missed time wasn’t a big deal. He was likely ticketed for EST anyway. But bad news broke today: Hensley won’t pitch until Spring Training 2014. Its way too early to label him a bust, but its not too early to place him into a larger pattern of terrible Yankee minor league pitching prospect management.

The Yankees need to stop sucking at keeping their minor league pitchers healthy. You can’t blame them for any individual case, but a strong pattern is emerging for the team: they just aren’t good at developing minor league pitching. Their success rate at taking promising young arms and turning them into big league 25-man roster players is almost zero. Over the past five years, you balance the successes of David Robertson, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova (kinda-sorta), and David Phelps against the brutal, injury/trade/terribleness graveyard of their top prospects.…

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Who’s Hot: April Prospects

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With one month in the books, it is time to look at who’s been hot for the Yankees minor league system in April. I know I will keeping an eye on these players to see if they can carry their strong Aprils through to September – and if they can we are all in for some fun.

Robert Refsnyder (2B, Charleston/Tampa):
In his first full year of professional baseball, Refsnyder has shown some of the talent that garnered him MVP honors in last year’s College World Series. He returned to Charleston, where he hit .370/.452/.481 over thirteen games, picking up seven stolen bases. This quickly earned him a promotion to Tampa, where he finished April with a ridiculous line of .404/.525/.574 over twelve games. He has ten RBIs, and took nine walks while striking out just four times. Refsnyder has shown himself to be a bit prone to errors, however, but he has also made the move back to second base – a position he played in high school.…

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The Farm Report: 5/7/13

Have you ever woken up knowing you forgot to do something but not being able to figure it out until it’s almost too late? That happened to me this morning when I realized, “Hey, wasn’t I supposed to do the minors recap last night?” Oops.

I’ll blame it on my fever.

Anyway, here you go.

Scranton beat the Indianapolis Indians 3-1:
Brett Marshall went six strong innings giving up only one run on four hits, he struck out eight and walked four. The offense had a good night too. From Andrew Kappes’ recap:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time in scoring, as they plated one run in the first. Corban Joseph led off the game offensively for the RailRiders with a double to left field. One out later, Zoilo Almonte singled, which extended his hitting streak to 12 games and moved Joseph to third base. After a walk to Dan Johnson loaded the bases, Ronnier Mustelier legged out a fielder’s choice which allowed Joseph to score from third.

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