Manny Banuelos Struggles; Trenton Goes On a Home Run Binge; Brett Marshall; Rob Segedin; Caleb Cotham; Dante Bichette; Gary Sanchez

Minor Leagues Report — By Tom K on April 7, 2012 8:37 pm


An 0-3 start for the Triple-A franchise.

Manny Banuelos had a rough outing, allowing 11 hits and 4 runs over 3.1 innings as the early season hitting woes continued in a 4-0 loss to Syracuse.

Really nothing to write about offensively in this one. On the pitching side, left-hander Michael O’Connor threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing two walks while striking out three. ———————- Trenton:

A much different story on the offensive side of the ball in Trenton today.

Cody Johnson and Robert Lyerly each hit two home runs, as Trenton hit seven total in a 11-2 win over New Hampshire Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa, and Jose Gil also homered in the victory.

Johnson hit .226/.277/.438 in 297 at-bats for Trenton last season, connecting for 15 home runs. On the flip side, he struck out 194 times in 432 at-bats between Tampa and Trenton. Yikes. Lyerly is more a pure, line-drive type of hitter. Last season, he hit .280/.327/.408 with 32 doubles, eight home runs, and 80 RBI while splitting time with Tampa and Trenton.

Almonte had three hits total, and scored a pair of runs in the win. A breakout player in 2011 (.276/.345/.459 with 18 stolen bases), Almonte is hoping to put himself on the major league radar in 2012.

Mesa showed some promise in 2010, before crashing a bit down to earth in 2011 (.249/.332/.399 with 19 steals in 32 attempts).

Gil has been a backup catcher for years in the organization – and is getting his first try at being a regular.

Jose Pirela contributed two hits and two runs scored, while Daniel Brewer went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run batted in.

Brett Marshall’s first Double-A start was a success, though he was wild: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K, Preston Claiborne tossed a perfect inning, striking out two. ——————- Tampa:

Rob Segedin connected on a home run, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a 5-2 loss to Lakeland. Segedin also had a single in the game.

Jose Ramirez’s start was both rough and encouraging. He did allow four runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings, but he also didn’t walk anybody while striking out eight. The 22-year old had a rough time in 2011, when the Yankees decided to start him in Tampa. He finished up in Charelston and had a combined record of 5-12 with a 5.66 ERA over 103.1 IP.

26-year old lefty Rigoberto Arrebato, from Parts Unkown-Weight Unknown, struck out four over 2.1 innings, while allowing a run. ——————- Charleston:

Caleb Cotham, normally a reliever, made a start tonight and threw pretty well over 4 IP (1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) as Charleston squeaked out their second win in a row, 2-1. They won on Friday by the score of 1-0.

Dante Bichette went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Gary Sanchez had two hits, including a double, and a run scored in the win. Tyler Austin, who hit .354/.418/.579 with 18 steals in 18 attempts in 178 at-bats between GCL/Staten Island last year, drove in a run with a triple. He did leave the game early, and no report as to why.

Wilton Rodriguez earned the win by throwing three perfect innings, striking out five while Ben Paullus earned the save with two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out one.


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