Robert Refsnyder’s Huge Night; Melky Mesa; Zoilo Almonte; Vidal Nuno; Mark Montgomery; Slade Heathcott; Ramon Flores; Tom Kahnle; Ben Gamel; Pete O’Brien Hits Another; Andrew Benak

Minor Leagues Report — By on August 23, 2012 10:18 pm

Scranton:

Defeated Buffalo, 4-3.

*Melky Mesa: *2-for-5, 2B (7), HR (6), RBI, RS – HR was game-winning blast in top of the 11th inning. Now has 13 XBH in 87 at-bats since joining the squad. 1 HR from 20/20 club, when you combine with Trenton numbers. *Chris Dickerson: *2-for-4, 2 RS, 2 BB, SB (16) – Hitting .316 on the season. Has done a nice job for them in Scranton, but circumstances kept him from potentially helping the big squad. *Corban Jospeh: *2-for-5, 3 RBI – Joseph has blossomed in 2012. ————- Trenton:

Defeated Akron, 3-0.

*Zoilo Almonte: *3-for-4, 2B (23), 2 RS – .283/.328/.507. He turned 23 years old in mid-June. Very solid season, and he isn’t a fluke. He started to get his career on track in 2009 in Staten Island and has pretty much been a similar type hitter his whole way up the ladder, though this year represents a nice uptick in his home run power. *JR Murphy: *2-for-4 – .234/.310/.449 in 107 AB. Sometimes, you have to look beyond the numbers.Murphyposted a .696 OPS in Tampa this year, but the Yankees decided to aggressively promote him. And it seems like it was the right call.

*Vidal Nuno: *6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (8-5, 2.45 ERA; 103 IP, 97 H, 37 R, 28 ER, 9 HR, 26 BB, 90 K) – Seems to be back on track after a few rough starts earlier in the month. Last two starts have been solid. *Mark Montgomery: *2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (2.37 ERA; 19 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 31 K) – The scary thing is that his Trenton stint is the WORST performance of his young career. ———— Tampa:

Lost to Dunedin, 9-5.

*Slade Heathcott: *2-for-4, 2 2B (14), RBI – .881 OPS in 175 AB. Kid comes back from a shoulder issue, and doesn’t even skip a beat. He could be a fun player to watch if he can just stay healthy. *Ramon Flores: *3-for-3, 2 2B (27), 2 RS, 2 BB, 2 SB (22) – Hitting .296 with good doubles power, and the most stolen bases in his career by a comfortable margin. He’ll be reaching Trenton at the age of 21. *Tyler Austin: *1-for-5, RBI, RS, SB (5) *Kyle Roller: *2-for-5, 3B (5), RBI, 2 RS

*Matt Tracy: *3.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR (3.35 ERA; 94 IP, 83 H, 46 R, 35 ER, 37 BB, 60 K) – His bread-and-butter has been the ground ball (2.13 GO/AO entering the game; has allowed 3 HR this season) *Jeremy Bleich: *2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (2.51 ERA; 14.1 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 9 K) – Whether or not his transition to the bullpen will be a good long-term move is yet to be seen. *Tom Kahnle: *1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (2.38 ERA; 53 IP, 28 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 24 BB, 70 K) – Last 10 games: 0.49 ERA with 30/6 K/BB ratio in 18.1 IP. This kid doesn’t try to fool anybody – he is pure power. ———— Charleston:

You can’t have a much better night than *Robert Refsnyder *had tonight. Tied the game up with a solo home run in the top of the 9th inning…then won it with another home run in the 11th inning. He went 3-for-4 overall with four runs scored, three runs batted in, a walk, and a stolen base. He now has three home runs on the season and has stolen 7 out of 8. He is hitting only .222, but remember that the Yankees threw him right into a full-season league upon signing him after the 2012 draft.

*Ben Gamel: *3-for-6, 2 RBI, RS, SB (18) – Hitting .299 on the season. Doing a great job “under the radar”. *Cito Culver: *2-for-6, 3B (6), 2 RS *Dante Bichette: *3-for-6, 2B (21), 2 RBI, RS – Hitting .239 on the season. *Saxon Butler: *2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, RS – Continues to smack the home runs. 13 in 198 AB.

*Brett Gerritse: *5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (4.03 ERA; 87 IP, 86 H, 43 R, 39 ER, 4 HR, 35 BB, 62 K) – Obviously, we would love for all prospects to come in and just dominate the world from Day 1. Gerritse obviously hasn’t done that, but getting work in a full-season league this year will be a big benefit going forward. ————— Staten Island:

*Peter O’Brien: *2-for-5, 2B (6), HR (8), 3 RBI, 2 RS – Hitting .199 but with 8 HR in 155 AB. .425 OPS in July; .862 in August. *Taylor Dugas: *3-for-4, 2B (7), RBI, 2 RS, SB (4) – .330/.472/.379 in 179 AB. Hasn’t been stealing much, but apparently is capable of putting up decent totals there. *Matt Duran: *2-for-4, 2B (6), 2 RS – .207/.255/.241 in 174 AB. Right-handed hitting infielder is only 19 years old.

*Andrew Benak: *6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (4.59 ERA; 51 IP, 58 H, 29 R, 26 ER, 2 HR, 21 BB, 31 K) – 22-year old right-hander was 14th round pick out of Rice in 2012.

2 Comments

  1. Bernard says:

    Tampa has been a fun team to watch with the likes of Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Nik Turley and Jose Ramirez. With the exception of Dellin Betances and Jose Campos, the farm system has a lot of young talent to be excited about for the future.

  2. Bernard says:

    Actually, Jose Campos was pitching extremely well before he went down for the season. So Betances may be the only one I can think of who disappointed fans this year.

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