Melky Mesa; Adonis Garcia; Rob Segedin; Brett Marshall; Mark Montgomery; Cito Culver; Dante Bichette; Greg Bird

Minor Leagues Report — By on August 26, 2012 7:34 pm

Scranton:

Defeated Lehigh Valley, 6-2.

*Melky Mesa: *1-for-3, 3B (1), 2 RBI, RS, 2 BB, SB (4) – Hitting .235/.272/.510 for Scranton thanks to 14 of his 23 hits going for extra bases. Has 21 steals in 24 attempts between Trenton/Scranton. *Brandon Laird: *2-for-5, 2 RBI, RS – .254/.307/.414 with 77 runs batted in. Should be noted that his .968 July OPS represents his true outlier month this season. Should also be noted that he has a .912 OPS in 140 at-bats vs. left-handers. *Ronnier Mustelier: *2-for-4, 2B (20), 2 RS, BB – In 424 total at-bats (Trenton/Scranton), he is hitting .302/.360/.476. *Corban Joseph: *1-for-4, RS, BB – .271/.372/.487. Another reason why the Yankees perhaps are keeping him at second: He looks a lot more attractive to trade suitors if they see a second baseman putting up this type of offensive season. *Francisco Cervelli: *0-for-3, 2 BB, RS, SB (6) – .246/.341/.317

*Justin Thomas: *7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (3.45 ERA; 57.1 IP, 49 H, 23 R, 22ER,3 HR, 20 BB, 49 K) – 28-year old has bounced around organizations, and has appeared in the major leagues (most recently this season with the Red Sox). Has never started a game in the majors, and probably unlikely that he ever will. ——————- Trenton:

Reduced magic number to 1 with a 3-2 victory over Akron. Trenton is 76-58 on the season.

*Adonis Garcia: *3-for-5, 2B (9), HR (2), 2 RBI, RS – 27-year old OF signed for $400,000 out of Cuba is hitting .261/.309/.432 in 88 AB for Trenton. Right-handed hitter. *Rob Segedin: *1-for-3, HR (3), RBI, RS, BB – Struggling with a .528 OPS for Trenton in 141 AB. Played third base today, as David Adams had the day off. *JR Murphy: *1-for-4, BB – In 341 total at-bats in 2011, he walked 21 times. In 384 at-bats in 2012, he has walked 40 times. *Kevin Mahoney: *2-for-4, 2B (9) – Only 12-for-75 in August and 28-for-137 (.204) since All-Star Break

*Brett Marshall: *6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR (3.23 ERA; 153.1 IP, 142 H, 61 R, 55 ER, 12 HR, 51 BB, 118 K, 1.37 GO/AO). His strikeout rate has spiked in the second half, and he has maintained a strong ground ball rate (9 GO to 0 FO in today’s start). If you took a spreadsheet of Yankees pitching prospects and sorted it by talent … then sorted it by major league readiness…Brett Marshall likely jumps to #1 on the list. Threw 140.1 innings last year, so his arm is going to be ready when/if he is ever asked to pitch for the Yankees. *Mark Montgomery: *2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (2.14 ERA; 21 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 34 K) – For a few appearances, it appeared that Montgomery was either tiring or having trouble with a level adjustment. Perhaps not. In his last 3 games, he has put up a 11/3 K-BB ratio over 6 innings, allowing no runs on two hits. *Ryan Pope: *1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (4.70 ERA; 61.1 IP, 79 H, 40 R, 32 ER, 8 HR, 14 BB, 62 K) – Only thing that keeps him on my list is the K rate. ——————– Tampa:

Did not play. ——————– Charleston:

Defeated Lexington, 5-4.

*Cito Culver: *2-for-2, 2B (14), RS, 3 BB – .221/.328/.294 with 69 walks. The walks have been his savior. *Ben Gamel: *2-for-5, 2B (22), RBI, 2 RS – .299/.334/.388 in 425 AB *Dante Bichette: *2-for-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB – .240/.314/.323 with 42 walks and 90 K in 115 games. He does have a .762 OPS in 132 AB for left-handers, so that is something to be encouraged by this season. ——————- Staten Island:

Defeated Brooklyn, 12-2

*Greg Bird: *4-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, RS – Yankees drafted him for his bat potential. This is a good start. *Pete O’Brien: *2-for-5, 2 RS – .200/.249/.388 with 8 HR in 160 AB *Matt Duran: *3-for-5, 2 2B (9), HR (2), RBI, 2 RS – .220/.265/.301; .753 OPS in 82 August at-bats *Jose Rosario: *2-for-4, 2 2B (5), RBI, 2 RS *Daniel Lopez: *3-for-4, 2B (2), RBI, RS – .225/.302/.265 in 151 AB for the 20-year old OF. Put up .904 OPS in 208 AB in 2011.

*Derek Varnadore: *5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (3.31 ERA; 49 IP, 42 H, 22 R, 18 ER, 4 HR, 10 BB, 35 K)

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