Ronnier Mustelier/Melky Mesa or Jayson Nix?; Luke Murton; Brett Marshall; Gary Sanchez; Tyler Austin; Ramon Flores; Cito Culver; Corey Black; Pete O’Brein; Matt Duran

Minor Leagues Report — By on August 31, 2012 9:23 pm

Alex Rodriguez (0-for-3) and David Aardsma (1 scoreless inning) each made a rehab appearance in Tampa tonight. Aardsma is probably just getting some work in to prepare for 2013, I would imagine. ————————Scranton;

DefeatedPawtucket, 4-3.

*Ronnier Mustelier: *4-for-4, 2B (21) – OK, we are short on players at the major league level. We are thinking we may need to use Jayson Nix as a DH this weekend….whoa! Hold the phone! Are we crazy? Maybe Mustelier can come up and gives us a little jolt instead? This was a conversation that did not likely take place, but it should have. *Melky Mesa: *2-for-4, 2 HR (9), 3 RBI, 2 RS – Another player who could have come up for a few days to see if they could catch some lightning in a bottle. Mesa hasn’t been great for Scranton (.230), but due to his high number of extra base hits, his slugging percentage sits at .549 since joining the squad. And he has speed and defense covered as well. These are easy moves the Yankeescouldhave made to increase their chances to win before the rosters expanded.

*Preston Claiborne: *2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (4.26 ERA; 31.2 IP, 29 H, 17 R, 15 ER, 2 HR, 12 BB, 27 K) – Given where he started after his promotion, this ERA is quite remarkable. He has pitched to a 0.55 ERA in his last 10 appearances. ———————– Trenton:

Lost to Binghamton, 8-5

*Luke Murton: *2-for-4, HR (25), RBI, 2 RS – Was hot in the middle of the season before cooling off. Fine enough season, but he is older, and doesn’t have a dominant split. *JR Murphy: *1-for-3, 2B (11), BB – Though he is only hitting .230, Murphy has been as good as you would expect for a catcher with his experience, or lack thereof. *Rob Segedin: *2-for-3, RBI, RS, BB – Only hitting .190 since promotion. With Trenton on their way to the playoffs, it would be nice to see Segedin put up a solid week at the plate. *Walter Ibarra: *1-for-4, 2B (13), RBI *Zoilo Almonte *went 0-for-2 before being ejected. He is too much of a hot head to play in New York.

*Brett Marshall: *5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR – It would have been nice to see Marshall end the regular season with yet another strong outing, but it wasn’t to be. Overall, his season was a major success. (13-7, 3.52 ERA; 158.1 IP, 151 H, 68 R, 62 ER, 53 BB, 121 K). They bumped his innings by 18 this season, and he will get extra work in the playoffs. ——————– Tampa:

Lost to Lakeland, 7-6.

*Gary Sanchez: *1-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, RS – Homers on the day A-Rod arrives for his rehab….I wonder if his cousin came along? *Kyle Roller: *1-for-2, 2 RBI, RS, BB – Has driven in 85 runs on the season. *Tyler Austin: *1-for-4, 2B (13), 2 RBI, RS *Ramon Flores: *2-for-4, 2B (29), 2 RS – Hitting .302 on the season. Very strong year for Flores, who will hit Double-A at a young age. *Slade Heathcott: *1-for-4, 2B (16) – Just coasting along….

*Zach Nuding: *5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.89 ERA; 85.2 IP, 89 H, 41 R, 37 ER, 3 HR, 26 BB, 66 K) – Seems destined for a future bullpen role. ——————— Charleston:

Defeated Augusta, 4-1.

*Cito Culver: *2-for-5, SB (22) – His season story is pretty much going to be: Positive: Took a lot of walks, stole a lot of bases. Negative: Didn’t hit much otherwise, and was caught stealing too often (10). *Ben Gamel: *1-for-1 before being ejected from game. *Dante Bichette: *1-for-3, RBI, BB – Shown a little bit of life with a 10-for-34 stretch. *Robert Refsnyder: *1-for-4, SB (9) *Ali Castillo: *2-for-4, RS

*Corey Black: *5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (3.80 ERA; 23.2 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 29 K) – He was drafted this year (4th round), so this is an impressive small-sample in a full season league. *Pedro Guerra: *1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 1.61 ERA with 61/19 K/BB ratio in 56 IP. ———————— Staten Island:

*Pete O’Brien: *3-for-4, 2B (7) – I guess he is capable of getting hits that aren’t home runs. *Matt Duran: *2-for-4, RS – He just completely flipped the switch in August after a horrendous start. 11 for his last 26. *Taylor Dugas: *0-for-4, RBI, BB

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