A light schedule overall down on the farm as Trenton & Charleston were off while Tampa was postponed; so some of the focus will turn to teams deep down in the farm. So deep down you can barely see the players playing there. Typically speaking, I don’t report too much on these leagues; most of the players will be lost to attrition before they’ll register on anyone’s radar. But it doesn’t hurt to focus on the true standouts.
But we will start in the upper minors.
Ivan Nova continues to cruise along, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings as Scranton took care of Pawtucket, 4-3…..courtesy of a walk-off wild pitch that scored Justin Christian.
Nova, who didn’t factor in the decision, allowed five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. In 13 starts for Scranton, Nova is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA. In 77.1 innings, he has allowed 78 hits while walking 26 and striking out 60. In his last four starts, his stat-line reads like this: 3-0, 1.33 ERA, 27 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 19 K. How about dumping Burnett and inserting Nova? Just kidding…..maybe.
Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a triple (his 2nd) and a run scored in the win. Jesus Montero had his second consecutive 0-for-4 showing. Maybe I should just stop typing about him?
Gary Sanchez immediately lived up to his advanced billing, torching a grand slam to help the GCL squad to a 10-8 slugfest victory. Sanchez, a 17-year old catcher signed during last year’s international signing period, has already been regarded by some as one of the Yankees’ top prospects; given this was his first ever professional game, that is a bit hasty. But I’d say that is a pretty good start for him.
19-year old center fielder Kelvin Duran contributed a home run of his own to the winning effort. Duran hit .302/.366/.462 for the Dominican Summer League Yankees last year in 262 at-bats. He stole 28 bases in 35 tries.
Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos finally got on a mound, pitching two hitless innings. Despite that, he did give up an earned run while walking one and striking out two. Fellow rehabber Brett Marshall came in relief of Banuelos. He pitched three innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked three and struck out three. Marshall is a 20-year old right-hander drafted in 6th round of the 2008 draft. He pitched for Charleston last year before going down with an arm injury. In 17 starts, he put up a 3-6 record with a 5.56 ERA (87.1 IP, 98 H, 7 HR, 37 BB, 60 K)