Yankees Farm Report: July 21, 2011

Today’s notes:

  • Kevin Goldstein had something very nice to say about Zoilo Almonte:

A 22-year-old Dominican who has been slow to develop his tools into skills mostly due to injuries, Almonte is finally healthy and blossoming. After hitting .293/.368/.514 during the first half of the season at High-A Tampa with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases, with nine hits in his last four games, he’s hitting .333 in his first six Eastern League games. He small, but can flash average power at times and decent wheels, but scouts aren’t quite convinced he profiles as an every day corner outfielder yet. If he can do at Trenton what he did in Tampa, that could change.

  • Kyle Higashioka has been placed on the disabled list for Low-A Charleston.
  • Michael Recchia and Shane Brown have been promoted from Staten Island to Charleston.
  • There is a scout from the Astros and one from the Red Sox at the Double-A Trenton game.

Triple-A

Scranton 6 – Columbus 5Kevin Russo hit three doubles, drove in two runs, and scored one, Austin Krum went 3 for 3 with a run driven in and a run scored, and Jordan Parraz went 2 for 4 and scored twice.  Greg Golson added two hits while Mike Lamb, Luis Nunez, and Gustavo Molina each had one.  Lance Pendleton tossed six innings of one-run baseball and allowed three hits and two walks.  Eric Wordekemper relieved him and was ineffective to say the least allowing three runs in just 0.1 innings of work.  Randy Flores followed with a scoreless innings and Buddy Carlyle nailed down the save with a run allowed in 1.2 innings.

Double-A

Trenton 6 – Bowie 8Ray Kruml, Austin Romine, and Jose Pirela each had two hits, Kruml doubled, stole a base, and scored three runs, Romine drove in two runs, and Pirela doubled and walked. Corban Joseph, Melky Mesa, and Zoilo Amonte each added hits as well, including Zoilo’s first Double-A homer. Craig Heyer was on the bump and he was pretty bad as he allowed seven runs on ten hits over five innings, but did at least ten grounders. Josh Romanski followed by allowing a run on two and Ryan Pope added a scoreless inning.

High-A

Tampa 5 – Bradenton 1Neil Medchill went 2 for 4 with a homer and he scored twice, Abe Almonte doubled, Luke Murton also homered, and Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin, JR Murphy, and Ronnier Mustellier all went hitless.  Eric Chavez made his third rehab start, this time at third base, and he played six innings, but didn’t make any plays in the field.  At the plate, he went 1 for 3 with a double.  On the mound, Rafael Soriano made his second rehab outing and allowed a run on two hits in an innings. Brett Marshall was fantastic after allowing three hits and striking out eight in five scoreless frames.  Dan Burawa also hurled three one-hit innings.

Low-A

Lexington 3 – Charleston 8Gary Sanchez, Ramon Flores, Shane Brown, and Kevin Mahoney each had a hit, Sanchez scored a run, Flores homered and walked, Brown scored twice and walked, and Mahoney scored and walked.  Garrison Lassiter and Kelvin DeLeon each added two hits and Anderson Feliz went 3 for 4.  Zach Nuding allowed one run on three hits in five innings, but only struck out one. Kelvin Perez and Aaron Dott then each followed with two innings of one-run ball.

Short Season-A

Hudson Valley 7 – Staten Island 8Cito Culver went 3 for 5 with a double and three runs scored, Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 3 with a doubled, three runs scored, and a walk, and Cody Grice went 1 for 2 with a run scored, two driven in, and two walks. Ben Gamel, Reymond Nunez, and Mason Williams all had hits also.  On the hill, Will Oliver yielded five runs (four earned) on eight hits over four frames.  Dustin Hobbs followed allowing two runs in 2.1 innings and later in the game Brandon Pinder struck out four in two innings and didn’t issue a walk.

GCL

GCL Yankees 18 – GCL Tigers 2Dante Bichette continues to stay hot as he went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and four driven in and he is now batting .341/.449/.537 in his last ten games. Jose Rosario went 3 for 6 with three runs scored and a ribbie and Henry Pena and Justin James each had two hits, Pena scored twice, drove in a run, and walked twice while James scored thrice and also drove in a run.  Claudio Custodio, Isaias Tejada, and Daniel Lopez each added hits as well.

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