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“Minor” Yankees news.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has signed on with the A’s. Even if just a “novelty act,” Venditte was entertaining.

The Yanks have sold the contract of Zelous Wheeler to a Japanese team.

The Minors.

AAA: S/WB lost 5-3. Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher, 3 R in 3 IP (L, 2-4, 3.56). CF Antoan Richardson 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 6-4. Jacob Lindgren 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. RF Tyler Austin 3 hits. 2 hits each for DH Jake Cave, 1B Greg Bird. 2 RBI for 2B Casey Stevenson.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Starter Caleb Smith only pitched to one batter who singled off his leg. He was removed from the game with an injured leg. 3B Eric Jagiello 2 h, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 2-1. 3B Miguel Andujar both RBI. On the day his uncle Paul was honored with a plaque in Monument Park, CF Mike O’Neill gets 3 hits. LF Yeicok Calderon and 2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits each.

The minors.

AAA:SWB lost 6-5. 2B Jose Pirela 3 h, rbi (.313). RF Rob Resnyder 2 hits, rbi, .301. Yes, I’ve been mentioning them a lot lately. 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Pat Venditte. (3.29).

AA: Trenton won 4-1. 20-year-old top pitching prospect Luis Severino went 5 2/3, 1 unearned run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. CF Jake Cave and SS Ali Castillo each had 2 hits and an RBI. Severino in three leagues (Low A, High A and AA) has started 21 games and is a combined 6-3, 2.36, 118 K in 103 IP. Just 25 walks. WHIP of 1.05.

High A: Tampa lost 5-4. Solo HR DH Eric Jagiello. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 10-8, and blew a 7-2 lead. 1B Rey Nunez HR, 2 rbi. RF Mike O’Neill 2 h, 3 rbi. Two others with 2 hits and an rbi each.

The Minors, 7-5-14.

AAA: SWB lost 6-3. Solo Hrs by C John Ryan Murphy and RF Zoilo Almonte. 3B Yangervis Solarte went 3 for 3. LF Jose Pirela (.319) with 2 hits. SWB gave up 4 in the 8th. Pat Venditte couldn’t get anyone out and 2 runs were charged to him. The other two were charged to Matt Daley.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Zach Nuding pitched six shutout innings. LF Ben Gamel HR. C Gary Sanchez 3 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 5-4. Rafael De Paula 2 R in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave 3 hits (.309). RF Aaron Judge 2 rbi. 3 others with 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston won 9-1. Rookie Davis 1 R in 5 IP. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren pitched a scoreless inning. RF Dustin Fowler, triple, HR and 5 RBI. C Eduardo De Oleo 3 rbi.

The Minors, 7-4-14.

AAA: Rob Refsnyder hit a 3-run walkoff HR with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to give SWB a 7-6 win. Refsnyder had two hits in the game and is now hitting .333 for SWB in 25 games after hitting .342 in 60 games at AA (Overall, .340-10-42 in 85 games AA/AAA). Pat Venditte threw two scoreless innings of relief, as did Danny Burawa. All of Burawa’s six outs came via the K. DH Kyle Roller had two doubles and an RBI, and 3B Scott Sizemore had three hits, two doubles and 2 rbi.

AA: Trenton’s game was ppd.

High A: DH Greg Bird hit a solo HR in the top of the 12th to give Tampa a 1-0 win. Miguel Sulbaran 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K. Hitting coach Kevin Long’s son, Jaron, pitched two scoreless innings.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-1.

The minors, 7-1-14.

AAA: Swb lost 3-2. Aceves 3 R in 5 1/3. Pat Venditte 5 K in 2 2/3 IP of relief, ERA 3.86. A bit inconsistent. He is the switch-pitcher that the Yanks have had for a couple of years now in the minors. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI LF Zoilo Almonte, who appears to be a better option right now than Soriano or Ichiro. Hey, bring him up, play him every day and see what you really have in him. You aren’t going to know by bringing him up and playing him once a week like he was before. Eventually you have to commit to him or let him go (sounds like dating, right?). RF Jose Pirela (.315, and also a possible replacement for Soriano/Ichiro) 2 hits. 2 hits for 1B Kyle Roller.

Earlier in the day, Jim Miller was called up for Jose Ramirez because the Yanks needed a fresh arm.

AA: Trenton lost 5-4, and it was a terrible outing for Manny Banuelos. He gave up two hits, two walks, got only one man out and all four runners scored. (L, 0-2, 5.09). Jairo Heredia relieved him and did well, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K in 5 2/3. LF Ben Gamel 4 hits and an RBI. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits. 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits and 2 RBI.

CC’s next rehab will be Wed. instead of Thursday.

High A: Tampa won 14-2. The offensive explosion we’d like from the big club. Dan Camarena 1 unearned run in 6 iP. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, grand slam, 5 RBI. CF Jake Cave 4 hits. 3B Dante Bichette, JR. 4 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 2 h, 2 rbi. 1B Greg Bird 3 hits, 2 rbi. Tampa banged out 17 hits and drew 9 walks.

Low A: Charleston scored 3 in the top of the 9th, but gave 3 right back in the bottom of the 9th to lose 9-8. 2b Gosuke Katoh, HR, 3 RBI. Paul’s nephew, Mike O’Neill with 4 hits.

The Minors, 6-22-14.

Sorry for no report on the minors on 6-21-14, but with a long day on 6-22 (headed up to the Stadium for Old-Timer’s Day), there was no time for me to do a report. I’m no morning person, and the bus departed for the Stadium about 7:45 a.m. For me it was wakeup, shower, get my things together, and go. So no report for Saturday’s games. Sorry.

Also, for those wondering, I only do the top leagues. I wish I had more time to do Short-Season (Staten Island) or the Dominican Leagues, but I don’t, so I’ll just stick to AAA, AA, and High and Low A.

Here goes for Sunday’s games.

AAA: SWB won 5-4. Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher, with three scoreless IP of relief (2-2, 3.92). 2 h, HR for 2B Robert Refsnyder, hitting .318 since his promotion from AA Trenton (where he was hitting .342). 2 RBI for C Austin Romine. 2 hits each for 3B Scott Sizemore and RF Zelous Wheeler. Refsnyder, 23, appears to be on the come (Roberts is 36, and to me, seems like a one-year stopgap), and Wheeler, 27, is intriguing. He’s hitting .317, and has divided his time between 3b, SS and RF this year. Although he hasn’t played much 2B (3 games) this year, he has played 90 minor league games there. If he keeps hitting, he could be a jack-of-all-trades kind of guy.

AA: Trenton lost 7-2. Matt Tracy 2 R in 5 IP. C Gary Sanchez 3 hits, 3B Rob Segedin solo HR.

High A: Tampa lost 4-2. Miguel Sulbaran 6 IP, 0 R, 1 Hit. CF Jake Cave and DH Dante Bichette, Jr. with 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-5. DH Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR, 2 rbi. 2B Gosuke Katoh 3 hits.

The Minors, 6-19-14.

AAA: SWB lost 7-4. Aceves started, 3 R in 3 IP. Pat Venditte 3 R in 2 2/3. LF Jose Pirela, 2B Rob Refsnyder and 1B Kyle Roller 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa scored two in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2. Dan Camarena 2 R in 6 IP, 10 K. Jaron (son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin) Long 3 scoreless IP of relief. DH Greg Bird 3 hits, rbi. LF Yeicok Calderon 3 for 3, HR and 2 doubles. RF Aaron Judge, just promoted from Low A Charleston, 2 hits. 2 hits SS Cito Culver. GW hit by 3B Dante Bichette, Jr.

Low A: 10-7 win for Charleston. LF Mike O’Neill, nephew of Paul, 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, all doubles, 2 RBI.

The mInors. 6-8-14.

See my Game 62 post for changes I’d make & minor leaguers I’d bring up. I’d make five major changes. As I’ve mentioned, I’d rather be .500 with kids who could develop than 35+ year old has-beens.

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (3.86) three scoreless IP of relief. Cervelli 1 for 3 on rehab (in my opinion, bring him off of the DL, see who wants him, and deal him. Keep Murphy and see what you can get for Cervelli. Instead, the Yanks will probably go w/3 catchers and use Cervelli as a backup for Teix. I’d rather deal Cervelli and give Kyle Roller (.343-14-38 AA/AAA) a shot with a callup). 2B Zelous Wheeler (who would be one of my callups) 3 for 3, double, HR, 3 RBI. .310. SS Carmen Angelini 3 hits, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 9-7. Manny Banuelos is nowhere close to helping the Yanks right now. He is still coming back from TJ surgery and hasn’t pitched more than 3 innings in any game this year. 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 3 K. I might be bold and include him in any deal that might give the Yanks some pitching help. LF Taylor Dugas 2 H, double, 3 rbi. LF/CF Ben Gamel 2 h, 2 rbi. DH Rob Segedin 3 hits. 2 more hits for 2B Rob Refsnyder, .342, who I would throw into the fire at 2b (skipping AAA) and release Roberts.  3 hits for C Tyson Blaser.   2 hits 1b Dan Fiorito.

High A:  Tampa lost 5-2.

Low A: Charleston lost 11-6. LF Mike O’Neill 2 h, rbi. DH Jackson Valera 2 h, 2 rbi. C Kale Sumner 2 h, 2 rbi.


The minors 6-5-14.

AAA: SWB gave up 5 in the top of the 9th and blew it, 13-9. Just sent-down Preston Claiborne did go 2 scoreless innings of relief. Rough outing for Pat Venditte, 5 R in 1 1/3 to take the loss. 1B/Dh/OF Russ Canzler got the last two outs. 3 h, RBI LF Jose Pirela (.330—besides 2b, he also plays LF). RF Zoilo Almonte 3 h, hr, 3 rbi. 3B Zelous Wheeler (who also plays various positions) 3 H, .302.

AA: Trenton lost 8-5. 2B Robert Refsnyder (there’s that name again) 2 h, both doubles, rbi, .327.

High A: Tampa lost 5-0. Miguel Sulbaran 5 shutout IP, 8 k. On rehab, Francisco Cervelli went 0 for 3.

Low A: 5-1 Charleston win. 2 h, hr, 2 rbi 3b Miguel Andujar.