Around the System (April 29)
A night after beating Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees still had some mojo going on Thursday morning. Zach McAllister gave Scranton six innings of one-run ball, but Amauri Sanit blew his first save of the season. Still, on the strength of solid relief work from Mark Melancon and a walk-off home run from Chad Huffman, the Yankees pulled out the victory. Every starter except Reegie Corona had at least one hit, and Kevin Russo had three.
Double-A: New Hampshire 14, Trenton 12
In perhaps one of the worst games I have ever seen, D.J. Mitchell gave up 11 runs in 4 1/3 innings en route to the loss. What makes the 14 runs put up by the Fisher Cats more amazing is the fact that their Nos. 3 and 4 hitters drew the collar. If you want to look for positives from Trenton, look toward the bottom of the lineup. Edwar Gonzalez and Marcos Vechionacci went 4-for-10 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Brandon Laird had three hits.
High-A: Tampa 7, Dunedin 4
After an awful start his last time, Hector Noesi reaffirmed to everybody exactly why he belongs in Double-A sooner rather than later. The right-hander threw six innings of one-run (unearned) baseball. Oh, and did I mention he struck out 13 over those six frames? Didn't walk anybody, either. He's very good at baseball.
Also, ho-hum, Corban Joseph went 4-for-4 again with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. The man has six multi-hit games over his last ten, during which time he's clubbed five doubles, two home runs, driven in 11 and stolen five bases. If he keeps this up, he obviously deserves a promotion, but to where? Trenton has David Adams firmly entrenched, and Reegie Corona is in Scranton and on the 40-man.
Low-A: Hickory 4, Charleston 0
Graham Stoneburner pitched well (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) but was outdueled by Robbie Ross, the Rangers' No. 7 prospect. The RiverDogs managed just three hits (Kyle Higashioka, Jimmy Paredes and Luke Murton) off of the combination of Ross and Braden Tullis. Higashioka's hit was a double.