Saturday, April 30, 2016

4/30 Minor League Recap: Mateo walks Tampa off; Cave finishes double short of cycle

Triple-A Scranton
7-5 loss at Rochester

LF. Ben Gamel: 2-4, HR, BB, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 2-5, 2B, HR, K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-4, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4, threw an attempted base stealer out
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-4
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4

RP. James Pazos: 1.1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 0-4 GO-FO, 42 p, 22 s
RP. Connor Mullee: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, BB, K, 0-1 GO-FO, 22 p, 12 s

Double-A Trenton
4-1 win in 7 1/2 rain-shortened innings

SS. Tyler Wade: 0-3, BB, K
LF. Jake Cave: 3-4, 3B, HR, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-3, BB, SB
1B. Tyler Austin: 3-4, K

SP. Brady Lail: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-7 GO-FO, 102 p, 71 s

High-A Tampa 
7-4 loss to Brevard County

DH. Jorge Mateo: 0-4, K
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, K, CS
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-2, HBP

SP. Ian Clarkin: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R/ER, BB, 2 K, HR, WP, throwing error, 4-2 GO-FO, 70 p, 49 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 1.2 IP, H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 43 p, 21 s

3-2 walkoff win in 10 innings to Brevard County

SS. Jorge Mateo: 2-4, walkoff 2B in the 10th, BB, K, PO
CF. Mark Payton: 0-4, 3 K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-4
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, 2 K
RF. Austin Aune: 2-4, 2B, K

SP. Chance Adams: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 3-1 GO-FO, 75 p, 41 s

Low-A Charleston
2-1 walkoff loss at Delmarva

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-5, 3 K
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 0-3, BB, K,
3B-SS. Thairo Estrada: 1-4, K, SB
SS. Kyle Holder: 1-4, 3 K
DH. Kendall Coleman: 1-4, 3B, 3 K

Thursday, April 28, 2016

4/28 Minor League Recap: Andujar, Avelino homer; Mateo triples in Tampa win

High-A Tampa
5-4 win at Dunedin

SS. Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 3B, CS
DH. Mark Payton: 1-4, BB, K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 2-5, HR
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, HR, BB, SB

SP. Vicente Campos: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, WP, pickoff, 3-4 GO-FO, 87 p, 56 s

  • Perhaps Andujar is heating up at the plate, after being hot to start the season and then cooling down afterward. He needs to keep this up if he wants to finally get out of Tampa and up to Trenton.
  • Following a brutal start to begin the season Avelino could be getting warm at the plate himself. He came into today hitting .286 in his last 10 and his grand slam today gives him his second home run of the season as well. 
  • Mateo's triple is already his seventh extra base hit of the season, which has been 19 games long. Through 19 games last year Mateo had only three extra base hits and he didn't have seven xBH's until May 10. This season his isolated power stands at a lofty .187.

Low-A Charleston
Game got cancelled due to rain

  • Prior to the game that never got played, the RiverDogs placed Trey Amburgey on the disabled list. At usual, we don't know the injury or how long he'll be sidelined, so fingers crossed it's not too bad of a setback. 
  • To fill the roster spot, Charleston has called up Carlos Vidal. If you remember, Vidal was one of my sleeper picks this season, and at first I was a bit surprised he didn't make the roster on the outset. Vidal is a 20-year-old outfielder out of Colombia who hit .303/.389/.492 last season with Pulaski after skipping the GCL altogether.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

4/27 Minor League Recap: Acevedo, Green, Enns, Koerner all dominate

Triple-A Scranton
2-0 loss to Lehigh Valley

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-3, BB, CS
RF. Aaron Judge: 0-4, 2 K
DH. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, K
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-4
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 2 K, fielding error

SP. Chad Green: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 5-4 GO-FO, 105 p, 71 s
RP. James Pazos: 1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, 2 K, HR, 1-0 GO-FO, 12 p, 9 s

  • Early on Chad Green has really been making a name for himself. I haven't watched too much of him thus far this season, so it's hard to make much of a judgement, but based on his performance he clearly is pitching himself to a spot on the big league roster, should a need arise this summer. Between him and Luis Cessa, these are nice two depth pieces to have waiting in Triple-A.

Double-A Trenton

2B. Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 K
LF. Jake Cave: 1-3
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-3
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-3, K

SP. Dietrich Enns; 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 7-5 GO-FO, 95 p, 64 s
  • The Dietrich Enns Train continues with yet another scoreless outing. Make that 23.2 innings of scoreless ball to start the season for the 24-year-old lefty. He doesn't throw particularly hard (most lefties don't) but he has an idea of what he's doing on the mound and his best out-pitch may be a nasty cutter/slider hybrid. Enns, along with Ronald Herrera, should be bumped up to SWB before too long.
High-A Tampa

SS. Jorge Mateo: 3-5, throwing and fielding error
CF. Mark Payton: 3-5
3B. Miguel Andujar: 2-5
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-4, K, SB
RF. Austin Aune: 0-4, 2 K

SP. Brody Koerner: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Low-A Charleston

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4, K
SS. Thairo Estrada: 2-4
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-2, 2 BB
3B. Drew Bridges: 0-4, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-4
2B. Angel Aguilar: 1-3, HR, K

SP. Domingo Acevedo: 8 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 9-5 GO-FO
  • Well hello there, 8 strong innings from Acevedo. The big right-hander continues to mow down the Sally League with his high-90's heat and baffling off-speed pitches. Through five starts and 28.1 innings, Acevedo has struck out 32, while walking only four, and holding opposing batters to a .192 average. That'll do, Ace.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4/26 Minor League Recap: Herrera, Holder combine to no-hit New Hampshire

Triple-A Scranton
4-3 walkoff win over Lehigh Valley in 10 innings

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-3, BB
DH. Aaron Judge: 1-4, BB, 2 K
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4, BB
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-5

SP. Luis Cessa: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 2 K, HR, 2-4 GO-FO, 72 p, 46 s
RP. Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, H, 2 K, 2-1 GO-FO, 23 p, 16 s
RP. Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 K, HR, 3-0 GO-FO, 39 p, 26 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 1 IP, K, 1-1 GO-FO, 14 p, 9 s

  • Good win for the RailRiders, as they bounce back from blowing the lead in the ninth inning on a Taylor Featherston homer. With a runner at third and Ben Gamel at the plate in the 10th, Iron Pig pitcher Bobby LaFromboise threw a wild pitch and Donovan Solano scored the winning run.

Double-A Trenton
4-0 win over New Hampshire

2B. Tyler Wade: 0-3, BB
CF. Jake Cave: 2-4
LF. Tyler Austin: 0-4, 3 K

SP. Ronald Herrera: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HBP, 11-1 GO-FO, 105 p, 69 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 16 p, 10 s

  • How about that, a no-hitter for the Thunder. The last time they had a no-hitter it was old friend Tyler Clippard who did the honors back in 2006. This continues a trend of very impressive starts (with tonight's effort obviously being the best) for the newcomer Herrera. Who knows what he'll end up turning into, but at least on the minor league level this has been quite the return for Jose Pirela.

High-A Tampa

SS. Jorge Mateo: 2-5, HR, BB, K 
DH. Mark Payton: 2-5
1B. Billy Fleming: 2-4, HR, BB, K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-5, HR
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 2-5, HR, 2 K
RF. Austin Aune: 1-5, 4 K

  • I think you can sense a theme here, as the T-Yanks hit six home runs on the evening, including shots by Michael O'Neill and Zack Zehner. Five of the six homers came in the third, including back-to-back-to-back shots by Fleming, Andujar, and Avelino. The sixth came on a Mateo three-run shot in the eighth.
  • Mateo's home run, by the way, was his second of the season. He had two all of last year and one of those was an inside-the-park job. Through spring training and now the first ~month of the season, Mateo has sure looked like he has added power to his game. That, with his speed and ability to play up the middle of the diamond, really show's he's the top prospect in the system. At the very least among position players anyway.
  • This is the debut of Billy Fleming on this blog and there really isn't a whole lot to say other than that he has killed the ball since being scooped up by the Yankees. On the season with Tampa, Fleming is up to .393 on the season and coming into today he had a career .859 OPS in the minors. As an undrafted free-agent, now 23 years old, Fleming is an org player, but it's always nice to have these types in your system to help you win games.

Low-A Charleston
7-3 win at Lakewood in 11 innings

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 3-7, 2 2B, 2 K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K, SB
DH. Trey Amburgey: 0-4, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-5, 2B, BB, 2 K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-5, BB, 3 K, CS
2B. Thairo Estrada: 4-6, SB
3B. Angel Aguilar: 3-5, BB, K, SB

RP. Simon De La Rosa: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, WP, 5-2 GO-FO

  • Amburgey got lifted for a pinch-runner, Connor Spencer, which is not a good sign since Amburgey's best tool is his speed. After the game Amburgey posted this tweet, so you'd have to think an injury came into play here. Hope it's not too serious. Amburgey is also in the middle of an 0-for-13 slide to boot.

Monday, April 25, 2016

4/25 Minor League Recap: James Kaprielian placed on disabled list

Triple-A Scranton
5-2 win over Lehigh Valley

CF. Ben Gamel: 2-4, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 2B, K
RF. Nick Swisher: 1-4, HR, 2 K

RP. James Pazos: 1 IP, K, 0-1 GO-FO, 11-7 GO-FO

  • Another day, another extra base hit for Gary Sanchez. On the season Sanchez has recorded 14 hits, 10 of which have gone for extra bases.
  • First time in right field for Nick Swisher after all of his previous games with SWB were either at first or DH. With Aaron Hicks and Alex Rodriguez hurt I don't think it is a coincidence that Swisher was in right field for this one.
  • The Yankees have acquired Phil Coke from the Atlantic League and he will report to SWB. With the injuries to Nick Rumbelow, Branden Pinder, and Jacob Lindgren, it's not too much of a surprise they scooped up someone. I just hope it doesn't block someone like Matt Wotherspoon or Jonathan Holder down the line.

Double-A Trenton
7-6 loss to New Hampshire in 10 innings

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-5, 2B, BB, throwing error
CF. Dustin Fowler: 0-5
LF. Tyler Austin: 2-5, K

SP. Cale Coshow: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 10-1 GO-FO, 96 p, 56 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, H, 3 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 25 p, 17 s

  • Tonight was arguably Cale Coshow's best outing of the young season. A scout at the game had Coshow at 91-94 mph with the fastball the first time through the order, then at 93-96 mph the rest of the way, which is a good sign considering Coshow is still relatively new to starting. 

High-A Tampa

Tampa was off today but that didn't stop them from making any news, as star pitching prospect James Kaprielian was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. There is reportedly no structural damage in the elbow, just inflammation, which is good news. His timetable is unknown, however, and the team will take it conservatively with their top pitching prospect. It is easy to think the worst-case scenario here (Tommy John surgery), but the fact is we just don't know how this will play out in the end. Last season Nathan Eovaldi had elbow inflammation and he has came out fine since. Bryan Mitchell also had elbow inflammation a couple years ago and only missed three weeks. Pinder and Sergio Santos were placed on the DL with elbow inflammation and then shortly ended up needing Tommy John surgery. Who really knows. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

4/24 Minor League Recap: Jackson, RiverDogs walkoff once again

Triple-A Scranton
7-4 loss at Syracuse

RF. Aaron Judge: 0-4
DH. Nick Swisher: 3-4
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-3, BB
3B. Rob Refsnyder:0-3, BB, throwing error

Double-A Trenton
5-0 loss vs Akron

CF. Dustin Fowler: 0-4, K
LF. Jake Cave: 1-2, 2 BB
1B. Tyler Austin: 0-3, BB, 2 K

SP. Brady Lail: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, 2-3 GO-FO, 93 p, 55 s

High-A Tampa
6-5 loss vs Daytona

CF. Mark Payton: 2-3, 2 BB, K
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-5, 2B
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-5
DH. Austin Aune: 0-3, BB, K

SP. Chance Adams: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 6 K, 2-3 GO-FO, 78 p, 52 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 1.2 IP, 1 H, BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2-1 GO-FO, 29 p, 18 s

Low-A Charleston
5-4 walkoff win over Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 2-4, BB
SS. Thairo Estrada: 1-3, 2 BB, K
RF. Trey Amburgey: 0-5
DH. Jhalan Jackson: 2-5, 2B, walkoff double in the ninth, PO/CS
LF. Kendall Koleman: 0-4, K
1B. Connor Spencer: 2-3, HR, BB, K
2B. Angel Aguilar: 0-4, K
3B. Drew Bridges: 1-4, K

  • Make this the fifth time already the RiverDogs have walked off with a win this season and the third for Jackson, who is hopefully beginning to heat back up at the plate.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

4/23 Minor League Recap: Clarkin pitches into the 8th in Tampa win

Triple-A Scranton
9-4 loss at Syracuse

CF. Ben Gamel: 3-4, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 0-4, 3 K
DH. Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2B, 2 K
1B. Nick Swisher: 0-4, K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, BB

SP. Kyle Haynes: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 12-1 GO-FO, 106 p, 68 s

Double-A Trenton
6-1 win vs Akron

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-5, K
LF. Jake Cave: 2-4, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-4, 2B, K

SP. Jordan Montgomery: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 5 K, 4-7 GO-FO, 96 p, 50 s
RP. Matt Wotherspoon: 2 IP, H, 1 R/ER, 5 K, 0-2 GO-FO, 36 p, 23 s

  • Back-to-back scoreless outings for Montgomery after his rocky first start of the season. A scout at the game had Montgomery at 89-92 mph with the fastball, with a low-80's change up, and an upper-70's 12-6 curveball. Overall the scout sees Montgomery as a back-end 4/5 starter type.
  • A rather ordinary day for Dustin Fowler, but the same scout at the game had some good thoughts on the center fielder. He noted Fowler's bat speed, pitch recognition, quick hands, ability to shoot the ball all over the field, and his plus speed and defense in center field.
  • Also not a very noteworthy day statistically for Tyler Wade (although he did extend his season-long on-base streak to 16 games), but the scout noted Wade's defense, notably his plus arm and above-average bat speed at the plate.
  • Solid relief work for Matt Wotherspoon. The 34th round pick back in 2014 got rave reviews from the scout on the life on his fastball and the break on his slider. With Nick Rumbelow out for the season with Tommy John surgery, to go along the possible Tommy John surgery of Branden Pinder, and Jacob Lindgren's injury (more on that in a bit), I can see a scenario where Wotherspoon (plus Jonathan Holder) pitch their way onto the Scranton Shuttle this summer.

High-A Tampa
3-1 win over Daytona

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-4, K
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, 2 K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-3, HBP, fielding error
RF. Austin Aune: 0-1, 2 BB, K
LF. Mark Payton: 1-2, HR, BB, K

SP. Ian Clarkin: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, pickoff, 13-4 GO-FO, 108 p, 77 s

  • The 7.2 innings for Clarkin today were easily a career high for him. His previous career high was six innings, which he did twice in 2014 with the RiverDogs. It's great to see Clarkin pitch deep in the game not only because it's always good when a starter goes deep in the game, but because the Yankees aren't afraid to push their lefty here in April despite missing all of last season with elbow problems.
  • Jacob Lindgren did not pitch in this game, and that's because he was placed on the DL due to elbow problems. Perhaps that had something to do with his wild outing a couple days ago. We don't know how long he'll be out (of course. Injuries are Top Secret Serious Business to the Yankees) but obviously this is not a good sign coming off of off-season elbow surgery.

Low-A Charleston
5-2 win over Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4,
DH. Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB
LF. Trey Amburgey: 0-4, SB
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-3, 2 K
SS. Thairo Estrada: 0-2, BB, K
3B. Drew Bridges: 1-3, K

SP. Domingo Acevedo: 3 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-1 GO-FO, 28 p, 20 s

  • This was the completion of yesterday's suspended game, so that's why Acevedo only threw the three innings. Despite the weather acting up last night, this start for Acevedo had the makings of another dominant outing, which is becoming a theme with him. It's not even May yet, but at 22 years old (although that is in age only and not experience) and with the stuff he has, I don't see Acevedo sticking around in Charleston for too much longer.

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, K, HBP
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 2-3, HBP
2B. Thairo Estrada: 2-4, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 2-4
LF. Kendall Coleman: 2-3
3B. Drew Bridges: 0-2, 2 K

SP. Anyelo Gomez: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 11 K, 1-4 GO-FO, 86 p, 56 s
  • The walkoff came on a Jhalan Jackson single in the eighth inning, which in this case with this being a double header and games being shortened to seven-inning contests it was a pseudo extra inning game. Perhaps this two-hit game for Jackson could be the start of a slump-snapper, as he came into today's action hitting to a .212 OPS in the last week with a slew of strikeouts.
  • An update on Luis Torrens who has been out with shoulder discomfort: the catcher will be reevaluated on Tuesday and if all goes well he could be back come mid-May. Fingers crossed.

Friday, April 22, 2016

4/22 Minor League Recap: Campos fires 8 shutout innings, Enns K's 11

Triple-A Scranton
4-3 loss at Syracuse

CF. Ben Gamel: 0-3, 2 BB, K, SB
RF. Aaron Judge: 2-5, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 4-5, 2 2B, PB
DH. Nick Swisher: 2-5, HR, K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 SB

SP. Chad Green: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6-5 GO-FO, 91 p, 57 s
RP. James Pazos: 0.1 IP, 1-0 GO-FO, 1 p, 1 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 1 IP, BB, K, 1-1 GO-FO, 17 p, 8 s

  • Big game for Sanchez, who is now up to .244/.306/.533 rather quickly after being at .156/.229/.344 just four days ago. Sanchez has to be down at Triple-A for 35 days at the start of the season to delay his free agency an extra year, and with it being April 22 now, we are now down to 16 days until that point.

Double-A Trenton
2-0 win over Akron

SS. Tyler Wade: 0-3, BB, K, throwing error
LF. Jake Cave: 2-4, 3B, 2 K, SB
CF. Dustin Fowler: 0-3, BB
1B. Tyler Austin: 0-1, 2 BB, K

SP. Dietrich Enns: 6 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 2-5 GO-FO, 96 p, 57 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, 4 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 34 p, 23 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 21 p, 10 s

High-A Tampa
4-0 win over Daytona

SS. Jorge Mateo: 0-4
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-3, K
DH. Mark Payton: 0-1, BB, CS, SF

SP. Vicente Campos: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K, balk, 5-9 GO-FO, 100 p, 61 s

  • Awesome outing for Campos, who completed eight shutout innings for the second time in his minor league career. The last time? Back in August 2011 when he was in the Mariners organization. In this start, Campos was 91-93 mph with the fastball while displaying a good mid-80's changeup.
  • In other news, in yesterday's James Kaprielian start the right-hander was "consistently" clocked at 99 mph, and holy crap. I do find that hard to believe; perhaps this evaluator's radar gun was a bit hot. But the fact that Kaprielian has been able to touch the mid-upper 90's with regularity is pretty huge and really could change his overall outlook from a mid-rotation ceiling to a front-end ceiling.

Low-A Charleston
Suspended in top half of 4th inning. Will resume tomorrow with a seven-inning game to follow

Thursday, April 21, 2016

4/21 Minor League Recap: Mateo, Kaprielian lead way in Tampa win

Triple-A Scranton
6-5 loss to Buffalo

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-5, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-5
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, HR, BB
DH. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, K, SB

SP. Luis Cessa: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-3 GO-FO, 57 p, 37 s
RP. Tyler Webb: 2.1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, BB, 6 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 45 p, 28 s
RP. Diego Moreno: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1-1 GO-FO, 32 p, 21 s
RP. James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K, 2-0 GO-FO

Double-A Trenton
5-2 win over Akron

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-4, BB, K
LF. Jake Cave: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 0-4, K

SP. Ronald Herrera: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 K, HR, 8-3 GO-FO, 94 p, 53 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 0.2 IP, K, 1-0 GO-FO, 9 p, 6 s

  • Ronald Herrera is back from SWB and he promptly picks up right where he left off when he started the season with a gem of an outing against the Rubberducks. He sat in the low-mid 90's with his fastball to go with sharp breaking stuff. Remember, he's only 20 years old.

High-A Tampa

10-4 win over Dunedin

SS. Jorge Mateo: 3-5, HR, K, PO/CS
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 2-5, 2B, K
CF. Mark Payton: 2-4, 2B, BB
3B. Miguel Andujar: 2-3, BB, K
RF. Austin Aune: 2-4, K

SP. James Kaprielian: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 9 K, HR, 5-1 GO-FO, 84 p, 57 s
RP. Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 31 p, 12 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 1 IP, BB, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 19 p, 13 s

Low-A Charleston
6-2 loss in 10 innings to Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4, K, SB
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 0-4, 3 K
DH. Trey Amburgey: 1-4
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, 2 K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-4, K
3B. Drew Bridges: 0-4, K
2B. Angel Aguilar: 1-3, BB, SB

SP. Brody Koerner: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 8 K, 11-1 GO-FO, 99 p, 72 s

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

4/19-20 Minor League Recap: Estrada homers twice; Wade continues to reach base

Due to being busy with life things yesterday, I will be posting scores from both last night and tonight's games. The first games listed in each level are the games on April 19, followed by the games on April 20.

Triple-A Scranton
7-0 win over Buffalo

CF. Ben Gamel: 2-3, BB, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-3, HR, 2 K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2B, K
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 0-4
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 3B
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-4

RP. Conor Mullee: 2.1 IP, H, 3 K, 1-2 GO-FO, 26 p, 18 s

8-1 loss vs Buffalo

LF-CF. Ben Gamel: 0-4, K
DH. Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2 K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-1
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 0-4
1B. Nick Swisher: 2-3, BB

RP. Nick Goody: 1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, BB, 2 K, HR, 1-0 GO-FO, 12 p, 9 s

Double-A Trenton
4-2 loss at Portland

2B. Tyler Wade: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB
LF. Jake Cave: 0-4, 2 K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 K, CS
1B. Tyler Austin: 2-4, 3B, 2 K

SP. Cale Coshow: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R/ER, BB, K, E, 8-3 GO-FO, 90 p, 54 s

1-0 walkoff loss at Portland

2B. Tyler Wade: 1-4, SB
LF. Jake Cave: 0-3, BB, 2 K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 0-4, K
1B. Tyler Austin: 0-3, BB, 2 K

  • The on-base prowess continues for Wade, who has reached base safely in all 13 games played thus far. Overall, Wade has a .444 OBP to start the season, which is doubly impressive given the fact he posted an OBP nearly half of that to finish last year in Trenton. Early on, Wade has been a very bright spot on the farm.

High-A Tampa

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-3, BB, PO/CS
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-4
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 2B
RF. Austin Aune: 1-3, 2B, BB

SP. Chance Adams: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1-3 GO-FO, 63 p, 40 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 1.2 IP, H, 2 BB, K 

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-3, 2 BB, K, 2 SB, fielding error 
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-5, SB, fielding error
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-4
LF. Mark Payton: 2-4, HR, K 
RF. Austin Aune: 0-4, K

  • The hot start is over Miguel Andujar, who is now down to a .227 average on the young season. For someone who has a history of starting off slow, and for someone who is repeating the High-A level, Andujar better hope this slide does not last long. 
  • Good to see Jorge Mateo draw three walks these last couple games. He had four walks in the 10 games prior to begin the season. If he can lay off pitches out of the zone, he should reach Trenton some time this summer.

Low-A Charleston

2B. Thairo Estrada: 3-5, 2 HR
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-5, 3B
CF. Trey Amburgey: 3-5, 2B, 2 3B, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-5, K 
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-4, K
3B. Drew Bridges: 2-4, HR, 2 K
DH. Angel Aguilar: 1-4, K

SP. Josh Rogers: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 7-4 GO-FO, 96 p, 70 s

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, BB, K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, 2 K
RF. Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 2B
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-4, K
DH. Drew Bridges: 1-3, 3B, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-3, 2 K

RP. Simon De La Rosa: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K, WP, HBP, 2-4 GO-FO, 67 p, 38 s 

  • Pretty awesome night for Thairo on the 19th as he clubbed not one, but two jacks in the 7-0 victory. He came into the game with four career minor league homers in 145 games played. A reason perhaps for this big night: the early returns on Spirit Communications Park show that it is a bit of a bandbox, but nonetheless, awesome for Thairo.
  • Making awesome nights a habit is Trey Amburgey, who continues to club extra base hit after extra base hit. I figured last week that if he keeps this up he could be in Tampa around mid-May or so, but at this rate it could be sooner. Of course I would imagine the Yankees want to see how Amburgey reacts to a slump, but at the same time a slump may never come for him at this level. 
  • Great start for Josh Rogers last night. He's another one of those crafty, mid/late-round college lefties the team has seemingly stockpiled in recent years, so he probably won't be on too many radars until he proves himself at higher levels in the system.

Monday, April 18, 2016

4/18 Minor League Recap: Cave's go-ahead hit propels Trenton

Triple-A Scranton
9-6 loss vs Buffalo

LF. Ben Gamel: 3-3, 2B, BB, SF
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-5
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 3 K, SB
1B. Nick Swisher: 2-3, HR, K, SF

RP. James Pazos: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, K, 2-1 GO-FO, 44 p, 27 s
RP. Diego Moreno: 0.2 IP, 3 H. 2 R/ER, 2 K, 25 p, 18 s

Double-A Trenton
7-5 win at Portland

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-4, 3B, BB, throwing error
LF. Jake Cave: 3-5, 3B, 2B
CF. Dustin Fowler: 3-5, 2B, K, CS, PO
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2B, BB

SP. Brady Lail: 5.1 IP, 6 H. 5 R/ER, 3 BB, K, 5-7 GO-FO, 81 p, 50 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 2.2 IP, H 6 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 32 p, 25 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, H, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 20 p, 13 s

  • Good night for Cave as he came a homer away from the cycle. His single came in the ninth with Trenton down 5-4 in the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Cave singled to right to bring home Wade and Dante Bichette Jr to give Trenton the lead. They'd add an insurance run later in the inning to make it 7-5.
  • After a day off another multi-hit ninth for Dustin Fowler. Through 10 games on the season Fowler has hits in all but one and has a multi-hit game in five of them. Fowler still has a ways to go before reaching the bigs, but it will be interesting to see how the Yankees play this out with him in the next year or so.
High-A Tampa

SS. Jorge Mateo: 0-4, BB, 2 K, SB
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 2-4, SB
RF. Austin Aune: 2-5
DH. Mark Payton: 0-4, BB

SP. Ian Clarkin: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 3 K
RP. Jacob Lindgren: 2 IP, BB, K, 1-2 GO-FO, 22 p, 14 s

Low-A Charleston
13-1 loss at Columbia

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4, 2B, K
SS. Thairo Estrada: 0-4, K, throwing error
RF. Trey Amburgey: 3-4, 2 2B
DH. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, K
3B. Drew Bridges: 0-2, BB, throwing error
2B. Angel Aguilar: 1-3, 2 K. CS

  • Drew Bridges is up from extended spring training, and this because Charleston placed Kyle Holder on the DL. On Holder: we don't know what injury he has or how long he'll be out, and to be honest I don't think we will find out how long he's out until either a.) if he has season-ending surgery or b.) when he actually comes back. For whatever reason the Yankees have always loved to play it coy with injuries, especially at the lower levels where there seems to be less access. On Bridges: he's a power-hitting third baseman who has struggled to make contact in the past. He was in Staten Island last year and he will need to hit in his stay with Charleston in order to stick around if/when Holder returns.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

4/17 Minor League Recap: Big afternoons for Wade, Acevedo

Triple-A Scranton
2-1 win over Syracuse

LF. Ben Gamel: 0-3, BB, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-3, SF
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, K, SB
DH. Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 2 K
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-3, K

SP. Chad Green: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 5 K, 6-3 GO-FO, 93 p, 61 s
RP. Luis Cessa: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 41 p, 24 s
RP. Tyler Webb: 0.1 IP, H, 10 p, 6 s
RP. Nick Goody: 1 IP, H, K, 0-1 GO-FO, 13 p, 9 s

  • Although the numbers have been rather ordinary for Refsnyder, he does have a hit in eight straight games. His afternoon would have looked a lot better had Syracuse's Brian Goodwin not robbed him of a home run. On defense, Refsnyder made a great diving stop at third base before gunning a runner down at third.
  • This was Cessa's first outing since being sent down and he may be here for at least a little while as the team will start to stretch him out in the starting rotation. His first start will come on Thursday.

Double-A Trenton
9-4 win at New Hampshire

SS. Tyler Wade: 2-4, HR, BB, SB
CF. Jake Cave: 1-5, CS
1B. Tyler Austin: 3-4, 2 2B

SP. Jordan Montgomery: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4-5 GO-FO, 87 p, 52 s

  • Remember this date, as Tyler Wade may not hit too many home runs the rest of the season. In all seriousness, this was a pretty sweet day for Wade, who is making a habit of that through the first couple weeks of the season. Even one of his outs, a line drive double play, was scalded. 
  • A better start for Montgomery this time around than last (there have been a few of those on the farm this season). Obviously you'd like to see more strikeouts and a few more grounders, but two walks in six innings is a helluva lot better than the four he surrendered in 5 innings last time out.

High-A Tampa
4-1 loss at Charlotte

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-4, 2 K, CS, throwing error
CF. Mark Payton: 0-4
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-4, K
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-2, 2B
RF. Austin Aune: 1-4, 2 K

SP. Vicente Campos: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 4 K, HBP, balk, fielding error, 9-3 GO-FO, 81 p, 55 s

Low-A Charleston
2-1 win at Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-3, BB, K, SB
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 2-4, 2 K
LF. Trey Amburgey: 0-2, BB, SF
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-3, 2 K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 1-4, K
3B. Angel Aguilar: 2-4, 2B, K

SP. Domingo Acevedo: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 6 K, 6-3 GO-FO, 84 p, 57 s

  • Back to back outings for Acevedo have not only been strong but each of them have either gone into or through the seventh inning and it's only the middle of April. For a good pitching prospect like Acevedo that is good to see and I'd figure that wouldn't be the case if Mark Newman were still in charge. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

4/16 Minor League Recap: Kaprielian, Fowler have big nights

Triple-A Scranton
8-4 loss to Syracuse 

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-5, 3 K, SB
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, throwing error
LF. Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 K, SB
1B. Nick Swisher, 1-3, 2 BB, K

SP. Ronald Herrera: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K, HR, 3-2 GO-FO, 102 p, 62 s

Double-A Trenton
7-1 win at New Hampshire

SS. Tyler Wade: 2-4, BB, throwing error
CF. Dustin Fowler: 3-5, 3B, SB
1B. Tyler Austin: 2-5
LF. Jake Cave: 0-2, 2 BB, K, SB

SP. Dietrich Enns: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 7-4 GO-FO, 86 p, 54 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: IP, H, 1 R/ER, BB, K, 1 GO-FO, 21 p, 10 s

High-A Tampa
3-1 loss at Charlotte 

CF. Mark Payton: 1-3, BB, K
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 2-4, SB, PO
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 2 K

SP. James Kaprielian: 7 IP, H, 3 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, WP, missed catch error, 16-1 GO-FO, 76 p, 50 s

  • The first thing that pops out in my eye is not the one hit allowed through seven innings or only needing 76 pitches to do so, but the 16 ground outs to just one fly ball out. I have read through a lot of minor league box scores over the years and I don't think I've seen a single-game GO-FO ratio that high. Just a great start for Kap, albeit with a missed catch error when trying to cover first base. Had he made the catch from Mike Ford, Tampa would have theoretically came away unscathed in the sixth inning and presumably would have won the game, but alas. (Although Ford didn't help his cause either, committing an error of his own in the inning as well) 
Low-A Charleston

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-5, 2 BB, 2 K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 2-7, 3B, K, fielding error 
LF. Trey Amburgey: 3-7, 2 SB
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-6, 4 K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-5, BB, 3 K
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-5

RP. Travis Hissong: 3.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 11 K, 65 p, 46 s
  • Marathon game for the 'Dogs, who prior to the 14th hadn't scored since the sixth. But they finally broke through in the 14th on Hoy Jun Park's go-ahead two-run triple. A big reason why they were able to hang around until the 14th, however, was because of Travis Hissong. All 11 of Hissong's outs in relief were recorded via strike out. Pretty amazing stuff. Also, Trey Amburgey stole home on the front end of a double steal in the third. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

4/15 Minor League Recap: Judge homers in Scranton win

Triple-A Scranton
5-3 win over Syracuse

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-4, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 2-4, HR, SB
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, BB, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K
DH. Nick Swisher: 2-4, 2B, K

RP. Diego Moreno: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K, 2-1 GO-FO, 38 p, 23 s
RP. James Pazos: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 40 p, 22 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 0.1 IP, K, 4 p, 3 s

  • A couple of firsts this season for Judge. First: his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right center field. This was also his first strikeout-free game here in the team's eighth game of the season. He currently stands at 12 strikeouts to just two walks in the early going.

Double-A Trenton
7-0 loss at New Hampshire

SS. Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 K, SB. fielding error
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2B, SB
LF. Tyler Austin: 0-3, BB, K

High-A Tampa
5-0 loss at Charlotte

SS. Jorge Mateo: 0-4, 2 K
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-3, BB
DH. Miguel Andujar: 0-3, BB, K
CF. Mark Payton: 1-3, K

SP. Gabriel Encinas: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4 WP, 3-0 GO-FO, 90 p, 49 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 2 K, 3-0 GO-FO, 41 p, 25 s

Low-A Charleston
8-7 loss at Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, 3 BB, K, SB
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 1-6, 4 K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 2-5, 2B
SS. Kyle Holder: 1-5
3B. Thairo Estrada: 3-5, 2 SB
LF. Kendall Koleman: 4-5, SB

SP. Simon De La Rosa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, 1-0 GO-FO, 49 p, 22 s

Thursday, April 14, 2016

4/14 Minor League Recap: Mateo, Adams lead Tampa; Sanchez hits walkoff in Scranton

Triple-A Scranton
2-0 walkoff win over Syracuse

RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, BB, 2 K
DH. Rob Refsnyder: 1-5
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-4, BB, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 2-5, walkoff homer in the 11th, 2B, K
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-4

RP. Tyler Webb: 3 IP, H, 2 K, 3-3 GO-FO, 36 p, 26 s
RP. Nick Goody: 1.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 30 p, 19 s

  • This was Swisher's first game back in the Yankees' organization. As we all know, he's an outfielder by trade, but even if an injury(ies) arise in the Bronx, I would presume there are others not at just the big league level, but at the minor league level as well, who are ahead of him in that regard. For now he's probably just first base depth in case of a Mark Teixeira injury and at worst Swish is an upgrade over Chris Parmalee in name value.

Double-A Trenton
6-5 walkoff loss at New Hampshire

CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-4, K, PO
LF. Jake Cave: 0-5, 2 K
1B. Tyler Austin: 0-2, 2 BB
PR-2B. Tyler Wade: 0-0, BB

SP. Cale Coshow: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 4 BB, K, WP, 9-2 GO-FO, 85 p, 49 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 3 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 44 p, 28 s

High-A Tampa
5-3 win over Bradenton

SS. Jorge Mateo: 2-3, 2B, BB, K, SB
RF. Austin Aune: 0-4, K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 2B
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-4
DH. Mark Payton: 0-2, 2 BB

SP. Chance Adams: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 7 K, WP, 3-4 GO-FO, 73 p, 48 s
RP. Jacob Lindgren: IP, 2 R/1 ER, 4 BB, K, 3 WP, 1-1 GO-FO, 34 p, 13 s

  • Much better outing from Adams compared to his first outing of the season where he failed to get out of the fourth. Listening to TY radio, I heard quite a few fastballs that ranged 93-95 mph during the course of the outing. If he can maintain his velo through his starts, this starting experiment could work.
  • Big night for Mateo, as he has now reached base in all but one game to start the season. He hit a ground rule double in the second and by the sounds of it had it not gone over the wall he would have at least a triple. 

Low-A Charleston
3-1 win at Augusta

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-5, 3 K, SB
DH. Hoy Jun Park: 2-4, 2 3B, BB, K
LF. Trey Amburgey: 1-4, 2B, SB
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-2, BB, K, HBP
SS. Kyle Holder: 0-4, 2 K, SB, 3 errors (two fielding, one throwing)
2B. Thairo Estrada: 1-4
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-3, BB, 2 K

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

4/13 Minor League Recap: Lail goes 6.2 strong in Trenton win

Triple-A Scranton
1-0 win at Pawtucket

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2B, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 0-4, 2 K
LF. Slade Heathcott: 0-3, BB, 2 K
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 3 K

Kyle Haynes: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9-5 GO-FO, 88 p, 58 s
Branden Pinder: 3 IP, H, 4 K, 0-3 GO-FO, 48 p, 32 s

Double-A Trenton
1-0 win over Portland 

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-3, BB
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2B
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-3, BB, K
LF. Jake Cave: 1-4, K, CS

Brady Lail: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 11-1 GO-FO, 101 p, 60 s

  • Much better outing this time out for Lail, who was able to pick up 11 ground ball outs to just one fly ball out. When Lail is going well, he is getting ground balls and he did just that tonight against Portland.

High-A Tampa
4-1 loss to Bradenton

SS. Jorge Mateo: 0-3, HBP
RF. Austin Aune: 0-4, 2 K, throwing error
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-3, BB, CS
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-3
DH. Mark Payton: 0-2, BB, K

Ian Clarkin: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 3-4 GO-AO, 87 p, 56 s

  • Not as smooth of an outing for Clarkin this time around compared to his first outing of the season, but all things considered this was not a bad start. Listening to the game, Clarkin seemed to get squeezed quite a bit by the home plate umpire. A scout at the game also had Clarkin sitting 90-92 with the fastball, although his curve was not as effective in this outing as it was in his last.
  • In the ninth inning Mateo got hit by a pitch on the left hand. Trainers checked on the hand and he stayed in the game. Mateo is said to be fine

Low-A Charleston
5-4 win over Asheville

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-3, 2 BB, K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 2-5
DH. Trey Amburgey: 1-4, HBP
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, K
2B. Kyle Holder: 1-3. BB, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 3-4, K, CS
3B. Angel Aguilar: 1-4, K, SB, fielding error

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4/12 Minor League Recap: Judge picks up four hits in rout of Pawtucket

Triple-A Scranton
9-1 win at Pawtucket

CF. Ben Gamel: 2-5, BB, K, CS
RF. Aaron Judge: 4-6, 2B, K
DH. Slade Heathcott: 0-6, 4 K
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 2B, BB, PB, threw out a runner trying to steal
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 3B

Chad Green: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 3-2 GO-FO, 95 p, 55 s
Conor Mullee: 3.1 IP, 6 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 42 p, 29 s
James Pazos: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GO-FO, 39 p, 22 s

  • Good to see Conor Mullee, a 28-year-old, three-time Tommy John surgery victim, have an outing like this after being bumped up from Trenton following Nick Rumbelow's own Tommy John surgery. It would be quite the story if Mullee can pitch his way to the Bronx this season.
  • Also nice to see Judge pick up four hits. In the very early going he is batting .391. Obviously unsustainable and the K's are still there (just one tonight, however), but it's better than the alternative: low batting averages and high K's, which he did just last year in his stay with SWB.

Double-A Trenton
6-3 loss in 10 innings to Portland

2B. Tyler Wade: 0-4, BB, 2 K
DH. Dustin Fowler: 0-5 3 K
1B. Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
LF. Jake Cave: 2-4, HR, 2 K

Jordan Montgomery: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 5-6 GO-FO, 92 p, 52 s
Mark Montgomery: 0.2 IP, H, 1 R/ER, BB, K, 0-1 GO-FO, 13 p, 7 s

High-A Tampa
9-4 win over Bradenton

SS. Jorge Mateo: 3-4, 2B, SB, sac-bunt
RF. Austin Aune: 0-4, BB, K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 3-5, K, SB
CF. Mark Payton: 3-3, HR, 2B, BB, outfield assist at 2B

Vicente Campos: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3-4 GO-FO, 71 p, 36 s

Low-A Charleston
2-1 win over Asheville

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-4, 2 K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, 2B
RF. Trey Amburgey: 1-4, 2B, K
DH. Jhalan Jackson: 2-4, 2 2B, K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 1-4, K, CS
LF. Kendall Coleman: 1-3, 2 K, outfield assist at 2B
3B. Angel Aguilar; 0-3

Domingo Acevedo: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2-4 GO-FO, 67 p, 50 s

  • Have to wonder if 67 pitches in 6.2 innings of work was an error on MiLB's part, in regards to the pitch total. That seems awfully economic, but either way I'm not going to take anything away from Acevedo's start tonight, which was much better tonight than it was five days ago when he failed to complete four. We should see more outings like these from Acevedo, given batters at this level just don't stand much of a chance against his high-90's heat.

Monday, April 11, 2016

4/11 Minor League Recap: Kaprielian dominates Bradenton in season debut

Triple-A Scranton
6-3 win at Pawtucket

LF. Ben Gamel: 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB, SB
DH. Aaron Judge: 2-5, 2B, 2 K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 K, SF
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4, BB, K

  • Remember when Nick Rumbelow had to be removed from yesterday's game and we didn't know why? Well unfortunately we do now, as the reliever will have to have Tommy John surgery. Tough luck for Rumbelow, as he was right in the thick of the Scranton Reliever Shuttle and now he'll miss the rest of the season. To fill the roster spot, Conor Mullee will come up from Trenton.
  • The ownage of Pawtucket continues for Gamel. He hit well against them last year and with a big game tonight he raises his average from .063 to .235.

Double-A Trenton
5-3 win over Portland

2B. Tyler Wade: 0-3, 2 BB, CS
CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 2B, BB, K
LF. Jake Cave: 1-3, BB, outfield assist at home

Dietrich Enns: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GO-FO, 91 p, 57 s
Matt Wotherspoon: 2.1 IP, BB, 2 K, 1-2 GO-FO, 34 p, 21 s
Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, BB, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 22 p, 11 s

  • As a result of Rumbelow's injury, Jonathan Holder will get bumped up to Trenton. I thought he should have started in Trenton, given his strong season in Tampa as a starter in 2015. Either way, a deserved promotion for Holder.
  • Strong outing from reliever Matt Wotherspoon, who has made a habit of doing that to start the season. The 34th round pick in the 2014 draft is at 4.2 scoreless innings and was clocked at 94 mph with his fastball in tonight's outing.

High-A Tampa
5-2 win over Bradenton

SS. Abiatal Avelino: 0-4, BB, 2 K
DH. Austin Aune: 1-4, BB, 2 K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 2-5, HR, K

James Kaprielian: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3-3 GO-AO, 60 p, 49 s
Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, BB, 3 K, 22 p, 13 s

  • Pretty great start for Kaprielian, who was able to fill the zone with both his fastball and off-speed pitches. Listening to the Tampa radio, I heard quite a few 94-96 mph fastballs throughout the outing. The one run he allowed, however, originally reached base on a triple, but it probably should have only been a double, as left fielder Zack Zehner misplayed the ball. The way the rest of the inning transpired, Kaprielian should have came away unscathed, but that is just nitpicking. I expect more starts like these from Kap here in the Florida State League and it shouldn't be long before he gets promoted to Trenton. 
  • This was the fifth game of the season for Tampa, and I do find it interesting that they started Kaprielian on this game and not earlier. My guess: they're limiting his innings so he can pitch in the Bronx this season. Remember, last season the team started Luis Severino on the fifth game of the season as a way to limit his innings.

Low-A Charleston 
4-0 win over Asheville

3B. Thairo Estrada: 2-4, K, SB, fielding error
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, K, PO
CF. Trey Amburgey: 1-4, HR, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 3-4, 2 2B, SB, K
SS. Kyle Holder: 2-4
LF. Kendall Coleman: 1-3, K

Brody Koerner: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 8-3 GO-FO, 75 p, 62 s

Sunday, April 10, 2016

4/10 Minor League Recap: Wade and Fowler stay hot in Trenton win

Triple-A Scranton
4-1 loss at Rochester

LF. Ben Gamel: 0-5, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, BB, 2 K, outfield assist at second
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 2-5
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-4, BB, 2 K, R
C. Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 2B, K, HBP, RBI

Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 2 H, 0-2 GO-FO, 20 p, 13 s
Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 45 p, 29 s
Branden Pinder: 2 IP, H, 4 K, 33 p, 22 s

  • Rumbelow, who is being stretched out as a starter, was going to pitch beyond his one inning, but had to be removed from the game while warming up for his second inning. The reason is unknown as of now. 
  • These two hits are the first of the very young season for Sanchez, with his double coming off of top Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios. Sanchez got a fastball and was able to use his electric bat speed to rocket it down the left field line, scoring Heathcott. 

Double-A Trenton
6-2 win over Erie

SS. Tyler Wade: 2-4, 2B, R
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-3, BB, R
1B. Tyler Ausin: 0-2, 2 BB, R, fielding error
LF. Jake Cave: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI, SF

Ronald Herrera: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 6 K, 3-3 GO-FO, 89 p, 62 s

  • Herrera, picked up in a trade from San Diego in exchange for Jose Pirela, is off to a nice start with the Thunder. He struggled a bit in a brief stay in the Texas League last year, so getting to the more pitcher-friendly Eastern League should do him some good. In this start, Herrera sat 90-93 mph with the fastball and displayed a good change-up and slider. A bit undersized at 5' 11", Herrera could be a nice little pickup, even if his future ends up in the bullpen. 
  • Good to see Tyler Wade continue his hot start in the very early going. He's sitting a .385 BA with just one strikeout in 13 PA after hitting just .204 with 24 K's in the final month+ to close out last year. Also nice to see Dustin Fowler reach base twice as well. He's off to a nice start in his first taste of Double-A. 

High-A Tampa
2-1 walkoff loss at Lakeland

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-5, SB, 2 K, R
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-4, K

Gabriel Encinas: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 5-3 GO-AO, 86 p, 44 s
Jordan Foley: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, K, 4-1 GO-FO, 42 p, 29 s
Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 31 p, 22 s

  • Obviously the five no-hit innings were a good sign from Encinas, but perhaps the only reason he could only go five were because of the five walks, which led to a nearly even strike-to-ball count for his outing. A scout at the game had Encinas sitting at 94-95 mph with the fastball, although he was throwing across his body, which caused some control problems. 

Low-A Charleston
6-5 walkoff win over Columbia

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-4, BB, 3 K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI, throwing error, walkoff single in the ninth
RF. Trey Amburgey: 1-3, 2B, BB, K, R
SS. Kyle Holder: 2-4, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3, BB, 3 K
3B. Angel Aguilar: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 R, RBI

Simon De La Rosa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GO-FO, 56 p, 27 s
  •  The start of De La Rosa's start was a good one, as he punched out a pair of Fireflies in the first inning, with the help of nasty benders like this. He threw some more curves like that, but also hung some as well. The second inning was not pretty for De La Rosa, though, as his fastball command abandoned him altogether, including on this pitch, and he ended up walking four and was unable to finish the inning. De La Rosa has good stuff, as shown with his curveball, and he throws hard too, but he's also already 22, so he'll need to get things going soon before a possible move to the bullpen.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

4/9 Minor League Recap: Mateo records second triple of the season

Triple-A Scranton
Rained out

Double-A Trenton
Rained out

High-A Tampa
11-6 win at Lakeland

SS. Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 3B, BB, 3 K, CS, throwing error
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 SB
RF. Austin Aune: 1-5, 3 K, 2 RBI
LF. Michael O'Neill: 3-5, 2B, 3B, K

Chance Adams: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R/5 ER, 3 K, 2 HR, 4-2 GO-FO, 74 p, 47 s
Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 1-2 GO-FO, 14 p, 9 s

  • Although this was Mateo's second triple in the young season, it is his third straight game with at least two strikeouts, this time with three tonight. Known as someone who does a pretty good job at making contact, hopefully this is just a small blip. 
  • According to a scout at the game, Mateo had trouble battling the sun while in the field and probably should have had an additional error charged to him. It may also come as a shock that Mateo got caught stealing, and it was a shock to him too as he thought he slid around the tag and should have been called safe. 
  • Looking at the line score, this was a less-than-ideal debut in the rotation for Chance Adams. But according to the same scout, Adams displayed a solid three-pitch mix, while sitting 92-94 mph with the fastball, to go with good life. His command was pretty spotty, however, which explains the high hit and run total.

Low-A Charleston
9-0 loss to Columbia

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-4, 2 K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 0-3, K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-3, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-3
DH. Kyle Holder: 0-3, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-2, BB, 2 K
Everyone else: 0-8, BB, 6 K's

  • Yes, the RiverDogs got no-hit in the season's third game. This came after back-to-back walkoff wins, so early on they've mixed in the good with the very bad. If you remember, the RiverDogs got no-hit last year on July 31 against Delmarva, although that was only a seven-inning affair, while this game went the full nine innings.

Friday, April 8, 2016

4/8 Minor League Recap: Clarkin pitches five solid innings in season debut

Triple-A Scranton
3-0 loss to Rochester in suspended game from yesterday

CF. Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K, SB
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, BB, fielding error
CF. Slade Heathcott: 3-4, 2B, PO/CS
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K

Chad Green: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-2 GO-AO, 68 p, 41 s
Nick Goody: 1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, 2 K, HR, 13 p, 8 s

  • With Bryan Mitchell (who unfortunately is hurt and will miss most of the season) and Luis Cessa pitching their way onto the big league team this spring, Chad Green, the second piece in the Justin Wilson trade, is the only Triple-A starter at the moment who can realistically make a spot-start if need-be at the big league level. After Green it's Kyle Haynes, a Nick Rumbelow-Tyler Webb piggyback, Anthony Swarzak, and Tyler Olson in the SWB rotation. Oy. 

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-4, K, 2 RBI, R
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 2B
DH. Slade Heathcott: 2-3, K, 2 R

James Pazos: 1 IP, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 10 p, 8 s
Diego Moreno: 1 IP, BB, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 22 p, 13 s

Double-A Trenton
7-4 win vs Erie

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-5
CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 3 SB, K, 3 R
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, R
LF. Jake Cave: 1-4, 2B, 2 K

Cale Coshow: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K, HR, 6-0 GO-FO, 97 p, 63 s

High-A Tampa7-1 win vs Lakeland

SS. Jorge Mateo; 0-4, 2 K, fielding error
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 2B, K, HBP
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 0-3, BB, 2 K, PO/CS
RF. Austin Aune: 1-4, HR, 2 K, 3 RBI

SP. Ian Clarkin: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 2 K, 9-5 GO-AO, 80 p, 52 s
  • Encouraging first start for Ian Clarkin. A scout at the game had Clarkin sitting low-90's, topping out at 94 mph with a curve in the mid-70's. His third pitch, a changeup, sat in the mid-80's and was able to fool right-handed batters with it. 

Low-A Charleston
5-4 walkoff win vs Columbia

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 2-4, 2B
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-5, K
LF. Trey Amburgey: 1-4, BB, 3 SB
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, BB, K, RBI, R -- walkoff single in the ninth
2B. Kyle Holder: 2-4, 3B, K, CS, RBI, R
3B. Thairo Estrada: 0-2, 2 BB, SB, R

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4/7 Minor League Recap: Mateo leads Tampa in offensive outburst

This season here at Yanks Prospects I'll provide updates on how the prospects in the Yankees' system perform along with notes of what I see and/or hear watching on, MiLB radio, and from those who are watching the game live. To keep things tidy, I'll mostly include what the real prospects do, but if an org-player/non-prospect does something noteworthy, I'll include them as well. I may not post every night, so if I don't I'll lump the box scores together during the next day's post.

Triple-A Scranton
Game has been suspended and will be picked up tomorrow at 5:05 EST.
Here is the box score of what has happened thus far.

Double-A Trenton
7-0 loss vs Erie

SS. Tyler Wade: 2-4, 2B, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-3, BB
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-4, K
LF. Jake Cave 1-3, BB, K

Brady Lail: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, WP, 4-7 GO-FO, 91 p, 57 s

  • Interesting note on Tyler Wade: from Trenton beat writer Matt Kardos, an AL East scout told him Wade is "absolutely" a big leaguer. And that the scout would "bet my house on it."  I think Wade has a fairly good shot at turning into a solid utility player at the big league level, but gosh I wouldn't bet my house on it. Either way, high praise. 
  • Lail got the Opening Day nod and according to those at the game the right-hander struggled to command his off-speed stuff.  With an ordinary fastball, that is not a recipe for success.
  • Tyler Austin, who may be a non-prospect at this point, will be included in the Minor League Updates. I'm still holding out hope he turns into something, but I won't hold my breath.

High-A Tampa
9-2 victory at Lakeland

SS. Jorge Mateo: 3-5, 3B, SB, BB, 2 K's, 2 RBI, 2 R
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, CS, BB, R
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-5, HR, RBI, R
RF. Austin Aune: 2-5, 2B, 2 K, R

Vicente Campos: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 K, HR, 3 balks, 1-1 GO-FO, 83 p, 52 s
Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 11 p, 7 s
Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 27 p, 18 s

  • Mateo's already off to a hot start, reaching base four times in six PA's. The triple was a rocket to dead center, so hopefully the power he showed off in Spring Training is carrying over.
  • You read that right, three balks by Vicente Campos, two of them coming in the third. Otherwise, a solid outing from him, especially with the K's, in what is an important 2016.
  • I included Austin Aune, who may be an org player at this point, in the box score and I'll continue doing so simply because on any given night he can put up some incredible lines in the box score, both good and bad. 
  • Interesting to see Jonathan Holder pitch the final two innings tonight. Also surprising that he's still in Tampa after his solid season as a starter with the club in 2015. I figured when I saw him listed as a reliever that he could possibly piggy-back someone, especially here early in the season, but that's not the case. Gary Denbo is known for putting future relievers in the rotation to give them extra innings to work on their command before moving them back to the bullpen, so this could be happening with Holder. If so, I could see a quick promotion up to Trenton, especially if he has more nights like these.

Low-A Charleston 
5-4 walk-off win vs Columbia

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4 BB, 2 K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, sac bunt, HBP, BB, K
LF. Trey Amburgey: 0-2, 3 BB, 2 RBI, outfield assist at 3B
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
SS. Kyle Holder: 1-4, K
DH. Kendall Coleman: 0-2, 2 BB, K, 2 R
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-3, BB, 2 K, R

SP. Domingo Acevedo: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 5 K's, WP, HBP, 4-1 GO-FO, 73 p, 51 s

  • Acevedo started out strong with a lively fastball that sat in the upper-mid 90's with impressive glove-side run, which he was able to use to dominate the Columbia lineup for the first three innings. He hit a wall in the fourth, though, as his velocity dropped to more in the 93 mph range. Overall it wasn't a terrible outing, and when he wasn't trying to throw the ball through a brick wall, he had success. 
  • Charleston trailed 4-1 entering the ninth, but was able to win in crazy fashion. They were able to cut the deficit to 4-3 after Columbia closer Alex Palsha was unable to find the strike zone to the tune of four walks. Down to their last out, it appeared that Hoy Jun Park was about to get picked off to end the game, but after trying to tag him out, Columbia shortstop Milton Ramos then threw wildly at home, bringing home two and giving the RiverDogs a win. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A look at the Yankees' minor league player assignments

Major League Baseball season is already under way and today is the start of the Minor League season. With that, rosters for the Yankees' four full-season affiliates have (finally) been released and I have thoughts for each team.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

SWB is headlined by position players, most notably Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Ben Gamel, and Slade Heathcott. After that you're looking at org players and future relievers. The biggest omission is Brady Lail, who finished the year in Scranton last year but got hammered, albeit in just seven outings. Perhaps he was worn down late in the season, or perhaps the Yankees jumped the gun on his promotion from Trenton. I'm sure we'll see Lail get bumped back up to SWB if he pitches like he did in Trenton. The RailRiders will also once again feature a slew of relievers that should see some time in the Bronx this summer. This includes Jacob Lindgren, who is not included on the SWB roster and will start in Tampa as he returns from elbow surgery to remove bone chips.

Double-A Trenton

The top prospect here is Dustin Fowler, who is up from Tampa after playing just 65 games at the level in 2015. His aggressive approach at the plate will be tested, so seeing how he'll handle Double-A pitching will be something to watch for. Joining him in the outfield will be Jake Cave, who was offered back to the Yankees after the Reds DFA'd him. The only interesting infielder on the Thunder, at least to start the season, is Tyler Wade, who'll give Double-A another go after looking over-matched last summer. Former top prospect Tyler Austin is back in Trenton, he'll man first base. After struggling with SWB in 2015 and not even getting invited to big league camp this spring, it sure looks like Austin is relegated to org-player status. It sucks, but it happens.

On the pitching side Trenton will be headlined by the aforementioned Lail. He shouldn't be in Trenton too long if he picks up where he left off at the level from last summer. Two of my sleeper picks, Jordan Montgomery and Cale Coshow, will also be in the Thunder rotation. I don't know how long the Coshow, Starting Pitcher experiment will last, as I see him as a power reliever down the road, but we'll see. Montgomery can climb up prospect lists if his added velocity from late last summer sticks. Ronald Herrera, acquired from San Diego for Jose Pirela during the winter, is only 20 years old and will be in Trenton's rotation as well.

High-A Tampa 

The rotation and infield are the strengths of the Tampa Yankees, headlined by James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo, respectively. Assuming good health, I expect Kaprielian to crush the Florida State League. Back in the day Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain pitched in 11 and seven games, respectively, during their stays at Tampa, and I can see Kap following suit.

Ian Clarkin makes his triumphant return to the T-Yanks after sitting out last season with elbow problems. He was able to pitch in the Arizona Fall League to regain some lost innings, and he survived Spring Training, so all systems are go for him. Fingers crossed he stays healthy this year.

Vicente Campos is also in the Tampa rotation, and he's in his second year off of Tommy John surgery. We hear a lot of "it's a make-or-break" season for players when in most cases it really isn't, but I do think it is the case for Campos. He's on the 40-man roster and if he can't stay healthy and/or doesn't make progress I can easily see the Yankees cutting bait at the end of the year and moving on. Chance Adams, a converted reliever who has a wipeout slider, and Gabriel Encinas, who is repeating the league, close out the Tampa starting staff.

In the infield, of course the main attraction is the top prospect Jorge Mateo. He raked in a 21-game trial in Tampa to close out the 2015 season, and if the power he displayed in Spring Training carries over to the regular season I don't think he'll be in Tampa for long. With him at second and third are Abiatal Avelino and Miguel Andujar. Both are repeating the level and both could get quick-ish promotions to Trenton if they get off to fast starts, especially Andujar, who could really use a good first half to go with his strong second halves he's posted the last couple of years.

Low-A Charleston 

Right off the bat the best prospect on the RiverDogs, Luis Torrens, is not listed. That's because he has shoulder inflammation and will be left behind in Tampa. His timetable to return is unknown. Not knowing when he'll return is a little worrisome, so fingers will have to be crossed there. Drew Finley, who I figured would start in Charleston, is not listed on the roster either. He either figures to be held back the first month of the season before being added, a la Ian Clarkin in 2014, or the Yankees are planning to have him pitch in Pulaski or Staten Island (or he's hurt). Carlos Vidal, my final sleeper pick, is surprisingly held back in extended spring training. We'll see if he gets bumped up if an injury arises in the outfield.

The lineup features a lot of interesting regulars, and Kyle Holder figures to be the most talked about because he was a first round pick. Holder of course has a great glove, but I am curious to see how he does with the bat after barely being able to hit his weight at Staten Island. His double play partner, at least in most occasions, will be Hoy Jun Park. During Spring Training Holder and Park flipped between second and short, and I figure that'll carry over into the regular season, at least to start.

Like with Trenton, there are two sleepers on this RiverDogs squad, Thairo Estrada and Trey Amburgey. With Holder and Park getting most of the reps up the middle, Estrada will see time at third base this season along with Angel Aguilar. Amburgey is joined by fellow 2015 draft-mates, Jeff Hendrix and Jhalan Jackson, in the outfield, both of whom are interesting in their own right. Amburgey should see most of his time in left field with Hendrix and Jackson in center and right, respectively, just like they were with SI.

On the mound the headliner is big Domingo Acevedo. I expect him to carve up Charleston like he did with SI, simply because his raw stuff is just so good. He does a good job at throwing strikes, it's just his command inside the strike zone needs work, because of all the moving parts of his delivery, and I don't think he'll be really tested in that regard until he reaches the upper levels.