Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5/18 Minor League Recap: Mateo homers during Tampa's near perfect game

Triple-A Scranton
4-2 win at Louisville

CF. Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2B
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-3, SF
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-3, HBP
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-4, K
LF. Jake Cave: 2-3, 2B

SP. Brady Lail: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 7-4 GO-FO, 87 p, 52 s

2-0 win at Louisville

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-4, 3 K
DH. Aaron Judge: 0-3, K
LF. Jake Cave: 0-3

RP. Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 36 p, 21 s

Double-A Trenton
2-0 win over Richmond

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-4
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 K
DH. Tyler Austin: 0-4, K

SP. Cale Coshow: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 10-7 GO-FO, 89 p, 60 s

High-A Tampa
1-0 loss to Jupiter

2B. Jorge Mateo: 0-3
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-3, K
PR. Abiatal Avelino: 0-0, SB

SP. Ian Clarkin: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 3 K, pickoff, pickoff error 8-6 GO-FO, 91 p, 62 s

3-1 win over Jupiter

DH. Jorge Mateo: 1-3, HR, 2 K
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 2-3, SB
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-3

SP. James Reeves: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 51 p, 37 s
RP. Travis Hissong: 3 IP, H, 1 R/ER, 2 K, HR, 1-6 GO-FO, 35 p, 23 s

  • After escaping the first game of the double header with only two hits, with the first coming in the sixth inning of the seven-inning game, the Tampa pitching staff came close to pulling off a perfect game themselves in the second game of the double header. Reeves made his first career start in this game and dazzled. A scout at the game had him sitting at 89-90 mph with the fastball, to go with a delivery that makes it tough for opposing batters to pick up the ball coming out his and. As for the perfect game, Juiper broke that up, the no-hitter, and the shutout on one swing in the seventh, just two outs away from a perfect game, on a Justin Bohn homer off Hissong. Alas.
  • As for pitchers who have the potential of throwing a perfect game, especially at this level, James Kaprielian will start his throwing program in "a week or more" before returning to the mound in 4-6 weeks, said Hal Steinbrenner, of all people. We're a little over three weeks already since he was placed on the DL, so either the Yankees undersold the severity of the injury or they're being extra cautious here. At this point if all goes well I suppose Kaprielian could return some time in July, hopefully get to Trenton before season's end, and possibly get some innings in at the Arizona Fall League.
Low-A Charleston

3B. Thairo Estrada: 3-5, 2B
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 2-4, 2B, BB, K
DH. Angel Aguilar: 1-4, K
SS. Kyle Holder: 2-4, 2B
LF. Leonardo Molina: 2-3, HR, SF

  • First homer as a RiverDog for Molina and he crushed it over the Green Monster at Fluor Field. His other hit was a long single that he hit high off the Monster later on, and that too was nearly a home run. Molina has always had loud tools and it was about those tools translating into games, and that could be happening before he even turns 19.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5/17 Minor League Recap: Montgomery tosses six scoreless innings

Triple-A Scranton
Rained out

Double-A Trenton
3-2 walkoff win in the 11th over Richmond 

SS. Tyler Wade: 0-4, BB, 2 K, SB
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, BB
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
DH. Jared Mitchell: 2-5, 2B, walkoff HR, 2 K

SP. Jordan Montgomery: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-3 GO-FO, 98 p, 63 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 4 K, HR, 1-0 GO-FO, 50 p, 39 s

High-A Tampa
Rained out

Low-A Charleston
4-2 loss at Greenville 

2B. Thairo Estrada: 2-4, caught stealing
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 0-4, throwing error
3B. Angel Aguilar: 1-3, 2B, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-2, BB, K, CS
CF. Jeff Hendrix: 0-2, BB, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3, K

Monday, May 16, 2016

5/16 Minor League Recap: Mateo triples in first game at second base

Triple-A Scranton
4-1 loss at Louisville

RF. Ben Gamel: 0-4, K
CF. Aaron Judge: 0-3, 2 K, HBP
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 2B, K
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-3
LF. Jake Cave: 0-3, K

RP. Diego Moreno: 1 IP, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 12 p, 8 s

High-A Tampa
3-1 win over Jupiter

2B. Jorge Mateo: 1-4, 2B, K
DH. Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, HBP, PO
RF. Austin Aune: 1-3, K

SP. Vicente Campos: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 7 K, 7-7 GO-FO, 80 p, 58 s
RP. Jordan Foley: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 8-0 GO-FO, 34 p, 25 s

  • First game for Mateo at second base in his professional career. A few days ago Brian Cashman said Mateo would start seeing time at the keystone and today was the first day for that. When Mateo does get promoted to Trenton, he and Tyler Wade will split time at short and second base. In this game, Mateo tripled and made some nice plays in the field as well. I had Mateo clocked at 10.3 seconds from home to third on the triple. That is: fast. 

Low-A Charleston
3-1 win at Greenville

CF; Jeff Hendrix: 0-5, K, SB
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 2-5, 3B
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
2B. Kyle Holder: 1-3, BB
3B. Angel Aguilar: 2-4, HR, K
LF. Leonardo Molina: 1-4, 2B, 2 K

  • Fifth homer of the season for Aguilar, who absolutely demolished an up and in fastball over Greenville's version of the Green Monster in left field. On the season Aguilar is now hitting .242/.287/.442. Obviously he is not getting on base enough, but that .200 ISO stands out (If I did my math right, which I don't always do). Aguilar is repeating Charleston, and at some point Mateo will get promoted, thus opening an infield spot in Tampa. If Aguilar can keep piling up extra base hits, perhaps he could be moved up to Tampa when Mateo gets the call to Trenton. That way it'd give Park, Holder, and Thairo Estrada everyday reps on the infield, and it opens up the DH spot for an outfielder whenever Trey Amburgey returns.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

5/15 Minor League Recap: Refsnyder homers twice; Andujar hits go-ahead homer

Triple-A Scranton
7-1 win over Indianapolis

DH. Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2B, K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-3, BB, throwing error
C. Gary Sanchez: 0-4
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 HR
CF. Jake Cave: 1-4, 2B

SP. Dietrich Enns: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HBP, 7-3 GO-FO, 95 p, 61 s
RP. Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K, WP, 2-1 GO-FO, 36 p, 22 s
RP. Tyler Webb: 1 IP, K, 1-0 GO-FO, 17 p, 13 s

  • These are Refsnyder's first two homers of the season and the date is May 15. Last season Refsnyder hit his first two homers of the season in the same game on ... May 17. So close. As for these homers, and his overall day at the plate, Refsnyder's batting line is up to .284/.329/.400. His ISO jumped from .055 to .116, so I guess that's good, but overall Refsnyder just hasn't done enough to warrant a full-time spot on the big league roster now and possibly ever. With the current Yankee infield set, to go along with Ronald Torreyes, who may be a keeper as a utility player, plus with Tyler Wade and Jorge Mateo in Double-A/approaching Double-A, it is hard to find a spot for Refsnyder in this org other than an up-and-down utility player.
  • Nice first start for Enns in his Triple-A debut. He did come up following the injury to Luis Severino, thus resulting in all of the bullpen shuffling at the big league level, but it makes sense to keep him in SWB after he dominated in Trenton. A lefty who sits in the high 80's/low-90's with a good slider and a semblance of command is valuable and there could be a chance he makes his way to the Bronx as soon as later this summer. 

Double-A Trenton

SS. Tyler Wade: 1-4, BB, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 2B, K, SB
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-5, 2 K

SP. Matt Wotherspoon: 3 IP, 5 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 K, HR, 6-2 GO-FO, 66 p, 39 s

High-A Tampa

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

DH. Jorge Mateo: 1-4, K, SB
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-4, go-ahead HR in 8th

Low-A Charleston

3B. Thairo Estrada: 1-5, HR, 2 K
CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, BB, K, HBP, SB, PO/CS
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 0-4, BB
SS. Kyle Holder: 2-4
RF. Leonardo Molina: 1-4
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3, BB

Saturday, May 14, 2016

5/14 Minor League Recap: Estrada clubs two homers in RiverDogs' win

Triple-A Scranton
3-2 win over Indianapolis

CF. Ben Gamel: 0-3, BB, 2 K
RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2 K
LF. Jake Cave: 0-4, 2K
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-2, 2 K, SF

  • The slide for Swisher continues, as the veteran is hitting .163/.160/.204 with 16 strikeouts and no walks in the month of May. It was a fun story when he first signed, but this could be a sign of an old player who may be cooked for good.

Double-A Trenton
7-2 win over Reading

SS. Tyler Wade: 3-4, 2B
CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-4
DH. Tyler Austin: 3-4, 2B, K

High-A Tampa
5-2 loss to Clearwater

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

  • Could Mateo be back on the stolen base track? He has four steals, with no times being caught, in his last five games. 

Low-A Charleston 
5-1 win at Lexington

2B. Thairo Estrada: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, K
SS. Kyle Holder: 2-4, 2B, K, 2 SB
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-4, K
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-4, 2 K
CF. Leonardo Molina: 0-4, K, CS
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-4

RP. Simon De La Rosa: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2-4 GO-FO, 76 p, 41 s

  • Oddly enough Estrada's four home runs this season have come in two games. So obviously this means when he does hit another home run in a game he will then hit another later in the same game, because that's how this works, right?
  • Although this was not a good night, Leonardo Molina has put good at-bats together in the very early going. Ever since he was first signed during the 2013 IFA class, scouts have raved, and still raved even during his struggles, over his tools. Who knows what the plan for Molina is this season, considering he came up after the rash of injuries to the Charleston and Tampa outfields. He could be sent back down to extended spring whenever the outfields become healthy and then continue his season with one of the short-season teams. Nonetheless, hopefully Molina's tools can translate to on-field performance however long his stay in Charleston lasts.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5/12 Minor League Recap: Clarkin bounces back in a big way

Triple-A Scranton
6-4 win over Pawtucket

LF. Jake Cave: 3-5, 2B, HR, outfield assist at third
DH. Aaron Judge: 1-5, 2B, K
C. Gary Sanchez: 2-4, K, PB
RF. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, K, SB
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-4

SP. Brady Lail: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R/1 ER, BB, 3 K, 6-5 GO-FO, 98 p, 69 s
RP. Johnny Barbato: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 38 p, 20 s

  • Early on Cave is certainly picking up where he left off in Trenton. Returned from the Reds after being plucked in the Rule 5 draft, you would think Cave could muster up a better batting line than Billy Hamilton's .235/.286/.376, no?
  • Another hit for Refsnyder extends his on-base streak to an even 20 games, and there's a possibility it could be on hold. With the Yankees facing the White Sox' duo of tough left handed starters this weekend, Joe Girardi did hint that the team could call up a right-handed bat and Refsnyder is first in line for that. 
  • Update: Refsnyder is not first in line for a call up, because Gary Sanchez has been promoted to New York, so says Shane Hennigan. Congrats to Gary. 

Double-A Trenton
3-0 loss to Reading

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

SP. Cale Coshow: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K, HR, HBP, pickoff and throwing error 9-5 GO-FO, 104 p, 61 s

High-A Tampa
5-0 win at Lakeland

3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-4
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 0-3, BB, K, SB
RF. Austin Aune: 0-3, BB, K, outfield assist at home

SP. Ian Clarkin: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 3-4 GO-FO
  • Hell of an outing from Clarkin this afternoon, as he was able to bounce back from two straight stinkers leading up to this one. His 10 strikeouts were a career high, with his previous best being eight back in 2014 with the RiverDogs. In this outing, a scout in attendance had Clarkin sitting in the low-90's, and backed it up with his trademark curveball that showed sharp 1-7 break.

Low-A Charleston
Rained out

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5/11 Minor League Recap: Big games from Judge, Refsnyder; a strange day for Jordan Montgomery

Triple-A Scranton
2-1 loss vs Pawtucket

LF. Jake Cave: 1-4, 3B, K
CF. Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2B
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-4, K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 2B, fielding error
RF. Nick Swisher: 0-4, 2 K

RP. Matt Wotherspoon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, K, 2-1 GO-FO, 34 p, 22 s

  • Cave is up from Trenton due to (surprise, surprise!) Slade Heathcott landing on the DL, possibly having to do with a knee problem
  • You did not read that wrong, Judge played center field today. I did not watch any of today's SWB game but he apparently made a great diving catch to rob a Pawtucket batter of extra bases. For a man his size, he is very athletic in the outfield. On the offensive front, Judge has done a better job making contact of late. In his last 16 games he has just an 18% K% (to go along with 11% walks). Combined that with his ability to crush mistakes, he may in fact be figuring out Triple-A. 

Double-A Trenton
5-4 loss at Altoona

SS. Tyler Wade: 2-5, K, SB, fielding and throwing error
CF. Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 2B, 3B, K, throwing error
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-4

SP. Jordan Montgomery: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 7-2 GO-FO, 93 p, 57 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, 2 H, K, 1-0 GO-FO, 17 p, 10 s

  • On the surface it seems pretty odd how Montgomery could manage to throw 93 pitches while allowing only six base runners and last only four innings. The reason: five errors behind him. In theory Montgomery could have lasted 5.2 innings instead of just the four innings, but because he had to get five extra outs, his start was abbreviated. On the plus side, it is nice to see him continue to collect strikeouts, as his K/9 on the season now sits at 8.4.

High-A Tampa

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

SP. Vicente Campos: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K, HR, 4-4 GO-FO

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

5/10 Minor League Recap: Refsnyder, Park extend on-base streaks

Triple-A Scranton
5-0 loss to Pawtucket

RF. Aaron Judge: 0-5, K
3B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, K

RP. Conor Mullee: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 2-4 GO-FO, 42 p, 31 s
RP. James Pazos: 2 IP, 2 K, 3-1 GO-FO, 24 p, 18 s

  • Slow and steady, Refsnyder's stats have continued to climb towards respectability. With a single today, Refsnyder has increased his on-base streak to 18 games. He is now hitting .272/.323/.325. Although the power is basically non-existent, Refsnyder has always been about getting on base, and in the month of May he has done that at a .421 clip.

Double-A Trenton
5-1 loss at Altoona

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

SP. Dietrich Enns: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-7 GO-FO, 95 p, 66 s

High-A Tampa
4-3 walkoff win over Lakeland

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

  • This was Mateo's first multi-strikeout game since April 18 and he had struck out only nine times in the 18 games prior (11% K% overall).
  • Tampa was able to walkoff in the ninth when Jake Skole drove in Avelino, who hit a double earlier in the inning, for the victory.

Low-A Charleston
7-6 loss to Hickory

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

  • I didn't really notice this until the @MLBPipeline twitter account tweeted it out this afternoon, but Park has reached base safely in 23 straight games. In those 23 games Park is batting .287/.368/.457. At 20 years old, Park has seemed to adjust to full season ball pretty well.

Monday, May 9, 2016

5/9 Minor League Recap: Judge homers once again in SWB win; an update on Acevedo

Triple-A Scranton
6-0 win over Pawtucket

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

SP. Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 9 K, 6-2 GO-FO, 103 p, 69 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 4 K, 2-0 GO-FO, 21 p, 16 s
RP. Tyler Webb: 1 IP, H, 1-1 GO-FO, 13 p, 8 s

  • Another day, another home run for Judge, and it was another monster shot. He got a high fastball from Brian Johnson and absolutely demolished it to left center field. It almost reached that big blown up thing (I don't know what to call it) in left center which is a long, long ways away from home plate. At some point Judge will get called up this season and although he may get exploited against soft stuff he has shown he can demolish a mistake, something he did not take advantage of as much as he should have in his stay with SWB last summer.

Double-A Trenton

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

High-A Tampa

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

RP. Jordan Foley: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 5 K, 3-0 GO-FO, 41 p, 31 s
  • A quick update on James Kaprielian, if you can really call it that. According to a friend of his, @PeterDjSazon, the right-hander feels good but there is still no timetable for his return. Perhaps no news is good news I guess? It has been two weeks since Kaprielian has been placed on the DL so perhaps he could start throwing soon but that is total speculation on my part.

Low-A Charleston

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 2-4, 2B, BB, K
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, BB, SB, throwing error
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-5, 2 K, SB
DH. Kendall Coleman: 0-4, BB, 3 K
SS. Kyle Holder: 1-5, K
3B. Angel Aguilar: 1-4, K, fielding error 
LF. Leonardo Molina: 2-4
  • An update on Domingo Acevedo, who was placed on the DL yesterday. According to a good buddy of his, @PeterDjSazon, Acevedo pulled a hamstring while running between starts and he will be out for up to three weeks. Obviously this is a bump in the road and Acevedo has had trouble with injuries in the past (those were blisters), but thankfully this is not an arm injury and hopefully he'll be back on the mound soon.

When is it time to call up Gary Sanchez?

Today marks the 35th day of the baseball season for the Yankees and that is not insignificant. Gary Sanchez needed to be in the minors for 35 days to delay his free agency, so now Sanchez can hit free agency after the 2022 season. With the Yankees' season looking like a dumpster fire thus far, and with Sanchez raking once again in Triple-A, it is time to wonder when the team will call up their top catching prospect.

To date Sanchez is hitting .283/.336/.566 with five home runs in 107 PA. He has 28 total hits, with 17 of those going for extra bases. Eleven of those 17 extra base hits are doubles, which are the most in the International League. On defense Sanchez has thrown out eight of 15 attempted base stealers. Twice this weekend he threw out runners trying to advance on pitches in the dirt. Sanchez' two biggest strengths have always been the power in his bat and his power arm and both have been on full display this season.

At the big league level the Yankees have Austin Romine as the backup catcher behind Brian McCann. Romine won the competition for the backup catcher spot in spring after out-hitting Sanchez, although watching Sanchez during spring training it really felt like he ran into some bad luck more so than looking overmatched or anything. If called up I don't see Sanchez having too much trouble at the plate aside from just adjusting to Major League pitching for the first time.

Right now Romine is hitting .348/.375/.478 through just 25 PA for the Yankees. His line jumped considerably after going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Saturday, so obviously we are still in Small Sample Size territory with him. With that said, I don't see the Yankees cutting bait with Romine just yet. Although the season may end up being in the gutter, the front office still probably believes they're in the race and they want to keep as much of their depth as possible, but that could change within the next month.

The next 26 games for the Yankees looks like this: home vs Kansas City and Chicago White Sox, at Arizona and Oakland, home against Toronto, at Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Baltimore. It is not unreasonable to see the Yankees go 10-16 in that stretch to put their overall record at 21-34. If that happens, it'll become clear that 2016 is just not their year and they should sell at the deadline. With selling comes calling up top prospects like Sanchez to get their feet wet at the big league level.

If he's called up after this 26-game run, Sanchez could receive a backup catcher's share of at-bats (with some perhaps at DH as well) to start before getting more at-bats to scale back on McCann's workload with it being a lost season. The experience at the big league level, even during a year when it appears the big league team isn't going anywhere, would be vital for the young Sanchez. But first thing's first: when Sanchez gets called up could be determined on how the Yankees perform during this next month of play.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

5/8 Minor League Recap: Judge homers again for SWB

Triple-A Scranton
5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley

RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, HR, BB, outfield assist at 2B
C. Gary Sanchez: 1-5, K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-4, BB, 2 K
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-5, 2 K
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4

SP. Luis Cessa: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 6-5 GO-FO, 97 p, 58 s
RP. Matt Wotherspoon: 2.2 IP, H, 3 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 32 p, 20 s
RP. James Pazos: 0.2 IP, 2 K, 10 p, 7 s

  • Another home run for Judge, who now has six on the season and is tied for third in the International League with Tommy Joseph, who hit his sixth in this game as well. Judge's homer came on a letter-high fastball that he demolished to dead center. If Judge is going to continue to have trouble picking up spin on breaking balls he'll need to punish the mistakes like those to stay alive once he reaches the big league level.

Double-A Trenton

2B. Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2B, K
CF-LF. Jake Cave: 2-5, HR, 2B, 
1B. Tyler Austin: 1-5, K

SP. Ronald Herrera: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R/2 ER, BB, 7 K, 4-3 GO-FO, 101 p, 73 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 1-0 GO-FO, 25 p, 15 s

Low-A Charleston
7-2 loss against Hickory

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-4, K
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-4, throwing error
3B. Angel Aguilar: 1-4, 2B, throwing error
SS. Kyle Holder: 0-4
LF. Kendall Coleman: 2-4, 2B, K
RF. Leonardo Molina: 0-3

Saturday, May 7, 2016

5/7 Minor League Recap: Mateo and Sanchez go nuts at the plate

Triple-A Scranton
8-7 walkoff win over Lehigh Valley in 10 innings

RF. Aaron Judge: 0-5, 3 K, outfield assist at home
C. Gary Sanchez: 3-5, HR, 2 2B
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-1, K
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-5, 3 K
2B. Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2B, BB

SP. Brady Lail: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, K, HR, 5-2 GO-FO, 67 p, 42 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 44 p, 24 s

  • Monster game for Sanchez, who now sits at a .287/.343/.585 line on the season. He has 27 total hits so far with 17 of those going for extra bases. His 35-day wait to delay his free agency an extra year ends on Monday and he is clearly big league ready and an upgrade over Austin Romine. Now, will the Yankees pull the trigger and DFA Romine to open up a spot for Sanchez? My guess is they won't, at least for now. I feel they want to keep as much depth as possible with Romine, even if that means Sanchez having to stay down in Triple-A. So it goes. However, if the Yankees continue to play poor baseball as the season continues, I would have to think they would call up Sanchez and have him at least split catching duties with Brian McCann later in the year.
  • The reason Slade left today's game today after one at-bat was not because of injury but because he had an issue with his contact lenses. No, really
Double-A Trenton

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

SP. Cale Coshow: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 3-3 GO-FO, 99 p, 61 s 

High-A Tampa

SS. Jorge Mateo: 3-4, inside the park HR, 3B
CF. Carlos Vidal: 0-0
RF. Austin Aune: 0-3, K
3B. Miguel Andujar: 1-3, BB, fielding error 
DH. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, K, SB

SP. Chance Adams: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 8 K, 5-5 GO-FO, 85 p, 56 s
  • Like Sanchez, truly a monster game for Mateo. He now stands at a ridiculous .374/.429/.607 line and the eye-popping thing here is obviously the power surge. Mateo had a .114 isolated power in 2015 and his ISO through the first month-plus of this season sits more than double of last year's total at .233. Obviously there are fans who are calling for Mateo to get bumped up to Trenton and it's easy to see why based on how he's performed thus far. There has been speculation he could get promoted after the FSL All Star game, which is on June 18, but that simply may be too long of a wait. 
  • Really tough break for Vidal as he had to leave the game after injuring his arm on defense in the first inning. I assume he had to dive for a ball or something. According to @PeterDjSazon Vidal's arm is in a sling and he'll presumably miss a big chunk of time. The timing couldn't be worse for Vidal as he was just getting his feet wet in the full season leagues.

Low-A Charleston

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

SP. Simon De La Rosa: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K 

Friday, May 6, 2016

5/6 Minor League Recap: Montgomery fans 9 in Trenton victory

Triple-A Scranton
5-1 loss at Lehigh Valley

RF. Aaron Judge: 1-3, BB
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-4, K
LF. Nick Swisher: 1-4, K

RP. Tyler Webb: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 5 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 50 p, 33 s

Double-A Trenton
5-4 win over Harrisburg

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

SP. Jordan Montgomery: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 K, WP, 4-1 GO-FO, 97 p, 61 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 1.2 IP, H, 1 R/ER, BB, 2 K, HR, 1-0 GO-FO, 24 p, 13 s

  • Montgomery came into tonight's start with only 14 strikeouts recorded in 22 innings pitched, so tonight's 9 K's in five innings bumps up his K/9 from 5.7 to 7.7 K/9. 

High-A Tampa

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

SP. Ian Clarkin: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4-2 GO-FO, 42 p, 31 s
  • Another poor outing for Clarkin, his second in a row after posting a 2.35 ERA in his first four starts of the season. His ERA is now ballooned up to 4.71. Although the box score listed Clarkin threw 42 pitches, 31 for strikes, I have to figure Gameday crapped out somewhere along the way.

Low-A Charleston

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, HR, BB, SB, PO
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-3, BB, 2 K, SB, throwing error
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, HR
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-3, K, fielding and missed catch error 
DH. Kyle Holder: 1-3
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-3, K, SB, CS

Thursday, May 5, 2016

5/5 Minor League Recap: Sanchez, Judge go deep; Mateo picks up four hits

Triple-A Scranton
10-1 win at Lehigh Valley

LF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, HR, BB, 2 K
C. Gary Sanchez: 2-4, HR, BB, K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 1-5, K
DH. Nick Swisher: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
RF. Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, BB, K

RP. Matt Wotherspoon: 2 IP, BB, 2 K, 1-1 GO-FO, 29 p, 19 s

Double-A Trenton
6-1 loss at Akron

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

SP. Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 K, HR, 3-3 GO-FO, 99 p, 61 s

  • Easily the worst start of Enns' season, as he allowed his first, second, third, and fourth runs of the season in this outing. He also allowed five walks as well, putting him at 18 free passes in only 28.1 innings. Enns has gotten some love recently in prospect circles, but for me to totally buy in I would like to see that walk rate come down. 

High-A Tampa

DH. Jorge Mateo: 4-5, 3B, K, CS, PO/CS
CF. Mark Payton: 0-1, 2 BB
3B. Miguel Andujar: 0-5, K
SS. Abiatal Avelino: 2-4, 2B
RF. Austin Aune: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • Two more failed attempts at stolen bases for Mateo puts him at 8-for-16 on the season, but as I said the other night I am not worried one bit. Being able to read pitchers deliveries and knowing when to run is a process he'll need to learn and he has a lot of time to do so. Anyway, with today's 4-for-5 showing the 20-year-old Mateo is now second in the Florida State League in batting and slugging, while placing seventh in OBP. That's good, right? 

Low-A Charleston

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 2-5, 2 3B
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, HR, BB, K
SS. Kyle Holder: 0-3, BB, K
LF. Carlos Vidal: 1-4, K
3B. Angel Aguilar: 2-3, 2B, BB, K, SB

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5/4 Minor League Recap: Judge homers, Refsnyder's bat heats up

Triple-A Scranton
6-4 win at Buffalo

CF. Ben Gamel: 1-4, K
DH. Aaron Judge: 2-4, HR, BB
C. Gary Sanchez: 3-5, SB
LF. Slade Heathcott: 2-4
RF. Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, SB

SP. Kyle Haynes: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, 11-1 GO-FO, 92 p, 65 s
RP. Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, H, 1 R/ER, K, HR, 1-0 GO-FO, 15 p, 9 s
RP. Phil Coke: 2 IP, K, 3-1 GO-FO, 19 p, 12 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 1 IP, H, BB, 2 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 21 p, 14 s

  • Another multi-hit day for Rob Refsnyder, as he has raised his batting average from .196 on April 29 to .266 now. It is also his second game in right field, after he requested to the team he play out there to expand his versatility. With Alex Rodriguez on the DL I could see the Yankees calling up Refsnyder shortly to fill out the bench.

Double-A Trenton
Rained out

High-A Tampa
Rained out

Low-A Charleston

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

5/3 Minor League Recap: Extra base hits galore for Mateo, Sanchez, Andujar

Triple-A Scranton
5-2 win at Buffalo

CF. Ben Gamel: 0-5
C. Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 2B, HR, K, missed catch error
DH. Nick Swisher: 0-4, K
RF. Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, K

SP. Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 2 K, pickoff, 7-4 GO-FO, 85 p, 56 s
RP. Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, K, 2-0 GO-FO, 24 p, 14 s

  • This is the first game for Refsnyder in the outfield this season and the first since 2014 and I'm not really sure what to make of it. Brian Cashman did say he would have to make changes at the big league level if the team's struggles continue, but I don't know if those two things tie together. What it could mean is that they're starting to give up on the third base experiment, but then again, with Chase Headley continuing to struggle, wouldn't they want Refsnyder to keep playing third in the event of Headley losing at-bats if his cold bat continues to stay cold? Who knows.
  • Two more extra base hits for Sanchez tonight. On the season Sanchez has tallied 19 hits, 13 of which have gone for extra bases. His 35-day wait to delay his free agency an extra year is nearing its end and meanwhile Austin Romine is hitting .263/.300/.316 at the big league level.

Double-A Trenton
4-2 loss at Akron

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

SP. Ronald Herrera: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K, HR, 8-3 GO-FO, 100 p, 58 s
RP. Jonathan Holder: 1.1 IP, BB, 3 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 27 p, 17 s

  • Lost in the Herrera line is that he had a no-hitter going into the sixth and after Eric Stamets dribbled an infield single to end the no-hit bid, the wheels came off the bus for the right-hander shortly after. Despite the sixth inning implosion, Herrera's ERA still stands at a tidy 2.36 on the season.
  • Five batters faced for Holder, three K's. He has faced 35 batters since joining Trenton, and has K'd 18 of them, good for a Dellin Betances-like 51% K%. Despite being in Trenton for just this short time, it shouldn't be too long before he gets bumped up to Scranton at this rate.
  • Speaking of relievers who have a propensity to strike guys out, Matt Wotherspoon has been promoted to Scranton

High-A Tampa

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

SP. Brody Koerner: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K, WP, HBP 11-5 GO-FO, 84 p, 63 s
  • Big night for Mateo, who just keeps on rolling at this level. Shouldn't be long until he gets moved up to Trenton. If you do want to nitpick something, though, he already has been caught stealing six times to just eight successful attempts, which obviously isn't ideal. But I'm not too worried, he still has that 80-grade speed and it's only a matter of time before he learns the nuances of reading pitchers deliveries. On the season Mateo is hitting .330/.396/.521. Is that good? I think that's pretty good.
  • An even bigger night for Miguel Andujar as he clubs his eighth, ninth, and tenth extra base hits on the season. Tonight marks his 153rd game played at Tampa, and it appears he has shaken off his recent slump. Like Mateo, it shouldn't be long before he is up to Trenton.

Monday, May 2, 2016

5/2 Minor League Recap: Coleman goes yard twice for RiverDogs; an update on Torrens

Triple-A Scranton
5-3 loss at Buffalo

RF. Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2B, BB, K
CF. Slade Heathcott: 0-5, K
1B. Nick Swisher: 1-4, 2 K
DH. Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2B

SP. Luis Cessa: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 9-2 GO-FO, 81 p, 49 s

Double-A Trenton
2-1 loss at Akron

SS. Tyler Wade: 0-2, BB, sac-bunt
LF. Jake Cave: 0-4, K
CF. Dustin Fowler: 1-4, K
DH. Tyler Austin: 1-4, K

SP. Cale Coshow: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 9-4 GO-FO, 97 p, 49 s

High-A Tampa
6-2 loss vs Clearwater

SS. Jorge Mateo: 1-4, two fielding errors
CF. Mark Payton: 1-3, BB, K, CS, two outfield assists
3B. Miguel Andujar: 2-3, BB
2B. Abiatal Avelino: 1-4, 2B, K
RF. Austin Aune: 1-3, 2B, SF

Low-A Charleston
5-0 loss at Delmarva

3B. Thairo Estrada: 2-4, CS
2B. Hoy Jun Park: 1-3
RF. Jhalan Jackson: 0-3
SS. Kyle Holder: 0-3, K
LF. Kendall Coleman: 0-3
CF. Carlos Vidal: 0-3, K

SP. Domingo Acevedo: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R/3 ER, BB, 5 K, 4-5 GO-FO, 85 p, 61 s

7-2 win at Delmarva

CF. Jeff Hendrix: 1-3, BB, K
SS. Hoy Jun Park: 1-3, BB
2B. Thairo Estrada: 0-4, fielding error
LF. Kendall Coleman: 2-2, 2 HR, BB
DH. Kyle Holder: 1-3, K, PO/CS
3B. Angel Aguilar: 0-3
RF. Carlos Vidal: 1-3

RP. Simon De La Rosa: 2 IP, 4 K, 25 p, 18 s

  • Quick update on Luis Torrens, who has been out dealing with some shoulder soreness: he will begin playing catch tomorrow, according to a good friend of his. We last heard that if all goes well we could see Torrens later this month.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5/1 Minor League Recap: Josh Rogers tosses 7 strong innings in Tampa debut

Triple-A Scranton 
1-0 loss at Rochester

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

Double-A Trenton
Rained out

High-A Tampa
4-3 loss vs Brevard County

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

SP. Josh Rogers: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, BB, 9 K, WP, balk, 6-6 GO-FO, 98 p, 73 s

  • Why did Mateo get pulled from the game after three at-bats, you ask? Thankfully it's not the reason you may have worried about (injury). According to a good friend of Mateo's, the shortstop got pulled due to lack of hustle at some point during the game. 

Low-A Charleston
Rained out