Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
SWB lost four of six games playing host to Lehigh Valley. The RailRiders are 9-14 and 4.5 games behind the pace in the International League East.
- Say Hay: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, HR — Went 12 up, 12 down to start the game before running into trouble in the fifth. Nick Maton took him deep. Only need 76 pitches to go six frames. Raises his ERA to 2.37 on the season in 19 innings.
- Still Struggling: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Labored through this one…saved his best inning for last though, throwing a 1-2-3 fourth. His strikeout total (11) has finally met his walk total (11) on the season (19 innings). That good spring training feels long ago.
- Going DownGil: RHP Luis Gil: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP — Yikes, threw 77 pitches in spite of a 13 pitch, 1-2-3 second inning. Control has never been Gil’s strong suit, but an 18.5 percent walk rate just won’t fly. He managed to pitch well at a ~15 percent mark last year, but perhaps he was a bit lucky. Stuff is obviously overpowering, but a relief role is in his future if he can’t find the zone often enough.
- Starting Pitcher: LHP JP Sears: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — Threw 45 pitches; not sure if the team is trying to stretch him out or if his day in the rotation is simply a bullpen day. Clarke Schmidt could take his spot with roster size in the majors decreasing.
- Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 4.1 ISP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K — Oof, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts? Not a lot of action behind him. Three of those walks came in the fifth, for what it’s worth, so maybe he was just left in too long. Threw 89 pitches.
- Original Killer B: LHP Manny Bañuelos: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — ManBan was very efficient, needing just 68 pitches to get this far.
- Prospect Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 6-for-19, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 3 SB — Nice rebound after reaching base just once in previous 17 plate appearances. His average as reached the Mendoza Line, but he still has just a 67 wRC+.
- Prospect Watch: IF Oswaldo Cabrera: 5-for-20, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K — Finally got his first homer of the year. Hopefully that gets him going. He had 29 last season. O-Cab has a .214/.286/.400 (81 wRC+) in just under 80 PA.
- Ebb and Flo: CF Estevan Florial: 7-for-18, 5 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 SB — He really knows how to tease everyone with awesome weeks like this from time to time, only to look awful for long stretches. 24 year old now has a .246/.342/.391 (97 wRC+) line, albeit with a K-rate north of 30%.
- Leftovers: 1B Greg Bird reached base 8 times; 6 via walk…IF Armando Alvarez and OF Phillip Evans homered…RHP Ron Marinaccio dominated in his return to the minors, striking out 5 in 2 frames yesterday.
Double-A Somerset Patriots
The Patriots grabbed five of six from Portland, including the last four in a row to close out the week. Somerset is 14-7 and owns the best record in the Eastern League, including a three game advantage in its division.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K — Started the fifth inning but walked the first batter and was pulled.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Sean Boyle: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K — Great rebound start after allowing seven runs in his start last week. Boyle was the team’s 25th round pick in 2018, and is from Long Island. Pretty impressive just to reach this level being that late of a draftee.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP — He’s thrown 51, 56, and 59 pitches, respectively, in his three starts. Not sure why the slow build up, but this was a nice outing nonetheless.
- Throwing Flames: RHP Luis Medina: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K — Needed just 57 pitches to dominate across five innings…First ten hitters didn’t reach base. Touched 102.
- Ready for a Move Up: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K — Triple-A when? 28 strikeouts and 6 walks in 18.2 innings this year…He’s up to 98 frames with Somerset dating back to last summer.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 7.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K — 24 year-old owns a 0.89 ERA in 4 starts (20.1 IP). He struggled a bit in Double-A last year (5.01 ERA in 8 starts).
- The Top Prospect: SS Anthony Volpe: 6-for-20, 4 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, SB, CS — Things are coming together after a slow start. He’s got a .203/.345/.406 (112 wRC+) line, but owns a 159 wRC+ mark since April 16th, including more walks than strikeouts.
- Power Binge: 3B Andres Chaparro: 5-for-18, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K — That’s now five homers on the year; he hit 15 in time with Tampa and Hudson Valley last season. He’s an extra base machine and owns a .261 ISO this season.
- Catcher Down: C Josh Breaux: 1-for-9, 4 K — Played in just two games…out with an undisclosed injury.
- (Not Exactly) Locked In: CF Brandon Lockridge: 4-for-21, 4 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 5 K, CS — His second homer of the year in 80 PA…he had 10 in 191 PA at this level last year.
- Leftovers: 2B Derek Dietrich and 3B Chad Bell hit two homers a piece…OF Blake Perkins cooled down (1-for-14, HR) after a torrid stretch the week before…RHP Steven Jennings, who the Yanks took in the minor league Rule 5 draft in December, fanned 8 in 5.2 relief innings…He’s got 19 strikeouts and 2 walks in 16.1 innings out the pen…former second round pick in 2017.
High-A Hudson Valley Renegades
Hudson Valley went 4-2 at home against Wilmington. They’re 12-9 and 3.5 games back of Aberdeen for first place in the South Atlantic League North.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP — Up to 23 strikeouts in 15 innings this season.
- Take Notice: RHP Will Warren: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP — Last year’s eighth rounder may not be long for this level…Up 2 22 strikeouts in 17 innings thus far and has a 2.65 ERA. His worst start was his first start, but since: 12.2 IP and 2 runs allowed.
- Starting Pitcher: LHP Edgar Barclay: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — Worked in the bullpen to start the season, last two outings in the rotation have been terrific (8.2 IP, 1 R, 11 K, 2 BB).
- Way To Go: RHP Beck Way: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, WP — 2020 4th rounder has 50 strikeouts in 30.2 innings at this level since last season…Definitely the highest upside arm at this level
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Blas Castano: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Blane Abeyta: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 5-for-16, 7 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 SB — Been waiting for Wells to explode like this offensively…These were his first three homers of the season…He’s up to a ridiculous .311/.434/.525 (160 wRC+) line, which shouldn’t be a total surprise for an advanced collegiate bat draftee at this level.
- First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 1-for-11, 3 R, HR, RBI, BB, 6 K — Eased back into things after returning from injured list
- Prospect Watch: OF Everson Pereira: 5-for-17, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, 6 K — The strikeouts are a bit worrisome (28.7%), but he’s made it work so far (.300/.388/.414, 123 wRC+).
- Leftovers: C Carlos Narvaez, 1B Eric Wagaman, OF Aaron Palensky, and 1B Tyler Hardman homered.
Single-A Tampa Tarpons
The Tarpons went 3-2 against Lakeland even though Friday and Saturday were rainouts. They played a doubleheader yesterday to make up one of the games, with the other to be played later in the month. Tampa is 9-11 and 3.5 games back of the top of the Florida State League West.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Yon Castro: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K — Good strikeout total, but also allowed just a 79.1 MPH average exit velo on 7 balls in play, including four south of 72 MPH.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Richard Fitts: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 14 balls in play, 83.6 MPH average exit velo for last year’s 6th rounder.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K — 20 year old has given up only 4 hits in 12.2 innings this season…Also has 19 strikeouts. He’s not a hard thrower (maxed out at 93.6 in this start, averaged 91.4 on his sinker), but he can really spin a slider (2755 RPM). He tallied 4 whiffs (against 14 swings) and 10 called strikes on the slider.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Chandler Champlain: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR — Kinda impressive that he didn’t get one whiff against his four-seamer (16 swings)…Of course, it didn’t matter as he allowed only a 75.4 MPH exit velo on 7 batted balls against the pitch.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Josue Panacual: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP — 75 of 80 pitches were either sinkers (41) or sliders (34)…He’s not typically a big strikeout pitcher, picking up 4 in his last two starts (8.1 IP)
- Power Surge: RF Anthony García: 8-for-13, 6 R, 2B, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K — Including a 115.5 MPH homer, sheesh.
- The Martian: CF Jasson Dominguez: 3-for-16, 3 R, RBI, BB, 4 K, 2 SB — Includes six grounders…It’s been a rough, rough go for him. He’s at .216/.237/.311 (60 wRC+) with a 34.2% strikeout rate…I can’t help but think the Yankees were too quick to move him out of the Complex League last year (just 7 games). Still just 19, but I’m struggling to find much encouraging with a strikeout rate that high and a ground ball rate north of 60%.
- Grabbing Time: C Anthony Seigler: 5-for-13, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K — Antonio Gomez has really struggled, maybe Seigler is wrestling away some catching opportunities. Seigler owns a .270/.449/.541 (192 wRC+) in 49 PA.
- Prospect Watch: SS Alexander Vargas: 2-for-20, 6 K — A .100/.100/.100 line for the week, oof.
- Leftovers: SS Benjamin Cowles and OF Madison Santos homered.