DoTF: Deivi and Waldichuk Shine Again as Farm Goes 3-1

News & Notes

  • As you already know, Ryan LaMarre is with the big boys in the Bronx now. He’s no longer in Scranton, where Estevan Florial took his place.
  • Another note: remember, there are no MiLB games tomorrow. DoTF will return on Tuesday as a new six-game series kicks off.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Scranton won again, defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-1 in Sunday’s series finale. They improve to 9-3 on the young season. It was a dominant day for both pitching staffs – Spencer Howard was pretty dominant – but the RailRiders struck out 15 IronPigs and walked just 3. That will get the job done.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Deivi Garcia: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 9 K – threw 60% strikes today…the curve was nice…the soon-to-be 22-year-old is finding a groove, walking just 2 batters while striking out 16 this week…command and control had been an issue thus far in 2021
  • In Relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – 63% of his pitches were strikestwo straight scoreless outings for Kriske, who was hit hard in his first two Triple-A appearanceshe earned the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nestor Cortes Jr.: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 – 66% of Nasty Nestor’s pitches were strikes…he’s yet to allow a run in Triple-A…he earned a save
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-4, 3 K – close followers of Florial’s career to date are likely not surprised by this line, but those clamoring for him in the Bronx should take note
  • Hard Hittin’ Chris Gittens: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – struck out twice, but also hammered his 4th HR of the season
  • Philosopher King: RF Socrates Brito: 1-4, 2 K
  • Leftovers: otherwise rough night offensively for the RailRiders…aside from the above, just Armando Alvarez had a hit, a single…the team struck out 13 times and left 5 men on base

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell to 7-5 with a 6-0 loss to the Fisher Cats. Somerset had traffic on the bases – 5 walks and 4 hits will do that – but they left all 9 on base. The team was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. That will not get the job done. The bullpen was fantastic, though

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – 62% of his pitches were strikes, a good reminder that not all strikes are equal…faced 20 men and only recorded 11 outsobviously tagged with the loss
  • In Relief: RHP Jefry Valdez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R – 65% of his pitches were strikes…Valdez has allowed 2 runs in 9.1 innings of work
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 K – a nice 69% of his pitches were strikes…dominant outing for the 25-year-old, who has 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings
  • In Relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 1 K – 73% of his pitches went for strikesRidings is yet to allow a run this year
  • Hitting Star: CF Thomas Milone: 1-4, 2 K – not much of a star, but slim pickings…he gets the honor because he’s hitting .324 on the year
  • Leftovers: everyone but Michael Beltre and Brandon Wagner reached base…Oswaldo Cabrera, Donny Sands, and Dermis Garcia all had hits, the other starters had a walk

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades kept it at .500 with a 10-4 victory over the IronBirds. They had 14 hits and 4 walks. There were some blown opportunities, with the team leaving 10 men on base. Decent day for the staff, who struck out 10 but still allowed 4 runs. Overall, though, it’ll do.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K – 63% of his pitches were strikes…yet another dominant performance for the 23-year-old 2019 draftee, who has struck out 17 men in his last 7.1 innings pitched…if he keeps that up, Yankee prospect watchers will soon be eyeing his every start
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K – 77% of his pitches were strikes…earned the win
  • In Relief: RHP Tanner Myatt: 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB – 57% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: Not That Justin Wilson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 50% of his pitches were strikes..rough outing, facing 7 and retiring 3
  • Hitting Star: DH Ezequiel Duran: 4-5, 2 2B – on base four times, got 4 hits and didn’t touch home or send someone there, brutal…good night at the dish brings him up to .292/.320/.396 on the season
  • 3-Run Part One: 3B James Nelson: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – tagged a 3-run HR
  • 3-Run Part Two: RF Frederick Cuevas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI – also tagged a 3-run HR
  • Leftovers: everyone but Josh Breaux (now hitting .156) and Isaiah Pasteur had a hit, but Pasteur reached base with a walk…Eric Wagaman and Oliver Dunn had 2 apiece

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons are 9-3 after dispatching the Flying Tigers 4-1 on Sunday. Weird win, as they scored 4 runs on just 2 hits…but they were well-timed. Both were run-scoring hits, and that’s what happens when you walk 8 times in a game. It’ll do.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ryan Anderson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 BB, 3 K – 59% of his pitches were strikes…first scoreless outing of the season for Anderson, who’d allowed 4 runs in 1.1 innings in both previous starts
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 B, 4 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Blane Abeyta: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K – 56% of his pitches were strikesearned his first win of the season
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 1.1 IP, zeros, 2 K – 75% of his pitches were strikes…earned his first save
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – since his outrageous start, Hauver is 2-17 but he does have 6 walks…despite that, he’s hitting .343/.510/.886
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – he’s hitting .234/.345/.404
  • Other Hit: 1B Andres Chaparro: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI – talk about a well-timed hit, eh?
  • Leftovers: everyone else really struggled, aside from the walks…brutal boxscore


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  1. DZB

    Deivi’s success at AAA and then struggles in MLB (or at least inconsistency) reminds me of Ian Kennedy when he would get called up, struggle a bit, and then re-find his form at AAA, where he would put up some big strikeout numbers. I hope Deivi can find some consistency at the MLB level, though it is currently hard to crack the rotation with five solid starters at the MLB level. (I would be tempted to send Taillon down for a stretch to work out his issues given he has an option remaining and won’t use it in the future, giving Deivi a chance before they see what they have in Severino).

  2. MikeD

    A bit surprised the Yankees pushed Florial up to AAA, but then again, they may simply want to see if there’s any chance he can handle more advanced pitching before they’re forced into a move.

    • Wire Fan

      I think a part of it was just being practical as opposed to development related. If there is an injury to Gardy or LaMarre they’ll need another CF’r and Florial is already on the 40 man. Pushng him to AAA will shorten the Covid protocols if something forces a call up.

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