News & Notes
Deivi tired at end of season: NJ.com’s Brandon Kuty spoke with Larry Rothschild about Deivi Garcia and why the 20-year-old right-hander didn’t make it up to the Major Leagues this year. Rothschild thought he looked good but physically tired in Triple-A and that he needs a little more time in the Minors.
Deivi, Abreu make Eastern League Top 20: Baseball America has started its annual Top 20 by league. No Yankees placed on the Triple-A International League Top 20, but both Deivi Garcia and Albert Abreu made BA’s Double-A Eastern League Top 20 (subs req).
BA highlighted Garcia’s advanced feel and broke down his offspeed stuff: “Garcia’s curveball is a get-me-over pitch with big break, while his slider is a future wipeout pitch that is firm and misses bats. He also shows a changeup that flashes as a future average pitch.”
Meanwhile, they wrote about Abreu’s four-pitch mix and potential as either a back-end starter or reliever.
Baseball Prospectus on Brandon Wagner: BP has their notes from the Arizona Fall League and a recent one mentioned Wagner after seeing him in batting practice. The writer was impressed by his batting practice and the appearance of his swing.
Derek Craft joins AFL: The Yankees had one spot left for the AFL roster and they have sent right-hander Derek Craft. The 6-foot-8 Craft was a 16th-round pick in 2018 and split his time this year between Pulaski and Staten Island. The 23-year-old possesses swing and miss stuff (11.7 K per 9) and was a closer at UTSA.
Now to the actual results from the AFL, where the Yankees have six players right now on the Surprise Sagueros.
AFL’s Surprise Sagueros
- RHP Glenn Otto: 1 game/start: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K — Strong debut for Otto, who needs innings after missing much of the season. The 6-foot-3 righty is the only potential starter among the pitchers NYY sent to the AFL.
- RHP Daniel Bies: 2 games: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K — Bies is a high strikeout reliever at 6-foot-8 who excelled in Charleston but struggled in High-A.
- RHP Aaron McGarity: 3 games: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR — The 24-year-old was old for Charleston and Staten Island but the AFL gives the Yankees a chance to see him against better competition.
- C Donny Sands: 3 games: 3-for-12, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — He has two homers across 96 games in 2018-19, then homers in the AFL. Go figure!
- 1B Brandon Wagner: 4 games: 3-for-14: 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K — Hit a grand slam in recently. He struggled in Double-A in 2019.
- OF Josh Stowers: 5 games: 1-for-18, solo home run, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, 2 CS — Stowers homered in his first game and hasn’t gotten a hit since. The 2-for-4 on steals is disappointing early.