- Fangraphs updated their big board of prospects and Deivi Garcia is up to No. 64 among their top 124 prospects. Estevan Florial is No. 2 in the Yankees’ system at No. 99. Former Yankees Nick Solak and Justus Sheffield rank No. 96 and 122, respectively. Here’s Fangraphs’ board for the Yankees’ entire system.
- Fitting because he homered twice today, but Canaan Smith was named the Yankees’ Midseason Player of the Year on the farm by Baseball America (subs req.) BA highlighted patient approach and (now) 31 walks.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: (4-3 loss at Norfolk)
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 8/2 GB/FB — 66 of his 93 pitches (71%) were strikes … Three-run homer by former Yankee Jace Peterson did him in.
- In Relief: RHP Kaleb Ort: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — First time allowing runs in consecutive outings this season.
- Hitting Star: 3B Thairo Estrada: 2-for-5, 1 RBI — Estrada, Breyvic Valera and Tyler Wade seem to be shuffling between 2B, SS and 3B.
- On Deck: DH Mike Ford: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB — Was robbed of an RBI as Valera was thrown out at the plate in the seventh.
- Other Notables: SS Breyvic Valera went 2-for-5, taking his batting average DOWN to .416 … 1B Logan Morrison went 0-for-3 wtih a BB … C Kyle Higashioka went 1-for-3 with a BB and a run.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: (4-1 win at Binghamton F/7) … Rain shortened finish after seven … Hartford’s loss extended Trenton’s division lead with the first half ending Tuesday.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Nick Nelson: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 54 of his 89 pitches (61%) were strikes … He’s having a strong season five starts in.
- In Relief: RHP Brady Lail: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — Back from Triple-A.
- Hitting Star: DH Chris Gittens: 2-for-2, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB — Average up to .301 after hitting just .197 in Trenton in 2018.
- On Deck: 1B Brandon Wagner: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R — Fifth homer after 21 last season.
- Other Notables: C Kellin Deglan hit a two-run homer … SS Kyle Holder tripled … CF Rashad Crawford had an RBI single while Hoy Jun Park walked and stole a base.
High-A Tampa Tarpons was rained out. The game won’t be made up as this is the final day of the first half. The Florida State League All-Star Game is on Saturday while Dermis Garcia will take part in the FSL Home Run Derby.
Single-A Charleston RiverDogs: (10-0 win over Greenville)
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 9/2 GB/FB — 45 of his 80 pitches (56%) were strikes … The six innings were a season-high … Obviously his best outing of the year, but this brought his ERA to 7.43.
- In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K — Three-inning save in a 10-run game is extremely my jam.
- Hitting Star: LF Canaan Smith: 3-for-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB — Now has seven homers this season.
- On Deck: 2B Kyle Gray: 2-for-3, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 R — His three-run triple in the seventh broke the game open.
- Other Notables: C Anthony Siegler went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a walk … CF Omar Carrizales went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run … SS Eduardo Torrealba was 2-for-2 with an RBI, a double and a walk … 1B Mickey Gasper went 1-for-4.
The Short-Season Staten Island Yankees open their season in Brooklyn on Friday.
The Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees begin play on Tuesday in Johnson City.
The Gulf Coast League Yankees East team opens up on Monday, June 24 while the GCL Yankees West play on Tuesday, June 25.