News & Notes

  • RHP Glen Otto won the Double-A Northeast League Pitcher of the Week. He threw six shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. Otto was a non-roster invitee to spring training and cracked MLB Pipeline’s top-30 Yankees prospects list.
  • OF Zack Zehner was bumped up to Triple-A from Double-A. Seems like just some roster shuffling. Zehner is 28.
  • OF Jasson Dominguez faced Luis Severino in the rehabbing righty’s first live batting practice today (Marly Rivera).

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Scranton topped Lehigh Valley, 5-2 (box score). The RailRiders are now 6-2 on the season.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Nick Green: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K – 36 of 61 pitches were strikes (59%). Seems like a minor miracle that he didn’t allow more runs with all that traffic.
  • In relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%). Hasn’t allowed a run in three appearances/4.2 IP
  • In relief: RHP Addison Russ: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K – 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56%). Finally got into a game after yesterday’s roster snafu.
  • In relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 2 K – 10 of 18 pitches were strikes (56%).
  • In relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 12 of 14 pitches were strikes (86%). Picked up his second save.
  • Hitting star: C Robinson Chirinos: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Second homer of the season…will be able to opt out of minor league contract come June.
  • Hard hittin’: 1B Chris Gittens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Off to a .333/.548/.714 start
  • Leftovers: CF Ryan LaMarre stole a base and drove in two runs…2B Derek Dietrich struck out twice and walked twice, also made an error…3B Armando Alvarez doubled, scored twice….no other Railrider had a hit.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots improved to 6-3 with a 6-1 win over New Hampshire (box score). They did so in spite of going just 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Incredible.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K – 39 of 62 pitches were strikes (63%). Very good performance for a pitcher with a very good pitcher name.
  • In relief: LHP J.P. Sears: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K – 37 of 61 pitches were strikes (61%). Sears struck out 46.4 percent of hitters in the Mariners’ organization in 2017, but only 23.6 percent in the Yankees’ system. More of this would be nice.
  • In relief: RHP Ronald Marinaccio: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • Florial Watch: DH Estevan Florial: 1-5, 1B – didn’t strike out, which is always nice to see. Florial’s biggest drawback is his propensity to swing-and-misshas a 23 percent strikeout rate so far.
  • Hitting Star: CF Thomas Milone: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 SB – Was a solo homer, his third so far…his career high is four homers…hitting .385/.469/.846
  • Hitting Star: 3B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – Left unprotected from Rule 5 draft…the two doubles were his first extra base hits of the season…also made fielding error.
  • Leftovers: Diego Castillo (double) and Michael Beltre (triple) had extra base hits

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Hudson Valley fell to 4-5 after losing 9-5 to Aberdeen tonight (box score). Game was 3-3 through six innings, but the IronBirds put up five in the eighth to put this on away.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 43 of 67 pitches were strikes (64%). All runs came in first inning after Brito retired first two batters he faced.
  • In relief: RHP Zach Greene: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K – 28 of 47 pitches were strikes (60%)…the run he gave up was inherited by Tanner Myatt.
  • In relief: RHP Tanner Myatt: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K – 18 of 43 pitches were strikes (42%)…6-foot-7 righty has had control problems for his entire minor league career, now has 61 walks in 62 innings.
  • In relief: RHP Justin Wilson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – 21 of 40 pitches were strikes (53%)…No, not that Justin Wilson.
  • In relief: LHP Mat Minnick: 0.1 IP, 1 K, zeroes – 3 pitches, 3 strikes.
  • Hitting star: DH Oswald Peraza: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – Has two homers and nine steals – nine! – already. 20 year-old is off to a nice start: .270/.372/.486 in 9 games.
  • Prospect watch: SS Ezequiel Duran: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Typically plays second base, not short. This nice play was credited to Peraza, but it’s not clear by the video whether it was Duran or Peraza…I’m going by the box score.
  • Prospect watch: C Josh Breaux: 0-4, 2 K – Hitting .161/.278/.387 with 13 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances…rough start for the former second round pick in 2018.
  • Leftovers: Other than Breaux, everyone in the lineup had a hit…1B Steven Sensley had two, including a double…CF Brandon Lockridge was replaced defensively in the ninth inning, not sure why.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa lost 3-2 to Lakeland (box score). The Tarpons are 6-3.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 32 of 46 pitches were strikes (70%). Better than his first start, at least. Gave up 5 runs in 1.1 IP in his season debut.
  • In relief: RHP Connor Pellerin: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K – 18 of 44 pitches were strikes (41%). That must have been painful to watch.
  • In relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 23 of 40 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • In relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K – 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • Cooling off: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-2, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – one hit in last 12 at-bats…at least he walked three times today. Also made an error, his third. Still has a 1.559 OPS thanks to his ridiculous start.
  • First round watch: DH Austin Wells: 0-4, 1 K – one of many hitless Tarpons today
  • Leftovers: 3B Andres Chaparro and SS Max Burt combined for Tampa’s only three hits (Burt had two, including a double)…team struck out 13 times.
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