- Oh, boy! Aaron Boone mentioned the possibility that Aaron Judge may join Giancarlo Stanton with Triple-A Scranton WB this weekend, which would be in Durham. They’re gonna crush at the Bull in left field!
- In even more uplifting news, RHP Danny Farquhar will join Scranton as well and should get the chance to pitch in official professional games for the first time since his aneurysm last April.
- There are changes coming to the Futures Game. It’s going into primetime on Sunday and will be seven innings of American vs. National League instead of USA vs. the World.
- With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exceeding rookie limits, Fernando Tatis Jr. is now the top prospect, according to Baseball America (subs req.). Deivi Garcia moves up to No. 93.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: (4-1 win at Norfolk) … 5.5 game lead in the division.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Drew Hutchison: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 55 of his 91 pitches (60%) were strikes … Three straight quality starts … Is he a potential *gulp* candidate to take the bulk innings Saturday?
- In Relief: RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K — 7 K, 0 BB and just one hit over his last four innings.
- Hitting Star: 3B Breyvic Valera: 4-for-5, 1 R — He’s batting .429 with a 1.252 OPS in 92 ABs. I know there’s the MLB ball in Triple-A, but this is bonkers.
- On Deck: C Kyle Higashioka: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI — Ninth dinger for the Yankees’ backup catcher.
- Other Notables: LF Mike Tauchman went 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks … SS Tyler Wade went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and strikeout … 1B Logan Morrison and DH Mike Ford each went 0-for-4.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: (7-6 walk-off loss at Binghamton) … The Thunder sit 0.5 games back of Hartford despite leading in the loss column.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi Garcia: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 58 of his 103 pitches (56%) were strikes … All four runs came with two outs in the sixth inning.
- In Relief: RHP Daniel Alvarez: 1/2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K — Loaded the bases and gave up a walk-off single in the ninth.
- Hitting Star: 1B Chris Gittens: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K — 11th homer gave Trenton a lead in the sixth.
- On Deck: DH Mandy Alvarez: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS — Had a go-ahead single in the seventh, game-tying single in the ninth.
- Other Notables: 2B Hoy Jun Park went 1-for-5 with a K … SS Kyle Holder went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
High-A Tampa Tarpons Game 1: (6-1 loss to Fort Myers F/7)
- Starting Pitcher: LHP J.P Sears: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 6/3 GB/FB — 57 of his 80 pitches (71%) were strikes … 4.32 ERA this season.
- In Relief: RHP Kyle Zurak: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
- Hitting Star: DH Giancarlo Stanton: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 HBP — He’s baaaaaaaack…
- On Deck: 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 3-for-4
- Other Notables: CF Estevan Florial went 0-for-4 with 3 K, his first poor line this year … 1B Dermis Garcia went 0-for-2 with a walks.
High-A Tampa Tarpons Game 2: (7-2 loss to Fort Myers F/7) … Makeup of May 10th rainout.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 61 of his 89 pitches (69%) were strikes.
- In Relief: LHP James Reeves: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- Hitting Star: 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2-for-4 — 9-for-20 in his last five games.
- On Deck: LF Tyler Hill: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K
- Other Notables: DH Estevan Florial went 0-for-4 again. The day brought his average from .333 to .250 … 1B Dermis Garcia went 0-for-2 with a walks.
Single-A Charleston RiverDogs: (3-2 win over Rome) … Leads division now by 1.0 games on Augusta, 1.5 on Lexington.
- Starting Pitcher: RHP Alexander Vizcaino: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 8/3 GB/FB — 47 of his 70 pitches (67%) were strikes … 43 K and a 2.70 ERA over his last 36 2/3 innings.
- In Relief: RHP Daniel Bies: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- Hitting Star: 1B Mickey Gasper: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — Fifth homer provided all the scoring for Charleston
- On Deck: DH Anthony Siegler: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
- Other Notables: LF Canaan Smith went 0-for-4 … CF Brandon Lockridge went 1-for-4 with a K.
The Short-Season Staten Island Yankees open their season in Brooklyn on Friday.
The Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees begin play a week from today.
The Gulf Coast League Yankees East team opens up on Monday, June 24 while the GCL Yankees West play on Tuesday, June 25.