DoTF: Volpe hits first Double-A homer

The Yankees did not have a very pleasant weekend, to put it mildly. Dropping two of three from the Orioles is inexcusable, and I don’t care that it’s April. The Bombers are off today before beginning a series against the Tigers in Detroit, so in the meantime, perhaps the latest Down on the Farm can raise spirits a little bit. Here’s what went down last week:

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Brutal week for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate: the RailRiders nearly lost all six games they played this week, but managed to take yesterday’s double header finale, 1-0.

  • Deivi down: RHP Deivi García: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 K — Welp, so much for that encouraging spring training. That’s two clunkers to open the regular season.
  • King of the Hill: RHP Luis Gil: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, HR, 5 BB, 3 K — Oof, that’s a rough one. Starts like this are why there’s some belief he will eventually land in a bullpen role.
  • On the Rise: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K — Faced the minimum through seven batters, but labored in the third and fourth innings before his outing ended.
  • Krookie Monster: LHP Matt Krook: 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 HBP, 3 BB, 12 K — Now has 19 Ks in 13.2 IP this season
  • ManBan Returns: 2 G, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 7 K — Continuing the strong work from Grapefruit League play.
  • Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 2-for-14, 2B, RBI, BB, 3 K — Has a .617 OPS to begin the year
  • Prospect watch: 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-for-15, R, BB, 7 K — 12 strikeouts in 34 plate appearances thus far, and has just 1 hit in his last 20 AB after raking in the first three games of the season
  • Cooling off: CF Estevan Florial: 3-for-15, R, 2 2B, BB, 7 K — This, unfortunately, is the Florial we’ve grown familiar with. To think some folks wanted him to play over Joey Gallo in the majors after last week…
  • Miggy Missiles: LF Miguel Andújar: 4-for-18, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 5 K — I still don’t understand why the Yankees are keeping him around…He deserves a fresh start elsewhere and doesn’t have a future in the Bronx
  • Bird watching: 1B Greg Bird: 0-for-11, 3 BB, 5 K — Hitless in last 15 at-bats.
  • Leftovers: 1B Ronald Guzman reached base in 10 of 19 plate appearances, including two homers and a double…CF Ender Inciarte tallied 4 singles and a walk in 14 PA…LF Evan Alexander pitched a scoreless inning in mop up duty…LHP Trevor Lane fanned six batters in two appearances, three innings total.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Nice week for the Patriots — they took four of six from Erie at home.

  • Where’s Waldi: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, HBP, 9 K — Hasn’t allowed a run in 10 innings and is up to 16 punchouts…Pitched fairly well with Somerset last year, so he could be up to Triple-A soonish.
  • Wild Vasquez: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K — More walks (6) than strikeouts (3) in the early going. Slow start but no reason to be concerned yet.
  • Building up: RHP Luis Medina: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K — They’re working Medina slowly into a full workload, hence the shorter outing.
  • Prospect Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 2-for-20, 3 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 8 K, SB — His first Double-A homer came yesterday and was a grand slam
  • Taking notice: 1B Andres Chaparro: 8-for-21, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K — He’s posted pretty big exit velocities and has had good numbers to boot. Nice start in Double-A after spending just 36 games at Hudson Valley last year (144 wRC+).
  • Behind the dish: C Josh Breaux: 3-for-19, 4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K — Homered in back-to-back games played (Friday and yesterday).
  • Heating up: CF Brandon Lockridge: 6-for-17, 5 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, SB, CS — Had a 154 wRC+ in Double-A across 191 plate appearances last year and is picking up right where he left off. Still striking out too much, though.
  • Leftovers: CF Jeisson Rosario picked up five hits and a homer…RF Elijah Dunham posted a .222/.333/.444 triple-slash last week, which just looks cool if nothing else (he homered and doubled, by the way)…RHP Jhony Brito tossed four scoreless innings and struck out six…RHP Barrett Loseke struck out 7 in 3 innings across two appearances

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades dropped four of six from Rome, including three straight losses over the weekend.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Beck Way: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, HR, BB, 9 K — That’s 16 strikeouts in 9.1 innings so far.
  • Starting pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 HBP, 3 BB, 4 K — 2017’s second rounder made 8 starts at this level last year and would have been exposed in the Rule 5 draft had it not been canceled.
  • Starting pitcher: RHP Will Warren: 4.2 IP, 4 H,1 R, 1 ER, 5 K — Last year’s 8th round pick
  • Prospect watch: CF Everson Pereira: 7-for-19, 7 R, 2B, HR, RBI, 4 BB, 8 K, SB, CS — Hitting .394/.500/.576 (187 wRC+) in 40 plate appearances so far…This after a 159 wRC+ in 127 trips to the plate for HV last summer.
  • Sweet swing: SS Trey Sweeney: 4-for-18, 2 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 7 K, SB, CS — I can’t stop watching the video below.
  • But can he catch: C Austin Wells: 4-for-20, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 9 K — Hitting .266/.370/.441 (120 wRC+) with a 31.6 percent strikeout rate in Hudson Valley since last year’s August promotion.
  • Monster week: 3B TJ Rumfield: 11-for-20, 3 R, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, SB, CS — Have yourself a week…He was Philly’s 21th round pick last summer before the Nick Nelson/Donny Sands trade brought him to the Yankees’ organization.
  • 2B Cooper Bowman: 6-for-16, 4 R, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K, 3 SB — Curious to see if last year’s fourth rounder is the next random-ish middle infield prospect to start raking.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa won four of six against Dunedin. This is my favorite level to follow because there’s so much more publicly available data on the prospects. It’ll be a bummer to see some of these guys get bumped up, even if that’s a good thing.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 3.2 IP, H, 3 R, 0 ER, HBP, BB, 8 K — Recorded a ridiculous 11 whiffs on 15 swings against his slider (73%)…spin on the pitch averaged north of 2700 RPM. He’s a sinker-slider pitcher, throwing the two nearly 90% of the time. Not a big velo guy, but the slider seems promising.
  • Starting pitcher: RHP Chandler Champlain: 4.0 IP, 2 H, R, ER, HR, BB, 3 K — Sat 94.4 MPH on his four-seamer…Threw that pitch and his slider 96 percent of the time, though intriguingly, the other 4 percent (2 curveballs) had 2718 and 3006 RPM.
  • Starting pitcher: RHP Tyrone Yulie: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, HR, 2 HBP, 2 BB, 5 K — Opponents whiffed on 9 of 16 swings (56%) against his slider, yet another example of an organizational strength. It’s not a high spin pitch like Carela’s, but it was working this week.
  • Prospect watch: SS Alexander Vargas: 7-for-20, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, SB, 3 CS — 96.9 MPH exit velo, 378 feet on the homer. Off to a .219/.278/.375 start, though this week was obviously pretty good.
  • The Martian: CF Jasson Dominguez: 6-for-23, 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, SB — Grounder count this week: 14…That’s not good. Exit velocities are great, but he’ll never tap into his raw power if he doesn’t start to lift the ball more often. At least he only struck out four times this week. In 37 PA, The Martian owns a .250/.270/.361 (73 wRC+) batting line thus far.
  • OF Ryder Green: 5-for-14, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 3 K, SB, CS — This is his second look at A-ball pitching. He hit .231/.316/.404 (97 wRC+) last year in Tampa across 177 PA.
  • C Antonio Gomez: 3-for-21, 2 R, RBI, BB, 9 K — Really rough start for Gomez in the early going. He’s struck out in 13 of 36 plate appearances and is hitting .125/.222/.188 (22 wRC+).
  • Leftovers: RF Anthony García hit a homer and walked 9 times…OF Madison Santos reached base in 9 of 20 plate appearances and stole 6 bags…C Anthony Seigler went hitless in 8 at-batsRHP Jack Neely tossed three hitless frames and struck out 8He’s six-foot-eight and averages 97 MPH per Statcast…RHP Carlos Gomez threw 38 curveballs in relief of Yulie on Friday, a whopping 81% of his pitches. Recorded a 57% whiff rate and averaged a hair under 2900 RPM.


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  1. HenryKrinkle

    Why wouldn’t you keep Andujar around? He’s probably first on the call-up list for the inevitable injury to 3b, corner OF, 1b, or DH. You don’t just let an asset go to give him a “fresh start” — he can help them win games this season.

  2. Miggy will indeed have a Bronx future — the bat speed is still there, could be a shining one — after we trade Hopeless Hapless Joey G.

    • Alex

      Gallo is legitimately the worst hitter I’ve ever seen, rivaling Chris Davis at the end of his Orioles career, so the bar is quite low for Florial to be better

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