DoTF: Winless week for Tampa as Dominguez struggles

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dropped four of six on the road against Buffalo. SWB is 7-10 on the season, 3.5 games back in the International League East division.

  • A tad better: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Could have been a lot worse, in fact. Loaded the bases with no one out in the first, but escaped without allowing a run. Second and third innings were also a struggle, but he did pitch a 1-2-3 frame in the fourth. Progress after two rough starts, I guess?
  • Going Down-Gil: RHP Luis Gil: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K — Like Deivi, he also escaped a bases full nobody out jam without allowing a run in the first. Had a 1-2-3 second inning before losing it in the third frame. Control’s been a mess for Gil, who has 9 walks and 2 wild pitches in 8 innings in 3 starts.
  • Krookie Monster: LHP Matt Krook: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K — Set down 6 of the first 7 hitters he faced, including 4 strikeouts. Fell apart in the fifth inning, when he issued 3 of his 6 free passes.
  • Back to the minors: LHP JP Sears: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K — Started Saturday, his first game in the minors this season since he made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster.
  • Hay Now: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K — Retired seven in a row before running into trouble in the fifth, when he walked and hit the first two batters. Reliever Zach Greene inherited those two runners and allowed them to score. These were the first two earned runs Wesneski has allowed this year, raising his ERA to 1.38 in 13 innings.
  • Killer B: LHP Manny Bañuelos: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 31 year old has continued where he left off in spring training…Just 10 baserunners in 12.2 IP, including 12 strikeouts for SWB.
  • Yikes: SS Oswald Peraza: 0-14, BB, 4 K — That’ll put a dent in the season stat line…Hitting .152/.220/.261 (32 wRC+) with a 4% walk rate and 20% strikeout rate in 50 PA.
  • Prospect watch: IF Oswaldo Cabrera: 4-for-19, 2 R, 3 2B, BB, 5 K — Still searching for his power stroke…Cabrera hit 29 homers between Somerset (24) and SWB (5) last year, but none yet in 2022. Has a 65 wRC+ in 55 PA so far this season.
  • Miggy Missiles: LF Miguel Andújar  10-for-23, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, SB — Well then…Would he be a better option than Tim Locastro for the major league bench? Miggy is up to .347/.396/.551 (156 wRC+) in 53 PA.
  • Uh oh, Flo: CF Estevan Florial: 2-for-20, R, 2 H, BB, 8 K, SB, CS — I just don’t think the bat-to-ball skills are ever going to come around, unfortunately. 32.1% K-rate in 56 PA after a 30.9% rate in Triple-A last year.
  • Leftovers: 1B Greg Bird hit his second homer of the year…LF Matt Pita launched two homers…IF Jose Peraza hit one of his own…RHP Zach Greene fanned 6 batters in 3.1 IP of relief, though he did give up two inherited runs as previously mentioned.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Somerset went 2-4 against the YardGoats in Hartford last week. The Patriots are 9-6 and hold the best run differential in the Eastern League (+21).

  • Prospect watch: RHP Luis Medina: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K — Hasn’t completed three innings in any start yet, but he is getting ramped back up slowly. He threw 58 pitches.
  • Waldi Chucks: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 6 K — First two homers Waldichuk has allowed this season (14.1 IP)…He did have a 1.47 HR/9 in Double-A last year after not allowing a single dinger in 30.2 IP for Hudson Valley last season.
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5K — 2019 10th rounder only needed 66 pitches to complete five frames.
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 HR, 1 BB, 3 K — That’s a lot of dingers for an outing.
  • Starting pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 2 GS, 9.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K — The 24 year-old righty has always put up pretty good peripherals, though it doesn’t seem like he’s much of a prospect given the lack of attention by various publications.
  • Future Shortstop: SS Anthony Volpe: 3-for-17, 5 R, HR, RBI, 7 BB, 7 K, 5 SB, 0 CS — That’s his second homer of the season (video above)…Strikeouts are higher than one would like (29.5%), but he is walking a good deal (14.8%) and now has 6 stolen bags after a big week on the basepaths. Some notes on Volpe at Baseball Prospectus this morning, by the way.
  • Monster week: OF Blake Perkins: 9-for-19, 8 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, 1 CS — He was Washington’s 2nd round pick back in 2015, and was most recently with the Royals’ organization before joining the Yankees this year. 25 year-old raised his wRC+ from 136 to 245 in a week.
  • Breaux No: C Josh Breaux: 4-for-23, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 5 K — The good: that’s five homers in 59 plate appearances (.309 ISO). The bad: he’s still a bit one dimensional with low walk totals and too many strikeouts. If he can figure out the defensive side of things, there’s still hope for the 2018 second round draftee.
  • Leftovers: 3B Andres Chaparro picked up 2 singles and struck out 9 times…2B Derek Dietrich is back in the org, and he picked up a couple of doubles and a homer this week…CF Brandon Lockridge had a quiet week, with 4 hits (1 double) and 7 punchouts…RHP Nick Ernst struck out 7 of 12 batters faced in relief

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Hudson Valley took four of six from Brooklyn at home. The Renegades are 8-7.

  • Barclay Wows: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K — 15th round pick in 2019 struck out 7 in 3 innings on the 19th and 6 in 4 innings on the 23rd. In case you’re wondering, FanGraphs pegged him as a likely low leverage reliever down the road with a great changeup.
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Blas Castano: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K — Former second round pick is off to a nice start with 17 strikeouts and 4 walks in 10.2 IP.
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Will Warren: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 9 K — Third pro start, and his best yet. Now has 19 Ks in 13 frames.
  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Blane Abeyta: 2 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 HBP, 3 BB, 10 K
  • First round watch: C Austin Wells: 7-for-14, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 BB, 3 K, 4 SB — Still searching for his first homer of the year, and oddly isn’t hitting much power at all (.089 ISO). Yet, the 135 wRC+ is good to see. The power will come.
  • Prospect watch: OF Everson Pereira: 3-for-20, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 3 SB — Tough week, but things have been pretty good so far for Pereira, who’s hitting .302/.403/.415 (129 wRC+) in 62 PA.
  • Leftovers: 2B Cooper Bowman reached base in 9 of 22 PA and swiped 4 bags…IF Eduardo Torrealba went 6-for-12 with a double and triple…OF Aldenis Sanchez reached base 7 times, stole base, and somehow managed not to score a run…RHP Tanner Myatt tossed 5 no hit innings in relief, walking 2 and fanning 9…RHP Carson Coleman recorded 2 saves and struck out 8 of 13 batters faced

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Brutal week for the Tarpons, who were swept across six games at the hands of Clearwater. The worst of it was Saturday, when the offense struck out 22 times. 22! Tampa is now 6-9.

  • Carela: RHP Juan Carela: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K — Went breaking ball heavy, offering his slider and curveball 55 percent of the time. Tallied 10 whiffs on 17 swings against those pitches.
  • RHP Yon Castro: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — Four-seamer was pretty overpowering in spite of averaging just 92.6 MPH…Tallied 7 whiffs against 16 swings and a 45% CSW.
  • RHP Richard Fitts: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HBP, 7 K — Team’s sixth rounder from last summer’s second professional outing. Averaged 92.4 MPH on his four seamer, but found success at the top of the zone likely due to good spin on the pitch.
  • RHP Josue Panacual: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K — Took care of business thanks to plenty of soft contact (85 MPH average exit velo)…8 of 15 balls in play were grounders
  • RHP Tyrone Yulie: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HBP, 4 BB, 2 K — Touched 99, but his fastball seems to lack other dominant characteristics (low spin rate, for instance). That said, induced a ton of soft contact (83 MPH average exit velo) on 13 balls in play.
  • RHP Chandler Champlain: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K — Spun a 3,223 RPM slider in this one, sheesh. Last year’s ninth rounder stands 6-foot-5 with big stuff by the numbers, so he’s an intriguing arm to watch.
  • The Martian: OF Jasson Dominguez: 4-for-22, R, HR, RBI, 0 BB, 13 K, CS – Yikes. The home run appears to be an inside the parker popped down the left field line (308 feet, 38 degree launch angle, 91.5 MPH exit velo), but I can’t find any video. The strikeouts are incredibly alarming. He has a 38 percent K-rate and just a 2 percent walk rate, meanwhile he’s hitting 58 percent of batted balls on the ground.
  • Prospect Watch: SS Alexander Vargas: 2-for-17, 2 R, 2B, BB, 3 K, SB — Slow start (.184/.241/.306, 59 wRC+), but it is his first taste of full season ball. Give it time.
  • Prospect Watch: C Antonio Gomez: 4-for-15, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 5 K — Dating back to last year, Gomez has 125 PA at this level and has hit .185/.296/.287 (71 wRC+) with a 28.8% K-rate.
  • Leftovers: It was a rough week offensively all around for the Tarpons…Another than Gomez, every regular had a batting average below .200 and an OPS below .500

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3 Comments

  1. DZB

    One thing that mitigates some of the issues I see with performance in the minors is that many of the players in question are still quite young for their level (I often feel like the NYY push players up a level quite aggressively). In AAA, Deivi is the third youngest pitcher in the league (out of 99 players with a min 10 IP) while Peraza is the 5th youngest position player (out of 290 with min 10 PA). Several other guys in AAA are also quite young for the level (Wesneski and Cabrera in particular). Elsewhere, Volpe is the 9th youngest position player in his league (out of 152) and Dominguez is the 9th youngest in his league (out of 138). Dominguez is also the 31st youngest position player in affiliated baseball (out of 1619 players).

  2. MikeD

    Meh early going for the farm, but it’s early. Are they using the dead ball in upper minors?

  3. John Helmuth III

    Boy, it sure seems like the entire farm system has been struggling in 2022. So many of our top guys are really stinking up the place.

    Not sure whether this is concerning or a small sample size… but I think I’m leaning towards concerning. The struggles of Gil and especially Garcia are alarming.

    I just feel bad for Hal, who needs these guys to step up so he doesn’t have to spend money.

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