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The Final 2019 DoTF: Glenn Otto stands out in Arizona Fall League

A lot to cover with the Arizona Fall League coming to a close.

News & Notes

  • Greg Bird is playing for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. The first baseman missed all but 10 games in 2019 and has played just 190 games of baseball, Minor Leagues and AFL included, since the end of 2015.
  • Some former Yankees MiLBers playing winter ball in the Dominican include Melky Mesa, Ryan McBroom, Abiatal Avelino and Jorge Mateo
  • Baseball America released its draft report card (subs req) for 2019. Anthony Volpe and Josh Smith were named NYY’s best pure hitters in the class while Volpe also earned “Best Defensive Player” honors. BA has 13th-round pick Nelson Alvarez, he of a 100 mph fastball, as a potential steal.
  • BA also had their top prospects for each Minor League this year. The Yankees were well represented in the lower minors with four players (including Volpe) in the Appy League, three players (including Smith and Ezequiel Duran) from the NY-Penn League and four players in the GCL.
  • Deivi Garcia, Albert Abreu and Clarke Schmidt made it in Double-A and High-A, while five RiverDogs earned their way onto the South Atlantic League list.

Surprise Sagueros … They went 17-12 before losing in the AFL Championship Game

RHP Glenn Otto: 6 starts, 24 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 13 BB, 26 K, 2 HR — Otto displayed his talent in his AFL stay, finishing seventh in strikeouts and 10th in ERA in the prospect-laden league. His 13 walks were tied for the league-high though. After missing plenty of time in 2019, this gives him a needed boost into next season.

RHP Daniel Bies: 10 G, 11.1 IP, 14 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 14 K — The strikeout and walk numbers are encouraging, just as they were when the 6-foot-8 righty floated between levels this season.

RHP: Aaron McGarity: 10 G, 11.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 15 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP — After pitching mostly in the low minors, this was impressive. McGarity could find himself a quick riser as another Yankee college reliever.

RHP: Derek Craft: 3 G, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR — Craft came to the AFL late and barely got a chance to pitch. The 2018 16th-round pick pitched for Pulaski and Staten Island this year.

C Donny Sands: 16 G/62 PA, 11-for-54, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 12 K — Sands batted.204/.306/.315 overall with both his ISO and walk rate going up from the regular season.

1B Brandon Wagner: 20 G/84 PA, 15-for-70, 4 2B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 27 K, 0-for-1 on SB — Wagner’s line from the AFL reads .214/.333/.357, which is much better than his .570 regular season OPS. The 2018 breakout player in the system took a step back in Trenton in 2019, so the 24-year-old New Jersey product got a chance to prove himself after a tough season.

OF Josh Stowers: 20 G/77 PA, 8-for-61, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 13 BB, 27 K, 4-for-7 on SB — Stowers clearly didn’t hit, either for power or average, yet he maintained his walk rate at 16.9 percent. The 2018 draft pick missed time at midseason, yet he still played in 105 games, so there’s a chance he was just tired from the long year as happens to plenty of AFL players.

DoTF: Deivi ‘tired’ in Triple-A; Arizona Fall League update

News & Notes

Deivi tired at end of season:’s Brandon Kuty spoke with Larry Rothschild about Deivi Garcia and why the 20-year-old right-hander didn’t make it up to the Major Leagues this year. Rothschild thought he looked good but physically tired in Triple-A and that he needs a little more time in the Minors.

Read the full interview here.

Deivi, Abreu make Eastern League Top 20: Baseball America has started its annual Top 20 by league. No Yankees placed on the Triple-A International League Top 20, but both Deivi Garcia and Albert Abreu made BA’s Double-A Eastern League Top 20 (subs req).

BA highlighted Garcia’s advanced feel and broke down his offspeed stuff: “Garcia’s curveball is a get-me-over pitch with big break, while his slider is a future wipeout pitch that is firm and misses bats. He also shows a changeup that flashes as a future average pitch.”

Meanwhile, they wrote about Abreu’s four-pitch mix and potential as either a back-end starter or reliever.

Baseball Prospectus on Brandon Wagner: BP has their notes from the Arizona Fall League and a recent one mentioned Wagner after seeing him in batting practice. The writer was impressed by his batting practice and the appearance of his swing.

Derek Craft joins AFL: The Yankees had one spot left for the AFL roster and they have sent right-hander Derek Craft. The 6-foot-8 Craft was a 16th-round pick in 2018 and split his time this year between Pulaski and Staten Island. The 23-year-old possesses swing and miss stuff (11.7 K per 9) and was a closer at UTSA.

Now to the actual results from the AFL, where the Yankees have six players right now on the Surprise Sagueros.

AFL’s Surprise Sagueros

  • RHP Glenn Otto: 1 game/start: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K — Strong debut for Otto, who needs innings after missing much of the season. The 6-foot-3 righty is the only potential starter among the pitchers NYY sent to the AFL.
  • RHP Daniel Bies: 2 games: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K — Bies is a high strikeout reliever at 6-foot-8 who excelled in Charleston but struggled in High-A.
  • RHP Aaron McGarity: 3 games: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR — The 24-year-old was old for Charleston and Staten Island but the AFL gives the Yankees a chance to see him against better competition.
  • C Donny Sands: 3 games: 3-for-12, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — He has two homers across 96 games in 2018-19, then homers in the AFL. Go figure!
  • 1B Brandon Wagner: 4 games: 3-for-14: 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K — Hit a grand slam in recently. He struggled in Double-A in 2019.
  • OF Josh Stowers: 5 games: 1-for-18, solo home run, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, 2 CS — Stowers homered in his first game and hasn’t gotten a hit since. The 2-for-4 on steals is disappointing early.

DoTF: The Trenton Thunder are your Eastern League champs

News & Notes

  • This is it for Down on the Farm for now, though I’ll do weekly updates on Arizona Fall League results for the Yankee farmhands there. I’ll also keep some track of winter league results. It’s been a pleasure, y’all!
  • Dellin Betances should be on his way to join the Yankees after this outing despite allowing a home run.

Double-A Trenton Thunder ELCS Game 4: (5-2 win at Bowie) … The Trenton Thunder are Eastern League champions for the fourth time in club history. That’s it for the Yankees’ Minor League season (outside of Arizona Fall League).

  • Starter: RHP Rony Garcia: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 52 of 82 (63%) pitches were strikes … The 21-year-old closes out a fine 2019 season in impressive fashion. Believe he will be Rule 5 eligible and the Yankees likely won’t have room for him.
  • Rehab: RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — Threw 16 pitches, 10 strikes … Gave up a solo homer and single with two outs before closing out the inning. He should be back in NYY soon.
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 1 IP, zeros
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1 IP, zeros, 1 K
  • In Relief: RHP Daniel Alvarez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB/K, 1 HR
  • Hitting Star: 1B Chris Gittens: 3-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB — What a way for the Eastern League MVP to close the series.
  • On Deck: C Kellin Deglan: 1-for-5, solo homer, 3 K — His homer started the scoring in the second inning.
  • On Deck: LF Ben Ruta: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
  • On Deck: DH Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
  • On Deck: SS Kyle Holder: 2-for-5, R, GIDP
  • Notables: RF Zack Zehner went 1-for-5 with a 2B and RBI … CF Rashad Crawford went 1-for-3 with a R, RBI, BB, K and SB.

DoTF: Park steals home, win for Trenton

News & Notes

  • RHP Rony Garcia will scheduled to start Game 4 of the ELCS while Dellin Betances will make his third rehab appearance during the game.

Double-A Trenton Thunder ELCS Game 3: (2-1 win at Bowie) … The Thunder lead the best-of-5 series, 2-1. Game 4 and 5 (if necessary) will be in Bowie … A win Friday and Trenton wins the ELCS.

  • Starter: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 4/0 GB/FB — 46 of 82 (57%) pitches were strikes … He’s been great in his brief time with Trenton … He’ll likely start there in 2020.
  • In Relief: LHP James Reeves: 0.1 IP, zeros, 1 K
  • In Relief: RHP Michael King: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K — Tossed 59 pitches in his piggyback start with Schmidt … Had been sent down from Scranton after the RailRiders’ season ended last week.
  • Hitting Star: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-for-3, R, SB, sac bunt — As you can see in the video above, he stole home, scoring the eventual winning run.
  • On Deck: 1B Chris Gittens: 2-for-4, solo homer, K
  • On Deck: DH Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-4, K
  • On Deck: SS Kyle Holder: 1-for-3, 2 K
  • Notables: RF Zack Zehner went 1-for-4.

DoTF: Luis Severino takes loss, next step in rehab start

News & Notes

  • Bowie and Trenton’s GMs have a friendly wager on the series. If Trenton wins, they get crab cakes from Bowie. If Trenton loses, they send over some delicious pork roll.
  • If you want more on Luis Severino’s start than you get below, I direct you to The Trentonian’s recap.

Double-A Trenton Thunder ELCS Game 2: (7-2 loss to Bowie) … The best-of-5 series is tied, 1-1. The last three games will be at Bowie with Clarke Schmidt starting Thursday.

  • Rehab Start: RHP Luis Severino: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/5 GB/FB — 47 of 64 (73%) pitches were strikes … Sat 96-97 and hit 98 … Struck out the side in the second inning and had eight swings and misses overall … Here’s his first strikeout … Two errors in the third inning hurt him … He’ll likely start in NY next week.
  • In Relief: RHP Miguel Yajure: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP — The three walks came back to bite him in his piggyback start.
  • In Relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.1 IP, zeros, 2 K
  • Hitting Star: C Kellin Deglan: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, fielding error
  • On Deck: LF Ben Ruta: 1-for-4, R, outfield assist
  • On Deck: RF Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-3, 2B, HBP, 2 K, fielding error
  • On Deck: SS Kyle Holder: 1-for-3, BB, K
  • Notables: DH Brandon Wagner went 1-for-2 with a K … 3B Angel Aguilar went 1-for-3 with an RBI and BB.

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