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DoTF: Homers galore for top prospects

News & Notes

  • Oswald Peraza has not been traded. He was scratched from Somerset’s lineup due to a personal family matter per Eli Fishman on Twitter
  • The Athletic’s Keith Law was in Somerset this weekend to watch the Patriots and he has notes on Hayden Wesneski, Oswald Peraza, and Dermis Garcia. It’s behind a paywall, so here’s the skinny: Wesneski has reliever risk, Peraza has strong hands and power, and Garcia remains as committed to three true outcomes as anyone.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders lost this one 7-4 to Rochester despite another home run from Hoy Park, his 2nd in 2 days. They are now 45-23 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 58% strikes…has 38 walks in just 53 innings. Really struggling this year.
  • No relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 54% strikes…nice to know he’s not getting it done in AAA either I guess
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 72% strikes…has a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 IP in AAA, wonder if he could get called back up sometime
  • In relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 43% strikes…effectively wild as they say
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes
  • Hoy Parks One: DH Hoy Park: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB – see video below of Park’s 2nd straight day with a homer
  • Multi-hit Watch: 3B Armando Alvarez: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: Andrew Velazquez had a triple…Socrates Brito, Frederick Cuevas, and Brandon Wagner had a single apiece to round out the offense.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Fresh off #MedinaWatch, Luis Medina threw nearly 6 shutout innings to lead Somerset to a nice and easy 7-0 win over Altoona. They are now 43-28 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes…a few too many walks, see video of K’s below
  • In Relief: RHP Michael Gomez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 85% strikes!
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 62% strikes
  • Offensive Star: 2B Jesus Bastidas: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Dermis Blastoff: DH Dermis Garcia: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 K
  • Multi-hit Watch: CF Brandon Lockridge and 3B Oswaldo Cabrera were both 2-5
  • Leftovers: Diego Castillo, Jason Lopez, and Max Burt each had one hit.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades singled and walked (12 on the day!) their way to a 10-8 win over Aberdeen pushing them to 47-25 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 63% strikes…got hit around but not walking anyone made the difference today, though he did hit 3 batters
  • In Relief: RHP Alexander Vizcaíno: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K – 68% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 67% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 1 K – 77% strikes to pick up his first save…yet to allow a run in 12 High-A innings
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R – has 15 home runs on the year now, more power than anyone expected
  • First Round Watch: C Anthony Seigler: 1-4, 2 BB – nice to see the walks
  • Multi-hit Watch: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB – .952 OPS in High-A, look for a promotion soon
  • Leftovers: RF Elijah Dunham had a double…CF Pablo Olivares had the other hit…somehow scored 10 runs despite going 3-18 with RISP thanks to those 12 walks.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

After a close win yesterday, the Tarpons are back to their mashing ways hitting 3 home runs en route to an 8-3 win over Clearwater giving them a 48-23 record.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 76% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nicio Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 69% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 60% strikes…has 73 K’s in just 48.2 IP
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – first hitless game with Tampa…bust! jk he still got on base
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K – the hr had a 109 mph exit velo and the double a 106…that’ll play anywhere
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB – also hit a 109 mph exit velo homer
  • Homer Watch: DH Evan Alexander: 1-3, 1 HR
  • Leftovers: Ryder Green, Luis Santos, and Pedro Diaz had 1 hit each to round out the offense

Florida Complex League & Dominican Summer League

All had their regular Sunday days off

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DoTF: Somerset dominates in near no-hitter

Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders fell down 4-0 early and couldn’t complete the comeback as they lost 4-3 to Worcester today dropping them to 34-15 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 5 K – only 36 of his 72 pitches (50%) were strikes which explains the 5 walks
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 2 K – somehow managed only 1 walk with 54% strikes from our old friend
  • In Relief: RHP Brody Koerner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, zeroes, 2 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Brian Keller: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 2 K – 53% strikes
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – his 6th inning homer was the life for the offense today, it’s below
  • Hoy Park Watch: SS Hoy Park: 1-3, 2 BB – leads the division in OBP
  • Amburgey on-base watch: RF Trey Amburgey: 0-4, 1 BB – reached base safely in 38 straight
  • Leftovers: Ryan LaMarre, Socrates Brito, Kyle Holder, and Max McDowell had the other hits…they left 11 on base and were 1-12 with RISP. Taking after the actual Yankees. I keed, I keed…

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots nearly no-hit the Harrisburg Senators in this laugher of a 10-0 victory behind a great start from Glen Otto and homeruns from Diego Castillo, Oswald Cabrera, Donny Sands, Michael Beltre, and Oswald Peraza. They are now 34-18 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Glen Otto: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K – 72% strikes…the righy has 95 K in 59.1 IP…look for him to get promoted soonhad a no-hitter through 6.2 IP
  • In Relief: RHP Addison Russ: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 65% strikeshasn’t given up a run since the demotion to AA
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 71% strikes
  • Offensive Star: 2B Oswald Cabrera: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR
  • Offensive Star 2: SS Diego Castillo: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR – slashing .327/.373/.975 on the year
  • Leftovers: Donny Sands and Michael Beltre also homered…Thomas Milone and Isiah Gilliam also had hits…the only starters who went hitless were Dermis Garcia and Christian Perez.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Game 1: The ‘Gades fell 2-0 in game one of today’s doubleheader against the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. A homerun by Nate Fassnacht was enough to drop the Renegades to 32-19 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K – 72% strikes on a solid outing that deserved better than a loss
  • In Relief: RHP Derek Craft: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K – 50% strikes to close this one out.
  • Offensive Star: SS Ezequiel Duran: 2-3, 1 K – OPS at a great .888
  • Bro-tastic: DH Josh Breaux: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K – had the only xbh for the team today.
  • Leftovers: Pablo Olivares had the only other hit in this one. Anthony Seigler went hitless and is below the Mendoza line for the season.

Game 2: The ‘Gades returned the favor with a 2-0 victory in game 2 behind a strong start from Mitch Spence and a homerun from Ezequiel Duran. They are 33-19 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K – 66% strikes…has a 5.15 K/BB ratio in his young career. That’ll play
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, zeroes, 4 K – a ridiculous 85% strike rate to close this one out with no problems
  • Offensive Star: DH Ezequiel Duran: 1-3, 1 HR – updated OPS at .901
  • Bro-tastic: C Josh Breaux: 1-2, 1 BB
  • Leftovers: Frederick Cuevas and Eduardo Torrealba had the only other hits. Offensive did jusssssssttttt enough to win this one.

High-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons were rained out and will make the game up tomorrow. An independence day double header!

Florida Gulf Coast League Yankees

The Jasson Dominguez watch will have to wait yet again as they were also rained out and will make this one up on July 15.

Thoughts on the interplay of Deivi García’s workload and the Alternate Site, retaining NRIs, and Lucas Luetge

Last week, we found out that Alternate Sites are returning as a result of the delayed start to the Triple-A season. The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler has all the details regarding the rules and regulations for the Alternate Site. I have a couple of thoughts on roster implications as a result of the Alternate Site’s return, along with a closing note on a surprising non-roster invitee in camp. Let’s dive in.

The Yankees will probably use the Alternate Site to protect Deivi García’s workload. Like it or not, it’s been pretty clear that the fifth starter’s job is Domingo Germán’s to lose. Not that he needed any more help, but the delay to the Triple-A season might give him a further boost. The Yankees could use the Alternate Site as a way to limit innings for certain pitchers who Germán is in competition with and the organization want to protect, namely García.

There should be no qualms about Deivi’s candidacy for the fifth spot, and in fact, I’d argue he’s the best option. Yet, he’s also never thrown more than 111.2 innings in a season (2019) and is still just 21 years old. I’d wager that the Yankees will be careful to not significantly overstep the young righty’s previous high water mark in 2021. It’s not like the organization needs him to bear a significant anyway. The team has very good starting depth.

So, optioning García to the Alternate Site to start the year would make it easier to manage his 2021 workload. He could pitch in a few exhibition games in April, but wouldn’t need to pitch him every fifth day. Alternatively, there would be no need for him to go five or six frames each time out either. Of course, this could also just be used as a front for service time shenanigans, but there are certainly legitimate health considerations.

This would have applied to Clarke Schmidt too, especially if he stayed healthy and pitched as well as he did last March. But now, his common extensor strain will make his time at the Alternate Site more like spring training all over again anyway.

Now, with Deivi in particular, this scenario only works as long as everyone else stays healthy this month. For instance, I can’t imagine running out Jhoulys Chacín every fifth day in the name of limiting Deivi’s innings. In that case, García should be in the rotation and the Yankees could kick can down the road on workload concerns.

There’s a competition now, but the Yankees’ last bullpen spot will rotate all year long

Last week, Aaron Boone told the media that he envisions one or two bullpen openings on his ballclub. Yet, unless that means Jonathan Loaisiga’s spot is in jeopardy, or the team will carry four starters until a fifth one is needed (April 7th), there’s really just one spot up for grabs.

At the outset of spring training, Albert Abreu looked like the odds-on favorite. We went all offseason assuming that Abreu was out of minor league options. If the Yankees didn’t want to keep him in the Bronx, he’d have to pass through waivers before getting to Scranton. Given his tantalizing 100 MPH fastball and nasty secondaries, there was no way he’d go unclaimed. Not even his poor control would prevent another team from nabbing him. However, it’s apparent that the assumption that he’s out of options was incorrect, as noted in last night’s notes.

It’s a bit unclear how Abreu (and others) has an option remaining: either he qualified for the mysterious fourth option year or the 2020 option didn’t count. Regardless, his updated roster status significantly levels the competition. It also means that the Yankees could keep trying Abreu as a starter.

Enter Nick Nelson, Brooks Kriske, and a collection of non-roster invitees.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to camp, Yankees finally announce non-roster invitees

Via @Yankees

The wait is over. And no, I’m not talking about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today. Rather, the Yankees finally announced the club’s non-roster invitees to big league camp this morning.

The vast majority of these players are no surprise given the trickle of minor league deals during the offseason. However, there are a few players who popped up out of nowhere. For instance, there was no word of Derek Dietrich or Nick Goody joining the Bombers until the team pushed out this announcement. Then there are a couple of prospects, namely last year’s first rounder Austin Wells, who are aboard.

The Yankees officially will have 72 players in camp (really, 73 once Justin Wilson is announced). Let’s break down those joining the club’s 40-man roster.

Catchers

Ample catching is always a requirement early in camp, and the Yankees will have seven more backstops in tow alongside Gary Sánchez and Kyle Higashioka.

Of this subgroup of NRIs, Robinson Chirinos is the only player likely to see any time in New York. Now, don’t expect him to unseat Sánchez or Higashioka out of camp, but Chirinos is the break glass in case of [injury] option. Chirinos, 36, is a lifetime .231/.325/.431 (102 wRC+) hitter in 2,125 big league plate appearances. He’s not much of a defender, but the bat is useful.

Rob Brantly is the other catcher with major league experience here, but the vast majority of that was way back in 2012 and 2013. He’s really just another body in camp. Kellin Deglan and Max McDowell represent the other two minor league depth backstops in camp.

Now, for the fun part. The Yankees invited three noteworthy prospects: Austin Wells, Anthony Siegler, and Josh Breaux. Wells, last year’s first round draft choice, has yet to see any professional action. Siegler (2018 first round) and Breaux (2018 second round) certainly could use the reps after no game action last year too. We’ve yet to see Seigler do much in the minors, but he’s also had a hard time staying healthy. Meanwhile, Breaux broke out in 2019 in Charleston when he posted a 141 wRC+ and 13 homers in just 216 plate appearances.

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