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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.


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.

Yankees’ 2020 Rule 5 Draft Protection Preview

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Friday is the deadline for teams to add minor leaguers to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft (for other key offseason dates, be sure to check out our offseason calendar). As of this writing, the Yankees have four open slots available. They could open up another spot or two via trade in the coming days, but at the same time, the organization may not feel the need to protect more than four players.

For a full list of draft eligible minor leaguers, head over to Pinstriped Prospects. I’ll briefly profile a few of the notable players the Yankees have to consider protecting.

Top prospects

Oswald Peraza | SS | 20 y/o | Single-A | 4th-best team prospect per MLB Pipeline

Peraza’s minor league numbers don’t jump off the page, but he has a good contact-oriented approach, plenty of speed, and is projected to stick at shortstop. It’s hard to imagine him sticking in the majors next year, but his prospect status makes it risky to expose him. I wonder if the Yankees are still scarred from losing catcher Luis Torrens, who was at the same level and age when the Padres drafted and stashed him.

Alexander Vizcaino | RHP | 23 y/o | High-A | 8th | 2020 Player Pool

Vizcaino was an older J2 signing in 2016 but has impressed in the minors. He can touch triple-digits with his fastball and has a plus changeup to boot. Clearly, the Yankees like the righty quite a bit because he spent this summer in Scranton. Even though he’s pitched exclusively as a starter over the past couple of minor league seasons, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him hold his own in a big league bullpen next season. I expect the Yankees to add him the 40-man this week.

Reviewing the Yankees’ 2021 Projections: ZiPS

If it feels incredibly early to start thinking about 2021 projections, that’s because it is. Last year, we started this series in January. This year, we get an early start merely as a result of the ZiPS projections for the Yankees last week. It just so happens that the Yankees were on the early end of FanGraphs’ release schedule this time around. Of course, the roster will change by spring training. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t peek at how things stand right now.

The graphic adds up to +49 WAR. That’s a 97 to 99 win team, keeping in mind that a replacement level club is said to win between 48 and 50 games. Adding up the WAR is incredibly dumb far more often than not, and I must say that calling the current Yankees club a near-100 win team seems like a stretch. That’s without DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton, after all. I guess it speaks to this team’s high-end talent.

Similar to last year, I’m going to call out some notable projections. Ones that I think sell the player short, ones that are too aggressive for my taste, ones that feel just right, and some surprises. Let’s get to it:

Betting the over

Hitter: Gio Urshela has hit .310/.358/.523 (133 OPS+) with 27 homers in 650 plate appearances since joining the Yankees. ZiPS, however, doesn’t seem quite ready to fully buy in on the 29 year-old third baseman. The system projects a triple-slash of .283/.331/.459 (110 OPS+) and 18 homers in 508 plate appearances. A good offensive projection, but I presume that ZiPS is scarred by Urshela’s pre-Yankees offensive performance. Urshela might regress a little bit, but there’s nothing that indicates him taking as big of a step back as ZiPS estimates. Not only have Urshela’s results been good, but he’s made mechnical adjustments and is a Statcast darling. This is an easy over for me.

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