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DoTF: Cloudy outlook for Frazier

News & Notes

  • Clint Frazier was placed on the 60-day IL after pulling himself from his rehab yesterday (Pete Caldera)
  • Luis Severino went for an MRI today after being pulled from his rehab start over the weekend, but we’ll have to wait until at least tomorrow to hear the outcome. They wanted to wait for him to meet with the team doctors. Delayed results after an MRI don’t usually portend good things…(Lindsay Adler)
  • In happier news, noted philosopher Socrates Brito was named the Chevrolet Player of the Week for the RailRiders after hitting .363 last week.
  • Beck Way was named the Southeast League Pitcher of the Week. Here’s some video:

It’s a Monday so the AAA, AA, and A teams were all off.

Florida Complex League

The FCL Yanks lost 10-6 to the Phillies today. They went down 4-2 in the first and never came back. The defense let them down with 2 errors that led to 5 unearned runs. They are 20-10 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Yorlin Calderon: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – has 21 K in 13.2 IP….the rest of the numbers aren’t great.
  • In Relief: RHP Edward Paredes: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – has a 1.59 ERA on the year.
  • In Relief: RHP Kenlly Montas: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Offensive Star: 1B Anthony Garcia: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI – his 8th homer in just 20 games…he’s hitting .316 with a comical 1.206 OPS
  • Multi-hit Watch: C Antonio Gomez: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • Prospect Watch: SS Alexander Vargas: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI – hitting .308 with a .856 OPS

Dominican Summer League

Both DSL affiliates had their games cancelled due to rain.

DoTF: Sevy’s Rehab and Castillo’s Big Day

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders won 4-3 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs behind another big game from Hoy Jun Park giving them a cool 19-9 record on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Nick Green: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 64% strikes in a decent start.
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 56% strikes in a solid relief outing for Abreu who’s been riding the Scranton Shuttle this year.
  • In Relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.2 IP, 1 H, O R, 0 BB, 2 K – 67% strikes and picked up the win.
  • In Reflief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 76% strikes and got all his outs on K’s.
  • In Relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 56% strikes and also got all his outs on K’s to pick up his 8th save of the year.
  • Hitting Star: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – that’s 5 HR in his last 8 games. Here’s video:
  • Leftovers: Derek Dietrich was 1-2 with a BB…Socrates Brito and Trey Amburgey had the other 2 hits…the pitchers struckout 15 IronPigs on the afternoon.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell 5-2 against the Reading Fightin Phils dropping them to 20-9 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K – 61% strikes in a laborious 4 innings.
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes isn’t going to get it done.
  • In Reflief: RHP Greg Weissert: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 76% strikes.
  • Offensive Star: DH Diego Castillo: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI – was the entire offense for the team and has a 1.045 OPS on the year
  • Leftovers: 1B Dermis Garcia, SS Max Burt, and RF Aaron Palensky each had one hit to round out the offense.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades fell 4-3 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in walk-off fashion dropping them to 15-13 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 67% strikes and has a 1.84 ERA on the season.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 64% strikes in a solid outing.
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HR – gave up a walk-off HR to the first batter he faced.
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-5, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Siegler: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • Multi-hit games: 3B James Nelson and RF Kyle MacDonald went 2-4, MacDonald had a 3-run HR

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons cruised to an 8-1 victory over Lakeland in Luis Severino’s rehab debut giving them a 22-8 record on the season.

  • Rehab watch: RHP Luis Severino: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – hit 99 on the gun and his slider reached 2900 RPM according to Statcast! Here’s video:
  • In Relief: RHP Beck Way: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes and picked up the win.
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – great game for the 2020 first rounder
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 R
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • Offensive Star: 1B Chad Bell: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Josh Smith, RF Jake Sanford, and CF Pat DeMarco had 1 hit apiece. DeMarco scored 3 runs.

Yankees Draft Profile: Beck Way

It’s been a couple weeks since our last draft profile, so today we get back on track with Beck Way. The Yankees chose Way with the organization’s fourth round selection, which was also its last in the five round draft. A reminder, for the final time: the Yankees lost their fifth round pick as a result of signing Gerrit Cole. Ho hum.

Background

Way, a 6-foot-4 right handed pitcher, was a quick riser after going undrafted in 2018 as a high schooler. He hails from central Pennsylvania but enrolled at Belmont Abbey, a Division II college located in North Carolina. Way didn’t spend to much time there, however. After spending his freshman year in the bullpen, Way transferred to Northwest Florida State Junior College.

Before we get to his one year in JuCo, we should touch upon Way’s performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. The righty appeared in 11 games, all but one in relief though he never threw more than two innings. He had a hard time with control (11 walks and 2 wild pitches in 13 2/3 innings), but impressed with 18 strikeouts. Various publications, including Baseball America, noted that his performance at the Cape helped Way gain recognition as a potential second or third rounder.

This year, Way got a chance to start primarily in JuCo. In seven games (six starts), Way threw 40 innings and recorded a microscopic 0.67 ERA. His control was much better (9 walks) and his strikeout tally remained excellent (58). The performance was impressive enough that Way committed to LSU for his junior season. That is, before the Yankees drafted him.

What the scouts say

The consensus is that Way is a better prospect than the Yankees’ third round pick, Trevor Hauver. That said, draft rankings don’t necessarily coincide with how teams choose players because of limited bonus pools. In any case, Baseball America ranked Way the 84th best prospect in the draft, MLB Pipeline had him 99th, Fangraphs 78th, and The Athletic 83rd to name a few.

From the sound of it, Way is relatively deceptive on the mound. The Athletic’s Keith Law called his delivery “funky” while MLB Pipeline noted his three-quarters arm slot. Perhaps that’s why he struggled with his command in his freshman season and on the Cape, but he’s certainly projectable given his previously noted size.

Way sits in the low-to-mid 90s but can touch as high as 97, per BA. He complements his heater with a slider and changeup, with differing reports on which secondary pitch is better. According to BA, Way’s changeup is a plus pitch, whereas his slighty flashes solid-average but is inconsistent. Meanwhile, MLB Pipeline notes that his slider is the better pitch “when he stays on top of it”. The site also says he doesn’t use his changeup much, but there’s belief it can be an average pitch.

With his frame and three-pitch mix, there’s a chance that Way can be a starter long-term as long as his command remains in check. His JuCo performance as a starter certainly added some hope that he wouldn’t be relegated to relief down the road. Still, Fangraphs and BA both note that he’s probably better off as a reliever (though that’s always a fairly safe thing to say about any draftee pitcher). On the optimistic side, Law says that Way has “clear starter upside”. Further, Law believes that there’s room for velocity growth.

Speaking of velocity, the Yankees clearly like Way’s potential on that front. Here’s what Yankees’ scouting director Damon Opponheimer says:

“There’s more in the tank with this guy when we get him in our strength and conditioning program…There’s just there’s a lot of room for growth here.”

And some more input from the Oppenheimer’s standpoint:

“Way made huge strides in Cape Cod last summer where his fastball’s been up to 98. He’s got good command of it to both sides of the plate. He has a loose, easy simple delivery to repeat (his mechanics). He’s got a really dynamic changeup that he feels comfortable using it any in any count. His breaking ball is going to be firmed up with our pitch-design guys and it’s going to be an effective out pitch also.”

Will he sign?

Way is the toughest sign of the Bombers’ three draftees. First rounder Austin Wells already signed for $2.5 million, which was just barely over slot. That leaves the Yankees with roughly $1,026,000 to play with for Hauver and Way. Slot value for Way is $438,700, but it’ll probably take more to keep him away from his LSU commitment. When I profiled Hauver, I noted that he seemed like an underslot candidate given that he was a college junior. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

My take

The Yankees seem to make mountains out of molehills when it comes to college arms, so it’s hard not to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Way checks a lot of boxes: he’s tall, projectable, and already throws pretty hard. It certainly sounds like that’ll play in relief at the least, which would be a success for any fourth round pick. At best, it sounds like the Yankees might have a mid-to-back of the rotation starter on their hands. Of course, first the Yankees need to sign him away from his commitment.

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