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DoTF: Siegler Powers Hudson Valley to Wild Comeback Win

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dropped this one 6-3 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs behind another poor start from Deivi García. The loss gives them a still stellar 30-13 record on the year, tops in the minors.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 30 of 54 strikes (56%)…don’t think anyone had Deivi with an 8.80 ERA in AAA in the plans this year
  • In Relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 66% strikes…had the elusive 4 K inning in this one
  • Rehab Watch: LHP Justin Wilson: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 67% strikes, see you in the Bronx soon
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.0 IP, zeroes, 4 K – 67% strikes, 25 K in 16.1 IP on the season allowing no runs
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • Offensive Star: CF Estevan Florial: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB – nice to see three walks on the night for Florial
  • Leftovers: 1B Chris Gittens, 2B Derek Dietrich, and DH Greg Allen had one hit each rounding out the offense that struggled against former first overall pick Mark Appel

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Janson Junk kept his amazing season going leading to a 7-4 victory for the Patriots over the Portland Sea Dogs. They are 30-15 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 55 of 79 strikes (70%)…the reigning AA player of the week has a 1.07 ERA on the year and is deserving of a promotion to AAA soon
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 69% strikes and struggled big time to close this one out
  • Offensive Star: SS Diego Castillo: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 R – has a .967 OPS on the season
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 2 R, 3 K
  • Platinum Sombrero Watch: 1B Dermis Garcia: 0-5, 5 K…yikes
  • Leftovers: C Donny Sands had 2 hits including a solo homerun

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades scored 4 each in the 7th and 8th to complete a comeback 11-9 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks to move to 29-16 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 64% strikes…bet the Renegades wish he lasted longer in this one because…
  • Providing No Relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 54% strikes…ERA jumped from 4.50 to 9.58 after this one
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 58% strikes…has a 1.89 ERA so far
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 72% strikes and picked up the victory
  • Offensive Star: C Anthony Seigler: 2-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI – had a bases clearing double in the 7th to spearhead the comeback (video below)
  • Offensive Star 2: DH Ezequiel Duran: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: 1B Kyle MacDonald and 2B Eduardo Torrealba both went 2-4 with a double each…LF Isaiah Pasteur had a homerun in the 7th.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa’s game against Lakeland was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

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Yankees to promote Chris Gittens

As Lindsey tweeted, the Yankees are bringing up Chris Gittens in advance of tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The team had to do something about the offense, which has been nothing short of dreadful this season. While giving Gittens an opportunity is no surefire solution, it’s the easiest change that the front office can make right now.

We profiled Gittens a few days ago in anticipation of this move. Go read that to further familiarize yourself with the 27 year-old power-hitting first baseman. Tonight, expect him in the starting lineup against southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, who gets the ball for Boston. It could be a pretty favorable matchup for Gittens:

The Yankes need to clear a 40-man roster spot in order to add Gittens today. I’m guessing someone from the 10-day injured list (Corey Kluber, Ryan LaMarre, or Luke Voit) gets transferred to the 60-day to clear space. We’ll update this post with the official transaction once announced.

Prospect Profile: Chris Gittens

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The particulars

  • Position: 1B
  • Born: 2/4/1994
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 250 lbs.

Background

Gittens hails from Texas and attended Grayson County Junior College before the Yankees selected him in the 12th round of the 2014 draft. As an amateur, the first baseman garnered interest both as a hitter and pitcher. He touched 93 MPH with his fastball and also offered a 12-to-6 curveball per Baseball America’s 2014 draft report. However, his power at the dish was always his best tool. The Yankees paid Gittens a $125,000 signing bonus and stuck him at first base right away.

Needs

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Every team has needs. Sometimes big, sometimes small. Aside from size, they can be categorized temporally, too: immediate and future, short-term or long-term. Given that designation, the Yankees have both immediate and future needs.

In the short-term, the Yankees just need to hit better. Better at bats, better swings, better…something. Recent injuries haven’t helped, of course, but whatever the reason, whatever the process, the Yankees need better results.

For the long-term, meaning the rest of the 2021 season and playoffs, the Yankees need to figure out center field and the right side of the infield. Derek outlined some potential outfield trade targets recently and I agree with him; outfield is where the focus should be. Given the lack of internal options–barring a Brett Gardner rebound or dead cat bounce–going external is the only path to replacing Aaron Hicks with someone worthy of a playoff/World Series run.

The infield situation can be solved internally and the solutions may already be playing themselves out. That is to say there isn’t really a solution beyond the two-pronged approach on the field right now.

As it stands, the Yankees have at least two players who can man second in DJ LeMahieu and Rougned Odor and another who could if needed in Gleyber Torres, not to mention Tyler Wade. But the prolonged absence of Luke Voit has forced and will continue to force the Yankees’ hand in a less than ideal right side alignment. So, really, a first base issue has affected second base as well.

One ‘prong’ has them playing Mike Ford at first with DJ LeMahieu at second and Gio Urshela at third. The other has them playing LeMahieu at first with Odor at second and Urshela at third. Both options have warts, like DJ playing away from a position where he’s a premium defender and Mike Ford playing at all.

Even with some clutch hits and generally good defense, Odor isn’t exactly a shining option out there, either. Perhaps he could be hidden if others were hitting up to their potential, but they’re not and his flawed bat is becoming more and more exposed. The argument could be made that they should trade for an upgrade at second, but I doubt the Yankees will do that. Having already spent resources in the form of prospects to get Odor, I doubt they do it again for another second baseman (or shortstop to move Gleyber back to second).

However, either approach would more or less cement LeMahieu as a first baseman, which is, as mentioned, a waste of his defensive talent. And given his relatively low offensive output this year, LeMahieu looks a lot worse as a first baseman instead of a second baseman.

If the Yankees could find a solution at first–which is likely easier than acquiring a middle infielder–it would shift Odor back to the bench where he should be and let DJLM play his natural position.

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Before looking outside, the Yankees do have two more options in Scranton: Chris Gittens and Derek Dietrich. Our Derek discussed Gittens here and I, once again, agree. Dietrich, alternatively, offers the Yankees a little more assurance since he’s done it at the Major League level before, but there’s also some Odor potential in him.

Both choices let them kick the can down the road a bit, whether that road is waiting for Voit to get healthy or looking for an external upgrade. Again, I doubt the external road is taken; they have internal options and it’s not like Voit is going to be out the whole season.

If you asked me two months ago if I thought the Yankees would need to upgrade offensively in some way, I would’ve thought you were crazy. But, as a certain announcer might say…

The Yankees have nailed it, more or less, on the pitching front and find themselves in such a position that just modest improvement on offense would really complete them as a team. Whether they fill that need internally or externally remains to be seen. But they need to fill it.

Thoughts as Voit and Kluber head to the injured list

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The Yankees have a double-header this afternoon after yesterday’s washout, and the team will make a handful of roster moves beforehand. A couple will be replacements for Luke Voit and Corey Kluber, who are headed to the injured list. Another will be the 27th man for today’s two games. In the meantime, here are some thoughts on where the Yankees go from here in light of yesterday’s news:

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