News & Notes

  • Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will rehab in Trenton on Friday. While the Yankees likely preferred Scranton, that wasn’t an option as Game 2 of that series in Durham is postponed until at least Friday due to rain.
  • Thairo Estrada has also joined Trenton and will likely rehab during the ELDS, The Trentonian reports.
  • The Yankees spent the international bonus pool money they acquired to sign 16-year-old Dominican 3B Enger Castellano. Baseball America’s Ben Badler reported the signing and shared video of Castellano from 2018.
  • Castellano was part of their initially reported signings on July 2, but they must have not had room for his bonus until now. MLB.com described him as a power hitter.
  • Lastly, transaction roundup: Veteran RHP David Hernandez was released. RHP Greg Weissert, INF Angel Aguilar and C Francisco Arcia were sent up to Scranton while LHP Trevor Lane and INFs Oswaldo Cabrera and Diego Castillo joined Trenton for the postseason.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders ILDS Game 1: (9-2 loss at Durham) … Durham leads the best-of-5 series, 1-0. Game 2 will be Saturday with inclement weather coming Friday … Game was closer until Rosenthal came in for eighth.

  • Starter: RHP Brian Keller: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 3/0 GB/FB — 56 of 93 (60%) pitches were strikes … He’s struck out 15 in last two games combined for Scranton while going 5.1 innings in both.
  • In Relief: RHP Kaleb Ort: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Rosenthal: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP — Just seven of his 21 pitches were strikes … I feel really bad. He clearly has the yips or something similar and considering he’s already on MiLB deals, it may end his career soon.
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Hitting Star: 1B Gosuke Katoh: 2-for-4, 2B, solo homer, 2 K — He now has a seven-game hitting streak with three HR in that span.
  • On Deck: C Erik Kratz: 1-for-4, solo homer — Here’s his dinger … He also has a seven-game hitting streak!
  • On Deck: 3B Mandy Alvarez: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB
  • On Deck: LF Brandon Wagner: 2-for-4, 2B, R, K
  • Notables: SS Breyvic Valera went 1-for-5 … 2B Wendell Rijo went 1-for-4 with a K on his 24th birthday while DH Kyle Higashioka went 0-for-4 with 2 K.

Double-A Trenton Thunder ELDS Game 1: (4-3 win at Reading) … Remarkable win considering they struck out 16 times, were no-hit for 5.1 innings by Phillies top prospect Spencer Howard, and finished with four hits … They lead the series, 1-0, with Game 2 in Reading on Thursday.

  • Rehab Start: LHP Jordan Montgomery: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 34 of 44 (77%) pitches were strikes … Made an error on a bunt hit … Figure he can get to 4 IP or 55-60 pitches for his next outing … Here’s one of his strikeouts.
  • Follower: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 7/5 GB/FB —45 of 74 (61%) pitches were strikes … He now has three straight scoreless starts since his debut in Trenton … Facing a tough team in a postseason environment, this shows the org something.
  • Hitting Star: LF Ben Ruta: 2-for-5, RBI, K
  • On Deck: CF Rashad Crawford: 1-for-3, BB, 2 R, K
  • On Deck: SS Kyle Holder: 0-for-3, go-ahead RBI BB
  • Notables: 1B Chris Gittens went 0-for-2 with 2 BB and a K … RF Alexander Palma went 0-for-3 with a R, K and 2 RBI, including a game-tying fielder’s choice in the eighth inning … 2B Hoy Jun Park went 0-for-3 with a BB and 2 K.