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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.

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 GarcĂ­a. The loss gives them a still stellar 30-13 record on the year, tops in the minors.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi GarcĂ­a: 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.

The Magnificent Middle Infield [2021 Season Preview]

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The Keystone King

Yankees fans everywhere exhaled a collective sigh of relief on the morning of January 15. On that day, which will hopefully not live in infamy, represented the end of a too-long tango between the team’s front office and DJ LeMahieu, when the 32-year-old re-signed for 6-years and $90 million. The idea of an offense without LeMahieu – who led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, wRC+, and WAR over the last two years – was the baseball equivalent of existential dread, so the news of his return may well have been the best possible news for Yankees fans this off-season.

LeMahieu’s excellence in pinstripes cannot be overstated, either. He’s 12th in the majors in fWAR since the beginning of 2019, sandwiched between Ronald Acuña Jr. and JT Realtmuto. His 146 wRC+ is 10th, just behind reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger. And his .336 batting average, passĂ© as it may be, is the best in the business. LeMahieu has been nothing short of elite in pinstripes, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.

Speaking of, let’s check-in on the projection systems:

PECOTA64419.295/.360/.450 (122 DRC+)4.6
ZiPS59818.306/.357/.463 (117 wRC+)4.2
Steamer68321.294/.353/.453 (114 wRC+)3.8

All three projection systems are essentially splitting the difference between LeMahieu’s last season in Colorado (87 wRC+) and his first season in the Bronx (135 wRC+), and I’m not all that surprised. After all, he’s 32 and has more than four times as many plate appearances in Colorado. And, given that 2020 was heavily abbreviated, his back-to-back career years involve just 871 PA. I would be at least a bit disappointed in any of those lines – though, all three would be rock solid.

That said: I’m betting the over.

Prospect Profile: Ezequiel Duran

Duran (L) and Oswald Peraza (R) – from @NYYPlayerDev

The Particulars

  • Position: 2B
  • Born: 5/22/1999
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 195 pounds


The Yankees signed the soon-to-be 22-year-old Duran out of the Dominican Republic back in 2017 for a relative pittance of $10,000. However, that figure isn’t quite reflective of Duran’s prospect stock. You see, Duran failed to properly register with Major League Baseball until shortly after his 18th birthday. There were rumblings that he would take six-figures to sign, but by the time he was eligible there simply weren’t many teams left with international pool money. And that worked out splendidly for the Yankees.

The Story So Far

Duran made his professional debut on August 3, 2017, as a member of the team’s Dominican Summer League affiliate. He went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, and that was essentially the baseline for his tenure at that level. In 15 games there, Duran slashed .393/.415/.754 (220 wRC+) with 5 doubles, 4 triples, and 3 home runs. That’s not too shabby.

Duran came stateside in 2018, spending the year with short-season Pulaski. His production was far less enticing, as he batted .201/.251/.311 (48 wRC+) in 235 PA with seven-plus strikeouts for every walk. There were glowing reports regarding his bat speed and athleticism, to be sure — but there’s precious little to be gleaned from that stat line. One should never scout the stat line, but a 48 wRC+ is a 48 wRC+.

And then 2019 happened.

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.


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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