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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.

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Starting pitching: Significant depth and prospects in the pipeline [2021 Season Preview]

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If you read my piece on the Yankees’ pitching depth last week, you know that the team is pretty deep in starting pitching. Sure, some of those pitchers have their warts, but there are also a number of viable options to pitch out of the rotation. Pitchers break — they always do — so it’s best to have a lot of them. By midsummer, the Yanks may have nearly a dozen major league caliber starters. Yes, some far better than others, but that’s a lot of insurance.

Today, it’s time to preview the organization’s starters. Not just those who’ll see major league time, either. Like my catcher preview or Dom’s corner infield breakdown, I’ll dive into the starters down the rungs of the minors.

A formidable front four

It’s awfully exciting to have a full season of Gerrit Cole ahead of us. In that sense, he still feels like a new addition to this team. I know we saw him for 12 regular season and 3 postseason starts in 2020, but there’s nothing quite like having a bona fide ace for 30-plus starts and 200 innings. And that’s what we can expect from Gerrit this season: a workhorse who could easily win the American League Cy Young award.

If there’s any uncertainty regarding Cole in 2021, it’s his battery mate. As you know, Kyle Higashioka became Cole’s personal catcher by last September. Cole had better numbers with Higgy behind the plate, and given Gary Sánchez’s struggles offensively, it was an easy decision at the time. This year, the Yankees are hoping to pair Cole and Sánchez, and understandably so. Ideally, the two mesh and Gary mashes once again.

After Cole is when folks start getting nervous, which I can understand. What’s a soon-to-be 35 year-old Corey Kluber going to look like after two injury-riddled seasons? How will Jameson Taillon rebound from his second Tommy John surgery? Will Jordan Montgomery‘s results catch up to his peripherals? And so it goes. No, this isn’t a rotation for the risk-averse. But at the same time, how many other big league rotations are full of sure things?

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.

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