Tag: Jake Sanford

DoTF: Martian homers but Tampa gets swept

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dominated Lehigh Valley 10-3 behind a 5 run spot in the 2nd inning in support of Clarke Schmidt who made a rehab appearance. They are 57-37 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 63% strikes…hasn’t thrown more than 3 IP in any appearance this year. Will be interesting to see if he’s a September bullpen call-up for the big league squad
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 71% strikes in picking up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB – 50% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 37% strikes…needs to learn how to find the zone if he’s going to be an effective reliever down the line
  • Offensive Star: SS Kyle Holder: 3-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Offensive Star 2: 1B Armando Alvarez: 2-5, 3 RBI
  • Leftovers: Donny Sands was 1-3 with 3 walks…Socrates Brito was 2-4 with 2 runs scored…everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Great offensive day all around

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots lost this one 5-3 to Akron in extras. After tying the game in the 9th, Akron plated 2 in the 10th and Somerset took a goose egg in their half of the 10th for the loss. They are 57-40 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – 61% strikes…has a strong 89 K’s in 63 AA innings
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K – 61% strikes…solid first appearance since his no-no in AAA
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 73% strikes in the loss
  • Bro Watch: C Josh Breaux: 1-4, 1 HR
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 0-4…can’t win ’em all
  • Leftovers: Michael Beltre went 3-4 in this one…Oswald Cabrera, Dermis Garcia, and Tommy Milone had 1 hit each

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades cruised to a 4-0 victory over Winston-Salem thanks to a homer from Jake Sanford and a strong start from Josh Maciejewski.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 69% strikes
  • Offensive Star: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 HR
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Austin Wells: 0-4, 3 K

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Game One: The Clearwater Threshers thrashed Tampa in game one 13-6 despite a homer from Jasson Dominguez.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 57% strikes…big yikes
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 2-3, 1 HR – the homer had an exit velo of 107.4 mph and traveled 418 ft. That’ll do
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 2-4, 1 RBI – got the OPS up to .877 in A ball after a rough start
  • Leftovers: 2021 draftee Cooper Bowman had a double in this one

Game Two: Clearwater got the DH sweep behind this 6-4 victory with a late inning comeback. Tampa is still a robust 64-31 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Tyrone Yulie: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR – gave up a homer in the 6th and 7th to get the blown save and the loss
  • First Round Watch: DH Trey Sweeney: 2-4 – rebounding very well after a tough start in Tampa
  • 2021 Draftee: 2B Cooper Bowman: 2-4, 1 RBI – very nice double multi-hit game today

Florida Complex League

The FCL Yankees lost 12-7 to the Tigers East.

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DoTF: Volpe continues to mash, Frazier starts rehab

News & Notes

  • Clarke Schmidt was scheduled to throw a rehab game in Somerset tonight but the game was rained out. Corey Kluber will start there on Thursday.
  • Clint Frazier began a rehab stint with Tampa tonight.
  • Got a slew of promotions and demotions:

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders got blown out 8-1 against Lehigh Valley due to another poor start from Deivi. They are 49-31 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 4 K – 53% strikes…has 43 walks allowed in just 59 innings. INWYW
  • In Relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K – tough AAA debut after sealing Somerset’s nono on Sunday
  • In Relief: Greg Weissert: 0.1 IP, zeroes – 75% strikes…has a 1.88 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in AAA
  • Offensive Star: C Donny Sands: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB – responsible for the only run of the game…has a .940 OPS in 13 AAA games after the promotion
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K – hitting below the Mendoza line in AAA
  • Leftovers: Kyle Holder had a multi-hit game…Socrates Brito had a hit and so did legend Greg Allen

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Their game against Portland was rained out. It will be made up tomorrow.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades had a nice 7-4 win behind homers from Anthony Volpe, Pat DeMarco, and Everson Pereira moving them to 54-31 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Freicer Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes…nearly 2 K’s per inning, but the rest ain’t so great
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 69% strikes
  • Offensive Star: SS Anthony Volpe: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – has 18 HR on the year and is demolishing High-A pitching to the tune of a 1.029 OPS
  • Homer Watch: CF Everson Pereira and LF Pat DeMarco had a homer each
  • Leftovers: C Austin Wells had a single and RF Jake Sanford had a triple

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons lost a close one 3-2 against Clearwater tonight. It was tied 2-2 until the 8th. They are 56-27 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K – 59% strikes…has a 4.91 ERA but a great 1.01 WHIP
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 68% strikes…has 42 K’s in 28.2 IP
  • In relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 53% strikes
  • Rehab Watch: DH Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K – first rehab game for Clint
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 0-4, 3 K – the Martian is 1 for his last 15 and is down to a .688 OPS with Tampa. Let’s see how he adjusts
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 0-4, 2 K – hitless in Tampa so far

Florida Complex League

The FCL Yanks scored 6 in the 8th to beat the FCL Blue Jays 13-5. They are 19-7 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Nolan Martinez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K – the 3rd rounder has a 3.00 ERA
  • In Relief: RHP Alfred Vega: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • In Relief: RHP Osiel Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – the Int’l bonus baby has struggled thus far in his first stateside action
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Milam: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Offensive Star: LF Kyle Battle: 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI
  • Prospect Watch: SS Alexandar Vargas: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 K
  • Homer Watch: 1B Anthony Garcia: 1-1, 1 HR, 4 BB – wowzers. has 8 HR in just 18 games
  • Leftovers: DH Antonio Gomez also had a multi-hit game with a double

Dominican Summer League

DSL Yankees1 lost 4-1 to Phillies Red and DSL Yankees2 lost 6-1 to DSL Colorado.

DoTF: Homers galore for top prospects

News & Notes

  • Oswald Peraza has not been traded. He was scratched from Somerset’s lineup due to a personal family matter per Eli Fishman on Twitter
  • The Athletic’s Keith Law was in Somerset this weekend to watch the Patriots and he has notes on Hayden Wesneski, Oswald Peraza, and Dermis Garcia. It’s behind a paywall, so here’s the skinny: Wesneski has reliever risk, Peraza has strong hands and power, and Garcia remains as committed to three true outcomes as anyone.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders lost this one 7-4 to Rochester despite another home run from Hoy Park, his 2nd in 2 days. They are now 45-23 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 58% strikes…has 38 walks in just 53 innings. Really struggling this year.
  • No relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 54% strikes…nice to know he’s not getting it done in AAA either I guess
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 72% strikes…has a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 IP in AAA, wonder if he could get called back up sometime
  • In relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 43% strikes…effectively wild as they say
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes
  • Hoy Parks One: DH Hoy Park: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB – see video below of Park’s 2nd straight day with a homer
  • Multi-hit Watch: 3B Armando Alvarez: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: Andrew Velazquez had a triple…Socrates Brito, Frederick Cuevas, and Brandon Wagner had a single apiece to round out the offense.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Fresh off #MedinaWatch, Luis Medina threw nearly 6 shutout innings to lead Somerset to a nice and easy 7-0 win over Altoona. They are now 43-28 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes…a few too many walks, see video of K’s below
  • In Relief: RHP Michael Gomez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 85% strikes!
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 62% strikes
  • Offensive Star: 2B Jesus Bastidas: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Dermis Blastoff: DH Dermis Garcia: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 K
  • Multi-hit Watch: CF Brandon Lockridge and 3B Oswaldo Cabrera were both 2-5
  • Leftovers: Diego Castillo, Jason Lopez, and Max Burt each had one hit.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades singled and walked (12 on the day!) their way to a 10-8 win over Aberdeen pushing them to 47-25 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 63% strikes…got hit around but not walking anyone made the difference today, though he did hit 3 batters
  • In Relief: RHP Alexander Vizcaíno: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K – 68% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 67% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 1 K – 77% strikes to pick up his first save…yet to allow a run in 12 High-A innings
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 R – has 15 home runs on the year now, more power than anyone expected
  • First Round Watch: C Anthony Seigler: 1-4, 2 BB – nice to see the walks
  • Multi-hit Watch: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB – .952 OPS in High-A, look for a promotion soon
  • Leftovers: RF Elijah Dunham had a double…CF Pablo Olivares had the other hit…somehow scored 10 runs despite going 3-18 with RISP thanks to those 12 walks.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

After a close win yesterday, the Tarpons are back to their mashing ways hitting 3 home runs en route to an 8-3 win over Clearwater giving them a 48-23 record.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 76% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nicio Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 69% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 60% strikes…has 73 K’s in just 48.2 IP
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – first hitless game with Tampa…bust! jk he still got on base
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K – the hr had a 109 mph exit velo and the double a 106…that’ll play anywhere
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB – also hit a 109 mph exit velo homer
  • Homer Watch: DH Evan Alexander: 1-3, 1 HR
  • Leftovers: Ryder Green, Luis Santos, and Pedro Diaz had 1 hit each to round out the offense

Florida Complex League & Dominican Summer League

All had their regular Sunday days off

DoTF: Tarpons Win a Wild one in Dunedin

Triple-A, Double-A, and High-A were all rained out today.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Can the Tarpons hit for the Yankees? They pulled out a 13-10 victory today to move to 17-7 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – 59% of his pitchers were strikes in this solid outing for the 2019 second rounder.
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2BB, 2 K – 64% strikes and got the win because wins are a stupid stat.
  • In Relief: RHP Carson Coleman: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K – only 12 of his 30 pitches were strikes. Wild thing.
  • In Relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 55% strikes. Deserved the win
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Kohn: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K – 34% strikes. Lots of walks in this one.
  • In Relief: Nelvin Correa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 59% strikes. At least he didn’t walk anyone.
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-4, 2 BB, 1 K
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB
  • Offensive Star: RF Jake Sanford: 4-6, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Offensive Star 2: LF Elijah Dunham: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
  • Offensive Star 3: DH Carlos Narvaez: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Hopefully the rain lets up and we can get some more minors action to close out this MDW.

Draft Profile: Jake Sanford

With the team’s third-round pick, the Yankees drafted Jacob Sanford, an outfielder and first baseman from Western Kentucky University. Let’s familiarize ourselves with the draft’s 105th overall selection.

Background

Sanford is from Nova Scotia, Canada where he essentially went unnoticed in high school. Understandably so, it’s not exactly known for being a baseball hotbed. It really wasn’t until this year that he jumped up on anyone’s radar as a legitimate prospect.

With nowhere to go after high school, Sanford enrolled at McCook Community College in Nebraska. He walked on to the baseball team and played out his freshman and sophomore seasons there. In 108 games, Sanford hit .356/.424/.671 before transferring to Western Kentucky for the 2019 season.

In his only season at WKU, Sanford won the Conference USA Triple Crown. The lefty swinging outfielder hit .398/.483/.805 (.805!!!) with 22 homers and 66 RBIs in 56 games. Look, it’s not the SEC or another big conference, but it’s hard to not be impressed by those sort of numbers.

Lastly, here’s an interesting tidbit: Sanford’s head coach at WKU was John Pawlowski, who was the head coach at the College of Charleston when Brett Gardner walked on there.

What do the scouts say?

Raw power is the name of the game for Sanford. MLB Pipeline noted that he put on prodigious power displays in batting practice and had one of the best raw power tools in the draft. Baseball America (subs. required) gave Sanford plus-plus power; in other words a 70 on the 20-80 scale.

Of course, there are questions about whether or not Sanford can unlock his raw power in game action. The quality of competition he faced in college is questionable and Fangraphs calls out the fact that he’s yet to see big time velocity. With MLB Pipeline indicating some concerns about his deep pre-pitch load and occasional balance issues, it’s easy to understand why. Still, where Fangraphs and MLB Pipeline seem to disagree is bat speed. Fangraphs denotes that Sanford is “strength over bat speed”, whereas MLB Pipeline says Sanford has a quick stroke and impressive bat speed.

Power isn’t everything, of course. It’s definitely Sanford’s best tool, but he also has plus speed per MLB Pipeline. At 6-2, 215 lbs. he moves well enough to play the corner outfield though he isn’t a stolen base threat. Interestingly, Baseball America says that Sanford is a below average runner.

Defensively, Sanford profiles in left field or at first base. He lacks the arm strength requisite for right field.

In sum: everyone agrees on the raw power, though there’s reason to be skeptical about his ability to get to it in games. There’s some disagreement about his foot speed. Moreover, the consensus is that his throwing arm will force him to play left field or first base. Considering Sanford’s lack of exposure prior to 2019, it’s understandable why there are some differences of opinion in terms of bat speed and running speed. Nonetheless, one thing’s for sure: the Yankees drafted him because of his offensive potential.

Speaking of why the Yankees chose Sanford, let’s get Damon Oppenheimer’s thoughts:

If this one can do what Gardy did, then we’ve had a hell of a draft on its own. He really reminds us of Brad Hawpe. He’s got huge power; it’s easy, he drives the ball the other way. The combination of the power and the speed he has, being a guy who is kind of young and just starting at this thing, it made him real attractive to us.

Signing bonus and what’s next

Sanford agreed to a $597,500 bonus, which is just above the $554,300 slot value for the 105th pick.

Western Kentucky’s season ended in late May, so Sanford probably will spend a little time in extended spring training before his first professional assignment. As a college bat, I expect him to spend most of his time with Staten Island this summer, though he could get a tune up in rookie ball first.

Considering how raw some of his tools are, he may be a bit slower to develop. Just guessing here, but that probably means he will spend a full season in A-ball (Charleston, perhaps?) in 2020 before jumping up to higher levels.

My take

The entire MLB draft is basically a crapshoot, though at the stage Sanford was chosen, things start to really get wonky. You’re not going to find any well rounded or polished prospects; many will have some glaring flaws. Sanford is precisely that: talented, but with big question marks.

So with that in mind, Sanford seems like a sound selection (what do I know, though). A left-handed hitter with ridiculous raw power? Pretty easy to dream on that potential at Yankee Stadium. Chances are the Sanford will bust, but his power potential is very enticing.

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