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2022 Storylines: Prospects with something to prove

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Not every prospect can be Anthony Volpe. Some hits bumps in the road, some struggle to stay healthy, or some simply fall short of expectations. That doesn’t always mean all hope is lost.

The Yankees have a few minor leaguers who are looking to rebuild lost value or establish themselves as legitimate top prospects this season. 2022 isn’t necessarily make or break for all of them, but good showings would go a long way to entrench themselves into the Yankees long term plans.

2022 Yankees Top Prospects List Roundup

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Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and MLB Pipeline have all published their 2022 Yankees top prospect lists. FanGraphs (top 38) and MLB Pipeline (top 30) go deeper into the system, while Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus stick to a top 10 list (with mentions of others who missed the cut and would be top 30 guys anyway). Today, I’ll take a look at these lists and make note of a few things that caught my eye. Let’s get right to it.

The obvious choice at #1: Anthony Volpe

All four sites agreed that Volpe belongs at the top of the organization’s list, and for good reason. In spite of not being the toolsiest prospect in the organization, “Volpe might have had the most impressive all-around performance of any prospect in 2021” according to Baseball Prospectus’ Jeffrey Paternostro. No kidding: the 20 year-old shortstop hit .294/.423/.604 (170 wRC+) in 513 plate appearances in stints with Tampa (Single-A) and Hudson Valley (High-A).

DoTF: Prospect Lists Update

News & Notes

  • Baseball America updated their top 100 prospects list and the Yankees have 3. Anthony Volpe has moved all the way up to #22 on their list. Oswald Peraza comes in at #59 and Jasson Dominguez is #61.
  • After his 7 shutout innings with 11 K’s last week, Josh Maciewjewski was named the High-A East Pitcher of the Week.

The AAA, AA, and A affiliates all had their scheduled Monday off-day. For a recap of this weekend’s action, check out Derek’s great weekend recap from yesterday.

DoTF: Medina K’s 10, prospects’ homers galore

News & Notes

  • Gleyber Torres was hit in the hand in his final at-bat with Scranton tonight. Hopefully he’s okay and can rejoin the Yanks as planned for Friday’s opener against the Orioles.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

A 9th inning comeback fell short as the RailRiders fell 5-3 to Buffalo.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K – 60% strikes…has 106 K in 86 IP
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – 58% strikes…rare to see 4 unearned runs but there ya go
  • In Relief: RHP Sal Romano: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 63% strikes for Tri-State Sal
  • Rehab Watch: SS Gleyber Torres: 1-3, 1 HBP – the aforementioned HBP is one to watch
  • Leftovers: Only 5 hits in this one…Trey Amburgey had 2 of them, Rob Brantly had a double and Greg Allen had a triple

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Game 1: The Pats won game one of the doubleheader over Bowie 3-2 behind a strong start for Luis Medina.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K – 67% strikes…both runs were on solo homers…great to see a strong K/BB ratio for him
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 71% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Addison Russ: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 1 K – 52% strikes
  • Offensive Star: 1B Dermis Garcia: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI – all runs scored on his homerun
  • Leftovers: Oswald Peraza was 0-2 with a walk and a k…Oswaldo Cabrera went 1-2 also with a walk and a k

Game 2: They lost game 2 7-4 despite a great offensive display from Oswald Peraza.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K – 60% strikes…got beat around in this one including allowing 2 homers
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 50% strikes
  • Offensive Star: SS Oswald Peraza: 4-4, 1 R, 3 RBI – 4 singles and drove in 3
  • Leftovers: Oswaldo Cabrera and Josh Breaux were both 0-4…Mickey Gasper had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Game 1: HV lost game one 2-0 against Greensboro because they couldn’t muster any offense against former first round pick Quinn Priester.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Mitch Spence: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Freicer Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 1 K – 67% strikes…lowered his ERA from 5.74 to 3.72
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 1-3
  • Leftovers: None really…Elijah Dunham had a single and the team had 5 hits total.

Game 2: The ‘Gades hit 3 homers in this one but it wasn’t enough to overcome a rough pitching performance that gave up 8 runs in the 6th inning. They lost 10-7.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K – 65% strikes…love to see high K numbers
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K – 36% strikes…never seen a line like this before
  • In Relief: RHP Carlos Espinal: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 83% strikes…gave up a big 3 run homer
  • Volpe Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – hit his 11th homer in High-A and is now back to hitting over .300 and OPS’ing over 1.000
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI – great to see him have a strong game
  • Homer Watch: RF Elijah Dunham: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: The other hits came from Everson Pereira, Andres Chaparro, Eric Wagaman, and Eduardo Torrealba

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons lost 9-6 to Bradenton. Keeping with the farm theme of the day, they squandered a late-inning lead. Tampa committed 5 errors in this one.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR – 53% strikes…has a 12.46 ERA in Tampa after a 1.46 ERA in the FCL
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K – 72% strikes…that’s a tough luck loss if I’ve ever seen one
  • In Relief: RHP Carson Coleman: 0.1 IP, zeroes – 80% strikes
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 0-4, 1 BB – continues to get on base and great to see 0 K’s
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 3B 1 R, 2 RBI – OPS’ing .967 now after the rough start to A ball
  • Offensive Star: 1B Anthony Garcia: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – has a ludicrous 1.262 OPS
  • Leftovers: Antonio Gomez had a double…Benjamin Cowles had a homer…Tyler Hardman had a double

The FCL Yankees game was postponed.

DSL Yankees 1 won 7-3

DSL Yankees 2 lost 9-2

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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