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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.

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.

Rule 5 check-in: Trevor Stephan, Garrett Whitlock, and Kyle Holder

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Other organizations love to pillage the Yankees’ farm system in the Rule 5 draft. In recent years, the Yanks lost players like Luis Torrens (San Diego – 2016) and Rony García (Detroit – 2020). Others like Jake Cave, Nick Green, Nestor Cortes, and Mike Ford have been selected but returned to the Yankees too. This year, there are three Rule 5 selections to keep tabs on: Garrett Whitlock (Boston), Trevor Stephan (Cleveland), and Kyle Holder (Cincinnati via Philadelphia).

With opening day just two weeks away, it’s worth checking in on all three of these players. It’s possible that any one of them could return to the Yankees before camp breaks, but if not, not all hope is lost. Remember, Rule 5 draftees must remain on the major league roster all season in order to stick with their new organization. So while making the majors out of spring training is an important first step, there’s still a long season ahead.

Rule 5 Draft Recap: Yankees lose Garrett Whitlock, Kyle Holder, and Trevor Stephan

Don’t get too excited.

As expected, the Yankees lost a few prospects in today’s Rule 5 draft. Garrett Whitlock, Kyle Holder, and Trevor Stephan will start 2021 in new organizations, though there’s still the possibility that they will return to the Yankees before season’s end.

Boston, badly in need of any sort of pitching, took righty Garrett Whitlock with the 4th overall selection. Whitlock had Tommy John surgery mid-2019 but should be a full go come spring training. Perhaps he cracks a spot in the Red Sox rotation. The former 18th round pick in 2017 made 14 Double-A starts in 2019 and posted a 3.07 ERA and 3.14 FIP.

The Phillies grabbed shortstop Kyle Holder, the Yanks’ first round pick in 2016. Holder spent time at the Alternate Site this summer and now possibly could replace Didi Gregorius as the Phillies’ shortstop. He’s best known for his defensive chops at short.

Lastly, Cleveland selected righty Trevor Stephan. He was the Yanks’ third round selection in the 2017 amateur draft. Somewhat surprisingly, he wasn’t at the Alternate Site this summer as he seems prime for a big league relief gig soon. Granted, 2019 was a bit of a roller coaster for him. The year included a demotion from Double-A to High-A, but he did look better and returned to Trenton by the end of that season.

These three aren’t lost for good, so you know. They must stick in the big leagues for the entirety of the 2021 season, so all three could be back in the Yankees’ organization before too long.

The Yankees will also lose a few players in the minor league phase this afternoon. That said, the minor leaguers taken during this phase rarely are notable prospects. I’ll update this post if there are any surprises.

Meanwhile, because the Yankees have an open 40-man roster spot, the team could have made selection in today’s draft. But to no surprise, the organization passed. The Yanks haven’t made a pick in the Major League phase since 2011 (RHP Brad Meyers, Nationals).

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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