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DoTF: Promotions, promotions, promotions

News & Notes

Got several promotions to pass along courtesy Eli Fishman on Twitter:

  • Moving from FCL to Low-A Tampa: C Ben Rice, INF Cooper Bowman, INF Ben Cowles, INF Tyler Hardman, INF Trey Sweeney, OF Madison Santos…Sweeney was the Yankees 1st round pick in this year’s draft. All except Santos are 2021 draftees.
  • Moving to High-A Hudson Valley: P Frecier Perez, OF Everson Pereira, C Austin Wells…Perez is on a rehab assignment, Pereira was nearly traded to Texas in the Gallo deal, and Wells was the 2020 1st round pick.
  • Rehab Watch: Luis Severino will make a rehab appearance for AA Somerset tomorrow.

AAA, AA, High-A, & Low-A

All had their regularly scheduled Monday day off.

Florida Complex League Yankees

Game 1: The FCL Yankees fell to Tigers East 9-6 in game one of the double header despite home runs from Cooper Bowman, Anthony Garcia, and Raimfer Salinas . They gave up 4 in the 2nd and 5 in the 6th.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Harold Cortijo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • In Relief: RHP Nolan Martinez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • In Relief: RHP Edward Paredes: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • In Relief: RHP Kenlly Montas: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K – hard luck loss and blown save giving up a 3-run hr after an error
  • Offensive Star: SS Alexandar Vargas: 2-4, 1 R
  • Homer Watch: 2B Cooper Bowman, 1B Anthony Garcia, & CF Raimfer Salinas each had a home run.

Game 2: The FCL Yanks won game 2 against the Tigers East 3-0 behind a strong start from Juan Carela. They are 16-6 thus far.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • In Relief: RHP Jarod Lessar: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • In Relief: RHP Christian Sumoza: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K
  • Offensive Star: CF Madison Santos: 2-3, 1 2B, 3B, 2 RBI – hell of a way to get yourself promoted
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 1-1, 2 BB, 2 R – last game at the FCL site

Dominican Summer League

The DSL Yankees 1 won their game 5-4 over the DSL Cardinals Blue to move to 7-8 on the year.

The DSL Yankees 2 fell 6-5 against the DSL Brewers 2. They are 9-6 overall.


DoTF: Sevy’s Rehab and Castillo’s Big Day

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders won 4-3 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs behind another big game from Hoy Jun Park giving them a cool 19-9 record on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Nick Green: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 64% strikes in a decent start.
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 56% strikes in a solid relief outing for Abreu who’s been riding the Scranton Shuttle this year.
  • In Relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.2 IP, 1 H, O R, 0 BB, 2 K – 67% strikes and picked up the win.
  • In Reflief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 76% strikes and got all his outs on K’s.
  • In Relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 56% strikes and also got all his outs on K’s to pick up his 8th save of the year.
  • Hitting Star: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – that’s 5 HR in his last 8 games. Here’s video:
  • Leftovers: Derek Dietrich was 1-2 with a BB…Socrates Brito and Trey Amburgey had the other 2 hits…the pitchers struckout 15 IronPigs on the afternoon.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell 5-2 against the Reading Fightin Phils dropping them to 20-9 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K – 61% strikes in a laborious 4 innings.
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes isn’t going to get it done.
  • In Reflief: RHP Greg Weissert: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 76% strikes.
  • Offensive Star: DH Diego Castillo: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI – was the entire offense for the team and has a 1.045 OPS on the year
  • Leftovers: 1B Dermis Garcia, SS Max Burt, and RF Aaron Palensky each had one hit to round out the offense.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades fell 4-3 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in walk-off fashion dropping them to 15-13 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 67% strikes and has a 1.84 ERA on the season.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 64% strikes in a solid outing.
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HR – gave up a walk-off HR to the first batter he faced.
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-5, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Siegler: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • Multi-hit games: 3B James Nelson and RF Kyle MacDonald went 2-4, MacDonald had a 3-run HR

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons cruised to an 8-1 victory over Lakeland in Luis Severino’s rehab debut giving them a 22-8 record on the season.

  • Rehab watch: RHP Luis Severino: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – hit 99 on the gun and his slider reached 2900 RPM according to Statcast! Here’s video:
  • In Relief: RHP Beck Way: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes and picked up the win.
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – great game for the 2020 first rounder
  • First Round Watch: DH Anthony Volpe: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 R
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • Offensive Star: 1B Chad Bell: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Josh Smith, RF Jake Sanford, and CF Pat DeMarco had 1 hit apiece. DeMarco scored 3 runs.

Remembering Some (Excellent) Guys as Gerrit Cole Keeps Rolling

It’s no secret that Gerrit Cole is off to an incredible start in 2021. Through 10 starts, he is doing exactly what the Yankees acquired him to do and more – he’s currently 6-2 with a 1.81 ERA, 92 strikeouts in only 64.2 innings, and an incredible 226 ERA+. Even his bad starts are merely average.  Although the true Gerrit Cole experience in New York may have been delayed, fans are finally hoping to see what a full season of ace pitching will look like from the team’s marquee 2019 signing, and so far we have not been disappointed.

If we were to project Cole’s early-season stats to an entire year, assuming he pitches approximately 200 innings, the results would be pretty mind-blowing; you would see something in the range of an 18-win season with over 270 strikeouts and 8+ WAR. Although the year is young, I couldn’t help but wonder – that would be the Yankees’ best starting pitching season in a really long time, right?  Where could Gerrit Cole rank in the pantheon of recent Yankees’ aces when the book is closed on 2021?

Throughout their vaunted history, the Yankees have employed many great pitchers who have done many great things. However, most lists of the “greatest Yankees starting pitchers of all time” and “greatest single-season Yankees starting pitching performances” feature predominantly, if not exclusively, performances from before 1980.  1980 was a long time ago – Gerrit Cole, in fact, was not born until September 8, 1990.  Cole is clearly poised to become the standard-bearer for a new era of Yankees pitching, but he may also be on his way to the best season the Yankees have seen since before his own birth.  To contextualize, I bring you a few excellent seasons by Yankees starting pitching, post-1990 edition.

Thoughts as Voit and Kluber head to the injured list

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The Yankees have a double-header this afternoon after yesterday’s washout, and the team will make a handful of roster moves beforehand. A couple will be replacements for Luke Voit and Corey Kluber, who are headed to the injured list. Another will be the 27th man for today’s two games. In the meantime, here are some thoughts on where the Yankees go from here in light of yesterday’s news:

Yankees Spring Training News & Notes: March 11, 2021

The Yankees topped Philadelphia 6-1 in Clearwater earlier today. Aaron Hicks homered, Gerrit Cole was dealing, and everyone’s favorite non-roster invitee Lucas Luetge did his thing again. Here’s Hicks’s excuse-me-wind-aided dinger:

More on the game in a bit, but first, some important rehab news.

The Big Story: Luis Severino

As anticipated, Luis Severino threw off a mound this week. It’s the first time he’s been on the bump since he underwent Tommy John surgery last February. This session happened Tuesday, though it wasn’t public knowledge until today.

Sevy threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, and it went well according to Aaron Boone:

“It was a lot of fun for me to get over there on Tuesday morning to be there to see that first one and just to see how he’s moving around,” Boone said before Thursday’s exhibition against Philadelphia in Clearwater.

“There’s just a confidence in that he’s kind of exuding in his health, just watching him play catch, the way his body is, the kind of shape he’s in and the free and easy way in which he’s throwing,” Boone said. “He was really efficient the other day — it really kind of throwing it exactly where he wanted. He was coming out hot. We almost said, ‘Hey, back off a little bit. It’s coming out a little too well.’ And he wasn’t working for it necessarily. So really encouraged about where he’s at to this point.”

Obviously, it’s great to hear that Severino looked great and came away from this step healthy. If all goes well, Sevy will be a huge boost to the Yankees’ rotation in the second half of the season. And I know, I know: you’re not going to like hearing Brian Cashman say that he’s the best acquisition the team could make when the trade deadline comes around. But honestly, will he really be wrong about that?

There’s still a long way for Severino to go, of course. He needs to start mixing in breaking balls, face hitters, build up arm strength, etc. But every step he takes without an issue is a big plus.

Looking forward to seeing this again.

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