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Game 91: Yankees take the series from Toronto

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This is more like it. The Yankees take the rubber game of this three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Behind strong pitching and some timely hitting the Yankees win by the score of 4-2. The Yankees are 59-32 (.648) and have a six game lead in the AL East. Let’s get to the takeaways.

1.Tanaka Time Once Again: Coming off his strong inning of relief in Tuesday’s All Star Game, Masahiro Tanaka pitched another steady and efficient game for the Yankees. Possibly the most encouraging takeaway from Masa’s start is the slow return of his splitter. We all know the struggles Tanaka has with his main out pitch this year. It seems the pitch was a pretty good weapon for him today.

Of his 79 total pitches, 23 of them were splits. 16 of those pitches went for strikes. His splitters induced 14 swings and 4 whiffs. Beyond the numbers, it looked like a more effective pitch to the eye. Here is Masa’s strike zone plot:

There are a lot of pitches down in the zone. Some of these are his slider as well, but this is the type of location you want to see from Tanaka. There isn’t enough you can say about Masahiro and his importance to the team. He’s once again emerged as their de facto ace and he performs with calm efficiency. He finished his day with a line of 6IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB and 5K. It is just another day in the office for the All Star.

2.Stroman’s Audition Goes Well: It is unusual to include the opposing team’s pitcher in our takeaways, but Marcus Stroman is an exception. Bobby wrote an excellent trade capsule on Stroman earlier this month and the Blue Jays ace did not disappoint today. Given his previous comments about embracing the potential opportunity to pitch with the Yankees, it was pretty clear Stroman knew this was an audition.

His start lived up to his profile. Stroman was largely able to keep the ball on the ground and didn’t give up any home runs. Just like Tanaka, he was efficient and aggressive. He relied on his two-seamer, cutter and a really good slider. He made it tough on the Yankees all day. Even the two run single he gave up to Gio Urshela was a ground ball that found a hole. He was pretty impressive today.

Stroman would be a strong addition to the rotation. The Yankees didn’t have their A lineup, but he performed well. His aggression and competitiveness were nice to see. Maybe his next start will be this Friday at the Stadium (probably not, but you never know).

3.This Team Is Really Good: There were some strong moments and not so strong moments in today’s game. The defense was up and down. The offense didn’t have an explosive day. All of this is true, but it is important to mention how great this team is. They are especially great at home. Take a look at this:

This is what title contenders do. They take take of business at home against anyone that has the unfortunate task of coming to Yankee Stadium. They’ve beat bad teams, good teams and title contenders.

Oftentimes we get caught up in the day to day dealings of the team. Why is this guy in the lineup? Why did Boone make this bullpen decision? If you take a look at my twitter feed, I’m clearly guilty of this. It is important to remind ourselves that our team is currently one of the top two teams in baseball, if not the best. This is shaping up to be a memorable season and it’s ok to take a step back from time to time and acknowledge that. This is awesome.

4.Showing Love To The Glove: Admittedly, the Yankees didn’t have the best defensive game so this may not be the best time to talk about defense, but here we are. They were able to overcome two errors by Gleyber and one by DJLM. There were some fantastic plays on display as well. Here is Gio Urshela with what feels like a routine play at this point:

Dude caught this behind himself while sliding towards the line. And he made it look super easy. He does something impressive with the glove almost every game.

Looking to redeem himself after some tough plays earlier in the game, Gleyber makes the highlight reel:

There is a lot of discussion lately on Yankees twitter and beyond about the team’s overall defense. Statistically, they appear to be struggling, but to the eye this feels like a much better unit than last year’s edition. There are a lot of plays being made that I just have a hard time believing would have been made last year.

The additions of Gio and DJLM are big reasons, but even having someone like Mike Tauchman around makes a difference. Going into the postseason last year, there was legitimate concern for the performance of the team’s defense. The starting third baseman was replaced in the sixth inning in a big playoff game. It doesn’t feel like that will be the case this year. The metrics may not be the biggest fans, but it’s pretty clear they’re a better defensive team than last year.


The Yankees continue this long homestand tomorrow starting a big series against the second place Tampa Bay Rays. Hopefully, the Yankees will put out their best lineup for all four games. We’ll have a fun pitching match up tomorrow as James Paxton squares off against Blake Snell. Have a great night everyone.

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Mailbag: Deivi, Stroman, Frazier, Severino, Chapman, Andújar

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After four incredibly long nights without (real) baseball, we will finally see our Yanks back in action tonight when they take on the Blue Jays. I’m looking forward to this second half, you guys. I really am. I think it has the potential to be one of those that we remember for a long time.

Yankee fans do a lot of complaining, and we seem to spend a lot of time griping about the parts of the team that aren’t working, but as we get ready for this second half, let’s remember how good things are right now. There are not many teams in a better position than the Yanks are. I just hope the good times keep rolling throughout the summer and into the fall.

Anyway, on to the mailbag. We have 6 questions today. As always, send us your questions by email at viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Jamie Asks: With Marcus Stroman dealing with a pectoral injury and Max Scherzer presumably unavailable, are there any starting pitcher difference makers available that the Yankees are WILLING to trade for? Or are they most likely going to trade for this year’s Zach Britton?

Let’s just get this over with to begin with: Max Scherzer is definitely, 100% not available. There’s no reason to think he would be. I mean, if the season ended today, the Nationals would be the NL’s top Wild Card team. That doesn’t seem like a team that’s about to trade their best pitcher. Things have changed, and I think it’s time that Yankee fans move on from the Scherzer dream. It would be nice–more than nice–but it’s not going to happen.

As for difference-making SP, it depends on what you mean by “difference-making”, I guess. I’ve taken a pretty thorough look at Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman (I know, I know, the injury, but that does seem minor at this point), and Matt Boyd so far (with more on the way), and I think you could make an argument that any one of those guys could be a difference-maker. Hell, I think you could argue J.A. Happ was a difference-maker last year! It all depends in the definition.

There are, to the public’s knowledge at least, no true aces available this year, though. Bauer comes close I guess, but he’s still not on the Scherzer level. If Scherzer or another like him is what fans want, a lot of people aren’t going to be satisfied with this deadline, I think.

Matt Asks: What are the chances we see Severino or Betances this year? Do you think we sign Didi to an extension? Early predictions on Jasson? 

This one is a multi-parter, but I like all of the questions. I’m going to answer the last part first, though. I don’t really have a lot to say about Jasson Dominguez, the 16-year-old phenom from the Dominican Republic that the Yankees just signed, that you can’t find elsewhere. Jeff Passan wrote an excellent article about him, so just read that. FanGraphs, in what feels insane to me, already ranks him as the Yankees top-ranked prospect. I’ve never seen him play or even talked to anyone who has, so how can I say what I think right now? I’m excited to follow him, and I think you should be too. That’s all I know at this point.

Anyway, I think the odds that we see either Severino or Betances in 2019 are pretty slim at this point. The odds are decreasing with each day that we don’t hear more about them. Severino isn’t even throwing as far as we know, and the last we heard from him was that the Yankees bungled his recovery. The Yankees won’t even answer questions about Betances’ timeline. Remember, both of these guys are going to need significant rehab time. It’s starting to get late really early around here, which is a huge bummer. The Yanks are so much better with Severino and Betances.

As for Didi, I do think the Yanks sign him to an extension. He is clearly a valuable member of the clubhouse, and my man put up a .268/.335/.494 (121 wRC+) line last year with great defense. He’s improved every year in New York, and he took over for Derek Jeter. Not a small task. I think the Yanks will look to sign him after the season, and I think they’d be silly not to.

Since we’re talking about Didi, let’s all watch this again, because why the hell not:

Robert Asks: What’s up with Clint Frazier performing terribly at AAA? I know it’s been only a few weeks, but every time you show his name in DotF he’s 0 for 3 with 2 Ks. Prior to his demotion, he had like a .850 OPS with the Yanks! Is it possible that his anger at the Yankees has resulted in bad habits at the plate?

Robert is right: Clint is not hitting the same in Triple-A as he was in the Majors. He’s hitting .234/.290/.391 (71 wRC+) in the minors this year, to be exact, and .283/.330/.513 (117 wRC+) in the Bronx. What gives? Well, a few things.

First, it’s only been 70 Triple-A plate appearances for Clint. That’s not a lot and definitely not enough to make any declarative judgements though. Second, there does come a point where a player stagnates against minor league pitching, and I think Clint could be one of those cases. The dude is clearly an MLB-ready bat. I don’t think even his biggest detractors deny that. He needs consistent MLB at-bats to get better.

As for the last part, whether or not Clint is developing bad habits, I don’t think we can say that. He’s probably upset with his situation–you would be, too–and maybe that’s spilling onto the field. Does that mean he’s developing bad habits? Not necessarily. It just means he is struggling a little right now, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over his Triple-A performance.

Matt Asks: Where would you set the over/under on Deivi Garcia MLB appearances this year? With the promotion to AAA it’s realistic he gets the call especially if he keeps pitching the way he’s been pitching. Couldn’t he be like Severino in 2015? Just pitching too well to hold back anymore.

I will never get tired of this GIF.

First of all, let me just say that I completely agree with the last part of this question: Deivi is pitching too well to hold back. The Yankees seem to agree. As Matt said, he was recently promoted to Triple-A Scranton. That may not sound like a lot, but consider the fact that Deivi is the youngest player in Scranton by more than 3 years at age 20 (Thairo Estrada is 23) and he’s the youngest pitcher by 4 years (Mike King is 24). He was also the youngest player on the Thunder roster.

There’s a good reason why. 688 players have thrown at least 50 innings this season across the entire minor league system. Here are some Deivi stats, with his ranking among that group in parentheses:

  • Strikeout Percentage: 39.3% (1st)
  • Strikeouts Per 9: 14.94 (1st)
  • FIP: 1.86 (1st)
  • K-BB rate: 27.9% (12th)
  • Home Runs Per 9: 0.26 (36th)
  • Swinging Strike Percentage: 15.5% (40th)
  • Batting Average Against: .198 (68th, top 10%)
  • Home Run Per Fly Ball Rate: 4.2% (71st)

If you were wondering why I have such a huge prospect crush on him, this is why: holy smokes those peripherals are good. They’re even more impressive when you remember his age and the fact that the bulk of these innings have come in the upper minors. It’s so, so hard not to get over-excited about this kid as a Yankee fan.

This has all been a rather long-winded way to say that I’ll set the over/under on Deivi MLB appearances in 2019 at 10. There are a few reasons for that. First, the Yankees are trying to win, and it’s too hard to ignore Deivi’s arm at this point. If he continues to carve through lineups like butter, we’re going to see him in the Bronx this year. However, he will have an innings limit this season, so that means he’d likely come up as a reliever, ala Joba Chamberlain. That said, the use of the MLB ball at Triple-A, along with facing the hitters in general, is going to be a major test for him.

So I’ll say 10, as I can see him getting a cup of coffee in the bigs in late September, but 10 appearances would be more than that. It would mean he had a role to play down the stretch. And you know what? I’m feeling optimistic. I’m going to take the over.

Andrew Asks: At this point, if Chapman were to opt out after this season, do you think the Yankees should re-sign him or let him walk?

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Ugh, this is a tough question. A really tough question. First of all, let’s get the obvious out of the way: Chapman is still really, really good. Since returning to New York, he is 9-4 with a 2.57 ERA (2.19 FIP) with 78 saves and 14 K/9 in 136.1 innings pitched. That all ranks toward the very top of the league in that period. It can feel shaky sometimes for some reason, but the reality is that the Yanks have one of the best closers in the business.

Not to mention, there aren’t any relievers out there with Chapman’s level of success or his kind of stuff. The guy is still in the 99th percentile of fastball velocity, for crying out loud, and he’s really refined his slider. The other best pending free agent is Betances, followed by Sean Doolittle. Slim pickings, even if Chapman isn’t getting younger.

Will he opt out? I kind of doubt it. He’d be leaving 2 years and $30 million on the table, and while he would probably beat that (look at the deals the Yanks gave Britton and Ottavino for non-closing roles), the market has been so anti-player recently that he might not want to deal with the hassle of it all. I’m not sure I blame him, and I go back and forth on whether or not he will opt out.

Now, with that said, if he opted out, I’d be fine if the Yankees let him walk. You don’t need me to remind you about the circumstances in which Chapman arrived in New York in the first place, after a domestic violence incident, a police investigation, and a suspension. This all makes me feel extremely uncomfortable–maybe it doesn’t make you feel that way, but it definitely does for me–and I wouldn’t be sorry to not have to wrestle with this anymore.

Ken Asks: I’m not trying to rush this incredibly fun season, but I also can’t help but wonder about next season. If we assume Andujar recovers fully from his labrum injury, and were you in charge, which four players would you want to get the most at-bats in the Yanks’ 2020 infield?

and George Asks: Look into your crystal ball:  2020 Yankees: if Miggy is healthy, does he stay or is he traded, once teams see the shoulder isn’t an issue?  If he stays, in what role and is Gio your starting 3bman?

These are two tough questions. To answer the first one, which then segues into the last, here are the top 4 players I’d want getting at-bats in the 2020 infield: DJLM, Torres, Didi, Voit. I think that’s, at this point, clearly the best option. (These things change so much that it’s silly, honestly, to even talk about, but it’s a fun thought experiment.)

As for Miggy, he’s going to have some serious, serious rehabbing to do. He won’t have faced live pitching in about 12 months by the time Spring Training rolls around, and he’ll be recovering from one of the worst injuries a baseball player can endure. I am a believer in Miggy, but he’s going to have to do a lot of work to get back to where he was. I hope he can force the issue, though, and I bet he will.

As for Gio, I think the sun has set on him. I could be wrong, but as I have said before, the Giodude is a career .262/.303/.385 (80 wRC+) hitter, and that includes this year’s success. He simply has never hit before his .304/.355/.469 (117 wRC+) year this year. Can he keep that up? I have my doubts. We’ve already seen some cracks in the armor. Check out his rolling xWOBA, via Statcast:

That right there is what we call a downward trend. I hope I’m wrong and Gio continues his magical 2019, but I think we should just be glad that his torrid streak happened at all. It helped the Yankees in a time of need, and we can’t take them back. It’s oh-so-very 2019 Yankees, honestly, and I love it so much.

News and Notes: CC, Stroman, Frazier, Juiced Balls, A Draft Signing and Dan Jennings

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This is my least favorite part of the baseball season. I don’t get excited for the All Star Game and we don’t have real games to watch for a few days. I can’t wait for Friday. While the players are on a much needed break, there is still news to cover. Let’s get right to it.

CC looks to stay with the Yanks after retirement

CC Sabathia wants to work in the Yankees front office after this season. This was definitely one of the more exciting nuggets to come out of the All Star festivities. It feels like the injuries, the team’s resiliency, the talk of potential trade targets and other narratives have overshadowed CC’s final season. CC’s business like demeanor approaching his final season plays a role as well. With that said, it is nice to know the big man will probably stick around in pinstripes.

I definitely want to be in the front office, something where I’m going to be around the team, around the club. I’ll be there in (at my home in New) Jersey. And I definitely I want to be around the Yankees for years to come.

CC Sabathia

The Yankees are well known for hiring former players to the front office. Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher and Carlos Beltran are all recent additions to Brian Cashman’s brain trust. In fact, Beltran and CC speak quite a bit about life after baseball.

I talk to Los a lot. He’s obviously one of my good friends. Just seeing what he does, being around the ballpark pretty much every day, helping out, being one of the guys. I think it would be something I could do and have fun doing.

The Yankees do a fantastic job of keeping their alumni in the family and leveraging their experience to the organization’s benefit. They can lend their well informed opinions to scouting, development and Cashman himself. The alumni can also go on the road and directly interact with the future generations of Yankees. This is something CC specifically mentions having a strong interest in doing. It will be nice to have CC around for years to come.

Yankees and Twins inquire about a Stroman/Giles package

With the trade deadline three weeks away from today, the rumors are starting to pick up. According to TSN’s Scott Mitchell, the Yankees and Minnesota Twins recently asked about a Marcus Stroman/Ken Giles package. The Yankees are clearly in the market for a starter and Stroman is one of the main targets. Bobby wrote a fantastic trade target piece on Stroman that is definitely worth reading or re-reading. He’s good and should be towards the top of the list of starting pitching targets.

Giles would be a great pick up as well. Despite being known for some embarrassing moments as much as his pitching, Giles would be a great addition to an already formidable bullpen. He’s in the top 3% of the league in XBA, XSLG, XWOBA and K %.

The cost would definitely jump up if Giles was included in a package with Marcus Stroman. One would think Clint Frazier would be the centerpiece of this deal especially considering Toronto’s lackluster outfield. Both Stroman and Giles are free agents in 2021 so you are getting some player control back in the deal. It would be expensive, but may be worth it for a title run.

Clint Frazier continues to work diligently on his defense

Speaking of Frazier, Jack Margaros over at Pinstriped Prospects wrote a nice piece on Clint’s daily pre-game defensive routine. Improving his corner outfield defense has been the primary focus for Frazier’s time in Scranton. He works with coach Julio Bourbon every day for an hour focusing on the intricacies of the position.

First step, reads to the ball, the routes that I take, conversations. It’s not always just mechanics out there. Julio is so fresh out of the game it’s almost like I’m talking to a teammate out there

Clint frazier

Clint’s defensive struggles are well documented. It is valid to say he’s improving his defense so another team could potentially reap the benefits. It is interesting that they have Frazier focusing primarily in left so maybe the team does still have long term plans for him. In any case, it’s nice to see the kid getting after it and looking to improve amidst all of the noise.

Tanaka believes the balls are different this year

The topic of juiced balls has been beaten to death. It is worth mentioning here because of Masahiro Tanaka’s struggles with his splitter this year. When asked by Brendan Kuty about the baseballs, Tanaka said the ball “just doesn’t feel right.” He went on to say the ball feels harder with lower laces.

This could be one reason for why Masa’s devastating splitter has eluded him all season. The lower laces specifically is an interesting observation. The lower the seams on a ball, the room to manipulate the ball’s movement through pressure decreases. This is especially the case for a pitch with a very pronounced grip like a splitter.

Maybe Tanaka’s splitter isn’t effective because it’s just one of those years. It could be that he has a better feel for the slider more than the splitter. Or perhaps the lower seams on the ball are making the difference. I believe we can all agree life will be better when conversations about the baseball come to an end.

Josh Smith signs with the Yankees

According to Jon Heyman, Josh Smith signed with the Yankees today.

You can check out Derek’s profile on Smith here.

Dan Jennings signs a MILB deal with the Yankees

Veteran lefty reliever Dan Jennings signs with the Yankees on a minor league deal. Jennings pitched eight games in relief for the Washington Nationals and had a rough go of it. He went 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA. He did strike out nine batters against two walks in 4.2 innings. Jennings has been assigned to short season Staten Island.

News and Notes: CC, Stroman, Frazier, Juiced Balls, A Draft Signing and Dan Jennings

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This is my least favorite part of the baseball season. I don’t get excited for the All Star Game and we don’t have real games to watch for a few days. I can’t wait for Friday. While the players are on a much needed break, there is still news to cover. Let’s get right to it.

CC looks to stay with the Yanks after retirement

CC Sabathia wants to work in the Yankees front office after this season. This was definitely one of the more exciting nuggets to come out of the All Star festivities. It feels like the injuries, the team’s resiliency, the talk of potential trade targets and other narratives have overshadowed CC’s final season. CC’s business like demeanor approaching his final season plays a role as well. With that said, it is nice to know the big man will probably stick around in pinstripes.

I definitely want to be in the front office, something where I’m going to be around the team, around the club. I’ll be there in (at my home in New) Jersey. And I definitely I want to be around the Yankees for years to come.

CC Sabathia

The Yankees are well known for hiring former players to the front office. Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher and Carlos Beltran are all recent additions to Brian Cashman’s brain trust. In fact, Beltran and CC speak quite a bit about life after baseball.

I talk to Los a lot. He’s obviously one of my good friends. Just seeing what he does, being around the ballpark pretty much every day, helping out, being one of the guys. I think it would be something I could do and have fun doing.

The Yankees do a fantastic job of keeping their alumni in the family and leveraging their experience to the organization’s benefit. They can lend their well informed opinions to scouting, development and Cashman himself. The alumni can also go on the road and directly interact with the future generations of Yankees. This is something CC specifically mentions having a strong interest in doing. It will be nice to have CC around for years to come.

Yankees and Twins inquire about a Stroman/Giles package

With the trade deadline three weeks away from today, the rumors are starting to pick up. According to TSN’s Scott Mitchell, the Yankees and Minnesota Twins recently asked about a Marcus Stroman/Ken Giles package. The Yankees are clearly in the market for a starter and Stroman is one of the main targets. Bobby wrote a fantastic trade target piece on Stroman that is definitely worth reading or re-reading. He’s good and should be towards the top of the list of starting pitching targets.

Giles would be a great pick up as well. Despite being known for some embarrassing moments as much as his pitching, Giles would be a great addition to an already formidable bullpen. He’s in the top 3% of the league in XBA, XSLG, XWOBA and K %.

The cost would definitely jump up if Giles was included in a package with Marcus Stroman. One would think Clint Frazier would be the centerpiece of this deal especially considering Toronto’s lackluster outfield. Both Stroman and Giles are free agents in 2021 so you are getting some player control back in the deal. It would be expensive, but may be worth it for a title run.

Clint Frazier continues to work diligently on his defense

Speaking of Frazier, Jack Margaros over at Pinstriped Prospects wrote a nice piece on Clint’s daily pre-game defensive routine. Improving his corner outfield defense has been the primary focus for Frazier’s time in Scranton. He works with coach Julio Bourbon every day for an hour focusing on the intricacies of the position.

First step, reads to the ball, the routes that I take, conversations. It’s not always just mechanics out there. Julio is so fresh out of the game it’s almost like I’m talking to a teammate out there

Clint frazier

Clint’s defensive struggles are well documented. It is valid to say he’s improving his defense so another team could potentially reap the benefits. It is interesting that they have Frazier focusing primarily in left so maybe the team does still have long term plans for him. In any case, it’s nice to see the kid getting after it and looking to improve amidst all of the noise.

Tanaka believes the balls are different this year

The topic of juiced balls has been beaten to death. It is worth mentioning here because of Masahiro Tanaka’s struggles with his splitter this year. When asked by Brendan Kuty about the baseballs, Tanaka said the ball “just doesn’t feel right.” He went on to say the ball feels harder with lower laces.

This could be one reason for why Masa’s devastating splitter has eluded him all season. The lower laces specifically is an interesting observation. The lower the seams on a ball, the room to manipulate the ball’s movement through pressure decreases. This is especially the case for a pitch with a very pronounced grip like a splitter.

Maybe Tanaka’s splitter isn’t effective because it’s just one of those years. It could be that he has a better feel for the slider more than the splitter. Or perhaps the lower seams on the ball are making the difference. I believe we can all agree life will be better when conversations about the baseball come to an end.

Josh Smith signs with the Yankees

According to Jon Heyman, Josh Smith signed with the Yankees today.

You can check out Derek’s profile on Smith here.

Dan Jennings signs a MILB deal with the Yankees

Veteran lefty reliever Dan Jennings signs with the Yankees on a minor league deal. Jennings pitched eight games in relief for the Washington Nationals and had a rough go of it. He went 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA. He did strike out nine batters against two walks in 4.2 innings. Jennings has been assigned to short season Staten Island.

News and Notes: HR Derby, Bauer, Deivi, Sikkema

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The All-Star break doesn’t mean the Yankees stop working. We’re a little more than three weeks from the trade deadline. And for non-Yankees news, tonight’s the Home Run Derby. Let’s get to some notes from Yankeeland and around baseball.

Yankees send Naehring to scout Bauer

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported (subs req’d) that the Yankees had one of their top talent evaluators at Trevor Bauer’s start in Cincinnati on Sunday. Vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring was the man of the moment, watching Bauer earn a victory while holding the Reds to one run over seven innings.

Bauer is likely the top talent on the free agent market. He has a year and a half remaining on his contract and can last deep into games with his five (or more) pitch arsenal. He carries a 3.62 ERA into the break with a league-leading 132 innings.

He also comes with a fair amount of baggage, as I detailed recently. The Yankees reportedly don’t see his off-field behavior as a major concern, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

In Rosenthal’s piece, he doesn’t mention the Yankees as a suitor for Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who Bobby wrote about a few weeks ago. Furthermore, potential top target Marcus Stroman has dealt with a pectoral issue and missed a start. Could that injury make the Yankees shy away? Perhaps, even if Stroman is hanging with Gleyber Torres at the All-Star Game (check Stroman’s Instagram story).

If the Yankees veer away from Bumgarner and Stroman, that could leave Bauer as the eye of the Yankees’ focus.

Home Run Derby details and prediction

With no Luke Voit, there’s an unfortunate lack of Yankees in tonight’s Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 p.m.). Still, there’s an exciting field that includes the Mets’ Pete Alonso, Astros star Alex Bregman and the top prospect himself, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The twist for this year? There’s a $1 million prize for the winner, and only three of the eight competitors make at least that much this season. That means there’s plenty of reason for these guys to go all out.

Hardball Talk has the details of tonight’s proceeding and their prediction. I’ll go away from the obvious favorite Alonso and pick Ronald Acuna Jr. Why? Well, why not? He can hit the ball just as far as the rest of ’em.

Deivi ranks 25th on BP’s Midseason Top 50

You don’t need to watch the Futures Game to see high praise for Deivi Garcia, who was promoted to Triple-A after a 1-2-3 outing in the prospect-laden game.

96 mph on the black? Deivi’s ready for Triple-A

Baseball Prospectus came out with its Midseason Top 50 and appear to be the publication most high on Garcia at the moment, ranking him No. 25. He was the only Yankee to appear on the list, which is topped by consensus No. 1 prospect Wander Franco. (No subs. needed for the list)

BP called Garcia’s stuff “unimpeachable” while touting his four-pitch repertoire and comparing him to Tigers pitching prospect/2018 No. 1 pick Casey Mize. In their “Why he might fail” section, they cite his diminutive stature and the chance he ends up in the bullpen. Still, to see Garcia ranking this high, it’s encouraging!

T.J. Sikkema hits ground running in Staten Island

Through two games in Staten Island, 2019 No. 38 overall pick T.J. Sikkema has allowed just two baserunners while tossing six scoreless innings. The left-hander out of Missouri has made quite the impression on his coaches, according to a profile on Pinstriped Prospects.

“Nobody does it like he does it from the left side,” SI Yanks pitching coach Travis Phelps said of Sikkema.

“That’s back-to-back starts where he’s lights out, honestly … He’s a guy who is a competitor, challenges hitters, has a lot of confidence and it shows out there,” manager David Adams added.

Highly recommend the piece, which goes into Sikkema’s four-pitch mix based off his fastball, his time at Missouri and which pitchers he sees his game as resembling (hint: it’s a couple of Chicago Cubs).

And if you missed it, Derek wrote about what Sikkema brings to the table in his draft profile series.

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