Tag: Trey Sweeney

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

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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.

Prospect Profile: Trey Sweeney

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With their first round pick in last night’s MLB draft, the Yankees selected shortstop Trey Sweeney with the 20th overall pick. You can read our initial post on him here, and continue below for a more in-depth profile on the newest Yankee prospect.

Background

Sweeney is a 21 year old shortstop prospect who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with Eastern Illinois University. He was undrafted out of high school and EIU was the only college that he received a scholarship offer for, where he absolutely dominated play this past season earning first team All-American honors from Baseball America, Perfect Game, ABCA and at the NCAA Division I level.

Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer had this to say about Sweeney:

We are really excited to have selected Trey Sweeney. He has excellent raw power and contact ability, and he can hit to all fields with strong plate discipline.

At shortstop, he has a good clock, doesn’t play rushed and has good field awareness. His timing for both getting to ground balls and getting the ball across the infield is excellent. We also really like Trey’s makeup as he’s smart with good instincts. With his overall tool set, we believe he has the potential to be an impact player.

Damon Oppenheimer

And to his credit, Sweeney said all the right things on draft night where he attended in-person:

Performance

After leading his Louisville, KY high school to a state championship, Sweeney dominated at the college level, albeit against weak competition. As a freshman in 2019, he slashed .271/.342/.354 with 2 home runs, and 18 walks to 24 strikeouts – which is a great ratio for anyone, let alone a freshman.

That theme of great BB:K ratio continued throughout Sweeney’s career. After his freshman year, he played in the Wood Bat Prospect league and hit an eye-popping .354/.453/.524 with 7 home runs and more walks than strikeouts (36 BB & 25 K).

In 14 games last year before the pandemic, Sweeney was off to an incredible start hitting .351/.439/.456 with 8 BB and just 9 K. He followed that up with a strong showing in the wood bat Coastal Plain League where he was 2nd in the league slashing .397/.481/.676 with 4 homers, 11 walks, and 13 strikeouts in 17 games.

This year, Sweeney absolutely smashed to the tune of .382/.522/.712, bashing 14 home runs with an incredible 46:24 BB:K ratio. That’s nearly twice as many walks as strikeouts! That line and increased power earned him the All-American accolades as well as being named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the year. He moved up draft boards after a series against Kansas State (the best college competition he faced) where he went 5-15 with 1 HR and 6 RBI. He also hit 3-4 with 2 RBI against Jordan Wicks who was selected one spot after him in the draft:

Here is a scouting video of Sweeney:

Scouts Take

There is a discrepancy between how scouts and analytics folks view Sweeney as you’ll see in a moment – namely scouts are low on him whereas analytics people love him.

MLB Pipeline ranked him 55th overall in this class, giving him a 60 hit grade and a 50 overall grade. They rave about his hand-eye coordination and arm strength. Here is a snipped of their scouting report:

Sweeney has a big leg kick and a hitch and a lot going on in his left-handed stroke, but he has outstanding hand-eye coordination and makes the timing work at the plate. He has good feel for the barrel, controls the strike zone and makes hard contact to all fields against lefties and righties, good velocity and tough offspeed pitches. His hitting ability, arm strength and bat speed should produce at least average power, perhaps more if he adds more loft to his swing. 

Sweeney’s below-average speed limits his effectiveness at shortstop and will necessitate a position change at the next level. He has reliable hands and solid strength but doesn’t cover enough ground at short. He profiles well at third base, should be able to handle any corner infield or outfield position and may be playable at second base. 

MLB Pipeline

Baseball America also ranked Sweeney 55th in this year’s class, though they are more optimistic about the longterm defensive projection for Sweeney and believe he could stick at short longterm. They mention he “has a big leg kick and a big bat tip in a noisy swing” and they wonder “what he might do against tougher competition.”

FanGraphs ranked him 60th overall highlighting his pro frame, plate discipline, and power.

Keith Law of The Athletic was the lowest on Sweeney, ranking him 89th overall and highlighting the contention between scouts and stats folks in their view of Sweeney.

My Take

There is a difference between looking at Sweeney in a vacuum and in context because before last night, he was viewed in reference to who else the Yankees could draft whereas now that is no longer relevant, though it is difficult to disentangle the two.

Drafting a guy who is ranked no higher than 55th in the first round seems like a reach upon initial glance, though that is par for the course with the Yankees. Anthony Volpe, T.J. Sikkema, Anthony Siegler are all first rounders in recent years who were ranked lower by scouts than where the Yankees took them, which says the Yankees have their own secret sauce and most likely favor their own analytic models.

That is clearly the case with Sweeney who reportedly has high exit velo numbers and performed well in wood bat leagues. Those are two things the Yankees are known to value along with strong makeup which by all accounts Sweeney has.

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Offense

The bat is Sweeney’s calling card, and it better play for him to reach the big leagues. By all accounts, Sweeney excels at both the physical and mental aspects of hitting. In the MLB report they say he has “good feel for the barrel, controls the strike zone, and makes hard contact to all fields against lefties and righties, good velocity, and tough offspeed pitches.”

All of that is music to my ears because what more can a guy do beyond hit the ball hard all over against everyone? The concern with Sweeney is two-fold: 1. what is up with those mechanics and 2. can he hit against tough competition?

All scouts see a huge load and loopy swing that makes Sweeney susceptible to high velocity and tougher pitching, which connects to the second concern. Check this out:

That is…concerning. In a league where everyone seems to throw 100 mph nowadays, how Sweeney handles high velocity is a thing to watch. It is worth noting that Sweeney did excel in the Coastal Plain League where he likely saw faster pitching. Ryan Cusick, he of the 100 mph fastball, did play in that league for example.

So, although there are concerns about how Sweeney’s performance from the OVC will translate in pro ball, Sweeney did dominate against whatever tough competition he faced in the Wood Bat league, Coastal Plain League, and against Kansas State this past season. The power increase this season (going from 2 hr to 14) is also intriguing and likely what led the Yankees to Sweeney.

Defense

There are conflicting reports on Sweeney’s defense with MLB Pipeline, FanGraphs, and Keith Law all saying he is ticketed for the hot corner whereas Baseball America and Damon Oppenheimer believe he can stick at short. You don’t need me to tell you that a shortstop is more valuable than a third baseman, and if you’re going to spend a first round pick on a guy with some offensive concerns, you better believe Sweeney can stick at short longterm.

Concluding Thoughts

Sweeney is far from the first middle infielder or even college middle infielder the Yankees have picked lately. Josh Smith, Trevor Hauver, and Anthony Volpe all fit the mold of middle infield prospects drafted recently who have so far worked out well.

Volpe has rocketed up the Top 100 prospect lists hitting .309/.452/.635, which is better than anyone expected from him this season, and Smith has a fantastic .341/.461/1.135 line. You may know Hauver as the “Hauver Heat Check” in DoTF thanks to his .299/.460/.962 line.

All of that is to say, despite the Yankees miserable track record with first rounders, their recent infielder picks have appeared solid.

For now, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that they can help Sweeney clean up his swing and stick at short, and I look forward to him mashing in rookie ball shortly.

2021 Draft: Yankees Select SS Trey Sweeney in 1st Round

Welp. Leave it to the Yankees to select a player we hadn’t profiled or really heard anything about until today. Such goes the whims of the draft.

With the 20th overall pick, the Yankees selected shortstop Trey Sweeney out of Eastern Illinois University – a school most famous for being Tony Romo’s alma mater.

Sweeney had quite the season for EIU this year slashing .382/.522/.712 in 48 games and was named the OVC Player of the year. Sweeney put himself on the map in 2019 with his showing in the Wood Bat Prospect league where he hit .354/.453/.524 with 7 home runs and 36 walks compared with just 25 K’s.

He followed up that impressive wood bat showing last summer in the Coastal Plain League where he hit .397, which was 2nd in the league overall. The Yankees are known to love guys who hit well in wood bat leagues, so that tracks.

Here is video of Sweeney against Jordan Wicks, who was selected one spot after him:

We’ll have a more thorough write-up on Sweeney tomorrow, but here’s the Spark Notes:

The bat is his calling card. As you saw in those numbers above, Sweeney will make his living at the plate. MLB Pipeline notes he has outstanding hand-eye coordination, good feel for the barrel, and he controls the strike zone. Then there’s this from Kevin Goldstein of Fangraphs:

Others such as Keith Law of The Athletic are lower on Sweeney highlighting that he has concerning swing mechanics and will likely have to move to 3B fairly quickly.

He has great size. He’s listed at 6’4″ 210 lbs. which combined with his ability to get the barrel to the ball likely intrigued the Yankees and they believe he can tap into his power as a professional.

In the draft primer this morning, I said the Yankees haven’t taken a college hitter in the first round since Aaron Judge, and if Sweeney works out 1/10th as well as that pick, it’ll be a home run. Stay tuned for our profile of him and more draft coverage tomorrow!

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