Category Archives: Minor Leagues

“Minor” Yankees news.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has signed on with the A’s. Even if just a “novelty act,” Venditte was entertaining.

The Yanks have sold the contract of Zelous Wheeler to a Japanese team.

Yanks’ prospect named AFL MVP

1B Greg Bird, who got up to AA last year, was named the Arizona Fall League MVP. Bird had a fine AFL and topped it off with a massive HR in the AFL All-Star game that had to go some 450 feet.

Here is a link to more about Bird:

http://m.yankees.mlb.com/news/article/101542126/yankees-greg-bird-named-arizona-fall-league-mvp

 

For more on various prospects and winter ball, check out this post from the LOHUD Yankees blog.

 

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2014/11/14/winter-league-notes-tyler-austin-resting-left-knee-injury/

Yanks trade Cervelli; CYA winners announced

The Yanks traded backup C Francisco Cervelli to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for LH reliever Justin Wilson. Wilson, 27, was 3-4, 4.20 for the Pirates in 2014. He has a 2.99 career ERA.

Cervelli, 28, hit .301-2-13 with the Yanks in 2014, OPS+ 126 in 49 games. He is a .278 career hitter, OPS+ 97 for his career. His 162 g. average is .278-6-60. You wonder if, after the Biogenesis suspension, the Yanks were looking for just the right deal to dump him.

As for A-Rod, no dumping him. Too much $$$$. Not so with Cervelli.

The funny thing is that Pirates starting catcher, Russell Martin, is a free agent and now the Pirates have Chris Stewart and Cervelli, all three going from the Bronx to the “Burgh.”

This clears up a bit of a logjam that the Yanks had at catcher. Brian McCann remains the starter, but it appears as if John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine will compete for the backup job, with the loser of the competition going to AAA to play there along with prospect Gary Sanchez.

The Yanks also signed a minor league lefty, 26 yr. old Jose De Paula, yesterday. De Paula is 33-27, 3.86 in his minor league career.

MLB announced the CYA winners yesterday. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw won the NL CYA unanimously. It’s his second straight Cy Young award and third in four years. He finished second in 2012. The AL CYA winner was Corey Kluber of Cleveland.

 

WS Game 1: SF, 7-1.

Maybe after winning eight straight postseason games, KC was due for a loss. In any case, the game was basically over six batters in. Pedro Sandoval doubled in a run (another potential run was thrown out at the plate on the play) and Hunter Pence followed with a 2-run HR to put the San Francisco Giants up 3-0 in the top of the first. That would be all that Madison Baumgarner would need as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Baumgarner gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.

KC’s James Shields has had a rough postseason. He passed a kidney stone the other day and it may have affected his pitching. Shades of the 1980 WS when George Brett had hemorrhoids. Shields is a free agent after the season and his postseason troubles are not helping him.

Meanwhile, Yankees prospect Greg Bird, a 1B who was in High A/Double A this year, was named a player of the week in the Arizona Fall League. He’s had a great start there so far.

 

The minors.

No postseasons for these teams. This ends the minor league season.

AAA: SWB won both the suspended game and the regularly scheduled game over LV today. It kept them out of last place (LV finished in last) in their division. SWB finished at 68-76, LV at 66-78.

Suspended game: 2-1 win. Rob Refsnyder the walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 9th. Kyle Roller HR.

Reg. sched. game.   4-1 win. Solo HR by Scott Sizemore. Austin Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton (67-75) lost 7-3. 3 hits, 2 rbi for C Francisco Arcia.

Low A: Charleston lost 2-0. Claudio Custodio got 2 of their 3 hits.

The minors.

AAA: SWB’s game with LV was suspended due to rain with the game tied in the bottom of the 8th. It will be completed before the reg. scheduled game today (Monday).

AA: 4-2 Trenton loss. CF Mason Williams 3 for 3 with an RBI. Jaron Long (son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin) took the loss.

High A: Tampa lost 6-3. Solo HR SS Cito Culver. 2 rbi for 3B Mike Ford.

Low A: 3B Kale Sumner 2 rbi in Charleston’s 5-0 win. LF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) and DH Miguel Andujar each had 2 hits and and rbi.

 

The minors.

Sorry for no minor league report yesterday, but I was busy and didn’t have the time to write one up.

AAA: SWB lost 6-5 to Lehigh Valley. Manny Banuelos went 4 innings, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. CF Adonis Garcia 2 doubles, rbi. 3B Scott Sizemore solo HR. C John Ryan Murphy 2 hits, HR, 3 rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 3-0. Luis Severino (L) 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 4 K. C Francisco Arcia and 2B Dan Fiorito each had two hits. Severino, 20, is 6-5, 2.46 in 24 starts this year (combined leagues).

High A: 8-4 loss for Tampa. DH Mike Ford and 2B Jose Rosario 2 RBI each. Tampa has been eliminated from a playoff spot, so no teams A through AAA will be in the postseason.

Low A: Charleston won 6-1. Rookie Davis 6 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 2 walks, 9 K (7-8, 4.93). DH Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 3 hits, rbi. C Eduardo De Oleo 3 hits, rbi. 2 hits and an rbi for both 1B Jackson Valera and LF Brandon Thomas.