Category Archives: Ex-Players

Minor League Report/Problem with Sanchez?/Ex-Yankee Sanderson dies.

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The Yankees were off Thursday.

I will not have a report on any of Friday’s action. I’ll be out of town.

AAA: SWB (4-4) won 9-8 in 10 innings. PH Mandy Alvarez GW hit.  LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI, but had to leave the game (see below) .RF/1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.

It appears as if Chance Adams, so good a few years ago, has taken a step backwards in his development.

The reason Higashioka was called up was—wait for it—there may be ANOTHER Yankee going on the DL, and that may be Gary Sanchez.

AA Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa (2-6) lost 8-6. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. LF Tyler Hill 2 RBI. 3B David Metzgar HR, 2 RBI. Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 2 unearned runs, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (4-4) lost 4-0. DH Josh Breaux 2 of the Riverdogs’ 5 hits.

Scott Sanderson, who spent two years with the Yankees in 1991 and 1992, has died at the age of 62. He was an All-Star in 1991. He spent 19 season in the majors, going 163-143, 3.84. His 162 g. average was 13-11, 3.84.

Sanderson was with the Expos (1978-1983), Cubs (1984-1989), A’s (1990), Yankees (1991-1992), Angels (1993), Giants (1993), White Sox (1994) and back with the Angels (1995-1996).

He was with the 1981 Expos that played in the NLCS, the 1984 and 1989 Cubs that played in the NLCS, and the 1990 AL pennant winning A’s. He got into five postseason games, going 0-0, 5.73.

Some of Sanderson’s best seasons:
1980 Expos 16-11, 3.11
1984 Cubs 8-5, 3.14
1989 Cubs 11-9, 3.94
1990 A’s 17-11, 3.88

For the Yankees, he went 16-10, 3.91 in 1991 and 12-11, 4.93 in 1992.

He was the player who wore #21 before Paul O’Neill.

 

 

 

 

 

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Game 7. Yanks hit 4 HR (2 by Gleyber) to win 8-4.

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After the first inning, it didn’t look good. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in the first, and one run scored on a balk, another via a WP.

Gleyber Torres homered in the third, but after five innings, it was 4-1 Orioles and you feared the worst.

But in the fifth, Sanchez homered (3) to make it 4-2 and later that inning, Torres homered (2) to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

Luke Voit, who was slumping, hit a 3-run HR (2) in the top of the ninth for the cushion and the final score of 8-4.

The win puts the Yanks at 3-4 on the season. Tampa Bay is off to a good start, but take a look at Boston, 2-6.

Paxton did settle in after the first inning to get the win.

Torres 4 for 4. Single, double, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Voit HR, 3 RBI
Sanchez HR
Gardner 2 hits

Tough day for Aaron Judge, who may be trying to do too much to carry the team with all the injuries. 0 for 5, 4 strikeouts.

Paxton (W, 1-1, 4.09)  5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50.

Greg Booker, a setup man who pitched for the Padres in the 1984 WS, passed away, age 58.  1983-1989 SD, Twins 1989, Giants 1990. 5-7, 3.89 in MLB career, ERA+ 95.

HOF manager Bobby Cox, mostly known for his managerial work for the Braves, but a Yankees’ 3B 1968-1969, is in the hospital after what appears to be a stroke. Prayers go out to him.

The Yanks are off Friday.

The Yanks did make a move, acquiring Jake Barrett from the Pirates and he will go to AAA SWB.

From Pinstripe Alley

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved pitcher Ben Heller to the 60-day injured list.

Barrett has just 93.1 major-league innings to his name, all out of the bullpen with the Diamondbacks, along with a 4.05 ERA. The 27-year-old posted his best season in 2016, when he ran a 3.49 ERA, good for a 129 ERA+, across 59.1 innings. He’s spent little time in the majors since, making just seven appearances in 2018, allowing four runs in seven innings in the process.

He did play well in the minors last season, maintaining a 2.87 ERA in 53.1 innings for Triple-A Reno. Barrett struck out 11.3 batters per nine, but also ran a 4.9 BB/9 rate. According to Statcast, during Barrett’s brief time in the bigs last year, he relied heavily on his fastball, throwing his four-seamer 60% of the time. His slider made up 35% of his repertoire, while a splitter served as more of a show-me pitch with 5% usage. He averaged just over 94 mph on his fastball.

Now that the minor league season has started, I’ll be posting reports on the Yanks’ farm teams.

Spoiler alert: Gio Gonzalez sucked for SWB in their opener Thursday. Minor league Report coming tomorrow morning.

 

Game 4. Yanks win 3-1 on combined 2-hitter, but Stanton & Andujar go on I.L. Andujar could be lost for the season.

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The Yanks evened their record at 2-2 with a 3-1 win over the Tigers, but the injured list grew even bigger when before the game, the Yanks had to put Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar on the injured list for 10 days each.

Stanton has a strained bicep, suffered on a funky swing he took. Andujar’s injury could, and appears to be more serious, since he (per MLB.com) has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder and the team will handle him conservatively for two weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. But Andujar could soon undergo season-ending surgery. In any case, he’ll be out much longer than 10 days.

To replace them, the Yanks called up Clint Frazier (for Stanton) and Tyler Wade (for Andujar).

Unfortunately, neither was an “April Fool’s Joke.”

The duo joins an injured list that includes Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Aaron Hicks (still no where close to returning), Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury.

As for the game, the Yanks struck first when Gary Sanchez hit his second HR of the year to make it 1-0 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Luke Voit walked and Greg Bird singled. When OF Christian Stewart made an error on Bird’s single, Voit came all the way around to score while Bird took second. 2-0 Yanks.

With two on in the fourth, a WP by Yankees’ starter Domingo German moved the runners up, and a throwing error by Sanchez enabled the lead runner to score. 2-1, Yanks. It’s Sanchez’ third error of the season already, all throwing, but in seeing the play, it appears that Gleyber Torres needs to make a better play in keeping the ball in front of him. The throw wasn’t too bad. It was a bang-bang play and Torres may have “heard footsteps” or may have been spiked on the play.

Brett Gardner led off the fifth with his first HR of the season, making it 3-1 Yanks, which was the final score. Gardner had two of the Yanks’ five hits.

It almost wasn’t the final score, however. With two on and no one out in the eighth, Aaron Judge made a diving catch to save the day.  It was a play that put your heart in your throat, because it was a play where Judge could have hurt his wrist really bad if he fell on it wrong. Fortunately, nothing happened. The Yanks can’t afford to lose anyone else right now, ESPECIALLY Aaron Judge.

Domingo German was a bit wild, but pitched great and four relievers backed him up.

German (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.50
Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Ottavino (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

OF Jim Holt, a member of the 1974 WS Champion Oakland A’s, passed away recently.

Extensions galore.

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You wonder what future free agent classes will look like.

Maybe not that hot.

Recently we’ve seen extensions given out to Severino, Hicks, Trout, Verlander, Sale, DeGrom, Snell, Nola, Goldschmidt, ….

More probably to come, but like I said, you wonder how poor future free agent classes will look like.

Recent passings:

Randy Jackson, 2x All Star 3B for the Cubs in the mid=1950s. A .261 hitter, OPS+ 94, he hit 21 HR for the 1955 Cubs (19 in 1953 and also in 1954) and was an All-Star in 1954 and 1955. Cubs 1950-1955, Dodgers 1956-1958, Indians 1958-1959, back with the Cubs 1959. Played in the 1956 WS with the Dodgers. He was 93.

Chuck Harmon, a utility player for the Reds (1954-1956), Cardinals (1956-1957) and Phillies 1957. Hit .238 in 289 games, OPS+ 62.

 

Who will be the final cuts?

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As the Yanks head into their final weekend of spring training baseball, we await the final cuts to see what the 25-man Opening Day roster will look like.

With one possible exception, the 12 position players are set.

C Sanchez & Romine
IF Bird, Voit, Torres, LeMahieu, Tulowitzki, Andujar
UT-IF/OF Wade

OF Gardner, Judge, Stanton (after I wrote this, Yanks traded for Mike Tauchman and sent Tyler Wade down) Tauchman

Hicks starts the year on the DL. When he comes back, then the Yanks have to decide who goes—they’ve said that they only want to carry one 1B, so either Bird or Voit would be sent down and Wade would stay. (Update see below. Keep Tauchman, Bird or Voit would go? )

If the Yanks are concerned about Wade’s OF play, since he isn’t a natural OF, they could see what OF gets cut from another team, pick him up, have him on the team, and then cut him themselves once Hicks is ready. This would mean Wade goes down to AAA. (Update: exactly what happened)

I don’t see it, but it could happen. Wade’s versatility and speed make him a nice bench piece. Now to hit MLB pitching.

The pitching staff isn’t as clear cut.

They’ll carry 13 pitchers.

The givens are Tanaka, Happ, Paxton, Chapman, Britton, Green, Holder and Ottavino. So that is eight.

Severino and Betances start the year on the DL.

CC has that 5 game suspension. They’ll probably put him on the team, have it served right away, then to the DL for a while until he’s ready, so for now CC would be 9, replaced by someone when he goes to the DL.

Kahnle is out of options, so he is probably #10 (UPDATE YES). Cessa had a great spring training, and with Severino out, will replace him. #11. (UPDATE YES)

So three more. I really do think Stephen Tarpley will be #12. A great spring and a third lefty out of the bullpen. (Update: He made it)

That leaves (and I hope I ain’t forgetting anyone) Loaisiga and German. It’s looking like German makes it (Update: Yes), and Loaisiga goes down (to come back up when CC goes on the DL and back down when CC comes off of it). (YES HERE TOO).

Then there is Gio Gonzalez, who if he is put on the team, probably takes German’s spot.

As to what happens when Severino and Betances are ready to come back? Who knows. Release Cessa (out of options)? Move Cessa to BP and send down Tarpley? Gio has the April 20 opt-out.

Then you have Jordan Montgomery at the end of the year when he comes back from TJ surgery (and, regarding position players, when Didi comes back from HIS TJ surgery. And we won’t discuss Ellsbury).

Interesting decisions are to be made regarding the pitching staff, and we’ll find out this weekend.

You can never have enough pitching.

And remember, sometimes you don’t have to make a decision. Sometimes, due to poor performance or injury, the decision is made for you.

Spring training instructor Lee Mazzilli was released from the hospital yesterday after being kept there for observation after being struck in the head by a line drive during Yankees’ BP the other day.

 

S.T. Game 25. Yanks win 6-2 but Betances goes to D.L.

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The good news: The Game. The Yanks won 6-2 over the Rays to improve their S.T. Record to 15-6-4.

Luis Cessa continued his strong spring with four scoreless innings.

Aaron Judge singled, walked, scored two runs and drove in one.

Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double.

Gary Sanchez had 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs.

Greg Bird hit a solo HR.

Billy Burns 2 for 2, RBI

Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cessa (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Coulombe 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Sosebee 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.

The bad news: Dellin Betances to the DL with a shoulder issue. He’ll miss the start of the season.

Estevan Florial has another fracture in the wrist besides the one first diagnosed.

Other news: The Angels’ Mike Trout has 2 years and $66MM left on his deal. That was extended today for 10 more years and some $362MM(!!) .

Leroy Stanton, an OF for the Mets (1970-1971), Angels (1972-1976) and Mariners (1977-1978) from 1970 to 1978 died at the age of 72. He had 14 HR, 82 RBI and 18 SB for the 1975 Angels and 27 HR and 90 RBI for the expansion 1977 Mariners. For his career, a .244 hitter, OPS+ 103.

S.T. Game 18. Yanks and Phils tie, 5-5.

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The Yanks and Phillies tied last night 5-5. It is the Yanks third tie of spring training. They are 9-6-3.

Phillip Diehl couldn’t hold a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth.

Luke Voit singled in a run in the first. The Yanks wasted an opportunity for more runs, since they only scored that one run despite getting four hits.

Masahiro Tanaka got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second without giving up a run.

Brett Gardner plated a run with a SF in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 2-0.

But in the fourth, Tanaka gave up a HR to Realmuto to cut the lead to 2-1. After a single and two outs, his day was done, but Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR to Kingery, the first batter he faced, and the Phils were up 3-2.

The Phils, aided by a catcher’s interference call on Gary Sanchez, made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Aaron Judge threw out a runner at the plate or the Phils would have had another run.

The Yanks took the lead with three in the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton homered to cut the lead to 4-3. Luke Voit walked, went to second on a groundout and to third on a WP. Sanchez walked and Greg Bird singled in a run to tie the game. Gio Urshela singled to load the bases and when Tyler Wade walked, the Yanks had a 5-4 lead.

But in the ninth, Diehl gave up back-to-back singles, got an out, then gave up a walk to load the bases. A WP tied the game. A walk reloaded the bases, but then Diehl got a force at home and a fly out to end the inning.

The Yanks did get 2nd and 3rd with one out in the bottom of the ninth but coudn’t score.

Stanton 2 hits, solo HR.
Voit 1 for 3 RBI
Bird 1 for 2 RBI Interesting 1B Battle.
Urshela 2 hits

Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (BS) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Hutchison 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Diehl (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.

The Orioles will be starting Alex Cobb against Tanaka on Opening Day, March 28.

Catcher John Romano, an All-Star catcher for Cleveland in 1961 and 1962, passed away at the age of 84. He played with the White Sox 1958-1959 and was the backup C on the Go-Go AL pennant winning White Sox team of 1959. He was with Cleveland 1960-1964, back with the White Sox 1965-1966 and ended his career by playing briefly with the Cardinals in 1967. A .255 career hitter with an OPS+ of 122, he hit 20 or more HR in both 1961 and 1962 and finished 24th in MVP voting in 1961. He was 0 for 1 as a PH in the 1959 WS.