Category Archives: Minor Leagues

The Minors.

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Dietrich Enns at AAA, and Chance Adams at AA, both of whom have been exceptional this year, have been moved to the bullpen and basically shut down due to innings limits.

AAA: SWB won 4-0. Combined 3-hitter. Nestor Cortes 5 2/3 IP, no hits. Luis Severino 2 1/3 IP, 5 K. Enns 1 IP. Donovan Solano 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits, RBI for both Mason Williams and Rob Refsnyder.

SWB’s Magic # for clinching the division is 3.

Earlier in the day, OF Ben Gamel was named International League MVP.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. Mark Payton 2-run HR. 2 hits Miguel Andujar, 2 RBI Tyler Wade. 2 hits, rbi for Abiatal Avelino. Trenton stays 1 1/2 back of Reading for the division, and have already clinched a wild card spot.

High A: Tampa had already won the first-half title. They were scoreless in the second inning when rain suspended the game. It should be completed today.

Low A: Charleston had already won the first-half title. they lost 2-0, getting just 3 hits.

Game 131. Yanks escape with 5-4 win in 10, finalize Nova deal.

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The Yanks escaped a tricky situation in the bottom of the 10th and beat the Royals 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 68-63. They are in fourth, 6 1/2 back. They are 3 1/2 out of the final playoff spot, but need to jump four teams.

Aaron Judge got the scoring started in the second inning with his 3rd HR, a 2-run shot. Later that inning, Brett Gardner walked and scored on a double by Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury had four hits in the game, including the game-winner.

In the third, the Yanks went up 4-0 on singles by Gregorius, Castro and McCann and a SF by Headley.

Tanaka gave up a run in the third, and another in the fourth. A rain delay forced him out of the game after five innings.

KC pecked away, scoring a run in the sixth and another in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were blowing scoring chances. They were 2 for 16 w/RISP on the night, and left 13 on.

But in the tenth, they pushed a run across. McCann and Headley singled, and after Judge and Austin each struck out, Gardner walked. An infield single by Ellsbury made it 5-4 Yanks.

Then they escaped. Ben Heller started the 10th by hitting a batter. A SB and single put runners on the corners with no out. A Stolen bases made it 2nd and 3rd, no out.  Heller got a strikeout, then intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases and set up a DP. In came Chasen Shreve, who got a strikeout and flyout to end the game.

Tanaka 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.12
Warren 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.29. (Cubs/NYY) Faced two batters, gave up 2 hits.
Layne (H, 6) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.41 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 18) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 3.42 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (BS, 4; W, 3-4, 2.15) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Heller (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1 HBP. 9.00
Shreve (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.20

The Yanks finalized the deal for Ivan Nova. From the Pirates, they get:

OF Tito Polo and LHP Stephen Tarpley.

Polo: 22, righty hitting OF, just 5’9″. This year Low and High A combined, .289-16-65, 37 SB. Nice speed, and some pop for a little guy. In 2015, in low A, he only hit .236 with 3 HR but stole 46 bases.

Tarpley: 23, LHP. This year at High A: 6-4, 4.32 in 20 starts. He was 11-4, 2.48 at Low A in 2015.

To show you how weak the free agent class will be this offseason, I read where the best pitcher on the market may very well be: Ivan Nova.



The Minors.

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AAA: SWB lost 6-2. They got just three hits. The pitchers combined for 14 K, 13 by the relievers after they replaced the failed starter in the third. Jake Cave double, 2 RBI. SWB’s magic # to clinch the division is 4.

AA: Trenton won 8-7 in 11 innings. 3-run HR Dustin Fowler. Mike Ford a 2-run HR. Dante Bichette, Jr. 4 hits, double, 2 HRs, 3 RBI. Thunder pitchers struck out 14. They have clinched a playoff spot, and are 1 1/2 back of Reading for the division lead.

High A: Tampa got just four hits in getting shut out, 2-0. Yefrey Ramirez the hard-luck losing pitcher. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 8 K. Tampa already won the first-half division title.

Low A: As with Tampa, Charleston had already won the first-half division title. They were off on Monday.

The Minors. SWB pitchers strike out 22 in their 3-1 win.

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There will be a lot of minor league postseason action soon.

AAA: SWB’s Jonathan Holder, in relief, struck out 11 straight batters, and after giving up a hit, struck out another in retiring all 12 of his outs via strikeout in SWB’s 3-1 win. Bryan Mitchell started, and gave up 1 unearned run in 3 2/3 IP, striking out 8. SWB struck out 22 Rochester batters in the game. Chris Parmalee with 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.  SWB, 84-51, has clinched a playoff spot, and has a four game lead in the division. Their magic # for clinching the division is 5. They have the best record in the league.

AA: Trenton  (83-51) won 4-3 in 11 innings.   2-run HR Mark Payton. 3 hits Miguel Andujar. 2 doubles Mike O’Neill; 2 RBI for Abiatal Avelino. Trenton is in 2nd place, 1 1/2 back of Reading, and can still take the division, but did clinch a playoff spot.

High A: Tampa (77-55) won 8-2. Justus Sheffield 0 R, 1 H in 5 IP. Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 4 hits and 1 RBI for Gleyber Torres. 3 hits, 2 RBI Trey Amburgey. 3 hits, 3 RBI Rashad Crawford. Zack Zehner 2 rbi. Tampa had already clinched a postseason berth by being the first-half (split season) division champs.

Low A: Charleston won 2-1 in 10 innings. Christian Morris 6 IP, 1 unearned run. Ricardo Ferreira 2 hits. Charleston (72-60) did the same as Tampa. First half (split season) champs, so they clinched a playoff spot already.

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AAA: SWB beat LV, 5-3. Dietrich Enns didn’t start, but did get the win, giving up 1 run in 3 IP of relief. Why he isn’t on the 40 man roster, and why the Yanks don’t bring him up baffles me. He is 7-2, 1.33 at SWB, and overall this year, between AA and AAA, he is 14-4, 1.65. I’d rather see a kid like him, or Chance Adams or Jordan Montgomery get a shot than to see someone like Swarzak and others like Yates and Shreve continue to do poorly. Just saying. Time to try someone else. Ben Gamel 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Mason Williams 2 hits, 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder and Donovan Solano 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Dan Camarena (9-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 1 R. Dustin Fowler 2 hits, triple, HR, 3 RBI. Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI. Mike Ford 2 hits.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 8-2. Nick Green pitched six shutout innings. 3 hits, 2 HR and 5 RBI for Chris Gittens. Alexander Palma 2 RBI. Ricardo Ferreira and Cesar Diaz 2 hits each.

An aside: I hate playing “matchups.” If a pitcher comes in and does well, why not leave him in? Too often you see these “one out guys” come in, dominate, and get pulled because of matchups. Then the next guy comes in and stinks and blows the game. If a guy is doing well, just leave him in there. Guess I am too “old school” but I hate this managing by the book too much. Go by what you see and go with your gut. Guy is doing well? Ride that horse.

The minors. AA news: Mitchell, Adams.

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The big boys are out on the west coast and off today. Here is a report on the minor leaguers.

AAA: SWB lost 9-3. Stripped of starters like Cessa and Green, SWB had to start a reliever, Tyler Webb, tonight and due to the unfamiliarity, he got rocked. Cesar Puello  2 doubles, 2 rbi. 2 hits each for Clint Frazier, Rob Refsnyder, and Cito Culver. RBI for Refsnyder.

AA: Trenton lost 5 -0, getting just 3 hits. Bryan Mitchell continues to struggle on his rehab. 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER. Gave up a HR. Each start has been a level up, but each start has been problematic in coming off that injury. Maybe he doesn’t make it all the way back until 2017 spring training. I wouldn’t count on him this year with the results he’s had since coming off the injury. Chance Adams, who is 13-1 with High A Tampa and AA Trenton, was supposed to start tonight but was bumped for Mitchell. Adams, who has been great this year, came on in relief and pitched four scoreless, hitless innings and struck out seven. 

So my take from this game is that Mitchell is still struggling to come back from his injury, but Adams continues to kick butt. 

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Jorge Mateo 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Thairo Estrada.

Low A: Charleston won 6-1. Vicente Conde 3 hits and 3 RBI. Mandy Alvarez 2 hits.  Gosuke Katoh 3 hits, rbi.

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AAA: SWB (78-47)  lost 10-6. Brady Lail got knocked out in the fourth, gave up 9 runs. Kyle Higashioka and Pete Kozma each had 2 hits w/a solo HR. Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder each had 2 hits and an RBI. Donovan Solano 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits Clint Frazier.

AA: Trenton (76-47)  lost 6-5. Solo HR Dustin Fowler. 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI Jose Rosario.

High A: Tampa (70-52) lost 6-3. Solo HR Kevin Cornelius. 2 hits for Devyn Bolasky.

Low A: Charleston (65-56) won 5-1. Nick Green 6 IP, 1 R. 3 hits Kyle Holder, 2 hits w/RBI Chris Gittens. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Cesar Diaz.

Since it is getting late in the minor league seasons….


SWB leads the International League North by 3 1/2 over Lehigh Valley.They have the best record in the league.

Trenton is in 2nd place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, 3 games behind Reading, with the 2nd best record in the league.

Tampa won the first half (split season) with a 42-27 record. For the second half, they are in 4th place in the Florida State League North, 7 1./2 out at 28-25.

Charleston won the first half (split season) with a 42-27 record. For the second half, they are  23-29, in fifth place in the Southern Atlantic League’s Southern Division, and 10 1/2 back.