Category Archives: Minor Leagues

Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Gardner played with wrist injury the entire season

From the Lohud blog, new hitting coach Alan Cockrell states that Brett Gardner played the entire 2015 season with a wrist injury.

Gardner’s offense began to significantly decline after the All-Star break. He was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip through the end of July, but Gardner hit just .203/.288/.290 from August 1 through the end of the year. Why would a hit by pitch in April cause a massive second-half decline? Cockrell said Gardner got injections to deal with the issue, but eventually he wasn’t allowed to get any more.

“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”

That wrist injury, along with lingering trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury’s knee, might have been a factor in the Yankees’ struggles at the top of the order.

“It’s tough to hit if you don’t have legs,” Cockrell said. “And it’s tough to hit if you don’t have your hands. … I think it probably was a bigger thing than either of those guys let on.”

Also, the Yanks have let minor leaguer Kyle Roller go. Andrew Bailey is gone as a free agent. Chris Martin was released to go to a Japanese team.

KC repeats as AL Champ, to face Mets in WS

The Kansas City Royals repeated as AL Champions, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night to win the ALCS in six games.

The Royals, of course, lost last year’s WS to the Giants in 7 games.

One HR, by Moustakas of KC, was controversial when it appeared that a fan may have reached over and interfered. It was close. MLB should do something about fences like KC’s and Philly’s were there is a fence and then some funky railing or flowerbed, etc.. It’s a bit confusing. Just have the fence, no funky decoration. Then you aren’t determining did it clear this, not that, etc. You just go by did it clear or not.

I’m kind of glad Toronto lost. I don’t care for hot dogs like Bautista and Encarnacion.

Bautista did hit two homers in the loss.

Alcides Escobar was named ALCS MVP.

From 1976-1980, the Royals and Yankees played each other four times in five years in the ALCS, and the series were classics. Now it’s KC/NY again, but this time against the Mets in the World Series.

Don Mattingly and the Dodgers have parted ways. Donnie Baseball may not have to wait long for another managerial job. Besides the Dodgers, other teams who have let their managers go and who are looking for a new one are the Marlins, Mariners and Nationals. (Updated: I didn’t see that the Mariners hired a new manager yesterday.) Some Yankees fans would like Donnie back with the Yanks as hitting coach. Although it’d be nice, I cannot see it. When the Yankees let Joe Torre go as manager after 2007, Donnie was interviewed for the job along with Tony Pena and Joe Girardi. Girardi won the job. Although Pena is on Girardi’s staff, I don’t believe it is a good idea to have the two guys who competed with you for the manager’s job under you on your staff. Granted they are all professionals, but there could be too much looking over one’s shoulder. The first time the Yanks slump, people may start wondering if Mattingly would replace Girardi. That isn’t good for team chemistry and morale.

I’ve always thought that Hideki Matsui would make a great hitting coach, but the language barrier would be a problem. Some former players whose names are being tossed around include Raul Ibanez and Chili Davis.

In the Arizona Fall League, Gary Sanchez has been raking so far.

We’ll see if this one will be a classic. On paper, it appears the Mets have the starting pitching edge, but KC the bullpen edge.

The WS starts Tuesday night.

Game 156. 10000th win in Yankees history will have to wait another day. Yanks lose, 5-1


The Yankees are stuck at 9999 wins in their history after losing to Boston 5-1 on Monday night.

Yes, the next win will make them the first AL team to 10000.

A-Rod got the Yanks on the board in the first with a SF, but the Yanks didn’t score after that.

Ivan Nova was strong for five innings, but gave up a two-run HR in the sixth, and another in the seventh.

Caleb Cotham gave up a solo HR in the ninth.

The loss all but eliminates the Yanks from winning the division. At 86-70, the Yanks are five behind Toronto with six games to play.

They remain 3 1/2 up on Houston for the top wild card spot, and four up on the Angels to just get into that wild card game.

The magic # to make the playoffs remains at 3.

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Wednesday. This lines him up to start the wild card game on five days rest.

But the Yanks don’t know who they will face. Houston? Angels? Minnesota?

Nova (L 6-10, 4.89) 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87
Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 7.81
Cotham 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.02

Update: I’m not sure how they do the math, but the Yanks could clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Twins AND Angels tonight. Must be how they would do the tiebreakers and a 163rd game…. Also, Dave Miley will not be returning as SWB’s mgr. next year.

The Minors. SWB’s season over. Swept out of playoffs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What a way to have your season end.

Needing to win to stay alive in the playoffs, and avoiding getting swept out, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Yankees’ AAA team, flushed a 2-0 ninth inning lead, losing 4-2 to Indianapolis.

They wasted a superb pitching performance by Kyle Davies, who pitched eight two-hit shutout innings. Johnny Barbato came in to relieve in the top of the ninth and gave up the four runs.

LF Ben Gamel went 4 for 4. Three other players (CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge and 3B Cole Figueroa) had two hits each.

SWB was 1 for 13 with RISP and stranded 15.

Tough way for the season to end.

Maybe with their season over, we will see a couple more callups to the big club.

The Minors. SWB goes down 0-2 in series.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

SWB lost 6-1 and is now down two games to none in their best-0f-five AAA playoff series.

2B Ali Castillo and CF Ben Gamel each had two hits. The team total was just six.

The Minors. SWB loses Game 1, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

SWB lost Game 1 of their best-of-five AAA playoff series against Indianapolis, 7-3. SWB gave up six in the bottom of the first as Kyle Haynes had a bad start.

Four SWB players had two hits each. 2B Ali Castillo, one of the four, had 2 rbi.