Category Archives: Minors

What now? Starting pitching.

As the 2021 season started, it was expected that the Yanks had a strong lineup, with questions as far as the pitching goes. As the season progressed, however, the hitting was inconsistent, posting an average OPS+ of 100, with a poor .237 batting average. It was the pitching, with a 115 ERA+ and 3rd in the league ERA that carried them.

A key to 2022 will be the return of Luis Severino, who looked good in his brief appearance at the end of 2021. What can he give in 2022 after missing almost 3 full seasons? He has pitched in only 7 games since 2018. If he is back to the Severino of old, and can stay healthy for the full season, a top 3 of Cole, Severino and Montgomery is strong.

It will be interesting to see who the #4 starter will be. Corey Kluber slots in well here if the Yanks re-sign the free agent. Kluber did well, even pitching a no-hitter, but missed 1/2 the season with injury. Health is the key. A front four of Cole, Severino, Montgomery and Kluber is formidable.

If you can keep those four healthy, then a competition for #5 between Jameson Taillon, Domingo German, Clarke Schmidt, Michael King (who is better in relief), Nestor Cortes and Luis Gil will be a healthy competition (barring any of those being traded).

Deivi Garcia needs to work out his problems at AAA after a terrible 2021 season.

Pitchers who may make the majors in 2022 could be Garcia (#11 prospect) if he rebounds, Luis Medina who is the #8 prospect, J.P. Sears, #9 prospect Ken Waldichuk, #15 prospect Hayden Wesneski, and #20 prospect Randy Vazquez.

Andrew Heaney is a free agent. It’s safe to say the Yanks will not be going after him. (I sure as heck hope not). Heaney’s time in NY was a complete failure.

In the end, I don’t know if the Yanks will trade for a starter or pursue one on the free agent market, other than maybe re-signing Kluber. The key is having Kluber and Severino healthy all year. Having that enables a nice healthy competition for the #5 and the long man/spot starter roles.

Re-sign Kluber? Or break the bank for Robbie Ray, who is a free agent and possibly the AL CYA winner this year? I wouldn’t break the bank for Ray, who had a great 2021, but who was 49-51, 4.26 before his breakout year. One year wonder? I also don’t see other free agents like Verlander, Greinke, Wacha, Happ (been there), Pineda (been there too), Lester, Kershaw, Scherzer, Bauer (yuk, what a scumbag—toxic), Cueto, Gausman, Wood, Arrietta, Chacin being options. Some big names would be nice, but I don’t think the Yanks are going there nor do I think someone like Scherzer would come to NY.

In the end, I think the key is re-signing Kluber to a decent contract, maybe similar to what he got last year, and hoping he and Severino stay healthy for all of 2022 will be the way the Yanks go.

Update of C/Infield: Apparently the Yanks were after Twins SS Andrelton Simmons at the trade deadline this past season. He could be a short-term free agent option until Peraza or Volpe are ready. He wouldn’t provide much with the bat (88 OPS+) but is a 4x Gold Glove winner.

Minor league action, 9-3-21.

AAA: SWB (59-43) lost 1-0. INF Max Burt 2 hits. Starting P Luis Gil (#4 prospect) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Michael King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Adam Warren has spent the whole season at AAA. 1 scoreless IP, 2 K. ERA 2.94

AA: Somerset (61-44) lost 6-3. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect) 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Chad Bell 2-run HR. On the road.
Looks like Somerset’s ballpark is drying out after having been flooded.

High A: Hudson Valley (63-42) lost 3-2. Starting pitcher Beck Way (#22 prospect) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR. Took the loss. C Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa (68-36) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-1. LF Evan Alexander 2 hits. Starting P Nicio Rodriguez 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. Took the loss.

Game 2: Won 4-1. #2 prospect CF Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. INF Benjamin Cowles 3-run HR. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Starting pitcher Blane Abeyta 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 9 K.

Minor League games played 8-29-21. Gleyber homers on rehab.

AAA: SWB (59-39) lost 10-5 in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl. The Yanks had Luis Gil pitch in relief, probably to see if he can fill in that role in the postseason. He gave up 3 runs in 4 2/3 IP.
1B/C Rob Brantly 2 hits, RBI.

AA: Somerset (59-42) won 7-4. SS Gleyber Torres, on rehab assignment, 1 for 2, 2 walks, solo HR. 2B/SS Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. C Josh Breaux (#18 prospect ) solo HR. RF Isiah Gilliam solo HR.
1B Chad Bell 2 hits, solo HR. 3B Oliver Dunn 3 hits, solo HR. All Somerset runs via 6 HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (63-38) won 9-6. Starting P Anderson Munoz 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
DH Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 3-run HR. CF Elijah Dunham (#24 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. RF Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.
1B Pat DeMarco 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (67-33) lost 6-2. They got just 3 hits.

Minor League scores, 8-1-21.

AAA: SWB’s game was cancelled. Rain. It won’t be made up.

AA: Somerset (48-29) won 4-3. Starter Jhony Brito 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. Brito first game at AA after promotion from High A. For the season, (A+/AA) 5-4, 2.61, 15 starts.
Somerset only got 4 hits, but drew 12 walks, had one batter HBP and stole seven bases.

High A: Hudson Valley (50-28) won 5-0 in a shortened, six-inning game. SS Anthony Volpe 2-run HR. DH Josh Breaux solo HR. RF Pat DeMarco solo HR.

Volpe, the Yanks 1st round pick in 2019, is hitting .310-17-62 with 23 SB in 71 total games this season between Low and High A. The righty hitter is 20 years old.

Low A: Tampa (54-23) swept a DH.

Game 1: Won 4-0 in 9 innings, scoring 4 in the top of the 9th. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Ryder Green 2 hits, RBI. DH Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits.

Game 2: Even though it was just a seven-inning game, Tampa won 17-6.

Sanchez CF in this game. 2 hits, 3 RBI.
Chaparro was the DH. 2 hits, 3 RBI
SS Roberto Chirinos 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR.
RF Juan De Leon 2 hits, RBI.
LF Evan Alexander 2 hits.
3B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI.
1B Pedro Diaz 2 RBI

Minor league action from 7-30.

AAA: SWB (47-25) lost 6-0. Asher Maciejewski is back here and took the loss.

AA: Somerset (46-29) won 7-0. Another great outing for LHP Ken Waldichuk. Glad the Yanks didn’t trade him. 4-1, 3.35 at AA. Combined A+/AA record this year: 6-1, 1.95. 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI 3B Max Burt.

High A: Hudson Valley (48-28) lost 6-5. Starter Mitch Spence 5 shutout IP. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. C Josh Breaux 3-run HR.

Low A: Tampa (51-23) won both games of a DH.

Game 1: Won 7-3. 3B Andres Chaparro 3 for 3 with a walk. LF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits. SS Roberto Chirinos 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 for 2, 3 RBI.

Game 2: Won 6-2. Top prospect CF Jasson Dominguez 2 RBI. DH Everson Pereira solo HR. 2B Luis Santos 2 hits. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 for 2, walk, RBI.

Minor League Report. SWB throws a combined no-hitter.

AAA: SWB (43-21) won 8-0 on a combined no-hitter.

Luis Gil (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 4.03
Reggie McClain 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.55
Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50

CF Socrates Brito solo HR. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (40-27) lost 9-6. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 for 3, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (45-23) won 8-0. Starter Jhony Brito 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10 K (4-4, 2.76)
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Jake Sanford 2-run HR. 3B James Nelson 3 hits.
1B Kyle MacDonald 3 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (46-21) won 6-5 in 10 innings. RF Everson Pereira 2 RBI. LF Ryder Green 2 hits, RBI. 1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Luis Santos 2 hits. Tampa won despite walking 13 batters.

Sunday’s minor league action.

AAA: No luck for SWB, as they were supposed to complete a suspended game then play a new one. The suspended game was picked up in the second inning, no score. They only made it into the fifth, still no score, and the game had to be suspended again. The regularly scheduled game was postponed.

AA: Somerset (40-25) lost 8-7. Starter Ken Waldichuk has been really good this year, and was for five innings, but he then gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth. Guess he was due for a so-so outing. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Michael Beltre 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (43-23) won 9-4. RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. CF Elijah Dunham 3 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI, 1B Chad Bell a 3-run HR. C Saul Torres 3 -run HR.

Low A: Tampa (45-20) won 5-4. DH Everson Pereira 2 for 2, 2 RBI. RF Ryder Green 3 hits.

Minor League Report. Lots of Doubleheaders. No-hitter at High-A. 3 HR for Breaux.

AAA: SWB (37-19) split a DH. (7-inning games in this and below for the DHs)

Game 1: Lost 6-5 in 8 innings. CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI, solo HR. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 3B Andrew Velazquez 2 RBI.

Game 2: Won 1-0. Brandon Wagner 2 for 2, RBI. Matt Krook (1-1, 3.21) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Trevor Lane (S, 2.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Somerset (38-20) won 5-0. Starter Glenn Otto (6-3, 3.17) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 8 K. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2-run HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. RF Aaron Palensky 3 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (39-19) swept a DH.

Game 1: won 7-1. SS Ezequiel Duran 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. Elijah Dunham 3 for 3, RBI, 3 SB. Starting P Mitch Spence (3-1, 3.79) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. gave up 1 HR.

Game 2: Won 5-0 on a combined no-hitter (just 7 IP). C Josh Breaux not only caught the combined, shortened no-no, but he went 3 for 3, drove in all 5 runs, and all 3 hits were home runs.

Sean Boyle 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 0.00
Nick Ernst (W, 4-0, 4.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 WS, 4 K
Derek Craft 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70

Low A: Tampa (39-18) split a DH.

Game 1: Won 14-2.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 for 2, 3 walks, 2 RBI. Solo HR.
DH Austin Wells 2 RBI
CF Everson Pereria 2 HR, 6 RBI. 2-run HR and a Grand Slam
RF Jake Sanford solo HR.
3B Jesus Bastidas solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 5-1. RF Juan DeLeon HR.

Minor League Report. Rain cancels games in Northeast.

Rain just wiped out the games in the Northeast.

AAA: SWB ppd.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley ppd.

Low A: Tampa (37-17) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Won 21-2, and yes, just a 7-inning game.

SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits RBI
C Austin Wells 3 for 3, also walked twice. 6 RBI, a 3-run HR
2B Trevor Hauver 3 hits, 4 RBI
CF Everson Pereira 3 hits, 3 RBI,
LF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI
3B Andres Chaparro 3 RBI, a 2-run HR
DH Carlos Narvaez solo HR
RF Pat DeMarco 4 for 4

Game 2: They should have saved some hits for this game. Lost 3-1, only had 2 hits.

Game 62. Offense finally waking up? Yanks win, 9-6; Hit 4 HR (2 by Stanton).

For the first time all season, the Yankees have 10 or more hits in three consecutive games. They got 15 last night—4 of them homers—in a 9-6 win over the Twins.

The game really wasn’t as close as the final score. An ugly ninth inning by pitcher Brooks Kriske turned 9-2 into 9-6.

It’s just the Twins. But hopefully this offensive outburst means the bats are FINALLY waking up. with the win, the Yanks are 33-29, 3rd in the AL East, 5 1/2 games out.

The Yanks struck quickly. Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, hit his 15th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

They made it 2-0 in the second inning. With two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and was doubled home by Brett Gardner.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Judge led off the inning with a double, Gleyber Torres walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR. It was the first of two Stanton home runs on the evening.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-1. Cole went six innings, and gave up two runs, both on solo HR. After the spider tack grip controversy, where Twins’ 3B Josh Donaldson made some accusatory statements regarding Cole, Cole responded by striking Donaldson out the first two times he faced him.

The Yanks made it 8-1 in the fifth inning. Torres walked and Stanton hit a 2-run HR (11) for his second HR of the game. Two outs later, a red-hot Miguel Andujar hit a solo HR (5). It was Andujar’s fifth HR in his last eight games.

Cole gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and it was 8-2.

With one out in the seventh, Gio Urshela singled and Rougned Odor doubled him to third. Andujar got Urshela in with a sac fly. 9-2.

As mentioned above, Brooks Kriske had an ugly ninth inning, giving up 4 runs, including a HR, that made the final score 9-6 and the score seem like the game was closer than it actually was.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Stanton 3 hits, a double and 2 HR (11) 5 RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (5)
Higashioka 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, RBI

Now that is the offensive recap we’ve been waiting for.

Cole (W, 7-3) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.84
Kriske 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 11.25

SS Oswald Peraza was promoted from High A Hudson Valley to AA Somerset this week.