Category Archives: Regular Season

Yankees and Minor League News.

The Yankees were rained out yesterday, but there were minor league games and other news, and some news wasn’t good.

The Yankees await word on Chad Green’s injury but it appears that word won’t be good. Meanwhile, Luis Gil will need Tommy John surgery.

AAA: SWB (13-26) lost 6-2 as Deivi Garcia’s regression continues.
SS Oswald Peraza (#2 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. .207
1B Ron Guzman 2 hits.

Garcia (L, 0-3) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 2 HBP. 9.90 #29 prospect
Nittoli 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.94
Sears 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 7 K. 0.83 This guy deserves to come back up soon. #24 prospect.
Greene 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40

AA: Somerset (24-12) won 6-2.
CF Blake Perkins 2 hits, RBI
C Rodolfo Duran 2-run HR (3)
2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (2).

Randy Vasquez 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.19 #16 prospect
Ernst (W, 2-0; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP 3.32
Loseke (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.74
Mujica 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley’s game ppd.

Low A: Tampa (15-21) won 7-3.
3B Benjamin Cowles 2-run HR (3)
LF Grant Richardson 2 hits.

Carela 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.43
Watson (W, 2-2) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 3.32
Neely 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 6.38

Minor League action from May 19, 2022

AAA: SWB (13-25) gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th and lost 3-2. They only got 5 hits.

Wesneski 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 HBP 2.31 (#8 prospect)
McKay 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1 Balk. 1.84
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.51
Weissert (L, 1-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up GW 2-run walkoff HR. 4.02

AA: Somerset (23-12) lost 12-4, giving up 7 runs in the top of the 8th.
RF Elijah Dunham 2 RBI (#27 prospect .227)
SS Jesus Bastidas 2 hits.
2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits.
1B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI

Boyle 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.15
Jennings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.24
Zurak (L, 2-1) 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 3.68
Craft 1 2/3 IP, 1 R< 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.08

High A: Hudson Valley (16-19) won 3-1.
CF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits.

Sauer (W, 1-1) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H , 0 W, 9 K. 1 HBP 4.41
Mauricio (S, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 5.51

Low A: Tampa (14-21) lost 7-5
SS Alexander Vargas 2 hits.
1B Anthony Garcia 2 RBI
2B Benjamin Cowles 2 hits.

Fitts (L, 0-3) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 3 HR 6.75
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR 1 HBP 4.24
Dees 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.32
Santana 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP 1.23
Holloway 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.93

STANDINGS
SWB Last in International League East at 13-25; 11 1/2 GB
Somerset 1st in Eastern League Northeast at 23-12. In front by 1 1/2 games.
Hudson Valley 16-19 3rd in Southern Atlantic League North. 10 1/2 GB
Tampa (14-21) 5th in Florida State League West 8 1/2 GB



Game 38. O’s walk-off Yanks with 3-run HR, 9-6

The Yankees’ (28-10) bullpen has been very good this year so far, but it wasn’t in Thursday afternoon’s loss to Baltimore, 9-6.

Lucas Luetge gave up a walk-off three-run HR to Anthony Santander that won the game for the Orioles.

In the process, Chad Green hurt his pitching forearm, and that is never a good sign.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the first when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo doubled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run single (that would have been a HR last year before the Orioles moved the fence back and higher).

Jordan Montgomery was off today, but he did keep the Yanks in the game. He gave up a two-run HR to Robinson Chirinos in the bottom of the second that tied the game, and another run in the third that put Baltimore up 3-2.

Stanton tied the game in the top of the fourth with his eleventh HR of the season.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks took a 5-3 lead when Judge and Rizzo singled, and Stanton walked. Bases loaded, no one out, but Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks both struck out. Isiah KIner-Falefa singled in two runs.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Baltimore scored three runs off of Miguel Castro and Green before Jonathan Loaisiga closed out the inning. 6-5 Orioles.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the ninth, Kiner-Falefa walked and stole second. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu singled to tie the game. Judge and Joey Gallo (who replaced Rizzo afer Rizzo was ejected earlier) walked, but Stanton lined out.

But in the bottom of the ninth, an error by Josh Donaldson let one runner aboard, and after an out, a single preceded Santander’s walk-off blast.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Rizzo 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (11)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, 2 RBI

Montgomery 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.35
Castro 0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.92.
Green (BS, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.40
Peralta 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.38
Luetge (L, 1-1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW HR. 6.30

Minor League Report. Gil Injured, and Prospect Sanford released in shame.

OF minor league prospect Jake Sanford was released by the New York Yankees yesterday. Here is the NY Post report. (edited)

Following in the footsteps of the infamous Ruben Rivera, another Yankees prospect has been released for allegedly stealing from his teammates. 

The Yankees cut 2019 third-round pick Jake Sanford last Thursday for allegedly stealing from his minor league teammates and scamming people for money online, The Post confirmed. 


According to a source, the 24-year-old outfielder was released last week after a team investigation found Sanford had stolen from teammates, including equipment that he would then try to sell online, as first reported by NJ Advance Media


Additionally, a source said Sanford, who played college baseball at Western Kentucky, also accepted money from prospective buyers for the equipment then failed to deliver the products. 


Sanford spent last year at A ball, both Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley. He hit .285-16-61 combined in 101 games.

Yankees’ #10 prospect, Luis Gil, injured his elbow in his start last night for AAA SWB. He called for the trainer and said “I’m done”. Gil has started 7 MLB games for the Yankees, including one this year. We’ll see how bad it is and if he needs TJ surgery.

AAA: SWB (13-24) lost 5-2.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, solo HR (4). ( #30 prospect .266)
3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits (.310)
DH Greg Bird 2 hits (.169)

Gil 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.89 #10 prospect. INJURED. SEE ABOVE.
M. Gomez (L, 1-2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.91
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.29
Marinaccio 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70

AA: Somerset (23-11) won 7-6.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits (#1 prospect, but off to slow start, hitting just .183)
RF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, 2 RBI (#27 prospect, .226)
DH Josh Breaux 2-run HR (6) (#26 prospect, .195)
CF Brandon Lockridge 2 RBI (#18 prospect .236)
1B Chad Bell 2 hits
3B Max Burt 2 hits, solo HR (3)

The purpose of the batting averages above is to emphasize the point I have made that a lot of the Yankees’ top prospects, and even ex-major league players now in the minors, are not hitting so far this year. And it’s not just the ones listed here.

Spence 5 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.46
Coleman 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Ramirez (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00
Espinal (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25

High A: Hudson Valley (15-19) lost 5-4.
1B Spencer Henson 2 hits
DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits.
LF Aaron Palensky 2-run HR (2)

Warren (L, 1-3) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.41
Myatt 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 1.20
C. Gomez 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

Low A: Tampa (14-20) lost 9-3.
SS Alexander Vargas 2 hits, 2 RBI
CF Jasson Dominguez 2 hits, RBI. (#3 prospect, .240)
DH Anthony Garcia 2 hits.

Castro (L, 0-2) 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 4.09
Anderson 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.50
Messinger 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.26
Watson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.60

One final note. I haven’t seen any Yankees games on WPIX Channel 11, New York, this year, nor do I see any games scheduled for them. If so, it’s sad a long tradition has ended. Channel 11 and Yankees games go back to before I was even born, and that was a little over 60 years ago. I grew up on Yankees’ games on WPIX Channel 11.

Game 37. Yanks edge O’s, 3-2.

The Yanks (28-9) got a break from some sloppy Orioles play and beat Baltimore 3-2 Wednesday night.

All three runs scored in the top of the first inning, and it all happened with two out. Anthony Rizzo singled as did Josh Donaldson. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo, and then Donaldson scored on a WP. In trying to nab Donaldson at the plate, Orioles C Anthony Bemboom threw the ball away for an error, enabling Torres to score.

Yankees starter Gerrit Cole shut down Baltimore until the sixth, when he gave up two runs to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2.

That’s the way it ended up, however, as the Yankees won for the 21st time in their last 24 games.

Donaldson 2 hits.

Cole (W, 4-0) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.89
Holmes (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.44

Minor League action from May 17, 2022

AAA: SWB (13-23) lost 4-3. The team doesn’t hit. Struck out 13x.
1B Greg Bird solo HR (3)
RF Ender Inciarte 2 hits

Krook 5 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 2 H, 7 K. 1 WP 4.04
Nittoli 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.44
Weber (BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.60
Bristo (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.65

AA: Somerset (22-11) won 10-3.
RF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI (#27 prospect)
C Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI (#26 prospect)
CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI (#18 prospect)
LF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits
1B Chad Bell 2 RBI
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 2 RBI; 2-run hr (1)

Brito (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.44
Loseke 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.83
Ernst 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Mujica 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley (15-18) lost 5-3.
2B Cooper Bowman 2 hits (#25 prospect)
1B Eric Wagaman solo HR.

Abeyta (L, 0-3) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. gave up 1 HR. 1 Balk. 6.20
Correa 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 Balk. 1.26
Ruegger 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.32

Low A: Tampa (14-19) lost 4-3, striking out 16x.

Yulie 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. 6.39
Milam (L, 3-3) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.07
Neely 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 7.02




Game 36. Judge (2 HR, 3 RBI) powers Yanks to 5-4 win.

Aaron Judge hit an RBI double and two solo HRs to lead the Yankees (27-9) to a 5-4 win over Baltimore Tuesday night.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu led off the game by getting HBP and Judge scored him with a double. Last year, before Baltimore pushed back and raised the LF fence, it would have been a HR.

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR to Ramon Urias in the bottom of the second that tied the game up.

Judge hit his first solo HR in the top of the third to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Orioles got two in the bottom of the fourth to go up 3-2.

Judge hit his second HR (14) in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3.

In the top of the sixth, Gleyber Torres singled, and one out later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa was HBP and Kyle Higashioka walked. LeMahieu brought home Torres with an RBI groundout.

With two out in the top of the seventh, Josh Donaldson doubled and scored when Gleyber Torres hit a hot shot that Orioles’ SS Urias couldn’t handle for an error.

Even though the Yanks are an unreal 27-9, having won 20 of their last 23 games, I still have a few concerns. One of which is Aroldis Chapman continuing to stress my heart. He doesn’t make it easy with a nice, clean 1-2-3. Chapman got the first two outs, but then two singles and a double made it 5-4 with the tying run on third and the winning run on second. A popup ended the game.

I wish Chapman would stop doing that. Nice clean 1-2-3, Aroldis. Please?

Judge 4 hits, 3 RBI. 2 Solo HR (14)
Torres 2 hits

Taillon (W, 4-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.28
King (H, 5) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1.40 SUPERB AGAIN
Chapman (S, 9) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.63

#6 Yankees’ prospect Ken Waldichuk, who I’ve been writing about a lot last year and this year, has been promoted from AA to AAA.



Game 35. Yanks beat Orioles 6-2.

Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo.

In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0.

The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander.

In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1.

Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers.

Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5)
Rizzo solo HR (10)
Torres 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1)

Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13

C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.

Minor League action, May 15, 2022

AAA: SWB (13-22) won 3-1.
CF Estevan Florial solo HR (3) (#30 prospect)
3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (4)

Sears (W, 1-0) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 0.53 (#24 prospect; hope back up soon)
M. Gomez (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 3.21
McKay (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K 2.13
Greene (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.91
Weissert (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 W, 1 K. 3.07

AA: Somerset (21-11) won 12-8
RF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (2)
DH Michael Beltre 3 hits, RBI
1B Chad Bell 4 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (3)
3B Oliver Dunn 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (1)

Waldichuk (W, 4-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.26 (# 6 prospect; hope a promotion to AAA soon)
Jennings 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gae up 2 HR. 4.43
Zurak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Craft 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.17

High A: Hudson Valley (15-17) lost 3-2.
DH Austin Wells 3 hits, RBI (#4 prospect)
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits.
RF Pat DeMarco 3 hits.

Castano 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.97
Mauricio 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.14
Diaz (L, 2-1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.85
J. Munoz 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.82

Low A: Tampa (14-18) lost 5-3.
1B Anthony Garcia solo HR (7)
CF Alan Mejia 2 hits.
3B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits.

Panacual 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. 1 WP 3.86
Holloway 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.00
Dees (L, 1-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.68
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.11

Game 34. Yanks get only 2 hits, still win 5-1.

The Yankees (25-9) got only 2 hits in the game, but still beat the White Sox 5-1 Sunday.

I don’t know when Whitey Ford got reincarnated as Nestor Cortes, Jr. (just kidding) but we will take Nasty Nestor’s 1.35 ERA any time.

In the second inning, with two out, Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, then Jose Trevino walked to load the bases. Walks to Aaron Hicks and D.J. LeMahieu forced in two runs and a wild pitch scored another.

Cortes kept the White Sox off the board until he gave up a solo HR in the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Gallo hit a 2-run HR (5) for the final score of 5-1.

Gallo 2-run HR (5)

Cortes (W, 2-1) 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.35
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.49