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S.T. Game 1. Yanks lose, trade Voit. Place German on IL.

The Yanks had their first spring training game today, which they lost to the Pirates, 4-3, but first a couple of transactions.

P Domingo German was placed on the 60 day IL because of shoulder soreness.

Luke Voit was traded to San Diego for a 20 year old pitching prospect, Justin Lange. Lange is a former first round pick who has just 9 minor league games under his belt, but who apparenlty hit 102 MPH while in his senior year of high school. A project. One bit of trivia: Lange was born on 9/11/01.

In the game, newcomer SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits and minor league C Rodolfo Duran hit a HR.

Pitching:

Wesneski 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR. A top pitching prospect.
Bristo (L, BS) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.
Milam 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Nittoli 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Spence 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Of note: Greg Allen, who was with the Yanks for 15 games last year, hit a 2-run HR in the game for Pittsburgh.

The Yanks placed 4 minor leaguers on the top 100 prospect list. #8 SS Anthony Volpe, #60 SS Oswald Peraza, #61 OF Jasson Dominguez, and #96 C Austin Wells.


Yanks sign Cordero, Inciarte to minor league deals.

With the lockout, not much is going on, but the Yankees did sign two to minor league deals yesterday.

RHP Jimmy Cordero, 30. Washington, 2018, Toronto 2019, and the White Sox 2019-2020. 3-5, 4.55, ERA+ 99 in 83 MLB games, all in relief. Pitched in 2 games, 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the White Sox in the 2020 postseason. He missed all of 2021 after having had TJ surgery in March, 2021.

They also signed Ender Inciarte, 31, lefty hitting OF. Inciarte is a 1x All-Star, and 3x Gold Glove winner. He’s stolen 20 or more bases in three separate seasons. A .280 lifetime hitter, his 162 game average is .280-8-50 with 22 SB and an OPS+ of 91. But in 163 games since 2018, Inciarte has only hit .223-8-44, 12 SB and an OPS+ of only 67. He hit .215-2-10 for the Braves in 2021, OPS+ 55. He was released by the Braves in July so he wasn’t part of their WS Championship run. He signed with the Reds, didn’t play for them, and was released by the Reds in August. He has played with Arizona (2014-2015) and Atlanta (2016-2021).

Inciarte provides some depth (along with maybe Estevan Florial) in case Aaron Hicks can’t pick up the slack in CF. Hicks missed most of the 2021 season with a wrist injury and has been injury prone. Florial, 24, has shown flashes but despite hitting .300 (6 for 20) in the majors last year (and 7 for 23 in his MLB career), he only hit .219-17-47 with 13 SB between AA/AAA in 2021.

With Hicks injury last year, Brett Gardner was forced into more playing time than expected in 2021. Not only that, at times Aaron Judge started in CF, along with some appearances by journeymen Greg Allen and Jonathan Davis. Allen and Davis are both gone, and Gardner is now a free agent, but Gardner is 38 years old. Gardner only hit .222-10-39 in 2021, OPS+ 90. With Inciarte being younger, having had some speed and a lefty bat, you wonder if the signing is to replace Gardner on the roster with Inciarte and you wonder if this is a goodbye to the long-time Yankee in Gardner. Also, don’t be surprised if the Yankees still pursue someone else for CF.

Speaking of Judge, he just got married last week in Hawaii.

Six Hall of Famers named; and some Yankees news

Six new Hall of Famers were named yesterday, and I’ll get into them in a moment, but first some Yankees news.

First off, forget about Freddy Galvis as a possible short-term solution at SS. He’s headed to Japan to play.

Congrats to Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter who became a dad for the third time. Another girl, making 3 girls for him.

The Yanks may have interest in Japanese star Seiya Suzuki. Boston and Toronto also are said to have interest. Suzuki, primarily a RF, has played 3B and SS as well. He is 27 and a righty hitter. But he is pegged as a RF (4 Japanese Gold Gloves) and the Yanks are looking at CF, being that they have Judge for RF (unless they move Judge to CF, which isn’t likely). Suzuki can play CF, but is mostly a RF. But if they get Suzuki for LF, then Joey Gallo may be moved, and maybe moved for a CF. Other teams are said to be interested in Gallo, who only hit .160 for the Yanks after the Yanks got him from Texas. Suzuki hit .317-38-88 for his Japanese team in 2021, with 9 SB, and is a career .300+ hitter over there. In the last 4 years, he’s hit .319 and has averaged 30 HR a season. He doesn’t strike out much, either. (Info from MLBTR.com).

Roger Maris and Allie Reynolds fell far short of induction to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee. Maris only got 3 votes or less, and Reynolds got 6, and 12 were needed.

Dick Allen missed by one vote.

Getting in were (and I’ll try to keep bios brief):

Gil Hodges. Hodges started as a catcher, but with Roy Campanella there for Brooklyn, moved to 1B. He also got a little time in at LF, RF and 3B, as well as one game each at 2B and CF. He played for the Dodgers (Brooklyn/LA) in 1943, then 1947-1961, and with the Mets 1962-1963. An 8x All-Star, he was on 2 WS Champs, 1955 and 1959. He hit 370 HR, including 4 in one game. He got MVP consideration 9x, and finished in the top 10 3x. He won 3 Gold Gloves. Hodges drove in 100 or more runs in each season 1949-1955. A Marine, he served in WWII. Twice he topped 40 HR in a season. His 162 g. average was .273-29-100, OPS+ 120. In WS play he hit .267-5-21 in 39 games. Later he became manager of the Senators (1963-1967) and Mets (1968-1971). He managed the Mets to the 1969 WS Championship. He was 321-444 as manager of Washington, and 339-309 as Mets manager. His #14 is retired by the Mets. He died of a heart attack two days before his 48th birthday in April of 1972. Played in WS of 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1959.

Jim Kaat. 16 Gold Glove Awards. 283 career wins (meanwhile, Tommy John, with 288 wins, is still not in the HOF). Washington Senators 1959-1960, Minnesota Twins 1961-1973, Chicago White Sox 1973-1975, Phillies 1976-1979, Yankees 1979-1980, Cardinals 1980-1983. 3x All-Star, WS Champ 1982. 5th in MVP voting in 1966 when Kaat led the AL with 25 wins. 1965 AL Pennant with Twins. Also a 20 game winner in 1974 and 1975. MVP consideration 1967 and 1975 as well, CYA consideration 1975. Average 162 game season 13-11, 3.45, ERA+ 108. Long time broadcaster. Hit .185 with 16 HR. Went 1-3, 4.01 in 9 postseason games, 5 starts. Went up against Koufax 3x in 1965 WS, going 1-2. 1965 AL Pennant, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978 division champs, 1982 WS Champs.

Minnie Minoso. OF. Indians 1949, 1951. White Sox 1951-1957. Indians again, 1958-1959. White Sox again, 1960-1961. Cardinals 1962. Senators 1963. White Sox again, 1964, 1976!, 1980! Played at age 50 in 1976, going 1 for 8, and got in two games at age 54 in 1980. 9x All Star. Also Negro Leagues star 1946-1948. 2nd in ROY to Gil McDougald in 1951, when he was 4th in MVP voting. Led Majors in triples and AL in SB that year. Twice more led AL in triples, twice more in SB. 5x top 10 in MVP voting. 8x MVP consideration. 3x Gold Glove. 162 game average .291-16-91 with 18 SB, OPS+130. #9 retired by White Sox.

Tony Oliva. Twins 1962-1976. #6 retired by Twins. 3x Batting Champ. ROY 1964 and 4th in MVP voting. 2nd in MVP voting 1965, 1970. 5x top 10 mvp voting. MVP consideration 8x. Serious knee injury cost him most of 1972 season. Wasn’t the same after 1971. From 1964-1971 averaged .313-24-99 for 162 games, OPS+ 140. Led league in hits 5x, doubles 4x. Hit .314 in 13 postseason games with 3 HR, 5 RBI. 1965 AL Pennant, 1969 and 1970 division champs.

Buck O’Neil. 1st black coach in MLB history. Featured prominently in Ken Burns’ documentary on baseball giving his first hand account of life in the Negro Leagues. 1B in the Negro Leagues 1937-1943, 1946-1948. Career interrupted by WWII. 337 Negro League games, hit .258-9-175. OPS+ 97. In as Pioneer/Executive. Helped create the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame. Led Negro Leagues in doubles and RBI in 1940. 3x Negro Leagues All-Star. Won 1942 Negro Leagues WS. Managed 1948 Negro Leagues KC Monarchs, went 62-32. 1st place, lost that Negro Leagues WS in 7 games.

Bud Fowler. P, 3B, 2B. Black player in 1878, 1884-1890, and 1895. Often teams wouldn’t play if he played, because of his skin color, and that included his teammates. As a result, he played for many teams. Because of the time frame (he lived 1858-1913), records on him are sketchy.

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Free agents and players lost on waivers.


Here is a list of free agents. We will see who, if anyone, the Yankees bring back.

Corey Kluber (doubtful. 36 in April, missed 1/2 of 2021)
Andrew Heaney (definitely not)
Anthony Rizzo (maybe)
Joely Rodriguez
Brett Gardner (at 38, could retire)
Darren O’Day (39, could retire)
Ryan LaMarre
Brody Koerner
Adam Warren

The best shot of anyone returning seems to be Rizzo, and that is a question mark.

These players were placed on waivers and claimed by another team.

Greg Allen by Pittsburgh.
Tim Locastro by Boston.
Andrew Velazquez by the Angels.

I don’t understand the love and weeping over Velazquez. He was a nice story. Hometown lad, nice glove. But in 68 plate appearances struck out 23x and drew only 1 walk. Hit .224. A .184 career hitter in the majors with an OPS+ of 43 (100 is average). Besides, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are their top two prospects, both a year or two away, and both are SS. Not only that, the Yanks will probably make a big splash on the free agent market (Corey Seager?) for a SS.

Lastly, Rob Brantly was outrighted off the roster right to the SWB roster.
UPDATE: He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Minor league action from 9-29-21

SWB won 10-6 despite making six errors.

2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits (#16 prospect)
DH Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI
RF Greg Allen 2 hits, 4 RBI. 2-run HR
C Max McDowell 2 RBI, but one of the errors.
3B Kyle Holder 3 RBI, but two of the errors.

Minor league Action. SWB splits a DH.

Only AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB) is playing now. They split a doubleheader on Saturday. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 4-0. Starting pitcher J.P. Sears 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
LF Miguel Andujar on rehab 0 for 3.
DH Oswald Peraza 1 for 1 (#3 prospect)
2B Oswaldo Cabrera solo HR (#16 prospect).
CF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI.
SS Andrew Velazquez 2 RBI

Game 2: Lost 6-3. CF Estevan Florial (#21 prospect) 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR.
SS Cabrera 2 hits.
C Rob Brantly 2 hits.


Minor league action, 9-24-21. Tampa gets swept in their Championship Series.

AAA: SWB completed a suspended game in this strange 10-game final stretch series that AAA is playing right now, winning 5-3. This was a game Jameson Taillon started a few days ago as a rehab stint (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K). Just promoted Hayden Wesneski (#15 prospect) 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Luis Gil pitched two scoreless innings for the save, getting all six outs via the strikeout. He did walk two and give up two hits.

Rehabbing LF Miguel Andujar was 0 for 2. SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect), who like Wesneski, was just promoted, hit a solo HR. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect), the third of the promotions, 2 hits. RF Ryan LaMarre 2-run HR. OF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI.

SWB lost the regularly scheduled game (7-inning affair) 7-3. Starter Clarke Schmidt (#5 prospect) gave up 4 runs in 4 2/3 IP, but 3 were unearned (Peraza error). He struck out 8. LF Andujar 2 hits, RBI. 2B Cabrera 2-run HR.

AA Somerset and High A Hudson Valley seasons are over.

Low A Tampa lost their championship series by getting swept in three straight. Game 3 was an 11-3 loss. SS Trey Sweeney (#7 prospect) 2 hits, RBI, HR. DH Tyler Hardman 2-run HR.

Minor League Action, 9-19-21.

AAA: SWB (68-49) beat Lehigh Valley, 5-1. Starting P JP Sears 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 1 WP.
I thought at this point in the season, he’d be shut down, but LF Miguel Andujar started another rehab stint and was 1 for 2, single, RBI and a walk.
CF Greg Allen 3 hits. DH Trey Amburgey 2 hits. RF Socrates Brito 3 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (72-47) lost 5-4. #8 prospect Luis Medina No-decision. 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K. 1 WP. 1 Balk.
SS Oswald Peraza (#3 prospect) 3 hits. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) 2-run HR.
DH Dermis Garcia 3 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (71-49) lost 6-5. DH Austin Wells (#6 prospect) 2 hits. C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits, RBI.
LF Jake Sanford (#23 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (73-43) lost 5-4. LF Kyle Battle 2 RBI. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 hits.

Minor League Action, 9-17-21.

AAA: SWB (65-49) lost to Lehigh Valley, 10-8. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 1B Rob Brantly 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset (72-45) won 2-0. Starting P Hayden Wesneski (#15 prospect) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K, 1 HBP.
LF Michael Beltre 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (70-48) won 3-2. Starting P Josh Maciejewski 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 WP.
#1 Prospect SS Anthony Volpe solo HR. #23 Prospect LF Jake Sanford 2 hits, solo HR.

Volpe’s stats (Low and High A combined): .295-27-86, 32 SB. He is 20 yrs. old, Yanks first round pick in 2019.

Low A: Tampa’s game cancelled.

Minor league action from 9-10-21.

AAA: SWB (63-46) won 3-1. Finally, a better outing from (#11 prospect) Deivi Garcia (W, 3-7, 6.78). 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) 3 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (66-44) won 6-5 in 12 innings. Starting P Jhony Brito 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K, 1 HBP. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Michael Beltre 2 hits, RBI. 3B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (66-46) won 4-1. C Carlos Narvaez 3 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. SS Eduardo Torrealba 3 hits.

Low A: Tampa (71-39) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Completion of suspended game of 9/9: Lost 10-6. 1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Tyler Hardman 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR.

Game 2: Lost 5-1. Team only got 4 hits.

Standings

SWB 2nd in division, 5 GB
Somerset 1st by 3 games in division
Hudson Valley 1st by 9 1/2 in division
Tampa 1st by 3 1/2 in division, clinched playoff