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Game 93. Yanks do big (4 HR) and small things in beating Phils, 6-4.

When you look at the Yankees’ win (6-4) over the Phillies last night, it’s easy to look at the four homers that were hit. But to me, most impressive was the little things that Greg Allen and rookie Estevan Florial did in the victory.

Both players are filling in while others are on the IL or Covid-IL.

Florial was brought up earlier in the day when Trey Amburgey (hamstring) had to go on the IL. This was his third MLB game.

The Phillies struck first when Rhys Hoskins hit a HR in the second inning off of Yankees’ starter Domingo German.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third. Allen tripled, and Florial got him in with a groundout to second. Just doing the little things to get the run in.

The Phils got a run in the fourth to go up 2-1. They were helped by a balk by German, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes doubled in the run.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fifth. Allen walked and stole second. He moved up to third when Florial flied out (doing the little things). I would have liked to have seen Tyler Wade squeeze home the run there, but he swung away and lined out to SS (to ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius). Gregorius tried to double Allen off of third but made a throwing error that allowed Allen to score. Brett Gardner followed that with a HR (4).

Gary Sanchez homered (17) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, Chad Green got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a couple of strikeouts, the last one to Didi.

In the bottom of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton homered (16) to put the Yanks up 5-2.

The Phillies got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 5-3, and it was Torreyes who got the inning going for them.

In the bottom of the eighth, Florial hit his first MLB HR to put the Yanks up 6-3.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen (another ex-Yankee playing for the Phils, managed by, you guessed it, ex-Yankee Joe Girardi) that made the score 6-4 before closing out the game.

With the win, the Yanks, 49-44, are in a virtual tie for third, 7 games back. After tonight’s game with the Phils, they have four games at Fenway against Boston, followed by three in Tampa Bay. These games are right before the trade deadline.

I won’t write about rumors, but if the Yanks do make deals, I’ll write about the deal and my reaction to it.

Gardner solo HR (4)
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (17)
Florial 2 RBI, solo HR (1) FIRST MLB HR


German 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 4.71
Cessa (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.89
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.25
Green (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.76
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.41

The Yanks are bringing up Asher Wojciechowski for a spot start tonight vs. the Phils.

Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (39-21) split a DH.

Game 1: won 4-3. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. (.312-7-35). 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits (Just of the IL). DH Socrates Brito 2 hits, RBI. Deivi Garcia, ok, but still needs work. 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. Error on a pickoff throw. (2-3, 7.21).

Game 2: Took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but gave up 2 in sixth, one in seventh (DHs 7-inning games) and lost 3-2. Only had 4 hits, and C Rob Brantly 3 for 3, RBI, solo HR.

AA: Somerset (39-22) lost 7-6 in 11 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. C Donny Sands 2 hits. RF Michael Beltre solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-21) lost 7-0.

Low A: Tampa (42-19) split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 3-1, only got two hits, one by CF Jasson Dominguez.

Game 2: Won 6-1. C Austin Wells 2 hits, RBI. DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.

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. SWB destroys LV.

AAA: SWB (32-13) absolutely destroyed Lehigh Valley, 19-1. They got 10 runs in the third inning, bashed out 23 hits, and only gave up 2 hits. SWB used eight pitchers. Pitching highlights were the rehab guys. Darren O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Now for the hitting highlights. This could take a while.

Florial CF 3 hits, 2 RBI
Park SS 4 hits, solo HR. 2 RBI. Hitting .360 at AAA. Wish he would replace Odor. (Park also plays 2B)
Gittens 1B 4 hits, 8 RBI. 2 HR, double. Solo shot and a grand slam.
Amburgey LF 3 hits, all doubles. 2 RBI. Hitting .356. Wish he’d be replacing Frazier.
LaMarre RF 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR.
Allen CF 4 hits, RBI
McDowell C 2 hits, RBI

AA: Somerset (31-16) lost 5-1. CF Tom Milone 2 hits

High A: Hudson Valley (30-17) lost 14-8. SS Josh Smith 4 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. 3B Chad Bell 3-run HR. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Isaiah Pasteur 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (32-15) won in a rout, 15-2.

SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI
2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 3 RBI
RF Jake Sanford 3 hits, 2 RBI
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR
C Carlos Narvaez 3 hits
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR
CF Pat DeMarco 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR.


Game 74. Yanks crush KC, 8-1.

A lot of times this year, Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon has left us, well, wanting to take a good strong drink of Jameson. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). He wasn’t very good.

Things were different yesterday. Taillon turned in perhaps his best performance as a Yankee in an 8-1 win over KC.

With the win, the Yanks are 40-34, 3rd in the AL East, and 4 games behind Tampa Bay, 3 1/2 behind Boston. The Yanks are in Boston for a 3-game set this weekend and can make up some ground. Not only that, they could get some revenge. Boston swept the Yanks in a 3-game series at the Stadium three weeks ago.

The Yankees hit three homers yesterday, the first coming by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the first. Judge’s 16th HR of the season gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

After Judge homered, both Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton singled. A flyout by Luke Voit moved Sanchez to third, and Rougned Odor got an infield hit to make it 2-0, Yankees.

After Taillon escaped a man-on-third, one out situation in the top of the second without giving up a run, the Yanks scored in the bottom half when with one out, Tyler Wade walked, then stole second. D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Judge, who had been in a slump, singled in Wade to make it 3-0.

Luke Voit continued to be hot right off the injured list, hitting his second HR in three games since coming off that list (in addition to two other balls that were almost homers). Voit’s 3rd HR of the season made it 4-0 after three innings.

Taillon gave up KC’s only run in the fifth. He pitched into the seventh.

In the bottom of the sixth, the red-hot Gary Sanchez struck again. Sanchez followed a single by LeMahieu and double by Judge with a 3-run HR, his 13th of the season, to make it 7-1.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Judge walked, and two wild pitches moved him to third. He scored on a single by Stanton.

Judge 3 for 3, 2 walks. 2 RBI. Solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (13)
Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Odor 3 hits, RBI
Voit solo HR (3)


Tailon (W, 2-4) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. 5.18
Cortes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1.20


Minor league notes:

AAA: SWB (30-12) beat Lehigh Valley, 10-2. Darren O’Day, one scoreless IP on rehab. Adam Warren one scoreless IP (3.43 as he tries to comeback from injuries). Nick Nelson 5 IP, 2 R (2.28 here, after struggling with Yanks). CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 4 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 2 RBI. RF Socrates Brito 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (29-15) won 5-4 in 10 innings. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. LF Matt Pita 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Husdon Valley (28-16) won 6-1. C Josh Breaux 2 homers, 3 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. Reliever Barret Loseke 3 scoreless IP, 6 K.

Low A: Tampa (30-14) won 10-2. They were supposed to play a DH. They got one game in, the other was ppd. Edgar Barclay 5 IP, 1 unearned run, 7 K. SS Anthony Volpe 2 RBI. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 for 2, 4 RBI, 2-run HR.

Game 69. Ex-Yanks’ prospect beats Yanks, 5-3.

A few years back, James Kaprielian was a top Yankees’ prospect. Then injuries slowed his development, and he was traded to the A’s with others for Sonny Gray. We know how poorly Gray turned out.

Last night, Yankees fans got a taste of what might have been. Kaprielian and the A’s shut down the Yankees (36-33, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) 5-3.

James Taillon started for the Yanks, and gave up a HR on a two-out, 0-2 pitch to put the A’s up 1-0 in the first inning. I feel as if the Yanks need to make a deal for a starter (two, preferably) ASAP. Taillon, in 13 starts this season, has only thrown 58 innings, an average of only 4 1/2 innings per start. Only twice in those 13 starts has he gone more than 5 IP. He has ONE win. The ERA is 5.59. He is coming off two TJ surgeries in his career, as well as overcoming cancer. But he isn’t cutting it. Also, Michael King is better as a reliever and not a starter. He also isn’t providing length (since replacing the injured Corey Kluber in the rotation, King is averaging less than 4 innings/start in his 4 starts). King’s ERA in 13 relief appearances in his career is 3.93 but it is 7.28 in eight career starts.

But the Yanks don’t have replacements handy. Luis Severino’s return has been delayed because of the groin injury. Deivi Garcia has been horrible at AAA. Clarke Schmidt has not thrown a pitch yet. Promising youngsters are at AA, or below, not at AAA.

I don’t believe the Yanks can make up ground with Taillon and/or King in the rotation. GM Brian Cashman needs to make a trade ASAP.

Taillon gave up a run in the top of the third to make it 2-0, Oakland.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the third when with two out, Brett Gardner walked and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a 2-run HR (5). The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Rougned Odor homered (7).

But Wandy Peralta gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the sixth that put Oakland up 5-3, and that stayed as the final score.

Looking at Peralta’s ERA (5.28 as a Yankee), I think manager Aaron Boone trusts him too much. The Yanks will get help here. Both Darren O’ Day (who was doing well before getting hurt) and Justin Wilson (who wasn’t) should be back soon.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (5)
Odor solo HR (7)


Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 5.59
Peralta (L, 3-2; combined SF/NYY record) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.32 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP; 1 WP 2.91
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.10

Minor League Notes (VOIT ON REHAB):

AAA: SWB (27-11) won 7-5. Nick Nelson 4 1/3 IP, 1 R; Albert Abreu 2 IP, scoreless, 5 K (in his brief time with Yanks, 4 games, Abreu has done well this year). CF Greg Allen 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. Two hits, RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. Amburgey is hitting .372 at SWB. Former Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him. Neither Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar is lighting it up. Why not give Amburgey a chance? 1B Rob Brantly 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. 3B Derek Dietrich solo HR.

AA: Somerset (26-13) won 8-1. Janson Junk (2-1, 1.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1B Luke Voit on rehab: 3 for 4, scored 3, drove in 3, double, solo HR. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. CF Tom Milone 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (23-16) split a DH.

Game 1: lost 6-2. SS Josh Smith solo HR.
Game 2: won 2-0. Smith DH, 2 hits, scored both runs. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (27-13) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: lost 3-1. All 3 runs unearned. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Game 2: lost 8-2. Infielder (2B/SS) Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, RBI.

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Game 67. Sanchez’ PH HR leads Yanks, Cole, to 3-2 win.

Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run, PH HR in the top of the seventh, and the Yanks survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Toronto up in Buffalo (Covid restrictions ballpark) by a 3-2 score Wednesday night.

The win put the Yankees at 35-32 for the season. They are in third place in the AL East, 7 back of Tampa Bay and 6 back of Boston.

The Yanks scored in the first inning but missed the chance to get more runs. D.J. LeMahieu reached on an error, and Aaron Judge singled. Gleyber Torres walked, and the Yankees had the bases loaded with no one out. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF but that was the only run the Yanks would get that inning. Not only that, Judge’s hit was the only hit the Yankees would get until the seventh inning.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to Marcus Semien on his second pitch of the game. In the fifth inning, Cole gave up another solo HR, this one to Cavan Biggio, and the Blue Jays were up 2-1.

In the top of the seventh, Miguel Andujar singled to lead off the inning. It was just the Yankees’ second hit of the game. One out later, Sanchez PH for Kyle Higashioka and drilled his 10th HR of the season. The two-run shot gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, then a double to put runners on second and third with no one out. Chapman escaped with a strikeout, then a comebacker that caught Vlad Guerrero, Jr. too far off the bag at third. Guerrero was tagged out, 1-2-5, then Chapman got a liner to center to finish off his escape and the ballgame.

The Yankees only got four hits in the game.

Sanchez 2-run HR (10)


Cole (W, 8-3) 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.31
Chapman (S, 14) 1 P, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.78

Minor league briefing: A couple of walk-off homers. Nice records for the farm teams.

AAA: SWB (25-11) got a 3-run HR by C Rob Brantly in the bottom of the 10th to win 10-7. SS Hoy Jun Park (.368 at AAA, .318 combined AA/AAA this year) 1 for 2, 4 walks, RBI (I would like Odor cut loose and Park, 25, a lefty hitter, given a shot. Park also plays 2b). LF Tom Milone 3 hits, RBI. The Yanks let Ryan LaMarre be a free agent, possibly clearing a roster spot for someone like Park or maybe OF Trey Amburgey (26, Righty bat, hitting .365, and ex-Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him) . We’ll see. Maybe Park and Amburgey don’t cut it in the majors, but given the way some Yanks are not hitting, why not give them a chance if there is an opportunity available?

AA: Somerset (21-13) won 7-5. Rehabbing Luke Voit 0 for 3, walk, struck out 2x. Luis Medina, just promoted, 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 10 K. 2b Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 3 RBI, GW 2-run HR in bottom of the 11th.

High A: Hudson Valley (21-15) lost 6-4. DH Josh Breaux 4 hits, RBI. SS Josh Smith 2 hits.

Low A: Tampa (27-11) lost 3-2. Game called after five innings.

A Look at the Minors. Waldichuk continues to amaze.

Yesterday was strange. Other than the All-Star Break, when do the Yankees ever have off on a Friday? But they did, so no game report.

In lieu of that, it gives us time to look at what the minor league affiliates did yesterday, and how some players are doing.

AAA: SWB (21-11) lost 4-2. 2 hits RF Socrates Brito. 2 hits, solo HR DH Trey Amburgey. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

CF Estevan Florial is only hitting .137 at SWB. 2B Hoy Jun Park, a lefty hitter, may not have the power of Odor, but in 18 AAA games since being called up, is hitting .344-5-15. 1B Mike Ford, after hitting just .133 for the Yankees, is only 2 for 24 (.083) for SWB. Amburgey is hitting j.397-6-21. Too bad he isn’t a lefty hitter.

AA: Somerset (21-12) won 5-2. DH Oswald Peraza (a SS), 2 hits, led off game with a HR. More on him in a bit. 2B Oliver Dunn 3-run HR.

Peraza is a touted prospect who was just promoted from High A. He turns 21 in a few days, is a righty hitter, and has impressed scouts and coaches. Between A+/AA this year, he has hit .289-6-17 with 16 SB. Infielder Diego Castillo, 23, a righty bat, is hitting .325-5-13. C Donny Sands, 25, righty bat, .270-3-8.

High A: Hudson Valley (18-14) won 8-0, giving up just 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran (22, righty bat, .288-6-17) solo HR. LF Evan Alexander 2-run HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI.

Two recent top draft picks, both catchers, haven’t been hitting. Anthony Seigler is at .167 and Josh Breaux is at .158.

But here is the real story.

LHP (23 years old) Ken Waldichuk 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 10 K. 2-0, 0.00

Waldichuk has pitched 30 2/3 innings this year. Look at the era again. ZERO. He has 55 K in those 30 2/3 innings. He has actually given up more walks (13) than hits (12). I hope he gets promoted to AA, like…. Now. I’d like to find out more about him.

Of course, because of COVID, there were no minor leagues last year. Waldichuk’s total minor league numbers consist of 2019 and this year. So what are those numbers?

17 starts. 2-2, 1.80. 60 innings pitched. 104 strikeouts.

Intrigued yet? I sure am.


Low A: Tampa is like a beer league softball team. All offense. The pitching not so hot. Tampa (24-10) won 6-4 last night. C Austin Wells solo HR, 2 RBI (21, lefty hitter, .267-2-29, 7 SB). 3B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI (24, lefty bat, .290-6-19).

Others to watch: SS Anthony Volpe, a first-round pick: 20, righty hitter. .285-5-29, 15 SB.

2B Trevor Hauver 22, lefty hitter, .279-6-25.