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Minor League action from May 12, 2022.

AAA. #10 prospect Luis Gil was the emergency starter for the Yanks last night. SWB (11-21) lost 4-0.
SWB only got 3 hits in the game. Their lineup has really been scuffling, hence the record.

Banuelos (L, 0-2) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1 HBP 2.88
M. Gomez 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 WP 2.63
Nittoli 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.31
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 (#28 prospect) Was sent down for Gil.

AA: Somerset (19-10) won 7-2.
1B Derek Dietrich 2 for 2, RBI. Solo HR (6)
RF Michael Beltre 2 RBI
C Rodolfo Duran 2 hits.
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 2 RBI

Boyle (W, 1-1) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 1 HBP 4.07
Zurak 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Ernst 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30

High A: Hudson Valley (15-14) lost 7-2, getting just 3 hits.
DH Austin Wells solo HR (6) (#4 prospect)
1B Spencer Henson solo HR (2)

Warren 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1 HBP 2.49
J. Munoz (L, 1-1) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 6.19
Diaz 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.76

Low A: Tampa (13-16) lost 7-3.
2B Luis Santos 2 hits.

Fitts (L, 0-2) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 Balk. 6.41
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.61
Milam 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.46

Rain wreaks havoc again. Here are some minor league results. Rortvedt begins rehab.

Rain Saturday washed out the Yankees game (to be made up Monday afternoon) as well as the games of their AA and High A farm teams. Here are the games that WERE played.

AAA: SWB (10-18) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: lost 9-2, getting just four hits.

D. Garcia (L, 0-2) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR. 2 WP 9.17 (#29 prospect)
McClain 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.52
Espinal 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 9.82

Is anyone else (I’m sure you all are) concerned about the regression of Deivi Garcia? Garcia is 3-9, 7.23 at AAA between last year and this. Garcia is still young, turning 23 in less than two weeks, but his regression is concerning. I think, based on recent results, it’s time to send Deivi down to AA and promote Ken Waldichuk (#6 prospect) from AA to AAA. Waldichuk is 2-0, 1.45 in four starts at AA this year, 28 K in 18 2/3 IP. Between 2021 and 2022, Waldichuk has gone 6-3, 3.67 at AA with 136 K in 98 IP.

Game 2: Lost 7-6 in 10 innings.
RF Phillip Evans 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (2)
2B Jose Peraza 2 hits, RBI

Clarke Schmidt 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.86 (#7 prospect)
Mujica 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50
Banuelos (BS, 1) 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 WP 3.32
Miller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.48
M. Gomez (L, 1-1) 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K 1 HBP 2.13

Low A: Tampa (13-12) lost 3-2.
DH Ben Rortvedt solo HR as he starts a rehab assignment

Champlain 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. 2.70
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Watson (L, 1-2) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.71



Minor league report, Games of 5/1/22

AAA: SWB (9-14) lost to Lehigh Valley, 9-3, giving up 7 runs in the last two innings.
(Didn’t SWB start out 4-0?)

CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI (#30 prospect)
C Max McDowell 2 hits.
LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI.

Banuelos 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.16
McKay 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.00
Marinaccio 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.00 (#28 prospect)
McClain (L, 0-1; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.56
Miller 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.15
Mujica 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 18.00

AA: Somerset (14-7) won 5-0 on a one-hitter.
SS Anthony Volpe solo HR (3) (#1 prospect)
DH Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI. (#18 prospect)
3B Andres Chaparro 2-run HR (5)
C Mickey Gasper 2 hits.

Brito (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K. 0.89
Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Zurak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley (12-9) lost 8-6.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits, RBI (#11 prospect)
1B Eric Wagaman 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1)
C Austin Wells solo HR (3) (#4 prospect)
LF Aaron Palensky solo HR (1)

Low A: Tampa (9-11) split a doubleheader.
Game 1: Won 3-2.
1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (6)

Champlain 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 2.87
Dees (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Neely (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.40

Game 2: Lost 3-0, getting just one hit.

Panacual (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. 2 HBP. 3.45
Milam 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.00
Messinger 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Watson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61


Minor League Report. Big game for Rumfield at High A Hudson Valley.

AAA: SWB (4-2) lost 3-1.
CF Estevan Florial (#30 prospect) 3 for 3
3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Krook (L, 1-1) 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K. Tough luck. 1 HBP 0.00
McKay 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.71
Banuelos 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 2 WP. 3.00
Nittoli 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 15.43

AA: Somerset (3-1) won 2-1.
1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits. Singled and scored winning run.
CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI (#18 prospect) GW RBI double, 2 out, bottom of 9th.

Brito 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 0.00
Jennings 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.00
M. Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Loseke (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley (3-1) won 11-1.
SS Trey Sweeney 3 hits, 3 RBI (#5 prospect). Solo HR (2)
CF Everson Pereira solo HR (1) (#11 prospect)
DH T.J. Rumfield 5 for 5. 4 RBI. 2-run HR (2)

Castano 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 balk. 3.00
Barclay (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.93
Alvarez (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 0.00

Low A: Tampa (3-1) won 3-1.
LF Grant Richardson 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (1)

Y. Castro 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.00
Anderson (W, 1-0) 4 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.00
Holloway (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.40









S.T. Game 19. Final spring training game sees Yanks lose 5-3; Couple of rookies make the opening day squad; AAA season starts tonight.

The Yanks lost their last spring training game today, 5-3 to Detroit, and wound up spring training with a record of 8-10-1. The open the regular season at home vs. Boston on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the AAA season starts tonight for SWB, and I’ll report on that game in another post. The other minor league levels start their seasons on Friday.

In looking at recent spring training lineups, it appears as if manager Aaron Boone will separate the big power but high strikeout guys like Judge, Stanton and Gallo with guys more inclined to make contact. Looking at those lineups, Rizzo was hitting third between Judge and Stanton, and LeMahieu was separating Stanton from Gallo.

In the game today, Gallo had two hits.

One-time Yankees’ prospect Manny Banuelos started for the Yanks, and he will be going to AAA SWB (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) to start there. Banuelos gave up a 3-run HR to Miguel Cabrera, he of the 502 MLB HR.

The pitching line:

Banuelos (L) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR
King 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K
Brito 3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Ron Marinaccio has made the opening day roster. The 26 year old RHP was 2-1, 2.04 in AA/AAA last year, with 105 K in 66 1/3 IP.

Another rookie making the team is J.P. Sears, 26, LHP. Sears was 10-2, 3.46 in AA/AAA last year, 136 K in 104 IP.

The roster will be 28 players for the first month because of the shortened spring training caused by the lockout. The Yanks will carry 16 pitchers, 12 position players. The 12 position players are: Higashioka, Trevino, Rizzo, Torres, LeMahieu, Kiner-Falefa, Donaldson, Gallo, Hicks, Judge, Gonzalez and Stanton.

The 16 pitchers are: Cole, Severino, Montgomery, Taillon, Cortes, Chapman, Loaisiga, Green, Luetge, Marinaccio, Schmidt, Sears, King, Holmes, Peralta, and Castro.

Some that look to be starting the season at AAA are: Tim Locastro, Banuelos, Oswald Peraza, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Ender Inciarte (if he accepts the assignment), Miguel Andujar, Estevan Florial, Oswaldo Cabrera, Max Burt, Hayden Wesneski, Rob Brantly, David Freitas, Max McDowell, Ron Guzman, Ryan LaMarre … and (wait for it)

Greg Bird. The one-time Yankee was re-signed by the Yankees today to a minor league deal after failing to make Toronto’s team and being released by the Blue Jays.

Yesterday the Yanks made a move I am scratching my head about, picking up David McKay from Tampa Bay for cash considerations. McKay has 26 MLB games under his belt, is a 27 year old RHP who is 0-0, 6.08 in his MLB career, ERA+ 79.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks lose, 11-3.

One-time Yankees’ prospect Manny Banuelos pitched well, but a couple of minor leaguers got lit up by Toronto in the Yankees’ (5-7-1 in spring training) 11-3 loss on Wednesday night.

Josh Donaldson had 2 hits and an RBI, and minor leaguer Max Burt hit a 2-run HR for the Yanks.

Banuelos 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Sears (BS, L) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Marinaccio 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Weber 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. gave up 1 HR.
Espinal 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Luis Severino came through a throwing session ok and is on track to start the second game of the season.

S.T. Game 8. Severino struggles again as Yanks lose to Phillies, 6-5.

A non-roster invitee (Ryan Weber) trying to make the team who gives up 3 runs to lose the game doesn’t bother me that much. Performances like that means he doesn’t make the team. He’s sent to the minors or released.

What does bother me is a member of your starting staff (Luis Severino) struggling greatly.

Such was the case as the Yankees (2-5-1 in spring training) lost to the Phillies, 6-5 on Friday afternoon.

Kyle Higashioka was 3 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Marwin Gonzalez (don’t be surprised if his versatility lets him make the team) had an RBI, as did minor leaguer Brandon Lockridge. D.J. LeMahieu had 2 hits and walked. Aaron Judge walked three times.

The Pitching line:

Severino 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 0 K.
Coleman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Banuelos 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Weber (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.

MLB network will have a documentary on Don Mattingly on April 3.

I saw a picture of the damage Yankees’ Low A Tampa manager Rachel Balkovec received. It’s nasty. Lucky she’s ok, but she will have a shiner for a while after being struck in the face from a batted ball.

S.T. Game 3; Yankees Fall, 8-7; sign utility man Gonzalez to minor league deal.

The Yankees (0-2-1 in Spring Training) gave up 4 runs in the top of the ninth and lost to the Tigers, 8-7 Sunday. They also made a signing.

In the game, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a grand slam. Starter Luis Severino struggled.

Pitching line:

Severino 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Banuelos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Boyle (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K
Gomez (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Minnick 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The Yankees signed utility man Marwin Gonzalez to a minor league deal. Gonzalez, 33, has played for the Astros 2012-2018, Twins 2019-2020, Red Sox 2021 and back to Houston again in 2021. He was part of the 2017 WS Champion Astros that were caught in the cheating scandal. One red flag is that that was the best season of Gonzalez’ career. He finished 19th in MVP voting that year, hitting .303-23-90 OPS+ 146 but hasn’t come close to those numbers in any other season. Last year he was .199-5-28, OPS+55. HIs 162 game average is .256-16-61, OPS+ 96. In 39 postseason games he has hit .231 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. His main selling point is that he is a switch hitter who can play all four infield positions, and also has played a lot of corner outfield.

More on Banuelos

As you may know, I also post on the minors throughout the year. There was one thing over 2014 that disturbed me, and that was the lack of innings I was seeing from Manny Banuelos.

Now I know that Banuelos was coming back off of Tommy John surgery. He missed most of 2012 and all of 2013. So “babying” him at the beginning of the year was no surprise.

But over the course of the year, I kept waiting for outings that were longer. Where were the five, six, seven inning outings? Banuelos started 25 games in 2014, relieved in one more and threw a total of 76 2/3 innings. That is 3 innings/start and a 1 2/3 inning relief outing if you want to look at it that way.

Starters need to give innings. Banuelos didn’t in 2014 whether it be to his fault or the Yanks babying him. But here is another thing. With young pitchers, you don’t want to increase their workload more than 30 innings from the previous year. Which means only 107 innings in 2015? That, for a starter, won’t do.

Which is why the Yanks may have seen him as only a reliever. And if they saw it that way, Banuelos was in trouble and it could be why he was traded. Miller, Wilson, Shreve are three lefties that could all be with the Yanks in 2015. All have MLB experience.

Then you have fast-rising Jacob Lindgren. The Yanks first round pick of 2015 went 2-1, 2.16 in 19 games from rookie ball right through AA and struck out 48 in 25 innings. You read that right. Fast riser, indeed. While Shreve is 24, Lindgren is 22 soon.

Then you have Tyler Webb, 24, who went from A to AAA last year, 3-6, 3.80, 12 saves and 94 K in 68 2/3 IP.

James Pazos, 23, was in A and AA last year. 0-3, 2.42, 10 saves and 75 K in 67 IP.

Four lefties, 24 years old or less, and that is not counting Miller or Wilson, and all with K/IP ratios of over 1.00. Good.

Maybe Cashman takes two of them and uses them in a package deal for a solid starter, maybe not. But if Banuelos couldn’t give the innings as a starter, and the Yanks thought he would have to go to relief, he had stiff competition.

Not only that, but as a starter he had competition. Jaron Long, a righty (Kevin Long’s son) went 12-5, 2.18 between A and AA levels in 2014. He actually threw 144 1/3 innings in 2014. By contrast, Banuelos has topped 100 innings pitched in a season only once since 2009.

I’m not sold yet on Chase Whitley (started great, 2.56 ERA but wound up 4-3, 5.23, he’s 25) Esmiel Rogers or Bryan Mitchell (unimpressive minor league numbers) but don’t forget about Luis Severino.

Severino, 21 in February, was 6-5, 2.46, in going from Low A to AA last year. He struck out 127 in 113 1/3 IP. Hopefully he can be stretched out to 145 innings or so. Who knows if he can make a jump from AA to the majors. Maybe in 2016.

There is only so much room. There were lefty relievers ahead of Man-Ban on the depth chart, and apparently he dropped behind some other pitchers as a starter too, like Long and Severino.

That is, if the Yanks still considered Banuelos to be a starter. After averaging just three innings per start last year, and having only one season of 100 or more innings since 2009, maybe they didn’t.

And if so, it cleared the way for Man-Ban to be dealt, while his stock was still good.

For if Banuelos (Man-Ban) had a year in 2015 like he had in 2014, the Yanks wouldn’t get two major leaguers, one a 24 year old prospect who has already hit the majors for him.

You wonder what, if anything, that they would have gotten then.

Yanks trade Banuelos to Braves for two pitchers

Just a couple of years ago, Manny Banuelos was considered a future Yankees rotation standout; a future ace. He’s not 24 yet, but it won’t happen with the Yankees.

Banuelos, whose career has been derailed due to Tommy John surgery, was traded by the Yanks to the Braves today for two pitchers.

Banuelos was 4-1, 2.57 at the age of 17 for the Yanks’ rookie league team in 2008. In 2009, he went 9-5, 2.64 in A ball at the age of 18. The future looked really good. In 15 starts in 2010, he was just 0-4, but his ERA was 2.51 and he made it up to AA at the age of 19. Even people like Mariano Rivera were starting to take notice. In 2011, Banuelos went 6-7, 3.75 between AA and AAA. He was still only 20. It appeared that by 2014 he would be in the majors.

Then came 2012, and Banuelos pitched in only six games, going 0-2, 4.50 at AAA before his year came to an end. He needed TJ surgery and missed the rest of 2012 and all of 2013.

This past season, Banuelos started 25 games and relieved in one more between high A, AA and AAA. But in those 26 games (25 starts), he only pitched 76 2/3 innings—-about three innings a start. Whether it was Banuelos, or the Yanks being careful with him after TJ surgery, that wasn’t good enough.

Banuelos went 2-3, 4.11, in 2014 and the Yanks felt he regressed to the point where he was available. Not 24 yet, Banuelos may still salvage the promise expected of him, but not for the Yankees. In his minor league career, Banuelos is 21-22, 3.29. He has exactly 446 strikeouts in 446 IP.

In return for Banuelos, the Yanks picked up David Carpenter, 29, a righty reliever who seems to be an upgrade from Shawn Kelley, who the Yanks dealt to San Diego a few days ago. Carpenter comes recommended by Brian McCann, who caught Carpenter while McCann was in Atlanta. While Kelley had a 4.40 ERA in his two seasons with the Yanks, Carpenter was 6-4, 3.54 in 2014 for the Braves, with 67 K in 61 IP, 3 saves. ERA+ 103. In 2013, Carpenter was 4-1, 1.78 for Atlanta, ERA+ 211. For his career, he is 11-10, 3.62, 4 saves, ERA+ 105.

Also coming to the Yanks is lefty reliever Chasen Shreve, 24, who made his MLB debut with the Braves in 2014, pitching in 15 games and striking out 15 in 12 1/3 IP. 0-0, 0.73. In the minors in 2014, Shreve was 5-3, 2.67 with 87 K in 64 IP.

As far as lefty relievers, the Yanks now have Andrew Miller, Justin Wilson, Shreve, and have Jacob Lindgren and two others on the way. Six lefty relievers to choose from and all under 30.

You wonder if more moves are coming. You make moves out of a position of strength and you wonder if some of these lefty relievers (and youth) could be dealt in a HUGE deal.

In any case, the Yanks’ bullpen looks pretty strong. Betances, Miller, Wilson, Shreve, German (picked up from the Mets), Warren (if he isn’t going into the rotation), Whitley (rotation?), Rogers (same?)… There are a lot of bullpen choices here, even if none is a proven closer.

As far as the rotation… Tanaka (hope the elbow holds up, and he’s just 26), Pineda (same) and Eovaldi (25) are young.  Ivan Nova is under 30. Then you have CC and Capuano, both older.

More of a youth movement. The pitching is shaping up, it appears as if the Yanks are going young at the DP combination (Gregorious and Refsnyder or Pirela). The offense still worries me (Teix/A-Rod/Beltran/McCann/Headley).

But maybe more moves are coming. It appears so.