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Minor League Report. Tampa wins on 1-hitter.

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ICYMI: Tyler Clippard has moved on again, now from the White Sox to Houston. Clippard, who started strong for the Yanks this year before fading and being traded away, actually did well for the White Sox in his brief time there.

AAA: SWB (77-43) scored two in the top of the ninth to win 4-2. DH Ji-Man Choi, double, 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, 4 RBI.  2B Donovan Solano 3 hits. SWB pitchers struck out 15.

Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 W, 8 K. 0.98
Brewer 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.64
Heller (W, 5-3, 2.76) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (78-41) gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run in the bottom of the tenth and lost 5-4. LF Zack Zehner grand slam. SS Thairo Estrada 4 hits. CF Jeff Hendrix, 3B Abiatal Avelino & C Sharif Othman 2 hits each.

Camarena 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75
Schwaab (H, 1) 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.22
Carroll (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.79
Coshow (BS, 4; L, 2-5, 4.11) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.

High A: Tampa (73-46) won 3-0 on a one-hitter. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Widener 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.62
Tarpley (W, 6-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Sosebee (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Harvey (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.33

Low A: Charleston (66-53) won 9-2. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 HR, 3 RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera and C Eduardo Navas 3 hits each. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI.

Perez (W, 9-3, 3.01) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Trieglaff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Minor League Report.

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Quick note before the minor league report. Former Syracuse football coach Dick MacPherson passed away at the age of 86.

AAA: SWB (74-41) won 7-2. 1B Ji-Man Choi 2-run HR. C Eddy Rodriguez 2-run HR. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits for CF Mason Williams. DH Tyler Austin 1 for 4, rbi on rehab.

Smith (W, 9-1, 2.39) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Jones 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.67
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (76-37) won 7-4. 1B Mike Ford grand slam. 2 hits, solo HR for SS Thairo Estrada. DH Aaron Hicks on rehab 1 for 4, double, walk. LF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Camarena 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Gomez (W, 3-1, 1.88) 2 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Nice job.
Brewer (S, 9) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.32

High A: Tampa (68-46) won 1-0. DH Tim Lynch 2 for 2.

Widener (W, 6-7, 3.80) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Frawley (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.18
Foley (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45

Low A: Charleston (62-52) won 5-2. LF Steven Sensley 2 hits, solo HR. SS Diego Castillo & C Eduardo Navas 2 hits each.

Perez (W, 8-3, 2.98) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hodson (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Sosebee (S, 10) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.96

Minor League Report. Hicks continues rehab. Austin starts his.

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Very nice news to see. Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were ranked #2 in MLB for the minor league system.

Even after the moves at the trade deadline, the Yanks are still ranked #4. Very nice, Cashman.

AAA: SWB (69-41) lost 4-2. Aaron Hicks DH’d in his second rehab game. He went 1 for 3, double, walk, scored a run. LF Jake Cave 2-run HR. Cave is having a fabulous year (.372-13-31) at AAA and deserves a Sept. callup.  You wonder who will come up when the rosters expand. 1B Tyler Austin came off the DL to begin rehab, going 0 for 2. RF Billy McKinney had 2 hits.

Caleb Smith (L 8-1, 2.35) 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H,  3 W, 2 K.
Lail 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.47
Rumbelow 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00.
Gallegos 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H,  0 W, 1 K. 1.87.

AA: Trenton (73-36) split a DH.

Reg. sched. game: Lost 2-0. They got just 2 hits. CF Jeff Hendrix recently promoted from Tampa to Trenton. Nice average, decent speed, no power (70 games, .275-2-12, 13 SB).

Camarena (L, 1-1, 3.40) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 1 K. (5-3, 3.35 AA/AAA)

Makeup of 8/2 rainout: Won 4-1. 2 hits, double, solo HR for Nick Solak, just promoted from Tampa. Hendrix 2 hits. LF Zack Zehner 2 rbi.

Jose Mesa is the son of the former reliever, Jose Mesa, who pitched in the majors for 19 seasons with eight different teams and who saved over 300 games.

Between A+/AA, he is 2-1, 2.56 this year with 4 saves.

Mesa (W, 1-0, 1.80) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Carroll (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.10  (has split year A+/AA)

High A (A+) Tampa: (64-45) lost 6-2. Just promoted CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI.

Widener (L, 5-7, 3.99) 3 IP, 3 r, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Frare 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.74
Reeves 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70.

Low A (A): Charleston (59-50) lost 6-3. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 doubles, rbi. DH Carlos Vidal 2 hits.

Nelson (L, 2-8, 4.81) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2.97

Quick note: former ND football coach Ara Parseghian died a few days ago at the age of 94. The legendary coach was just 50 when he retired after the 1974 season. He coached the “Fighting Irish” for eleven seasons, 1964-1974, winning two national championships (1966, 1973).

 

Minor League Report. With trade deadline looming, prospects wonder if they’ll be part of package.

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With the trade deadline looming, which prospects will stay and which will be packaged in a major deal? Already AA starter Zack Littell was scratched from Sunday’s start amidst rumors he is part of an upcoming Yankees’ deal.

AAA: SWB (67-39) won 8-1. CF Jake Cave solo HR. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits. RF Billy McKinney 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Donovan Solano 2 RBI. 1B Ji-Man Choi HR, 3 RBI.

German (W, 3-1, 3.51) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Rumbelow 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.21

AA: Trenton (71-34) split a DH.

Reg. sched. gm: Won 8-7 in 8 innings (DHs are 7 inning games). DH Ryan McBroom 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI. His solo HR in the top of the 8th was the game-winning hit. 2B Jorge Mateo 2 hits, RBI. 1B Billy Fleming 2 hits, RBI. LF Zack Zehner 2 hits. 3B Abital Avelino 3 hits, solo HR. RF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, RBI.

Camarena 4 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. 3.67 Gave up 1 HR.
Schwaab 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 10.38 Just promoted.
Brewer (BS, 2; W, 2-1, 0.90) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Makeup of 6/22 rainout: Lost 5-1. C Jorge Saez HR.

Espinal 3 IP, 0 R,  1 H, 3 W, 3 K. 0.00 Just promoted.
Gomez (L, 2-1, 2.33) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.23

High A: Tampa (63-42) won 11-3. 2B Nick Solak 4 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits. 1B Tim Lynch 2 HR, 3 RBI.

Widener 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.83
Reeves (W, 2-0, 2.30) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Harvey 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.93

Low A: Charleston (57-47) lost 3-2. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. Same for 3B Vicente Conde.

Garcia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.22
Diehl (L, 9-3, 4.04) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Minor League Report.

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Ji-Man Choi, just DFA’d, cleared waivers and accepted a Minor league assignment back to SWB.

AAA: SWB (63-37) lost 5-3. DH Jake Cave 3 hits. 2B Jonathan Diaz 2 hits.

Lail (L, 5-4, 5.12) 5 2/3 Ip, 5 R, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.23
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W. 1 K. 2.25

AA: Trenton (66-33) lost 2-1 in 11 IP.  They only got 4 hits.

Camarena 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.16
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.72
Carroll (BS, 2) 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.82
Coshow (L, 1-3, 4.46) 1 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Estrada 2 errors (14).

High A:   Tampa (57-42) won 6-2. DH Tim Lynch HR, 3 RBI. C Sharif Othman double, HR, 2 RBI. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits, RBI.

Keller (W, 1-2, 4.13) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Lane 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.10
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (54-45) won 3-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 1B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. LF Carlos Vidal 2 hits.

Vargas 6 Ip, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Cedeno (W, 3-0, 1.04) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. ?
Sosebee (S, 7) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31

Tuesday’s minors.

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AAA: SWB (60-35) split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 10-2. 3b Miguel Andujar solo HR. CF Jake Cave 3 for 3, solo HR.

Lail (L, 5-3, 4.84) 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Brewer 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 11.57
Jones 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.91

Game 2 (Makeup of 7/17 rainout) won 3-2 in 8 innings. (DHs are 7 inning games). Andujar 3 hits, RBI. Cave 2 hits.

Rosa 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.50
Rumbelow (W, 3-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

AA: Trenton (63-31) won 9-6. RF Zack Zehner 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. DH Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 RBI. LF Tito Polo (traded to White Sox after game) 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits, RBI for 3B Billy Fleming. 1B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Camarena (W, 1-0, 3.77) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Schwaab 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. 16.20
Coshow (S, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66

High A: Tampa (52-42) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: Lost 7-0. This a a resumption of a game started on June 29, in which Tito Polo (see above) had started for Tampa. He had 2 hits on June 29. Ian Clarkin, also traded to the White Sox last night, had started this game on June 29.

Clarkin (3-5, 2.86) 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Mesa 3 Ip, 4 R, 3 H, 3 W, 0 K. 2.73
Frare 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.40

Game 2: Reg. scheduled game: Lost 2-1. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, HR.

Keller (L, 0-2, 4.76) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K.

Low A: Charleston off.

Yanks deal for power, relief.

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The Yanks made a major deal to try and get more power, resolve the first base situation for now, and straighten out the bullpen. I am going to try to analyze the deal, both good and bad and also what it may mean short AND long term.

In the deal, the Yanks get 1b/3b Todd Frazier, and relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox. They gave up Tyler Clippard and three prospects.

Getting:

Frazier: 31, a 2x All Star. When he was a little kid, he and his Little League teammates lined up next to a Yankee at a Yankee game. Frazier got to line up next to Derek Jeter for the National Anthem. Now he is a Yankee. He is a free agent after this season. He is making $12 MM now. So a trial run to see if the Yanks want to keep him for 2018, and he wouldn’t interfere with Greg Bird for 2018 at 1B. Frazier is primarily a 3B, who has played 94 games at 1B in his career. We’ll see who plays 3B and who plays 1B between Headley and Frazier. Frazier has a little more experience there than Headley.

But… asssuming Bird ever becomes healthy, could the Yanks sign Frazier once he hits free agency, move him back to 3B in 2018, and then move Chase Headley? Headley has just 4 HR this year at what is supposed to be a power position in 3B. Headley is still signed for 2018, at $13MM. The Yanks would most likely have to eat a lot of Headley’s contract to get rid of him.

Pros? What I mentioned above. A corner IF of a healthy Bird at 1B and Frazier at 3B is an upgrade for 2018 if the Yanks can sign Frazier this offseason. The man has power. In his last three full seasons, 2014-2016, he hit 29, 35 and 40 HR. He has 16 HR so far this season. His 162 g. average is .247-30-87, OPS+ 111. If Frazier becomes your long term solution then, Headley and 3B prospect Miguel Andujar could be used as trade chips to upgrade elsewhere.

Cons? He is hitting just .207 this year. He hit .255 in 2015, .225 last  season and is at .207 now. So that is a downward trend. We’ve seen another infielder with a lot of power, low batting average recently (Chris Carter). We know how that one worked out. Hopefully he ups the BA and keeps the power. Another thing is that he is a righty power hitter, as opposed to a lefty like Duda or Alonso, both who were rumored to be on the Yanks’ radar. Here is where losing Bird really hurt this year. Consider the righty power (Judge, Sanchez, Holliday,  Todd Frazier (what was supposed to be in Carter), Clint Frazier vs. the lefty bats (Gardner, Ellsbury, Gregorius)…. you have switch hitters in Hicks who did well before his DL stint and Headley, and Headley hasn’t given power (4 HR). Neither has Ellsbury (4 HR). Gardner, though surprising, isn’t known for his power. There is an imbalance in the power between righty and lefty bats which the Bird injury really highlights. Getting the righty bat in Frazier didn’t solve that imbalance. You’d think with all that righty power that this was Boston and Fenway rather than the Yanks and Yankee Stadium. It’s the Yankees. With that short right field porch and Yankee history, the Yanks need a lefty power bat (think Ruth, Gehrig,  Giambi Nettles, Jackson, Tino, O’Neill, Maris, the switch-hitters in Mantle, White, Tresh, Posada, Teixeira). Still, Frazier at 1B is an upgrade over a Choi/Cooper platoon.

Robertson:  32, RHP, signed through 2018. $12MM this year, $13MM next year. The most positive aspect of this deal, I believe. He has already been a Yankee, been a 1x All-Star, already been their closer. He replaces the beleaguered Tyler Clippard, who after a good two months this year, appeared to just lose it completely. That alone is good. Robertson’s prior NY experience should serve him well. Robertson has been doing well this year, 4-2, 2.70, 13 saves. I see just pros here, no cons. Let’s hope I am right. 162 g. average 5-4, 2.95, ERA+ 141, 16 saves. Between him, Betances and Chapman, should help shorten the game, and Green (see below) and Warren have been great and can move into the sixth. Definite upgrade here.

Kahnle: Was in the Yanks system years ago, getting up to AA. 27, RHP. 1-3, 2.50 this year. 162 g. average 1-3, 3.70, ERA+ 117. I don’t know where he slots in or how he plays against say a Holder, Heller, Gallegos, etc.

I don’t think the Yanks are done making moves. I really think they need a move for a starting pitcher (Sonny Gray?). To me, replacing Pineda with Mitchell or Cessa won’t get it done. Could the Yanks stretch out Chad Green and make him a starter (thus Kahnle replaces Green in the bullpen) or is another trade (like for Gray, Gerrit Cole) coming? I really think the Yanks need to get that starter and upgrade the rotation.

Now to who the Yanks gave up:

Clippard. A good two months followed by an awful month. 4.95 ERA. 1-5. Yanks lost confidence in him, justifiably so. A 13.06 ERA in his last twelve appearances, since June 12. A change here had to be made.

Ian Clarkin: 22, LHP, hasn’t made it to AA yet. 4-4. 2.61 at Tampa. 14-18 in his minor league career. Here is where depth of prospects helped make the deal. The Yanks have rookie lefty Jordan Montgomery in the rotation now. Justus Sheffield is at AA. Caleb Smith just made his MLB debut the other night. Dan Camarena is another lefty. Could Clarkin be better than say, Camarena? Yeah, maybe, but you do have to give to get.

Tito Polo: 23 soon. Righty hitting OF. Between High A/AA this year, .298-5-36, 25 SB. Yanks got him from the Pirates in the Nova deal last year. Seems like a nice prospect, just made it to AA, but with outfielders in front of him (esp. righty hitters Clint Frazier, Judge…)

Blake Rutherford: 20, Lefty hitting OF. 1st round pick last year (2016). .281-2-30 this year at Low A Charleston. The one guy that the White Sox probably wanted most. Losing him hurts but you have to give to get. A few years away, obviously. The Yanks do have guys like Billy McKinney, Jake Cave, Mason Williams, and the injured Dustin Fowler yet as lefty hitting outfielders, and still of course have Gardner and Ellsbury.

We’ll see about Todd Frazier. Power nice, needs to up that batting average, still a 1B upgrade. To me, getting D-Rob (aka Houdini) back is the big plus in this deal.

But the Yanks can’t stop here. Go get that starter.