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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

Yanks deal for power, relief.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

 

Game 89. Yanks shut out Boston, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks won the day part of a day/night doubleheader, shutting out Boston 3-0 behind six innings from CC Sabathia.

Bryan Mitchell was to start the day game, but that thinking changed when yesterday’s game went deep into extra innings.

The Yanks had to send down Heller and Holder for fresh arms in Mitchell and Caleb Smith.

The Yanks got two runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Didi Gregorius singled and Clint Frazier reached on an error. Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Ji-Man Choi got a SF and Ronald Torreyes singled in the second run.

In the fifth, Didi Gregorius wrapped his eleventh HR of the season around the Pesky Pole to make it 3-0.

BTW, the Pesky Pole is NOT named that (contrary to public opinion) because the Red Sox SS/3B of the 1940s and 1950s would wrap a lot of homers around the pole.

Pesky hit just 17 HR in his WHOLE MLB CAREER.

No, the Pesky Pole is named that because Pesky’s actual name was John Michael Paveskovich. He was Polish. For easier boxscores, his last name was shortened to Pesky.

Sabathia (W, 8-3, 3.54) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K.
Clippard (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.95
Green (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 H, 2 W. 2 K. 1.75
Chapman (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.57

Game 88. Yanks win in 16, 4-1.

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The game featured two All-Stars as the starters, and both lived up to their pedigree. Aaron Sale, the recent AL starter in the All Star Game, owns the Yanks and did so again by giving up no runs and striking out 13 in 7 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Yankee starter Luis Severino only gave up one run in 7 innings of work.

But in the ninth, All star closer Craig Kimbrell, who was 30 for 30 in save opportunities at Fenway Park, finally blew one up there. Matt Holliday tied the game up with his 16th HR of the season.

So to extra innings. And more extra innings. And even more extra innings.

Finally in the top of the 16th, the Yanks busted it open and won the game 4-1. Ellsbury led off the inning with a double, and Headley singled him to third. Didi Gregorius singled in one run, Austin Romine singled in another and later on, Gary Sanchez hit a SF.

For the two teams, not much rest. They have a day/night DH today (Sunday).

Great job by the Yankees’ pitchers.

Severino 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.40
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.09
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.96
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.91
Holder 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.47
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.74
Heller (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 86. Yanks go 1 for 16 w/RISP in 5-3 loss.

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You have to take advantage of your opportunities, and the Yankees didn’t, going 1 for 16 w/RISP in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

The Yanks hit the All Star Break at 45-41, and fall into a virtual tie for second place in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays. They won’t play again until Friday, when they are in Boston for a big series against the first place Red Sox.

They need this time to regroup. After a 21-9 start, they have gone 24-32. Some changes will have to be made, some may be via a trade before the trade deadline in a few weeks, some will be when injured people like Holliday and Castro come back soon, and others will be by managerial decisions.

The Yanks have to take this time off to reassess and change so they reverse the negative skid they are currently on. Right the ship.

Masahiro Tanaka started and had a bad game, giving up a 3-run HR in the first and a solo HR in the second. 4-0 Brewers right away.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by Chase Headley and a 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier.

The Brewers got an insurance run in the fifth which was the end of the scoring. Headley just missed a 3-run HR late in the game which would have given the Yanks the lead. It was just foul.

Tanaka (L, 7-8, 5.47) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.96. Faced one batter, gave up a hit, Tanaka’s runner he left behind scored.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.02
Webb 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 0 K. 4.50
Green 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.91. Did hit a batter.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.48.

Some thoughts. Green has been great. After the All Star break, I would have him take Clippard’s role and reduce Clippard (if he isn’t traded).

The Yanks really have to reassess Ellsbury and Headley. It would be a lot of $$ to eat if they have to trade or release them. But neither are giving the Yanks much right now.

There are trade rumors right now regarding Brad Hand (lefty reliever) for SD and Justin Bour, lefty hitting 1B from the Marlins. Both would be excellent acquisitions but it depends on what the Yanks would have to give up to get these players.

I am worried about Tyler Wade. It seems like he isn’t “ready for prime time.” I am not saying give up on him, but it appears he may need more time in the minors. He is just 3 for 28 so far.

Just saying. Some changes will be made. We’ll see what they will be.

Game 84. Yanks’ free fall continues with 9-4 loss.

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Because I have to work today, there will be no full minor league report. SWB lost 4-1, with Chance Adams (6-3, 2.50 at AAA, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR) taking the loss.  Adams is 10-3, 1.94 overall AA/AAA this season.

This is getting quite painful. The Yanks’ free fall continued with a 9-4 loss Friday night which dropped their record to 44-40, 4 1/2 behind Boston. They are only a game ahead of the third place Tampa Bay Rays. They dropped into a virtual tie with the Twins for the first wild card spot.

If they continue like this, even a wild card spot could be slipping away.

They need to right the ship, and soon.

They lost despite Milwaukee making five errors in the first four innings of the game,  and lost despite Brett Gardner drawing four walks, because the Yanks only managed four hits.

The Yanks struck out 12x.

Tyler Clippard was awful again.

The Yanks took a 1-0 lead in the second on a SF by Clint Frazier. Milwaukee got two in the top of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Jesus Aguilar, who had 2 HR and 7 RBI on the night.

The Yanks went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Ji-Man Choi hit his second HR in as many games since the Yanks called him up.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge hit #30, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s record (1936) for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ rookie. 4-2 Yanks.

Then the bullpen failed again.

Clippard came in to pitch in the sixth inning with men on second and third and no one out and allowed both runners to score, one on a wild pitch. Game tied.

In the seventh, he walked three batters, one intentionally, before giving up a grand slam to Aguilar. Milwaukee tacked on another run later in the inning. 9-4 Brewers.

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.65
Webb 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Clippard (BS, 5; L, 1-5, 5.24) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up grand slam.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.96
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.18

Disconcerting were a couple of comments made. One by Clippard who says he feels good on the mound (then why the bad results?). The other by some coward in the Yanks’ front office who is suggesting that Greg Bird is jaking it and doesn’t want to play. Why doesn’t that person come out publicly and say that straight to Bird’s face? I am sure Bird wants to play but cannot. Those comments are uncalled for.

 

 

 

Game 82. Yanks lose 4-1, make moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks activated CC Sabathia from the DL as well as Adam Warren. Sent down were Bryan Mitchell and Domingo German.

CC started, and retired the first eight batters he faced, but then the rust kicked in, and he gave up 3 hits and 3 walks for 4 runs as Toronto beat the Yanks, 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came on Aaron Judge’s 28th HR of the season. Still a rookie, Judge is one HR shy of Joe Dimaggio’s Yankee rookie record of 29, set in 1936.

The MLB record for HR in a season by a rookie is 49, by Mark McGwire in 1987.

The Yanks only had four hits in the game.

The loss drops the Yanks to 44-38. After a 21-9 start, they are 23-29 in their last 52 games.

After the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Carter again. You may recall they DFA’d him a couple of weeks ago, and no one wanted him. He agreed to go to SWB but never went because when Tyler Austin got hurt, Carter returned to the Yankees.

The Yanks brought up Ji-Man Choi from SWB to replace Carter. Choi, a South Korean, is a lefty hitting 1B/OF who is 26, and who hit .170-5-12 in 54 games with the Angels last year. That is his only MLB experience. At SWB this year, he was hitting .289-8-43.

Sabathia (L, 7-3, 3.81) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.20
Cessa 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.57. Nice job keeping the Yanks in the game.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.86
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.41