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Free agency begins. Some Yankees moves.

From Major League Baseball Trade Rumors.com

The Yankees announced they’ve selected pitchers Jhony Brito and Matt Krook onto the 40-man roster. New York also outrighted outfielder Tim Locastro off the roster, and the speedster elected minor league free agency upon clearing waivers.

Both Brito and Krook have played seven seasons in the minor leagues. That’d have given the right to elect free agency this evening if the Yankees didn’t place them on the 40-man roster. New York clearly values both enough to keep them from hitting the open market, with each player cracking a 40-man for the first time.

Brito, 25 in February, is a former amateur signee out of the Dominican Republic. He’s a quality strike-thrower, and Baseball America wrote this summer that he could develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter. The righty split this year between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, working to a 2.96 ERA through 112 2/3 combined innings. He only struck out 20% of opponents but had a tiny 7.7% walk rate.

Krook spent the whole year in Scranton, starting 22 of 29 appearances. The University of Oregon product, a fourth-round draftee back in 2016, pitched to a 4.09 ERA over 138 2/3 frames. He had a solid 25.7% strikeout percentage but walked an elevated 12.1% of batters faced. The left-hander is generally regarded by evaluators as a likely future reliever.

Locastro, a 30-year-old outfielder, has seen sporadic action for the Yankees in each of the last two seasons. He appeared in 38 games this year but worked mostly as a late-game entrant based on his speed and defense. Locastro hit .186/.239/.349 in 46 plate appearances this year and is a career .227/.325/.331 hitter. He spent most of the season in Scranton, putting up a .240/.332/.395 line over 47 games.

The Yankees announced that they have added right-hander Jimmy Cordero to their 40-man roster.

Cordero, 31, logged 83 innings of MLB action across the 2018-2020 time frame, putting up a 4.55 ERA in that time. Unfortunately, he required Tommy John surgery in March of 2021, wiping out that entire season. The White Sox outrighted him at the end of that campaign.

He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees for 2022 and was able to return to the mound by June. He eventually made 32 appearances for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In 38 2/3 innings, he posted a 2.09 ERA, along with a incredible 31.8% strikeout rate and 51.7% ground ball rate.

Based on that strong showing, he’s earned his way back onto a 40-man roster. He has one option year remaining, which will allow the Yankees to use him as an optionable depth arm in 2023. He has between two and three years of MLB service time, meaning they can keep him around for years to come if he continues to hang onto that roster spot.



Also (and not from MLBTR) the Yanks are reportedly interested in Masataka Yoshida from Japan, who I wrote about a few days ago. Lefty hitting OF. Good bat-to-ball contact. Think Benintendi with more power.

The Yanks offered the qualifying offer to Anthony Rizzo ($19.65MM). We will see if he accepts or wants a little more, like 2 years/$40MM.

To no surprise, Aaron Judge added the Silver Slugger award to his Hank Aaron Award. We wait for all-MLB and MVP awards.

AA Somerset wins Eastern League title in impressive fashion. 15-0 with a combined no-hitter.

Usually, I start at the highest level and work my way down. Not today.

AA Somerset won the third and deciding game of the Eastern League Finals in commanding and historic fashion, scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the first inning on way to a 15-0 blowout victory.

In doing so, they threw a combined no-hitter. What a way to win the Eastern League title.

Somerset starter Randy Vasquez (I thought they’d go with Clayton Beeter, but they went with Vasquez) retired the first 19 batters he faced before giving up a walk. Vasquez pitched 8 innings, and Carson Coleman finished up for the combined no-hitter.

Jasson Dominguez (“the Martian”), the Yankees 19-year-old #2 prospect, hit 2 HR, one from each side of the plate, and drove in 6 runs in the victory.

CF Jasson Dominguez 3 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI #2 prospect.
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR.
RF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits, 2 RBI 2-run HR.
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 RBI
1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits, 2 RBI
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits #28 prospect.

Randy Vasquez (WIN) 8 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 8 K. #16 prospect
Carson Coleman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP


AAA SWB closed out their season with a 3-0 win. They finished at 83-67, and finished in second place in the IL East, 3 games back.

2B Derek Dietrich solo HR (3)

Between AA and AAA, Yankees #1 prospect Anthony Volpe hit .249-21-65 with 50 SB.

Boyle (W, 5-1) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1 WP 3.61
Abreu (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70 REHAB
M. Gomez (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.84
Guzman (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00 Position player. SWB 1st baseman.
Barnes (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57
Cordero (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.09


Minor League Action. SWB’s tragic # is 1.

AAA SWB lost the completion of a suspended game, and that coupled with a win by Durham, dropped SWB’s tragic # for being eliminated to 1. SWB did win the regularly scheduled game.

But SWB (82-66) is now 2 games out with 2 games left in the season.

COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME--Lost 5-4 in ten innings. Was suspended at 1-1 in the sixth inning on August 7.

Since then, Peraza and Cabrera now with Yankees, Andujar now with Pirates.

PR/SS Tyler Wade solo HR (2)
C Josh Breaux 2-run HR (5) #22 prospect Overall .219-19-50

Spence 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.79
Rich Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.31
Mujica 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gaveup 2 HR. 4.37
Shreve (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00
Bard (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.68

REGULAR GAME–Won 8-7 in 11 innings.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, solo HR (3) #1 prospect Overall .248-21-65, 49 SB
DH Ryan LaMarre 2 for 2, 3 walks.
1B Ron Guzman 2 RBI. 2-run HR (16)
3B Armando Alvarez 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (18)

Spence 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 3.86 (remember game listed above he started Aug 7)
Albert Abreu 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 REHAB
M. Gomez (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.92
Deivi Garcia (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.96 #26 prospect. Overall: 4-5, 6.89
Barnes (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70
Cordero (BS, 1) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.15
Bristo (W, 3-3) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.56

Minor League Action. SWB wins, 3-1. Stays alive, but 1 1/2 out.

AAA SWB beat Lehigh Valley, 3-1 on Sunday, to stay alive in their pennant race in the International League East.

SWB (81-65) is 1 1/2 games out with just 3 games plus the completion of a suspended one left.

Their tragic number is 3.

LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits.

Zach Greene 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 3.33
Duffey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 8.31
Krook (W, 10-7) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K. 4.09
Brito (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.25
Weissert (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72
Rich Rodriguez (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.03
Cordero (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.72

Minor League Action. 4-1 win for SWB as Castro, Abreu rehab. SWB 1/2 game out with days to go.

AAA SWB (80-64) beat Lehigh Valley 4-1.
CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI #15 prospect .290-15-45, 36 SB
LF Blake Perkins 3 for 3
2B Tyler Wade 3 hits, RBI, SB

Boyle (W, 4-1) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 4.04
Miguel Castro (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 REHAB
Albert Abreu (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB

Bristo (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.73
Shreve (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00
Cordero (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.77

SWB is in second place, 1/2 a game out. There are five games left in the season, as well as the completion of a game started on August 7 in which the score is tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth.



Minor League Action. AA Somerset wins Game 1 of playoff series.

AAA: SWB (78-63) won 4-3 over Lehigh Valley.
1B Ron Guzman grand slam (15)

Spence 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.80
Shreve (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Miguel Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 REHAB
Zack Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 REHAB

Cordero (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.82

AA: Somerset won Game 1 of their best-of-3 Semifinal Series for the Eastern League Championship, 9-4.

SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 2 RBI. #6 prospect.
C Austin Wells 2 RBI #4 prospect
LF Elijah Dunham 4 hits, 2 RBI #21 prospect
2B Jesus Bastidas 3 hits

Randy Vasquez (W) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. #16 prospect
Minnick 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
McGarity 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Espinal 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Coleman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Minor League Action from 9-17-22. Ridings first game of season off injury. Also, Bader rehab. Somerset prepares for playoffs.

AAA: SWB (77-62) won 7-5.
SS Chris Owings 2 RBI
1B Ron Guzman 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (14)
DH Rob Brantly 2 hits, RBI
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, RBI.

Boyle 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.34
Banda 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.25
Cordero (W, 1-1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.87

AA: Somerset (82-53, 1st half division winner) lost 8-2, getting just four hits.
CF Harrison Bader 0 for 2, Walk, Strikeout. REHAB
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits.

Will Warren (L, 7-6) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.02 #8 prospect.
Minnick 2/3 IP, 0 R,1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.81
Stephen Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB. FIRST GAME THIS YEAR.
Ernst 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.37
Coleman 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.86

STANDINGS

AAA: SWB 77-62 2nd place, just 1/2 game out in International League East.

AA: Somerset won the first half division title by one game with a 44-25 record.
They are currently second in the Eastern League Northeast Division at 38-28, 6 GB.
As far as the second half is concerned, they have been eliminated. The regular season ends today.

Somerset will play Portland at Portland Tuesday in Game 1 of the best of three semifinal Eastern League division series.

Minor League Action. The Martian at AA, Bader and Chapman continue rehab.

AAA: SWB (74-61) won 5-4.
3B Armando Alvarez 2 RBI
2B Phillip Evans 2 hits, 2 RBI

Chi Chi Gonzalez 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.54
Chasen Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Mujica 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 4.17
Banda 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Barnes (W, 1-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 2.79
Cordero (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.97

AA: #2 prospect Jasson Dominguez was promoted to AA. Dominguez is still only 19 years old.
Overall this year, 3 levels: .277-15-58 with 36 SB

Somerset (81-50; won 1st half division title) lost in 11 innings, 10-9.
DH Dominguez 0 for 5, R, struck out 2x
CF Harrison Bader 0 for 3, R, struck out 2x REHAB
LF Oliver Dunn 2 for 2, RBI
C Austin Wells solo HR (11) #4 prospect. Overall .280-19-62, 15 SB C of future?
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits. #6 prospect .243-15-54, 30 SB. Just promoted to AA. SS? Needs new position?
With Volpe and Peraza, and also Sweeney, some need to find a new position. All can’t play SS.
1B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 4 RBI. 2 HR (Solo & 3-run HRs) (18)
LF/CF Brandon Lockridge Solo HR (14) #28 prospect .227-14-49, 16 SB

Yoendrys Gomez 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. 4.50 Gave up 1 HR #12 prospect, Overall: 1-0, 2.53
Minnick 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.86
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB
Jennings (BS, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.25
McGarrity 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.63
Coleman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.95
Myatt (L, 3-2) 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.39

High A Hudson Valley and Low A Tampa seasons are over. Neither made the playoffs.



Minor League Action from 9-10-22. Big day for “The Martian.” Lots of rehab to happen today.

Unless otherwise noted, stats are for that level only.

There will be a LOT of rehab going on today (Sunday), especially with Somerset. Stay tuned.

AAA: SWB (72-61) won 3-2.
1B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI
3B Phillip Evans 2 hits, RBI

Zach Greene 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.45
Bristo 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.86
Deivi Garcia (W, 2-3) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 7.92 (AAA stats only) #26 prospect. Overall 4-4, 6.75
Cordero (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.03

AA: Somerset (81-48, first half division champs) won 8-6.
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits. #6 prospect. .238-15-54, 30 SB
C Austin Wells 2 RBI. #4 prospect. .277-18-61, 14 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 4 RBI. Two 2-run HRs (16)
RF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI. Two solo HR (13) #28 prospect. .229-13-48, 14 SB
DH Rodolfo Duran 2 htis.

Clayton Beeter 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2.66 #9 prospect. Overall 0-3, 4.88
Ernst 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.63
Cowart (W, 2-0) 1 IOP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.20
Correa (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Jennings (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.20

High A: Hudson Valley (71-59) lost 7-5.
CF Jasson Dominguez 4 hits, 3 RBI. 2 HR (6) #2 prospect. Overall .280-15-58, 36 SB
3B Tyler Hardman 2 his
RF Aaron Palensky solo HR (10)

Carela (L, 1-4) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 1 HBP 7.71
Cortijo 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 1 HBP 9.64
Diaz 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.97
Neely 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Low A: Tampa was supposed to play a DH. Game 2 ppd.
Lost 2-1, getting only one hit.

Messinger 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 8 K. 4.30
Gray 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Stevens 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
McNeely (L, 0-2) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up GW HR in bottom of 9th. 9.00

STANDINGS

SWB 72-61, Tied for 2nd, 2 1/2 out.

Somerset won the 1st half division title, 44-25.
Second half: 2nd, 37-23, 2 GB

Hudson Valley was 3rd in first half, 34-32, 9 GB
Second half: 37-27, 2nd. 3 GB.
They have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Tampa 6th and Last in first half, 27-39, 15 GB
Second half: 34-28, 3rd in division, 3 1/2 GB. Tragic # is 1 for being eliminated from the playoffs.






Minor League Report from 9-8-22. 2 HR for Volpe.

AAA: SWB (71-60) won 7-2.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, 2 RBI. Both hits solo HR. (2). #1 prospect. Overall .262-20-64, 46 SB.
2B Chris Owings 4 Hits
C Ben Rortvedt 2 hits, RBI
RF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (3)
3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (15)

Spence (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K. 3.96 (AAA only)
Banda (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00
Cordero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 1.80.

AA: Somerset (79-48, won 1st half division title) won 7-5.
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1). #6 prospect. Overall .239-15-54, 29 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI.
CF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits.

Loseke 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.25
Semple 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.84
Minnick (W, 5-3) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.87

High A: Hudson Valley (71-57) won 8-0.
DH Anthony Seigler 2 hits
1B TJ Rumfield 3 hits, RBI
3B Tyler Hardman solo HR (22)
SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 RBI
2B Benjamin Cowles 3 hits, RBI
RF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits, RBI

Edgar Barclay (W, 7-4) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1.74 #29 prospect.
Dees 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18 (high A only)
Santana 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 (high A only)
C. Gomez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.40


Low A: Tampa PPD.