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The Minors. SWB’s season over. Swept out of playoffs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What a way to have your season end.

Needing to win to stay alive in the playoffs, and avoiding getting swept out, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Yankees’ AAA team, flushed a 2-0 ninth inning lead, losing 4-2 to Indianapolis.

They wasted a superb pitching performance by Kyle Davies, who pitched eight two-hit shutout innings. Johnny Barbato came in to relieve in the top of the ninth and gave up the four runs.

LF Ben Gamel went 4 for 4. Three other players (CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge and 3B Cole Figueroa) had two hits each.

SWB was 1 for 13 with RISP and stranded 15.

Tough way for the season to end.

Maybe with their season over, we will see a couple more callups to the big club.

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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-0. Kyle Davies (11-8, 3.30) six shutout innings. CF Slade Heathcott 3 hits, 3 rbi. LF Jake Cave 4 for 5.

AA: Trenton lost 5-1. OF Jose Rosario and SS Tyler Wade with two hits each.

High A: 3-2 loss for Tampa. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits.

A: 4-2 loss for Charleston. SS Angel Aguilar and DH Bo Thompson each had two hits.

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks announced some players that will be going to the Arizona Fall League (taken from the Lohud Yankees blog):

• Initial Arizona Fall League rosters were announced today. The Yankees are sending RHP Chaz Hebert, LHP Tyler Webb, C Gary Sanchez, 3B Eric Jagielo, SS Tyler Wade and OF Dustin Fowler. There are still two open spots for Yankees pitchers (I wonder if Jacob Lindgren might be a possibility).

AAA:  SWB won 2-1. Kyle Davies 1 R in 6 IP. 2 h, solo HR SS Gregorio Petit. 2B Ali Castillo 3 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1. Trenton got just five hits. LF Jose Rosario 3 for 3.

High A: Tampa lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: 2-0. 3B Miguel Andujar with their only hit.

Game 2: 3-1, and Tampa got just 4 hits in this one, two by 2B Abiatal Avelino.

A: Charleston got two in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We have seen a lot of youngsters come up this year, even if just for a “cup of tea.” Top prospect Luis Severino is next.

AAA: SWB won 3-2. Kyle Davies 2 r in 7 IP. Andrew Bailey continues to impress on his comeback attempt. One scoreless IP for the save. Solo HR C Austin Romine.

AA: 4-2 loss for Trenton. They got only three hits.

High A: Tampa lost both ends of a DH.

Game 1: 5-4. 2B Abital Avelino 3 hits. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 for 3, rbi. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI.

Game 2: 5-3. DH Angelo Gumbs 3 for 3, HR, 2 rbi.

A: Charleston lost both ends of a DH, and literally did not hit.

Game 1: They were no-hit, losing 4-0.

Game 2: They had just 3 hits.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-1. Kyle Davies (7-6, 3.81) 8 IP, 1 R, 2 H. RF Aaron Judge returned after a week off and had two hits.

AA: Trenton was shut out, 8-0. DH Danny Oh, LF Taylor Dugas and 3B Jose Rosario each had two hits. CF Jake Cave is in a slump which has dropped him to .260.

High A: Tampa rained out.

A: Charleston lost 10-2. SS Jorge Mateo got two steals and now has 70 on the season. RF Austin Aune went 3 for 3.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA:  SWB had a 2-1 lead after 7 1/2, but gave up one in the eighth and another in the ninth to lose 3-2. LF Ramon Flores had two hits and an RBI, but also made two errors. CF Ben Gamel and DH Greg Bird each had two hits, Kyle Davies pitched five scoreless innings.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2 in 10, getting just four hits, two by 2B Tony Renda.

High A: Tampa lost both games of a DH.
Game 1: 5-2.
Game 2: 3-2. DH Miguel Andujar two hits in this game.

A: Charleston off.