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Gardy back, Romine gone.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Brett Gardner is back, as expected, especially with Aaron Hicks on the 2020 shelf for half the year or more. Gardy signed a deal where he gets a $2 MM signing bonus for 2020 and a contract of $8MM. 2021 has a $10 MM deal but the Yankees have a $2.5 MM buyout. So he is guaranteed at least $12.5 even if bought out for 2021.

The Yanks have to be careful with his time in 2020 however. Even though he set career highs in HR and RBI in 2019, Gardner will turn 37 next August.

Meanwhile, Austin Romine is gone, going to Detroit on a 1 yr, $4.15MM deal. It gives him the chance to be a starting catcher.

The Yanks could go with Kyle Higashioka as a backup, or they could turn to Martin Maldonado, who played for three teams last season. Maldonado got along well with Gerrit Cole. Cole had a 2.82 ERA under other catchers, but with 10 games with Maldonado, had a 1.57 ERA. Maldonado has a poor batting average in his career, but does have some pop, and did win a Gold Glove two years ago.

I don’t know about these rumors about the Yanks being hot on the trail for Josh Hader. Hader would cost PLENTY. He is a lefty, only turns 26 in April, and is 11-9, 2.42, ERA+ 178 in his brief MLB career with 49 saves. In 204.2 IP, he has 349 K. He would cost PLENTY. (Think Andujar, Frazier, Deivi Garcia, and possibly another top pitching prospect). He would be a FABULOUS addition, but at a very high cost.

The winter meetings ended with the Rule 5 draft and here is who the Yanks lost. The player must stay with the big club for the whole year or they go back. Here are 2019 minor league numbers for each.

Rony Garcia P to Detroit.

The first pick.

From MLB.com:

1. Rony Garcia, RHP, Tigers (from Yankees) 22 next week.
Garcia raised his prospect profile by boosting his stuff in 2019. He now operates with a 91-95 mph fastball that touches 97, an improved low-80s slider that shows flashes of becoming a solid pitch, a new cutter and an effective changeup. He throws strikes but must continue to refine his command in order to succeed as a starter.

He was 4-13, 4.01 High A/AA 24 starts, 1 relief, 130 IP, 129 K.

AAA Phase: Different than with Rony Garcia.

Blue Jays: RHP Hobie Harris (Yankees) , 26. High A. 3-4, 4.62. 1 save. 48.2 IP, 59 K.
White Sox: RHP Will Carter (Yankees) 26, AA/AAA 2-3, 5.45
Red Sox: RHP Raynel Espinal (Yankees), 28, AAA 5-7, 4.32.
Braves: 2B Wendell Rijo (Yankees) 24. Righty bat. A+/AA/AAA combined. .258-13-44. 103 g.

 

Minor League Report. Severino, Encarnacion rehab. SWB’s magic # is 1.

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AAA: SWB (75-64) won 15-12 to reduce their magic number to 1. A SWB win today in the regular season finale or a loss by Syracuse would give the International League North Division title to SWB.

Luis Severino started the game in his first rehab start after missing all season long. In one inning, he gave up two runs on three hits, one a HR, and struck out two.

DH Edwin Encarnacion, in his first rehab game after suffering a broken wrist, was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

RF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, 2 RBI. SS Breyvic Valera 2 hits, RBI. C Erik Kratz 3 hits, 2 RBI.
3B Mandy Alvarez 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 1B Gosuke Katoh, a 2-run HR. CF Billy Burns 3 hits, RBI.

AA: Trenton (75-62) lost 3-2. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits.

High A: Tampa cancelled, rain.

Low A: Charleston (73-66) won 8-0. DH Josh Breaux 2-run HR. 3B Welfrin Mateo 3-run HR. C Eduardo Navas 2 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Rony Contreras (W, 12-5, 3.33) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Ramos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.90
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.41
The Yanks traded 1B/DH/OF Ryan McBroom off of SWB to the KC Royals in exchange for international signing bonus pool money and a player to be named later or cash considerations. McBroom, 27, hit .315 with 26 HR for SWB but the 1B/OF/ DH is blocked by the likes of Luke Voit, Edwin Encarnacion, Greg Bird (yeah, I know…), even D.J. LeMahieu when D.J. plays 1B. Guys like McBroom have to be given 40 man roster spots or you may lose them for nothing in the Rule 5 draft. So the Yanks got something for him.

The Yanks apparently have other guys they want to protect more so than McBroom.

Minor League Report. Big Valera HR, great pitching.

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AAA: SWB (69-60) won 4-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI. Breyvic Valera (.317 at AAA) PH 2-run GW HR in the bottom of the 8th.

Nelson 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K.  4.91
Lyons 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.12
Feyereisen (W, 9-2, 2.70) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (69-58) won 4-0. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

Schmidt (W, 1-0, 3.75) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Carter (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.64
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.66

Schmidt combined minors this year: 5-5, 3.76

High A: Tampa (59-66) won 4-3. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, scored 2 runs.

Yajure 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.26  (21, RHP, 8-6, good reports on him from scouts)
Valdez (W, 1-3, 7.76) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Low A: Charleston (67-61) won 1-0 in a game that featured five hits combined, three by Charleston, two by West Virginia. 3B Welfrin Mateo the RBI.

Maciejewski (W, 2-1, 1.35) 8 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K.
C. Espinal (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.47

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (53=64) won 5-1. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 3-run HR.

Otto 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W. 5 K.   2.32
Cordero (W, 1-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Wivinis 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K.  3.03
Zurak 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.89

Low A: Charleston (62-58) scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at one, then after giving up a run in the top of the tenth, came back with two of their own to win 3-2.

CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits, GW RBI. LF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits. 3B Oliver Dunn 2 hits.

Brito 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.  3.27
C. Espinal (W, 1-2, 2.29) 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

 

Minor League Report. Lipka hits for cycle at AA.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Major League New York Yankees return to action Friday night vs. Toronto. The first three starters will be German, Happ, then Tanaka.

AAA: SWB (52-38) lost 4-2. SS Tyler Wade (.310) solo HR. 1B Ryan Lavarnway solo HR.

AA: Trenton (46-40) lost 5-3. RF Matt Lipka 4 for 4, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR in the ninth that enabled him to hit for the cycle. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (39-50) swept a DH.

Completion of suspended game of 7/10 (ppd from 7/9): Won 8-2. LF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. CF Estevan Florial 4 for 4, RBI.  2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. DH Mickey Gasper 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 RBI. SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI.

Reg. scheduled game: Won 2-1 in 8 innings (DH’s only go 7 regular innings). RF Steven Sensley solo HR. Both sides only got four hits apiece. Castillo GW RBI single.

Low A: Charleston (46-45) lost 3-1 despite giving up just 3 hits.

Luis Medina 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K.  7.59
Myatt (L, 3-2; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 0 K.  4.15
C. Espinal 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.50

 

Minor League Report. Trenton throws one-hitter, loses 1-0.

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AAA: SWB (48-35) won 4-0. DH Tyler Wade (.301) 2 hits. RF Trey Amburgey solo HR. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 RBI.

Espinal (W, 4-7, 4.24) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Ort 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.97
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.60

Logan Morrison did opt out of his contract.

AA: Trenton (45-35) lost both games of a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: Lost 7-1. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits.

Makeup of 4/20: Lost 1-0 despite pitching a one-hitter. Trenton only got two hits themselves.

Talk about a tough-luck loss!

Nelson (L, 2-2, 3.78) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 11 K.

High A: Tampa (35-45) won 9-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 5 RBI, 3-run HR. 1B Steven Sensley 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR. 3B/1B Jose Martinez 2 hits, RBI.

Frank German 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 W, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (43-40) lost 10-0, getting just three hits.

Cortijo (L, 3-1, 1.93) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.   Then the relievers blew up.

Minor League Report. German on rehab, also, news on Stanton.

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Before getting to the minor league report, some news on Giancarlo Stanton. Don’t expect to see him until August, what with the new injury (sprained PCL). What a wasted season for him.

AAA: SWB (46-32) split a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: won 6-4 but the real story here is of Domingo German’s rehab start which was only so-so, if that. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 Walks, 5 K. He gave up two two-run HRs in the third inning.

3B Breyvic Valera (.381) 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Erik Kratz 2 hits, RBI.

Makeup of 4/20 postponement: Lost 1-0, got just five hits.

Espinal (L, 3-7, 4.71) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.

AA:  Trenton (43-31) lost 4-2. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits.

Whitlock (ND) 6 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 0 W, 7 K.  2.89

High A: Tampa (32-43) won 7-2. DH Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI, led off game with HR. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, RBI. 2b/3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI.   C Jason Lopez 3 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, RBI. J.P. Sears 4 innings of scoreless relief pitching.

Low A: Charleston (40-38) lost 7-2. DH Matt Pita 2 RBI.