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Betts (AL) Yelich (NL) win MVP honors. Yanks finish 12, 19, 20 and 22. Final AFL stats for Yanks’ prospects.

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Mookie Betts of Boston won the AL MVP quite handily, getting 28 of the 30 first place votes. Mike Trout of the Angels finished as the runnerup for the fourth time (Trout has won the award twice). Trout got one first place vote, and Betts’ teammate, J.D. Martinez, who finished fourth, got the other.

As for Yankees, Aaron Judge finished 12th, Giancarlo Stanton 19th, Didi Gregorius finished in a tie for 20th (he was also 20th last year) and Aaron Hicks finished in a tie for 22nd.

Christian Yelich of Milwaukee won the NL MVP, getting 29 of the 30 first place votes (the only other one going to Jacob DeGrom of the Mets, who finished fifth). Javier Baez of the Cubs was the runnerup.

The Glendale Desert Dogs Arizona Fall League season is over with a 12-18 record. Here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

SS Thairo Estrada .238-0-7
1B Steven Sensley .197-0-9
CF Estevan Florial .178-0-8

SP Jordan Foley 0-2, 9.15
RP Hobie Harris 1-0, 4.20
RP Matt Wivinis 0-1, 1.50
RP Kyle Zurak 0-1, 11.57

 

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Yanks retain infield depth. Re-sign minor leaguer Urshela. Twins’ Mauer retires. Catching up with the AFL.

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The Yanks have apparently re-signed Gio Urshela, 3B, to a minor league contract to provide minor league depth.

Urshela, 27, finished last year at SWB. In 167 MLB games, with Cleveland and Toronto, he has hit .225-8-39, OPS+ 57. He is known more for his defense.

In 2018, he only played in 19 MLB games, all with Toronto, and hit .233-1-3 in 43 at bats.

Twins C/1B Joe Mauer, 35, has announced his retirement. Mauer was a 6x All-Star, won 3 batting titles, the 2009 MVP (he finished in the top 10 three other years), 5x Silver Slugger winner. He also won 3 Gold Gloves. His 162 g. average was. .306-12-80, OPS+ 124. He hit .275-0-1 in 10 postseason games.

On baseball-reference.com, Mauer is listed as the 7th best catcher of all-time, between Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Catching up with the Arizona Fall League,  the Glendale Desert Dogs, who have some Yankees’ prospects on the team, are 10-15. The season ends next Thursday, Nov. 15 and the Desert Dogs have been eliminated from the playoffs. Not too good numbers by these guys:

SS Thairo Estrada .250-0-7
1B Steven Sensley .179-0-7
CF Estevan Florial .169-0-8

SP Jordan Foley 0-2, 10.34
RP Hobie Harris 1-0, 4.50
RP Matt Wivinis 1-0, 1.59
RP Kyle Zurak 0-1, 16.20

 

 

Arizona Fall League update; Toronto names manager.

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Now that the World Series is over, a update on the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects there.

The prospects are playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs, who are 6-11 so far. So far they are struggling.

SS Thairo Estrada .255-0-5
1B Steven Sensley .224-0-6
CF Estevan Florial .163-0-7

Relief Pitcher Hobie Harris 0-0, 5.00
Relief Pitcher Matt Wivinis 0-1, 1.08
Starting Pitcher Jordan Foley 0-1, 14.04
Relief Pitcher Kyle Zurak 0-1, 17.36

Toronto has a new manager as Charlie Montoyo was named to replace John Gibbons.

Game 71. Stanton’s walkoff HR completes Yanks’ comeback. 7-5. RIP Billy Connors. Estrada probably done for year.

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The dangerous, explosive aspect of the Yankees’ attack showed itself tonight as the Yanks rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to stun Seattle 7-5 on Wednesday night, courtesy of a walk off 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yankees’ win (49-22) combined with a Boston loss (49-26) puts the Yanks 2 up (4 in the loss column) over the Red Sox.

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched in and out of trouble, but when he departed after 3 2/3 he had given up just one run, courtesy of an error, but with two on and two out in the fourth, Chasen Shreve, called in to get out of the inning with just one run given up, gave up a single to make it 3-0, two runs charged to “Johnny Lasagna.”

Shreve then gave up 2 more runs the next inning. Hey, if the Yanks want to upgrade by getting a better lefty reliever in Brad Hand from SD, I am all for it.

The Yanks did get two back in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Andujar doubled. After Frazier struck out, Hicks walked and Judge singled in a run. The other run scored on an error which let Judge go to second and let Hicks score. 5-2.

In the seventh, Clint Frazier doubled, and went to third on a single by Judge. A SF by Didi made it 5-3.

To the eighth. Torres walks and Sanchez ties the game with HR #14.

To the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Didi singled and Stanton ended the game with a walk-off HR, HR #18, which ties him with Judge for the team lead.

Judge 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, walkoff HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game-tying HR.

Loaisiga 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.12
Shreve 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.91
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.00. A real godsend this year.
Chapman (W, 3-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Billy Connors, a long-time member of the Yankees pitching staff and front office, died at the age of 76.

From the NY Post:

Connors had three stints as Yankees pitching coach (1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000), but he made his most significant impact with the organization as vice president, player personnel, from 1996-2012.

Connors pitched with the Cubs and Mets from 1966-68. After his playing days, he became a minor league pitching instructor for the Mets and also worked for the Royals, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.

Connors went 0-2, 7.53 in his MLB career, 26 games, 1 start. ERA+ 46. He was 1 for 2 as a hitter.

 

Meanwhile, the Post also reports that

Thairo Estrada, the highly regarded Yankees prospect who returned from a gunshot wound this year, will likely miss the rest of the season after suffering a back injury.

 

 

Minor League Report. Bird and McKinney start rehab with Tampa.

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AAA: SWB (15-17) ppd. SS Thairo Estrada placed on the DL with a wrist injury, P Giovanny Gallegos comes off the DL.

AA:  Trenton (20-12) lost 3-1. SS Abital Avelino, 2B Gosuke Katoh and 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits each. Erik Swanson continues to dominate at AA.

Swanson 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 9 K. 0.52
Reeves (BS,1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.80
Foley (L, 1-1, 1.76) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up walk-off, 2-run HR.

High A: Tampa (18-16) lost 10-6. 1B Greg Bird 0 for 3, RBI. LF Billy McKinney 0 for 1 with 2 walks. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. 2B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI.

Nick Green (L, 3-1, 2.94) 4 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 11 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Young 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (16-17) lost 2-1. Two hits each for SS Wilkerman Garcia, RF Steven Sensley and DH Leonardo Molina.

Sears (L, 0-2, 1.99) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
A. Severino 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.69
Zurak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.94

Minor League Report. Swanson dominating at AA.

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I decided to do a minor league report. Had a little time before going to work.

AAA: SWB (13-14) lost 5-4. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 RBI. Clint Frazier 1 for 4, triple. RF Ryan McBroom 2 hits. Adam Lind PH single, RBI.

Adams 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.70
O. Perez 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26
Lail (L, 3-1, 2.35) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 0 K.
Espinal 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70

AA: Trenton (16-10) won 9-0. SS Abital Avelino 3 hits, solo HR. LF Cesar Diaz 2 hits, 4 RBI. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits, RBI. RF Jhalen Jackson 2 hits. 3B Brandon Drury 1 for 3, RBI.

Swanson (W, 5-0, 0.65) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Frare 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

HIgh A: Tampa (16-12) lost 2-1 in 10 innings. They got only 3 hits.

Nick Green 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 4 W, 6 K. 1.55
Hodson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.35
Lane 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.65
Sosebee (L, 1-2, 1.38) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

By the way, this new rule in the minors were teams start extra innings with a guy on second (to speed up things) sucks.

Low A: Charleston (13-15) lost 11-4. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. RF Steven Sensley solo HR.

Ramos (L, 2-2, 5.82) 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Zurak 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.20
A. Severino 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.93
Cedeno 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Minor League Report.

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SWB got David Hale back and they released Cody Asche.

AAA: SWB (11-13) won 7-1. CF Tyler Wade 1 for 4, RBI. DH Kyle Higashioka 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3B Brandon Drury 0 for 3 with a walk and reports are that he’s not ready to come up yet. 2 hits, solo HR C Erik Kratz. Clint Frazier 0 for 4, two strikeouts. Thairo Estrada (1 for 4, RBI) has been moved up here as well, Abital Avelino going down to Trenton. 2B Billy Fleming 2 hits, RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits.

Camarena (W, 1-1, 4.50) 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Lail 2 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.26

AA: Trenton split a DH.

Game 1: Won 6-1. 1B Chris Gittens HR, 2 RBI. RF Jhalen Jackson 3 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits, double, triple, RBI.

Sheffield 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 9 K. 2.25
Schwaab (BS, 2; W, 1-2, 2.70) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Sheffield is pitching well and could go up to AAA soon. Heck, depending on what we hear about Montgomery, could the Yanks even bring him up from AA?

Game 2: makeup of 4/30 rainout. Trenton (13-10) lost 6-4. SS Avelino (see above) 2 hits. Jackson 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Keller 4 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 4 W, 2 K. 5.40
Harris (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Both hits given up were HR.

High A: Tampa (15-10) won 2-1. 1B Adam Lind 0 for 3 with a walk. Seriously, did you ever think Lind would be here in High A barring injury and rehab? And where is there room for him barring an injury to Bird (again) or Austin? 3 hits LF Isiah Gilliam.

Stephan (W, 2-0, 1.57) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up HR.
Lane (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.93

Low A: Charleston (11-14) lost 3-1. 3B Chris Hess 2 hits. DH Pablo Olivares 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits. 1B Dalton Blaser 2 hits, solo HR.

Garcia (L, 0-2, 5.32) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Cedeno 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00