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S.T. Game 7. Forget the 8-7 loss. Farquhar an inspiration.

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It’s only spring training, so wins and losses don’t matter so much (personally, I don’t care about wins and losses until the last week. I care that no one gets hurt seriously in these games). The story today was about Danny Farquhar, who although his numbers weren’t good and he took the loss, was an inspiration.

For you see, the fact Farquhar was on the mound at all is amazing. Last April while pitching for the White Sox, he came into the dugout after a relief appearance, suffered a brain aneurysm, and almost died. This near-fatal brain hemorrhage put him in intensive care for two weeks.

He had a rough outing today, giving up 5 runs in just 1/3 of an inning, so you can see it may be a long road back.

But the fact that there IS a road back is special.

The Yanks lost to the Pirates, 8-7, to drop their S.T. record to 3-3-1.

In the first, doubles by Tulo (looking good!) and Andujar plated a run. The Yanks got another in the second on a double by Estevan Florial and a single by Thairo Estrada.

They went up 3-0 in the third when Florial doubled in a run.

The Pirates got one in the third, but the five they got in the fourth off of Farquhar did the Yanks in.

Tulowitzki a double, Bird a double, Florial 2 doubles. Andujar 2 hits, one a double. Ryan Lavarnway 2 RBI. Clint Frazier a double. The Yanks hit 6 doubles.

Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 R, 4 K.
Farquhar (L, BS) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Hale 1 2/3 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Diehl 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Lail 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Ok, Cessa did well, so has Loaisiga so far. CC is suspended for the first five games of the season, so we’ll see who takes that first start.

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Yanks place two prospects in top 100 list.

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With the Yanks having had players like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar making the jump to the majors, and having traded away some other prospects, there are only two prospects in the top 100.

#57. Estevan Florial. 21, OF. Lefty bat. Hit .255-3-27 with 11 SB at High A Tampa in 2018, 75 games. Missed a lot of 2018 with an injury.

#66. Jonathan Loaisiga. RHP. 24. Got in 9 games with the Yanks in 2018, 4 starts. 2-0, 5.11 (ERA+ 86). Was 6-1, 2.89 between High A and AA last season in 14 starts. Hasn’t even pitched in AAA yet.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Yanks have 3 finalists, but no GG winners. Florial shines in AFL All-Star Game.

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The Yanks had three finalists for Gold Glove awards, but no winners. LF Brett Gardner lost out to KC’s Alex Gordon again. Aaron Judge lost out in RF to Boston’s Mookie Betts, and P Masahiro Tanaka lost out to Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.

From MLB.com, the list of winners.

National League
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs; Freddie Freeman, Braves (TIE)
2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS: Nick Ahmed, D-backs
LF: Corey Dickerson, Pirates
CF: Ender Inciarte, Braves
RF: Nick Markakis, Braves
P: Zack Greinke, D-backs

American League
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Matt Olson, A’s
2B: Ian Kinsler, Angels/Red Sox
3B: Matt Chapman, A’s
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Angels
LF: Alex Gordon, Royals
CF: Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
RF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
P: Dallas Keuchel, Astros

In the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night, Yankees’ OF prospect Estevan Florial, playing for the west, had a triple and a walk and scored a run as the West edged the East, 7-6.

 

 

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.

Minor League Report. SWB playoff hopes take hit with 3-0 loss.

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AAA: SWB (71-65) lost 3-0 as their playoff hopes took a hit with the loss. They have a .522 winning pct. and are in 2nd place in the International League North. Over in the West, Toledo leads with a .526 winning pct., and both Columbus and Indianapolis are both at .522. So basically, with two games left in the season, there is a 3-way tie for the wild card spot.

DH Mark Payton 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 6-6, 3.71) 5 Ip, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR.  to Rafael Devers, rehabbing for Boston.
Coshow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.95
Adams 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.82
Lail 1 iP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.48

AA: Trenton (77-61) won 3-0 over Reading.  1B Gosuke Katoh 2 RBI.  DH Jorge Saez solo HR.  2 hits, LF Trey Amburgey.

Stephan 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.  4.54
Kamplain (W, 1-1, 7.20) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Tampa (70-66) won 2-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 3B Daniel Barrios solo HR.

Sanmartin (W, 2-0, 0.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Ort (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.   6.04
Zurak (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.32

Low A: Charleston (62-72) lost 8-0.

Martinez (L, 0-4, 6.48) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
DeCarr 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.50
Higgins 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 k.  2.65