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S.T. Game 2. Andujar HRs, but Yanks lose 9-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (0-2) lost to Tampa Bay 9-7 in their S.T. game today.

Good news: Miguel Andujar homered. Jonathan Loaisiga had a 1-2-3 inning. He is competing for the #5 starter job or a spot starter/long relief position.

There weren’t too many “major leaguers” who played. It was mostly minor leaguers. The only possible MLB players were Tyler Wade, Andujar, Luke Voit, maybe Thairo Estrada or David Hale, and that’s about it.

It came out today that Voit’s injury that sabotaged the second half of 2019 for him was worse than thought. He basically ripped everything. 3 ligaments on both sides of his groin had to be repaired in the off season. In the first half of last year, he had 17 HR and 50 RBI. Do the math. 34 and 100.

He feels fine now. Good sign. Even lost a little weight to make him a little more flexible. But that injury wasn’t just a sports hernia. It explains the big drop off in the second half.

Two hits for Chris Gittens today after he homered yesterday.

Estrada with a hit and an RBI.

Two hits and 2 RBI for OF Trey Amburgey. I like this kid. Righty hitter, 25. Hit .274-22-62 for AAA SWB last year. But no room for him at MLB level right now.

Pitching line:

Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   0.00  Nice
Hale 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  40.50   Not so hot.
Lyons 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Threw a WP that let a run in. 0.00
Schmidt 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00  A top prospect.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.   0.00
Yajure 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   0.00
Vizcaino (H,1) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  18.00
Abreu (H,1)  1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  9.00
Lane (L; BS) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  27.00
Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00

C Wynston Sawyer, who spent last year (43 Games) with the Twins AAA team, made two errors, I didn’t see the one, but the other was quite embarrassing.

Gerrit Cole will pitch tomorrow (Monday) night.

S.T. Game 1: Happ looks great, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First things first. As far as spring training results go, I don’t care until about March 17 or so.

Most early S.T. games are decided late by players who will be in the minors, sometimes AA or lower, so there is that.

I do care about injuries. Making sure your top players don’t get hurt in these games. And in that regard, news about Aaron Judge’s aching shoulder are encouraging.

Already we know about German’s suspension. Paxton being out. The uncertainty of Severino. Hicks out until June. We don’t need more.

The Yanks only got three hits today—all by minor leaguers—in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.

There was some good in this.

J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings. Six up, six down. Happ had a poor 2019 (12-8, 4.91) but was 7-0, 2.69 after the Yanks traded for him in 2018, a season in which he went 17-6, 3.65 between Toronto and the Yanks. He went 20-4, 3.18 for Toronto in 2016.

Happ, 37, needs to step up with German, Paxton and probably Severino out. Today was a good starting point.

The Yanks’ only run came on a bottom of the ninth HR by Chris Gittens. Gittens will probably start the year at AAA SWB. He isn’t young, 26. He hit .281-23-77 at AA last year.

Another hit, a double, came off the bat of Ben Ruta. Ruta, an OF, turns 26 in June. He’ll probably be at AAA too. He hit .260-8-55 with 25 SB at AA Trenton last year. So far in the minors he has shown a decent BA (.271) but no power, but good speed.

The game ended with the Yanks having the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

Pitching line:

Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
King 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Tropeano (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Avilan 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   13.50
Ort 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
Acevedo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Ok, something on some other guys. Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston and the Angels. 39 starts and  3 relief appearances, so he is competing for a 5 spot or spot starter/long relief role, probably against Cessa. MLB career: 12-14, ERA 4.51. ERA+ 90.

King got in one game at the end of the year for the Yanks last year after being injured most of the year. 2 IP, 1 R, unearned. He had a great 2018 in the minors, going 11-5, 1.79 from High A to AAA. He’ll be 25 in May. He is fighting for the #5 starter job, probably will go to AAA but I think you WILL see him sometime this season.

The last person to discuss, and don’t disregard him, is Brooks Kriske. This is a guy I feel you WILL see this year. Between High A and AA last year, the RHP went 3-3, 2.08 with 12 saves and 80K in 60.2 IP. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

Minor League Report: Trenton wins Eastern League Championship, 3 games to 1, with a 5-2 win.

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The Yankees’ AA affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, won the Eastern League Championship over Bowie with a 5-2 win. The win clinches the finals, three games to one for Trenton. Rony Garcia pitched five no-hit innings. Dellin Betances got in rehab work.

1B Chris Gittens 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR.
C Kellin Deglan Solo HR. (Series MVP)
SS Kyle Holder 2 hits.

Rony Garcia (Winner) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Greg Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Trevor Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Daniel Alvarez 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Minor League Report. Dominating pitching puts Trenton up 2 games to 1 with 2-1 win.

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AA Trenton won 2-1 to go up two games to one in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series.

Chris Gittens 2 hits, 1 RBI (solo HR).

Clarke Schmidt 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 9 K.
James Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Michael King (Win) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.

Minor League Report. SWB has to play a tiebreaking game to see if playoff bound. All FSL games were cancelled after Aug. 29.

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AAA: SWB (75-65) lost 5-3 while Syracuse (Mets) won, so both teams finished tied for the International North lead what was supposed to be the end of the regular season. A one-game playoff for the division title will be tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon (1:05) at SWB. It is sudden-death. The loser does NOT qualify for a wild card. The winner will face Durham (Rays) at Durham in the first playoff round on Wednesday night.

1B Edwin Encarnacion 0 for 4 on rehab. He packed his bags after the game to head to the Bronx and rejoin the Yankees.

3B Mandy Alvarez solo HR. 2B/1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (76-62) scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat Reading 8-7. CF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. RF Alexander Palma GW RBI single. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 HR, 4 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, solo HR. 2B Max Burt 2 hits.

Reading will be Trenton’s opponent in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs. Game 1 will be at Reading on Wednesday night.

High A: Tampa finished their season 63-71. Because of Hurricane Dorian, all games, including the playoffs, have been cancelled. The last games played were on August 29.

Low A: Charleston (73-66) finished their season. The season finale, scheduled for Labor Day, was cancelled due to rain, as Hurricane Dorian affected this too. Charleston didn’t make the playoffs.

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. Montgomery on rehab.

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AAA: SWB (73-64) lost 8-7 and stayed in a tie for the IL North Division lead with just three games to go.

Jordan Montgomery, on a rehab assignment, started, pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up one unearned run, striking out three. On a pitch count, Montgomery left after 35 pitches.

1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Ben Heller on rehab. 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Another rough outing at AAA for 20 year old prospect Deivi Garcia.

1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Don’t rush him. He needs AAA time. For those wanting a September callup or a postseason berth, I disagree. AAA ERA 5.84. He needs more time.

C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 3 RBI. a 3-run HR.
CF Trey Amburgey solo HR.
SS Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI
1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI.

AA: Trenton (74-61) lost 5-3. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Tampa ppd. rain.

Low A: Charleston (71-66) won 8-6. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, RBI, .308. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Ryan Lidge 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR.  Keegan Curtis 4 scoreless relief innings for the win. (W, 3-1, 1.56) 6 K.

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (69-60) won 4-3. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, 2 RBI. Michael King, who had a great 2018 but who missed most of this year due to an injury, turned in a nice outing. Deivi Garcia, converted to the bullpen for now, gave up a run but did strike out five in two innings

King (W, 1-1, 4.97) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 11 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
D. Garcia (H,1) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.98 (AAA ERA)
Adams (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.44

AA: Trenton (70-58) won 7-0. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, solo HR. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, solo HR. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI.

Nick Green (W, 3-3, 7.04) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.40
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.62
D. Alvarez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.32

High A: Tampa (60-66) won 3-1 in 11 innings.
2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, RBI. DH Mickey Gasper 2 hits.

F. German 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.64
McGarity 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.  5.40
Zurak (W, 6-4, 2.79) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.68

Low A: Charleston (67-62) lost 6-1, getting just two hits. DH Josh Breaux solo HR.
Starter Yoendys Gomez a no-decision, 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 8 K.  4.37.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-57) lost 7-5. 1B Ryan McBroom (.325) 2 hits, RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2-run HR. RF Zach Zehner solo HR.

AA: Trenton (66-55) won 6-5. They came back after being down 5-0 after two innings, scoring 3 in the third and 3 in the fifth. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. DH Chris Gittens 2 RBI. LF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR. 3 hits, solo HR 1B Brandon Wagner.

James Reeves in relief (W, 7-2, 2.05) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Brooks Kriske (S, 11) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K   2.13

High A:  Tampa ppd.

Low A: Charleston (64-59) lost 6-3. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 2 hits, RBI, LF Canaan Smith (.310). 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI. Tim Hardy (3.18) four scoreless innings of relief.

Minor League Report. SWB loses wild slugfest, 13-12. Wins for AA, A+, A.

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AAA: SWB (65-56) lost a wild one, 13-12. After five innings, SWB was down 7-2. They scored 8 runs in the seventh and led 12-8 after 7. But they gave up 2 in the eighth, 2 in the 9th, and 1 in the tenth to lose the game.

SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR, CF Trey Amburgey.

AA: Trenton (65-55) won 8-1. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam 3 RBI. CF Matt Lipka 3 hits.

Stephan (W, 2-4, 5.74) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Bristo 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.78
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.26
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.88

High A: Tampa (55-64) won 11-4. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits. DH Alexander Palma 4 RBI–Grand Slam. SS Diego Castillo 2 RBI. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Starter Miguel Yajure (W, 8-6, 2.15) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.

Low A:  Charleston (64-58) won 3-1 on a two-hitter.

Starter Roansy Contreras (W, 9-5, 3.62) 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lehnen (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.33