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Minor League Report. Didi starts rehab games, AAA SWB wins slugfest, and Deivi Garcia dominates at AA.

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AAA: SWB (25-19) won a 17-12 slugfest, hitting five HR. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, RBI. DH Mike Ford 3 hits, 2 rbi, 2-Run HR. 2B Breyvic Valera 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Mike Tauchman 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR. 1B Logan Morrison 2 hits, RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Brad Miller 2 HR, 5 RBI. Shawn Semple, who started the year at Low A Charleston, had to make the start for SWB and gave up 8 runs in 3 1/3 IP. J.P. Feyeriesen the “W” with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, 7 K.

AA:   Trenton (28-18) got a run in the top of the eighth and two in the top of the ninth to win 5-2. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 2-run HR in the top of the 9th.

Deivi Garcia, who just turned 20, continues to impress. 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.  3.46. Gave up 1 HR. Keep an eye on him for the future.

High A: Tampa (21-27) gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth and lost 2-1. In his first game for Tampa while on rehab, Didi Gregorius went 0 for 3.  1B Dermis Garcia HR. 2B David Metzgar 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 1 R in 5 IP. Reliever Andrew Bellatti 4 K in 2 scoreless IP.

Low A: Charleston (26-23) won 8-3. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Josh Stowers 2 hits, RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI. Roansy Contreras (W) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.

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Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?

 

Game 32. Pineda K’s 16 in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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Sorry for the late post. I had some computer maintenance to do which delayed this by one day. No minor league report then for Sunday’s games, but I can tell you that in AA, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered and had good days (to support Luis Severino, who did NOT have a good outing).

Now for Sunday’s Yankee game:

In June of 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels to set the Yankees’ record for most strikeouts in a game.

On Sunday, Michael Pineda gave that record a run for its money. Pineda had to be pulled after seven innings with his pitch count at 111, but he struck out 16 in those seven innings. Who knows what might have happened.

Pineda has had shoulder issues in the past, and it was prudent that manager Girardi pull him. But what a dominating performance. Pineda ties David Wells and David Cone for second place in Yankees’ history with his 16 K. He ties Cone for the most in a game by a righty pitcher. Dellin Betances’ 2 K gave the Yanks a total of 18 for the game, tying the team record which was previously accomplished twice—a combined effort, and Guidry’s solo outing.

Remarkably, Pineda walked no one in his dominant effort. For the season so far, he has 54 K and just 3 walks—an 18:1 ratio.

Pineda (W, 5-0, 2.72) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 16 K.
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.32.
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

In the game, Carlos Beltran hit his first HR of the season, and first in some 160 AB. It was a long time between #373 and #374 (which tied Rocky Colavito all-time). Brian McCann also homered (4).

Didi Gregorious had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

 

Game 26. Not this time. Bullpen can’t deliver as Yanks lose 3-1.

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The Yankees’ bullpen has been their strength so far this season, but no one is perfect. Chase Whitley pitched a great seven innings but the bats didn’t do much and the bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks lost to Toronto 3-1. The Yanks are now 16-10 on the season, still in first, two games up on Tampa Bay.

The Yanks managed just three hits in the game. Teix and McCann were given the night off, and the lineup had Stephen Drew, now at .149, hitting fifth (because of his previous success against knuckleballer Dickey).

Whitley 7 IP, 0 R,  6H, 0 walks and 6 K. 0.75.
Martin (L, 0-1, 3.86) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Even though the Yanks are 16-10, their batting average is just .242. With Stephen Drew at .149 and Didi Gregorious at .213, (backup Gregorio Petit is at .194), I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Jose Pirela to be called up soon.

The minors. Pirela looks ready for a callup.

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AAA: 2B Jose Pirela had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles as he continues his rehab from that spring training concussion. He may be ready for a callup. In his last three games, he has had ten hits. Compare that to Stephen Drew (.155-4-10, OPS+ 68 (7 of Drew’s hits have been XBH)), Didi Gregorious (.222-0-4, OPS+ 53) and Gregorio Petit (.200-0-5, OPS+ 58; an average OPS+ is 100) and you can see that the Yanks could use him. Not only that, but good-field, no-hit Brendan Ryan had a setback, tweaking a hammy.

SWB won 6-5. Besides Pirela’s big day, 1B Kyle Roller had a double, HR and 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 9-3. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI for RF Aaron Judge. (.319). CF Jake Cave 2 hits (.301).

High A: Tampa got just 3 hits, two by RF Danny Oh, in losing 3-1. On Saturday, Chris Capuano started his rehab with 4 Ip, 1 R (unearned), 2 h, 0 walks and 4 K.

Low A: Charleston won 3-0. Jordan Montgomery six scoreless innings.

Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500

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After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *