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Minor League Report.


One thing I would like to remind you about.

This sport of baseball is a crazy sport. Even though the Yanks play with a 25-man roster for most of the year, rosters can expand on Sept. 1.  Other sports don’t do this. Now, how many players will the Yanks leave down in the minors to compete for minor league titles and how many players will they bring up to expand the MLB roster to compete for the playoffs, who knows. But this is one reason I do the minor league report. Once rosters expand, who will be added? That way, you have an idea. For example, remember the big HR Slade Heathcott (now with the Giants AA/AAA) hit a couple of years back that helped the Yanks get in the playoffs?

AAA: SWB (73-41) won 5-0. 2 hits, solo HR 2B Donovan Solano. SS Cito Culver 2 hits, rbi. RF Jake Cave 2 hits, RBI. Neither Aaron Hicks or Tyler Austin, both rehabbing, played.

Lail 4 2/3, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. 5.23
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93
Feyereisen (W, 2-2, 2.76) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.93

AA: Trenton off.

HIgh A; Tampa (67-46) won 13-11. 1B Chris Gittens HR 2 RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 3 hits, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 doubles, SS Hoy Jung Park. RF Troy Amburgey 2 hits, 1 RBI.

Swanson 2 2/3 IP, 10 R, 7 Er, 9 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.92
Frare 1  1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 2 K. 5.82
Reeves 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.52
Lane (W, 2-1, 3.72) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Harvey (S, 1) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 w, 1 K. 1.56

Low A: Charleston (61-52) lost 6-4. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera HR, 4 rbi.  3 hits, 2 doubles, LF Dalton Blaser.

Nick Green (L, 7-8, 4.92)  3 IP, 6 r, 6 h, 1 w, 3 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K. 2.72
Harris 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.55



The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA:SWB lost 5-0. Nothing really to report on this one.

AA: Trenton scored two in the bottom of the 9th to win 2-1. Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler each had 3 hits and and RBI. Juan Silva 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 3-2 in 13. Austin Aune 2 RBI. Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 2 hits Mike O’Neill.

Low A: Charleston won 3-1. Yefrey Ramirez 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H. 8 K.  Austin Afenir 2 hits, rbi.

The Yanks released Slade Heathcott.

The Minors. Sanchez heating up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat LV 8-7 in 10. 3 hits, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI Gary Sanchez. Connor Mullee (3-0, 1.23) 3 scoreless innings of relief for the win. Maybe a future bullpen callup? Cesar Puello 3 h, 2 doubles, 3 rbi. 2 hits Rob Refsnyder. 3 hits, double, solo HR Chris Parmalee. Slade Heathcott had to leave the game.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Jake Cave 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 4-0. Chance Adams 6 IP, 3 H, 8 K. Jorge Mateo 3 H, triple, HR, 2 RBI. (.374).

Low A: Charleston lost 5-3. 3h, double, solo HR Angel Aguilar.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 6-4. Phil Coke with two scoreless innings of relief. Two hits, solo HR Aaron Judge. Ben Gamel 2 rbi. Rob Refsnyder 3 h, 2 rbi, Gary Sanchez 3 hits. Slade Heathcott 2 hits.

AA: Trenton ppd.

HIgh A: Tampa ppd

Low A: Charleston lost 3-2 in 10. Yefrey Ramirez 1 R, 6 IP.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 1-0. Anthony Swarzak the tough luck loser, 8 IP, 1 R,  5 H, gave up HR, 1 walk, 5 K. Slade Heathcott two of SWB’s five hits.

AA: Trenton fogged out.

High A: Tampa lost 4-2. Josh Rogers 8 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 9 K, but Matt Marsh gave up 3 in the top of the 9th. LF Mark Payton 3 hits.

Low A: Charleston rained out.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB swept a DH. In the regularly scheduled game, they won 6-4. 2 RBI Slade Heathcott.

In a makeup of an April 9 rainout, they won that one 10-2. Eddy Rodriguez HR’d, and Heathcott had 2 RBI in this one, too.

The Yanks are struggling right now, but so are some of their prized prospects, so a callup or shakeup probably isn’t in the picture right now. As for Swisher, he isn’t considered an OF anymore, just 1B/DH.

Gamel .311, Judge .280,  Sanchez .239, Refsnyder .216. Heathcott .231.

AA:   Trenton won 8-4. 3 h, 2 RBI CF Dustin Fowler. 2 H, 2 RBI 1B Tyler Austin. Matt Wotherspoon 4 no-hit innings of relief, 8 K.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 5-0. 1B Chris Giftens solo HR.

Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.




The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Conclusion of Thursday’s suspended game: SWB lost 3-0. SWB got just four hits, three by Slade Heathcott. Chad Green, Tyler Cloyd and Nick Goody combined for 11K, but 3B Rob Refsnyder made an error.

They won Friday’s regularly scheduled game, SWB won 7-2. Heathcott had two hits. Ben Gamel and Eddy Rodriguez each drove in two.

AA: Trenton won 7-4. Four pitchers combined to strike out 12. Dante Bichette, Jr. had a HR and 4 RBI. Tyler Austin drove in two. Dustin Fowler had two hits and had three of Trenton’s seven SB for the night.

High A: Tampa won 7-1. Ian Clarkin gave up 1 R in 5 IP, Dan Camarena 0 R in 3 IP. Mike Ford with 3 H, 3 RBI.  Austin Aune had a 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston gave up 2 in the top of the 9th but came back in one in the bottom half to win 5-4. Three pitchers combined for 10 K. Three hitters with two hits each, one being 2B Kyle Holder, a top draft pick last year.

Minor’s Report. Mateo shines.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB was losing 1-0 when the game was suspended due to inclement weather after four innings. SWB had just two hits, both by Slade Heathcott.

AA: Trenton lost 7-0. Two hits for SS Tyler Wade.

High A: SS Jorge Mateo had 3 hits, inc. a triple, drove in two runs and had a SB as Tampa won 9-2. Vincente Campos struck out 9 in 5 IP. Jonathan Holder 5 K in 2 IP. HR for 3B Miguel Andujar. Four others with 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston scored 4 in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4. The winning run scored on a steal of home with two out and the bases loaded.

Game 161. The Yanks are killing us. They literally throw this one away, 4-3.


The Yanks literally threw this game away, thanks to Dellin Betances.

As a result, the Yanks are very much in danger of having to play that wild card play-in game on the road at Houston. 

If the Yanks lose the regular season finale tomorrow vs. the Orioles, and Houston wins, the Yanks are headed to Houston for the wild card game UNLESS the Angels beat Texas, forcing a 163rd game for the division title between Texas and Houston whereupon the winner is AL West champ and the loser heads to the Bronx.

In other words, Yankee fans must root for:

  1. the Yanks to win.
  2. Houston to lose or
  3. If the Yanks lose and Houston wins, then for the Angels to beat Texas. That would force a 163rd game wherein the winner would be 88-65 and win the AL West but the loser would be 87-76 and behind the Yankees’ 87-75.

Luis Severino wasn’t on, giving up a HR to his first batter and two runs in the first, and another solo HR in the third, but the 21 yr. old rookie gutted it out by giving up just 3 R in 7 IP.

The Yanks got a run in the second on a SF by Gregorius to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, Slade Heathcott doubled in a run to cut it to 3-2 and Carlos Beltran walked with the bases loaded to tie the game. The slumping (down to .232) Brian McCann left the bases loaded by making out. It would come back to haunt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dellin Betances relieved Severino and gave up a hit. A WP moved the runner to second and after a strikeout, a bunt single put runners on first and third. The SECOND WP of the inning forced in a run. Then a strikeout, intentional walk to set up a force and strikeout. But those two wild pitches in the inning by Betances doomed the Yanks to a 4-3 loss.

With one out in the ninth, A-rod singled, but PR Rico Noel was picked off before Chase Headley made an out to end the game.                           

Severino 7 IP, 3 r, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 2.89. Gutty outing by a 21 year old. He finishes the year 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts.

Betances (L, 6-4 1.50) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walks and 3 K but 2 WP.