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S.T. Games 8 and 9. Yanks win both Split Squad Games. Gleyber homers. Concerns over Judge?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees improved to 6-2-1 in Spring Training by winning both split squad games today. Both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery pitched well.

First, the home game, an 8-2 win over the Tigers. Gerrit Cole started this game. Good job. Same goes for the bullpen.

SS Gleyber Torres hit a 3-run HR. DH Chris Iannetta 2 hits. RF Trey Amburgey 2 for 2 w/an RBI. CF Zack Granite 2 RBI.

Pitching line:

Cole 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K   0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 1-0) 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.00
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.50
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Most of the pitchers you would normally see. Maybe Holder is battling Avelin for the last spot in the bullpen along with maybe Ben Heller. If carrying 8 relievers,

Chapman, Britton, Cessa, Green, Ottavino, Kahnle … that is six.

Holder and Avilan make 8. That leaves out Heller, or anyone who loses the #5 rotation slot like Tropeano, Schmidt, Garcia or King. Or even a Kriske, Acevedo, Abreu, etc.

In the away game, the Yanks beat Boston 5-2 and Jordan Montgomery looked good again.

C Erik Kratz had 2 hits and an RBI. RF Clint Frazier had a double and an RBI.

Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00
Tropeano 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.79  Hurt his cause, here.
Alvarez (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Medina (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 k.  0.00
Gil (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.  3.00
Acevedo (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 3 W, 1 K.   0.00

Acevedo walked the bases loaded with no one out in the ninth but got out of it.

More concerns about Aaron Judge and that shoulder. Could the Yanks start the season w/out German, Severino, Judge, Stanton and Hicks?

Thank goodness for depth.

 

 

S.T. Game 3. Yanks tie 3-3. Cole and Montgomery solid.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (0-2-1) are still looking for their first spring training game win this year but Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery were both solid in a 3-3 tie vs. the Pirates.

Montgomery missed most of 2018 and 2019 with TJ surgery.

1B Brandon Wagner, who spent 2019 mostly at AA, drove in 2 runs.

Pittsburgh scored one run on a PB by Yanks’ C Erik Kratz. Kratz himself scored on a WP by Pittsburgh, as pitchers and catchers are not quite in sync yet, and pitchers seem to be ahead of the hitters right now, too, as the Yankees pitchers struck out 14.

Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00
Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Otero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Gil 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Rosa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K.  0.00
Otto (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  9.00

 

 

Yanks fire a coach, get catching depth.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From the NY Post (edited):

The Post has learned Matt Krause, the Yankees’ director of strength and conditioning, has been relieved of his duties after six years with the club.

It is believed Krause had two years remaining on his contract. He follows pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who had a year left on his contract, and bench coach Josh Bard out the door.

Krause’s ouster follows a season in which 30 Yankees made a total of 39 appearances on the injured list. That is believed to be the most in major league history. Twenty Yankees made a total of 23 trips to the IL in 2018.

Even so, the Yankees won the AL East for the first time since 2012, beat the Twins in the ALDS and lost to the Astros in six ALCS games.

How much the injuries played a role in Krause’s dismissal hasn’t been revealed. But the fact that high-profile players missed major chunks of the season because of injuries couldn’t be ignored, even if some of the injuries surfaced when pitchers Luis Severino (inflamed right rotator cuff and lat strain) and Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement and lat strain) were in Tampa rehabbing other ailments suffered during spring training. Severino appeared in three games in September and made two postseason starts. Betances pitched two-thirds of an inning in September and suffered a left Achilles tendon injury.

They weren’t the only high-profile Yankees to go on the IL.

Giancarlo Stanton played in 18 games due to a strained left biceps and a sprained right knee. Aaron Judge missed 54 games from April 21 to June 20 with a strained left oblique. Gary Sanchez was on the IL twice with lower-body injuries. Aaron Hicks played in 59 games due to a lower back issue and a flexor tendon injury in his right elbow that required surgery after the season and will keep him out until at least June. Miguel Andujar played in 12 games at the start of the season and underwent season-ending right shoulder surgery. Luke Voit wasn’t the same after suffering an abdominal strain in late June that was later called a sports hernia.


It looks like the Yanks will be going with Kyle Higashioka as the backup C to Gary Sanchez. Higashioka is out of options. While he does have some pop (20 HR in 70 AAA games last year, and 6 in 146 MLB at bats) he has hit only .164 in those MLB at bats with 48 strikeouts. You do wonder if he can hit at the MLB level. We’ll find out. Higashioka isn’t young. The righty hitter is 29.

Remember the character Crash Davis (played by Kevin Costner) in the movie Bull Durham? A career minor leaguer who had a touch of the majors but late in his career is in the minors to teach pitchers? Maybe Erik Kratz, age 40, is like Crash Davis. The Yanks signed him to a minor league deal.

From MLBTR.com: Kratz [hit]  .299/.375/.500 slash in 176 plate appearances with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton last year. Given that Kratz and his family live close to the Scranton area, he’ll have the opportunity to continue playing close to home even if he doesn’t break camp with the Yankees’ Major League club.

He provides catching depth behind Sanchez and Higashioka. He went 2 for 2 as a Yankee in 2017. For his career, he is a .205 hitter.

So there is the worry. With Romine gone, can Higashioka and/or Kratz hit enough, especially if Sanchez (who has had injuries the last two seasons) goes down?

UPDATE: Martin Maldanado re-upped with Houston, killing those Maldonado to the Yankees to team with with Cole rumors.

Minor League Report. SWB done after being swept.

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AAA: SWB got crushed, 17-2, and as a result, got swept three straight in their playoff series against Durham. Their season is now over.

C Erik Kratz both RBI.

Players I now expect to join the Yankees: C Kyle Higashioka, INF Thairo Estrada, OF Terrance Gore (for pinch-running). I don’t know if they need four catchers, so I don’t know about Kratz.

Top prospect Deivi Garcia had a bad game. 1 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 4 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Ben Heller could be called up. 2 scoreless IP, 5 K.

AA: Trenton will play Bowie for the Eastern League title. Game 1 will be at Trenton Tuesday night. There is a possibility Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery and Dellin Betances will all still be rehabbing for Trenton at that time.

Minor League Report. Montgomery on rehab. SWB loses, but Trenton wins Game 1 of their playoff series.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their best-of-5 playoff series, 9-3. C Erik Kratz solo HR. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, solo HR. LF Brandon Wagner 2 hits. Brian Keller the loss.

AA: Trenton won Game 1 of their best-of-five series to Reading, 4-3, scoring once in the sixth and three times in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. RF Alexander Palma 2 RBI.

Jordan Montgomery 3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Clarke Schmidt (Winner) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. SWB—-AMAZINGLY!!!—Advances to Playoffs.

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One game playoff for the International League North Division Title. Winner goes on to the playoffs. Loser goes home.

Syracuse scored five runs in the top of the first. They led SWB 7-1 going into the bottom of the seventh. SWB scored five runs to cut it to 7-6.

Then SWB gave up six runs in the top of the eighth. 13-6 Syracuse.

Then, AMAZINGLY, SWB scored EIGHT runs in the bottom of the eighth and won the game, 14-13. Wow.

C Kyle Higashioka double, 2 solo HR. 2 RBI. 1B/C Erik Kratz 2 hits, 3 RBI. RF/LF Zach Zehner 2 RBI. DH Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Deivi Garcia helped keep SWB in it,

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

SWB now plays Durham in the first round of the International League 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.