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S.T. Game 18. Yanks fall 3-1 to Phils, make more cuts.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:

Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.

I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.

As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.

So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.

Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.38  Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86  Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.

Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.

S.T Games 16 & 17. A win and a tie.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split the squad today (Sunday) and won one game and tied another. They are 10-5-2 in Spring Training.

First, the 1-0 win over the Braves, in which Yankees’ pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits. Chris Iannetta with the RBI.

Concerns: Mike Tauchman .056; Tyler Wade .080

Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  2.08
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.38
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Britton (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.25
Acevedo (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Now the tie, 5-5 against the Orioles.

Tommy Milone 3 for 3, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.

Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.57
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Medina (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.25
Lane (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  10.80
Gil (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Vizcaino (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  9.00
Rosa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.00

Recent cuts: C Kellin Deglan and Wynston Sawyer (minor league camp), P Nick Nelson (AAA) and Miguel Yajure (to AA).

 

S. T. Game 13. Yanks lose 15-11. Ugly pitching line. Give up 9 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ugh. Thank goodness this was a S.T. Game and not a regular season game because the pitching line is ugly.

The Yanks gave up 9 HR today. 4 by ace Gerrit Cole. Another 4 by Jordan Montgomery, the #4 starter.

The Yanks (8-4-1) lost 15-11.

Miguel Andujar was at 1B. Got 2 RBI, got made an error and was not comfortable there defensively.

Kyle Higashioka had 2 HR, 3 RBI.

Ezequial Duran had 2 RBI.

Roselle Herrera, who may beat out Tyler Wade for the last spot on the team, had two hits and scored three runs.

Thairo Estrada 2 RBI

But the pitching line is brutal. I don’t know if a wind was blowing out or what. If so, it better have been a tornado.

Cole 2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 4 HR   9.53
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.60
Montgomery (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR.  6.43.
Cessa 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.    4.76.

 

15 R, 17 H, 9 HR.  YUK.

 

S.T. Game 10. Minor League Pitchers can’t hold lead, Yanks fall 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (6-3-1) built a 4-2 lead but some pitchers ticketed for the minors could not hold it and the Yanks fell 10-4 on Sunday.

Brett Gardner had an RBI double.

Rosell Herrera went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and the way he is playing, he could beat out Tyler Wade for the last (utility) spot on the team. Herrera can play all three OF positions as well as 2B, SS and 3B.

Something concerning is that guys like Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez don’t have a hit yet and that Tyler Wade is 1 for 16, that hit being a HR. Kyle Higashioka is 1 for 11.

You would like some bats to wake up soon.

Pitching line:

Hale 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  19.29.  Not a good outing for Hale.
Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   Faced one batter and struck him out.  0.00
Otero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00.   Don’t sleep on him.
Kriske (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.45  Don’t sleep on him, either.
Yajure (L, 0-1; H, 1)  1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.   11.57
Ort (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up a grand slam.    27.00
Rosa 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  9.00

 

 

 

S.T. Game 7. Yanks beat Braves 5-3. Garcia pitches, Florial Homers.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (4-2-1) beat Atlanta 5-3 Friday, as their pitchers gave up just three hits.

The Yanks got their first look this spring at seeing top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia pitch in a game. He got three of his first four outs via the strikeout, but then gave up a walk and a HR.

Garcia, just 20, is a long shot for that #5 rotation slot, a slot open until James Paxton comes off the DL and/or Domingo German comes back from suspension.

At 20, he may need more time in the minors at AAA.

Speaking of German, he was involved in a car accident yesterday in the Dominican Republic but wasn’t hurt. He wasn’t driving but was a passenger in the vehicle.

Estevan Florial hit a 2-run HR for the Yankees.

The pitching line:

Garcia 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.   9.00  Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.00
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Avilan (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   3.38
Kriske (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   3.00
Vizcaino (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.00
Abreu (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00  Gave up HR.
Don’t sleep on Kriske. He could be with the team sometime this year.

Avilan is a lefty, 30, who has pitched for Atlanta (2012-2015), Dodgers (2015-2017), White Sox (2018), Phillies (2018) and Mets (2019). He is 23-10, 3.28 with 2 saves in his career (ERA+ 121). Last year for the Mets he was 4-0, but with a 5.06 ERA. He is looking for a bounce-back year. He has pitched in eleven postseason games and hasn’t given up a run (7 2/3 IP) in the postseason.

S.T. Game 4. Yanks win game 4-1, but find out Seve done for year, needs TJ surgery.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (1-2-1) won their first spring training game on Tuesday, but suffered a much greater loss.

Luis Severino, who missed almost all of 2019 with shoulder issues (save for three games at the end of the season and two postseason starts), will need Tommy John surgery. This will force him to miss all of 2020 and a good portion of 2021.

For 2017 and 2018, Seve averaged 16-7, 3.18. Now just about nothing last year and now nothing at all this year.

We’ll get to how that affects the rotation in a bit.

As for the game today, the Yanks won 4-1 over Toronto.

The bats still haven’t come alive, as the Yanks struck out 17x. The pitchers did strike out 13. The hitters are behind the pitchers right now.

DH Chris Iannetta had two hits, one a double, and scored a run. OF Rosell Herrera had 2 RBI.

Aaron Judge is expected to be ready to go in the middle of next week (Shoulder).

Pitching line:

Tropeano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Avilan (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Lyons (H, 1 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kriske (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50    Gave up solo HR.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K  0.00
Keller (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K  0.00
Alvarez (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Tropeano (12-14, 4.51 MLB career) has an outside shot at the #5 spot in the rotation, along with others I will list.

As of now, the rotation is

Cole
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery
Take your pick: Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia.

The early part of the Yanks’ schedule isn’t too bad. Good.

Hopefully when Paxton and German come back in May and June things straighten out a bit. Hopefully Paxton is OK physically and German both physically but also mentally and emotionally from that domestic abuse incident.

When they come back, barring more injuries (please, no) then

Cole
Paxton
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery OR German

Now that isn’t too bad, even WITH the loss of Severino. Not as good, obviously, but until then,

someone from that group of Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia has to just hold the fort for two months.

We will see who does.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Yankees release Ellsbury, DFA Bird & Cortes.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees had to set their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft and wanted to protect a couple of youngsters from that draft.

In order to do so, they made some moves.

The first was that they released Jacoby Ellsbury. In doing so, they are eating the $21MM he is owed for 2020 and also paying him $5MM for a 2021 buyout. They are eating $26MM and yes, that money for 2020 still will count against the cap. Ellsbury didn’t play at all for the Yankees in 2018 and 2019.

Ellsbury did play for them 2014-2017, with his best year being his first, in 2014 (.271-16-70 with 39 SB, OPS+ 111). So the Yanks got NOTHING from him for the last three years of his contract and had to buy out 2021.

The Yanks also DFA’d Greg Bird and Nestor Cortes, Jr.

Bird hit .261 with 11 HR in 46 games at the end of 2015, filling in for the injured Mark Teixeira but has had trouble with injuries since. He missed all of 2016 due to injury, hit .190 in 48 games in 2017, .199 in 82 games in 2018 and was just 6 for 35 in 10 games in 2019. His big highlight was his HR in Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS off of Andrew Miller that won the game for the Yanks 1-0 and kept them alive in the playoffs that year.

Cortes, Jr. was 5-1, 5.67 for the Yankees in 2019, ERA+ 79, in one start and 32 relief appearances.

The Yanks added Estevan Florial, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Florial: 22 on Nov. 25. OF lefty bat. .237-8-38 at High A Tampa in 2019.
Garcia: 20. 5-9, 4.28 combined A+/AA/AAA in 2019. 165 K in 111.1 IP.  21 starts, 5 relief.
Gil: 21. 5-5, 2.72 at A/A+ combined in 2019. 20 starts. 123 K in 96 IP.
Kriske: 25. 3-3, 2.08 at A+/AA combined in 2019. 12 saves. 80 K in 60.2 IP.
Medina: 20. 1-8, 5.47 at A/A+ combined in 2019. 22 starts. 127 K in 103.2 IP.
Nelson: 24 on Dec. 5. 8-3, 2.81 at A+/AA/AAA in 2019. 17 starts, 1 relief. 114 K in 89.2 IP.
Yajure: 21. 9-6, 2.14 at A+/AA in 2019. 20 starts, 4 relief. 133 K in 138.2 IP.

Trenton (with Severino) loses 7-2, Series tied at 1. Yanks’ magic # decreases. Ex-Yankee C Charlie Silvera dies.

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AA Trenton lost 7-2 to Bowie last night and their Eastern League Championship series is now tied at one game apiece.

Luis Severino, on rehab, started and gave up 4 runs, 3 of them unearned, in 3 2/3 innings of work.

C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, RBI, but an error.

Severino (Loss) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K
Yajure 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

The Yanks (MLB) were rained out and have a DH today (straight old-fashioned DH this afternoon) but their magic #’s did drop. The magic # to clinch the division outright (no tiebreakers) is now 8 over Tampa Bay. They have an 8 1/2 game lead over the Rays with 16 games to go. The magic number just to get into the playoffs is 7.

The Yanks also now have the best record in baseball, by 1/2 game over Houston (Houston has tiebreaker). The Yanks have 1 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers (Yanks have tiebreaker).

Charlie Silvera, Yogi Berra’s backup C in the early 1950s, died at the age of 94 on Sept. 7. Silvera was with the Yankees 1948-1956, and ended his career with the Cubs in 1957. As Yogi’s backup, Silvera never got into more than 58 games in a season, and in most seasons, never even got into 25 games a year. He was, however, one of the few Yankees that was on the team for EACH of the five consecutive WS they won from 1949-1953. He played for the Yankees in six different WS Championship years (1949-1953, 1956).

In 1949, Silvera got his most playing time, playing in 58 games and hitting .315. In the only WS game he played in, he went 0 for 2.

In his ten years in the majors, Silvera only played in 227 games, hitting .282-1-52 in 482 at bats. OPS+ 86. His only MLB HR was hit in the first game of a DH on July 4, 1951 vs. Washington at the old, original Yankee Stadium.

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.