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Minor League Report. Espinal closes strong for Charleston.

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AAA: SWB (8-6) lost both games of a DH to Lehigh Valley, and both by 5-3 scores.

Game 1: SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Ryan Lavarnway 3 for 3. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga (L, 0-1, 3.60) 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 7 K.

Game 2: 2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR. Chance Adams gave up 5 runs in the fourth, inc. 2 HR. ERA 10.32.

AA: Trenton (8-4) also lost 5-3.  Brody Koerner 7 IP, 5 R, 3 ER.

High A: Tampa (5-9) threw a 2-hitter and scored six in the eighth to win 6-1. CF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Deivi Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 8 K. 3.75
Bristo 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Kriske (W, 1-1, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston (7-7) won 7-1. CF Josh Stowers 2 hits, RBI. 1B Max Burt 2 hits, 2 RBI.
SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, RBI. 3B Nelson Gomez and C Mickey Gasper each with a solo HR.

Orozco (W, 1-1, 1.88) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 W, 3 K.
C. Espinal (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 7 K. 0.00  

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Game 11. Bullpen blues. Yanks lose late again, 6-3. Severino shut down for 6 weeks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The bullpen, supposed to be a strength of this Yankees’ (5-6) team, so far hasn’t been. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks’ bullpen gave up four runs after that as the Yanks lost 6-3 to Houston.

Clint Frazier had, let’s say, an interesting night in LF playing defense, and Brett Gardner made a mistake on a bunt attempt in thinking a ball was foul when it was fair. That resulted in bunting into a DP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (who was sent down after the game, what with CC coming back off of the DL) struck out the side in the first, but Houston worked up his pitch count and he was gone after just three innings. He did strike out five in those three innings.

Luke Voit homered (3) for the Yanks in the first, and Gary Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.86
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.29
Holder (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Green (L, 0-2. 9.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. 0.00

So far this season, we’ve seen Chapman take a loss, Green take two losses, Ottavino one. Not the bullpen that was expected so far.

Luis Severino has a grade 2 lat strain and has been shut down for six weeks. Since he’ll need to build himself back up (basically have to go through a “spring training”), we won’t see him on the mound for the Yanks until late June/early July at the earliest.

Gio Gonzalez (see minor league report) is a possibility. Gio rebounded well last night from two prior poor performances. Gio can opt out if not with the Yanks April 20.

Another possibility could be looking into free agent Dallas Keuchel.

 

Game 6. Yanks’ offense sets embarrassing all-time team record in 2-1 loss. Now Tulo goes to DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to like the Yanks’ pitching so far, even if the bullpen lost games yesterday and today.

You have to hate the offense. Yes, there are injuries, but that’s no excuse for the all-time team record the Yanks set today by striking out 18x.

The Tigers got just 3 hits, but beat the Yanks 2-1. 3-1 yesterday, 2-1 today. You don’t win many games by scoring just one run.

Forget about the homers. Just concentrate on MAKING CONTACT.

To top it all off, Troy Tulowitzki strained a calf muscle and now HE goes on the DL. So now it looks like Torres will have to be at SS, Wade at 2B, and it looks like Thairo Estrada will be called up.

Estrada, 23, is the guy who missed almost all of last year because of a failed robbery attempt where he was shot in the leg. He has just 8 games of minor league experience above AA.

In 2017, he hit .301 for AA Trenton. In 2016, .290 between low A and high A. He is a righty bat.

The Yanks could also bring up Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t have the middle infield experience that Estrada has. Urshela is mostly a 3B.

I really like Jonathan Loaisiga, and he pitched decently today.

One HUGE problem. Gary Sanchez made his FOURTH throwing error of the season. The season is only six games old (with the Yanks 2-4).

Wade has a shot to prove himself.

I like LeMahieu leading off today. He did so because Gardner got the day off (until pinch-running late in the game and getting caught trying to steal). I think he should continue with Gardner dropped to ninth. LeMahieu is hitting .438 to Gardner’s .143 so far.

The Yanks’ only run came on a double by LeMahieu and an RBI single by Judge.

Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who played CF today was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.25
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green (L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR in 8th that cost Yanks the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

As Joe McCarthy once said, “never fall below .500 if you can help it.” The first order of business is to get back to .500. They need to quit striking out, quit leaving runners on base and concentrate on making contact.

Sanchez has to stop the throwing errors.

They need to get healthy. This injury list is getting ridiculous.

Paxton on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.

 

S.T. Game 29. Yanks lose, Gio rusty. Roster set? Trade made.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You may be working out on the side, but until you get that game experience ….

Newly signed Gio Gonzalez showed his rust as the Yanks lost to Toronto Saturday afternoon, 7-3.

The loss puts the Yanks S.T. record at 16-9-4.

Gleyber Torres had a 3-run HR for the Yanks in the first inning.

Masahiro Tanaka only worked two innings in preparing for his Opening Day start this coming Thursday and looked sharp. We can only hope he’s like this on Thursday. Two scoreless innings.

Besides Gonzalez’ rust, Aroldis Chapman had a rough outing. His velo is down and I am a bit concerned about him.

Tanaka 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Green (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holder (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gonzalez (BS, L) 2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K
Bristo 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

I had to look up who Kriske was. Never heard of him. Brooks Kriske, 25, RHP, 2-2, 1.09 at short season Staten Island last year. 33 K in 24 2/3 IP. 2 games for Low A Charleston. 0-0, 4.50 in four innings. Far down on the “totem pole”. But had to see who was this guy? Was with Staten Island a bit in 2016, missed all of 2017. My guess is Charleston (low A) bound.

The Yanks basically set the 25 man opening roster today, but there could be a minor move yet.

C Sanchez and Romine
IF Bird (could still make a move here to put him on DL if elbow (HBP recently) problem lingers. If he is on DL, Wade AND Tauchman could make team? See below), Voit, Torres, LeMahieu, Andujar, Tulowitzki
UT Wade? See below.
OF Gardner, Judge, Stanton (Tauchman? See below).

The ? is Wade. I mentioned in my this blog earlier today that the Yanks could pick up an OF via someone getting cut by another team or by trade. I nailed that one. Just a few hours after I wrote that, the Yankees made a deal today for an OF.

The Yanks sent LHP Phillip Diehl to Colorado for OF Mike Tauchman. I was concerned about Wade’s lack of OF experience and the Yanks apparently are too.

So that final spot could come down to Wade or Tauchman.

UPDATE: Bird makes team, is OK. Wade sent down. Tauchman is backup OF.

First off, Diehl. 24. LHP. Goes to Colorado. Last year 2-3, 2.51 between High A Tampa and AA Trenton. Probably going back to AA. Boone was impressed with him in S.T.

Wade, mostly an IF (2B/SS/3B) has been used in the OF to increase his versatility, but is not a true OF. In 124 MLB at bats for the Yanks in 2017 and 2018, has hit only .161-1-7, 42 strikeouts, OPS+ 25. In 176 AAA games, .282-11-58 with 37 SB. He hasn’t taken that to the majors yet, and the 24 year old lefty hitter, although possessing great speed, hasn’t had a lot of OF experience.

Hence the trade for Tauchman. That last spot on the team for now (position player) is between Wade and Tauchman (unless Bird has to go on the DL, then both may make the team). Tauchman, a lefty bat, is 28, and is only 9 for 59 in his MLB career (.153-0-2, OPS+ 20). Like Wade, he needs his skills to translate from AAA to a major league level. While Wade has the speed, Tauchman could show the power, and is a true OF, which Wade isn’t. In 112 games at AA in 2018, Tauchman hit .323-20-81 with 12 SB. In 2017 at AAA, Tauchman hit .331-16-80 in 110 games with 16 SB.

Unlike Wade, Tauchman has a lot of experience in all three OF positions.

Whether it is Wade or Tauchman, expect neither to be there long. He’ll be gone once Hicks is ready.

As for what happens if or when Ellsbury is ready? We won’t go there.

The 13 ptichers are:

Tanaka
Paxton
Happ
Cessa (starter? Middle relief?)
CC (to start year w/suspension, then go on DL)
Chapman
Tarpley (I told you not to overlook him…. made team)
Britton
Green
Ottavino
Holder
German (starter? relief?)
Kahnle

When CC goes on the DL, Loaisiga, who was sent down, will replace him temporarily.

As for room for Gio (rusty today, see above) or Severino when ready, who knows. Same with Betances, and same with Montgomery this summer.

But you can never have enough pitching.

As I said in my prior post, sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and sometimes due to poor performance and/or injury, they are made for you.

Some decisions you just have to wait on. Cross that bridge when we get to it.

But also, don’t be surprised if, until Seve and CC are ready, Boone goes with an “opener” in a couple of games.

S.T. Game 28. Yanks beat Phils, 6-3. Stanton HRs 2X. More cuts.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice as the Yanks (16-8-4) beat the Phillies 6-3 in spring training action Friday night.

It’s the last game at Tampa for spring training. They have a game on the road Saturday (Gio Gonzalez starting) and also Sunday in Florida, then go to DC for an exhibition game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., then have two days off before opening the season at home in the Bronx Thursday against the Orioles.

Jonathan Loaisiga showed his talent and his rawness. He pitched 4 innings, striking out 7, but gave up 2 solo HR.

Two of the Yanks’ runs scored on wild pitches.

Stanton 2 HR, 3 RBI. One HR an absolute bomb.
LeMahieu 2 hits.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Britton (W) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Tarpley (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H. 0 W, 1 K
Hale 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.

Cuts made today: Clint Frazier (6 for 46 in S.T. with 15 strikeouts—aftereffects from concussion problems last year?)

Also (from the NY Post): The Yankees also announced pitchers Rex Brothers, Danny Coulombe, Phillip Diehl and Drew Hutchison were re-assigned to minor league camp.

 

 

 

 

S.T. Games 22 and 23. Yanks hit 3 HR in each game, win both. Hicks to miss Opening Day.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get to Sunday’s games, some news.

Kyle Higashioka sent down to AAA SWB.

Aaron Hicks will miss Opening Day. He got a second cortisone shot for his back.

This means, for a while (a week?) that Greg Bird AND Luke Voit could be on the opening day roster. Stanton would play LF, Gardner CF, Judge RF. Bird or Voit 1B, the other DH.

Rumors are the Yanks have made an offer to Gio Gonzalez, but are probably far apart. Being over the cap already, I can’t see the offer being substantive, and Gio made $12MM last year. My guess is that the Yanks probably offered half of that to cover themselves in case Severino has more issues and cannot come back in May.

Ok, the Yanks won BOTH split squad games today, hitting 3 HR in each game. So they are 13-6-4 for spring training.

Game 22. Yanks beat Phillies, 7-3.

Troy Tulowitzki 2 hits, a 2-run HR.
Greg Bird solo HR.
Gleyber Torres solo HR.
Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 SB
Matt Lipka 2 for 2, 2 SB

Great outing for James Paxton. Not so for Chad Green.

Paxton 4 1/3, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Green (BS)  2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
A. Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Game 23. Yanks beat Orioles, 5-3.

Jonathan Loaisiga needed a good outing to keep up with Luis Cessa and Domingo German as far as filling in for Luis Severino and CC Sabathia in April. He provided it.

Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI
Miguel Andujar solo HR.
Luke Voit 2 -run HR (the competition remains good and fierce between him and Bird).
Higashioka 2 hits.
Zack Zehner 2 hits, solo HR.

Loaisiga (W) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Hale (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hutchison (H) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Brothers (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 20. Yanks rip Red Sox, 14-1. Injury updates.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First, from MLB.com”

Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia, Yankees

Although Severino is scheduled to resume throwing March 20, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the right-hander won’t be ready to pitch in a Major League game until May 1 at the earliest.

Hicks, who has been sidelined for most of March by lower-back stiffness, is expected to join Severino on the injured list at the start of the season. The outfielder will likely be healthy by Opening Day, but he may need to log more at-bats and defensive reps in Minor League games before he’s up to speed.

The Yankees expect Sabathia will be ready to pitch at some point in April and may even carry him on the Opening Day roster so he can serve a five-game suspension from last season. The left-hander is a bit behind schedule after undergoing right knee surgery in October and an angioplasty in December

Now with Severino and CC both out, the Yanks need pitchers like Luis Cessa, Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga to step up while Seve and CC are down.

As of now, it appears Cessa and German are winning the battle over Loaisiga. Cessa has been great this spring, and today German was as well, pitching four scoreless innings in a 14-1 rout of the Red Sox.

Brett Gardner drove in a run and made a fine defensive play.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a 3-run HR.

Prospect Trey Amburgey drove in 2 runs.

Luke Voit drove in 2 runs. If Hicks can’t make Opening Day, then maybe there is a way that Bird and Voit both make the team. For a while, anyway.

Chris Gittens and Miguel Andujar each had 2 hits and an RBI.

D.J. LeMahieu 2 RBI

German (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Tarpley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. Don’t sleep on him.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The Yanks are 10-6-4 this spring.