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Minor League Report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (54-47) won 9-3. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. RF Tyler Austin 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Mike Ford 3 hits, 2 RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits.

Swanson 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.30
Coshow 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K.  4.71
Espinal (BS, 2; W, 5-1, 2.13) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   2.66

SWB is 7 1/2 GB in their division and 1/2 game out of a wild card spot.

AA: Trenton (57-47) lost 5-1. 2 hits, C Jorge Saez.

Stephan 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K.  4.61
Koerner (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33
Diehl (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.57
Wivinis 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   18.00   1st game at AA, up from High A. Started season at Low A.

Trenton is 2 GB in their division, and would be the top wild card seed.

High A: Tampa (52-52) lost 12-11. SS Ronald Torreyes 2 hits. 1B Steven Sensley HR, 2 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI. DH Ben Ruta 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 3 RBI.

Lehnen 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 6 W, 0 K.  5.25
Kamplain 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 0 K.  5.09
Zurak (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. Just up from Low A.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.79

Tampa is 17-17, 4 GB in the second half. They were 35-35, 4 back in the first half.

Low A: Charleston (50-51) lost 4-2. 2 hits, RBI, C Jason Lopez.

Junk (L, 4-3, 4.18) 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K
DeCarr 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66
Alvarez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K.  0.00 

Charleston is 17-16, 1 1/2 GB in the second half. They were 33-35, 6 1/2 out in the first half.

Since I have had some requests and inquiries about a hitter who had a high batting average this year at Trenton:

Devyn Bolasky, 25, Bats and throws lefty. Just promoted to SWB from Trenton. Yes, he was hitting .365 at AA, but in just 38 games, and he has no power. .365-0-11. He isn’t speedy, either, since he has 0 SB. In 272 minor league games, he has a .272 batting average, but has hit just 3 HR and has stolen just 25 bases. Last year, with 4 different minor league teams, from Low A to AAA, he hit just .235-2-26 with just 2 SB. So I am not sold on him yet. Because he was hitting in the .380s a few weeks ago, some people were asking me about him.

In the majors: The Yanks won’t have to worry about Mike Moustakas this weekend anymore. KC traded him to Milwaukee. Meanwhile the Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies.  Astros get Ryan Pressley from the Twins to help their bullpen.


First full squad workout today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Position players had their physicals yesterday, and the first full squad workout will be held today. The first spring training game is scheduled for this Friday.

Aaron Judge, coming off shoulder surgery, will be taking it slow in the beginning.

A couple of prospects may miss a lot of spring training time as well, and maybe some of the beginning of the season, too.

I mentioned Thairo Estrada, shot in the hip during a botched robbery attempt in Venezuela in late January.

Just a few weeks ago, pitcher Albert Abreu had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. So he is recovering from that.

Gary Sanchez literally knocked the cover off of one ball in batting practice yesterday.

There is still talk and rumors of another deal, which I can’t see happening, especially in regards to 3B Mike Moustakas.

For one thing, Moustakas would put the Yanks over the cap, and the Yanks are adamant about not exceeding it.

For another, signing him would cost the Yanks a 2nd and 5th round pick in the draft, and $1MM in international bonus money.

For another, why sign him when all indications appear that the Yanks are going full bore for Machado next year, and that Machado wants to come to NY (but he also wants to play SS, and the Yanks already have Didi there)?

For another, what of young Miguel Andujar, currently considered untouchable?  Not only for this year, but for the future?

It does appear as if the Yanks will let it ride for now, and adjust later at the trade deadline.

For all the talk about Judge, Stanton, Didi, and Sanchez, don’t forget about Greg Bird. I’m just hoping he can stay healthy. Don’t forget about him and his potential.

As for Ellsbury, at least the Yanks still have him in case anything happens to Hicks. That contract of Ellsbury’s remains an albatross, however.

Waiting for some games to start!


KC repeats as AL Champ, to face Mets in WS

The Kansas City Royals repeated as AL Champions, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night to win the ALCS in six games.

The Royals, of course, lost last year’s WS to the Giants in 7 games.

One HR, by Moustakas of KC, was controversial when it appeared that a fan may have reached over and interfered. It was close. MLB should do something about fences like KC’s and Philly’s were there is a fence and then some funky railing or flowerbed, etc.. It’s a bit confusing. Just have the fence, no funky decoration. Then you aren’t determining did it clear this, not that, etc. You just go by did it clear or not.

I’m kind of glad Toronto lost. I don’t care for hot dogs like Bautista and Encarnacion.

Bautista did hit two homers in the loss.

Alcides Escobar was named ALCS MVP.

From 1976-1980, the Royals and Yankees played each other four times in five years in the ALCS, and the series were classics. Now it’s KC/NY again, but this time against the Mets in the World Series.

Don Mattingly and the Dodgers have parted ways. Donnie Baseball may not have to wait long for another managerial job. Besides the Dodgers, other teams who have let their managers go and who are looking for a new one are the Marlins, Mariners and Nationals. (Updated: I didn’t see that the Mariners hired a new manager yesterday.) Some Yankees fans would like Donnie back with the Yanks as hitting coach. Although it’d be nice, I cannot see it. When the Yankees let Joe Torre go as manager after 2007, Donnie was interviewed for the job along with Tony Pena and Joe Girardi. Girardi won the job. Although Pena is on Girardi’s staff, I don’t believe it is a good idea to have the two guys who competed with you for the manager’s job under you on your staff. Granted they are all professionals, but there could be too much looking over one’s shoulder. The first time the Yanks slump, people may start wondering if Mattingly would replace Girardi. That isn’t good for team chemistry and morale.

I’ve always thought that Hideki Matsui would make a great hitting coach, but the language barrier would be a problem. Some former players whose names are being tossed around include Raul Ibanez and Chili Davis.

In the Arizona Fall League, Gary Sanchez has been raking so far.

We’ll see if this one will be a classic. On paper, it appears the Mets have the starting pitching edge, but KC the bullpen edge.

The WS starts Tuesday night.