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Minor League Report/Problem with Sanchez?/Ex-Yankee Sanderson dies.


The Yankees were off Thursday.

I will not have a report on any of Friday’s action. I’ll be out of town.

AAA: SWB (4-4) won 9-8 in 10 innings. PH Mandy Alvarez GW hit.  LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI, but had to leave the game (see below) .RF/1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.

It appears as if Chance Adams, so good a few years ago, has taken a step backwards in his development.

The reason Higashioka was called up was—wait for it—there may be ANOTHER Yankee going on the DL, and that may be Gary Sanchez.

AA Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa (2-6) lost 8-6. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. LF Tyler Hill 2 RBI. 3B David Metzgar HR, 2 RBI. Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 2 unearned runs, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (4-4) lost 4-0. DH Josh Breaux 2 of the Riverdogs’ 5 hits.

Scott Sanderson, who spent two years with the Yankees in 1991 and 1992, has died at the age of 62. He was an All-Star in 1991. He spent 19 season in the majors, going 163-143, 3.84. His 162 g. average was 13-11, 3.84.

Sanderson was with the Expos (1978-1983), Cubs (1984-1989), A’s (1990), Yankees (1991-1992), Angels (1993), Giants (1993), White Sox (1994) and back with the Angels (1995-1996).

He was with the 1981 Expos that played in the NLCS, the 1984 and 1989 Cubs that played in the NLCS, and the 1990 AL pennant winning A’s. He got into five postseason games, going 0-0, 5.73.

Some of Sanderson’s best seasons:
1980 Expos 16-11, 3.11
1984 Cubs 8-5, 3.14
1989 Cubs 11-9, 3.94
1990 A’s 17-11, 3.88

For the Yankees, he went 16-10, 3.91 in 1991 and 12-11, 4.93 in 1992.

He was the player who wore #21 before Paul O’Neill.






Yanks deal Refsnyder to Toronto for minor league 1B.


You can’t keep everyone and there are only a number of chances you can give someone.

The Yanks, who dfa’d Rob Refsnyder recently, traded him today to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league 1B Ryan McBroom.

Refsnyder played in 94 games as a Yankee from 2015 to 2017, and hit .241-2-17, OPS+ 72. He is 26, and some other younger players have bypassed him on the depth chart as a prospect.

McBroom, 25, is a 1B/DH. He has played some LF but doesn’t project there. The highest level he has made it to is AA. In 421 minor league games (about 3 seasons worth), he is a .280 hitter with 57 HR and 288 RBI. In 105 games at AA, he is .235-13-56.

2015, Low A: .315-12-90
2016: High A/AA: .266-22-85

At AA this year, 2017: .243-12-54 in 96 games.

BTW, my thoughts on the #21 controversy over Todd Frazier sticking with #29, not getting #21, etc. ….

S**t or get off the pot with the number. Either it’s retired or it’s not. It’s not retired, then  issue it. If you don’t want to issue it, retire it already. O’Neill has a plaque in Monument Park. Personally, I think that is enough.

Gary Sanchez is wearing #24, now is Tino Martinez (who also has a plaque in Monument Park) that far below O’Neill on the pecking order?

As far as retired numbers go, I think there are a couple of numbers the Yanks have already retired that shouldn’t have been retired. There are too many that are. What’s next, decimal points? 7.0? Triple digits? Heck, Frazier and Judge look like football players out there with 77 and 99 (of course, the huge Judge looks like a football player anyway, but that’s because he is huge). Same with tiny little Ronald Torreyes with #74.

Why not retire #11 for Lefty Gomez? #22 for Allie Reynolds? I think they were as important as O’Neill, and that is NOT a slight at O’Neill.

But also, and credit to Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post for this, if Todd Frazier wears #29 this year, and as a free agent signs with the Yankees after the season is over, and the Yanks won the WS this year, then what about #29? After all, Girardi moved from #27 to #28 when the Yanks won it all in 2009 and would move the number up again and then take #29 in 2018 if the Yanks won the WS. Then when Frazier comes back he’d have to switch numbers again.

The numbers thing is getting ridiculous. Either issue the number or retire it. One or the other.

The Minors. SWB wins International League championship. Trenton loses.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won the Governor’s Cup, the International League Championship, with a 3-0 win on Friday night to take the series three games to one. Mark Payton had 3 hits, a triple, 2 RBI. Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

AA: Trenton lost the Eastern League title, as they were swept three games to none. They lost Game 3 by the score of 2-1. Justus Sheffield was a bit wild, 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 walks, 5 K. Anthony Swarzak (yup, all the way down here) gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning. Sebastian Valle a solo HR. Trenton managed just four hits, two by Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).

The Minors. SWB pitchers strike out 22 in their 3-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There will be a lot of minor league postseason action soon.

AAA: SWB’s Jonathan Holder, in relief, struck out 11 straight batters, and after giving up a hit, struck out another in retiring all 12 of his outs via strikeout in SWB’s 3-1 win. Bryan Mitchell started, and gave up 1 unearned run in 3 2/3 IP, striking out 8. SWB struck out 22 Rochester batters in the game. Chris Parmalee with 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.  SWB, 84-51, has clinched a playoff spot, and has a four game lead in the division. Their magic # for clinching the division is 5. They have the best record in the league.

AA: Trenton  (83-51) won 4-3 in 11 innings.   2-run HR Mark Payton. 3 hits Miguel Andujar. 2 doubles Mike O’Neill; 2 RBI for Abiatal Avelino. Trenton is in 2nd place, 1 1/2 back of Reading, and can still take the division, but did clinch a playoff spot.

High A: Tampa (77-55) won 8-2. Justus Sheffield 0 R, 1 H in 5 IP. Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 4 hits and 1 RBI for Gleyber Torres. 3 hits, 2 RBI Trey Amburgey. 3 hits, 3 RBI Rashad Crawford. Zack Zehner 2 rbi. Tampa had already clinched a postseason berth by being the first-half (split season) division champs.

Low A: Charleston won 2-1 in 10 innings. Christian Morris 6 IP, 1 unearned run. Ricardo Ferreira 2 hits. Charleston (72-60) did the same as Tampa. First half (split season) champs, so they clinched a playoff spot already.

The Minors. Tampa comeback falls short.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Besides the Yankees having off yesterday, SWB had off too.

AA: Trenton won 12-6. CF Dustin Fowler 2 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI. DH Mark Payton HR, 3 RBI. 3B Dante Bichette Jr. and LF Mike O’Neill each had 2 hits & an RBI. 2 hits for C Francisco Diaz.

High A: Down 11-0, Tampa fought back but came up short, 11-9. Jorge Mateo HR, 3 RBI. Gleyber Torres 3 hits, RBI. 2 hits, Jeff Hendrix. 2 hits, RBI Zack Zehner. 2 hits, RBI Kevin Cornelius.

Low A: Charleston won 4-3. Bryan Mitchell , out all year with that fractured toe, came off the DL, started, 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts and gave up 2 HR. Ricardo Ferreira 4 for 4, 2 RBI, HR shy of the cycle.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 6-0. Brady Lail 7 IP, 3 H. OF Ben Gamel 2 RBI. DH Tyler Austin 3 hits, solo HR.

AA: Trenton won 10-6. OF Dustin Fowler triple, HR, 3 RBI. 2B Cito Culver 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI OF Mike O’Neill. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 2-0. Domingo Acevedo six IP. 2 hits, rbi 1B Kevin Cornelius.

Low A: Charleston was off.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 8-4. Luis Cessa gave up 3 HR. Jose Rosario 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 11-2. Chance Adams 6 IP, 1 R, 3 hits. DH Mark Payton 4 for 5, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI Lane Adams. 2 hits each for Kyle Higashioka and Mike O’Neill.

High A:  Tampa lost 4-2. 1B Connor Spencer 3 for 4, rbi. Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI Alexander Palma. Hoy Jun Park 3 hits. 2 hits each for Mandy Alvarez, Ricardo Ferreira, and Jhalen Jackson.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-3. Dietrich Enns was a bit shaky, 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 5 K, but he still has a 1.17 ERA at AAA and overall (AA/AAA) is 10-3, 1.70 this year. C Eddy Rodriguez solo HR. SS Pete Kozma 2 hits, rbi.

AA: Trenton beat Reading 4-0. Brady Lail (4 IP) and Dan Camarena (5 IP) combined on the shutout. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 RBI. OF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 2 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1.3B Kevin Cornelius 3 h, rbi.

Low A: Mandy Alvarez’ hitting streak will have to wait. Charleston was rained out.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 9-3. Luis Severino 3 R in 6 2/3 IP. 1B Tyler Austin 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. C Gary Sanchez 3 RBI. 3B Jose Rosario 3 hits, rbi. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, rbi, OF Ben Gamel 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 4-0. Vicente Campos six scoreless IP. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, rbi. DH Miguel Andujar 2 hits, rbi. RF Mike O’Neill 3 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 4-3. OF Trey Amburgey 2 RBI. Tampa managed just four hits.

Low A: Charleston won 8-4. 3B Mandy Alvarez extended his hitting streak, and had an RBI. He has hit safely in all 23 of his minor league games so far (.370-1-23). 2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, 2 RBI, and the same for OF Ricardo Ferreira. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, rbi. OF Jeff Hendrix and C Luis Torrens 2 hits, rbi each.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Catcher Gary Sanchez started for the World team in the Futures game and was 0 for 2. The World team won 11-3.

AAA: SWB lost 3-2. Luis Severino 3 R in 7 IP, all 3 runs coming in the seventh. 1B Tyler Austin 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits each for DH Ben Gamel and 3B Donovan Solano.

AA: Trenton lost 6-4. OF Mike O’Neill 2 hits, rbi. OF Mark Payton the same. OF Lane Adams 2 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 4-2.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-2. Luis Cedeno 7 IP, 1 R. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, rbi (has hit in all 19 minor league games so far). 2 hits each for 1B Austin Afenir and C Eduardo Navas.