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Minor League Action from 8-14-22. Low A Tampa victim of no-hitter.

AAA: SWB (58-52) won 6-5.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. #23 prospect. 284-14-37, 32 SB
RF Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 triples and a solo HR. #11 prospect .271-9-32, 13 SB
DH Rob Brantly 2 hits, RBI
LF Blake Perkins solo HR (1st in AAA, 13th overall)

Krook (W, 8-7) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 WP 4.15
Weber 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70
Rich Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.50
M. Gomez (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.87
Weissert (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.85

AA: Somerset (66-41; won 1st half division title) won 10-1.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits, RBI. #8 prospect. .270-10-46, 19 SB
DH Austin Wells 2 Hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (5) #4 prospect .285-13-36 10 SB
RF Elijah Dunham 3 hits, 4 RBI. Grand Slam (15) #20 prospect .268-15-53 30 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI 2-run HR (10)
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits.

Randy Vasquez (W, 1-4) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.77 #13 prospect.
Loseke 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.02
Myatt 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Cowart 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.43
E. Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.52

High A: Hudson Valley (57-50) lost 6-5.
DH Anthony Seigler 2 hits
3B Tyler Hardman 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (16)
RF Grant Richardson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (6 in High A)

Abeyta 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 HBP 4.15
Miller (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 3 K. 1 WP Gae up 1 HR. 6.00
C. Gomez (L, 1-3; BS, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.86

Low A: Tampa (51-55) lost 5-0 and were no-hit.

Yulie (L, 3-5) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Watson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 4.04
Anderson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 3.86
Holloway 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W 1 K. 2.72

Minor League Action from 8-11-22. Schmidt brilliant at AAA. #1 draft pick Jones HRs.

Recent Internet articles advocate a couple of moves the Yanks should make that I also have been advocating for a while. A) bring Clarke Schmidt back up B) bring back up Ron Marinaccio C) bring up Estevan Florial. Of course, moves would have to be made to accommodate bringing those three players back up, but Clarke Schmidt really made a case for himself last night, with six no-hit innings and eleven strikeouts.

AAA: SWB (57-50, hot after terrible start to season) won 4-1.
1B Chad Bell 2 RBI

Schmidt (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 11 K. 2.86
Rich Rodriguez 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.44
M. Gomez (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.80
Espinal (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.18

AA: Somerset (64-40, 1st half division champs) lost 4-2.
DH Austin Wells 2 hits #4 prospect .287-12-34-10 SB
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits
3B Max Burt 2 his, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)

Will Warren 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.15 #21 prospect
E. Ramirez (L, 3-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.57
Cowart 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 Balk. 7.50 (AA ERA)

High A: Hudson Valley (56-48) lost 4-3.
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, RBI. HR (13). #5 prospect. ..233-13-47
3B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Castano 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K. 2 HBP. 1 Balk. 3.61
Alvarez (L, 5-2) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.85
Correa 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.62

Low A: Tampa (50-53) lost 8-6.
CF Spencer Jones 2 hits, RBI. HR (1). 2nd game with Tampa. Yanks #1 draft pick this year.
3B Marcos Cabrera 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (13)

Sean Hermann 5 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 1.76 #27 prospect.
Anderson (L, 2-6; BS, 2) 2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.99
Mendez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 1st game with Tampa.





Minor League Games from 8-4-22

AAA: SWB (52-50) lost 7-4.
LF Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI Solo HR (12)
3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits
SS Tyler Wade 2 hits.
1B Ron Guzman 2 RBI; 2-run HR (7)

Krook 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 4.42
Rich Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 10.80
Cordero 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.61
Bristo 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.31

AA: Somerset’s game was suspended in the top of the third inning. Somerset was losing 10-1.

High A: Hudson Valley (53-45; first half division champs) won 11-7.
3B Tyler Hardman 3 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (14)
1B T.J. Rumfield 3 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
RF James Nelson 2 RBI
LF Aaron Palensky 2 hits.

Carela 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 4 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 67.50 Just promoted from Low A. Rough High-A debut.
Correa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.72
C. Gomez 2 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.63
J. Munoz (W, 4-1) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.72
Ruegger (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.87

Low A: Tampa was off.


Minor league action from 7-30-22

AAA: SWB (50-48) won 7-4.
CF Estevan Florial solo HR (13) #27 prospect .287-13-35, 29 SB
3B Oswaldo Cabrera solo HR (6) #13 prospect .224-6-19
DH Josh Breaux grand slam (.347-4-11 AAA, .231-17-40 overall) #23 prospect

Jhony Brito (W, 5-2) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.08 #30 prospect
Zach Greene 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.30
Rich Rodriguez 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 20.25 1st game, coming off MLB suspension
Weissert (S, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 2.03

AA: Somerset (60-35, 1st half division champs) won 6-3 in 11 innings.
RF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits, RBI

Boyle 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.92
Ernst 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 WP 4.26
Coleman (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.86
Jennings (S, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 balk. 4.05

High A: Hudson Valley (50-44) lost 7-5.
LF Grant Richardson 3 his, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (#3 in High A)
C Carlos Narvaez 2 RBI.

Sauer (L, 5-2) 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 2 WP 3.94
Milam 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 WP 9.00 in High A
Correa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.89
Miller 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93

Low A: Tampa (46-47) split a DH.
Game 1: Won 5-2.
DH Alexander Vargas 2 hits #16 prospect
3B Andres Chaparro 2 RBI 2-run HR (1 at Low A)
SS Benjamin Cowles 2 hits
RF Raimfer Salinas 2 for 2, RBI. Solo HR (2)

Carela 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 7 K. 1 Balk, 1 HBP. 2.96
van Zijll (W, 2-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 3.78
Holloway (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 Balk 2.76

Game 2: Lost 4-2.
1B Anthony Garcia solo HR (13)
C Ben Rice 2 hits.

Fitts (L, 3-8) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.74
Anderson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.70

Game 82. Yanks pummel Pittsburgh, 16-0.

Some moves. Miguel Castro back off of paternity leave, Ryan Weber DFA’d.

Yanks sign Rich Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez is coming off an 80-game suspension. He was 5-4, 2.94 for Pittsburgh and Atlanta last year with 14 saves. For his career, 16-14, 3.28, ERA+ 130. He’s pitched for Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

The other night, Pittsburgh had a little tribute to former Pirate Jameson Taillon, now with the Yankees. The tribute played Taillon’s walkup song, Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks.

That song was appropriate last night. The first four innings were frustrating, as the Yanks were squandering scoring chances. But when the levee broke… my oh my.

The Yanks (59-23) scored 16 runs in the last five innings and pounded Pittsburgh, 16-0.

In the second inning, the Yanks had first and third with no one out and couldn’t score. In the third, they had first and second, one out but Matt Carpenter GIDP.

But in the fifth, the levee broke.

Fifth inning, two runs: Joey Gallo walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled, Gallo to third. IKF stole second as Kyle Higashioka struck out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs. The Yanks missed out on another run when Aaron Judge doubled but D.J. was thrown out at home. 2-0, Yankees. The levee broke and the runs kept coming.

Sixth inning, two runs. Two players who hadn’t homered in a while went back-to-back. With the two out, Josh Donaldson (7) and Joey Gallo (10) made it 4-0. The levee broke and now the home runs kept coming.

Seventh inning, one run. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR (5). 5-0, Yankees.

Eighth inning. The Yanks put the game away with five runs, and at the expense of Manny Banuelos, who they had just dealt to the Pirates. With one out, IKF singled, and then Higashioka and LeMahieu both walked. Judge hit a grand slam (30) to make it 9-0. Aaron Hicks then doubled, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with walks. Donaldson hit a SF to make it 10-0.

Ninth inning: Six more runs and the final score was 16-0. Pittsburgh, in order to save their bullpen, put in 2B Josh VanMeter to pitch. IKF led off with a single. An out later, LeMahieu singled. Marwin Gonzalez, now in for Judge, singled to load the bases. Hicks, who had earlier replaced Carpenter in the lineup, hit a grand slam (4) to make it 14-0. Stanton followed with a HR (21) to make it 15-0. So in this game, both Donaldson/Gallo and Hicks/Stanton each went back-to-back with HR. Torres then singled, and after a force out, Gallo walked. IKF singled to load the bases. Higashioka singled to drive in the final run of the game. 16-0.

The Yanks (59-23) have a 14-game lead over Boston and Tampa Bay in the AL East. Toronto is 14 1/2 back. The Yanks now head to Boston for four games.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 3 hits, 4 RBI. Grand slam (30)
Hicks 2 for 2, 4 RBI. Grand slam (4)
Stanton solo HR (21)
Torres 2 hits
Donaldson 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Gallo solo HR (10)
Kiner-Falefa 4 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)

The Yanks hit six HR in the game.

Severino (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.11
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.41 (Combined ERA, 3 teams)

Cashman stays busy. Trades Joely Rodriguez to Mets for Miguel Castro.

Brian Cashman stays busy. Not long after parting ways with Albert Abreu, Cashman has traded away another member of the Yanks’ bullpen, sending LHP Joely Rodriguez to the Mets for RHP Miguel Castro.

Rodriguez, 30, has been in the majors with the Phillies (2016-2017), Rangers (2020-2021) and Yankees (2021). Last year he was 1-3, 5.93 for Texas and 1-0, 2.84 for the Yankees. Combined 2-3, 4.66, ERA+ 94. His Yankees’ tenure last 21 games. 3-5, 4.61 in his career, ERA+ 96 in 102 games.

Castro, 27, has been with Toronto (2015), Colorado (2015-2016), Baltimore (2016-2020) and the Mets (2020-2021). Last year he was 3-4, 3.45 with the Mets, ERA+ 116. In 299 MLB cames, he is 11-22, 4.13, ERA+ 107.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks fall to Phils, 5-3.

Miguel Andujar had two hits and an RBI, but those two hits were half of the Yankees’ total amount as they lost to the Phillies 5-3 Thursday afternoon in spring training action.

The Yankees are 5-8-1 in spring training play.

The Pitching Line:

Taillon (L) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
King 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

S.T. Game 9. 4 HR not enough as Yanks lose, 10-9.

In a game that featured 7 HR, 4 by the Yankees, the Yanks (2-6-1 in spring training) came up short in losing to Toronto Saturday 10-9.

Of all the other teams in the AL East, I think I fear Toronto the most this year. A young, up and coming team that barely missed last year’s postseason despite 91 wins.

Michael King struggled, as did two minor league pitchers in the loss.

Joey Gallo had 2 hits, including a 3-run HR. Rob Brantly had a 3-run HR. Giancarlo Stanton had solo HR, as did Miguel Andujar.

The pitching line:

King 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Nittoli (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
McClain 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 WS, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR (to ex-Yankee Greg Bird).
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Joely Rodgriguez has a neck issue, which contributed to his poor outing the other day.

The Yankees are about to present a multi-year extension to Aaron Judge, and hopefully both sides come to a deal. Judge’s arbitration is still to be decided for this season. He asked for $21MM, the team offered $17MM.

S.T. Game 7. Yanks falter late, lose 5-3 in rain-shortened game.

In a game delayed then shortened by rain to 7 innings, the Yankees (2-4-1 in spring training) lost to Detroit 5-3 Thursday afternoon.

Clarke Schmidt, J.P. Sears and Jonathan Loaisiga pitched five scoreless innings, but Joely Rodriguez only got two outs, and gave up 5 runs, including 2 HR.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a 2-run HR for the Yanks, Miguel Andujar was 2 for 2 with a walk, and Jose Peraza had two hits and an RBI.

Schmidt 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Sears 2 iP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Loaisiga (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Rodriguez (L) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 0 W 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Loseke 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Ortiz only player elected by writers into the HOF.

I had the feeling that the only person to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers would be David Ortiz, and I also had the feeling that if he made it on the first ballot, that it would not be by much.

Correct on both counts. The Red Sox legend got 307 votes where he needed 296 out of 394 to get in. Needing 75%, Ortiz got 77.9%.

Many notables dropped off the ballot, as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Curt Schilling were in their last year of eligibility. They now go to the Veterans’ Committee. For Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, steroid allegations cost them the Hall. For Schilling, his political viewpoints and some controversial statements.

Others remaining on the ballot, but who have been associated with PEDs found themselves far from the 75% threshold. That included Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.

Ortiz also has a questionable past with that. Supposedly his name came up on a list that came up positive in 2003, however he has denied it, and there have been false positives associated with the list. Also, there was no list of banned vs. ok substances. So something picked up legitimately at a GNC could cause a positive. To his credit, Ortiz never came up positive after rules were enforced later on.

Ortiz, mostly a DH, was a 10x All-star, 3x WS champ (get to that in a moment), 7x Silver Slugger, a WS MVP, and an ALCS MVP, who played for the Twins (1997-2002) and Red Sox (2003-2016). While ok with the Twins (OPS+ 108), he blossomed into a superstar with Boston (OPS+ 148). He was probably the most influential and most important player in helping the Red Sox end “the Curse of the Bambino” by helping Boston to its first WS title in 86 years in 2004, then he added two more titles onto that.

Ortiz wound up hitting 541 HR, and getting MVP consideration 8x. While never winning the MVP award, he finished in the top 10 7x, and finished 5-4-2-3-4 from 2003-2007. His final season was probably the greatest final season of any player in baseball history, and he finished 6th in MVP voting that year. In his last year, Ortiz, 40, hit .315-38-127, leading the AL in RBI, the majors in doubles (48), the majors in slugging and OPS, and the AL in intentional walks. He hit .286 for his career with an OPS+ of 141 (100 is average). His 162 game average was .286-36-119. He led the league in HR once (54 in 2006), RBI 3x, doubles once, walks 2x, OBP, slugging, total bases and OPS once each, and intentional walks 3x.

In 85 postseason games, he hit .289, with 17 HR and 61 RBI. He won both games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS for Boston, leading them back from a 0-3 deficit to win the AL pennant and eventually the WS, breaking the 86 year old “Curse of the Bambino.” He was ALCS MVP in 2004 (12 for 31, 3 HR, 11 RBI) and WS MVP in 2013 (11 for 16, 2 HR, 6 RBI).

One thing I was and still am critical about is pitchers not coming inside to dust him off of the plate. Can you believe in his whole career, Ortiz was HBP only TWICE? (By comparison, Mantle 13x, Mays 45x, Aaron 32x, Ruth 43x). I’m not for headhunting, but back the guy off the plate?

Ortiz only played 278 games at 1B. 2028 were as a DH.

Here is the ballot, with some notes.

David Ortiz30777.91
Barry Bonds26066.010
Roger Clemens25765.210
Scott Rolen24963.25
Curt Schilling23158.610
Todd Helton20552.04
Billy Wagner20151.07
Andruw Jones16341.15
Gary Sheffield16040.68
Alex Rodriguez13534.31
Jeff Kent12932.79
Manny Ramirez11428.96
Omar Vizquel9423.95
Sammy Sosa7318.510
Andy Pettitte4210.74
Jimmy Rollins379.41
Bobby Abreu348.63
Mark Buehrle235.82
Torii Hunter215.32
Joe Nathan174.31
Tim Hudson123.02
Tim Lincecum92.31
Ryan Howard82.01
Mark Teixeira61.51
Justin Morneau51.31
Jonathan Papelbon51.31
Prince Fielder20.51
A.J. Pierzynski20.51
Carl Crawford001
Jake Peavy001

Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Sosa drop off. So does anyone not getting 5%, which includes Ryan Howard (MVP , 6 top-10 MVP finishes, and 382 HR), Tim Lincecum (Back-to-Back CYA), Justin Morneau (MVP), Joe Nathan (6x all-star) and Mark Teixeira (409 HR) to name a few.

It really looks good for Scott Rolen to maybe get in next year. A-Rod and Manny Ramirez stand no chance due to steroids and suspensions. Omar Vizquel dropped considerably because of domestic violence and sexual harassment allegations. Andy Pettitte stays on, but HGH admissions hurt him.

Next year will be Jeff Kent’s last year on the ballot. (377 HR, MVP).

The biggest name coming onto the ballot next year is Carlos Beltran (.279, 435 HR, 312 SB). While I think Beltran eventually makes the HOF, I don’t think it will be on the first ballot. The only other one that can get considerable consideration among next year’s newcomers is Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod had 437 saves, 62 in 2008.