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Minor league news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.

 

Minor league report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-2 as top lefty relief pitching prospect Jacob Lindgren had a rough outing . 2B Rob Refsnyder continues to hit (2 for 4 with a double, 4 for 12 for the season) but made his second error in three games.

Burawa 2 IP, 0R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K
Eric Wooten 3 2/3 IP, 1 R (UE), 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K
Lindgren (L) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R (both UE), 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K
Jose Ramirez 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 2 K

AA: Trenton rolled, 9-3, hitting four homers. 3B Eric Jagielo was 2 for 4 with 2 solo blasts, C Gary Sanchez a 2-run shot, and SS Cito Culver hit a 3-run dinger. 2B Jose Rosario had 3 hits and an RBI and RF Aaron Judge 2 hits and an RBI.

Taylor Garrison 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 3 K
Fred Lewis (W) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 2 walks and 2 K.
Nick Goody 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

High A:  Tampa won 7-3. CF Mark Payton 3 hits, a HR short of the cycle.
Jonathan Holder (W) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston won 2-0 on a combined two-hitter. They only got four hits themselves in the game. Justin Kamplain(W)  6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

iiS.T. Game 33. Yanks lose to Nats, 8-2.

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CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.

He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.

But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.

His 2015 spring training record?  0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.

Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong. 

Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.

The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.

CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.

The pitching line:

CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.  0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.

Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.

McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.

Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.

Rob  Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….

Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not  contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.

But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.

My thoughts.

Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.

I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.

I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.

What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.

The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.

The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.

S.T. Game 9. Yanks lose, 3-1.

Chase Headley went 3 for 3 and C prospect Gary Sanchez hit a HR, but the Yanks managed just two other hits in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.

Also in the day, it was announced that Hideki Matsui was hired by the Yanks to be a special assistant. Great move.

The loss puts the Yanks spring training record at 5-3-1.

The pitching line:

Chase Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. In and out of trouble.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Brandon Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jose Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

 

 

Yanks trade Cervelli; CYA winners announced

The Yanks traded backup C Francisco Cervelli to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for LH reliever Justin Wilson. Wilson, 27, was 3-4, 4.20 for the Pirates in 2014. He has a 2.99 career ERA.

Cervelli, 28, hit .301-2-13 with the Yanks in 2014, OPS+ 126 in 49 games. He is a .278 career hitter, OPS+ 97 for his career. His 162 g. average is .278-6-60. You wonder if, after the Biogenesis suspension, the Yanks were looking for just the right deal to dump him.

As for A-Rod, no dumping him. Too much $$$$. Not so with Cervelli.

The funny thing is that Pirates starting catcher, Russell Martin, is a free agent and now the Pirates have Chris Stewart and Cervelli, all three going from the Bronx to the “Burgh.”

This clears up a bit of a logjam that the Yanks had at catcher. Brian McCann remains the starter, but it appears as if John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine will compete for the backup job, with the loser of the competition going to AAA to play there along with prospect Gary Sanchez.

The Yanks also signed a minor league lefty, 26 yr. old Jose De Paula, yesterday. De Paula is 33-27, 3.86 in his minor league career.

MLB announced the CYA winners yesterday. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw won the NL CYA unanimously. It’s his second straight Cy Young award and third in four years. He finished second in 2012. The AL CYA winner was Corey Kluber of Cleveland.

 

The minors.

AAA: SWB split a DH.

Reg. sched. game: They gave up 5 in the top of the 7th (7-inning games if DH) and lost 6-5. Rob Refsnyder (.307 at AAA) and Adonis Garcia each had two hits.

Makeup of 4/25 game:  8-3 SWB win. 1B Kyle Roller 3 for 3, double, HR, 3 rbi. SS Carmen Angelini 2 h, 2 rbi. 2 h, 2 rbi 2B Jose Pirela (.307).

AA:  8-2 win for Trenton. CF Jake Cave 2 h, HR, 3 rbi. 2B Dan Fiorito 3 rbi. LF Ben Gamel and C Gary Sanchez 2 hits each.

High A: 9-7 loss in 12 by Tampa which hurts their playoff chances. SS Cito Culver 4 hits, 2 doubles, HR, 2 rbi. 3B Eric Jagielo 2 hits, double, HR, 2 rbi. They are 3 back for the 2nd-half division title with just five games left.

Low A: Charleston won 8-0. LF Claudio Custodio HR, 2 rbi. 2 h, 2 rbi 3B Miguel Andujar.

The minors.

It doesn’t appear any of the top levels (AAA, AA, High A or Low A) will make it to the postseason.

AAA: SWB (65-72) lost 4-2. Preston Claiborne gave up 3 R in 2 IP. 1B Kyle Roller 2 hits, 1 rbi.

AA: Trenton (65-70) won 9-2. Dan Camarena 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 12 K. C Gary Sanchez (.269-13-65) a 3-run HR. CF Mason Williams with a Grand Slam. Solo HR for 1B Greg Bird.

High A: Tampa was off. They are 35-28 in the second half of the season, 2 games back with 7 to play. Their “tragic number” is 5. There is a chance, albeit slight, that they can win their division for the second half. They were 33-37 in the first half, 13 1/2 back.

Low A:  Charleston was off. They are 33-30 in the second half after going 33-37 in the first half.

High A and Low A leagues use split seasons.