AA: Somerset (30-15) won 7-4. Starter Janson Junk, 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Impressed Luke Voit while Voit was on his rehab stint. (3-1, 1.07). Maybe Junk comes up to AAA and Garcia goes down to AA. We’ll see. SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI on a solo HR. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 2B/3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.
High A: Hudson Valley (29-16) won 11-9. LF Isaiah Pasteur 2-run HR. 2B Ezequiel Duran 3 hits, RBI. C Anthony Seigler 2 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 hits, RBI.
AAA: SWB (29-12) lost 3-2 to Lehigh Valley in 12 innings. DH Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez solo HR.
AA: Somerset (28-15) split a DH.
Game 1: Lost 5-3. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits. SS Oswald Peraza 2 RBI. RF Michael Beltre solo HR. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 for 2.
Game 2: Ken Waldichuk, just promoted to AA, had his second AA start. He pitched 5 no-hit innings, striking out 10 before tiring in the sixth in an 11-3 Somerset win. Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI. Beltre played CF, 2 hits, 3 RBI. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. RF Tom Milone 2 hits, RBI. 3B/SS Max Burt 2 hits.
Waldichuk 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 10 K.
Waldichuk’s record this season, High A and AA is 3-0, 1.11 in 9 starts. He has started 19 minor league games so far and is 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA. with 121 K in 70 IP.
High A: Hudson Valley (27-16) had a crazy win, 9-8 in 11 innings. After giving up 5 runs in the top of the 11th, HV came back with six runs in the bottom half! 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 RBI. C Anthony Seigler 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run double. 3B James Nelson 2 hits. Starter Shawn Semple 6 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 2 W, 6 K.
Low A: Tampa (29-14) got the first game of a DH in, but the second game was ppd. 2B Trevor Hauver 3 hits. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, RBI. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits.
Yesterday was strange. Other than the All-Star Break, when do the Yankees ever have off on a Friday? But they did, so no game report.
In lieu of that, it gives us time to look at what the minor league affiliates did yesterday, and how some players are doing.
AAA: SWB (21-11) lost 4-2. 2 hits RF Socrates Brito. 2 hits, solo HR DH Trey Amburgey. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.
CF Estevan Florial is only hitting .137 at SWB. 2B Hoy Jun Park, a lefty hitter, may not have the power of Odor, but in 18 AAA games since being called up, is hitting .344-5-15. 1B Mike Ford, after hitting just .133 for the Yankees, is only 2 for 24 (.083) for SWB. Amburgey is hitting j.397-6-21. Too bad he isn’t a lefty hitter.
AA: Somerset (21-12) won 5-2. DH Oswald Peraza (a SS), 2 hits, led off game with a HR. More on him in a bit. 2B Oliver Dunn 3-run HR.
Peraza is a touted prospect who was just promoted from High A. He turns 21 in a few days, is a righty hitter, and has impressed scouts and coaches. Between A+/AA this year, he has hit .289-6-17 with 16 SB. Infielder Diego Castillo, 23, a righty bat, is hitting .325-5-13. C Donny Sands, 25, righty bat, .270-3-8.
High A: Hudson Valley (18-14) won 8-0, giving up just 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran (22, righty bat, .288-6-17) solo HR. LF Evan Alexander 2-run HR. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, RBI.
Two recent top draft picks, both catchers, haven’t been hitting. Anthony Seigler is at .167 and Josh Breaux is at .158.
But here is the real story.
LHP (23 years old) Ken Waldichuk 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 10 K. 2-0, 0.00
Waldichuk has pitched 30 2/3 innings this year. Look at the era again. ZERO. He has 55 K in those 30 2/3 innings. He has actually given up more walks (13) than hits (12). I hope he gets promoted to AA, like…. Now. I’d like to find out more about him.
Of course, because of COVID, there were no minor leagues last year. Waldichuk’s total minor league numbers consist of 2019 and this year. So what are those numbers?
Low A: Tampa is like a beer league softball team. All offense. The pitching not so hot. Tampa (24-10) won 6-4 last night. C Austin Wells solo HR, 2 RBI (21, lefty hitter, .267-2-29, 7 SB). 3B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI (24, lefty bat, .290-6-19).
Others to watch: SS Anthony Volpe, a first-round pick: 20, righty hitter. .285-5-29, 15 SB.
The Yanks drafted Austin Wells, a lefty hitting catcher from the University of Arizona, in the first round.
From the NY Post:
It is the second time in three years where they have taken a catcher in the first round. Two years ago it was Anthony Seigler. Also two years ago, they took Josh Breaux in the second round.
Also, this is not the first time they drafted Wells. Two years ago, the Yankees took Wells in the 35th round of the draft only to see him go to college instead.
As for Seigler and Breaux, their professional careers have been hampered by injuries. Seigler has been limited to 54 games and suffered a fractured patella last year. Breaux missed three months last season at Charleston (Short-Season A) due to an elbow injury.