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Minor League Report.





AAA: SWB (36-18) lost 2-1 in 10 innings. A decent outing (finally) for the struggling Deivi Garcia, but he was still wild. 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Still a 7.45 ERA in AAA. 2B Hoy Jun Park 1 for 2, 2 walks (.355). C Rob Brantly 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (37-20) split a doubleheader.

Game 1: Won 9-2. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera, grand slam. CF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Cristian Perez 2 hits.

Game 2: Lost 4-1, game called in sixth, rain. They only got 3 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (37-19) won 6-4. SS Josh Smith 2 hits, RBI. C Josh Breaux 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. DH Anthony Seigler 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. Starter Jhony Brito (3-3, 3.04) 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP.

Low A: Tampa (38-17) won 4-1. DH Trevor Hauver 3-run HR. RF Jake Sanford solo HR. Starter Randy Vazquez (2-3, 2.40) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K, 1 HBP.

Top prospect Jasson Dominguez, 18, who is playing in the Florida complex league, had his first multi-hit game yesterday, and first RBI. So far he is 4 for 20 (.200) all singles, 2 SB, has walked 6x and was HBP once. He’ll be playing in Sunday’s futures game.

Funny how all four teams above all basically close to the same record.

Minor League Report

AAA: SWB (36-17) split a DH. 7 inning games.

Game 1: won 3-2. CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI. LF Hoy Jun Park 2 hits (.360. What more does he have to do for a callup?) 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits. C Rob Brantly 2 for 2.

Game 2: lost 5-0, rain-shortened. DH Socrates Brito 2 of SWB’s 3 hits.


AA: Somerset (36-19) split a DH. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 6-1. Another great outing for LHP starter Ken Waldichuk. 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4-0, 1.24 in 11 starts this year, and 4-2, 2.14 in 21 total minor league starts in his career. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, both HR, 5 RBI (2-run HR & 3-run HR). LF Isiah Gilliam solo HR.

Game 2: Lost 4-3. Janson Junk no-decision, 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. DH Diego Castillo solo HR. SS Peraza 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (36-19) won 3-2 in 10 innings. Barrett Loseke 4 scoreless relief innings, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. SS Josh Smith solo HR. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. LF Elijah Dunham 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa ppd.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (35-16) won 8-3. SP Luis Gil 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2B Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, (.353, when will Yanks make room for him?). RF Ryan LaMarre 2 RBI. 3B Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley (35-19) won 9-7. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, solo HR. RF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. 2B Chad Bell 2 RBI, solo HR. CF Pablo Olivares 2 for 2, 3 RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa ppd.

Minor League Report.

AAA: Besides Derek Dietrich opting out of his deal, Robinson Chirinos and Nick Goody are out as well.

SWB (34-16) Lost 5-4. 3B Andrew Valazquez 2 for 2, 2 walks, RBI.

AA: Somerset (35-18) won 3-0. Luis Medina (going to Futures Game) 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 8 K. SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits. RF Michael Beltre solo HR. LF Isiah Gilliam solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (34-19) won 7-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 3 RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR.

Low A: Tampa swept a DH. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 2-1. CF Pat DeMarco 2 hits.

Game 2: Won 5-1, all runs scoring in the bottom of the sixth. SS Anthony Volpe (.309-11-46) solo HR, DH Austin Wells (.266-6-40) solo HR (HR were back-to-back). RF Jake Sanford 2 hits, RBI.

Minor league report.

AAA: SWB (33-13) scored five in the top of the ninth to take a 9-3 lead, and hung on to win 9-7. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. C Rob Brantly 2-run HR. RF Socrates Brito 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (31-17) lost 7-4. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. CF Thomas Milone solo HR. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (31-17) won 4-1. Starting P Shawn Semple 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 11 K. DH Josh Smith 2 hits. SS Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI. LF Elijah Dunham solo HR. 3B James Nelson solo HR. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 hits.

Low A: Tampa PPD.

Top Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez has begun playing games. In two games, he has had six plate appearances and is 0 for 3 with 3 walks. He’s struck out twice and popped out. He will be playing in the Futures Game. The switch-hitter, nicknamed “El Marciano” or “The Martian”, is just 18 years old.

Minor league report. SWB destroys LV.

AAA: SWB (32-13) absolutely destroyed Lehigh Valley, 19-1. They got 10 runs in the third inning, bashed out 23 hits, and only gave up 2 hits. SWB used eight pitchers. Pitching highlights were the rehab guys. Darren O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Now for the hitting highlights. This could take a while.

Florial CF 3 hits, 2 RBI
Park SS 4 hits, solo HR. 2 RBI. Hitting .360 at AAA. Wish he would replace Odor. (Park also plays 2B)
Gittens 1B 4 hits, 8 RBI. 2 HR, double. Solo shot and a grand slam.
Amburgey LF 3 hits, all doubles. 2 RBI. Hitting .356. Wish he’d be replacing Frazier.
LaMarre RF 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR.
Allen CF 4 hits, RBI
McDowell C 2 hits, RBI

AA: Somerset (31-16) lost 5-1. CF Tom Milone 2 hits

High A: Hudson Valley (30-17) lost 14-8. SS Josh Smith 4 hits. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits. C Saul Torres 2 hits. LF Pablo Olivares 2 hits. 3B Chad Bell 3-run HR. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Isaiah Pasteur 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (32-15) won in a rout, 15-2.

SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI
2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, 3 RBI
RF Jake Sanford 3 hits, 2 RBI
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR
C Carlos Narvaez 3 hits
1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR
CF Pat DeMarco 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR.


Minor league report.


AAA: SWB (31-13) beat Lehigh Valley 10-4. CF Estevan Florial 2 RBI; 1B Chris Gittens solo HR, 2 RBI. DH Derek Dietrich 2 hits, 5 RBI, inc. a 3-run HR; C Rob Brantly 2 hits. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez solo HR. SP Matt Krook 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 6 K. RP Reggie McClain 2 IP, 0 R, 5 K.

AA: Somerset (31-15) won 3-0. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2-run HR. SP Hayden Wesneski 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Ron Marinaccio the save, 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

High A: Hudson Valley (30-16) won 8-4. Nick Ernst win in relief 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K. SS Josh Smith 3 hits, RBI. C Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI. DH Anthony Seigler game-winning walk-off grand slam. LF Elijah Dunham solo HR. 1B Chad Bell 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Tampa (31-15) split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 7-5. CF Pat DeMarco 2 hits. 1B Pedro Diaz 2 for 2, walk, RBI.

Game 2: Won 6-5. SS Anthony Volpe 3 hits, RBI, solo HR (9) (.305, 18 SB). 2B Trevor Hauver 2 RBI. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI.

Game 72. Yanks leave too many on base in 6-5 loss. O’Day, Wilson start rehab.

The Yankees had many chances to blow the game open. But they didn’t. They went 0 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base, and this came back to bite them in a 6-5 loss to KC last night.

With the loss, the Yankees are now 38-34, 3rd in AL East, 5 1/2 back.

The main culprits were Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 3 (did walk twice) left six on, Gleyber Torres 0 for 4, all strikeouts (did walk once, left 3 on), and Clint Frazier (0 for 5, 3 strikeouts, left 6 on ). Torres is something like 2 for his last 33, and his batting average has dropped over 30 points. Where Torres’ power has gone is baffling too. I don’t expect 38 HR as in 2019, but we are close to the halfway point of the season, and Torres has just 3 HR. Something close to Torres’ 2018 rookie year when he hit 24 would be enough and expected.

The Yanks scored first, when Luke Voit, just off of rehab, hit the first pitch he saw 423 feet for a two-out HR, Voit’s 2nd HR of the season. The Yankees went on to load the bases, but Frazier grounded out.

In the second, Kyle Higashioka homered for his sixth HR of the season. It put the Yanks up 2-0. But with two on and one out, Voit popped up and Stanton struck out.

Right then I had a bad feeling. Yes, the Yankees were up 2-0 with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound, but when you leave five men on base in the first two innings and don’t break the game wide open, it often comes back to bite you, and it did for the Yankees last night.

A bad break (literally) for Cole in the third when a couple broken bat hits led to a KC run as the Royals cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the fourth. 2-2. Those were the only hits Cole gave up.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the fourth, when Stanton grounded into a force out. Another blown chance to salt the game away.

In the seventh, the Yanks went up 3-2. Luke Voit tripled. A fan tried to catch the ball (kick him out of the park. I hate when fans reach over the wall. They know better and still do it). There was no interference, and it was unclear if the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade then scored on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the eighth inning. Cole had once again done a fine job, but the Yanks didn’t support him enough. Cole is 8-3 this season, but the Yankees are 0-4 when Cole gets a no-decision. Loaisiga has been great this season, but didn’t have it last night, giving up four runs.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks back in the game with a two-run HR (6) in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Royals’ lead to 6-5. Aaron Judge then just missed tying the game up, as he doubled. So the Yanks had the tying run on second with one out. Once again, nothing. Rougned Odor popped up, and Stanton grounded out.

The Yanks got two on in the ninth, but Brett Gardner popped up to end the game.

The lack of getting just one clutch hit to break the game open really killed the Yanks last night. What a frustrating loss.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (6)
Judge 2 hits
Voit 2 hits, triple and a solo HR (2)
Urshela 2 hits
Higashioka solo HR (6)

If only Stanton, Torres or Frazier had come through just once. Sigh.

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. Two broken bat his and the HR. That was all. 2.33
Loaisiga (L, 7-3; BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.52
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.48


Minor League Notes, and a lot to think about and discuss here:

The 40-man roster creates some problems. Say someone is doing well (see below) but isn’t on the roster? Well, you want to add him, but who does he replace?


AAA: SWB (29-11) crushed Lehigh Valley, 14-5, in a game in which both Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson both started rehab stints. Both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Hoy Jun Park, a 2B/SS, played CF. Read into that as you wish. He had 3 hits and an RBI, and is hitting .366 for SWB. He hits lefty. Interesting he played CF last night. Meanwhile, the Yanks aren’t getting anything from their lefty hitters. Odor (.193-7-15, OPS+ 78; 100 is average). Gardner .206-2-8, OPS+ 77. Gardner turns 38 in August. But Park isn’t on the 40-man roster. I’ve advocated bringing Park up. But at whose expense, and why did Park play the OF for the first time last night? I do have to wonder. RF Ryan LaMarre 3 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 3 RBI. Erik Kratz, former big-league catcher, and ex-Yankee, really likes Amburgey, a righty hitter. Amburgey is hitting .360 at SWB. Right now, he may be a better option than Frazier (.187-5-12, OPS+ 77) or Miguel Andujar (.242-5-9, OPS+77). Amburgey, like Park, is not on the 40 man roster, so if you give him a chance, at whose expense? The point is, if someone is raking at AAA, when do they get rewarded with a promotion? And at whose expense? How long do you continue playing someone whose adjusted OPS is 22-23% BELOW league average, as is the case with Odor, Gardner, Frazier and Andujar? These are legitimate questions GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone must decide, especially if the Yankees are to improve.

Besides the rehab stints of O’Day and Wilson, and the continued success and questions about Park and Amburgey, some other notes on SWB’s win: 2B Derek Dietrich 3 hits, RBI. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Rob Brantly 2 RBI. C Max McDowell 2 hits. SS Andrew Velazquez, 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 2-run HR.

AA: Somerset ppd.

High A: Hudson Valley (26-16) won 12-3. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 2 hits. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 4 RBI, a 3-run HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chad Bell 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI, solo HR.

Low A: Tampa was up 2-0 when the game was suspended in the top of the second inning.





Game 71. Triple Play (Yanks’ 3rd this year!) ends Yanks’ 2-1 win.

Aroldis Chapman had walked the first two batters in the top of the ninth. He had a 1-0 count on the next batter. He had thrown 10 pitches, and only one was a strike.

Then he got a 5-4-3 triple play to end the game as the Yankees (38-33, 3rd in AL East, 4 1/2 back) edged Oakland 2-1 on Sunday.

The triple play to end the game was the third triple play the Yanks have turned this season, tying a MLB record. It was the second they turned in less than a week, and was more traditional than last week’s 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple play.

Oakland got their only run in the first inning, when the third batter of the game, Matt Olson, homered.

The pitcher’s duel continued all game long, and the Yankees only got three hits in the game, all doubles, two by Gary Sanchez. They struck out 15x.

In the bottom of the sixth, Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk, and an out later, was balked to second base. Aaron Judge walked, and Sanchez doubled in both runners. 2-1 Yanks, and thanks to the game-ending triple play, that score held up.

The Yankees have halved the deficit. They are 4 1/2 out now where not long ago, they were 9 back. They get 1B Luke Voit back tomorrow (Tuesday). See below for how he did Sunday. No word on a corresponding move, but I’d expect Chris Gittens to be sent back down. They are off today.

UPDATE: Gittens was, in fact, sent down after Sunday’s game to make room for Voit.

Lucas Luetge gave up a one-out triple in the top of the eighth, but got a strikeout and fly out to escape the inning unscathed.

Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI.


Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.03
Loaisiga (W, 7-2) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.63
Luetge (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.98


Minor League Report (Deivi shaky again, Park continues to rake):

AAA: SWB (28-11) won 4-3. CF Estevan Florial 2 OF assists, removed from game after getting HBP. Infielder Hoy Jun Park (2B/SS) 2 hits, RBI, hitting .360 at AAA. He had the GW walkoff HR. RF Socrates Brito 2-run HR. 3B Armando Alvarez 2 hits. Another shaky outing for Deivi Garcia. 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. AAA ERA 7.81. Yikes.

AA: Somerset (27-14) won 4-0. 1B Luke Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI on rehab. Starter Glenn Otto (W, 4-2, 3.45) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.

High A: Hudson Valley (25-16) won 5-2. SS Josh Smith 2 hits. DH Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, RBI. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. Starter Jhony Brito (2-2, 2.70) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. (C Anthony Seigler with 2 catcher interference’s).

Low A: Tampa (28-14) lost 11-6. DH Austin Wells 2 hits. RF Jake Sanford 2 RBI. CF Pat DeMarco 3 hits, RBI.

Game 69. Ex-Yanks’ prospect beats Yanks, 5-3.

A few years back, James Kaprielian was a top Yankees’ prospect. Then injuries slowed his development, and he was traded to the A’s with others for Sonny Gray. We know how poorly Gray turned out.

Last night, Yankees fans got a taste of what might have been. Kaprielian and the A’s shut down the Yankees (36-33, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) 5-3.

James Taillon started for the Yanks, and gave up a HR on a two-out, 0-2 pitch to put the A’s up 1-0 in the first inning. I feel as if the Yanks need to make a deal for a starter (two, preferably) ASAP. Taillon, in 13 starts this season, has only thrown 58 innings, an average of only 4 1/2 innings per start. Only twice in those 13 starts has he gone more than 5 IP. He has ONE win. The ERA is 5.59. He is coming off two TJ surgeries in his career, as well as overcoming cancer. But he isn’t cutting it. Also, Michael King is better as a reliever and not a starter. He also isn’t providing length (since replacing the injured Corey Kluber in the rotation, King is averaging less than 4 innings/start in his 4 starts). King’s ERA in 13 relief appearances in his career is 3.93 but it is 7.28 in eight career starts.

But the Yanks don’t have replacements handy. Luis Severino’s return has been delayed because of the groin injury. Deivi Garcia has been horrible at AAA. Clarke Schmidt has not thrown a pitch yet. Promising youngsters are at AA, or below, not at AAA.

I don’t believe the Yanks can make up ground with Taillon and/or King in the rotation. GM Brian Cashman needs to make a trade ASAP.

Taillon gave up a run in the top of the third to make it 2-0, Oakland.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the third when with two out, Brett Gardner walked and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a 2-run HR (5). The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Rougned Odor homered (7).

But Wandy Peralta gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the sixth that put Oakland up 5-3, and that stayed as the final score.

Looking at Peralta’s ERA (5.28 as a Yankee), I think manager Aaron Boone trusts him too much. The Yanks will get help here. Both Darren O’ Day (who was doing well before getting hurt) and Justin Wilson (who wasn’t) should be back soon.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (5)
Odor solo HR (7)


Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 5.59
Peralta (L, 3-2; combined SF/NYY record) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.32 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP; 1 WP 2.91
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.10

Minor League Notes (VOIT ON REHAB):

AAA: SWB (27-11) won 7-5. Nick Nelson 4 1/3 IP, 1 R; Albert Abreu 2 IP, scoreless, 5 K (in his brief time with Yanks, 4 games, Abreu has done well this year). CF Greg Allen 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. Two hits, RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. Amburgey is hitting .372 at SWB. Former Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him. Neither Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar is lighting it up. Why not give Amburgey a chance? 1B Rob Brantly 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. 3B Derek Dietrich solo HR.

AA: Somerset (26-13) won 8-1. Janson Junk (2-1, 1.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1B Luke Voit on rehab: 3 for 4, scored 3, drove in 3, double, solo HR. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. CF Tom Milone 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (23-16) split a DH.

Game 1: lost 6-2. SS Josh Smith solo HR.
Game 2: won 2-0. Smith DH, 2 hits, scored both runs. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (27-13) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: lost 3-1. All 3 runs unearned. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Game 2: lost 8-2. Infielder (2B/SS) Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, RBI.

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