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Yanks hire new catching coach. CC getting in Cole’s ear.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From the NY Post:

The Yanks have hired a new catching coach, Taylor Swanson. Swanson was the minor-league catching coordinator for the Twins this past season.

Whether Austin Romine is one of them remains to be seen. The free agent may decide he wants to start for another team rather than backup Gary Sanchez on the Yankees.


CC Sabathia may be retired, but he is doing his best to try to get one heck of a replacement for himself on the Yankees. The recently retired Yankees hurler said he has spoken “many times” with Gerrit Cole, trying to put a bug in his ear and sell him on the NY experience. Both are West Coast guys.

Initial rumors of what Cole, this year’s top free agent, could go for are 8 years, and anywhere from $250 to $280 million. Could it even hit $300 million with a ninth year?

 

Yanks trade Sheffield and two other prospects to Seattle for James Paxton

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks wanted to add two starting pitchers this offseason (and subtract one, in Sonny Gray) besides re-signing CC Sabathia.

Step one has been accomplished. The Yanks traded top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, along with P Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams, to Seattle for lefty starter James Paxton.

Paxton, 30, is a Canadian who threw a no-hitter against Toronto last May. While talented, he has had trouble staying healthy. In 2018, he started 28 games, the most of his career, and pitched 160 1/3 innings, also the most of his career, in going 11-6, 3.76, ERA+ 108. In those 160 1/3 innings, he struck out 208.

In the past five seasons, he has started 13-13-20-24-28 games. A progression, but you can see the injury issues. His IP have been 74-67-121-136 and 160.3. When healthy, he has been good, ERAs of 3.04, 3.90, 3.79, 2.98 and 3.76.

Last season, he led the majors in CG (2) and shutouts (1). His MLB record is 41-26, 3.42, ERA+ 117. The ERAs show potential. He needs to stay healthy. His 162 g. average, if healthy, is 14-9, 3.42, with that ERA+ of 117. In four starts against Boston, he is 2-0, 2.49.

Paxton is extremely affordable, having made $4.9MM in 2018 and is projected to earn $9MM in 2019. He isn’t a free agent until after 2020.

To get him, the Yanks gave up top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, LHP, 22, who in a brief MLB tryout last year was 0-0, 10.13 in three games. He spent most of 2018 at AAA SWB, starting 15 games and relieving in 5 more, going 6-4. 2.56. He also started 5 games for AA Trenton, going 1-2, 2.25. (7-6, 2.48 overall in the minors). He probably would have started 2019 at AAA, and being “on call” in case of an injury.

Also going to Seattle was P Erik Swanson, who is 25, a RHP,  who was 8-2, 2.66 between AAA SWB, AA Trenton and short season Staten Island in 2018. 22 starts, 2 relief appearances.

OF Dom Thompson-Williams is also headed to Seattle. A lefty hitter, 23, he spent 2018 between Low A Charleston and High A Tampa, going .299-22-74 in 100 games, with 20 SB.

Step one is getting Paxton. Step two is getting another starter, even BETTER than Paxton. Patrick Corbin? Bring back Happ? Dallas Keuchel?

Minor League Report. SWB gets walkoff win in Game 1 while Trenton loses.

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AAA: Mark Payton hit a walkoff HR as SWB beat Lehigh Valley 3-2 in Game 1 of their division series. Payton had 2 RBI in the game. SS Gio Urshela 3 hits. 2 hits for C Francisco Diaz.

Swanson 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Lail 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Sheffield (BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.
R. Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.
J. Harvey (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 1 of their series, 8-0. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits. C Jorge Saez 2 hits. 3 hits for 3B Angel Aguilar.

Keller (L) 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K
Reeves 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Harris 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

 

Minor League Report. SWB continues bid for playoffs.

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AAA: SWB (71-64) won 3-1.  C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI. SWB has a 1/2 game lead for the WC spot. Only 3 more games are scheduled before the playoffs start next Wednesday.

Swanson (W, 3-2, 3.86) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Espinal (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 k.  3.12
J. Harvey (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.70

AA: Trenton (76-61) won 3-2. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot. I don’t know if there was an injury with Nelson, or just ineffectiveness.

Nelson 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  5.19   2 WP
Foley (W, 4-4, 2.98) 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K
Diehl (H, 4) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  1.35
Wivinis (S, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.40

Tampa and Charlestown, listed below, will not be in the playoffs.

High A: Tampa (69-66) won 19-2 in a game that was started on August 12th and completed yesterday. The regularly scheduled game was rained out.  DH Estevan Florial 4 hits. LF Clint Frazier 2 RBI. CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 Hits, HR, 3 RBI.  RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits. LF-2B-LF Ben Ruta 4 hits. 1B Steven Sensley 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. 2b/SS Angel Aguilar 2 HR, 5 RBI. C Chace Numata 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Tampa had 19 runs, 22 hits, and hit 5 HR.

Deivi Garcia 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.77
R. Garcia (W, 1-3, 3.34) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
A. Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00

Low A: Charleston (62-71) scored two in the bottom of the 10th to win 4-3. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. DH Welfrin Mateo 2 hits. CF Leonardo Molina 2 hits, RBI.

Contreras 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K.  3.38
Kriske (BS, 1) 2 Ip, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.50
C. Espinal (W, 1-2, 2.51) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Juan DePaula was the second minor leaguer going to SF in the McCutchen deal. He was a pitcher for short-season Staten Island.

 

 

Minor League Report. German and Sanchez on rehab.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgAAA: SWB (67-62) lost to LV 2-1, giving up a run in the bottom of the 9th. RF Zack Zehner 2 hits.

Swanson 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.   4.09
Sheffield (BS, 2) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR.  2.66
Kontos (L, 3-2, 2.01) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton (71-60) won 7-6. 1B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Brandon Wagner drew 4 walks. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI. DH Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Bollinger (W, 8-5, 4.00) 5 Ip, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  4.42
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.79
Frawley (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  7.13

High A: Tampa (65-66) won 5-4 in 10 innings. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, RBI.

German 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 0.00  Rehab stint.
Kamplain 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  4.38
Ort 1 1/3 IP, 4 R,  3 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.  6.64
Zurak (W, 3-2, 4.60) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A: Charleston (59-68) lost 4-3 in 10 innings. RF Carlos Vidal 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, solo HR. 2B David Metzgar 2 hits.

Contreras 4 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K.  4.08
Ramos 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.70
C. Espinal (L, 0-2, 3.18) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Gary Sanchez: Rehab game for Gulf Coast League Yankees East as DH. 0 for 3, walked, scored a run. Reached on error, 2 popups.

Minor League Report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB  (65-59) lost 7-6. SS Abiatal Avelino solo HR. 3B Rey Navarro 4 hits, HR, 2 RBI. CF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits. As of now, SWB is 1 game behind for a wild card spot.

Swanson 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave 1 HR. 4.50
Lail (L, 4-6, 5.50) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.93
R. Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   3.32

AA: Trenton (68-57) lost 12-1. CF Jeff Hendrix got 2 of Trenton’s 4 hits. Trenton is 2 1/2 back in the division, but in the top wild card spot.

Bollinger (L, 7-5, 4.03) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Reeves 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 W, 0 K.   2.33
Frawley 1 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  6.60
Hodson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  9.00

High A: Tampa (61-65) won 3-1. DH Estevan Florial 2 hits. SS Diego Castillo HR, 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits.

Nelson (W, 7-5, 3.36) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Harris (S, 2) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.15

Low A: Charleston (57-65) lost 7-0. DH Dermis Garcia and 1B Chris Hess 2 hits each.

Sanmartin (L, 2-6, 4.19) 4 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Higgins 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.88
Alvarez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.26

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (62-56) won a rain-shortened game, 7-3. The game was called with no out in the bottom of the fifth, after SWB scored seven runs that inning. The other game, a makeup of the 8/13 rainout, was ppd. because of rain.

RF Ryan McBroom 2 RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 for 2, HR, 3 RBI. DH Luke Voit 2 hits. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Swanson (W, 2-2, 4.50) 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA:  Trenton (65-54) scored a run in the top of the 10th, but gave up four in the bottom half of the inning to lose 5-2. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, RBI.

Bollinger 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 W, 5 K.  3.84
Sosebee (BS, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.49
Wivinis (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 7.04) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 3-run walkoff HR.

High A:   Tampa (58-63) lost 6-1, getting just four hits.

Nelson (L, 6-5, 3.51) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.34
Bristo 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Low A: Charleston off.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (59-54) gave up a walkoff HR in the bottom of the ninth and lost 1-0. DH Ronald Torreyes 2 hits.

Swanson 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.  4.41
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.91
Tarpley (L, 1-1, 2.82) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up walkoff HR.

AA: Trenton (64-50) won 2-1. RF Trey Amburgey 2-run HR. LF Rashad Crawford 2 hits. SS Ricky Surum 2 hits.

Bollinger (W, 7-4, 4.18) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Reeves (H, 6) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K.  2.37
Wivinis (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.00

High A: Tampa (55-61) lost 9-4. LF Dom Thompson-Williams HR, 2 RBI. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 RBI.

Lehnen (L, 0-3, 6.32) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Zurak 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.  6.14
Bristo 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Morris 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  9.26

Low A: Charleston (53-59) won 7-2. C Jason Lopez 3 hits, RBI. RF Carlos Vidal 2 for 2, 3 walks, 2 RBI. SS Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. CF Leonardo Molina solo HR.

Yajure (W, 4-2, 3.30) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
A. Severino 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.  3.86
Alvarez 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.90

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (56-51) lost 6-2, getting just five hits.

Swanson (L, 1-3, 5.83) 4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR
Feyereisen 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.96
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.38

AA: Trenton (61-47) beat Reading 6-1. C Jorge Saez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. LF Rashad Crawford 2 RBI

Bollinger (W, 6-4, 4.58) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Lane (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.  9.00
Wivinis 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00

Bollinger was brought up to the Yanks for one day but didn’t get in the game and was returned to the minors once Lance Lynn arrived.

High A: Tampa (55-53) beat Clearwater 5-2. PH/C Kellin Deglan HR, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI.

Rosa (W, 12-3, 3.84) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kamplain (S, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  4.68

Low A: Charleston (50-56) lost 2-1. SS Ricky Surum 2 hits, RBI. LF Mitchell Hansen 2 hits.

Yajure 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.  3.48
C. Espinal (L, 0-1, 3.00) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Minor League Report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (54-47) won 9-3. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. RF Tyler Austin 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Mike Ford 3 hits, 2 RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits.

Swanson 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.30
Coshow 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K.  4.71
Espinal (BS, 2; W, 5-1, 2.13) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   2.66

SWB is 7 1/2 GB in their division and 1/2 game out of a wild card spot.

AA: Trenton (57-47) lost 5-1. 2 hits, C Jorge Saez.

Stephan 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 7 K.  4.61
Koerner (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33
Diehl (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.57
Wivinis 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   18.00   1st game at AA, up from High A. Started season at Low A.

Trenton is 2 GB in their division, and would be the top wild card seed.

High A: Tampa (52-52) lost 12-11. SS Ronald Torreyes 2 hits. 1B Steven Sensley HR, 2 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI. DH Ben Ruta 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 3 RBI.

Lehnen 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 6 W, 0 K.  5.25
Kamplain 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 0 K.  5.09
Zurak (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. Just up from Low A.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.79

Tampa is 17-17, 4 GB in the second half. They were 35-35, 4 back in the first half.

Low A: Charleston (50-51) lost 4-2. 2 hits, RBI, C Jason Lopez.

Junk (L, 4-3, 4.18) 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 3 K
DeCarr 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66
Alvarez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K.  0.00 

Charleston is 17-16, 1 1/2 GB in the second half. They were 33-35, 6 1/2 out in the first half.

Since I have had some requests and inquiries about a hitter who had a high batting average this year at Trenton:

Devyn Bolasky, 25, Bats and throws lefty. Just promoted to SWB from Trenton. Yes, he was hitting .365 at AA, but in just 38 games, and he has no power. .365-0-11. He isn’t speedy, either, since he has 0 SB. In 272 minor league games, he has a .272 batting average, but has hit just 3 HR and has stolen just 25 bases. Last year, with 4 different minor league teams, from Low A to AAA, he hit just .235-2-26 with just 2 SB. So I am not sold on him yet. Because he was hitting in the .380s a few weeks ago, some people were asking me about him.

In the majors: The Yanks won’t have to worry about Mike Moustakas this weekend anymore. KC traded him to Milwaukee. Meanwhile the Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies.  Astros get Ryan Pressley from the Twins to help their bullpen.