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S.T. Game 28. Surprise rotation candidate does well as Yanks play to a tie.

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Jordan Montgomery wasn’t considered a favorite for a rotation spot at the beginning of spring training, but has worked his way into the discussion. He did ok in a start Thursday against the Rays, as the Yanks and Rays played to a 5-5 tie in spring training action.

The tie puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 20-7-1.

Montgomery, 24, is a big (6’6″) lefty who went 14-5, 2.13 between AA and AAA last year. He has just six games of AAA experience.

He gave up 2 runs in 4 1/3 IP on just three hits and struck out 8. One run was because Aaron Judge misplayed a single into a triple and the runner scored on a SF, another scored when Graham, who followed Montgomery, allowed Montgomery’s runner to score—with two out.

The Yanks came back from 5-0 down. In the sixth, they scored two runs on doubles by Ellsbury (who had 2 hits), Hicks and Judge (who also had 2 hits).

Ronald Torreyes (who had two hits) got a solo HR in the seventh. A couple of walks, a wild pitch and a SF by Clint Frazier later that inning cut the Rays’ lead to 5-4.

The Yanks had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the eighth, but tied the game in the ninth when Tyler Wade reached on a two-base error, stole third and scored when the catcher made a throwing error on the steal attempt.

Chris Carter, signed as insurance in case Greg Bird wasn’t ready, has struggled mightily this spring. He did go 1 for 4 Thursday but is hitting just .122 this spring with 22 strikeouts in 41 at bats. Bird, meanwhile, had another double yesterday, his seventh, to go with his six homers, and he has a .432 spring training average.

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Graham 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Brewer 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.

 

S.T. Game 25. Yanks win, but problems loom.

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The Yankees’ 9-3 win today that raised their spring record to 19-6 was overshadowed by other concerns.

I don’t like the World Baseball Classic because of its timing. Players should be getting ready and not competing heavily in games in March. The WBC advances the timetable, which is why I am concerned about injuries in March to players going all out when they should be pacing themselves.

The Yanks found out today that Didi Gregorius, who was doing well in the WBC, will probably miss the start of the regular season because of a sore throwing shoulder.

As good as phenom Gleyber Torres has been this spring training, he has never played above High A ball (Tampa) and the Yanks won’t consider jumping him three levels to replace Didi. Instead, it looks as if it would be Tyler Wade at SS until Didi is ready. Wade is versatile, has more experience and has played at a higher level than Torres. It seems either he or Ronald Torreyes will man SS until Didi gets back.Ruben Tejada could be in the mix as well.

A blow and why I don’t like the WBC. As for Wade, all the Yanks want from him is to make the plays, and do the little things. He doesn’t have the power Didi would have. Just make all the plays on D, and do the little things offensively—steal a base, lay down a bunt, move the runner over. Nothing spectacular.

Michael Pineda exasperated us today. One outing after a 15 up, 15 down, 8 strikeout performance, he was knocked out in the second inning. This is why he drives us nuts. So much potential, so little consistency. Just like A.J Burnett.

The Yanks got four in the second. Refsnyder doubled in one, Torreyes singled in one and Gardner singled in two.

Given a 4-0 lead, Pineda drove us nuts again, giving up three runs and not making it out of the second inning. How long do we have to wait for him to realize his potential consistently? Thank goodness it is spring training. Starting pitchers just can’t give back four run leads in the regular season.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a two-run HR by Matt Holliday.

Gleyber Torres doubled in two in the eighth (and I, like many others, wish this kid would be the one replacing Didi until Didi is ready, but at 20, and no experience above High A, I could see not putting him the major league roster just yet, but yes, we all are impatient for him to arrive).

Dustin Fowler got a SF for the final run.

So a win, but concerns about Didi’s injury and Pineda’s inconsistency.

Two RBI for Gardner, two hits for Bird. Holliday with the 2-run HR. Billy McKinney went 2 for 2.

To me, besides Mitchell, Green has done very well. I would put Mitchell and Green in the rotation, send Severino and Cessa back to AAA and Warren to the bullpen. We’ll see what Girardi does.

Pineda (w) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Graham (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green (H) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller (H) 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

 

S.T. Game 16. Yanks blank Phils, 5-0.

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Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR, and Aaron Judge added a solo shot as the Yanks shutout the Phillies 5-0 today to run their exhibition record to 13-3.

It was a strange shutout. The Phils got 9 hits and 8 walks but were 0 for 13 with RISP.

Luis Cessa was supposed to start for the Yanks but was scratched because of flu symptoms.

Greg Bird had 2 hits, including a double. Tyler Wade had a double.

Green (w) 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 3 w, 2 K.
Holder (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Adams (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 walks, 3 K.
Niese 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 0 K.
Sheffield 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 w, 3 K.
Marsh 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 w, 2 K.

S.T. Game 15. Yanks edge Braves, 8-7.

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The Yanks improved their spring record to 12-3 with an 8-7 win over the Braves today. Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR.

Jacoby Ellsbury provided the spark we hope to see from him. 3 for 3, 2 stolen bases.

Tyler Wade had 2 hits, Francisco Diaz 2 RBI. Dustin Fowler a triple, as did Aaron Hicks.

Ruben Tejada had 2 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres had an RBI double.

Michael Pineda had a shaky start then settled down.

Pineda 3 IP,2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve (w) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR>
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gurka 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks get 3 in 10th to edge Rays, 7-6.

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The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 10-3 by getting 3 in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Rays, 7-6.

CC Sabathia started and had a shaky first inning but escaped unharmed. He went two scoreless innings.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Sanchez, followed by singles by Holliday and Carter.

They went up 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Torreyes.

Adam Warren followed CC with two scoreless innings but gave up back-to -back homers in the fifth.

After the Rays went up 3-2 in the sixth, Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run HR in the seventh to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Tampa got one in the 8th to tie, then two in the 10th to go up 6-4. Francisco Diaz made two errors at first to hurt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the 10th, Bird singled, Zach Zehner pinch ran. Diaz flied out but Billy McKinney singled. Both runners moved up on the throw. Ruben Tejada hit a SF.

Pete Kozma walked and Rashad Crawford hit a ground rule double to tie it up.

Tyler Wade then singled to win it.

Ronald Torreyes had 2 hits and an RBI. Higashioka with the 2-run HR.

Dustin Fowler was 2 for 2. Tyler Wade was 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

Sabathia 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Warren (BS) 3 iP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Heller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Lail (w) 1 IP, 2 R (BOTH UNEARNED),  2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Greg Bird wanted to see more lefties and hit them better, so we was working on hitting Andy Pettitte (in for a few days as an instructor) today.

S.T. Game 2: Torres shines in Yanks’ 6-5 loss.

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First off, let me apologize for not being able to do more at various meetings and with various blogs. I can’t make various meetings or do more than what I am doing. What with my work schedule and checking in on an aging mom, even doing this blog is difficult sometimes as far as finding the time. Not to mention my own health and trying to improve that. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, Time is NOT on my side.

The Yanks tied the game in the top of the ninth but gave up a run in the bottom half to lose to the Phillies 6-5 to even their spring training record at 1-1.

For me, the highlight of the game was the performance of some kids who will start the year at AA or AAA, especially the highly touted SS, Gleyber Torres, who at 19 (now 20), was MVP of the Arizona Fall League just a few short months ago.

Torres doubled twice, one down the LF line and the other down the RF line, and scored two runs. Three of the Yanks’ five runs came on wild pitches.

But seeing Torres use BOTH sides of the field to get his doubles was impressive.

Also getting a hit today were other top prospects like Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar.

Prospect Tyler Wade, mostly an infielder but also getting OF time to increase his versatility, made a mistake that allowed an inside-the-park HR to Maikel Franco, who had 2 HR for the day. Wade touched a ball that went under the fence. He signaled for a ground rule double, but it didn’t apply here. By the time he reached under, got the ball and threw it in, it was too late. A learning experience.

Adam Warren pitched two perfect innings. Dietrich Enns went 14-4, 1.73 for AA/AAA last year.

Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Enns 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR. Blown save.
Camarena 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR, back to back, Blown save.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Mantiply 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Took the loss.

Yanks trade McCann; MVPs announced; AFL ends.

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The Yankees traded Brian McCann to the Astros for two young righty minor league pitchers. In his three seasons with the Yankees, McCann hit 69 HR but only hit .235. The emergence of Gary Sanchez made McCann expendable. The Yanks will pay the Astros $11MM of the $34MM remaining on his contract.

In return, the Yanks get Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Here is what MLB Trade Rumors has to say about them:

Abreu is the more highly regarded of the two; as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America explains, he throws a live fastball that occasionally nears the triple-digits. With a four-pitch arsenal, he perhaps has a chance to stick as a starter. Still, he only just turned 21 and struggled with his command last year at the Class A and High-A levels.

Guzman, meanwhile, has even more velocity, with his heater ticking up to 102-103 mph at times. Cooper notes, though, that he’s more effective when he’s operating at a slightly lower velocity (in his case, the upper-nineties). While the long-term outlook suggests that Guzman will end up in the pen, he is said to have a promising slider and also a change-up that’s in the works. The 20-year-old has yet to move past Rookie ball, but showed big strikeout ability (12.2 K/9) in his time in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues last year.

Abreu, 21, was 3-8, 3.72 between low and High A in 2016. 16 starts, 8 relief appearances. 115 K in 101 2/3 IP.

Guzman, 20, was 3-4, 4.05 in Rookie League ball. 8 starts, 5 relief appearances. 54 K in 40 IP.

MLB announced its MVPs yesterday, Mike Trout of the Angels and Kris Bryant of the Cubs.  For Trout, it’s his second MVP (he won in 2014) and he has finished 1st or 2nd in MVP in each of his five full seasons in the bigs. He is still just 25 years old.Bryant, 24, was the ROY last year and now wins the MVP in just his second MLB season.

No Yankee received MVP consideration (meaning at least a 10th place vote).

The Arizona Fall League ended yesterday. They have a championship game Saturday but Scottsdale and Yankees’ prospects will not be playing in it. Only Tyler Wade played in the final game, and he went 1 for 3, scored a run and drove in two in a 6-6 tie. Wade ended the AFL at .241. He had a SF yesterday and stole 3 bases, giving him 10 for the AFL.

Former MLB catcher and manager Russ Nixon died recently. He was 81. He played from 1957-1968 for Cleveland, Boston, Minnesota, and Cleveland again. He was the catcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st HR. Nixon later managed the Reds and Braves. He hit .268 with an OPS+ of 84.