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Yanks make minor deal.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a deal that maybe will solve the problem they have been having at first base this year.

They traded LHP Tyler Webb, who just made his MLB debut with the Yanks not even three weeks ago, to Milwaukee for AAA 1B Garrett Cooper.

Webb, just about to turn 27, went 0-0, 4.50 in seven games. His MLB debut happened on June 24.

Cooper is 26. If Gary Cooper played in “Pride of the Yankees”, only time will tell if Garrett Cooper will be a Pride of the Yankees.

Cooper is big, 6″6″ 230 lbs. He is a righty hitter having a great season for AAA. He will report to SWB. In 75 games this season, he is hitting .366-17-82. The PCL, however, is a hitter’s league.

Still, those are great numbers. In his prior minor league career, he didn’t show as much power, but he is a .305 career minor league hitter.

In 111 games at AAA, he is .337-22-102. Nice.

Maybe the Yanks found a diamond in the rough. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, one potential Yankee trade target is off the books. The White Sox traded Jose Quintana to the Cubs for 4 minor league prospects. Rumor is they wanted the Yanks to give up Torres & Frazier for Quintana.

Game 86. Yanks go 1 for 16 w/RISP in 5-3 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to take advantage of your opportunities, and the Yankees didn’t, going 1 for 16 w/RISP in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

The Yanks hit the All Star Break at 45-41, and fall into a virtual tie for second place in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays. They won’t play again until Friday, when they are in Boston for a big series against the first place Red Sox.

They need this time to regroup. After a 21-9 start, they have gone 24-32. Some changes will have to be made, some may be via a trade before the trade deadline in a few weeks, some will be when injured people like Holliday and Castro come back soon, and others will be by managerial decisions.

The Yanks have to take this time off to reassess and change so they reverse the negative skid they are currently on. Right the ship.

Masahiro Tanaka started and had a bad game, giving up a 3-run HR in the first and a solo HR in the second. 4-0 Brewers right away.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by Chase Headley and a 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier.

The Brewers got an insurance run in the fifth which was the end of the scoring. Headley just missed a 3-run HR late in the game which would have given the Yanks the lead. It was just foul.

Tanaka (L, 7-8, 5.47) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.96. Faced one batter, gave up a hit, Tanaka’s runner he left behind scored.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.02
Webb 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 0 K. 4.50
Green 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.91. Did hit a batter.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.48.

Some thoughts. Green has been great. After the All Star break, I would have him take Clippard’s role and reduce Clippard (if he isn’t traded).

The Yanks really have to reassess Ellsbury and Headley. It would be a lot of $$ to eat if they have to trade or release them. But neither are giving the Yanks much right now.

There are trade rumors right now regarding Brad Hand (lefty reliever) for SD and Justin Bour, lefty hitting 1B from the Marlins. Both would be excellent acquisitions but it depends on what the Yanks would have to give up to get these players.

I am worried about Tyler Wade. It seems like he isn’t “ready for prime time.” I am not saying give up on him, but it appears he may need more time in the minors. He is just 3 for 28 so far.

Just saying. Some changes will be made. We’ll see what they will be.

Game 84. Yanks’ free fall continues with 9-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because I have to work today, there will be no full minor league report. SWB lost 4-1, with Chance Adams (6-3, 2.50 at AAA, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR) taking the loss.  Adams is 10-3, 1.94 overall AA/AAA this season.

This is getting quite painful. The Yanks’ free fall continued with a 9-4 loss Friday night which dropped their record to 44-40, 4 1/2 behind Boston. They are only a game ahead of the third place Tampa Bay Rays. They dropped into a virtual tie with the Twins for the first wild card spot.

If they continue like this, even a wild card spot could be slipping away.

They need to right the ship, and soon.

They lost despite Milwaukee making five errors in the first four innings of the game,  and lost despite Brett Gardner drawing four walks, because the Yanks only managed four hits.

The Yanks struck out 12x.

Tyler Clippard was awful again.

The Yanks took a 1-0 lead in the second on a SF by Clint Frazier. Milwaukee got two in the top of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Jesus Aguilar, who had 2 HR and 7 RBI on the night.

The Yanks went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Ji-Man Choi hit his second HR in as many games since the Yanks called him up.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge hit #30, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s record (1936) for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ rookie. 4-2 Yanks.

Then the bullpen failed again.

Clippard came in to pitch in the sixth inning with men on second and third and no one out and allowed both runners to score, one on a wild pitch. Game tied.

In the seventh, he walked three batters, one intentionally, before giving up a grand slam to Aguilar. Milwaukee tacked on another run later in the inning. 9-4 Brewers.

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.65
Webb 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Clippard (BS, 5; L, 1-5, 5.24) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up grand slam.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.96
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.18

Disconcerting were a couple of comments made. One by Clippard who says he feels good on the mound (then why the bad results?). The other by some coward in the Yanks’ front office who is suggesting that Greg Bird is jaking it and doesn’t want to play. Why doesn’t that person come out publicly and say that straight to Bird’s face? I am sure Bird wants to play but cannot. Those comments are uncalled for.




Game 70. Up 5-1, Yanks’ miscues lead to 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Since I am leaving early Saturday morning for vacation, and will be trying for sleep tomorrow night before my early morning flight, this will be my last post for a while.

Before the game, Refsnyder down, Tyler Webb, lefty reliever, up.

Ouch. Up 5-1, Yankees’ miscues contributed to a 10-5 loss.

Cameron Maybin  homered on the second pitch of the game from Luis Severino to put the Angels up 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, with two out, Judge and Holliday both walked and Castro blooped a single to tie it.

In the second, Carter doubled, Torreyes singled him to third, and Gardner drove him in on a forceout. Hicks singled and Judge hit a 3-run HR (25) to make it 5-1.

After that, it was all downhill.

Severino gave up 2 in the third.

He still had the 5-3 lead entering the seventh.

In the seventh, a leadoff single by the Angels. Then, the play that changed the game. A play that Castro needs to make. Instead of a DP, 1st and 3rd for the Angels, no out. This play was the turning point in the game.

If the Yanks ever make a move, I can see it here, like Torres taking over for Castro and Castro moving to third. There have been a few plays this week alone that Castro needs to make and he hasn’t, costing the Yanks some games. The bat has been great, but he has cost them two games this week because of the glove.

After the crucial Castro error, Betances came in. I was a bit concerned because Betances came in with a 0.40 ERA. A long baseball season is like the stock market. There are “corrections”. A pitcher with that low of an ERA is due for  a bad outing and that is what happened to Betances.

Betances wasn’t helped by an error on Sanchez. Then again, Betances threw a WP.

Domingo German, the rookie, didn’t help himself in the eighth with a WP and an error on a pickoff attempt.

Judge HR, (25) 3 RBI.  Carter had 2 hits.

Severino (L, 5-3, 3.30) 6 +IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K, Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (BS,1 ) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.80. Should have been out there longer.
Betances 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.16. Was due for a bad outing.
German 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.04


Minor League Report.


The Yankees released minor league pitcher Travis Hissong.

Lower level leagues, like the short-season and Dominican Summer League have started up but I don’t go down to those levels. Not enough time.

AAA: SwB (43-27) split a DH. They lost the reg. sched. game 4-3. Solo HR’s CF Dustin Fowler, LF Jake Cave and RF Mark Payton.

Mitchell 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5K.  4.50
Webb 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.24
Jones (BS, 3; L, 5-2, 3.93) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.

They won the makeup of a May 7 rainout 6-2. DH Tyler Austin a 3-run HR.  1B Ji-Man Choi triple, 3 RBI. 3b Miguel Andujar 2 hits. RF Payton 2 hits.

Mantiply 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.03
Wotherspoon (W, 1-0, 2.35) 3 IP 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.94

AA: Trenton (46-24) lost 14-4. 2B Abiatal Avelino 4 for 4, 2 doubles, RBI. 2 hits & an RBI for LF Devyn Bolasky.

Ramirez (L, 6-3, 3.47) 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carter 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 1 K. 15.43
Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Coshow 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K 4.71

High A: Tampa (38-31) won 6-0.  CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Tito Polo 2 hits. 2B Nick Solak 3 hits. 2 hits and rbi for 3B Kyle Holder.

Dillon Tate came off the DL (sore shoulder) for his first minor league game of the season.

Tate (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W,  5 K.
Reeves 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.26
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Low A: The North and South for the South Atlantic League played to a 3-3 tie. It was played in rain which got worse after the seventh, when the game was stopped.

Charleston players (South): Blake Rutherford CF, 0 for 0; C Donny Sands 0 for 1.
SS Hoy Jun Park 0 for 1. LF Estevan Florial 0 for 2. 3B Angel Aguilar 0 for 2.

P Trevor Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Minor League Report. Torres suffers hyperextended elbow.


AAA: Gleyber Torres suffered a hyperextended elbow sliding home in SWB’s (40-26) 6-2 win on Saturday. This was the first game of a DH that SWB swept.

Reg. scheduled game. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, RBI.  Both stole 2 bases. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits, Rbi.

When will the Yanks bring up Chance Adams? Esp. w/CC on the DL and Tanaka struggling? Between AA/AAA, Adams is 8-2, 1.78.

Adams (4-2, 2.43) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Mantiply (S, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.03

Makeup of 4/7 rainout: SWB won 4-0. SS Wade two hits, 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits. 2 hits, RBI 1B Ji-Man Choi (.296). C Wilkin Castillo solo HR.

What a job by Adonis Rosa, who jumped all the way from Low A to AAA to make the start for the pitching strapped Railriders. With all the recent moves, SWB needed a starter.

Rosa (W, 1-0, 0.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. AAA debut.
Webb 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.09.

AA: Trenton (44-23) split a DH. They won the regularly scheduled game 2-1. 2 hits 3B Miguel Andujar & RF Billy McKinney.

Rogers (W, 4-0, 3.19) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Brewer (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.65′

Lost makeup of 4/7 rainout, 3-2. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Cortes 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. 2.82
McNamara (BS, 1; L, 0-1, 5.79) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.88

High A: FSL North (Tampa’s division) won the Florida State League All-Star Game, 5-2. Tampa representatives: SS Jorge Mateo 0 for 2, CF Tito Polo 0 for 2.
Schwaab 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Gomez 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A: Charleston (33-36) won 3-0.

Keller (W, 5-5, 3.64) 6 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 4 W, 8 K.
Sosebee (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.97
Mundell (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.22

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (37-25) won 6-5. C Kyle Higashioka 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. DH Tyler Austin 2 hits. SS Gleyber Torres triple, 2 RBI. 1B Greg Bird is struggling since going up to AAA on his rehab. CF Mason Williams double, 2 RBI.

Lail 6 IP, 5, R, 10 H, 2 W, 5 K. 5.18
Webb (BS, 3) 1 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.19
Mantiply (W, 3-3, 2.93) 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Graham (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.20

AA: Trenton (41-22) came up short, 5-4, scoring all their runs in the top of the ninth on a grand slam by LF Billy McKinney. CF Rashad Crawford and 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits each.

Ramirez (L, 6-2, 2.51) 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Carroll 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.73
Coshow 1 IP, 3 R, all unearned, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.05

High A: Tampa (35-31) swept a DH.
Reg sched. game: Won 11-1. CF Tito Polo double, triple, 4 RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, rbi. 2B Nick Solak 2-run HR. 3B Kyle Holder 3 hits, rbi.

Widener 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.19
Tarpley (W 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.23

Won Makeup of 6/13 game 5-1. Polo LF, 2 hits, RBI. 2B Solak 2 RBI.

Koerner (W, 2-1, 2.45) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Low A: Charleston (32-34) won 5-2. CF Estevan Florial 3 hits. DH Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI.

Perez (W, 2-3, 3.51) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Diehl (S, 1)  3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.75