DotF: Jagielo homers in first game back from injury

Sabathia goes 3.2 innings in second minor league rehab start
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Here are some notes to start the night:

  • Here is our post keeping track of the Yankees’ intentional free agent signings on the first day of the 2014-15 signing period. The reports about their intentions to go on a huge spending spree have proven to be very correct.
  • UTIL Jose Pirela was been named to the Triple-A International League All-Star Team. He is the only Yankees farmhand who was elected to the game.
  • The Yankees have signed RHP Edgmer Escalona to a minor league contract, according to Rich Dubroff. The 27-year-old had a 6.10 ERA (6.37 FIP) in 20.2 Triple-A innings with the Orioles before being released. He replaces RHP Robert Coello, who opted out of his contract.
  • The Yankees have signed Mount Olive RHP Deshorn Lake as an undrafted free agent, according to the Daily Press. The Red Sox selected him in the 12th round pick of the 2011 draft, but he opted not to sign.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (1-0 loss to Buffalo in eight innings, walk-off style) this was a regularly scheduled doubleheader, each affiliate has one or two each season

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 1 2B
  • DH Rob Refsnyder & LF Zoilo Almonte: both 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 0-1, 1 K — was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning because he’s on his way to MLB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 63 of 99 pitches were strikes (64%), though one of the walks was intentional
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68%) … served up the walk-off homer to former RailRiders teammate Dan Johnson

Triple-A Scranton Game One (3-1 loss to Buffalo in seven innings)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte, 1B Kyle Roller & SS Dean Anna: all 0-3 — Roller and Anna both struck out twice
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-3
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 K, 1 PB
  • LHP Nik Turley: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/2 GB/FB — 42 of 81 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Edgmer Escalona: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 25 of 45 pitches were strikes (56%)

Double-A Trenton (8-6 loss to Portland)

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’ll make this game up as part of a doubleheader on August 14th.

Low-A Charleston (7-4 loss to Savannah)

  • RF Michael O’Neill: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — sixth homer in 39 games and third in his last ten games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — 12-for-29 (.414) with eight walks and five strikeouts in his last ten games
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 3 K
  • RHP Brady Lail: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/0 GB/FB — 55 of 86 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes (67%) … first appearance with the River Dogs, I wonder how long it’ll be before he moves up another level or three

Short Season Staten Island (9-5 win over Aberdeen)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
  • CF Austin Aune: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K — 24 strikeouts in 64 plate appearances (37.5%)
  • LF Chris Breen: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • C Luis Torrens: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 PB — tough day behind the plate
  • RF Nathan Mikolas: 0-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
  • RHP Jordan Cote: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GB/FB
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19/7 K/BB in 10.2 innings at this level

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (8-0 win over GCL Astros) bounce right back the day after their first loss

  • SS Bryan Cuevas: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • DH Drew Bridges: 1-5, 2 RBI, 3 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — played five innings in his first game since mid-May due to a ribcage problem
  • RF Alex Palma: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — he’s off to a very nice start in his pro career
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Ty Hensley: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB — one run allowed in 8.1 innings across his first three starts of the year
  • RHP Austin DeCarr: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB — second outing for this year’s third rounder

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (9-6 win over GCL Blue Jays)

  • CF Jose Figueroa: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • LF Frank Frias: 4-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 12-for-25 (.480) in his last seven games
  • DH Adam Kirsch: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K — pretty awesome pro debut for the undrafted free agent signing
  • RF Wilmer Romero: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 15/5 K/BB in 12.2 innings
Sabathia goes 3.2 innings in second minor league rehab start
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  • hornblower

    Wheeler can take Ryan’s place on the roster I guess. Just sending Solarte down does not open a spot on the 40 man roster.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Ryan is signed through next year with a player option for the following year. And he is the only legit shortstop on the 25-man roster behind the 40-year-old starter. I really don’t think Ryan is going anywhere.

      I would guess the 40-man cut will come from someone in the minors.

      • ALZ

        maybe a release and resign for Slade?
        Or a dfa of Greene?

        I will pray tonight that it is Soriano.

        • Yanks

          There’s so much crap on the roster to cut first before actually getting to prospects.

        • n0exit

          You can’t outright an injured player during the season. Taking Slade off the 40 man also makes him rule 5 eligible. Solarte will be outrighted and then re-signed.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            You can release/resign an injured player (though I don’t expect it to happen).
            The rule 5 thing doesn’t really matter, as they could always re-add him to the roster after the season, and really, if a team wanted him that much, they’d just as likely claim him on release waivers (though I suppose Slade could turn that claim down if the Yankees offered him enough incentive to do so).

            • n0exit

              Even if he declines the waiver claim and they add him to the roster again he’s still rule 5 eligible. The advantage of injured players being rule 5 eligible is they can be put on the DL which counts towards the service time and only have to be active for 90 days. Big risk IMO just to add Wheeler. Don’t think anyone would claim solarte if they outrighted him.

              • n0exit

                Actually, he wouldn’t be rule 5 eligible of he was added to the roster but instill don’t think they will put him through waivers.

              • Wolfgang’s Fault

                Some club absolutely would claim Solarte. I think they remove Dean Anna off of the 40-man.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Solarte would be claimed by another team in about ten minutes.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Heathcott has a 40-man spot. Can they not or would they not put him on the major-league 60-day DL?

        • Preston

          They can’t because he wasn’t on the MLB roster. They won’t because that would burn a year of service time.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Aha. Thanks!

    • Chip

      I would imagine they’ll release Anna or something

      • Cheval Anonyme

        Banana-fanna Anna?

      • RetroRob


        My guess is Solarte is sent down, but remains on the 40 man, and Anna is released, opening up a 40 man spot. They have a glut of middle infielder types and what they needed Anna for in Spring Training is less a concern now. They probably could also sign Anna back after he’s off the 40 man. I don’t see a whole lot of action on him.

        • Preston

          I disagree. Anna is the 3rd best SS on the roster right now and I’m not sure the team would love to throw Brendan Ryan out there everyday if Jeter got hurt. I’d rather cut ties with Romine. He’s the 4th catcher. Even if McCann, Cervelli and Murphy all got hurt I’m not sure the team wouldn’t just call up Sanchez and see what he can do rather than try Romine again.

          • Wolfgang’s Fault

            No bloody way should they cut Romine. Come on, man; he’s a solid catcher almost big league ready, has value, & his ceiling is potentially as a starting big-league catcher. He shouldn’t be penalized for being brought up when he wasn’t ready. That one’s on the Yankees. He’s missed too much time due to back problems which hurt his development, but I think he can still be a very useful big league catcher. You just don’t give guys like that away so easily.

            • Samuel

              Romine stinks.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Romine is total DFA fodder at this point.

              Agreed on Anna. Keep him.

            • Scott

              I agree they won’t cut ties with Romine, but not because he’s a MLB starting catcher. He will be a capable back up. But the Yanks aren’t cutting catching depth right now, especially if they made trade JRM or Sanchez.

              As for Sanchez getting called up, that is bloody crazy. He is not ready, and has in fact regressed this year.

              • Preston

                Sanchez has moved from High A to AA, he’s maintained his lowered K rate, maintained his power and upped his walk rate. How is that regressing? All I’m saying is in a dooms day scenario where everybody is hurt. The Yankees might go with the more talented guy. I’d bet on them finding some quad A player before they went with Romine everyday.

              • RetroRob

                You are correct in that the Yankees aren’t cutting catching depth. Romine is still more valuable than Anna because of his position. Romine would be grabbed immediately if released.

  • Bryan

    Really nice day for the system. Good to see Jagielo hit a home run and both Hensley and DeCarr pitch well. Hooray! Anyone get video of Lindgren?

    • ALZ

      Let’s hope Ty stays healthy. He is way behind schedule, but most important thing is just keeping him healthy, not rushing him, or results.

      • RetroRob

        He is behind schedule, but if the talent is still there after the operations and missed time, he’ll get on track.

        I wonder if he’ll stay on the GCL team all year as they build up his innings and arm. I can see him jumping a couple levels next year if all goes well, but this year I expect them to be conservative.

        • Preston

          I think he’ll probably stay there most of the year. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Charleston after the roster expands in September and guys move up, just to get a feel for it before he starts there next season.

          • RetroRob

            Yup, agreed.

    • Scott

      I bet Lindgren is in AA within 3 weeks, and possibly AAA by mid-August.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Pretty wild inning where Lindgren gave up his run.

    Jonathan Leroux hit by pitch.
    Victor Cruzado strikes out swinging.
    Jorge Rivero singles on a line drive to right fielder Michael O’Neill. Jonathan Leroux to 3rd.
    Yeixon Ruiz strikes out swinging.
    With Colton Plaia batting, wild pitch by Jacob Lindgren, Jorge Rivero to 2nd.
    With Colton Plaia batting, wild pitch by Jacob Lindgren, Jonathan Leroux scores. Jorge Rivero to 3rd.
    Colton Plaia strikes out swinging, catcher Eduardo de Oleo to first baseman Mike Ford.

    • ALZ

      Wish we had some video. Could be that the catcher can’t handle his slider, most wild pitchers are caught.

  • tj

    nice to see tht sanchez is hitting again

  • Deep Thoughts

    Who the hell is John Gant and what is he doing striking out 10 RiverDogs in 7 IP?

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Yeah, 25 K’s in that RiverDogs game w/the Met affiliate getting 14 of them.

  • D23

    I think Anna is the most sensible. Solarte should be sent down. He is our emergency SS if needed. Wheeler plays almost every where.

    Next call either Zolio or Pirela?

    Do not I repeat Do not DFA Green. The guy has live arm and appears to be I n the rebounding phase. He may be our best option for fifth starter after all star break. Got to get his walks down

  • Wayne

    Domingo Acevedo and Simon De La Rosa could eventually be our best starting pitching prospects.
    Does anyone see these guys getting traded for David Price or Jeff Samardzija.
    Also the recent guys we signed on the international market that are pitchers , are they all staying 16 this year?
    Will Servando Hernandez start pitching next year in dsl?

    • D23

      I think Mike mentioned all of the giys we signed via Int’l FA except the Korean SS will not ne able to koin our affliated leagues until next year.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I think they’ll absolutely be the centerpieces of a Price deal. For sure.

      Do we even need to add anyone else to that package?

      • Scott

        i like your sarcasm, you beat me to it.

      • CS Yankee

        Clearly you are underestimating their value…they should get you both Price and Samardzja. If cashman doesn’t get this done, he will have failed.

  • Jake

    I’m guessing Sizemore was out options? Loved his bat and glove every single time he gets called up. But who knows, maybe Wheeler might become a mainstay, at this point it’s worth the gamble I guess.

  • Billy Martino

    I don’t know who this Wheeler guy is,but we’re not trading ’em !