DotF: Solak continues hot streak in Staten Island’s loss

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Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • OF Blake Rutherford is day-to-day with an “undisclosed injury,” the team announced. It’s reportedly his knee. He tweaked it running out a ground ball last week. Rutherford “appeared to take part in pre-game practice” today, whatever the hell that means.
  • 1B Chris Parmelee was placed on the Triple-A DL, reports Shane Hennigan. Parmelee left last night’s game with back spasms. He is not on the 40-man roster and I’m not sure he was going to get a September call-up anyway, but this won’t help his case.
  • RHP Domingo German was activated off the High-A DL, the team announced. That’s good. No idea what was wrong with him, but it couldn’t have been anything serious if he came back this soon. German returned from Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
  • RHP Diego Moreno was called up to Triple-A Scranton and RHP Gio Gallegos was sent down the Double-A Trenton, according to Hennigan. Matt Kardos says Gallegos is staying in Scranton for the time being. It’s just a paper move to temporarily clear a roster spot.
  • Chris Crawford (subs. req’d) spoke to a bunch of scouts about starting pitcher prospects who could come up soon and dominate out of the bullpen right away, a la Edwin Diaz of the Mariners. RHP Domingo Acevedo was mentioned as a candidate. “I don’t think he’s gonna strike out every [dang] hitter like Diaz seems to, but with an 80 fastball and that hard power-change, he could miss plenty of bats,” said the scout.
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery earned some love from Jim Callis for being an under-the-radar prospect. “He’s unlikely to become more than a No. 4 starter, yet his track record makes it likely that he’ll surface in the back of a big league rotation. Look for him to get his first shot in New York at some point next season,” wrote Callis.
  • Chad Jennings spoke to 1B Tyler Austin about other players in the system who have bounced back from down years, like himself. “With him being finally healthy and playing every day, I think (his potential is) showing. It’s exciting, and it’s an exciting time for him,” he said of C Kyle Higashioka.
  • Alec Dopp posted a bunch of scouting reports after traveling around the NY-Penn League. OF Timmy Robinson, OF Dom Thompson-Williams, and RHP Nick Green all received write-ups. I like Green. The Yankees seem to do well with “generic righty” profiles like that.

The minor league regular season ends in about two and a half weeks, so let’s update the standings. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 loss to Pawtucket) they’re 78-48 and have a 3.5-game lead in the North Division … their regular season ends Monday, September 5th

  • DH Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 13-for-40 (.325) in his last nine games, but only two extra-base hits (double, triple)
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — 10-for-23 (.435) since being sent down
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — 31 of 53 pitches were strikes (58%) … making the spot start because they played two doubleheaders earlier this week, and their rotation is all out of whack
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes … great, now do this in the big leagues, Chasen
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, six strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-0 loss to Akron) they’re 76-48 and four games back in the Eastern Division … they have a six-game lead on a postseason spot … their regular season ends Monday, September 5th

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Billy McKinney: 0-4, 1 K — 15-for-68 (.221) in 20 games since trade
  • 2B Abi Avelino: 1-3, 2 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 36 of 57 pitches were strikes (63%) … Hudson Belinsky says Mitchell sat 94-95 mph with his fastball and 90-92 mph with his cutter … I wouldn’t worry about the results, Mitchell’s in Spring Training mode right now after the toe injury
  • RHP Chance Adams: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 47 of 72 pitches were strikes (65%) … Belinsky says Adams threw strikes with his fastball (95-97), slider (85-87), changeup (87-89), and curveball (80), and he called him a steal in the fifth round thanks to that four-pitch mix and pitchability

High-A Tampa (3-2 loss to Clearwater) no SS Gleyber Torres tonight after he fouled a pitch off his foot last night … they’ve 70-53 overall and have already clinched a postseason spot by winning the first half division title … their regular season ends Sunday, September 4th

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB — 13-for-33 (.394) in his last eight games
  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 1-4, 1 BB
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 2 RBI — 12-for-32 (.375) in his last ten games
  • RF Trey Amburgey: 0-4 — threw a runner out at second
  • 3B Kevin Cornelius: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Domingo German: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5/3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 46 of 73 pitches were strikes (63%) … 36/10 K/BB in 44.2 innings since coming back from Tommy John surgery

Low-A Charleston (6-1 win over Augusta) they’re 66-56 overall and have already clinched a postseason spot by winning the first half division title … their regular season ends Monday, September 5th

  • SS Kyle Holder: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • LF Alex Palma: 1-5
  • RF Jhalan Jackson: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C Luis Torrens: 0-4 — in a brutal 9-for-73 (.123) slump
  • 3B Mandy Alvarez: 2-4, 2 R
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RHP Christian Morris: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 6/4 GB/FB — 58 of 94 pitches were strikes (62%) … last year’s 33rd round is quietly have a strong season for the River Dogs

Short Season Staten Island (7-5 loss to Staten Island) they’re 33-24 and a 1.5 games back in the McNamara Division … they have a two-game lead on the wildcard spot … their regular season ends Monday, September 5th

  • CF Dom Thompson-Williams: 0-1, 1 K — left the game in the second inning for an unknown reason
  • 2B Nick Solak: 2-5, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — hitting .388/.450/.531 in his last 25 games
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • SS Angel Aguilar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Austin DeCarr: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5/2 GB/FB — 29/15 K/BB in 36.2 innings since returning from Tommy John surgery

Rookie Pulaski (14-9 loss to Bluefield) they’re 22-29 and in last place in the East Division, eleven games out of first … their regular season ends Thursday, September 1st, so two weeks from today

  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 1-5, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding)
  • CF Estevan Florial: 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B
  • C Donny Sands: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 PB, 1 E (catcher interference) — eleven passed balls in eight games here, which is what you expect from a guy who is new to catching
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — he really knows how to fill out a stat line
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — his nine homers are tied with Fowler and Jackson for tenth in the system … he’s played only 46 games because this is a short season league
  • 1B Brandon Wagner: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LF Leonardo Molina: 2-5, 1 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — had only three career triples coming into this game
  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Nick Nelson: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 Balk, 3/1 GB/FB — weird pitching line is weird
  • RHP Rafael Lara: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HB, 3/3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks East (4-1 win over GCL Phillies) they’re 15-30 and in last place in the Northeast Division, seven games out of first … their regular season ends Thursday, September 1st

  • RF Brayan Emery: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Edel Luaces: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Miguel Yajure: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GB/FB
  • RHP Daniel Alvarez: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 44/12 K/BB and a 1.70 ERA in 53 innings for the 20-year-old

Rookie GCL Yanks West (4-4 tie with GCL Braves in seven innings) a tie! I can’t ever remember seeing a tie in all the years I’ve been doing DotF … the game had to be stopped due to rain, and because they don’t play the GCL Braves again this season, the game ends in a tie rather than be suspended … they’re 17-27-1 and in last place in the Northwest Division, 16 games out of first … their regular season ends Thursday, September 1st

  • DH Terrance Robertson: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 CS
  • SS Diego Castillo: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • 3B Nelson Gomez: 0-3, 2 K
  • RHP Daniel Ramos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Jose Pena: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB
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