DotF: Fowler homers, Austin continues rehab in the minors

Sabathia, Gardner, Gregorius help the Yankees avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays
Fan Confidence Poll: May 22nd, 2017

As you may have heard, SS Gleyber Torres was promoted to Triple-A Scranton following today’s Double-A Trenton game, reports Antonio Mendes. Gleyber hit .273/.367/.496 with five homers and nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (21) in 32 Double-A games. I had a feeling the Yankees would promote him quickly, though I didn’t think it would be this quickly. Pretty fun. For what it’s worth, Keith Law says Torres is ready for Triple-A on both sides of the ball. Here are some other notes:

  • RHP Dillon Tate update! Farm system head Gary Denbo told Josh Norris that Tate has been pitching in Extended Spring Training games and is “close.” I assume that means close to joining one of the affiliates. Tate has been out all season with a shoulder issue.
  • LHP Josh Rogers have been promoted to Double-A Trenton, according to Matt Kardos. I’m surprised it took this long. Rogers had a 2.52 ERA (2.97 FIP) in 27 starts and 160.2 innings with High-A Tampa over the last two years prior to Sunday’s start. Not much left to prove there.
  • Check out 20-80 Baseball’s write up on RHP Domingo Acevedo’s Double-A debut the other day. “He looked every bit the part a future Role 60, number three starter, and he was quickly comparable, to my eye, to the huge frame, soft build, sloped shoulders, and gait of Michael Pineda (RHP,Yankees), just with more juice in the overall stuff,” said the report.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Rochester in eleven innings, walk-off style) they faced old pal LHP Nik Turley, who is still bouncing around the minors

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — second straight game with a dinger, and his third homer in his last eight games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 10-for-33 (.303) with three doubles and four home runs in eight games since the promotion
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 RBI, 3 K — walk-off squeeze bunt!
  • DH Mark Payton: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — someone’s future fourth outfielder is hitting .333/.387/.471 so far this year
  • RHP Eric Ruth: 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 31 of 50 pitches were strikes … he’s here just to make the spot start after RHP Bryan Mitchell was called up to the big leagues
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%) … 28/3 K/BB in 21 innings this year … will he be the second player in as many years to go from minor league Rule 5 Draft pick to Yankees’ 40-man roster? RHP Yefrey Ramirez did it last year
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%)

Double-A Trenton (1-0 loss to Portland)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4 — now hitting .346/.427/.465 with 16 walks and 16 strikeouts in 34 games while being more than three years younger than the average Eastern League player
  • 3B Gleyber Torres: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — final game in Double-A!
  • LF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 K
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-2 — second rehab game … he played five innings in the field, which was by design … the fact he’s only playing five innings right now rather than seven tells you this will be a longer than usual rehab assignment
  • DH Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 CS
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 1-3 — got picked off second
  • 2B Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 60 of 100 pitches were strikes (60%) … 57/20 K/BB in 51 innings for Big Yef

High-A Tampa (15-0 win over Daytona)

  • CF Jorge Mateo: 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • SS Kyle Holder: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 7-for-16 (.434) in his last four games, so maybe he’s starting to come around
  • RF Tito Polo: 2-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K — 17-for-53 (.321) in his last 13 games
  • 1B Chris Gittens: 4-6, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI — three homers in his last three games
  • DH Nick Solak: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB — 16-for-49 (.323) with 13 walks and eight strikeouts in his last 16 games
  • LHP Josh Rogers: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 72 of 99 pitches were strikes in his final High-A start … not surprised he carved up High-A after spending two years at Louisville

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Augusta)

  • CF Estevan Florial: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS — 6-for-8 the last two days after a 3-for-25 (.120) slump
  • SS Hoy Jun Park: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Isiah Gilliam & 2B Diego Castillo: both 0-3 — Gilliam struck out twice, Castillo once
  • 3B Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 4-for-8 with three walks and no strikeouts in his last three games
  • LHP Phil Diehl: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 55 of 83 pitches were strikes (66%), plus he picked a runner off first … 38/7 K/BB in 33.1 innings for last year’s 27th rounder
Sabathia, Gardner, Gregorius help the Yankees avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Rays
Fan Confidence Poll: May 22nd, 2017