DotF: Torres injures elbow during Scranton’s doubleheader

Tanaka's struggles continue as the Yankees drop their fifth straight, 5-2 to A's
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OF Clint Frazier cranked his 12th home run of the season last night — and his third in the last six games — and goodness, it was a bomb. The video is above. That kid’s bat is not not slow. Here are some notes:

  • I missed this yesterday, but Josh Norris broke down Aaron Judge‘s swing development over the years with Triple-A Scranton hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, who worked with Judge at various stops in the minors. The videos are pretty interesting. Judge went through a lot of changes before finding something that worked.
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo was sent back down to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. I guess his Triple-A Scranton stint was a one-start cameo to provide support amid all the shuttle action. My guess is Acevedo will be back with the RailRiders before long though.
  • So long, LHP Jon Niese. He has been released, reports Matt Eddy. Niese had been down in Extended Spring Training working to build arm strength following knee surgery, and apparently the Yankees weren’t happy enough with his progress. ExST is ending next week and there’s nowhere to send him, hence the release.
  • The Staten Island Yankees begin their season Monday and Robert Pimpsner has the roster. The notables: IF Oswaldo Cabrera, LHP Jeff Degano, RHP Juan De Paula, RHP Drew Finley, SS Wilkerman Garcia, 3B Nelson Gomez, RHP Jorge Guzman, OF Leonardo Molina, and RHP Jio Orozco. Cabrera, Molina, and Orozco are being sent down from Low-A Charleston. De Paula came over in the Ben Gamel trade and Guzman in the Brian McCann trade. Guzman can really bring it.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (6-2 win over Buffalo in seven innings)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 SB — hitting streak is up to 16 games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB — 10-for-27 (.370) in his last six games, and he went hitless in two of those games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 15-for-47 (.319) with nine doubles in his last 12 games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 RBI
  • 2B Gleyber Torres: 1-2, 1 2B — left the game with an injury after a play at the plate (here’s video) … the Yankees say it’s a hyper-extended elbow and that x-rays came back negative, though Torres will have more tests Monday … the West Coast trip from hell has extended into the minors
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 61 of 90 pitches were strikes (68%) … 25.5 K% and 10.1 BB% this year after 29.1 K% and 7.9 BB% last year

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (4-0 win over Buffalo in seven innings) makeup of the April 7th rainout

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — make it a 17-game hitting streak … he’s up to .326/.386/.467 on the season, and is 19-for-23 (83%) in steal attempts
  • DH Dustin Fowler: 0-4
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3 — he was bumped up from Trenton after OF Mason Williams was called up yesterday
  • RHP Adonis Rosa: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 51 of 79 pitches were strikes (65%) … first career game above Low-A! … heck of a job in the spot start during the doubleheader
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)

Double-A Trenton Game One (2-1 win over Erie in seven innings) makeup of their April 7th rainout

  • DH Thairo Estrada & CF Rashad Crawford: both 0-2 — Estrada was hit by a pitch … Crawford walked and scored a run
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 K — if Gleyber lands on the disabled list, I wonder if that opens the door for Andujar to get promoted
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-3, 1 R, 1 SB — 7-for-17 (.412) during his little five-game hitting streak
  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Josh Rogers: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 7/2 GB/FB — 53 of 74 pitches were strikes (72%) … he came back out to pitch after a 59-minute rain delay in the middle of the game, which I can’t remember ever happening over the years … lengthy rain delay in the minors usually means the pitching prospect is out of the game
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes … 36/5 K/BB in 31.1 innings for the minor league Rule 5 Draft pick, and one of those walks was intentional

Double-A Trenton Game Two is still playing after the rain delay in Game One. Here’s the box score. I’ll update this post once the game ends, as long as it happens reasonably soon.

High-A Tampa is off until Monday for the All-Star break. The All-Star Game itself was played tonight (NOR 5, SOU 2).

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 0-2 — started and batted leadoff
  • CF Tito Polo: 0-2, 1 K — started and batted ninth
  • RHP Andrew Schwaab: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (61%) after entering the game with two outs in the fourth … also, he got engaged on the field before the game, so that’s cool
  • RHP Anyelo Gomez was selected for the game but did not pitch. RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Zack Littell, RHP Dillon McNamara, RHP Jose Mesa Jr., and LHP Josh Rogers were all selected for the game, but have since been promoted to Trenton.

Low-A Charleston (3-0 win over Columbia)

  • 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, 1 K
  • LF Blake Rutherford: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Angel Aguilar & DH Isiah Gilliam: both 0-3 — Gilliam struck out
  • CF Estevan Florial: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — got picked off first … missed the last two games for an unknown reason (probably a little banged up)
  • C Donny Sands: 1-2, 1 R, 1 E (catcher interference) — also got picked off first
  • RF Alex Palma: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • SS Diego Castillo: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • RHP Brian Keller: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 6/3 GB/FB — 59 of 98 pitches were strikes (60%) … 126/20 K/BB in 112.2 pro innings for last year’s 39th rounder
Tanaka's struggles continue as the Yankees drop their fifth straight, 5-2 to A's
Sunday Morning Thoughts