DotF: Castro begins rehab assignment in Trenton’s win

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Duda, Tanaka, Pineda, Samardzija, Acevedo, Frazier

Here are the day’s notes:

  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) posted his midseason top 50 prospects list and SS Gleyber Torres ranks second behind Mets SS Amed Rosario. No other Yankees make the list, though OF Clint Frazier is not eligible because he’s in the big leagues. OF Blake Rutherford was ranked 22nd before the season and dropped out of the top 50 entirely. “Two scouts I asked said he’s just not making hard contact at all. That’s shocking given what I saw from him in (high school),” said Law in his chat.
  • Baseball Prospectus posted a fun list of the top 50 prospect busts. Four of the top five are Yankees (!): 3B Drew Henson (No. 1), C Jesus Montero (No. 2), LHP Brien Taylor (No. 4), and OF Ruben Rivera (No. 5). There are also a lot of Red Sox and Mets prospects in the top 50. Maybe that says something about big market prospects getting overrated? Anyway, the list is not behind the paywall, so check it out.
  • The Yankees have signed Cal State Bakersfield 2B Dave Metzgar as an undrafted free agent, reports Matt Eddy. He hit .372/.425/.465 with 24 walks and 14 strikeouts in 55 games this spring. Metzgar hit two (2) home runs in 222 career games with the Roadrunners.

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K — 19-for-53 (.358) during his 13-game hitting streak
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-5
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — two homers in his last three games
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 44 of 68 pitches were strikes (65%) … five runs allowed in his last four starts and 26 innings at this level
  • RHP Brady Lail: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 28 of 43 pitches were strikes (65%)

Double-A Trenton (7-5 win over Hartford) that’s 12 straight wins for the best team in Double-A baseball … they’re 61-28, which is a 111-win pace across 162 games

  • CF Jorge Mateo: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — 21-for-53 (.396) with four doubles, three triples, and three homers in 14 games with Trenton
  • 2B Starlin Castro: 1-3, 1 K — played six innings in his first rehab game, as scheduled
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Tito Polo: 0-5, 2 K
  • RF Rashad Crawford: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 48 of 79 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68%)

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Dunedin)

  • 2B Nick Solak: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RF Trey Amburgey: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HBP, 1 SB
  • SS Kyle Holder: 2-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB — 10-for-27 (.370) during his last eight games
  • LF Alex Palma: 0-4, 1 K — in a 3-for-30 rut
  • RHP Brian Keller: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8/2 GB/FB — 56 of 93 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP James Reeves: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)

Low-A Charleston (7-5 win over Hagerstown)

  • 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Diego Castillo & CF Blake Rutherford: both 1-4, 1 R — Rutherford’s hitting streak is up to eight games
  • LF Estevan Florial: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — 55 singles, 19 doubles, five triples, and eleven homers this season
  • C Donny Sands: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Isiah Gilliam: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS
  • RHP Nick Green: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 7/2 GB/FB — 58 of 101 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Matt Frawley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 0/2 GB/FB — 26 of 36 pitches were strikes (72%) … 56/6 K/BB in 21.1 innings this year

Short Season Staten Island (5-1 loss to Vermont)

  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 1-4, 1 2B
  • 3B Nelson Gomez: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Daniel Alvarez: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 10/1 GB/FB — 53 of 91 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Jeff Degano: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP — only two strikes among 13 pitches … yep, he’s still broken … he walked 25 batters in 5.2 innings last year

Rookie Pulaski (6-0 loss to Kingsport)

  • CF Pablo Olivares: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 SB — eleven walks and eleven strikeouts in 17 games for the 19-year-old
  • RF Steven Sensley: 0-4, 3 K — threw a runner out at second
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Eric Wagaman & DH Andres Chaparro: 1-4, 2 K — Chaparro stole a base
  • C Saul Torres: 0-4, 3 K
  • LF Brayan Emery: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RHP Gilmael Troya: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/3 GB/FB, 4 E (two throwing, fielding, pickoff) — 47 of 76 pitches were strikes (62%) … four error for a pitcher is definitely a DotF first

Rookie GCL Yanks East (3-0 loss to GCL Braves)

  • SS Jose Devers: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Robert Javier: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 SB — 10-for-22 (.455) during his five-game hitting streak
  • LF Canaan Smith: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Jhon Moronta: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Jonathan Amundaray: 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Wellington Diaz: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER,0 BB, 5 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 20-year-old has 14 strikeouts and three walks in three starts and 15.1 innings

Rookie GCL Yanks West (16-2 loss to GCL Phillies)

  • SS Brayan Jimenez: 1-4, 1 2B
  • RF Juan De Leon: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — threw a runner out at third … even after the 0-for-3, the 19-year-old is hitting .302/.434/.349 … he also has a 37.7% strikeout rate, so yeah
  • RHP Pedro Barrios: 2.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — you don’t normally see a kid wear it like this in the GCL
Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Duda, Tanaka, Pineda, Samardzija, Acevedo, Frazier