DotF: Mateo stays hot, Sheffield hurt in Trenton’s win

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Thoughts on the final off-day before the All-Star break

Some notes to get us started:

  • So long, Tommy Layne. He has been released, the Yankees announced. Layne was pitching well with Triple-A Scranton, but the Yankees need roster space as players get healthy and get promoted, so the 32-year-old journeyman gets the axe.
  • The Yankees have acquired IF Jonathan Diaz from the Blue Jays, the team announced. Diaz spent all of last season with the RailRiders. Scranton is short on position players due to injuries and all the recent call-ups. Diaz is just a warm body to fill out the roster.
  • 1B Mike Ford was bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, it was announced. IF Billy Fleming and LHP Daniel Camarena were sent the other way. Also, RHP Gio Gallegos has been activated off the disabled list. Whatever was bothering him couldn’t have been that bad.
  • Great stuff from Michael Peng on RHP Jorge Guzman, one of the players who came over in the Brian McCann trade. “We are teaching him not to throw but how to actually pitch, how to read hitters and how to throw different pitch sequences. And to me, seeing him learn these different things has been the biggest adjustment he has made. He seems seems to pick on the things we’re trying to teach him,” said Staten Island Yankees pitching coach Travis Phelps.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Buffalo)

  • LF Jake Cave & 2B Donovan Solano: both 1-4, 2 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 BB
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — 8-for-22 (.364) with one double, two triples, and three homers in six games at Triple-A … he’s hit seven homers in his last 21 games after hitting four homers in 123 games last year and seven homers in 106 games the year before
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — he’s hitting .262/.332/.492 this year, you know
  • 3B Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 CS
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 12/1 GB/FB — 60 of 85 pitches were strikes (71%) … Good Bryan showed up tonight

Double-A Trenton (8-2 win over Reading)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI — 17-for-36 (.472) with three doubles, three triples, and one home run in nine Double-A games
  • LF Tito Polo: 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 SB — 11-for-24 (.458) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, and four steals in five attempts
  • 3B Thairo Estrada: 1-5, 1 2B — hitting streak is up to 18 games
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 0-4, 1 K
  • LHP Justus Sheffield: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 49 of 83 pitches were strikes (59%) … he left the game with the trainer, and afterwards manager Bobby Mitchell told Rob Terranova it’s his right oblique and Sheffield will see the doctor tomorrow … that stinks, obliques can take a while to heal, though at least it’s not his arm

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Fort Myers)

  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LF Trey Amburgey: 1-4, 1 K
  • 2B Nick Solak: 1-4, 3 K
  • RHP Erik Swanson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 22 of 32 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Raynel Espinal: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 34 of 54 pitches were strikes (63%) … 25-year-old has a 58/6 K/BB in 47.2 innings … he’s also 25 and in High-A, so yeah

Low-A Charleston (10-9 win over Asheville in ten innings) they were up 7-0 in the first and 9-2 in the second, blew the lead, then managed to win in extras

  • SS Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Diego Castillo: 1-5, 1 R
  • RF Blake Rutherford: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K — in a bit of a weird stretch lately … he hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t torn the cover off the ball either
  • CF Estevan Florial: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K — had been in a little 4-for-25 (.160) funk
  • C Donny Sands: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Isiah Gilliam: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Rony Garcia: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — 60 of 86 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Matt Frawley: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 21 of 26 pitches were strikes (81%)

Short Season Staten Island (7-5 win over Hudson Valley)

  • SS Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-5, 1 R
  • CF Dom Thompson-Williams: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RF Leonardo Molina: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 14-for-49 (.286) in 13 games here
  • 3B Nelson Gomez: 0-4, 2 K — left in the eighth for an unknown reason
  • RHP Juan De Paula: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 8/5 GB/FB — 50 of 79 pitches were strikes (63%)

Rookie Pulaski (9-3 loss to Danville)

  • DH Pablo Olivares: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • CF Leobaldo Cabrera: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
  • RF Steven Sensley: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — this year’s 12th round pick is 9-for-28 (.321) with three doubles and three homers in eight pro games
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 1-4, 1 K
  • 1B Eric Wagaman: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — back-to-back hitless games for this year’s 13th rounder after starting his pro career with a nine-game hitting streak
  • C Saul Torres: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 PB, 1 E (catcher interference)
  • RHP Daniel Ramos: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/0 GB/FB — 42 of 68 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Simon De La Rosa: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 WP — six pitches, three strikes … he went from sleeper to pitching out of the bullpen in rookie ball in, like, two years

Rookie GCL Yanks East (2-1 win over GCL Tigers West in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Jose Devers: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • CF Robert Javier: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at first
  • LF Canaan Smith: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RF Jhon Moronta: 3-5, 1 RBI, 2 K — got picked off first … walk-off single for the 18-year-old
  • DH Jonathan Amundaray: 0-4, 1 K
  • LHP Tony Hernandez: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3/4 GB/FB — 10/1 K/BB in nine scoreless innings for last year’s 15th rounder
  • RHP Aaron McGarity: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — five strikeouts and no walks in four innings for this year’s 15th rounderA

Rookie GCL Yanks West (4-3 loss to GCL Tigers East)

  • SS Oswald Peraza: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • C Gustavo Campero: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • 1B Miguel Flames: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 K — in a 3-for-21 (.143) rut
  • DH Juan De Leon: 0-3, 2 K, 1 HBP — went 4-for-7 in his first two and is 1-for-12 in four games since
  • RF Jordan Scott: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 27/5 K/BB in 20.1 innings for the 17-year-old
  • RHP Janson Junk: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB
Wednesday Night Open Thread
Thoughts on the final off-day before the All-Star break