DotF: Rutherford’s hit streak ends as Charleston gets no-hit

Game 91: Spot Starter
Yankees rally from behind against Twins, lose 4-2 anyway

A few links and notes to get us started:

  • C Kyle Higashioka (back) is not close to returning, Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Conor Foley. That’s not great. Higashioka is the No. 3 catcher. I guess that means veteran C Eddy Rodriguez is the third option for the time being.
  • UTIL Billy Fleming and 1B Brandon Wagner were named the Offensive Players of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League and Low-A South Atlantic League. Fleming has four homers in his last five games and five homers in his last eight games. Who knew?
  • C Saul Torres made today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus. His blurb is above the paywall, so check that out. “He has an athletic comfort behind home plate, demonstrating soft hands and the ability to block breakers in the dirt, moving easily … He puts on a good BP with plus raw power … there is a lot to work with here,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Portland)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Tito Polo: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — this dude just doesn’t stop hitting
  • RF Rashad Crawford: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yefry Ramirez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/1 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%) … been struggling the last few times out … he’s on the 40-man roster bubble and I wonder if he’ll make it through the season if the Yankees need more space
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 16 of 35 pitches were strikes (46%) … hopefully this is just a blip, but whenever a dude comes back from Tommy John surgery and struggles to throw strikes, you always worry a bit

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Florida)

  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 2-4, 1 R — 12-for-29 (.414) during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • 2B Nick Solak & SS Kyle Holder: 0-4, 2 K
  • LF Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 1 2B
  • RF Alex Palma: 1-4, 1 2B
  • RHP Erik Swanson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB — 54 of 79 pitches were strikes (68%) … four earned runs allowed in his last five games and 21.1 innings (1.69 ERA) with a 20/2 K/BB … getting hot at just the right time (before the trade deadline)
  • LHP James Reeves: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 24 of 34 pitches were strikes (71%) … 26/3 K/BB in 24.2 innings

Low-A Charleston (1-0 loss to Lakewood) they were no-hit by Phillies LHP Nick Fanti, who MLB.com does not rank among their top 30 prospects

  • SS Diego Castillo: 0-3
  • DH Blake Rutherford: 0-3, 1 K — hitting streak ends at eleven games
  • RF Isiah Gilliam & CF Estevan Florial: both 0-3, 3 K — Florial is 2-for-23 (.087) with 13 strikeouts in six games since the Futures Game
  • RHP Alex Vargas: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6/6 GB/FB — 52 of 73 pitches were strikes (71%) … tough to get stuck with a loss after an outing like that
  • RHP Austin DeCarr: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — ten pitches, nine strikes … he was having a hard time throwing strikes as a starter, so maybe he can get things right in short relief

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win over Brooklyn)

  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Dom Thompson-Williams: 5-5, 2 R, 2 K — had been 5-for-23 (.217) in his previous seven games
  • RF Leonardo Molina: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Nelson Gomez: 0-3, 2 BB
  • RHP Trevor Stephan: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 33 of 53 pitches were strikes (62%)

Rookie Pulaski (10-6 loss to Burlington)

  • LF Brayan Emery: 0-5, 1 K
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — five strikeouts and seven walks in his last six games
  • RF Steven Sensley: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Eric Wagaman: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — first home run since hitting two in his pro debut back on June 22nd
  • DH Saul Torres: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Daniel Ramos: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 51 of 71 pitches were strikes (72%)

Rookie GCL Yanks East (6-5 win over GCL Phillies, walk-off style)

  • SS Jose Devers: 4-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI,  CS — walk-off two-run homer
  • CF Robert Javier: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Canaan Smith: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB — got picked off second … 13 strikeouts and 15 walks in 15 games … this year’s fourth rounder is hitting .302/.464/.358
  • DH Jhon Moronta: 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
  • RHP Jonathan Loaisiga: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks West (7-3 win over GCL Braves) they faced Braves RHP Kyle Wright, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft

  • CF Evan Alexander: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
  • SS Oswald Peraza: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Gustavo Campero: 3-4, 3 R, 1 BB — 5-foot-6 backstop is up to .379/.513/.586 with eight walks and eight strikeouts in nine games
  • 1B Miguel Flames: 2-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — had a run-scoring single against Wright
  • RF Juan De Leon: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 17-year-old has a 36/6 K/BB in 30 innings between the GCL and Dominican Summer League this year
Game 91: Spot Starter
Yankees rally from behind against Twins, lose 4-2 anyway