DotF: Bird stays hot on rehab assignment in Scranton’s win

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts with six weeks to go in the regular season

Two quick notes to pass along before we get to the games and a standings update:

  • 1B Brandon Wagner made an appearance in today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “Because (his swing) is so quick and efficient, he can wait until balls are deep in the zone before he makes a decision. It’s fun to watch … His swing is in good shape and he should hit as he continues to move up the minor-league ladder. The real question is whether he’ll be able to move off first or hit for enough power to stick at the cold corner,” said the write-up.
  • RHP Juan De Paula was named the Short Season NY-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. He came over in the Ben Gamel trade last year. De Paula allowed one hit and one walk in seven scoreless innings in last week’s start. He struck out seven. So far this year the 19-year-old De Paula has a 3.06 ERA (3.24 FIP) in 47 innings with Staten Island.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Rochester) they are 70-47 and have a 6.5 game lead in the North Division … their magic number to clinch a postseason spot is four, and their magic number to clinch the division is seven

  • LF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • 2B Starlin Castro: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI — played seven innings at second base as scheduled
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB — he played the entire game as scheduled … here’s video of the single and double (the double probably should’ve been caught) … pretty much a vintage Greg Bird minor league game right there … he’s now 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles and two homers in five rehab games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — 12-for-27 (.444) during his seven-game hitting streak
  • RF Billy McKinney: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — had been in a 3-for-21 (.143) rut
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 BB
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4/5 GB/FB — 61 of 101 pitches were strikes (60%) … he’s up to 138.2 innings this year after throwing 127.1 innings last year
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — half of his 22 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — eleven of 18 pitches were strikes (61%)

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over Portland) they are 83-43 and have a 6.5 game lead in the Eastern Division … they’ve already clinched a postseason spot, which I neglected to mention the other day because I’m a bad blog host (full refunds are in the mail)

  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K — next time he goes on one of these ridiculous hot streaks, the Yankees should just call him up and stick him in center field for a week, and see what happens (I kid, I kid)
  • 2B Nick Solak: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • SS Thairo Estrada & DH Ryan McBroom: 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Abi Avelino: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Brody Koerner: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8/5 GB/FB — 68 of 106 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • LHP James Reeves: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … he’s held lefties to a .143/.236/.184 batting line with a 29.1% strikeout rate this year

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off-day. They are 76-48 overall and 37-17 in the second half. Tampa won the first half North Division title, so they’ve already clinch a postseason spot.

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Augusta in eleven innings) they are 69-57 overall and 35-21 in the second half … they have a five-game lead in the Southern Division and their magic number to clinch a postseason spot is ten

  • SS Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-5, 1 K
  • DH Steven Sensley: 0-5, 1 K
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB — he’s hitting .287/.348/.473 with 16 doubles and five homers in his last 44 games now … just turned 21 last month too … the Yankees gave him a big overslot bonus as a 20th round pick for a reason
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Rony Garcia: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 7/4 GB/FB — 56 of 76 pitches were strikes (74%) … 51/15 K/BB in 64.2 innings for the 19-year-old

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Lowell) they are 38-20 and have a 4.5 game lead in the McNamara Division … their magic number to clinch a postseason spot is 14

  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 0-4
  • DH Timmy Robinson: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Jorge Guzman: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6/1 GB/FB — 46 of 70 pitches were strikes (66%) … Josh Norris says Guzman ran his fastball up to 102 mph tonight … 78/16 K/BB in 57.2 innings … no other pitcher in the NY-Penn League has more than 64 strikeouts

Rookie Pulaski (7-6 loss to Kingsport, walk-off style) they are 37-20 and a half-game back in the East Division … their magic number to clinch a postseason spot is two

  • SS Jesus Bastidas: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS — 8-for-20 (.400) during his little six-game hitting streak
  • C Saul Torres: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 PB
  • 1B Eric Wagaman: 0-3, 3 K, 2 E (both fielding)
  • RHP Luis Medina: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 6/1 GB/FB — 47 of 77 pitches were strikes (61%) … Josh Norris says the 18-year-old ran his fastball up to 100 mph tonight

Rookie GCL Yanks East (2-0 win over GCL Yankees West in seven innings) going to lump the two teams together into one update … GCL East are 25-22 and one game up in the Northeast Division

  • SS Oswald Peraza & SS Jose Devers: both 0-3 — Peraza struck out once and committed a fielding error … Devers struck out twice
  • RF Juan De Leon: 0-2, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • 1B Miguel Flames: 1-3, 2 K — hitting streak is up to 14 games
  • LF Jonathan Amundaray: 0-2
  • CF Robert Javier: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • LF Canaan Smith: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — third pro homer for this year’s fourth rounder
  • DH Jhon Moronta: 0-3, 3 K
  • RHP Nolan Martinez: 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 12/3 K/BB in 9.2 innings for last year’s third rounder
  • RHP Jose Rijo: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 46/7 K/BB in 46.1 innings for the 18-year-old

Rookie GCL Yanks West (3-1 loss to GCL Yankees East in seven innings) makeup of their August 5th rainout … GCL West are 27-22 and four games back in the Northwest Division

  • RF Juan De Leon: 0-3, 1 K
  • DH Miguel Flames: 1-3, 1 2B — and now it’s a 15-game hitting streak
  • CF Jonathan Amundaray: 0-2, 1 K
  • SS Jose Devers: 1-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
  • RF Canaan Smith: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — and there’s his fourth pro homer
  • RHP Pedro Barrios: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GB/FB
Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts with six weeks to go in the regular season