DotF: Holder and Sands lead Tampa to huge comeback win

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts in the middle of the seven-game road trip

There is less than one month to go in the minor league regular season, so let’s update the standings tonight. Here are some links and notes to get us started:

  • Conor Foley wrote about OF Jake Cave, and the lower half mechanical changes he’s made in an effort to get the ball airborne more often. Cave’s ground ball rates from 2013-17: 51.2%, 49.2%, 57.1%, 45.8%, 43.6%. Hmmm. This is pretty interesting. At least now there’s reason to believe Cave has fundamentally changed as a hitter, and isn’t just the same guy having a good year.
  • RHP Deivi Garcia made this week’s Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “His fastball is already a plus offering, coming in at 91-93, with mild sink. His best offering at present is a 74-77 curveball that shows 10/4 shape with good downer action … The rosy projection is an intriguing starting pitcher, but the most likely outcome is a later-inning arm,” said the write-up.
  • OF Isiah Gilliam was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week. He went 10-for-26 (.385) with four doubles and two home runs last week. Gilliam received an over-slot $550,000 bonus as the Yankees’ 20th round pick in 2015. He’s hitting .268/.343/.470 (133 wRC+) with 13 homers this year.
  • The Yankees have released OF Austin Aune, reports Matt Eddy. The Yankees bought Aune away from a football scholarship to TCU with a $1M bonus as their second round pick in 2012. He’s a career .226/.285/.335 (85 wRC+) hitter with a 36.8% strikeout rate in over 1,500 minor league plate appearances, none above High-A.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Gwinnett) they are 73-41 and have a 5.5 game lead in the North Division … their season ends Monday, September 4th

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — he’s hitting .240/.288/.284 this season
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — got picked off second
  • 3B Miguel Andujar & 1B Ji-Man Choi: both 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP Brady Lail: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 45 of 74 pitches were strikes (61%) … he started in place of Bryan Mitchell, who I assume is getting called up to replace Jordan Montgomery
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%) … 63/17 K/BB in 46 innings down here

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off-day. They are 75-37 and have a ten-game lead in the Eastern Division. Only the Low-A West Michigan (75-34), a Tigers affiliate, has a better record among full season minor league teams. Trenton’s regular season ends Monday, September 4th.

High-A Tampa (13-11 win over Clearwater) they were down 11-3 at one point in his game … they are 67-46 overall and 28-15 in the second half … they won the first half North Division title and have already clinched a postseason spot … their season ends Sunday, September 3rd

  • SS Hoy Jun Park: 2-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 BB — had been 1-for-16 (.063) in his first four games following the promotion
  • RF Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Estevan Florial: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K — 8-for-25 (.320) in six games since the promotion
  • 2B Kyle Holder: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB — had the go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth to complete the massive comeback … he’s hitting .323/.367/.408 with an 11.0% strikeout rate in his last 33 games and 146 plate appearances
  • C Donny Sands: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI — heck of a High-A debut
  • RHP Erik Swanson: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 33 of 48 pitches were strikes (69%) … he’d allowed ten runs total in his previous eight starts and 40.1 innings
  • LHP James Reeves: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 0 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — 33 of 48 pitches were strikes (69%) … 41/7 K/BB in 35.2 innings for the potential left-on-left matchup guy

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Columbia) they are 61-52 overall and 27-16 in the second half with a four-game lead in the Southern Division … their season ends Monday, September 4th

  • CF Carlos Vidal: 1-1 — left the game after singling and running the bases in the first
  • SS Diego Castillo: 1-3, 1 K
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Steven Sensley: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • 3B Dermis Garcia: 0-4, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) — 4-for-24 (.167) with nine strikeouts since the five-game home run streak ended
  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Nick Green: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 40 of 61 pitches were strikes (66%) … his last two starts: 5.2 IP, 13 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Short Season Staten Island was rained out. No word on a makeup date yet. They are 27-19 and tied for first place in the McNamara Division. Their season ends Thursday, September 7th

Rookie Pulaski was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. They are 29-14 and have a half-game lead in the East Division. Their season ends Thursday, August 31st.

Rookie GCL Yanks East Game One (3-0 loss to GCL Tigers West in seven innings) they are 16-20 and 3.5 games back in the Northeast Division … their season ends Saturday, September 2nd

  • DH Jose Devers: 1-3, 1 3B, 2 K
  • CF Robert Javier & RF Jhon Moronta: both 0-3, 1 K
  • LF Canaan Smith: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Rijo: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — 18-year-old has a 33/5 K/BB in 31.1 innings this year

Rookie GCL Yanks East Game Two (2-0 loss to GCL Tigers West in seven innings) makeup of their July 22nd rainout

  • SS Jose Devers: 0-2, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RF Canaan Smith & RF Jhon Moronta: both 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — Moronta got caught stealing
  • LHP Tony Hernandez: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks West Game One (4-3 win over GCL Tigers East in seven innings) they are 19-15 and 4.5 games back in the Northwest Division … their season ends Saturday, September 2nd

  • SS Oswald Peraza: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
  • RF Juan De Leon: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • 1B Carlos Tatis: 2-3, 1 RBI
  • 3B-1B Miguel Flames: 1-3, 1 E (fielding) — more third base time for Miggy Fire
  • RHP Garrett Whitlock: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — pro debut for this year’s 18th rounder

Rookie GCL Yanks West Game Two (10-1 win over GCL Tigers East) completion of their July 22nd game, which was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the third

  • SS Oswald Peraza: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • C Gustavo Campero: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • DH Juan De Leon: 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B Miguel Flames: 0-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF-LF Jordan Scott: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB — last year’s 14th rounder is 12-for-34 (.353) with four home runs in his last ten games
  • LHP Daniel Calderon: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — he started the original game on July 22nd
  • RHP Pedro Barrios: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB

 

Monday Night Open Thread
Thoughts in the middle of the seven-game road trip