DotF: Justus Sheffield exits final AzFL start with an injury

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LHP Justus Sheffield was removed from yesterday’s Arizona Fall League start after two innings as a precaution after taking a line drive to his left thigh. The video is above. That’s going to leave a bruise. The AzFL season ends Thursday, so that was his final start. Tough way to end the season, but a good season it was. Here are some other minor league notes:

  • Randy Miller spoke to a scout who saw all seven players the Yankees sent to the Arizona Fall League this year, so check that out. The six actual prospects the team sent to the AzFL received strong reports. (Sorry, RHP Andrew Schwaab.)
  • Danny Wild spoke to RHP Cody Carroll about his career to date, and the things he’s working on in the AzFL. Carroll throw very hard. The goal now is to improve his secondary stuff and command.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield (No. 5), RHP Albert Abreu (No. 6), and SS Thairo Estrada (No. 10) all appeared on last week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The AzFL is usually very hitter friendly. Glad to see the Sheffield and Abreu are doing well out there.

Arizona Fall League

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 17 G, 24-68, 12 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 19 K, 2 BB, 1 CS, 2 HBP (.353/.397/.426) — lotta strikeouts for the contact guy
  • OF Estevan Florial: 16 G, 15-59, 11 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 10 BB, 24 K, 2 SB, 2 CS, 1 HBP (.254/.371/.339) — started great, but he’s hit the skids the last week or two … he’s in a 4-for-32 (.125) rut at the moment
  • SS Kyle Holder: 10 G, 14-40, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.350/.386/.525) — had a great second half and a great AzFL … I think next year will be a big year for him
  • 1B/OF Billy McKinney: 16 G, 17-57, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 13 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP (.290/.391/.455) — so far he’s played nine games at first base, six in left field, and one at DH
  • RHP Albert Abreu: 5 G, 5 GS, 22.2 IP, 15 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 12 BB, 23 K, 3 HR (3.18 ERA and 1.19 WHIP) — at one of his recent starts, Jonathan Mayo had Abreu at 92-96 mph with his fastball, 88-91 with his changeup, and 80-82 with the curveball … Mayo also mentioned Abreu as a possible top 100 prospect in a recent mailbag
  • RHP Cody Carroll: 8 G, 10.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 16 K (0.00 ERA and 0.56 WHIP) — lights out
  • RHP Andrew Schwaab: 8 G, 9.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 HB (6.75 ERA and 1.93 WHIP)
  • LHP Justus Sheffield: 5 G, 5 GS, 20.1 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 22 K, 3 WP (3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP)

Dominican Winter League

  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 8 G, 4-31, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP (.129/.206/.129) — tough few games in winter ball
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 7 G, 4-25, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 12 K (.160/.250/.360) — at least he’s been better than Andujar?
  • IF Abi Avelino: 12 G, 11-38, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 SB, 1 CS (.289/.325/.289)
  • 1B Mike Ford: 11 G, 6-38, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP (.158/.273/.211)
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 4 G, 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 15 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (1.25 ERA and 0.69 WHIP)
  • RHP Raynel Espinal: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (13.50 ERA and 9.00 WHIP)
  • RHP Anyelo Gomez: 8 G, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP (2.84 ERA and 0.79 WHIP) — if the Yankees don’t add him to the 40-man roster next week, I think Gomez has a decent chance to stick next year as a Rule 5 Draft guy … his fastball/changeup combination is good and bad teams can always hide relievers in the bullpen
  • RHP Adonis Rosa: 5 G, 3 GS, 16 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 14 K, 1 HR (2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League

  • RHP Dallas Martinez: 1 G, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP) — he was a late add to the winter ball roster

Venezuelan Winter League

  • C Francisco Diaz: 14 G, 8-42, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP (.190/.255/.214)
  • OF Alex Palma: 28 G, 38-116, 23 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI, 5 BB, 11 K, 4 SB, 1 CS (.328/.355/.414)
  • RHP Daniel Alvarez: 8 G, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K (0.77 ERA and 1.29 WHIP) — little bit of a disconnect between the earned runs allowed and the baserunners allowed here
  • RHP Luis Cedeno: 10 G, 8 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 HB (1.13 ERA and 1.88 WHIP)

The Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League announced winter ball will not be played in Puerto Rico this year due to the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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