Got a bunch of notes to pass along:
- Congrats to OF Ben Gamel, who was named the Triple-A International League MVP. Al Pedrique was named the league’s Manager of the Year as well. Gamel, who was the IL Rookie of the Year last year, has hit .309/.366/.422 (126 wRC+) with six homers and 19 steals in 115 games for the Scranton this season. The RailRiders have the best record in all of Triple-A at 82-50.
- Gamel, C Gary Sanchez, IF Donovan Solano, and OF Aaron Judge were all named to the IL end of season All-Star Team. Blue Jays DH Jesus Montero made it too. Meanwhile, 1B Chris Gittens was named to the Low-A South Atlantic League end of season All-Star Team. Congrats to those guys.
- RHP Luis Severino was scratched from tonight’s scheduled Triple-A start. Jack Curry says the Yankees did that to make sure he’s fresh when he comes back up later this week. Rosters expand Thursday. Shane Hennigan says LHP Nestor Cortes was bumped up to make the spot start.
- 2B Nick Solak appeared in today’s Prospect Report and this week’s Prospect Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “(His) approach stands out as one of the more advanced I have seen in the NYPL this season. Quick hands, a line-drive stroke, and an efficient swing path result in a hit tool with plus potential,” said the Baseball Prospectus write-up.
Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Buffalo) that’s their 24th (!) shutout of the season, which is insane … the 1992 Braves were the last MLB team with 24 shutouts in a season
- CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 R, 1 K
- RF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 28-for-85 (.329) in his last 22 games, so I guess the shoulder’s feeling good … I still think the Yankees are going to leave him down here through the Triple-A postseason so he can continue to play everyday and make up for all those lost at-bats … they did that with Slade Heathcott following his quad injury last year
- DH Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
- 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
- LF Jake Cave: 0-4, 2 K
- C Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 1 K
- LHP Nestor Cortes: 5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB — 63 of 99 pitches were strikes (64%), plus he picked a runner off first … heck of a Triple-A debut … he’s pitched for all four full season affiliates this year, and they’re all going to the postseason, so I guess he has a chance to win four championship rings
- RHP Luis Severino: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 21 of 34 pitches were strikes (62%) … safe to say he’s being prepped for relief work in September
- LHP Dietrich Enns: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 12 pitches were strikes … he’s in the bullpen right now to keep his innings in check … I wonder if they’ll put him back in the rotation for the postseason