DotF: Wade, Snyder, and Davis lead Tampa to blowout win

Both RHP David Palladino and LHP Fred Lewis have been placed on the DL, according to Matt Eddy. Not sure what’s wrong with either.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Lehigh Valley in 15 innings, walk-off style) 15 innings!

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-6, 1 BB, 2 K
  • DH Ramon Flores: 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — keeps mashing
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-7, 1 2B, 1 K — gets his average up to .262
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-7, 3 K — got picked off first
  • C Austin Romine: 0-6, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Nick Noonan: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — walk-off single
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GB/FB — 56 of 96 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 18 of 28 pitches were strikes (64%) … ten strikeouts and three walks in 8.1 innings and one of the walks was intentional
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB – 25 of 31 pitches were strikes (81%) … efficient!
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, five strikes

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2015 MLB Draft: Ian Happ

Ian Happ | OF

Background
Happ, 20, is a Pittsburgh kid who went undrafted out of high school in 2012. He stepped right into the starting lineup as a freshman for Cincinnati and hit .322/.446/.489 with 26 doubles, eleven homers, 79 walks, 67 strikeouts, and 44 steals in 54 attempts in 107 games his first two years on campus. Happ went into the weekend hitting .386/.509/.693 with nine doubles, ten homers, 34 walks, 34 strikeouts, and five steals in eleven attempts in 37 games this spring. (No relation to J.A. Happ as far as I can tell.)

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-0 and 205 lbs., Happ is a switch-hitter who is more refined from the left side but has a quick bat and line drive stroke from the both sides of the plate. He has an advanced knowledge of the strike zone and good power potential that is starting to blossom this spring. Happ is just an okay runner despite his impressive stolen base totals as a freshman and sophomore, and he’s still learning the nuances of the outfield after playing second base earlier in his college career. It’ll be interesting to see if whichever team drafts him decides to give Happ another try on the infield in pro ball. He’s an aggressive, high energy player who will earn the “gritty” label in a hurry.

Miscellany
Keith Law (subs. req’d), MLB.com, and Baseball America ranked Happ as the sixth, 15th, and 17th best player in the draft class in their latest rankings, respectively. This draft is really light on bats though and, as a college hitter with big stats, I wouldn’t be surprised if Happ came off the board earlier than projected. (The Yankees pick 16th overall.) As a switch-hitter with plate discipline and promising power, Happ seems like the kind of player the Yankees always try to have in their lineup. That he excelled in the Cape Cod League — Happ hit .329/.433/.503 with 12 doubles and four homers in 43 games with the Harwich Mariners last summer and was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the circuit by Baseball America — only makes him more of a target for New York.

DotF: Mitchell and Lindgren lead RailRiders to a win

Bad news: LHP Ian Clarkin has elbow inflammation, assistant GM Billy Eppler told Josh Norris. Clarkin will be shut down for a few weeks. At least it’s not something more serious, I guess. This has already been a pretty tough year for injuries in the farm system.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Syracuse)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4 — he has eleven hits and only five are singles (two doubles, one triple, four homers)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — got picked off first … that’s five errors in nine games now … he had 12 errors in 122 games all of last season
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 11/3 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%) … very nice outing on his 24th birthday
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 21 of 30 pitches were strikes (70%) … 27 of the 32 batters he’s faced this year have either struck out (nine) or hit a ground ball (18) … just wasting bullets down here

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Tanaka returns to form, Yanks use big inning to beat Rays 9-0


Source: FanGraphs

Two wins in a row! A series win! The Yankees accomplished both for the first time this season on Saturday night, blowing out the Rays by the score of 9-0. This was actually a pitchers duel for the first six innings. Time to recap with bullet points, because it’s Saturday night:

  • #TANAK: For the first time in 2015, Masahiro Tanaka looked like the guy we saw before his injury last year. He pitched to all four quadrants with his fastball, unleashed some devastating splitters, and kept hitters off balance with an array of breaking balls. Seven innings, two hits, no walks, eight strikeouts, 85 pitches. He could have gone back out for the eighth had he not sat on the bench for 45 minutes during the team’s big seventh inning. Hooray Masahiro!
  • Seven-Run Seventh: The Yankees scored their first two runs on a Brian McCann triple, of all things. The ball hit off the very top of the right field wall and rolled away from the outfielder. First triple of the year for the Yankees. Go figure. The seven-run seventh was an old school Yankees rally — long at-bats, walks, base hits, and the big blow to cap it off. Eight of the first ten batters in the inning reached base and the two outs were sac flies. Chris Young put an exclamation point on the inning with a grand slam off Grant Balfour, who was designated for assignment after the game. Gregorio Petit made two of the three outs in the inning.
  • Leftovers: Branden Pinder loaded the bases in the ninth but escaped unscathed … Jacoby Ellsbury (two), Brett Gardner (two), and McCann (three) all had multiple hits … everyone in the starting lineup reached base at least twice other than Mark Teixeira and Petit … the Yankees scored at least five runs in an inning twice this week after doing it only nine times all of last season.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. The Yankees will look to finish off the much-needed series sweep on Sunday afternoon, when Michael Pineda gets the ball against rookie righty Matt Andriese.

Minor League Update: Sorry folks, no DotF tonight, but you can find the box scores right here. Ramon Flores hit another homer, Aaron Judge had two hits, and Jorge Mateo had two hits, two walks, and three stolen bases. Also, Andrew Bailey struck out two in a perfect inning.

DotF: Bird and Jagielo have big nights in Trenton’s blowout win

RHP Luis Severino placed 13th on the first Prospect Hot Sheet of the year following his efficiently dominant start earlier this week. Also, RHP Brady Lail is opening some eyes according to Jon Heyman. “One pitcher impressing folks is right-hander Brady Lail, with the Tampa Yankees. The 18-round pick from Utah throws 90-94 and has an impressive hook,” wrote Heyman.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Syracuse in ten innings)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — led the game off a homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth with a sac fly
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 R — 7-for-32 (.219) in the early going … remember he started slow last year too
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 SB
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 6/2 GB/FB , 1 E (pickoff) — 54 of 89 pitches were strikes (61%), plus he picked a runner off first … so, does he get called up to make a spot start next week now that the Yankees are playing 13 games in 13 days
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 43 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 16 of 29 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes (62%) … I hate that he’s wasting away down here

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DotF: Judge leads Trenton to win with walk-off homer

Baseball America threw some love RHP Rookie Davis’ way in their Prospect Hot Sheet prequel. “He tops out near 96 mph and sits comfortably in the low 90s, while backing up his heater with a solid mid-70s curveball and ever-improving control … So far, so good for Davis, who has notched a 12-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 11 Florida State League innings in what will be a 40-man decision year for the Yankees,” they wrote.

Also, LHP Ian Clarkin was officially added to the High-A Tampa roster and placed on the 7-day DL, the team announced. I’m not sure if he’s actually hurt though. It might just be a procedural move. If he was really hurt, they’d probably just leave him in Extended Spring Training, right?

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • RF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K – 5-for-26 (.192) since his two-hit night on Opening Day
  • CF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — that’s his fourth error in seven games
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HB, 3/2 GB/FB — 53 of 81 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 40 of 57 pitches were strikes (70%) … been a pretty busy last few days for him with the call-up and send down

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DotF: Flores goes deep twice in Scranton’s loss

RHP Wilking Rodriguez has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for furosemide, MLB announced. It’s basically a water pill. Rodriguez was in big league camp this year but he barely pitched, and he started the minor league season in Extended Spring Training.

Triple-A Scranton (11-6 loss to Rochester)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … the odds Flores could help the Yankees in a platoon role more than the current version of Carlos Beltran has to be pretty decent, right?
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K — no contact day
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 61 of 85 pitches were strikes (72%) … Triple-A hitters haven’t been fooled as much as Single-A and Double-A hitters so far
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 30 of 44 pitches were strikes (68%) … first outing since the marathon 19-inning game
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 22 of 40 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB – eight strikes, eleven pitches

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