DotF: Severino strikes out ten in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton (9-4 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — he’s been on fire of late
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder:  2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — the Rob Refsnyder experience
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-5, 3 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — final days with the Yankees? or nah?
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
  • DH Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Luis Severino: 6 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 61 of 92 pitches were strikes (66%) … boy he’s going to look great in a Tigers jersey
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 20 of 35 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Judge’s big day at the plate and in the field helps Scranton to a win

Quick note: Yankees prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League this year, the league announced. They suited up for the Scottsdale Scorpions the last few years. They’ll share the team with Royals, Brewers, Cardinals, and Rangers prospects. Double-A Trenton pitching coach Jose Rosado will be Surprise’s pitching coach.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) — threw a runner out at second
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder & 1B Greg Bird: both 0-4 — Refsnyder got hit by a pitch, drove in a run, and struck out … Bird walks
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K — also threw two runners out at second … after the game, Dave Rosengrant asked about the outfield assists, and Judge said “defense is probably one of my favorite things, except for hitting home runs, I guess”
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — he’s having a very good year, but with Sanchez here, Romine will get the short end of the playing time stick
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 49 of 80 pitches were strikes (61%) … gets the spot start with RHP Diego Moreno in the big leagues
  • RHP Wilking Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 31 of 44 pitches were strikes (70%) … 13/3 K/BB in 10.2 innings since coming back from his 80-game banned substance suspension
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 11 of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)

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DotF: Fowler has a big day in Tampa’s doubleheader

Got a whole bunch of notes to pass along:

  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) caught Double-A Trenton over the weekend and said RHP Brady Lail “showed a solid-average fastball/curveball combination and pounded the zone all night … He’s a fair ground ball guy now who throws a lot of strikes, and could profile as a fifth starter with a better third pitch — he’s a good candidate for a difference in splits given his arm slot — or a good two-pitch reliever if not.”
  • The Yankees were planning to call up RHP Bryan Mitchell for tomorrow’s spot start, but he fell and hit his head in the weight room last week, Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch. His most recent start for Triple-A Scranton had to pushed back (Mitchell’s fine now) and he no longer lined up for Tuesday. Womp womp.
  • RHP Chris Martin has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, reports Chad Jennings. Martin had elbow trouble earlier this year but it’s unclear if that’s the problem. If nothing else, the Yankees are out one depth arm for the foreseeable future.
  • RHP Andrew Bailey has been activated off the Double-A Trenton temporarily inactive list, so says Matt Kardos. Also, RHP Joel De La Cruz has been bumped up to Triple-A Scranton, replacing Martin on the roster.
  • RHP Jonathan Holder was officially activated off the High-A Tampa DL, according to Nick Flammia. I’m not sure what was wrong with him, but he missed about six weeks. RHP Chris Smith was released to clear a roster spot.
  • And finally, check out this Josh Norris article on OF Slade Heathcott, who is currently on a minor league rehab assignment. Heathcott spoke about all the adversity he’s dealt with (on and off the field) and how he’s learned to deal with everything.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 K — threw a runner out at second … what, no two hits and a triple?
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4 — he’s hitting sixth … this is easily the most prospect-laden I can ever remember the Triple-A affiliate, at least position player-wise
  • LF Tyler Austin: 1-3 — threw a runner out at third
  • RHP Esmil Rogers: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 4/1 GB/FB — 54 of 98 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 36 pitches were strikes (67%) … 18/3 K/BB in his last 15.1 innings
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — eleven of 21 pitches were strikes (52%)

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DotF: Judge returns with two hits in Scranton’s win

According to Andrew Marchand, the Yankees wanted RHP Bryan Mitchell to make Tuesday’s spot start, but his last Triple-A start had to pushed back due to a minor injury (he started last night). So he’s not an option. Also, C Austin Romine (thumb) has been activated off the Triple-A DL, reports Donnie Collins.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Toledo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 CS — third straight two-hit game with a triple … no idea when it last happened in the minors, but the last big leaguer with a triple in three straight games was Starling Marte in 2012 … last big leaguer with at least two hits and a triple in three straight games was Carl Crawford in 2009
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 RBI
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB — first game in eight days because he was “tight”
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 5/11 GB/FB — 57 of 97 pitches were strikes (59%)

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DotF: Heathcott begins rehab assignment; Lail tosses shutout in Trenton’s win

OF Aaron Judge took batting practice today, according to Shane Hennigan. Judge said he isn’t injured, just “tight.” Okay then. He was reportedly walking around the clubhouse with his lower back wrapped last night.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 win over Toledo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — back-to-back two-hit games with a triple
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB — back at third base now
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 5/3 GB/FB — 47 of 65 pitches were strikes (72%) … efficient! (not exactly his trademark!)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Wilking Rodriguez: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Dermis Garcia debuts in Gulf Coast League slugfest

Some stuff to pass along:

  • Shane Hennigan says OF Aaron Judge had his lower back wrapped in the clubhouse tonight. There is still no official word on his injury — he’s listed as day-to-day and is not on the DL — but I guess it’s his back.
  • RHP Andrew Bailey was placed on the Double-A Trenton temporarily inactive list, according to Matt Kardos. He threw two innings yesterday. Not sure what’s going on there. The temporarily inactive list is for off-the-field stuff, not injuries.
  • John Manuel compiled bonus data for the 2015 draft. The Yankees spent $8.2528M in bonuses and exceeded their $7.885M pool by 4.66%. They have to pay $325,050 in tax. They would have forfeited next year’s first rounder had they exceeded their pool by 5% or more.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 win over Toledo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB — got picked off first … 18-for-41 (.439) in his last ten games
  • DH Ramon Flores: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — two hits in five of his last eight games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 5-for-15 (.333) since being sent down
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB — five walks and three strikeouts in his last five games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 51 of 82 pitches were strikes (62%) … first start as a dad
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 18 of 28 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Chris Martin: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 16 of 31 pitches were strikes (52%)

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2015 Post-Draft Top 30 Prospects

(Rob Carr/Getty)
(Rob Carr/Getty)

Thanks to the 2015 amateur draft and one minor trade, the Yankees added a swarm of new prospects to the farm system over the last several weeks, since I posted my Pre-Draft Top 30 Prospects List. Now that the draft signing deadline has come and gone, it’s time for a system update, because who doesn’t love prospect lists?

I considered waiting another week or so before posting this because of the upcoming trade deadline, but I figured it was worth posting now, as a snapshot in time before prospects are potentially traded away. I do expect the Yankees to make a deal or three at the deadline. They’re too good and too flawed not to, right? Chances are someone on this list won’t be in the organization this time next week.

Anyway, the only player to graduate to the big leagues since I posted by Pre-Draft Top 30 is Chasen Shreve. He’s two outs over the 50-inning rookie limit. As I did with the Pre-Draft Top 30, rather than post a simple 1-30 list, I’m going to break the prospects into groups because that’s more interesting. And remember, this is my personal list. You’re welcome to disagree. The cool thing is we can all be right — there’s no correct way to rank prospects. We all have opinions and they all stink. Away we go.

The Top Two

1. OF Aaron Judge (Pre-Draft Rank: 1)
2. RHP Luis Severino (Pre-Draft Rank: 2)

Same top two as before the draft and before the season. No reason to change things up. Judge hasn’t played in a week due to a supposedly minor day-to-day injury — he’s not on the DL and no, I don’t think he’s not playing because of some of kind of trade, that makes absolutely zero sense and the Yankees have never done anything like that before — but that’s not going to change my rankings. Both Judge and Severino are among the 50 best prospects in baseball, arguably among the top 30, and clearly the two best in New York’s system.

The Next Four

3. C Gary Sanchez (Pre-Draft Rank: 3)
4. RHP James Kaprielian (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)
5. SS Jorge Mateo (Pre-Draft Rank: 7)
6. 1B Greg Bird (Pre-Draft Rank: 5)

Yeah, so things aren’t too clear after the top two. Slotting Kaprielian in was more difficult than I thought it would be — I think there are valid reasons to rank him as high as third and as low as sixth in the system. Can’t see him any lower than that. I think the perception he is low-upside is very unfair — I’m not saying he’s an ace, but he’s not exactly David Phelps either — in fact I think he’s the kind of pitching prospect who could exceed expectations as a four-pitch guy with command, especially if his late-spring velocity spike was legit. I like Kaprielian’s combination of medium-ish upside and high probability more than Mateo (high upside, low probability) and Bird (medium upside, medium probability).

The Injured Four

7. LHP Ian Clarkin (Pre-Draft Rank: 4)
8. 3B Eric Jagielo (Pre-Draft Rank: 6)
9. C Luis Torrens (Pre-Draft Rank: 8)
10. LHP Jacob Lindgren (Pre-Draft Rank: 12)

Gosh I wish I knew what was up with Clarkin. The latest reports say he hasn’t had elbow surgery but that isn’t exactly encouraging when he’s still yet to begin pitching in games. I can’t help but think back to Manny Banuelos in 2012, when he missed the season with a bone bruise in his elbow, then blew out his elbow during his rehab and needed Tommy John surgery in October. Yuck. Jagielo (knee), Torrens (shoulder), and Lindgren (elbow) are all out long-term with injuries too. Jagielo and Lindgren might come back late in the season but Torrens is done for the year. I love Torrens as a prospect and think the other three guys are safe bets to big leaguers of various calibers, assuming they get healthy.

Around The Horn, Sorta

11. SS Tyler Wade (Pre-Draft Rank: 10)
12. 2B Rob Refsnyder (Pre-Draft Rank: 11)
13. 3B Miguel Andujar (Pre-Draft Rank: 9)

Three very different infield prospects. Wade’s a no-doubt shortstop with zero power but good bat-to-ball skills and speed. Refsnyder is a bat first guy with questionable defense who is as big league ready as he’s going to get. Andujar is the most well-rounded player and has the highest upside of the three, but his overall performance hasn’t been great in the minors, and at some point it would be cool if the numbers start to come consistently.

The Four Righties of the Prospectocalypse

14. RHP Bryan Mitchell (Pre-Draft Rank: 13)
15. RHP Rookie Davis (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A because I’m an idiot)
16. RHP Drew Finley (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)
17. RHP Brady Lail (Pre-Draft Rank: 20)

Kinda cool (and convenient) the four right-handers landed back-to-back-to-back-to-back like this. Mitchell spit hot fire out of the big league bullpen for a few weeks and is ready to help in that role, though the Yankees want him stretched out, which is understandable. Davis has made tremendous strides since being the team’s 14th round pick back in 2011, especially with his command. He’s a classic bulldog pitcher. Finley is sort of like the 2011 version of Davis but more projectable and with better draft day command. Lail is a high probability starter with four pitches and know-how. The Yankees did a tremendous job turning him into a legitimate prospect after taking him in the 18th round of the 2012 draft out of a high school in friggin’ Utah.

Low Ceiling, High Ceiling, And Everything Between

18. OF Ramon Flores (Pre-Draft Rank: 14)
19. OF Jake Cave (Pre-Draft Rank: 16)
20. SS Abi Avelino (Pre-Draft Rank: 21)
21. SS Thairo Estrada (Pre-Draft Rank: 29)
22. OF Leonardo Molina (Pre-Draft Rank: 26)
23. SS Kyle Holder (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)

A collection of position players with different skill sets. Flores is an MLB ready lefty swinging outfielder who could end up carving out a ten-year career as a platoon bat. Cave is basically that as well, but a little further away and center field capable. Avelino, Estrada, and Holder are all lower level shortstops. Avelino (speed guy) and Estrada (contact guy) are both better hitters than Holder, who’s a better defender than those two as well as every other shortstop in the system. None of the three are gonna hit for power. Or at least aren’t expected to long-term. Molina is the most long-term project in the system — he has incredible natural tools and instincts, but is (still!) only 17 and not yet close to fully mature physically. The ultimate boom or bust prospect.

Reclamation Prospects

24. OF Tyler Austin (Pre-Draft Rank: 18)
25. RHP Domingo German (Pre-Draft Rank: 17)
26. RHP Austin DeCarr (Pre-Draft Rank: 19)
27. OF Mason Williams (Pre-Draft Rank: 22)
28. OF Slade Heathcott (Pre-Draft Rank: 23)
29. RHP Ty Hensley (Pre-Draft Rank: 28)
30. RHP Jose Ramirez (Pre-Draft Rank: 24)

All seven of these guys are trying to come back from something and rebuild their prospect stock. Austin has been hurt both this year and the last several years, and he’s not hitting in Triple-A at the moment. German, DeCarr, and Hensley are all working their way back from Tommy John surgery. Williams (shoulder) and Heathcott (quad) are currently on the MLB DL — they’ve both exhausted their rookie eligibility due to service time, but I don’t worry about that, it’s too much of a hassle — after, uh, turbulent careers to date. Turbulent’s a good word. Ramirez’s stuff is electric but the results don’t match, and his injury history is scary.

The Next Five

RHP Domingo Acevedo (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)
SS Angel Aguilar (Pre-Draft Rank: 25)
LHP Jordan Montgomery (Pre-Draft Rank: 27)
RHP Branden Pinder (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)
2B Tony Renda (Pre-Draft Rank: N/A)

No specific order here, the players are listed alphabetically. Acevedo has touched triple digits with his fastball and his frame is ridiculous (listed at 6-foot-7 and 190 lbs!), but his command is spotty and his breaking ball isn’t defined. The upside is incredible. The chances of him reaching his ceiling are also microscopic. Montgomery, Pinder, and Renda are all boring-ish lower upside guys who are safe bets to contribute at the MLB level in some capacity, even if they’re only extra players. Pinder’s done that already. Aguilar has as much offensive upside as any of the team’s shortstop prospects aside from Mateo, but, you know, they can’t all be in the top 30.