DotF: Judge homers yet again in Scranton’s win

Some notes:

  • Chad Jennings posted a really great interview with 2B Rob Refsnyder, in which he discusses OF Aaron Judge‘s recent hot streak and the way they push each other to get better. Really, really great stuff. Make sure you check it out.
  • As expected, LHP Nestor Cortes was sent down from Double-A Trenton to Low-A Charleston following last night’s game, according to Josh Norris. That was only to help a thinned out pitching staff for a night, not a permanent promotion.
  • OF Aaron Judge and C Kyle Higashioka were named the Offensive Players of the Week in the Triple-A International League and Double-A Eastern League, respectively. Congrats to both. Higashioka won the IL award two weeks ago.
  • Both RHP Austin DeCarr and RHP Domingo German appeared in today’s Prospect Report. They both made their 2016 debuts — and first appearance since 2014 — yesterday. DeCarr and German had Tommy John surgery early last year.
  • The Yankees released a few lower profile minor leaguers, reports Matt Eddy. The most notable, by far, is LHP Rony Bautista. The 6-foot-7 southpaw walked 175 batters in 280 minor league innings.
  • And finally, 2B Rob Refsnyder is no longer rookie eligible (he has too much service time), so 3B Nelson Gomez slipped into MLB.com’s top 30 Yankees prospect list. Head on over to read the free scouting report.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Syracuse)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — he’s hitting .349/.427/.476 in his last 30 games
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 3-5, 1 2B
  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — that’s ten homers in his last 15 games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 3 K
  • LF Jake Cave: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • RHP Chad Green: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 59 of 89 pitches were strikes (66%) … down to a 1.54 ERA, which is the lowest among qualified starters in the International League … 82/19 K/BB in 81.2 Triple-A innings … his rotation lines up perfectly with Ivan Nova‘s, conveniently
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 E (missed catch) — 29 of 44 pitches were strikes (66%)

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DotF: German, DeCarr, and Degano all make season debuts

LHP Nestor Cortes has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. That has to be a temporary move. Cortes has been really good this year, but not “skip him over High-A permanently” good.

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

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-5, 2 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — no homer today, so he showed off his speed with a triple instead
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 PB — 5-for-13 (.385) in his last three games, so he’s starting to come around a bit … he hadn’t been hitting much since coming back from the broken thumb
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — he’s hitting .301/.366/.671 in 20 games since the promotion
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 35 of 57 pitches were strikes (61%) … had to make the spot start with Luis Cessa in the big leagues
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 30 of 48 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 29 of 44 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — ten of 14 pitches were strikes … 45/10 K/BB in 34.1 innings with the RailRiders this season

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DotF: Judge homers in third straight game in AAA loss

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Pawtucket)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 K
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — video of tonight’s homer is above … it’s his third straight game with a dinger … it’s also his sixth homer in his last seven games and eighth homer in his last 12 games … he’s raised his season batting line from .241/.315/.386 to .263/.347/.478 in those 12 games
  • DH Tyler Austin & LF Jake Cave: both 0-4, 1 K — Cave threw a runner out at second
  • LHP Phil Coke: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 47 of 70 pitches were strikes (67%) … he’s back in the rotation because RHP Brady Lail is on the DL
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 24 of 37 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K — 14 of 26 pitches were strikes (54%) … not going to earn your way back to the Bronx like that, Chasen
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)

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King: Yankees to hold private workout for Yulieski Gurriel in the coming days

(Donald Miralle/Getty)
(Donald Miralle/Getty)

According to George King, the Yankees will have Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel in Tampa for a private workout either this weekend or early next week. He also has private workouts scheduled with the Dodgers and Mets, among other teams. Gurriel will not hold an open showcase for scouts. He’s doing private workouts only.

The Yankees have brought pretty much every big name Cuban player to Tampa for private workouts in recent years, including Yoan Moncada and Aledmys Diaz. Obviously they didn’t sign any of those guys. Bringing Gurriel to Tampa does not necessarily mean the team has serious interest in signing him. They could just be doing their due diligence.

I wrote about Gurriel and the Yankees last week, so check that out. I’m not going to repeat it all here. He projects to be an impact bat and gosh, the Yankees sure could use one of those. There are three main questions here: one, where does he play? Two, how much will his age (32) work against him? And three, what’s is going to cost? Lots, probably.

Dave Cameron wrote a interesting post yesterday explaining why Gurriel may not command a huge contract like Rusney Castillo and Hector Olivera, who received six-year deals worth $11M+ annually. I’m not so sure. It only takes one team to love the talent and pay huge. We’ll find out soon enough. Gurriel could sign soon and make his MLB debut in second half.

DotF: Judge, Sanchez, and Austin combine for five homers in Scranton’s win

Both OF Aaron Judge (No. 3) and RHP Vicente Campos (No. 14) landed on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, so check that out.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Pawtucket in ten innings)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • 2B Donovan Solano: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS — he’s easily been the best of the various scrap heap infielders the Yankees signed for Triple-A depth (Pete Kozma, Jonathan Diaz, etc.)
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — fifth homer in his last six games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — hit back-to-back-to-back homers with Solano and Judge in the tenth inning
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — all three homers came against on-and-off big leaguer Roenis Elias … second three-homer game in the farm system this year … Chris Gittens did it last week
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 7/2 GB/FB — 70 of 97 pitches were strikes (72%) … easily his worst Triple-A outing of the year
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 22 of 45 pitches were strikes (49%)
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, seven strikes

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DotF: Judge homers, Solak debuts, Pulaski rained out

Some notes:

  • Yankees on Demand posted a bunch of injury non-update videos: 1B Greg Bird (link), OF Mason Williams (link), RHP James Kaprielian (link), and RHP Austin DeCarr (link). Each video gives the same update. They’re progressing well and plan to return sooner rather than later.
  • The Yankees have signed a bunch of undrafted free agents, according to the team’s transactions page. The list: Villanova LHP Woody Bryson, Texas State RHP Chase Hodson, Purdue OF Kyle Johnston, Lipscomb C Charles Vazquez. The Yankees also signed RHP Tim Holmes out an independent league. (h/t longtime reader Travis Lincoln)
  • OF Leonardo Molina was sent from Low-A Charleston to Rookie Pulaski, reports Josh Norris. Molina played 36 games with the River Dogs and hit .198/.250/.302 (58 wRC+), so it’s no surprise he was bumped down. He’s still only 18.
  • Both RHP Chad Green and RHP Vicente Campos were included in today’s Prospect Report, so make sure you check that out. As always, it is free. You don’t need a subscription.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Toledo)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — sixth homer in his last eleven games … he’s gone 14-for-38 (.368) with those six homers and a 21.3% strikeout rate in his last eleven games
  • 1B Mark Teixeira: 0-4 — he went 1-for-9 (.111) in his three rehab games … the plan is for Teixeira to rest tomorrow, then rejoin the Yankees on Saturday
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 E (throwing)
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 2 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 7/4 GB/FB — 51 of 88 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%)

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Yankees sign third round pick Nolan Martinez

6:21pm: Turns out Martinez received a well-over-slot bonus. Didn’t expect that. He signed for $1.15M, reports Jonathan Mayo. That leaves roughly $3.14M for Rutherford.

6:15pm: According to the transactions page on the official site, the Yankees have signed third round pick Nolan Martinez. The high school right-hander from Southern California was slotted for $608,200. There’s no word on his bonus yet. I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.

Martinez, 18, was not a bonus pool saving pick on Day Two. He’s a legitimate prospect. Baseball America (No. 67), Keith Law (No. 93), and MLB.com (No. 99) all ranked him as one of the 100 best prospects in the draft, and the Yankees were able to get him with the 98th pick. Here’s a piece of MLB.com’s free scouting report:

He has seen his velocity spike this spring, firing his fastball up to 93 mph at times. He backs it up with a solid average curveball. Like with many high schoolers, Martinez’s changeup is his third pitch. He has shown some polish and a repeatable delivery, with the hope that his feel for pitching should allow him to develop that third pitch.

With Martinez done, the Yankees have now signed all of their picks in the top ten rounds except first rounder Blake Rutherford. Here’s our Draft Pool Tracker. If the Yankees gave Martinez slot, it’ll leave them with $3.74M or so to offer Rutherford. That’s seventh overall pick money and well above his $2.44M slot value.

The signed deadline is Friday, July 15th this year. Now that the Yankees have all the other picks are taken care of, hopefully they can get Rutherford signed soon so he can begin his pro career. It’s not uncommon for first rounders to wait until deadline day to sign though. James Kaprielian did it just last year. I guess we’ll see.