DotF: Ford, Mateo, and Sensley all hit home runs in wins

Earlier today MLB announced team assignments for the 2017 Arizona Fall League. Yankees prospects will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions this year. They’ll be on a team with Mets, Reds, Angels, and Giants prospects. High-A Tampa manager Jay Bell will manage the team. The AzFL rosters won’t be announced until the end of August.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Norfolk in ten innings)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — hitting streak is up to 12 games
  • DH Mike Ford: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the tenth … he hit it off former Yankees farmhand RHP Matt Wotherspoon, who was traded to the Orioles for international bonus money earlier this month
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RF Mason Williams: 2-4, 2 R, 1 SB — had been in a 4-for-36 (.111) slump
  • RHP Chance Adams: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GB/FB — 64 of 102 pitches were strikes (63%) … vintage Chance Adams tonight … his last few starts were a bit weird
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (53%)

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DotF: Ford and Andujar go deep in Scranton’s win

Here are the day’s notes, headlined by several new and updated prospect lists:

  • MLB.com released their updated top 100 prospects list. Six Yankees made the cut: SS Gleyber Torres (No. 3), OF Clint Frazier (No. 27), RHP Chance Adams (No. 63), OF Dustin Fowler (No. 79), OF Estevan Florial (No. 91), and LHP Justus Sheffield (No. 94). Jim Callis added 3B Miguel Andujar and SS Jorge Mateo didn’t miss the cut by much.
  • MLB.com also released their updated top 30 Yankees prospects list while Baseball America (subs. req’d) released their updated top ten Yankees prospects list. As always, all the MLB.com scouting reports are free, so check that out.
  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked his top five farm systems and has the Yankees fifth despite all the graduations and high-profile injuries this year. “There are a lot of positives here, and the team continues to find value with later-round picks who don’t necessarily blow you away on traditional scouting variables,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Norfolk in ten innings)

  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — hitting streak is up to eleven games
  • DH Mike Ford: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the tenth … ties his career high with 12 homers in 92 games … he hit 12 homers in 130 games last year
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 59 of 96 pitches were strikes (61%), plus he picked a runner off second
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%) … 27/7 K/BB in 22 innings since coming back from Tommy John surgery
  • RHP Jonathon Holder:1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 15 of 30 pitches were strikes … he went full Betances

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DotF: Sensley crushes two homers in Pulaski’s loss

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the standings, so let’s do that today. The minor league regular season ends in roughly six weeks, so the affiliates are entering crunch time in the various postseason races. Here are the day’s notes:

  • LHP Justus Sheffield (oblique) has resumed some exercises but is still not throwing, reports Sean Miller. There’s a chance Sheffield will return before the end of the season, though the Yankees aren’t going to rush it. My guess is the Yankees will send him to Arizona Fall League to make up for the lost innings.
  • Also from Miller: RHP Domingo Acevedo is nearing his innings limit and will have his starts capped from here on out. “Acevedo can only go five from now on,” said Double-A Trenton manager Bobby Mitchell. Acevedo has thrown a 108 innings this year after throwing 93 last year.
  • C Kyle Higashioka (back) received a cortisone shot recently and is doing better, according to D.J. Eberle. He’s been out a month now. With Higashioka sidelined, veteran journeyman C Eddy Rodriguez is the No. 3 catcher by default. I wonder if the Yankees will make a small deal for a depth catcher at some point.
  • RHP Freicer Perez was in this week’s Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “While Perez does have the tools to be a potential starter, his lack of workable secondaries makes it more likely that his future lies as a high-leverage reliever … Perez has the ceiling of a quality middle reliever because of his ability to pump his fastball to plus-plus velo,” says the write-up.
  • OF Jake Cave was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week. He went 15-for-26 (.577) with two doubles and two homers last week. I wonder whether Cave has played himself into some trade value this year. Usually the answer is no in these cases. Any team could have had Cave and kept him as a two-time Rule 5 Draft over the winter, but they all passed.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Norfolk) they’re 63-38 and have a 1.5 game lead in the North Division

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 20-for-37 (.541) with two doubles and three homers during his ten-game hitting streak
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — first game as a dad
  • DH Billy McKinney: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Domingo German: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 37 of 62 pitches were strikes (60%) … he spent a lot of time sitting in the big league bullpen as the eighth reliever, so they have to get him stretched back out now
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 38 of 62 pitches were strikes (61%) … 62 pitches? wonder if they’re stretching him out or something
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Stephan dominates in Staten Island’s win

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Charlotte)

  • CF Mason Williams & RF Mark Payton: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — Williams was hit by a pitch
  • DH Jake Cave: 3-4 — 18-for-33 (.545) during his nine-game hitting streak
  • LF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 2B — 7-for-30 (.233) in his last eight games, though four of the seven hits are doubles
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4/7 GB/FB — 55 of 88 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — ten pitches, nine strikes, plus he picked a runner off first

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Two comebacks aren’t enough, Yankees fall 6-5 to Mariners


Source: FanGraphs

Well that was a rough one. The Yankees showed some Fighting Spirit and rallied to tie Saturday night’s game against the Mariners twice — twice! — but ultimately, the bullpen took yet another loss. The final score was 6-5 in ten innings. The bullpen has been pretty great since the All-Star break, but still, bullpen losses stink. It’s Saturday and it’s a West Coast night game, so let’s bullet point this one:

  • Tanaka’s Bad Inning: Epitome of a One Bad Inning start for Masahiro Tanaka. He allowed four runs on four hits (including two homers) and a hit batsmen in the third inning, and no runs on two hits totals in his other five innings. The solo homers sucked. The bigger problem was four straight batters reaching with two outs to plate two additional runs. Blah. Tanaka retired the last ten batters he faced. His line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. I don’t know either.
  • The First Comeback: After the Mariners took a 4-1 in the third inning, the Yankees chipped away. A Garrett Cooper triple and a Ronald Torreyes sac fly made it 4-2 in the fifth, an Aaron Judge solo homer made it 4-3 in the sixth, and a Matt Holliday sac fly tied it up 4-4 in the eighth. That eighth inning rally was set up by a Brett Gardner infield single and a Clint Frazier double. Holliday has really struggled lately. The two-strike sac fly was much appreciated.
  • The Second Comeback: Immediately after the Yankees tied the game in the top of the eighth, Robinson Cano took David Robertson deep in the bottom half. First pitch of the inning too. Wasn’t even a bad pitch. Down and away heater, and Cano hit it out the other way. Great hitter does great hitter things. Sucks. Anyway, in the ninth, Didi Gregorius drew a leadoff walk and Torreyes came through with the game-tying two-out single after pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury moved up on a wild pitch. Can’t say I saw that coming.
  • The Walk-Off Loss: Not really much to say about the game-losing rally. Adam Warren just didn’t have it. Ben Gamel smoked a leadoff double, Cano was intentionally walked, then Nelson Cruz yanked a ball to left for a walk-off single. What can you do? First earned run allowed by Warren since May 23rd. If Cruz had any decency, he would have hit a walk-off three-run home run so the Yankees could have avoided another one-run loss. They’re now 9-19 in one-run games, which means little but annoys lots.
  • Leftovers: Every starter had a hit except Todd Frazier, who did drive in New York’s first run with a double play. He is 1-for-13 with the Yankees so far … the other Frazier had a single and a double, both crushed off the wall. He was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double … Tommy Kahnle struck out three and hit a batter in his scoreless inning. He’s faced ten batters as a Yankee: six strikeouts, two fly outs, one ground out, one hit batsman.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page either. The Yankees wrap up this four-game series with the Mariners — as well as this eleven games in ten days road trip — Sunday afternoon. That’s a 4pm ET start. Luis Cessa and Yovani Gallardo are the scheduled starters. Not-so-bold prediction: runs will be scored. (Update: Caleb Smith, not Cessa, will start Sunday. The Yankees announced the late change following the game.)

Minor League Update: I have neither the time nor the energy for a full DotF tonight. Sorry. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: OF Jake Cave had three hits, RHP Bryan Mitchell allowed three runs in 6.1 innings, CF Jorge Mateo drew a walk, CF Estevan Florial had two singles and a double, SS Wilkerman Garcia had two singles, DH Steven Sensley hit a solo homer, and 3B Andres Chaparro hit two homers.

DotF: Robinson hits two homers in Staten Island’s win

Here are the day’s notes:

  • Two roster clearing moves, per Matt Kardos: RHP Branden Pinder has been released and RHP Dillon McNamara has been traded to the Giants for … something. Not sure what. Probably cash. Pinder had allowed just one run (unearned) in 11.2 innings back from Tommy John surgery.
  • 3B Miguel Andujar is away from Triple-A Scranton because he’s about to become a dad. He’s currently in New York with his girlfriend, who will soon give birth, reports D.J. Eberle. Congrats to them.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Charlotte, walk-off style)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • DH Mike Ford: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single
  • RF Billy McKinney: 0-3, 2 K
  • LF Mason Williams: 0-3 — threw a runner out at second
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 12/1 GB/FB — 64 of 95 pitches were strikes (67%) … only his second career start with zero strikeouts, and the first only last an inning due to rain … the ground balls are really good though

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DotF: Wade and Culver go deep in Scranton’s blowout win

Triple-A Scranton (13-2 win over Charlotte)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — here’s video of the homer
  • DH Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Billy McKinney: 0-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — now hitting .248/.314/.461 with a career high tying nine home runs
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 10/2 GB/FB — 72 of 92 pitches were strikes (78%) … I wonder how high he is on the rotation depth chart?
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)

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