DotF: Abreu dominates; Gregorius homers during rehab stint

Two quick notes to pass along:

  • The Yankees have released RHP Paddy O’Brien, according to Matt Eddy. The system just took a big hit in the prospect name rankings. O’Brien, 24, was New York’s 24th round pick in the 2015 draft. He was a catcher at UC Santana Barbara and the Yankees put him on the mound. O’Brien struck out 27 batters in 21 pro innings, all in rookie ball, but he also walked 13 and allowed 18 runs.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield was included in today’s Notes from the Field feature at Baseball Prospectus. Best of all, his write-up is above the paywall, so you can read the entire thing for free. “Sheffield showed the potential for a future plus fastball with two average grade secondaries,” said the write-up, which was based on Sunday’s start.

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Louisville)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — still hasn’t played a game in the outfield, though I imagine that’ll happen soon … I’m guessing the Yankees wanted to make sure he was ready to go at shortstop in case Ronald Torreyes didn’t cut it
  • LF Clint Frazier: 2-5, 1 2B — five of his last eight hits have gone for extra bases (three doubles, two homers)
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — still crushing the ball
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB — now 9-for-50 (.180) on the season
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/9 GB/FB — 50 of 78 pitches were strikes (64%) … he’s done a very nice job filling in since the LHP Dietrich Enns injury
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%), though one of the walks was intentional … I suppose that doesn’t count against the pitch count anymore since intentional walks are automatic, right?

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DotF: Adams puts up zeroes, Gilliam has huge day at the plate

SS Gleyber Torres (shoulder) is inching closer to return. At least that’s what he said on Twitter. Torres was placed on the seven-day disabled list last Wednesday and he’s not expected to miss much time, so I suppose that means we could see him back as soon as the day after tomorrow. That’d be neat.

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day.

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over New Hampshire)

  • CF Rashad Crawford & DH Billy McKinney: both 0-4 — McKinney struck out once, Crawford thrice
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-3, 1 BB — six strikeouts and eight walks in 13 games … he’s been on base 25 times in those 13 games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 BB — Ben Badler says he did some light work at first base before the game, though I wouldn’t read too much into that … players work out at other positions all the time
  • 2B Abi Avelino: 1-3, 1 SB
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 53 of 95 pitches were strikes (56%) … down to a 0.82 ERA on the season … ten walks in 22 innings so far, which isn’t great … he didn’t walk his tenth batter until his 30th inning last year

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DotF: Gregorius continues rehab assignment in Tampa’s loss

The Yankees announced their first notable prospect promotion of the season earlier today: RHP Albert Abreu has been bumped up from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. The team’s No. 9 prospect had a 1.84 ERA (2.54 FIP) with 22 strikeouts and three walks in three outings and 14.2 innings with the RiverDogs. Abreu, who came over from the Astros in the Brian McCann trade, threw 90 innings at Low-A last season as well.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Indianapolis)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 K
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — here’s video of yesterday’s homer (talk about a hanger)
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — started the season 1-for-13 (.077) … he’s gone 11-for-35 (.314) since
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 53 of 91 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%)

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DotF: Frazier homers, Gregorius continues rehab assignment

OF Blake Rutherford made SportsCenter’s top ten plays yesterday. He flipped over the wall making a catch in foul territory. The video is above. Hopefully that’s not the last time we see Rutherford on the top ten, eh?

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 win over Indianapolis)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 1 BB — in a little 1-for-15 (.067) downswing
  • LF Clint Frazier: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — only his second multi-hit game of the season … hopefully we see more of this Clint Frazier going forward, this dude kicks butt
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-4 — 9-for-24 (.375) during his six-game hitting streak
  • 1B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB
  • DH Ji-Man Choi: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 51 of 72 pitches were strikes (71%) … he’s up here to help fill one of the rotation spots vacated by RHP Johnny Barbato (traded) and LHP Dietrich Enns (injury), so he should get to stick around a while … Shane Hennigan says RHP J.R. Graham was sent to Double-A Trenton to clear a roster spot
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, eight strikes

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DotF: Gregorius begins rehab assignment in Tampa’s loss

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 win over Indianapolis)

  • 2B Tyler Wade: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning
  • DH Clint Frazer: 0-3, 1 HBP — off to a 9-for-46 (.196) start, so so much for forcing an early season call-up
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB
  • LF Mason Williams: 0-4, 3 K — off to a 7-for-44 (.159) start … can’t help but wonder how much longer he’ll be around … can’t imagine his 40-man roster spot is all that safe
  • RHP Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 66 of 98 pitches were strikes (67%) … 28/4 K/BB in 22 minor league innings so far this year … we know he can get Triple-A hitters out … now we have to see if he can get big leaguers out consistently
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)

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DotF: McKinney’s big game helps Trenton to a win

Triple-A Scranton (9-1 loss to Louisville)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
  • LF Clint Frazier & 1B Rob Refsnyder: both 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • CF Dustin Fowler & RF Mason Williams: both 1-4 — Fowler committed a fielding error while Williams got picked off third … without knowing exactly what happened, I’d say getting picked off third is worse than making an error
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 9/1 GB/FB — 61 of 90 pitches were strikes (68%) … hooray ground balls, but no strikeouts?
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)

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DotF: Refsnyder homers in Scranton’s blowout win

In addition to hitting that monster home run, RF Aaron Judge also recorded his 130th big league at-bat tonight, meaning he is no longer rookie eligible. His days as a prospect are over. 3B Dermis Garcia moved into MLB.com’s top 30 Yankees prospects list as a result. Here is one more note and one link to pass along:

  • SS Gleyber Torres went for tests today and has been diagnosed with mild right rotator cuff tendinitis, the Yankees announced. He’s not expected to miss much time. Gleyber has been placed on the Double-A Trenton seven-day disabled list and IF Abi Avelino was called up from High-A Tampa to take his roster spot. Torres was scratched from last night’s game with what was called biceps tendinitis. The Yankees will play it safe with their top prospect, I’m sure.
  • Matt Eddy has an interesting breakdown of the youngest farm systems in baseball. The Yankees have the seventh youngest system with an average age of 23.99 years, though that only covers the four full season affiliates. The Yankees have a ton of talented teenagers in rookie ball.

Triple-A Scranton (10-3 win over Louisville)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-5, 4 K — his strikeout rate went from 16.7% to 23.4% in one night
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — quietly hitting .375/.450/.406 thus far
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — first homer of the year and he is now halfway to last year’s total
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 47 of 76 pitches were strikes (62%) … he spent the last two seasons in Trenton, and now he figures to get an extended opportunity here with RHP Johnny Barbato traded and LHP Dietrich Enns hurt
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%)

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