DotF: Littell dominates, Mateo makes AA debut in Trenton win

A few quick notes to get us started:

  • As expected, SS Jorge Mateo was moved up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, and IF Abi Avelino was moved up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton. Also, IF Angel Aguilar has been moved up from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa as well, the team announced. That’s all one big chain reaction to Starlin Castro getting hurt and SS Tyler Wade being called up to MLB.
  • RHP Clarke Schmidt, this year’s first round pick, told Matthew Martell his Tommy John surgery rehab is going well. He expects to begin throwing in roughly two months. Schmidt had surgery in May. “They said the time frame should be about September for me to start throwing again. Right now, it’s just slight mobility work and easing back into it. The progressions have come quickly, so I can tell everything’s going well so far,” he said.
  • I missed this yesterday, but RHP Domingo Acevedo was included in Baseball Prospectus’ Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d) “(Saying) there’s a ton of violence in the delivery feels almost kind. There’s bad head movement, a ton of torque, and a severe fall-off at the end. I just don’t think it’s repeatable thirty or more times a year for 100 pitches. I do think he could be a heck of a reliever letting it fly for an inning or two,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the second. It’ll be completed tomorrow. Stinks a RHP Chance Adams start was washed away. OF Dustin Fowler did hit a home run before the rain came. Here’s the video. Here’s the box score. I’ll update the stats when they finish the game tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (10-4 win over Richmond)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 1 R, 3 K, 1 CS — both hits were infield singles … nice little Double-A debut
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • LF Zack Zehner: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB — the 2015 18th round pick is quietly hitting .292/.386/.412 this year
  • RHP Zack Littell: 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 59 of 97 pitches were strikes (61%) … ten strikeouts in seven innings of one-run (unearned) ball in his first Double-A start, now ten strikeouts in six shutout innings in his second Double-A start
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 24 of 38 pitches were strikes (63%) … first runs allowed in eight appearances since coming back from Tommy John surgery

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DotF: Acevedo dominates in Trenton’s loss

A couple quick notes to pass along:

  • IF Tyler Wade is coming up to the big leagues, reports Kyle Franko. He’s going to replace the injured Starlin Castro. Also, IF Abi Avelino is going up to Triple-A Scranton and SS Jorge Mateo is going to Double-A Trenton in corresponding moves.
  • RHP Zack Littell has been moved back up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. He made one start with the Thunder two weeks ago. The Yankees have to many starters at each level and keep having to shuffle guys around.
  • C Kyle Higashioka has inflammation in his back, according to Conor Foley. He went for tests that showed no structural damage. Higashioka is currently on the Triple-A disabled list.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3 — he was lifted from the game following the Castro injury
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 RBI
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K — went from having no Triple-A strikeouts in six games to having four in seven games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — nine homers in 41 games this year after hitting eight in 116 games last year
  • LHP Joe Mantiply: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 30 of 50 pitches were strikes … making the spot start in place of RHP Ronald Herrera, who was called up to the big leagues earlier today
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 34 of 50 pitches were strikes (68%) … up here to help out the bullpen for a day
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 14 of 23 pitches were strikes (61%) … 41/13 K/BB in 32 innings

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DotF: Andujar hits first Triple-A homer in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton (10-9 win over Pawtucket)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — he’s 24-for-28 (86%) in steal attempts this season … 10.5 BB% and 17.3 K% this year after 11.3 BB% and 17.7 K% last year … he’s managed to hold his strikeout and walk rates relatively steady despite moving up a level, so that’s cool
  • DH Jacoby Ellsbury: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 3-for-8 with two doubles in two rehab games … here’s video of his double and single … he supposed to head to Trenton next to continue his rehab assignment (Scranton is going out on the road and the Thunder will be home this week) though I suppose Aaron Hicks’ oblique injury could change that … rushing a dude back from a concussion doesn’t seem like a good idea though
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 2 RBI
  • 1B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — first Triple-A homer … he’s 8-for-22 (.364) with a double, a homer, two walks, and no strikeouts in six Triple-A games so far
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 60 of 82 pitches were strikes (73%) … Good Bryan showed up to the park today
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP J.R. Graham: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K — 19 of 35 pitches were strikes (54%) … tried his hardest to blow it in the ninth

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DotF: Ellsbury doubles in first game of rehab assignment

Some quick notes:

  • RHP Ronald Herrera and RHP Domingo Acevedo are trading spots. D.J. Eberle says Herrera is going from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton while Acevedo goes the other way. This might only be a paper move to buy a temporary roster spot. The Yankees did the same thing with Acevedo last week. We’ll see.
  • The Yankees have released RHP Mike Schaub and OF Joe Burton, according to Matt Eddy. Schaub signed out of an independent league two years ago and spent the last two summers in Staten Island. Burton was the team’s 24th round pick last year. I do believe he is the first 2016 draftee the Yankees have released.
  • Mark Sanchez has a neat piece on 2B Nick Solak, so check that out. “Nick plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He’s an exceptional baseball player. Plus runner, great bat-to-ball skills,” said farm system head Gary Denbo.

Triple-A Scranton (8-0 loss to Pawtucket)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K
  • CF Jacoby Ellsbury: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 SB — here’s video of the double … he played five innings in center field, as scheduled … he’ll play the entire game at DH tomorrow, then join Double-A Trenton on Monday (Scranton is on the road next week and Trenton will be home)
  • LF-CF Dustin Fowler: 0-4, 3 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at first … eight walks in his last 13 games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 36 of 56 pitches were strikes (64%) … second start back from a shoulder issue … his first start was back with Trenton
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 53 of 85 pitches were strikes (62%) … not counting RHP Luis Cessa, who is in the big leagues for the time being, the RailRiders currently have seven Triple-A caliber starters for five rotation spots (Lail, Camarena, Herrera, Acevedo, RHP Chance Adams, RHP Bryan Mitchell, LHP Chance Adams) … two guys are going to get squeezed outs, so Lail is in the bullpen for now

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DotF: Florial goes deep again in Charleston’s win

Lots of Yankees made this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet: 2B Nick Solak (3rd), RHP Chance Adams (9th), OF Dustin Fowler (11th), and 3B Miguel Andujar (17th). Solak is hitting .310/.417/.448 (155 wRC+) with nearly as many walks (38) as strikeouts (43) overall. Gotta think a promotion to Double-A Trenton is coming soon. High-A isn’t much of a challenge for a guy who was a three-year starter at Louisville.

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Pawtucket)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB, 1 E (throwing) — tenth game at third base this season … 23-for-27 (85%) in steal attempts
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles and three home runs in his last four games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI — here’s video of the triple
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — he’s hitting .250/.326/.487 this year, you know … eight homers is only one shy of his career high
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 64 of 98 pitches were strikes (65%) … 77/21 K/BB in 78.2 innings for the Rule 5 Draft pick … he was in camp with the Cubs this year but couldn’t stick

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DotF: Wagaman homers twice in Pulaski’s season opener

Here are the day’s notes:

  • The Yankees called up LHP Tyler Webb, they announced earlier today. UTIL Rob Refsnyder was sent down to clear a roster spot. Webb, the team’s tenth round pick in 2013 and LHP Jordan Montgomery‘s former college teammate, spent nearly all of the last four seasons with Triple-A Scranton. Cool to see him get the call. Webb has a 3.24 ERA (2.14 FIP) with 47 strikeouts and only three walks in 33.1 innings this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres told Conor Foley and D.J. Eberle he is heading to Tampa on Saturday following yesterday’s Tommy John surgery. He’ll rest the next two weeks before beginning rehab work. Apparently Torres was told he could be ready to play by November, which means winter ball could be in play, though I don’t see that happening. The Yankees won’t push their top prospect. Gleyber said he’s focused on Spring Training.
  • C Kyle Higashioka has been placed on the 7-day DL, the RailRiders announced. Foley says Higashioka is dealing with bad lower back spasms. He was supposed to see a doctor today, and if they’re calling it spasms, I guess that means there’s no structural damage. That’s good.
  • No Triple-A Scranton players lead their positions in the All-Star Game fan voting. Here’s the update. RHP Chance Adams does lead the write-in votes, however. Lehigh Valley fans are really stuffing the ballot, it seems. Voting ends tomorrow. Here’s the ballot.
  • Two links to check out: Chris Crawford asked executives whether they’d take the Yankees farm system or the Braves farm system, and Jim Callis listed OF Clint Frazier as a potential impact prospect for the second half.

Triple-A Scranton (11-1 with over Pawtucket)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — three straight games with a homer … here’s video of the double and home run
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — four homers in his last six games
  • LF Mark Payton: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — some team’s future fourth outfielder is hitting .293/.350/.421 on the season
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 60 of 100 pitches were strikes … has a 43.7% ground ball rate this year, which is pretty terrible for a good pitching prospect in the minors … the book on him is that he doesn’t get great downhill plane on his fastball (he’s only 6-foot-1) and his heater can be pretty straight … I worry that when he comes up, he’ll initially be really home run prone, especially with the ball flying out of the park all around the league this season
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 30 pitches were strikes (63%)

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DotF: Solak’s big game helps Tampa clinch postseason spot

Some quick notes to get us started:

  • SS Gleyber Torres had his Tommy John surgery today and it seems everything went well. He posted a photo on … something. I can’t keep track of all the social media sites anymore. The injury is to his non-throwing elbow and Torres is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training.
  • I mentioned yesterday that 3B Nelson Gomez is currently suspended and I didn’t know why. Turns out he’s serving a five-game suspension stemming from a heated argument with an umpire at the end of last season. Gomez must have bumped the ump pretty good to get five games.
  • RHP Jorge Guzman hit 100 mph ten times in last night’s start, according to Josh Norris. Velocity is no issue for Guzman, who commands his heater better when he scales it back to 95-97 mph. The Yankees got him from the Astros in the Brian McCann trade.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • RF Jake Cave: 1-4, 2 K
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 R — multiple hits in six of his last eleven games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — second straight game with a homer
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-3, 1 BB — 5-for-10 in three Triple-A games so far
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3 — left the game after the seventh with a back issue according to Donnie Collins, and he’ll see a doctor tomorrow … that’s not good, losing catching depth stinks
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 5/5 GB/FB — 67 of 98 pitches were strikes (68%), plus he picked a runner off first … tough second start in Triple-A … no big deal, shake it off and get back out there in five days
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/1 GB/FB – 25 of 37 pitches were strikes (68%) … 33/16 K/BB in 31.1 innings
  • LHP Tommy Layne: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, six strikes

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