DotF: Higashioka swats two home runs in latest rehab game

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain in the middle of the fifth inning. They’re going to finish it tomorrow. Here’s the box score if you can’t wait that long.

Double-A Trenton (6-4 loss to Akron in eleven innings)

  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — 17-for-32 (.531) in his last eight games
  • 2B Nick Solak: 4-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K — 17-for-52 (.327) in 12 games with Trenton
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 3-6, 2 RBI
  • 1B Ryan McBroom: 1-5, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rashad Crawford: 0-5, 1 R, 3 K — in a 1-for-22 (.045) slump
  • RHP Will Carter: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 48 of 78 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Cody Carroll: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (60%) … 79/27 K/BB in 60.2 innings

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DotF: Keller pitches well again in Tampa’s win

Some notes before we get to one of the slower days in the minors since the short season leagues started up in late June:

  • Eric Longenhagen posted his updated top ten Yankees prospects list. All the usual names are at the top, and up-and-comer RHP Jorge Guzman makes an appearance too. “Guzman is sitting 96-100 with relative ease and showing slider feel,” says the write-up.
  • RHP Juan De Paula was named the Short Season NY-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. He struck out five in six no-hit innings during his start over the weekend. De Paula, who the Yankees picked up in the Ben Gamel trade, has a 3.60 ERA (3.45 FIP) in 40 innings this year.
  • Short Season Staten Island will have an All-Star this year after all. IF Jose Polonia was added to the roster, the NY-Penn League announced. Polonia, 21, it hitting .269/.361/.269 (97 wRC+) in 18 games and 61 plate appearances with Staten Island. Yeah.
  • And finally, make sure you check out Josh Norris’ feature on RHP Matt Sauer, this year’s second round pick. Sauer said he and the Yankees will get together in Instruction League to determine whether he should move forward with his slider or curveball, or both.

Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton both had scheduled off-days.

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Florida)

  • SS Hoy Jun Park: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI — 9-for-31 (.290) in his last seven games … took him a few games to find his bearings after the promotion, but now he’s locked in
  • LF Trey Amburgey: 0-5, 1 K
  • CF Estevan Florial: 1-4, 2 K — he’s hit safely in eleven of 12 games with Tampa
  • 3B Angel Aguilar: 0-4, 1 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
  • RHP Brian Keller: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 6/3 GB/FB — 66 of 96 pitches were strikes (69%), plus he picked a runner off first … 34/3 K/BB in his last four starts and 26 innings

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DotF: Dermis Garcia crushes two homers in Charleston’s win

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Durham)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — 9-for-36 (.250) in ten games back from the injury
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB — now hitting .336/.369/.664 in 36 Triple-A games
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 44 of 65 pitches were strikes (68%) … making the spot start for Caleb Smith, who was called up to the big leagues … he’s allowed three earned runs in 33.1 career Triple-A innings (0.81 ERA)
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 42 pitches were strikes (55%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 23 pitches were strikes (74%) … 23/2 K/BB in 12 innings since being sent down following that 16-inning game at Fenway Park

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DotF: Estevan Florial stays red hot in Tampa’s win

Got some links and notes to pass along:

  • RHP Domingo Acevedo ranked 18th on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Acevedo got hammered in the Futures Game and in his first start back, but since then, he’s posted a 2.16 ERA (3.02 FIP) with 29.5% strikeouts and 8.4% walks in five starts and 25 innings.
  • Make sure you don’t miss Randy Miller’s interview with LHP Justus Sheffield. They touched on a number of things, and Sheffield also provided an update on his oblique injury. He feels 100% physically and has resumed throwing, and there’s at least a chance he’ll be back before the end of the regular season.
  • Two articles worth checking out: Jim Callis on how the Yankees went from sellers to contenders in a year, and Jeff Passan on the best farm systems in baseball. Even after all the trades, the consensus in baseball is that the Yankees still have a top four farm system. Neat.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Durham)

  • LF Mason Williams: 1-4
  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — he’s hitting .360/.401/.603 in 37 games since July 1st
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — threw a runner out at third … 21-for-55 (.382) with five doubles, two triples, and six homers in his last 14 games
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9/2 GB/FB — 53 of 84 pitches were strikes (63%)

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DotF: Sensley homers twice in Charleston’s win

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Durham)

  • LF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — 8-for-23 (.348) during his little five-game hitting streak
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • DH Tyler Austin: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — in case you missed it earlier, he was activated off the disabled list and optioned down earlier today, so his rehab assignment is over
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI — career high 16 homers in 104 games this year after hitting eleven in 229 games in 2015 and 2016 combined
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/4 GB/FB — 69 of 101 pitches were strikes … 11/2 K/BB in his last two starts after a weird little stretch in which he walked more batters than he struck out three times in the span of four starts
  • Nick Rumbelow: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 26 of 39 pitches were strikes (67%) … 35/8 K/BB in 31.2 innings back from Tommy John surgery

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DotF: Abreu returns from injury in GCL loss

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 loss to Durham in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • CF Mason Williams & 1B Ji-Man Choi: both 0-4 — Williams stole a base … Choi struck out three times
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-4, 4 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • DH Tyler Austin & LF Billy McKinney: both 0-4 — Austin struck out twice, McKinney thrice
  • RHP Domingo German: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 8/1 GB/FB — 53 of 90 pitches were strikes (59%) … pointlessly bold prediction: he makes 10+ MLB starts next year … not necessarily with the Yankees, but with someone
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 1/2 GB/FB — 23 of 43 pitches were strikes (53%)

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DotF: Hicks goes deep in latest minor league rehab game

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

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 SB — back-to-back two-hit games after a 3-for-21 (.143) slump
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-5, 2 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 5-for-19 (.263) during his six rehab games
  • LF Billy McKinney: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 29 of 49 pitches were strikes (59.2%) … not sure why he was pulled so early … maybe they wanted to limit him to 50 pitches in case they need him to start for CC Sabathia on Sunday?
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 17 pitches were strikes (59%) … 66/17 K/BB in 47 innings down here this season

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