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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DotF: Sensley homers again in Charleston’s win

Got some roster notes to pass along:

  • RHP Dillon Tate has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. He has a 2.62 ERA (3.64 FIP) with 19.3% strikeouts and 6.3% walks in nine starts and 58.1 innings since coming back from a shoulder issue. Tate came over from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran trade after being the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft.
  • RHP Jonathan Holder has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton disabled list, the team announced. That’s not good. The Yankees really beefed up their bullpen at the trade deadline, but losing pitching depth is never a good thing. Hopefully it’s minor and Holder will be back quickly.
  • OF Carlos Vidal was placed on the Low-A Charleston disabled list, the team announced. Not sure what’s wrong with him, but he left yesterday’s game after a single and running the bases. Vidal’s had a bunch of injury problems over the years. OF Dom Thompson-Williams was bumped up from Short Season Staten Island to take Vidal’s roster spot.
  • The Short Season NY-Penn League All-Star Game rosters were announced (North and South) and no Staten Island Yankees made it. Huh. Can’t remember the last that happened. Staten Island has been in first place pretty much all year too. Chances are someone will go to the All-Star Game as an injury/promotion replacement, so whatever.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Gwinnett)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — 4-for-16 (.250) in his five rehab games
  • LF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB — keeps socking dingers … that’s 12 in his last 26 games between Triple-A and MLB
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 62 of 95 pitches were strikes (65%) … 102/31 K/BB in 100.2 Triple-A innings this year
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — ten of 13 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Holder and Sands lead Tampa to huge comeback win

There is less than one month to go in the minor league regular season, so let’s update the standings tonight. Here are some links and notes to get us started:

  • Conor Foley wrote about OF Jake Cave, and the lower half mechanical changes he’s made in an effort to get the ball airborne more often. Cave’s ground ball rates from 2013-17: 51.2%, 49.2%, 57.1%, 45.8%, 43.6%. Hmmm. This is pretty interesting. At least now there’s reason to believe Cave has fundamentally changed as a hitter, and isn’t just the same guy having a good year.
  • RHP Deivi Garcia made this week’s Monday Morning Ten Pack (subs. req’d). “His fastball is already a plus offering, coming in at 91-93, with mild sink. His best offering at present is a 74-77 curveball that shows 10/4 shape with good downer action … The rosy projection is an intriguing starting pitcher, but the most likely outcome is a later-inning arm,” said the write-up.
  • OF Isiah Gilliam was named the Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week. He went 10-for-26 (.385) with four doubles and two home runs last week. Gilliam received an over-slot $550,000 bonus as the Yankees’ 20th round pick in 2015. He’s hitting .268/.343/.470 (133 wRC+) with 13 homers this year.
  • The Yankees have released OF Austin Aune, reports Matt Eddy. The Yankees bought Aune away from a football scholarship to TCU with a $1M bonus as their second round pick in 2012. He’s a career .226/.285/.335 (85 wRC+) hitter with a 36.8% strikeout rate in over 1,500 minor league plate appearances, none above High-A.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Gwinnett) they are 73-41 and have a 5.5 game lead in the North Division … their season ends Monday, September 4th

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — he’s hitting .240/.288/.284 this season
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — got picked off second
  • 3B Miguel Andujar & 1B Ji-Man Choi: both 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP Brady Lail: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 45 of 74 pitches were strikes (61%) … he started in place of Bryan Mitchell, who I assume is getting called up to replace Jordan Montgomery
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%) … 63/17 K/BB in 46 innings down here

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DotF: Andujar homers again, Hicks and Austin continue rehab assignments in Scranton’s win

C Donny Sands has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa, the team announced. The 21-year-old converted third baseman is hitting .269/.323/.350 (97 wRC+) overall this season, though over his last 28 games, he’s hitting .298/.381/.452 (114 wRC+).

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 win over Pawtucket)

  • RF Mason Williams: 0-5
  • CF Aaron Hicks: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — he also was robbed of a home run (here’s video) … 6-for-17 (.353) with two doubles and a triple in five rehab games so far … Hicks told Conor Foley he will have Monday off, then join Trenton to continue his rehab there rather than go on the road trip with Scranton
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — here’s video of the homer … six homers in his last 19 games … he’s up to .320/.353/.521 with a 13.5% strikeout rate this year
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — here’s video of the double … unlike Hicks, he’s stuck going on Scranton’s road trip down to Gwinnett, according to D.J. Eberle
  • LF Billy McKinney: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — here’s video of the homer … nine homers in 32 Triple-A games now
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — eleven homers in his last 24 games between Triple-A and MLB
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5/6 GB/FB — 58 of 91 pitches were strikes (64%) … 119/50 K/BB in 128.1 innings
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — ten of 17 pitches were strikes

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