DotF: Torres injures elbow during Scranton’s doubleheader

OF Clint Frazier cranked his 12th home run of the season last night — and his third in the last six games — and goodness, it was a bomb. The video is above. That kid’s bat is not not slow. Here are some notes:

  • I missed this yesterday, but Josh Norris broke down Aaron Judge‘s swing development over the years with Triple-A Scranton hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, who worked with Judge at various stops in the minors. The videos are pretty interesting. Judge went through a lot of changes before finding something that worked.
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo was sent back down to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. I guess his Triple-A Scranton stint was a one-start cameo to provide support amid all the shuttle action. My guess is Acevedo will be back with the RailRiders before long though.
  • So long, LHP Jon Niese. He has been released, reports Matt Eddy. Niese had been down in Extended Spring Training working to build arm strength following knee surgery, and apparently the Yankees weren’t happy enough with his progress. ExST is ending next week and there’s nowhere to send him, hence the release.
  • The Staten Island Yankees begin their season Monday and Robert Pimpsner has the roster. The notables: IF Oswaldo Cabrera, LHP Jeff Degano, RHP Juan De Paula, RHP Drew Finley, SS Wilkerman Garcia, 3B Nelson Gomez, RHP Jorge Guzman, OF Leonardo Molina, and RHP Jio Orozco. Cabrera, Molina, and Orozco are being sent down from Low-A Charleston. De Paula came over in the Ben Gamel trade and Guzman in the Brian McCann trade. Guzman can really bring it.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (6-2 win over Buffalo in seven innings)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 SB — hitting streak is up to 16 games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB — 10-for-27 (.370) in his last six games, and he went hitless in two of those games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 15-for-47 (.319) with nine doubles in his last 12 games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 RBI
  • 2B Gleyber Torres: 1-2, 1 2B — left the game with an injury after a play at the plate (here’s video) … the Yankees say it’s a hyper-extended elbow and that x-rays came back negative, though Torres will have more tests Monday … the West Coast trip from hell has extended into the minors
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2/5 GB/FB — 61 of 90 pitches were strikes (68%) … 25.5 K% and 10.1 BB% this year after 29.1 K% and 7.9 BB% last year

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DotF: Chapman makes rehab appearance in Trenton’s win

Got some roster moves and notes to pass along:

  • LHP Tommy Layne has accepted his outright assignment and reported to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced. I guess he couldn’t find another team willing to plug him right into their MLB bullpen, so he didn’t elect free agency.
  • C Wilkin Castillo and OF Jake Cave have been moved up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced. They replace C Kyle Higashioka and OF Mason Williams, who were called up to the Yankees.
  • RHP Zack Littell placed tenth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. He made two starts last week and threw 13 scoreless innings with three hits and four walks. Littell struck out 16.

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 win over Buffalo)

  • 2B Tyler Wade: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — his hitting streak has reached 15 games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K — 12 homers in 60 games this year … he hit 16 in 119 games last year
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — 17-for-43 (.395) in his last eleven games … he’s now up to .304/.404/.443 in 22 Triple-A games, which is pretty nuts for a 20-year-old kid
  • RHP Domingo Acevedo: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 6/2 GB/FB — 62 of 104 pitches were strikes (60%) … a few too many walk, but pretty great overall for a guy who had never pitched above High-A as recently as five weeks ago
  • LHP Tommy Layne: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — six pitches, three strikes

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DotF: Littell dominates in Double-A debut

Promotions! A few pitchers are moving up, and it’s all a big chain reaction to RHP Domingo German and RHP Luis Cessa joining the Yankees in the wake of CC Sabathia‘s hamstring injury. The moves:

  • RHP Domingo Acevedo has been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, reports Brendan Kuty. He only got to Trenton on May 19th. Acevedo has a 3.25 ERA (2.66 FIP) with 27.5% strikeouts and 4.0% walks in 12 starts and 74.2 total innings this year.
  • RHP Zack Littell is going from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to Matt Kardos. He’d been at High-A since last July, before coming over from the Mariners in the James Pazos trade. Littell has a 1.76 ERA (3.31 FIP) with 20.2% strikeouts and 5.3% walks in 66.1 innings this year.
  • RHP Eric Ruth as been released, per Kardos. He signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2013 draft, and he’s been in the system as an organizational depth arm ever since. The Yankees need the roster spot for all the arms moving up the ladder.

Triple-A Scranton (8-2 loss to Rochester)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB — hitting streak up to 14 games
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 0-5
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at home
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 1-4, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — 43 of 60 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 27 of 37 pitches were strikes (73%) … 11/8 K/BB in 8.2 innings at this level

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DotF: Solak’s big day leads Tampa to doubleheader sweep

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired RHP Matt Frawley from the Pirates to complete the Johnny Barbato trade. He’ll join Low-A Charleston. All he has to do is change dugouts. They’re playing Pittsburgh’s South Atlantic League affiliate this week.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Rochester)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-4
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 0-3, 1 HBP — threw a runner out at second base
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — 2-for-18 (.111) in his last five games … the Yankees are doomed to have terrible first base production forever … eat at Arby’s
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K — 11-for-40 (.275) with eight doubles in his last nine games
  • RF Clint Frazier: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 1-4, R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 3-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — currently has a nine-game hitting streak, though there’s a big four-week disabled list stint mixed in there
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — 8-for-23 (.348) during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7/1 GB/FB — 65 of 93 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Fowler and Torres have big games in Scranton’s win

Two quick notes to pass along:

  • Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Andrew Marchand he doesn’t think SS Gleyber Torres is ready for MLB. “If you ask me today, if the call comes, he is not ready. He is headed in the right direction. I like where he is at for a 20-year-old kid to be in Triple-A. He’s very mature, but defensively, he needs more work at third and second,” said Pedrique.
  • The Yankees are sending seven players to the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game: RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Zack Littell, SS Jorge Mateo, RHP Dillon McNamara, RHP Jose Mesa, Jr., OF Tito Polo, and LHP Josh Rogers. Rogers and McNamara have already been promoted to Double-A Trenton, so they won’t play in the All-Star Game. Here are the North and South rosters.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 win over Rochester)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K — 20-for-51 (.392) during his 12-game hitting streak
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
  • DH Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB — 2-for-15 (.133) in his last four games … he has eleven walks and two strikeouts in eleven rehab games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 9-for-32 (.281) with seven doubles in his last nine games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
  • 3B Gleyber Torres: 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB — 12-for-31 (.387) in his last eight games
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • RF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 56 of 93 pitches were strikes (60%) … he’s been solid all season long
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 15 of 28 pitches were strikes (54%) … interesting pitching line

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DotF: Florial stays red hot in Charleston’s loss

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees used their first round pick tonight on South Carolina RHP Clarke Schmidt. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. Now here are the day’s notes:

  • OF Clint Frazier spoke to John Wagner about his current mindset as he’s gotten further away from last year’s trade. Frazier admitted last season he felt a lot of pressure to perform after being dealt for Andrew Miller. “For a 21-year-old, I didn’t handle those things for the best, performance-wise. But you go through those things for a reason,” he said.
  • Make sure you check out Josh Norris’ feature on SS Gleyber Torres. “For me, it’s pretty different,” said Torres of playing third base. “I’ve never played third base, so the key is to play hard, do early work, take ground balls at second and third base.”
  • RHP Ronald Herrera was named the Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Herrera, who came over from the Padres in the Jose Pirela trade, struck out nine in 6.2 scoreless innings in last week’s start.

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

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Bradenton in 11 innings)

  • 2B-SS Jorge Mateo: 0-5, 3 K — in a 3-for-31 (.097) slump with nine strikeouts
  • 1B Chris Gittens: 0-1 — left the game after making a play at first base on a strikeout/wild pitch, so maybe there was a collision?
  • 2B Nick Solak: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B — came off the bench to replace Gittens
  • LF Trey Amburgey: 0-5, 2 K
  • DH Jhalan Jackson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • SS-3B Kyle Holder: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th
  • RHP Jose Mesa Jr.: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 30 of 54 pitches were strikes (56%) … second career start and his first since a rookie ball outing in 2014
  • RHP Jordan Foley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 30 of 42 pitches were strikes (72%)

Low-A Charleston (2-1 loss to Columbia, walk-off style)

  • 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB
  • SS Diego Castillo: 1-3
  • CF Estevan Florial: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 18-for-48 (.375) with four doubles, two triples, and three homers in his last 13 games
  • 3B Angel Aguilar: 1-4
  • C Donny Sands: 0-2, 2 BB — had five walks total in his first 42 games of the season
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K
  • RHP Brian Keller: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 WP, 5/2 GB/FB — 72 of 95 pitches were strikes (76%) … 67/9 K/BB in 65.2 innings for the converted reliever

DotF: Wade extends hitting streak in Scranton’s loss

OF Estevan Florial is indeed heading to the Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He was added to the roster today as a replacement for another player with another team who was recently promoted, the league announced. Florial came into today hitting .293/.366/.493 (145 wRC+) with eight homers and nine steals in 56 games. He joins OF Blake Rutherford, SS Hoy Jun Park, C Donny Sands, and RHP Brian Keller as Low-A Charleston All-Stars.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB — 20-for-46 (.435) during his eleven-game hitting streak
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB — nine walks and two strikeouts in ten rehab games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Gleyber Torres: 0-3, 1 RBI, 3 K
  • LF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 K
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 7/7 GB/FB — 72 of 106 pitches were strikes (68%) … 72/27 K/BB in 70.2 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 22 of 31 pitches were strikes (71%) … allowed the runner he inherited from Adams to score … no idea whether the Yankees are considering calling him up, but if they are, this might’ve put a dent in those plans

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