DotF: Austin goes deep twice on final day of the minor league regular season

SS Gleyber Torres has started swinging a bat as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Matt Kardos shared Gleyber’s Instagram story. Torres is wearing a brace on his left arm, which is to be expected less than three months out from surgery, and it seems everything with his rehab is going well so far. Good news.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Lehigh Valley) their regular season is over … they went 86-55 and won the division … their best-of-five first round postseason series with Lehigh Valley (Phillies) begins Wednesday … RHP Domingo German and RHP Chance Adams are lined up to start the first two games of the series, though the rotation hasn’t been officially announced yet

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 K — finishes the year at .305/.350/.542 with 26 doubles, 20 homers, 6.4% walks, and 26.3% strikeouts in 103 games between Trenton and Scranton … the 20 homers tie 1B Mike Ford for the farm system lead
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-5, 1 K — he got off to a pretty slow start this season if you remember, yet he finishes at .277/.336/.483 with 29 doubles, 16 home runs, 7.8% walks, and 18.8% strikeouts in 124 games between Trenton and Scranton
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 K — finishes his breakout season at .314/.352/.498 with 36 doubles, 16 home runs, 5.5% walks, and 13.6% strikeouts in 125 games between Trenton and Tampa … the 16 homers are a career high, and he led the system in doubles (36) and hits (151)
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — hit one of the home runs against former big leaguer Henderson Alvarez … his ten days since being sent down are up tomorrow, so I think we’ll see him in Baltimore
  • RHP Jose Pena: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 31 of 57 pitches were strikes (54%) … up from Tampa to soak up some innings on the final day of the season
  • LHP Joe Mantiply: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59%) … had a 2.83 ERA with a 62/18 K/BB in 67 do-it-all innings

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DotF: Medina keeps Pulaski alive in Appy League postseason

Double-A Trenton manager Bobby Mitchell was named the Eastern League Manager of the Year, so congrats to him. Al Pedrique and Jay Bell were previously named Manager of the Year in the Triple-A International League and High-A Florida State League, respectively, so the Yankees won the award at the three highest levels in the system. Pretty cool.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in seven innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Tyler Wade: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K — threw a runner out at the plate … he was scheduled to play left field last night before the rainout … probably not a coincidence after the Aaron Hicks injury
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-2, 1 BB — he slid into MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list when Rafael Devers graduated to the big leagues tonight
  • DH Billy McKinney: 1-3, 1 2B
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3
  • RHP Ronald Herrera: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 4/5 GB/FB — 41 of 68 pitches were strikes (60%) … I guess he’s going to spend the postseason here rather than Trenton
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%) … eight walks in 16 minor league innings this year after seven walks in 65.1 minor league innings last year

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DotF: Florial has a big game in Tampa’s win

Two quick injury rehab notes to pass along:

  • Clint Frazier (oblique) worked out and hit in the cage with Double-A Trenton today, reports Kyle Franko. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play rehab games with the Thunder. Trenton is home and Triple-A Scranton is on the road, so maybe the Yankees didn’t want him traveling too far. Anyway, Frazier is no longer with the Yankees. He’s now rehabbing with an affiliate.
  • 1B Garrett Cooper (hamstring) was scratched from today’s rehab game with Trenton with an illness, reports Franko. They told him to stay home and not even come to the ballpark. Cooper is supposed to rehab with Trenton through the weekend, then rejoin the Yankees. I’m not sure if the illness changes anything.

Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton were both rained out. They’re going to play doubleheaders tomorrow. Playing a doubleheader on the second to last day of the season when you’ve already clinched the division title and a postseason spot must not be very fun.

High-A Tampa (6-1 win over Lakeland)

  • SS Kyle Holder: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • CF Estevan Florial: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB — a lot of times kids his age (19) will wear down and fade late in the season, but not Florial … he’s mashing right to the very end
  • C Donny Sands: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Taylor Widener: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1/2 GB/FB — the converted reliever finishes his regular season with a 3.39 ERA and a 129/50 K/BB in 119.1 innings
  • RHP Matt Frawley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — finishes the regular season with a 1.63 ERA and a 76/12 K/BB in 71.2 total innings … he came over from the Pirates in the Johnny Barbato trade a few months back

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DotF: Gilliam’s hot streak continues in Charleston’s loss

Two quick notes before we get to the day’s games:

  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) posted some scouting notes on RHP Chance Adams (“given his repertoire and delivery, I’d bet heavily that he’ll end up in relief”), OF Billy McKinney (“still has a very pretty left-handed swing”), SS Tyler Wade (“should end up as someone’s every-day shortstop”), and 3B Miguel Andujar (“at least a solid regular at third”).
  • 3B Dermis Garcia placed ninth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. “Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Park is no place for a power hitter, with a long history as a pitcher’s park, but the 19 year-old third baseman slugged three homers this week, including game winners Wednesday and Thursday night,” noted the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — he can’t come back up until Monday because of the ten-day rule
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4 — he has to wait until Tuesday because of the ten-day rule
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 K
  • RF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 14-for-29 (.483) in his last eight games
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5/7 GB/FB — 61 of 100 pitches were strikes
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (61%) … gave up a home run tonight … always amuses me when homers go for unearned runs
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76%)

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DotF: Garcia homers, Charleston clinches a postseason spot

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired C Erik Kratz from the Indians for cash. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Scranton. Two other catcher notes from Conor Foley: C Wilkin Castillo (knee) was placed on the Triple-A disabled list and C Kyle Higashioka (shoulder) was healthy enough to take batting practice today. That’s good.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Rochester)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 K — so I guess whatever led to him being pulled from last night’s game was no big deal
  • DH Matt Holliday: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 7-for-35 (.200) in ten rehab games … no surprise here, but manager Al Pedrique told Conor Foley that Holliday will rejoin the Yankees tomorrow
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 2B — here’s video of the double, which might’ve been into the short porch in the Bronx
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Billy McKinney, RF Jake Cave & CF Mason Williams: all 0-3 — McKinney struck out twice, Cave once, Williams zero times
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 65 of 102 pitches were strikes (64%) … this was his final start of the regular season … he finishes the year with a 2.45 ERA and a 135/58 K/BB in 150.1 innings … he had a 144/39 K/BB in 127.1 innings last year

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DotF: Andujar stays red hot in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique was named the Triple-A International League Manager of the Year for the second straight season, so that’s cool. Also, SS Tyler Wade named to the IL end-of-season All-Star Team. Congrats to both.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Rochester)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3, 1 2B — got picked off second … left the game in the sixth inning for an unknown reason … Conor Foley says Wade remained in the dugout after coming out of the game, so I doubt he’s hurt
  • DH Matt Holliday: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — he’s hitting .335/.381/.531 with a 13.4% strikeout rate in 53 Triple-A games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB — here’s video of the homer
  • LF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-2, 1 BB — got picked off first and was ejected for arguing the call
  • C Wilkin Castillo: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 CS — he was removed in the sixth inning as well, at the same time as Wade … hmmm … update: D.J. Eberle says Castillo left the game with a knee injury
  • RHP Domingo German: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 51 of 87 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 20 of 27 pitches were strikes (74%) … chances are he’ll be in New York when rosters expand Friday
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 21 of 41 pitches were strikes
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — eight pitches, five strikes

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DotF: Andujar and McKinney have big games in Scranton’s win

A few quick notes to pass along:

  • In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees are sending SS Thairo Estrada, OF Estevan Florial, 1B Chris Gittens, SS Kyle Holder, LHP Justus Sheffield, and RHP Dillon Tate to the Arizona Fall League this year. The Yankees still have two pitching spots TBA as well.
  • Florial was named the Most Outstanding MLB Prospect in the Low-A South Atlantic League, so that’s cool. He hit .297/.373/.483 (146 wRC+) with eleven homers and 17 steals in 91 games with Low-A Charleston before being promoted.
  • 2080 Baseball has write-ups on several lower profile Yankees prospects, including LHP James Reeves. “Reeves has the look of a future role Role 50 situational reliever, with additional utility as a solid change-of-pace look out of the bullpen who could give both righties and lefties fits in a middle-relief role,” says the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 win over Rochester) they’ve already clinched the division title … their regular season ends next Monday, and their first round postseason series begins next Wednesday (opponent TBD)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 BB
  • DH Matt Holliday: 1-4, 1 R — his rehab has been moved up here, obviously … Holliday told D.J. Eberle his goal is to rejoin the Yankees on Friday, conveniently the first day rosters expand
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — my dude
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 11-for-32 (.344) in his last eight games, so he’s finishing strong
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 64 of 87 pitches were strikes (74%) … making the spot start in place of Jordan Montgomery, who will start the second game of tomorrow’s doubleheader for the big league team

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