DotF: Wade leads the offense in Scranton’s blowout win

As expected, RHP Chance Adams has officially been promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Shane Hennigan says Adams has been added to the active roster. RHP Brady Lail was sent to Double-A Trenton to clear a roster spot.

Triple-A Scranton (12-2 win over Syracuse)

  • 2B Tyler Wade: 4-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — first homer of the season … 23-for-66 (.348) in his last 15 games … now hitting .321/.375/.427 on the season
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 2-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — he’s 26-for-73 (.356) with five doubles, five triples, and three homers in his last 16 games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — he has 12 singles and 17 extra-base hits this season (12 doubles, five homers)
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — up to .353/.438/.506 on the season
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB — remember his slow start? he’s up to .293/.381/.457 on the season … we know he can hit Triple-A pitching though
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Abi Avelino: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HBP
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 46 of 78 pitches were strikes (59%) … RHP Chad Green was originally scheduled to start today, so the fact Camarena got the ball instead likely means Green is coming up to be the 26th man for tomorrow’s doubleheader
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (60%) … 18/6 K/BB in 15.1 innings

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DotF: Mateo homers twice in Tampa’s blowout win

Two quick notes to pass along:

  • RHP Chance Adams is being promoted to Triple-A Scranton, report Josh Norris and Joel Sherman. He’ll make his first start Monday. Dating back to last year, Adams had a 1.72 ERA (3.42 FIP) with 25.2% strikeouts and 9.5% walks in 18 starts and 104.2 innings at Double-A. The RailRiders, by the way, now have seven starters for five rotation spots.
  • 1B Tyler Austin is scheduled to begin playing minor league rehab games late next week “if all goes well,” farm system head Gary Denbo told Shane Hennigan. Last week we heard Austin had begun taking batting practice. He’s been out since a foul ball broke his foot very early in Spring Training.
  • OF Dustin Fowler made the Prospect Hot Sheet again. He placed 12th this week after ranking first last week. He went 8-for-27 (.296) with one double and three triples last week.

Triple-A Scranton (10-3 loss to Syracuse)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — homered off Nationals righty Joe Ross, who is apparently in Triple-A these days
  • 2B Ron Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — 4-for-15 (.267) with two doubles since being sent down
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 3 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5/0 GB/FB — 47 of 77 pitches were strikes (61%) … 18/15 K/BB in 32.1 innings down here, and that ain’t gonna cut it, Luis
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — eleven of 14 pitches were strikes … 16/6 K/BB in 12 innings … I imagine he has an opt-out clause in his contract … those tend to come at some point in June, and June is only three weeks away now

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DotF: Rutherford, Castillo have big games in Charleston’s win

Triple-A Scranton (11-5 loss to Syracuse)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB — 18-for-56 (.321) in his last 13 games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K — that’s now six triples on the season
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-5, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
  • LF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/0 GB/FB — 32 of 52 pitches were strikes (62%) … he’s in the process of getting stretched out
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Florial homers, Rutherford triples twice in Charleston’s blowout win

A few notes to pass along:

  • The Yankees optioned RHP Chad Green to Triple-A Scranton following last night’s game, the team announced. There have been a few unconfirmed reports floating around saying RHP Gio Gallegos is coming up to replace him, which makes sense given the available options. The Yankees haven’t announced anything though.
  • RHP Albert Abreu is on the High-A Tampa disabled list with elbow inflammation, reports Antonio Mendes. It’s considered precautionary. That’s encouraging, I guess, but anytime you hear a top pitching prospect is out with an elbow issue, it’s never good. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into something more serious.
  • Matt Eddy reports the Yankees have signed RHP Wilser Barrios and RHP Daison Manzano to minor league deals. I can’t find anything about them, so chances are they are late 2016-17 international signing period free agent pickups.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Pawtucket)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — got picked off first
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 0-5, 4 K
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 K — 18-for-60 (.300) in his last 14 games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
  • RF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — 54 of 82 pitches were strikes (66%), plus he picked a runner off first
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 22 of 29 pitches were strikes (76%) … throwing two innings and 29 pitches today likely rules him out for a call-up tomorrow

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Winning streak hits six as Yankees beat Reds 10-4

(Joe Robbins/Getty)
(Joe Robbins/Getty)

Did the Yankees play 18 innings Sunday? Because it was hard to tell Monday. They took a 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye in the series opener against the Reds, and each time Cincinnati put runs on the board, the Yankees answered back with more runs of their own. This was very much a “this is a team we’re supposed to beat and we’re going to beat them” game. The Yankees won by the score of 10-4. It was their sixth straight win.

I’m out of town for a few days, so I was only able to watch this game in bits and pieces. In lieu of a regular recap, here are some observations.

1. Another grind for Tanaka. Only once in seven starts this season has 2017 Masahiro Tanaka looked like 2016 Masahiro Tanaka. That isn’t to say he’s been bad. He’s been fine outside the Opening Day disaster. He just hasn’t truly dominated at any point aside from the shutout in Fenway Park. It seems like he’s perpetually fighting … something. Mechanics, location, whatever.

This was another one of those grind-it-out starts for Tanaka. The first three batters he faced reached base, all on singles, and only twice in his seven innings did he retire the side in order. Tanaka almost got through seven innings with two runs (one earned) allowed. Almost. A two-out walk to Zack Cozart and a two-run home run by the dreamy Joey Votto doubled Cincinnati’s run total on the night. Blah.

The final line: 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Not great, not awful, just okay. The Yankees needed Tanaka to soak up some innings after that 18-inning marathon Sunday and he was able to do that. I’d just like to see him start dominating a little more often. We see flashes of it. Some great innings here and there. But we’re used to seeing him shut teams down every fifth day. The sooner Tanaka snaps out of this little funk, the better.

2. Sanchez is almost all the way back. Gary Sanchez got off to a slow start to the season before the biceps injury, but since he’s come back, he’s looked much more like the Gary Sanchez we saw last season. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch in this game and is 6-for-12 with four walks and one strikeout since coming back from the disabled list. His swings have been great and Sanchez looks confident at the plate, like he’s ready to do serious damage every time up. It’s only a matter of time until he explodes and starts hitting the ball out of the park again.

3. Gardner is locked in. Another home run for Brett Gardner! That’s six homers in his last nine games. He hit seven homers all of last season. As recently as ten days ago Gardner was hitting .188/.316/.234 (64 wRC+). After going 1-for-5 with a walk and the home run Monday, his batting line is up to .260/.358/.481 (135 wRC+). He started the season well, remember, hitting safely in seven of the team’s first eight games. Then he crashed into Rickie Weeks and things went downhill. Maybe Gardner just needed a two weeks or whatever it was to get back on track. A lingering neck issue — he sat out with a sore neck after the collision — can be a tough thing to play through.

4. Headley’s defensive issues continue. More problems in the field for Chase Headley. He started the season really well defensively! The last week or so though, it’s been rough. Headley made an error for the fifth time in his last eight games Monday, this one a booted ground ball while standing at second base as part of the shift in the fifth inning. The shift is not an excuse though. Neither is the fact it was hard hit. It’s a play a Major League infielder should make and Headley’s didn’t. That extended the inning and led to a run for the Reds.

Also, in the fourth inning, Headley made a low throw to first base that Matt Holliday could not reel in. Holliday was charged with an error as he should have been — the ball didn’t bounce and it he got his glove on it, but he couldn’t complete the catch — but the fact of the matter is Headley made a poor throw. It was a routine play and he had plenty of time, yet the throw was nearly in the dirt. Headley went through some major defensive issues two years ago and they seem to have returned the last week or so. Annoying!

5. The Yankees are still running into outs. Not the best baserunning the last few days. Sanchez was thrown out trying to go first-to-second on a fly ball in the third inning, and I have no idea what he was thinking. The ball was not hit all that deep and the entire play was right in front of him. Gary should have known better. The Yankees made some dopey baserunning mistakes in Chicago and that was another bad one there.

I should note, however, I had no issue with third base coach Joe Espada sending Sanchez home from second on Ronald Torreyes‘ single in the seventh. He was thrown out by a mile, but that’s fine. There were two outs in the inning and Tanaka was due up next, and you can’t count on the pitcher getting a run home with two outs. Billy Hamilton doesn’t have the greatest arm in the world either. Take a chance with the pitcher on deck and force Hamilton to make the play. He did. So it goes. That was fine. Some of the other baserunning mistakes we’ve seen lately are careless and avoidable.

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Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. The Yankees and Reds wrap up this quick little two-game series Tuesday evening. CC Sabathia and Staten Island’s own Tim Adleman are the scheduled starting pitchers. A perfect 5-0 road trip sounds swell, doesn’t it?

Source: FanGraphs

Minor League Update: Like I said, I’m out of town for a few days, so I don’t have time for a full-fledged DotF. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: OF Clint Frazier went hitless, OF Dustin Fowler and SS Gleyber Torres both had singles, OF Billy McKinney was a home run shy of the cycle, RHP Chance Adams allowed two runs in five innings, RHP Domingo Acevedo fanned eight in six innings, and OF Blake Rutherford doubled.

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

RHP Chance Adams is now a top 100 prospect. Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow graduated to the big leagues with today’s start, so removed him from their top 100 list, bumped everyone up a spot, and slid Adams in at No. 100.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They haven’t announced a makeup date yet

Double-A Trenton Game One (6-0 win over Erie in seven innings)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 3-4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding) — 11-for-24 (.458) with three walks and two strikeouts during his little six-game hitting streak
  • RF Billy McKinney: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Gleyber Torres: 0-4, 2 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — 18-for-31 (.581) with three doubles, four walks, and two strikeouts in his last nine games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — hitting .260/.287/.400 through 26 games
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — 9-for-25 (.360) with three doubles and two homers in six games since coming back from the knee injury
  • RHP Ronald Herrera: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 50 of 74 pitches were strikes (68%) … he’s started his season with 11.1 scoreless innings following the shoulder injury that sidelined him in April
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — eleven of 18 pitches were strikes (61%) … 7/2 K/BB in four innings since coming off the disabled list … he had a 1/3 K/BB in 4.2 innings before going on the shelf with a minor shoulder problem

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DotF: Frazier extends hitting streak in Scranton’s win

Two quick injury notes:

  • Tyler Austin update! Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty that Austin has started taking batting practice as he works his way back from a broken ankle. Austin got hurt in February, so he essentially has to go through Spring Training before returning. Progress, at least.
  • LHP Ian Clarkin was placed on the High-A Tampa disabled list, the team announced. No idea what’s wrong with him. He missed all of 2015 with an elbow injury and the second half of last season with a knee injury.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 win over Syracuse) they’ve scored 42 runs in their last five games

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI — over the last week he’s played three games at short, one at second, one at third, and one in left field
  • DH Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — that’s his fifth triple of the season and fourth in his last eight games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, two homers, eight walks, and six strikeouts during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — now hitting .369/.457/.523 on the season
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB — now hitting .319/.410/.580 with 12 walks and eight strikeouts … Pete Kozma being lost on waivers sure helps Tejada’s chances of a call-up should the Yankees need an infielder at some point
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 2B Abi Avelino: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K — Triple-A debut … he’s here filling in for Rob Refsnyder, who is with the big league team
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 30 of 43 pitches were strikes (70%) … they’re going to stretch him out as a starter this season because why not?
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 55 of 99 pitches were strikes (56%) … they have six starters for five spots at the moment … he can piggyback with Mitchell while Mitchell gets stretched out, but that won’t work forever

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