DotF: Severino strong again in Scranton’s win

Got some notes to pass along:

  • RHP Chance Adams and RHP Domingo Acevedo has both been promoted, according to Matt Kardos. Adams goes from High-A to Double-A while Acevedo goes from Low-A to High-A. A well-deserved promotion for both.
  • LHP Neat Cotts has been released, so says Shane Hennigan. The Yankees must not have liked what they saw out of the veteran southpaw. The move clears a roster spot for RHP Chad Green, who was sent back down to clear a big league roster spot for Ike Davis.
  • Bunch of award winners this week: C Kyle Higashioka was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week while RHP Chance Adams and RHP Christian Morris were named the Pitcher of the Week in the High-A Florida State League and the Low-A South Atlanta League, respectively. Congrats to all.

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

  • RF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS — 19-for-44 (.432) in his last eleven games
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 12-for-28 (.429) in his last seven games
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — still in the lineup even with Sanchez back
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HBP — a total of 5,646 players have at least one plate plate appearances in the minors this year, and he ranks eighth with nine hit-by-pitches
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 11/3 GB/FB — 60 of 88 pitches were strikes (68%) … too bad the box score can’t tell us how well he located his slider and changeup
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 28 of 45 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — three pitches, two strikes

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DotF: Swisher homers twice, Sanchez returns in AAA win

LHP James Pazos was placed on the Triple-A DL, according to Shane Hennigan. Not sure what’s wrong with him, exactly. RHP Matt Wotherspoon was called up from Double-A Trenton to take his place on the roster.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Columbus) they scored 33 runs in the three-game series and have scored 52 runs in their last six games

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 16-for-39 (.410) in his last ten games
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — that’s three homers in his last two games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB — back-to-back days with a dinger after going a month without one
  • 3B Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K — that’s his 33rd career game at third and his first since 2014
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HBP — first game back from the broken thumb … missed only 18 days total
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64%) … first rehab outing of I don’t know how many
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 52 of 86 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 30 of 45 pitches were strikes … the Scranton native is back with the RailRiders

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DotF: Fowler has a big day in Trenton’s doubleheader

Triple-A Scranton (15-12 win over Columbus)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 4-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • RF Nick Swisher: 3-4, 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB — fifth homer in 43 games with the RailRiders
  • DH Aaron Judge: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — eighth homer of the season and his first since May 9th
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 K — straight up beast mode right now
  • LF Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 39 of 73 pitches were strikes (53%) … first game off the DL after missing a month with a lat injury
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 51 pitches were strikes (51%) … I have to think that’s a career high in pitches
  • LHP Neat Cotts: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 20 of 26 pitches were strikes (77%)

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Game 62: Can The Yankees Make It Six Straight?

(Mike Stobe/Getty)
(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Yankees are probably playing their best baseball of the season right now. They’ve won five straight games and they’ve outscored their opponents 32-14 in the five games, which is pretty damn awesome. Hopefully they can keep it going tonight. Being over .500 is pretty cool. Here is the Tigers’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. 1B Rob Refsnyder
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s another nice day in New York. Warmer than it has been the last few days but not oppressively hot. It’s actually raining right now in New York but it’s not supposed to last very long. Tonight’s game is going to begin at 7:15pm ET and you can watch on FOX. Enjoy the broadcast!

Injury Update: Chasen Shreve (shoulder) will start a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton tomorrow.

DotF: Austin, Higashioka, Puello all have big games in AAA win

Some notes:

  • C Gary Sanchez (thumb) has started hitting again, according to Shane Hennigan. He was scheduled to take batting practice today for the first time since a foul tip broke his thumb.
  • In a bit of a surprise, OF Estevan Florial as been promoted to High-A Tampa, reports Josh Norris. I think this might be temporary. One of those “Tampa needs an outfielder so let’s grab someone from the minor league complex across the street” things. Florial was talked up all winter as the team’s next great prospect, and he still only 18.
  • OF Aaron Judge placed 12th on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, so check that out. Judge rebounded nicely from that ugly 0-for-24 stretch a week or so ago.

Triple-A Scranton (10-7 win over Louisville)

  • CF Jake Cave: 0-5, 2 K — threw a runner out at second
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 3-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 11-for-27 (.407) with six doubles and two homers in seven games since being promoted … you know, the big league first base job is pretty wide open
  • DH Kyle Higashioka: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB — 18-for-44 (.409) with four doubles and five homers in eleven games since coming up to fill in for Sanchez
  • LF Cesar Puello: 4-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — the former Mets farmhand is hitting .322/.459/.471 on the season
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 1.1 IP, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 32 of 50 pitches were strikes … yuck, though, to be fair, he barely pitched the last three weeks
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61%)

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DotF: Austin stays hot, Severino dominates in Triple-A win

Two quick notes to pass along:

  • C Gary Sanchez (thumb) went for his two-week checkup and was cleared to resume baseball activities, according to Chad Jennings. He’s been taking ground balls at first base, but the Yankees have made it clear he’s still a catcher, because duh.
  • RHP Gio Gallegos was bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, so says Shane Hennigan. They’re a little short on arms with RHP Anthony Swarzak called up and LHP Tyler Olson in DFA limbo.

Triple-A Scranton (6-0 win over Charlotte)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 10-for-22 (.455) during his little six-game hitting streak
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-4, 2 K
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles and two homers in five games since the promotion
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — his 28 extra-base hits lead the farm system by a mile … Sanchez and 1B Chris Gittens are second with 20 each
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 51 of 75 pitches were strikes (68%) … vintage Severino performance
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 32 pitches were strikes … 29/19 K/BB in 22 innings

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DotF: Judge, Austin, Higashioka have big games in AAA win

Some notes:

  • LHP Phil Coke has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, according to Shane Hennigan. He hurt his ankle during Sunday’s start. RHP Mark Montgomery has been moved up from Double-A Trenton to fill the roster spot.
  • C Gary Sanchez, who is still out with a fractured thumb, took ground balls at first base today, according to Hennigan. There’s no reason not to have him work out there since Mark Teixeira will be out a while. Sanchez has some first base experience in winter ball.
  • Brendan Kuty recently spoke to minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson about SS Kyle Holder. “He’s learned to be approach-oriented, so he doesn’t live and die with every at-bat. He understands that it’s a process,” said Rowson.
  • RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Andrew Schwaab, and RHP Daris Vargas have been named to the Low-A South Atlanta League All-Star Game, so congrats to them. Here are the North and South rosters. The game will be played on Tuesday, June 21st. That’s two weeks from today.
  • And finally, OF Jeff Hendrix has been named the Low-A South Atlantic League Offensive Player of the Week. Congrats to him.

Triple-A Scranton (11-10 win over Charlotte, walk-off style)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K — that’s four multi-hit games in his last six games overall
  • RF Aaron Judge: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 9-for-19 (.474) since the ugly 0-for-24 slump
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — drew the walk-off walk
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles and a homer in four games since the promotion
  • DH Nick Swisher: 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 4-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — 12-for-31 (.387) with two doubles and three homers in eight games since the promotion … Sanchez is going to come back and their offense is going to get worse!
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 53 of 85 pitches were strikes (62%) … third straight outing of four innings or more … he’d never done it before this little streak
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery:

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