DotF: Nova roughed up in rehab start; Staten Island starts season with a loss

Some notes:

  • RHP Drew Finley, this year’s third round pick, will start his career with the Yankees’ new Rookie Pulaski affiliate according to his Twitter feed. 2B Gosuke Katoh will be there too — Finley says they’re driving from Tampa to Pulaski together. They were high school teammates a few years ago.
  • Good news: 2B Rob Refsnyder and OF Aaron Judge rank 5th and 16th in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, respectively. Bad news: 3B Miguel Andujar made the Not So Hot Sheet. Two outta three ain’t bad!

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4 — threw a runner out at second
  • LF Jose Pirela & 2B Rob Refsnyder: both 0-4 — Pirela struck out twice
  • RF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 BB — Mason Williamsshoulder injury doesn’t sound serious, though I assume Flores is first in line to get called up
  • DH Gregorio Petit: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3
  • RHP Ivan Nova: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catcher) — 49 of 84 pitches were strikes (58%) … wonder what happens now, another rehab start or back to MLB?
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 31 of 48 pitches were strikes (65%) … 41/7 K/BB in 37.1 innings

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DotF: Judge goes deep again in Trenton’s shutout win

3B Eric Jagielo‘s knee injury is not serious and he will only miss a few days, reports Nick Peruffo. 1B Matt Snyder isn’t so lucky — his ankle injury is serious and may require surgery. Snyder got hurt last night, Jagielo a day or two ago.

Also, as a reminder, the Short Season Staten Island season begins tomorrow night with their annual home-and-home series with Brooklyn. Rookie Pulaski and the two Rookie GCL Yanks affiliates start their seasons next week.

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

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-6, 1 R, 2 K
  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-5
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 2 R
  • 3B Gregorio Petit: 3-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 10-for-18 (.556) in five games at this level
  • C Austin Romine: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K — first game back from the pitch to the head and he hits a grand slam against the team that plunked him
  • RHP Esmil Rogers: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 37 of 56 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 31 of 52 pitches were strikes (60%)

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DotF: Cave, Payton, and Fowler have big games in wins

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 loss to Rochester)

  • RF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K — he’s been okay but hasn’t forced the Yankees to consider calling him up … a ~.750 OPS in Triple-A for a bat only prospect isn’t anything special
  • CF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R — 8-for-28 (.286) since being sent down
  • SS Gregorio Petit: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/5 GB/FB — 58 of 99 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 21 of 37 pitches were strikes (57%)

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DotF: Flores and Severino lead RailRiders to a win

Got some notes to pass along:

  • Matt Kardos says C Gary Sanchez has been placed on the Double-A Trenton DL with a hand injury. He was hit by a foul tip the other day and has a bone bruise. X-rays showed no fracture. Sanchez is a few days away from returning to baseball activities according to Trenton manager Al Pedrique.
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, reports Chad Jennings. Not sure what’s wrong there but he hasn’t pitched since being demoted this past weekend. If it’s something Lindgren suffered while in MLB, the Yankees will have to call him back up and place him on the big league DL, allowing him accrue service time and receive MLB salary.
  • According to his Twitter feed, SS Kyle Holder is heading to Short Season Staten Island, which makes sense. He was the team’s supplemental first rounder last week ($1.8M bonus). Also, Robert Pimpsner says IF Thairo Estrada and RHP Domingo Acevedo will be with Staten Island as well. The season starts Friday.
  • Nick Peruffo says LHP James Pazos has been bumped up to Triple-A Scranton while RHP Caleb Cotham was send down to Double-A Trenton to clear a roster spot

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Rochester)

  • CF Ben Gamel, RF Jose Pirela & 2B Rob Refsnyder: all 0-4 — Gamel and Pirela both drew a walk and struck out
  • LF Ramon Flores: 3-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • SS Gregorio Petit: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/7 GB/FB — 59 of 103 pitches were strikes (57%) … this strikes me as the kind of performance that would have been much uglier against big leaguers … lots of fly balls, same number of walks as strikeouts, inefficient, etc.
  • RHP Jaron Long: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 14 of 19 pitches were strikes (74%) … temporarily working out of the bullpen because Ivan Nova is in his rotation spot
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 13 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — only one of four pitches were strikes … he was ejected in the middle of an at-bat, hence the pitch count weirdness … also he’s allowed five runs in six innings since being sent down

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DotF: Breen and Aune have huge games in Charleston’s win

I missed this last week, but UCLA RHP James Kaprielian (1st round) had the best future projection among this year’s first round pitchers according to Chris Mitchell’s KATOH system. Also, Oregon State OF Jeff Hendrix (4th) was among the best projected hitters taken on Day Two of the draft, so says KATOH.

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

High-A Tampa (3-2 loss to Bradenton)

  • 2B Abi Avelino: 0-2 — left the game in the fourth for an unknown reason
  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4
  • DH Miguel Andujar: 0-4, 1 K
  • RF Mark Payton: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LF Ericson Leonora: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — that’s his tenth homer of the season and fourth in his last three games
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3/5 GB/FB — 64 of 97 pitches were strikes (66%)

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DotF: Mateo and Aune have big days in Charleston’s win

A few days ago the benches cleared because Triple-A Rochester RHP Lester Oliveros intentionally threw at C Austin Romine‘s head after giving up back-to-back homers. Here’s video. Romine has not played since but Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings he is doing okay. No concussion and all other tests came back good. Still, scary moment. Oliveros has not yet been suspended. Oliveros was suspended a whole seven games.

Also, OF Tyler Austin was placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, according to Donnie Collins. He hurt his hip diving after a ball in the outfield recently.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Rochester)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Jose Pirela & DH Rob Refsnyder: both 1-4 — Pirela struck out
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 K
  • 3B Gregorio Petit: 2-3
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8/4 GB/FB –– 59 of 97 pitches were strikes (61%) … gave up six runs in 0.1 innings on May 11th and has allowed just six runs in 36 innings since
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 14 of 19 pitches were strikes (74%)

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DotF: Gary Sanchez injured in Trenton’s one-hitter

Got a slew of roster moves to pass along, courtesy of Nick Flammia, Matt Kardos, and the River Dogs:

  • LHP Matt Tracy, RHP Joel De La Cruz, and OF Taylor Dugas were all demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton. OF Ramon Flores and UTIL Jose Pirela are joining the roster.
  • OF Mark Payton, LHP Eric Wooten, RHP Chris Smith, and RHP Alex Smith were demoted from Double-A Trenton to High-A Tampa. Tracy, De La Cruz, Dugas, and the recently signed RHP Sergio Santos will fill those roster spots, plus 2B Joe Renda is on the way.
  • LHP Conner Kendrick, RHP Angel Rincon, and RHP Phil Walby were demoted from High-A Tampa to Low-A Charleston. Those roster spots are for Payton, Wooten, and the Smiths.
  • RHP Manolo Reyes, RHP Luis Cedeno, and RHP Yoel Espinal were demoted from Low-A Charleston to Extended Spring Training. Those are the Kendrick, Rincon, and Walby roster spots.

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Rochester)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second base
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/8 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 13 of 17 pitches were strikes

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