DotF: Judge homers in Scranton’s latest blowout win

Got two notes to pass along:

  • The Yankees have released 1B Ike Davis, the team announced. The move clears a roster spot for LHP Richard Bleier, who was send down yesterday. I wouldn’t read anything into this regarding a potential call-up for 1B Tyler Austin. They needed a roster spot and Davis was most expendable. That’s all.
  • PNC Field in Scranton (well, Moosic, technically) will host the 2017 Triple-A Championship Game between the International League and Pacific Coast League, reports Shane Hennigan. That’s pretty neat. Each year the IL and PCL champs meet for a one-game winner-take-all Triple-A title game.

Triple-A Scranton (10-0 win over Lehigh Valley) they lead the International League with 538 runs … only one other team is over 500 for the season

  • LF Ben Gamel: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 12-for-30 (.400) in his last six games
  • CF Clint Frazier: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last five games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — here’s video of the homer
  • DH Cesar Puello: 0-4, 1 R
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — 10-for-17 (.588) with five doubles in his last six games … I have to think he’s the odds on favorite to come up after Alex Rodriguez is released Saturday, but we’ll see
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-5, 1 R, 1 PB
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%) … he has a 1.29 ERA in 181.1 innings since coming back from Tommy John surgery last season
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, eight strikes

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DotF: Frazier, Judge, Austin lead Scranton to another win

Got some links to pass along:

  • Jon Schwartz has a great Yankees Magazine article on Drew Henson, the first prospect who truly broke by heart. Henson is currently a pro scout with the Yankees, and Schwartz shadowed him during a recent scouting trip through St. Louis and Kansas City.
  • Shane Hennigan has a really good story on LHP Jordan Montgomery, whose first two Triple-A starters have been easy to overlook given OF Clint Frazier‘s arrival and the OF Aaron Judge/1B Tyler Austin potential call-up stuff.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley, walk-off style)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off sac fly
  • CF Clint Frazier: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K — 5-for-16 (.313) with a double, a triple, and a homer in his last four games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 8-for-25 (.320) since coming off the DL
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-3, 1 K — played seven innings at first in his second rehab game in the field
  • 3B-1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K — 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles in his last five games
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chad Green: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 62 of 92 pitches were strikes (68%) … ho hum, Green continues to be a Triple-A ace … I wish the Yankees would give him an extended stint in MLB rather than one start here and there
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 15 of 29 pitches were strikes (52%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, eight strikes … 78/7 K/BB in 53.1 innings

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DotF: Mitchell begins rehab stint in Charleston’s win

Some notes on this Monday:

  • RHP Alex Smith has been released and RHP Kyle Haynes was demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton to fill the roster spot, reports Matt Kardos. The RailRiders had six starters for five spots after RHP Chad Green was sent down. Smith, 26, was signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2012. Most undrafted signees are gone within a year or two. He stuck around a while.
  • 2B Nick Solak, IF Drew Bridges, and RHP Kolton Mahoney were all named to the NY-Penn League All-Star Game, the league announced. Here are the North and South rosters. The All-Star Game is next Tuesday and will be played in Hudson Valley. The internet tells me the ballpark is in Fishkill, New York, if any of you are nearby and interested in going.
  • I missed this the other day, but Eric Longenhagen posted scouting reports on the three players the Yankees received in the Carlos Beltran trade. He has RHP Dillon Tate with two present 60 pitches on the 20-80 scouting scale (fastball, slider) and a third future 60 pitch (changeup), which is really awesome. RHP Nick Green and RHP Erik Swanson aren’t nobodies either.
  • And finally, LHP Josh Rogers was named the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, so congrats to him. The Yankees gave Rogers an above-slot $485,000 bonus as their 11th round pick last year.

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day.

Double-A Trenton (12-6 win over Richmond)

  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — he’s hitting .311/.352/.504 in his last 68 games, so yeah
  • SS Abi Avelino: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — 11-for-32 (.344) in ten games since the promotion
  • RF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Ronald Herrera: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9/2 GB/FB — 63 of 95 pitches were strikes (66%)

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DotF: Judge’s grand slam helps Scranton to another win

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Syracuse) one day after beating up Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito, they worked over Nationals RHP Reynaldo Lopez (6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), another one of the top pitching prospects in baseball

  • DH Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • RF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • LF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — Shane Hennigan has video of the grand slam he hit off Lopez … Hennigan says Judge made a great leaping catch in left too
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 2 K, 1 PB
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — played five innings in his first rehab game in the field
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-1
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 2B
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 63 of 97 pitches were strikes (65%) … he’s not going to be an ace or anything, but Montgomery definitely has a chance to help the Yankees in some capacity, maybe as a lefty David Phelps type
  • LHP Phil Coke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 0/2 GB/FB — 20 of 35 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, six strikes … 52/13 K/BB in 45 total innings this season

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DotF: Frazier homers, RailRiders rough up Giolito in win

Got some mostly injury related notes to pass along:

  • RHP Domingo Acevedo (back) played catch today and will do so again tomorrow, according to Matt Kardos. If all goes well, he’ll throw a bullpen session sometime next week. Acevedo was reportedly on the verge of being promoted to Double-A Trenton before the injury.
  • 1B Chris Parmelee (hamstring) started a minor league rehab assignment today, reports Shane Hennigan. His 20-day rehab stint will expire on Thursday, August 25th, though I would be surprised if they use the entire 20 days. Parmelee is out of options, so he might designated for assignment as soon as he gets activated.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield made an appearance in today’s Prospect Report after his eleven-strikeout organizational debut last night, so check that out.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Syracuse) they faced Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito, arguably the best pitching prospect in baseball, and they roughed him up pretty good (3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K on 93 pitches)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — first homer since the trade, and yes, he took Giolito deep
  • LF Aaron Judge: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • 3B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — second game at third this season … with Parmelee in town on rehab, there’s not enough room to play everyone, so they have to improvise
  • DH Chris Parmelee: 1-4, 2 K – first rehab game since the hamstring injury
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — 59 of 93 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — nine of 16 pitches were strikes (56%)

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DotF: Sheffield debuts, Torres goes deep in Tampa’s win

Steve Givarz of Baseball Prospectus (no subs. req’d) posted a ton of Gulf Coast League scouting reports earlier today. These are guys we never hear anything about, including RHP Juan Escorcia, who was a member of the 2014-15 international haul. Check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Syracuse)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB — 8-for-16 in his last four games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — first extra-base hit since the trade
  • DH Aaron Judge: 0-4, 3 K
  • 1B Ike Davis: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 K — his 14-game Triple-A hitting streak is over
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GB/FB — 74 of 101 pitches were strikes (73%) … one short of tying his career high in strikeouts
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Gamel and Judge stay hot in Scranton’s win

Here are the day’s notes:

  • Randy Miller spoke to Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique about a bunch of players on his roster. I highly recommend it. Pedrique dished out some brutal honestly. Good stuff.
  • Couple of puff pieces: Bob Sutton on OF Blake Rutherford and Josh Norris (no subs. req’d) on RHP Rony Garcia. Make sure check those out. Also, RHP Austin DeCarr made today’s Prospect Report.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield, who came over from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade, will make his first start with the Yankees tomorrow, according to Nick Flammia.
  • RHP Brian Keller and 1B Brandon Wagner has been bumped up from the rookie Gulf Coast League to rookie Pulaski, the team announced.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-4, 1 R — has multiple hits in 12 of his last 24 games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 1-for-12 (.083) since the trade
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — 5-for-12 (.417) in three games since coming back from the knee injury
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — has a 14-game Triple-A hitting streak
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 6/4 GB/FB — 55 of 96 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Chasen Shreve: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 12 of 25 pitches were strikes (48%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 14 of 27 pitches were strikes (52%) … second outing since the trade

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