DotF: Refsnyder extends hitting streak to 14 games in Scranton’s loss

More bad news on the pitching front: RHP Tyler Cloyd is heading for arm surgery, according to Shane Hennigan. Triple-A Scranton pitching coach Tommy Phelps seemed to indicate he needs Tommy John surgery. Cloyd isn’t great or anything, but he’s a stretched out warm body who could have come up as an emergency starter/long man.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 loss to Pawtucket)

  • DH Donovan Solano: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB — 6-for-12 with three doubles, two walks, and no strikeouts in his last five games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-5, 1 K — he’s played 30 games this year: 30.9 K% in the first 15 and 19.4 K% in the last 15
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K — extends hitting streak to 14 games and on-base streak to 18 games
  • 1B Deibinson Romero: 1-2, 2 BB
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 38 of 57 pitches were strikes (66%) … he started the fourth inning, then left with the trainer per Hennigan, so yet another pitcher is hurt
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 31 of 42 pitches were strikes (74%) … 25/5 K/BB in 19 innings
  • LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%)
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71%) … came out of the bullpen on his throw day to give the regular relievers an inning off

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DotF: Judge homers again, Refsnyder extends hit streak in Scranton win

Some notes:

  • RHP Domingo Acevedo has been placed on the Low-A Charleston DL with a lower body injury, reports Josh Norris. At least it’s not his arm. Acevedo has a 2.43 ERA (2.35 FIP) with 37 strikeouts and only five walks in 33.1 innings this season.
  • Both C Gary Sanchez and SS Jorge Mateo were including in MLB.com’s Prospect Team of the Week. Those two went a combined 23-for-45 (.511) with three doubles, two triples, and five home runs in ten games last week. That is: good.
  • LHP Nestor Cortes was including in Baseball America’s daily prospect report today, so check that out. It’s not behind the paywall. Cortes has been one of the best pitchers in the system statistically since being a 36th round pick in 2013.
  • OF Carlos Vidal, OF Mark Payton, and RHP Brody Koerner were all placed on the High-A Tampa DL, per Nick Flammia. RHP Travis Hissong and OF Cesar Diaz were moved up to fill roster spots.
  • The Yankees have signed RHP Jean Peralta, reports Matt Eddy. I can’t find any information about him, and usually that means he is an amateur player signed as an international free agent.

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

  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — fifth homer in his last nine games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — hitting streak is up to 13 games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 2-4 — first multi-hit game in 15 days
  • RHP Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 WP, 6/2 GB/FB — 69 of 103 pitches were strikes (67%) … 24.3% strikeout rate in Triple-A this year after a 20.9% strikeout rate in Double-A last year
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76%)

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DotF: Judge homers for fourth time in last eight games in Scranton’s loss

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — threw a runner out at second for his fifth outfield assists in 23 games in the outfield … fourth homer in his last eight games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K — 8-for-38 (.211) since missing a few days after taking a pitch to the hand
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-5, 2 K — in an 0-for-13 skid
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4 — the hitting streak is up to a dozen games
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 58 of 97 pitches were strikes (60%) … had allowed six earned runs total in his first four outings at this level
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 20 of 32 pitches were strikes (63%) … home debut with the RailRiders for the Scranton area native
  • LHP James Pazos: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K — ten pitches, seven strikes

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DotF: Sanchez and Mateo homer again in wins

Some quick roster notes:

  • RHP Brady Lail has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, so says Josh Norris. Lail has a 4.23 ERA (4.24 FIP) in 27.2 innings for Double-A Trenton this year. He started today in place of RHP Luis Cessa, and I’m guessing the Yankees held Cessa back in case they needed to call him up to help the bullpen.
  • Both OF Michael O’Neill and OF Zack Zehner were placed on the High-A Tampa DL, according to Nick Flammia. OF Carlos Vidal and UTIL Devyn Bolasky will take their place on the roster. Vidal was just bumped up from Extended Spring Training to Low-A Charleston last week. They like him enough to send him to High-A already, even temporarily.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Lehigh Valley in ten innings, walk-off style)

  • RF Aaron Judge & DH Nick Swisher: both 0-5, 3 K — womp womp … Judge did throw a runner out at the plate though
  • C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — third homer in his last four games … he’s 10-for-19 (.526) with three doubles and three homers in his last four games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-1, 1 K — he was lifted in the third inning because he was having problems with his new contacts, according to Shane Hennigan
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K — 17-for-44 (.386) during his eleven-game hitting streak
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — walk-off dinger
  • RHP Brady Lail: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 42 of 67 pitches were strikes (63%) … 14/20 K/BB in 40.2 career Triple-A innings
  • LHP Tyler Olson: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/5 GB/FB — 24 of 45 pitches were strikes (53%)
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 24 of 44 pitches were strikes (55%)

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DotF: Mateo stays hot in Tampa’s loss

OF Aaron Judge and SS Jorge Mateo rank ninth and tenth in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, respectively. The calls for Mateo to be promoted are understandable, but he’s only played 46 total games at High-A split across two seasons. At least let him go through the league twice first.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 BB — threw a runner out at third
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • LF Nick Swisher: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — first game in left field
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6/4 GB/FB — 54 of 79 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 33 of 50 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Judge and Sanchez go deep again in Scranton’s win

LHP Dietrich Enns has been named the Double-A Eastern League Player of the Month for April. Congrats to him. I’m pretty sure these Player of the Months awards are new. Don’t ever remember seeing them before. Enns had a 0.00 ERA (2.63 FIP) in four starts and 23.2 innings for Double-A Trenton last month.

Triple-A Scranton (10-1 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • LF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — second straight game with a homer and it came against former first overall pick Mark Appel … it’s his third dinger in his last five games overall
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second homer in the last three games for him
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • DH Nick Swisher: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — one scout told George King it is “hard to look at” Swisher when he runs these days because his knees are shot
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Richard Bleier: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 13/2 GB/FB — 63 of 93 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 29 pitches were strikes (66%)

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DotF: Judge, Sanchez, and Refsnyder continue hot streaks in Scranton’s win

Some notes:

  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon has been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, reports Shane Hennigan. He’s from the Scranton area, so that’s cool. Wotherspoon has emerged as a sleeper because he’s throwing 94 mph with both a curveball and a slider. So far this season he has a 1.06 ERA (1.85 FIP) with a 33.3% strikeout rate in 17 innings with Trenton. RHP Vinnie Pestano was placed on the DL to clear a roster spot. I’m not sure what the actual injury is.
  • Also going to Triple-A is RHP Mark Montgomery, so says Matt Kardos. LHP Dan Camarena has been sent down to Double-A in a corresponding move. Montgomery has a 2.25 ERA (2.56 FIP) in eight innings with Trenton this year. He’s struck out eleven and walked six. Montgomery has split the last three seasons between Double-A and Triple-A.
  • To replace Wotherspoon in Trenton, the Yankees signed RHP David Kubiak out of an independent league and assigned him to Double-A, per Kardos. Kubiak, 26, threw 25.1 innings in rookie ball with the Rays in 2011. He’s been bouncing around indy leagues since. Kubiak allowed four runs with 20 strikeouts and two walks in 11.1 innings with Bridgeport Bluefish this year.

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

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 8-for-23 (.348) with three doubles, two homers, four walks, and three strikeouts in his last six games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 1 SB — 15-for-45 (.333) with six doubles and a homer in his last eleven games
  • LF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 SB — 14-for-36 (.389) during his nine-game hitting streak … second straight game in right field, and Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings it was Refsnyder’s idea to spend some time in the outfield
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 11/1 GB/FB — 65 of 92 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Phil Coke: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%) … back into a relief role after making a spot start a few days ago
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes … 19/3 K/BB in 13 innings for the three-time Tommy John surgery guy

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