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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DotF: Refsnyder plays right; Sanchez, Mateo, and Andujar all go deep

Both RHP Domingo Acevedo and LHP Josh Rogers were mentioned in this week’s edition of Baseball America’s The List for their big strikeout-to-walk ratios. It’s not behind the paywall, so make sure you check it out.

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

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-5, 1 RBI
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) — 14-for-48 (.250) in his last 12 games, but nine of those 14 hits have gone for extra bases (six doubles, a triple, two homers)
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-4, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — first start in the outfield since 2014
  • RHP Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 56 of 85 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • LHP Tyler Olson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 25 of 39 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Coleman homers twice in Charleston’s win

Some quick notes:

  • LHP Dietrich Enns was including this week’s Monday Morning Ten Pack. It’s behind the paywall, so I can’t give away too much, but the scouting report is glowing: “Enns profiles as a major-league lefty specialist already, with upside beyond that. With further refinement of his secondary pitches and gains in stamina and command, I won’t be surprised at all if he’s holding down a spot in the middle of the Yankees rotation in a year or two.”
  • Thanks to last week’s combined no-hitter, RHP Ronald Herrera has been named the Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Herrera is only 20 years old, you know. He’s nearly four years younger than the average EL player.
  • According to Matt Kardos, LHP Evan Rutckyj will have surgery tomorrow. He was placed on the Double-A DL ten days ago with a sore elbow. I don’t know if he’s having Tommy John surgery or something else entirely. Rutckyj was in camp with the Braves as a Rule 5 Draft this year.
  • The Yankees have released LHP Preston Jamison, reports Matt Eddy. The Yankees signed him as a minor league free agent back in March and he never did throw a pitch this season.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Buffalo)

  • 3B Donovan Solano: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — not saying he’s a call-up candidate, but hitting .306/.333/.353 won’t hurt his case
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-5, 1 K
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 1-4, 2 K — stupid Yankees didn’t call him up and now he’s in a 5-for-24 (.208) slump! … someone, somewhere is saying that right now
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • C Eddy Rodriguez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — E-Rod with a game that would make A-Rod proud
  • 2B Pete Kozma: 0-4, 1 E (fielding) — he’s hitting .138/.240/.200 … remember when it seemed like he would make the team over Ronald Torreyes? yikes
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 9/2 GB/FB — 49 of 81 pitches were strikes (60%) … fourth outing with the RailRiders is his worst
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 26 of 44 pitches were strikes (59%) … so I guess he’s back up here now

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DotF: Rogers strikes out nine in Tampa’s loss

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 loss to Rochester)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 BB — six strikeouts in his last seven games (20.0 K%), so hopefully he’s trending in the right direction
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — threw a runner out at second … he’s gone 4-for-15 (.267) since coming back from the hand injury
  • DH Nick Swisher: 0-4, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4 — 7-for-24 (.292) during his six-game hitting streak
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 8/9 GB/FB — 70 of 103 pitches were strikes (68%) … I thought maybe there was a chance he would get called up today after the bullpen threw 98 pitches last night, but nope

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