DotF: Williams’ home run gives Scranton a Game One win

Some notes before we get to the first full day of playoff action in the minors:

  • RHP Eric Ruth and LHP Daniel Camarena were bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, reports Matt Kardos. They’ll cover for RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP James Pazos, who were called up yesterday. LHP Caleb Frare was moved up from High-A Tampa to Trenton and LHP Evan Rutckyj (elbow) was activated off the Double-A DL to fill the roster spots.
  • RHP Chance Adams earned a spot on Baseball America’s 2016 Minor League All-Star Team. He held hitters to a .169 batting average, second lowest by a qualified minor league starter since 1993. Adams had a 2.33 ERA (2.96 FIP) and a 29.1% strikeout rate in 127.1 total innings this summer, his first as a starter.
  • SS Gleyber Torres was included in today’s Prospect Report after picking up two doubles in Tampa’s Game One win yesterday. The second double drove in the game-winning run.

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Lehigh Valley) they lead the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — didn’t hit a single home run in 43 regular season games after coming back from shoulder surgery this season, so, naturally, he hits the game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning of the first playoff game
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-4
  • 3B Donovan Solano, 1B Chris Parmelee & C Kyle Higashioka: all 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-2, 1 BB
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/9 GB/FB — 65 of 92 pitches were strikes (71%) … he’s allowed four runs in 44 total Triple-A innings (0.82 ERA)
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 30 pitches were strikes (73%) … he can’t start in the postseason because of his innings limit, so he’ll be the relief ace instead

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DotF: Gleyber Torres leads Tampa to Game One win

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Dunedin in 13 innings) they lead the best-of-three series 1-0

  • 2B Jorge Mateo: 1-6, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB — drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice
  • 3B Thairo Estrada: 1-6, 1 R — his single started the go-ahead rally in the 13th inning
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — doubled in Estrada for the go-ahead run
  • 1B Kevin Cornelius: 0-5, 1 BB, 4 K
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 2-5, 2 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 55 of 87 pitches were strikes (73%) … look at Big Yef dominating in Game One
  • RHP Jordan Foley: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 27 of 42 pitches were strikes (64%) … a decent relief outing, I’d say
  • RHP Eduardo Rivera: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eleven of 19 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Sean Carley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — half of his 16 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Dillon McNamara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes … gets the save and caps off six hitless innings from the bullpen

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, Low-A Charleston, and Short Season Staten Island all begin their first round postseason series tomorrow.

The season is over for Rookie Pulaski, Rookie GCL Yanks East, and Rookie GCL Yanks West. None of the three teams qualified for the postseason.

DotF: Frazier and Andujar homer on final day of the minor league regular season

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Syracuse in ten innings, walk-off style) they finished the regular season at 91-52, tying the franchise record for wins … no other Triple-A team won more than 85 games this season … their best-of-five first round series with Lehigh Valley (Phillies) begins Wednesday … LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Phil Coke, and RHP Bryan Mitchell are starting the first three games according to Chad Jennings

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4 — he hit .298/.315/.380 in 43 games after shoulder surgery, so the power was a little light, but everything else was typical Williams
  • DH Clint Frazier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — smacked a dinger in his first game back from the hamstring injury (here’s video) … he finishes the season with a .263/.335/.447 batting line, 27 doubles, 16 homers, and 13 steals in 119 total games … he hit .228/.278/.396 in 25 Triple-A games after coming over in the Andrew Miller trade
  • 3B Donovan Solano: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — minor league signee hit .319/.346/.436 with 33 doubles, seven homers, and an International League leading 163 hits
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 1 RBI — walk-off single to end the season … the former top Mets prospect hit .283/.413/.404 with five homers and 18 steals in 78 games … nice little signing by the Yankees
  • LF Jake Cave: 0-4, 1 R — hit .268/.330/.427 with a career high eight homers in 116 total games this year after failing to make the Reds as a Rule 5 Draft pick in Spring Training
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — finishes his breakout season with a .276/.337/.511 batting line and a career high (by far) 21 homers in 102 total games
  • SS-1B Cito Culver: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — the Summer of Cito ends with a .254/.315/.349 line in 117 total games
  • LHP Richard Bleier: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 50 of 77 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%) … the 25-year-old finishes the season with a 1.27 ERA and a 106/17 K/BB in 78 total innings
  • RHP J.R. Graham: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (70%) … the Yankees got him from the Twins in cash deal in mid-May and he’s somehow remained on the 40-man roster every since … maybe the most amazing part of the season

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DotF: Tampa splits swept in a doubleheader on the final day of the regular season

Good news: OF Clint Frazier (hamstring) is “ready to go,” Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Shane Hennigan. Frazier could play in the regular season finale tomorrow as a tune-up for the playoffs.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Syracuse, walk-off style) their regular season ends tomorrow … their first round postseason series with Lehigh Valley (Phillies) starts Wednesday (best-of-five)

  • LF Mark Payton: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • DH-C Kyle Higashioka: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 K — had the walk-off fielder’s choice … the third baseman threw to second for the inning-ending force out, but he double-clutched and Payton was safe, allowing the run to score from third
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • 3B Jose Rosario: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) — singled in the game-tying run in the eighth … this team keeps losing their best players to call-ups (and a trade), yet they keep winning
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — first dinger since July 8th … he’s not really a power hitter, but still, that’s a long time
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 33 of 50 pitches were strikes … the Scranton native made the spot start because they’re lining up their rotation for the postseason … looks like LHP Jordan Montgomery will get the ball in Game One on Wednesday
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 27 of 45 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 34 of 49 pitches were strikes (69%) … finishes the season with a 3.59 ERA and an 82/23 K/BB in 72.2 innings this season … is that good enough to get a 40-man roster spot or picked in the Rule 5 Draft this winter?
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 12 of 20 pitches were strikes (60%) … finishes with a 2.61 ERA and a 49/23 K/BB in 48.1 Triple-A innings

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DotF: Aguilar homers, Staten Island clinches playoff spot

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Buffalo)

  • DH Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — that’s hit-by-pitch No. 18, easily the most in the system
  • 3B Donovan Solano: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — their primary No. 3 hitters this season have been Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, and now Donovan Solano
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Jake Cave: 0-3, 2 K — unless the Yankees surprisingly add him to the 40-man roster after the season, these could be his final games in the organization
  • RHP Brady Lail: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 9/6 GB/FB — 61 of 101 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K — 14 of 17 pitches were strikes (92%) … 12 strikeouts in 5.1 innings since returning from his injury
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight strikes, ten pitches … Proven Closerâ„¢

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DotF: Sheffield strikes out nine in Double-A debut

Got some notes to pass along, including a bunch of chain reaction roster moves:

  • In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees called up RHP Luis Severino, RHP Nick Goody, RHP Kirby Yates, UTIL Rob Refsnyder, OF Eric Young Jr., and RHP Jonathan Holder earlier today as their first round of September call-ups.
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon, RHP J.R. Graham, RHP Mark Montgomery, UTIL Jose Rosario, and OF Mark Payton were all bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, reports Matt Kardos. They’ll fill-in for the September call-ups.
  • LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Matt Marsh, and RHP Eric Ruth were promoted from High-A Tampa to Trenton, the team announced. The Sheffield move was reported Wednesday, but now it’s official.
  • RHP Domingo German was activated off the High-A DL and both OF Tito Polo and LHP Stephen Tarpley have officially been added to the Tampa roster, the team announced. Polo and Tarpley came over as the players to be named later in the Ivan Nova trade a few days ago.
  • Holder, meanwhile, claimed the top spot in the final Prospect Hot Sheet of the regular season. That’s what happens when you strike out 12 batters during a four-inning postseason-clinching save. Quite a week for Holder.
  • And finally, 2B Nick Solak made Baseball America’s Prospect Team of the Month for August, so congrats to him.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Buffalo, walk-off style) their season ends Monday … they’ve already clinched a postseason spot

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-3, 1 RBI — drove in the game-tying run with a sac fly in the eighth
  • RF Mark Payton: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SB — threw a runner out at the plate in his Triple-A debut
  • 3B Donovan Solano: 1-4, 2 K
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — walk-off home run
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 2 K
  • LF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 7/2 GB/FB — 57 of 91 pitches were strikes (63%) … so does he make Chad Green‘s start in five days?
  • LHP James Pazos: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven pitches, four strikes
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%) … 103/17 K/B in 75.2 innings
  • RHP J.R. Graham: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of ten pitches were strikes

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DotF: Florial triples and homers in Charleston debut

As always, we begin with the notes:

  • OF Zack Zehner was named to the High-A Florida State League end of season All-Star Team. Also, Pat Osborn was named the league’s Manager of the Year, so congrats to both. Zehner, last year’s 18th round pick, hit .282/.382/.379 (129 wRC+) with three homers in 107 games for Tampa.
  • OF Alex Palma was placed on the Low-A DL with a lower body injury, the team announced. His regular season is over but he could return for the postseason, depending on the severity of the injury. The 20-year-old hit .265/.292/.420 (101 wRC+) with six homers in 64 games this year.
  • OF Estevan Florial was bumped up from rookie Pulaski to replace Palma, the team announced. Pulaski’s season ends today, so Florial is getting a late-season cameo in full season ball. Neat.

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Buffalo) the win clinches at least a tie of the division title

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — he’s locked in right now
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — another hit-by-pitch … he’s a magnet
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) — ten homers in 61 games for the RailRiders
  • DH Kyle Higashioka: 1-5, 2 K
  • LF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • LHP Phil Coke: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 68 of 93 pitches were strikes (73%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 12 of 16 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%) … pitching tonight is a pretty good indication he won’t be called up tomorrow

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