DotF: Ackley plays second rehab game; Mateo injured in Tampa’s win

No Yankees farmhands were named to the Double-A Eastern League end of season All-Star Team. All their good players were promoted to Triple-A Scranton at midseason.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — had been in a 3-for-29 (.103) slump
  • LF Dustin Ackley: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB — played five innings in the field in his second rehab game (first in the field) … the back must be feeling pretty good if he’s stealing bases
  • RF-3B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF-LF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 10/4 GB/FB — 56 of 92 pitches were strikes (61%) … four runs allowed in his last 24 innings (1.50 ERA)
  • RHP Chris Martin: 2 IP 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 23 of 32 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes (67%)

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DotF: Ackley doubles in first minor league rehab game

Got a bunch of notes to pass along, via Chad Jennings, Bryan Hoch, and Brendan Kuty:

  • C Gary Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury running out a double play ball last night and has been placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL. Sanchez was on track to be the third catcher when rosters expand Tuesday. Stinks. Consider this a reminder to never hustle, kids. Gotta think the Yankees will go with Austin Romine as the third catcher now. They’ll need to clear a 40-man spot for him.
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder will be called up when rosters expand, but OF Aaron Judge will not. “We’re not going to bring somebody just to bring them. In Judge’s case, there’s currently not a need,” said Brian Cashman. Also, there’s no point in adding him to the 40-man roster yet.
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren (elbow) is on a throwing program but is not yet throwing bullpen sessions, so right now he is unlikely to return to the big leagues next month. The Yankees could put him on the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man spot for someone else though.
  • The Arizona Fall League rosters will be announced next Tuesday, according to Josh Norris. Lindgren and Eric Jagielo (knee) seem like good bets for the AzFL to make up for lost time, if healthy. Maybe LHP Ian Clarkin (elbow) too, but that seems unlikely.
  • Congrats to Rookie Pulaski manager Tony Franklin, who was named the Appalachian League Manager of the Year. Also, 2B Gosuke Katoh, OF Carlos Vidal, and LHP Nestor Cortes were named to the league’s end-of-season All-Star Team.
  • And finally, make sure you check out Norris’ article on SS Hyo-Jun Park. Park, 19, signed for $1.2M out of South Korea as part of last summer’s international spending spree, and he has impressed on both sides of the ball in his pro debut this year.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-0 win over Lehigh Valley) makeup of last Thursday’s rainout

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — he’s hitting .383/.432/.642 in his last 30 games … wowza
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R
  • DH Dustin Ackley: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — first rehab game … my guess is he stays here until Monday, then rejoins the Yankees when rosters expand Tuesday, assuming his back holds up
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB — September pinch-runner candidate OF Rico Noel pinch-ran for him late in the game and stole a base
  • LF Slade Heathcott: 2-3, 2 RBI
  • C Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 BB
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/13 GB/FB — 64 of 88 pitches were strikes (73%) … that is one hell of a spot start for the kid who spent most of the year with High-A Tampa … he was up to help out during the doubleheader

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DotF: Amburgey homers again in Staten Island’s loss

LHP Josh Rogers was named the 25th best prospect in the Cape Cod League today by Baseball America (subs. req’d). “His three-pitch mix and strike-throwing ability give him a chance to become a back-of-the-rotation starter,” said the write-up. The Yankees selected Rogers in the 11th round of this year’s draft and gave him an above slot $485,000 bonus.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Pawtucket in ten innings, walk-off style)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-5, 2 K — why isn’t he playing second base in the Bronx? probably because he’s hitting .269/.357/.396 in 507 plate appearances with the RailRiders
  • 3B-1B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 1 BB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-3, 1 K — left the game after grounding into a double play in the fifth … it would be pretty crummy if he got hurt just a few days before rosters were set to expand
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • 1B-C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 R — not to get too far ahead of myself, but is Sanchez is hurt, Romine’s the obvious third catcher call-up in September
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2/7 GB/FB — 59 of 109 pitches were strikes (54%) … up from Double-A to make the spot start
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (60%) … 63/22 K/BB in 59 innings for the guy they got in the Shawn Kelley trade … Barbato figures to ride the bullpen shuttle next year
  • RHP Andrew Bailey: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 17 of 24 pitches were strikes (71%) … guessing he throws a tune-up inning Saturday or Sunday, then is with the big league team when rosters expand Tuesday
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 16 pitches were strikes (75%)

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DotF: Jorge Mateo steals 81st base in Tampa’s win

The minor league season ends in about two weeks, and although LHP Ian Clarkin has not pitched in an official game this season, he is currently throwing off a mound based on his Instagram feed. Clarkin’s been out since dealing with some elbow inflammation back in Spring Training. Hopefully he gets healthy enough to pitch in Instructional League in a few weeks. Maybe even in the Arizona Fall League or winter ball somewhere.

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 loss to Pawtucket)

  • CF-LF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LF Slade Heathcott: 1-3, 1 K — first game since leaving Friday’s game for an unknown reason after running the bases
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 1-3, 1 HBP
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4 — 7-for-12 (.583) in his last three games
  • RF-CF Aaron Judge: 0-4, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 HBP
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 13/0 GB/FB — 61 of 99 pitches were strikes (62%) … well, if you’re not going to strike anyone out, I guess allowing no fly balls works
  • LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%)

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DotF: Sanchez homers again; Amburgey stays crazy hot

OF Trey Amburgey and RHP Domingo Acevedo were named the Short Season NY-Penn League Offensive Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Also, LHP Chaz Hebert was named the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. Congrats to all of those games.

The minor league regular season ends two weeks from today for most affiliates, so here’s a standings update.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Pawtucket) they’re 73-56 and 6.5 games up in the North Division … their magic number is nine

  • LF Ben Gamel & 2B Rob Refsnyder: both 0-4 — Gamel struck out twice
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 1-3
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — ties his career high with 18 homers
  • CF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 2-3
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 50 of 77 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Chris Martin: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 26 of 41 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes (70%) … 79/21 K/BB in 58.1 innings

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DotF: Gamel, Sanchez have big games in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Rochester)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — he’s hitting .332/.379/.545 with 13 doubles, six triples, and five homers in his last 46 games … jeepers
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder & LF Jose Pirela: both 0-4, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 4-4, 2 R, 2 2B — slump’s over
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 66 of 99 pitches were strikes (67%) … easily his best outing a Triple-A and it came at a good time, their bullpen has been taxed due an extra innings game and the recent shuttling
  • RHP Andury Acevedo: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 25 of 39 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Aaron Judge’s monster game leads Scranton to a win

Triple-A Scranton (11-5 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K — threw a runner out at third
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 3 RBI, 1 SB — had been in a 3-for-21 (.143) rut
  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — 17th homer of the year leaves him one shy of his career high, set back in 2012 … he’s third in the minors in homers among catchers (two others are tied at 19)
  • RF Aaron Judge: 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — monster game … he’s been struggling of late, but this is a nice little reminder of the kind of impact he can have
  • C Austin Romine: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI — had been in a 4-for-30 (.133) slump
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 B, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 60 of 102 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eleven of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Andrew Bailey: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%) … have to think he’ll be a September call-up as long as he stays healthy

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