DotF: Wade and Culver go deep in Scranton’s blowout win

Triple-A Scranton (13-2 win over Charlotte)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — here’s video of the homer
  • DH Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Billy McKinney: 0-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — now hitting .248/.314/.461 with a career high tying nine home runs
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 10/2 GB/FB — 72 of 92 pitches were strikes (78%) … I wonder how high he is on the rotation depth chart?
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)

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DotF: Sauer makes pro debut in GCL doubleheader

Let’s get started with some notes, shall we?

  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) got a look at Low-A Charleston recently and had some notes on OF Estevan Florial. “(Florial) is a physically imposing, athletic kid with a big, furious swing who is loading his hands a little deep and creating some length, which might explain his high strikeout rate this year,” said the write-up.
  • Here is Baseball America’s analysis of yesterday’s big trade with the White Sox. It is not behind the paywall and it includes the latest scouting reports on OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, and OF Tito Polo, if you’re interested.
  • With Rutherford and Clarkin gone, OF Jake Cave and OF Billy McKinney have moved into MLB.com’s top Yankees prospects list. Not sure I agree with Cave being a top 30 prospect in this system, but to each his own.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 win over Norfolk)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB — 4-for-14 (.286) with three walks and six strikeouts in four games since being sent down
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K — so maybe he is a top 30 prospect
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-4 — 10-for-28 (.357) during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K
  • RHP Domingo German: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 33 of 52 pitches were strikes (63%) … prior to this game, he’d thrown 7.1 innings and 121 pitches over the last 31 days … he needs to pitch, not sit in the bullpen as the eighth reliever, so hopefully he stays down here and starts until the Triple-A season ends
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 37 pitches were strikes (70%) … first outing since his two innings of hero ball in the 16-inning game against the Red Sox on Saturday

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DotF: Andujar has a huge day in Scranton’s doubleheader

OF Jeff Hendrix made today’s Notes from the Field at Baseball Prospectus (subs. req’d). “Average bat speed, good hands, contact-oriented but not slap-and-dash like (Gosuke) Katoh, has more strength and loft, can put a charge on balls, works all fields, but power is to pull-side … See as a strong OF defender in the upper levels,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (10-2 loss to Norfolk in seven innings)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 2 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder & LF Billy McKinney: both 1-3
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — eleven homers in 88 games this year after hitting 12 in 130 games last year
  • LHP Brady Lail: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — 57 of 82 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60%)

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DotF: Rutherford’s hit streak ends as Charleston gets no-hit

A few links and notes to get us started:

  • C Kyle Higashioka (back) is not close to returning, Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Conor Foley. That’s not great. Higashioka is the No. 3 catcher. I guess that means veteran C Eddy Rodriguez is the third option for the time being.
  • UTIL Billy Fleming and 1B Brandon Wagner were named the Offensive Players of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League and Low-A South Atlantic League. Fleming has four homers in his last five games and five homers in his last eight games. Who knew?
  • C Saul Torres made today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus. His blurb is above the paywall, so check that out. “He has an athletic comfort behind home plate, demonstrating soft hands and the ability to block breakers in the dirt, moving easily … He puts on a good BP with plus raw power … there is a lot to work with here,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Portland)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Tito Polo: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — this dude just doesn’t stop hitting
  • RF Rashad Crawford: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yefry Ramirez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/1 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%) … been struggling the last few times out … he’s on the 40-man roster bubble and I wonder if he’ll make it through the season if the Yankees need more space
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 16 of 35 pitches were strikes (46%) … hopefully this is just a blip, but whenever a dude comes back from Tommy John surgery and struggles to throw strikes, you always worry a bit

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DotF: Rutherford hits game-winning homer, extends hit streak

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Buffalo)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 K, 1 SB — first game since being sent down
  • LF Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — his second home run since May 15th … of last year
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 RBI
  • RF Mason Williams: 0-4
  • LHP Joe Mantiply: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 36 of 55 pitches were strikes (65%) … making the spot start because today’s scheduled starter, RHP Domingo German, was called up to the big leagues after last night’s 16-inning marathon
  • LHP Nestor Cortes: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 45 of 61 pitches were strikes (74%) … 2.44 ERA with 61/24 K/BB in 66.1 total innings this year, as he’s been shuttling back and forth between Trenton and Scranton

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DotF: Adams labors in win, Acevedo really struggles in loss

That 16-inning win took a lot out of me and I’m not really feeling a full DotF tonight. Here’s the short version of tonight’s minor league action:

  • Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win): CF Mason Williams and 1B Rob Refsnyder both went 0-for-4. Mason’s hitting streak ended at 14 games. LF Billy McKinney had a double and 3B Miguel Andujar had a single and double. RHP Chance Adams struggled, walking four in 4.2 innings.
  • Double-A Trenton (7-6 loss): 2B Jorge Mateo had a single and CF Tito Polo had four hits, including a double. SS Thairo Estrada picked up his daily double. RHP Domingo Acevedo got knocked around for six runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings. Ouch. He allowed three homers.
  • High-A Tampa (5-4 win): 2B Nick Solak and CF Trey Amburgey each had a single while LF Alex Palma had two. RHP Dillon Tate allowed three runs, including two homers, in his 6.1 innings.
  • Low-A Charleston (5-4 win): 2B Diego Castillo, who has been swinging well for a while now, had three hits, including a pair of doubles. DH Blake Rutherford extended his hitting streak to ten games with a single. CF Estevan Florial struck out three times in four hitless at-bats.
  • Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win): A triple for SS Oswaldo Cabrera, a single for 3B Nelson Gomez, and no hits for 2B Wilkerman Garcia or CF Leonardo Molina. RHP Drew Finley struck out seven and allowed three runs in six innings.
  • Rookie Pulaski (9-7 loss): Three hits for my man CF Pablo Olivares, all singles. 3B Dermis Garcia and RF Steven Sensley both had two hits as well. One of Sensley’s left the yard. DH Brayan Emery had two hits too. Nothing interesting happened on the mound.
  • Rookie GCL Yanks East Game One (9-0 loss): One single but no walks for LF Canaan Smith. RHP Harold Cortijo came out of the bullpen and allowed four runs in 1.2 innings.
  • Rookie GCL Yanks East Game Two (8-3 loss): DH Canaan Smith had three hits but again, no walks. He must be broken. RF Jonathan Amundaray had a single. RHP Roansy Contreras, last year’s $300,000 bonus baby, allowed five runs in five innings in his stateside debut. He’s 17.
  • Rookie GCL Yanks West (6-5 win): SS Oswald Peraza, DH Gustavo Campero, and 1B Miguel Flames all went hitless.

Saturday Links: Bour, Trade Value, Conlon, Rasmussen

Bour. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty)
Bour. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

Later today the Yankees and Red Sox will continue their four games in three days series with the second game at Fenway Park. That’s a 4pm ET start. Until then, here are some links to check out.

Bour trade talks only “cursory”

According to Buster Olney, trade talks between the Yankees and Marlins about first baseman Justin Bour have only been “cursory, non-specific.” Olney says the Marlins have let teams know they’re open for business while Jon Heyman reports the club has no intention to trade its affordable core players. That sounds like posturing to me. They’re willing to trade them but say they won’t in an effort to build some leverage.

Bour, 29, is hitting .289/.367/.556 (136 wRC+) with 20 home runs in 77 games this season, plus he’s under team control as an arbitration-eligible player through 2020. He put on quite a show in the Home Run Derby before getting knocked out by Aaron Judge. On one hand, Bour would be an enormous first base upgrade for the Yankees, and he’d provide a DH option going forward should Greg Bird ever get healthy. On the other hand, something about trading prospects for a 29-year-old late bloomer at the bottom of the defensive spectrum doesn’t sit well with me.

Three Yankees make FanGraphs’ trade value series

Over the last week Dave Cameron has posted his annual trade value series, in which he ranks the top 50 players in baseball by trade value. It’s not just about performance. It’s about performance and years of team control, things like that. Bryce Harper is obviously excellent, though he doesn’t make the top 50 because he’ll be a free agent after next season. Anyway, three Yankees make the top 50, and they’re the young cornerstones of the franchise.

6. Aaron Judge
12. Gary Sanchez
35. Luis Severino

Judge is behind Carlos Correa, Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kris Bryant, and Francisco Lindor in that order. I have no problems with that. Judge is awesome and he won’t be a free agent until after the 2022 season, though he’s only been this for half-a-season. Those other guys have done it for a full season, at least. Sanchez is the highest ranked catcher and Severino is the 12th ranked pitcher, which is pretty great. Last year there were no Yankees in the trade value series. Now there are three, including two in the top 12.

O’s fourth rounder now a free agent

Jack Conlon, a fourth round pick by the Orioles in this year’s draft, is now an unrestricted free agent, according to both Jim Callis and Hudson Belinsky. The O’s saw something they didn’t like in Conlon’s physical and declined to sign him. They didn’t even make him the minimum offer (40% of his slot value), which is why he’s now a free agent. MLB.com ranked the Texas high school right-hander as the 175th best prospect in the draft class. Here’s a piece of their scouting report:

Conlon can pitch at 92-95 mph with life on his fastball and back it up with an 81-84 mph slider on days when his mechanics are in sync. His changeup lags behind his other two pitches, though it has some fade and he shows some feel for it. He has a classic pitcher’s build at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds that bodes well for his durability. Conlon lacks consistency, however, because he has a rough delivery with effort and a head whack.

There haven’t been any reports connecting Conlon to the Yankees (or any other team), and they might never come. This might be one of those situations where we skip straight to the signing announcement. I’m certain the Yankees will look into signing Conlon because hey, it’s not often you can pick up a decent pitching prospect for nothing but cash, though the failed physical is an issue. The Orioles are notoriously tough with their physicals, so maybe it’s nothing. Then again, it could be a serious arm problem, so much so that spending money on him isn’t worth the increased risk.

Also, I should note the Rays did not sign Oregon State right-hander Drew Rasmussen, the 31st selection in this year’s draft, also because something popped up in his physical. There are conflicting reports out there about his current status. Some say he’s a free agent because the Rays didn’t make the minimum offer while others say the Rays did make the minimum offer, and Rasmussen will return to school for his senior season rather than become a free agent. Who knows.