DotF: Wade hits rare homer in Tampa’s loss

2B Rob Refsnyder was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week after going 12-for-30 (.400) with four doubles and two homers in seven games last week. Also, I missed this John DeMarzo article on OF Aaron Judge the other day, so check that out too. It’s a bit of a puff piece.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 win over Charlotte)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 3 K — in an ugly 8-for-49 (.163) slump
  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — extends his on-base streak to 20 games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, /2 GB/FB — 53 of 94 pitches were strikes (56%) … been a busy for days for him thanks to the brief trip to Kansas City
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73%) … inherited runners on first and third with no outs from Mitchell, then struck out the side
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — seven of 12 pitches were strikes
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GB/FB — 14 of 30 pitches were strikes (47%)

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DotF: Refsnyder goes deep twice in Scranton’s win

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

  • DH Slade Heathcott: 0-5
  • LF-CF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — hot streak continues with his first two home runs of the year
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — six homers in his last 16 games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 K
  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-1 — left the game for an unknown reason in the third
  • LHP Miguel Sulbaran: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 45 of 72 pitches were strikes (63%) … nice Triple-A debut
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of eleven pitches were strikes
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — eight of 15 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Refsnyder extends on-base streak to 18 games

The Yankees have released RHP Jared Burton, according to Donnie Collins. That surprises me a little. I thought Burton was one of those “the Yankees like him way more than we realize” guys. Guess not. Also, LHP Miguel Sulbaran was promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, according to Josh Norris. He’s only made seven career starts at Double-A, so this might only be temporary. We’ll see.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Durham)

  • RF Slade Heathcott: 1-4
  • DH Ramon Flores: 0-4
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — 27-for-63 (.429) with eight walks and 12 strikeouts during his 18-game on-base streak
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — that’s five homers in his last 15 games
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4
  • LF Tyler Austin: 1-4
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 39 of 64 pitches were strikes (61%) … got the spot start in place of Bryan Mitchell, who’s with the big league team temporarily
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/F — seven of 12 pitches were strikes

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2015 Draft: Baseball America’s Mock Draft v2.0

Ponce. (Cal Poly)
Ponce. (Cal Poly)

Yesterday afternoon, John Manuel at Baseball America published his second mock draft, and this time he has the Diamondbacks selecting Vanderbilt RHP Carson Fulmer with the first overall pick. Last week it was UC Santana Barbara RHP Dillon Tate. I think Fulmer would be a big reach with the first pick, but that’s just me. The mock draft is free for all. You don’t need a subscription to read it.

Manuel has the Yankees selecting UCLA RHP James Kaprielian with their top pick, 16th overall, which is the same as the last mock draft. Kaprielian is a classic “safe” college pitcher with four pitches, good command, a sturdy frame, and a track record of success. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer loves his Southern California pitchers (Ian Clarkin, Gerrit Cole, Ian Kennedy, etc.) and Kaprielian fits. Kaprielian threw nine no-hit innings last night, by the way.

In the supplemental first round, Manuel has the Yankees taking Cal Poly Pomona RHP Cody Ponce with the 30th pick, the compensation pick for David Robertson. Another SoCal pitcher! Ponce tore up the Cape Cod League last summer, and success on the Cape is another Oppenheimer trademark, so Ponce makes sense. Here’s a snippet of his free MLB.com scouting report:

Ponce stands out primarily for his size and fastball. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder sits at 91-94 mph and touches 96, though his heater gets hit more than it should because it tends to straighten out. Ponce’s secondary pitches are still a work in progress. His improving cutter is his No. 2 option, he’s not afraid to throw his firm changeup and he also has a curveball that often devolves into a slurve.

As a reminder, Manuel’s mock drafts are informed speculation, he’s not just guessing. It’s based on industry buzz and all that, so it’s very likely the Yankees have real interest in both Kaprielian and Ponce. Manuel notes they’re also in on California HS C Chris Betts, but are likely to steer clear of injured hurlers Duke RHP Mike Matuella (Tommy John surgery), Florida post-grad LHP Brady Aiken (Tommy John surgery), and California HS LHP Kolby Allard (back).

This draft class is very pitcher heavy, there isn’t much position player talent at all, and it seems like the Yankees are leaning towards arms for their top picks based on the little we know right now. Obviously a lot can change in the coming weeks. The Yankees could use some pitching depth in the farm system, and although I’m not a fan of drafting for need with top picks, it just so happens their needs and the strength of the draft line up this year.

DotF: Judge extends hit streak to 14 games in Trenton’s win

Got some notes to pass along before we get to the game action:

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Durham in eleven innings)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-6, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 3-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI — capped off the four-run rally in the 11th with a two-run double
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — got picked off second
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • C Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 1/4 GB/FB — 54 of 93 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 25 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 22 of 40 pitches were strikes (55%) … walked a batter? better leave him in Triple-A another six weeks to iron that out
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — ten of 13 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Andujar goes deep again in Tampa’s win

Double-A Trenton manager Al Pedrique told Nick Peruffo there is no real concern for RHP Luis Severino, who was placed on the 7-day DL yesterday with a blister. He’s expected to miss one start, that’s it. 1B Greg Bird, on the other hand, will miss “a few weeks” with a shoulder strain. Bird is not with the team, he’s in Tampa rehabbing.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 win over Durham)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS — had been in a little 5-for-24 (.208) slump
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) — first error in several weeks after a rough defensive start to the year
  • C Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 RBI, 3 BB
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 58 of 86 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64%)

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2015 Draft: Scott Kingery

Scott Kingery | 2B

Background
The 21-year-old Kingery went undrafted out of Phoenix high school three years ago but has done nothing but hit at Arizona. He put up a .319/.413/.426 line with 16 doubles, seven triples, one homer, 50 walks, and 47 strikeouts in 95 games his freshman and sophomore years, and is hitting .467/.500/.715 with 12 doubles, five triples, four homers, eight walks, and ten strikeouts in 31 games this spring. He’s been in the mix for the NCAA batting title all season.

Scouting Report
Kingery is a classic short, scrappy, middle infielder grinder. You know what I mean, right? He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 lbs., and his offensive game is built on contact and using the entire field from the right side of the plate. Kingery has bat speed, top notch hand-eye coordination, and the innate ability to get the fat part of the bat on the ball. He knows the strike zone and still draws plenty of walks despite being able to put the ball in play seemingly at will. Kingery has little power but has the speed to be a threat on the bases (34 steals in 47 attempts in college) and the athleticism to play up the middle. He was a center fielder years ago but has settled in at second base, though his reflexes and arm strength have some thinking he could handle shortstop. (Kingery is playing second for the Wildcats in deference to shortstop Kevin Newman, a possible top ten pick.)

Miscellany
Keith Law (subs. req’d), MLB.com, and Baseball America ranked Kingery as the 25th, 36th, and 39th best prospect in the draft class in their latest rankings, respectively. My guess is he would be considered a slam dunk first rounder if he was two or three inches taller. Teams are still biased against short players. They show it every year. Kingery had success against top competition in the wood bat Cape Code League last summer (.312/.331/.416 in 33 games) and that’s something the Yankees have valued in the past. They pick 16th and 30th overall next month, and while Kingery would be a more appropriate pick at No. 30, he might come off the board much earlier as one of the top college hitters in a draft seemingly devoid of them.