DotF: Ellsbury goes hitless in first rehab game with Tampa

According to Joel Sherman, RHP Luis Severino is next in line to be called up whenever the Yankees need another starter. Severino has a 1.73 ERA (2.45 FIP) in 36.1 innings since being promoted to Triple-A Scranton and hasn’t really been challenged yet, though, to be fair, the Yankees have moved him through the minors so quickly that he’s yet to go through a league multiple times. Also, Sherman says C Gary Sanchez, 3B Eric Jagielo, and 1B Greg Bird are expected to be promoted to Triple-A in the coming weeks.

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at third
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 K, 1 HBP — five hits in his last eleven at-bats (.455)
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4 — 14-for-35 (.400) during his nine-game hit streak
  • LHP Jose DePaula: 2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 30 of 53 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 22 of 33 pitches were strikes
  • LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 34 pitches were strikes (62%) … 17/0 K/BB in 16.1 innings since coming back from his mystery injury
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 42 pitches were strikes (57%) … eight runs allowed in his last 19.2 innings at this level

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Injury Updates: Ellsbury, Miller, Clarkin, DeCarr, Jagielo


The Yankees begin their three-game series with the Angels later tonight (much later tonight), so, until then, here are some updates on a few injured Yankees via Meredith Marakovits, Marly Rivera, Joel Sherman, and the Yankees themselves.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) traveled to Tampa following yesterday’s game and will begin playing in minor league rehab games at some point later this week. “I’m excited to get back. (I’ll be) playing in games sometime this week and I can’t wait to get back to big league club,” he said.
  • UPDATE: Ellsbury will start a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa today, the team just announced. My guess is the Yankees hope to have him back in the lineup for the start of the homestand on Friday. Fingers crossed.
  • Andrew Miller (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. He played catch the last few days and will do it again today. Miller will long-toss tomorrow before getting up on a mound Wednesday. Can’t imagine he’ll need much time to get ready after that as a short reliever.
  • Ian Clarkin (elbow) has not had Tommy John surgery. Not yet, anyway. Clarkin was shut down in Spring Training with elbow tendinitis and he reportedly pitched in an Extended Spring Training game in May, but we haven’t heard anything since. This non-update is the latest.
  • Austin DeCarr (elbow) did have Tommy John surgery, however. Not sure when when he had it — last week? last month? March? makes a difference! — but he had it. DeCarr was the team’s third round pick last year and I had him as their 16th best prospect coming in the season.
  • This isn’t really an injury, but I’m not sure where else to put it: Eric Jagielo was diagnosed with diabetes late last year. It’s manageable and hasn’t impacted his career in any way to this point. But still, geez. This has been a bad year for minor league injuries and this adds the lolwtf factor.

DotF: Fowler, Palma, Bridges stay hot on a busy Sunday

Perpetually rehabbing RHP Andrew Bailey was bumped up to Double-A Trenton, according to Mark Feinsand. Also, Matt Kardos says LHP Matt Tracy and RHP Caleb Cotham have essentially swapped spots — Tracy goes down to Trenton and Cotham goes up to Triple-A Scranton.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 K — in a 4-for-23 (.174) slump
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB — got picked off first … in a 10-for-46 (.218) rut, but, on the bright side, he has a 4/8 K/BB during that time
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 6/7 GB/FB — 63 of 107 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 33 of 43 pitches were strikes (77%)

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DotF: Campos dominates in rehab start during a rainy day in the minors

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 5th.

Double-A Trenton was also rained out. The makeup date is TBD. Just one game tomorrow.

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to St. Lucie)

  • SS Abi Avelino & 2B Tyler Wade: both 0-4, 1 E — Avelino struck out once and committed a throwing error … Wade struck out twice and committed a fielding error
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at third
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • LHP Chaz Hebert: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5/8 GB/FB — 54 of 91 pitches were strikes (59%)

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DotF: Severino dominates again in Triple-A; Fowler stays hot for Tampa

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

  • CF Ben Gamel & RF Aaron Judge: both 0-4 — Judge struck out once
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-3
  • RHP Luis Severino: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 7/5 GB/FB — 64 of 90 pitches were strikes (71%) … they’re going to have to call him up to MLB before he’s challenged, huh?
  • RHP Brandon Pinder: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/0 GB/FB — 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 35 pitches were strikes (49%) … strikes, Jose

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DotF: Judge hits first Triple-A homer; Finley makes pro debut

RHP Andrew Bailey has been activated off the minor league DL and has rejoined High-A Tampa, according to Chad Jennings. I expect nothing. You should too.

Triple-A Scranton (15-2 loss to Louisville)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — first Triple-A homer and his 13th dinger of the year (67 games) … he hit homer No. 13 in his 85th game last season
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4
  • LF Ramon Flores & DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Jaron Long: 4.1 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 6/0 GB/FB — 48 of 63 pitches were strikes (76%) … can’t remember the last time we’ve had a 14-hit performance in DotF
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Chris Martin: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — seven strikes, eleven pitches

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Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez selected for 2015 Futures Game

Judge. (Presswire)
Judge. (Presswire)

Outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez have been selected to participate in the 2015 Futures Game, MLB announced earlier today. Judge will suit up for Team USA and Sanchez will play for the World Team, because duh. The full rosters are right here. Baseball America has free mini-scouting reports on all the players as well: Team USA and World Team.

Judge, 23, is New York’s best prospect. He is hitting .277/.345/.500 (139 wRC+) with 16 doubles and 12 home runs in 66 games this season, most with Double-A Trenton and a handful with Triple-A Scranton. Judge stands out for his size (6-foot-7 and 230 lbs.) and his raw power, though he has a line drive approach in games, so he doesn’t always tap into his pop. His athleticism and right field defense are assets as well and often overlooked.

The 22-year-old Sanchez is currently on the Double-A DL with a bruised hand after being hit by a foul tip, though the injury is considered minor and he’s expected back soon. Sanchez is hitting .256/.313/.432 (113 wRC+) with seven doubles and eighth homers in 45 games with the Thunder in 2015. He’s a bat first prospect with big power who is still trying to improve behind the plate so he can catch long-term.

Sanchez. (Star-Ledger)
Sanchez. (Star-Ledger)

Teams do have input for the Futures Game — Bill Shaikin says the Dodgers didn’t approve Corey Seager’s selection even though he’s the best prospect in the minors right now, for example — so it’s possible the Yankees declined to allow right-hander Luis Severino to participate, possibly because they are considering calling him up at some point. Then again, players who are called up are simply replaced on the Futures Game roster. Who knows?

It’s also possible the Yankees pushed for Sanchez to be included so they could showcase him for trades. Crazy? Maybe. But Peter O’Brien was a Futures Gamer last summer and was then traded a few weeks later. If Sanchez goes 0-for-2 in the Futures Game, no one blinks an eye. But if he homers off a top pitching prospect, well hey now, someone will take notice of that. It’s a no-lose situation for the Yankees. Well, unless Sanchez gets hurt, but you know what I mean.

This is the first Futures Game selection for both Judge and Sanchez. Severino and O’Brien represented the Yankees last season and Rafael DePaula the year before that. The Futures Game is Sunday, July 12th in Cincinnati. The final day before the All-Star break. Congrats to Judge and Sanchez. It’s always cool to be recognized as one of the best prospects in the game.