Got some links to dump on you before we get to tonight’s game action:
- Randy Miller spoke to Triple-A Scranton manager Jay Bell about several of his players. “(If) you can command the baseball, you’re going to be successful, and I think that’s all Chance needs to do. Just figure out how to put the ball where he wants it,” he said of RHP Chance Adams.
- Ben Badler (subs. req’d) listed 12 low-profile international signees whose stock is on the rise. Two are Yankees: RHP Juan Carela and SS Carlos Verdecia. “Carela’s velocity spiked (from 86-89 mph) when he reached 96 mph at Dominican instructional league … he pairs it with a sharp-breaking curveball,” says the write-up. The Yankees gave Carela a $350,000 bonus last July.
- Jon Schwartz has a nice story on RHP Tyler Johnson, last year’s 30th round pick. The Yankees made an exception to their hair policy so Johnson could grow his out and have it made into a wig for his mother, a cancer patient.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6-5 win over Lehigh Valley in ten innings, walk-off style)
- SS Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) — 8-for-19 (.421) with a double and two homers in his last four games
- DH Mike Ford: 0-5, 2 K
- CF-RF Trey Amburgey: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
- RF-1B Ryan McBroom: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — third straight game with a dinger
- 1B-2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- LHP Nestor Cortes: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (66%) … a rare dud
- LHP Stephen Tarpley: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 6/0 GB/FB — 26 of 46 pitches were strikes (57%) … kinda funny how, when a dude like this is in the big leagues, leaving him in to throw 30 pitches seems crazy, yet down here he’ll throw 40+ pitches on the regular