DotF: Beltran reaches three times in first rehab game

Dellin bobble

Just a heads up, the Staten Island Yankees are holding a Dellin Betances Bobblehead Night this Saturday (the bobblehead above!). The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive once. It’s also FDNY Appreciation Night and there will be postgame fireworks. Click here for tickets and make sure you use the promo code “FDNY” so the proceeds go to John G. Chipura Foundation and Joseph Grzelak Fund. You get a hot dog, a drink, and a Staten Island Yankees hat all for $20. Can’t beat it. Here are some other quick notes:

  • Turns out the Yankees signed 12th rounder OF Terrance Robertson to an overslot $170,000 bonus, reports Jim Callis. Because he was picked after the tenth round $70,000 of that counts against the draft pool. With RHP James Kaprielian signed, the Yankees exceeded their draft pool by nearly $700,000 this year and fell just $18,565 short of having to forfeit next year’s first round pick.
  • SS Tyler Wade and LHP Nestor Cortes were named the High-A Florida State League Player of the Week and Rookie Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week, respectively, so congrats to them.

Triple-A Scranton is off until tomorrow for the All-Star break. The International League beat the Pacific Coast League by the score of 4-3 in the All-Star Game tonight. Here’s the box score.

  • PH-1B Kyle Roller: 2-2, 2 RBI 1 BB — entered the game in the sixth … two-run single in the top of the ninth tied the game at three, with earned him the IL Top Star honor
  • PH-C Austin Romine: 0-1, 1 BB — entered the game in the seventh

Double-A Trenton is off until tomorrow for the All-Star break. The All-Star Game was played time and the score was tied 4-4 after nine innings, so they went to a Home Run Derby shootout. Each player got one swing and they alternated sides until someone homered. Reading DH Brian Pointer won it in the 11th round for the Eastern Division team. Neat!

  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-2 — started and batted fifth … busy few days for him between this and the Futures Game
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 RBI, 3 K — started and batted eighth
  • RHP Brady Lail: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — ten of 13 pitches were strikes (77%) … pitched the second inning
  • RHP Eric Ruth: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 13 of 25 pitches were strikes (52%) … pitched the fifth

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Update: Yankees agree to sign first round pick UCLA RHP James Kaprielian

(Los Angeles Times)
(Los Angeles Times)

6:00pm: The Yankees have announced the signing of Kaprielian, so it’s a done deal. Officially official.

1:53pm: The Yankees have agreed to sign first round pick UCLA RHP James Kaprielian to a $2.65M bonus, reports Jim Callis. Slot money for the 16th overall pick was $2,543,300. The signing deadline is this coming Friday and Kaprielian is a Scott Boras client, and Boras usually takes his top clients right down to the final days to squeeze every last penny out of teams.

As our 2015 Draft Pool Tracker shows, the Yankees had $2,668,565 in bonus pool space to sign Kaprielian before getting hit with penalties, including forfeiting next year’s first round pick. The Yankees signed 35 of their 41 draft picks this summer, which is an unusually large number. Most teams sign 25-30 players each year. You can see all New York’s picks at Baseball America.

Kaprielian, 21, had a 2.02 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 33 walks in 106.2 innings as UCLA’s ace this spring. He also threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in school history. Kaprielian’s velocity reportedly ticked up later in the spring, supposedly to the point where he was sitting 93-95 mph in his last few starts. Everything you need to know about him is right here.

UCLA’s baseball season ended six weeks ago, so I’m guessing Kaprielian will report to Tampa for a few tune-up innings before joining one of the minor league affiliates. A short stint with the Rookie GCL Yanks and a few weeks with Short Season Staten Island could be the plan for Kaprielian this year, with High-A Tampa the logical destination to start next season.

Update: Yankees sign 11th rounder LHP Josh Rogers to above slot bonus


Tuesday: Rogers received a $485,000 bonus, according to Callis. Our 2015 Draft Pool Tracker shows the Yankees have $2,738,565 left over to give to Kaprielian while Callis says it’s $2,676,450. Someone’s math is screwed up somewhere. Either way, Kaprielian is slotted for $2,546,300 and Jon Heyman says the two sides are expected to have a deal done by Friday’s deadline.

Sunday: According to Jim Callis, the Yankees have signed 11th round pick Louisville LHP Josh Rogers to an overslot bonus worth early fourth round money. That puts his bonus in the $500,000 range. Any money over $100,000 given to a player taken after the tenth round counts against the draft pool.

Rogers, a draft-eligible sophomore with more leverage than the average 11th round pick, had Tommy John surgery as a high school senior and returned to the mound just eleven months later. He had a 3.36 ERA with an 82/25 K/BB in 93.2 innings for Louisville this spring and a 3.09 ERA with a 16/7 K/BB in 20.1 innings for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League this summer.

The Yankees likely selected Rogers as a “summer follow,” meaning they took him with the intention of getting a longer look on the Cape before deciding whether to make an offer. That’s how they landed David Robertson back in the day. Here’s a snippet of Baseball America’s scouting report (subs. req’d):

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Rogers has a near ideal pitcher’s build. He locates his 87-91 mph fastball, mixes in a slider that flashes average at his best and below-average at other times and a usable changeup. Rogers’ mix of three pitches and an ability to locate them makes him a potential back-end starter.

As our 2015 Draft Pool Tracker shows, a bonus in the $500,000 range leaves the team about $2.6M to sign first round pick UCLA RHP James Kaprielian. Slot money for the 16th overall pick is $2.54M or so, and in recent weeks we heard Kaprielian is expected to receive a bonus in the $3M range. Guess that’s not happening. I highly doubt the Yankees would exceed their pool and forfeit a future first rounder to sign him. The signing deadline is this Friday and I have no reason to believe Kaprielian won’t sign.

DotF: Park’s hitting streak snapped in Pulaski’s loss

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The International League vs. Pacific Coast League All-Star Game will be played Wednesday night. C Austin Romine and 1B Kyle Roller are the club’s All-Stars.

Double-A Trenton (7-1 win over Richmond)

  • DH Brendan Ryan: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K — still rehabbing
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB — had been in a 1-for-14 (.071) slump
  • 2B Tony Renda: 1-4, 1 R — 8-for-15 (.533) in his last four games
  • RF Mark Payton: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/8 GB/FB — 49 of 75 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%) … 41/14 K/BB in 41 innings for the guy the Yankees got in the Shawn Kelley trade

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DotF: Severino dominates in AAA; Judge and Sanchez pick up hits in the Futures Game

2015 Futures Game (Team USA 10, World Team 1)

  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K — he beat out an infield single to the third baseman and looked silly on a few breaking balls
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-2, 1 2B — doubled to center

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-5
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 RBI
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — now that’s a Greg Bird game … second straight game with a dinger … he homered off Blue Jays top prospect LHP Daniel Norris, who was up in MLB earlier this season
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/4 GB/FB — 41 of 64 pitches were strikes (64%) … games like this are why I wish the Yankees were a little more flexible with their workload management … no stress, efficient, crushing along, why not let him keep going so he can go through a lineup three times for once?
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 13 of 19 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only nine of 19 pitches were strikes (47%)

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2015 Futures Game Thread

2015 Futures GameThe Yankees are currently playing the final game of the first half against the Red Sox in Fenway Park (game thread), meanwhile, about 900 miles west, the 2015 Futures Game will be played this afternoon in Cincinnati. I wish they would play the Futures Game at night, in the 8pm ET ESPN slot, so it doesn’t have to compete against real MLB games each year. Tough to draw an audience this way.

Anyway, the Yankees have two prospects in the Futures Game this year and both are in the starting lineup. Outfielder Aaron Judge is at DH and will bat sixth for Team USA — too bad, his right field defense is underrated and we won’t get to see it today — while catcher Gary Sanchez is behind the plate and batting fifth for the World Team. I hope they go a combined 10-for-10 with ten homers. Here are the starting lineups:

Team USA (Manager: Ken Griffey Sr.)

  1. 2B Tony Kemp, Astros
  2. SS J.P. Crawford, Phillies
  3. C Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
  4. 3B Richie Shaffer, Rays
  5. RF Kyle Waldrop, Reds
  6. DH Aaron Judge, Yankees
  7. 1B Josh Bell, Pirates
  8. LF Michael Conforto, Mets
  9. CF Bradley Zimmer, Indians
    RHP Lucas Giolito, Nationals

World Team (Manager: Tony Perez)

  1. 2B Ketel Marte, Mariners
  2. SS Ozzie Albies, Braves
  3. RF Yorman Rodriguez, Reds
  4. 1B Albino Fuenmayor, Royals
  5. C Gary Sanchez, Yankees
  6. 3B Renato Nunez, Athletics
  7. CF Manuel Margot, Red Sox
  8. DH Nomar Mazara, Rangers
  9. LF Raimel Tapia, Rockies
    RHP Jose Berrios, Twins

The pitching orders and reserves can be found right here. There will be a new pitcher each inning and no, the game won’t go to extra innings if it is tied. They won’t extend any pitchers for the sake of an exhibition game.

Now, the bad news: the weather kinda sucks in Cincinnati today. It has been cloudy and overcast all day and there is rain in the forecast this afternoon. Hopefully the Futures Game isn’t delayed or outright canceled because of the weather. The game is scheduled to begin at 3pm ET and you can watch live on MLB Network and Enjoy the game.

DotF: Mikolas hits for the cycle in Pulaski’s win

Both OF Aaron Judge and C Gary Sanchez are in the starting lineups for the Futures Game tomorrow. Judge will be the DH and is batting sixth for Team USA. Sanchez is catching and batting fifth for the World Team. The game starts at 3pm ET. Also, Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty that Sanchez is likely to be promoted to Triple-A soon.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K,  E (fielding)
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
  • RF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — six homers in 74 games this year after hitting nine homers in 68 games last year
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 2 PB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — first Triple-A dinger
  • LF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 39 of 55 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Jose Pirela Jose Ramirez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 34 of 49 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 26 pitches were strikes (77%)

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