DotF: Tampa gets blown out in Game Three loss

Triple-A Scranton swept their first round postseason series. They’ll play Gwinnett (Braves) in the best-of-five International League Championship Series. That series begins Tuesday.

Double-A Trenton won their first round postseason series. They’ll play either Akron or Altoona in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series, which also begins Tuesday. Akron leads their series two games to one.

High-A Tampa (9-0 loss to Bradenton) they trail the best-of-five Championship series two games to one

  • 2B Jorge Mateo: 0-3, 1 BB — 3-for-26 (.115) in six postseason games
  • 3B Thairo Estrada: 1-4
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 0-4, 1 K — 1-for-13 (.077) in the Championship Series
  • CF Rashad Crawford & 1B Kevin Cornelius: both 0-3
  • LF Trey Amburgey: 1-3
  • RF Tito Polo: 0-3 — first hitless game since the trade
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GB/FB — 50 of 69 pitches were strikes (72%) … rough outing to close out an otherwise excellent season for the minor league Rule 5 draft pick … Ramirez finishes with a 3.09 ERA and a 138/35 K/BB in 134 innings, including playoffs
  • RHP Cody Hamlin: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1/3 GB/FB — 26 of 45 pitches were strikes (58%)

Both Low-A Charleston and Short Season Staten Island lost their first round postseason matchup. Their seasons are over.

The season is over for Rookie Pulaski, Rookie GCL Yanks East, and Rookie GCL Yanks West. None of the three teams qualified for the postseason.

DotF: Bichette homers, helps Trenton advance to Eastern League Championship Series

Some notes before we get to today’s postseason action:

  • RHP Dillon Tate and RHP J.P. Feyereisen have been added to the Scottsdale Scorpions roster, according to the Arizona Fall League transactions page. Tate needs all the work he can get right now, so it’s good to see he’s going. The Yankees have one open AzFL roster spot and the hope is it will go to RHP James Kaprielian, assuming his elbow heals up in time.
  • Speaking of Tate, Grace Raynor wrote about the right-hander and not just his tough 2016 season, but his rise from unknown high school hurler to fourth overall pick in the draft. “I’m like, ‘Are you sure (you want to trade me)? Because I’m gonna come back,'” he said when asked about the deal.
  • 2B Nick Solak and OF Billy McKinney both made today’s Prospect Report. I’m curious to know if the Yankees changed anything mechanically with McKinney. He hit one homer in 88 games with the Cubs and has four in 38 games with the Yankees, including playoffs.

Triple-A Scranton swept their first round postseason series. They’ll play either Gwinnett or Columbus in the best-of-five International League Championship Series. That series doesn’t start until Tuesday, so they’ve got the next few days off.

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Reading) they won the best-of-five series in four games … they’ll play either Akron or Altoona in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series starting next week .. Akron is up two games to one in that series

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — went 2-for-15 (.133) in the four games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — went 5-for-16 (.313) in the four games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — alternated no-hit games with two-hit games in the series
  • 1B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — he went 5-for-13 (.385) and drove in five runs in the four games
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-3, 1 BB — three straight two-hit games to close out the series
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1/5 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 65 of 95 pitches were strikes (68%) … only his eighth start of the season after spending most of it in the bullpen
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (71%) … allowed one hit and no walks in four innings in the series … he struck out six

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Saturday Links: A-Rod, Rowson, Braves, Gardner


Later this afternoon the Yankees and Rays will continue their four-game series with the third game at Yankee Stadium. First pitch isn’t until 4pm ET, so here are some miscellaneous links to help you pass the time.

A-Rod expected to appear at Instructs

According to Brendan Kuty, Alex Rodriguez is expected to make an appearance at Instructional League later this month. As a special instructor, of course. Not as a player. “I’m very pleased to have somebody with Alex’s experience and time in the game to be able to share those experiences with our young players. Our best young players are all going to be part of Instructional League,” said farm system head Gary Denbo.

This year’s Instructs roster hasn’t been released yet but it’ll come out soon enough. It’s usually a collection of top prospects, recent draftees, and players who missed time due to injury. Greg Bird will face live pitching for the first time since shoulder surgery in Instructional League, for example. My guess is A-Rod will wind up spending a bunch of time with the team’s small army of middle infield prospects, specifically Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo.

Rowson joins Yankees

Minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson joined the Yankees earlier this week and has been with the team since, reports Dan Martin. Rowson has worked with Aaron Judge a ton over the years. “He’s trying to get comfortable here. Everything is new to him and he’s had his battles before and made the adjustments,” said Rowson. “He’s been through rough times, especially with the punch outs and he’s always come out on the other side. So I feel like he’s going to do that again.”

This is not all that uncommon, really. A handful of minor league coaches will join the big league team for a homestand in September pretty much every year. Every single one of the Yankees’ full season minor league affiliates qualified for the postseason this year though, so those coaches and instructors haven’t had a chance to come up yet. This isn’t Rowson’s first stint with the big league team and it won’t be his last. Chances are he didn’t join the team specifically to work with Judge.

Update: Minor league pitching coordinator Danny Borrell is with the Yankees as well, reports Chad Jennings.

Yankees to open SunTrust Park


The Yankees and Braves will open the brand new SunTrust Park with an exhibition game on Friday, March 31st next year, the Braves announced. Apparently only “A List Members” (season ticket holders) will be allowed to attend. Lame. Atlanta is moving into their new 41,500 seat ballpark just 20 years after moving into Turner Field. The Yankees and Braves opened Turner Field with an exhibition game in 1996 as well.

This year the Yankees closed out Spring Training with a pair of exhibition games at Marlins Park. Last year they played two at Nationals Park. The Cubs came to New York for two exhibition games in 2009, when the new Yankee Stadium opened. They do this stuff every year. Also, the fact this exhibition game is scheduled for March 31st suggests the 2017 regular season will begin on Monday, April 3rd. Next year’s schedule should be announced soon. Possibly next week.

Gardner nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ nominee for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, MLB announced. Here are the nominees from each team. The award is given each year to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Three Yankees have won the award: Derek Jeter (2009), Don Baylor (1985), and Ron Guidry (1984).

Amazingly, MLB turned an award recognizing community involvement — and an award named after an iconic player and a great humanitarian — into a popularity contest. Each nominee has an official hashtag and the player who receives the most votes on Twitter and Facebook will win. Incredible. MLB really knocked this one out of the park, eh? I’m sure fans will recognize each player’s off-the-field work and definitely not vote for their favorite player. No way.

DotF: Scranton finishes sweep, advances to International League Championship Series

Some notes before we get to the day’s postseason action:

  • The Yankees and the Charleston River Dogs have extended their player development contract through 2020, they announced earlier today. Here’s the press release. Charleston, which has been a Yankees’ affiliate since 2005, set a new franchise attendance record this year.
  • C Gary Sanchez was named to’s Prospect Team of the Year, so congrats to him. He did that despite playing only 71 Triple-A games due to a broken thumb and an early-August call-up.
  • Three Yankees appeared in today’s Prospect Report: 1B Tyler Austin, OF Rashad Crawford, and OF Dustin Fowler. Crawford was the fourth piece in the Aroldis Chapman trade and he’s been red hot for a month now.
  • High-A Tampa announced a series of roster moves prior to the start of the Florida State League Championship Series tonight. LHP Justin Kamplain, RHP Alex Bisacca, and RHP Luis Cedeno were added to the roster. RHP Gabe Encinas, RHP Chase Hodson, and OF Devyn Bolasky were dropped.

Triple-A Scranton (11-3 win over Lehigh Valley) they swept the best-of-five series and outscored Lehigh Valley 21-3 in the three games … they’ll play either Gwinnett or Columbus in the best-of-five International League Championship Series starting next week … Gwinnett is up two games to one in their series against Columbus

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP — left the game in the seventh, two innings after the hit-by-pitch … hopefully it was precautionary with the huge lead and not an actual injury
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Donovan Solano: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — he went 6-for-14 (.429) in the three games
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 2-5, 1 R, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • DH Cesar Puello: 0-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — 4-for-10 in the three games
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
  • 2B Cito Culver: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — look at Cito with the playoff homer
  • RHP Brady Lail: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 6/1 GB/FB — 43 of 67 pitches were strikes (64%) … he’s had a rough go of it in Triple-A, so they took four good innings and ran with it
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 47 of 80 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 25 of 35 pitches were strikes (71%)

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DotF: Crawford leads Tampa to FSL Championship Series

The Staten Island Yankees have announced the five finalists for their new team nickname, and they’re all pretty bad. The five: Bridge Trolls, Heroes, Killer Bees, Pizza Rats, and Rock Pigeons. Apparently over 2,000 names were submitted by fans. You can vote right here. The only correct answer is the Staten Island Killer Bees (NSFW language!).

Triple-A Scranton (7-0 win over Lehigh Valley) they lead the best-of-five series two games to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — Shane Hennigan says Williams made two great catches too, so he’s had a big impact on both sides of the ball this series … remember, he hit the game-winning home run in Game One yesterday
  • LF Clint Frazier: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Donovan Solano: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K — what a great season he’s having
  • 1B Chris Parmelee: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • DH Cesar Puello: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Jake Cave: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LHP Phil Coke: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 10/1 GB/FB — 65 of 94 pitches were strikes (58%) … veteran lefty with a gem in Game Two of a postseason series? he’s like the Triple-A version of Andy Pettitte
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, four strikes

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DotF: Williams’ home run gives Scranton a Game One win

Some notes before we get to the first full day of playoff action in the minors:

  • RHP Eric Ruth and LHP Daniel Camarena were bumped up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, reports Matt Kardos. They’ll cover for RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP James Pazos, who were called up yesterday. LHP Caleb Frare was moved up from High-A Tampa to Trenton and LHP Evan Rutckyj (elbow) was activated off the Double-A DL to fill the roster spots.
  • RHP Chance Adams earned a spot on Baseball America’s 2016 Minor League All-Star Team. He held hitters to a .169 batting average, second lowest by a qualified minor league starter since 1993. Adams had a 2.33 ERA (2.96 FIP) and a 29.1% strikeout rate in 127.1 total innings this summer, his first as a starter.
  • SS Gleyber Torres was included in today’s Prospect Report after picking up two doubles in Tampa’s Game One win yesterday. The second double drove in the game-winning run.

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Lehigh Valley) they lead the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — didn’t hit a single home run in 43 regular season games after coming back from shoulder surgery this season, so, naturally, he hits the game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning of the first playoff game
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-4
  • 3B Donovan Solano, 1B Chris Parmelee & C Kyle Higashioka: all 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2 K
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-2, 1 BB
  • LHP Jordan Montgomery: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/9 GB/FB — 65 of 92 pitches were strikes (71%) … he’s allowed four runs in 44 total Triple-A innings (0.82 ERA)
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 22 of 30 pitches were strikes (73%) … he can’t start in the postseason because of his innings limit, so he’ll be the relief ace instead

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DotF: Gleyber Torres leads Tampa to Game One win

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Dunedin in 13 innings) they lead the best-of-three series 1-0

  • 2B Jorge Mateo: 1-6, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB — drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice
  • 3B Thairo Estrada: 1-6, 1 R — his single started the go-ahead rally in the 13th inning
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 2-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — doubled in Estrada for the go-ahead run
  • 1B Kevin Cornelius: 0-5, 1 BB, 4 K
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 2-5, 2 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 55 of 87 pitches were strikes (73%) … look at Big Yef dominating in Game One
  • RHP Jordan Foley: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 27 of 42 pitches were strikes (64%) … a decent relief outing, I’d say
  • RHP Eduardo Rivera: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eleven of 19 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Sean Carley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — half of his 16 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Dillon McNamara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes … gets the save and caps off six hitless innings from the bullpen

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, Low-A Charleston, and Short Season Staten Island all begin their first round postseason series tomorrow.

The season is over for Rookie Pulaski, Rookie GCL Yanks East, and Rookie GCL Yanks West. None of the three teams qualified for the postseason.