DotF: Refsnyder, Sanchez extend hitting streaks in Triple-A win

Make sure you check out Tim Casey’s article on 1B Nick Swisher. Swisher spoke about trying to stick around and get back to the big leagues, and, as you’d expect, it’s chock full of bro quotes.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Jake Cave: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI — threw a runner out at third … does he automatically go back to Double-A with Ben Gamel on his way back down?
  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PBĀ  — 16-for-40 (.400) during his nine-game hitting streak
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB — back in right field … hitting streak is up to 16 games and on-base streak up to 20 games
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 1-4
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 69 of 98 pitches were strikes (70%) … this is his ninth career Triple-A start, and it’s only the second time he had more strikeouts than walks
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 20 of 38 pitches were strikes (53%) … first appearance since being set down
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73%) … so I guess the move to the bullpen was not a one-time thing despite all the pitching injuries

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2016 Draft: Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson | RHP

Background
Anderson, 18, attends Shenendehowa High School up near Albany. He impressed with Team USA’s 18-and-under team last summer, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that he was able to pitch in an official game this spring. Poor weather, a bout with pneumonia, and a minor oblique problem delayed the start of Anderson’s season. He’s committed to Vanderbilt.

Scouting Report
Anderson is one of those high-upside prep arms who checks all the right boxes. He has size and a projectable frame (6-foot-3 and 180 lbs.), good velocity (sits 91-94 mph and has touched 96), an out pitch (power curveball), and enough command to pitch effectively on both sides of the plate. Anderson is very athletic with a smooth delivery, and because he has a high arm slot, the curve consistently drops off the table. His changeup lags as a third pitch, which isn’t uncommon for high schoolers. Anderson is bringing two above-average pitches to the table with the makings of a third pitch, an athletic delivery, and a projectable frame. That’s the good stuff right there.

Miscellany
Baseball America and MLB.com ranked Anderson as the 11th best prospect in the draft class in their latest rankings. Keith Law (subs. req’d) had him a bit lower at No. 14. The Yankees pick 18th. On merit, Anderson is a top ten caliber prospect, but the fact his season started so late means scouts don’t have much time to see him in action this spring. That’s good for the Yankees. Not many teams will be willing to use a top 10-15 pick on a kid they’ve only seen a handful of times. Anderson probably represents the best case scenario for the Yankees as a high-upside player who may slide due to extenuating circumstances. Whether they have the draft pool space to buy him away from Vanderbilt is another matter. That’s historically been a tough commitment to break.

DotF: Refsnyder’s hitting streak reaches 15 games in AAA loss

More injuries: OF Slade Heathcott and RHP Kyle Haynes have been placed on the Triple-A DL. Haynes has a lat issue and will be shut down a week, then re-evaluated, so says Shane Hennigan. It’s not clear what’s wrong with Slade, but Hennigan says he had his knee wrapped the other day and was walking with a noticeable limp. Heathcott has a pair of knee surgeries in his past. OF Jake Cave was bumped up from Double-A to fill the outfield spot.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K — he played a few games with the RailRiders late last year, so this isn’t his Triple-A debut
  • CF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — eight of his last eleven hits have gone for extra bases (three doubles and five homers)
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 2B — he’s 23-for-60 (.383) during his 15-game hitting streak
  • RF Nick Swisher: 0-4, 2 K — 10-for-55 (.182) in his last 13 games
  • LHP Richard Bleier: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10/6 GB/FB — 65 of 96 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 22 of 34 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven pitches, five strikes

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2016 Draft: Jared Horn

Jared Horn | RHP

Background
The 17-year-old Horn attends Vintage High School in Napa, so he’s from wine country. So far this spring he owns a 0.46 ERA with 103 strikeouts and eleven walks in 61 innings. He’s also hitting .338/.438/.600 with three homers in 96 plate appearances, though his future lies on the mound. Horn is committed to Cal.

Scouting Report
At 6-foor-3 and 190 lbs., Horn has the prototypical high school pitcher build, and he’s really broken out this spring. His fastball has consistently sat in the 92-94 mph range with some 96s and 97s, making him one of the hardest throwers in the prep ranks. Horn throws the three standard non-fastballs (changeup, curveball, slider), though none of the three are reliable secondary pitches right now. He’s dominating high schoolers with his fastball. The curveball has shown the most promise of the two breaking balls. Horn, who also played football in high school, is a very good athlete and an intense competitor.

Miscellany
In their most recent rankings Horn was ranked as the 22nd, 29th, and 54th best prospect in the draft class by MLB.com, Baseball America, and Keith Law (subs. req’d), respectively. The Yankees pick 18th. Horn has already moved up draft boards quite a bit this spring and he could continue to climb in the four weeks between now and the draft. He’s a long-term project because his secondary pitches need work, but he has good size and a good fastball, which is a pretty great starter kit.

DotF: Refsnyder extends hitting streak to 14 games in Scranton’s loss

More bad news on the pitching front: RHP Tyler Cloyd is heading for arm surgery, according to Shane Hennigan. Triple-A Scranton pitching coach Tommy Phelps seemed to indicate he needs Tommy John surgery. Cloyd isn’t great or anything, but he’s a stretched out warm body who could have come up as an emergency starter/long man.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 loss to Pawtucket)

  • DH Donovan Solano: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB — 6-for-12 with three doubles, two walks, and no strikeouts in his last five games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-5, 1 K — he’s played 30 games this year: 30.9 K% in the first 15 and 19.4 K% in the last 15
  • 3B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 K — extends hitting streak to 14 games and on-base streak to 18 games
  • 1B Deibinson Romero: 1-2, 2 BB
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 38 of 57 pitches were strikes (66%) … he started the fourth inning, then left with the trainer per Hennigan, so yet another pitcher is hurt
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 31 of 42 pitches were strikes (74%) … 25/5 K/BB in 19 innings
  • LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%)
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71%) … came out of the bullpen on his throw day to give the regular relievers an inning off

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2016 Draft: Cody Sedlock

Cody Sedlock | RHP

Background
Sedlock, 20, is from the small little town of Sherrard, Illinois — the internet tells me the population is 626 according to the 2013 Census — and he is currently in the University of Illinois rotation after spending his freshman and sophomore years in the bullpen. He has a 2.82 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 25 walks in 83 innings this spring. Sedlock broke out as a starter with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League last fall. He struck out 26 in 29 innings.

Scouting Report
Out of the bullpen, the 6-foot-4 and 210 lb. Sedlock would routinely touch 96 mph, though he’s been mostly 91-93 mph as a starter this spring. He does hold his velocity deep into games, which always seems to be a challenge for reliever-to-starter conversion guys. Sedlock’s main secondary pitch is a low-80s slider that is a legitimate swing-and-miss offering on its best days. He also throws both a changeup and curveball. They’re underdeveloped at this point because he leaned on his heater and slider out of the bullpen. Sedlock has cleaned up his delivery with the Illini and now does a much better job throwing strikes and staying on line with the plate.

Miscellany
In their most recent rankings Keith Law (subs. req’d), MLB.com, and Baseball America had Sedlock as the 19th, 32nd, and 36th best prospect in the draft class, respectively. The Yankees hold the 18th overall pick. As a college starting pitcher, Sedlock is right up New York’s alley because they’re emphasizing quick to the majors players. Sedlock does need some work with his change and curve, but the tools are there for four pitches. His arm is also relatively fresh after spending two seasons in the bullpen.

DotF: Judge homers again, Refsnyder extends hit streak in Scranton win

Some notes:

  • RHP Domingo Acevedo has been placed on the Low-A Charleston DL with a lower body injury, reports Josh Norris. At least it’s not his arm. Acevedo has a 2.43 ERA (2.35 FIP) with 37 strikeouts and only five walks in 33.1 innings this season.
  • Both C Gary Sanchez and SS Jorge Mateo were including in MLB.com’s Prospect Team of the Week. Those two went a combined 23-for-45 (.511) with three doubles, two triples, and five home runs in ten games last week. That is: good.
  • LHP Nestor Cortes was including in Baseball America’s daily prospect report today, so check that out. It’s not behind the paywall. Cortes has been one of the best pitchers in the system statistically since being a 36th round pick in 2013.
  • OF Carlos Vidal, OF Mark Payton, and RHP Brody Koerner were all placed on the High-A Tampa DL, per Nick Flammia. RHP Travis Hissong and OF Cesar Diaz were moved up to fill roster spots.
  • The Yankees have signed RHP Jean Peralta, reports Matt Eddy. I can’t find any information about him, and usually that means he is an amateur player signed as an international free agent.

Triple-A Scranton (6-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — fifth homer in his last nine games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — hitting streak is up to 13 games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Nick Swisher: 2-4 — first multi-hit game in 15 days
  • RHP Chad Green: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 WP, 6/2 GB/FB — 69 of 103 pitches were strikes (67%) … 24.3% strikeout rate in Triple-A this year after a 20.9% strikeout rate in Double-A last year
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76%)

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