DotF: Judge suffers left knee injury in Scranton’s win

Some notes:

  • The Yankees have signed RHP Christian Herstine out of the independent American Association, according to the Marietta College website, his alma mater. Herstine allowed one run and struck out ten in only 8.2 innings with the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
  • C Kyle Higashioka will participate in the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Home Run Derby next week, so says Matt Kardos. His 14 homers are nearly double his previous career high (eight in 2011).

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 win over Rochester)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI — threw a runner out at first … 16-for-46 (.348) during his ten-game hitting streak
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K — he left the game after pulling up lame running out a ground ball in the fifth inning, according to Shane Hennigan … manager Al Pedrique said Judge felt “a little pop” and has soreness in his left knee … Pedrique downplayed the injury and said Judge wanted to remain in the game, though that wasn’t going to happen … the All-Star break is next week, so even if it’s a minor injury, my guess is the Yankees play it safe and have Judge sit out the rest of the weekend and not participate in the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 1 BB — 17-for-50 (.340) in his last eleven games … Austin Romine‘s been pretty darn good as Brian McCann‘s backup, but if the Yankees do sell, I think it would be wise to call up Sanchez and give him half the starts behind the plate down the stretch
  • DH Ike Davis: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — 18-for-57 (.316) with seven doubles and six homers in his last 14 games
  • LF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 59 of 90 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 6/0 GB/FB — 41 of 57 pitches were strikes (71%) … the Scranton native is back with the RailRiders
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 21 of 31 pitches were strikes (68%) … 26/13 K/BB in 26.2 Triple-A innings

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DotF: Higashioka homers again in Trenton’s win

1B Kevin Cornelius, who seemed to be hitting a homer a day for Rookie Pulaski, has been bumped up to High-A Tampa, the team announced. He hit six homers in 13 games with Pulaski, including five in his last seven games.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 K
  • LF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
  • 1B Ike Davis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • DH Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI — 17-for-53 (.321) with seven doubles and five homers in his last 13 games, and there’s an 0-for-12 slump mixed in there
  • RF Jake Cave: 1-4, 2 K
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 46 of 74 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 5/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%) … 52/12 K/BB in 48.2 innings
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — nine of 16 pitches were strikes

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DotF: Austin, Puello, Cave homer in Scranton’s latest win

Notes and notes and notes and notes:

  • Big news: SS Jorge Mateo has been suspended two weeks for violating team policy, the Yankees announced. He won’t participate in the Futures Game this weekend. George King says Mateo complained to team executives that he had not yet been promoted to Triple-A. Yep, that’ll do it.
  • RHP Brady Lail (oblique) will throw a simulated game Friday, reports Shane Hennigan. He’s been out for a little less than a month now.
  • RHP Jonathan Holder has been added to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game, the team announced. He’s replacing LHP Dietrich Enns on the roster. Enns has since been bumped up to Triple-A. LHP Jordan Montgomery, SS Tyler Wade, OF Dustin Fowler, and C Kyle Higashioka are the team’s other Double-A All-Stars.
  • OF Aaron Judge, who was a bust back in May, was named to Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for June. He hit nine homers with a 245 OPS+ last month. That’ll play.

Triple-A Scranton (10-0 win over Buffalo) they lead the International League in runs by 22

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — 10-for-24 (.417) in his last five games
  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — that’s his 12th homer of the year … he hit six last year, nine the year before that, and six the year before that
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — hit back-to-back homers with Austin in the third
  • CF Jake Cave: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — seven homers in 71 games this year after hitting two in 132 games last year
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 61 of 95 pitches were strikes (64%) … ho hum, another great outing
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 20 of 29 pitches were strikes (69%)

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DotF: Gamel and Sanchez go deep in Scranton’s loss

The day’s notes:

  • And the first 2016 draftee to reach full season ball is … 3B Mandy Alvarez. This year’s 17th rounder has been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Low-A Charleston, the team announced. IF Angel Aguilar goes the other way in a corresponding move. Alvarez was hitting .345/.371/.400 (131 wRC+) with two strikeouts (!) in 62 plate appearances for the Baby Bombers.
  • OF Aaron Judge will participate in the Triple-A Home Run Derby next week, it was announced. Also participating: Blue Jays DH Jesus Montero and Dodgers 3B Rob Segedin. How about that? The Triple-A All-Star festivities are in Charlotte this year.
  • TCU RHP Brian Trieglaff has signed with the Yankees, he announced on Twitter. He was the team’s 13th round pick. Trieglaff had a 3.22 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 44 relief innings for the Horned Frogs this year. No word on his bonus, but it’s safe to assume it doesn’t exceed the $100,000 slot.
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez and 1B Kevin Cornelius are the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week and  was named the Rookie Appalachian League Offensive Player of the Week. Congrats to them. Cornelius is way old for the level, but he’s hitting a home run a day it seems.
  • Matt Eddy put together a list of the ten best power-speed prospects in the minors. Both SS Jorge Mateo and OF Dustin Fowler make it. They’re the only other team will two players on the list.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Lehigh Valley in ten innings)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — 10-for-31 (.323) with two homers during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — 14-for-43 (.326) in his last nine games
  • DH Cesar Puello: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 K
  • LHP Phil Coke: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 58 of 95 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 14 of 19 pitches were strikes (74%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — seven pitches, six strikes

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DotF: Blake Rutherford makes pro debut with GCL Yanks

The Yankees have signed Florida JuCo C Doug Borgh as an undrafted free agent, according to Matt Eddy. Borgh hit only .190/.320/.190 in 18 games this spring. Sounds like they just need a spare catcher for the lower levels. Borgh is local and available, and presumably cheap.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — he’s hitting .336/.420/.459 in 150 Triple-A plate appearances since June 1st
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 3 RBI — 19-for-50 (.380) with eight walks in his last 13 games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4
  • RHP Luis Severino: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6/7 GB/FB — 64 of 94 pitches were strikes (68%) … 38/11 K/BB in 44 Triple-A innings, which is good but not great
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — 12 pitches, nine strikes
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 0/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, six strikes

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DotF: Dermis Garcia goes deep twice in Pulaski’s win

Here’s a must read piece from Grace Raynor on IF Angel Aguilar. Aguilar is trying to make it with the Yankees while his mother deals with the extreme poverty and crime back home in Venezuela. Make sure you check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R
  • 2B Donovan Solano: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI — hitting .302/.333/.403 on the season
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 PB
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 11/1 GB/FB — 64 of 95 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 27 of 40 pitches were strikes (68%) … Yates has been one of the most dominant relievers in the International League over the years, so he should be a nice boost for the RailRiders as they look to remain in first place and get to the postseason

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DotF: Mason Williams returns; Wade and Fowler have big games in Trenton’s win

Some quick notes:

  • 1B Nick Swisher is going home to spend the rest of the season with his wife and two daughters, he announced. Swisher’s wife gave birth to their second child a few days ago. Swisher says he isn’t retiring and will evaluate his options for next season at a later time.
  • I missed this last weekend: David Laurila had a brief interview with RHP Drew Finley in last week’s Sunday Notes column. Finley’s father, a longtime scout and executive, did not let him pitch at all from ages 12-16. He also taught him how to scout hitters, which helps him read swings and make adjustments on the fly. Pretty neat stuff.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — he’s been crushing the ball for over a month now
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 PB — 5-for-5 in steals this year … his career high is 15 steals, believe it or not … he did that back in 2012
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-4
  • DH Ike Davis: 1-4, 2 K — this is only his third game with the RailRiders, but he’s yet to play first base … I’m glad the Yankees have made Austin the priority at the position
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB — the Yankees signed the former Mets prospect as a minor league free agent over the winter and he’s hitting .295/.427/.403
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 18 of 38 pitches were strikes (47%) … made the spot start in place of RHP Chad Green, who is starting for the Yankees tomorrow
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 42 of 69 pitches were strikes (61%) … kinda weird Barbato started and not Moreno … I wonder if Barbato is coming up Monday to replace Green, and they wanted to make sure he got his tune-up work in today
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%) … 51/12 K/BB in 45 innings … he’ll be Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason and he’s going to wind up someone’s 40-man roster, probably the Yankees’

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