DotF: Judge homers, Refsnyder triples in Scranton’s win

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 K — four of his last six hits have gone for extra bases (two doubles, a triple, and a homer)
  • DH Greg Bird & C Gary Sanchez: both 1-4, 1 R — Sanchez struck out twice and picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 17 homers in 99 games this year after 17 homers in 131 games last year
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB — five walks and one strikeout in his last six games
  • 1B Austin Romine: 0-2, 1 BB — first base!
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 57 of 97 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — eleven of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K — only six of 16 pitches were strikes (38%) … bad night, it happens
  • RHP Andrew Bailey: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%) … gotta think we’ll see him in September once rosters expand

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DotF: Scranton wins on Gamel’s walk-off inside-the-parker

1B Greg Bird and 1B Mike Ford were named Offensive Players of the Week in the Triple-A International League and High-A Florida State League, so congrats to them.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Pawtucket, walk-off style)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off inside-the-park homer? walk-off inside-the-park homer!
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 K — 16-for-42 (.381) in his last nine games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — 21-for-58 (.362) in his last 15 games
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K — 3-for-35 (.086) with 12 strikeouts since coming back here following his injury
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RHP Kyle Davies: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5/5 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 61 of 95 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 19 of 30 pitches were strikes (63%)

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DotF: Gamel and Sanchez lead Scranton to blowout win

RHP Chance Adams, this year’s fifth round pick, has been promoted to High-A Tampa, the team announced. The righty reliever out of Dallas Baptist has a 2.11 ERA (1.74 FIP) with 29 strikeouts and seven walks in 21.1 innings with Short Season Staten Island and Low-A Charleston this year. Is Adams on the fast track? Yes. Yes he is.

Triple-A Scranton (9-1 win over Toledo)

  • LF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at third … 24-for-58 (.414) with two doubles, five triples, and two homers in his last 15 games … can’t help but wonder if Gamel’s breakout is the result of the new development practices (whatever the hell they may be) put in play by new farm system head Gary Denbo, because before this season he was the definition of a fringe prospect
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 3 R, 3 BB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-2, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP — believe it or not, that’s only his second walk in his last 14 games
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI — 23-for-59 (.390) with five doubles and three homers in his last 16 games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 3/5 GB/FB — 59 of 99 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Austin goes deep again in Trenton’s win

Another promotion: RHP Cale Coshow was bumped up to Double-A Trenton, so says Nick Flammia. Coshow has a 2.01 ERA (2.40 FIP) with a 24.8 K% and 4.9 BB% in 80.2 innings split between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa this year. The big (listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 lbs.!) hard-thrower started the season in the bullpen before moving to the rotation. Coshow was the team’s 13th round pick in 2013.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Toledo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — another day, another triple
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 2B — has an extra-base hit in four of his last six games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — my guess is he gets a September call-up to be the third catcher but rarely catches, a la Jesus Montero in 2011 … Montero caught three games that September but only a full nine innings once, after the team clinched the division
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K — 42 extra-base hits in 97 games this year after 45 extra-base hits in 131 games last year, so the power’s coming
  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-2, 1 K — ejected for arguing balls and strikes
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — 52 of 81 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)

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DotF: Refsnyder and Judge homer in Scranton’s win

OF Tyler Austin has been demoted to Double-A Trenton, reports Donnie Collins. OF Taylor Dugas was bumped up to take his place. Austin has not had a good year (.235/.309/.311 and 82 wRC+) and this will allow him to bat higher in the lineup and get more at-bats. The Triple-A Scranton lineup is stacked. Austin’s been batting ninth of late.

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

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — third homer in his last 20 games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — had been in an 0-for-15 slump before the homer
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 1-4
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 R
  • LHP Chris Capuano: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GB/FB — 45 of 65 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 38 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%) … 75/16 K/BB in 53.1 innings
  • RHP Andrew Bailey: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)

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DotF: Bird and Sanchez stay hot, Judge continues to struggle in Scranton’s win

Both C Gary Sanchez and RHP Luis Severino made Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for July. Sanchez has continued to mash in August. Severino? He’s a big leaguer now.

Triple-A Scranton (7-6 loss to Columbus)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB — 18-for-45 (.400) in his last 12 games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 K — he and Bird are locked in right now, gosh
  • RF Aaron Judge & LF Slade Heathcott: both 0-5, 3 K — Slade stole a base … Judge is in a 2-for-30 (.067) slump with 17 strikeouts
  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — he’s been a bit better the last few weeks, but it’s probably too late to salvage his season … not a good one at all
  • HP Kyle Haynes: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 56 of 85 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/4 GB/FB — 29 of 42 pitches were strikes (69%) … kinda hope we get to see him a few more times in September
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 19 of 34 pitches were strikes (56%)

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Ready or not, Luis Severino gets a chance to help Yankees rotation

(Presswire)
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Later tonight, right-hander and top pitching prospect Luis Severino will join the rotation and make his big league debut against the Red Sox. The last time the Yankees had a pitching prospect of this caliber reach the show was the trio of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy back in 2007. Severino flew through the farm system and reached MLB fewer than six months after his 21st birthday.

The numbers are eye-popping: Severino has a 2.45 ERA (2.46 FIP) in 99.1 innings split between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton this year, with strong strikeout (24.8%) and walk (6.8%) rates. He led the minors with a 2.40 FIP last year and ranks ninth this year. As far as minor league performance goes, Severino has been overwhelmingly dominant and done everything you could want to see from a young pitcher. That doesn’t guarantee MLB success, of course, but he forced the issue.

“There’s risk in throwing some of the young guys in the Atlantic Ocean and saying, ‘Time to swim,’” said Brian Cashman to Chad Jennings last week. “But that’s also something we’re not afraid of in some guys’ cases. We do like this team, and we have benefited from the use of a lot of the young guys throughout this season. We still look forward to these guys hopefully contributing to us.”

The Yankees have developed a reputation for moving their prospects slowly through the system — I don’t agree with that at all, but that’s the reputation they have — though they were very aggressive with Severino. His 85.1 innings with Low-A Charleston are by far his most at any level. Severino threw only 63 innings at Double-A and 61.1 innings at Triple-A before being promoted. They’ve moved him up the ladder like a veteran college starter, not a kid who turned 21 in February.

Severino came into the season with a huge fastball but also come questions about the consistency of his secondary pitches and his delivery, and apparently he has answered those questions to the satisfaction of the Yankees. We’ll see. I also think there’s a “let’s get him up here before he blows out his arm” line of thinking in play as well. Not just with Severino, but all young pitchers. That’s contributed to his quick rise as well.

There are reasons to think Severino will dominate and reasons to think he’ll struggle. There’s a Carlos Rodon for every Noah Syndergaard, an Eduardo Rodriguez for every Lance McCullers. Top pitching prospects come up and it’s a roll of the dice. They might pitch well, they might struggle. Chances are they’ll do both at different times. We can analyze the stats and read all the scouting reports. Until Severino gets on the mound tonight, there’s no way to know how he’ll react.

Either way, ready or not, the Yankees will turn to Severino tonight, partly because they don’t have much of a choice. They didn’t trade for any pitching help before the deadline last week and Michael Pineda just landed on the DL. Their other options were … Kyle Davies? Chris Capuano? Been there, done that. The Yankees are going with their top pitching prospect because he’s the best option. And for Severino, it’s an opportunity to show team was smart to move him through the minors so quickly.