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Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Louisville) they faced former Yankees farmhand RHP Brett Marshall

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 3-5, 1 RBI
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI — 14-for-37 (.378) with four doubles and four homers in his last ten games
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — 42 of 67 pitches were strikes (63%) and he was sitting around 91 … first Triple-A start since May 2012 … he’s strung together some really good starts lately, good to see him finishing the year on a high note
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GB/FB — 20 of 36 pitches were strikes (56%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%)

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Some notes:

  • LHP Manny Banuelos has been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, according to Josh Norris. Banuelos has been much better of late and if things go well with the RailRiders these next few weeks, I think he’ll join the Yankees when rosters expand in September.
  • 1B Greg Bird was named the International League Offensive Player of the Week, the Thunder announced. Pretty awesome considering he was just promoted and this was his first week in the league.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 loss to Louisville)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-5, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 12-for-40 (.300) in his last ten games
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-5, 1 R
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second straight game with a homer, third in his last four games, and fifth in his last ten games
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 9/2 GB/FB — 54 of 85 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — six of ten pitches were strikes

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Some notes:

  • C John Ryan Murphy was placed on the Triple-A Scranton DL, according to Donnie Collins. Collins notes Murphy left last night’s game an inning after taking a foul pitch to the face mask, though it’s unclear if that’s why he was put on the DL. With Murphy out and Brian McCann landing on the 7-day concussion disabled list, the Yankees are suddenly a bit thin behind the plate.
  • RHP Luis Severino was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL with an oblique strain, the team announced. He’s been out for roughly two weeks now and they needed a roster spot. VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman called it a “very slight” strain but I wouldn’t be surprised if Severino is done for the year. Trenton’s season ends in three weeks and Newman always downplays injuries.
  • LHP Caleb Smith has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to Nicholas Flammia. I assume he’s replacing Severino. Smith started for Tampa yesterday, faced one batter, gave up a hit, and was pulled. That was weird, but I guess the promotion kinda explains hit.
  • The Yankees have re-signed IF Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract, says Bryan Hoch. They released him last month. He’s been out with some kind of injury for a few weeks now and has been placed on Scranton’s DL.
  • C Luis Torrens, 1B Connor Spencer, IF Ty McFarland, and DH Isaias Tejeda have all been selected for the Short Season NY-Penn League All-Star Game. The game is in Brooklyn next Tuesday (Aug. 19th), if you’re interested in attending.

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

  • SS Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 23rd homer of the year leads the system now that Peter O’Brien has been traded away
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 9/1 GB/FB — 51 of 85 pitches were strikes (60%) … 35/31 K/BB in 45 innings after missing the start of the year with an unknown arm injury
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — only 12 of 26 pitches were strikes (46%) … 68/16 K/BB in 47.1 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, six strikes … 86/19 K/BB in 60.1 innings

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As always, the notes come first:

  • SS Yonauris Rodriguez made the Helium Watch section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The Yankees signed him for $570k last year and he’s currently hitting .324/.444/.438 (159 wRC+) in the Dominican Summer League. After being billed as a glove-first player when he signed, Baseball America says “Rodriguez is a more advanced, more complete player than scouts were projecting him to be at this time a year ago.”
  • Apparently I missed this at some point recently, but the Yankees have released RHP Bruce Billings. I know this because Eric Stephen says he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers yesterday. Well then. Carry on.
  • Baseball America published their best tools surgery for both High Class-A and Low Class-A today. OF Aaron Judge appeared on both, grabbing Best Outfield Arm (High-A) and Best Power Prospect (Low-A). No other Yankees’ farmhands appeared in the surveys.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Columbus) tonight’s promotion was “What If” night, so they played as the Trolley Frogs instead of the RailRiders … Trolley Frogs lost the fan voting when the team changed named a few years ago

  • DH Jose Pirela, RF Zoilo Almonte & 3B Zelous Wheeler: all 0-4 — Pirela and Wheeler each struck out once
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4
  • RHP Michael Pineda: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 52 of 72 pitches were strikes (72%) … had more on his rehab outing earlier
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes (66%)

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Baseball America published their best Double-A tools survey today, though no Yankees farmhands made the cut. I thought OF Mason Williams might take home Best Defensive Outfielder honors, but I guess not. Oh well.

Triple-A Scranton (7-0 loss to Columbus)

  • RF Jose Pirela, 1B Austin Romine & DH Kyle Roller: all 0-4 — Pirela and roller each struck out once
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 K — 14-for-41 (.341) in his last ten games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-2, 1 BB
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 48 of 73 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Brandon Pinder: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — nine pitches, eight strikes
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 33 pitches were strikes (73%) … with a lefty bullpen spot there for the taking on the MLB team, this wasn’t to good time to have a dud

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Let’s start with some notes:

  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr. has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to Eric Morlock. He’ll finish the season there as the everyday third baseman. After two poor years with Low-A Charleston from 2012-13, DBJ hit .271/.352/.410 (120 wRC+) with nine homers for Tampa this summer.
  • MLB.com posted top 20 Yankees prospects list a few weeks ago, and today Jim Callis released his list of five bonus prospects. No. 21-25, basically. No real surprises, though I’m surprised to see OF Dustin Fowler get so much love.
  • Baseball America published their best tools surveys for MLB and Triple-A. The Yankees didn’t have anyone on the Triple-A list, but Brett Gardner (second best AL bunter, wtf?), Jacoby Ellsbury (second best AL base-runner), Masahiro Tanaka (second best AL pitcher), Dellin Betances (best AL curveball, second best AL reliever), Mark Teixeira (third best AL defensive first baseman), and Martin Prado (second best AL hit-and-run artist) all appear on the MLB survey.

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day.

Double-A Trenton (7-3 win over Altoona)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 15-for-43 (.349) in his last ten games
  • LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 13-for-42 (.310) in his last ten games
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 4-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI — that’s three homers in his last two games
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/4 GB/FB – 49 of 79 pitches were strikes (62%) … little bump in the road after allowing only two runs total in his last 14 innings
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 12 of 20 pitches were strikes (60 %) in his Double-A debut … now has a 33/4 K/BB in 14.1 pro innings, which works out to a 20.73 K/9 and 55.9 K%
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB – nine of 16 pitches were strikes (56%)

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Some notes:

  • If you’ve been reading RAB long enough, then the name Neil Medchill should ring a bell. He spent a few years in the organization before being released last summer. Medchill currently plays in an independent league, but, as Brett Dolan writes, he is giving up the rest of his season and possibly his career to donate bone marrow to a cancer patient. He entered the donor registry recently and got a call a few months later. Check out the story. Great stuff by Medchill.
  • RHP Luis Severino has been named to Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for July. He was on the May team too. Severino is having a whale of a season, though he is currently out with a supposedly minor oblique issue.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Syracuse)

  • 1B Jose Pirela & LF Zoilo Almonte: both 0-4 — Almonte struck out twice
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 K, 1 HBP – 7-for-29 (.241) in his last six games
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-3, 1 BB
  • C Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — picked a runner off first with a snap throw … 13-for-38 (.342) in his last ten games
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 54 of 88 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 16 of 24 pitches were strikes (67%) in his Triple-A debut

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Got some stuff to pass along, starting with a few notable promotions:

  • LHP Jacob Lindgren has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to his father’s Twitter feed. Not surprising at all. Might not be his last promotion of the year either. Also, LHP Ian Clarkin was promoted from Low-A Charleston to Tampa, says Nicholas Flammia. Aggressive move for a 19-year-old but the Yankees aren’t shy about rushing guys up the ladder. And finally, RHP Nick Rumbelow has been bumped up from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, according to Mike Ashmore.
  • According to Ben Badler (no subs. req’d), the Yankees backed out of a $2.1M verbal agreement with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres. VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman denied the two sides had agreement in place and he also declined to say if the Yankees were disciplined by MLB. Read the article. There’s a lot going on there.

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

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 17-for-44 (.386) with three doubles and two triples in his last ten games
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – seems like he does nothing but mash at this level, at least against righties
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-5, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Nik Turley: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — 33 of 69 pitches were strikes (48%) … 32/27 K/BB in 39.2 total innings this year
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 16 of 22 pitches were strikes (73%)

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RHP Luis Severino was scratched from this afternoon’s scheduled start for Double-A Trenton, the team announced. VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman told Sweeny Murti that it’s a “very slight” oblique issue and they are simply “playing it safe.” The good news is that it’s not an arm injury. The bad news is that if Newman says it’s only a minor injury, then Severino will probably miss several weeks and maybe the rest of the season. His track record with injury timetables is … optimistic. Let’s put it that way.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Syracuse)

  • DH Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder & LF Zoilo Almonte: both 1-4 — Almonte committed a fielding error
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – hitting streak is up to 16 games
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second homer in his last three games
  • SS Zelous Wheeler & C Austin Romine: both 0-3
  • RHP Michael Pineda: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 37 of 58 pitches were strikes (64%) … had a little more on his first rehab outing earlier today
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — nine pitches, eight strikes
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/5 GB/FB – 46 of 69 pitches were strikes (67%) … just up from Double-A
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — six pitches, four strikes … first game back at this level after missing almost three months with a groin injury

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OF Jake Cave claimed the third spot on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. SS Abi Avelino and RHP Sean Carley made the Not So Hot Section, however. Tough love for Avelino. He had 19 at-bats and was just off the disabled list.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Gwinnett)

  • SS-RF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 2B, 3 K
  • RF-3B Adonis Garcia: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at the plate … 22-for-59 (.373) during his 14-game hitting streak
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – his 20th homer now leads the organization with C Peter O’Brien having been traded
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 9/0 GB/FB – 62 of 96 pitches were strikes (65%) … is he the number six starter right now?

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