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Here are some notes to start the night:

  • Here is our post keeping track of the Yankees’ intentional free agent signings on the first day of the 2014-15 signing period. The reports about their intentions to go on a huge spending spree have proven to be very correct.
  • UTIL Jose Pirela was been named to the Triple-A International League All-Star Team. He is the only Yankees farmhand who was elected to the game.
  • The Yankees have signed RHP Edgmer Escalona to a minor league contract, according to Rich Dubroff. The 27-year-old had a 6.10 ERA (6.37 FIP) in 20.2 Triple-A innings with the Orioles before being released. He replaces RHP Robert Coello, who opted out of his contract.
  • The Yankees have signed Mount Olive RHP Deshorn Lake as an undrafted free agent, according to the Daily Press. The Red Sox selected him in the 12th round pick of the 2011 draft, but he opted not to sign.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (1-0 loss to Buffalo in eight innings, walk-off style) this was a regularly scheduled doubleheader, each affiliate has one or two each season

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4, 1 2B
  • DH Rob Refsnyder & LF Zoilo Almonte: both 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 0-1, 1 K – was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning because he’s on his way to MLB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Shane Greene: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 63 of 99 pitches were strikes (64%), though one of the walks was intentional
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB – 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68%) … served up the walk-off homer to former RailRiders teammate Dan Johnson

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Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 2-5, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — second homer in his last three games
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PB — over/under on games left in the organization is set at 20.5
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Austin Romine: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB – 63 of 90 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 30 of 53 pitches were strikes (57%) … 57/13 K/BB in 47.2 innings

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Some real quick notes:

  • LHP Manny Banuelos will come off the Double-A Trenton DL to start tomorrow, according to Nick Peruffo. He’s been out with a blister issue.
  • RHP Luis Severino was named the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week after his six-inning, no-hit outing the other day. Congrats to him.
  • According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed Texas Tech LHP Jonny Drozd, Dallas Baptist C K.J. Alexander, and Texas Tech OF Adam Kirsch as undrafted free agents.
  • UNC Wilmington RHP Jordan Ramsey (32nd rounder) told Eric Detweiler will not sign and instead return to school for his senior season. He confirmed the Yankees did offer him an above-slot bonus.

Triple-A Scranton (9-7 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 RBI — they’re not playing him in right field for fun, he might be coming up soon
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP — 19 doubles and seven homers in 64 games
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Scott Sizemore: 2-3, 2 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — last five hits have done for extra bases (two doubles, two triples, one homer)
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 66 of 103 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 21 of 37 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 15 pitches were strikes (67%)

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Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • DH Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 21-for-46 (.457) with 15 walks and nine strikeouts in his last 15 games
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — his 12 total homers are in the organization behind Peter O’Brien (25), Kyle Roller (16), and Mark Teixeira (14)
  • 1B Kyle Roller, SS Dean Anna & C Austin Romine: all 0-4 — Roller struck out once, Romine twice … Romine picked a runner off first with a snap throw
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GB/FB — 35 of 58 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0K, 2/2 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)

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Triple-A Scranton (4-3 sin over Lehigh Valley)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 BB – first career game in right and I don’t think it’s a coincidence … Alfonso Soriano‘s been awful all season and they can’t keep running him out there anymore
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-2, 1 R, 2 BB — 9-for-20 (.450) in his last six games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — second straight game with a homer and third in his last seven games
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/6 GB/FB — 48 of 75 pitches were strikes (64%) … missed the last month and a half with some kind of arm problem
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 29 of 44 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 pitches, seven strikes
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76%)

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RHP Luis Severino ranked second on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet while LHP Ian Clarkin, C Gary Sanchez, and 2B Rob Refsnyder all made the In The Team Photo section. Big week for the system.

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

  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-5, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-5, 1 RBI
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 7-for-18 (.389) with the triple and a homer in his last five games
  • DH Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — dude does nothing but hit
  • SS Dean Anna: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Shane Greene: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 64 of 95 pitches were strikes (67%) … lost the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the seventh … best start of the season for him by far

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In case you missed it earlier, Chad Jennings posted a ton of injury updates today. He spoke to VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman about a bunch of other stuff as well, and you can read it in this post and this post. In other news, RHP Jordan Foley, 1B Connor Spencer, and RHP Joe Harvey were added to the Short Season Staten Island roster, the club announced. They were the Yankees’ fifth, eighth, and 19th round picks a few weeks ago.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (7-4 win over Syracuse in seven innings) makeup of the April 4th rainout

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-4
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 PB
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 2 R
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — 11-for-34 (.324) in his last ten games
  • DH Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — got picked off first
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K – I wonder if another team likes him enough that he can be a third or fourth piece in a trade before the deadline
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 3/3 GB/FB — 54 of 75 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 18 of 26 pitches were strikes (69%) … 29/5 K/BB in 20 innings at this level

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In case you missed it earlier, RHP Preston Claiborne has been placed on the Triple-A DL with a shoulder injury. He is essentially the team’s eighth reliever at the moment, the guy they call up with they need a fresh arm.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They will make this game up as part of a doubleheader on July 10th.

Double-A Trenton (7-3 loss to Bowie)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K — threw a runner out at third
  • C Gary Sanchez: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 PB — 12-for-28 (.429) in his last seven games
  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 0-4
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 59 of 87 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61%)

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Got a bunch of notes to start the nightly recap:

  • In case you missed it earlier, C/1B/OF Peter O’Brien and RHP Luis Severino will represent the Yankees at the Futures Game next month. Seems like O’Brien got the nod over OF Aaron Judge simply because Team USA needed a third catcher and another first baseman.
  • OF Slade Heathcott is done for the season following his latest knee surgery, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Chad Jennings. The kid just can’t stay on the field. Slade will have played 230 of 576 possible games from 2011-14 by time the season ends.
  • Newman also confirmed IF Dean Anna has been activated off the Triple-A DL and LHP Nik Turley will join the RailRiders’ rotation on Thursday, says Jennings. Donnie Collins reports RHP Diego Moreno has also been activated and RHP Heath Bell was released. Good thing everyone freaked when they signed him.
  • LHP Dan Camarena has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to Nick Peruffo. The knows how to pitch southpaw had a 2.72 ERA (3.78 FIP) in 76 innings for Tampa. I’ve always been a fan.
  • And finally, remember RHP Jose Mesa Jr.? He was the Yankees’ 24th round pick back in 2012, but apparently he had some kind of surgery and has not pitched. Well, based on his Twitter feed, Mesa will make his debut on Thursday. Neato.

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 loss to Rochester)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second straight game with a homer and third in his last five games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — 6-for-17 (.353) with four doubles and a homer since being sent down
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 3 K
  • SS Dean Anna: 1-4, 1 E (fielding)
  • 1B Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 BB — first career game at first base
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7/6 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 62 of 93 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB – 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (53%), though one of the walks was intentional … he left the game with the trainer for an unknown reason, which is kind of a big deal because he’s the spare reliever who gets the call whenever an arm is needed

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Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • In case you missed it earlier, LHP Manny Banuelos was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL with blisters. Not the first time he’s had them, probably won’t be the last. Between the blisters and the arm fatigue a few weeks ago, Banuelos has not been able to get stretched out beyond three innings.
  • According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees signed Lewis-Clark State RHP Mike Noteware and Thomas SS Tyler Palmer as undrafted free agents. OF Mikeson Oliberto and OF Cody Grice were both released, according to Eddy and Nicholas Flammia.
  • Check out Mike Newman’s firsthand scouting report on RHP Luis Severino. The first few clicks are free but eventually it falls behind a paywall. Newman pegs Severino as a future number two starter (which is really good!).

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 0-4
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — had been in a little 7-for-33 (.212) slump
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 K
  • PH Rob Refsnyder: 0-1, 1K — pinch-hit with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the ninth
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6/0 GB/FB — 56 of 88 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%)

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