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OF Tyler Austin made the In The Team Photo section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. In other news, Chris Cotillo says RHP Chris Leroux cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A. He was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for Michael Pineda the other day.

Triple-A Scranton (9-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R, 2 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — 13-for-38 (.342) in his last nine games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — 52 of 99 pitches were strikes … 39/36 K/BB in 50.1 innings
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB – 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67%)

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Make it five straight losses to both the Rays and all teams in general. The Yankees were shut out 5-0 by Tampa in their series opener on Friday night as the offense continues to fold like a lawn chair during what was an important stretch of the season. Now it doesn’t look like there will be many important games left this year.

I missed tonight’s game and I ain’t mad about it. I’ve been told Brandon McCarthy was once again solid, falling victim to some shaky defense early and broken bat bloopers late. He was around the plate all night, throwing 84 of his 110 pitches for strikes (76%) and a first pitch strike to 23 of 28 batters faced. Seven strikeouts, ten ground ball outs, and two fly ball outs. That’s work just fine. McCarthy isn’t part of the problem.

The offense put one runner at third base all night, and that came with one out in the eighth inning, after they were already down four runs. Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira, aka the three-four hitters, both struck out with the bases loaded to squash that rally. The Yankees actually had the leadoff man reach base in five innings, so I guess that means they made Alex Cobb work hard? Based on his pitching line, it doesn’t look like it.

Derek Jeter and Teixeira both had two hits while Chase Headley, Frankie Cervelli, and Drew had one each. Brett Gardner drew the only walk. Esmil Rogers came out of the bullpen and served up a solo homer to James Loney — apparently he tried to quick-pitch him — for the Rays’ totally unnecessary fifth run. The Yankees have scored seven runs during the five-game losing streak, two of which scored when Manny Machado hit Carlos Beltran in the head with a throw.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are now eight games back in the AL East and 4.5 games back to Robinson Cano‘s Mariners for the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs puts their postseason odds at 5.8% and shrinking. They’ll try to score a run or two against lefty Drew Smyly during Saturday afternoon’s probable loss. Shane Greene will be on the bump for the Yankees.

Minor League Update: All of the night’s box scores can be seen in one place at MLB Farm. RHP Bryan Mitchell struck out three in five shutout innings, OF Tyler Austin had two doubles and a single, LHP Jacob Lindgren struck out five in two scoreless innings, and C Luis Torrens doubled. Not much else to see there.

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Terrible news: OF Frank Frias suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula on a freak play at second base today, according to hitting coach Drew Henson. He’s having surgery tomorrow to put plates in his leg. Sounds like another Ravel Santana/David Adams incident. Yuck.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Louisville)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 1-4, 1 K
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 64 of 94 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 21 of 37 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Jose Gil: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of 15 pitches were strikes (47%) … second straight night they had to put a position player on the mound

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In this week’s Ask BA (no subs. req’d), J.J. Cooper answered a question comparing OF Aaron Judge to Adam Dunn. “Judge still has a long ways to go to match a Dunn comp,” he wrote. “Judge is 22. At that age, Dunn already had 45 big league home runs. But Judge does have an understanding of the strike zone, and his strikeout rate isn’t all that different than what Dunn did as a minor leaguer.”

In other news, LHP Ian Clarkin was placed on High-A Tampa’s disabled list, the team announced. I’m guessing it’s an innings management thing and not a real injury. It’s the time of the year for that. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Louisville in 14 innings)

  • 2B-RF Jose Pirela: 2-7
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — three straight multi-hit games
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 BB, 4 K
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 42 of 67 pitches were strikes (63%) … had to make a spot start given the recent Bryan Mitchell and Chris Leroux call-ups
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 7/1 GB/FB — only 29 of 59 pitches were strikes (49%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Taylor Dugas: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 30 pitches were strikes (40%) … always sucks when a position player takes the loss

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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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