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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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Following today’s trade deadline activity, Brian Cashman told reporters 2B Rob Refsnyder will remain at second base for the remainder of the season. No more experimenting in right field. Happy to hear it.

Triple-A Scranton (8-3 win over Gwinnett)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – pleasantly surprised that is still with the team following the trade deadline
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/8 GB/FB – 60 of 96 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0/3 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61%)

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LHP Justin Kamplain, this year’s 18th rounder, has been promoted from Short Season Staten Island to Low-A Charleston, the team announced. His numbers so far are kinda silly: 21 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 25 K.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Gwinnett)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 0-5, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 BB
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 24-for-65 (.369) in his last 18 games
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 67 of 101 pitches were strikes … 223/79 GB/FB in 120.2 innings this year
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 14 of 21 pitches were strikes

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That video above is highlights of tonight’s Double-A Trenton’s game. No footage of RHP Luis Severino, unfortunately. Here are some notes:

  • According to his mother’s Twitter feed (yup), RHP Ty Hensley has been promoted to Short Season Staten Island. We heard he was moving up yesterday, just not to where. There’s about six weeks left in the season, so hopefully Hensley gets another 6-8 starts in and gets his innings total up around 50 (he’s at 19 now).
  • Carson Cistulli put together a statistical breakdown of last year’s first round picks. OF Aaron Judge has been the second best hitter (behind Cubs 3B Kris Bryant) and LHP Ian Clarkin has been the second best pitcher (behind Orioles RHP Hunter Harvey) so far. 3B Eric Jagielo is ninth among hitters.
  • Yankees farmhands will once again play for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League after the season, according to Spencer Fordin. High-A Tampa hitting coach and ex-organizational catcher P.J. Pilittere will be the team’s hitting coach. The rosters aren’t out yet and make sure you check out this Friday’s mailbag for my thoughts on who could go.

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

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — 11-for-32 (.344) with four doubles and a homer in his last eight games
  • DH Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB — stole home!
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-3, 1 RBI
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 6/6 GB/FB — 62 of 93 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71%)

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Some notes:

  • The Yankees have signed Lander University SS Graham Ramos as an undrafted free agent, according to Matt Eddy. The right-handed hitter hit .339/.396/.507 with seven homers in 55 games this spring.
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell and OF Jake Cave were Baseball America’s Pitcher of the Day and Hitter of the Day, respectively, for their work yesterday. Pretty cool that Yankees farmhands swept the day.
  • Mitchell and RHP Matt Wotherspoon were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Triple-A International League and Short Season NY-Penn League, respectively.
  • Update: RHP Ty Hensley has been promoted … somewhere, according to Ian Clarkin’s Twitter feed. Short Season Staten Island or Low-A Charleston are the obvious landing spots. We’ll find out soon enough.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-4,2 R — had been in a 7-for-37 (.189) slump
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B
  • DH Kyle Roller:  2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI — 13-for-40 (.325) in his last ten games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/2 GB/FB — 52 of 79 pitches were strikes (66%) … so I guess he cleared waivers and accepted the outright assignment after being designated for assignment the other day
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K,  1/0 GB/FB – 14 of 17 pitches were strikes (82%)

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Some roster moves:

  • RHP Brady Lail has been placed on the High-A Tampa DL, according to Nicholas Flammia. Not sure what’s wrong with him, but it could be an innings management thing. It’s the time of year for that stuff.
  • RHP Danny Burawa has been demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton while RHP Jaron Long goes from Trenton to Tampa, report Flammia and Matt Kardos.

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

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller & C Austin Romine: both 0-4 — Roller struck out once, Romine twice
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 51 of 82 pitches were strikes (62%) … Good Bryan showed up today … he’s at 75/37 K/BB in 81.1 total innings this year
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB – nine of 17 pitches were strikes (53%)

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John DeMarzo wrote an article about UTIL Jose Pirela and the prospect of a call-up. “He’s not a bad player. He’s a Triple-A, emergency call-up kind of guy that can help you … Not a bad player, but he’d be a utility player,” said a scout.

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

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — in a 10-for-44 (.227) slump
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 BB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — 11-for-32 (.344) in his last nine games
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 WP, 3/4 GB/FB — 52 of 86 pitches were strikes (60%) … so I guess he cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A after being designated for assignment the other day
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 30 of 53 pitches were strikes (57%)

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1B Greg Bird placed 12th on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet while OF Tyler Austin squeezed on in the In The Team Photo section.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • 1B Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — apparently he’s going to work out at every position of need at the big league level but not get called up
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-4, 2 PB
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — only 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%) … 49/26 K/BB in 39.2 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP — 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%) … 77/17 K/BB in 53.1 innings

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