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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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Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Pawtucket)

  • 1B-LF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – first Triple-A homer
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding, throwing)
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 R, 1 K
  • RF Zelous Wheeler: 2-4, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 PB — started the day game after a night game
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 63 of 97 pitches were strikes (65%) … hasn’t pitched well at all this year when there was plenty opportunity at the MLB level
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 20 of 30 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 17 of 26 pitches were strikes (65%)

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RHP Bryan Mitchell has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, according to Chad Jennings. RHP Joel De La Cruz was sent down to Double-A Trenton in a corresponding move. Also, I’m a few days late on this, but Howard Megdal spoke to switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who is still trying to get to the show after right shoulder surgery and becoming a sidearmer from both sides. Check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4, 1 K — in a little 1-for-17 (.059) slump
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 11-for-29 (.379) during his eight-game hitting streak
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 7-for-18 (.389) with four doubles, five walks, and no strikeouts in the last five games
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 3/5 GB/FB – 48 of 84 pitches were strikes (57%) … nice Triple-A debut despite more walks than strikeouts
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K,0/1 GB/FB — 28 of 37 pitches were strikes (76%)

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The Yankees have released 1B Russ Canzler, according to Donnie Collins. There was some thought he could help as a righty platoon bat, but he didn’t hit in Triple-A and lost playing time once 1B Kyle Roller was promoted.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Pawtucket)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K — first game back
  • RF Zoilo Almonte & 3B Scott Sizemore: both 0-4, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-4, 1 K
  • SS Zelous Wheeler: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles and a triple
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — Triple-A debut
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GB/FB — 28 of 47 pitches were strikes (60%) … left the game after being hit in the arm by a comebacker
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Heath Bell: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 31 of 46 pitches were strikes (67%) … hmm, efficient

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Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • As expected, OF Aaron Judge was officially promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. RHP Nick Goody, UTIL Zach Wilson, and UTIL Jose Toussen were all promoted from Tampa to Double-A Trenton while OF Taylor Dugas went from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton according to Matt Kardos, Nicholas Flammia, and Donnie Collins.
  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) posted his thoughts after attending yesterday’s Trenton game. He reiterated that LHP Manny Banuelos‘ stuff wasn’t as sharp as it was pre-elbow surgery and that C Peter O’Brien has huge power but might not tap into it at the MLB level because of plate discipline and pitch recognition issues.
  • Baseball Prospectus now has a database of all their free firsthand scouting reports, so check that out. There are only two Yankees farmhands so far (RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP Ian Clarkin), but they’ll continue to add to it.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Toledo)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 8-for-34 (.235) in his first nine Triple-A games
  • CF Zoilo Almonte; 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 2-4
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4
  • RHP Alfredo Aceves: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 4/3 GB/FB — 36 of 63 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0/3 GB/FB – 34 of 56 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only 17 of 37 pitches were strikes (46%) … 32/14 K/BB in 25 innings
  • RHP Matt Daley: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only six of 14 pitches were strikes (43%)

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