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Quick note to pass along: Double-A Trenton’s bat dog Rookie is up for a Minor League Best Mascot Award. You might remember that Rookie’s grandfather Chase passed away last summer. You can vote right here or by using the hashtag #VoteRookieThunder on Twitter. There are 14 finalists and Rookie is the only living, breathing animal. The rest are dudes in mascot suits. Voting closes on August 11th. Take a second and go vote because bat dogs are awesome.

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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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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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Wednesday: The Yankees invited Castillo to their Tampa complex for a private workout next week, reports George King. Andrew Marchand says they should not be considered the favorite to sign him, for what it’s worth.

Monday, 1:43pm: The Yankees are one of three teams that have scheduled a private workout with Castillo, according to Ben Badler. Balder says Castillo is likely to sign within two weeks.

1:00pm: Via Ken Davidoff: The Yankees sent a contingent of four to watch Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo’s showcase in Miami over the weekend. Those four: international scouting director Donny Rowland, international cross-checkers Gordon Blakeley and Dennis Woody, and pro scout Jay Darnell. Their level of interest in unknown. Twenty-eight of 30 teams were in attendance.

Castillo, 27, was said to have an impressive workout with the caveat that it was only a workout, not game action. Walter Villa has an excellent breakdown of the day. Castillo worked out in the outfield and at shortstop, but Villa says the consensus is that he won’t stick at short and his arm isn’t right field caliber. He showed good speed and surprising pop from the right side. “I like him, he’s a Major League player,” said one scout while another estimated he would sign for $25-35M. I have no idea whether he is worth that money or a good fit for the Yankees.

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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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