Here’s an open thread for the night. ESPN will have the Red Sox and Tigers, and that’s it for nationally broadcast games. Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final is on as well (go Vegas). Talk about anything here except religion or politics. Thanks in advance.
The three-day 2018 amateur draft is over and now teams will move on to signing their picks. The Yankees selected 40 players this year and will probably sign around 30. That’s a typical number. Here are my Day One, Day Two, and Day Three draft recaps. You can see all the Yankees’ picks here. Here’s the latest signing news:
- As a reminder, Georgia HS C Anthony Seigler (1st round) has already said he’s signing. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will soon enough. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m definitely going to sign with the Yankees. This is a no-brainer for me,” he said on a conference call with reporters.
- Bucknell RHP Connor Van Hoose (8th round) is already in Tampa according to David Driver, so he’s signing. He’s slotted for $159,800. As a bonus pool friendly college senior, it’s safe to assume Van Hoose is signing for something considerably less than lost.
- UNC Charlotte LHP Josh Maciejewski (10th round) has signed, according to his agent’s Twitter feed. He’s slotted for $137,800. There’s no word on his bonus, but, as a college senior, I imagine he signed for much less than slot.
- VMI OF Matt Pita (12th round) sounds like he’s going to sign. “I’ve always been a Yankees fan, so to be drafted by the Yankees is pretty special. VMI’s definitely prepared me in every way possible, so I feel … ready to go and start my career,” he said to Matt Gentry.
- George Washington 3B Isiah Pasteur (13th) told Pat Stoetzer he’s ready to sign. “I don’t even have all the details as far as that goes right now. Just waiting for that phone call, and they’ll tell me where I’m flying to and when I need to be there,” he said.
- Idaho HS C Alex Guerrero (18th round) signed for $125,000, he told KTIK. Slot money for every pick after the tenth round is $125,000. Every dollar over that counts against the bonus pool.
- Bryant 1B Mickey Gasper (27th round) and Northeastern 3B Max Burt (28th round) both traveled to Tampa to sign today, reports Tom King. “I grew up a Yankees fan … It was always the Yankees. So this is a dream come true for me,” said Gasper.
Our 2018 Draft Pool Tracker page is up and running, so make sure you check that out. It is available at all times under the Resources tab. The signing deadline is Friday, July 6th this year.
The 2018 amateur draft is finally complete. The Yankees selected 40 players these last three days and they’ll probably end up signing 20-something. Maybe 30-something. Whatever the number, the draft is over, and now front offices will move on to bigger and better things. That means the July 31st trade deadline. It’s less than eight weeks away and soon clubs will get serious about making moves.
The Mariners currently sit in first place in the AL West and they decided to strike early, trading for Denard Span and Alex Colome two weeks ago. They needed outfield and bullpen help, the Rays were a ready and willing trade partner, so a deal was struck. Seattle is trying to end the longest active postseason drought not only in baseball, but all North American sports. GM Jerry Dipoto acted quickly and decisively, and his team is better for it.
Other clubs are not as desperate as the Mariners and seem content to wait for the trade market to fully develop. That includes both buyers and sellers. The Yankees, despite getting good work from their starters the last few days, have an obvious need in the rotation in the wake of Jordan Montgomery’s Tommy John surgery. Another starter feels imperative. Another reliever could help too. A starter though, that’s the top priority.
In my perfect world, the Yankees would follow the Mariners’ path (ewww) and make a trade soon rather than waiting until July 31st. Get the help you need now and have that help on the roster for an extra few weeks. Consider the current standings projections:
Yankees: 100-62 (.619)
Red Sox: 101-61 (.623)
Yankees: 101-62 (.619)
Red Sox: 98-64 (.605)
The Red Sox are very good. So are the Yankees! But the Red Sox are very good and you didn’t need to see the projected standings to know the AL East race will be neck-and-neck all year. The division race may very well come down to Games 160, 161, and 162 between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. MLB and the television networks would love it. This would be all of us watching the games:
Point is, I am pro making a trade as soon as possible, because the longer the Yankees have that rotation update on the roster, the better their chances of winning the AL East. As fun as last year was, I can’t say I’m eager to sit throughout another Wild Card Game. The AL East runner-up might win 100+ games and play a do-or-die Wild Card Game. I don’t want the Yankees to be that team.
The problem, of course, is finding a willing trade partner this far in advance of the trade deadline. The Mariners and Rays matched up well. Tampa’s ready to move anyone at any time, plus Dipoto and Rays GM Erik Neander have made several trades in recent years, so they have a strong working relationship. The Yankees and Rays are division rivals and it’s difficult to see them matching up for a trade.
Would any clear non-contenders be willing to make a deal so far in advance of the deadline? I’m certain the answer is yes, as long as the trade makes sense for them. The Padres, for example, could be eager to move Tyson Ross because he’s pitching well (3.31 ERA and 3.44 FIP), he’s on a one-year contract, and he has an ugly injury history. The longer they wait, the more injury risk they assume. Would the Tigers sell low on Michael Fulmer right now? Probably not.
There are still 100-something games to go, but it sure looks like the AL East race will be crazy tight all season. Every win the Yankees (or Red Sox) can add the roster is incredibly valuable. It could sway the division ace, truly. As such, the sooner the Yankees can address their weakness(es), the better their chances to take control of AL East. Making a deal weeks before the deadline isn’t easy. But the sooner the Yankees can add help, the better their chances of avoiding that Wild Card Game.
Severino goes beast-mode
The Yankees three-city road trip continued with a short stop in Detroit for a double-header on Monday, their first twinbill against the Tigers since May 12, 2010. They took the afternoon contest thanks to another brilliant start by Ace Severino, who was backed up by one of the Bronx Bombers’ patented explosive innings at the plate in the 7-4 victory.
After the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the first, the Yankees knotted it up at 1-1 in the third with another clutch homer by Gleyber Torres, the 10th of his career. At 21 years and 173 days old, he became the second-youngest Yankee to reach double-digit home runs, trailing Mickey Mantle (19 years, 323 days) and just ahead of Joe DiMaggio (21 years, 216 days). That’s quite the legendary pinstripe sandwich (sorry!).
Greg Bird untied the game with his own solo homer in the fourth inning, sparking a six-run frame during which the Yankees had six straight hits before the Tigers even got one out. Obscure, yet sweet, stat alert: It was the fourth game that the Yankees scored at least six runs in an inning, tied with the Cubs and Astros for the most such games in MLB (through Monday).
Severino was a beast on the mound, mowing down the Tigers lineup after a first-inning hiccup, as he went eight innings while allowing two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts and no walks. In other words, just another typical Sevy gem:
Most Starts of 1 ER or Fewer Since 2017:
Luis Severino 24
Max Scherzer 23
Justin Verlander 22
Jacob deGrom 22
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) June 4, 2018
And just for fun … the only other Yankee pitcher to strike out at least 10 guys, walk none and allow one earned run or fewer in a game against the Tigers was Roger Clemens on July 19, 2000.
Two is not enough
The bats went cold in the nightcap as the Yankees dropped the second game in Motown, 4-2, in one of their more frustrating losses of the season. They went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, left 10 men on base, and twice loaded the bases without plating a run.
The split meant that the Yankees still haven’t swept a twinbill since April 16, 2014 against the Cubs, an eight-doubleheader sweepless drought that is the longest by a Yankee team in nearly 50 years (14 straight in 1969-70).
Miguel Andujar provided one of the few offensive highlights with two booming doubles, his team-leading 19th and 20th two-baggers of the season. He is the eighth Yankee since 1908 to reach 20 doubles this early into the season, and the only rookie in that group.
It’s only the first week of June, but he is already the first Yankee rookie third baseman with 20 doubles in a season since Gil McDougald, who would go on to win AL Rookie of the Year in 1951 to kick off a productive (yet largely forgotten) 10-year career in pinstripes.
While Miggy was spraying balls into the gap, Aaron Judge was whiffing and watching called strikes pass by him at the plate. He got his first career five-strikeout game on Monday night, and combined with his three punchouts in the afternoon game, became the unfortunate record-holder for the most strikeouts by a player in a doubleheader. Six guys previously had struck out seven times in a twinbill, and the most recent one was Shea Hillenbrand on Sept. 27, 2005.
The final leg of their road trip to them north of the border to the Rogers Centre, a place that had recently been a house of horrors for the Yankees. Entering the series they were 8-16 at the venue since the start of 2016, their worst record at any AL ballpark over the last three seasons. A combo of Baby Bomber power and Vintage Veteran pitching helped the Yankees get a rare win there on Tuesday.
CC Sabathia rebounded from an awful four-start stretch to deliver a turn-back-the-clock performance that was reminiscent of the pitcher who had a 1.39 ERA through his first six starts of the season. He kept the Blue Jays off the board through the fifth inning, and the only runs he gave up were on two solo homers in the sixth and seventh frames.
Facing an all-righty (including switch-hitters) lineup, Sabathia relied on his changeup — a season-high 20.2 percent usage rate — to complement his other off-speed pitches, and the pitch was super-effective for him. It was all about location, location, location, as he pounded the outer edge of the zone:
None of his 18 changeups resulted in a hit or walk, and they netted him four called strikes, four swinging strikes, a couple foul strikes and just three balls hit into play with an average exit velocity of 70.8 mph.
It was Sabathia’s 240th career regular-season win, matching Frank Tanana for 55th place on the all-time MLB list, and his 123rd regular-season win in pinstripes, tying Mike Mussina for 12th place on the all-time franchise list.
Miguel Andujar made sure that Sabathia earned the win, crushing his first career grand slam in the seventh inning that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead. Let’s celebrate with our traditional bullet-point salute:
- Youngest Yankee with a go-ahead grand slam in the 7th inning or later since a 20-year-old Mickey Mantle did it on July 29, 1952.
- Third rookie third baseman in franchise history to hit a grand slam, joining Mike Pagliarulo (1984) and Horace Clarke (1965).
- First Yankee since Dave Winfield (1987) to hit a go-ahead grand slam against the Blue Jays when trailing in the game.
Lucky No. 13
Another day, another game, another drama-filled and stunning win for the Yankees. Ho Hum.
The Fighting Spirit was strong on Wednesday night as the Yankees capped off their mini-sweep in Toronto with a 3-0 win in 13 innings. The only other time in the last 25 years that the Yankees beat the Blue Jays in a game that went 13 or more innings was April 19, 2001, a 6-5 win that lasted until the 17th. Neither team put any runs on the board until the Bronx Bombers exploded for three in the 13th. This was the 623rd game played between the Yankees and Blue Jays, and the first one that was scoreless through nine innings.
Aaron Judge wore the hero’s cape after his 404-foot monster blast to center untied the 0-0 game in the top of the 13th inning.
Perhaps the most amazing stat of the game: this was Judge’s first career extra-inning hit of any kind; he was 0-for-14 with 10 strikeouts in extras prior to the homer on Wednesday night.
Giancarlo Stanton added an insurance run in the 13th inning with a 119.3 mph laser shot into the left-field seats. Not only was it the hardest-hit homer by any player this season, it was also the hardest-hit extra-inning homer hit by any player since Statcast tracking began in 2015.
Lost in the extra-inning madness was an outstanding gem thrown by Sonny Gray, who retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings. It was the first time in 25 starts as a Yankee (including the postseason) that he didn’t give up a run.
The 2018 amateur draft is now complete. A total of 1,214 players were picked these last three days, including 40 by the Yankees. Believe it or not, not one of those 40 is a Southern California kid. Crazy. It was a down year for SoCal overall, but I still figured scouting director Damon Oppenheimer would find someone he liked out there. Guess not. Anyway, here are my Day One and Day Two draft recaps. Let’s review the Yankees’ Day Three haul.
The Best Day Three Prospect
The best prospect the Yankees drafted yesterday is Louisiana HS RHP Landon Marceaux (37th round), who went into the draft as a potential top three rounds pick on talent. His commitment to LSU was considered borderline unbreakable, however, so I wouldn’t count on the Yankees being able to convince Marceaux to turn pro. This was one of those “hey, we’re interested in case you change your mind, otherwise we’ll touch base again in a few years” pick.
Marceaux is a 6-foot-1 right-hander with excellent command and pitchability. He really knows how to work both sides of the plate and set hitters up. His fastball is mostly 88-92 mph right now and his best pitch is a snapdragon curveball. Add in a quality changeup and a slider, and you’ve got a kid who could come out of college as a first round pick in three years. It seems to me the Yankees have some extra bonus pool space to spend on a Day Three prospect. I really doubt they have enough to convince Marceaux to pass on LSU and turn pro though.
The Top Prep Catchers
Even after selecting George HS C Anthony Seigler and Texas JuCo C Josh Breaux in the first and second rounds, respectively, the Yankees really attacked their organizational weakness at catcher on Day Three. They drafted four more catchers in rounds 11-40, including two from the high school ranks with considerable upside. Will the Yankees sign either of them? We’ll see.
Nevada HS C Austin Wells (35th) was one of the top high school catchers in the draft class thanks to his well-rounded skill set. The problem? He’s been nursing an elbow injury all spring and hasn’t been able to throw. When healthy, Wells has a cannon and he’s very accurate. He can hit too. He’s a lefty with some pop and a sound approach. Had he been healthy, Wells might’ve gone on Day One this year. Instead, it’s likely he’ll follow through on his commitment to Arizona, and he could be one of the top college catchers on the draft board in three years.
It’s also worth noting the Yankees selected another prep catcher, Idaho HS C Alex Guerrero (18th), who is rough around the edges defensively but can really hit from the left side. Unlike Wells and Winkel, Guerrero is expected to turn pro. He told Michael Lycklama he is “99.999% sure” he’ll sign. “It being the Yankees, it’s a big deal … It’s a crazy feeling to even be considered a part of that history,” said Guerrero.
The College Bats
In an effort to find the next Steven Sensley, the Yankees grabbed several college position players with strong track records of performance on Day Three. George Washington 3B Isaiah Pasteur (13th) managed a .331/.398/.589 batting line with eleven homers and 31 steals in 57 games this spring, and when you add solid hot corner defense to the mix, you get one of the most intriguing college senior position players in the draft class.
VMI OF Matt Pita (12th) hit .389/.459/.721 with 14 homers and 23 steals in 53 games this spring, and Tennessee Tech OF Alex Junior (19th) put up a .326/.458/.494 batting line with seven homers. Bryant 1B Mickey Gasper (27th) hit .340/.468/.539 with eight homers in 56 games. Interestingly enough, Gasper was a catcher all four years in school, but the Yankees announced him as a first baseman. Hmmm.
West Virginia 2B Kyle Gray (14th) hit .374/.462/.677 with 14 homers and ten steals in 55 games this spring, and that’s after hitting three home runs total in 110 games his freshman and sophomore seasons. Gray told Brett Barrett he adjusted his approached this year. “I’ve worked on having a better approach when it comes to certain counts, allowing fastballs to be driven the other way. That way I’m timing up off-speed when it shows up, and being able to keep it to the middle of the field,” he said. Here’s that new approach in action:
Kyle Gray gets one back! His team-high-tying 6th home run leads off the 4th.
B-4, OSU 7, WVU 3, 0 outs for Gonzalez
— WVU Baseball (@WVUBaseball) April 14, 2018
Gray showed good on-base ability and defense before this year’s power breakout. The Yankees are betting a 14th round pick the power is here to stay. Not a bad idea. Pasteur, Pita, Gasper, Gray, and Junior are all expected to sign.
Arms of Note
The Yankees did not load up on power arms on Day Three like they have in recent years. At least not as much, anyway. The hardest thrower the Yankees selected yesterday is South Carolina JuCo RHP Tanner Myatt (11th), who stands 6-foot-7 and 220 lbs., and sat 94-96 mph this spring. He touched 99 mph and also showed a decent slider. He walked 16 in 26.1 innings though, so finding the plate is an issue.
Miami (Ohio) RHP Nick Ernst (15th) was on his way to being a Day Two pick this spring when his elbow gave out and he needed Tommy Johns surgery. He made only two starts before getting hurt. Before the injury, Ernst was working at 91-94 mph with a quality slider. I’m curious to see whether he takes the money now, or goes back to school and tries to rebuild stock next spring. The timing of the injury means he won’t return until next April, so he won’t have much time to showcase himself, plus his leverage will be low as a senior. We’ll see.
The Yankees grabbed another Tommy John surgery guy in Vanderbilt RHP Justin Wilson (23rd), though Wilson had his surgery two years ago, and he returned to the mound this spring. Between the injury and a deep Vanderbilt staff, Wilson threw only six relief innings this year, which was apparently enough to convince the Yankees to draft him. Prior to the injury he worked in the low-to-mid-90s and had both a curveball and changeup. If he signs, Wilson could be a real nice late-round get for the Yankees. Vanderbilt doesn’t recruit nobodies.
Georgia Southern RHP Blakely Brown (24th) is another guy who didn’t pitch this spring, but not because of injuries. He transferred from Georgia and had to sit out the season due to the NCAA’s dumb transfer rules. Brown reached the mid-90s on the regular and also showed a great curveball last time he actually pitched. Even with zero innings this season, the Yankees might be willing to pay Brown more now than he’d get as a senior next spring. Curious to see what happens here.
Florida HS RHP Jack Anderson (36th) and Florida HS LHP Brady Allen (39th) strike me as guys who are better off going to college than signing. Anderson has a good frame (6-foot-2 and 170 lbs.) and he’s sitting mostly 87-89 mph right now, and neither his breaking ball nor his changeup are reliable pitches yet. Allen is also an upper-80s guy who is figuring out secondaries. Three years of college seems like the best thing for their development. Pro ball might be too much to ask right now.
The Rest of the Draft Class
Texas-San Antonio RHP Derek Craft (16th) is a fastball-slider reliever who went from 5.6 K/9 as a freshman and sophomore to 10.7 K/9 as a junior, so that’s something to watch … Arkansas RHP Barrett Loseke (17th) has the type of control issues typically associated with a hard-thrower despite sitting mostly 90-92 mph … Tennessee Tech RHP Marcus Evey (20th) is mostly low-90s with okay feel for a breaking ball … British Columbia 3B Mitch Robinson (21st) has some pop and did catch a bit back in the day … Louisiana-Monroe RHP Keegan Curtis (22nd) and Dallas Baptist RHP Sean Boyle (25th) are college swingmen with good strikeout numbers … St. Mary’s C Jackson Thoreson (26th) is a veteran senior catcher who will be asked to guide young pitchers in pro ball … Gardner-Webb RHP Tyler Johnson (30th) shows three pitches and could be a reliever-to-starter conversion candidate … North Carolina HS SS Sincere Smith (32nd) is a very athletic but raw baseball/football guy … Northeastern 3B Max Burt (28th), Stevens Institute RHP Chuck Ruegger (33rd), Belmont Abbey 2B Matt McGarry (34th), Boston College LHP Dan Metzdorf (38th), and Brown RHP Reid Anderson (40th) are all depth guys.
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You can see all of the Yankees’ picks here. The Yankees selected 40 players in the 2018 draft, 29 of them college kids. Nine were high schoolers and two came from the junior college ranks. Twenty-four of the 40 players are pitchers (21 righties), six are catchers, four are outfielders, two are second basemen, two are third basemen, one’s a shortstop and one’s a first basemen. While I don’t think Seigler (or Breaux) was drafted to fill an organizational need, the Yankees definitely picked grabbed a good amount of catchers this draft. They’re needed in the farm system.
Remember how I said yesterday’s game was relatively stress-free? This one wasn’t like that. It was a deadlock tie for the first 12 innings with several scoring chances that the Yankees could’ve taken advantage of. Thankfully, New York ended it in a loud way with home runs from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the 13th inning. Oh, and Sonny Gray was also really, really good and so was the bullpen. Can’t forget those guys. Overall, good win, and the Yankees have 40 of those this season and it’s only June 6. Let’s recap this thing.
An anatomy of Gray’s start
Sonny Gray is starting to turn the narrative around this season. After a rough start, he’s pitched a quality start five times out of the past seven starts. Going eight scoreless, tonight’s game might have been his best in 2018.
Gray started the game with four perfect innings. The perfect game bid broke in the fifth with a Justin Smoak leadoff double. That frame also happened to be the most trouble Gray got into. After the Smoak double, Kendrys Morales hit a single to put two runners in corners with no out. Kevin Pillar hit a grounder right at Miguel Andujar and the young third baseman wisely threw home for a force out. Smoak is not a fast runner and that run the Yanks prevented turned out to be huge (though you can never tell how the game would’ve unfolded in a different scenario). Gray followed up with a walk to Russell Martin to load the bases but induced an inning-ending GIDP from Devon Travis to end it.
A good diagnosis from tonight’s outing? Gray attacked the strike zone. Here is his pitch map from Baseball Savant:
99 pitches, 63 strikes. He did a pretty good job staying within the strike zone compared to when he’s having a bad day. Here’s his pitch map from May 26, when he allowed 5 ER in 3.2 IP versus the Angels:
A bit more all over the place here. Gray’s got an excellent stuff and it works wonders when he can locate it, and that was the case tonight. He went 8 innings, allowed 2 hits and struck out 8. He brought his season ERA under 5 (4.81) and has a 3.38 ERA in his past 7 starts, which goes back to that road game versus the Astros.
The lucky 13th
Sam Gaviglio isn’t really a household name in Toronto, but he threw a heck of a start tonight. Coming into tonight’s game, Gaviglio had pitched in Triple-A and made three starts with the big club. He wouldn’t be a guy that the Jays would send out for a must-win game but he pitched like that guy.
Gaviglio isn’t really an electric stuff guy, but his low-zone sinker approach worked well. The Yankee batters hit an average of 81.3 mph exit velocity against him (per Baseball Savant). That doesn’t mean that the Yankees didn’t have opportunities though. In the second inning, Austin Romine hit a smash up the middle with runner on corners only to be robbed by Travis for a base hit and a sure RBI. In the fifth, they had the bases loaded with two outs, but Greg Bird grounded to first to end the threat.
Things turned for the dramatics in the 13th. Again, it is nice to have power in the lineup. As the Yanks approached the softer part of the Jays bullpen, John Gibbons sent out Joe Biagini, who hasn’t been great in 2018 (7.50 ERA in 8 games before tonight). After a Gleyber Torres strike out, Brett Gardner singled to get on base. On a 1-2 count, Judge hit a hanging curveball low in the zone for a two-run homer. Judge had been scuffling for a bit while – he had that 8 strikeout doubleheader game and was 0-for-4 before that home run – so it’s nice to see him breaking out of it. Getting the team a lead is nice too.
Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton hit one of the most ridiculous homers of the season. On a 1-0 changeup, Stanton crushed the pitch into the left field seats for a 119.3 mph (!!), 416 feet home run. 3-0 Yankees.
There’s just something about Stanton homers. We often use terms like “punishes,” “smashes,” “pulverizes,” etc. We’re gonna need something else for him. He swings at baseballs like he’s angry at them.
Remember that “We bring the heat” commercial from spring? That was full on effect tonight. Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined for a 5.0 IP, 2 H, 7K outing. Robertson’s been slowly progressing to his usual self, allowing only one run in his past 7 appearances. His ERA has dropped from 4.91 to 4.08. Much more like it. Chapman is having a heck of a season so far. After the save tonight, he has a 1.3 fWAR, which is tied for the best in AL with Mariners’ Edwin Diaz. Chappy also has a 46 strikeout sand 11 walks in 25.2 IP in 2018. That’ll do.
How does a team go 12 innings without scoring? The 2-3-4-5-6 hitters of the Yankees lineup went a combined 0-for-22 prior to Judge and Stanton dingers (after that, they were 2-for-26). Greg Bird had a rough one, going 0-for-6. Austin Romine also had an 0-fer night, going 0-for-5.
Box score, highlights, standings and WPA
The Yanks have a day off tomorrow and then they will head to Queens for a weekend series versus the Mets. Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to be on the mound against Jacob deGrom in Friday’s opener.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (10-5 loss to Durham)
- SS Tyler Wade: 1-5, 2 K — seems like he’s been striking out a lot, but his 23.2 K% since being sent down isn’t too far out of line with last year’s 19.4 K% at this level
- CF Clint Frazier: 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
- 3B Brandon Drury: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K
- LF Ronald Torreyes: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K — he played five total innings in right field with the Yankees the last two years … this is his first start in the outfield since 2015
- RF Billy McKinney: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — four homers in his last eight games
- RHP Erik Swanson: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GB/FB — 44 of 66 pitches were strikes … 73/19 K/BB in 59.2 innings
- RHP Brady Lail: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 26 of 36 pitches were strikes (72%)
- RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 10 of 15 pitches were strikes