Game 57: Win the Series

The fan favorites. (Elsa/Getty)
The fan favorites. (Elsa/Getty)

The Yankees and Red Sox have split the first two games of this three-game series, which means tonight is the rubber game. Just win series is the goal, but man, against a division rival, the series win is always that much sweeter. And more meaningful too. Newsflash: the AL East isn’t getting any easier as the season progresses.

Last time out Michael Pineda, tonight’s starter, had a rough go of it against the Blue Jays. Every pitcher has a bad start now and then, but given Pineda’s history, you can’t help but wonder whether that start was just a blip, or the other shoe dropping. Pineda’s been pretty good so far this year. It would be cool to see him shake that rough outing off and pitch well tonight. Just win the series, baby. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. RF Aaron Judge
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. C Gary Sanchez
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. 1B Chris Carter
    RHP Michael Pineda

The weather is okay in New York. Not great, not awful. Just okay. Overcast and cool, though there’s no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s series finale will begin at 7:05pm ET and both YES (local) and ESPN (national) will have the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

2017 Draft: Seth Romero

Seth Romero | LHP

Background
Romero, 21, was not drafted out of a Texas high school a few years back and wound up at Houston. Working mostly as a starter with the Cougars, he had a 2.43 ERA with 290 strikeouts and 70 walks in 226 innings in college. Romero was kicked off Houston’s baseball team last month, reportedly because he got into a fight with a teammate and took a photo holding a bong in full uniform. He was suspended two other times during his college career for conduct detrimental to the team.

Scouting Report
At 6-foot-4 and 240 lbs., Romero has a thick frame and he generates easy mid-90s velocity with his fastball. He sits 93-95 mph and has run it up as high as 97 mph. Romero’s out pitch is a nasty mid-80s slider, and his changeup has improved to the point where it is now a reliable third pitch he can use to neutralize righties. There’s a little bit of effort in Romero’s delivery, though he’s a good athlete and he repeats it well, and he usually has no trouble throwing his fastball for strikes. The stuff is legit. The makeup is questionable.

Miscellany
Romero came into the spring as a likely top ten pick, though the ongoing off-the-field issues have pushed him down draft boards. In their latest rankings, both MLB.com (24th) and Baseball America (27th) ranked Romero as a back-half of the first round prospect, while Keith Law (subs. req’d) dinged him hard and ranked him 59th. The Yankees pick 16th. A college kid smoking pot is no big deal. Fighting with teammates though? That’s bad. The Yankees really value makeup and my guess is they would pass on Romero, even if his talent says he’d be a coup with that 16th overall pick.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox have found a way to attack Aaron Judge, and now it’s up to him to adjust

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Last night the Yankees put a hurting on reigning AL Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello (lol), and they did it without getting anything from Aaron Judge. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts, which dragged his season batting line down to a still incredible .321/.428/.668 (190 RC+). There ain’t much BABIP luck in there either. Judge tattoos the ball on the regular.

Over these last six games against the Blue Jays and Red Sox, Judge has gone 6-for-22 (.273) with eleven strikeouts, though he also has six walks and three extra-base hits (two doubles and a homer). He hasn’t been bad by any means. That is a lot of strikeouts though, and it seems the Blue Jays and Red Sox have found a way to attack Judge: with high fastballs.

Here, via Baseball Savant, are two strike zone heat maps. The heat map on the left shows the fastball location Judge saw in April and May. The heat map on the right is the fastball location he’s seen in June, which, conveniently, are these last six games against the Blue Jays and Red Sox (click to embiggen):

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Not surprisingly, pitchers tried to attack Judge down and away earlier this season, even with heaters. He’s 6-foot-7 and they wanted him to reach as far as possible for the ball. Judge has shown he can handle that down-and-away pitch so far this season. How many times have we seen him flick that outside pitch to right field? More than a few.

These last two series though, against Toronto and Boston, two division rivals who figure to really dig in and study Judge, Judge has seem many more fastballs upstairs. That’s not easy to do! The guy is 6-foot-7. A high fastball to a normal hitter would be at the letters for Judge. You’ve got to go higher than high against him.

Judge has been getting hosed on low called strikes all season (the numbers confirm it) and now he has to worry about high pitches too. All those high fastballs from the Blue Jays and Red Sox have resulted in a lot of swings and misses from Judge lately. Here are the pitch locations of his swings and misses against fastballs these last six games:

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Yep. They’re going upstairs against him and Judge has chased. Not to the point where he’s been completely neutralized — like I said, he is 6-for-22 with a homer these last six games — but enough to stop him from being the planet-eating monster he was in April and May. They’ve (mostly) kept him in the park and generated more empty swings. That’s a win for them. They’d love to stop Judge. They’ll settle for containing him.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Maybe not the high fastballs specifically, but the fact opposing teams have found a way to keep Judge in check. The Blue Jays and Red Sox are going to see an awful lot of Judge going forward. They did their homework and hey, look at that, they both came up with the same plan. (Perhaps the Red Sox are copying the Blue Jays. Who knows.)

The league has started to adjust to Judge and now it’s up to Judge to adjust back. That’s baseball. And you know what? In his relatively brief big league career, Judge has already shown he can make adjustments. He looks like a completely different hitter now than he was last year. That’s not a fluke. That’s the result of hard work and baseball smarts. Now Judge will have to work to combat all these high fastballs.

Because he made the adjustment from last year to this year, and has a history of making adjustments in the minors, I am completely confident Judge will figure out how to handle this sudden barrage of high fastballs. Hopefully he can make that adjustment soon, but if it takes some time, then it takes time. Baseball is hard. The Blue Jays and Red Sox have come up with a bit of a blueprint though. Want to slow Judge down? Go upstairs. It’s only a matter of time until other teams start doing it too.

2017 Pre-Draft Top 30 Prospects

Gleyber and Clint. (New York Daily News)
Gleyber and Clint. (New York Daily News)

Baseball’s annual amateur draft will begin Monday, which means all 30 teams are about to add many new players to their farm systems. The draft is an exciting time. Thousands of young players will take a step toward achieving their dream of being a big league ballplayer. Only a handful will make it, of course. Even fewer will stick in MLB long-term.

The Yankees currently boast one of the best farm systems in baseball, and that’s even after graduating several high-end young players to show the last two years. Already this year three players from my preseason top 30 prospects list have exhausted their MLB rookie eligibility: Aaron Judge (No. 3), Jordan Montgomery (No. 13), and Chad Green (No. 20). Jonathan Holder wasn’t on my top 30, but he’ll graduate to MLB soon too.

With the 2017 draft only a few days away, it’s time for something of a check-up on the farm system. My annual pre-draft top 30 prospects list is, by far, my least favorite list because it’s prone to small sample size noise and knee-jerk reactions. And there are rarely new players. The Yankees haven’t made any trades yet this year, so there have been no new names added to the system.

So, with all that in mind, here is my updated list of the top 30 prospects in the farm system. Feel free to bookmark this post and mock me in the future.

The Tippy Top Prospects

1. SS Gleyber Torres, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 1)
2. OF Clint Frazier, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 2)
3. OF Blake Rutherford, Low-A (Preseason: No. 4)
4. LHP Justus Sheffield, Double-A (Preseason: No. 6)

These four are clearly the top four prospects in the system, in my opinion, and yet there’s enough separation between them that figuring out the exact order is easy. Gleyber is one of the five best prospects in baseball and is knocking on the door at Triple-A. Both Frazier and Rutherford have a chance to be impact bats, and with Frazier in Triple-A and Rutherford in Low-A, Frazier gets the nod at No. 2. Sheffield is the top pitching prospect in the farm system and I don’t think it’s all that close either. We should really talk about him more. A 21-year-old three-pitch southpaw having success at Double-A is a hell of a prospect.

The Other Top Prospects

5. SS/CF Jorge Mateo, High-A (Preseason: No. 7)
6. 3B Miguel Andujar, Double-A (Preseason: No. 8)
7. RHP Albert Abreu, Low-A (Preseason: No. 9)
8. UTIL Tyler Wade, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 10)
9. OF Dustin Fowler, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 12)
10. RHP Chance Adams, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 11)

The six players in his tier are almost interchangeable. They really are. If you believe that, say, Fowler should rank fifth and Mateo should be tenth, it would in no way be unreasonable. These six players are all borderline top 100 prospects — Mateo has been on more than a few top 100 lists over the years, and so far this year we’ve seen Abreu (Baseball Prospectus), Wade (Baseball Prospectus), Adams (MLB.com), and Fowler (MLB.com and FanGraphs) make some top 100 lists — who would make every top 150 list.

I’m sticking with my preseason guns with Mateo even though he’s given folks every reason to drop him in their prospect rankings. He’s hitting .249/.292/.409 (99 wRC+) while repeating High-A this year after hitting .254/.306/.379 (99 wRC+) at the level last year. Dude. I’m inclined to cut him some slack because he’s learning center field, but still. Mateo needs to start hitting and soon. I’ve long been an Andujar believer, which is why I still have him over the Triple-A guys despite their success.

The Damaged Prospects

11. RHP James Kaprielian, High-A (Preseason: No. 5)
12. RHP Dillon Tate, Extended Spring Training (Preseason: No. 14)

Sigh. Things never go according to plan. Kaprielian looked good in the Arizona Fall League last year and he nearly made it through Spring Training in one piece this year. Then his elbow started barking again, and soon thereafter he underwent Tommy John surgery. He’ll be out until midseason 2018, most likely. The persistent elbow trouble is too much to ignore. Kaprielian is going to miss close to two full seasons with elbow woes, which is why he dropped in the rankings.

I know it seems Tate has moved up two spots since the preseason top 30, but he really hasn’t. He’s in the same spot. Two players ahead of him on the preseason list (Judge and Montgomery) graduated, which is why he went from No. 14 to No. 12. Anyway, Tate has yet to pitch in an official game this season due to a shoulder issue. Last we heard, farm system head Gary Denbo said Tate was getting “close,” whatever that means. That was 18 days ago.

The International Players

13. RHP Domingo Acevedo, Double-A (Preseason: No. 15)
14. OF Estevan Florial, High-A (Preseason: No. 16)
15. RHP Domingo German, Triple-A (Preseason: No. 24)
16. SS Hoy Jun Park, Low-A (Preseason: No. 17)
17. SS Wilkerman Garcia, Extended Spring Training (Preseason: No. 18)
18. SS Thairo Estrada, Double-A (Preseason: No. 27)

German is the biggest riser from the preseason list. He’s further away from Tommy John surgery and reports indicate he’s throwing fire, regularly sitting 94-96 mph and touching 99 mph. German has also reached Triple-A after a quick stop at Double-A and has acquitted himself well. He’s going to pitch in the big leagues this year. It wouldn’t completely shock me if he were to get the call to make a spot start soon, even over Adams, especially since German is on the 40-man roster.

Acevedo and Florial have two of the highest ceilings in the farm system and they’ve done nothing but impress so far this season, which is nice to see. Estrada is the other big mover on the pre-draft list. I’ve been an unabashed Thairo fan for a few years now, and he’s making me look smart by hitting .326/.402/.442 (140 wRC+) with the same number of walks as strikeouts (21 each) as a 21-year-old in Double-A. Contact skills and defensive versatility on the infield will serve him well long-term. I get the sense he’s a trade chip for the Yankees more than anything.

The Former Top Prospects

19. LHP Ian Clarkin, High-A (Preseason: No. 19)
20. 1B/OF Tyler Austin, Triple-A (Preseason: No 21)

Once upon a time, Clarkin and Austin could be found near the top of a top 30 Yankees prospects list. Clarkin as a former first round pick and Austin as a late-round pick who annihilated minor league pitching. Both have seen their stock drop in recent years due to injury. Clarkin missed the 2015 season with an elbow issue, missed the second half of 2016 with knee surgery, and missed a few weeks this year with a sore shoulder. He’s healthy now though.

Austin reached the big leagues last season after years of wrist problems and poor performance. A fluke ankle injury suffered in Spring Training delayed the start of his season, and it wasn’t until the middle of last month that he started a minor league rehab assignment. The Yankees activated and optioned Austin to Triple-A earlier this week. We’ll see him again at some point soon. I don’t think he’ll be prospect eligible much longer.

The Bottom Ten

21. 3B Dermis Garcia, Extended Spring Training (Preseason: No. 23)
22. LHP Josh Rogers, Double-A (Preseason: No. 25)
23. SS Kyle Holder, High-A (Preseason: No. 26)
24. C Donny Sands, Low-A (Preseason: Not Ranked)
25. RHP Drew Finley, Extended Spring Training (Preseason: No. 28)
26. RHP Nolan Martinez, Extended Spring Training (Preseason: Not Ranked)
27. OF Billy McKinney, Double-A (Preseason: No. 22)
28. OF Leonardo Molina, Low-A (Preseason: No. 30)
29. RHP Zack Littell, High-A (Preseason: Not Ranked)
30. RHP Yefry Ramirez, Double-A (Preseason: Not Ranked)

Three players graduated to MLB (Judge, Montgomery, Green) and four players were added to the list (Sands, Martinez, Littell, Ramirez). The other player who dropped off: OF Mason Williams. He was No. 29 on my preseason list. He’s going to be 26 in August and he’s hitting .236/.281/.251 (48 wRC+) in Triple-A, so it’s time to cut bait. There are too many other quality prospects in the farm system to keep Williams in the top 30.

Anyway, McKinney’s drop is second largest only to Kaprielian, and at least Kaprielian has the injury excuse. McKinney is healthy and still hitting .206/.306/.350 (82 wRC+) in his third try at Double-A. Remember how great he looked in Spring Training? Spring Training lies, man. McKinney’s a bat only prospect. He has to hit to have any value whatsoever, and he’s not hitting. At least Kyle Holder can fall back on his glove, you know?

The new additions are all players who were seriously considered for the preseason list, so it’s not like they’re jumping into the top 30 after toiling in obscurity. Sands is progressing well behind the plate as a converted third baseman, and over the last few weeks his bat has really come alive too. Martinez, last year’s third rounder, is very similar to Finley in that he’s an advanced high school starter with a deep repertoire. I’m looking forward to following him once the short season leagues start later this month.

Littell is having an excellent statistical season (1.94 ERA and 3.46 FIP) and it’s probably only a matter of time until he gets bumped up to Double-A. He has a starter’s repertoire and a ton of pitching know-how. I’m a fan. Yefry has three sneaky good pitches and is having success at Double-A (2.52 ERA and 3.55 FIP). Guys like that normally rank in the top 15 somewhere. In this farm system, he’s No. 30. Pretty sweet minor league Rule 5 Draft pick, I’d say. Odds are both of these guys will get pushed out by 2017 draftees when I put together the post-draft list.

Among the other players considered for the back-end of this updated top 30 prospects list were, in alphabetical order, IF Abi Avelino, IF Oswaldo Cabrera, LHP Daniel Camarena, SS Diego Castillo, RHP Jorge Guzman, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Ronald Herrera, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Freicer Perez, and 2B Nick Solak. Not being able to squeeze some of those guys into the list, particularly Castillo and Guzman, surprised me. The Yankees are still loaded in the minors.

The time for Chance Adams to get an opportunity to help the Yankees is fast approaching

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Fifty-six games into the 2017 season, the Yankees are one of three teams to use only five starting pitchers this year. The Yankees, the Cardinals, and the Braves. That’s the list. And soon it’ll be only the Yankees and Cardinals. The Braves put Bartolo Colon on the disabled list two days ago and will call up top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to start in his place this weekend.

At some point this year, possibly sooner rather than later, the Yankees will use a sixth starting pitcher. It’s inevitable in baseball these days. The question is whether they will use that sixth starter because they want to use one to give their other starters rest, or because they have to use one due to injury or poor performance. Obviously the former is much more preferable.

Whenever the time for a sixth starter comes, one of the names the Yankees are sure to consider is Chance Adams, arguably their top pitching prospect overall (eh) and inarguably their top pitching prospect at the Triple-A level (duh). Last time out Adams took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The start before that, he struck out 12 in six innings.

So far this season the 22-year-old Adams has a 1.55 ERA (3.34 FIP) with 26.5% strikeouts and 10.4% walks in eleven starts and 64 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A. Last year he had a 2.33 ERA (2.96 FIP) with 29.1% strikeouts and 7.9% walks in 24 starts and 127.1 innings. To call the reliever-to-starter conversion a success would be a pretty big understatement. Adams has been great since joining the rotation.

While the overall numbers look nice, Adams is not a finished product sitting in Triple-A. He’s still working to improve his changeup to combat left-handers, and his walk rate is a wee bit too high, which pitching coach Larry Rothschild recently chalked up to subpar fastball command. He’s working on it though. Here’s what Rothschild told Brendan Kuty:

“I think everybody  — the guys who have been working with him in the minor leagues — I think he’s been talked to about that certainly when he was with us (in big league Spring Training). I think it’s just a natural maturation process. I think he’s perfectly capable of (improving his fastball command). I think at times, just watching the tape of him this year, where he’s been good.”

Can Adams help the Yankees right now? I think so, though I’ll admit I’m less confident in his ability to step right into a big league rotation and be consistently solid from the get-go the way Jordan Montgomery did. That’s not intended to be a knock on Adams! Montgomery was a really polished prospect who’s been a starting pitcher basically his entire life. Going through a lineup three times wasn’t that new to him.

Adams has the tools to help the Yankees soon as a starting pitcher, and like most young starters, chances are there will be some bumps along the way. That’s baseball. He’s got to get his feet wet at some point though, and I think that time is rapidly approaching. Joe Girardi shot down Adams replacing Montgomery in the rotation — “Really? Are you kidding me? Come on now,” said Girardi to Bryan Hoch when asked that over the weekend — so that won’t happen, nor should it.

On merit, the starting pitcher who most deserves to lose his rotation spot is Masahiro Tanaka, and even though I am in favor of giving him a little time out, I’m not sure it’ll happen. I think the odds are pretty good the Yankees will ride it out with him and hope he fixes things on the fly. In that case, pretty much the only way to get Adams’ feet wet in the big leagues is as a spot sixth starter. Call him up, make a start to give the guys a rest, then go back down.

There are some roster consequences to doing that, namely:

  1. Someone has to be designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot.
  2. Someone has to be demoted to clear a 25-man roster spot, and they won’t be able to come back up for ten days.
  3. Adams would burn one of his three minor league options when he’s sent back down.

And maybe those things aren’t that big a deal. The Yankees could drop the wholly ineffective Tommy Layne from the roster, which would open both 25-man and 40-man spots, then call up any one of a number of players from Triple-A when Adams goes back down. Gio Gallegos, Luis Cessa, Ben Heller, etc. The Yankees would be tying up a 40-man spot for good though, so they’d lose some flexibility.

The minor league options thing might not be that big of a deal either. Should Adams go up and down these next three years, he’ll qualify for a fourth option because he’d burn his original three within his first five pro seasons. Also, if the Yankees need to think about using an option on Adams in 2020, something’s gone wrong. He should have established himself as a big leaguer by then. The 40-man is a bigger issue than the minor league options, I think.

The Yankees aren’t shy about throwing prospects right into the fire. Luis Severino made his big league debut against the Red Sox. Gary Sanchez was called up for a game last May specifically to face Chris Sale. I suppose the Yankees could call up Adams to make a spot start against the Orioles this Sunday, the day he lines up to pitch, which would allow them push Tanaka back a day so he could face the lowly Angels in Anaheim on Monday. Not the worst idea.

Either way, I get the sense Adams is going to make his big league debut very soon, as in before the end of the month. Hopefully it is on the Yankees’ terms (he’s ready) and their hand isn’t forced (someone is out and they need a starter). The Yankees are going to give Adams every chance to be part of the rotation long-term, and part of the process is allowing him to get his feet wet this summer. His time is coming and soon.

Sabathia’s brilliant outing leads the Yankees to 8-0 win over the Red Sox

This was a very refreshing game, especially after a frustrating loss last night. CC Sabathia went eight strong innings while the offense picked him up, particularly … Chris Carter??? Anyways, it was a good baseball night for Yankee fans. They improve to 33-23 and are now up 2 games in the AL East again.

(Elsa/Getty Images)
(Elsa/Getty Images)

The Stopper

Just what the doctor ordered. As Katie Sharp noted, Sabathia has been lights-out this year in games following a team loss. The Yankees were in danger of the Red Sox tying them for first place in the AL East and CC denied it.

Sabathia didn’t get many whiffs – 5 overall – but he got weak outs and called strikes attacking the zone. Take a look:

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Sabathia threw a lot outside to RHH’s and inside to LHH’s. A good amount of contact was made on pitches towards the edges of the zone, which is how Sabathia intends to approach hitters – he’s not as overpowering anymore so he needs some finesse to get through the lineup.

When it was all said and done, Sabathia had a 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K outing, which is more than you could ask from a starter facing the Red Sox lineup. He improved to 7-2, 3.66 ERA for the season. Surprising how well he’s done, huh? Especially after the bad start he had to this season (5.77 ERA in first 7 starts). He has allowed only 4 ER in the past 5 GS and 32.1 IP, which is good for a 1.11 ERA.

Runs! 

Unlike last night, when hitting with RISP was the team’s kryptonite — they went 0-for-10 in team’s many chances — tonight was a different story: the team went 5-for-12 in RISP situations and the most impressive offensive performer was Chris Carter. That’s how you know the game is going your way, eh?

The Yankees got the scoring started in the third inning. Didi Gregorius hit a 81 mph changeup fading downwards over the right-center fence for a solo home run. Chase Headley and Carter both followed it up with back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third with a Red Sox infield error. No outs, two runners and scoring position, time to break the game wide open, right? Brett Gardner struck out, Aaron Hicks popped out to make it two outs, and Red Sox intentionally walked Aaron Judge to face Matt Holliday, who flew out to right field to end the inning. New York took a lead but man, that was a tease.

(Elsa/Getty Images)
(Elsa/Getty Images)

The bats got back into it the next inning, however. Starlin Castro tripled to deep center and Gary Sanchez banged a single to bring him in, breaking a 0-for-13 team cold streak in RISP chances. After a Didi flyout, Headley singled to put two runners on. Carter got a hold of a fastball down the middle and hit a 3-run homer to put the Yankees up top, 5-0.

Carter could have added another HR to his day but was robbed, maybe more than in a way. In the bottom of sixth, he hit a big fly towards right that seemed to head into the seats but Mookie Betts made a perfectly-timed leap to make a catch… or did he? The replays showed that the fan clearly touched the ball before the ball went into the glove, which should be ruled a home run. However, despite Joe Girardi‘s protest, the umpires declined to look at the replays. Weird.

Anyways, the Yankees got more runs off Rick Porcello in the seventh. Gardner reached on an error by the second baseman Josh Rutledge and stole second to put himself into, again, a RISP situation. Two hitters later, with the Red Sox pitcher changed to Blaine Boyer, Holliday hit an infield single that drove in Gardner to make it 6-0.

But wait! We’re not done here. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Gregorius (single) and Headley (walk) reached base against Boyer. Carter, as he did all night, made contact and hit an RBI single that scored Didi. Gardner joined the RBI party with a single to make it 8-0 Yankees.

The factor to the offensive outburst tonight? Well, the top part of the lineup was quiet tonight (2-for-17) but the rest of them were en fuego (10-for-19). Also, as mentioned, helps a lot when Carter drives in 4 runs. He’s taken bad reps most of the year but he came up huge tonight. Props to the big man.

One last fun fact courtesy of Katie Sharp: this is the largest shutout win against the Red Sox at (any) Yankee Stadium since Sept. 3, 1965. Pretty unbelievable that taken been that long.

Box score, standings and WPA graph

Here’s tonight’s box score, updated standings and WPA graph.


Source: FanGraphs


The Yankees will look to take the series tomorrow in the rubber match of the series. Big Mike Pineda will take the mound against David Price. Should be a fun matchup.

DotF: Frazier’s big game leads Scranton to a win

A few quick injury related notes:

  • OF Blake Rutherford has been placed on the Low-A Charleston disabled list with a foot contusion, reports Chris Tripodi. He left Sunday’s game after drawing a walk in his only at-bat. Hopefully it’s not too bad and Rutherford will be back after the 7-day DL stint is up. Maybe he fouled a pitch off his foot or something.
  • RHP Albert Abreu has been placed on the High-A Tampa disabled list, the team announced. He left last night’s start after two innings and 22 pitches. No idea what’s wrong with him, but Josh Norris heard Abreu was throwing 91-96 mph last night with good secondary stuff, so that’s encouraging. I guess.
  • C Kyle Higashioka has been activated off the Triple-A Scranton disabled list, the team announced. He last played May 14th. I could have sworn I remember seeing something about Higashioka taking a foul tip to the hand, but I can’t find it now. Either way, he’s back. Always nice to have catching depth intact.
  • LHP Stephen Tarpley has been activated off the High-A Tampa disabled list, the team announced. I have no idea what was wrong with him, but he’s been out all season. Tarpley came over from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova trade last year.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Rochester)

  • 2B Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 R, 2 K — 11-for-27 (.407) during his seven-game hitting streak
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB
  • SS Gleyber Torres: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — video of the double is above
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K — three straight games with a double … he’s also 3-for-15 with ten strikeouts in his last four games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SB — had been in a 3-for-19 (.158) slump
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 2 K
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1/5 GB/FB — 61 of 99 pitches were strikes (62%) … quietly has a 61/17 K/BB in 60 innings
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 24 of 35 pitches were strikes (69%) … 42/1 K/BB in 29.1 innings

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