I’ve had a number of folks ask where they can get their DotF fix once RAB shuts down. I recommend MLB.com’s Prospect Pipeline page. Scroll down, pick the Yankees, and they have the day’s box scores all on one page. There are no player comments like DotF, but all the stats are there. Some quick notes:
- OF Matt Lipka was placed on Triple-A Scranton’s injured list with a hamstring issue, reports Conor Foley. No word on a timetable for his return. IF Billy Fleming, who I mistaken said had been released in last week’s chat, was called up from Extended Spring Training to fill the roster spot.
- Dan Martin wrote about RHP Clarke Schmidt’s dominant season debut. “He was actually better than his line. He topped out at 95-96 with a great curve and changeup and threw a lot of strikes. He was as good as advertised,” said pitching coordinator Danny Borrell.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (5-1 win over Lehigh Valley)
- LF Trey Amburgey: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — 10-for-24 (.417) in the early going … remember, he was supposed to start the season in Trenton … he’s only here because the RailRiders needed an outfielder to replace Clint Frazier when he was called up to the Bronx
- DH Mike Ford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
- SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — first hits of the season
- C Kyle Higashioka: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
- LHP Gio Gonzalez: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 WP, 6/2 GB/FB — 56 of 89 pitches were strikes (63%) … much better than his first start last week … Conor Foley says Gonzalez threw junk all game, so breaking balls and changeups with only a few fastballs … he’s lost quite a bit of velocity in recent years and sat mostly 88-89 mph last season, so kitchen sink might be the way to go at this point of his career … with Luis Severino being shut down for six weeks, Gonzalez suddenly becomes pretty important … there is enough time for two more Triple-A starts before his April 20th opt-out
- LHP Danny Coulombe: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 10 of 24 pitches were strikes (42%) … Conor Foley says Coulombe left the game with the trainer, so that’s not good