The 2019 season is now really underway. Thursday was Opening Day down in the minor leagues. Baseball is officially in full swing. Here are some notes before we get to the performances:
- OF Trey Amburgey, 3B Mandy Alvarez, and IF Wendell Rijo were added to the Triple-A Scranton roster, the team announced. They’re the corresponding moves to Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Thairo Estrada being summoned to the big leagues.
- RHP Brady Lail is still in Tampa dealing with an injury, Triple-A Scranton manager Jay Bell told Conor Foley. Not sure what the injury is, exactly, and there’s no word on a timetable for his return. This explains why Lail was not an Opening Day roster.
- RHP Justin Wilson, last year’s 23rd round pick, is fully healthy after missing most of the last two years with Tommy John surgery, according to his Twitter feed. He was a bit of a sleeper going into the draft last summer.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-3 loss to Buffalo) since it’s Opening Day, here are the full lineups and pitching staffs as per DotF tradition
- LF Trey Amburgey: 3-4 — excellent Triple-A debut for the 2015 13th rounder
- DH Mike Ford: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB — got picked off first
- 3B Gio Urshela: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K — I thought he might get the call instead of Estrada so the Yankees could go heavy on defense, but they’re effectively doing that with Wade, so whatever
- 1B Ryan McBroom: 1-4, 1 K
- RF Zack Zehner: 0-4, 3 K
- C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B — thus begins year five in Triple-A
- SS Gosuke Katoh: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — Triple-A debut for the 2013 second rounder … he’s spent a full season at each level as he climbs the ladder, which is pretty old school
- CF Matt Lipka: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — first Triple-A homer since 2016
- 3B Mandy Alvarez: 0-3 — Triple-A debut for the 2016 17th rounder
- LHP Gio Gonzalez: 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 7/2 GB/FB — 45 of 76 pitches were strikes (59%) … there’s time for three more starts before his April 20th opt-out, and they’ll have be much better than this for the Yankees to consider keeping him
- RHP Adonis Rosa: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 15 of 20 pitches were strikes
- RHP David Sosebee: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 26 of 40 pitches were strikes (65%)