Yankees Minor League Report 8/8/19: Nick Nelson Ks 11 on Strong Pitching Night

GCL:

East:

SS Alexander Vargas went 0-for-4 with a run scored and two walks.  He also stole his 10th base…C Antonio Gomez doubled to earn his first hit since his promotion from the DSL.  He is now 1-for-9…8th round pick Zach Greene tossed a pair of scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three.  He owns a 2.08 ERA in 13 IP with eight hits allowed and a 17/4 K/BB ratio.

West:

Sincere Smith went 1-for-2 with a run scored…The 10-game hitting streak for Raimfer Salinas came to an end, courtesy of an 0-for-4 afternoon.

Scranton Railriders (64-52) (Lost to Charlotte, 7-4)

LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
C Gary Sanchez 0-for-2, RS, BB
C Francisco Arcia:  0-for-1
SS Thairo Estrada:  1-for-4, HR (8), 3 RBI, RS, 2 K
Returns from his quick trip to Baltimore and promptly puts three runs on the scoreboard.
RF Trey Amburgey:  0-for-3, BB, K
1B Ryan McBroom:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K, SB (2)
McBroom doesn't run often (last year, he actually went 1-for-8 stealing bases!)
DH Erik Kratz:  0-for-4
3B Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-4, K
2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-3, HR (5), RBI, RS, 2 K
Back-to-back games with a HR.   He now has 11 between here and Trenton) and four in his last ten games.
CF Omar Carrizales:  0-for-3, K
The rover has at-bats at all four full-season levels this year.

RHP Brian Keller:  7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, HR
Solid effort in his Triple-A debut.   He is a 25-year old that doesn't have the strongest prospect profile, but he is the type of guy you can see throwing some innings in MLB because he has solid control/command (tonight's 4 BB in 7 IP is not a normal outing!)
RHP Will Carter (L, 1-1):  1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, HR
RHP Brady Lail:  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


Trenton Thunder (61-54) (Defeated Bowie twice)

Game 1 (Won, 3-2.  Most notes under Game 2)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  0-for-4, K
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-4
LF Ben Ruta:  0-for-3, RS, BB, 2 K
1B Chris Gittens:  2-for-3, HR (19), 2 RBI, RS, K
RF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-3, HR (4), RBI, RS, 2 K
CF Matt Lipka:  1-for-3, 2B (8)
DH Rashad Crawford:  1-for-3, CS (7)
8-game hitting streak
C Brian Navarreto:  0-for-3
3B Max Burt:  1-for-3

RHP Shawn Semple:  4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
4.47 ERA in 108.2 IP with 106 hits allowed and a 102/33 K/BB ratio.  He has pitched at all four full-season levels.
RHP Greg Weissert:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
LHP James Reeves (W, 5-2):  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
2.36 ERA in 42 IP with 30 hits allowed and a 49/17 K/BB ratio
RHP Brooks Kriske (S, 10):  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
2.25 ERA in 40 IP with 24 hits allowed and a 48/19 K/BB ratio

Game 2 (Won, 4-0)

2B Hoy Jun Park2-for-4, 2B (15), RBI, 2 RS, K
.282/.373/.386 in 347 AB
SS Kyle Holder:  1-for-2, RBI, BB
Five walks in last four games.  Hitting .273/.338/.419 in 344 AB
1B Ben Ruta:  0-for-3, BB, K
.255/.331/.398 in 364 AB
DH Chris Gittens:  0-for-1, RBI, 2 BB, K
.278/.395/.500 in 334 AB.  He has 19 home runs and 67 runs batted in to go along with his 61 walks and 113 strikeouts.  Can he finish the season with a .400 OBP and .500 SLG?
C Kellin Deglan:  0-for-2, SF, RBI, 2 K
LF Isiah Gilliam:  0-for-3
CF Rashad Crawford:  1-for-2, 2 RS, BB, SB (19)
9-game hitting streak
RF Matt Lipka:  1-for-3, K
3B Max Burt:  1-for-2

RHP Nick Nelson: (W, 7-2):   6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
Want an upper-level pitching prospect to watch?  Nelson may be your jam.   His ERA falls to 2.35 in 65 IP with 48 hits allowed and an 83/35 K/BB ratio.   Second start this season where he struck out 11 batters, and he isn't one of those prospects who strikes guys out with 90 MPH cutters that young hitters aren't picking up on – this kid has a legit big arm.  Will he stick in the rotation in the long-term?  That is the biggest question to answer.
RHP Daniel Alvarez (S, 16):  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Saved a couple of baserunners for Nelson to preserve the win. He has a 2.55 ERA in 49.1 IP with 35 hits allowed and a 69/20 K/BB ratio.


Tampa Tarpons (52-61) (Lost to Lakeland, 5-4)

CF Pablo Olivares:  0-for-3, HBP, K
SS Oswaldo Cabrera:  0-for-3, K
3B Angel Aguilar:  0-for-3, RBI, HBP, K
First game since 6/27
RF Alexander Palma:  2-for-4, HR (3), RBI, RS
DH Steven Sensley:  0-for-4, K
2B Diego Castillo:  0-for-3, RS, HBP, K
1B Kyle Gray:  0-for-4, K
C Donny Sands:  2-for-3, 2B (10), HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 RS, HBP
5-game hitting streak (6-for-18)
LF Leonardo Molina:  0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Trevor Stephan: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
4.01 ERA in 33.2 IP with 35 hits allowed and a 34/5 K/BB ratio at this level.  He struggled in Trenton earlier this season (6.27 ERA in 37.1 IP), but it may be time to challenge him again.  He has pitched well in his last three starts (including a no-hitter)
LHP Anderson Severino: (L, 2-2)  1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
RHP Hobie Harris:  1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Matt Wivinis1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K


Charleston Riverdogs (58-57) (Defeated Hickory, 3-0)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  1-for-3, HBP
.252/.320/.419 in 420 AB
SS Oswald Peraza:  0-for-3, HBP, K, 2 SB (11)
16-for-21 stealing bases in 44 games between here and Staten Island
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-3, BB, K
In a bit of a mini-slump since his insane hot streak (1-for-16, though he has drawn three walks)
RF Josh Stowers:  1-for-2, 2B (17), 2 RS, 2 BB, 2 SB (30)
The magic 30 SB mark!  If he can get to 40 (it will take a nice run to get there), he would be the first to do it since Jorge Mateo and Abiatal Avelino in 2015.   He is also on a 13-game on-base streak
C Mickey Gasper:  0-for-4
1B Eric Wagaman:  1-for-4, HR (4), 3 RBI, RS
3B Oliver Dunn:  0-for-3, BB, K
.230/.363/.311 in 74 AB since his promotion
DH Frederick Cuevas:  0-for-4, K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  0-for-2, BB

RHP Roansy Contreras: (W, 8-5)  6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
3.77 ERA in 107.1 IP with 96 hits allowed and an 84/32 K/BB ratio.  He has been strong in his last 40 innings (seven starts).  He should get to Tampa as a 20-year old in 2020.
LHP Dalton Lehnen (S, 2):  3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


Staten Island Yankees (28-24) (Defeated Aberdeen, 1-0)

2B Ezequiel Duran:  0-for-3, BB, K
SS Josh Smith3-for-4, 2 2B (3), RS
A cool 16-for-40 (.400).  Will they give him some ABs in Charleston before the season is over?  Remember, he had a late start due to signing at essentially the last second.
RF Jake Sanford:  1-for-4, RBI
3B Andres Chaparro0-for-4, K
CF Pat DeMarco:  1-for-4, 2B (1), 2 K
Unlike Smith, DeMarco has not been able to get off to a hot start (5-for-42)
LF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-4, 3 K
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-3, BB, 3 K
DH Chase Illig:  0-for-3, BB, 3 K
C Carlos Gallardo:  1-for-3, 2 K

RHP Nelvin Correa: (W, 1-0)   7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
12 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K since his promotion.   He was 5-0 with a 4.07 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 35.2 IP for Pulaski.  22 years old.
RHP Daniel Ramos (S, 5):  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1.77 ERA in 22.1 IP with 13 hits allowed and a 23/4 K/BB ratio.   He is 24.


Pulaski Yankees (33-15) (Defeated Greeneville, 9-8)

SS Roberto Chirinos:  0-for-4, HBP
CF Antonio Cabello2-for-4, 2B (6), RS, BB, K
15 hits in last 57 AB (.263).  No, that isn't great – but it is better than where he was at.
DH Chad Bell2-for-5, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 RS, 3 K
Hitting .285 with 9 HR and 34 RBI in 38 games.
LF Ryder Green:  1-for-5, 2 RS, 2 K
C Saul Torres:  1-for-5, 3 K
RF Madison Santos:  2-for-4, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Hopefully, he can finish the season strong.
3B Jose Martinez:  1-for-3, RS, 2 BB
1B Jake Farrell:  0-for-2, RS, BB, HBP
2B Borinquen Mendez:  1-for-2, 2B (5), RBI, 2 BB, K

RHP Reid Anderson:  3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR
RHP Sean Boyle:  3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HR
1 ER in 12.2 IP over his last four outings (16/3 K/BB ratio)
LHP Nelson Alvarez: (W, 2-0)  2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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