Yankees Minor League Report 8/9/19: Ezequiel Duran Doubles, Triples, Homers

The Yankees have acquired LHP Joe Mantiply from the Reds for cash considerations.   Mantiply pitched to a 4.15 ERA in 19 games.  If his name looks familiar, he was a member of the Yankees' organization in 2017, where he pitched to a 2.83 ERA in 35 games with a 62/18 K/BB ratio over 70 innings.  He had Tommy John Surgery after that season.

Mantiply has five games of MLB experience (Detroit, 2016) and is here as a depth move.  The Yankees were allowed to acquire him because he was on a minor league contract.

I will not be around tomorrow for the Minor League Report.  Sorry – sometimes, I have no choice but to accept an invitation to a social gathering.



SS Alexander Vargas and CF Kevin Alcantara each went 0-for-5…C Antonio Gomez went 1-for-4 with his second double and a run scored…Sandy Mota went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.  The 22-year old is 18-for-60 at this level (he was 0-for-3 for Tampa and 5-for-19 for Charleston this season)…1B Starlin Paulino went 2-for-4 and is 18-for-59.  The first baseman is 19 years old…


2B Sincere Smith went 1-for-4 with a run scored.   He is 16-for-50 on the season…CF Raimfer Salinas joined Vargas and Alcantara with his own 0-for-5…

Scranton Railriders (64-53) (Lost to Gwinnett, 10-2)

LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-5, 2 K
Frazier is 9-for-48 in his last 11 games.
SS Thairo Estrada2-for-4, 2B (17), RS, K
6-game hitting streak (12-for-26)
2B Tyler Wade:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
DH Ryan McBroom:  1-for-3, 2B (24), 2 RBI, BB, K
.320/.398/.559 in 338 AB.  I think McBroom is going to get an MLB opportunity somewhere.
RF Trey Amburgey:  1-for-4, 2 K
1B Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-4, 2 K
3B Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
C Francisco Arcia:  0-for-4, K
CF Billy Burns:  3-for-4

RHP Jonathan Loaisiga: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Strikes out the side in the first, cruises for the next two innings.
RHP Brody Koerner: (L, 4-3)  5.2 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
Yes, this happened.   This jumps his ERA from 4.02 to 4.74.
RHP David Sosebee:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Trenton Thunder (62-54) (Defeated Harrisburg, 5-3)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  0-for-2, RS, 2 BB
.281/.374/.384 in 349 AB.  Drawing some walks has never been a problem for Park, but he just hasn't developed any pop.
SS Kyle Holder:  1-for-4, RBI, RS
.273/.337/.417 in 348 AB.  He has been holding serve over the last several games (9-for-33 in last ten games, which is a… .273 batting average)
LF Ben Ruta:  1-for-4, RBI
1B Chris Gittens:  3-for-4, RBI
Three hits, and all of them singles?  This is not the Gittens I know!   He is hitting .284 with a .901 OPS.  The Eastern League currently only has one player (C.J. Chatham) who is hitting over .290.  
CF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-4, RS, 2 K
DH Brandon Wagner:  0-for-4, K
RF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, RS, 2 K
Three HR in last five games.   His 13 home runs combined between here and Tampa leave him two short of his season-best (15, 2017)
C Brian Navarreto:  0-for-3, K
3B Max Burt:  2-for-3, RS

RHP Rony Garcia: (W, 3-11)  6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
He now owns a 4.60 ERA at this level with an 81/29 K/BB ratio over 86 innings.  Including his time with Tampa, he has thrown 111 innings, but he is coming off of a 119 inning campaign.
RHP Andrew Bellatti:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Daniel Alvarez (S, 17):  1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2.50 ERA in 50.1 IP with 37 hits allowed and a 70/20 K/BB ratio.   He has pitched very well as a full-time reliever (moved in 2018)

Tampa Tarpons (52-62) (Lost to Charlotte, 6-4)

SS Wilkerman Garcia0-for-5, RS, 2 K
3B Oswaldo Cabrera:  2-for-4, CS (8)
CF Estevan Florial:  0-for-3, SF, RBI, 2 K
DH Alexander Palma:  0-for-4, K
2B Diego Castillo:  2-for-3, RS, BB, SB (10)
He continues to work his way up to .250.  He is now up to .247 and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
RF Steven Sensley:  1-for-4, RS, 3 K
C Donny Sands:  1-for-4, K
6-game hitting streak (7-for-22)
1B Kyle Gray1-for-3, 2B (3), RBI, RS, BB
LF Leonardo Molina2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB (1), CS (2)

RHP Luis Gil4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K
Three starts since promotion:  13 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 8 BB, 11 K.  Strong in his debut, tough second start, and this one is somewhere in between the two extremes.
RHP Edgar Barclay:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K
15th round pick in this year's draft out of Cal State Bakersfield with a nice Tampa debut.   He pitched to a 1.59 ERA in 17 IP for the GCL squad with a 16/5 K/BB ratio.  He may just be here because they needed an arm.
RHP Kyle Zurak: (L, 4-4)  1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Matt Wivinis:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HR

Charleston Riverdogs (59-57) (Outslugged Hickory, 9-8.  They are having a nice overall season, but both halves have been similar, leaving them on the outside looking in for a playoff berth.  This win improves their second-half record to 23-24)

CF Brandon Lockridge2-for-5, 2B (29), RBI, 2 RS, 3 K
10-for-34 (.294) in August
SS Oswald Peraza2-for-4, 2B (3), RS, BB
LF Canaan Smith3-for-4, HR (9), 3 RBI, RS, BB
So much for that mini-slump.
RF Josh Stowers:  0-for-3, RBI, 2 BB, K
DH Mickey Gasper:  1-for-5, RS, 4 K
1B Eric Wagaman1-for-4, RBI, RS, BB, K
3B Welfrin Mateo:  1-for-4, RS, BB
C Ryan Lidge:  1-for-5, RS, K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, BB, K

RHP Yoendrys Gomez5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Three starts since promotion:  13.2 IP, 15 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.  He is only 19.
RHP Ron Marinaccio:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Toms River product has a 3.80 ERA in 23.2 IP with 18 hits allowed and a 27/14 K/BB ratio
LHP Tim Hardy: (W, 2-0)  3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HR

Staten Island Yankees (29-24) (Knocked off Aberdeen, 4-3)

2B Ezequiel Duran:  3-for-5, 2B (11), 3B (4), HR (10), 3 RBI, 2 RS
The home run gave Staten Island the lead in the top of the 9th.   Duran's 25 extra-base hits have come in 47 games.  He has really put together a solid season.
SS Josh Smith1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB, CS (2)
This drops his average to a horrible .395.   He now has 12 walks and three strikeouts in 13 games.  I am already intrigued to see how he does in Charleston in 2020.
3B Andres Chaparro1-for-3, 2 BB, K
LF Juan De Leon:  0-for-3, BB, HBP, 3 K
CF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-5, 3 K
DH Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-3, HBP, 3 K
C Carlos Narvaez:  1-for-4, RS
1B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-3, K
First game since 7/2 for last year's 21st round pick out of British Columbia.
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-1
LF Matt Pita:  0-for-2, RS, BB, HBP, K

LHP Abismael Villaman 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
3.41 ERA in 29 IP with 35 hits allowed and a 27/8 K/BB ratio
RHP Bryan Blanton3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Barrett Loseke (W, 2-0): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
3.20 ERA in 19.2 IP with 14 hits allowed and a 24/2 K/BB ratio.  Last year's 17th round pick out of Arkansas will need to be challenged in a full-season league.

Pulaski Yankees (34-15) (Destroyed Greeneville, 15-8)

SS Anthony Volpe1-for-3, 2B (5), 3 RS, 2 BB, K
.216/.355/.351 in 111 AB.  The aggressive move to put him here may be paying off, as the numbers have been steadily climbing.
LF Antonio Cabello3-for-5, 3B (3), 3 RBI, RS
10-for-28 in August.
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB, K
C Gustavo Campero:  1-for-5, 3 RBI, RS
8-game hitting streak (16-for-34)
RF Madison Santos:  0-for-4, RS, BB, 2 K
Although not reflected in his stat line (yet), I was informed that one of his two home runs from last night has been changed to a triple and an error.
LF Jake Pries:  2-for-5, 3 RBI, RS, K
2B Borinquen Mendez2-for-5, 3B (2), 2 RBI, RS, CS (2)
Has the average up to .304 (24-for-79)
1B Jake Farrell2-for-5, RBI, 2 RS, SB (1)
CF Robert Javier:  1-for-3, 3 RS, BB, SB (4)

LHP Ken Waldichuk:  2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Waldichuk finally knows how it feels to have a tough professional outing.   This jumps his ERA to 3.47 in 23.1 IP with 15 hits allowed and a 41/4 K/BB ratio.  5th round pick in this year's draft is 21 years old.
RHP Elvis Peguero: (W, 2-2) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HR
RHP Mitch Spence (S, 3):  3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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