Yankees Minor League Report 8/13/19: Luis Medina Dazzles Again

Nick Nelson has been promoted to Scranton.  I am not sure if this is a permanent move, or just a move because they need a body.  I will assume the former while not being surprised if it is the latter.

Nelson has strong strikeout stuff but also has issues with control.  This season, he owns a 30.3% strikeout rate for Trenton, but that comes with a 12.8% walk rate and a 31.8% ground ball rate.    He has generated more ground balls in the lower levels, but thus far hasn't been able to do it in the upper levels.

If all else fails with Nelson, the Yankees can easily convert him into a power relief arm.  He can really pump the gas, and he may throw even harder in a pen role.  They aren't going to do that yet, because his power stuff has to be enticing to develop him as a starter.

Could he get to the big leagues this year?  I don't think it is impossible – the Yankees need innings in September, and if he blows away hitters for Scranton, he might just get a chance.  He is not currently on the 40-man roster, and the fact that so may 60-day IL guys need to be activated at some point may hinder this possibility.  This is not a fodder guy like Joe Mantiply.  We'll see.

GCL

West

CF Raimfer Salinas went 1-for-4 with a single, run batted in, and run scored.   He is at .279/.333/.439 in 136 AB…1B Kyle MacDonald (27th round, Arkansas State) singled home a run and is 7-for-24…RHP Denny Larrondo tossed four hitless innings, giving up one hit with a walk and a strikeout.   He owns a 4.70 ERA in 23 IP with 11 hits allowed and an 18/15 K/BB ratio…

Scranton Railriders (65-55) (Lost to Charlotte, 15-1)

SS Tyler Wade:  0-for-3, reached on catcher's interference, K
LF Clint Frazier2-for-4
2B Thairo Estrada0-for-4, 2 K
C Kyle Higashioka:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
1B Ryan McBroom:  1-for-2, HR (20), RBI, RS, 2 BB
They avoid the shutout, thanks to McBroom's clutch 9th inning, 2-out HR!
RF Trey Amburgey:  0-for-4, K
DH Erik Kratz0-for-3
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-2, BB
CF Billy Burns:  0-for-3

RHP Brian Keller: (L, 0-1)   4.2 IP, 16 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HR
It is unfortunate, but the roster moves made by the big club also impact what goes on down here – they needed to get as much as they could out of Keller, who started over Dan Camarena (who was released earlier in the day).   This is the second time in recent games where a Scranton pitcher allowed 16 hits in a game.   He went 7 innings in his Scranton debut, giving up two runs.   Tonight, he wasn't as fortunate.
RHP Will Carter2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Kaleb Ort:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
4.66 ERA in 29 IP with 29 hits allowed and a 47/21 K/BB ratio


Trenton Thunder (64-55) (Lost to Akron, 8-1)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  1-for-4, K
SS Kyle Holder2-for-4, HR (8), RBI, RS
He definitely hit the home run against a brand name:  Corey Kluber
LF Ben Ruta:  0-for-3, BB, K
1B Chris Gittens:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
He is hitting .282.   Park is at .280, while Holder is at .276 in the race for the Trenton batting title!
C Kellin Deglan:  1-for-4, 2 K
He had the other hit off of Kluber
RF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, 2B (3), 2 K
He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (two doubles and four home runs during the stretch)
3B Wendell Rijo:  0-for-4, 2 K
DH Brandon Wagner:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K
CF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-4, K

RHP Albert Abreu: (L, 5-8)  2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HR
First appearance since 7/23.   He owns a 4.04 ERA in 84.2 IP with 88 hits allowed and a 79/49 K/BB ratio
RHP Shawn Semple4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
RHP Andrew Bellatti:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K


Tampa Tarpons (54-64) (Defeated Palm Beach, 4-2)

LF Pablo Olivares:  1-for-3, BB, K, CS (12)
CF Estevan Florial0-for-3, RS, BB, K
.235/.299/.389 in 221 AB.  
2B Oswaldo Cabrera2-for-4, 2 2B (24), RBI, RS, 2 K
.247/.297/.344 in 401 AB.  He puts up similar type seasons every year, but they keep promoting him up a level at a time.  Yes, he continues to intrigue me because if he was a non-prospect, he would move around the minors, wherever a body is needed.  They haven't done that with him – at least not yet.
DH Alexander Palma3-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB, SB (2)
Four HR in 16 games since coming back from his rehab.   If not for his injury in 2018, he would probably be in Trenton right now.
SS Diego Castillo:  1-for-3, BB
He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
1B Steven Sensley1-for-3, HBP, CS (6)
C Jason Lopez:  0-for-3, BB, K, CS (1)
3B Kyle Gray:  0-for-2, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
RF Leonardo Molina:  0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Janson Junk: (W, 4-6)  6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR
He allowed eight runs on 11 hits over 2.2 IP last time out, so this is a nice improvement on that.   He owns a 5.19 ERA at this level with a 71/35 K/BB ratio over 76.1 IP.  
RHP Daniel Bies: (S, 1)  2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
He had a rough first outing here, but has been strong ever since.  He is up to 83 innings this season between here, Charleston, and Scranton (one emergency game) and owns a 96/26 K/BB ratio.


Charleston Riverdogs (63-58) (Defeated Columbia, 1-0.  They have risen to 26-25 in the second half, putting them within range to capture the second-half title after missing out on the first-half title by 0.5 games)

CF Brandon Lockridge1-for-4, 2B (30), K
The first to 30 doubles this season within the organization.
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
RF Josh Stowers3-for-4, RS, K, CS (12)
Six multi-hit games in his last 11 games played.  He setup the game-winning run by bunting for a single.
1B Eric Wagaman1-for-4, 2B (11), RBI
Walk-off double…
RF Frederick Cuevas:  0-for-3
2B Oliver Dunn:  0-for-3, K
3B Welfrin Mateo:  1-for-3
C Eduardo Navas1-for-3
SS Eduardo Torrealba0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Luis Medina7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K
Longest outing of his career.  He has struck out ten batters in three of his last six starts.   Overall, in his last six starts:  35 IP, 22 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 12 BB, 51 K.  Medina has some of the best stuff in the entire organization – the issue has been controlling it.  Scouting reports on Medina have suggested that his control issues are not mechanical – rather, he tends to get in his own head sometimes.   Hopefully, this string of success has helped him overcome some of his fears. 
RHP Daniel Ramos: (W, 1-0)  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
2019 debut at this level.   In 2018, he pitched to a 3.57 ERA in 70.2 IP at this level with a 69/27 K/BB ratio.


Staten Island Yankees (29-27) (Currently in a 5-5 game against Brooklyn in the 11th inning.  I am out of time)

DH Josh Smith:  2-for-3, RBI, RS, 3 BB (two intentional), K
7-game hitting streak (13-for-27).  He is hitting .407 (22-for-54) overall with 15 walks and four strikeouts.  Will they give him some Charleston ABs in 2019?
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-4, HR (11), RBI, 2 RS, 2 BB (one intentional)
Duran has been one of the biggest breakouts in the short-season leagues this year – enough to make you curious to see how he can do in Charleston next year.
3B Andres Chaparro1-for-4, RBI, HBP, 2 K
24 walks and 7 HBP in 42 games.
3B Matt Pita:  0-for-1
Pinch-ran for Chaparro.
RF Jake Sanford1-for-5, RS, 2 K
C Carlos Narvaez:  1-for-4, BB, 2 K
1B Mitchell Robinson2-for-4, 2B (3), RBI, K
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-1
Entered game for Robinson (Evan Alexander pinch-ran for Robinson)
CF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-4, BB, K, CS (1)
LF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-4, RS, BB, 3 K, SB (5)
SS Luis Santos1-for-4, HBP, 2 K, CS (4)

RHP Alex Mejias4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
12 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 10 K since promotion
RHP Bryan Blanton:  2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Barrett Loseke:  2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
3.22 ERA in 21.1 IP with 16 hits allowed and a 28/3 K/BB ratio
RHP Justin Wilson1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


Pulaski Yankees (36-17) (Defeated Elizabethton, 1-0.  Game was ended in the 9th due to rain.  I would be ticked off if I was a member of the Elizabethton Twins!)

2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-4, 2 K
SS Roberto Chirinos:  0-for-4, 2 K
LF Ryder Green:  1-for-4, RS, K, SB (6)
He has a power/speed combination.  At 19 years old, there is still rawness to his game – but IF he can tap into the tools…
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-3, K
DH Jake Pries:  0-for-3, K
CF Madison Santos:  0-for-3, K
1B Jose Martinez:  0-for-2, HBP, K
RF Robert Javier:  1-for-3
C Gabriel Mora0-for-2, BB, K

RHP Leonardo Pestana: (W, 1-3)  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
8.28 ERA in 29.1 IP with 25 hits allowed and a 40/28 K/BB ratio for the 21-year old.
RHP Kevin Milam: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Pulaski debut for this year's 14th round pick
RHP Mitch Spence: (S, 4)  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
1.27 ERA in 21.1 IP with six (!!!) hits allowed and a 21/2 K/BB ratio.  That is a 0.38 WHIP.  Eat your heart out, Dennis Eckersley!

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