Yankees Minor League Report 8/14/19: Roansy Contreras Allows 1 Baserunner in 7 IP

Oh, to be a fringe 40-man roster guy in 2019.  We might get a season where one of these guys breaks Edwin Jackson's career record of pitching for the most teams over the course of a few months.  OK, maybe not – but if you are a fringe 40-man roster guy, earning some valuable service time may be easier now than ever before.

The Yankees have claimed RHP Ryan Dull off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants as they continue to shuffle pitchers around.  To make room, they have designated Brady Lail for assignment.  I don't think Lail will be claimed, but some of that could depend on how some tanking teams may view him as someone who can eat some innings down the stretch.

Dull is one of those relievers who put together one big season out of the bullpen but hasn't been able to duplicate the effort.   Back in 2016, as a member of the Oakland Athletics' bullpen, he compiled a 2.42 ERA in 74.1 IP (70 games) with a rather impressive 73/15 K/BB ratio.   However, even during that breakout campaign, his home run tendencies were showing (ten).  Overall in his career, he has allowed 1.5 HR/9 and has a rather rough 34.9% ground ball rate.

This year, while pitching for the Athletics, Dull hasn't been particularly sharp.   He has allowed 13 runs (12 earned) on 19 hits over nine innings, with four of those hits going over the fence.

Lail was likely one of the first to get cut off the 40-man roster as soon as a 60-day injured list guy was ready to come back.  Now, Dull takes his place as the guy most likely to be cut when a 60-day injured list guy is ready to come back.  Maybe they feel they can slip both pitchers through waivers and keep them around as depth for next spring.   Regardless, it is always fun when a grinder is able to make it to the big leagues.  I have been writing about Lail since Day 1, and if anyone asks why I report on everyone, this is why.  I always hope through my writings that those who read this have an idea of who a guy like Lail is when he does get called up to the big league roster.

It was a long journey for Lail, and here is hoping he can continue to live his dream, regardless of what organization it may be with.

The Yankees have also signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league deal.   The 34-year old has a lot of MLB experience to his name, posting a 4.12 ERA over 648.2 innings.   He pitched quite well out of the bullpen for the Reds in 2018 (2.53 ERA in 64 innings with a 65/17 K/BB ratio) but was bad this season (8.02 ERA in 42.2 innings, but with 53 strikeouts in those innings).  As Yankees' fans, you probably remember him best from back in his days with Baltimore.  It actually surprised me to see that he last pitched there in 2010.  Time flies.


Rain, rain everywhere!    Both the East and the West were postponed.

Scranton Railriders (65-56) (Lost to Charlotte, 13-12, in ten innings)

2B Breyvic Valera:  1-for-5, 2B (14), 2 RS, BB
Valera didn't set the world on fire in his 11 MLB games, but he did what the Yankees needed him to do (and he did a decent job grinding out some ABs).  Anyway, he is now on a 10-game hitting streak down here.
LF Clint Frazier:  1-for-4, 3B (1), 2 RS, BB, 2 K
SS Tyler Wade2-for-3, 2B (18), SF, 3 RBI, RS
C Kyle Higashioka:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, BB, K
1B Ryan McBroom:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, BB, 2 K
DH Francisco Arcia:  1-for-5, 2B (2), RBI, RS, K
CF Trey Amburgey2-for-5, HR (21), 2 RBI, RS
Moves within two of Mike Ford's organizational home run lead.  Obviously, Ford's 23 are frozen at the moment!  
3B Gosuke Katoh:  0-for-3, RBI, RS, 2 BB
RF Zack Zehner:  1-for-5, RS, K

RHP Brody Koerner4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, HR
His last two appearances are not ones to remember.   He allowed ten runs on 16 hits over 5.2 innings in relief last time out.
LHP Rex Brothers:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP J.P. Feyereisen:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
RHP David Sosebee:  0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP David Hernandez: (L, 0-1)  1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Trenton Thunder (65-55) (Defeated Akron, 8-1.  Last night, they lost to Akron by the same score!)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  2-for-4, RBI, RS, reached on catcher's interference
.282/.371/.384 in 365 AB
3B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-5, 2B (11), RS, 2 K
RF Ben Ruta:  1-for-5, RBI, RS, 2 K
.253/.327/.389 in 380 AB
1B Chris Gittens:  1-for-4, HR (21), RBI, 2 RS, BB, 3 K
This ties his career-high in home runs (2016, Charleston) and he has blasted four home runs in his last seven games.  Gittens has already been passed over in the Rule 5 draft, but he may not be again.  He doesn't offer positional flexibility, but he has put together a strong enough season where you would think a team would be interested in looking at him in spring training.
LF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-5, 3B (1), 3 RBI, RS, K
He has now hit safely in eight of his last nine games, with a double, triple, and four home runs during that span.   His start was so slow after his promotion (9-for-72 in July) that his overall line is not likely to look great when he hangs up his uniform for the winter.  Hopefully, he can finish strong.
SS Kyle Holder:  1-for-4, 2B (25), BB
I could have envisioned a scenario where Holder hit an empty .270 during a season.   But this season has been anything but empty.
DH Angel Aguilar:  0-for-3, SF, RBI, K
C Brian Navarreto:  0-for-2, RS, 2 BB
CF Matt Lipka3-for-4, RS

RHP Trevor Stephan: (W, 2-4)  5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
A recent stretch of strong pitching (including a no-hitter) for Tampa earned him a promotion back here, where he didn't pitch well earlier this season.  Hopefully this is the start of things to come.
RHP Braden Bristo2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Greg Weissert:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
LHP Trevor Lane:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
His trip up to Scranton was only temporary.

Tampa Tarpons (55-64) (Destroyed Palm Beach, 11-4)

CF Pablo Olivares:   2-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, BB
.264/.376/.319 in 348 AB.  .309/.409/.370 in 165 second-half AB.
3B Wilkerman Garcia2-for-5, RS, SB (2)
.269/.286/.306 in 108 AB at this level
2B Oswaldo Cabrera3-for-4, 2 RS, BB, SB (10)
DH Alexander Palma1-for-5, HR (5, GS), 4 RBI, RS, 2 K
If you are going to have a one-hit game, may as well make it matter!  Five HR in 17 games since coming back from his rehab.   
SS Diego Castillo1-for-4, 2 RBI, RS
He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.
1B Mickey Gasper 2-for-4, 2 RS
13-for-39 at this level
C Donny Sands2-for-4, 3B (1), 2 RBI, RS, K
8-game hitting streak (10-for-29).  
RF Steven Sensley:  1-for-3, 2B (12), RS, BB, K
LF Leonardo Molina:  1-for-3, RBI, RS, BB

RHP Miguel Yajure: (W, 8-6)  7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Yajure has simply been incredible.   His ERA actually goes up to 2.15 in 121.2 IP with 104 hits allowed and a 119/27 K/BB ratio.  He also generates a high number of ground balls.   Yajure has picked a good season to have a breakout – he is Rule 5 eligible this year.  In the past, I wouldn't have worried much about a kid down in A-ball getting selected AND actually sticking.   Nowadays, you have to think harder when it comes to protecting these types, who aren't necessarily no-brainers but are performing so well that you fear losing them to a rebuilding team who may be willing to bury them for a season in the bullpen.
RHP Edgar Barclay:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Charleston Riverdogs (64-58) (Defeated Columbia, 3-1, to keep their late-season surge going)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  1-for-3, 3B (4), RBI, 2 RS, BB, K, SB (20)
The first prospect to hit 30 doubles and steal 20 bases in the same season since Dustin Fowler in 2016.  Fowler also reached double-digits in triples (a whopping 15) and home runs that year.  Lockridge also has double-digit homers but would need to go on a triples splurge to get to ten or more!
SS Oswaldo Peraza:  1-for-3, RBI, BB, K, SB (14)
19 steals in 49 games between here and Staten Island
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-4, 2 K
The average has fallen a bit lately (.309).  One thing to remember about kids like Smith:  This is his first season going through an entire professional grind.  This isn't to say he is going to slump the rest of the way, but he wouldn't be the first to run into a little wall towards the end.
DH Josh Breaux:  1-for-4, RBI, K
RF Josh Stowers0-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 K, CS (13)
1B Eric Wagaman0-for-3, BB, 2 K
2B Welfrin Mateo:  1-for-3, BB, K, SB (4)
3B Max Burt:  1-for-3, RS, HBP, K
C Eduardo Navas:  1-for-4, K

RHP Roansy Contreras: (W, 9-5)  7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, HR
That HR was the only baserunner allowed all night in a brilliant performance.   He has lowered his ERA to 3.62 in 114.1 IP with 97 hits allowed and a 94/32 K/BB ratio.  He has allowed eight home runs.   He has been especially awesome lately, and that is what you want to see in a 19-year old.   He will be interesting to watch in Tampa next year.
LHP Dalton Lehnen (S, 3):  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
2.33 ERA in 27 IP at this level with a 28/13 K/BB ratio

Staten Island Yankees (29-27) was postponed and will play a pair tomorrow.

Pulaski Yankees (36-17) took the night off.   I think they have earned it.

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