Yankees Minor League Report 8/15/19: Nick Nelson Makes Scranton Debut; Kyle Holder Keeps Hitting

According to Conor Foley, the Yankees have signed LHP Tyler Lyons to a minor league deal.

Lyons has a lot of MLB experience to his credit, compiling a 4.20 ERA in 150 games for the Cardinals and Pirates between 2013-2019.   In 272.1 career innings, he has allowed 245 hits with a 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.   He pitched well for the Cardinals between 2015 and 2017, compiling a 3.33 ERA (122 ERA+; 3.98 FIP) over 162 innings.  He was bad in 2018 and only pitched in three games for the Pirates this year.  In 35 minor league games this season, he has a 3.35 ERA in 45.2 IP.

He has held left-handed hitters to a .205/.286/.329 career triple slash over 372 plate appearances.

As an aside, the Yankees once saw enough in Lyons to draft him:  He was their 10th round pick in 2009, but he did not sign with the club.

RHP Clarke Schmidt is on his way to Trenton and will make his debut there tomorrow.  Schmidt is a fast-track candidate for 2020.


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

Scranton Railriders (65-57) (Lost to Charlotte, 7-5.  If you haven't noticed, the Railriders are in a big of a free fall.  However, they had such a big lead that they are still hanging on to first place by 3.5 games as of this writing.  It helps that other teams in the division haven't exactly been compiling wins at a big rate, either)

2B Breyvic Valera:  1-for-5
11-game hitting streak
LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-3, RS, BB
I don't know if it is a lack of concentration because he doesn't think he belongs here or what – but the bottom line is that he is not hitting well.  Those are just the facts.
SS Tyler Wade1-for-3, 2B (19), RS, HBP
.304/.360/.437 in 293 AB.  Obviously, nobody takes Wade over Frazier when it comes to offense, so the numbers don't tell the full story.  I just want to see Frazier start hitting consistently.
DH Trey Amburgey:  1-for-4, 2B (26), RBI
1B Ryan McBroom:  2-for-4, 2B (27), RBI, RS
6-game hitting streak (8-for-19).  Whatever – his whole season has been one giant hitting streak.   He is hitting .325 with a .977 OPS
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, RS, BB
.266/.321/.407 in 376 AB between here and Trenton.  Some day, he will be someone's Gio Urshela.  I am kidding.  Maybe.
C Erik Kratz:  1-for-4, K
RF Zack Zehner:  1-for-4, HR (9), RBI, RS
12th HR between here and Trenton.  There was a time earlier this year where it wasn't farfetched to think Zehner may actually get a chance to put on a big-league uniform!
CF Terrance Gore:  1-for-3, K
PH Kyle Higashioka:  0-for-1, K

RHP Nick Nelson: (L, 0-1)  5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Triple-A debut.  Only the second time in his career where he has allowed multiple HRs in a start.  That is rather impressive, but his 2019 tendency has been as a flyball pitcher.  As a power pitcher, being someone who gives up flyballs doesn't really bother the heck out of me, but just something to consider as you watch him.  The stuff can be electric.
LHP Josh Maciejewski:  3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Hey, I have played seven-card stud hands with wild cards and came up with something like this a few times.

Trenton Thunder (66-55) (Defeated Akron, 6-5.  They have steadied the ship after a tough start to the second-half of the season.  They are already playoff bound)

SS Kyle Holder:  2-for-5, 2 RS, SB (6)
6-game hitting streak (8-for-22).  If you were expecting a meltdown, you have been disappointed.  He is up to .277, which is one point behind his high-water mark this year.
2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-5, RBI, RS, K
DH Chris Gittens:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, BB
Piling up those RBI – he is up to 73 in 102 games.  
RF Isiah Gilliam:  0-for-4, BB, K
LF Rashad Crawford:  2-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, RS, BB, K
.270/.344/.362 in 348 AB
3B Angel Aguilar:  1-for-4
1B Brandon Wagner3-for-4, HR (7), RBI, RS
.164/.286/.272 in 342 AB.  A lost season.
C Brian Navarreto:  0-for-4
3-for-23 since being acquired.
CF Matt Lipka:  1-for-4, RS, SB (14)

RHP Rony Garcia:  4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
4.88 ERA in 90.1 IP at this level with 86 hits allowed and a 85/32 K/BB ratio.  He has allowed 14 home runs.
LHP James Reeves: (W, 7-2)  3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
2.05 ERA in 48.1 IP with 32 hits allowed and a 54/19 K/BB ratio.
RHP Brooks Kriske (S, 11):  1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2.13 ERA in 42.1 IP with 25 hits allowed and a 51/21 K/BB ratio. He has been a part of the two-headed closer monster along with Daniel Alvarez.

Tampa Tarpons (55-64) had a game canceled against Palm Beach.  It will not be made up.

Charleston Riverdogs (64-59) (Lost to Asheville, 6-3)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  1-for-5, 2B (31), 3 K
He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games
SS Oswaldo Peraza:  2-for-4, 2 RS, BB, SB (15)
I didn't even have the speed to take second base on a wild pitch in Little League, never mind just run at free will in professional ball like Peraza is doing.  Must be nice.  He is on a 6-game hitting streak.
LF Canaan Smith:  2-for-5, RBI, K
The few times I have mentioned a "slump" for Smith this season, he has responded with big efforts.   For $5 a post, I will gladly talk about a "big slump" you are in any time you go 0-for-4.    By the way, I wonder if there has been a system-wide change in philosophy this year.  Smith has been hitting well since day 1.  In past years, it may have been more than enough to get him promoted.   But, while the Yankees have promoted many pitchers throughout the season, hitters have mostly stood pat at whatever level they were placed at.    Remember, the Yankees hired Dillon Lawson as their minor league hitting coordinator this year. This could be a part of his philosophy when it comes to hitting prospects.    All that said, it is only one year, so it is hard to draw definite conclusions.  We all knew going in that pitching was the strength of this system and it isn't like Smith is old for this level.
DH Josh Breaux:  0-for-4, RS, K
1B Eric Wagaman:  2-for-3, RBI, BB, CS (6)
RF Frederick Cuevas:  1-for-4, K
3B Max Burt:  2-for-3, HBP, RBI
C Ryan Lidge:  1-for-4, 3 K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  1-for-3, BB, K

RHP Yoendrys Gomez: (L, 0-2)  3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
A bit of a mixed bag for the 19-year old since his promotion.  That is hardly unexpected.
LHP Tim Hardy4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
6'7" lefty owns a 3.18 ERA since his promotion (17 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 15 K)
RHP Ron Marinaccio:  1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
The strikeouts have been there (30 in 24.2 IP) but he has been done in a bit by the walks.

Staten Island Yankees (32-27) (Swept Lowell in a double-header)

Game 1 (Won, 3-0.  Many of the notes will be contained in the Game 2 box)

SS Josh Smith:  0-for-3
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-3, RS, SB (8)
3B Andres Chaparro:  0-for-3
1B Mitchell Robinson:  1-for-3, 2B (5), RBI, RS, K
C Carlos Narvaez:  2-for-2, RBI, RS, BB, SB (1)
7-game hitting streak for the 2019 All-Star.   He is hitting .273/.362/.327 in 110 AB
RF Juan De Leon:  0-for-2, BB, K
LF Matt Pita:  1-for-2, K
CF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-1, SF, RBI
SS Luis Santos:  0-for-2

RHP Nelvin Correa (W, 2-0):  7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Improves to a nifty 7-0 between here and Pulaski.  Since being promoted, he has thrown 19 innings, giving up one run on 12 hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts.  The 22-year old was signed by the Yankees in 2016.

Game 2 (Won, 8-7.  They jumped out to a 6-2 lead, eventually fell behind 7-6 before scoring two in the bottom of the 9th to win it)

SS Josh Smith:  2-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, RS, BB, K
Now hitting .400 (24-for-60) with 16 walks and five strikeouts.   He signed late, but the Yankees can easily ship him up to Charleston for a few weeks down the stretch.  He is having no trouble here.
DH Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-4, RS, K
The 2019 All-Star is hitting .271/.343/.527 in 203 AB with 22 walks and 63 strikeouts.   He is 8-for-11 stealing bases.
3B Andres Chaparro:  2-for-4, HR (3), RBI, RS
.266/.394/.364 in 143 AB
RF Jake Sanford:  2-for-4, 2B (10), HR (5), 2 RBI, RS, K
.240/.296/.421 in 171 AB.  He is showing off the pop (10 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs), though he hasn't been drawing many walks yet
C Chase Illig0-for-3, BB, 2 K
PR Evan Alexander0-for-0, RS
CF Pat DeMarco1-for-2, 2B (2), RS, 2 BB, K, SB (2)
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
2B Matt Pita:  1-for-4, RBI, K
Game-winning RBI single.
LF Isaiah Pasteur1-for-2, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB
The speedster didn't have a good time in Charleston earlier this year (7-for-52, 24 strikeouts).  

LHP Abismael Villaman:  5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
3.18 ERA in 34 IP with 40 hits allowed and a 32/9 K/BB ratio.
RHP Derek Craft:  1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
RHP Bryan Blanton (W, 1-1):  1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR

Pulaski Yankees (37-17) (Destroyed Kingsport, 8-2.  Pulaski is destroying most of the teams in their path, but Burlington lingers at 32-22.  Five games with a few weeks to play in the season will be hard to make up, but Pulaski is not in the clear for the division.  In terms of making the playoffs, well – they are well ahead of the third-place team in the division, so that will definitely not be an issue)

LF Robert Javier:  1-for-4, 2 RS, BB, SB (5)
CF Antonio Cabello:  0-for-3, RS, BB, 2 K
SS Roberto Chirinos:  0-for-3, 2 RS, BB, K
DH Ryder Green:  0-for-3, SF, RBI, RS, 2 K, SB (7)
.269/.341/.457 in 186 AB.
3B Chad Bell:  1-for-4, RS, K
.256/.326/.455 in 156 AB.  I thought he might get to Staten Island by now.  Interesting.
RF Jake Pries:  1-for-3, HR (5), HBP, 4 RBI, RS, K
.237/.321/.454 in 97 AB.  The UCLA product's brother Micah (also drafted in 2019) has yet to play for the Indians (injured list)
1B Jose Martinez:  1-for-4, 2 K
2B Borinquen Mendez3-for-4, 2B (6), 2 RBI
He is hitting .298 with a .757 OPS.  21 years old.
C Gabriel Mora:  1-for-4, K

RHP Reid Anderson:  (W, 6-1)   5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
3.35 ERA in 40.1 IP with 33 hits allowed and a 48/15 K/BB ratio.
RHP Kenlly Montas1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Evan Voliva2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Pulaski debut for this year's 18th round pick out of East Carolina.  He was an older draftee (he turned 23 in June), so he will probably have to move relatively quickly.  I really don't worry too much about that when it comes to pitchers – if he proves to be a legitimate bullpen prospect, it doesn't really matter when he gets to New York.
RHP Hayden Wesneski1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
4.98 ERA in 21.2 IP with 28 hits allowed and a 24/4 K/BB ratio.  A rare off night when it comes to walks and strikeouts for this year's 9th round pick.  

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