Yankees Minor League Report 8/16/19: Mike King Pitches for Scranton; Ezequiel Duran Hits #12

Wow, I have no news on any pitchers being randomly signed or claimed off waivers tonight.  I guess Brian Cashman decided he needed a day off.

Last Saturday, I said I wouldn't be around to do the report.  A dead car battery put an end to those plans, and the report was produced.

Here we are a week later and I will say it again: We rescheduled for tomorrow and I won't be around to do the report.  That assumes nothing else bizarre happens.   Given who I am, the odds of tripping as I go down the front porch steps are always high.


The East might never play another game.  Another rainout to add to their collection.


They went on the road to the Tigers' complex and were actually able to play.

CF Raimfer Salinas went 1-for-4 with a run scored and is hitting .279 with a .774 OPS.  As stated already, of all the hyped prospects at this level, he is enjoying the most 2019 success….OF Nelson Medina hit his second home run of the season…They lost the game, but not because of Blas Castanowho tossed 6.1 innings of strong relief.  I can't find any information on Castano, which means he signed f

Scranton Railriders (65-58) (Lost to Gwinnett, 5-2)

2B Breyvic Valera:  0-for-5, RBI, 2 K, CS (5)
11-game hitting streak snapped.
LF Clint Frazier:  2-for-3, 2B (15), RS, HBP, K
Hopefully, this can get him going.
SS Tyler Wade0-for-3, SAC
C Kyle Higashioka:  2-for-4, RBI
.267/.344/.560 in 191 AB.  The Yankees' luxury of being able to go three deep at catcher is going to come to an end, as I believe Higashioka is out of options in 2020.  Do they let Austin Romine walk and put faith in Higashioka, even with his injury history?  Do they re-sign Romine and see if they can deal Higashioka (catchers like him should have trade value)?   Either way, they will need someone to step up to be catcher #3 next season.
RF Trey Amburgey3-for-4, 2B (27)
.271/.320/.501 in 409 AB.   He was passed over in the 2018 Rule 5 draft.  He may survive in 2019 as well.  I hope he does since he provides some nice minor league depth for the Yankees.    
1B Ryan McBroom:  0-for-4
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-4, RS, K
DH Zack Zehner:   1-for-4, 2B (8), K
CF Terrance Gore:  1-for-2, BB, K
I know the general idea is that Gore will come up to run in September.  I am not sure if the Yankees will have enough 40-man flexibility for that (and they can use Wade in that role).  Gore may just be here for depth purposes.
PH Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-1

RHP Mike King6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
A three-run HR mars the outing, which is what three-run home runs are designed to do.  Overall, he did some things well – he was efficient in earning these 18 outs and did generate ground balls.  Just like MLB in 2019, balls that go into the air may not come down into a fielder's glove.  He is Rule 5 eligible and the Yankees need innings – King is a decent September call-up candidate, even if they have to make room for him.
LHP Tyler Lyons:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Organizational debut.
RHP Kaleb Ort:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Trenton Thunder (66-55) (Lead Reading, 7-5, in the 8th.  This game started late and I am now out of time!)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  2-for-5, 2B (17), 2 RBI, K
He had a poor June, but other than that, he has hit consistently all season long.  The questions about the pop will continue to follow him.  
SS Kyle Holder1-for-4, RS, BB
7-game hitting streak (9-for-26)
CF Ben Ruta:  2-for-4
1B Brandon Wagner:  1-for-3, RS, BB, K
DH Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, HR (7), 3 RBI, K
15th HR between here and Tampa and five home runs in his last ten games.  Gilliam is talented – he got off to a rough start here, but he is starting to show off some of his pop.  He is a corner outfielder, so he has to hit at a solid rate to be beneficial.  He is Rule 5 eligible this winter, and I would put it on the highly unlikely list that he will be protected.
C Kellin Deglan:  1-for-3, HR (7), RBI, RS, BB, 2 K
The former first-round pick (who is now 27!) has shown off some pop here – seven home runs and 12 doubles in 56 games.
RF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-3, BB, K, SB (20)
His career-high in stolen bases is 26 (2016)
3B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-3, BB, SB (3)
LF Matt Lipka1-for-4, 2B (11), RBI, RS, SB (15)
19-for-26 stealing bases between here and Scranton.  He is on a 9-game hitting streak.

RHP Clarke Schmidt5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, HR
This was not the debut he wanted but it is only one start.   Schmidt has the talent to get to MLB at some point next year.  The experience is low, but he is not a raw arm.
RHP Andrew Bellatti:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Tampa Tarpons (55-64) – Game suspended in the 4th inning with Tampa up, 4-0. 

I won't type up everything, but a few notes:   Diego Castillo hit his 4th home run of the season, while Steven Sensley cranked out his 12th.  After going 30-for-94 in July, Castillo is now 15-for-45 in August.   Estevan Florial has a double and a run scored.  He is now 12-for-42 in August with a double, two triples, and three home runs.

On the hill, Frank German returned from his rehab stint and pitched well:  3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.  He is responsible for a runner on second base.

Charleston Riverdogs (64-60) (Lost to Asheville, 12-3)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  0-for-3, RS, HBP, K
He did leave the game early – I hope it was due to the blowout nature of the game.
RF Frederick Cuevas0-for-1, K
SS Oswaldo Peraza:  1-for-4, RS
7-game hitting streak (10-for-29)
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-4, K
DH Josh Breaux:  1-for-4, HR (9), 3 RBI, RS, K
Since coming back, Breaux has played nothing but designated hitter.  He was on the injured list due to an elbow injury, so it makes sense.
RF/CF Josh Stowers:  0-for-3, BB
.260/.379/.379 in 335 AB
1B Eric Wagaman:  1-for-4, 3 K
2B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-4, 2B (4), 2 K
20-for-91 since promotion
3B Welfrin Mateo:  1-for-3, HBP
C Eduardo Navas:  0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Charlie Ruegger: (L, 2-3)  1.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, HR
We will just attempt to ignore this.
RHP Keegan Curtis:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Since promotion:  10.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
RHP Carlos Espinal:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
2.52 ERA in 53.2 IP with 39 hits allowed and a 67/15 K/BB ratio.
RHP Max Burt:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
Yes, he is an infielder!  He outpitched Mike Ford, at least.  And Ford was once the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year!

Staten Island Yankees (32-28) (Lost to Lowell, 7-6)

SS Josh Smith:  2-for-4, 2B (5), BB
A nifty 26-for-64 (.406).  
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-5, HR (12), RBI, RS, K
How impressive has his power been?  As of this writing, he is the only player in the NYPL who has reached double digits in home runs.
CF Jake Sanford:  0-for-4, 3 K
3B Mitchell Robinson: 2-for-4, 2 RS, K
Six hits in last four games.  Zero hits in previous seven games.
RF Juan De Leon:  0-for-3, RS, K
LF Pat DeMarco2-for-4, 2B (3), 2 RBI, 2 RS
He hasn't been nearly as hot as Smith, but he has a few weeks to go on a bit of a run and finish strong.
DH Jerry Seitz:  1-for-4, RBI, K
PR Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-0, SB (6)
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-4, RBI, K
C Carlos Gallardo:  0-for-3, 2 K
PH Matt Pita:  0-for-1, K

RHP Blakely Brown5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
He was cruising along but was smoked in the 6th.  ERA is at 3.99 in 38.1 IP with 28 hits allowed and a 42/20 K/BB ratio.
RHP Jackson Bertsch2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, HR
Staten Island debut for last year's 29th round pick out of Lane CC.
RHP Marcus Evey (L, 2-2):  1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Pulaski Yankees (37-18) (Lost to Kingsport, 6-1)

LF/RF Madison Santos:  0-for-4, K
.173/.240/.298 in 168 AB.  Tough, tough season.
DH Antonio Cabello:  0-for-3, BB
.223/.284/.352 in 193 AB.   He is 13-for-48 in August with five doubles and two triples as he tries to finish strong.
CF Ryder Green:  0-for-4, 2 K
.263/.335/.447 in 190 AB
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-4, 2 K
C Saul Torres:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
.234/.337/.461 in 141 AB.  He has an impressive 30 RBI in 39 games.
RF/LF Jake Pries:  1-for-4
2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-2, BB
SS Luis Santos:  0-for-3, RS, K
1B Jose Martinez:  1-for-3, K

LHP Ken Waldichuk: (L, 0-2)  3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
3.76 ERA in 26.1 IP with 18 hits allowed and a 46/6 K/BB ratio.   You can't ask for too much more out of this year's 5th round pick.
RHP Elvis Peguero4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
4.33 ERA in 27 IP with 30 hits allowed and a 23/8 K/BB ratio.
LHP Nelson Alvarez:  2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

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