Yankees Minor League Report 8/18/19: Big Days for Kyle Holder, Canaan Smith, Josh Stowers

I wasn't around to report it yesterday, but both Joe Mantiply and Brady Lail cleared waivers and were outrighted to Scranton.  Neither had the ability to elect free agency.

Scranton Railriders (66-59) (Defeated Gwinnett, 9-3, to snap a 6-game losing streak.  They are two up on Buffalo and Syracuse with 15 games to play.  Buffalo visits Scranton for the final three games of the season)

RF Trey Amburgey1-for-6, K
Not the best line ever, but it does give him a five-game hitting streak.   He is hitting .269/.316/.493 in 420 AB.
LF Clint Frazier:  2-for-4, 2B (17), RS, BB
Third straight multi-hit game.
3B Francisco Arcia:  2-for-5, 2B (3)
His first career start at third base
C Kyle Higashioka:  2-for-5, HR (17), 2 RBI, 2 RS
.270/.345/.571 in 196 AB
1B Ryan McBroom:  1-for-4, 2 RS, BB
SS Gosuke Katoh:  3-for-3, 3 RS, 2 BB
.269/.357/.425 in 212 AB here.
2B Mandy Alvarez3-for-5, 2B (15), HR (4), 5 RBI, RS
5-game hitting streak.   Hitting .272/.327/.419 in 389 AB between here and Trenton.
DH Zack Zehner:  0-for-5, 3 K
Party pooper!
CF Billy Burns:  2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB, SB (13)
13-for-16 stealing bases

RHP Adonis Rosa (W, 5-0): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Riding the high off of his MLB debut!  Between here and Trenton, he is 8-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 94.1 IP with 30 walks and 80 strikeouts.
LHP Joe Mantiply:  1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Kaleb Ort1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
4.45 ERA in 30.1 IP with 29 hits allowed and a 47/22 K/BB ratio.

Trenton Thunder (68-56) (Defeated Reading, 12-6, in a rain-shortened (seven innings) affair.  The Thunder are playing better down the stretch as they prepare for playoff baseball)

2B Hoy Jun Park:  0-for-3, 2 RS, BB
.279/.367/.379 in 377 AB
SS Kyle Holder:  2-for-3, HR (9), 2 RBI, RS, SAC, SB (7)
8-game hitting streak.  Holder now leads all Trenton hitters in batting average (.280) to go along with the .437 SLG.   If .280 doesn't impress you, consider this:  He is one of only six players who are hitting .280 or better in the Eastern League this season.
LF Ben Ruta:  0-for-4, RBI, K
.257/.329/.389 in 393 AB.  Hitting .224/.285/.305 in 174 second-half AB.
1B Chris Gittens1-for-3, RS, BB, K
.279/.393/.501 in 359 AB with 65 walks and 124 strikeouts.
C Kellin Deglan:  0-for-1, 3 RS, 3 BB, K
3B Brandon Wagner:  3-for-4, HR (8, GS), 4 RBI, 2 RS, K
.170/.290/.283 in 353 AB.
CF Rashad Crawford:  1-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, RS
.267/.341/.365 in 359 AB.  Crawford has been most effective against RHP (.292/.373/.408 in 240 AB)
DH Angel Aguilar1-for-1, HR (2), 2 RBI, RS
Hit a home run, leave the game.  I am not sure why he left the game.
PH/DH Wendell Rijo 0-for-2, K
RF Matt Lipka:  1-for-2, RS, BB
10-game hitting streak (13-for-34)

RHP Shawn Semple 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
Pitching for all four full-season levels, he owns a 4.86 ERA in 116.2 IP with 118 hits allowed and a 108/41 K/BB ratio.
RHP Daniel Alvarez (W, 7-2):  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
2.33 ERA in 54 IP with 38 hits allowed and a 74/24 K/BB ratio
RHP Andrew Bellatti:  0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
The game was called after he walked the only batter he faced!

Tampa Tarpons (57-66) – Split doubleheader against Dunedin.  They sit two games behind Dunedin (one in the loss column) for the second-half title.  The loss column is always important, but keep in mind that these leagues don't care if all teams play an equal number of games.

Game 1 (Won, 5-4, in eight innings.  Notes for players who played in both games are more likely to be under the Game 2 Box)

LF Pablo Olivares:  1-for-4, 2 RS, K, SB (18)
.258/.369/.311 in 360 AB.
CF Estevan Florial:  2-for-4, 2 RBI, K
SS/3B Oswaldo Cabrera:  1-for-4, 2B (26), 2 K
DH Mickey Gasper:  1-for-4, 2 K
C Donny Sands1-for-3, RS, K
10-game hitting streak (12-for-36).  He is hitting .229/.290/.322 in 205 AB.
1B Steven Sensley:  0-for-2, RS, BB, K
RF Leonardo Molina:  0-for-3, K
3B Kyle Gray:  0-for-2, K
PH Alexander Palma:  1-for-1, HR (6), 3 RBI, RS
Talk about huge!  3-run HR with two outs in the top of the 7th to give Tampa the lead.  Tampa blew that lead in the bottom half before winning it in the eighth

RHP Janson Junk:  4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR
5.54 ERA in 87.2 IP between here, Trenton, and Scranton with 103 hits allowed and an 81/42 K/BB ratio.   It would not be shocking to see the Yankees try him in a bullpen role at some point.
RHP Kyle Zurak (W, 5-4):  2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
2.91 ERA in 55.2 IP with 46 hits allowed and a 47/18 K/BB ratio.
RHP Matt Wivinis (S, 6):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2.84 ERA in 44.1 IP with 32 hits allowed and a 52/18 K/BB ratio between here and Trenton.

Game 2 (Lost, 10-2)

2B Diego Castillo:  2-for-4, 2B (16), RBI
.255/.320/.340 in 376 AB.  It really is remarkable to see how far he has climbed throughout the season.  Castillo is a middle infield prospect who makes a load of contact but doesn't have much power.  He can make it to the majors on his defense and contact ability alone, but not likely as a regular.
CF Estevan Florial:  0-for-4, K
.244/.303/.403 in 238 AB.  This wasn't a great game, but heading into today's action, here is a look at Florial:  Through games of 7/16:  .222/.274/.348 with a 6.8% walk rate, 35.2% K rate, .289 WBOA, and 85 wRC+.  Since 7/16 (heading into today):  .274/.346/.495 with a 10.2% BB rate, 31.5% K rate, .378 WBPA, and 145 wRC+.  The Ks are still high, but the improvement is obvious.
SS Oswaldo Cabrera:  0-for-3
.252/.303/.357 in 420 AB.
DH Alexander Palma:  1-for-3, K
19-for-76 (.250) with six home runs.   He has hit 13 home runs in 73 games at this level over the past two seasons.
1B Mickey Gasper:  0-for-2, BB
15-for-48 (.313) at this level and .244/.354/.378 in 336 AB between here and Charleston overall.
C Jason Lopez:  1-for-3, 2B (12), K
.211/.278/.325 in 209 AB.   Sands and Lopez have such similar offensive profiles in 2019.  Neither stand out (obviously) though both have hit better lately at least.
RF Steven Sensley:  2-for-2, 2 2B (14), 2 RS, BB
.211/.289/.361 in 332 AB.  .213/.325/.441 in 136 AB during the second-half.
LF Leonardo Molina:  1-for-3, RBI
.257/.311/.376 in 109 AB at this level.
3B Kyle Gray:  0-for-3
13-for-72 (.181) since his promotion and .226/.315/.348 in 368 AB overall between here and Charleston.

RHP Daniel Bies (L, 0-1):  3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
Walks haven't been a major issue for Bies, but he struggled with them today.   He owns a 3.34 ERA in 86.1 IP between here, Charleston, and Scranton with a 100/32 K/BB ratio.
RHP Aaron McGarity:  0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Tampa debut.  It could just be a "we need a body" situation, though he was pitching quite well for Staten Island and held his own with Charleston earlier this season.  Overall, he owns a 2.36 ERA in 53.1 IP with 42 hits allowed and a 62/11 K/BB ratio.  24-year old who was drafted in the 15th round out of Virginia Tech in 2017.
RHP Jefry Valdez1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Hobie Harris:  1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Charleston Riverdogs (65-61) (Defeated Asheville, 9-5.   They are 28-28 in the second half, sitting four games behind Asheville for the second-half crown)

SS Oswald Peraza:  1-for-4, RBI, 2 RS, BB
The 19-year old is hitting .270/.344/.314 in 137 AB at this level with 16 stolen bases in 20 attempts.  The Yankees have several of these types of middle infield prospects, though Peraza supposedly is an excellent glove who should be able to stick at shortstop.  He obviously possesses good speed, as well.  He is on a 9-game hitting streak and is 18-for-60 (.300) in August
LF Canaan Smith:  3-for-5, 2 2B (29), 4 RBI, 2 RS, K
.313/.412/.466 in 406 AB with 68 walks, 98 strikeouts, and 11 steals in 15 attempts.  Smith is going to be so interesting to watch in Tampa next season.  He has not only survived this level – he has crushed this level.  If these doubles start turning into home runs….well, we won't go there yet.  This is just fun to watch a high school bat start to emerge in a full-season league like this.  Although he hit for more power in the first half of the season, the second half shows a better batting average, better on-base percentage, and a decreased strikeout rate.   If you are the type who wants a negative, he is only 23-for-100 vs. LHP, but he is young and has time to improve on that.
CF Josh Stowers:   3-for-5, 2B (19), 2 RBI
.265/.382/.384 in 344 AB.   He is 20-for-55 (.364) with 15 walks (.514 OBP) in August.  You will be seeing Stowers joining Smith in the Tampa outfield next year (if they are not traded conditions always apply!)
DH Josh Breaux 0-for-4, SF, RBI, 2 K
.271/.296/.484 in 155 AB.  Obviously, nobody will love those five walks, but this kid has a plus power tool to tap into.  I am not sure if they will move him to Tampa to start 2020 (especially with this year's elbow injury), but it is possible.   He will be 22 when the season begins.
RF Frederick Cuevas1-for-5, RS, K
.232/.283/.333 in 228 AB.   Full-season league baseball has tripped him up.  He wouldn't be the first and he certainly would not be the last.
3B Welfrin Mateo:  0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
1B Max Burt1-for-4, 2B (4), RS
A lot of people would love to interview the big prospects, and for good reason.  Me?  I would love to get into the mind of someone like Burt, who has to always have his bags packed because the Yankees will send him to any level at any time because they need someone to fill in.
C Ryan Lidge:  2-for-3, 2B (3), RBI, 2 RS, BB
14-for-42 at this level.   He has also traveled around the organization this season.
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
.227/.312/.255 in 282 AB.   He struck out 46 times in 62 games last season but has 70 in 86 games this season.

RHP Jhony Brito (W, 6-3): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The extreme ground ball guy wasn't completely on his game today.   He now has a 3.49 ERA in 87.2 IP with 77 hits allowed and a 69/14 K/BB ratio.
RHP Daniel Ramos:  3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Ron Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Staten Island Yankees (34-28) (Defeated Hudson Valley, 4-1.  It sucks when you are 34-28, but sit in last place anyway.   They are only two games out, however, and this win was over the leader.   They will play again tomorrow before a quick 2-day All-Star Break)

DH Josh Smith:  2-for-4, K
.394/.505/.592 in 71 AB with 18 walks and six strikeouts.  The Barry Bonds of the NYPL!
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-5, 2 RS, 2 K, SB (10)
He has now reached double digits in doubles, home runs, and stolen bases.   He has done it in 56 games.  I have said it all year:  There is a rawness to his talent.  I have read first-person accounts of how he struggles mightily with breaking pitches.  I don't know if that has improved as the season has gone along.  If he figures that all out (not impossible, but also not simple!), he can be a legitimate offensive second base prospect.
3B Andres Chaparro:  0-for-1, SF, 2 RBI, 3 BB
.259/.397/.354 in 147 AB.
CF Jake Sanford2-for-5, RBI, K
.250/.302/.429 in 184 AB.  He has nine hits in his last five games.  The triple slash continues to rise, and it is now more than respectable for this year's third-round pick.
C Carlos Narvaez:  0-for-5
LF Matt Pita:  1-for-4, SB (1)
RF Juan De Leon:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
1B Nelson Alvarez0-for-4, K
SS David Metzgar:  2-for-3, 2 RS, BB
The 24-year old is 20-for-59 at this level.  Another kid who roams around.

LHP Alfredo Garcia (W, 1-1):  6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
The Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline, eh?  In all seriousness, a solid start for 20-year old (just turned 20 in July) who has some talent but is a bit of a project.  The type of kid the Yankees like to take in deals for 40-man fringe guys (Joe Harvey in this case).   The Yankees placed him here, even though Colorado did try him out in Low-A ball (didn't work out well).  We'll see what the Yankees can do with him.
RHP Nick Ernst1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Ernst has an interesting profile.  The ERA is high (6.33) but he owns a 28/3 K/BB ratio over 27 IP and has not allowed a home run.  
RHP Derek Craft:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
The Yankees love their big pitchers and Craft qualifies (6'8").  Since the Yankees like to target these types, you always pay attention to them as they ascend through the minors.
RHP Justin Wilson (S, 1):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Boom!  Good morning, good afternoon, good night – thanks for coming.  Wilson now owns a 29/11 K/BB ratio over 20.2 IP.  He was their 23rd round pick last year out of a big school (Vanderbilt)

Pulaski Yankees (39-19) (Swept DH over Johnson City. Johnson City leads the West division…at 29-29.  Burlington can still catch Pulaski in the East and do have the benefit of three home games coming up against the Yankees.  However, they are 4.5 games back and there are only ten more games left)

Game 1 (Won, 7-6, in eight innings.  Most notes after Game 2)

CF Madison Santos1-for-4, RS, K
LF Antonio Cabello:  1-for-3, RS, BB
.229/.291/.358 in 201 AB.  16-for-56 (.286) with six doubles and two triples in August.
RF Ryder Green3-for-4, RBI, RS, SB (9)
DH Chad Bell:  2-for-3, 2B (5), 3 RBI, RS, K
2B/3B Roberto Chirinos 1-for-4, RS, 3 K
3B Jose Martinez:  1-for-3
PR/2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-0, BB
1B Jake Farrell:  0-for-3, BB
SS Luis Santos:  1-for-3, RBI, RS
C Gabriel Mora:  0-for-2, K
PF/RF Jake Pries:  1-for-1, HR (6), RBI, RS
Pinch-hit home run in the 7th to tie the game.

RHP Randy Vasquez:  4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, HR
That must have been fun to sit through.
RHP Kenlly Montas (W, 1-1):  3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
17 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 14 BB, 14 K.  Yes, the K/BB ratio was quite awful entering today!

Game 2 (Won, 8-1)

SS Roberto Chirinos:  1-for-4, HR (5), RBI, RS, K
Lead-off special!
RF Madison Santos1-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB, SB (6)
DH Ryder Green 1-for-4, HR (8), 2 RBI, RS, 3 K
Green is an interesting kid – will they move him straight to Charleston in 2020?  It is possible they can at least start him there and not have him wait around for Staten Island's season to begin.  He needs to cut down on the strikeouts, like many aggressive teenage hitters – but overall, this has been an encouraging season.   He will turn 20 next May.
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-4, K
Hitting .254 with five doubles, nine home runs, 38 RBI, and 28 runs scored.   He is a college bat, so it wouldn't be shocking if he started 2020 in Charleston. 
LF Jake Pries:  0-for-3, 2 K
C Gustavo Campero:  1-for-2, RS, BB, SB (9)
9-game hitting streak.  First game since 8/9.
1B Jake Farrell:  0-for-0, RS, 3 BB
2B Borinquen Mendez0-for-3, RS, K
CF Robert Javier:  0-for-1, RBI, RS, BB, HBP

RHP Jhonatan Munoz: (W, 5-3)  6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
First career 10+ strikeout game.  Munoz is only 20 but has been around the system for a long time.  He has been around for so long that he is actually Rule 5 eligible this winter.  Weird things happen, but Munoz being drafted would be the weirdest of the weird.
RHP Evan Voliva 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

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