Yankees Minor League Report 8/19/19: Josh Smith, Gustavo Campero Continue to Rake

GCL

East (Lost, 2-0, to fall to 15-24)

SS Alexander Vargas and CF Kevin Alcantara each went 1-for-4 with a single.  Vargas also stole his 11th base…C Antonio Gomez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and is 4-for-24…20-year old Deivi Diaz is a bit further down the chain than another 20-year old Deivi.   The lefty tossed four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with four walks and a strikeout…LHP Matt Minnick tossed a pair of hitless innings, striking out two.  He is a 2019 draftee…

West (Won, 10-1, to improve to 19-21)

3B Ronny Rojas and 2B Jose Colmenares each homered for the third time this season.  Both are 17 years old…OF Raimfer Salinas singled in a run and scored a run.  He also stole his 9th base. He is hitting .280/.335/.431 in 143 AB…24-year old OF Ricardo Ferreira singled and scored a run in his first 2019 appearance.   The speedster dominated the DSL back in 2015, but that was pretty much his moment in the sun. Last year, he hit .186/.286/.276 in 55 games between Charleston and Staten Island, stealing 16 bases in 23 attempts…Bonus baby Denny Larrondo continued his hot pitching, tossing 4.1 hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.   He hasn't allowed a hit in his last three appearances, covering 12.1 IP.

Scranton Railriders (67-59) (Nailed Pawtucket, 11-1. Syracuse and Buffalo also won to stay within two games of the division crown)

CF Terrance Gore1-for-4, 2B (2), 2 RS, 2 BB, K
RF Billy Burns:  0-for-5, RS, BB, K
LF Clint Frazier:  1-for-5, RBI, RS, 2 K
10-for-28 in his last seven games.
C Erik Kratz3-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, 3 RS, BB
Three HR in his last two games.
1B Ryan McBroom2-for-4, 2B (28), RBI, BB, 2 K
18-for-52 with five doubles and three home runs in August.  The only month where he didn't hit at least .310 was April (.288)
SS Gosuke Katoh:  0-for-1, 2 RS, 4 BB
Third career 4-walk game (8/19/14 and 8/22/18.  What are the odds he would have two 4-walk games on the same date, five years apart?)
3B Mandy Alvarez3-for-4, 3 RBI, BB
6-game hitting streak (11-for-22)
DH Zack Zehner:  1-for-4, 2B (9), SF, 2 RBI, 3 K
2B Wendell Rijo 1-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K

RHP Brian Keller: (W, 1-1)  6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
This is quite the bounce-back effort after giving up 11 runs on 16 hits in 4.2 IP last time out.  He now has two strong performances and that ugly performance in his three starts since his promotion.
LHP Rex Brothers 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
71/31 K/BB ratio in 41.1 IP for the veteran
RHP David Hernandez:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Brady Lail:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K


Trenton Thunder (68-57) (Lost to New Hampshire, 1-0)

RF Rashad Crawford:  1-for-4
LF Isiah Gilliam:  0-for-4, 3 K
SS Kyle Holder:  1-for-3, BB
9-game hitting streak (12-for-32).  He is now up to .281.
DH Chris Gittens:  1-for-3, BB, 2 K
C Kellin Deglan:  0-for-4, K
1B Brandon Wagner:  1-for-4, K
CF Matt Lipka:  2-for-4, 2B (12), K
11-game hitting streak.  
3B Angel Aguilar:  0-for-4, 3 K
2B Max Burt:  1-for-3, K

RHP Trevor Stephan: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
He committed an error in the fifth, GameDay flashed an "injury delay", and Stephan left the game.   Hopefully, nothing serious.  In his last five starts (including three with the Tampa Tarpons), Stephan has allowed three runs (two earned) on 23 hits with a 33/4 K/BB ratio over 26.2 innings.   That is a 0.68 ERA.
LHP James Reeves:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1.97 ERA in 50.1 IP with 32 hits allowed and a 56/20 K/BB ratio
RHP Greg Weissert (L, 1-1):  2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
18.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 BB, 19 K since promotion
RHP Braden Bristo:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


Tampa Tarpons (57-66) had the night off


Charleston Riverdogs (65-61) had the night off


Staten Island Yankees (35-28) (Defeated Hudson Valley, 4-3.  They will now start their very short All-Star Break.  Hudson Valley is now 36-27, which leads the division.   All four teams are bunched together, which should make for a wild finish)

SS Josh Smith:  2-for-3, 3B (1), 2 BB, 2 SB (5)
12 multi-hit games and seven multi-walk games in 22 games played.  He is now hitting .405 on the season with 20 walks in 22 games.  He has also stolen five bases in six attempts.  He will be in Charleston to start 2020 with a strong possibility of getting to Tampa.  There is never a reason to hold back an advanced college bat for as long as they keep hitting.
LF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-5, 3 K
3B Andres Chaparro:  0-for-5, 2 K
RF Jake Sanford:  1-for-4, 3 K
Last 11 games:  16-for-46 (.348) with four home runs and 12 runs batted in.
1B Mitchell Robinson:  1-for-3, HR (2), RBI, RS, BB
6-game hitting streak (8-for-21). 
CF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-3, RS, BB, 3 K
2B Matt Pita:  1-for-4, RBI, RS, 2 K
C Jerry Seitz:  1-for-4, 2B (4), 2 RBI, K
DH Chase Illig:  1-for-3, BB, K
PR Evan Alexander:  0-for-0, SB (4)

RHP Alex Mejias:   3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Wellington Diaz: (W, 3-4)  3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Marcus Evey:  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jackson Bertsch:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Barrett Loseke (S, 3):  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
31/4 K/BB ratio in 24 IP for last year's 17th round pick.


Pulaski Yankees (39-20) (Lost to Johnson City, 6-3, in ten innings)

In case you were wondering, SS Anthony Volpe indeed has not played in a while, though he is not on the injured list.  This doesn't mean he is healthy, as the Appy League allows for a comfortable 35-man roster.  This may be one of those things where we will never know why he missed some time.

2B Borinquen Mendez1-for-4, RS, BB, 2 K
.271/.339/.364 in 107 AB at this level
CF Antonio Cabello:  1-for-5, 2B (10), RBI, K
.228/.289/.359 in 206 AB.  17-for-61 in August.
DH Gustavo Campero2-for-3, 2 BB, K, SB (10)
Catchers who steal bases when they are young and in the low minors are so cool.  Campero is sizzling.  He is now on a 10-game hitting streak which has increased his average from .169 to .296.   He is 19-for-39 during the streak.
RF Jake Pries:  0-for-4, HBP, K, CS (1)
1B Jake Farrell:  1-for-5, HR (2), RBI, RS, 2 K, CS (1)
39th round pick in this year's draft out of Northeastern.  
LF Robert Javier:  1-for-3, RS, BB
SS Luis Santos:  0-for-4, 3 K
19-year old is 4-for-25 at this level and 19-for-86 up in Staten Island.
3B Jose Martinez:  1-for-4, K
C Gabriel Mora:  1-for-3, 2B (2), K
PH Chad Bell:  1-for-1, RBI
.259/.332/.447 in 170 AB
C Saul Torres:  0-for-0

RHP Leonardo Pestana:   6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Longest outing in his brief career.  He was cruising through six innings, but allowed back-to-back HRs to begin the 7th.   Pestana is not young for this level (21), but his experience is light, as he signed late as an international free agent.
RHP Hayden Wesneski3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
LHP Nelson Alvarez: (L, 2-1)   1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

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