Yankees Minor League Report 8/20/19: Luis Medina Impresses in Tampa Debut; Roansy Contreras Continues to Roll

I created another post about the Trevor Rosenthal signing.  

GCL

East (Lost, 4-2, to fall to 15-25)

CF Kevin Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.   He is on a five-game hitting streak and is 12-for-37 in August after going 12-for-63 between June and July.  He is 17 years old…SS Alexander Vargas went 0-for-4 but did steal his 12th base.   While Alcantara is surging, Vargas is slumping down the stretch.  He is 7-for-38 in August…RHP Montana Semmel tossed a scoreless inning, walking one while striking out one…

West 

Did not play.

Scranton Railriders (67-60) (Lost to Pawtucket, 7-4.  Buffalo lost, but Syracuse is winning as of this writing.  If Syracuse holds on, they move to within one game)

SS Breyvic Valera0-for-1, BB
Left the game early
PH/1B Erik Kratz:  0-for-2, BB, K
CF Terrance Gore1-for-4, 2B (3), RS, BB, K
LF Clint Frazier2-for-5, 2B (18), RBI, RS
He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.   Five of those games have featured multiple hits.
C Kyle Higashioka3-for-5, 2B (9), RBI, RS, K
Third consecutive multi-hit game.   8-for-22 since demotion back down here.
RF Trey Amburgey1-for-5, 3B (3), RBI, RS, K
6-game hitting streak,  51 of his 114 hits have gone for extra bases.
DH Ryan McBroom: 2-for-4, 2B (29), 2 K
This pushes the average up to .323 with a .971 OPS
1B/SS Gosuke Katoh:  0-for-2, 2 BB
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-4, RBI
7-game hitting streak.
2B Wendell Rijo2-for-4

RHP Brody Koerner: (L, 4-4)  6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, HR
5.38 ERA in 103.2 IP with 120 hits allowed and an 80/31 K/BB ratio.   He has allowed 33 hits over his last 16.1 IP.
LHP Joe Mantiply:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Ben Heller:  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
First actual relief appearance of 2019 (he made six appearances as an opener)
RHP Ryan Dull1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K


Trenton Thunder (68-58) (Lost to New Hampshire, 7-2)

2B Hoy Jun Park0-for-4
SS Kyle Holder:  2-for-4, RS
10-game hitting streak.  He is all the way up to .283.
CF Ben Ruta:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K, SB (23)
1B Chris Gittens:  1-for-4, 2B (16), RBI, K
14-for-51 in August with two doubles, four home runs, and 15 RBI.
LF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-4
DH Brandon Wagner:  1-for-4, RS, K
RF Isiah Gilliam2-for-3, 2B (4)
C Francisco Arcia:  1-for-3
3B Max Burt 0-for-2, SF, RBI

RHP Rony Garcia5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
4.63 ERA in 95.1 IP at this level with 88 hits allowed and a 90/34 K/BB ratio.   Some good mixed with some bad.  His biggest issue has been the long ball (14 home runs)
LHP Trevor Lane:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
With Trenton:  2.18 ERA in 62 IP with 42 hits allowed and a 56/21 K/BB ratio
RHP Brooks Kriske:  (L, 1-2)  1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Rare clunker for Kriske.   He now owns a 2.68 ERA at this level with 55/22 K/BB ratio over 43.2 IP.
RHP Andrew Bellatti1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K


Tampa Tarpons (58-67) (Defeated Florida, 5-4, in ten innings.  They are now 30-28 in the second half.  Dunedin also won, so Tampa remains a game back in the loss column for the second-half title)

LF Pablo Olivares:  0-for-4, SF, 2 RBI, K
CF Estevan Florial:  1-for-4, SB (9)
18-for-61 in August (.295) with a double, two triples, and four home runs.  
3B Wilkerman Garcia:  1-for-4, SF, RBI, K
RF Alexander Palma 1-for-4, 2B (2), RS, BB, K
SS Diego Castillo:  1-for-5, RBI
1B Mickey Gasper2-for-5, 2B (2), RS, K
17-for-53 (.321) at this level
DH Steven Sensley:  0-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB
C Donny Sands1-for-3, BB, K
11-game hitting streak (13-for-39)
PR/C Jason Lopez:  0-for-1, RS
2B Kyle Gray3-for-3, RBI, BB

RHP Luis Medina5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Strong High-A debut for Medina, who has gone from a kid who couldn't find home plate earlier this year (and was getting hit around when he did find the plate) to a kid who is suddenly dominant over the course of several starts.   He has 123 strikeouts in 98 minor league innings this year, including at least seven in each of his last seven starts.  I know he has the talent in him to be a strong prospect, but I never expected him to go on this kind of run this year.
LHP Anderson Severino1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
5.63 ERA in 24 IP with 26 hits allowed and a 28/16 K/BB ratio.  Back-to-back tough appearances after an extended stretch of solid pitching
RHP Hobie Harris:  (W, 3-4)  2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Matt Wivinis (S, 7)  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


Charleston Riverdogs (66-61) (Defeated West Virginia, 6-3)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
SS Oswald Peraza:  1-for-4, RS, K
10-game hitting streak (15-for-41)
LF Canaan Smith:  1-for-4, HR (10), 2 RBI, RS, K
Numbers:  .312 with 29 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 68 RBI, 61 runs, 68 walks, and 99 strikeouts in 410 AB.   He is also 11-for-15 stealing bases. 
DH Josh Breaux:  1-for-1, 2B (7), RS, 3 BB
He had five walks in 38 games this season prior to tonight.
RF Josh Stowers:  1-for-3, 2B (20), RBI, RS, BB
21-for-58 in August with 15 walks
1B Eric Wagaman:  0-for-4, 3 K
3B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
21-for-98 (.214) with 18 walks and 31 strikeouts since his promotion
C Eduardo Navas:  0-for-4, 4 K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  0-for-3

RHP Roansy Contreras: (W, 10-5)  6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, HR
3.59 ERA in 120.1 IP with 100 hits allowed and a 99/33 K/BB ratio.  Contrares is having a huge second half of the season (2.51 ERA; 57.1 IP, 36 H, 18 R, 16 ER, 15 BB, 49 K)
LHP Tim Hardy: (S, 1)  3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K
3.15 ERA in 20 IP since his promotion with 12 hits allowed and a 20/7 K/BB ratio


Staten Island Yankees (35-28) is on their All-Star Break.  Here is how the McNamara Division looks in the NYPL:

Hudson Valley (36-27)
Brooklyn (35-27)
Aberdeen (35-28)
Staten Island (35-28)

Crazy division, eh?  These four teams are the best teams in the entire league right now (by winning percentage).    Hence, all four teams are not only trying to win this division – they are all firmly in the chase for the league's one wild-card spot.


Pulaski Yankees (39-21) (Lost to Johnson City, 4-3.  Burlington also lost, keeping them three games behind Pulaski for the division)

CF Madison Santos:  1-for-3, HR (7), RBI, RS, BB, SB (7)
Lead-off special!   Back-to-back games with a home run.   He is 14-for-56 (.250) in August, which may not look like much – but it is a big improvement over where he was prior to the month.
3B Roberto Chirinos:  0-for-3, HBP, K
.257/.307/.398 in 191 AB for the 18-year old.
C Gustavo Campero:  1-for-4, 2B (5), K
11-game hitting streak.   He is at .294/.374/.392 in 102 AB with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts
LF Ryder Green:  0-for-3, BB, K, CS (3)
.268/.341/.459 in 205 AB with 20 walks and 62 strikeouts.  He is 9-for-12 stealing bases.
DH Saul Torres:  1-for-4, 2 K
.227/.326/.440 in 150 AB.  Both Campero and Torres have put together encouraging seasons this year.
RF Robert Javier:  0-for-4, 3 K
1B Jose Martinez:  1-for-4, RS, 2 K
SS Luis Santos:  1-for-2, BB, 2 CS (3)
2B Borinquen Mendez:  1-for-3, RBI, RS, SB (7)

RHP Elvis Peguero:  4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
First start of 2019.  He now owns a 4.06 ERA in 31 IP with 35 hits allowed and a 25/11 K/BB ratio.   He is a bigger kid (6'5") who is 22 years old.
RHP Evan Voliva:  3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K since promotion.  
RHP Mitch Spence (L, 1-3):  1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
25 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 26 K
RHP Tyler Johnson:  0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
He allowed the game-winning run to score.   His overall stat line this year:  21 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 29 K.  Like Voliva, he is definitely old for this level.  Like Voliva, he is doing what he needs to do in order to move up the ladder.

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