Yankees Minor League Report 8/21/19: Nick Nelson Pitches Well; Clarke Schmidt Dominates

GCL

East

Did not play

West (20-21.  Beat the Tigers,  8-7)

18-year old OF Nelson Medina cranked his third home run of the season.  All three bombs have come in his last four games.  He also stole his fifth base…OF Raimfer Salinas went 0-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.  He left the game early…2B Sincere Smith singled, walked, and stole two bases.   The 19-year old is on a five-game hitting streak, though all five of those games feature one hit…


Scranton Railriders (68-60) (Defeated Pawtucket, 4-2.  Syracuse is winning in the 8th inning.   Buffalo is wining in the 9th inning)

RF Trey Amburgey:  1-for-4, K
7-game hitting streak
3B Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-3, BB, K
LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-3, K
C Kyle Higashioka:  1-for-3
DH Erik Kratz:  1-for-3, RS
1B Ryan McBroom:  0-for-2, RS, BB, K
SS Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-3, RBI, 2 K
2B Wendell Rijo:  2-for-3, RBI, RS
CF Terrance Gore:  0-for-2
PH Breyvic Valera1-for-1, HR (12), 2 RBI, RS

RHP Nick Nelson:  6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
He threw 104 pitches to get through this outing. Both runs scored in the second inning.
LHP Tyler Lyons:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP J.P. Feyereisen (W, 9-2):  1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
2.70 ERA (56.2 IP, 35 H, 22 R, 17 ER, 31 BB, 86 K).  He has put together a strong season (walks high), but I don't know if there will be a 40-man roster spot open for him in September.


Trenton Thunder (69-58) (Defeated New Hampshire, 4-0)

SS Hoy Jun Park0-for-3, RS, BB
.273/.363/.372 in 384 AB.  0-for-14 slide.
DH Kyle Holder:  0-for-2, BB, K
10-game hitting streak snapped.   He is hitting .282/.348/.434 in 380 AB.  I don't think Holder survives another Rule 5 draft, and it makes you wonder if the Yankees will look to deal him before that date.
CF Ben Ruta:  0-for-4, SB (24)
.253/.325/.383 in 400 AB.  It is never surprising when a hot player goes cold.  However, it can be very surprising when a red hot player goes cold…and stays that way for a long period of time. 
LF Zack Zehner:  2-for-4, 2 RS
C Kellin Deglan2-for-4
1B Brandon Wagner:  2-for-4, 2 K
11-for-27 in his last seven games as he tries to finish the season strong.
RF Isiah Gilliam1-for-4, K
9-for-72 in July and 14-for-61 in August.  Not that .230 is a great batting average, but he has at least hit for power this month.
3B Max Burt1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
2B Angel Aguilar:  1-for-4, 2B (7), RS, K

RHP Clarke Schmidt (W, 1-0):  6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
After surrendering a leadoff double, he retired 17 straight batters.   His own error cost him a shot at finishing seven full innings.   After a couple of tough starts (last start for Tampa and first start here), Schmidt bounces back in a huge way.   He is at 83.2 innings for the season.   According to Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ (link), he was flashing an impressive fastball/slider combination, and he is able to change speeds on the slider.  The change, according to this one report, seems to be a work in progress.  Schmidt is intriguing because he can help the MLB squad at some point in 2020.
RHP Will Carter:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Braden Bristo:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K


Tampa Tarpons (59-66) (Defeated Florida, 4-3.  Dunedin won again, keeping Tampa 1.5 games back for the second-half title.  Dunedin won the first-half title, so they already have their playoff spot.  If they win the division again, the second team is the divisional team with the second-best OVERALL record, which obviously would hurt Tampa.  You may think that is bad for a 59-66 team, but Clearwater is currently in the top spot for that honor at 63-65.  Anyway, also hurting Tampa's chances is the fact that they no more games against Dunedin this season)

LF Pablo Olivares2-for-4, 2B (13), 2 RS, 2 SB (20)
.258/.366/.313 in 368 AB.   Is he sustainable as he moves up to the next level?  We'll find out.  He'll be 22 when the 2020 season gets started.
CF Estevan Florial:  0-for-4, 2 K
.240/.300/.394 in 246 AB
2B Oswaldo Cabrera0-for-4, 2 K
DH Alexander Palma:  1-for-3, RBI, RS, BB, K
.253/.308/.494 in 83 AB since coming back from his rehab stint.
SS Diego Castillo1-for-4, RS, SB (12)
.255/.318/.338 in 385 AB with 32 walks and 46 strikeouts.  12-for-15 stealing bases.   He is at .284/.335/.376 in 197 second-half ABs and is 20-for-61 in August.
3B Wilkerman Garcia:  1-for-4, RBI
1B Steven Sensley1-for-4, RBI, K
C Jason Lopez:  1-for-4, 2 K
RF Leonardo Molina1-for-3, 2 K

RHP Miguel Yajure: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
This was one of Yajure's WEAKEST performances of 2019.  That is how awesome he has been.  Even at his weakest, he generated a 10/0 GO/AO for the night.  Yajure has a 2.26 ERA in 127.2 IP with 110 hits allowed and a 122/28 K/BB ratio.  Yajure snuck into the MLB Pipeline Top 30 during their midseason update (#27).  He will be 22 in May, trying to show the organization that he can pass the Double-A test.  The roadblock?  There could be some team out there that decides he is worth a flyer in the Rule 5 draft.   Given what we have seen in baseball in recent years, don't be confident that he would be offered back if that were to happen.
RHP Jefry Valdez (W, 1-3): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


Charleston Riverdogs (67-61) (Defeated West Virginia, 1-0.  They are doing what they can to stick around, but Asheville still owns a comfortable four-game lead over the Riverdogs in the loss column for the second-half title.   They have four big games at Asheville next week)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  0-for-4
.248/.314/.412 in 460 AB.  
SS Oswald Peraza1-for-3, K, SB (17)
11-game hitting streak (16-for-44).    He has 22 stolen bases in 55 games between here and Staten Island.  
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-3, K
.310/.408/.467 in 413 successful ABs.  
DH Josh Breaux:  0-for-2, RS, BB, K
.272/.314/.487 in 158 AB.   He has shown off the power (9 HR, 40 RBI in 40 games) that intrigued many when he was drafted.
RF Josh Stowers:  0-for-3, K
1B Eric Wagaman:  0-for-3, 2 K
2B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-3
3B Welfrin Mateo:  1-for-3, RBI
C Ryan Lidge:  0-for-3, K

LHP Josh Maciejewski: (W, 2-1)  8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
That is rather impressive.   Drafted in 2018 (10th round pick out of Charlotte), Maciejewski has been touring the Yankees' system, with stops also in Scranton, Tampa, and Staten Island.  I guess he doesn't want to visit New Jersey?  Anyway, reports on him in 2019 are not easy to find but he entered the organization with a report of a low-90s fastball with a solid change and a curve.   Unless I get a report stating he is one of those kids the Yankees draft who suddenly gains velocity, I will stick with that report (he is a 6'3" kid, so it would not be surprising if he did add some velocity – no idea)
RHP Carlos Espinal (S, 5):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2.47 ERA in 54.2 IP with 39 hits allowed and a 68/15 K/BB ratio.   Strong season for the 22-year old who has pitched well everywhere he has been placed since being signed in 2015.


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 (40-21) (Defeated Bristol, 6-2)

CF Madison Santos:  2-for-4, 2B (2), HR (8), 3 RBI, RS, BB
Third consecutive game with a home run.  He wasn't hitting at all earlier in the season but is trying to finish off the season on a strong note.  Those extra games in the playoffs will give him a few extra ABs to work with as well.
LF Antonio Cabello 0-for-4, RS, BB, 2 K
SS Roberto Chirinos:  2-for-4, HR (6), RBI, RS, K
.257/.307/.398 in 191 AB for the 18-year old.
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-2, SF, RBI, BB, K
RF Ryder Green:  0-for-4, 2 K
DH Gustavo Campero:  1-for-4, HR (2), RBI, RS
12-game hitting streak
C Saul Torres:  1-for-3, RS, BB, 2 K
Are Campero and Torres legitimate prospects?  First, the obvious answer:  They both can breathe and play defense behind the plate.  By default, that makes you a prospect!   In all seriousness, both have traits that intrigue you.  Torres (according to Fangraphs) has a plus arm behind the plate and raw power in his profile but has trouble making consistent hard contact.  Campero is a small (5'6"), athletic kid who has shown off some of that athleticism by stealing some bases this year.  The switch-hitter may not profile with the power of Torres but may hit for more average.   We have to always remember that not all "prospects" end up in the star category – some are just solid hands.  The Yankees would love it if either (or both!) of these kids can work their way up and become options – either for the MLB team or as trade sweeteners.
1B Jake Farrell:  0-for-4, K
2B Luis Santos:  2-for-4, RS, K

RHP Reid Anderson6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

 

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