Yankees Minor League Report 8/22/19: Mike King Ks 11; Deivi Garcia Comes Out of Bullpen

My quick thoughts on Deivi Garcia moving to the bullpen:   One of my mantras (and it isn't only my mantra!) is that the Yankees need to find ways to get outs over the next month and a half or so.  If Garcia can adjust to a role in the bullpen, maybe he can provide some of those outs in the middle innings.    He is only 20 years old and he rose extremely fast this season to get into this position.   I would be perfectly happy with him finishing his campaign in a few weeks and calling it a season.  However, if he adjusts quickly to the role and shows the Yankees he is capable of getting MLB outs, they will bring him up and get his feet wet while hoping he can be effective.  I obviously love prospects and I would love to see him tackle big league hitters – but not at the expense of his development (PS – I wrote this little blurb before he pitched tonight!)


East (Beat the Tigers, 9-0)

SS Alexander Vargas (3-for-6, 2 RBI, RS) and C Antonio Gomez (3-for-3, first career HR) both had big games…18-year old IF Angel Rojas contributed a 4-hit afternoon, almost a year to the day from his last 4-hit effort (8/25/18)…On the hill, 19 -year old Nicio Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out five.   This was his 9th career appearance (all this year!), and easily his best of those nine…15th round pick Edgar Barclay tossed a pair of scoreless innings to earn the victory…21st round pick Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) struck out three in his two scoreless frames.

West (Split a pair against the Blue Jays)

CF Raimfer Salinas went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases, giving him 11 on the season in 15 attempts…RHP Diego Cordero tossed a tidy gem, allowing only one hit over six innings with zero walks and one strikeout.   The 19-year old made an appearance for Tampa on 8/12, where he tossed three perfect innings with three strikeouts…IF Sincere Smith played in both games, going 2-for-6 with a pair of runs scored and his fifth stolen base of the season…

Scranton Railriders (69-60) (Defeated Pawtucket, 4-3.  Buffalo was CRUSHED tonight (20-3) while Syracuse's game was suspended.   Scranton owns a 1.5 game lead over Syracuse going into tomorrow's action)

RF Trey Amburgey2-for-4, 2B (28), RS
8-game hitting streak.  He is up to .270/.316/.494 in 433 AB.
DH Kyle Higashioka:  0-for-4, RBI, K
SS Breyvic Valera1-for-3, RBI, RS, BB
C Erik Kratz:  1-for-4
RF Ryan McBroom:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
1B Gosuke Katoh:  2-for-3, 2B (7), 2 RBI, BB
3B Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-3
2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-3, 2B (5), K
CF Billy Burns:  1-for-3, RS

RHP Mike King: (W, 1-1)  6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, HR
The 11 strikeouts tie his career-best, set twice last season.  This is the type of outing we watched consistently with King last year.  Tonight, he allowed that home run in the 6th and two of those walks as he was winding down in his outing in the 7th.    He has as good a shot as anybody not currently on the 40-man to make a big-league appearance this year.
RHP Deivi Garcia2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Fireman!  Garcia came in with two on and two outs in the 7th and promptly saved King's outing with a strikeout.  The run that he gave up was set up by a wild pitch on a strikeout in the 9th.
RHP Chance Adams (S, 1):  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Strands a runner on second to earn the save.

Trenton Thunder (70-58) (Defeated Portland, 7-0)

SS Hoy Jun Park1-for-4, 2B (18), 2 RBI, BB, K, SB (16)
.273/.363/.374 in 388 AB.  He is 16-for-26 stealing bases.
LF Zack Zehner 1-for-4, BB, K
DH Ben Ruta:  0-for-4, K
He is down to .250/.322/.379 in 404 AB.  0-for-15 in his last four games.
1B Chris Gittens:  2-for-4, HR (22), RBI, RS, K
Establishes a new career-high in home runs.
C Kellin Deglan2-for-4, HR (8), RBI, 2 RS
RF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, 2B (5), RS
He does have 13 extra-base hits in 40 games since his promotion (5 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs). The rest of his game has been dicey:  Nine walks and 50 strikeouts in those 40 games.  The good news is that he has been hitting better lately, which may set him up for some success next season.
CF Rashad Crawford2-for-4, 2B (13), 2 RBI, RS, SB (21)
3B Max Burt:  2-for-4, RBI, RS, K
2B Angel Aguilar:  1-for-4, RS, K

RHP Nick Green:  (W, 3-3)  6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
The ground ball specialist generated a lot of them tonight as he finally puts together a strong outing.  This only lowers his ERA to 7.04 in 62.2 IP with 80 hits allowed and a 45/29 K/BB ratio.  If you don't remember, Green was selected in the Rule 5 this past winter. There wasn't even a guarantee he would come back.
RHP Greg Weissert:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Brooks Kriske:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
2.62 ERA in 44.2 IP with 28 hits allowed and a 57/22 K/BB ratio
RHP Daniel Alvarez:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
2.32 ERA in 54.1 IP with 39 hits allowed and a 72/22 K/BB ratio

Tampa Tarpons (60-66) (Defeated Florida, 3-1, in 11 innings.  I was just thinking:  When is the last time a Yankees' affiliate played a marathon game?  The runner on second base rule has certainly cut down on extra-long games, which is fine in a MILB setting, even if it is a bit clumsy.

CF/LF Pablo Olivares1-for-5, 2B (14), RS, K
.257/.364/.314 in 373 AB. 
3B Wilkerman Garcia1-for-5, RBI, RS, 3 K, SB (3)
.262/.279/.300 in 130 AB
2B Oswaldo Cabrera:  3-for-5, 2B (27), RBI, RS
.254/.304/.359 in 429 AB.  Trends from last year:  Higher FB rate, higher K rate, slightly higher BB rate, and a wRC+ that went from 70 with Charleston last year to 94 this year (coming into today's action).  He will be 21 when 2020 starts, and if the Yankees remain consistent, he will go right to Trenton.  He is Rule 5 eligible this winter, but I just don't think any team would see him as being even worth throwing on their roster as the 26th man. 
DH Mickey Gasper:  2-for-5, 2B (3), 2 K
SS Diego Castillo:  1-for-4, RBI
.254/.319/.337 in 389 AB.   Castillo started the season 0-for-25 and 4-for-45.  Now, he actually has a higher batting average than Ben Ruta, who started the season 17-for-44 (.386).  Ruta eventually was able to get the average up to .420 at one point.
C Donny Sands:  0-for-5, 2 K
11-game hitting streak snapped.
RF Steven Sensley:  1-for-4, 3 K
PR/CF Estevan Florial0-for-0
LF/RF Leonardo Molina:  0-fo-3, SAC
1B Kyle Gray:  0-for-4, K

RHP Frank German:  5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, HR
Two strong outings since coming back from his rehab stint (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K last time out).  Overall for Tampa this season, he owns a 3.64 ERA in 71.2 IP with 64 hits allowed and a 78/31 K/BB ratio.   This should be more than enough for a promotion to Trenton next year.  He would be making it there at the age of 22.
RHP Aaron McGarity:  2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Kyle Zurak (W, 6-4):  2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 K
2.79 ERA in 58 IP with 46 hits allowed and a 48/22 K/BB ratio
RHP Matt Wivinis (S, 8):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Charleston Riverdogs (67-62) (Lost to West Virginia, 6-1.  Asheville is winning tonight, so this could be a big loss as they try to stay alive in the second-half race)

SS Oswald Peraza0-for-4, BB, K
11-game hitting streak snapped
CF Josh Stowers:  0-for-4, K
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-3, BB, SB (12)
12-for-16 stealing bases.  During last year's rough season, Smith didn't even attempt a steal in 45 games.  It is true he didn't get on base much, but I still wonder in the back of my mind if Smith had some sort of injury going on.  I have zero proof or any inside scoop on that – it is just odd.
DH Josh Breaux:  1-for-3, HR (10), RBI, RS, BB, 2 K
10 home runs in 41 games.  I would say that is acceptable power!
1B Eric Wagaman0-for-3, BB
2B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-4, 2 K, SB (3)
RF Frederick Cuevas:  0-for-4, 2 K
3B Welfrin Mateo:  0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 K
C Eduardo Navas:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K

RHP Yoendrys Gomez: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
That run scored on an annoying WP with two outs in the 6th!  Boo!  The 19-year old will be one to watch in 2020.  In his five starts since his promotion:  22.2 IP, 20 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 7 BB, 22 K.  He stands at 6'3" and has a live arm.
RHP Keegan Curtis (L, 2-1):  0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Ron Marinaccio2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Staten Island Yankees (35-28) is trailing 4-1 in the 6th in a game against Aberdeen.  This one has been in a rain delay forever…

SS Josh Smith:  0-for-2
2B Ezequiel Duran:  2-for-2, HR (13), RBI, RS
He is exploding this season.  I am so intrigued to see what he will do in Charleston in 2020 – because there is zero reason to hold him back after this campaign.
3B Andres Chaparro:  0-for-2, K
CF Jake Sanford0-for-2, 2 K
1B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-2, K
RF Matt Pita:  1-for-2, K
LF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-2, 2 K
DH Juan De Leon:  0-for-2, 2 K
C Carlos Gallardo:  0-for-2, K

LHP Abismael Villaman:  4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Bryan Blanton:  1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Pulaski Yankees (40-22) (Lost to Bristol, 2-1.  Pulaski has already clinched a playoff berth.  They want the division title as well – they will have at least a 3-game lead over Burlington heading into a huge series against them this weekend)

CF Madison Santos:  0-for-3, BB, K
LF Antonio Cabello 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, CS (4)
.221/.286/.347 in 216 AB.   He has 18 walks and 71 strikeouts.   He has hit better in August, but the overall season has been tough.
SS Roberto Chirinos:  1-for-4
An under-the-radar .261/.310/.412 season for the 18-year old in 199 AB
3B Chad Bell:  2-for-3
.263/.335/.446 in 175 AB.  I am assuming they will jump him to Charleston in 2020.
RF Jake Pries:  0-for-3
LF Robert Javier1-for-3, 2B (3), RS
2B Borinquen Mendez1-for-3, RBI
.274/.339/.363 in 113 AB at this level
1B Jose Martinez0-for-3, K
C Gabriel Mora:  1-for-2, 2B (3)
PH Ryder Green:  0-for-1

LHP Ken Waldichuk:  3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR
3.68 ERA in 29.1 IP with 19 hits allowed and a 49/7 K/BB ratio. The Yankees have predictably limited his outings in his professional debut season.
RHP Renso Mejia:  3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Pulaski debut.  The Yankees signed the 19-year old last year, but I guess he didn't pitch due to injury.   He owned a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings for the GCL squad this year with a 15/2 K/BB ratio
RHP Hayden Wesneski:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


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