Yankees Minor League Report 8/23/19: Luke Voit Returns; Ryan Anderson Posts Strong Effort

The Yankees claimed RHP Cory Gearrin from the Mariners today, releasing RHP Domingo Acevedo to make room.

We will start with Gearrin, who is added to an extensive collection of veteran relief arms picked up by the Yankees over the past month.  The 33-year old pitched in 48 games for Seattle this season, compiling a 3.92 ERA (4.08 FIP) in 41.1 IP with a 21.7% K rate, 11.7% BB rate and 46.6% GB rate.   Looking at his career, he has thrown 288 innings over 319 games, compiling a 3.59 ERA in the process.  As you may suspect, he has been used often as a ROOGY, holding right-handed bats to a .228/.313/.328 career triple slash.  Lefties haven't destroyed him, but it still isn't the type of matchup you wish to see.  They have hit him at a .253/.361/.410 clip.  Essentially, he is another guy to throw into the mix – a pitcher with extensive experience who may get you a key September out against a right-handed bat or something.   He is one of those guys who pitches just well enough to sustain a long career.

Acevedo's name may be a surprise to some.   He is big and he throws hard when he is healthy, but there has been a lack of consistency that has stalled his growth.   His 4.35 ERA in 51.2 IP is blah but the most disturbing part of his profile is the 14 home runs he has allowed in those innings.   He had some hype attached to him but the performance has been uneven.

It should be noted that the Yankees could sign Acevedo back on a minor league deal.   He is currently injured so there could be an agreement in the works that allows him to stick around the organization, just not on the 40-man roster.   He may have a few suitors, given his hard-throwing tendencies.  We'll see.


East (17-25) knocked off the West (21-23), 4-3.

IF Jesus Bastidas went 0-for-2 in his first game since 6/23 (with Staten Island).  I have no idea why the 20-year old missed that time…CF Raimfer Salinas went 1-for-4 and is at .276/.337/.428 in Age 18 season…2019 draftee Kyle MacDonald went 3-for-4 and is predictably hitting well in this league (he is 23 years old!)…SS Alexander Vargas went 1-for-4 with his fifth triple and a run batted in while OF Kevin Alcantara also went 1-for-4 with a run batted in…C Antonio Gomez followed up his strong day yesterday with a 1-for-4 effort today.  He scored a run…RHP Edward Paredes tossed five innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts.  The 20-year old has a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 IP with 40 hits allowed and a 32/13 K/BB ratio…RHP Zach Greene earned his fifth save by tossing two innings, allowing a pair of hits with four strikeouts.   He owns a 1.69 ERA in 16 IP with a 22/4 K/BB ratio.  He was an 8th round pick in this year's draft out of South Alabama…

Scranton Railriders (70-60) (Destroyed Lehigh Valley, 11-4.  Syracuse won yet again to improve to 68-61)

1B Luke Voit:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
This is Step #1 to his return to the big league lineup.
2B Wendell Rijo2-for-2, 2B (6), RBI, RS
Entered the game for Voit.  He is on a five-game hitting streak
DH Ryan McBroom0-for-2, SF, RBI, 2 RS, 3 BB, K
SS Breyvic Valera: 2-for-5, HR (13), 2 RBI, RS
LF Clint Frazier:  1-for-3, RBI, RS, 2 BB
RF Trey Amburgey2-for-4, 2B (29), 2 RS, BB, 2 K
9-game hitting streak.
3B Mandy Alvarez:  2-for-4, SF, 3 RBI, RS, K
C Erik Kratz:  0-for-4, BB
CF Billy Burns:  1-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB

RHP Adonis Rosa: (W, 6-0)  5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR
3.51 ERA in 56.1 IP at this level with 55 hits allowed and a 48/11 K/BB ratio.
RHP Ryan Dull:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Ben Heller:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
RHP David Hernandez:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Kaleb Ort:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Trenton Thunder (71-58) (Defeated Portland, 4-2)

CF Rashad Crawford:  2-for-5, RBI, 2 K, CS (8)
LF Zack Zehner:   1-for-3, RBI, RS, 2 BB, 2 K
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-3, RS, 2 BB, 2 K
He is 18-for-63 in August with 13 walks and six strikeouts.
1B Chris Gittens:  0-for-3, BB, K
RF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, 2 K
3B Brandon Wagner:  1-for-4, RBI, 3 K
5-game hitting streak (8-for-20)
2B Max Burt:  1-for-4, 2B (2), RS, 2 K
C Francisco Arcia:  1-for-3, RBI, RS, BB
DH Angel Aguilar1-for-3, BB, K

RHP Albert Abreu3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
4.07 ERA in 90.2 IP with 95 hits allowed and an 85/52 K/BB ratio. Abreu still owns one of the better arms in the system, but the inconsistency remains.
LHP James Reeves3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
1.86 ERA in 53.1 IP with 35 hits allowed and a 61/21 K/BB ratio
LHP Trevor Lane (W, 4-2):  1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
2.13 ERA in 63.1 IP with 42 hits allowed and a 59/22 K/BB ratio
RHP Braden Bristo (S, 1): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Tampa Tarpons (60-68) (Swept by Lakeland in a double-header, which obviously puts a major dent in their hopes to make the postseason)

Game 1 (Lost, 7-1,  Most of the notes under Game 2)

LF Pablo Olivares:  0-for-3
.255/.361/.311 in 376 AB.  .285/.377/.347 in 193 second-half AB.
CF Estevan Florial:  0-for-2, BB, K, CS (5)
3B Oswaldo Cabrera:  2-for-3, RS
2B Alexander Palma:  1-for-3, 2B (3), RBI, K
SS Diego Castillo:  0-for-3, K
.253/.316/.334 in 392 AB
2B Wilkerman Garcia:  0-for-3
DH Mickey Gasper 0-for-2, BB
C Jason Lopez:  0-for-2, K
.208/.274/.324 in 216 AB.  He hit very well as a 20-year old in Charleston last year (.285/.330/.453) but has not been able to repeat that kind of success here.
1B Kyle Gray:  0-for-2, K

RHP Glenn Otto (L, 2-3):  4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, HR
3.35 ERA in 51 IP with 49 hits allowed and a 61/32 K/BB ratio.  He should find his way to Trenton in 2020.
RHP Hobie Harris:  2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Game 2 (Lost, 6-1.  These two games are not going on my list of favorite games ever to type about)

SS Wilkerman Garcia:  1-for-3, RS, K
.257/.275/.294 in 136 AB at this level.  When all three numbers in a triple-slash are < .300, that always means you aren't having the best of seasons!
CF Estevan Florial:  1-for-3
.239/.301/.390 in 251 AB
3B Oswaldo Cabrera:  2-for-3
His 4-for-6 was certainly the bright spot in the day   He is at .260/.309/.363 in 435 AB and has 16 hits in his last 38 AB.
DH Alexander Palma:  1-for-2, SF, RBI
Another bright spot, given that he drove in both runs on the afternoon.   He has a 6-game hitting streak going.
1B/P Mickey Gasper:  1-for-3
20-for-63 (.317) at this level
C Donny Sands0-for-3, K
.222/.284/.310 in 216 AB.   .233/.316/.369 in 103 second-half ABs.  That still isn't good, but it shows some improvement.
RF/1B Steven Sensley:  1-for-3, K
LF Leonardo Molina0-for-3, 3 K
.246/.297/.356 in 118 AB.    This is right in line with his .229/.282/.333 career triple slash in 1,422 minor league ABs.  He just has not been able to consistently hit.
2B Kyle Gray:  0-for-2
You come to the ballpark thinking you will get a lot of ABs because you are starting both games in a double-header…only to end up with four.  Gray is only 16-for-83 since his promotion.  He didn't really have "hype" surrounding him entering the season, but there was a thought he might be able to rise a bit, given he is a college draftee from 2018.  It just hasn't happened.

RHP Alexander Vizcaino (L, 1-1):  4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
He just didn't have it today.  The breakout prospect is up to 115 innings on the season between here and Charleston, compiling a 4.38 ERA and 128/38 K/BB ratio.
LHP Anderson Severino:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Mickey Gasper1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K

Charleston Riverdogs (67-63) (Lost to Kannapolis, 4-2.   This is baseball:  Charleston was surging towards a playoff berth, but they essentially needed to do what is nearly impossible to do in baseball:  Win an overwhelming majority of their games.  Eventually, you just run out of steam and time)

CF Brandon Lockridge0-for-3, RS, BB, K
SS Oswald Peraza1-for-4, RS, K
21-for-75 (.280) in August for the 19-year old.  He won't turn 20 until next June.
LF Canaan Smith:  0-for-3, BB, K
DH Josh Breaux:  0-for-4, 3 K
Hitting .267 with a .802 OPS
RF Josh Stowers4-for-4, 2 RBI, CS (15)
First career 4-hit game.    He is 25-for-69 in August, though he is 6-for-12 stealing bases (11-for-12 in July)
1B Eric Wagaman0-for-4, K
3B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-4, 2 K
C Ryan Lidge1-for-3, BB, K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  1-for-4, K

RHP Charlie Ruegger:  4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
The 22-year old local kid out of Morris Plains, NJ has not done well at this level: 37.2 IP, 51 H, 39 R, 34 ER, 14 BB, 24 K
LHP Dalton Lehnen (L, 4-3):  4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
RHP Daniel Ramos:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Staten Island Yankees (35-30) (Lost to Aberdeen, 1-0.  Prepare for one of the most boring offensive boxscores of the season!  As for the standings, they have lost two in a row coming out of the break.   Hudson Valley is currently winning.  If that holds, Staten Island falls three back with ten to play)

SS Josh Smith:  1-for-4, CS (2)
This drops him to .388 with a 1.088 OPS.  It is all rather silly as he is obviously on his way up to at least Charleston for 2020.  They may even have him skip a level and go to Tampa.
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-3, CS (4)
8-game hitting streak (9-for-29).  I am trying to temper my enthusiasm until a full-season league gets a hold of him.
DH Andres Chaparro:  1-for-4, K
RF Jake Sanford:  1-for-4, K
18-for-69 (.261) in August with four doubles and four home runs.
3B David Metzgar:  1-for-4
C Carlos Narvaez:  0-for-2, BB
CF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-3, K
It has been a struggle for DeMarco.  Like Smith, he signed late.  Unlike Smith, he hasn't really been able to get the bat moving.   He is 9-for-74.
1B Nelson Alvarez1-for-3, 2 K
LF Matt Pita:  0-for-3, K

RHP Nelvin Correa (L, 2-1):  6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
First loss of the season between here and Pulaski (7-1).   Of course, this loss is not on him!  He now owns a 0.72 ERA in 25 IP since his promotion with 14 hits allowed and a 21/8 K/BB ratio.
RHP Sean Boyle:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Derek Craft:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Since promotion:  14.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 18 K
RHP Justin Wilson:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1.66 ERA in 21.2 IP with 12 hits allowed and a 31/12 K/BB ratio.  

Pulaski Yankees (40-23) (Lost to Burlington, 4-3.  Pulaski now owns a 3-game lead over Burlington with five games left)

RF Madison Santos:  1-for-4, 2B (5), RBI
He is hitting .254/.324/.507 in 67 August AB.  He is not one who is happy that the season is coming to a close, though at least he'll get some playoff games to play in.
LF Robert Javier0-for-3, RBI, BB, K
C Gustavo Campero:  0-for-3, BB, K
12-game hitting streak snapped.  Hitting .284/.366/.404 in 109 AB with 12 walks and 14 strikeouts.  He is also 10-for-11 stealing bases.
3B Chad Bell0-for-4, 3 K
CF Ryder Green:  0-for-3, BB, K
A little 0-for-11 slide, though when you play in a short-season league, that can impact your bottom line a bit.  He is at .258/.332/.441. He was at .272/.342/.465 before these 11 AB.
DH Saul Torres:  0-for-4, 2 K
1B Jake Farrell2-for-3, RS, BB, K, 2 CS (3)
SS Luis Santos2-for-3, 2B (1), RS, BB, K
2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-3, RS, BB, SB (8)

LHP Ryan Anderson:  5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K
4.20 ERA in 30 IP with 25 hits allowed and a 38/16 K/BB ratio.   There is a big arm to tap into here, but he will take some time.
RHP Kenlly Montas3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Evan Voliva (L, 0-1): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Picked a bad time to have a rare rough outing, as they were three outs away from clinching a division tie.   In 6.2 innings since his promotion, he has now allowed this one run on one hit with three walks and 11 strikeouts.


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