Yankees Minor League Report 8/24/19: Luke Voit Homers; Jhony Brito Tosses Eight Strong Innings

The Yankees have released OF Matt Lipka from his minor league deal.

Signed this winter to provide some outfield depth, Lipka will leave the organization with one notable achievement:  He hit for the cycle this year.  He is also leaving the organization while in the middle of an 11-game hitting streak.

Known for his speed, he stole 19 bases in 26 attempts this year while hitting .262/.316/.388 in 294 AB between Scranton and Trenton.   He has played in 957 career minor league games but has yet to earn a call to the big leagues.

If you were wondering about the whereabouts of Anthony Volpe, who disappeared from the Pulaski lineup out of the blue, we now have an answer:  He is back at home, recovering from mono (link)

A few GCL notes from today:

3B Ronny Rojas is 16-for-126 on the season, but four of those 16 hits have gone over the wall.   He has also drawn 28 walks, though more average is definitely needed out of the 18-year old…CF Raimfer Salinas went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts…C Antonio Gomez had a 1-for-3 afternoon while SS Alexander Vargas and OF Kevin Alcantara each went 0-for-3…

Scranton Railriders (70-61) (Lost to Lehigh Valley, 7-3. Syracuse is down late in their game, which would be their first loss in 25 years or so.)

DH Luke Voit:  2-for-4, HR (1), RBI, RS, BB
The pitch he smoked for a HR was a pitch that anyone reading this could have smoked for a home run.  That isn't a knock on Voit, as hitting a home run on a pitcher's mistake is what he is supposed to do!
SS Breyvic Valera2-for-5, 3B (2), RBI, K
LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-5, K
.245/.305/.435 in 221 AB
C Kyle Higashioka:  0-for-4
RF Trey Amburgey:  0-for-4, K
1B Ryan McBroom:  1-for-3, HR (22), RBI, RS, HBP, K
Destined to be someone who will get Yankees' Twitter all riled up when he randomly hits five home runs in a week for some MLB team in the near future.
3B Gosuke Katoh:  2-for-4, K
2B Wendell Rijo:  0-for-2, RS, 2 BB, K, SB (1)
CF Terrance Gore0-for-3, SAC, K

RHP Brian Keller: (L, 1-2)  4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Joe Mantiply:  1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Rex Brothers:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Chance Adams:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Trenton Thunder (71-59) (Lost to Portland, 1-0)

RF Ben Ruta:  1-for-4, SB (25)
.250/.322/.377 in 408 AB.  25-for-32 stealing bases.
LF Zack Zehner:  0-for-3, BB
2B Hoy Jun Park1-for-4, K
.273/.362/.372 in 392 AB
DH Chris Gittens1-for-4, K
.278/.390/.500 in 378 AB. Maintaining a .500 SLG in this league is not easy – hopefully, he can hold on to the end!
1B Brandon Wagner:  0-for-3, BB, K
SS Kyle Holder1-for-4, K
.279/.347/.429 in 387 AB.  Why doesn't Holder show up on Top 30 lists? Because he is more of a "safe" prospect than he is a high-ceiling prospect.  The odds are high that he will make it to the majors.  That just isn't enough to show up on Top 30 lists that also are looking at upsides and all that other jazz.
CF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-3, K
C Francisco Arcia:  1-for-3
3B Max Burt:  0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Shawn Semple (L, 0-3):  5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
He has done his job as a minor league rover this year, eating up 121.2 innings between all the full-season levels. 
RHP Brady Lail:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
All the various signings have pushed Lail back down here.
RHP Daniel Alvarez1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2.25 ERA in 56 IP with 39 hits allowed and a 73/23 K/BB ratio.  I wonder how the Yankees feel about him as a potential bullpen arm.

Tampa Tarpons (61-68) (Defeated Lakeland, 6-5.  They are game back of Dunedin in the loss column with nine games to play.  Lakeland is also in the mix, and Tampa plays them in five of those nine games, including two tomorrow)

LF Pablo Olivares:  0-for-4, RBI
.253/.358/.308 in 380 AB.  If he is religious, he wants to get rid of that OPS as quickly as possible.
CF Estevan Florial:  1-for-3, RS, BB, K
.240/.304/.390 in 254 AB
2B Oswaldo Cabrera:  2-for-3, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI, 2 RS
First career multi-HR game and he has now set a new high for home runs in a season.  I have written a lot about Cabrera, despite an offensive profile that doesn't stand out.  My method is far from foolproof, but I like to look at how an organization "treats" a prospect.  Cabrera has been treated in a way that you would expect a prospect to be treated when a team sees value:  One level at a time, never being held back at a level, and not being shipped to different levels based on needs.  He is just being allowed to play every day at one level per season and is only 20 years old.  I am not saying he is a star prospect (he isn't even in the organization's Top 30!) I am just saying that the Yankees probably see something interesting here.
RF Alexander Palma:  0-for-3, BB
SS Diego Castillo:  0-for-4, K
1B Mickey Gasper:  1-for-4, RS
DH Steven Sensley:  0-for-3, K
C Jason Lopez:  1-for-3, 2B (14), RS
3B/1B Kyle Gray:  1-for-3, RS

RHP Daniel Bies: (W, 1-1)  5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
3.42 ERA in 92 IP with 82 hits allowed and a 105/33 K/BB ratio pitching between here, Charleston, and Scranton (one game).  Overall, last year's 7th round pick has done a solid job. 
RHP Wilser Barrios:  3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Tampa debut.  He had never pitched above Pulaski before tonight, so likely a "we need an arm" thing.
RHP Jefry Valdez (S, 1): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Charleston Riverdogs (67-64) (Lost to Kannapolis, 2-1)

CF Brandon Lockridge1-for-4, K
.246/.313/.408 in 463 AB
SS Oswald Peraza0-for-4, K
He has held his own as a teenager at this level: .256/.328/.295 in 156 AB with 17 stolen bases.  
RF Josh Stowers:  2-for-4, HR (7), RBI, RS, K
Stowers continues his recent hot hitting.   He is up to .271/.384/.395 in 362 AB.   He is hitting .370/.495/.466 in August.  See you in Tampa!
DH Josh Breaux1-for-4, K
1B Eric Wagaman 0-for-4, K
3B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-3
A little five-game hitting streak (every game features one hit)
LF Frederick Cuevas:  0-for-3, K
C Eduardo Navas:  0-for-3, K
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  0-for-3, K

RHP Jhony Brito (L, 6-4):  8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
The 21-year old who had Tommy John back in 2017 (missed all of 2018) has put together a solid campaign.  He now owns a 3.29 ERA in 95.2 IP with 79 hits allowed and a 76/14 K/BB ratio.  The Yankees started him off slow this year, pitching him mostly in piggyback roles early, and today represented the first time he was allowed to throw 90 pitches.  He has been relying on ground balls and control to generate outs.  We'll see him in Tampa in 2020.
RHP Carlos Espinal:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
2.59 ERA in 56.2 IP with 41 hits allowed and a 72/15 K/BB ratio

Staten Island Yankees (36-30) (Earned a big win over Aberdeen, 1-0)

DH Josh Smith:  1-for-3, K, CS (3)
.386/.495/.578 in 83 AB with 20 walks and seven strikeouts.
2B Ezequiel Duran:  0-for-3, K
.272/.344/.531 in 224 AB 
3B Andres Chaparro:  0-for-3
1B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-3, 2 K
SS David Metzgar:  1-for-3, RS, SB (2)
C Carlos Narvaez2-for-3
.258/.345/.306 in 124 AB for the 20-year old 
RF Juan De Leon:  0-for-3, K
LF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-3, 2 K
CF Evan Alexander:  0-for-3, 3 K

RHP Blakely Brown (W, 3-2):  6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
3.45 ERA in 44.1 IP with 30 hits allowed and a 47/21 K/BB ratio.  
RHP Nick Ernst:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Marcus Evey:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Barrett Loseke (S, 4):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Pulaski Yankees (41-23) (Score 4 in the 9th to beat Burlington, 4-2.  Pulaski now owns a 4-game lead with four games to play.  Suffice to say, this was a huge victory!)

DH Madison Santos:  1-for-3, 2B (6), RS, BB, 2 K
.195/.273/.369 in 195 AB.  His late-season hitting is very encouraging…
CF Antonio Cabello:  1-for-3, BB
.222/.286/.347 in 213 AB. 
RF Ryder Green1-for-3, RS, BB, K
Breaks out of his little 0-for-11
C Saul Torres:  0-for-3, K
PR/C Gustavo Campero:  0-for-0, RS
1B Jake Farrell1-for-4, 2 RBI, RS
LF Jake Pries1-for-4, 2B (7), RBI, 3 K
SS Luis Santos:  0-for-3, SF, RBI, 3 K
3B Jose Martinez:  0-for-4, 3 K
2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-3, K

RHP Jhonatan Munoz:  5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
4.13 ERA in 56.2 IP with 52 hits allowed and a 68/18 K/BB ratio.   He is listed at 5'10", 200 pounds – so he isn't tall, but he does have some bulk.  20 years old.
LHP Nelson Alvarez:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Mitch Spence (W, 2-3):  2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K


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