Yankees Minor League Report 8/25/19: Luke Voit: 3 Hits; Jordan Montgomery Returns

RHP Miguel Yajure has been promoted to Trenton.  Yajure, one of the breakout pitching prospects in the system this year, pitched to a 2.26 ERA (2.74 FIP; 2.89 xFIP) in 127.2 IP for Charleston.  He owned a 23.8% strikeout rate, 5.5% walk rate, and 54.8% GB rate.   There really is nothing to dislike in that profile.

Yajure is another prospect who is Rule 5 eligible this winter, and the Yankees will likely have to protect him.  He is the type of kid who already has polish and could easily be stored as a long man for a rebuilding team in 2020.    He supposedly has reached as high as 97 on the radar gun.

He was a bargain signing for the franchise back in 2015, signing for a mere $30,000.   He missed the 2017 season due to Tommy John Surgery and only pitched 64.2 innings last season.

Scranton Railriders (70-62) (Lost to Lehigh Valley, 6-2.  Syracuse won today, so Scranton's lead is down to a simple half game with eight games left.  They do not play Syracuse in any of those games.  They open up a four-game series at Pawtucket before finishing with four against Buffalo)

1B Luke Voit:  3-for-5, RBI, K
I assume he will be joining the MLB team shortly, as long as there aren't any setbacks.
DH Ryan McBroom:  2-for-5, 3 K
.318/.403/.562 in 390 AB
SS Breyvic Valera:  1-for-4, K
LF Clint Frazier1-for-4, 2B (19), RS, K
.245/.304/.436 in 220 AB
RF Trey Amburgey0-for-4, K
.267/.314/.488 in 445 AB.  If he still is with the organization, he will be built-in depth – kinda like what he is already.
3B Mandy Alvarez2-for-4, RBI
C Erik Kratz:  1-for-4, 2B (9)
2B Wendell Rijo:  0-for-4, K
CF Terrance Gore:  1-for-4, RS, K

RHP Brody Koerner (L, 4-5):  5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
5.47 ERA in 108.2 IP at this level with 129 hits allowed and an 84/32 K/BB ratio
LHP Tyler Lyons:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP J.P. Feyereisen:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
2.62 ERA in 58.1 IP with 36 hits allowed and an 88/31 K/BB ratio

Trenton Thunder (72-59) (Defeated Portland, 5-4)

RF Ben Ruta:  2-for-5, 2B (25), RBI, RS
.252/.323/.380 in 413 AB
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-4, RBI, HBP
.276/.346/.425 in 391 AB.
2B Hoy Jun Park1-for-3, 2B (19), RS, BB, SB (17)
.273/.363/.375 in 395 AB with 53 walks and 87 strikeouts
1B Chris Gittens:  1-for-3, RS, BB, K
.278/.391/.499 in 381 AB with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, 54 runs, 68 walks and 132 strikeouts
C Kellin Deglan3-for-4, RBI, RS
.269/.335/.435 in 216 AB for the former first-round pick.
RF Isiah Gilliam1-for-4, K
.179/.236/.372 in 145 AB since promotion.  5-game hitting streak.  He will benefit from those playoffs games this year.
DH Brandon Wagner:  0-for-4, 2 K
CF Rashad Crawford2-for-4, RBI, RS
.269/.338/.363 in 383 AB with 21 steals in 29 attempts.  His speed and ability to play CF always will keep him as a fringe guy to make it to an MLB roster.
3B Angel Aguilar:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K

RHP Rony Garcia (W, 4-11):  5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
The nine strikeouts ties his career-best.  Garcia is not a tip tier prospect, but he is a prospect.  He is also Rule 5 eligible (join the crowd) and may be picked by someone, given his extensive Double-A experience this year.   He has a 4.40 ERA here over 100.1 IP with 89 hits allowed and a 99/36 K/BB ratio.
RHP Will Carter:  0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Greg Weissert1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Strong performance at this level this year:  21 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 11 BB, 23 K
RHP Brooks Kriske1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2.56 ERA in 45.2 IP with 29 hits allowed and a 58/23 K/BB ratio
RHP Daniel Alvarez (S, 19):  1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HR
2.40 ERA in 56.1 IP with 40 hits allowed and a 74/23 K/BB ratio

Tampa Tarpons (61-70) (Swept in a DH against Lakeland.  That's not good)

Game 1 (Lost, 5-1, in eight innings.  Most of the notes will be under Game 2)

DH Pablo Olivares:  1-for-2, RS, 2 BB, CS (13)
CF Estevan Florial:  0-for-4, K
.236/.299/.384 in 258 AB.   Hitting well overall in August, but is in a 7-for-32 slump in his last ten games.
3B Oswaldo Cabrera:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K
.261/.312/.377 in 440 AB with 27 doubles, 8 home runs, 56 RBI, 54 runs, 33 walks, and 103 strikeouts.  
1B Mickey Gasper:  2-for-2, 2B (4), RBI, BB, HBP
2B Diego Castillo:  0-for-4
SS Wilkerman Garcia1-for-3, HBP, K
C Donny Sands:  0-for-3, BB, K
RF Steven Sensley:  0-for-3, 2 K
LF Leonardo Molina:  0-for-3

LHP Jordan Montgomery:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
19 pitches thrown to get through two perfect innings.  Is there enough time for Montgomery to get to the big leagues and help the club in September?  That is iffy.  You would think Montgomery is a candidate for the Arizona Fall League, which has opened up their league this year to more than just prospects.
LHP Deivi Diaz4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Tampa debut for the 20-year old, who never pitched above the GCL before today.  This is likely another one of those "we need an arm" things.  He did a solid job, regardless. 
RHP Matt Wivinis (L, 2-4):  1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Game 2 (Lost, 9-5)

CF Pablo Olivares:  2-for-4, 2B (15), RBI, 2 RS
.256/.363/.313 in 386 AB.   He breaks a little 1-for-12 with a solid day today.
SS Wilkerman Garcia:  1-for-3, 2B (4), RBI, RS, BB
C Mickey Gasper:  1-for-2, HR (2), 2 RBI, RS
This gives him 10 HR between here and Charleston.   He is hitting .253/.361/.396 between here and Charleston – with much of the good stuff coming in his 71 AB here.
C Jason Lopez:  0-for-1
DH Alexander Palma:  0-for-3, K
.245/.298/.465 in 94 AB at this level.  The production has been strong (6 HR, 21 RBI)
2B Diego Castillo:  0-for-2, BB
He falls back under .250 (.246/.311/.326 in 402 AB)
1B Donny Sands:  0-for-3
.216/.280/.302 in 222 AB with 18 walks and 50 strikeouts
RF Steven Sensley0-for-3, K
.206/.284/.346 in 355 AB. 
LF Leonardo Molina1-for-3, RS, 2 K
.242/.291/.347 in 124 AB
3B Kyle Gray:  1-for-3, 2B (4)

RHP Carlos Gomez:  4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Tampa debut.  Another situation where a pitcher from the GCL is used because they needed an arm.   He had a 3.86 ERA in 21 IP down in the GCL this year. 21 years old, but didn't sign until April 2018.
RHP Aaron McGarity (L, 0-1): 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Kyle Zurak:  2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB. 0 K
RHP Braden Bristo:  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Charleston Riverdogs (67-65) (Lost to Kannapolis, 5-2)

CF Brandon Lockridge3-for-4, 2 2B (33), RBI
.251/.317/.415 in 467 AB.   Showing off some power with those doubles and has also stolen 20 bases.  He will get to Tampa in 2020.
C Josh Breaux:  0-for-2
First game behind the plate since 5/10 (the day he injured his arm)
C Ryan Lidge:  1-for-2, K
Entered the game for Breaux.  I am assuming (always not wise) that this was planned.
.246/.313/.408 in 463 AB
LF Canaan Smith1-for-4, RS, 2 K
.305/.406/.461 in 419 AB.  It is meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but I want him badly to hang onto the .300 AVG and .400 OBP.
DH Josh Stowers2-for-4, 2B (21), 2 K
.273/.385/.399 in 366 AB.   8-for-12 in his last three games and 29-for-77 in August with 16 walks.
1B Eric Wagaman:  1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
2B Oliver Dunn:  1-for-4, 2B (5)
6-game hitting streak
3B Welfrin Mateo:  0-for-4, 3 K
RF Frederick Cuevas:  1-for-4, RS, 2 K
SS Eduardo Torrealba:  0-for-3

RHP Harold Cortijo (L, 4-4):  5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, HR
3.48 ERA in 67.1 IP with 61 hits allowed and a 58/32 K/BB ratio.
LHP Tim Hardy:  3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
3.13 ERA in 23 IP with 15 hits allowed and a 23/9 K/BB ratio since his promotion
RHP Daniel Ramos:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Staten Island Yankees (37-31) (Split DH with Tri-City.   They are three back of Hudson Valley in the loss column in the division race.  They fall a couple games back in the loss column for the league's Wild Card.  Exciting finish in the NYPL!)

Game 1 (Won, 2-0)

SS Josh Smith:  0-for-3, BB
.372/.486/.558 in 86 AB with 21 walks and eight strikeouts.
DH Ezequiel Duran:  0-for-4, 3 K
CF Jake Sanford:  1-for-4, 2 K
3B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-1, RS, 2 BB, K
13-for-74 (.176)
C Jerry Seitz:  1-for-3, RS, K
RF Juan De Leon:  0-for-2, BB, 2 K
.216/.320/.359 in 153 AB.  Zero hits in his last 16 AB
2B Matt Pita:  1-for-3, 2B (2), RBI, K
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-1, 2 BB
LF Evan Alexander:  1-for-3, RBI, 2 K

LHP Alfredo Garcia (W, 2-1):  5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
2.25 ERA in 20 IP with a 23/6 K/BB ratio since joining the organization (trade with Colorado for Joe Harvey).  According to a scouting report I read on fangraphs.com, Garcia is a three-pitch pitcher who doesn't "wow" you with any of off-speed deliveries.  However, he grades as "plus-plus" for extension, which is a key metric for any pitcher – but especially one who doesn't flash ace-level stuff.   The Yankees placed him here but Colorado did challenge him in Low-A, where the ERA was bad (6.28) but the strikeout rate was solid (103 in 90.1 IP). 
RHP Jackson Bertsch:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Justin Wilson (S, 2):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1.59 ERA in 22.2 IP with 12 hits allowed and a 33/12 K/BB ratio.  He is ready for a full-season league challenge.

Game 2 (Lost a heartbreaker, 6-5.  Exciting game with a bad finish!)

CF Isaiah Pasteur2-for-3, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Big three-run blast that turned a 3-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie.  Pasteur is intriguing, but is already 23 and hasn't played much this year.  There is nothing in his profile about being hurt, but he spent a large chunk of this season in Extended Spring Training.   By the way, milb:  Pasteur was drafted last year.  Maybe it is time to add his statistics to his playing card on your website?  Sheesh!
2B Ezequiel Duran:  1-for-4, 2B (12), 2 RBI, 2 K
A two-out, two-run double in the top of the 7th to give Staten Island the lead!
3B Andres Chaparro:  1-for-3, K
DH Jake Sanford:  0-for-3, K
SS David Metzgar:  0-for-3, 2 K
C Chase Illig:  0-for-3, 3 K
RF Matt Pita:  1-for-1, 2 RS, 2 BB, SB (2)
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-2, RS, BB, K
LF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Alex Mejias5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HR
3.60 ERA in 20 IP since his promotion with 17 hits allowed and a 18/9 K/BB ratio.  He has allowed two home runs.
RHP Bryan Blanton: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, HR
RHP Derek Craft (L, 1-1):  0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Pulaski Yankees (42-23) (Defeated Burlington, 3-0, to officially put the division on ice)

CF Madison Santos3-for-4, 3B (3), 2 RBI, RS
He has the average up over .200 for the first time since July 1st.   Coming off of a big season in the DSL last year, there was some hype surrounding Santos heading into 2019.  He was in a massive downturn before a late season surge.
LF Antonio Cabello:  0-for-3, HBP, 2 K
DH Ryder Green1-for-3, 2B (14), RBI, BB
3B Chad Bell1-for-4, K
SS Jesus Bastidas:  0-for-3, BB
Back from his rehab stint.
C Gustavo Campero1-for-4, 2 K
1B Jake Farrell:  1-for-4, 2B (3), RS
RF Jake Pries:  0-for-3, RS, BB, K
2B Luis Santos:  0-for-3, SAC, 2 K

RHP Randy Vasquez: (W, 4-1)  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
3.29 ERA in 54.2 IP with 36 hits allowed and a 53/28 K/BB ratio.   This is a nice bounceback effort coming off of two less-than-ideal efforts (9.1 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 11 BB, 9 K)
RHP Tyler Johnson2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Kevin Milam:  0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K
He did his best to make the 9th inning exciting – loading up the bases with one out.
RHP Hayden Wesneski (S, 3):  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Put the game away.


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