Yankees Minor League Report 8/26/19: Miguel Yajure Debuts for Trenton on Big Pitching Night

GCL (Both teams played doubleheaders)


CF Kevin Alcantara (.261/.285/.353 in 119 AB) went 4-for-6 with two doubles (4), a run batted in, and three runs scored while C Antonio Gomez (11-for-43, five-game hitting streak) had a 2-for-5 day with two runs batted in and two runs scored.   SS Alexander Vargas (.212/.292/.325 in 151 AB) went 1-for-7 with a run scored and a strikeout…


CF Raimfer Salinas (.270/.329/.415 in 159 AB) went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts…Not much else to really note.  Rather mundane two games and Salinas himself only played in one of them.

Scranton Railriders (70-62) (Defeated Pawtucket, 6-3, in ten innings.  Syracuse won Game 1 of their DH to improve to 68-61.  They are currently leading Game 2)

RF Trey Amburgey:  1-for-3, RS
LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-5, 3 K
SS Breyvic Valera2-for-5, 2 2B (16), RBI, 2 RS, K
C Kyle Higashioka2-for-5, 2 2B (11), RBI, RS, K
DH Ryan McBroom2-for-5, HR (23), 3 RBI, RS, K
Finally, someone caught up to Mike Ford for the Yankees' minor league HR lead!
1B Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-4, BB, K
3B Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-5, 2 K
2B Wendell Rijo2-for-4, 2B (7), HR (6), RBI, 2 RS, BB
12th HR of the season between here and Trenton.
CF Billy Burns:  0-for-3, SAC, BB, K

RHP Nick Nelson5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K
Back-to-back strong efforts.  He now has 108 strikeouts in 84.2 IP this season between here, Trenton, and Tampa (one game).  Nelson is a power guy.  He is also a Rule 5 guy.  There is ZERO doubt that an exposed Nelson gets chosen.  He can be a short reliever for a team starting next year.
RHP Deivi Garcia:  1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HR
RHP Ben Heller1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
RHP Ryan Dull (W, 1-0):  2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HR

Trenton Thunder (73-59) (Defeated New Hampshire, 5-1)

CF Ben Ruta:  2-for-5, 2 CS (9)
.254/.323/.380 in 418 AB with 44 walks, 82 strikeouts, and 25 stolen bases in 34 attempts.
RF Zack Zehner:  1-for-4, RS, K
2B Hoy Jun Park:  2-for-4, 2B (20), RS, K
.276/.365/.378 in 399 AB
LF Isiah Gilliam:  1-for-4, RBI, RS
6-game hitting streak (7-for-27)
1B Brandon Wagner:  2-for-4, RBI, RS, K
SS Kyle Holder1-for-4, RS, K
.276/.345/.423 in 395 AB
CF Francisco Arcia:  0-for-4, 2 K
DH Max Burt:  0-for-4, 2 K
3B Angel Aguilar:  2-for-4, 2B (8), 2 RBI

RHP Miguel Yajure5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Impressive Double-A debut.   He now owns a 2.23 ERA in 133 IP with 116 hits allowed and a 128/29 K/BB ratio.  His rise through the system has been fun to watch.
LHP Trevor Lane (W, 5-2):  2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
2.05 ERA in 66 IP with 43 hits allowed and a 61/23 K/BB ratio.
RHP Brady Lail:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Tampa Tarpons (62-70) (Defeated Jupiter, 4-3)

LF Pablo Olivares:  0-for-5, 2 K
CF Estevan Florial:  1-for-4, 2B (9)
.237/.299/.385 in 262 AB
2B Oswaldo Cabrera:  0-for-4, K
DH Steven Sensley:  1-for-4, HR (13), RBI, RS, 3 K
3B Wilkerman Garcia:  1-for-4, RS, K, SB (4)
SS Diego Castillo2-for-4, RS, SB (13)
13-for-16 stealing bases.   He has 48 strikeouts in 111 games, pretty much in line with his 47 strikeouts in 120 games last year.  Castillo is repeating the level but should make his way to Trenton for 2020.
C Donny Sands:  2-for-4, 2B (12), RBI, RS, K
Breaks an 0-for-14 slump
1B Kyle Gray:  1-for-3, BB
RF Leonardo Molina:  1-for-4, K

RHP Luis Medina:  5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The 6th inning was annoying.  It should have been a 1-2-3 inning if not for an error.  A bloop single ended up scoring a run.  An inherited runner scored with two outs.   In other words, the final line here is strong – but his pitching was even stronger.   In 10.2 IP since his promotion, he has allowed five runs (one earned) on seven hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio.   In April/May of this season, he allowed 35 runs (33 earned) on 41 hits over 31 innings with 36 walks and 34 strikeouts.   His turnaround has been one of the biggest stories in the system.
RHP Jefry Valdez (W, 2-3):  2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Braden Bristo (S, 1):  0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Charleston Riverdogs (68-65) (Defeated Asheville, 6-2)

CF Brandon Lockridge:  0-for-4, HBP, K
SS Oswald Peraza:  1-for-4, RS
.256/.326/.294 in 160 AB with 13 walks and 24 strikeouts.  He is making contact – no idea how hard the contact is.  He has a strong defensive reputation and has been stealing a lot of bases.
DH Josh Breaux:  2-for-4, 2B (8), 2 RS, K
.269/.310/.486 in 175 AB
LF Canaan Smith:  1-for-3, HR (11), 3 RBI, RS, BB, 2 K
Just to remind you: Smith hit .191/.281/.316 in 152 AB for Staten Island last year.   He only walked 19 times.  He only hit three home runs.   The Yankees' offensive prospects have not shown up much in recent years (after all the big promotions, at least!) – hopefully, Smith can be a part of the next wave.
RF Josh Stowers:  0-for-4
1B Eric Wagaman2-for-4, 2B (12), RBI, RS
3B Oliver Dunn:  0-for-2, BB
PH/3B Welfrin Mateo:  0-for-1
C Ryan Lidge:  0-for-4, K
2B Eduardo Torrealba2-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, RS
Home runs are obviously not a big part of his game!   This is his third home run in 248 career games.

RHP Roansy Contreras: (W, 11-5)   6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K, HR
3.49 ERA in 126.1 IP with 104 hits allowed and a 105/35 K/BB ratio.   Second half:  11 starts, 6-2, 2.42 ERA in 63.1 IP with 40 hits allowed and a 55/17 K/BB ratio.  He is a teenager who continues to get stronger and stronger as the season comes to a close.
RHP Keegan Curtis:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Since promotion:  13.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 11 K
RHP Ron Marinaccio:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Staten Island Yankees (38-31) (Defeated Tri-City, 8-0.  Brooklyn is 39-29.  Aberdeen is 39-29.   Hudson Valley is leading late in their game.  If they win, guess what?  They are also 39-29)

SS Josh Smith:  0-for-5, 3 K
The universal truth of baseball:  Everyone goes into a slump.   He is in a little 2-for-17 slide.
CF Isaiah Pasteur:  0-for-2, RS, 3 BB, K, SB (9)
Walking Pasteur is never wise. 
3B Andres Chaparro:  1-for-4, RS, HBP, 2 K
RF Jake Sanford: 3-for-4, 2B (13), RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Last 11 games:  15-for-44 (.341)
1B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-1, RS, 4 BB, K
2B David Metzgar:  3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 RS, K
C Carlos Narvaez:  1-for-3, 2 RBI, RS, K
DH Matt Pita:  1-for-4, 2B (3), RBI, K
LF Pat DeMarco:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K

RHP Anderson Munoz: (W, 7-2)  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
2.48 ERA in 58 IP at this level with 42 hits allowed and a 57/22 K/BB ratio.  The 21-year old did not pitch well in Charleston earlier in the season and is on the smaller side, which limits his overall upside.
RHP Sean Boyle (S, 1):  3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Pulaski Yankees (42-24) (Lost to Princeton, 6-2.   Typical loss the day after winning a division title!  Though most of these kids are too young to have celebrated with alcoholic beverages!)

RF Madison Santos:  0-for-4
DH Antonio Cabello:  0-for-4, K
.215/.285/.336 in 223 AB
LF Ryder Green1-for-4, 2B (15), RS
.260/.336/.444 in 223 AB with 23 walks and 67 strikeouts.  He is 9-for-12 stealing bases.  I wonder where they will place him to begin 2020.   He won't turn 20 until May.
1B Jake Farrell:  1-for-4, 2B (4), RBI, RS, 2 K
SS Jesus Bastidas:  1-for-3, 2B (1), BB
3B Chad Bell:  1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
.257/.325/.428 in 187 AB.  This year's 19th round pick should skip right past Staten Island.
CF Robert Javier 0-for-3, 2 K
2B Borinquen Mendez:  1-for-3, K
C Gabriel Mora:  0-for-2
C Saul Torres:  0-for-1

RHP Leonardo Pestana: (L, 1-4)  4 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, HR
7.32 ERA in 39.1 IP with 31 hits allowed and a 52/32 K/BB ratio.  He has also allowed six home runs.  Walks + home runs = trouble.
RHP Elvis Peguero:  3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Evan Voliva:  1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Since promotion:  8.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 13 K



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