Yankees Minor League Report 8/30/19: Jordan Montgomery’s Rehab Start; Blakely Brown’s Big Effort

Scranton (73-64) (Lost to Buffalo, 8-7.  Syracuse also lost to drop to 73-64.  Charlotte lost again to fall to 74-62 in the Wild Card chase, while Durham won to get to 74-62.  If Buffalo were to sweep this 4-game series AND Syracuse were to lose their remaining games as well, we'd have a 3-way tie for first in the division!  I would much rather Scranton just WIN WIN WIN)

LF Clint Frazier:  0-for-5, 2 K
RF Ryan McBroom:  1-for-4, BB, K
3B Breyvic Valera:  1-for-3, 2B (18), RS, 2 BB
With Gio Urshela down and Thairo Estrada not back, the Yankees will probably need to call up Valera as another infield option.  
C Kyle Higashioka2-for-5, HR (18), 3 RBI, RS, K
Made it a 8-7 game in the 9th.  Higashioka will be up with the big club soon.
CF Trey Amburgey1-for-4, HR (22), RBI, 2 RS, BB, 2 K
The balls are juiced in Triple-A this season, but we still shouldn't ignore Amburgey's solid campaign.  
DH Erik Kratz1-for-4, RS, K
SS Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-4, 2B (18), 2 RBI, RS, K
Alvarez has played in 370 games since being drafted by the Yankees – this was the first appearance at SS (plays mainly 3B, has also played 1B and a little at 2B).  This is interesting because they could have easily started Valera at SS and Alvarez at 3B!
2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-4
1B Gosuke Katoh:  2-for-4, 2B (9), RBI, RS

LHP Jordan Montgomery:  1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
35 pitches in his latest rehab start.   Scranton is not a guarantee to make the playoffs, but Trenton is.  If they want to keep him down here for another appearance, it would have to be in a playoff game.
RHP Ben Heller 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Heller is another decision that needs to be made.  He is on the 60-day injured list.   Assuming nothing has changed since his surgery, he has a big-league power arm. He just doesn't have much in-game action the last two years.
RHP Deivi Garcia: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, HR
Garcia is simply not ready to be a 2019 contributor.   He is at 108.1 IP, which puts him 24.1 IP over his 2018 number.
RHP Brody Koerner: (L, 4-6) 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, HR
LHP Rex Brothers: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Trenton (74-61) (Lost to Reading, 5-3.  These two teams will also be facing off in the first round of the playoffs)

LF Ben Ruta2-for-5, HR (8), RBI, 2 RS
Back-to-back games with a home run.   He is at .256 with a .719 OPS in 430 AB.
DH Angel Aguilar:  1-for-4, 2B (9), RBI, RS
2B Hoy Jun Park:  0-for-3, BB, SB (19)
19-for-29 stealing bases (he was 75-for-90 in the three seasons prior to this year)
1B Chris Gittens:  2-for-3, RBI, BB, K
.279/.391/.494 in 391 AB with 22 home runs, 76 RBI, 70 walks and 138 strikeouts
3B Brandon Wagner0-for-4, 3 K
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-4, K
He is trying to hang on to that .270 season:  .270/.339/.414 in 403 AB.
RF Isiah Gilliam:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
C Francisco Arcia0-for-3, HBP
CF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Rony Garcia:  5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
He finishes off the regular season with a 4.44 ERA at this level with a 104/38 K/BB ratio over 105.1 IP.  He tossed 130.1 innings overall after throwing 119 innings last season.   Garcia is not a Top 30 guy on most lists, but he is still an intriguing arm.
RHP Greg Weissert (L, 1-2):  2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Brooks Kriske:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
2.45 ERA in 47.2 IP with a 61/23 K/BB ratio.   He is an interesting relief pitcher who is Rule 5 eligible this winter.

Tampa (64-71) (Rest of season canceled due to Hurricane Dorian)

Charleston (71-66) (Defeated Greenville, 8-6)

CF Brandon Lockridge0-for-4, BB
SS Oswald Peraza: 2-for-4, HR (2), RBI, 2 RS
He is finishing strong (four hits last night).   He might just reach Tampa at 19 (he won't turn 20 until next June)
DH Josh Breaux 1-for-2, RS, 2 BB
5-game hitting streak.  I wish he didn't go down to injury this year – he may have hit 25 home runs.
LF Canaan Smith:  2-for-4, RBI, RS, 2 SB (15)
The underrated part of his season are those 15 stolen bases.  I am already hoping and praying for a repeat performance up in Tampa next year.
RF Josh Stowers:  0-for-2, K
RF Frederick Cuevas:  0-for-2, K
1B Eric Wagaman:  2-for-3, 2B (13), HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
3B Matt Pita:  0-for-2, RS, 2 HBP, K, CS (2)
C Ryan Lidge2-for-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, RS, CS (2)
5th HR in 114 career games.
2B Eduardo Torrealba1-for-4

RHP Jhony Brito:  5 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Rare tough game for Brito.  He finishes the regular season with 100.2 IP (previous high was 55 back in 2016 – he is a Tommy John guy).   He compiled a 3.58 ERA and a 79/14 K/BB ratio.  He is a ground ball guy, which makes those two bombs a bit of a surprise tonight.
RHP Keegan Curtis: (W, 3-1)  4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
17.1 IP, 11 H, 7 BB, 17 K since promotion.  Curtis has not allowed a home run in 32.1 IP this year between here and Staten Island.

Staten Island (40-33) (Defeated Hudson Valley, 2-0, in a huge game.  Hudson Valley is now 41-31.   Aberdeen beat Brooklyn, so they are now tied for the division lead with Brookyln one game back.    The loser of the Batavia/West Virginia battle in the Pinckney Division will also be in the Wild Card mix)

DH Josh Smith:  0-for-2, RS, BB, HBP
7-for-36 slump, though he does have seven walks during this timespan.
SS David Metzgar:  2-for-4, 2B (4), RS, 2 K
2B Ezequiel Duran:  0-for-4, 2 K
6-for-32 in his last ten games.  .258/.330/.504 in 240 AB overall.
3B Andres Chaparro1-for-4, 2B (7), 2 RBI, K
Big two-run double (obviously) in the 8th inning!
CF Jake Sanford: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K
1B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-3, BB, K
C Carlos Narvaez:  1-for-2, BB, K
RF Juan De Leon0-for-3, 2 K
LF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-3, K
11-for-92 since signing on the dotted line.

RHP Blakely Brown:  7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
2.98 ERA in 51.1 IP with 33 hits allowed and a 55/22 K/BB ratio.   The 24th round pick in 2018 out of Georgia Southern has put together a strong season.
RHP Justin Wilson (W, 2-3): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
1.46 ERA in 24.2 IP with 13 hits allowed and a 34/12 K/BB ratio.  He was drafted one round before Brown last year out of Vanderbilt.

Pulaski (0-1) (Lost to Burlington, 6-0, in Game 1 of their series.  In the Appy League, the first-round is a Best of 3.  The first game is played at the home ballpark of the lesser team – the final two games will be played in Pulaski)

CF Madison Santos:  0-for-4, 2 K
He finished the regular season strong to end up at .202/.276/.382 in 207 AB.   He went 22-for-82 (.268) in August with three doubles, three triples, and four home runs.
2B Roberto Chirinos:  0-for-4
He finished at .256/.304/.404 in 217 plate appearances.  He turns 19 on September 8th.
RF Ryder Green:  0-for-4, 3 K
His final line:  .262/.343/.444 in 254 plate appearances.  Green was Pulaski's most consistent hitter throughout the summer and ended up leading the league with 45 runs scored.   He is a legitimate prospect.  Is Charleston in his 2020 future?
3B Chad Bell:  1-for-4, K
.251/.319/.419 in 217 plate appearances for the 2019 draftee.   Bell should be in Charleston for 2020.
C Saul Torres:  0-for-4, 4 K
.218/.317/.418 in 189 plate appearances with eight home runs.   He will turn 21 in February.  The power seems to be a tool he will be able to use – can he improve on other aspects of his offensive game?
DH Gustavo Campero0-for-3, K
The other catcher in this duo hit .293/.374/.414 in 131 plate appearances.  He is known for his athleticism (still has young enough legs to put up a 10-for-12 stolen base rate this year) and many think he should be able to maintain his ability to hit for average.  In other words, two catching prospects with completely different offensive profiles right now!
1B Jake Farrell:  0-for-3, K
He didn't have a great time in the regular season (.209/.295/.319 in 105 plate appearances).  As you already know, first base prospects need to HIT, HIT, HIT.  And when they think they have hit enough, they need to HIT, HIT, HIT even more.
LF Antonio Cabello:  1-for-2, BB
.211/.280/.330 in 251 plate appearances.  For many, this represents a disappointing season for the "buzzy" prospect, who is 18 years old.   He shows signs of improvement after an awful June (8-for-42), so that could be something to build on.
SS Jesus Bastidas:  1-for-3, K
He didn't play much as he was recovering from injury.  He went 2-for-10 at this level.

Anthony Volpe, who is out of action due to mono, had a good enough first season, especially when you consider they threw him right to Pulaski without any time in the GCL.  He will likely be in Staten Island for 2020.

RHP Reid Anderson (L, 0-1):  5.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR
RHP Mitch Spence:  2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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