Yankees Minor League Report 8/31/19: Another Big Performance for Miguel Yajure

Scranton (74-64) (Defeated Buffalo, 9-4.  Syracuse lost, 5-3, to fall to 73-65.  With two games left, Scranton controls their own destiny)

LF Clint Frazier:  2-for-4, RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Final prep for his presumed call-up.
1B Ryan McBroom:  1-for-4, HR (26), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
If the Yankees didn't have a major 40-man crunch, McBroom could be a "reward him for good play" guy.   
3B Breyvic Valera:  2-for-5, 2 RS
With Gio Urshela down and Thairo Estrada not back, the Yankees will probably need to call up Valera as another infield option.  
C Kyle Higashioka: 2-for-4, 2B (12), SF, 2 RBI
RF Trey Amburgey0-for-3, RS, 2 HBP, K
DH Mandy Alvarez:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K
SS Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-3, HR (10, GS), 4 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Big grand slam to turn a 4-4 tie into an 8-4 lead.   This is Katoh's first career 10+ home run season.
2B Wendell Rijo:  2-for-3, 2 2B (10), BB, K
CF Terrance Gore:  0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Nick Nelson: (W, 1-1)  5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
He had his share of ups and downs after his promotion here.   He did produce a 24/7 K/BB ratio in 21 IP.  His ability to overpower hitters is his biggest calling card, so maintaining that ability at this level is nice to see.  Remember, these kids have to use balls they haven't used all year when they get promoted here.  It is kind of silly, but it is what it is.  I guess you can say it gets them prepped for the big leagues, but the drawback is that pitchers who split seasons between multiple levels have to use different balls if Triple-A is one of those levels.
LHP Joe Mantiply:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP David Hernandez:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
The veterans put together three strong innings out of the pen…
RHP Kaleb Ort:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Trenton (75-61) (Defeated Reading, 2-0)

RF Ben Ruta:  2-for-4, RS
Five two-hit games in his last six games played.
LF Zack Zehner:  0-for-3, BB, 2 K
2B Hoy Jun Park:  2-for-4, RBI, SB (20)
Third 20+ stolen base season in his five-year career.
DH Isiah Gilliam:  0-for-4, 4 K
1B Brandon Wagner:  1-for-4, RS, 2 K
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-2, 2 BB, K
He is in a slump down the stretch (7-for-37 in last 11 games).   He does have six walks during this timespan.
C Francisco Arcia:  2-for-4, RBI, K
3B Angel Aguilar:  0-for-3, BB, K
CF Rashad Crawford:  0-for-3, K

RHP Miguel Yajure: (W, 1-0)  5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (held the rehabbing Jay Bruce hitless in three ABs with a strikeout)
I get it:  Deivi Garcia went from Tampa to Trenton to Scranton at the age of 20.  He was the name you heard during trade rumors.  He is the guy you heard most about when it came to options to help the 2019 squad.  If you want to say he should be the organization's Pitcher of the Year, I can't really tell you that you are wrong.  However, one could make a case for Yajure.  He finishes the season with a 2.14 ERA in 138.2 IP with 119 hits allowed and a 133/30 K/BB ratio with only five home runs allowed.  His velocity supposedly has ticked up. Coming into the season, he was given his highest marks for the advanced command of his off-speed stuff.  If that is still true AND he is increasing the speed of the fastball, start moving his projection upwards.  We'll see if he can repeat this in 2020.  The Yankees have no choice but to protect him (or trade him, I guess).  They cannot leave this kid exposed.
RHP Will Carter1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Thank you, Will!  You stranded two runners for Yajure…
LHP James Reeves1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Daniel Alvarez (S, 21):  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Charleston (72-66) (Defeated Greenville, 7-2)

CF Brandon Lockridge4-for-5, 3B (5), 2 RBI, 2 RS, K
First career four-hit game.
SS Oswald Peraza: 3-for-5, 2B (5), 3 RBI, 2 K, CS (5)
9-for-14 in his last three games.  Given that he a relatively smaller sample size here, that has raised his average from .247 to .278.  There is nothing like a teenager getting red hot towards the end of the season.  I'm intrigued.
C Josh Breaux 0-for-3, 2 BB, 3 K
LF Canaan Smith:  1-for-5, SB (16)
Smith is hitting .307 with a .867 OPS.  He is going to be able to pull off a .300+ batting average this season.  No, I am not attached to batting average.  A 20-year old hitting .300+ in a full-season league is an impressive feat, however.
1B Eric Wagaman:  1-for-4, 2 K
RF Frederick Cuevas:  1-for-4
3B Welfrin Mateo1-for-3, 2 RS, BB, K
DH Eduardo Navas:  0-for-3, RS, BB
2B Eduardo Torrealba3-for-4, 2B (12), RBI, 2 RS, K

RHP Harold Cortijo: (W, 5-4)  5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HR
His season was limited but was also encouraging:  3.45 ERA in 73 IP with a 57/30 K/BB ratio.  He will turn 21 at the end of September and is one to watch for further development up in Tampa next year.
RHP Ron Marinaccio: (S, 4)  3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Goose Gossage would be proud of him for this iron man save.

Staten Island (40-34) (Lost to Robinson Cano and Brooklyn, 11-2.  This eliminates Staten Island from the division race.   I think they are still technically in the Wild Card race, but are 1.5 behind Brooklyn and Aberdeen with two games to play.   It is not looking good)

2B Ezequiel Duran:  0-for-2, BB, K
He is slumping a bit down the stretch.  His overall season is still going to be a net positive regardless.
PH/2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-2, 2 K
SS David Metzgar:  1-for-3, RS, BB
3B Andres Chaparro1-for-4
CF Jake Sanford:  0-for-4, 3 K
1B Mitchell Robinson:  1-for-3, RBI, 2 K
PH Nelson Alvarez:  1-for-1
DH Carlos Narvaez0-for-3, K
DH Chase Illig0-for-1
LF Pat DeMarco:  1-for-4, RS, K
RF Juan De Leon2-for-4, 2B (8), RBI, 2 K
C Jerry Seitz1-for-3, BB, K

LHP Alfredo Garcia: (L, 2-2)  5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Since acquisition:  2.49 ERA in 25.1 IP with 19 hits allowed and a 28/7 K/BB ratio.  He pitched some for Colorado's Low-A affiliate in 2019, and I suspect that the Yankees will send him to Charleston to begin 2020.
RHP Sean Boyle:  1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Marcus Evey:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR

Pulaski (1-1) (Defeated Burlington, 6-0. That was the same score Burlington won by last night.   Series ends tomorrow.  Winner goes to the championship series)

CF Madison Santos:  0-for-3, K
LF Antonio Cabello2-for-4, 2B (1), 2 RBI
When you have an overall disappointing season, it is always nice to have some playoff games to play in to get some extra ABs.  
1B Jake Farrell2-for-3, 2B (1), BB, SB (1)
C Gustavo Campero:  0-for-4
3B Chad Bell:  0-for-4, RS, 2 K
RF Ryder Green:  2-for-4, HR (1), RBI, 2 RS
The team's most consistent player comes up big when they need him…
DH Jake Pries:  1-for-4, HR (1), RBI, RS, K
College bat out of a big school (UCLA) only hit .205/.284/.402 in 141 PA with six home runs, nine walks, and 36 strikeouts.
SS Jesus Bastidas:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
2B Luis Santos2-for-3, 2B (1), 2 RS

LHP Ken Waldichuk:  4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
Brilliant performance with Pulaski's backs against the wall.  Waldichuk (5th round, 2019) had a strong season.  As a college arm who has mastered this league, I don't see any reason for him to be held back for Staten Island in 2020.  He should start in Charleston.
RHP Jhonatan Munoz: (W, 1-0)  2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Finished the regular season with a 4.13 ERA in 56.2 IP with 52 hits allowed and a 68/18 K/BB ratio.   He will be 20 when 2020 begins.
RHP Hayden Wesneski:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

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