Yankees Minor League Report 9/1/19: Luis Severino Returns; Roansy Contreras Dominates Again

If you already don't know, the Yankees have traded 1B/OF Ryan McBroom to the Royals for international bonus pool money and cash considerations or a player to be named later.  It will likely end up being cash.  It usually is.

McBroom simply did not have a future with the Yankees.  Acquired from the Blue Jays for Rob Refsnyder back in 2017, McBroom was having a strong year in the juiced-up International League, hitting .315/.402/.574 in 413 AB with 29 doubles, 26 home runs, 66 runs batted in, 87 runs scored, 57 walks and 100 strikeouts.   He will end the season as the Yankees' minor league home run leader.

The Yankees seem to be set at first base with Luke Voit's emergence, DJ LeMahieu's presence, and the solid numbers Mike Ford has put up as a replacement.  If the Yankees feel they must deal Ford to clear up 40-man roster space, they also can potentially try Miguel Andujar at first or maybe even see if Clint Frazier can handle it.   In the minors, if Chris Gittens is still around, he will be hanging around in Scranton next season.  There are always veteran first basemen you can sign to minor league deals for even more depth (the Yankees had Logan Morrison for a while this season).

This is a huge opportunity for McBroom to prove he deserves a 40-man roster spot for 2020 with the Royals.  He is the perfect type of player for a team in rebuild mode, as he should be able to at least provide reasonable production during a transition phase.

Scranton (75-64) (Hung on to beat Buffalo in a slugfest, 15-12.   They have clinched a tie for first place.  If they win tomorrow (or Syracuse loses), they win the division.  If they lose and Syracuse wins, they will face-off against each other to determine the champion)

RF Trey Amburgey:  3-for-4, 2B (30), 2 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
He is the first Yankees' prospect since Greg Bird in 2013 to hit 30+ doubles and 20+ home runs at one level during a season.  I use the "one level" disclaimer because I can't figure out if there is a way on Fangraphs to look something like this up for players who played multiple levels over the course of a season.  Not a huge deal…
DH Edwin Encarnacion:  1-for-4, RBI, 2 RS
It shouldn't take a hitter like Edwin long to get back to the big leagues if the wrist isn't bothering him.
SS Breyvic Valera:  2-for-4, RBI, RS, BB, K, SB (7)
I can see Valera coming up to give them an extra infielder.  I can also see him being a 40-man roster casualty as players are taken off of the 60-day injured list.
C Erik Kratz:  3-for-5, 2 RBI, RS, K
If Kyle Higashioka is coming up to the Bronx soon, Kratz would be the guy to carry the team through the playoffs – if they make it!
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-4, HR (5), 4 RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
Back-to-back seasons with double-digit home runs (also hit five for Trenton this year)
1B Gosuke Katoh:  1-for-4, HR (11), 2 RBI, RS, BB, K
Picked a good time to show off some power over the past two days (grand slam yesterday)
2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-5, RS, K
CF Billy Burns3-for-5, RBI, 3 RS, K
Through all the injuries and everything else, the Yankees were able to stay away from Burns.  He did a good job providing the organization with depth in the minors.

RHP Luis Severino:  1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HR
The results don't matter – it is how he feels tomorrow after taking the hill today.  They had him throw 33 pitches (threw a lot of pitches in the first inning – he did come out for the second to finish off his outing)
RHP Mike King (W, 3-1):  5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Stretched out to 97 pitches tonight.  He cruised through his first three innings (9 up, 9 down), but struggled a tad beyond that.  If Scranton makes the playoffs, there will be time to get him another appearance.  I don't know if they are going to try to find a 40-man slot for him once he is finished down here.
RHP Brady Lail2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR
RHP Trevor Rosenthal:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
We will just try our best to ignore this ever happened.
RHP David Hernandez0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Didn't do a great job cleaning up the mess (he allowed two inherited runners to score via walk!), but at least he stopped the game from becoming a complete meltdown (Scranton had a 15-8 lead heading into the 9th when all this craziness began)

Trenton (75-62) (Lost to Reading, 3-2)

LF Ben Ruta:  1-for-4, K
Last 7 games:  11-for-30 with a double and a pair of home runs.
RF Alexander Palma:  1-for-3, BB
Trenton debut.  He likely would have played here earlier if not for an injury that cut his 2018 season short.
2B Hoy Jun Park:  0-for-3, BB
1B Chris Gittens2-for-4, RS
DH Kellin Deglan:  0-for-4, K
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-3, BB, K
CF Rashad Crawford1-for-4, RS, 2 K
C Brian Navarreto1-for-4, RBI
3B Max Burt1-for-3, RBI

RHP Shawn Semple5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Semple provided 127 innings between all four full-season levels this season.   He posted a 121/45 K/BB ratio to go along with his 4.54 ERA.
RHP Braden Bristo: (L, 1-1)  2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Greg Weissert1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Charleston (73-66) (Shut down Greenville, 8-0.  Solid season for this squad – just not enough to earn a playoff spot.   They missed out on the first-half division title by a stupid half-game)

CF Brandon Lockridge0-for-5, K
.251/.319/.410 in 498 AB.  He has shown off some power (33 doubles, 12 home runs) and speed (22 stolen bases), but has also struck out a whopping 140 times.  There really isn't a reason to keep him here next year, though.
SS Oswald Peraza: 0-for-3, RS, HBP
.273/.348/.333 in 183 AB at this level.   He has stolen 23 bases in 30 attempts in 65 games between here and Staten Island.
DH Josh Breaux 1-for-3, HR (13), 2 RBI, RS, BB
Breaux's power is supposedly a sight to see, and the numbers show that:  13 home runs in 51 games.  He also has ten doubles.  His triple slash sits at .271/.324/.518 in 199 AB with 15 walks and 59 strikeouts.  He has to obviously cut down on the strikeouts and learn some plate discipline.   He could be the most exciting power prospect in the system right now.  
LF Canaan Smith:  1-for-3, 2B (32), 2 RS, BB, K
.307/.405/.465 in 449 AB with 32 doubles, 11 home runs, 74 RBI, 67 runs, 74 walks, and 108 strikeouts.   He also has added 16 steals in 20 attempts for good measure.   The most consistent all around hitter in the system this year.
RF Josh Stowers:  1-for-1, 2B (24), 2 RS, 3 BB, SB (35), CS (16)
.273/.386/.400 in 385 AB with 64 walks and 123 strikeouts.  He will need to cut down on the strikeouts.  I usually don't worry too much about stolen base percentage at these levels – Stowers is probably told to run when he sees opportunities.  The only way to learn is by doing.  He can refine that part of the game as he moves up.
1B Eric Wagaman1-for-4, RBI, RS, SB (4)
3B Welfrin Mateo1-for-4, HR (3), 3 RBI, RS, K
C Eduardo Navas:  1-for-4, 2 RBI, K
Navas supposedly isn't the most polished of catchers (to put it lightly), so nice to see him catch a shutout today.
2B Eduardo Torrealba:  2-for-4, 2 2B (14)
Not known for his extra-base power, he has six doubles in his last six games.   That is enough to push the slugging percentage up to .293!

RHP Roansy Contreras (W, 12-5):  6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
3.33 ERA in 132.1 IP with 105 hits allowed and a 113/36 K/BB ratio.  It took him a while to get into a groove this year, but once he did, it was lights out.   The 19-year old pitched to a 2.21 ERA in 69.1 second-half innings with 41 hits allowed and a 63/18 K/BB ratio.  He will reach Tampa at the age of 20.   Before the season began, there were so many pitchers that people were intrigued by.  Contreras was one of them.  He ended up not disappointing anyone.  As a nice side benefit, he actually does not need protection from the Rule 5 this winter!
RHP Daniel Ramos:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Carlos Espinal1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
22-year old put together a nice season this year:  2.41 ERA in 59.2 IP with 45 hits allowed and a 75/16 K/BB ratio.  They scattered his appearances rather than use him as a traditional reliever – he only got into 29 games, some of which were longer appearances and some of which were as a short reliever.  

Staten Island (40-35) (Lost to Brooklyn, 5-4.  The Cyclones scored a pair in the 9th to win it.  Staten Island's postseason hopes are done.  They will finish up the season tomorrow)

SS Josh Smith2-for-4, 2B (6), RBI, RS, K, SB (6)
.327/.456/.486 in 107 AB.  When you start the season red-hot, a little slump down the stretch isn't going to hurt you much.   The question is this:  Do the Yankees even bother with Charleston in 2020, or do they send him straight to Tampa?
3B David Metzgar1-for-4, K
2B Ezequiel Duran1-for-4, 2 RS, 2 K, SB (11)
.256/.329/.496 in 246 AB with 12 doubles, 13 home runs, 37 RBI, 49 runs, 25 walks, and 77 strikeouts.   Despite a home run slump, he is still hanging on to the league lead in the category, though that lead is at one.
DH Andres Chaparro:  1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB
CF Jake Sanford:  0-for-4, RBI, K
.238/.290/.414 in 227 AB.  I am glad Sanford signed quickly, because he was a kid who needed as many ABs as possible at the professional level this year.
1B Mitchell Robinson1-for-4, 2 K
C Carlos Narvaez1-for-4, RS, K
.265/.349/.327 in 147 AB for the 20-year old.  With Breaux likely on his way to Tampa, Narvaez may slide into Charleston, where Anthony Seigler will still be playing.   
LF Pat DeMarco:  0-for-4
RF Juan De Leon:  1-for-4, K, CS (2)

RHP Anderson Munoz:  4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Jackson Bertsch:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K since promotion from Pulaski
RHP Bryan Blanton:  2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Barrett Loseke (L, 3-1):  1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
2.96 ERA in 27.1 IP with 19 hits allowed and a 32/7 K/BB ratio.  17th round pick out of Arkansas last season had an overall solid campaign here.

Pulaski (1-1) (Tied, 4-4, in the 15th inning of the deciding Game 3.  They do not use the "runner on second base" rule in the playoffs…)

CF Madison Santos:  0-for-6, BB, 3 K
LF Antonio Cabello0-for-5, BB, 2 K
SS Alexander Vargas:  0-for-0
Pulaski debut…came into the game for Cabello late.
1B Jake Farrell1-for-6, RS, 2 K
C Gustavo Campero1-for-4, RS, BB, HBP, K, SB (1)
He has been a running catcher all season long!
RF Ryder Green:  1-for-6, 2B (1), RS, K
3B Chad Bell:  1-for-4, RBI, RS, 2 BB, 2 K
DH Jake Pries0-for-6, RBI, 2 K
SS Jesus Bastidas:  0-for-6, K
2B Luis Santos2-for-5, RBI, K
PR/LF Robert Javier:  0-for-0, HBP

RHP Randy Vasquez:  6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K
He certainly did his job tonight!  The 20-year old had a 3.29 ERA in 54.2 IP this season with 36 hits allowed and a 53/28 K/BB ratio.  Standing at an even 6'0", he was signed last year.
RHP Tyler Johnson:  1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
The 30th round pick in 2018 finished 2019 with a 1.04 ERA in 26 IP with 15 hits allowed and a 34/8 K/BB ratio.   He is 23 years old, so older for this league.
RHP Evan Voliva0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
During the regular season:  27 IP, 16 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 10 BB, 34 K between here and the GCL.  18th round pick in this year's draft.
RHP Mitch Spence3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
3.54 ERA in 28 regular-season IP with 16 hits allowed and a 29/4 K/BB ratio.  10th round pick this year out of South Carolina – Aiken.  He is 21.
RHP Kenlly Montas3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
He only pitched in two games at this level during the regular season.  This is a real battle of attrition!

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