Yankees Minor League Report 9/2/19: Scranton to Play in One-Game Playoff

Former Yankees farmhand Chace Numata passed away after a skateboarding accident.   The 27-year old catcher played one season in the Yankees system (2018) after a long career in the Phillies organization.  The Phillies originally signed him back in 2010.  He was playing in the Detroit Tigers system this season.   My thoughts go out to the family.

The Yankees have traded minor league reliever J.P. Feyereisen to the Milwaukee Brewers for international bonus pool money and IF Brenny Escanio.  

First things first:  I know nothing about Escanio.  He is 16 years old and just signed a contract with the Brewers.  His bonus was undisclosed, which likely means it wasn't for much.   The Yankees have a heavy presence in the international market, and it is possible that one of their scouts recommended trying to get him.  I don't know, but these types of players aren't just picked out of thin air – someone must have liked him.  He is listed as a shortstop.

Feyereisen was the 4th component in the Andrew Miller deal with the Indians.  He throws hard, has a decent slider, and lacks some command.   Pretty much, a prototypical hard-throwing fastball/slider reliever who could become something if he learns how to throw better strikes.   This is not a knock, as many relievers have been able to figure that stuff out.  This year down in Scranton, he went 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA (3.34 FIP) in 40 games, compiling a 94/31 K/BB ratio over 61.1 IP.  He struck out an impressive 38.1% of batters but also walked 12.6%.

Feyereisen was likely going to be picked in this year's Rule 5 draft.  The Yankees passed on him over guys like Ryan Dull and I don't have much of an issue with that.   The Yankees have a 40-man roster crunch coming with all the 60-day IL guys.  Dull is expendable.  Feyereisen not quite as expendable.  There are logistics at play here.  I don't see it as a huge deal, even if I would have loved to see him get his chance in pinstripes.

Scranton (75-65) (Lost to Buffalo, 5-3.  Syracuse won, so there will be a one-game playoff that is played in Scranton to determine the division winner.  The loser goes home)

RF Trey Amburgey:  1-for-1, 2B (31), RS
He left the game early, but it doesn't appear to be due to the Yankees making another fringe 40-man roster trade:  He was seen talking to a trainer in the dugout.
PH/LF Brandon Wagner:  0-for-2, K
Scranton debut.
PH/2B Wendell Rijo:  1-for-2
1B Edwin Encarnacion0-for-4, 2 K
CF Terrance Gore 0-for-1
Entered the game for Encarnacion.
SS Breyvic Valera:  1-for-4, RBI, SB (8)
DH Kyle Higashioka0-for-3, BB, K
Well, if Scranton loses tomorrow, Kyle will be in the Bronx the next day!
3B Mandy Alvarez:  1-for-4, HR (6), RBI, RS
C Erik Kratz:  1-for-4
2B/1B Gosuke Katoh2-for-4, 2B (10), RS, K, SB (8)
LF/RF/LF Zack Zehner1-for-3, 2B (11), BB, 2 K
CF/RF Billy Burns1-for-4, K

LHP Josh Maciejewski (L, 0-1):  3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Scranton didn't really have anyone available to start this game, so it went to Maciejewski, who has moved around the system all year.   He finishes with a 2.33 ERA in 73.1 IP with 47 hits allowed and a 54/24 K/BB ratio between here, Tampa, and Charleston, and Staten Island.
LHP Trevor Lane:  3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR
He spent most of his season in Trenton.  Overall, between Tampa, Trenton, and Scranton, he pitched to a 2.05 ERA in 74.2 IP with 45 hits allowed and a 74/26 K/BB ratio.   Lane is eligible for the Rule 5 this winter and could be a trade candidate before we get to that point.
LHP Rex Brothers:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Kaleb Ort1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
The former independent leaguer struck out 78 hitters in 50.1 IP this season, but also walked 28.

Trenton (76-62) (Defeated Reading, 7-6.  They will meet up again in the first-round of the playoffs)

CF Ben Ruta:  2-for-4, 2B (26), RBI, BB
6th multi-hit game in his last eight games played.
RF Alexander Palma:  1-for-5, RBI
Walk-off RBI single…
1B Chris Gittens:  1-for-3, HR (23), RBI, 2 RS, BB, K
His strong season ends at .281/.393/.500 in 398 AB.  Yes, I am very happy he was able to get the slugging percentage up to .500!   He is the only Eastern League qualifier to finish with a slugging percentage of .500 or better.
DH Kellin Deglan:  1-for-3, RS, BB, K
LF Isiah Gilliam:  2-for-3, 2 HR (9), 4 RBI, 2 RS, BB
Third multi-HR year of his career (second this season).  He established a new career-high with his 17 overall home runs this season.
SS Kyle Holder:  0-for-4
He slumped down the stretch (had the average up to the .280 range at one point).  He finishes at .265/.336/.405 in 412 AB with 25 doubles, 9 home runs, 40 RBI, 41 walks, and 65 strikeouts.
C Francisco Arcia:  0-for-4, K
3B Angel Aguilar2-for-4, HR (3), RBI, 2 RS
2B Max Burt:  2-for-4, 2B (3), RS

RHP Nick Green:  3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
The quicker he forgets about this season, the better.
RHP Albert Abreu3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
4.28 ERA in 96.2 IP with 103 hits allowed and a 91/53 K/BB ratio.  Disappointing season.
RHP Matt Wivinis:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HR
RHP Will Carter0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Brooks Kriske: (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HR
Blow the save, earn the win!  The Rule 5 eligible reliever finishes with a 2.59 ERA in 47.2 IP with 29 hits allowed and a 61/23 K/BB ratio.

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

Charleston (73-66) (Season finale canceled due to hurricane prep)


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 Smith:  1-for-4, RS, 3 K
CF Isaiah Pasteur1-for-3, BB, K, SB (10)
RF Jake Sanford:  1-for-3, K
3B Mitchell Robinson:  0-for-3, RBI, K
DH Chase Illig:  1-for-3, 2B (3)
1B Nelson Alvarez:  0-for-3, K
C Carlos Gallardo:  0-for-2, BB, K
2B Borinquen Mendez:  0-for-3, K
LF Evan Alexander:  0-for-3, K

RHP Alex Mejias: (L, 2-1)  3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Wellington Diaz:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Derek Craft:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Zach Greene:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Pulaski ended up losing that long marathon yesterday (5-4 in 17 innings) so their season is over.

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