Pinstriped Performances – Saturday August 19, 2017

Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees organization in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

New York Yankees (MLB): Beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 and raise their record to 66-56

Matt Harvey Regains His Rhythm in Brooklyn Rehab

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Not since Tom Seaver has a Mets’ pitcher captivated the attention of the New York masses to the extent of Matt Harvey. In short time, the 28-year-old former first round draft pick rapidly emerged as the team’s ace, starting the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and leading the Mets to the 2015 World Series. But when he took the mound in a rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday, Harvey found himself in a different position, seeking to return from injury while reclaiming his past dominance.

In his second rehab appearance since landing on the disabled list with a broken bone in his shoulder, Harvey turned in a vintage performance with glimpses of his prior form. He threw 36 pitches (26 strikes) and faced nine batters in three shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Although he felt fine in his previous rehab start on Saturday in Hudson Valley, Harvey appeared sharper in Cyclones’ 6-2 loss to Aberdeen as he showed improved command of his both his fastball and secondary offerings.

“Going out there and really getting the rhythm back, getting the timing back and getting used to game competition back was the biggest thing,” Harvey said regarding his rehab performance. “Obviously, you can come down here and feel great, but you don’t know how things how are going to go. After that, it is a feel thing and a mechanical thing.”

In the midst of his outing, Harvey gradually developed his release point and built confidence against every successive hitter and retired Aberdeen in order during the first inning. The lone hit against Harvey came with one out in the second inning on a single to right field from Garrett Copeland. Harvey later picked off Copeland at second base to end the frame and closed the evening by striking out the side in the third with a velocity ranging in the low to mid-90s. While Harvey’s goal is to rejoin the Mets eventually, he remains cognizant of the ongoing process.

“As a starter, if you are only throwing one inning and a certain amount of pitches, it’s hard to get comfortable. Obviously, tonight going three innings and the next start hopefully some more, it will be about getting the rhythm and timing and getting comfortable on the mound again. It’s definitely a process and more of a step forward than anything. As far as results, go, you want to have good results, but if the ball is coming out well, I’ll be just fine.”

Injuries to the pitching staff were a major culprit to the Mets’ difficulties at the big league level during the 2017 season. In addition to Harvey, the club dealt the losses of Noah Syndergaard, Jeruys Familia, Zack Wheeler, and Robert Gsellman for significant periods of time. With the final month of the season approaching, the Mets hope for a healthy return for Familia, Syndergaard, and Harvey before year’s end with the goal of contending for the postseason in 2018.

“We want to win as many games as we can,” Harvey said about the Mets’ season. Obviously going into next season to finish this year strong is important. Syndergaard and Familia are close (to returning), so we are all very excited.”

“He’s been out for two and a half months and has had a tough time, but hopefully the way he looked tonight, he can keep that going,” Brooklyn manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “The is the guy we (the Mets) need on the big league team. He is one of those warrior types that fight to get on the field, and he’ll be ready in a couple of starts if he keeps this going.”

When an established player rehabs with a minor league club, his presence resonates throughout his stint. During his brief stay with the Cyclones, Harvey had the opportunity to connect with his minor league teammates and the organization. He also experienced the atmosphere of playing in Brooklyn for the first time and remained in proximity to the Mets a short distance from Citi Field.

“This was my first time in here in Brooklyn, and all of the guys were great. The baseball season is a grind, and the biggest thing is to work hard every day and get your stuff done every night,” Harvey said. “I took for granted a lot of small things I may have looked past like arm care or taking care of my body. That’s something I would definitely suggest to them (the young players).”

Pinstriped Performances – Saturday August 12, 2017

Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees organization in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

New York Yankees (MLB): Lost to the Boston Red Sox 10-5 and drop their record to 61-54

Staten Island Walks Off Williamsport for the Second Straight Night

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – When the calendar shifted to August, the Staten Island Yankees suddenly found themselves in a pennant race within the McNamara Division.In the second game of their series against the Williamsport Crosscutters on Wednesday, Staten Island played an 11 inning affair that contained a taste of playoff baseball as visit site to read more]

Keith Skinner Continues to Persevere

Legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler famously said to his players, “Those who stay will be champions!” His mantra became applicable to many athletes and held true for Yankees’ catching prospect Keith Skinner, who chose to remain in baseball after contemplating giving up the sport entirely … [visit site to read more]

Quinn Brodey Steps Up for Brooklyn

Footwork is a vital characteristic for many prospective athletes. In the case of Mets’ third round draft choice Quinn Brodey, that attribute developed on the soccer field at Loyola High School in California and provided him with agility and a quick first step to play each outfield position.

“I used to play soccer and baseball when I was younger,” Brodey said. “Baseball definitely took from soccer and helped me become a better athlete in terms of staying balanced, especially in the batter’s box. It also allowed me to make better reads in the outfield and on the basepaths, where you need quick reflexes.”

Originally a 37th round selection by the Washington Nationals out of high school in 2014, Brodey opted to attend the University of Stanford and spent his freshman season as a two-way player, making ten relief appearances and had north of 100 at-bats as a position player. The decision to focus exclusively on the outfield came shortly after and helped accelerate his overall growth.

“After my freshman season, heading into my sophomore fall year, I decided to just hit. I think from then it’s been great to be able to further my development with hitting and playing defense. The more reps you get, the better you become, and I think I adjust and adapt quickly as a player.”

The most notable progression for Brodey came before his junior season in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .326 in 37 games with a .845 OPS. His experiences in the league eventually resulted in a spot on the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list as he emerged into one of the top hitters in the Pac-12 and subsequently led the Cardinal in every major offensive statistical category.

“The Cape Cod League is where you face the best college players,” Brodey said. “Everybody is really good defensively and also on the mound. It is great competition day in and day out, and it has the feeling of a major league season since you are playing almost every day. It was a great experience waking up every day just knowing that you are playing and preparing for a game.”

Since its inception, the Stanford Cardinal name transcends college baseball with 16 College World Series appearances and an alumni list which features individuals such as Mike Mussina and Jack McDowell who left their marks in the major leagues. The legacy endures with each passing season, and Brodey shared his Stanford tenure with highly touted products Tristan Beck and Matt Winaker, the latter of which also serves as his teammate with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

“Stanford recruits really good students and athletes based on the name itself and then when you get there, you are surrounded by incredible coaches and teammates that will push you to succeed,” Brodey said. “The university gives you everything you need, and if you run with those things, you will be in good shape. I also had the opportunity to talk with (Cardinals outfielder) Stephen Piscotty when he returned for a visit this year.”

This past spring had a sentimental feeling for both Brodey, and the Stanford baseball program as the legendary head coach Mark Marquess retired after 40 seasons. Upon his retirement, Marquess ranks in the top ten in wins by a Division 1 head coach and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. Various alumni also paid visits to the school in tribute to the outgoing head coach.

“It was a really special year since a lot of alumni came back, but Coach Marquess didn’t want us to think about those things. Our focus was on playing baseball and doing the things we always do and keep focused. It was special for me to play for him during his last three seasons there and take away all of the things that I did and his track record speaks for itself.”

The Mets selected Brodey in the third round of the 2017 draft before joining the Brooklyn Cyclones, which contain multiple Stanford alumni, including Winaker, pitcher Chris Viall, and hitting coach Sean Ratliff. The familiarity helped Brodey adapt to playing professional baseball 3,000 miles from home in a passionate environment.

“It was special to know that Matt was coming here to Brooklyn as well,” Brodey said. “We are very familiar with each other from our time at Stanford, and it’s great to have the chance to play in this ballpark. I had the opportunity to talk to Chris right after I got drafted by the Mets and he told about the transition to pro ball and some of the things offered by the organization.”

Brodey made his Cyclones’ debut on June 28 and became a constant presence in the middle of the batting order to help boost the team’s offense with a mix of strong on-base skills and the ability to make consistent contact. In his first month as a pro, Brodey has a .266/.330/ .351 slash line and 33 total bases. On July 21, he hit a grand slam against the Connecticut Tigers for his first career home run and becomes more at ease in the batter’s box.

“He is one of our most patient hitters at the plate,” Cyclones’ manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “When you have the talent to be patient, I think good things will come. I tell the other guys on the team to take a look at the way he hits and how he knows when to be aggressive and when to take pitches.”

Stephan, Krill Lift Staten Island Past Lowell

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – After taking two out of three games from the Hudson Valley Renegades to open their homestand, the Staten Island Yankees began a three-game set against the Lowell Spinners on Sunday with a 4-1 victory behind a stellar relief effort from Trevor Stephan and the hitting of Ryan Krill.

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Anderson Shuts Down Staten Island in Series Finale in Brooklyn