Chad Martin Engineers a Strong Start in Yankees System

Chad Martin (Robert M. Pimpsner)

For a pitcher to achieve sustained success on the mound, he must possess the physical attributes necessary to make it through a season. Often ignored are a player’s mental acumen and the way intelligence can have a domineering effect against opposing hitters. Taken in the 30th round by the Yankees in the 2015 draft, pitcher Chad Martin leans on his engineering background to outwit hitters and produce solid results.

The youngest of three brothers in Mongomery County, Maryland, Martin followed in the footsteps of his father, who serves as a civil engineer in the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to his passion for engineering, Martin played baseball from the time he was six years old and felt a strong desire to pursue both engineering and baseball at the University of Delaware.

“I think going into college, I wanted to pick the best engineering school that I could play baseball at which is why I picked the University of Delaware,” Martin said. “That was the only school that said I could walk on with the team even though they did not offer a scholarship. I went there and felt like I’d have a chance to play at the next level.”

On the mound, Martin did not pitch until his sophomore season but fared better than his statistics indicated. Martin went 5-5 with a 5.35 ERA in 15 appearances, but pitched two complete games and made the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Rookie team. As a junior in 2015, Martin led Delaware to their fourth consecutive CAA Tournament appearance and ranked second on the club with 62 strikeouts.

“It was huge. I redshirted during my freshman year just purely for development reasons, and I came in my next year as a bullpen guy and after a couple of weeks I started on the weekends and won some ballgames and was able to put ourselves in a position to play in the CAA Tournament. Winning is the most important thing,” Martin said.

Despite two years of collegiate eligibility remaining, Martin impressed the Yankees to the point where they drafted him as the eighth player in team history out of Delaware and the 82nd player in school history. Though Delaware’s baseball program does not garner the attention of some of the higher profile schools in the country, they continually produce talent and prepare players for their future endeavors.

“If you come to the alumni weekend, you find a lot of guys who played in Triple-A or at some level in professional baseball. We have a guy who was with the Pirates. As for getting drafted, I got a call from Stewart Smothers with the Yankees telling me that they may pick me, and I was in the Cape Cod League at the time hoping for any opportunity.”

Martin signed with the Yankees shortly after the draft and pitched 13 games in the Gulf Coast League, striking out 26 batters in 39 innings with a 2.61 ERA. Before season’s end, Martin earned a short promotion to the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League and had to chance to play for his future Staten Island manager Dave Bialas and shared a clubhouse with prospects Chance Adams and Jonathan Holder.

“It is almost like walking into big league spring training in Tampa because you got all of these top prospects walking around here,” Martin said. “I thought it was ironic that when I went to Staten Island that Dave Bialas was the manager because he was super friendly to me there and had a good experience playing for him.”

After his brief stay in Tampa, Martin opened the 2016 season with the Pulaski Yankees in the Appalachian League and dominated the competition he faced. In 35.1 innings of work, Martin held opposing hitters to a 1.05 WHIP in seven starts and was the Appalachian League Player of the Week for his start on July 22 against the Kingsport Mets where he pitched six scoreless innings in an 8-0 victory.

“The coaching staff in Pulaski is great. There are a lot of young guys, and they got to be able to give a lot of motivation to a lot of guys. Butch Henry has worked hard with me, and I can’t ask him for anymore. He is a great guy, and he took me under his wing in extended spring training, and it’s almost like having a personal pitching coach.”

Martin’s success at Pulaski led to a promotion to the Staten Island Yankees at the end of July and continued to show progress, allowing just earned runs in his first three starts. On August 8 in a home start against the Lowell Spinners, Martin struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings and had a 2-0 record with 1.66 ERA since his promotion.

“He has done a heck of a job for us this season,” Staten Island Yankees manager Dave Bialas said. “Earlier this month he pitched against a very good team in State College and shut them out. In the game against Lowell, he was able to work out jams even though he didn’t have his command and was able to make pitches when he needed to.”

Thanks to his engineering background, Martin possesses a strong attention to detail and applies those attributes to the mental side of the game while developing a feel for pitching and understanding the tendencies of his opponents.

“You don’t want to overanalyze pitching too because you want to have a feel for it, but I take a lot of notes on how I felt after a certain outing and what was happening on each pitch,” Martin said. ”I try to come out of each start as a student of the game.”

Pinstriped Performances – Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nestor Cortes  (Bryan Green)

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

Nestor Cortes, SP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Cortes was impressive in his Triple A debut. He threw 5.2 innings of hit-less baseball. Nestor walked three and struck out five.

Luis Severino, RP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Severino was supposed to start the game, but made a relief appearance instead. This is a move that most likely came from New York, as Severino is expected to be re-called when rosters expand to pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees. Luis tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball. He permitted two singles, no walks, and struck out five.

Mason Williams, RF, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Williams went 2-3 at the plate with a double, sacrifice, run batted in and run scored.

Giovanny Gallegos, RP, Trenton Thunder (Double A): Gallegos (2-1) earned the victory for Trenton by throwing 2.1 innings of near perfect baseball. He struck out five, walked one, and did not allow a hit.

Leonardo Molina, CF, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Molina went 2-4 with two home runs, three runs batted in and two runs scored.

Rafael Lara, RP, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Lara tossed four innings of two-hit shutout baseball. He struck out five and walked one. Rafael earned the win, improving to 3-6 on his 2016 campaign.

September Call-Ups & Off-Season Outlook (Part 5)

Anthony Swarzak looks to be a candidate to be designated for assignment (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

Take a look at the fifth of an eight-part series covering the New York Yankees September call-ups and off-season outlook.  Check out part one, part two, part three and part four.

Today’s topic covers the Yankees 2016-17 off-season DFA (Designate for Assignment) candidates.

Richard Bleier: In 16 games, Richard owns a 3.38 ERA and .304 batting average against. His stuff is not overpowering, and he has not missed many bats, giving up 17 hits in just 13.1 innings pitched. Bleier has provided a nice extra layer of bullpen depth down the stretch this season but has not performed well enough to be considered as a part of the 2017 Yankees bullpen.

Tommy Layne: Layne was signed on August 9th after being released by the Boston Red Sox. Since coming over to the Yankees, Layne has been a serviceable option out of the pen. He has made nine appearances, pitched 6.2 innings and sports a 2.70 ERA. Tommy has given up just two hits and held hitters to a .091 batting average against. This will be a slightly tougher call than designating Yates, Swarzak, Bleier and Barbato but still in the Yankees best interest. The organization simply has better talent that needs to be protected in the farm system. He would be a candidate to be brought back on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Anthony Swarzak: Swarzak is currently on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation. To date, Anthony has a 5.90 ERA in 25 relief appearances. Over 29 innings pitched, he has given up 28 hits, 19 earned runs and an opponent batting average of .257. Anthony just has not pitched well enough to justify Brian Cashman to keep a spot for him on the 40 man roster.

Tyler Yates: Yates has not performed well, he owns a 5.51 ERA in 34 games for the Yankees this season. Over 32.2 innings pitched, he has permitted 33 hits, 20 runs (all earned) and had an opponent batting average of .260. Look for Tyler to be designated for assignment to make room for some of the promising young Yankee prospects.

Johnny Barbato: Barbato has not pitched well at the major league level in 2016. Johnny has a 7.62 ERA over 13 appearances and an opponent batting average of .260. He has given up 13 hits, 11 earned runs over 13 innings pitched. On a positive side, he has shown good stuff and has struck out 15 batters. Barbato has been better pitching for Scranton but has just been too inconsistent. Look for the Yankees to cut ties with the former 6th round draft pick this winter to make room on the 40 man roster for one of the Yankees extremely talented Rule V eligible prospects.

September Call-Ups & Off-Season Outlook (Part 4)

Mark Montgomery  (Photo by Martin Griff)

Take a look at the fourth of an eight-part series covering the New York Yankees September call-ups and off-season outlook.  Check out part one, part two, and part three.

Today’s topic covers the Yankees prospects who could be left unprotected for the Rule V Draft this December.

Tyler Webb: Webb was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He has pitched to a 3.78 ERA over 66.2 innings pitched this season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The organization tried converting him to a starter mid-season, then sent him back to the bullpen after five turns through the rotation. Tyler has 76 strikeouts to 22 walks and opponents are hitting .242 against him. Webb has the potential to be a serviceable major league middle reliever or situational lefty shortly, however, he is not worthy of a 40 man roster spot as it stands now.

Jake Cave: Cave was left unprotected last year and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds. He was designated for assignment in April and returned to the Yankees organization. Since his return, Cave has hit .275/.340/.434 with seven home runs, nine triples, 23 doubles and 50 runs batted in. He can play all outfield positions and has the potential to be a fourth outfielder on a major league roster. This season will be just like last, as Cave will be free for the taking come December. Due to the Yankees outfield depth in the upper levels of the minor leagues, Cave is expendable.

Brady Lail: Lail is 6-5 with a 4.79 this season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Over 22 starts, Brady has an opponent batting average of .269 and a WHIP of 1.29. The numbers are decent, but the Yankees cannot afford to use a 40 man roster spot on a player who does not have the upside and project-ability of the other guys who need to be protected in the organization this winter.

Giovanny Gallegos: If selected, this will be the toughest player to lose in the Rule V Draft. Giovanny will be a future major league reliever. He has an above average fastball coupled with an above average curveball. Gallegos has thrown 71.1 innings (39 games) with the Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season. The 25-year-old owns a 6-2 record and a 1.39 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .189 off of him this season. Giovanny has struck out 94 batters and walked just 16.

Mark Montgomery: Montgomery has had an up and down career thus far pitching in the Yankees minor league system. Before sustaining a series of shoulder injuries, he looked to have a brilliant future in the Major Leagues. In his first two seasons, Montgomery drew comparisons to former Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson. After obtaining the injuries, he has lost 5+ miles off of his fastball velocity along with decreased control. His stock has unfortunately diminished to the point to where he is expendable if claimed by another team.

September Call-Ups & Off-Season Outlook (Part 3)

Cito Culver has finally started to hit, could he be a serviceable MLB utility man? (Photo by Cheryl Purcell)

Take a look at the third of an eight part series covering the New York Yankees September call-ups and off-season outlook.  Read part one here and part two here.

Today’s topic covers who will have to be added to the 40-man roster before the Rule V Draft.

Greg Bird: It is a question of when, not if, Greg Bird will be added to the 40 man roster. Bird was placed on the 60-day disabled list on May 14, 2016. He underwent season ending surgery earlier this season to repair his right labrum. With Mark Teixeira retiring, Bird is expected to compete with Tyler Austin for the starting role in spring training.

Jorge Mateo: Mateo is currently ranked as the Yankees third overall prospect by MLB.com. He led all of minor league baseball with 82 stolen bases in 2015. Jorge is currently playing for the Tampa Yankees (Class A Advanced) and should be in Double A by next year. Mateo has tremendous upside and will unquestionably be added to the 40 man roster if he is not traded before the Rule V Draft. Despite his off-the-field issues, he simply has too much talent and upside to leave unprotected.

Miguel Andujar: Andujar is another prospect that possesses the tools and project-ability to leave unprotected. Although he does commit his fair share of errors in the field, Miguel has a plus-plus arm to go along with above average hands and range. This season he has hit .268/.331/.404 in 58 games with the Tampa Yankees (Class A Advanced) and 62 games with the Trenton Thunder (Double A). Andujar has also slugged 11 home runs, driven in 78 RBI’s and scored 59 runs.

Kyle Higashioka: This is a very interesting decision for the Yankees baseball operations department to make. Kyle has enjoyed a breakout season in 2016. He has hit .290/.350/.532 with 19 home runs, 23 doubles, and 74 RBI’s in 92 games across the Double A and Triple A levels. He is also known as a very strong defender behind the plate. His numbers are just too good to ignore and he provides another layer of depth at a very important position. If the Yankees plan on trading or moving Brian McCann to a full-time designated hitter, the decision to keep Higashioka would make even more sense. If left unprotected, Higashioka will certainly be stolen away by another team in December.

Cito Culver: It would not be shocking if the Yankees place Nathan Eovaldi on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Culver on the 40 man roster in order to call him up at some point in September. It would be wise to give the Yankees brass a preview of how Culver will perform at the Major League level. That should help their decision this off-season on the role, if any, that Cito will play within the organization. The Yankees 2010 first round selection is a defensive first prospect. He can play all infield positions at an above average level. At the plate, he is enjoying the best offensive season of his career. This will be another very tough decision for Brian Cashman and company to make. Should the Yankees feel his defensive skills are just too good to pass up on, look for Culver to battle with Ronald Torreyes in spring training for the utility role spot on the big league 25 man roster.

Dietrich Enns: The Illinois native has been just performed too well to just give away in December. In 23 games (22 starts) for the Trenton Thunder (Double A) and Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A), Enns is 14-4, with a 1.65 ERA. The 6’1” southpaw has a 1.18 WHIP and .216 batting average against (BAA). Left handed hitters are hitting just .120 off of Enns, so even if he is not used as a starter, he could be one of Girardi’s left handed specialists as soon as next season.

A Successful Season Winding Down For Kyle Holder

Kyle Holder (Jerry Coli)

At the start of the year, highly regarded New York Yankees prospect Kyle Holder laid out exactly what he had to do to make 2016 a successful season. He needed to work on his hitting and continue to play strong at shortstop while learning how to play second base as well. It’s safe to say he has lived up to those goals.

Holder scuffled at the plate while with the Staten Island Yankees in 2015 batting only .213 on the season. This year with the Charleston RiverDogs, Holder has raised his average to .277 with seven games to go in the regular season.

Holder attributes his improvement at the plate to his time spent with Yankees minor league hitting coordinator, James Rowson. “Our hitting coordinator James Rowson works a lot on just some simple mechanics stuff like load and separation, and short direct path to the ball and using left-center field, right-center field as a target and things like that,” Holder explained. He also credited RiverDogs hitting coach, Greg Colbrunn, with helping him develop a routine to become more consistent at the plate. “Just working day in and day out trying to find a routine to stick to whether if you’re going bad or good. I got a great hitting coach, Greg Colbrunn, he helps out a lot. He really hones in on having a routine, sticking it out whether you’re going good or going bad … Just learning how to hit, like the basis of hitting and what it takes to be successful and then just trying to implement little things in my swing, that’s going to help me be successful,” Holder said

In the field, Holder played strong defensively mostly at shortstop but he also saw time at second base for the first time, alternating with another Yankee prospect, Hoy Jun Park, between the two positions, as the Yankees have a glut of shortstop prospects. “I’ve been playing shortstop my whole life and this my first year playing in competitive games at second base. It was a little adjustment, but now it’s getting better. I like it over there and (defensive coach) Travis Chapman has helped out a ton and he’s great with that type of stuff. Getting reps and seeing reps everyday. Learning how to play both sides of the bag is fun,” Holder said.

It did take Holder a while to feel comfortable at second base as it didn’t come as naturally to him as shortstop. “It’s always kind of cool going from a position that you’re not really sure with and playing there for a couple of games and then going back to your natural position. You’re not thinking as much, kind of just going naturally whereas when I first started playing second, I was running through situations constantly in my head like, ‘gotta do this, gotta do that,’ because my instincts weren’t actually taking over, but now I’ve gotten the hang of it and it’s becoming a lot more natural to me,” Holder said.

Holder also talked about how his defense in the cornerstone of his game and about his approach out in the field, “Making the routine plays routine, not thinking too much. Going out there and keep getting those outs for my pitchers and keeping pitch counts down and stuff like that. I thrive on my defense and make that super important because I know that’s my plus, and I want to keep it like that.”

Holder also spoke about how he plans to keep climbing the ladder of the Yankees system, “Just getting bigger stronger flexible faster. All those things with the body and just continue improving on the offensive side and defensive side and keep seeing strides towards being better.”

Holder did have a couple of injuries (an undisclosed upper body injury and an ankle injury) that sidelined him during the season, which did limit his playing time. Holder has played in 81 games out of a possible 132 games as the RiverDogs close out the final week of the season. Despite that, Holder kept his head up and battled through. “I sat out for little less than a month, which kind hurt me a little bit coming back for a couple of days, it took away some timing at the plate and some rustiness in the field and stuff like that, but I’m all good to go now and back in it.”

The highlight of Holder’s season, and also the RiverDogs season, was clinching the first half division title guaranteeing playoff games in Charleston for the first time since 2005. “Clinching the first half was fun. Seeing the excitement in the coaches faces and seeing all of our fans that support us day and day out, getting to give them a playoff berth in I think 10 or 11 years I think. It was pretty special,” Holder said.

Off the field, Holder had to make an important adjustment being away from his hometown of San Diego for such a long stretch. “You have to grow up and take care of yourself. You don’t have parents, you don’t have siblings, family, girlfriend or anything like that to guide you along the way like in college, but I love it. I love being out on my own and just the grind, it’s fun.” he said.

Holder also talked about his middle infield teammate, Hoy Jun Park, who helped make up for lack of his support system from home. “We have fun; he’s my roommate too. We live together in a house. It’s fun; he’s a great kid from a different country and the progression he’s made not only just in the language barrier but just how it’s like in America and how to play in America and stuff like that. It’s been fun.”

As for 2017, Holder isn’t ready quite yet to look ahead. “I haven’t thought about that yet, to be honest. I’m taking it a day at a time here and trying to finish strong and ultimately win a championship for the RiverDogs this year. When it gets closer to then, I’ll probably start having some expectations, but obviously to continue getting better, trying to become more consistent at the plate and defense and stuff like that. Whatever happens, when that comes down the road – cross that bridge when it comes.”

Pinstriped Performances – Monday, August 29, 2016

Dante Bichette's contributions helped Trenton notch its third straight extra-inning win Monday. (Photo by Martin Griff)

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

James Pazos, RP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Pazos tossed 1.2 innings of perfect baseball. James struck out each of the five Rochester Red Wings that he faced in order.

Nick Goody, RP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Goody entered the game in relief of Pazos and struck out three of the four batters that he faced (permitted a single) over one scoreless inning.

Dante Bichette, 1B, Trenton Thunder (Double A): Bichette went 3-4 with two home runs and a double. He finished the game with 11 total bases, two runs scored and three runs batted in.

Nick Solak, DH, Staten Island Yankees (Single A Short Season): Solak went 3-4 with a double, walk, run scored and an RBI in Staten Island’s 10-7 victory over the Connecticut Tigers.

Brandon Wagner, DH, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Wagner went 3-4 at the plate with a home run, double, and an RBI. He also scored two runs in Pulaski’s 4-2 victory over the Burlington Royals.

September Call-Ups & Off-Season Outlook (Part 2)

Richard Bleier (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

Take a look at the second of an eight-part series covering the New York Yankees September call-ups and off-season outlook. Read part one here.

Today’s topic covers who will be called up to the big leagues on September 1st when rosters expand.

Richard Bleier: The 6’3” southpaw will be another bullpen arm for Joe Girardi to use for late game situational match-ups or mop-up purposes. In 16 games, Bleier has a 3.38 ERA for the Yankees this season. In Triple-A, Richard has been used as a starter as of late. He is 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA over ten appearances (nine starts).

Chasen Shreve: Shreve’s last appearance for New York was one to forget, but look for the lefthander to be one of the Yankees September call-ups. Since his latest demotion, Chasen has pitched 4.2 scoreless innings for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders while permitting no hits, striking out six, and walking one.

Nick Goody: In 26 relief appearances for New York, Goody has performed well enough to get the call from GM Brian Cashman in a few days. Nick has been sent up and down the entire season while continuing to excel at the Triple-A level. Since his latest demotion, he has pitched seven innings while giving up just one hit. Over that four-game span, Goody has earned a save, struck out seven, walked none and lowered his ERA to 1.69.

Bryan Mitchell: Mitchell just came off the 60-day disabled list from a toe injury that occurred back in Spring Training. Before the injury, he was all but a shoe-in for a 25 man roster spot. Although Bryan did not perform particularly well during his rehabilitation appearances, you can look for the Yankees to call on the North Carolina native at some point to make at least a couple relief appearances to begin making his case for a roster spot in 2017.

Rob Refsnyder: Refsnyder will unquestionably be a New York Yankee again on September 1st. He has raked since his last demotion. Over the past ten games, Rob has hit .447 with 17 hits; five runs scored and four runs batted in. Out of all the September call-ups, Refsnyder will impact the Yankees the greatest.

Tampa Yankees Weekly: Despite Dropping Two To Dunedin, Tampa Ends Week With Sweep

Yefrey Ramirez (Bryan Green)

The Tampa Yankees came into this week with some extra rest, having an off-day on Monday to prepare for upcoming series against Dunedin and Brevard County. The six-game home-stand would include the majority of the Yankees’ final home games as they had just two more home games remaining for the rest of the season. Tampa dropped two of three against Dunedin, but ended the week with a sweep over Brevard County, going 4-2 for the week.

The Yankees opened up their first series against the first place Dunedin Jays. The Jays have had a powerful lineup throughout the second half, and it’d just continue as they came to Tampa. The Yankees had Justus Sheffield start the first game, who in three games has had stellar performances. However, the Jays would take advantage of his control issues from the start of the game. The Jays tacked four runs on Sheffield (three earned) on three hits. While Justus did strike out five in his 3 2/3 innings pitched, he also walked three. This outing showed Sheffield’s main issue which is control. In his debut, we were able to see how strong he can be when he has full command of hitters on the outside zone, and then finish them going inside. Against the Jays he still made some hitters look dazed, but the lacking command made it hard for him to find the strike zone more often than not. Sheffield did bounce back in his start on Sunday, however. Justus threw five innings, letting just one hit get by and striking out five. His control was still somewhat of an issue as he walked three, but hitters didn’t take advantage of it this time around. He finished his five innings with 86 pitches.

Yefrey Ramirez and Dillon McNamara managed to do something no one has been able to do to the Jays since exactly a month before, shut them out. Ramirez carried a no-hitter through seven innings for Tampa on Wednesday, but a single to start the eighth would end that streak. He still finished with eight innings pitched, one hit, eight strikeouts, and no walks. McNamara came in for his 12th save of the season as the Yankees won 3-0. Yefrey’s next start is scheduled to be against Dunedin on Monday. Another honorable mention for the week would be from the bullpen, Caleb Frare. He missed all of June, but since then he’s only given up two runs in 23 innings throughout July and August. He currently hasn’t allowed an earned run since August 1st over the span of 11 innings pitched.

I stated last week how Gleyber Torres was on the cooler side with his bat, but the Yankees upcoming home games were a chance for him to heat up. He managed to do that in the Yankees’ sweep over Brevard County, contributing seven RBIs over three games. Torres was strong, along with the continued success from Thairo Estrada, who extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday. During the hitting streak, Thairo has boosted his average from .270 to .287. The Yankees would score 19 runs in their three-game sweep over Brevard County including the 15-hit day on Sunday. The Yankees have also gotten solid at-bats from Trey Amburgey, Rashad Crawford, and Kevin Cornelius. Amburgey contributed six RBIs this week, complimenting his six hits.

Moving into next week, something to look at will be promotions to Double-A Trenton. If a pitcher is sent up, the clear choice at this point would be Josh Rogers, who has been the most consistent starting pitcher in the last couple of months for Tampa. As for position players, no one has been extremely stunning besides Estrada, and it is extremely unlikely the 20-year-old will get the call to Trenton. Pinstriped Prospects will be following promotion rumors closely through the week as we head into September.

Top 10 Prospects Weekly Report – Week of August 22

Clint Frazier (Cheryl Pursell)

Take a look at how the New York Yankees top 10 prospects did this week.

 

Clint Frazier, OF, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (Triple A)

Fraizer was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain

Monday: Clint batted second and started in left field in Scranton’s 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley. Frazier went 0-4 with a run scored, walk, and strikeout.

Tuesday: Frazier batted second and started in right field in Scranton’s ugly 8-0 loss to the Iron Pigs. He went 0-4 at the plate and earned an outfield assist when he threw the speedy top prospect Nick Williams at home.

Wednesday: Manager Al Pedrique dropped Frazier to sixth in the batting order and it paid immediate dividends. Clint played left field and went 2-4 at the plate with a triple, two runs scored, a walk and strikeout.

Thursday: Clint batted sixth and played left field for the second consecutive night. He went 1-4 at the plate with a triple and run scored. In the field, Frazier committed his fifth error of the season (fielding).

Friday: Frazier went 0-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. He batted sixth and played right field in Scranton’s 7-1 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.

Saturday: Clint batted sixth and was the RailRiders designated hitter. Frazier went 1-3 with a walk.

Sunday: Did not play

 

Gleyber Torres, INF, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Gleyber batted third and played short stop in Tampa’s 8-3 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays. He went 0-4 at the plate.

Wednesday: Torres went 1-4 with a triple, run scored and an RBI. He batted fourth and played short stop.

Thursday: Did not play

Friday: Gleyber had an impressive night at the plate. He went 2-4 with a three-run home run. Torres also walked and drove in four of Tampa’s seven runs. He played short stop and hit third.

Saturday: Torres batted third and played short stop in Tampa’s 4-1 win against the Brevard County Manatees. Gleyber went 1-3 at the plate with a walk and two runs batted in. He also swiped his second bag as a member of the Yankees organization.

Sunday: The Yankees top prospect finished the week strong, going 4-5 with a double, three runs scored, and a run batted in. Torres was the designated hitter and batted third.

 

Jorge Mateo, INF, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Mateo led-off for the Tampa, played second base, and went 0-4 at the plate.

Wednesday: Jorge went 1-4 at the plate, swiped two bases, played second base and hit lead-off for the second consecutive night.

Thursday: Mateo played short stop and led-off in Tampa’s 6-2 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays. He went 0-5 at the plate with two strikeouts. In the field, Jorge committed his 17th error of the season (throwing).

Friday: Did not play

Saturday: Jorge played second base and led-off for manager Patrick Osborn. He went 1-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base.

Sunday: Mateo went 0-4 with a walk, run scored and strikeout. He led-off and played short stop.

 

Aaron Judge, 0F, New York Yankees (Major League)

Monday: Aaron started in right field and batted seventh in the Yankees 7-5 loss to Seattle. Judge went 0-4 at the plate with two strikeouts.

Tuesday: Judge batted seventh and played right field. He went 0-2 with a walk, run batted in (sac fly) and run scored.

Wednesday: Judge went 0-4 at the plate with a hit-by-pitch, run scored, and three strikeouts. Aaron did have an outfield assist when he threw out former Yankee Robinson Cano at second base. He batted seventh and played right field.

Thursday: Off

Friday: Aaron went 1-3 with a double, walk, strikeout and run scored in the Yankees blowout 14-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Judge batted eighth and played right field. He also earned another outfield assist, throwing out Chris Davis at second base.

Saturday: Judge was brought into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for Brett Gardner. He faced the Orioles All-Star reliever Brad Brach and struck out swinging with the bases loaded. Aaron remained in the game as the Yankees right fielder.

Sunday: Aaron batted eighth and played right field in Baltimore’s 5-0 shutout of New York. Judge went 0-3 with two strikeouts. He is now hitting .209/.300/.395.

 

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees (Major League)

Monday: After earning the American League Player of the Week honors, Sanchez had another tremendous game offensively and defensively. At the plate, Gary went 3-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. Defensively, he called a great game at the plate, blocked many balls with runners on base, and threw out Shawn O’Malley to escape trouble in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Tuesday: Sanchez batted third and was the Yankees designated hitter. He went 1-4 at the plate with a walk.

Wednesday: Gary continued his hot start, leading the Yankees to another victory. He went 2-3 with a home run, double, run scored, run batted in and two walks. Sanchez is hitting .389/.450/.847 and became the third player in American League history to homer nine times in their first 21 games. He caught and batted third. In the second inning, Leonys Martin became just the third player to steal a base off of Sanchez (five caught stealings in eight attempts).

Thursday: Off

Friday: The rookie sensation was at it again. Sanchez was 3-5 with a two-run home run and double. He finished the night with four runs batted in and three runs scored. He batted third and caught.

Saturday: Gary became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 11 home runs in 23 games. Sanchez has now homered nine times in his last 10 games. He finished the day 1-3 with a home run, run scored, run batted in, two walks and two strikeouts. He caught and batted third. Defensively, Gary threw out the speedy Julio Borbon when he attempted to steal second base.

Sunday: No surprise, Sanchez had yet another great day at the plate. He went 2-4 with a double. Girardi gave him a day off behind the plate, as he batted third and was the Yankees designated hitter.

 

Blake Rutherford, OF, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie)

Rutherford will be out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

Monday: Rutherford batted second and played center field in game one of a double header against the Princeton Rays. He went 0-2 with a RBI, walk and strikeout. His run batted in came on a bases loaded walk by Rays pitcher Ethan Clark. Rutherford did not play in game 2.

Tuesday: Game postponed

Wednesday: The Yankees first round draft pick went 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored, two runs batted in, a walk and two strikeouts. He was the designated hitter and batted clean-up for Pulaski.

Thursday: Did not play

Friday: Did not play

Saturday: Did not play

Sunday: Did not play

 

Justus Sheffield, SP, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Justus made his third start as a member of the Tampa Yankees and was able to only last 3.2 innings. He gave up three earned runs on four hits and walked three. On a positive note Sheffield struck out five batters. He falls to 2-1 as a Yankee with a 2.14 ERA.

Wednesday: Did not play

Thursday: Did not play

Friday: Did not play

Saturday: Did not play

Sunday: Sheffield improved to 3-1 as he earned the victory for the Tampa Yankees. The newly acquired Yankee tossed five scoreless innings of one hit baseball. He permitted three walks and struck out five. Justus lowered his ERA to 1.73.

 

Miguel Andujar, INF, Trenton Thunder (Double A)

Monday: Andujar batted third and played third base in Trenton’s 5-2 win over the Bowie BaySox. He had a rough night at the plate as he went 0-4.

Tuesday: Did not play

Wednesday: Andujar went 0-3 with a stolen base, walk and run scored in Trenton’s 4-1 victory against Bowie. He played third base and batted third.

Thursday: Miguel hit third and played third base for the Thunder. He went 0-4 with a strikeout.

Friday: Andujar went 2-5 with a run batted in. He hit third and played third base. Miguel committed his 12th error of the season on an errant throw.

Saturday: Miguel played third base and batted third for Thunder manager Bobby Mitchell. He went 1-6 with a RBI, walk and strikeout.

Sunday: Andujar finished the game going 3-6 with a double in Trenton’s 4-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs. He was the designated hitter and batted third.

 

Domingo Acevedo, SP, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Did not play

Wednesday: Did not play

Thursday: Did not play

Friday: Did not play

Saturday: Did not play

Sunday: Did not play

 

Dillon Tate, RP, Charleston RiverDogs (Single A)

Monday: Did not play

Tuesday: Tate tossed two relief innings against the Columbia Fireflies. He gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), and struck out three.

Wednesday: Did not play

Thursday: Did not play

Friday: Dillon threw two scoreless innings of relief in the RiverDogs 4-2 loss to the Hickory Crawdads. He allowed two hits, one walk and struck out one. Tate threw 18 of 27 pitches for strikes and induced three groundouts.

Saturday: Did not play

Sunday: Did not play