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5 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2015 - 3:11PM #2831
BigGuy
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  • The Yankees announced that outfielder Tyler Austin has been outrighted to Double-A. Recently designated for assignment, the 24-year-old has not progressed as hoped since rating as a top-100 prospect entering the 2013 season. Austin earned his first crack at the Triple-A level this year, but slashed just .235/.309/.311 with four home runs and eight stolen bases over 299 plate appearances.
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2015 - 3:55PM #2832
hampfan
Posts: 3,621

Sep 9, 2015 -- 3:11PM, BigGuy wrote:

  • The Yankees announced that outfielder Tyler Austin has been outrighted to Double-A. Recently designated for assignment, the 24-year-old has not progressed as hoped since rating as a top-100 prospect entering the 2013 season. Austin earned his first crack at the Triple-A level this year, but slashed just .235/.309/.311 with four home runs and eight stolen bases over 299 plate appearances.



He deserves another chance. My guess is that he got into the bad habit of trying to hit the 500 ft. long ball every time he came up, perhaps b/c he must have read all the hype about Judge and anxiously wanted to get equally noticed as a can't-miss OF prospect. It didn't work. He needs a hitting coach that emphasizes (read: beats into his reflexive mind) patient contact, contact, contact, which he was good at before the 2015 season (and between his injuries) as far as I can tell. (Big Guy has seen him in action. I haven't, so maybe he has a different take.) Again: that's just my opinion--but also that if gets back to what kind of hitter he was, he'll succeed in attracting our and the FO's strong attention again.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2015 - 4:18PM #2833
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

Sep 9, 2015 -- 3:55PM, hampfan wrote:


Sep 9, 2015 -- 3:11PM, BigGuy wrote:

  • The Yankees announced that outfielder Tyler Austin has been outrighted to Double-A. Recently designated for assignment, the 24-year-old has not progressed as hoped since rating as a top-100 prospect entering the 2013 season. Austin earned his first crack at the Triple-A level this year, but slashed just .235/.309/.311 with four home runs and eight stolen bases over 299 plate appearances.



He deserves another chance. My guess is that he got into the bad habit of trying to hit the 500 ft. long ball every time he came up, perhaps b/c he must have read all the hype about Judge and anxiously wanted to get equally noticed as a can't-miss OF prospect. It didn't work. He needs a hitting coach that emphasizes (read: beats into his reflexive mind) patient contact, contact, contact, which he was good at before the 2015 season (and between his injuries) as far as I can tell. (Big Guy has seen him in action. I haven't, so maybe he has a different take.) Again: that's just my opinion--but also that if gets back to what kind of hitter he was, he'll succeed in attracting our and the FO's strong attention again.




I told you after the first week of the season I thought he changed his approach to more power instead of average. It cost him. Power gets attention, but only if you do it pretty consistently. He didn't.  He needs to get back to his game and hit for average first. The power will come, and he does have power potential.  He didn't hit a lot of homers this year, but the one's he hit, were hit good. There were no cheapies.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2015 - 10:27PM #2834
diehardma
Posts: 6,160

Indianapolis 7 SWB 3



Slade Heathcott 2 for 5, R, 2B


Ali Castillo 2 for 4, 2 RBI


Ben Gamel 0 for 4


Gary Sanchez 2 for 3, R


Kyle Roller 0 for 3


-- Rob Segedin 0 for 1


Aaron Judge 1 for 3, RBI


Cole Figueroa 1 for 4


Gregorio Petit 1 for 4


Kyle Higashioka 2 for 3, R


-- Jake Cave 0 for 1



Kyle Haynes (L 0-1) 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K


Conor Mullee 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's


Chris Martin 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


Andury Acevedo 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's



Indianapolis leads series 1-0


Next Game: Tomorrow at Indianapolis, 7:05 PM

5 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2015 - 10:33PM #2835
diehardma
Posts: 6,160

Staten Island 3 Tri-City 2 (11 inn.)


Junior Valera walkoff double



Zack Zehner 0 for 5


Jeff Hendrix 2 for 5, R, 2B


Ryan Krill 1 for 5


-- Danienger Perez (PR) R


Trey Amburgey 2 for 6, 2B, RBI


Junior Valera 1 for 5, 2B, RBI


Kevin Cornelius 1 for 3, R


-- Drew Bridges 1 for 2, 2B


Thairo Estrada 3 for 4


Eduardo de Oleo 1 for 4, RBI


Kyle Holder 0 for 4



James Kaprielian 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's


Jeff Degano 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's


Michael Schaub 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's


Jonny Drozd (W 1-0) 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's



Staten Island leads series 1-0


Next Game: Tomorrow at Tri-City, 7:00 PM

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2015 - 5:24AM #2836
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015


Staten Island walks off with Game One win



Got some notes to pass along:



  • OF Tyler Austin has been outrighted to Double-A Trenton, the Yankees announced. He was designated for assignment last week to clear 40-man roster space for September call-ups and apparently no team felt he was worth a waiver claim. I believe Austin can become a minor league free agent after the season.

  • Gary Sanchez was activated off the Triple-A DL, according to Chad Jennings. He missed a little more than a week with a minor hamstring injury. They got him back just in time for the postseason. I wonder if Sanchez will get called up when the Triple-A season is over.

  • IF Ali Castillo was named the Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week, so congrats to him. He was bumped up from Double-A Trenton and took over as the second baseman after 2B Rob Refsnyder was called up on September 1st.

  • LHP Justin Kamplain, RHP Kolton Mahoney, and RHP Jonathan Padilla were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Low-A South Atlantic League, Short Season NY-Penn League, and Rookie Appalachian League, respectively. Congrats to all of them.

  • No Yankees farmhands were named to Baseball America’s end-of-season All-Star Team. Neither the first nor second team. That’s not surprising. There were no knock your socks off seasons in the system this year. Just a lot of good ones.

  • And finally, SS Jorge Mateo was the third overall pick in the Dominican Winter League draft today, reports Ben Badler. Mateo’s winter ball rights now belong to whichever team selected him. He’s still Yankees property. Doesn’t change anything there.


Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Indianapolisthey trail the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B — threw a runner out at third … he’s been on fire for a few weeks now
  • 2B Ali Castillo: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — the hamstring is healthy enough to hit but not catch, I guess
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 K — 1B Rob Segedin pinch-hit for him late and struck out
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Cole Figueroa: 1-4 — he hit .292/.355/.359 (108 wRC+) in the regular season, you know
  • SS Gregorio Petit: 1-4
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-3, 1 R, 1 K — OF Jake Cave pinch-hit late and grounded out
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%) … well that’s no way to start Game One of the postseason
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 28 of 42 pitches were strikes (67%) … great long relief by the guy who’s had three Tommy John surgeries
  • RHP Chris Martin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Andury Acevedo: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (79%)

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 win over Tri-City in eleven innings, walk-off style) they lead the best-of-three series one game to none

  • LF Zack Zehner: 0-5, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
  • CF Jeff Hendrix: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Ryan Krill: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — singled in the 11th then was replaced by pinch-runner Danienger Perez, who scored the winning run
  • RF Trey Amburgey: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — still raking
  • DH Junior Valera: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — walk-off double
  • 3B Kevin Cornelius: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 1-2, 1 2B — pinch-hit for Cornelius in the sixth inning
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 3-4, 1 BB — Autumn of Thairo
  • C Eduardo de Oleo: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Kyle Holder: 0-4, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • RHP James Kaprielian: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 9/4 GB/FB — 52 of 68 pitches were strikes (76%) … the first round pick delivers in Game One of the postseason
  • LHP Jeff Degano: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 18 of 31 pitches were strikes (58%), but one of the walks was intentional
  • RHP Michael Schaub: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — six pitches, four strikes
  • LHP Jonny Drozd: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, Balk, 8/0 GB/FB — 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73%) … that is some work out of the bullpen

The season is over for Double-A TrentonHigh-A TampaLow-A Charleston, and both Rookie GCL Yanksaffiliates. None of them qualified for the postseason. Rookie Pulaski qualified for the playoffs but was eliminated in the first round.


"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2015 - 5:28AM #2837
BigGuy
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Six-Run First Leads to Game 1 SWB  Defeat


RailRiders Hit into Season-Worst Five Double Plays



Indianapolis, Ind. - It was a Murphy's Law kind of a night. From allowing six runs in the first inning to hitting into a season-worst five double plays, the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fought uphill most of the night en route to a 7-3 loss to the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) in Game 1 of their opening-round Governors' Cup playoff series.


The home first began with an Alen Hanson single. It ended with Hanson bouncing into a force at second base. In between, the Tribe scored six runs to grab a commanding lead. Dan Gamache delivered the big blow, a bases-loaded double that plated three.


SWB starter Kyle Haynes (0-1) allowed the six scores on five hits and two walks over his lone inning of work. He threw 41 pitches (22 strikes) in the shortest start of his pro career.


His counterpart, Wilfredo Boscan (1-0), gave up just one unearned run over his seven frames. The score came in the fourth when Gary Sanchez walked, took third when Kyle Roller reached on a Josh Bell fielding error, and scored on a hard comeback single by Aaron Judge.


Once the bullpen door swung open, the RailRiders sparked to life. A.J. Morris began the eighth and failed to record an out. Kyle Higashioka singled, Slade Heathcott reached on a fielder's choice and Gustavo Nunez error and Ali Castillo plated the duo with a single to right to make it 6-3.


Former RailRider Jeremy Bleich entered and bookended strikeouts of Ben Gamel and the pinch-hitting Rob Segedin around a Sanchez single. Indy manager Dean Treanor called upon right-hander Josh Wall who whiffed Judge as the tying run at the plate.


Gamache connected on a sac fly for his fourth RBI of the night in the home eighth before Wall worked around an infield single by Gregorio Petit in a scoreless ninth for the save.


The best-of-five series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night. SWB southpaw Eric Wooten (2-5, 4.66) will face right-hander Vance Worley (3-1, 2.38). The RailRiders will host Game 3 of the series at PNC Field on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6:35 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.


OFF THE RAILS:


Indianapolis posted its first home playoff win since taking the decisive Game 5 of the Governors' Cup finals against Marc Bombard's SWB Red Barons.


Keon Broxton made the play of the night in the third inning. With men at second and third and two outs, Ali Castillo smashed a ball to Broxton in left. Broxton broke in, slammed on the brakes and lost his footing, plummeting to the earth. While lying in the grass, he reached up and to his right to glove the ball on the fly, ending the inning.


SWB hit into five double plays for the first time since the franchise-record 20-inning win over Toledo on July 25, 2013.


The first man out of the RailRiders' bullpen, Conor Mullee, faced the minimum over four scoreless innings to keep the team in striking distance. Including his short regular-season stint with SWB, Mullee has yet to allow a run in three outings and 7.2 innings at Triple-A.


The six-run first tied as the third-best inning for a RailRiders opponent on the season.


Earlier in the day, the New York Yankees announced that outfielder Taylor Dugas was placed on the SWB disabled list while prospect catcher Gary Sanchez was activated off the DL. Sanchez went 20fir03 with a walk and a run scored as the DH. It marked his first game action in two weeks since his early departure from the Aug. 26 game at Pawtucket.


Each team posted 11 hits and each club had 10 singles. Slade Heathcott's just-fair double down the right-field line in the third made for SWB's only extra-base knock. Dan Gamache's game-changing double with the bases loaded in the first inning served as Indy's extra-baser.



"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2015 - 5:30AM #2838
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

S I Yanks take Game One in walk-off fashion


Kaprielian shines in longest pro outing



The Staten Island Yankees gave fans postseason baseball and then some on Wednesday night, taking down the Tri-City ValleyCats in 11 innings by a score of 3-2.


The Baby Bombers were first to strike in the bottom of the first inning. Jeff Hendrix singled to center field then Trey Amburgey drove home the first run of the game with a booming double to left field.


Tri-City answered in the next frame. Dexture McCall singled to left field then later scored on an Anthony Hermelyn single to right field to tie the ball game.


Pitching held strong for both sides all game long, led by 2015 first rounder James Kaprielian. In the longest performance of his pro career, the former UCLA Bruin tossed six innings, allowing only one run on four hits and four strikeouts.


With the decision still on Kaprielian's shoulders, Staten Island reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Cornelius reached on an error, followed by a Thairo Estrada single to right field that put runners at the corners. Eduardo de Oleo brought home Cornelius with an infield single, putting the Baby Bombers ahead, 2-1.


Jeff Degano came on in relief in the seventh inning for Staten Island, allowing the second run of the game. Kolbey Carpenter singled to right field then scored on a Hermelyn double to center field, tying the game, 2-2.


The Yankees squandered two opportunities to push across the go-ahead run with the bases loaded out and no outs. The second instance saw pitching coach Butch Henry get ejected for arguing a 3-0 called strike that would have brought home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning.


Missed opportunities would not be the case in the 11th inning. With one out in the inning, Ryan Krill singled off ValleyCat reliever Pat Porter followed by another single from Amburgey. Staten Island went to the bench for pinch runner Danienger Perez in place of Krill, and the decision paid off. With two runners on base, Junior Valera laced a double to right field bringing home the winning run, giving Staten Island a 3-2 victory in Game One of the New York-Penn League semifinals.


Jonny Drozd earned the win for Staten Island, tossing three shutout innings in relief allowing only one hit.


Staten Island will now travel to Tri-City for Game Two of the semifinals with red hot Domingo Acevedo taking the mound in a potential series-clinching game.



"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2015 - 9:06AM #2839
diehardma
Posts: 6,160

Sep 10, 2015 -- 5:30AM, BigGuy wrote:


S I Yanks take Game One in walk-off fashion


Kaprielian shines in longest pro outing



The Staten Island Yankees gave fans postseason baseball and then some on Wednesday night, taking down the Tri-City ValleyCats in 11 innings by a score of 3-2.


The Baby Bombers were first to strike in the bottom of the first inning. Jeff Hendrix singled to center field then Trey Amburgey drove home the first run of the game with a booming double to left field.


Tri-City answered in the next frame. Dexture McCall singled to left field then later scored on an Anthony Hermelyn single to right field to tie the ball game.


Pitching held strong for both sides all game long, led by 2015 first rounder James Kaprielian. In the longest performance of his pro career, the former UCLA Bruin tossed six innings, allowing only one run on four hits and four strikeouts.


With the decision still on Kaprielian's shoulders, Staten Island reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Cornelius reached on an error, followed by a Thairo Estrada single to right field that put runners at the corners. Eduardo de Oleo brought home Cornelius with an infield single, putting the Baby Bombers ahead, 2-1.


Jeff Degano came on in relief in the seventh inning for Staten Island, allowing the second run of the game. Kolbey Carpenter singled to right field then scored on a Hermelyn double to center field, tying the game, 2-2.


The Yankees squandered two opportunities to push across the go-ahead run with the bases loaded out and no outs. The second instance saw pitching coach Butch Henry get ejected for arguing a 3-0 called strike that would have brought home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning.


Missed opportunities would not be the case in the 11th inning. With one out in the inning, Ryan Krill singled off ValleyCat reliever Pat Porter followed by another single from Amburgey. Staten Island went to the bench for pinch runner Danienger Perez in place of Krill, and the decision paid off. With two runners on base, Junior Valera laced a double to right field bringing home the winning run, giving Staten Island a 3-2 victory in Game One of the New York-Penn League semifinals.


Jonny Drozd earned the win for Staten Island, tossing three shutout innings in relief allowing only one hit.


Staten Island will now travel to Tri-City for Game Two of the semifinals with red hot Domingo Acevedo taking the mound in a potential series-clinching game.






Kaprielian's good. I wonder if they skip him over Charleston to start next year with the hopes of getting him up to Trenton midseason.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2015 - 9:08AM #2840
diehardma
Posts: 6,160

Tonights games:



AAA - SWB at Indianapolis, 7:05 PM (Eric Wooten) (Game 2... SWB trails series 1-0)


Short Season A - Staten Island at Tri-City, 7:00 PM (Domingo Acevedo) (Game 2... Staten Island leads series 1-0)

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