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2019 Minor League Updates
4 months ago  ::  Sep 23, 2019 - 10:38AM #1021
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Sept. 22: Surprise 2, Peoria 1
While outfielder Josh Stowers went 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday and is now 1-for-15 (that one hit a home run), he did show off his wheels, stealing second and third after drawing that walk in the sixth inning.The 6-foot-9 Daniel Bies, a 2018 draftee by the Yankees, made his second appearance of the Fall and was tagged for a run for the second time. A single, stolen base and a double led to Sunday night’s run and allowed Peoria to tie the score at one in the sixth inning.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 23, 2019 - 3:11PM #1022
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Yanks prospect ready for AFL after 1st season


Josh Stowers' first full year in professional baseball began and ended with unexpected stops on his itinerary.


In January, seven months after the Mariners had made him a second-round pick out of Louisville, Seattle dealt him to the Yankees for Shed Long. New York had just acquired Long in the Sonny Gray trade with the Reds, but they preferred a prospect whom it wouldn't have to add to the 40-man roster in the near future.


Stowers spent the entire 2019 season in low Class A, batting .273/.386/.400 with seven homers and 35 steals in 105 games. Afterward, the Yankees decided to challenge him with an assignment to the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, where he'll face much more advanced pitching.


"It definitely wasn't something I was expecting to happen, especially after my first full season," Stowers said. "But in Spring Training, I played up with the Double-A, Triple-A teams, so I feel like I'll be just fine. Maybe a little bit of an adjustment period from facing low A pitching to what I'm going to see now, but I feel like I'll handle my own."


Stowers, 22, has started slowly in the AFL, going 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts in his first four games. His lone hit was a home run off White Sox right-hander Vince Arobio in Surprise's opener.


Though he lacks a true plus tool, Stowers shows some ability to hit for average, draw walks and use his solid speed to steal some bases. He has a chance to play center field, though he spent most of his time this summer in right field, and he'll need to increase his power output to profile as a regular on the corner. His below-average arm may land him in left field if he doesn't stick in center.


Stowers finished strong in the South Atlantic League, batting .354/.479/.469 with nine extra-base hits, nine steals and 21 walks in 28 games during the final month of play. A right-handed hitter, he's at his best when he maintains a patient approach and doesn't worry about hitting home runs. Stowers hopes to build on the momentum he developed down the stretch in Charleston.


"In August, I really found some things that clicked in my swing," Stowers said. "[In] June, I went on the injured list and kind of started off slow coming back in July. So I just want to take those adjustments I made in August and bring them into here, just use this to prove myself and show that I can handle the upper levels and hopefully kind of springboard it into next year."


Yankees hitters in the Fall League


Donny Sands, C -- Drafted as a third baseman in the eighth round in 2015 out of an Arizona high school, Sands moved behind the plate after his first pro season. He continues to improved defensively, but struggled offensively in 2019, batting .221/.283/.310 with two homers in 68 games in high Class A.


Brandon Wagner, 1B/3B/2B -- Wagner broke out by slamming 20 home runs in high Class A in 2018 but slumped to .177/.289/.279 with eight homers in 117 Double-A games in his encore. Power and patience are the best attributes of the 2015 sixth-round pick from Howard (Texas) JC in 2015, though both regressed this year.


Yankees pitchers in the Fall League


Daniel Bies, RHP -- In his first full pro season, the 2018 seventh-rounder from Gonzaga made an appearance in Triple-A and logged a combined 3.33 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 92 innings between three levels. Bies works with a 90-95 mph fastball with metrics that are more impressive than its velocity, features a changeup as his best secondary pitch and gets good extension in his delivery.


Aaron McGarity, RHP -- McGarity's fastball attributes and extension are similar to those of Bies, and he also employs an effective slider and changeup. A 15th-rounder in 2017 from Virginia Tech, he posted a 2.50 ERA with a 69/12 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 relief innings between three levels this year, peaking in high Class A.


Glenn Otto, RHP -- The Yankees converted Otto from reliever to starter after taking him in 2017's fifth round out of Rice, but he lost most of '18 after surgery to remove a blood clot from his pitching shoulder, and he missed two months this year with a ribcage injury. Otto can dodge bats with his 92-97 mph fastball and his spike curveball, using them to record a 3.20 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 56 1/3 high Class A innings.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 25, 2019 - 10:40AM #1023
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Sept. 24: Surprise 6, Peoria 4
Brandon Wagner, the Yankees’ sixth-round pick from the 2015 Draft, hit his first homer of the AFL and certainly picked a good time to do it. After going deep eight times over 119 games in the regular season, Wagner gave Surprise the lead with a grand slam in the sixth inning. The slam was the highlight of the Saguaros’ six-run inning and ultimately proved vital as Surprise topped Peoria, 6-4. Josh Stowers finished 0-for-3.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 27, 2019 - 10:42AM #1024
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Sept. 26: Thursday's game between Surprise and Mesa was rained out and will not be made up.


Sept. 25: Surprise 6, Peoria 2
Right-hander Aaron McGarity was the lone Yankees prospect to appear for Surprise in Wednesday night’s win, and he played his part in the result. McGarity threw one scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts on 20 pitches. Across three levels of the Minor Leagues this season, the 24-year-old posted a 2.50 ERA with 69 strikeouts over 57 2/3 innings.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 28, 2019 - 9:30AM #1025
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Sept. 27: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 3
Brandon Wagner and Donny Sands both went 1-for-3 for Surprise. Sands’ single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated what proved to be the game-winning run in the Saguaros’ win. Josh Stowers was held hitless, but he walked twice and scored a run from the bottom of the lineup.


The Yankees had a pair of 6-foot-8 right-handed relievers take the mound for Surprise in Daniel Bies and Derek Craft. Bies was tagged for two runs on three hits in his one inning of relief, while Craft tossed a scoreless inning and hit 95 mph with his fastball.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 29, 2019 - 10:51AM #1026
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Glenn Otto, RHP, New York Yankees
Otto spun a gem in his second Fall League start, firing four hitless innings for Surprise against Scottsdale. The 23-year-old right-hander compiled two strikeouts and two walks in the outing while throwing 39 of 59 pitches for strikes. Otto, the Yankees’ fifth-round pick from the 2017 Draft, has given up only one hit in seven scoreless innings this fall after posting a 3.20 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings at Class A Advanced Tampa this past season. On Saturday he operated with a 93-95 mph (topped at 96) fastball, a slurvy breaking ball at 81-82 mph and a diving changeup that registered in the upper 80s.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 30, 2019 - 10:39AM #1027
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Brandon Wagner, 1B/DH, New York Yankees
Wagner had a huge game at the plate for Surprise, going 3-for-4 with a grand slam. He drove in seven of the Saguaros' 11 runs in its victory over Peoria.The grand slam was his second of the Fall League season in only seven games. As a result, Wagner leads the AFL in RBIs with 15. Wagner hit only eight homers all season in 119 games in the Minors, mostly with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.


Donny Sands served as the DH and went 0-for-4 with an RBI out of the eighth slot in the lineup.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 02, 2019 - 11:13AM #1028
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Oct. 1: Peoria 3, Surprise 1
Brandon Wagner and Josh Stowers were held hitless on Tuesday, with both players going 0-for-3. Wagner struck out in each of his three at-bats and also reached on a walk, while Stowers’ AFL average dropped to .038 after his no-hit performance. Daniel Bies and Aaron McGarity each tossed a scoreless inning out of Surprise’s bullpen. Bies notched a strikeout during a perfect frame, while McGarity punched out a pair while pitching around a single.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 04, 2019 - 10:54AM #1029
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Oct. 2Surprise 8, Mesa 7
Brandon Wagner, who was named AFL Hitter of the Week on Wednesday, went 1-for-4, knocking a single to score the first run of the game. The 24-year-old first baseman came around to score later in the first inning, and he also drew a walk.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 05, 2019 - 10:28AM #1030
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Oct. 4: Surprise 7, Glendale 6
Derek Craft delivered a 1-2-3 frame out of the 'pen for Surprise, his second scoreless outing of the AFL. The southpaw was pitching for the first time in a week. Josh Stowers shook off a stiff hit by pitch in the fifth to finish with his first multihit performance of the fall. The outfielder had been in an extreme offensive funk, not having collected a hit since Sept. 18, but was able to snap that skid with a line drive single in the 1st. He also scored a pair of runs. Donny Sands hit cleanup and served as the designated hitter, but finished his afternoon 0-for-5.

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