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2019 Minor League Updates
10 months ago  ::  Oct 06, 2019 - 3:41PM #1031
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Oct. 5: Glendale 2, Surprise 0
Glenn Otto lost his streak of scoreless outings to begin the Fall League season, surrendering a pair of solo home runs as the only runs charged to him over four innings. He allowed four hits overall, alongside two walks and three strikeouts, and his ERA moved to 1.62 in three AFL starts. Aaron McGarity pitched a scoreless sixth inning, in which he gave up just a hit and struck out one batter.

Josh Stowers’ average dipped to .091 after his 0-for-3 performance. Brandon Wagner reached base twice -- a walk and a single -- as he finished 1-for-3. Donny Sands went 1-for-4 with his first AFL double and also cut down a pair of attempted basestealers.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 06, 2019 - 3:44PM #1032
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Keeping tabs on the Yankees’ Arizona Fall League prospects

The Yankees’ Arizona Fall League participants are having a mixed bag of successes and failures in the desert.

The Yankees sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League to play for the Surprise Saguaros. Unlike previous years, the Yankees declined to send any of their top-30 MLB Pipeline prospects, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of talent looking to take advantage of an extended season out in the desert. Let’s catch up on the performance of the Yankees’ Arizona Fall League participants.

Josh Stowers

Stowers is probably the Yankees most highly-regarded prospect of the bunch. The Yankees acquired Stowers from the Mariners as part of the Sonny Gray transaction, and appeared on their Top 30 Prospects list earlier this season. However, he’s struggled mightily in his first Fall League action. After slashing .273/.386/.400 in 105 Single-A games this season, Stowers is 3-for-30 with one extra-base hit (a home run) in his first nine games in Arizona. With at least 16 games left in the season, Stowers has some time to turn things around and show that he has big league upside.

Donny Sands

A former infielder converted to the catcher position, Sands struggled to the tune of a .593 OPS in 68 games at High-A Tampa this season. His performance in the AFL hasn’t been any better. Through seven games, Sands is batting .148, although he’s managed to drive in six runs with only four hits.

Brandon Wagner

A breakout prospect in 2018, when he posted an .841 OPS and 21 home runs across two levels, Wagner took a step back in 2019. The first baseman batted .177 at Double-A Trenton, but the Yankees gave him a chance in the AFL to salvage his season. Wagner has been one of the Saguaros best players and won Player of the Week honors the week of Sept. 23-29. He’s blasted two grand slams and leads the Saguaros with 16 RBI in nine games. “Out here I’m trying to be a little more aggressive, swing at the pitches I want to swing at, and trying to do damage,” Wagner told MLB.com.

Aaron McGarity

McGarity, a 24-year-old right-hander who pitched across three levels this season, owns a 2.25 ERA in four bullpen appearances for the Saguaros. He’s struck out six in four innings, surrendering just two hits and one walk. McGarity was the team’s 15th-round pick in 2017, and owns a shiny 1.90 ERA in 104 minor-league innings.

Derek Craft

Craft pitched 30 innings between Pulaski and Staten Island this season, recording a 2.70 ERA and 11.7 K/9. The 6-foot-8 relief pitcher has only pitched two innings for Surprise, but he’s surrendered just two hits and zero runs.

Daniel Bies

Another huge right-hander, Bies stands at 6-foot-9. The 23-year-old Gonzaga product has struggled in four outings for Surprise. Bies has a 7.20 ERA in five innings after posting a 3.33 ERA across three levels in the regular season.

Glenn Otto

Like Stowers, Otto was also removed from the MLB Pipeline Top 30 list during the regular season, but he’s still a legitimate prospect when he’s healthy. He owns a 2.85 ERA across 91.2 innings in the minor leagues. Otto’s made two starts for the Saguaros and he’s been tremendous. Otto went 3.0 shutout innings in his first start on September 21 and 4.0 no-hit innings on September 28. If Otto continues to impress in the AFL, he could be well on his way to a spring training invite in 2020.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 07, 2019 - 12:45PM #1033
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Oct. 6Salt River 6, Surprise 4
Brandon Wagner went 1-for-4, but picked also picked up a pair of RBIs. Wagner drew a bases loaded walk in the sixth and also drove home a run via a base hit in the seventh. Donny Sands hit a couple of deep fly balls, but didn’t have much to show for it and is batting .171 after his 1-for-4 performance.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 09, 2019 - 10:38AM #1034
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Oct. 8: Surprise 6, Mesa 1
Josh Stowers went 1-for-2 for Surprise, hitting a single, scoring a run and walking twice in the affair. Brandon Wagner went 0-for-2, but he walked once and drove in a run for the winning squad. Daniel Bies was the first man out of the bullpen for the Saguaros, and the 23-year-old right-hander picked up right where Nationals’ prospect Sterling Sharp left off, throwing a perfect frame with two strikeouts.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 10, 2019 - 10:43AM #1035
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Oct. 9: Surprise 12, Mesa 10
Josh Stowers paced an impressive Surprise offense on Wednesday, going 3-for-6 and driving in two runs on a game-tying single in the top of the ninth. The 2018 second-round Draft pick out of Louisville hit .273 this season with seven homers and 35 steals in 105 games for Class A Charleston. Derek Craft came on in relief for the Saguaros, and the 23-year-old right-hander recorded just one out in the matchup, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 12, 2019 - 9:36AM #1036
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Oct. 11: Surprise 2, Scottsdale 0
Glenn Otto spun four innings of one-hit ball for Surprise as he improved to 2-1 in four AFL starts. Throwing 37 of 64 pitches for strikes, the 23-year-old right-hander issued two walks, struck out three and recorded five ground-ball outs. The scoreless performance was Otto’s third in the Fall League, and overall, the former fifth-round pick (2017) owns a 1.20 ERA across 15 innings. Opposing hitters are batting just .125 against him. Daniel Bies struck out two batters during a scoreless sixth inning.

Oct. 10: Scottsdale 3, Peoria 1
Brandon Wagner notched his third double of the fall season in a 1-for-4 day, and the first baseman also scored a run in the win. Aaron McGarity entered the game in the fifth inning and threw two perfect frames against Scottsdale, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.29.

10 months ago  ::  Oct 16, 2019 - 6:12PM #1037
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Oct. 15: Surprise 3, Peoria 0
Brandon Wagner is batting .216 for Surprise after an 0-for-4, two-strikeout game, though he still paces the Fall League with 19 RBIs. Catcher Donny Sands put the Saguaros on the board in the second inning with an RBI double and finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Daniel Bies recorded a pair of strikeouts during a perfect inning out of Surprise’s bullpen. It was the 6-foot-9 right-hander’s fourth straight scoreless appearance after giving up at least one run in his first three outings.

Oct. 14: Surprise 1, Peoria 0
Josh Stowers got the start as the designated hitter for the Saguaros and went 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch before departing. He was plunked in the fifth, but was able to remain in the game, even swiping his fourth base of the fall. Aaron McGarity opened his appearance by drilling a batter, but rebounded to post a scoreless inning of work. He worked around a base hit to eventually escape the frame, lowering his ERA to 1.13 in the process. The 24-year-old has posted seven straight scoreless innings and hasn’t allowed a run since his Sept. 18 outing.

9 months ago  ::  Oct 17, 2019 - 10:40AM #1038
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Oct. 16: Glendale 8, Surprise 4
Brandon Wagner went 2-for-4 and increased his Fall League-leading RBI total to 21 with a two-run double in the sixth inning for Surprise. He improved his average to .236 with the multihit performance, his first since Sept. 29. During the Minor League season, Wagner drove in 39 in 119 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

9 months ago  ::  Oct 19, 2019 - 9:30AM #1039
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Oct. 18: Surprise 3, Glendale 1
Glenn Otto was virtually untouchable for the majority of his start against Glendale, retiring the first 11 batters that he faced. The only blip on his radar came in the fifth when he yielded a pair of singles that produced a run, only his third allowed this fall and the first that came via means other than a home run. The right-hander finished with eight strikeouts, sitting consistently at 93-96 mph with his fastball. After having been converted to the starting rotation upon joining the Yankees out of Rice University, Otto appears to be a turning a corner in the Fall League, where he owns a 1.35 ERA across five starts.

Aaron McGarity took over in the seventh and whiffed the first batter that he faced before coming back out for the eighth and adding two more strikeouts to his ledger. The 24-year-old right-hander claimed his first win of the fall when Surprise cranked out three runs behind him, as he lowered his ERA to 0.96 in the process. He has gone seven consecutive appearances without allowing a run. It was a quiet night offensively for the Yankees’ triumvirate of Brandon Wagner, Donny Sands and Josh Stowers, who went a combined 0-for-9 with five strikeouts and nine men left on base. Both Sands and Stowers drew a walk.

9 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 10:29AM #1040
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Oct. 19: Salt River 8, Surprise 1
Josh Stowers went 0-for-1 but reached base via a pair of walks -- the only player to reach base multiple times for Surprise on Saturday -- and Donny Sands recorded one of his team’s four hits in a 1-for-4 performance. They’re batting .146 and .188, respectively. Daniel Bies gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in one inning to snap a streak of four straight scoreless appearances. He threw 12 of 21 pitches for strikes, fanning two batters.

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