New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from major Yankee comeback

The New York Yankees entered yesterday’s game after losing two straight to the Red Sox. In the seventh inning, it looked as though this would be another loss with only four outs left in the game. However, the Yankees erupted in the eighth with 5 straight hits and the 4-3 win. The Yankees now have a chance at splitting the series with Domingo German on the mound for the 1:05 pm game.

Jameson Taillon was economical

Last night Jameson Taillon set up the bullpen beautifully. He went seven innings, only giving on one earned run as he was economical from the start. Unfortunately, he was saddled with two unearned runs early. But that didn’t put him down; he remained aggressive, using all of his pitches mystifying the Red Sox hitters. The Red Sox remained scoreless after the third inning.

Taillon, who is still recovering from not pitching for nearly two years, has pitched really well during July, better than the stats show. Now that he is using his two-seamer and curve more, he is getting quality start after quality start. After going seven, Jonathan Loaisiga, who hadn’t pitched in two weeks, came in and pitched a scoreless eighth. Then, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in and closed it out for the Yankees.

Yankees explode in the eight

In the first seven innings of yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees could only get five meaningless hits off of Nathan Eovaldi; they seemed lifeless, almost like they were going through the motions. They went 0-7 with men in scoring position. The Yankee fans in the stands at Fenway Park were saying; here we go again. But in the eighth inning Estevan Florial and Brett Gardner sparked the lineup that would see the Yankees come back from 3 behind with 4 outs to go, for the first time since August 2020.

Estevan Florial led off the eighth inning and got a lead-off double. Brantly popped out to third. LeMahieu flew out to Duran in center. Gardner got an RBI single to easily drive in Florial the get the Yankees on the board. That hit knocked Eovaldi out of the game. The Yankees are now 10-71, with runners in scoring position this season against the Red Sox. Stanton faced another ex-Yankee in reliever Adam Ottavino, and he got a ground-rule double as the ball bounced into the right-field fans, moving Gardner to third base.

After Stanton’s double, Tyler Wade came in to pinch run for Stanton. Odor doubled off the green monster scoring two to tie up the game at 3. Torres singled, driving in Odor to give the Yankees the lead in the game for the first time. Torres stole second. Allen got plunked and went to first. Gittens tapped in front of the plate for the final out as the lineup turned over, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the half. New York Yankees 4 Boston Red Sox 3.

Sit tight; help is on the way

The New York Yankees have had their share of injuries this season. That was exacerbated recently by the Covid outbreak that put six Yankees players on the Covid list. Since then, the Yankees have had a ragtag lineup. But help is finally one the way. Yesterday Jonathan Loaisiga returned and played an integral part in holding back the Red Sox. Today star third baseman Gio Ushela is scheduled to be in the lineup.

Beyond that, for the Tampa Bay series next week, all of the remaining Covid list players should be returning. In addition, just days from August, the Yankees are also hoping for the return of two starting pitchers, Corey Kluber and Luis Severino. With the Yankees sit in the running for a wild card slot, these additions to the team will be significant.

Notes: Chris Gittens left the game with an ankle sprain. After one major league start, Asher Wojciechowski was immediately designated for assignment to make room for Jonathan Loaisiga on the roster. He rejected the assignment to Scranton and has elected for free agency.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees come alive in the eighth to win one from the Red Sox

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial

After losing the first two games of the four-game set against their rival Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees entered this afternoon’s matchup with a certain urgency to win the game to at least split the series with the Red Sox. The Yankees were 2-11 on the season against the Sox and 9 games back in the AL East. Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Yankees facing the ex-Yankees Nathan Eovaldi. It was a perfect weather day for a ball game at Fenway Park in Boston.

To start the game, DJ LeMahieu faced Eovaldi and ground out in the infield. Brett Gardner got a base hit to short, but Gardner runs so face he got the hit. Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Rougie Odor struck out for the final out of the half. Enrique Hernandez led off for the Red Sox and scored, hitting a long ball off the monster, the throw went into the dugout, and he advanced to home for the one-run lead. Jerran Duran popped out. Xander Bogaerts went down on strikes. Rafael Devers flew out, but the Red Sox took the lead in the game. Red Sox 1 Yankees 0.

Gleyber Torres led off the second by striking out. Greg Allen, who has had success off Eovaldi, struck out on three pitches. Chris Gittens flew out to right for a 1-2-3 inning for Eovaldi. At the bottom, JT Martinez lined down the left-field line to get a double leading off the inning. Alex Verdugo flew out. Kevin Plawecki hit one off the green monster for another double driving in Martinez. French Cordero walked. Michael Chavis struck out. With two on and two outs, Hernandez flew out to Florial in center to end the inning. Red Sox 2 Yankees 0.

The top of the third was led off by Estevan Florial, who ground to first, but a head-in slide got a hit for Florial. Rob Brantly singled, moving Florial to second. LeMahieu hit into a double play, but Florial advanced to third. Brett Gardner struck out, and the Yankees left their second running on base in the game. At the bottom, Duran led off and doubled as Odor booted the ball. Bogaerts ground out to Odor, but Duran went to third. Devers got a sac fly to center driving in Duran for Dever’s baseball leading 80 RBI’s. Martinez flew out to end the inning. Boston Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Giancarlo Staton, who struck out for the second time today. Odor popped back to the catcher for the second out. Torres struck out for Eovaldi’s seventh strikeout of the game. Alex Verdugo led off the bottom of the fourth by grounding out. Plawecki singled to left. With one on and one out, Cordero hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Greg Allen led off the fifth by flying out to deep center. Gittens popped out to second. Florial flew out to center for a very quick inning for Eovaldi. At the bottom, Chavis stuck out. Hernandez lined out to LeMahieu at third. Duran flew out to Allen, who made a great running catch. It was a quick inning for both pitchers. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Rob Brantly led off the sixth inning by grounding out to second. LeMahieu doubled off the green monster. Gardner struck out on Eovaldi’s curveball. Stanton flew out to right as the Yankees left another runner on base. At the bottom, Bogaerts popped out to second. Devers popped out to left-field foul territory. Martinez singled, Verdugo popped out for the final out. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Rougie Odor led off the seventh by grounding out. Torres flew out to right. Allen singled over the first baseman’s head. Gittens ground out to leave another Yankee on base. Plawecki led off the bottom and went down on strikes. Cordero walked. Cordero tried to steal second, but Brantly gunned him down. Chavis flew out to Gardner for another strong inning from Taillon. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Estevan Florial led off the eighth inning and got a lead-off double. Brantly popped out to third. LeMahieu flew out to Duran in center. Gardner got an RBI single to easily drive in Florial the get the Yankees on the board. That hit knocked Eovaldi out of the game.  The Yankees are now 10-71, with runners in scoring position this season against the Red Sox. Stanton faced another ex-Yankee in reliever Adam Ottavino, and he got a ground-rule double as the ball bounced into the right-field fans, moving Gardner to third base. Tyler Wade came in to pin run for Stanton. Odor doubled off the green monster scoring two to tie up the game at 3. Torres singled, driving in Odor to give the Yankees the lead in the game for the first time. Torres stole second. Allen got plunked and went to first. As the lineup turned over, Gittens tapped in front of the plate for the final out, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the half. New York Yankees 4 Boston Red Sox 3.

Gittens who fell running to first had to be helped off the field. Tyler Wade replaced him at third as LeMahieu moved to first. The Yankees lost their DH, meaning a pitcher would have to hit.

At the bottom of the inning, with the Red Sox behind a run, Hernandez faced the new Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisgia returning from the Covid list and ground out. Duran hit back to Loaisiga for the second out. Bogaerts, after a tough at-bat, singled. Devers singled moving Bogaerts to third. With two outs and men on the corners, Martinez flew out to Allen in right, leaving the runners stranded. New York Yankees 4 Red Sox 3.

The top of the ninth saw Estevan Florial at the plate; he walked on four pitches. Rob Brantly hit into a force out fielder’s choice. DJ LeMahieu flew out to the right-center. Brantly took off and was caught for the double play for another Yankee running mistake. With last licks on the line for the Red Sox, Alex Verdugo took to the plate with Aroldis Chapman on the mound and ground out to second. Plawecki struck out. Hunter Renfroe pinch-hitting for Cordero walked. Christian Vazquez also pinch-hitting hit a ground-rule double to move Renfroe to third base.  With the tying run at third and the winning run at second, Hernandez struck out as the Yankees hung on for the win.

Jameson Taillon, the winning pitcher, the loser Adam Ottavino and the save went to Aroldis Chapman for his 18 save of the season.

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from home run show over the Phillies

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

The New York Yankees entered the series with the Philadelphia Phillies last night with a rag-tag team with a higher positivity rate than any time in the season after winning a series against the Boston Red Sox. Even with their beleaguered team with several players on the IL, they were hoping to take their second series in a row. With decent pitching and multiple home runs, the Yankees won the game 6-4 for their third win in a row.

Yankee pitching improves

Right-hander Domingo German was on the mound for the New York Yankees. German could have been lights out, but also could have struggled mightily. He was 4-5 with an ERA of 4.72. In his last outing against the Red Sox, he lasted only 1 inning using 17 pitches before being removed. The Yankees had lost seven of his last ten starts. Last night was considerably better. He went four innings, giving up just two earned runs, but striking out five.

Luckily the Yankee bullpen came to the rescue. Luis Cessa, Lucas Luetge, and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings. However, returning Zack Britton still showed some rust after not pitching in almost two months; he gave up a homer. Likewise, closer Aroldis Chapman, who has been pitching poorly of late, gave up a homer in the ninth inning, but it was no harm by entering with a three-run lead. Striking out 3 Phillies and allowing just the home run was an encouraging sign for the Yankees.

Yankee power explodes late in the game

A lack of hitting has dogged the New York Yankees all season long. However, last night that seemed to be far in the past as the players; some not from the regular lineup, exploded with four home runs in the game. Veteran Brett Gardner led off the barrage in the fifth inning with his homer off Phillies starter Aaron Nola. In the following inning, Gary Sanchez hit one of his own, knocking Nola out of the game. Then in the seventh slugger, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 16th homer of the season. But the Yankees weren’t done; Estevan Florial, a center field fill-in, slammed another home run in the eighth. Every Yankee got at least one hit in the game with the exception of Tyler Wade who went 0 for 4.

It should be noted that the powerful explosion overshadowed three facts. First, Greg Allen got another hit and scored twice. Second, Estevan Florial went 1 for 3 driving in two runs. Both of these players are fill-ins. Also, being short players, the Yankees had to use catcher Rob Brantly at first base. He, too, got a hit in the game. All, however, was not good; although the home run saved the Yankees, they went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, another issue that has plagued the Yankees.

Yankee fans behaving badly

New York Yankee fans have been making news of late, not for their excitement for the Yankees, but their bad behavior at the Stadium in the Bronx. In the last game against the Red Sox fan threw a ball, hitting the back of Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, halting the game for a time. That fan has since been banned from attending any Major League game for the rest of his life. On the same night, the wife of former Red Sox catcher and current assistant coach Jason Varitek reported that their 9-year-old daughter was spat upon when leaving the Stadium.

Last night was another night of bad behavior as a fan ran onto the field in the sixth inning, halting the game momentarily. A chase ensued when the fan was tackled and crushed to the ground. He was escorted out of the stadium by security guards and New York Police. New York Yankee management has strongly condemned these shenanigans, saying that there is no place for these actions at Yankee Stadium.

Notes: Tonight is the last game of the Phillies series; either team has not released starting pitchers for the game as of this writing.

 

New York Yankees Recap: 4 home runs power Yankees to win over the Phillies

The New York Yankees entered the series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight with a rag-tag team the had a higher positivity rate than any time in the season after winning a series against the Boston Red Sox. Even with their beleaguered team with several players on the IL, they were hoping to take their second series in a row. The Yankees won the game via the home run 6-4 for their third win in a row.

Jean Segura led off the first inning and walked against Domingo German. J.T. Realmuto ground out. Bryce Harper struck out. Former Yankee Andrew McCutchen struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Brett Gardner led off for the Yankees and struck out. Giancarlo Stanton went down looking. Rougie Odor struck out for a scoreless inning for both teams.

In the second, Rhys Hoskings, the Phillies’ home run leader, led off by hitting a homer to center field. Didi Gregorius recorded the first out with a fly out to center. Brad Miller walked. Ronald Toreyes struck out. Travis Jankowski struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies picked up a run. Gary Sanchez led off the Phillies at the bottom and flew out to right-center. Gleyber Torres flew out to the same place. Rob Brantly tapped back to the pitcher to end the inning. Phillies 1 Yankees 0.

Jean Segura led off the third by grounding out. JT Realmuto hit sharply to Tyler Wade at third for the second out. Bryce Harper singled to the center. McCutchen lined out directly to Wade at third to end the half. At the bottom, Greg Allen led off by getting a lead-off triple over the head of Harper. Estevan Florial sac flew for the tie of the game. Tyler Wade recorded the second out with a fly ball to McCutchen in left. Gardner flew out. New York Yankees 1 Phillies 1.

Hoskins led off the fourth by walking. Gregorius flew out for the first out. Miller flew out to shallow short. Toreyes hit a double over the head of Gardner, driving in a run for the Phillies.  Jankowski struck out, but the Phillies added another run. At the bottom, Stanton struck out. Odor got a bunt single for the Yankees. Sanchez hit the left-field wall so hard that he was limited to a single, but Odor went to third. Torres went down on strikes. Brantly, with two on and two outs, popped out to end the inning. Phillies 2 Yankees 1.

In the fifth inning, the Yankees picked up two runs, partly because of Brett Gardner’s home run to centerfield off of Nola. It would end up that the Yankees won this game via the long ball. Gary Sanchez hit a long ball in the sixth inning also off of Nola. In the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster home run. New York Yankees 5 Philadelphia Phillies 2.

At the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies picked up a run off of Zack Britton. Britton gave up 3 hits in the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Greg Allen struck out. Estevan Florial, who walked in the sixth, had a solo shot to the short right-field porch to make it 6-3 New York Yankees. It was Florials first Major League home run. Tyler Wade gound out for the second out of the inning. Brett Gardner, with two outs, ground out to second to end the inning, but the Yankees picked up another run in the inning. New York Yankees 6 Phillies 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the mound to close it out for the Yankees with the three-run led. Chapman has been shakey, to say the least trying to close games for the Yankees recently. Bryce Harper struck out on a Chapman slider. Andrew McCutchen homer to the left-field stands as the Phillies tacked on another run as Chapman’s late-inning woes continued. Rhys Hoskins struck out swinging. Didi Gregorius, who was 0-4 on the night, also struck out against his old teammate. The Yankees held onto the 6-4 lead to take the first game of the Phillies series and their third win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 6 and the Philadelphia Phillies 4. The winning pitcher was Luis Cessa, and the loser was Aaron Nola. The save went to Aroldis Chapman, his 17th of the season.

Estevan Florial vows to be ‘always ready’ to help the Yankees; needs to work on some things in Triple-A

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

The New York Yankees have gotten the worst posible news on center fielder Aaron Hicks: he is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season with his wrist injury. That means somebody in the organization will need to step up, or the Bombers would need to go to the trade market and spend valuable resources to solve the issue.

Veteran Brett Gardner is expected to take over Hicks in center, at least in the short term. But the Yankees are closely monitoring Estevan Florial’s progress in Triple-A and will probably not hesitate to recall him if needed.

In fact, they used him for yesterday’s twin bill against the Toronto Blue Jays, and after the second game, the Yankees sent him back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Florial himself told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he has been closely monitoring the injury situation in the Yankees’ big league roster, and is trying to stay ready at all times in case he is needed, just like Thursday.

“As a member of the team, you don’t want your teammates to get hurt, but I’m always ready to help the team,” Florial said.

Could he play himself into the Yankees’ plans?

He was the center fielder in the Yankees’ victory in the second game, and went 1-for-3 with a double.

Injuries and issues to make contact cost him three years of development, but he is making up for the lost time with a power showing in the high minors.

“I think you know how much we like his ceiling and what his potential is,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The biggest thing for him is gaining experience and allowing him time to learn from successes and failures, making the adjustments to be a Major League hitter.”

In 17 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Florial has a .203/.295/.536 slash line, but it comes with six homers and nine RBIs.

He could use some Triple-A seasoning to show he can increase that average through an improvement in bat-to-ball skills and pitch recognition.

“There’s a lot of competition down there,” Florial said. “[The numbers] weren’t great, but I used to face pitchers like that in Spring Training. Sometimes you’d have to face Gerrit Cole, big league arms. I’m kind of used to it, so I prepare myself. It doesn’t matter if it’s Double-A or Triple-A.”

Yankees’ outfield prospect is having an explosive start of the season

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

For years, New York Yankees outfield prospect Estevan Florial has teased with tantalizing tolos that include raw athleticism, impressive power, speed, defense, and a good arm from center field. Yet, he has continually been held back by an inability to make consistent contact, most notably with breaking balls.

After years of consistently failing in Class A-Advanced (he did well there but struggled in both 2018 and 2019) he took a cup of coffee last year with the big club but spent most of his time at the Yankees’ alternate training site.

That time seems to have worked wonders for him, at least in the early going. With the Double-A Somerset Patriots, Florial has been having a renaissance

The Patriots center fielder hit his fourth home run of the season on Sunday. Of those four, three have been of the leadoff variety.

The Yankees are closely following him 

The Yankees’ prospect, who has seemingly been around forever but is still somehow 23, has four homers, six RBI, five runs scored, .955 slugging percentage and 1.355 OPS, all while hitting .318 on the season’s first six games.

Florial is still a promising player despite the recent struggles, and the early part of the 2021 minor league season has served as a reminder of that. Consistency will be the key for him to carve a future with the Yankees.

Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone is definitely paying attention:

“He’s a beloved guy in that room and has a lot of people in that organization and players that are really pulling for him and know what his ceiling is, know how good he can be, know what the tools suggest,” Boone told reporters on the weekend. “I’m excited for him to go out there and hopefully have a healthy, full minor-league season where he’s able to re-establish what I think the industry and what we feel like he’s capable of doing. It is exciting to see him get off to the kind of start he is. … He’s a five-tool (prospect). I think he could be an All-Star-caliber talent. A guy that can legitimately play center field, fly, power to all fields. He certainly has all the tools to be a special player. It’s about obviously putting those together and having it show up in performance and consistency.”

New York Yankees: Four prospects to watch as Minor League Baseball begins

New York Yankees, Austin Wells

After taking the 2020 season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minor League Baseball is finally set to resume play. In the 18+ months since the last MiLB action, the entire farm system structure has changed, including a few affiliates being swapped for the New York Yankees. Scranton remains the Triple-A affiliate for the team, however, the Double-A affiliate is now the Somerset Patriots. Tampa has dropped down to Low-A, while the Hudson Valley Renegades have filled their spot as the High-A affiliate.

With Minor League Baseball resuming, that means that there will be plenty of prospects to keep an eye on throughout the season. Here is one prospect to watch for on each Yankees’ affiliate.

Low-A: Austin Wells (C)

2021 1st round draft pick Austin Wells will make his minor league debut with the Tampa Tarpons this week. Wells, 21, impressed throughout Spring Training and is a likely candidate to replace Gary Sanchez in the future.

That being said, Wells’s progression is something to keep an eye on throughout the season. If Wells performs well in 2021, he could potentially make it to Double-A come September, putting him in a position where he could be MLB ready by the end of the 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

High-A: Luis Medina (RHP)

Ranked 7th in the Yankees orgamization, Luis Medina is looking for a breakout season in the minors in 2021. He struggled in 2018 and 2019 in A-Ball, however, he’s two years older now and has had a ton of time to develop. The Yankees are very high on him and he could be an arm in the MLB rotation in a few seasons.

With prospects Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia already proving themselves as MLB quality pitchers, Medina is essentially the No. 2 pitching prospect in the organization, only behind Luis Gil. If Medina starts off strong in 2021, he could quickly see a promotion to Double-A.

Double-A: Estevan Florial (CF)

Despite making his MLB debut in 2020, Estevan Florial finds himself in Double-A to begin the 2021 season. Currently the Yankees No. 2 outfield prospect behind Jasson Dominguez, Florial could potentially be an impact player for the Yankees this season. The team hasn’t had much production out of outfielders Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, meaning Florial could potentially be in the mix.

If Florial were to make the MLB roster at some point, a strong performance for him is key to his Yankee future. With Dominguez likely MLB ready in 2023, Florial would like to show that he belongs on the Yankees’ roster and that Dominguez’s route to the majors isn’t as easy as it’s hyped to be.

Triple-A: Deivi Garcia (RP)

Picking Deivi Garcia as the player to watch for this season in Triple-A is a difficult one. Many players on the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders are either MLB veterans or lower-ranked prospects who have already made MLB appearances. However, with the expectation that Garcia will start games next season with the Yankees, we’ll go with Garcia.

2021 will likely see Garcia jump back-and-forth between the Triple-A and MLB roster, but he should hopefully get 25ish starts between the two teams. If Garcia can succeed at both levels this season, then it’ll put him in great shape to have a permanent MLB roster spot in 2022.

Yankees News: Aaron Judge returns with ‘gaping’ difference, Estevan Florial visa issues

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees have reported to spring training, and while things seem to be going smoothly thus far, one major difference has bubbled to the surface. Slugger Aaron Judge reported to camp with a ‘gaping’ difference compared to 2020, he got his teeth fixed!

One of the Judge’s primary characteristics is the gap between his front two teeth, which has now dissipated. With a brand new smile and a changed strength and conditioning program, Judge is expected to make a significant impact on the 2021 season.

Last year, he played in just 28 of 60 games, logging a .257 average with nine homers and 22 RBIs. New strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Cressey brings a different approach toward preparation and staying in shape.

With Judge in line to begin negotiating for a monster deal next season, remaining healthy is a priority. He’s arbitration-eligible in 2022 will become a free agent in 2023. He’s currently on a one-year, $10.175 million deal for the upcoming season, but expect that number to take an astronomical jump if he signs a long-term extension with the Yankees.

One youth player for the Yankees is still stuck in the Dominican Republic:

Estevan Florial is currently dealing with visa issues, barring him from entering the United States and joining his team in Florida. Apparently, a number of players are also dealing with this issue, but eventually, it will be solved.

According to CBS, the issue revolving around Florial is also having an impact on other players:

Florial has yet to arrive at camp due to visa issues, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

A large number of players around the league have been held up for similar reasons while trying to get back into the country. If Florial is able to arrive soon, he’ll still have plenty of time to get up to speed by Opening Day, though he’s unlikely to spend that day on the big-league roster regardless of when he shows up.

Should the Yankees do the unthinkable and sell the farm to win now?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial

After watching the San Diego Padres trade for star pitcher Blake Snell, formally of the Tampa Bay Rays, it begs the question, should the New York Yankees be selling the farm in a win-now scenario?

The Yankees haven’t reached the World Series in over a decade, despite having the highest payroll in all of baseball and plenty of talent to get the job done. As a team that utilizes analytics heavily, it is quite disappointing they failed to reach the final stages of the post-season, and selling high on some of their farm players could help them get there in 2021.

General manager Brian Cashman has taken this off-season slowly, waiting for other teams to contact DJ LeMahieu on a potential contract. As long as alternative options don’t offer more than the Yankees, they can drive down his price tag and force his representatives to compromise on a deal. This would help the Yankees save some money and allow them to reallocate toward positions that need upgrades.

Nonetheless, starting pitching remains a major focal point, as they lost three starters this off-season and don’t have the depth to move forward into 2021 with confidence.

They are scheduled to gain back Luis Severino at some point and Domingo German, but Deivi Garcia and Michael King would be expected to start regularly. Trusting youngsters to hold down the fort during a grueling regular season campaign is not advisable, so selling prospects now for a quality pitcher could be the right decision. In fact, making a run at Snell would’ve been a good idea for the Yankees, who are now in no man’s land when it comes to starting pitching.

The New York Yankees could unload the farm:

1.) Estevan Florial

Florial has been disappointing the last few seasons, picking up consistent injuries and watching his stock plummet in the process. He might be a solid option to sell on, considering he is a five-tool prospect that simply hasn’t managed to remain consistent. Some team could see him as a viable starter in the near future, and the Yankees have plenty of depth in the outfield.

2.) Deivi Garcia

Garcia is a promising up-and-coming pitcher who received his first MLB action in 2020. He finished the season with a 4.98 ERA over 34.1 innings pitched. He logged a 33.3% ground ball rate and 8.65 strikeouts per nine. His time in the big leagues was certainly overwhelming, and he got a taste of the strength and physicality players have at the next level.

I believe he is capable of being a solid rotational starter, but he might never reach ace status. Selling high on him now might be a decent idea of the Yankees can acquire a player with years left on a contract that is cost-efficient.

3.) Michael King

Michael King is another starter Yankees have high hopes for. At 25 years old, he only pitched in 26.2 innings this past season, ending with a 7.76 ERA. He was batted around quite a bit, but he has plenty of potential, and the Yankees see him as a key piece moving forward. If management views him that high, other teams must regard him as a quality prospect as well. This might be a good time to sell high if the Yankees feel he has a middling ceiling.

4.) Jasson Dominguez

Of course, we can’t leave out “The Martian.” Dominguez is a five-tool prospect that hasn’t even reached the drinking age yet. His unparalleled power and abilities defensively make him an intriguing target for any team. If the Yankees are willing to pass on a potentially generational talent, they can likely acquire a pretty penny for his services.

New York Yankees: A look at Yankee players in Winter ball – How did they do?

The New York Yankees have had a number of players playing in LINDOM the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League.  Now that the winter ball season is over they presented this Friday the game schedule for the series or mini playoff that the Eastern Stars and Lions of the Chosen One will play to define the last qualification quota for the semifinal round. They playoffs with start tomorrow. The Greens and Reds will face off at San Pedro de Macorís.

Then, it will continue on Monday at 6:00 in the afternoon, at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium in Santo Domingo, and if necessary a third match will return to the Sultana del Este Park. Los Gigantes del Cibao, winners of the regular series with a 16-14 record, will wait for the winner of this series to start their semifinal on January 2. The other semifinalist round will be between Águilas Cibaeñas and Toros del Este, in the Don José Manuel Fernández in memoriam Autumn Winter Baseball Championship and as an option to the BHD-León Cup. Most of the New York Yankees players play for the Toros del Este. Those players are Gary Sanchez, Domingo German, and Miguel Andujar.

Of the three only Miguel Andujar impressed at all. Gary Sanchez started off well looking impressive but his last two games dragged his batting average down to just .245 when he went 2 for 20. Even though the winter league is a small sample his 19 strikeouts are concerning. In 62 plate appearances, he did hit 2 homers. If we were to give Sanchez a report card for winter ball it would be a C.

More concerning was the performance of Domingo German, most due to the fact he will probably be the Yankee’s second starter at the beginning of the season behind Gerrit Cole. German has not pitched in over a year after returning from suspension. In his first game in winter ball he was impressive going four strong innings not issuing a run. Germán faltered as the season went along, failing to get out of the first inning in his next appearances. He finished with a 7.16 ERA in 16.1 innings. He struck out 18, but walked nine and hit four batters. Not good going into a season when the Yankees will depend upon him. Winter ball report card: D.

A more encouraging report is for the Yankees Miguel Andujar. Andujar played like the “Miggy” we had become familiar with before his disastrous 2019 season was derailed by shoulder surgery. He was replaced with Gold Glove-like ball from Gio Urshela, replacing Andujar and leaving him with no permanent place to play. During winter ball he missed a few weeks due to muscle but he looked sharp when he returned to the team, finishing with a .308/.333/.410 line. He remained the Andújar that Yankees fans have come to know, only walking twice and pounding out 12 hits with four doubles on the season.  It could be the only thing he has done is to increase his trade value. Report Card B+.

Lesser Yankee players shined in winter ball

Centerfielder Estevan Florial, playing for Leones del Escogido. Florial, who has played one game above the High-A level (it was with the Yankees this summer), held his own alongside major leaguers and those on the cusp of playing in the majors. In 18 games, he slashed .280/.373/.420. His 27% strikeout rate was still high, but he hit the ball much harder as the season went on. He is one of the most promising Yankees going forward. Once the Yankees number one prospect he slipped in recent years but may now be back to contributing. He had 14 hits with one homer. Report Card B+.

The most impressive New York Yankees prospect so far in winter ball is Luis Medina who has been nearly unhittable. Pitching for Indios de Mayagüez he has been in complete control of his opponents through his first three games, tossing 11.2 innings and recording 25 strikeouts. Medina has allowed just four hits, four walks, and zero runs. These stats were up to last week with one start to go. He finished the season with an ERA of 0.00. Yankee report card: A.

Besides having a discouraging outcome for Domino German, the Yankees have other worries. Deivi Garcia after having his Major League Debut late in the last season. he has struggled mightily in winder ball.  Never finding any rhythm he tossed just six innings, finishing with a 7.50 ERA and just three strikeouts against five walks. Not a great sign for the Yankees. Luis Gil began the season with Tigres del Licey and pitched two games for the team. In those two appearances, Gil recorded 5.2 innings pitched, a 6.35 ERA, with four strikeouts and three walks. Albert Abreu tossed 19.1 innings with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP but still gave up far too many walks.

Nestor Cortes found himself with the Yankees again after agreeing to a minor league deal earlier this month. In five starts, he pitched 18.1 innings, recording an impressive 27 strikeouts against five walks. He finishes with a 4.91 ERA and is heading to the playoffs with Estrellas Orientales. His excellent pitching led to a Ne York Yankee contract where he can hopefully help a bullpen that is not longer potent with the loss of Tommy Kahnle and the questionable pitching of Adam Ottavino.