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Stanton’s 300th Dinger Is Dilly Dilly!?

Thursday New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his 300th home run off of the Detroit Tiger’s left-hander Francisco Liriano. I am certain that although Stanton had not hit a home run since August 18th, that he will hit a few more in a lifetime, and there will be a few more home run milestones in his career in pinstripes.

But 300 is a big accomplishment, and should be celebrated. So much though that it earned him a curtain call, his first in Yankee stadium. It may have also netted Stanton a new #1 fan. At least until the next home run milestone. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, a fan by the name of Tim Kunz gave the historic artifact to a team official in exchange for an interesting package of gifts.

A chance to meet the slugger … totally understand.

Autographed baseballs … I am a huge autograph guy as well, and this would be a must, but I would try to get a jersey or a bat or a batting helmet and I would make sure that I could send him a package of things at a later date that he would also autograph for me.

Tickets to a future game … hopefully not just any tickets.

A clubhouse/field tour … not sure if this would be on my personal list or not. I am sure the Yankees offer these for a minimum charge a number of times during the season.

But 2 Bud Lights? … creative, hopefully he turns this to a sit down conversation with the slugger. For me that would be a must. A sit down meal where I could just have a casual conversation with him. I have often heard the saying, “He is a guy I would like to sit and have a beer with.” I assume that is where the fan is going with this request, and if he is all I have to say is…….dilly dilly.

What would be the one thing you would ask for in return for giving a milestone baseball back to a player? Leave your comments in the section below.

Yankees Continue to Improve – Have the Red Sox Done Enough?

With the trade deadline fast approaching, Red Sox Nation is left with one burning question – have the Sox done enough to stay at the top? The New York Yankees have made substantial moves to upgrade their current roster, by acquiring both Starting Pitcher JA Happ and Relief Pitcher Zach Britton. Credit must be given to Yankee GM Brian Cashman who has crafted, in my opinion, two solid deals where little to no major league talent or top prospects had to be sacrificed. While the trades were both solid wins for the Bronx Bombers, there is another important aspect to these trades. In fact, it may very well be the most important point – Cashman has kept the arch rival BoSox from landing two key pieces they also could have used to fill out their roster.

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The Red Sox have already proven to be an offensive juggernaut this season, led by their off-season acquisition of slugging Outfielder JD Martinez. Time and time again, however, we have games that remind us of the Red Sox true need, pitching – both starting and relief. The Sox did work on filling their need for a starter by acquiring Starting Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi dazzled in his debut for the Sox, and should fit right into a 4/5 role. Which is not a bad option for them, and considering the lack of farm system assets the Red Sox hold, it is understandable that they would target someone like this, versus a Cole Hamels caliber player. But even more so, the real need lies in the bullpen for the Red Sox. They desperately need a bullpen arm, ideally a lefty, to help offset the eight right handers they currently hold in their pen. A need even further highlighted by the fantastic bullpen that the Yankees own (even before acquiring Britton).

Who could they turn to?

Francisco Liriano is one name being floated about. While he has historically been a Starting Pitcher (without a lot of success this year), he has still continued to be great against lefties. Some experts feel he could be moved to a team looking for a lefty specialist out of the pen (enter the Boston Red Sox). Another name being floated about is Relief Pitcher Brad Ziegler of the Miami Marlins. There are certainly countless other possibilities the team could look into, including infield help, but the question still remains – have they done enough as it stands right now?

They have certainly appeared to be the best team in baseball so far, but with the improvements to the Yankees roster looking to close the gap, I think all of Red Sox Nation would feel more comfortable if they acquired one more relief arm to ensure they are prepared for a deep playoff run. That is what they truly need to hold onto their coveted top spot. Will they land someone before the deadline? Only time will tell.

(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Updated Post With Latest Trade

The have acquired Ian Kinsler from . The Sox will also receive $1.8 of the remaining $3.6MM still owed to Kinsler for the 2018 season then he is a free agent. The Sox sent AAA LHP Williams Jerez with a 24/67 BB/K ratio & AAA LHP Ty Buttrey & his 14/64 BB/k ratio to complete the trade.

Gary Sanchez Back On The DL After A Disappointing Performance

It’s easy to understand the conspiracy theories that are arising in response to Gary Sanchez being placed on the Disabled List by the Yankees. The timing is poor. Last night’s game saw not one, but two instances of slow baseball.

First, a miscommunication between Sanchez and starting pitcher Luis Severino led to a ball getting away. Instead of racing towards the ball, Sanchez took a slow jog over to grab it. In that time, the runner on second scored.

But that wasn’t all.

Gary Sanchez steps up with two outs in the ninth inning. The Yankees are down by one run. He hits a hard grounder to second base, which looked like an easy force out. Aaron Hicks gave the run his all and beat the tag, being called safe at second. Instinctively, the ball was then thrown to first.

Sanchez was slow jogging again and once more, costing the Yankees.

The power hitting catcher has never been known for his defense, but even his offense this season has been slumping. After the game, no blame was placed on an injury. Less than twenty-four hours later, the story changed.

Not to imply anything deceitful here on part of the Yankees, but Sanchez should have spoken up if he felt he was hurt. On the first inning play where he lacked hustle, he claimed he was injured.

While it’s admirable to want to play through pain, it’s also not smart. If the injury is to blame for the lack of speed, than the injury was clearly severe enough to warrant being pulled from the game.

Put Austin Romine in. He’s healthy and thus can react quickly.

Either way here, Sanchez is at fault. The Yankees are in contention, but the red hot Red Sox are spreading the gap without a sign of slowing down. The need for the Bronx Bombers to have a healthy lineup on the field is critical. If any player feels hurt, they shouldn’t be playing. If a catcher doesn’t feel like he’s at full health, he shouldn’t be spending the night fielding high speed pitches and running bases.

Hopefully manager Aaron Boone has this operation under control. The second half may have just started, but the time is running out. It’s almost August. When Gary Sanchez comes back at full health, he needs to be fully engaged in his job.

How Should The Yankees Address Starting Rotation Problems?

The Yankees are having a great season, but it doesn’t feel that way for fans who see Boston leading the division. No matter how well the Bronx Bombers do, it’s never enough until the Red Sox are trailing. A lot of the problem right now is the starting rotation. Short starts wear out the bullpen and losses make the hill steeper to climb.

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Domingo German was recently optioned to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After starting off strong with a no-hit performance, he went on to go 2-6 with a 5.68 ERA. In his place, the plan is to bring Luis Cessa back up from the RailRiders.

Cessa is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over five minor league starts, but can he maintain that success in the Bronx?

This only addresses one spot. The other dilemma involves Sonny Gray. Gray was 44-36 in his career with Oakland, posting a 3.42 ERA. He hasn’t been that strong since the Yankees acquired him.

In 11 games for the Yankees last year, he went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA. So far this year, he’s 7-7 with a 5.34 ERA. This is hardly the consistency that was expected when Gray was acquired last summer.

The easy answer is to make a trade to replace him. But while many are clamoring for a trade, it’s not feasible. Given its a weak market for starters, prices will remain high. Madison Bumgarner won’t be available with the Giants only 5 games back in the division and 4.5 for the wild card. Michael Fulmer is injured.

J.A. Happ has been an oft-speculated target, but he’s 2-3 with a 5.20 ERA over his last seven outings.

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The Mets appear hesitant to part with Noah Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom, while reportedly preferring to ship out Zack Wheeler first. Wheeler is 3-6 with a 4.44 ERA this season.

When you factor in the cost, it’s probably better at this point to stick with Sonny Gray. Gray is 2-0 over his last two outings with a 1.59 ERA. While this is a small sample size, it’s an encouraging change of pace.

Image result for justus sheffield yankeesShould the Yankees roll the dice and stick with Gray past the deadline? Even if he reverts to his poor performances, all is not lost. At that point, the Yankees should explore calling up Justus Sheffield.

Sheffield is the organization’s top pitching prospect and landed 12 on Keith Law’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects list. He is currently 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA in Triple-A.

While some question whether he is mentally ready for Major League Baseball, Yankees veteran C.C. Sabathia has given him a strong vote of confidence. In comments to Brendon Kuty of NJ.com, Sabathia said Sheffield is one thousand percent ready and spoke highly of the pitcher.

Sabathia and Sheffield have a close relationship, texting often about pitching. Sabathia himself monitors the prospect’s career as well.

The impulse for fans and commentators may be to call for a trade. The Yankees have developed an impatient reputation over the years, often resorting to heavy trades and big splashes. Times have changed and general manager Brian Cashman has been building a new dynasty that has begun contending ahead of schedule.

The Yankees should absolutely address the starting rotation problem, but do so internally. The organization has options.

C.C. Dazzles, The Kids Mash, Yankees Take Game 1 Against the Red Sox

Bring in the dancing lobsters!

 

What an unbelievable game. The Yankees looked dominant against a red-hot Red Sox team that has won 9 of their last 10 games coming into tonight.

 

What a game for the old man. C.C. looked like a surgeon out there, going 7 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk. He surrendered a lone run after giving up back-to-back doubles against Betts and Benintendi. What more could you ask from the aging veteran? He has continued to be a presence both on the mound and in the clubhouse, where he is an obvious leader.

Now this offense.

You wouldn’t know it, but Miguel Andujar is twenty-three and Gleyber Torres is 21.

“Gleyber, we need a run here pal, try and get a productive out.”

“Yeah no problem, I’ll just hit a rocket into the outfield and score a run easily.”

Torres earns his 39th RBI and Andujar earned his 38th while also earning 5 hits combined tonight. Did I also mention that these two also have the best batting averages on the team? I would say I am excited about the future, but the future is now. These guys are ready to win, especially after their showing against the Red Sox tonight. I look forward to watching these two for a long, long time.

Didi is officially back. Prior to tonight, Didi is slashing .288/.348/.441 in his last 15 games with 17 hits, 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs. He continued his hot streak with a crucial double off the wall that later led to him scoring. There is nobody I’d rather have at shortstop for this Yankee team, despite him being streaky. He seems to always show up in big moments.

I know I just wrote a piece implying Greg Bird should be taking some time off first base. You can read that article here and see if you agree. This is how I imagined he took it:

I’m not even mad about it. Bird had two beautiful home runs, one coming directly after a Miguel Andujar missile that broke the back of the Red Sox in the fourth inning. Bird will probably take a rest this weekend as Brandon Drury was called up to face the lefties Chris Sale and David Price Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully, this boosted Bird’s confidence and he can bring it into next week’s series against the Braves.

The Yankees’ power duo Stanton and Judge had nice games as well. Stanton didn’t record a hit but took two walks, one of which turned into a run. Having Stanton hitting well really opens up this lineup for some serious offense. Aaron Judge just did what he does, putting the game away by mashing a two-run homer to make the game 7-1.

Man does this rivalry make baseball exciting. Both teams set to win over 100 games, one of which will need to win an elimination game to get into the playoffs. At this point, it could be either team.

Note: Aaron Judge is so good this guy doesn’t even move an inch. Just knows it’s going out of the park.

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AL All Star Position Preview: Outfield

 

Quite possibly the most talented position among both leagues, outfield certainly has the star power that has become a household name over the years. The unanimous best player in the game, Mike Trout, has headlined the position over the years. Young stars like Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts among others are staking their claim as dominant players in the game today. Who deserves to be in the All-Star game? The fan voting absolutely butchered the outfield position, but what position have they gotten right?

Current AL Fan Vote:

Mookie Betts, Red Sox

Mike Trout, Angels

Aaron Judge, Yankees

Michael Brantley, Indians

George Springer, Astros

Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox

Brett Gardner, Yankees

Marwin Gonzalez, Astros

Mitch Haniger, Mariners

Josh Reddick, Astros

Nicholas Castellanos, Tigers

Eddie Rosario, Twins

Aaron Hicks, Yankees

Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox

Ben Gamel, Mariners

Starter: Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts has looked like a superstar this season, one of which is leading the Red Sox to one of the best records in baseball. Although he has over 40 fewer at-bats, Betts has four fewer home runs and 8 fewer RBIs than Mike Trout, the aforementioned best player in baseball. This season, Betts is hitting .338/.421/.680 with a 1.101 OPS. My goodness, the man is absolutely dominating the league. He is the clear and away MVP as of today and is a superstar amongst a very star-studded Red Sox team.

Betts is also a very good defensive outfielder, which adds to his amazing 2018 resume. His WAR is 4.4 and does not look to be slowing down. Betts should be first in fan voting and would be the clear starter if he didn’t play another game from now until the All-Star game.

Starter: Mike Trout

The undisputed best player in baseball. I mean, look at these stats via @MLB on Instagram:

Since June 11th:

8 games, 8 outs made (37 plate appearances).

Reached Base 29 times.

Slashing .696/.778/1.261

4 Home Runs, 9 RBIs.

Huh?

Those are seriously video game numbers. Trout is leading the Angels in every single statistical batting category and leading the majors in most. He has been a game-changer for the Angels and should be a lock for the All-Star game from now until he retires. We are watching a walking Hall of Famer, who would have my vote if he never played an inning of baseball in his life (he is 26 years old). I have no more words, except to say if you aren’t tuning in to every Mike Trout at-bat you are doing it wrong.

Starter: Eddie Rosario

As I mentioned in my prior articles, the Twins have some stars in their lineup, with more on the way. Rosario has hit well this season, slashing .320/.357/581 with a .938 OPS. He has been great defensively, which reflects on his 3.8 WAR.

Rosario is on pace to beat his previous career highs in both home runs (27) and RBIs (70). He is one of the reasons I project the Twins to be a potential playoff contender, who will likely have to beat out the Mariners for that second playoff spot unless they can overtake the division from the Indians.

Bench Spot 1: Aaron Judge

Judge is having a bit of a down year compared to his phenomenal rookie season, but how could he not? Judge is currently slashing .274/.393/.547 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs. Again, one of the best outfielders in baseball right now, but certainly does not deserve to start this season. There are just too many guys having better seasons then he is.

I fully expect Judge to turn it on after the All-Star break. The sad part is Judge’s “down year” is better than most outfielders in the entire league. What Judge has been since the start of his career has been an excellent outfielder. His rocket of an arm stops a lot of hitters taking the extra base. That is something that not even Mookie Betts can bring to the table.

 

Why is Greg Bird playing and Brandon Drury wasting away in Scranton?

My goodness, Greg Bird has been bad. I mean really bad. After tonight’s win against the Phillies, Bird is batting a putrid .186/.293/.393 with three home runs and 5 RBIs in 84 at-bats. 84!!!! I understand Bird is a very valuable prospect and was seen as the future first baseman for years to come. I am not saying that it couldn’t happen but it is not looking pretty right now. He just looks lost at the plate, and some time in Scranton could do wonders for his swing and his confidence.

My problem is Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman are trying to get Bird to figure it in the majors. That is fine and the team is still in first place in winning percentage in the majors, so what is there to complain about? The problem is they are holding on to the lead by a thread. The Astros are looking like a team refusing to have a World Series slump. The Red Sox look #good, and the Indians don’t look great but that lineup and rotation could turn it on at any moment.

Again, I understand Yankee fans don’t have much to complain about. I just believe that Bird should be fixing his issues in Scranton. Brandon Drury looks like a man who would be dominating in the majors right now, and would probably be starting every day for almost any other team.

All that production is being wasted away in Triple-A. Drury has spent two days a week at first base and maybe the Yankees are making sure he will be able to handle the position defensively. We have Clint Frazier coming up and down every other week and doing nothing but hit at the Major League level (don’t get me started about him), why not Drury? Are you telling me he couldn’t be more productive than Neil Walker (.192/.270/.269)?

Drury is hitting .321/.429/.491 in Scranton, with a .929 OPS. Through his play he is basically pleading with the Yankees to call him up, and why not? Drury’s consistency could be an excellent compliment to the Yankees power hitting. Not saying this isn’t one of the best lineups if not the best in baseball, but Drury’s production warrants him playing at the worst in a platoon role, but realistically every day.

AL All-Star Position Preview: Shortstop

You all know the common saying: “Another day, another All-Star game position preview” right? Maybe that’s just me. Alas, whether people are reading these or not, I have truly enjoyed writing this series. You get a good perspective of just how disrespected some guys are and how they must feel.

However, the shortstop position in the AL is different. I mean the position is absolutely STACKED. I am actually upset I can’t talk about at least five of these guys (I might pull an audible and do it anyway). A lot of these players are appointment television like Manny Machado, who is certainly the only reason people are watching the Orioles right now (certainly not Chris Davis, SHEESH).

Current NL Fan Vote:

Manny Machado

Carlos Correa

Francisco Lindor

Didi Gregorius

Jean Segura

Starter: Francisco Lindor

The fact that Lindor is third in fan voting right now is criminal. Lindor is slashing .290/.362/.529 with an .891 OPS. He ranks 10th in home runs and OPS with 16 and .891 respectively. He is third in runs, fifth in total bases, and 6th in both total bases and runs created.

To me, these things don’t put Lindor over the top for the clear AL starter. Having been a previous Gold Glove recipient, Lindor’s defense is elite, especially at such an important position. Being poor defensively can sometimes be masked in the outfield. At shortstop, however, sheer volume exposes any defensive weaknesses. Lindor has very few. With a reliability on offense and defense while also having an MVP caliber season makes him the best shortstop in the American League. The question is, who falls behind him?

Bench Spot 1: Jean Segura

I’d like to say Segura is having a breakout season, but the Mariners finally being good might just be why people are starting to pay attention. Segura is currently on his third season in a row hitting over .300, this year being the highest batting average of his career at .336. Segura is also slashing an impressive .336/.358.483 so although his home run numbers are down he is still hitting the ball hard. His ability to get on base has also turned into him scoring the second most runs (52) at the position behind Francisco Lindor (54).

I think he loses in fan voting due to his lack of home runs (4). Despite his low home run numbers, he has the most doubles per at-bat of his career, while only trailing only Machado in Correa in RBIs. Both of those guys have double-digit home runs, so what Segura is doing is impressive. He is putting the ball in play and bringing his guys. It helps that he has Dee Gordon, one of the fastest players in the majors, leading off in front of him.

Bench Spot 2: Manny Machado

We all knew how good Machado could be. When you talked about the future free agent, everyone was trying to put a number on how much his talent was worth. He has earned Gold Glove and All-Star game honors years ago. You knew that wasn’t his full potential. Now you are seeing it.

Machado is on quite honestly the worst team baseball has seen in a long time. Yet the slugger is having career highs in almost every statistical category. He hit 18 home runs (leads the position), brought in 53 runs (also leads the position), and is slashing a monstrous .305/.373/.559, all career highs.

If the Orioles don’t trade Machado by the deadline the entire front office should be fired. His value is not getting any higher and teams are only willing to pay so much to a guy who will be a free agent at the end of this season. Machado is a lock to make the All-Star game and I am not even mad about it. You can argue any of these guys at any one of these spots and I wouldn’t be upset. Machado gets a slight dip from me is because his defense has suffered, and that is one of his best assets.

Honorable Mentions:

Due to the fact that there are so many exceptional shortstops this season, I will briefly mention two players that deserve it.

Carlos Correa:

Correa certainly deserves to be in the All-Star game. He is slashing .270/.354/.492 with a 2.8 WAR. He is one of the premier players at the position and name value propels him over these other guys in fan voting. If you thought Correa deserves to be in the All-Star game I would not argue.

Didi Gregorius:

Didi has been hot and cold all year and I think that there are more deserving shortstops, but Gregorius certainly deserves mention. His defense has been reliable and his bat has been powerful at times, with his 14 home runs trailing only Machado and Lindor. Gregorius is on a hot streak as we speak but I do not expect him to make his first All-Star appearance due to the abundance of talent at the position.

 

The Call to the Majors, Week Ending June 20

June 14, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Chris Bassitt Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Carlos Ramirez Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Nick Rumbelow Pitcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)
Robert Whalen Pitcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)

 

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June 15, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Corban Joseph Infielder Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Tanner Scott Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Tyler White 1st Basemen Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Brandon Maurer Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Kyle Farmer C/Infielder Oklahoma (AAA) Los Angeles (NL) (MLB)
Jake Jewell Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Felix Pena Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Eduardo Paredes Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Merandy Gonzalez Pitcher Jacksonville (AA) Miami (MLB)
Taylor Motter INF/OF Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Jonathan Loaisiga Pitcher Trenton (AA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Luke Voit 1st Basemen Springfield (AA) St. Louis (MLB)
Jose Trevino Catcher Frisco (AA) Texas (MLB)
Brandon Mann Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)
Yohander Mendez Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

 

June 16, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
John Lamb Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Franklin Barreto Infielder Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Yacksel Rios Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jack Thompson Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Pierce Johnson Pitcher Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Ryan Rua Outfielder Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB

 

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Photo by; FanRag Sports

June 17, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Luke Jackson Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Shane Bieber Pitcher Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Evan Marshall Pitcher Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Wily Peralta Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Rosell Herrera Outfielder Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Adalberto Mondesi Infielder Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Scott Barlow Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Adrian Houser Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Josh Lucas Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Yovani Gallardo Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

 

June 18, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Rob Zastryzny Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Clint Frazier Outfielder Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Austin Davis Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jose Osuna Outfielder Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Kelby Tomlinson 2nd Basemen Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Ricardo Rodriguez Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

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Photo by; McCovey Chronicle

June 19, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Caleb Joseph Catcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Robby Scott Pitcher Pawtucket (AAA) Boston (MLB)
Jackson Stephens Pitcher Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Heath Filmyer Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Freddy Peralta Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Tim Peterson Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Pierce Johnson Pitcher Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Lourdes Gurriel 2nd Basemen Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
Jefry Rodriguez Pitcher Syracuse (AAA) Washington (MLB)

 

June 20, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Johnny Barbato Pitcher Toldedo (AAA) Detroit (MLB)
Mitchell Walding Pitcher Leigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jake Barrett Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Adam Frazier 2nd Basemen Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)

As you can see by the list, most of the players that were called up to the Major Leagues in the past week have been pitchers. A lot of the time, these are just one or two day call up’s because someone in the bullpen was overworked. There were no players called up this week that were in the top 50 prospects to begin the year.

 

Notable Performances:

Jonathan Loaisiga was called up to the major leagues on June 15th for the New York Yankees. Before he was called up, he pitched in six games in AA and four games in A ball this season. In Single-A Tampa, Loaisiga had a 3-0 record posting a dominate 1.35 ERA. Loaisiga performed just as well in AA for Trenton, posting a 3-1 record with a 4.32 ERA. Loaisiga made is MLB debut on the day he was called up, and he pitched a gem of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 5 shutout innings allowing three hits, four walks, and struck out six. In Loaisiga’s second start on June 20 against the Seattle Mariners, he pitched 3.2 innings and he allowed 3 runs, on six hits while striking out four and walking two. His season ERA sits at 3.12, in the two games that he pitched.

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Photo by; New York Post

Lourdes Gurriel was called up again to the major leagues on June 19th for the Toronto Blue Jays. During his time in the minor leagues this season, both in Triple A Buffalo and Double A New Hampshire, Gurriel played in 39 games with a triple slash line of .307/.333/.490 with an OPS of .824 and six home runs. Playing up in the majors has not fared for the young Gurriel so far. He is posting a triple slash line of .206/.229/.309 in 20 games while also posting a .537 OPS and two home runs. Gurriel has shown that he can compete in the minors, now he is trying to show that he deserves to be up in the majors, and will hopefully be a part of the Toronto Blue Jays for years to come.

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Photo by SportsNet

A final notable call up for this week is another New York Yankee, and if you follow baseball you’ve heard his name before, outfielder Clint Frazier. There are rumors surrounding Frazier that he will either be a cornerstone of the Yankees outfield for years to come, or he is only being called up so he can audition for other MLB teams come the trade deadline. In 42 games in the minors this year, most of which at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Frazier has played in 42 games posting a triple slash line of .302/.387/.550 with an OPS of .937. Frazier has also added eight home runs to those eye opening numbers. With the call to the Majors, Frazier has played in 5 games this year with a triple slash line of .364/.533/.455 with an OPS of .988. Frazier has been playing well no matter where he goes. This doesn’t seem like a permanent move to Frazier, not yet at least, but sooner rather than later he will be off this list, and in the Majors for good.

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Photo by FanRag Sports

So that’s the Call to the Majors for this week fans. I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment, and hope you aren’t sitting by the phone waiting for your Call to the Majors, it may be a little farther out than some of the players in the Minors.

Gary & Giancarlo Mash, Yankees Walk-Off To Beat Mariners 7-5

The bats are coming alive. The Yankees come back after being down 5-0 to beat the Mariners in the bottom of the 9th. This season the Yankees have proved that they are truly never out of a game, as home runs can come off almost any bat in the line-up.Image result for johnny lasagna baseball

Johnny Lasagna struggled tonight. His second Major League start saw his command struggles continue, and without his slider, he struggled to finish off batters like he did in his previous start. Loaisiga went 3.2 innings, gave up six hits, three earned runs, walked two batters, and struck out four. Shreve came in for two innings and gave up another two runs on four hits and walked one batter.

The real gem of the game was Jonathan Holder. Questionably the most important piece to the bullpen, Holder hasn’t given up a run in almost a MONTH in his ten appearances. He gives the Yankees flexibility with his ability to go multiple innings and being dominant while doing it. Holder went two innings while striking out two, walking none, and striking out two. His confidence must be sky high and it should be, Holder is an integral part of why this team has been so successful.

Now to the hitters. My goodness is this team fun to watch when these bats are hot. Since 6/9 in 37 at-bats, Didi has been batting .351 with 4 RBIs and 3 home runs. Didi brought in another run tonight to continue his hot streak. Aaron Judge also had himself a night, going 3 for 5 while bringing in a run. Clint Frazier also bought himself a run. Man, I wish there was room on this roster.

Frazier belongs in the big leagues and would be an everyday starter on almost any other team. Instead, he is stuck behind Aaron Hicks (a Brian Cashman favorite) and the old but reliable Brett Gardner. I hope these appearances we are getting from Frazier force the team’s hand in keeping him up and don’t serve as a tryout as the Yankees try and acquire another starting pitcher.

Now to the heroes. El Gary came to the plate after a very important Gleyber Torres walk. Gary had been struggling before this week but had been making good contact and started to heat up. Tonight, Gary may have erased all memories of his slow start to the season.

Gary absolutely CRUSHES this one, tying the game with another inning to spare. Gary gaining confidence will improve his offense and defense, something this team desperately needs (as they sit atop the standings).

Now on to the man who needed a moment like this as badly as anyone. If you saw the look on his face, you could tell how much hitting that walk-off home run meant to him. Giancarlo Stanton was a man on a mission tonight.

He got served up a meatball and sent that ball into orbit. Hopefully, this home run gets him relaxed and looking like the Stanton the Yankees traded for. The Yankees have a day game with Seattle to close out the series before playing the Rays this weekend. They look to secure the sweep against a potential playoff team in the Mariners.

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