This week on the farm there has been some major progress, in more ways than one. Abiatal Avelino was promoted from Low-A to High-A. Sadly, Angelo Gumbs was the main casualty from this move, being sent back to extended Spring Training. In a corresponding move, Ty McFarland has been activated and played in his first game for Charleston yesterday going 1/4 with three line drives hit. Not a bad start. Domingo Acevedo and Chris Breen were placed on the 7-day DL for unknown reasons. Ian Clarkin has yet to make his debut. Anyway, without further ado, here are the players who have player well for the past week.
Jose Pirela, coming back from his injury, is back in Triple-A and so far is 7/14 with a homerun, a double, and a 1.139 OPS. Small sample size cautions apply, but a good start is a good start.
Ben Gamel continues to stay hot and is 9/24 (.375) in his last seven games. He also has a homerun, two doubles and two triples during that time frame. His slash line for the season in .375/.437/.594/1.030 in 18 games.
Slade Heathcott has continued to hit well, with a .333/.437/.370/.807 line in his last seven games. He has just one double in terms of extra base hits though, and has just two SB to two CS on the year. As athletic as he is he will need to do something besides get on base to play for the Yankees.
Ramon Flores has cooled down a bit with no homeruns in his last six games, although he is batting .291 during that stretch. His OBP during that stretch is .346. On the season he’s hitting .293/.369/.533/.902 with four homeruns.
Don’t look now, but Rob Refsnyder is starting to turn his season around. He is 12 for his last 29 (.414) in the last seven games with four doubles and two walks (.452 OBP/.552 OPS). He has no errors in his last five games. His average on the season is up to .267, which should only continue to rise.
Dan Burawa has gone eight appearances without letting up an earned run. He has pitched 8.2 innings during that time at struck out six. He has three walks in that stretch, and six on the season with a 0.64 ERA.
Aaron Judge is 11 for his last 30 (.366) over his last seven games with a homerun, two doubles, and two walks (.533 SLG, .406 OBP, .939 OPS). He looks to be on pace to duplicate last year’s numbers.
Jake Cave, Eric Jagielo, and Greg Bird have all slowed down in recent days, while Gary Sanchez has struggled to find his stride. Mason Williams continues to swing a consistent bat and is still batting .296/.378 on the season, but has been severely lacking in power. He has eight SB to four CS on the season in 20 games so far.
On the pitching side in Double-A, Nick Goody has been pretty unhittable. He has not allowed a run in seven appearances over 8.1 innings. He has 12 K during that stretch, and four walks.
Johnny Barbato has also been unhittable, with a 0.82 ERA and just a .114 average against. He has walked six batters in 11 innings though, so will have to work on his control going forward.
Mark Montgomery has started the season well with a 2.25 ERA and three saves in 8.0 IP. He has just one walk and nine strikeouts.
In High-A there continues to be some high performers. Matt Snyder is 8/25 (.320) in his last seven games with two homeruns and three walks (.560 SLG, .392 OBP). On the season he’s batting .346 with three homers).
Tyler Wade is just 6/24 in his last six games but he has stolen three bases during that time and has not been caught. He also has a double and has walked four times. If he could just start hitting more doubles and triples, he’d really get his name on the map as he is a very solid fielding shortstop.
Mike Ford has really picked up the slack lately. Over the last eight games he has brought his average from .143 to .257 while hitting two doubles and a homerun. He walked four times during that time period. Still off to a slow start statistically, a couple more games like this and he’ll be right on track.
Jonathan Holder continued his hot start this week, and now has a 2.11 ERA with 21.1 IP and 17 K on the year. Chaz Hebert had a rough outing but his numbers still look great. He’ll look to rebound this week.
Luis Niebla has looked like a stud in relief. He has 12.0 innings with no earned runs and 14 K. I’ll be seeking out more information on him in the coming days. He has just a 0.077 average against and just three hits and two walks in the 12 innings.
Angel Aguilar, a recent promote to Charleston, has started off on fire. He already has two homeruns, and seven hits in 21 at bats. He is hitting .333/.364/.619/.983. He is yet another solid fielding shortstop in this amazing crop of players the Yankees have coming up. He has been playing third base so far but look for him to make some noise this season.
Austin Aune continues to baffle with his incredibly high BABIP, high strikeout rate, and high rate of extra base hits. He’s now hitting .288/.347/.500/.847 in 20 games.
Jorge Mateo has cooled off a bit but still has 20 SB in just 21 games. It is only a matter of time before he blows up.
Joey Maher pitched another gem this week, going 5.1 innings yesterday and letting up just three hits and two walks, with no earned runs and four strikeouts. This brought his ERA on the year to 2.84, and his record to 1-0.
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