Who’s hot on the farm? August 7th edition

Feb 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during spring training at Steinbrenner Field.  Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Feb 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during spring training at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Here are the guys who have been performing well lately. Take a look.

Jose Pirela – 15/42, .357/.438/.524/.962 with four doubles and a homerun in his last 12 games. He’s having a fantastic season and deserves a chance in the majors. I don’t think the Yankees will ever be the team that gives him that chance though. I will be rooting for him no matter where he goes though.

Gary Sanchez – 17/47 .362/.444/.830/1.274 with three homeruns and three doubles in his last 13 games. The guy has destroyed Triple-A pitching and his season numbers are now up to .275/.337/.498/.836 with 16 homeruns and 7 SB in just 75 games. Those are fantastic numbers for a 22 year old catcher in Triple-A, and he is so underrated.

Greg Bird – 13/31 (.419/.419/.774/1.193) with three homeruns and two doubles in his last seven games. He’s getting really hot and the power is coming around. Hopefully he finishes strong.

Ben Gamel – 18/45 (.400/.481/.711/1.192) with two homeruns and four triples in the past 12 games. That’s a career high seven homeruns on the season. He can definitely hit and he takes what the pitcher gives him. He’s another one who I doubt will ever get a shot with the Yankees, but I hope he catches on somewhere else because he’s earned a shot.

James Pazos – 17.1 IP, 19 K, 10 BB, 1.04 ERA, 12 hits in his last 10 appearances. With his stuff it’s only a matter of time before he gets a shot in the majors.

Caleb Cotham – 17.2 IP, 13 H, 16 K, 2 BB, 1.02 ERA over his last 10 minor league appearances. He’s revived his career as a reliever this season. The stuff isn’t spectacular but he gets the job done.

Andury Acevedo – 16.2 IP, 8 H, 6 BB, 11 K, 0.54 ERA over his last 10 appearances. He has great stuff and seems to finally be putting it together.

Johnny Barbato – 15.0 IP, 15 K, 4 BB, 0.60 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Another who could get a shot at the show soon.

Nick Goody – 14.0 IP, 27 K, 10 H, 1 BB and a 1.29 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Tearing up the minors this year and he’ll get some more opportunities in the majors before the end of the season.

Mark Payton – 17/51 (.333/.381/.412/.793) in his past 13 games with one homerun and one double. He’s a fourth outfielder type, but lately he has been playing really well.

Brady Lail – 64.1 IP, 53 H, 35 K, 2.94 ERA in his last 10 games. Love seeing this kid succeed.

Caleb Smith – 44.1 IP, 13 ER, 32 K, 17 BB, 2.64 ERA in his last eight starts. He’s been inconsistent but the overall numbers look pretty good, and the stuff is definitely there. His control still needs a lot of work though.

Mike Ford – 11/22 (.500/.629/.818/1.447) with four doubles and a homerun in his last seven games. Slowly starting to turn his season around.

Miguel Andujar – 12/36 (.333/.333/.389/.722) in his last 10 games with two doubles. He’s been hitting well for a while now. His season numbers still don’t look great but they could look respectable by the end of the year if he finishes strong.

Abiatal Avelino – 13/42 (.310/.341/.381/.722) with a homerun and seven steals in his last 11 games. I’d love to see him get hot. The shortstops in this system have become a real strength and his success would add to that strength even more.

Chaz Hebert – 34 IP, 22 K, 1.32 ERA, 10 BB, 29 H over his last eight appearances. He was a late round high school draft pick and now he’s turning into a prospect. Love it.

Jonathan Holder – 44.1 IP, 38 K, 4 BB, 34 H, 1.83 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Turned out to be a great pick so far, I’m hoping to see what he can do in Double-A before the end of the season.

Cale Coshow – 51 IP, 48 K, 34 H, 8 BB, 2.23 ERA over his last 10 starts. He’s been pretty untouchable in High-A. Let’s see what he can do in Double-A.

Connor Kendrick – 28 IP, 28 K, 9 BB, 2.25 ERA, 22 H over his last nine games. He’s had some great improvement recently. He’s got good stuff but hasn’t been able to consistently put it all together until this recent hot streak. Keep it up!

Dietrich Enns – 27.2 IP, 31 K, 10 BB, 15 H, 0.33 ERA since returning from injury over seven games. Nice to see him returning to his old form.

Leonard Thompson – 14/46 (.304/.407/.500/.907) with two HR and three doubles in his last 13 games. He has just three strikeouts during that time. He’s been surprisingly good in Low-A. I’m excited to see if he can finish strong, maybe putting himself on the prospect map.

Joey Maher – 22 IP, 18 K, 7 BB, 0.82 ERA in his last four starts. He’s been great, and he has good stuff. He’s a prototypical pitch to contact guy and he’s had success pitching that way. He seems to be finding a way to strike a lot of guys out too though.

Jordan Foley – 43.1 IP, 2.5 ERA, 42 K, 22 BB, 38 H over his last nine starts. Another relatively high ceiling guy to dream on in the lower levels.

Matt Wotherspoon – 51.1 IP, 43 H, 17 BB, 60 K, 3.51 ERA over his last 10 starts. Looking much better recently. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes.

Caleb Frare – 11.2 IP, 14 K, 3 BB, 12 H, 1.54 ERA over his last nine appearances. Keeps piling up the strikeouts and innings. Of note, he leads the league in pickoffs. He has the best pickoff move in the system, apparently on the level of Andy Pettitte.

Sean Carley – 12.1 IP, 10 K, BB, 11 H, 0.00 ERA over his last five outings. Another high ceiling reliever.

Chance Adams – 19.2 IP, 27 K, seven BB, 12 H, 1.85 ERA over his last nine appearances. Good start to the career, looks like he’s the 2015 draft class’s fast moving reliever. There’s always one.

Alex Robinett – 19.1 IP, 21 K, 4 BB, 13 H, 1.4 ERA over his last 10 appearances. Too bad he’s gonna be gone next season for his military commitment, because he’s looked really good so far.

Junior Valera – 11/27 (.404/.448/.593/1.041) with five doubles and a SB in his last seven games. Versatile, fast, and can switch hit with a good hit tool. Could surprise us and become a legit prospect.

Thairo Estrada – 11/33 (.333/.420/.390/.810) over his last nine games with two doubles. He’s been so consistent and has received rave reviews from multiple sources. Yet another good shortstop/second base prospect.

Kevin Cornelius – 11/35 (.314/.368/.514/.882) with a homerun and four doubles in his last nine games. He’s been surprisingly powerful and successful this year.

Jhalan Jackson – 11/30 (.367/.472/.500/.972) in his last nine games with a homerun, a double, and three SB. Still showing the power and a surprising hit tool. Next year will be a big test for him in the full season leagues.

Jeff Hendrix – 14/40 (.350/.395/.425/.820) with three doubles and two SB in his last nine games. We’ll see how the tools play up.

Luis Cedeno – 50 IP, 50 H, 31 K, 15 BB, 3.24 ERA in his last 10 games. Solid, just like his stuff.

Kolton Mahoney – 27.0 IP, 25 H, 23 K, 7 BB, 1.66 ERA in his last six appearances. The Yankees got a steal with this kid in the draft. I’d be surprised if he isn’t a fast mover.

Domingo Acevedo – 16.2 IP, 7 BB, 18 K, 17 H, 2.16 ERA in his last five appearances. Great stuff, still working on the control. He could be a top prospect, and he might already be there if he hadn’t gotten hurt right at the start of the season.

Josh Roeder – 13.2 IP, 14 K, 8 H, BB, 1.37 ERA over his last nine appearances. Good start to his career.

Jose Mesa – 14.2 IP, 10 H, 7 BB, 19 K, 0.63 ERA in his last eight appearances. I’m excited to see what this kid can do long term.

Will Carter – 10.1 IP, 5 H, 7 BB, 8 K, 0.87 ERA in his last five appearances. Good stuff, bad control. Let’s see what the Yankees can do with this kid.

Josh Rogers – 7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 5 H, 2.57 ERA in three appearances so far. Love the control. Next year he’ll be a fun guy to follow.

Carlos Vidal – 16/49 (.327/.421/.551/.972) over his last 12 games with two homeruns, a triple and three doubles. Great start to his career in the USA.

Kane Sweeney – 12/35 (.343/.465/.629/1.094) Over his last 10 games with a homerun, five doubles and a triple. Needs to be challenged at a higher level.

Frank Frias – 8/30 (.267/.421/.500/.921) with two homeruns and a double over his past 10 games. Good for him, I’d like to see him back to full speed and stealing bases next year though.

Allen Valerio – 14/40 (.350/.469/.725/1.194) with four homeruns and three doubles in his last 12 games. Hitting well at this level but he’s also old for the level.

Garett Mundell – 17.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 21 K, .153 average against in his first season. He needs to be challenged at a higher level.

Brody Koerner – 14.2 IP, 14 K, 12 H, 5 BB, 1.23 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Also needs to be challenged at a higher level.

Chris Gittens – 11/31 (.355/.412/.581/.993) with two homeruns and a double in his last 10 games. He’s been consistently good all season. I like his scouting report so I’m excited to hopefully see him at higher levels.

Trey Amburgey – 11/26 (.423/.516/.846/1.362) with three doubles and four triples, along with two SB in his last 10 games. The athleticism is there. If the bat comes along he’ll be fun to watch.

Wilkerman Garcia – 13/36 (.361/.477/.444/.921) with a double and a triple and 3 SB in his last 10. One scout said his bat has a higher ceiling than Jorge Mateo. That’s how good this guy is. He could be the breakout shortstop next season.

Anderso Severino – 31.2 IP, 22 K, 22 BB, 18 H, 1.99 ERA in seven starts. Great stuff, bad control, recurring theme.

Griffin Garabito – 9/30 (.300/.364/.333/697 with a double in his last 10 games. Yet another legit shortstop prospect at the lower levels.

Yancarlos Baez – 7/23 (.304/.384/.347/.731) with a double in his last seven games. He’s starting to come around finally, and if he does he could be yet another legit shortstop prospect.

Daris Vargas – 32.1 IP, 29 H, 18 K, 6 BB, 1.95 ERA in his first six starts of the season. Good season so far.

Gilmael Troya – 22.1 IP, 14 H, 11 BB, 21 K and a 2.42 ERA in six starts in the GCL. Young kid, already in the GCL. That’s a good sign. The fact that he’s performing so well is an even better sign.

Patrick O’Brien – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 9 K, BB, 2.7 ERA in four games. I like his velocity, and we will see how the secondary stuff comes along.

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