Who’s hot in Double-A, 8/10/2017 edition

In season’s past I have been able to do a piece on the entire farm system on who has been playing well.n This season it takes me days to make an article like that because there are so many players who are performing well. I’ve decided to do it one level at a time from now on, since it is much easier to knock that out in one day.

Trenton Thunder

Jhalan Jackson – Jackson wasn’t doing much in High-A, but he was called up to Trenton recently and has really clicked since then. He has a .346/.469/.423/.892 line with two double and a triple in 18 games since his promotion. It’s great to see him doing well, but he’ll really have to carry that success to the end of the season to start turning some heads.

Thairo Estrada – In the midst of his first slump of the season, Estrada has been amazing for a 21-year-old in Double-A. He has a .298/.351/.393/.744 line with 17 doubles, two triples, and six homeruns. The power is slight, but that’s not his calling card anyway. I saw him play live and he is a surefire major leaguer someday in my opinion, with the chance to be a huge difference maker.

Mike Ford – There’s not a single player I feel worse for on the farm than Mike Ford. He has hit the crap out of the ball this year, and the Yankees have made it clear that he is not going to get a shot to play first base for them even with multiple injuries and ineffective play at the major league level. Meanwhile, he has mashed in the minors to the tune of a .279/.406/.499/.905 line with 19 doubles, a triple, and 19 homeruns. It seems based on reports from his coaches that defense is a major issue with him. Maybe that’s why he is not a viable option for first base. I hope he gets a real opportunity somewhere though because I’d love to see what he can in the majors.

Justus Sheffield – Another reason the Yankees were able to make the trade for Sonny Gray was this fellow. He made James Kaprielian muh more expendable with his performance this season. He has been out for the past month, but on the year he’s thrown 90.1 innings and has a 3.09 ERA an 79 K to 33 BB. He should be back soon, and will probably get some innings in the AFL to build him up for next season.

Domingo Acevedo – Scouts keep harping on his flaws and insisting he will end up in the bullpen, but maybe it’s time people start focusing on the positives. First of all, even if he does end up in the bullpen, he throws 103 mph and doesn’t walk many guys. I’d say that’s a heck of a reliever right there. Secondly, the guy has done nothing but perform. People knock his control, but he has just 31 walks in 123 innings this season. He also has 132 K on the season. He’s been phenomenal all year. I’d be surprised if he isn’t in the majors at some point in 2018.

Cale Coshow – It may have taken all year, but Cale Coshow has recently gotten hot! In his last 14.1 innings, he has a 1.88 ERA and 20 K : 6 BB. On the season he has 62 K : 17 BB in 47.1 innings and a 3.91 ERA. That is not a good ERA for a reliever, but he has brought it down a full 1.23 points in his last nine appearances. This is significant because he is a big, 6-foot-5, 270-pound dude who sits in the upper 90’s in relief. If he can improve his control and get one of his secondary pitches working, the Yankees could have something here. I doubt there is room for him on the 40-man roster though, and if he finishes strong they may lose him in the rule 5 draft this season.

Brody Koerner – 78.1 innings, 50 K : 20 BB, and a 2.99 ERA on the season. The Yankees really like this kid and think he has a future in the rotation. He’s already in Double-A and having quite a bit of success. Could be another great development story for the Yankees as a failing starter at Clemson who is already showing he was a steal in the 17th round.

Cody Carroll – Another late round find, this time in the 2015 draft. The crazy thing about Carroll is that he lights up the radar gun, to the tune of upper 90’s heat. How that slipped to the 22nd round is beyond me. This year between High-A and Double-A he has pitched 56.1 innings, struck out 72 and walked just 23 en route to a 2.24 ERA. He has a .179 average against. So here you have a guy who is in just his second full season in the minors and is already in Double-A and excelling. Great pickup where they got him.

Colten Brewer – He has been pretty lights out this year with the exception of Triple-A, which is a small sample size. 50.1 IP, 58 K, 12 BB, and a 2.50 ERA. Not too shabby for a minor league rule 5 draftee. Over his last 10 appearances he has remained solid, with 19 K and a 2.81 ERA in 16 IP.

Will Carter – He and Jose Mesa both recently made starts in Double-A. It would make sense for both to be starters going forward. Carter came back from an injury in June and has pitched really well. In 30.1 innings, he has 15 K, nine walks, and a 2.67 ERA. At this point he just needs to stay healthy and get some innings.

Anyelo Gomez – One of the better development stories of the season, Gomez has had success across three levels. He has 55 innings, 71 K, 19 BB and 2.1 ERA on the season. In 24 Double-A innings, he has 29 K : 9 BB and a 1.88 ERA. He’s got the low to mid 90’s stuff, and the secondary stuff is working. He’s still got more work to do before he’s a legitimate major league option, but this season has been a huge step forward for him.

Jose Mesa Jr. – The Yankees have been building up his innings and he is now starting games in Double-A. Mesa has really good stuff, so it will be very interesting to see what he can do as a starter. If he has a strong finish to the season he is a sleeper to contribute to the major league team next year. He’s thrown 59.2 innings this season and has a 74:17 K:BB ratio.

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15 Responses to Who’s hot in Double-A, 8/10/2017 edition

  1. Jim says:

    Nice when a dozen players are note-worthy in AA. Thank you for the reviews of these kids.

    One suggestion, please include age and handedness for all of them going forward.

  2. tom says:

    Greg, Remember you said that there weren't necessarily moving up Brian Keller to Trenton because he was not part of MLB plan this year. How about Dillon Tate who is with Trenton now?

    Koerner lacking dominating stuffs? If true, how is his sinkers or knacks for groundout?

    Gomez and Mesa are rule 5 eligible prospects. How do you plan for them? Don't forget Padres. lol.

    • Steve S. says:

      Talk about a steal. Keller's a 39th rounder who keeps churning out one quality start after another. That show he put on Wednesday night was impressive. For a guy without a big time heater he sure knows how to miss bats. I'm wondering if his fastball has ticked up a notch or two. One thing I really like about him is he doesn't blow up when he gets in trouble. He's pitched out of a lot of big jams with very little damage this year. His superb control doesn't hurt. Even with that control he hits batters just enough to keep them antsy.

    • gcorcoran says:

      I wouldn't say Koerner "lacks dominating stuff." In fact there was thought as recently as last season that he was the 2016 draft version of Chance Adams. I don't think he has lived up to that billing but he is definitely a later round guy that has the potential to be an effective starter in the majors.

      As for Dillon Tate vs Keller, you are talking about two different players. Tate is a top prospect. He's a guy you get a taste of Double-A just to give him a jump start on next season. I'm not saying you don't do that will Keller, but IMO only if there's space.

  3. gary b says:

    Fri 8/11/17 The great trades Cashman brought in – Sonny Gray (0-2) and Jamie Garcia (0-2) are typical Cashman Smoke And Mirror Jokes. Garcia should be throwing soft toss in a pee wee league. Between Cashman's ineptness and Brain Dead Girardi and his equally inept group of pitching coach clowns the Yankees Embarrassing Slide Into The Depths Of Irrelevance Will Continue. The only thing The Yankees will be doing in October is taking their kids Trick Or Treating. LOVE THE TEAM . DUMP MGMT (CASHMAN GIRARDI & HIS 7 DWARFS) – THEY WILL HAVE AN EXCUSE FOR EVERYTHING. The only "CONSTANT" in this Season's (BIG CHOKE) is their "ARROGANCE & COLLECTIVE INEPTNESS". RIP Season of 2017.

    • gcorcoran says:

      While I can understand the frustration, and you make some valid points, I don't agree. I don't believe the Yankees would be in this position if it wasn't for Cashman. He made all the right moves last season to get them to this point. So far, the Garcia and Gray trades have not worked out for us, but it's too small of a sample size. I think getting Gray was a great move, and time will show us that.

  4. garyb says:

    To gcorcoran good post I respect your point of view. I was born a Yankee Fan 71 yrs ago. I truly believe that the majority of Yankee WINS are In SPITE OF Girardi and Company and that the Majority of their losses are BECAUSE OF Girardi and Company. But the bottom Line is "GO YANKEES "

    • Otto says:

      You can not give credit just for the losses without giving credit for the wins. Yes I do feel he lost a few games in the first half with his bullpen management, but you have to give credit for the wins as well. Gary B so negative Cashman has finally doing a great job building up the farm team and getting quality players in return. Can not play Gray for the 0 – 2 start as the defense let him down in the first game and the have not scored runs for him. Not sure how you can call yourself a real fan with being so negative. Let's get real no one expect the Yankees to be in the position this year. They were not expected to compete for another year or two. I suggest sit back and just enjoy the ride.

    • gcorcoran says:

      For the record garyb I agree "GO YANKEES." I think it's easy to look in retrospect and blame some of the losses on Girardi. Every coach makes good and bad decisions. I think Joe Girardi has his fair share of bad decisions, but I also am a firm believer that the manager has minimal impact on wins and losses in the MLB. It's so tough to quantify how good a manager is. There's no way to know what would have happened if they went a different direction when they make a given decision. It's so hard to measure a manager's success, that I tend to believe managers are always either over or underrated. Joe Torre was overrated because he had unbelievable teams, for example.

  5. Nunzio says:

    Before putting a label on good coach bad coach just look at the positives and negatives of Girardi he tends to leave his pitches in the game to long , a guy that's an arm chair baseball guy can figure that one out……but remember this Cashman and Girardi are tied at the hip , Girardi won that one World Series in his ten years as the Yankee skipper , apparently Cashman see's nothing wrong with his positives and negatives because he still is the manager ….. from a fan of the Yankees for the last sixty seven years , I see plenty wrong and plenty good with there way they are going, my biggest questions is does management see the same or just intent on staying loyal to Cashman and Girardi.

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