The Tampa Yankees were heading into the last game of a four-game-series against the Daytona Tortugas. It was announced last week that Bryan Mitchell would be joining the (Tampa) Yankees to make his second rehab start since returning from his injury in March which was listed as a “Grade 3 turf toe”. Mitchell’s first rehab start was in Charleston, he went three innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out two. Mitchell noted his struggles controlling his fastball, but was working on his off-speed pitches as well.
It was mainly the same case in Saturday’s game for Mitchell. The Tortugas managed five hits and three runs off of him in his 2 1/3 innings of work. His fastball stayed in the 94-96 mph range at a consistent rate, but the control was an issue again. The Tortugas took advantage of his fastball when he left it up in the zone as three of the five hits for Daytona were extra bases (two doubles and one triple). A positive takeaway compared to his first rehab start is that he didn’t give up any home runs this time around. Mitchell’s curveball was his go-to pitch again as when he got in trouble, the movement was near impossible for anyone to get contact on. He threw his fastball more often than not as it’s obviously the main thing that needs work before he can return to the Bronx. The Yankees have not announced where Mitchell is to go from here, but he is likely to have another go in his recovery process before returning.
As for the Yankees lineup, they gave whoever was to pitch all the run support they needed. Trey Amburgey and Rashad Crawford combined for six RBIs, and six players would go on to have multi-hit games. The effort would earn the Yankees a 10-4 win to split the series with the Tortugas. Though the focus was on Bryan Mitchell, Nestor Cortes would add on another solid outing since joining High-A Tampa. After Mitchell’s 2 1/3 IP, Cortes would take the load and save Tampa from overworking their bullpen. Cortes pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up a run off of two hits while striking out seven. Jordan Foley pitched the final two innings holding the Tortugas to just one hit and totaling three strikeouts.
Tampa heads back home for five games as they continue to prepare themselves for the playoffs. James Reeves takes the mound as he will try and continue his dominance against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.