[SI Yanks Notebook] Yankees Lose Two Players, Find Themselves Struggling – Pinstriped Prospects
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[SI Yanks Notebook] Yankees Lose Two Players, Find Themselves Struggling

Jhony Brito (Robert M. Pimpsner)

The Staten Island Yankees started off the season on a hot streak, but now they have come down to earth.

After leading the New York-Penn League for the majority of the year with the best record they now find themselves tied with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers with a .605 winning percentage.  What is worse is with two consecutive losses to the Aberdeen IronBirds the Yankees now find themselves with just a one-game lead in the McNamara Division.

Staten Island has had one of the best pitching staffs in the entire league this season, and still currently lead the league in ERA with a combined 2.74 ERA and lead in number of saves with 19.  Shrink that to the first two games of the series with Aberdeen, and the Yankees own a 7.00 ERA, allowing seven runs in each of the games.

In addition, the Yankees offense has gone cold.  The team has hit just .211 in their last five games and now have an overall season batting average of .224.  They currently have the second lowest team average in the entire league.

Dom Thompson-Williams has been a bright spot in that starting lineup.  The center fielder is hitting .271/.358/.358 this season over 133 at bats.  He also leads the team with 21 RBI and his second behind Timmy Robinson with three home runs.   Robinson currently leads the Yankees with five homers but has been struggling to hit only .200/.292/.412 over 24 games.

To top it off the Yankees lost two players this past week.  Third baseman Nelson Gomez has left the team for an unknown reason and was placed on the restricted list on July 31.  Gomez was ranked the sixth best prospect in the 2014 international free agent class according to Baseball America and signed with the Yankees for a $2.25 million signing bonus.  He has struggled this season hitting just .128/.269/.174 over 86 at bats in 27 games.

Gomez began the season serving a five-game suspension that extended over from the 2016 season and overall, he has struggled in three professional seasons with a .205/.299/.379 slash line over three levels.

In addition to losing Gomez Staten Island also lost right-handed pitcher Jhony Brito who was placed on the 60-Day Disabled List.  Brito who was a member of the Yankees starting rotation had only appeared in three games this season.  The 19-year old was impressive having not allowed a run over 7 2/3 innings of work and struck out eight batters.

Brito started the game on July 29 against the Tri-City Valley Cats throwing just eight pitches before his arm started bothering him and was removed from the game.  The Yankees went on to win the game and complete the third no-hitter in team history.

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