The GCL Yankees went into the game going for the sweep and the brooms came out. The team pitched the first shutout of the year behind a decent performance from the starting pitcher Angel Rincon. Rincon is a 19 year old prospect out of the Dominican Republic. His name might be familiar to you but not in a good way. After signing with the Yankees he was suspended two years ago for taking steroids and lost 50 games of that year. He did play all of last year striking out 60 batters in 60.1 innings pitched along with a 2.24 ERA.
Backing up Rincon out of the pen was Victor Beriguete who threw 2 successful innings of work. He struck out four of his six batters that he faced. He did allow a hit and walk in those two innings. Beriguete appears to a filler player on the team since he just came to the US and is already 23 turning 24 thing year.
Melvin Mercedes finished off the game by going two innings. He allowed one hit but did strike out a batter. Mercedes appears to be filler also for the team since he is 22 going on 23 this year and just made his stateside debut. Going for Mercedes was that he got sent to the Tampa Yankees but that didn’t go so well in his one game.
The hitting was spread out throughout the team. Only Kelvin Duran went hitless for the team. Austin Jones and Jerison Lopez had two hits. Both went two for four on the day with a double, run and RBI. Jones is an interesting prospect who got $350,000 to sign as a pro and forgo his committed Arizona to play pro ball. Just like most first base prospect his bat is going to have to carry him and he is off to a good start.
Prospects who had up and down day were Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird. Andujar went one for four on the day. The one hit was a double which was good but two of his outs were via the strike out. Bird also went one for four to go along with a walk and strike out. Behind the plate he allowed three stolen bases