The Yankees minor league affiliates took on the Blue Jays on Sunday, March 18 with the Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were home at the Yankees Player Development and Scouting Complex in Tampa.
By: Rob Terranova
Left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield — the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect according to Pinstriped Prospects — who was reassigned to Minor League camp on March 15, said that he feels good and that he is happy with his results so far this spring.
Sheffield talked about working on a back-door slider for his repertoire, and that he sought out C.C. Sabathia’s help on it. “C.C. is basically the master of that pitch, so I picked his brain about how to throw it,” Sheffield said on Sunday morning. “So I’ve been working on it with him the last couple of weeks and it’s coming along real nice.”
Sheffield then talked about what he was working on most after facing Major League hitters the last few weeks. The southpaw was candid: “I need to finish guys off,” he said. “They have a better eye at that level. I was getting ahead of hitters and not able to put them away. They can easily extend innings too. You know, you get two quick outs and then all of sudden you walk the next guy and then give up a hit and all of a sudden you’re in trouble.”
When asked about his impression of Giancarlo Stanton, Sheffield simply smirked and said, “Man…that guy is cool.”
Michael King got the start for the Yankees’ Double-A squad on Sunday and he was brilliant early. King struck out the side in the first inning, 1-2-3, including stud Toronto prospect Bo Bichette. King finished his outing after 3 2/3 innings and 60 pitches, giving up three hits and one run. King didn’t issue a walk while fanning four. The only blemish on his outing came in the second inning when he hung a changeup and it was blasted over the fence in left-center field.
Our friends at 2080Baseball.com were also in attendance. They clocked King’s fastball at 90-93 miles per hour with heavy life and moderate run to arm side. They also noted his slider was in the low-80s while working fast.
Jeff Hendrix continued to flash his abilities in the outfield on Sunday. On a shallow pop-up that seemed destined to fall into no-man’s land in the second inning, the center fielder charged the ball and made a spectacular diving catch in between the shortstop and left-fielder.
Brody Koerner threw 3 1/3 innings of relief on Sunday. He gave up two hits and one run while walking one and striking out one. Koerner stayed out there so long thanks to an eight-pitch seventh inning. The only run he surrendered came off of a towering home run from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – that may have landed in Raymond James Stadium.
According to 2080 Baseball’s Adam McInturff, he was 90-94 miles per hour with his fastball. His slider was average at 82-85 miles per hour and a low-80s changeup.
At the plate – Leadoff hitter Diego Castillo finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and was on base four times. No. 8 hitter David Metzgar went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and No. 9 hitter Cody Brown was locked-in as he finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Brown was on base all four of his at-bats thanks an E9 in the third inning.
By: Omari Brown
- Josh Rogers made his return from elbow surgery, throwing 3 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 5 earned runs and a walk for Scranton.
- Rogers struggled out of the gate giving up four earned runs in the first inning as the Blue Jays batted around. He bounced back in the second and third innings without giving up a run. He got one out in the 4th before leaving the game.
- LHP Caleb Frare came on in relief in the fourth inning and pitched 1 2/3 total innings, striking out two and walking two.
- RHP Christian Morris pitched two innings of relief 2K H BB ER
- Justin Kamplain finished off with two scoreless innings of relief
- The Scranton bats were quiet most of the afternoon only managing one hit (Vincente Conde 1B) through the first eight innings.
- Scranton proceeded to take on three runs with one and two in the right and ninth innings respectively.
- Dalton Blaser played 1B today was 1-4w/ RBI and a nice play going back on a ball in foul territory.
- Vicente Conde 2-3 BB R K
- Tim Lynch 1-4 2B R K
- #1 Prospect Gleyber Torres played SS all nine innings today and went 0-4 with one strikeout and reached on an error.
- We caught up with Gleyber after the game.When asked how he feels physically Torres said: “My arm and body feel good just getting my rhythm back and getting stronger every day“.
- When asked what the plan for him moving forward in regards to where he’ll play Torres said “Wherever they need me to play I’ll play. Just focused on playing hard and getting my timing right”.