Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.
Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.
Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs
Record: 6-8, 5th place, 3.0 GB
Charleston is off to a sluggish start after compiling a 76-63 regular season record in 2017. The RiverDogs lost in the league semifinals last season.
No. 20 -- Glenn Otto (RHP) is currently on the 7-day disabled list. Otto had thrown 10 1/3 innings to the tune of a 3.48 ERA and 1.45 WHIP before being injured.
No. 21 -- Nolan Martinez (RHP) is currently on the 7-day disabled list and has yet to pitch this season.
No. 27 -- Nick Nelson (RHP) was shelled for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his first outing this since. Since, Nelson has tossed 11 innings of three-run ball. Nelson has struck out a whopping 24 batters in 12 2/3 innings this season.
Making Noise -- Steven Sensley (OF) and Chris Hess (3B) have collectively smashed seven home runs, driven in 16 runs in 96 at-bats and own OPS marks of .997 and 1.046, respectively.
Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Tarpons
Record: 6-8, 3rd place, 4.0 GB
Tampa is also off to a slow start after finishing the 2017 regular season in first place with an 85-50 record. The then-Tampa Yankees went on to get bounced in the league semifinals.
No. 2 (No. 44) -- Estevan Florial (OF) is hitting just .212 on the season with three extra-base hits and three stolen bases. Florial, who opened up many eyes in 2017, continues to rack up too many strikeouts (20 in 52 ABs).
No. 5 (No. 75) -- Albert Abreu (RHP) is on the 7-day DL, but will soon begin pitching in simulated games.
No. 8 -- Freicer Perez (RHP) has been knocked around in his first three starts of the season, allowing 11 earned runs on 16 hits and eight walks in just 13 1/3 innings.
No. 10 -- Thairo Estrada (2B/SS), who was shot in the hip in the offseason during a robbery attempt, was activated Wednesday and promptly rapped out three hits in five at-bats, but went 0-for-4 Thursday. Estrada hit .301 last season for Double-A Trenton.
No. 14 -- Jonathan Loaisiga (RHP) was named FSL Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 5-15. For the season, Loaisiga has not allowed a run in 10 innings of work (two starts), while striking out 10 batters and walking zero.
No. 15 -- Trevor Stephan (RHP) has been sensational in his three starts this season. In 16 innings, Stephan has allowed just two earned runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out 22 batters.
No. 28 -- Trevor Lane (LHP) has allowed one run on seven hits with zero walks and 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings (four appearances) of relief work.
Making Noise -- Isiah Gilliam (OF) is hitting a robust .370 in 54 at-bats with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs. Gilliam posted a .825 OPS with Charleston in 2017.
Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder
Record: 7-6, 2nd place, 2.5 GB
Trenton has won four of its last six games. The Thunder won 92 games in 2017, but lost in the league finals.
No. 3 (No. 48) -- Justus Sheffield (LHP) has tossed two straight solid games after a difficult first start for the Thunder. In total, Sheffield owns a 3.38 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.
No. 9 -- Domingo Acevedo (RHP) has made two starts on the young season, pitching to a 2.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP with seven strikeouts. He's walked six batters in just 10 1/3 innings, something that will obviously have to change. Acevedo was placed on the 7-day DL on April 13 due to a blister issue.
No. 11 -- Dillon Tate (RHP) has allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings across two starts this sea-son. Tate has struck out nine batters and walked zero, though he's hit two batters.
Making Noise -- Erik Swanson (RHP) is 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings (a relief appearance and two starts) with a whopping 19 strikeouts.
Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Record: 7-6, T-2nd place, 1.5 GB
The RailRiders finished with an 85-66 record in 2017, but were eliminated from the postseason in the league finals as their quest for back-to-back IL championships fell short.
No. 1 (No. 5) -- Gleyber Torres (INF) is knocking hard on the major league door after an excel-lent start to the season. Torres is hitting .372 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .588 slugging percentage with five extra-base hits among his 16 knocks and 11 RBIs.
No. 6 (No. 76) -- Chance Adams (RHP) is off to a rocky start, tossing 13 innings while allowing eight earned runs (4.85 ERA). Adams has allowed 24 total baserunners (16 hits and eight walks), but has 15 strikeouts on the season.
No. 17 -- Cody Carroll (RHP) has made four relief appearances thus far (6 1/3 IP) and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
No. 22 -- Giovanny Gallegos (RHP) is on the 7-day disabled list with a groin injury.
No. 29 -- Ben Heller (RHP) is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this month.
Making Noise -- Abiatal Avelino (SS/2B) is slashing .356/.420/.489 and leads the team with 13 RBIs.
Extended spring training or unassigned:
No. 7 -- Luis Medina (RHP)
No. 12 -- Matt Sauer (RHP)
No. 13 -- Clarke Schmidt (RHP)
No. 16 -- Deivi Garcia (RHP)
No. 23 -- Dermis Garcia (3B)
No. 24 -- Everson Pereira (OF)
No. 25 -- Juan Then (RHP)
No. 26 -- Canaan Smith (OF)
No. 30 -- Juan De Paula (RHP)