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 June 7, 2018, unless otherwise noted.
This week we'll begin with a brief overview of the Yankees' 2018 draft picks.
First-round selection Anthony Seigler (C) is not only a switch-hitter; he's also switch-pitcher. While it is highly doubtful he'll be doing both if he is successful enough to get to the big leagues, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees even entertain it. Second-round pick Josh Breaux (C), who also pitched, has a fine hit tool, with raw power and a quick bat. Third-round pick, Ryder Green (OF), is committed to Vanderbilt and possesses solid hitting tools with what is believed to be significant power.
In all, it was all about pitching and catching for the Yankees. They drafted 21 right-handed pitchers, three left-handed pitchers, six catchers and 10 other position players. The Yankees delved in to the college pool most, selecting 31 players with college level experience and nine high school players (though two of their top three picks, Seigler and Green, were high schoolers).
Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs
Record: 29-29, 4th place, 6.5 GB
Charleston went 5-1 since the last report, winning their last three straight.
No. 17 -- Glenn Otto (RHP) remains on the seven-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. 18 -- Nolan Martinez (RHP) remains on the seven-day disabled list and has yet to pitch this season.
No. 20 -- Dermis Garcia (3B) continues to struggle at the plate, going just 2-for-19 this week as his average has dropped to .161.
Making Noise -- Jason Lopez (C) racked up six hits in his last 14 at-bats, including a home run and four RBIs. The 20-year-old is hitting .269 with a .325 on-base percentage and .463 slugging percentage.
Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Tarpons
Record: 32-28, 2nd place, 2.5 GB
Tampa went 5-2 this week, yet lost a half-game in the standings.
No. 1 (No. 37) -- Estevan Florial (OF) is on the disabled list until mid-August due to a right wrist injury that required surgery. Florial was hitting .246 with a .353 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage in 156 plate appearances before the surgery.
No. 3 (No. 65) -- Albert Abreu (RHP) walked four batters and allowed six hits, but coughed up just two runs in 3 1/3 innings on Saturday. Abreu's ERA moved up to 4.91 in 25 2/3 innings.
No. 6 -- Freicer Perez (RHP) was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Perez's ERA sits at 7.20 across 25 innings (six starts) this season.
No. 14 -- Deivi Garcia (RHP) made his season debut with the Tarpons on Tuesday, chucking 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Garcia struck out seven batters and allowed just five base runners in the start.
No. 24 -- Nick Nelson (RHP) hurled seven innings of scoreless ball allowing just five base runners while striking out three. Nelson dropped his ERA with the Tarpons to 4.00. Nelson has walked far too many batters since his promotion (17 in 27 innings), but has allowed batters just a .196 batting average.
No. 25 -- Trevor Lane (LHP) made two appearances this week with differing results. Nelson got the save last Friday, working 2 1/3 shutout innings. However, Lane had another clunker on Monday, surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings. Lane has allowed 12 runs over his last 8 1/3 innings.
No. 26 -- Garrett Whitlock (RHP) made his third start for Tampa and turned in a solid one-run effort across five innings. Whitlock struck out six batters in the contest. Whitlock boasts a tidy 0.66 ERA in 13 2/3 innings since his call-up to the Tarpons' roster.
No. 29 -- Isiah Gilliam (1B) went 6-for-23 with a home run and four RBIs this week. Gilliam continues to pace Tampa with 34 RBIs, which is tied for eighth in the league.
Making Noise -- Adonis Rosa (RHP) boosted his record to 6-1 with a 3.33 ERA after Thursday's six-inning scoreless effort. Rosa has allowed just one run across his last 17 1/3 innings of work (three appearances).
Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder
Record: 34-24, 2nd place, 0.5 GB
Trenton went 2-3 since the last report and still picked up one game in the standings.
No. 7 -- Domingo Acevedo (RHP) allowed four runs in four relief innings on Wednesday against Richmond, just four days after throwing three scoreless innings, also in relief.
No. 9 -- Dillon Tate (RHP) last pitched on May 31, going six innings while letting up two runs. Tate struck out six batters and walked two.
No. 12 -- Jonathan Loaisiga (RHP) bounced back from a four-run effort, with a five-inning, one-run performance on Tuesday. Loaisiga continues to fill the strike zone, striking out 54 batters and walking just four on the season (43 combined innings).
No. 13 -- Trevor Stephan (RHP) was also sharp this week, hurling five innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts and one walk.
Making Noise -- Kaleb Ort (RHP) owns a 2.18 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings pitched across 14 appearances. Ort has locked down three saves for Trenton in four chances.
Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Record: 24-28, 6th place, 7.0 GB
The RailRiders went 2-4 since the last report, losing two more games in the standings.
No. 2 (No. 40) -- Justus Sheffield (LHP) was reached for six runs in five innings on Saturday. Sheffield allowed four hits, three walks and struck out just one batter. His ERA since being promoted to Triple-A is 3.80, but he's allowed batters to hit just .197.
No. 4 (No. 67) -- Chance Adams (RHP) remains inconsistent, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings last Friday and then four runs in five innings Thursday. Adams continues to have control issues (26 walks), yet also demonstrates the ability to strike out batters (65 Ks). Adams' ERA stands at 5.43 in 54 2/3 innings.
No. 8 -- Thairo Estrada (2B/SS) remains on the seven-day disabled list. In 33 at-bats with Scranton, Estrada was hitting just .152.
No. 15 -- Cody Carroll (RHP) made two appearances this week, allowing one run in three innings. Carroll collected five strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
No. 16 -- Billy McKinney (OF), went 7-for-21 with three home runs and eight RBIs since the last report. McKinney's efforts have boosted his slash line with SWB to .236/.323/.564 in 62 plate appearances.
No. 19 -- Giovanny Gallegos (RHP) made just one appearance since the last report, but it was a great one. In 2 2/3 scoreless innings, Gallegos allowed one hit and one walk while striking out seven batters. Gallegos has now struck out 20 batters in 10 innings this season.
No. 27 -- Ben Heller (RHP) is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.
Making Noise -- Joe Harvey (RHP) had gone 16 straight innings without allowing a run before his three-inning, one run appearance Thursday. Harvey owns a 1.42 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 19 innings with SWB.
Top-30 assignments/status (statistics for leagues that just began will be added to next week's report):
No. 5 -- Luis Medina (RHP) -- Pulaski Yankees
No. 10 -- Matt Sauer (RHP) -- Gulf Coast League Yankees West
No. 11 -- Clarke Schmidt (RHP) -- 60-day DL
No. 21 -- Everson Pereira (OF) -- unassigned
No. 22 -- Juan Then (RHP) -- unassigned
No. 23 -- Canaan Smith (OF) -- Gulf Coast League Yankees East
No. 28 -- Juan De Paula (RHP) -- Staten Island Yankees
No. 30 -- Raimfer Salinas (OF) -- Dominican Summer League Yankees