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Yankees prospects: Week 2 minor league review

Check out the notable performances across the Yankees minor league system.

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The minor league season is in full swing now with players jumping levels to fill needs generated as injuries start to hit the organization. Two of the Yankees top prospects — Deivi García and Oswald Peraza — put up big weeks and were recognized as their leagues’ pitcher and player of the week, respectively.

Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

Record: 9-3, T-1st Place in the Triple-A (Northeast)

Past Week: 4-2 vs. Lehigh Valley IrongPigs (Phillies)

Upcoming: Away vs. Rochester Red Wings (Nationals, 2-10)

Chris Gittens’ homer off Spencer Howard on Sunday was the first runs that Howard — one of the top pitching prospects in baseball — had given up in three Triple-A starts. After starting the season with a six-game hitting streak, Estevan Florial cooled off this week but was still promoted to Triple-A after the Aaron Hicks injury, and he made his Scranton debut late in the week. Deivi García, Nick Nelson and Nestor Cortes all had big weeks on the mound, helping the team remain tied for first place in their division.

Players of Note:

Chris Gittens: 9 G; .333/.556/.917, 4 HR, 2 2B, 11 BB, 262 wRC+

Deivi García: 2 G; 10 IP, 16 K, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 R (Triple-A East Pitcher of the Week)

Nick Nelson: 3 G; 6.2 IP, 11 K, 3 H, 1 BB

Estevan Florial: 5 G; .095/.174/.190; Three games at Double-A and two at Triple-A

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Record: 7-5, T-1st place in the Double-A (Northeast) North

Past Week: 2-4 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)

Upcoming: Away vs. Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies, 5-7)

Somerset had a tough week in New Hampshire, dropping the series but remaining tied for first place in their division. Oswaldo Cabrera paced the offense and in a promising sign, Dermis Garcia broke out of his early season slump to hit his first two long balls of the year. Ron Marinaccio has quickly become a pitcher to watch, as he’s impressed out of the bullpen early this season.

Players of Note:

Luis Gil: 1 G; 4 IP, 8 K, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 R

Ron Marinaccio: 4 G; 7.2 IP, 12 K, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 R

Dermis Garcia: 4 G; .286/.353/.786, 2 HR, 2B, 180 wRC+; Garcia started the season 1-for-24 and now has a four-game hitting streak with his first two homers

Oswaldo Cabrera: 8 G; .321/.441/.500, HR, 2 2B, 6 BB, 162 wRC+

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Record: 6-6, T-2nd place in the High-A East (Northern)

Past Week: 3-3 vs. Aberdeen Iron Birds (Orioles)

Upcoming: Away vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets, 4-7)

Oswald Peraza has now hit as many home runs in the last eight games as he had in his minor league career entering the season. The Yankees’ top infield prospect homered in four straight plate appearances across three games and now has five for the season. He is currently tied for the league lead in home runs and has the outright lead in stolen bases, hits, and total bases. Peraza is one of the youngest players in the league and is trending up in the eyes of scouts with his explosive start to the season.

Ken Waldichuk pitched 3.1 innings to open the series, recording 10 K’s in a strong Tuesday performance. Showing that it was not a fluke, he backed it up with four innings of seven-strikeout ball on Sunday. The Yankees 2019 fifth round pick has yet to allow a run this season.

Players of Note:

Oswald Peraza: 8 G; .484/.556/1.000, 5 HR, 2B, 4 BB, 7 SB (High-A East player of the week)

Fredrick Cuevas: 4 G; .429/.467/.714, HR, 2B, 2 SB — great throw from right field, too

Ken Waldichuk: 2 G; 7.2 IP, 17 K, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 R

Elvis Peguero: 3 G, 7.1 IP, 5 K, 1 H, 4 BB, 0 R

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Record: 9-3, 1st place in the Low-A Southeast (West Coast)

Past Week: 4-2 vs. Lakeland (Tigers)

Upcoming: Home vs. Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Twins, 6-6)

The Tarpons could not match their 78-run output from the opening week of the season but continued to play well. Infielder Max Burt was an offensive force for the team before earning a promotion to Double-A Somerset. Undrafted free agent Elijah Dunham began his professional career with an eight-game hitting streak, but saw that end on Sunday. He has been an on-base machine for the Tarpons so far.

Players of Note:

Nelvin Correa: 4 G; 9.2 IP, 9 K, 4 H, 4 BB, 0 R

Sean Boyle: 2 G; 7.0 IP, 7 K, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 ER

Max Burt: 8 G; .364/.400/.545, HR, 3 2B (Promoted to Double-A on 5/15)

Elijah Dunham: 6 G; .294/.429/.471, HR, 3 SB