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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/2/21

Aaron Boone still confident in the quality of the Yankees’ at-bats; Mike Ford demoted to Triple-A; Luis Gil developing as a starter; D-Rob on U.S. roster as Americans try to qualify for the Olympics; Yankees acquire Cannon

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New York Daily News | Matthew Roberson: With the Yankee offense sputtering, Aaron Boone continued to preach confidence in the team’s bats. He argued that the club’s hitters have put together some good at-bats over the past week, but just haven’t quite seen the results. The manager noted “We’re just going to keep poring into game plans and where we can try and make subtle adjustments with individuals. We’ll keep working at it.” With the front office unlikely to make an actual trade soon, continuing to grind and trying to make small adjustments does seem like the best things the actual coaches and players on the ground can do for now. | Randy Miller: Hitting coach Marcus Thames also spoke on the Yankees’ troubles at the plate, and he echoed many of the sentiments expressed by Boone. Thames also insisted that the team’s incorporation of data and analysis into their hitting approach had little to do with their woes with the bat.

Twitter | Yankees: The Bombers optioned Mike Ford to Triple-A after last night’s win. At time of writing, they didn’t announce who would take his spot on the 26-man roster. The 28-year-old first baseman has produced next to nothing in 2021, with just eight hits to his name for the season.

Patriots Baseball | Mike Ashmore: This one is for any hardcore prospect, or pitching, enthusiasts. Daniel Moskos, the pitching coach for the Double-A Somerset Patriots, went deep on the team’s pitching staff, discussing the kinds of adjustments top prospect Luis Gil is working on, on Glenn Otto’s development as a starter, and more.

ESPN | David Schoenfield: Baseball is back at the Olympics! The American team won’t feature much in the way of starpower, with players on 40-man rosters not allowed to compete, but it should be fun to follow. The United States is attempting to qualify for the real thing, and has opened the qualifying round with a pair of wins. Notable former Yankees on the US roster include David Robertson and Todd Frazier. There are also some interesting prospects to watch, including Boston’s top prospect, Triston Casas, and one of Toronto’s best pitching farmhands, Simeon Woods Richardson.

Also of note: the Yankees announced on Twitter they had acquired Connor Cannon as the player to be named later in the Wandy Peralta/Mike Tauchman trade from April. Cannon, a 23-year-old first baseman last seen in Low-A in 2019, has been described as having “80-grade power with a scary injury history.” He’s got an 80-grade name to go with the power, but we’ll see if he can stay healthy enough to make it on the field somewhere on the Yankee farm this year.

And last but not least, Zack Britton will start for Somerset tonight as part of his rehab assignment. Perhaps we should all consider watching some Double-A ball tonight, to see if it offers a superior viewing experience to the current big league club.