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Yankees prospects: Week 15 minor league review

Randy Vasquez and Everson Pereira continue to impress as the Yankees Class-A affiliates had a strong week.

MiLB: JUL 18 Low-A SouthEast League - Lakeland Flying Tigers at the Tampa Tarpons Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Rehab assignments were the name of the game this past week across the minor league system. Corey Kluber, Gary Sanchez, Clint Frazier, Clarke Schmidt, and Chris Gittens all participated in rehab assignments during the week. In addition, Domingo Germán threw a bullpen in Somerset and may join the team shortly for game action. The minor league stars of the summer such as Anthony Volpe and Everson Pereira continued their strong play, and they are quickly being joined by a pair of pitchers in Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez who are thriving this season and putting themselves on the radar of many around baseball.

Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

Record: 51-34, 2nd Place in the Triple-A (Northeast); 2.0 GB

Past Week: 2-4 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI)

Upcoming: Away vs. Worcester Red Sox (Seven games, plus the completion of a game suspended in the sixth inning); 46-42

Scranton lost its second series of the season and fell two games behind the Buffalo Bison (Blue Jays) for the Triple-A East divisional standings. Greg Allen continued his outstanding play at the Triple-A level, showing off his impressive defense (below) in addition to his steady offense that has helped paced the RailRiders for most of the season. The team received a boost as Chris Gittens returned late in the week and provided some immediate impact with his bat. In addition, Clarke Schmidt has been assigned to the roster after completing his rehab with Double-A Trenton.

Players of Note:

Greg Allen: 44 G; .307/.432/.441, 2 HR, 11 2B, 7 SB

Sean Boyle: 2 G; 1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K

Greg Weissert: 19 G; 1.67 ERA, 27 IP, 12 H, 12 BB, 26 K

Chris Gittens: 26 G; .353/.518/753, 9 HR, 7 2B

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Record: 53-36, 2nd place in the Double-A (Northeast); 0.5 GB

Past Week: 2-4 vs. Portland SeaDogs (BOS)

Upcoming: Away vs. Altoona Curve (PIT); 47-41

Despite some impressive individual performances, and several major league rehab appearances, the Somerset Patriots struggled through a tough week and droped out of first place by half a game. Major league stars Corey Kluber, Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier were in Somerset for rehab games this week, though Frazier’s rehab was cut short. Star shortstop Oswald Peraza was called up to the Major League taxi squad, since he was the only healthy infielder who could still be an option on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Dermis Garcia has continued to bring the power this season and is now up to a Double-A Northeast/Yankees minor league system-leading 24 home runs on the season.

Players of Note:

Brandon Lockridge: 28 G; .342/.387/.579, 7 HR, 6 2B, 8 SB

Jhony Brito: 3 G; 1.89 ERA, 19 IP, 15 H, 4 BB, 18 K

Dermis Garcia: 20 G; .254/.361/.662; 8 HR, 3B, 3 2B

Hayden Wesneski: 2 G; 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 14K

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Record: 56-34; 1st place in the High-A East (Northern); 8.0 GA

Past Week: 3-3 vs. Jersey Shore Blue Claws (PHI)

Upcoming: Home vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM); 34-54

The Renegades are benefitting from some of the hottest prospects in the Yankees’ system right now. Anthony Volpe, Everson Pereira, and Austin Wells have all continued to hit well over the last few weeks. Despite these hot bats, the team was no-hit into the 10th inning on Saturday night. There was a 10th inning in the first place due to the outstanding work of right-handed pitcher Randy Vasquez, who is quickly becoming one of the biggest breakout players in the Yankees’ system this year.

Players of Note:

Anthony Volpe: 27 G; .308/.398/.598, 7 HR, 10 2B, 6 SB

Everson Pereira: 11 G; .295/.392/.659, 5 HR, 1 2B, 3 SB

Austin Wells: 8 G; .353/.389/.559, HR, 3B, 2 2B

Randy Vasquez: 4 G; 1.11 ERA, 24.1 IP, 18 H, 5 BB, 37 K

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Record: 60-27, 1st place in the Low-A Southeast (West Coast); 6.5 GA

Past Week: 4-1 vs. Clearwater Threshers (PHI)

Upcoming: Home vs. St. Lucie Mets; 47-40

After losing their first series of the season, the Tarpons bounced back in a big way as they won five of six games in a week that saw numerous rain delays and other weather-related issues. The Yankees’ 2021 first-round pick Trey Sweeney put together a strong finish to his week after struggling out of the gate with Low-A Tampa. The team’s fourth-round pick from 2020, right-handed pitcher Beck Way, has strung together an impressive stretch of appearances, going six-innings in back-to-back games.

Players of Note:

Jasson Dominguez: 23 G; .242/.297/.374, 2 HR, 3B, 4 2B, 34 K

Trey Sweeney: 3 G; .417/.461/1.000, 2 HR, 2B

Aldenis Sanchez: 21 G; .403/.494/.514, 8 2B, 13 SB

Beck Way: 3 G; 16 IP, 0.56 ERA, 19 K, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 HBP

Florida Complex League Yankees: L, 6-10 (7) vs. FCL Blue Jays

SS Alexander Vargas 0-3, BB, RBI
RF Grant Richardson 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K, SB
C Antonio Gomez 2-3, BB, RBI, K
1B Anthony Garcia 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, K, GIDP
3B Marcos Cabrera 1-4, K, fielding & throwing errors
CF Raimfer Salinas 0-4, 2 K, GIDP
LF Kyle Battle 0-1, BB, HBP, picked off
1B Jose Martinez 1-2, BB
2B Angel Rojas 0-3, 2 K

Yorlin Calderon 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, HR (loss)
Edward Paredes 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Kenlly Montas 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, HR

Dominican Summer League Yankees 1: Cancelled vs. DSL Mariners

Dominican Summer League Yankees 2: Cancelled at DSL Nationals