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Yankees prospects: Final Stretch minor league review

The Triple-A Season has entered its “Final Stretch” while the Low-A Tampa Tarpons finished their playoff series.

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The minor league playoffs were in full swing this past week, with two Yankees affiliates in action for their level’s version of the playoffs. Triple-A Scranton played the first half of their 10-game “Final Stretch” series, while Low-A Tampa was swept in their best-of-five playoff series. The Dominican Summer League also remains in action, nearing the end of their regular season.

Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

Record: 68-49 Second Place in the Triple-A (Northeast) 3.0 GB

Past Week: 2-3 vs. Syracuse Mets (2 GB in the Triple-A Final Stretch Standings)

Upcoming: Away vs. Rochester Red Wings (WSH)

Playing around a technical issue that saw half of the lights in their home stadium shut down on the opening night of the “Final Stretch” series, the RailRiders put themselves in a tough position by losing two of three to Syracuse. With big names like Jameson Taillon and Miguel Andújar rehabbing with the team over the past week, left handed pitcher JP Sears stole the show once again with 6.1 shutout innings. In addition to Sears, the recently promoted Oswaldo Cabrera cranked three home runs in his first five games at the level and has an .885 OPS since returning from the Olympic Qualifying tournament in early-June.

Players of Note:

Oswaldo Cabrera: 93 G; .277/.330/.555, 24 HR, 27 2B, 21 SB

Estevan Florial: 11 G; .300/.417/.675, 4 HR, 3 2B, 2 SB

JP Sears: 4 G; 1.11 ERA, 24.1 IP, 16 H, 1 BB, 35 K

Donny Sands: 42 G; .272/.339/.476, 8 HR, 6 2B

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Record: 73-43 First place in the Low-A Southeast (West Coast) 3.5 GA

Past Week: 0-3 vs. Bradenton Marauders (PIT)

The Tarpons could not slow down the high-powered Bradenton offense in their playoff series. After a great season where they set offensive records, the Tarpons flashed their offensive potential down the stretch. Only a strong performance by Blas Castano in Game 1 of their series put the Tarpons in position to win, but the bullpen could not hold the lead. The Tarpons started their season with Anthony Volpe and Austin Wells providing the spark to the offense, and finished with another group of prospects including Jasson Dominguez and Trey Sweeney — who will now head into their first “normal” offseason as professionals.

Players of Note:

Tyler Hardman: 2 G; .286/.375/.857, HR, 2B

Antonio Gomez: 3 G; .300/.417/.600, HR

Blas Castano: 5.1 IP; 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Kyle Battle: 3 G; .375/.583/.375

Dominican Summer League Yankees 1: L, 3-6 vs. DSL Phillies Red

SS Hans Montero: 0-5, 3 K
CF Fidel Montero: 1-4, 2B, BB, 3 K
LF Felix Negueis: 1-4, 1 K
3B Enger Castellano: 0-4, 2 K, 2 Errors (throwing)
DH-RF Christopher Familia: 0-2, BB, HBP, K
C Manuel Palencia: 1-3, BB, K
1B Jesus Rodriguez: 1-3, BB
RF Juan Rosa: 0-2, 2 K
RF Jared Serna: 1-1
PH-RF Gabriel Bersing: 0-1, K
2B Carlos Verdecia: 0-4, K

Allen Facundo: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (84 K in 48.1 IP this year)
Daniel Guerrero: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Lester Beltran: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Ruben Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H , 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Diego Cordero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 14 K

Dominican Summer League Yankees 2: L, 9-14 vs. DSL Rockies

DH Dayro Perez: 2-4, HR, BB, 2 K
LF Joel Mendez: 2-4, 2 K
RF Daury Arias: 1-5
SS Brenny Escanio: 0-5, 2 K
CF Ramiro Altagracia: 2-5, 3B, 2 K
C Omar Martinez: 2-5, HR, 2 K
3B Ronny Rojas: 2-3, HR, 2 BB
2B Alex Garcia: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 K
1B Edinson Duran: 1-3, BB, 2 K

Brian Arias: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, Wild Pitch, Balk
Gerardo Abrego: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Wild Pitch
Riordan Oropeza: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, Wild Pitch