MLB Notebook – Week Eleven: 6/11/18

  • New York is now 42–19 on the season which places them in first place over the Boston Red Sox (0.5 GB) in the American League East Division.

Monday, June 4, 2018:  

  • With the 23rd overall selection in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft the New York Yankees selected the ambidextrous catcher Anthony Seigler out of Cartersville High School (Georgia).
  • The Yankees recalled outfielder Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he was selected as New York’s 26th player for Monday’s doubleheader in Detroit.
  • New York activated Adam Warren from the 10-day disabled list and optioned reliever Tommy Kahnle (7.00 ERA) to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Warren on the 25-man roster.
  • The Yankees organization has threatened to boycott ESPN personnel “all year” in their ongoing effort to change the July 8th game that was pushed back from 1 pm to 8 pm due to the network’s selection to air the contest as their weekly “Sunday Night Baseball” game. New York would have to play three games in two cities in less than 24 hours due to a make-up doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles being scheduled the next day on Monday, July 9th.
  • Gleyber Torres homered in the third inning on what would tie the first game of Monday’s doubleheader at one. The round-tripper would be Torres’ 10th blast of the season and placed him with Mickey Mantle in Yankees history as he became the first Yankee since Mantle to hit 10 or more homers before their 22nd
  • Coincidently, all of Torres’ home runs have come from when the rookie is hitting ninth in the order. He has already hit the second-highest number of homers for a Yankees nine-hole hitter for a single season. Alfonso Soriano is in first with 11 dingers.
  • Tempers flared in Game 2 of the doubleheader between Giancarlo Stanton and Tigers starter Mike Fiers. Fiers plunked who was the pitcher that hit Stanton in the face back in 2014, plunked Giancarlo in the elbow guard. Stanton took exception to hit-by-pitch was held back and walked by Detroit catcher James McCann to first base. Giancarlo homered in his next at bat off Fiers.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018:

  • Clint Frazier was returned to Scranton/Wilkes Barre after serving as New York’s 26th man from Monday’s twin-bill against the Tigers.
  • Second-year southpaw Jordan Montgomery will undergo Tommy John surgery this Thursday. The South Carolina native had been placed on the 10-day disabled list just over a month ago with a left elbow strain. The 25-year old will miss the remainder of the season and a substantial portion of 2019 as well.
  • Miguel Andujar slugged his first career grand slam on Thursday night in the bottom of the seventh inning off Blue Jays reliever Seungwan Oh
  • Didi Gregorius stole his eighth base of the season, marking a new career high in the statistical category.
  • The Yankees have won their feud with ESPN. The July 8th game in Toronto has been changed back to a 1 pm start time.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

  • Aaron Judge snapped a 15 at-bat hitless streak in the top of the 13th inning by launching a Joe Biagini curveball into the Rogers Centre seats for a go-ahead two-run home run.
  • Judge’s blast was his 17th of the season, which is good enough to lead the Yankees in homers.
  • Following Judge’s dinger, Giancarlo Stanton smacked a solo-shot of his own. The ball’s exit velocity was recorded at 119.3 mph, which is the third-hardest hit homer recorded by Statcast™. Judge has the two hardest hit homers at 121.9 mph and 119.4 mph.
  • Sonny Gray turned in his Yankees career best start to date. Gray tossed eight scoreless innings, struck out eight, walked two, and allowed just two hits.

Thursday, June 7, 2018:

  • Christopher Ahmad successfully performed Tommy John surgery on Jordan Montgomery Thursday afternoon. Ahmad also removed a loose bone chip in Monty’s throwing elbow during the procedure as well.
  • Vice President, Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer said that 2017 first round pick Clarke Schmidt has touched 96 mph in Tampa in is rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Oppenheimer added that he is close to making his return to game action.

Friday, June 8, 2018:

  • Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd career home run at Citi Field on Friday night. That is the most by any visiting player.
  • Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka exited Friday’s contest after five innings with left and right hamstring stiffness.
  • New York relievers lead all of Major League Baseball with 285 strikeouts this season.
  • The Yankees are now 42-18 through the first 60 games this season. That is the eighth-best start in franchise history through 60 games.
  • Closer Aroldis Chapman has tendinitis in his left knee. The Cuban native has been experiencing pain for approximately three weeks and plans on pitching through the injury.

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

  • Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 10-day disabled list with mild strains of his left and right hamstrings. General Manager Brian Cashman estimated that the Japanese native will miss a month. Tanaka himself would not commit to a return to pitching before the All-Star break.
  • Beloved utility-man Ronald Torreyes was recalled from Triple-A to replace Tanaka on the 25-man roster.
  • Yankees 2018 first round pick Anthony Seigler has signed with the organization with a signing bonus of $2,815,900, which is full slot.
  • With 11 home runs out of the ninth spot in the batting order this season, Gleyber Torres has tied Alfonso Soriano for the single-season Yankees record. Then-rookie Alfonso Soriano ended up finishing with 18 homers in 2001 after being moved up in the order. With Torres’ third inning smash, he also became the youngest player to homer against the Mets at 21 years old and the fastest second basemen to reach 11 career home runs.
  • Miguel Andujar crushed his eighth homer of the season, tying him with teammate Tyler Austin for the second most home runs by an American League rookie this season.
  • In one of the most bizarre plays of the season, Aaron Hicks doubled through an open visiting bullpen door on Saturday night at Citi Field.
  • Dellin Betances has now struck out eight, walked none, and permitted just one hit over his last seven scoreless outings.

Sunday, June 10, 2018:

  • The Mets shutout the Yankees for the first time all season on Sunday night. The loss snaps New York’s four-game winning streak and marks the first time the organization was shutout in 111 games.