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Jasson Dominguez (Photo by John Brophy / Pinstriped Prospects)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Dominguez’s First Home Run

Desperately in need of something to distract from another sad-sack defeat to Boston, Yankee fans got a treat on Friday with Jasson Dominguez crushing his first professional dinger in a laugher of a win for Tampa. Hudson Valley put together one of its best comebacks in a year full of them, and Scranton began life without some of its stalwarts.

Estevan Florial playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on May 15, 2021 (Chris Jones)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (41-21): As the Yankees deal with a COVID outbreak, Scranton waved goodbye to Hoy Jun Park, Trey Amburgey, Chris Gittens, and Greg Allen at least temporarily. But they still had enough firepower to crush Worcester 7-2.

  • Star of the Game: Estevan Florial – 2-for-5, 2 home runs (8), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 strikeout. Florial’s pair of solo jacks put him at eight for the season. It was the second time he went deep twice in the same game this year – he also did it on May 7, when he was still with Somerset
  • Donny Sands: 3-for-5, 1 home run (1), 1 RBI, 1 run scored. One of the emergency call-ups to Triple-A to replace departed talent, Sands went deep in his first career game at this level
  • Matt Pita: 2-for-4, 1 home run (1), 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts. Pita, a 2018 12th-round pick, had also never played in Triple-A before and hit one out as well
  • Glenn Otto: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 93 pitches (59 strikes). Otto torched Double-A hitters this season but some regression is to be expected as he tries his luck with the next level
  • Reggie McClain: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 44 pitches (27 strikes). McClain picked up his fifth win of the season
  • Greg Weissert: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes)
  • Stephen Ridings: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 16 pitches (11 strikes)

Brandon Lockridge (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Somerset Patriots (40-22): Big nights from Oswald Peraza and Brandon Lockridge were not enough as the Patriots fell in Richmond 6-4.

  • Star of the Game: Brandon Lockridge – 3-for-4, 1 home run (2), 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Lockridge lifted a solo shot in the fourth as part of a two-run rally, and he’s hitting .294 so far in Double-A
  • Oswald Peraza: 2-for-5, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Peraza has two hits in each of his last four games
  • Michael Beltre: 2-for-3, 1 home run (11), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 walk. Beltre is tied with Diego Castillo and Oswaldo Cabrera for second on the Patriots in home runs, trailing Dermis Garcia
  • Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-3, 1 double, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
  • Max Burt: 2-for-4
  • Luis Medina: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 81 pitches (44 strikes). Medina’s outing wasn’t a disaster but he suffered some of his trademark control issues
  • Nick Green: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 39 pitches (26 strikes). Green suffered both the loss and a blown save

Anthony Volpe warming up before a game in Dunedin (Photo by John Brophy / Pinstriped Prospects)

Hudson Valley Renegades (41-23): They were down and out, it was all over, until they weren’t and it wasn’t. It’s a familiar script for ‘Gades fans this year as their squad put up a four-spot in the top of the ninth and held on for an 8-7 win over Wilmington.

  • Star of the Game: Anthony Volpe – 4-for-5, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored. There were many deserving candidates, but the Volpe story is too good to overlook right now. Just three months have elapsed since his 20th birthday and he’s already crushing High-A; two more extra-base hits plus driving in the first run of the ninth-inning rally keeps him firmly in the top echelon of prospects
  • Elijah Dunham: 1-for-5, 1 home run (4), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts. Dunham, more known for speed, has flexed power with HV to the tune of a .905 OPS
  • Josh Breaux: 2-for-4, 1 home run (13), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. Arguably no prospect has been better than Volpe, but indisputably, no prospect has had a bigger turnaround from month to month in 2021 than Breaux
  • Jake Sanford: 2-for-4, 1 home run (1), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk. Sanford contributed his first High-A home run
  • James Nelson: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts. Nelson had the go-ahead hit in the wild ninth
  • Mitch Spence: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 8 K, 84 pitches (52 strikes)
  • Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 56 pitches (31 strikes)
  • Trevor Holloway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 28 pitches (15 strikes). Holloway had a nervy bottom of the ninth but came away with his first High-A win

Aldenis Sanchez (Photo by John Brophy / Pinstriped Prospects)

Tampa Tarpons (43-19): There was no shortage of offensive contributors in a 13-4 trouncing of Lakeland, but the young Dominguez stole the show.

  • Star of the Game: Jasson Dominguez – 2-for-4, 1 home run (1), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. His first pro long ball was a two-run shot in the third inning. The Martian is off to a scalding start in full-season ball
  • Trevor Hauver: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
  • Everson Pereira: 2-for-5, 1 double, 2 runs scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Aldenis Sanchez: 4-for-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored. Sanchez looks to have been worth the trade early in his Tarpons career
  • Evan Alexander: 3-for-4, 1 double, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored
  • Clay Aguilar: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 44 pitches (30 strikes)
  • Ryan Anderson: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 46 pitches (28 strikes)
  • Nelvin Correa: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 46 pitches (30 strikes). The winning pitcher on Friday, Correa is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA this year

Yankees prospect Anthony Garcia at the plate during a minor league spring training game on March 12, 2019.. (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

FCL Yankees (8-4): The FCL squad got caught on the short end of a slugfest, losing to the Blue Jays 12-7 despite three home runs.

  • Star of the Game: Marcos Cabrera – 1-for-4, 1 home run (2), 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts. Cabrera struck the biggest blow of the day for the Yanks, hitting a three-run bomb in the fourth that temporarily brought his team back into the game
  • Alex Vargas: 2-for-5, 1 home run (1), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Vargas has a healthy .906 OPS and has looked worthy of his prospect status
  • Anthony Garcia: 1-for-4, 1 home run (3), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. We were promised power from the young Garcia, and he hasn’t disappointed so far, with three bombs already
  • Antonio Gomez: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Raimfer Salinas: 2-for-3, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 run scored
  • Freicer Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. It may take some time for the former top prospect to find his command again after a lengthy absence
  • Nicio Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Kenlly Montas: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
  • Starling Perez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
  • Christian Sumoza: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

DSL Yankees 1 (3-1): The first team down in the DSL crushed Phillies Red 11-2 thanks to two Sernas.

  • Star of the Game: Jared Serna – 2-for-4, 1 home run (1), 1 double, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. The 19-year-old from Mexico is hitting .273 through his first four pro games
  • Hans Montero: 2-for-2, 1 run scored, 2 walks
  • Omar Martinez: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk
  • Luis Serna: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Serna made his professional debut at the ripe old age of 16 after signing this past May
  • Geralmi Santana: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
  • Yordi Pichardo: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Pichardo picked up his first win in his first pro game
  • Lester Beltran: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

DSL Yankees 2 (3-1): The Yanks 2 scored five late runs to beat the Rockies 5-3.

  • Star of the Game: Brenny Escanio – 1-for-4, 1 home run (1), 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts. Escanio’s huge three-run blast in the seventh put the Yankees in front
  • Dayro Perez: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout
  • Ronny Rojas: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Alan Mejia: 1-for-3, 1 double, 1 strikeout
  • Osmany Fleitas: 2-for-3, 2 runs scored
  • Franklin Corniel: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
  • Daniel Calderon: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Riordan Oropeza: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
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