It was another successful week in the farm system for the New York Yankees affiliates. Out of the 24 games that were played, the four teams combined to go 18-6. This included Somerset going on the road and sweeping Hartford.
So, who takes home our players of the week for each team? Find out from the beat writers who covers those teams. We have Alex Kielar for Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Matt Kardos for Somerset, Steve Alhona for Hudson Valley, and John Brophy for Tampa:
Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (4-2 this week)
Pitcher of the Week – Kyle Barraclough
The right-hander made two appearances out of the bullpen this week and didn’t surrender a run over three innings. Barraclough was nearly perfect, as he allowed just one base runner – in his first appearance of the week – and struck out three. The former seventh-round draft pick earned the win in relief on Wednesday with scoreless fifth and sixth innings. His performance this week helped to lower his ERA from 12.00 to 6.00.
Hitter of the Week – Armando Alvarez
The former 17th-round draft pick out of Eastern Kentucky was on fire this week, as he went 8-for-21 (.381) while mashing his second homer of the season. Alvarez also drove in two runs, scored three runs, and walked two times. The third baseman is now slashing .259/.328/.426 on the season. Before the week started, he had only been hitting .182 with a .566 OPS.
Double-A Somerset Patriots (6-0)
Pitcher Of The Week: Glenn Otto
Glenn Otto is the easy choice for the Somerset Patriots Pitcher of the Week after his stellar outing in Hartford last Thursday night. Everybody turns first to talk about Luis Gil in the Somerset rotation…they should start to keep an eye on Otto. The 25-year old right-hander bounced back from a tough outing in New Hampshire with 5.1 innings of shutout ball – the 2017 fifth-rounder fanned a career-high 14 batters and allowed just two hits in the Patriots 11-1 victory.
Hitter Of The Week: Dermis Garcia
It would be hard for you to find a hotter in all of baseball than Patriots first baseman Dermis Garcia. The 23-year old slugger ran his hitting streak to 10-games after going 1-for-3 in the teams road trip finale on Sunday. Over that 10-game stretch, Garcia has blasted six homers and driven in 14 runs – the Dominican-native current ranks second in the Double-A Northeast league with those six homers.
High-A Hudson Valley Renegades (3-3)
Pitcher Of The Week – Hayden Wesneski
The 6th Round pick in 2019 made two starts this week against the Brooklyn Cyclones. In his first start, he went 5.1 innings allowing 4 hits, a run and struck out five. In his start on Sunday, he went five innings allowing just 3 hits. He punched out 7 and didn’t allow a run. On the year, Hayden Wesneski has worked 19.1 innings, given up 9 hits, allowed just 3 runs and struck out 23.
Hitter Of The Week – Ezequiel Duran
On the week, Ezequiel Duran hit .320 with two doubles and seven RBIs. Duran continues to have consistent at bats for the Renegades. He’s also showing he can be a reliable run producer at the top of the lineup. On the year, Duran his hitting .301 with 5 doubles, 11 RBI and a home run.
Low-A Tampa Tarpons (5-1)
Hitter Of The Week – Pat DeMarco
Pat DeMarco, a name Staten Island Yankees fans may recognize, has been off to a solid start in the first two series of the year. But, this week was particularly stand out as a result of the walk-off, two-run bomb to right center field with a full count that he hit on Friday night. DeMarco went 5-for-21 on the week, driving in five runs. In half as many at-bats as he had with SI, DeMarco already has more hits, runs, home runs, and almost double the RBIsI. DeMarco has a team-leading 21 RBI through the first 3 weeks (55 AB), and the second most homers, behind Trevor Hauver.
Pitcher Of The Week – Sean Boyle
After posting a 6.97 ERA in 5 games (10.1 IP) with Staten Island in 2019, Sean Boyle has been lights out for the Tarpons in just as much time. Boyle has only given up one earned run (plus two unearned) and 7 hits in 12.2 innings of work with an insane 0.71 ERA to prove how good he is. Boyle threw twice this past week. In 5.2 innings, he only gave up 6 hits and an un-earned run. Like most pitchers at this level, Boyle can throw an incredibly good strike pitch, but many of his pitches are all over the place. One example is from his start on Tuesday, where his strike 3 pitch was a painted corner swinging strike.