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Pinstriped Previews: Somerset searches for 8 straight wins

There was not much offense in the Yankees organization on Wednesday, but the four affiliates still combined to go 3-1 on the night and all three wins were decided by one run. Somerset will look for their eighth straight win with one of their best pitchers on the mound and Tampa gets set for a rare mid-week scheduled doubleheader. Check out who gets the starts tonight across the organization with our Pinstriped Previews:

(Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Triple-A

 Buffalo Bisons (12-7) vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (13-6)

 PNC Field I 6:35 PM ET

RHP Jacob Waguespack (1-1, 5.65 ERA)  vs. RHP Nick Green (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Due to scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning last night, Buffalo was able to take the series opener after breaking a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Scranton Wilkes-Barre will try to avoid a three-game losing streak tonight with Nick Green on the mound.

Green has three no-decisions to begin the season because he has not gone more than four innings in any start so far this season. However, he allowed his fewest hits in any game this season in his last start on May 19 against Rochester.

In four innings of work, Green allowed two runs on two hits, walked five (season-high), and struck out three on 63 pitches (35 strikes). The problem for Green in his last two starts has been his command since he has a total of nine walks in his last two starts.

Buffalo is going with Jacob Waguespack in this game. The 27-year-old right-hander has shown good command of his pitches to begin the season as he has 21 strikeouts to 3 walks in 14.1 innings despite having the high ERA.

Waguespack’s last outing came out of the bullpen on May 20 against Worcester. He went four innings, allowed two runs on three hits and struck out five on 52 pitches (37 strikes) in relief of Thomas Hatch, who was on a rehab assignment.

Even in a loss last night, Thomas Milone continues to hit for the RailRiders. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double and he now has an eight-game hit streak going back to the final game that he played in Somerset.

Glenn Otto (Robert M Pimpsner)

Double-A

 New Hampshire FisherCats (7-12) vs. Somerset Patriots (14-5)

 TD Bank Ballpark I 7:05 PM ET

RHP Troy Miller (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs RHP Glenn Otto (2-1, 3.78 ERA)

In what was a low-scoring game last night, the Patriots scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to a 2-1 win and the team’s seventh straight victory. They will go for eight in a row tonight with a pitcher who is coming off of a career outing in his last start.

Yesterday, we had Glenn Otto listed as the starter, but instead he is making the start tonight for Somerset. The 25-year-old had a fantastic outing on May 20 against Hartford. He allowed two hits, walked a batter, and struck out a career-high 14 on 85 pitches (53 strikes) in a win.

Over his last two starts, Otto has 22 strikeouts to only one walk in 10.2 innings of work. On the season, Otto has 28 strikeouts, which is tied with his teammate, Luis Gil, for fifth in the Double-A Northeast. He will look to have a much better start against New Hampshire than he did on May 14.

In that start against the FisherCats, Otto went 5.1 innings, allowed seven runs on 10 hits and struck out eight in a loss (70 of 91 pitches were strikes).

The FisherCats will send Troy Miller to the mound tonight. The 24-year-old right-hander was called up to Double-A on Tuesday from High-A Vancouver. In his three starts with the Canadiens, Miller went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA. Over the course of 14.2 innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out 17, and walked eight. In the last 10 innings he pitched, he allowed only one run.

Dermis Garcia did not hit a home run on Tuesday. However, he extended his hit streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the eighth inning after Donny Sands had an RBI single of his own. You can read more about Garcia’s success at the plate in a feature done by assistant editor and Somerset beat writer Matt Kardos.

James Nelson (Robert M Pimpsner)

High-A

 Jersey Shore BlueClaws (8-11) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades (10-9)

 Dutchess Stadium I 7:05 PM ET

RHP Jack Perkins (0-0, 7.88 ERA) vs. TBD

On Tuesday, the Renegades opened up the series against the BlueClaws with a narrow 3-2 victory behind solo home runs from James Nelson and Kyle MacDonald and some good pitching from Jhony Brito on the mound.

While Hudson Valley does not have a starter listed for tonight, but if Hudson Valley stays on turn, the ball will go to Luis Medina. Medina was very good in his start against the Brooklyn Cyclones on May 21 in which he got a win. He went 5.2 innings, allowed one run on one hit, walked two, and struck out a season-high 11 on 76 pitches (49 strikes).

The 22-year-old right-hander is holding opposing hitters in the High-A East to a mere .086 batting average in 18.2 innings and he has at least six strikeouts in all four starts despite having at least two walks in each outing.

Medina has faced Jersey Shore twice this season and they have combined to only have two hits, four walks, and they have struck out 15 times without scoring a run in nine innings. To face a team three times this early in the season can be a challenge, but Medina has lived up to every challenge in High-A so far.

The Renegades will face Jack Perkins in this game. Perkins has only thrown a combined total of eight innings in three outings. However, he has walked a total of one batter. The 23-year-old right-hander last pitched out of the bullpen on May 20 against Winston-Salem. He went 3.1 innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five on 61 pitches (42 strikes) in a late-game appearance.

Perkins faced Hudson Valley on May 8 and did not have a long outing. In that start, he went 1.2 innings, allowed three runs on four hits, hit a batter, and struck out two on 40 pitches (27 strikes). All three runs came in the top of the second on a two-run double by James Nelson and an RBI groundout by Kyle MacDonald.

Speaking of Nelson, he had his third multi-hit game of the season last night ad he has driven in three runs in the last two games. With his 3-for-4 performance last night, he raised his batting average from .204 to .245.

Chad Bell (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

 Low-A

Tampa Tarpons (14-5) vs. Dunedin Blue Jays (6-13)

 George M Steinbrenner Field I 4:00 PM ET (Doubleheader)

 Game 1: RHP Beck Way (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs RHP. Jol Concepcion (1-1, 6.23 ERA)

The Tarpons were able to pick up a 3-2 win over Dunedin to open up the series last night. Chad Bell’s two-run triple in the top of the eight ended up being the deciding factor. Some other standouts were Jake Sanford (2-for-3, double, walk, RBI) and Josh Smith making his High-A debut (1-for-2, walk, stolen base).

For Game 1, Tampa will go with Beck Way. Way was the Yankees’ 4th Round pick back in 2020 out of Northwest Florida State Junior College. To read more about Beck Way, you can check out our conversation with him last year and when we talked to his manager in college.

Dunedin’s Game 1 starter will be Jol Concepcion. In the three starts he has made this year, the 22-year-old has more walks (8) than strikeouts (7). With that being said, he is coming off a good performance in his last start against Clearwater on May 19. He allowed three hits, walked a batter, and struck out three over six scoreless innings (48 of 76 pitches were strikes).

That start is an exact contrast to what happened when Concepcion faced the Tarpons on May 7. In three innings of work, he allowed seven runs on eight hits, walked two batters, and struck out three on 70 pitches (42 strikes) in a loss. The one home run he gave up came against Spencer Henson, who is currently on the IL. However, Pat DeMarco went 4-for-6 that night with a double, a home run, and seven RBIs.

Game 2: RHP Blane Abeyta (2-1, 8.22 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Frasso (0-0)

In Game 2, Abeyta will take the ball for the Tarpons. This will be the 22-year-old’s second start of his professional career. The non-drafted free agent out of Nevada did not have a good first start on May 12 against Lakeland when he allowed six runs on four hits and only got two outs in the first inning.

As a reliever, Abeyta has been much better. In his last two outings, he has allowed two hits, walked five, and struck out seven over 5.1 scoreless innings. He faced Dunedin in the opening series of the year on May 7 and went 1.2 innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, walked two, and struck out two on 37 pitches (22 strikes) in relief of Ryan Anderson.

The Tarpons will face Frasso in Game 2. Frasso was selected in the 4th Round of the 2020 MLB Draft out of Loyola-Marymount. He made his professional debut against Clearwater on May 20 and threw two hitless innings. He walked a batter and struck out two on 31 pitches (20 strikes).

According to MLB Pipeline, Frasso is the 23rd ranked prospect in the Blue Jays organization. He has a fastball that is around 93-95 mph top go with a curveball and a changeup.

 

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I am an alum of St. John's University, where I majored in sports management.

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