At 6’3″ and wiry strong, Yancarlos Baez could eventually be an exciting physical presence at shortstop who switch hits with some pop. Tuesday he showed why the Yankees are dreaming on him, when he hit a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run to lift the GCL Yankees 2 over the Pirates 5-4 in Tampa. Baez knocked in Greidy Encarnacion, who had singled in front of him, and completed a comeback that had started an inning prior when Renzo Martini doubled in Yonauris Rodriguez, who registered his first hit and broke an 0 for 14 start. Martini (2 doubles) and Encarnacion each had two hits for the Yankees 2, and first baseman Kevin Cornelius added a two-run homer.
Andrew Schwaab, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Missouri, pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Dietrich Enns made another rehab start for the Yankees 2 and allowed two unearned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Single runs were given up by relievers Kelvin Magallenes and Jose Mesa in front of Schwaab.
The GCL Yankees 1 split a double header with the Braves, dropping the first game 4-3 and taking the second 5-2. The Yankees 1 led by a run in the first game heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, which was the final inning because of the double header. The Braves loaded the bases with one out against Icezack Flemming, and he was replaced by Francis Joseph. Joseph did not retire either batter he faced, and the tying and winning runs scored on consecutive plays.
The Yankees 1 only had five hits in the first game, two from Trey Amburgey and one each from Cesar Diaz, Terrance Robertson, and Leonardo Molina. The game was started by 17-year-old Alexander Vargas, who worked around the 8 hits he surrendered in 4.1 innings to only allow one run.
The second game was a different story on the offensive side, as four Yankees had multi-hit games in an 11-hit attack. Leonardo Molina had two more hits, Chris Gittens homered, Victor Rey had two doubles, and third baseman Daniel Barrios singled twice. Molina had three hits on the day, giving him only four on the season so far. He is in his second season in the GCL, but he is still just 17 years old. The Yankees are certainly hoping to see some progress and soon, and perhaps this gets him going.
Anderson Severino went five innings for the win, giving up only two hits and one earned run. The 20-year-old has been tough to hit in two starts, but he’s now walked seven in 9.2 innings. The book on Severino is that he has a big arm that reaches the mid-nineties but struggles with control. He’s pitched that way in his first two starts, and his walk total will be something to watch as the season goes along.