New York Yankees’ Minor League Report 7-27-16

The farm system of the New York Yankees just got a little more crowded. The trade of Aroldis Chapman brought back Adam Warren plus three Minor League players, including two of the top five prospects from the Chicago Cubs. For more information on the three players, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford, click on my post found here. Crawford and Torres will be heading for Class A Tampa while McKinney will be playing for the Double A Trenton Thunder.

Now, let’s take a look at some more happenings down on the farm.

Courtesy: lohud.com

Courtesy: lohud.com

One of Torres’ and Crawford’s teammate at Tampa will be right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo. The 6-foot-7, 190 pound Acevedo got the call up from Class A Charleston in the middle of June. His overall numbers are outstanding tempered by the fact he is still adjusting to a higher level. In 15 starts this season, the 22-year old Acevedo has thrown a total of 82 2/3 innings, striking out 92 while walking only 18. For Tampa, he has made seven starts and has registered a respectable 3.60 ERA, striking out 45 batters in 40 innings. His best outing came on June 27th when he threw seven shutout innings, allowing only five hits and no walks while fanning six. In his next start, Acevedo whiffed a season-high 12 batters over six innings of two-run ball. Ranked as the team’s #9 prospect, he was signed by the organization from the Dominican Republic in 2012.

One spot above Acevedo in the organizational rankings is center fielder Dustin Fowler who plays for Trenton. The team’s 18th round selection in 2013 from West Laurens High School in Dexter, Georgia, the 21-year old Fowler leads the Thunder in several offensive categories including RBI’s, doubles and hits. His 108 hits places him third and his 55 RBI’s and 23 doubles ranks him eighth among all Eastern League hitters. Fowler has 13 hits in his last 39 at-bats, good for a .333 average. He also can run with 30 stolen bases in 2015 and 19 so far this season. The left-handed hitter makes solid contact but does not really walk. In 385 at-bats in 2016, Fowler has received only 17 free passes. However, as long has he can continue to stroke, a lack of walks will not be an issue.

The Pulaski Yankees of the Rookie League Appalachian League have gotten off to a slow start. They are 15-17 and in last place but 4 1/2 games out of first in the league’s East division. Pulaski is the current home of Blake Rutherford, the Yanks’ first round pick this year. The 19-year old outfielder is off to a nice start, batting .310 and owns 13 hits in his last 38 at-bats. As a team, Pulaksi is struggling with a league-worst .246 batting average and a .329 on-base percentage that ranks eighth in the ten team league. However, the Yankees are showing some pop with a collective 27 home runs, third most in the league. On the mound, the numbers are slightly better. The pitching staff is seventh in ERA at 4.62 and WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) at 1.39 and their 237 strikeouts are good for seventh.

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