Tag: Giancarlo Stanton

Ryan Bollinger Selected; Giovanny Gallegos Optioned

After stops in independent ball, Germany and Australia, Bollinger has made an MLB active roster.

After using both A.J. Cole and Giovanny Gallegos Tuesday night in Texas (and optioning the latter), the Yankees selected the contract of journeyman left-hander Ryan Bollinger to be activated for Wednesday’s series finale in Arlington.

Now, I mean it when I call Bollinger a “journeyman”. He was a 47th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 as a first baseman. He slashed .174/.240/.217 in 25 plate appearances as an 18-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. His time in the Phillies organization did not last long, as he was released by the team July 15, 2010.

The next stop for Bollinger was the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League, where he threw five innings without allowing a run and also drew a walk in the only plate appearance he had for the team. Bollinger turned this 7-game stint with the ThunderBolts into a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox in October 2010.

Bollinger spent three years in the White Sox organization, making it as high as Low-A in the South Atlantic League at age-22. However, in the spring of 2014, Bollinger once again found himself cut by the White Sox organization. He bounced around the independent circuit in 2014, pitching for the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Canadian-American Association and the St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.

He then returned to Trois-Rivieres for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, where he appeared in at least 20 games while jumping between starting and relief. During the regular season in 2017, he pitched in the German Baseball-Bundesliga for the Munich-Haar Disciples. He went 10-1 with a filthy 0.76 ERA in 14 appearances. Then, he made another jump to a new league in 2017, taking his talents down under to the Australian Baseball League. In nine games (two complete games!) for the Brisbane Bandits, Bollinger went 5-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a 12.4 strikeouts-per-nine rate.

In the aftermath of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, the Yankees quietly signed Bollinger to a minor league contract on December 16, 2017. They assigned him to Double-A Trenton on Valentine’s Day 2018, a level he never reached in his previous stints in affiliated ball. He made three starts in Trenton, throwing 20 innings and allowing just 11 hits and three runs. That earned him two starts in Triple-A Scranton, where he allowed four earned runs on seven hits.

Ryan Bollinger had been scheduled to start today in Trenton, but instead will head to Arlington where he could make his long-awaited MLB debut after an incredible journey. Hopefully, the Yankees will have a solid lead and Bollinger can show his stuff. I’m going to guess Bollinger will be assigned No. 61, which was vacated by Gallegos’ optioning.

This will be Bollinger’s first major league contract, so he will have the standard three option years. Therefore, he’s likely joining the folks on the Scranton Shuttle.


Giovanny Gallegos scattered two hits in two innings of scoreless mop-up relief in Tuesday’s 6-to-4 loss to the Rangers. He’ll head back to Triple-A Scranton where he’ll await his next turn on the shuttle.

Game 45: Domingo on a Tuesday

Domingo Germán shakes the dust off his right arm (he has not pitched since May 12) to start the middle game against the Texas Rangers and LHP Cole Hamels.

After appearing out of the bullpen for his first five games of 2018, Domingo Germán moved into the starting rotation once Jordan Montgomery was placed on the disabled list. He has gotten two no-decisions so far, as he has put up a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings as a starter. However, hitters have hit just .167/.262/.250 in those two starts, which shows Germán may have fallen victim to the BABIP gods once or twice.

Veteran lefty Cole Hamels, who just recently expressed interest in being traded to the Yankees, gets the ball for the Rangers. Through nine starts, he has put up a 3.48 ERA, though he has walked a few more batters than he would like to. Since his debut in 2006, Hamels has only faced the Yankees four times: 1-2, 3.24 ERA and .723 OPS against.

Miguel Andújar returns to the lineup at third base and Neil Walker shifts across the diamond to play first. Tyler Austin serves as the designated hitter against the lefty, and Giancarlo Stanton grabs his glove to play left field in place of Brett Gardner.


Rangers Lineup:

  1. Shin-Soo Choo – DH
  2. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3B
  3. Nomar Mazara – RF
  4. Jurickson Profar – SS
  5. Joey Gallo – LF
  6. Rougned Odor – 2B
  7. Robinson Chirinos – C
  8. Ronald Guzmán – 1B
  9. Ryan Rua – CF

Yankees 10, Rangers 5: Torres Leads Bombers Past Bartolo

21-year-old vs. 44-year-old – Advantage: Gleyber

Gleyber Torres showed off his power stroke Monday in Texas, smacking two home runs for the first time in his career en route to a 10-to-5 Yankees victory over the Rangers.

The 21-year-old second baseman, who was just three months old when Bartolo Colón made his MLB debut, drove in three as he hit homer No. 5 off the righty in the second and No. 6 in the sixth. That second home run chased Colón from the game. In between the two homers, Colón plunked Torres. Whether intentional or not, Torres got the best possible revenge.

The Yankees scored six on Colón in his 6⅓ innings, with the scoring starting in the second inning. Gary Sánchez led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a Tyler Austin ground out and then came around to score on a Neil Walker double. Torres followed with a 418-foot bomb to left that scored Walker.

In the bottom of the second, the master of the three true outcomes, Joey Gallo, got the best of Tanaka as he smacked his 14th home run of the year to right-center field.

Walker got in on the home run party in the fourth inning, smacking a solo shot into the right field seats for his first home run as a member of the Yankees. In 44 plate appearances in May, Walker is slashing .343/.477/.543 while appearing at first and third base. Neither is his natural position, yet he is still contributing on both sides of the ball. Worth the $4 million investment without question.

Tanaka could not avoid the big hit in the fourth inning in a jam he created for himself. He walked Jurickson Profar and Gallo back-to-back, and then allowed a three-run game-tying home run to Rougned Odor. Odor had not homered since September 20 last season.

Aaron Judge snapped himself out of an 0-for-15 funk with a towering solo home run in the fifth inning, which was his 12th of the season and also gave the Yankees a 5-to-4 lead. Torres’ second home run ushered Colón out of the game and recently recalled righty Matt Bush in from the bullpen. Brett Gardner walked, Judge doubled him over to third and Giancarlo Stanton scored Gardner on a sacrifice fly to right. Didi Gregorius, who could not buy a hit, then roped a double to left to score Judge.

After Tanaka got out of the fifth, Aaron Boone turned the game over to the bullpen. Chad Green, David Robertson and Jonathan Holder handled the last four innings, and the only blemish was a Ronald Guzmán homer. Green allowed the dinger in his second inning of work. Otherwise, not much happened offensively for the Rangers after Odor’s fourth inning home run.

In the top of the ninth, Sánchez roped a double to left, and then Aaron Hicks followed with his fifth home run of the year to ice the game for New York. Since May 15, when Clint Frazier was recalled in Washington, Hicks has caught fire: 8-for-19 (.421/.500/.842, 257 wRC+).

Tanaka’s outing left a lot to be desired. He has a 5.91 ERA in his four May starts, and has allowed 20 hits in 21⅓ innings in that same timeframe. Of course, the Yankees have scored an average of just over seven runs behind him in those outings. He had no command of his splitter, which is a key to his success.

Too many left out over the plate, and too many that are too low to even entice hitters. Fixing his splitter will allow him to miss more bats and induce more ground balls.


Rehab Update:

  • Greg Bird: 1-for-4, HR, 1 BB, 2 K – second home run of his rehab assignment.
  • Billy McKinney: 0-for-4 – he seems close, and will likely be activated and optioned to Triple-A sooner than later
  • Tommy Kahnle: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K – got the loss in his first professional start and first rehab appearance for Low-A Charleston. Likely makes one more appearance before returning Friday in the Bronx.

What’s Next:

Domingo Germán, who has not pitched in 10 days, gets the start against Cole Hamels. Hamels had some interesting things to say to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan the other day:

“It’s kind of the nature of what happens,’’ [Hamels] said. “You get traded once and you understand the possibilities are there. … The Yankees have a tremendous team. I feel like I have a lot left and I’ve been able to add more pitches and I haven’t had a serious injury.’’

The Yankees are reportedly on Hamels’ no-trade clause list, though it seems likely he would waive that agreement if given the opportunity.

Game 43: Sonny Aims to Right Ship, Fight Rain, Win Series

Sonny Gray gets the ball in today’s rubber game matinee from Kansas City, where there is a 45% chance of showers at first pitch.

Gray has struggled this season, especially with command of his pitches. He has walked 5.7 batters per nine innings, which is by far the worst rate in his career. Home runs have been a problem too, which he has allowed at a 1.2 per nine rate. His last start saw him regress from two solid outings, where he allowed five runs on nine hits against his former team. Gray is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts against Kansas City, but the ERA jumps to 4.15 in Kauffman Stadium.

Facing Gray will be another lefty: Eric Skoglund. It’s been an up-and-down year for the 25-year-old, who has alternated between brilliant starts and not-so-brilliant ones. His last start was a tough luck loss, where he allowed just two runs in 7⅔ innings to the Tampa Bay Rays. His offense, however, could not bail him out. Skoglund has never faced the Yankees before, but has a career 4.95 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.

Didi Gregorius sits again against a lefty starter, as Aaron Boone wants him to “recharge, both physically and mentally, and hopefully he can hit the ground running when we get to Texas tomorrow”. Ronald Torreyes, who’s hitting .392/.404/.510 when in the starting lineup this year, gets another start at shortstop. Despite collecting a double last night, Clint Frazier sits in favor of Brett Gardner in left field. Gary Sánchez gets the day-game-after-a-night-game off, as Austin Romine continues to catch Gray.

After a few hitless games, I’m slightly surprised Boone didn’t decide to rest Aaron Judge in the finale. Giancarlo Stanton could have shifted to right, and Sánchez could have snuck into the lineup as the designated hitter. Just a hypothetical, though.


Royals’ Lineup:

  1. Jon Jay – CF
  2. Jorge Soler – RF
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Salvador Pérez – DH
  5. Whit Merrifield – 2B
  6. Hunter Dozier – 1B
  7. Alex Gordon – LF
  8. Alcides Escobar – SS
  9. Drew Butera – C

 

Yankees 8, Royals 3: Bombers Clobber Five Homers to Even Series

Four balls over the wall, and one that missed by a few inches.

The Bronx Bombers lived up to that nickname Saturday night in Kansas City, as the rain held off to allow the Yankees to even their series with the Royals behind an 8-to-3 win.

Gary Sánchez finally broke out in a huge way tonight, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and a single. The Kraken drove in three runs and scored two of his own.

In the third inning, Aaron Hicks showed off his speed as he smacked his second inside-the-park home run of the season on a fly ball to right field. He is the first Yankee to have multiple inside-the-park home runs in a season since Mickey Mantle in 1958. Gleyber Torres smacked a go-ahead 3-run homer in the fourth to put the Yankees ahead for good. In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton smacked one into the left-center field fountains, and then Sánchez snuck his second homer of the night over the left field wall.

The Royals rallied for two runs in the third when Alcides Escobar led of the inning with a single and then scored on a Ryan Goins double. Jon Jay then sacrificed Goins to third, and Jorge Soler followed with an RBI single.

They also scored in the fifth, when Goins walked, Jay singled and then Mike Moustakas hit a broken-bat single to right that scored Goins. The Royals almost plated another run, but a strong relay from Stanton to Ronald Torreyes to Gary Sánchez nailed Moustakas at the plate trying to score from first on a Salvador Pérez double.

Hicks, Torreyes and Tyler Austin each managed multi-hit games tonight. Aaron Judge was the only Yankee without a hit.


Rehab Update:

  • Greg Bird: 1-for-3, BB – Bird is headed to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to continue his rehab stint.
  • Billy McKinney: 1-for-3, BB – McKinney played center field for the Thunder tonight. Played five games there for Trenton in 2017, once in 2016. Unclear if he’s headed to SWB with Bird.

What’s Next:

Sonny Gray looks to rebound from an awful start against his old team, the Oakland Athletics. Gray gave up five runs in five innings May 11, and looks to revert to the pitcher that allowed just two runs over six innings against the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians.

His counterpart will be southpaw Eric Skoglund. In seven starts, the 25-year-old has pitched to a 1-3 record and 5.58 ERA. His last start saw him get a tough luck loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing just two runs while scattering seven hits in 7⅔ innings.

Game 42: Red Thunder Returns

With the Yankees facing two lefties to finish out their three-game series in Kansas City, Clint Frazier makes his 2018 debut for the Yankees tonight.

Frazier bats seventh as the designated hitter against Danny Duffy of the Royals. Countering for the Yankees is ace Luis Severino. Severino has gotten the win in six straight starts, and his only loss came April 10 in a blowout in Boston. Severino has beaten the Royals in his only start against them. With a 2.14 ERA through nine starts this season, Severino has a firm grasp on the title of ace of the Yankees staff.

Danny Duffy‘s season has been a polar opposite compared to Severino’s. His record stands at 1-5, and he carries a 6.51 ERA into tonight’s start. Duffy showed signs of promise in a May 8 start against the Baltimore Orioles, where he allowed just one run through 5⅓ innings of work. That success did not carry over to his May 13 outing against the Cleveland Indians, where he lasted just 3⅓ innings and permitted nine earned runs on eight hits (including two home runs). Righties have a .308/.385/.597 batting line against Duffy, and the Yankees do not have a single left-handed bat in the lineup tonight.

Ronald Torreyes is actually playing tonight, and it’s not another typo like last night. He replaces the struggling Didi Gregorius at shortstop. Giancarlo Stanton shifts to the outfield, and Aaron Hicks takes over the leadoff spot after a strong 3-hit night last night. Tyler Austin, who is slashing .281/.351/.531 against lefties this season, gets the call at first base over Neil Walker.

According to Weather.com, there is a 40% chance of “scattered strong storms” at time of first pitch. Also, the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm watch for the Kansas City area until midnight Eastern Time. So, we’ll see if we a. start on time and b. play a full nine innings. Let’s hope for the best!


Royals’ Lineup:

  1. Jon Jay – CF
  2. Jorge Soler – RF
  3. Mike Moustakas – DH
  4. Salvador Pérez – C
  5. Whit Merrifield – 2B
  6. Alex Gordon – LF
  7. Hunter Dozier – 1B
  8. Alcides Escobar – SS
  9. Ryan Goins – 3B

 

Yankees 2, Royals 5: Yanks Out-Hit KC, But Drop Series Opener

The Yankees racked up eight hits compared to the Royals’ six, but ultimately the Bombers fell 5-to-2 behind shoddy defense in Kansas City.

The Royals jumped out to an early 1-to-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Whit Merrifield doubled, stole third and then came around to score on a fielders choice pop-up to Gleyber Torres.

Torres’ defense cost the Yankees two runs in the third too, as a fielding error allowed Merrifield to score. Starter CC Sabathia then walked Hunter Dozier with the bases loaded to force in another run. Salvador Pérez hit a solo home run off Sabathia in the fifth.

The Yankees got two runs back in the sixth, as Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning with a single, followed by a single from Aaron Hicks. Neil Walker, normally a zero against lefty pitchers, rapped a clutch RBI single to center to score Stanton. Miguel Andújar then lifted a deep sacrifice fly to score Hicks. That was all the scoring the Yankees would get.

In the seventh, David Robertson walked Mike Moustakas before allowing a double to Pérez that put the game on ice for the Royals.

Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder each threw one inning of scoreless relief.


Rehab Update:

  • Billy McKinney: 2-for-4, 2B
  • Greg Bird: 1-for-3, HR, BB

Each played nine innings in Double-A Trenton’s 2-to-0 victory over the Bowie Baysox.


What’s Next:

Luis Severino gets the ball for the Yankees in the middle game of the series. Lefty Danny Duffy is his counterpart. Severino has not lost in his past six starts, while Duffy yielded nine runs in 3⅓ innings against the Cleveland Indians in his last start.

Capital Punishment: Weather in D.C. Derails Series

Mother Nature wins again.

The Yankees and Washington Nationals did not get too far in their two-games series. The teams made it through 5½ innings of 3-to-3 baseball before being forced to suspend the game prior to the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday. The teams planned to finish the suspended game Wednesday evening prior to the regularly scheduled start time of Wednesday’s game.

Fast forward to tonight: none of the 12½ innings of baseball scheduled ended up being played. The threat of further bad weather forced the the completion of Tuesday’s game and playing of Wednesday’s game into a doubleheader on June 18.

“You’ve got to deal with it,” Giancarlo Stanton said to Bryan Hoch. “It’d be worse if we were just sitting around here all day and they banged it. We got good notice. We’ll get a little workout in, get what we need cleaned up and play when the weather is ready.”

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Thursday, a mutual off-day for both teams, could not function as a makeup date because of hotel conflicts and a previously scheduled event at Nationals Park.

There is both good and bad to that postponement:

  • The Good: the Yankees avoid Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ ace who carried a 1.69 ERA (1.75 FIP) into what would’ve been his start tonight. Plus, the Yankees regain the designated hitter as they open up a three-game series with the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
  • The Bad: the June 18 makeup date occurs in the middle of what would’ve been a nine-game homestand. The Yankees must play the Tampa Bay Rays on June 17, go to Washington to play those 12½ innings of baseball and then return to the Bronx to take on the Seattle Mariners on June 19. The Yankees will play 17 games in 16 days from June 12 to June 27.

The Yankees won’t reshuffle their starting rotation because of the rainouts. CC Sabathia, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, will start the series opener in Kansas City. He will be followed by Luis Severino on Saturday and Sonny Gray on Sunday.

Aaron Boone indicated that current fifth starter Domingo Germán will be available in relief during the Royals series, since he has not appeared in a game since May 12. According to the Yankees official website, he is scheduled to start May 22 in Texas.


It’s unclear if the Yankees will continue going with a seven-man bullpen and four-man bench in Kansas City. The team recalled Clint Frazier for the Nationals series, and designated David Hale for assignment to gain a roster spot. The Yankees do have an open 40-man spot with Hale in DFA-limbo, and also now have a healthy Giovanny Gallegos at their disposal. Boone told reporters that Gallegos would have been recalled as the 26th man if the Yankees were to play two games Wednesday.

Billy McKinney Suffers Left Shoulder Sprain; Miguel Andújar Recalled

Another outfielder is down.

Boy, have the Yankees had bad luck with outfield prospects beginning their careers recently. Billy McKinney, who replaced the injured Aaron Hicks on the active roster, has gone down after he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder crashing into the outfield wall in left field at Rogers Centre.

McKinney stayed in for one play after the injury, but was quickly lifted once it was clear that his throwing arm was compromised. The 23-year-old went 1-for-4 in his debut game, but did not come to the plate in his second game. He was replaced by Brett Gardner in left field.

The Yankees now have some very limited outfield depth with McKinney joining Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier on the disabled list. They have started to play Giancarlo Stanton more in left field, and can turn to Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes in an emergency situation.

After Wade and Torreyes, the situation becomes even more murky. Shane Robinson was in camp as a non-roster invitee, and there were impressive contributions from lower-level prospects like Estevan Florial, Trey Amburgey and Jeff Hendrix.

Before turning to any of their minor league depth, the Yankees certainly have to be rooting for one of Ellsbury, Frazier or Hicks to return from injury. For the time being, Stanton in left, Gardner in center and Aaron Judge in right will have to do.


To replace McKinney on the roster, the Yankees promoted 3B/1B Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RailRiders do not open their season until April 6, so Andújar might be best served on the big league roster anyway. Andújar slashed .267/.306/.622 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 Spring Training games this year. He is ranked as the team’s No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline.

By adding Andújar as infield insurance, Aaron Boone can have a little more liberty with his utility players.

Aaron Hicks Placed on 10-Day Disabled List; Billy McKinney Recalled From SWB

Well, this isn’t great. Billy McKinney is back, though.

Well, this isn’t ideal. The Yankees’ PR Twitter account announced Friday that Opening Day center fielder Aaron Hicks has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain. Outfielder Billy McKinney has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his spot on the active roster.

There’s no clear evidence as to when in last night’s season opener Hicks suffered his injury. Hicks went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. He spent most of 2017 as the Yankees’ primary center fielder, slashing .266/.372/.475 (127 wRC+) with 15 home runs in 88 games. He did spend extended time on the disabled list in 2017 with a nagging oblique injury.

McKinney impressed with his power in Spring Training after being added to the 40-man roster in the offseason. He slashed .167/.340/.524 with five homers and 13 RBIs while seeing time in the outfield corners and first base. He picked up a first baseman’s glove again for the first time since high school with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. McKinney showed his first round promise last year between Double-A and Triple-A, slashing a combined .277/.338/.483 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs between the two levels.


This injury complicates things slightly for rookie manager Aaron Boone. Luckily, he has a lot of versatility that he can deploy with his bench. I think we might see a bit of Tyler Wade in the outfield now, with Neil Walker sliding to second base and Tyler Austin getting more reps at first base. Brett Gardner likely slides into center field to replace Hicks.

Of course, Giancarlo Stanton can also play left field, though the plan with that was to limit his time out there to games against tough left-handed pitchers. McKinney can play both outfield corners as well.

The news out of Tampa continues to be promising about Jacoby Ellsbury, whom Brian Cashman said needed “40-50 at-bats” before he would return from an oblique injury suffered early in Spring Training. Even with all of his faults, Ellsbury’s ability to play center field would greatly help the Yankees.