Tag: Giovanny Gallegos

Yankees Acquire Luke Voit, International Bonus Cash From Cardinals for Gallegos/Shreve

The Yankees made a move Saturday night that satisfied three objectives:

  1. Cleared roster space for J.A. Happ
  2. Acquired a righty depth bat in Aaron Judge‘s absence
  3. Added more cash to their international bonus pool

They traded much-maligned lefty Chasen Shreve and 40-man roster occupying longman Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money.

Voit, a 27-year-old drafted by the Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft, is batting .299/.391/.500 in 67 Triple-A games for the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League (I omitted his two Double-A games since I believe he was optioned there out of convenience – STL’s Double-A franchise is in Springfield, Missouri). He spends the majority of his defensive appearances at first base (471⅔ innings for Memphis) but has also played one game in left field. He started 43 games as a catcher in 2013 once drafted in the New York-Penn League but has not appeared there since.

I think Brian Cashman has something else up his sleeve because the acquisition of Voit gives Bobby Mitchell, SWB’s manager, three primary first baseman since Tyler Austin and Mike Ford are there as well. It makes one of them expendable, and the platoon difference between Austin and Ford imply that the former is expendable. Time will tell.

The Yankees were likely going to designate one of Gallegos or Shreve for assignment to get Happ onto the roster. They wanted to get something for two pitchers who also would’ve been jettisoned in the upcoming 40-man roster crunch this offseason.

Shreve was emotional after receiving the news, having been with the team since 2015. He posted a 3.92 ERA in 180 appearances with the Yankees. He was incredible in 2015, with a 3.09 mark across 58⅓ innings. He struggled to replicate it going forward, coming closest with a 3.77 ERA in 2017. He was out of options, and pitched as a long-man in 2018 (with a 4.26 ERA).

Gallegos has two minor league options left, so he has some value to the Cardinals. In four big-league appearances in 2018, he has a 4.50 ERA. Across his whole career, he has a 4.75 ERA in 20 games. This season in Triple-A, he has a 3.90 ERA in 17 games and 27⅔ innings.

Yankees 6, Rays 7: Sevy’s Struggles, Sánchez’s Strolls Key in Series Opening Loss

Lack of focus and hustle kills the Yanks in St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Another loss that can be put into the “frustrating” column.

A ground ball that looked like a failed fielder’s choice that should have tied the game with the bases loaded resulted in the game’s final out. Gary Sánchez didn’t kick it into high-gear until too late, and a 4-6-3 groundout decided Monday’s contest.

“I think I could have done a better job there, for sure,” Sánchez said through an interpreter. “I hit the ball well. When the play developed and I saw the runner safe at second base, I tried to beat the play, but I couldn’t.”

The Yankees hung around all night, but never seemed able to find the breakthrough hit. Sánchez’s lack of hustle compounded poor decision-making that saw Didi Gregorius sacrifice bunt ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. He got the bunt down, but it put runners on second and third so the simple play was to give Stanton the intentional pass.

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“Just the lefty-lefty matchup there and knowing they’d walk [Stanton], but what’s the tradeoff?” Boone said of his thinking. “Do you like the bases loaded, one out with Hicks from the right side? We did, and we liked getting Alvarado off the mound in a fielding situation as well. We got the situation that we wanted. If Didi doesn’t get it done, they can go to the righty for Stanton.”

Aaron Hicks, who came into the night .067/.304/.133 (1 wRC+) with the bases loaded, grounded into a 5-2 force out at home plate because of the bases loaded situation created by Boone’s decision. The next batter, Sánchez, ripped one to the second baseman Daniel Robertson, who flipped to shortstop Willy Adames in an attempt to force Hicks at second base. Hicks beat Adames to the bag, and Sánchez only reached a full sprint once he saw this. So, like a double play ball, Adames fired to Jake Bauers at first base for the 27th out.

That wasn’t the only play that led fans and broadcasters alike to question Sánchez’s effort. In the first inning, Bauers scored on a passed ball… from second base. It looked like a cross-up: Luis Severino threw a slider and Sánchez expected a fastball. It clanked off some combination of the catcher’s glove and shin guard and rolled more than three-quarters of the way up the third-base line. Bauers never slowed down, and Sánchez’s jog after the ball saw the former round third hard and head for the plate. Gary realized what was happening too late, and his throw to Severino covering hit the runner in the back.

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In the dugout after this, Sánchez and Severino were seen jawing at each other over the root of the cross-up. Severino walked away after a few seconds of heated discussion.

“I asked [Sánchez], and he told me that he didn’t see the ball,” Severino said. “For me, it seemed like he didn’t see it.”

“We happened to cross up on the signs there, but like I said, I should have gotten that ball quicker there,” Sánchez said through Marlon Abreu.

Severino was not on his game at all. Bauers roped a hanging slider for a three-run home run off him in the fifth inning. Sánchez hit an RBI single to pull the Yankees within one in the sixth, but Robertson proceeded to hit Severino’s first pitch of the very next frame for a solo homer into the first row in right field. Jesús Sucre and Matt Duffy each added RBIs off of Chad Green, but the runs were charged to Severino. He finished allowing a season-high seven runs.

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Stanton had one of his best days at the plate so far in his young Yankees career, with four hits, one walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. The only other Yankee with multiple hits was Miguel Andújar, with two.

Adam Warren and A.J. Cole each threw a scoreless inning of relief. With Giovanny Gallegos in the bullpen, could we see Cole in some higher-leverage spots? Something to watch.

What’s Next

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) will take on another Rays opener in Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 3.71 ERA)

Giovanny Gallegos Recalled; Domingo Acevedo Optioned

Another bullpen reinforcement is here.

Domingo Acevedo‘s first stint in the major leagues lasted just 24 hours, as the tall right-hander was optioned to Double-A Trenton on Saturday after the win over the Mets.

Acevedo was replaced on the active roster today by fellow righty Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In four games with the Yankees this season, Gallegos has allowed five earned runs in 10 innings of mostly mop-up work (he hasn’t entered with the Yankees up/down by less than three runs this season).

The reason to swap Acevedo for Gallegos is that Acevedo has been a starter primarily for Double-A Trenton, while Gallegos has worked exclusively out of the bullpen. Acevedo came up as insurance in case Sonny Gray could not provide the team with length in Saturday’s start. Gray gave the Yanks 5⅓ innings, which proved sufficient to keep Acevedo from even warming up.

The Yankees had Acevedo replace Domingo Germán, who was optioned to Triple-A after another inadequate starting outing for the Yanks on Friday. The team has said Luis Cessa will take over that rotation spot for now, though he will not be recalled until Wednesday to make that start in Tampa Bay.

Now, Acevedo has lifetime health insurance and a pro-rated check for the big league minimum headed his way. He would have been on regular rest to start yesterday, but Trenton has not announced when he will start next.

Domingo Acevedo Promoted From Double-A

One Domingo replaces the other Domingo.

The Yankees have recalled No. 7 prospect Domingo Acevedo to be in the bullpen for today’s game with the Mets. Last night, Pinstriped Prospects’ Robert Pimpsner alluded to Acevedo’s promotion and The Athletic’s Robert Murray confirmed it this morning.

Acevedo takes the spot of Domingo Germán, who was optioned Friday night after another disappointing start. The righty is 6’7″, 250-pounds and began the season with Double-A Trenton. He was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason, but did not pitch in MLB Spring Training because he was coming off of a career-high 133.0 innings pitched across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2017.

So far, the results have been solid for Acevedo in the Eastern League. In 11 games (eight starts, 50⅔ innings) he has a 2-2 record and a 2.84 ERA (3.32 FIP) with 40 strikeouts to 18 walks. Batters have hit just .209 against him and he carries a 40.6% ground ball rate so far on the year.

MLB Pipeline’s scouting report is as follows:

Acevedo’s fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, though he usually works from 93-97 mph as a starter, which is even tougher to hit because of the funkiness and angle his 6-foot-7 frame and low three-quarters arm slot create. That slot makes it tough for him to stay on top of his mid-80s slider, which may never be more than an average offering. He compensates with a plus changeup that he locates well and is effective against both left-handers and right-handers.

For an extra-large guy with a lot of velocity, Acevedo throws a surprising amount of strikes. His delivery isn’t smooth and features effort, yet he somehow makes it work and finally proved he could hold up over a full season in 2017. Some scouts aren’t convinced he’ll hold up for a starter, though he’d still have plenty of value as a high-leverage option should he become a reliever.

Acevedo got the call over the other two healthy arms on the Yankees 40-man roster, which are Giovanny Gallegos and Tommy Kahnle. He is the second Yankee to get the call directly from Double-A, as fellow righty Jonathan Loáisiga was promoted to make four starts in June.

Mets 7, Yankees 5: RISPfails Mar Start of Second Half

Another loss to a sub-.500 team.

NEW YORK – The Yankees went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and it doomed them to a 7-to-5 loss in the second-half opener Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees collected 14 hits, and left 14 men on base in a loss that proved beyond frustrating. Gary Sánchez collected one hit in his debut off of the disabled list, but left six men on base. Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andújar each left five men on base. It seemed like the right hits just would never come.

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First-inning Domingo Germán buried the Yanks early. Asdrúbal Cabrera doubled in a leadoff walk to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto later doubled to score Cabrera. José Bautista then doubled to score Conforto. The Mets recorded 10 hits, and did not record their first single until Conforto singled to score run No. 5 in the fifth inning.

The Yankees scored one in the third on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly, and two in the sixth on an RBI double by Neil Walker. Two more came across in the eighth on a Didi Gregorius double and Stanton groundout. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets starter, bent multiple times but did not break in his five innings of work. The Mets ran with Robert Gsellman in the ninth inning as reports trickled out that the Mets were close to a deal with an unknown team for closer Jeurys Familia. Gsellman worked around a two-out walk to retire the Yankees. Per multiple sources, the Mets are close to dealing Familia to the Oakland Athletics. At the time of publication, a deal was not confirmed.

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After the game, the Yankees announced Domingo Germán had been optioned and that Luis Cessa will take over his spot in the rotation. Cessa is on turn to start July 25 in Tampa Bay. No word on who replaces Germán tomorrow, though the likely option is a 40-man reliever like Giovanny Gallegos or Tommy Kahnle.

What’s Next:

Sonny Gray looks to build on a promising last start in Baltimore against Steven Matz in a Saturday matinée in the Bronx.

Yankees 10, Orioles 2: That’s More Like It

Of course, Cessa throws six scoreless when the Yankees score 10 behind him.

After an incredibly frustrating opener to the doubleheader Monday in Baltimore, the Yankees made sure to not make the same mistake twice. They clobbered Orioles’ pitching in game two to take a decisive 10-to-2 victory in the nightcap.

Seventeen hits provided 10 runs of offense to back a surprisingly effective Luis Cessa, who pitched six scoreless innings while scattering three hits. The Yankees got homers and RBI doubles from Brett Gardner and Austin Romine, as part of a four-hit night for Gardy and a two-hit evening for Romine. Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton and Neil Walker all picked up two hits. Every other Yankees starter recorded at least one hit (Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Gregorius in the eighth inning and flew out in his only plate appearance).

The second game Monday night was a beautiful example of every player doing their job. The hitters produced plenty of offense, Cessa gave the team a quality start in a pinch and 26th man Giovanny Gallegos made sure the Yankee bullpen didn’t get overtaxed. Gallegos’ performance is of paramount importance given the next two starters’ possibility of struggling. Masahiro Tanaka is returning from injury, while Sonny Gray has proven time and again that he simply can’t give the team length.

Postgame, both Cessa and Gallegos were optioned and “returned,” respectively, back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Coincidentally, they were sent down right in time for the International League All-Star break.

What’s Next

Masahiro Tanaka comes off of the disabled list and returns to the rotation to face Andrew Cashner of the Orioles.

Yankees 4, Orioles 5: Or Not…

CC Sabathia ended up staying for a few batters too many, as Danny Valencia‘s three-run home run proved fatal in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader in Baltimore.

In the bottom of the sixth, the veteran lefty walked Mark Trumbo, allowed a “double” to Jonathan Schoop (hard ground ball right at Neil Walker that should have been at least a 3-6 force) and then Valencia took CC 415 feet to dead central.

The Yanks scored first as Giancarlo Stanton ripped his 22nd homer of the year in the second inning. In the third, Kyle Higashioka doubled, Tyler Wade singled and then two consecutive singles from Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees two more runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, Trumbo (who came into the game .282/.300/.462 lifetime against Sabathia) smoked a two-run shot to make it 3-2. A Stanton single, Clint Frazier groundout and single from Walker gave the Yankees their fourth run.

It’s pretty clear that Aaron Boone could not use his usual pitching strategy because today is a doubleheader. He left Sabathia in after the leadoff walk to Trumbo, which should have spelt the end for him. He definitely should have been lifted after the Schoop double. It felt like Jonathan Holder was too little too late. Also, I find it quite odd that he went to the long-man, A.J. Cole, in the first game of the doubleheader, when Luis Cessa is scheduled to start the second game. I guess that’s why they recalled Giovanny Gallegos, though.

Wow. That was one of the most frustrating experiences for the 2018 Yankees. I hope the bats can break out to back Cessa because their inability to beat the Orioles is downright ridiculous.

What’s Next

More baseball. Luis Cessa has been recalled to face former farmhand Yefry Ramírez in the nightcap. Ramírez was traded to the Orioles for international bonus pool space (and a 40-man roster spot) minutes before the Sonny Gray acquistion at last year’s trade deadline.

Brandon Drury was optioned to Triple-A to create an active roster spot for Cessa.

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