Prospect of the Day:
Domingo German, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 7 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
German missed the entire 2015 season due to injury after joining the Yankees organization in a 2014 off-season trade with the Marlins. Back on the field and logging significant innings for the first time since the 2014 season, German has impressed across three levels, including a brief stint in the big leagues. In last night’s starter, German routinely reached 97 mph with his lively fastball, along with a promising changeup and occasionally intriguing breaking ball. There’s still development left if the Yankees want him to be a starter, but he could help in the bullpen as soon as next year.
Others of note:
Miguel Andujar, 3B, Yankees (Triple-A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 2-5, 2B, RBI, K.
As if the Yankees needed another solid contributor moving forward, Andujar has a chance to become an everyday guy at the hot corner thanks to a quality glove, strong arm, natural hitting ability, and pop in his bat.
Jake Bauers, 1B, Rays (Triple-A, Durham): 2-3, 2 2B, BB, K.
There have been experiments with Bauers in the outfield, and while that may be where he plays long term, it won’t necessarily be pretty. He is a gifted defender at first base, fielding his position well and helping out his fellow infielders. At the plate, Bauers projects as an average hitter with on-base ability and gap power.
Anyelo Gomez, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): IP, H, 2 K.
After signing late as a 19-year old, Gomez spent his first four seasons bouncing between levels ranging from the DSL to High-A, before turning up the heat and blowing through four full-season levels in 2017 and striking out a host of batters along the way. BP’s John Eshleman had him up to 97 out of the bullpen in this outing.
Jhonathan Diaz, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A, Greenville): 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 7 K.
Signed for $600,000 in 2013, Diaz is slowly working his way through the Red Sox system with his development slowed by injury in 2015 and a limited workload in each of the last two seasons. A premium athlete, Diaz doesn’t jump out for his raw stuff as much as he does his ability to work around the zone and mix his thee-pitch arsenal.
Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (Double-A, Trenton): 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, BB, 6 K.
I mean it’s certainly not up to par from his previous start where he did his part in a combined “no-hitter”, but there’s nothing wrong this outing either.
Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Athletics (Double-A, Midland): 2-3, R, 2B.
Part of the package sent to Oakland in the Doolittle/Madson deal with Washington, Neuse is a potential above-average hitter that uses the entire field and could tap into his average raw power as he develops his approach and pitch recognition against more advanced arms.
Jesus Balaguer, RHP, Astros (Low-A, Quad Cities): 3 2/3 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, 7 K.
Signed this summer after two years off following his defection from Cuba, Balaguer notched relief innings across three levels, allowing just 20 hits and fanning 53 hitters. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Balaguer shows a fastball that can reach 94-95 mph with good leverage and he has a chance to push for a big-league bullpen spot down the line.