SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN

Spring Training, Yankees 7 VS Rays 1

 

Today was exactly what you’d want to see if you’re a Yankees fan. Our boys in pinstripes showed us some power on both sides of their game in a dominating 7-1 win over the Rays.

After losing Paxton for at least the first month of the season and now Severino for the at least the 2020 season, the Yankees got some much needed uplifting performances in the pitching department. J.A. Happ set the tone and while he had a little hiccup in the first inning, settled down and had himself a nice day all around. Last season he had a hard time avoiding the big inning, but today he limited the damage and easily got through three efficient innings. What stood out to me is all the ground ball outs. That plays very well in Yankee Stadium and if Happ can throw like he did today, he’ll give the Yankees plenty of chances to win this year.

Michael King then entered the game in the fourth and made a good impression in his showcase to potentially come away with a rotation spot after all of these injuries. Overall, he was hittable, but there was a lot to like about him. The contact made against him was soft and he was constantly ahead in the count, putting him in good position to rack of outs. However, despite all of the two strike counts he got, he never seemed able to put the batters away. He got the job done and definitely helped himself in the competition.

The number two overall prospect for the Yankees, Clarke Schmidt, followed King in the sixth and he was on absolute fire. Making opposing hitters looks silly with ease, you could see his swing and miss stuff on full display. Schmidt looked every bit the first round selection the Yankees drafted him to be with phenomenal strike out pitches and a major league ready repertoire. I’m really looking forward to watching him pitch again.

In the eighth inning Aaron Boone sent out Jonathan Loaisiga. He’s had a few prior stints with the Yankees and he has usually been good, but inconsistent. He’s definitely a front runner for the fifth rotation spot and this performance solidified that. Right out of the gate Loaisiga was pounding the zone and ended up with four strikeouts in two perfect innings.

In a showcase showdown, the Yankees have proven that they have a good situation on their hands and while pitching was the highlight of the day, the Yankees showed off some major power, scoring runs in bunches seemingly all day. Tyler Wade, Clint Frazier and Mike Ford all hit home runs and Wade also stole second and third base, energizing the team and showing off a seriously intriguing power and speed combination. He’s clearly improved his contact skills and looks much stronger than ever before.

 

J.A. HAPP- 3INN 1ER 2H 0BB 2K

1- ground out (1), ground out (2), soft double, hard 2-out RBI single (0-1), K (1) high fastball.

2- line out (1), ground out (3), ground out (4)

3- ground out (5), ground out (6), K (2) looking on the corner

Big inning did him in last year

Lots of groundouts

Needs to stop letting it pour, especially with 2 outs

Good enough to be the 3rd starter until Paxton is back

Throwing mostly strikes, good pitches

Great efficiency

 

MICHAEL KING- 2INN 0ER 3H 0BB 0K

1- line out (1), fly out (1), hard hit double, ground out (1)

2- ground out (2), soft single, single, ground out (3) (FC), fly out (2)

Great 2018, injury plagued 2019

Good control of the zone

Works fast

Excellent fastball movement

Often ahead in the count

Hittable, soft contact

No clear put away pitch

 

CLARKE SCHMIDT- 2INN 0ER 2H 0BB 3K

1- single, ground out (1) (FC), ground out (2)(FC), K (1) swinging

2- K (2) swinging, single, K (3) looking, ground out (3)

16th overall pick

#2 Yankees prospect (Baseball America)

Wow factor

Phenomenal finishing pitch

Swing and miss stuff

Unpredictable, very difficult to square up

MLB ready repertoire

 

JONATHAN LOAISIGA- 2INN 0ER 0H 0BB 4K

1- K (2) looking, K (2) swinging, fly out (1)

2- ground out (1), K (3) looking, K (4) swinging

Very efficient

Opposing hitters uncomfortable

Pounding the zone

K machine

 

BRETT GARDNER (1-2 1RBI 1BB)- K swinging, BB, RBI single (5-1)

 

THOMAS MILLONE (0-2)- defensive replacement, ground out, ground out

 

LUKE VOIT (0-2 1R 1BB)- BB, fielder’s choice, fly out

Only swings at strikes

 

ERIK KRATZ- (0-2)- fly out, ground out

 

TYLER WADE (1-3 1HR 2RBI 1R 2SB)- long 2R HR (2-1), fielder’s choice, SB (second), SB (third), fly out

Plays with energy

Power and speed

Improved contact and strength

 

KYLE HOLDER (0-1)- ground out,

 

CLINT FRAZIER (1-2 1HR 1RBI 1R 1BB)- long SOLO HR (3-1), BB, ground out,

Bat speed

Poor throw attempt to second

 

TREY AMBURGEY- intentional walk

 

KYLE HIGASHIOKA (0-2)- fly out, ground out

 

JOSH THOLE (0-1 1BB)- pinch hit ground out, BB

 

CHRIS IANNETTA (1-3)- soft line out, hard hit single, K looking

 

ZACK ZEHNER (0-1)- pinch hit K looking,

 

ROSELL HERRERA (1-3)- pop out, ground out, single

Great defensive reaction

 

ARMANDO ALVAREZ (1-1 1R)- defensive replacement, ground rule double,

 

ZACK GRANITE (1-2 1RBI 1R)- K looking, RBI double down the line (4-1)

 

MIKE FORD (1-1 1HR 2RBI 1R)- pinch hit single, 2R homerun (7-1)

 

THAIRO ESTRADA (0-3)- ground out, ground out, fly out

Excellent diving play

 

OSWALDO CABRERA (0-1)- fly out

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