8/8 - German at Pannone

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Domingo,

Just a short note to say thanks for everything you've done this season. I think you were maybe the first "next man up" right out of spring training and it really set the tone for the season. We know your teammates appreciate it and we do too. Keep up the good work (I love being able to say that for all you overachieving young guys).

You'll be facing a Blue Jays team that is playing pretty well right now, thanks in part to their own infusion of young talent. Maybe it will have an MLB Futures Game vibe. Could be fun.

Ebulliently,


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Miguel Andujar, through 8/7/2018: .292/.326/.499, 15 HRs, 50 RBIs
Gio Urshela, through 8/7/2019: .319/.363/.547, 14 HRs, 55 RBIs
 

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TOR has been playing well, 7-3 since promoting Bo Bichette, all on the road.
 

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If you didn't see it last night, this is the video of Gleyber showing up in the dugout after visiting NY for an MRI. In my opinion, this is what makes the team so special. Look at everyone's reaction.

View: https://twitter.com/KyleNYY/status/1159284010847219717?s=20
Lot more fun than meeting at the Toronto hotel for breakfast. I agree with you. Extremely close team. I think most of them also know Higgy is gone by Sunday so they were extra happy for him last night when he homered twice.
 

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And in AAA, Clint and Gary led off the game with walks, followed by a booming 3 run HR from their studly #3 hitter, Terry's boy Thairo.
 

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And in AAA, Clint and Gary led off the game with walks, followed by a booming 3 run HR from their studly #3 hitter, Terry's boy Thairo.
I am uncertain why Valera moved ahead of Thairo on the shuttle from Scranton but not questioning any decisions the Yanks make this year.
 

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I am uncertain why Valera moved ahead of Thairo on the shuttle from Scranton but not questioning any decisions the Yanks make this year.
I am not sure either, Valera can play more positions and he was hitting so well in AAA after NY got him, maybe they just wanted to get a better sense of what they had in him.

Thairo in general doesn't get nearly enough respect IMO:

He had just turned 22 and was a borderline top 100 prospect when he got shot in the thigh in the 2017-2018 offseason, they couldn't take the bullet out until after the season so essentially a totally lost season. Then this season, still 23, he came up in an emergency and was really good, a .854 OPS in 54 PAs including some big hits, solid defense. But despite this, he is still eligible to be rated on the prospect charts, but he is generally down in the 20s for NY or even lower. Really hard for me to understand, not that it matters too much.
 

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I am not sure either, Valera can play more positions and he was hitting so well in AAA after NY got him, maybe they just wanted to get a better sense of what they had in him.

Thairo in general doesn't get nearly enough respect IMO:

He had just turned 22 and was a borderline top 100 prospect when he got shot in the thigh in the 2017-2018 offseason, they couldn't take the bullet out until after the season so essentially a totally lost season. Then this season, still 23, he came up in an emergency and was really good, a .854 OPS in 54 PAs including some big hits, solid defense. But despite this, he is still eligible to be rated on the prospect charts, but he is generally down in the 20s for NY or even lower. Really hard for me to understand, not that it matters too much.
Thanks for the background, Jon. Valera was really hot at Scranton. A lot of times, the big league club takes the guy that is recommended by the AAA staff. Thairo did struggle some when he went back down, which is only natural. But he’s hot again. Hope we do not see him until September, as that might mean another injury.

The depth of the 40-man is mind-boggling.
 

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German’s windup is simple and efficient. Hands together at belt, lifts left leg and fires. Almost as simple as Mariano Rivera’s delivery. Might explain his ability to locate pitches so consistently.
 

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All the hype about Clint Frazier, which he sort of backed up with his bat earlier this season, and Tauchman is the unknown player who took his job.

Oops. Gio’s up.
 

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Smoak’s chopper in front of the plate backed up like a wedge in golf but German made the play. Jays get 4 to make it a game after 5 innings, 8-4.
 

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I am behind but after Tauchman's homer, David Cone said "Have you ever seen Damn Yankees? It's like five guys are Joe Hardy this year."
 

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Kahnle was stuck in AAA at this time last year, now he's been NY's best reliever for a while. Maybin is another, there is a long list.
Maybin just looked like elderly Joe Hardy when he dropped the pop fly in left. But yes, he definitely sold his soul to Mr. Applegate.
 

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Maybin just looked like elderly Joe Hardy when he dropped the pop fly in left. But yes, he definitely sold his soul to Mr. Applegate.
He's still leading NY in OPS, although it's a tight race. .959!!
 

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You can see why I didn't want to send Clint to TOR and add him to this lineup also.