No. 16 prospect spins hitless outing

May 14th, 2022

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Vasquez spins hitless outing in Double-A (May 13)
Randy Vasquez was untouchable in Double-A Somerset’s 2-1 extra-innings loss, striking out five and walking two across 5 2/3 hitless innings.

The No. 16 prospect retired the first 14 batters he faced, fanning four of them, before issuing a two-out walk in the fifth to end the perfect game bid. Vasquez set down the next three batters in order before surrendering his second walk of the game. That’s where his outing ended, but the 23-year-old tossed his first scoreless outing since his first start of the season on April 10. He lowered his ERA to 1.86 and is holding opposing batters to a .111 average across 19 1/3 innings so far. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Peraza homers in three-hit day in Triple-A (May 11)
Second-ranked prospect Oswald Peraza recorded his third multihit game of the season in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s 8-7 loss to Syracuse, smacking a two-run homer in the process.

MLB’s No. 58 prospect singled to left and scored on a wild pitch in the third. He notched another base knock to right in the following frame before driving in No. 30 prospect Estevan Florial with a dinger into the bullpen in left-center, his third of the year. After beginning the season cold, the 21-year-old is batting .263/.317/.421 over his last 10 games with four extra-base hits, three RBIs, three walks and three steals. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Wells homers, Sears dominates over 3 2/3 innings (May 10)
As part of a three-hit game, Austin Wells launched a long ball for High-A Hudson Valley in the Renegades' 12-4 defeat to Aberdeen.

The fourth-ranked Yankees prospect collected three hits, while falling a triple shy of a cycle and finished with three RBIs. Wells launched a solo shot to right in the first and a two-RBI double to the gap in center in the sixth. The dinger was his fifth of the year.

JP Sears was absolutely dominant in his start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The No. 24 Yankees prospect yielded just two hits without allowing a walk and fanning eight over 3 2/3 frames to lead the way for the RailRiders' 2-0 blanking of Syracuse.

Sears whiffed the side in the second and recorded at least a pair of strikeouts through the first three innings. The lefty lowered his ERA and WHIP to 0.79 and has racked up 17 punchouts over 11 1/3 innings this season. -- Rob Terranova

Waldichuk nets career-high 12 K's in 5 hitless (May 8)
Ken Waldichuk’s spectacular start to the 2022 season keeps on getting better.

The Yankees’ No. 6 prospect struck out a career-high 12 across five no-hit innings in Double-A Somerset’s seven-inning 3-2 win over New Hampshire. Of the 17 batters he faced, seven went down swinging and four were caught looking.

In just about every no-hit bid, everything has to go perfectly, both on the mound and in the field. With today’s game, Waldichuk said, that was exactly the case. Full story »

Martian clubs two-run HR in two-hit day (May 6)
It’s been slow goings for No. 3 prospect Jasson Dominguez to open the 2022 season, but the 19-year-old flexed some of his 60-grade power with a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-3 day in Single-A Tampa’s 9-3 win over Bradenton.

With his team down a run in the top of the third, the Martian teed off on a 2-2 pitch from Marauders righty Po-Yu Chen, sending it over the wall in center for a two-run homer to put the Tarpons up, 4-3. He added a single, two walks and a run scored to complete his day. Dominguez is batting .225/.281/.360 with eight extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 21 games.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

Boyle fans eight straight to end stellar start (May 4)
Sean Boyle ended his fourth start of the season in dominant fashion, fanning the last eight batters he faced in order in Double-A Somerset's 3-1 loss.

Boyle, an unranked Yankees prospect, struck out a career-high nine in five innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He registered 13 swings-and-misses, throwing 51 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

After giving up seven runs in his second start on April 21, the 25-year-old rebounded with five scoreless innings and seven K’s in his third start before posting a career high on Wednesday. Boyle has a 4.42 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with 24 strikeouts to two walks in 18 1/3 innings. -- Nick Trujillo

Wells, Sweeney power Renegades' lopsided victory (April 29)
With a roster loaded with some of the organization's top prospects, games like this are exactly what Yankees fans hope are a preview of things to come in the Bronx. The club's fourth-ranked prospect Austin Wells and No. 5 Trey Sweeney each went yard to lead High-A Hudson Valley's 9-2 win over Wilmington.

Wells jacked a two-run shot to center in the sixth for his second of the season, while Sweeney hooked a solo shot to right in the fourth. It's the third dinger in nine games for the 22-year-old. -- Rob Terranova

Peraza homers in three-hit night (April 28)
It’s been a slow start to 2022 for Oswald Peraza, but the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect showed signs of life at the plate in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 15-6 rout of Lehigh Valley.

Peraza hit a three-run homer in a three-hit day, his second multihit game of the season. His home run broke an 0-for-18 skid and served as his first hit since his walk-off double on April 17 against Norfolk.

The 21-year-old broke out last season, clubbing 18 homers and 26 doubles with a .297/.356/.477 slash line and 38 stolen bases over the highest three levels of the Minors. While he has struggled at the plate so far, Peraza’s speed and defense at a premium position make him a valuable piece for the Yankees’ future. -- Nick Trujillo

Diaz snaps off filthy slider for Renegades (April 19)
Wellington Diaz hasn’t pitched above High-A ball yet in his professional career, but the slider he broke off against Brooklyn looked big league ready.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Hudson Valley righty snapped in a 2-1 pitch to Rowdey Jordan that frisbeed hard toward the back foot of the lefty hitter. The Cyclones leadoff man swung and missed, then had a brief conversation with catcher Austin Wells, the fourth-ranked Yankees prospect.

Jordan was called out on strikes one pitch later. Full story »

Waldichuk fans 9 in Double-A
Yankees No. 6 prospect Ken Waldichuk turned heads with a strong showing in his 2021 full-season debut and is off to an even more dominant start early this season. After pitching to a 3.03 ERA over 110 innings across two levels last season, the 24-year-old lefty has yet to surrender a run in 2022.

Waldichuk, a fifth-round pick from the 2019 Draft, struck out nine over five scoreless innings as he threw 47 of his 63 pitches for strikes in Double-A Somerset's 6-0 win over Erie. He gave up three hits, but didn't issue a walk and has tallied 16 strikeouts over 10 scoreless frames in his two starts this season. -- William Boor