Krook brings perfecto into the 8th for RailRiders

July 2nd, 2022

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Krook brings perfect game into the eighth for RailRiders (July 1)
After tossing five perfect frames his last time out, Matt Krook flirted with baseball immortality on Friday.

The left-hander took a perfect game into the eighth inning before yielding an infield single with two outs in the frame en route to setting the table for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 8-1 victory over Buffalo at PNC Field.

"Being in the strike zone a little bit more, particularly with my slider, and having multiple pitches that I can throw for a strike has been the biggest difference for me lately," Krook said. "I've never thrown a no-hitter or a perfect game before, I've actually never pitched in the eighth inning before, so that was new and exciting ... I heard I was going to be stopped at 100 pitches if I got there, but it would have been interesting to see what actually happened."

The only other blemish on the evening for the Yankees prospect was a six-pitch walk to Eric Stamets following the hit. Krook exited the game after that with his final line showing one hit and one walk with 10 strikeouts over 7 2/3 frames. It's the longest career outing for the 27-year-old, who tossed 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

In addition to a perfect outing his last time out, the Oregon product had a streak of 39 straight batters retired that spanned his past three appearances. Full story »

Peraza belts first multihomer game for RailRiders (June 26)
Oswald Peraza
 did something on Sunday that he hadn't done in his first 62 games with the RailRiders -- find the seats twice.

The second-ranked Yankees prospect mashed a pair of home runs, and added a double, to power Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's decisive 8-2 victory over Toledo at Fifth Third Field.

The performance was Peraza's fifth with at least three hits this season and the first time all of his hits went for extra bases. The 22-year-old has clubbed nine dingers this season in 55 games with the RailRiders. Full story »

Waldichuk whiffs eight over five innings for RailRiders (June 23)
Ken Waldichuk looked like his usual self after a rough outing his last time out, whiffing eight over five one-run frames in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 7-2 win over Toledo.

The fifth-ranked Yankees prospect yielded five hits without issuing a walk against the Mud Hens. He retired the first four batters he faced and worked around a runners on second and third with no out in the fifth without allowing a run. He exited after throwing 57 of his 74 pitches for strikes.

The left-hander has lasted at least five innings in five of his six starts with the RailRiders while amassing 42 strikeouts and a .189 average against over 30 innings at the Minors' highest level. -- Rob Terranova

Volpe smacks go-ahead 3-run HR for Somerset (June 17)
When Anthony Volpe came up to bat with two on in a tie game in the top of the ninth, he was just looking to be aggressive.

Having faced lefty Jimmy Burnette a couple nights ago, he knew he had a good fastball and figured he’d see one from him. Volpe worked a 3-1 count, and on the fifth pitch of the at-bat, he swatted a pitch on the outside corner over the fence in right-center.

The seventh long ball from MLB’s No. 5 overall prospect proved to be the difference-maker in Double-A Somerset’s 6-3 win over New Hampshire. It capped off a two-hit game for Volpe, who helped power the Patriots to their 40th win of the season. Full story »

Medina fans season-high 10 batters (June 15)
Luis Medina tossed his first quality start of the season. 

The Yankees' No. 11 prospect fanned a season-high 10 batters through six scoreless innings of work, giving up just two hits and a walk. Double-A Somerset took a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire, only allowing three total hits after removing the 23-year-old in the bottom of the seventh. 

This was the right-hander's eighth time striking out 10 or more batters since being signed to a Minor League contract on July 8, 2015, at 16 years old. 

In 2022, the Dominican Republic native has tossed only two games through 11 starts (42 2/3 innings pitched) allowing more than two runs, including two scoreless outings. His performances have garnered him a 3.38 ERA with an opponent batting average of .174. His opponents' batting average hasn't gone above .193 this season. -- Ethan Sands

Waldichuk turns in best start with RailRiders (June 11)
In his best start since getting called up to the Minors' highest level, Ken Waldichuk allowed one run on a pair of hits and a walk while fanning 11 over six frames to pace Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 8-4 victory over Syracuse at NBT Bank Stadium.

The left-hander exited after throwing 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes. In each of his four starts with the RailRiders, the fifth-ranked Yankees prospect has gone at least five innings and allowed a single run. The 24-year-old is sporting a combined 1.44 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and a .151 average against over a total of 50 innings with 78 strikeouts.

Yankees No. 2 prospect Oswald Peraza also contributed to the club's win with a three-knock performance that included his sixth home run of the year. -- Rob Terranova

Sweeney enjoys breakout performance for Renegades (June 1)
A flip of the calendar meant a fresh start for Trey Sweeney, who collected his first three-hit performance in nearly a month. The sixth-ranked Yankees prospect homered for the second time in four games and drove in two runs as visiting High-A Hudson Valley blanked Aberdeen, 7-0.

Sweeney's fifth long ball highlighted a five-run second inning for the Renegades. The 22-year-old added a pair of singles later in the game to improve his slash line to .203/.285/.375 with 11 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 31 games.

Selected 20th overall in last year's Draft, the Eastern Illinois product homered seven times and posted a .932 OPS in 32 games across two Minor League levels in 2021. -- Michael Avallone

On his birthday, Dunham homers in 4-hit effort (May 29)
What’s better than a four-hit game? A four-hit game on your birthday.

Elijah Dunham, the Yankees’ No. 26 prospect, did just that in a big day at the dish in Double-A Somerset’s 12-4 win over Portland. The now-24-year-old homered, doubled, singled twice, walked and stole a base as part of a three-RBI effort.

“It felt really nice to have a good game. I’m not huge into birthdays, but it always feels nice to play well and get a win,” Dunham said via text message. “My family couldn’t make it out, but they were most likely watching [the game]!” Full story »

Waldichuk whiffs seven over five two-hit frames (May 28)
After an impressive Triple-A debut with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Ken Waldichuk's encore was equally effective. The left-hander allowed one run on a pair of hits and three walks while fanning seven over five frames in the RailRiders' 3-0 loss to Jacksonville.

The fifth-ranked Yankees prospect exited after tossing 87 pitches, 56 were strikes. The lone run charged to Waldichuk scored after he left the game. After hitting Lewin Diaz with a pitch to start the sixth, Waldichuk was replaced by Reggie McClain, who yielded a three-run double that allowed Diaz to score.

Waldichuk has allowed a pair of runs on five hits and five walks with 16 strikeouts over 10 1/3 frames in his first two Triple-A starts.

Second-ranked Yankees prospect Oswald Peraza collected a pair of knocks for the RailRiders and has multihit efforts in three of his last four games. -- Rob Terranova

Calderon twirls no-hitter in season debut for Tampa (May 25)
After opening the year in extended spring training, Yorlin Calderon was promoted to Single-A Tampa and made his presence felt later that day as he tossed a complete-game, seven-inning no-hitter in Tampa's 4-0 blanking of Lakeland in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

The 20-year-old right-hander worked around a pair of walks and fanned seven in his season debut. He completed the feat on 83 pitches, 48 were strikes. Calderon retired the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a walk and then setting down the next nine Flying Tigers batters to step to the plate.

Maybe just as astounding as the accomplishment of twirling a no-hitter after being promoted from extended spring training earlier in the day was the pace in which the 20-year-old cruised through the Flying Tigers' order. The game took just one hour and 19 minutes to complete. Full story »

Yorlin Calderon made history in his season debut for the Tarpons.Mark LoMoglio/

Peraza's two-run blast powers offense (May 20)
Oswald Peraza
 powered the offense and JP Sears was nearly flawless in relief, but Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre couldn't muster enough to pull off a victory. 

MLB Pipeline'sNo. 56 prospect belted a two-run homer to left field to give the RailRiders their only runs of the ballgame in a 6-2 loss to Worcester

When the starter went just 2 1/3 innings, the Yankees' No. 23 prospect answered the call. Sears went 4 2/3 innings, going 14 up, 14 down while striking out seven before issuing a walk in the eighth when his night ended.

Peraza ended the night 2-for-4, with his first hit coming on a single in the first. 

Entering the game against the Red Sox, the 21-year-old had gone hitless in back-to-back games and without a homer since May 11 vs. Syracuse. -- Ethan Sands

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