Yankees Outlook Arizona Fall League Update: Week 3
The third week of play has ended in the wasteland, as a slew of young players get extra reps to boost their 2022 seasons. Among them, of course, are several Yankee farmhands.
First baseman TJ Rumfield continues to play well, his name gracing Arizona’s Fall League offensive ratings. He had a somewhat quiet week, going from 0 to 3 on Monday and taking a few days off. But he went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with a walk and consistently showed his ability to put the ball in play, striking out just six times in 40 plate appearances.
Tyler Hardman had a great week. Offensively, he hit his second home run of the fall in the first inning Wednesday. His OPS continues to climb for the Solar Sox, though he continues to swing and miss his game, with 14K so far. Hardman also showed the leather this week, kicking off the rarely seen 5-2 double play with slick gloves.
Jasson Domínguez, meanwhile, has quietly had a great week. He increased his batting average by 30 runs during the week, with more extra hits (two doubles) than he had in the previous two weeks combined (one).
The Martian also continued to show a keen eye for the plate and honed his basic thief craft. For three weeks, he has just one more strikeout than the walk (nine to eight) and he has yet to be caught stealing. The young outfielder is tied for second on the Solar Sox with his four stolen bases. And his eye is sharp enough to win a challenge on a pitch originally called a strike.
On the other side of the ball, Leam Mendez continues to be the best arm the Yankees have sent to Arizona. Working exclusively in relief for the Solar Sox, Mendez has now thrown 8.1 innings to the tune of a 3.24 ERA. The Solar Sox’s team ERA sits at 6.18, so Mendez is performing extremely well, and he has the second-lowest ERA of any reliever at the club.
Yorlin Calderon made an appearance on the 21st and launched his best release of the fall. Calderon pitched three innings in relief, allowing just one run. In his previous 3.1 innings, he’d allowed four earned runs, so he surged ahead this week. Nelson L. Alvarez, meanwhile, continued to struggle. He allowed 19 base runners in just six innings, no doubt a major factor in his 10.50 ERA. A silver lining, however, was his ability to miss bats. Alvarez has racked up nine strikeouts so far, giving him a seeing 13.50 K/9.
Shaine McNeely, the fourth pitcher sent by the Yankees to Arizona, hasn’t pitched since Opening Week. Tragically, the young man’s father deceased earlier this month and it seems likely he has stepped away from the AFL to be with his family. Our condolences go out to him and his entire family for their loss.
Three weeks later, we’re seeing varying levels of success from the young players the Yankees have sent to Mesa. Hopefully they continue to improve and gain valuable reps to help them prepare for 2023 and beyond.