Four Yankees pitching prospects shine
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Friday was a day for Yankee pitching prospects to glow like roman candles.

Aside from Jonathan Loaisiga unexpectedly strong debut, pitching five shutout (even if a bit shaky) innings for his first ML win, three other kids shone down on the farm.

At AAA Scranton, 23 year-old lefty Josh Rogers pitched seven shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, no walks and striking out six.

At AA Trenton, Dillon Tate hurled 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks while striking out 10.

Meanwhile, Short Season Staten Island played it's first game of the season, with last year's #2 draft pick Matt Sauer starting. The 19 year-old hurled six shutout innings, allowing 0 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3.

Plus, Brandon Drury went 4-6 at SWB, raising his season's average to .344, while Clint Frazier his his 7th HR and is hitting .317.

Pretty good day all around.
If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else.

-Yogi Berra
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Actually, on reviewing the videos of Johnny Lasagna last night, the kid showed some very nasty stuff. Both the 'slurve' and change were falling off the table, and he was touching 97 on the fastball. His problem was too many walks and pitches thrown in 5 innings.

On the other hand, when you look at his minor league career numbers, his K/BB ratio looks very good -- 133/24 in 148 innings. That works out to 5.5 Ks for every walk and less than 1.5 walks per 9 innings, which seems to say he's a control pitcher. So maybe his wildness last night was partly due to nerves.

Kid has a very interesting background, missed two years due to shoulder injury and another after TJ surgery, so he doesn't have much actual pro experience for a pitcher who's almost 24.

Check out his story here:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/florida-state-league-notebook-yankees-jonathan-loaisiga-in-good-health/c-273509482
If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else.

-Yogi Berra


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