REPORT : Week 6 minor league analysis of 2024 Yankees prospects

This is the sixth installment of the weekly minor league roundup for 2024, in which I examine each Yankees affiliate from the previous week along with the prospects that are currently playing there. I’m going to (attempt) writing less for each affiliate while still making sure you have the information you need because complex ball is in progress. Now let’s get started!

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Triple-A Following their 4-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings (Nationals), the RailRiders record is 27-11 and they lead the International League East by 4.5 games.

Run difference: +46

Upcoming: Traveling for six games, beginning on Tuesday, May 14, against the Worcester Red Sox

The RailRiders have won the series once more in just one week. But that wasn’t the cohesive teamwork that we’ve grown to value over the past few weeks. With ERAs above 6.75 for both pitching staffs, this was a firefight of a series. Haha. As one might anticipate from a battle like this, each pitcher’s performance was far from stellar. Weak command put Will Warren in counts where batters had the advantage, and that’s what ultimately brought him down. This can occasionally happen to Warren because if he doesn’t have a good feel for his release point, the movement on his pitches can work against him.

On Saturday, Cody Poteet pitched five innings and did just fine. The 29-year-old unusually missed a lot of bats, but he still struck out nine batters while giving up three runs. On Wednesday, Clayton Beeter had the best showing among the starters, pitching five innings, giving up two runs on as many hits, striking out six and walking two. This one is kind of funny: he struck out twice against Joey Gallo, the player he was traded for almost two years ago.

With their hitters, Scranton more than made up for their lack of pitching ability the previous week. Everson Pereira and Jeter Downs led the RailRiders to victory in the series despite their negative run differential at the end. Pereira and Downs both had outstanding performances in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Wednesday’s walk-off home run by Pereira completed a three-run comeback in the ninth inning. It was his seventh dinger of the year.

That home run in the series is all that Pereira accomplished, and that pretty well sums up the Everson Pereira experience. While Downs was fantastic throughout the entire series. Thursday’s crazy game, which Scranton won 14–12, featured his game-winning home run in the eighth inning, capping his.267/.400/.733 slash line against the Red Wings.

Apart from Downs, Caleb Durbin, Oscar Gonzalez, and Jose Rojas also had productive weeks versus Rochester. With 215 runs scored, the offense is now fourth in the International League despite the pitching staff’s lackluster performance. Good teams figure out new ways to win when things don’t go according to plan, as Scranton demonstrated. After more than a month of play, they are comfortably atop the IL East division because, more often than not, either the pitching or the lineup has performed well.

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