The Yankees’ AAA and AA teams visited Pirate City Sunday. Jameson Taillon pitched six innings in the AAA game, throwing a little short of 100 pitches. He breezed through most of his innings, but got a few pitches up toward the end of his outing and allowed a two-run double to Clint Frazier.
At the plate, Eric Wood (who played left), Chris Bostick and Joey Terdoslavich all went deep. Wood’s was a long blast that the left fielder didn’t bother going back on.
Tyler Eppler (pictured at top) went five scoreless innings in the AA game. He gave up three hits, and had no walks or strikeouts. Eppler induced a lot of weak contact, mainly grounders and popups. He got out of his one jam, a leadoff triple, by inducing a couple of popups.
The AA infield may or may not represent Altoona’s regular infield this year. Or most of it, as Kevin Newman is out briefly with a minor injury. Pablo Reyes played short today, with Connor Joe at first, Kevin Kramer at second and Wyatt Mathisen at third. Edwin Espinal started as the DH, but he and Joe switched spots partway through the game. Joe looked very good defensively at first.
Mathisen had a couple long drives in the game: a double to left and a drive caught at the fence in right-center.
Jordan Luplow started in left and Elvis Escobar in center, which will probably be the regular alignment this year. Anderson Feliz started in right, but Michael Suchy could see time there.