Jorge Guzman, the key piece the Marlins received from the Yankees for Giancarlo Stanton, was on the World team in Sunday’s Futures Game and pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and whiffing one.
One talent evaluator said of the High-A starter, “The key is going to be not to rush that kid. He can close games in the majors right now, but he has a front-of-the-rotation arm and [the Marlins] are going to have to see if his secondary stuff catches up to that arm and they have a legit high-end starter.”
The other prospect the Yankees included for Stanton, 18-year-old Jose Devers (brother of Boston’s Rafael), is playing at Low-A. The evaluator said of Devers: “He has a long way to go. He’s so young. But that kid loves baseball. Can he get stronger because if he does he has intangibles at shortstop and the batter’s box that project well? If he matures physically a lot of other things will fall in place.”
Five other Red Sox were selected Sunday to the A.L. team for the game in Washington on July 18. Mookie Betts is a starter in the outfield, J.D. Martinez is the starting DH. First baseman Mitch Moreland is an A.L. reserve and lefty ace Chris Sale and closer Craig Kimbrel are on the pitching staff.
The Yankees took two out of three games against Atlanta with CC Sabathia winning the rubber game on Wednesday. Sean Farrell, Staff Writer, @seanfarrell92
NEW YORK – Julio Teheran just put his head down.
The bat was still hanging in Giancarlo Stanton’s hand, and the ball just beginning its majestic 410-foot flight into the right-field bleachers. But the Atlanta Braves’ All-Star hurler had already seen and heard enough in an instant to know what was coming next.
One mistake made him the latest victim to the Yankees’ $325 million man.
Stanton crushed his second home run in as many days on Wednesday – a 6-2 win over the Braves – with an 111-mph missile that delighted his longtime skeptics in a sellout crowd in the Bronx.
After enduring a shaky start in New York, Stanton is now striking the ball with authority and feeling at ease inside the batter’s box.
It is the scene the Yankees imagined back in December.
The Giancarlo Stanton of old is finally back.
“He’s always been the same,” CC Sabathia said of his fellow Californian. “That’s the thing I noticed right away. He’s been the same guy the whole time through the ups and downs. That’s a good sign.”
Stanton’s production is eerily similar to where it was at this point a year ago.
The Independence Day fireworks gave him 21 home runs and 51 RBI as a Yankee – right on line with the 21 HR and 50 RBI on the same day last season with the Miami Marlins. His slash line (average, on base and slugging) is nearly identical, and his exit velocity soars above the rest of the league once again.
Of the five hardest hit balls this year, three belong to Stanton in the last month.
“I think there’s another gear,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve seen that other gear last year when he ran off and won the MVP. He won that MVP on the strength of a couple of months that were historically great. I would never put anything past a guy with his ability and his talent and his skill set. Whether we see that kind of run? I don’t know. But all I know is we’re starting to see a consistent performer.”
In some ways, the 28-year-old outfielder has matured as a hitter.
He’s learned to use the entire field and become less pull-happy.
His closed stance and 245-pound frame are a perfect fit for Yankee Stadium’s hitter-friendly short porch in right.
Seven of his home runs this season are to the opposite field, compared to 11 of 59 last year, according to Statcast data.
“In this building, it’s a good approach to have,” Boone said. “Especially as a right-handed hitter when you have power. If you can stay on it the other way with guys like Aaron [Judge] and Giancarlo, they don’t have to get it all to ride it out.”
With Judge and Stanton both playing well, the Yankees are on a power surge the likes of which no one has seen. The Bronx Bombers are on pace to set a single-season home run record and eclipse the mark set by Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and the 1997 Seattle Mariners.
Five Yankees have at least 15 long balls before the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history.
The lineup’s depth supported by Stanton may become as important as ever with Gleyber Torres headed to the DL and Gary Sanchez remaining out.
“As long as I just keep it day-by-day, keep my approach right, keep not giving away at-bats, the numbers should be there,” Stanton said. “Whatever is going to help us win. It doesn’t matter the numbers.”
Is there a more arrogant phrase in the entire sports universe than “true Yankees moment?”
To be fair, though? You sure as heck know it when you witness one.
Welcome to the club, Giancarlo Stanton.
With his booming, walk-off, two-run, ninth-inning homer Wednesday night, the first-year Yankee removed the shackles of his predictably challenging transition from the irrelevant Marlins.
With Stanton’s 453-foot blast to left-center field off Seattle’s Ryan Cook, the Yankees completed a comeback from a five-run deficit, registering a 7-5 victory over the Mariners in thrilling fashion at Yankee Stadium, this ridiculously impressive season reaching yet another level of excellence.
And Stanton, who has navigated this workplace delicately, like a waiter balancing three plates through a crowded kitchen, reacted with sheer jubilation — admiring the ball’s 118-mph exit velocity, gliding around the bases as he screamed, then winding up three times as he threw his batting helmet in the air and jumping onto home plate to receive his group hug and Gatorade shower.
“That’s what you always want, man,” a still-giddy Stanton said at his locker afterward. “You help your team win, you’ve got your whole team waiting for you. It’s what you always want.”
When The Post explained the concept of a “true Yankees moment” to Stanton and informed him that he had appeared to just register his, the outfielder smiled and said, “Cool. I’m part of it now.”
“It was bound to happen at some point, him hitting a walk-off homer,” Aaron Judge said of his fellow behemoth. “That’s what he does. In a big situation, he always comes through for us.”
Well … not so much, actually. Stanton hadn’t been terrible in his maiden pinstriped voyage, yet his .252/.325/.493 slash line fell well below the high standard he set, most notably last year when he won National League MVP honors. In particular, he had struggled at home, against right-handers and in pressure situations.
Fast-forward to Wednesday night. When the Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead against rookie Jonathan Loaisiga and struggling southpaw Chasen Shreve, “It kind of looked like a ho-hum, just gonna be one of those” nights, Aaron Boone said — and really, the Yankees’ offense had slowed down as of late. Yet Judge brought two runs home with a fifth-inning single (the Yankees got some help from a Denard Span error; a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 5-3; and a two-run, eighth-inning bomb by another slumping slugger, Gary Sanchez, wiped out the deficit altogether, tying the game at 5-5).
Gregorius slashed a two-out single to right field in the ninth off Cook, bringing up Stanton — against a right-hander, at home, in a pressure situation. With an out, the game would go into extra innings.
Stanton fell behind 0-and-2 and you’re forgiven if you wagered on him recording his 99th strikeout in 274 at-bats. Instead, Cook tried to execute a slider that didn’t slide enough, and Stanton destroyed it for his 18th homer, tying Judge for the team lead.
“You’re battling there,” Stanton said. “[There’s a] chance he could spike a few. But if he leaves one there, you’ve got to put the barrel on it.”
That goes down as a “barrel,” to use the new-age baseball lingo. It goes down as a huge Yankees victory and a turning point for Stanton. That’s not to say that he’s guaranteed smooth sailing from here. Yet no one can point to him and accuse him of never coming through in a big spot with his new team.
“I’m not worried about me personally,” Stanton said. “For the way our team battled back, it’s huge I could step up in that moment. Me, I’ll be fine.”
“I was never worried [about Stanton],” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “He has so much talent. In any given moment, he’s just going to be what he can be, an excellent ballplayer.”
On June 20, in Game 71, Giancarlo Stanton finally was what he could be. No one here is likely to forget it, Stanton, now a knighted true Yankee, most of all.