Quick hit: Jagielo will go to Charleston

So first round draft pick Eric Jagielo will be starting off in Charleston instead of Staten Island which is where most people thought he’d go. This move places him higher than every other draft pick in his class. Jagielo is currently on the DL with a hamstring injury that he suffered during extended Spring Training.

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The Farm Report: 6/19/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 10-7:
The RailRiders poured it on early, as Walter Ibarra opened up the game with a double to left. JR Murphy lined a single to right and Fernando Martinez hit a sac fly to center for the first run of the day. Randy Ruiz singled, putting runners on the corners. A single by Dan Johnson plated Murphy. Addison Maruszak drew a walk, which loaded the bases for Cody Grice who hit a grand slam to left, giving the RailRiders a 6-0 lead. The Red Wings got two runs in the bottom of the inning and two more in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-4 in Scranton’s favor. A solo homer by Walter Ibarra gave the RailRiders a little more breathing room in the fourth. Grice hit his second homer of the day (and season) in the fifth, while Murphy hit a solo shot to left in the sixth, giving Scranton a 10-4 lead. The Red Wings rallied in the bottom of the ninth.…

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Expectations For The Minor League Hitters

Back in March, EJ wrote a piece about how we tend to over and under value Yankee prospects in different ways. In there, you’ll find that all the organization’s minor league affiliates manage to be in leagues that have ranked average to below average in runs per game since 2008. The argument EJ presents is that there is too much hype around the pitching prospects, and too little hype around the hitting prospects.

This is something that goes overlooked in many farm systems. Yes, from time to time we see players’ hype extinguished by great offensive performances in league like the PCL, and most prospect evaluators take into consideration the league, but when it comes to ballpark factors, there’s so many different stadiums to analyze that even the experts seem to get caught up in the hype.

One non-Yankee example could be the Mariners over the last few years. Top prospects like Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, and Jeff Clement all posted huge offensive numbers in the minor leagues as left-handed batters, but have failed to succeed in Safeco Field.…

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The Farm Report: 6/17/13 – Staten Island starts the year with a win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 10-1 in Game 1:
The RailRiders had their chances, scattering nine hits through the game, but they only managed one run. Rochester scored first, plating a pair in the second on a single by Antoan Richardson and a sac fly by Chris Herrmann. Jeff Clement started the top of the third with a single for the Red Wings and they loaded the bases when Dan Rohlfing and Eric Farris drew walks. Clement scored on a ground out to second and a single by Eric Fryer plated Rohlfing. A wild pitch by Mark Montgomery scored one more runner and the RailRiders trailed 5-0. Rochester added one more in the fourth. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Dan Johnson grounded a single to center and moved to third on a double by Randy Ruiz. A sac fly by Josh Bell scored Johnson, but the RailRiders still had a lot of runs to make up.…

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A couple notable Minors promotions

Chad Jennings had a few notes on some minor league promotions in the Yankees system today. Rafael De Paula, who has started the season very well in Charleston, has been bumped up to Tampa. Expectations have always been high for the pitcher, whose progress was slowed for a couple years as he worked out visa issues. He is being joined by Dietrich Enns who will also head to Tampa. Jose Ramirez, who got a lot of notice during Spring Training, has been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Originally, it was thought this was just to fill space for a game, but it sounds like the Yankees are ready to give him a shot in Triple-A.

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The Farm Report: 6/16/13

Due to an incredibly busy weekend, which followed an even more busy week, this is going to be the quick and dirty version of yesterday’s Farm Report. In case you missed it – I highly suggest you read Stacey’s post about her experience at Staten Island’s media day. The short-season teams get started this week so keep your eyes out for news from SI and the Gulf Coast League! Meanwhile, Tampa had the weekend off for the All-Star Break.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 5-4 (11 innings):

  • Dellin Betances got the loss, showcasing the lack of control that has caused many in the Yankees organization to pull out their hair in frustration over the last few years. He was brought in to start the eleventh and walked the first two batters before loading the bases on a hit by pitch. A sac fly by Cody Overbeck to center field scored the walk-off run for the IronPigs.
  • The RailRiders had actually trailed 4-3 heading into the ninth, but tied the game after Cody Grice tripled and scored on a single by Zoilo Almonte, forcing extra innings.
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Yankees sign First Round pick Ian Clarkin

Via Jon Heyman, Ian Clarkin signed with the Yankees for slot money. The 33rd pick of this year’s draft was the subject of a lot of talk when MLB played a clip of him talking about how his favorite moment in baseball was the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series win over the Yankees because he hates the Yankees. He quickly changed his tune in his interview and now the southpaw hurler is officially part of the organization. Of the Yankees three first round picks, only Aaron Judge is left still to sign.

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New adventures: Stacey goes to Staten Island

Yesterday afternoon, I made the long, arduous journey to Staten Island from Rockland County to participate in Media Day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees. It was my first time given a press pass so I was slightly nervous and didn’t really know what to expect.

Luckily, there was a friendly face to help me get my feet wet, so to speak. Jessica Quiroli, otherwise known as High Heels on the Field, was my tour guide for the day. She’s been covering the Minors for a few years so I figured I’d watch her at work and be like an apprentice following her every move.

And yes, she was wearing high heels. I give her credit, I could barely walk yesterday and I was wearing flats.

After we, the small pool of writers, were escorted into the clubhouse, we were able to approach the players and talk to them. Now, I was not prepared because I had it in my mind that I was just going to observe.…

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Heading to Staten Island

So, tomorrow is Media Day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees and guess who will be there? You guessed it. Moi!

Now, I’m new to this sort of thing. I’ve never covered a team as a member of the press with locker room and pressbox access so being able to talk to players and coaches will be interesting for me. And I’ve only been blogging about baseball for three years so while I am really looking forward to the opportunity, I’m also quite nervous about it. I don’t expect any mishaps, at least not on media day. Truthfully, I’ll be standing back and letting other people – i.e the more seasoned reporters – do the hard stuff. I just really want to get to know the ballpark, the players and coaches.

I went to one game in Staten Island, two years ago and this is after I lived in Staten Island for a year and only five minutes from the ballpark.…

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