The Farm Report: 5/25/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 9-4:
The Bulls broke through in the top of the third, as Juan Apodaca singled to short and scored on a double by Brandon Guyer. A double by Wil Myers plated another run and Durham had a 2-0 lead. Shelley Duncan started the fourth with a walk. Mike Fontenot lined a single to center and Duncan scored on a Tim Beckham single. Apodaca was hit by a pitch and Jason Bourgeois drew a walk, bringing another run home. The Bulls scored two more runs on a pair of ground outs, taking a 6-0 lead. The RailRiders finally scored in the bottom of the fifth. Melky Mesa started with a single and Bobby Wilson reached on an error. A single by Corban Joseph plated Mesa. Brennan Boesch grounded into a force out, bringing home another run, but the RailRiders still trailed 6-2. Durham added three more runs, giving Scranton a tough hill to climb as they entered the ninth inning.…

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The Farm Report: 5/22/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a day off.

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood, when Kyle Roller started the second with a single to center and Neil Medchill doubled him in. The lead was short-lived, however, as Richmond took advantage of some sloppy pitching in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Lollis led off with a walk and Andrew Susac drew a free pass as well. A wild pitch moved the runners over and another loaded the bases with two outs. Brett Krill laced a double to right, scoring Lollis and Susac for the 2-1 advantage. A two-run triple by Adam Duvall in the fourth doubled the Flying Spiders’ score. Back-to-back doubles by Susac and Krill gave Richmond one more run, putting the Thunder down 5-1. With time running out, Trenton rallied in the top of the eighth. A single by Walter Ibarra gave the Thunder their first runner of the inning. A single by JR Murphy put two runners on and Roller drove a homer over the wall in left, bringing the Thunder within one run of the Flying Spiders.…

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The Farm Report: 5/20/13

My apologies for the lack of posts this past week and a half, but I came down with some horrendous cold/fever/upper respiratory thing that has been going around up here. It was beyond miserable, but I appear to be on the mend finally – a day I was starting to think might never come. Anyway, it was an exciting day on the farm, as the Yankees’ affiliates split the day. Much like the big club, Scranton saw some extra baseball, though they came up short. Trenton put together a nice comeback win over Richmond, while Tampa won the rare low-scoring game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 6-5 (10 innings):
The RailRiders scored first, putting together a big third inning. Brennan Boesch drew a walk with two outs. Zoilo Almonte singled and Dan Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases. A single by Josh Bell plated Boesch and Thomas Neal lined a double to left, clearing the bases and giving Scranton a 4-0 lead.…

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The Farm Report 5/14/13

Just when I thought I was going to have to recap four losses by the Yankee affiliates, Charleston saved the day with a walk off against Savannah. Hooray!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got shellacked by the Toledo Mud Hens 10-2
The poor RailRaiders arrived in Toledo at 6 a.m. yesterday morning after a long bus ride, not that it should be an excuse but it could be a reason as to why a team that’s 12-28 absolutely creamed 20-17 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Everything started off fine as Joba Chamberlain, who was making a rehab start, threw a scoreless first inning. Things fell apart once scheduled starter Caleb Cotham came in. He ended up giving up six runs in four innings.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got their two runs in the sixth after three straight two-out hits by Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.

The RailRiders were victimized by bases loaded walks and the long ball. This was their third loss in a row and fourth loss out of the last six games.…

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The Farm Report: 5/10/13 Yankees’ affiliates sweep the day

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over.…

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Report: Betances to the pen

The first inkling that something was amiss came when Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre mentioned Dellin Betances‘s absence from the starter’s list in his piece this morning about the Triple A RailRiders:

Dellin Betances is not listed among the starters for the RailRiders during the upcoming four-game series with Gwinnet. He is on turn for Friday, and he was listed on the board for side work. My guess is that they’re holding him out in case the Yankees need the extra arm for Monday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.

After further investigation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, prompted by Collins’s post, found out that Betances wasn’t on the list of starters because he is being moved to the bullpen.

Sherman also declared the Killer B’s dead. The killer B’s being Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman. Banuelos is recovering from Tommy John surgery, Brackman hasn’t panned out and now Betances is the last man standing.…

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The Farm Report: 5/9/13

First, a few Minor League notes/links to check out. Mikey O’Brien has been promoted to Trenton, while Shaeffer Hall has been released and Josh Romanski was placed on the DL. Pitchers Taylor Garrison and Charlie Short are headed up to Tampa. Josh Norris posted some random scouts notes from Trenton, Tampa and Charleston, which I would recommend checking out. Meanwhile, all four teams were in action today and they all came up short, though Scranton held on for eleven innings before taking their defeat.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianpolis (11 innings):
The RailRiders drew first blood, after three scoreless innings against Gerrit Cole. Ronnier Mustelier lined a single to center and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when David Adams singled to left. A solo homer by Brett Carroll knotted up the score in the fifth. Curtis Granderson started the sixth with a single, but Scranton couldn’t capitalize. They had a chance again in the bottom of the tenth.…

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Who’s Not: April Prospects


sladeYesterday I looked at the prospects who have started 2013 with a bang. Today let’s take a look at those who have started with more of a whimper. Unfortunately, there are a few names here that I would much rather see on the other list. Starting with…

Slade Heathcott (OF, Trenton):
Trenton should boast an impressive outfield this year, and a big part of that was because of the Yankees 2010 First Round pick. Instead, Heathcott had a pretty miserable April. He hit .191/.282/.294, with just one homer. He has stolen two bases in four attempts and taken just nine walks, striking out twenty times. His numbers are starting to move up, he hit .286/.316/.400 over his last ten games.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B, Charleston):
Bichette is fairing about as well as Heathcott, putting together a line of .194/.257/.290 during April. Despite this, he did have moments where he came through for the RiverDogs. He hit a pair of homers and had 19 RBIs.…

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The Farm Report: 5/8/13

In case you missed it – there were a couple important minor league tidbits reported today. As EJ noted, Ty Hensley won’t throw a pitch for any minor league affiliate this year due to his hip surgery.  In happier news, Curtis Granderson is ready to make some appearances in Scranton, and even homered in Extended Spring Training today, as he nears his return to the Bronx. This is good news for Scranton, who struggled offensively today. Trenton wasn’t much better, but Tampa’s offense blew away Fort Myers.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianapolis 2-0:
Much like the big league club last night, Scranton fell prey to one bad pitch today. With the game scoreless in the top of the third, Graham Stoneburner walked Jared Goedert and then gave up a two-run homer to Felix Pie, which proved to be the difference in the game. Neither team put up much of a threat during the remaining innings. Scranton only managed a total of three hits, as David Adams and Dan Johnson both went 1-3 and Jeff Farnham went 1-2.…

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