The Farm Report: 4/14/13 Scranton finally played baseball again!

After battling rain and “unplayable field conditions” due to all the rain, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders managed to finally get on a field and play some baseball. The last time the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate were able to don their uniforms was Tuesday, but on Sunday they managed to make up for some of that, splitting a doubleheader against Buffalo. Trenton picked up a big win, while Tampa lost the rubber game in their series against Daytona. Charleston put together a seventh inning rally to tie Augusta, eventually sending the game into extras, where it will stay until June 13th as it has been called due to rain.

Scranton lost to Buffalo 6-1 in Game 1 (7 innings):
The RailRiders struck first, but a terrible start by Dellin Betances doomed them in Game 1. Corban Joseph started the game with a single to center, scoring on a single by Dan Johnson later in the inning for a 1-0 lead. Betances took the mound and immediately gave up back-to-back singles to Jim Negrych and Anthony Gose.…

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The Farm Report: 4/12/13 – Bichette plays hero in extra innings

Tampa was the only Yankee affiliate to come up completely empty tonight, as they struggled against Daytona. Meanwhile, Dante Bichette had the game-winning hit for Charleston who defeated Augusta in extra innings. Of course, while Charleston was seeing extra baseball, Trenton’s game got called an inning early as the rain held off just long enough for them to get the comeback win over Richmond. Unfortunately, Slade Heathcott was scratched before the game and it looks like he is headed to the DL – and we haven’t even gotten through April.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out – again.

Trenton beat Richmond 5-3(8 innings due to rain):
The Flying Squirrels struck early when Adam Duvall doubled in the top of the second. Mark Minicozzi drew a walk and Andrew Susac doubled in Duvall for the first run. A sac fly by Brett Krill put Richmond up 2-0. Jose Pirela flew a double to center in the third, scoring on a line drive single by Tyler Austin.…

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The Farm Report: 4/10/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out today.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 6-3:
The Fisher Cats got to Trenton starter, Nik Turley, early on Wednesday. Kevin Pillar started the bottom of the first with a double and John Tolisano singled, putting runners on the corners. A balk scored Pillar and Tolisano crossed home on a single by Brad Glenn, giving New Hampshire a 2-0 lead. Trenton got one run back in the top of the second. Rob Segedin lead off with a single to right, but was out at second on a a force out by Casey Stevenson. A wild pitch moved Stevenson to second and he scored on a single by Shane Brown. New Hampshire added to their lead in the third. Pillar singled and Tolisano drew a walk before Ryan Schimpf homered, giving the Fisher Cats a 5-1 advantage. Ramon Flores lined a one out double to center in the fifth and was followed by a single from Jose Pirela. Tyler Austin drew a walk, loading the bases and Kyle Roller grounded a single to right, plating Flores.…

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Farm Recap 4/9/2013 Cito [P]ulver[izer]

The big news today: Cito Culver hit 2 home runs for Charleston. Culver has been mashing the ball this year. Last year, he hit just 2 bombs in each of 2011 and 2012. He’s driving the ball so far this year – adds 2 doubles and 1 triple to that total in a week. If he hits for even a below-average amount of power, look out. If he hit .300/.360/.420 this year, I’ll rate him up there with the best.

Charleston beats West Virginia, 10-7

Cito Culver, SS – 2 for 6, 2 HR
Greg Bird, 1b – 1 for 6 – Cooling off
Dante Bichette, 3b – 1 for 3, 3 BB
Pete O’Brien, C – 1 for 4
Daniel Camarena – 4 IP, 11 hits, 5 runs 0 K 1 BB – ……

Tampa beats Dunedin, 4-2

Mason Williams CF, Angelo Gumbs 0 for 3 each, 2 and 1 BB respectively
Gary Sanchez, C, 1 for 4, 2b
Ben Gamel, LF, 1 for 3, 2b BB
Carmen Angelini, SS, 2 for 3, HR 2b – Still hanging on

Trenton beats New Hampshire, 5-1

JR Murphy, C 3-5
Slade Heathcott, CF, 1 for 4
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, OF, 0 for
Caleb Cotham, 5 innings 1 IR, 5K, 1BB – Sleeper pick to be a decent MLB reliever
Jeremy Bleich, 3 IP, no runs – I’ve got Bleich fatigue at this point

Scranton loses to Rochester 2-1

Corban Joseph, 2b, 1-2, 2 BB
Austin Romine, C, 2 for 4
Vidal Nuno, :LHP, 7 IP, no runs, 0 BB, 6 K – The kind of start that could set up for a long MLB callup.…

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The Farm Report: 4/7/13

The Yankees farm system ended the weekend with a split. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues to look for their first win of 2013, as Brett Marshall had a tough start. Meanwhile, Trenton showed just how potent their offense could be this season as they beat Portland. Tampa had a rough day at the plate, but Charleston made good use of the long ball as they shutout the Drive.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 6-2:
Melky Mesa started the bottom of the first with a bunt single and Zoilo Almonte drew a one out walk, but the RailRiders were unable to draw first blood. Pawtucket got its first baserunner of the day when Brett Marshall walked Ryan Lavarnway. A wild pitch moved the runner over and with two outs, Mark Hamilton hit a ground-rule double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Pawtucket started to break the game open in the third, as Marshall quickly loaded the bases, giving up a single and two walks. A sac fly by Drew Sutton plated one run and a single by Lavarnway scored two more, putting Scranton in a 4-0 hole.…

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The Farm Report: 4/5/13

It was a tough day on the Farm for the Yankees affiliates. Tampa picked up its first win of the year, but everyone else came up short. Dellin Betances made his first appearance of 2013, as did the Charleston RiverDogs after being rained out yesterday.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 9-4:
Looking to turn the page on 2012, Betances made his first start of the season on Friday night. Pawtucket got to the big righty quickly, as Jeremy Hazelbaker grounded a single back to the mound and Justin Henry lined on to center. A walk to Drew Sutton loaded the bases, but Betances came back to strike out the next two batters. Brandon Snyder then lined a single to the outfield giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Betances settled down, however, pitching a 1-2-3 second and third inning and allowing just one walk in the fourth before being pulled at the start of the fifth. Hazelbaker knocked a triple off Ryan Pope and scored another run on a sac fly from Henry.…

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The Farm Report – Opening Day!

Three of the Yankees’ full season minor league affiliates go their first taste of action tonight. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre gave their home fans some extra baseball after spending last season on the road, however, they weren’t able to open with a win. Trenton and Tampa came away victorious – and so begins the MiLB season…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 8-4 (10 innings):
Vidal Nuno got the start and worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the first, while the RailRiders put their bats to work. Corban Joseph lined a single to right and Zoilo Almonte drew a walk. With two outs, Melky Mesa grounded a single to left to score the RailRiders’ first run. Cody Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch plated Almonte and Scranton took a 2-0 lead. The RailRiders had a chance to get some insurance when David Adams hit a two out double and moved to third on a single by Joseph. Nuno had looked good through the first four innings, but found himself in trouble quickly in the fifth.…

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It’s Minor League Opening Day!

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While the Yankees’ big league club is already a couple games into the season, their full-season minor league counterparts get started today. In a year where the Yankees are already struggling with age and injuries and some of their most promising prospects are starting to get close to the Bronx, it should be a good year to keep an eye on New York’s farm system. If you need a break from the big league games, here are the minors games on tap for MiLB Opening Day, along with some minor league predictions from the crew here and some links in case you missed some of our Spring Training minors coverage.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders v. Pawtucket Red Sox (7:05pm):
After a year on the road, the Yankees Triple-A affiliate kicks off 2013 in grand style. Not only will they finally get to play a game at home, but it will be their first game as the newly christened RailRiders and in the newly renovated PNC Field.…

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Quick Hit: Ty Hensley Out 2-3 Months After Hip Surgery

If you were getting tired of all the positive news on the gaggle of injured Major Leaguers, here’s something negative on the MiL front to balance things out.

As first reported by George King of The Post, 2012 1st round pick Ty Hensley will be out for 2-3 months after having surgery today to correct a bone impingement in his right hip.  You might remember that Hensley was reported to have an abdominal strain earlier in spring camp, and according to Senior VP of Player Ops Mark Newman this was the cause.

The good news is that this injury has nothing to do with the shoulder abnormality that was discovered during Hensley’s pre-draft physical last year, and with Hensley likely ticketed for SS Staten Island or the GCL it may not have much of an effect on his ability to pitch this season.  But it’s still disheartening to know that the injury bug isn’t done biting in the organization.  Mike Eder will have more on this story later today.…

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