The Farm Report: 6/12/13 – Culver hits back-to-back homers

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have made some progress with their draft picks from last week. They’ve signed their top pick Eric Jagielo along with some other later picks. It sounds like Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin may not be too far behind. As far as the action on the field, it was a quiet day for the Yankees’ affiliates. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off today and Tampa was postponed due to rain. Charleston overcame a shaky start by Rafael De Paula to beat Greenville, while Trenton came up short against Binghamton.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 6-1:
The Mets wasted little time in taking the lead. Josh Rodriguez drew a one out walk in the first and moved to third when Travis Taijeron hit a ground-rule double to left. A single by Allan Dykstra scored both runners, as Jose Pirela threw the ball away, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores started the bottom of the inning with a double to short.…

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The Farm Report 6/11/13

Scranton sweeps a doubleheader against Buffalo, Trenton drops one to Binghamton, Charleston splits a doubleheader with Greenville and Tampa beats Charlotte.

Scranton beats Buffalo 6-5 in seven innings (Game One)
This one was a makeup of yesterday’s rainout. Ivan Nova made the start for the RailRiders and after Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune tweeted Nova’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, I joked that it was a typical Nova outing.

Thomas Neal finished 3-4 in this game with one RBI, Ronnier Mustelier collected two RBI and Melky Mesa had an RBI before leaving the game with an injury. He actually hit a homer after making a great catch, crashing into the wall but eventually left the game. My man, Zoilo Almonte was 2-4 (he’s my man because I love his first name) and Chase Whitley picked up the save in this game.

Buffalo actually had a 3-0 lead before Scranton came up in the bottom of the second.…

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The Farm Report 6/10/13

Scranton’s game was postponed and Trenton had a day off.

Charleston drops a doubleheader to Greenville: 7-3 and 1-0.
Charleston didn’t have a good day. They dropped a doubleheader to the Greenville Drive and those losses caused them to drop out of first place in the Southern Division and into second behind the Savannah Sand Gnats.

The first game was a resumption of a game postponed by rain on June 5. That game was suspended because of rain while Greenville was leading in the third inning.

That game on June 5 was in Charleston, this game was in Greenville with the RiverDogs as the “home” team. Charleston tied the game at two in the sixth inning but those good feelings were lost in the next half inning when Greenville scored two to go up 4-2. Charleston cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t score more than three and Greenville scored three more in the top of the ninth to put the game away.…

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The Farm Report: 6/9/13 – Pineda makes his first rehab appearance

The Yankees’ affiliates ended the weekend with a lot of baseball. Michael Pineda made his much anticipated rehab start for Tampa, who was swept by the Flying Tigers in today’s doubleheader. Interestingly (or not), they were not the only Yankee affiliate to face off against a “Flying” foe, as the Thunder beat the Flying Squirrels in walk-off fashion. Scranton came up short against Buffalo, while Charleston beat Asheville.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 4-1:
Chris Bootcheck found himself in trouble quickly. After striking out Anthony Gose to start the game, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Ryan Goins and Luis Jimenez before Mauro Gomez drew a homer over the fence in left. Jim Negrych doubled, scoring on a single by Ryan Langerhans and giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. The RailRiders got a runner on in the bottom of the inning when Zoilo Almonte singled with one out, but Ronnier Mustelier and Dan Johnson went down to end the inning. Their next baserunner came when Thomas Neal hit a two-out single to right in the sixth, but Almonte struck out to end the threat.…

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Quick Hit: Wang Opts Out

The Yankees announced that Chien-Ming Wang has opted out of his MiL contract to pursue a Major League job.  Ken Rosenthal has the details on that.

Toronto is hurting in their rotation right now, so this move is as good as any for them and maybe it means we’ll get to see CMW again sometime down the road.  Wang pitched to a 2.33 ERA/3.36 FIP in 9 starts for Triple-A SWB, albeit with just 25 strikeouts in 58.0 IP.  He was never going to be a serious contender for a rotation spot in New York, especially with Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno both working as starters again in Triple-A and Michael Pineda set to begin his MiL rehab assignment tomorrow.  Hopefully Wang is able to parlay this into something.  Best of luck to him and it was fun having him around again while it lasted.…

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The Farm Report: 6/6/13

Scranton and Charleston were rained out.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood as Ramon Flores drew a lead off walk and moved to second on an error. A sac bunt moved him to third and he scored on a single by Tyson Blaser. Reegie Corona drew a walk and scored on a double by Ali Castillo. Ramon Flores plated Castillo with a double to right and the Thunder held a 3-0 lead. Binghamton answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, but Trenton held onto the lead through the fifth. Cesar Puello homered to start the bottom of the sixth, tying the game. A double by Alonzo Harris scored Joe Bonfe and Binghamton had their first lead. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and Kyle Roller followed with a single. A walk by Blaser loaded the bases and Jose Pirela hit a sac fly to left, scoring Heathcott and tying the game. Unfortunately, Puello started the bottom of the inning with another lead off homer, giving Binghamton the 5-4 win.…

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The Farm Report: 6/5/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 8-0:
The RailRiders broke through in the bottom of the second inning. Brennan Boesch flew a double to center and Addison Maruszak knocked him in with a double of his own. A sac bunt by Bobby Wilson and a throwing error by the Syracuse pitcher, Paul Demny, allowed Maruszak to score and Wilson to reach second. Walter Ibarra, making his first at bat in Triple-A, rocked a homer to right, plating two more runs and giving the RailRiders a 4-0 lead. Ibarra singled in the fourth and Zoilo Almonte lined a single to right with two outs. A single by Ronnier Mustelier loaded the bases and a wild pitch plated Ibarra. Dan Johnson lined a two-run single to center and Scranton held a 7-0 lead. The RailRiders added another run in the seventh, when Melky Mesa reached on an error and scored on a Josh Bell double, giving them an 8-0 win.

Ibarra was the only hitter with more than one hit, going 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a pair of RBIs and a homer.…

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Minor League Review: May

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We are now two months through the baseball season and over the next couple weeks we will see the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the start of the season for the short-season clubs. Of course, before we get looking too far ahead we better take a look back at the month that was May. Overall, it was a tough one for the Yankees’ affiliates, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Tampa Yankees both had losing records for the month and have some space to make up in their divisions. The Trenton Thunder’s May was a little better, thanks to a seven-game win streak to end the month. Meanwhile the Charleston RiverDogs put together a surprisingly strong May and find themselves atop their Division in the Sally League.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Scranton went 11-18 over May, as they adjusted to losing players like Austin Romine and Vidal Nuno to the big league club for at least the month. They are currently 9.5 games behind Pawtucket in the International League North Division, in large part due to their lackluster offense.…

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The Farm Report: 6/3/2013

Pretty quiet day on the farm as Trenton and Charleston both had scheduled days off. Scranton got pummeled by Durham.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 15-2:
The RailRiders fell behind early when Rich Thompson scored on a sac fly by Vince Belnome in the first. Wil Myers doubled in Jason Bourgeois and the Bulls held a 2-0 lead. Ronnier Mustelier hit a solo shot to center field, putting Scranton on the board in the second, but Durham immediately added to their lead. A three run triple by Thompson in the bottom of the inning gave the Bulls a nice advantage. Thompson then scored on a wild pitch by Chase Whitley for a 6-1 Durham lead. The third inning was scoreless, but Durham added runs in the fourth through the seventh, taking a massive 15-1 lead. A solo homer by Melky Mesa gave the RailRiders another run, but it was far from enough as they fell 15-2.

Mesa went 1-4 with a homer.…

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