The Farm Report: 4/17/14 – Lots of wins!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 2-1 in Game 1 (9 innings):
The RailRiders got a runner on base in each of the first two innings, but it wasn’t until the top of the third that they managed to score the first run of the game. Antoan Richardson drew a walk, moving to second on a sac bunt by Carmen Angelini. Richardson stole third and scored on a single by Jose Pirela for the 1-0 lead. Scranton held onto the slim advantage through the top of the seventh, but Buffalo managed to score their first run of the day on a RBI single by Chris Getz, tying the game and sending it into “extra” innings (MiLB doubleheader games go seven innings). Both teams took a pair of walks in the eighth inning, but were unable to capitalize on them. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk in the top of the ninth, moving to second on a sac bunt. Angelini lined a single to center, plating Mustelier for the 2-1 lead.…

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The Farm Report: 4/4/14 – losses all around

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 7-3:
The Thunder continues to look for their first win of the season, coming up short against the Fisher Cats on Friday night. After two scoreless innings, A.J. Jimenez doubled in two runs, putting New Hampshire ahead 2-0. They added three more runs in the top of the fourth and one run in the fifth and the sixth for the 7-0 advantage. Mason Williams started the bottom of the sixth with a single to second. A walk by Rob Segedin was followed by an error that allowed Gary Sanchez to reach, loading the bases. Zach Wilson singled in Williams and Trenton had their first run of the night. Sanchez started a rally in the bottom of the eighth with a double to left. Ben Gamel drew a walk and Wilson singled, loading the bases again. Taylor Dugas hit into a double play that allowed Sanchez to cross the plate. Gamel scored on a single by Francisco Arcia, but that was all the Thunder could manage, falling 7-3.…

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Minor League Preview: Trenton Thunder

trentonThis year’s Trenton Thunder have a lot to live up to after they not only won the Eastern League Championship last year, but swept their way through the playoffs after winning the last nine games of the regular season. While Ramon Flores, Ali Castillo and Ben Gamel put together big offensive performances in the postseason, it was Trenton’s pitching that gave them success during the season, giving up the second least hits in the EL and the third least runs.

If there ever was a group to propel Trenton to a repeat Championship, this may be it.  As Brad mentioned yesterday, the top of the Thunder lineup will be Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin and Gary Sanchez. That is a lineup that should give EL pitchers some nightmares. Sanchez, of course, has been at or near the top of most Yankee prospect lists the last couple years. He ended 2013 in Trenton, after playing most of the year in Tampa.…

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The Farm Report: Minor League Opening Day!

Well, the 2014 season is officially underway down on the farm, with all four full season Yankees affiliates taking their first hacks of the season. On the whole, it was a good start to the season for most of the Yankees’ minor league counterparts, as Trenton was the lone loss of the day.

Scranton/WB beat Syracuse 4-1:
The RailRiders got the season started on the right foot, as Jose Pirela singled to center. Scott Sizemore drove the ball to left, putting runners on the corners. A double-play ball by Zoilo Almonte brought home Pirela and the RailRiders took the early lead. Russ Canzler lead off the fourth with a double, moving to third on an error. With two outs, Ramon Flores drove a triple to right, doubling the Scranton score. The RailRiders added some insurance in the fifth. Zelous Wheeler singled, as did Sizemore. An error on the Chiefs’ first baseman allowed Almonte to reach and Wheeler to score before Canzler connected with another double, plating Sizemore and putting the RailRiders ahead 4-0.…

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Thoughts On The Minor League Rosters

JR Murphy vs FSU

Should be the Triple-A starting catcher.

The Minor League season gets started tonight, and while I don’t want to steal any of Tamar’s team-by-team season preview thunder, I did want to comment on some of the roster decisions.  Each club officially released their Opening Day rosters yesterday, some more complete and correctly than others.  There are some surprising and not so surprising decisions at almost every level, which is pretty par for the course in the world of managing a wide range of prospects and non-prospects.  Here’s my 2 cents on the early roster breakdowns for the 4 full-season MiL teams (click the team names for the full rosters).

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs

- Not a bad starting rotation at all.  Via Josh Norris, it’s going to be Rookie Davis, Luis Severino, Gio Gallegos, Brady Lail, and Caleb Smith.  Everyone should be familiar with Severino by now, but don’t sleep on Davis, Lail, or Gallegos as legitimate starting prospects.  …

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