The Farm Report: 8/6/12

Trenton and Tampa had the night off.

Charleston is tied 3-3 in the 14th but this was the game up to that point:
The RiverDogs took an early lead as Ali Castillo and Cito Culver hit back-to-back singles.  A ground out by Ben Gamel scored Castillo and Culver scored on a ground out by Robert Refsnyder.  Charleston added another run in the fifth, as Eduardo Sosa lined a single to center.  Culver and Gamel hit back-to-back singles, plating Castillo for a 3-0 lead.  They held the lead until the bottom of the seventh, when Augusta finally got on the board with a two-run homer by Devin Harris.  Jose Flores followed with a triple and scored on a double by Brett Krill, tying the game 3-3.  The game was tied after the ninth and soon the RiverDogs were in another extra inning battle.

At this point, Sosa is 3-5.  Castillo is 2-6 with two runs scored.  Culver is 2-5 with a run scored and a walk.  …

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Post-deadline top 30 prospects

1. Gary Sanchez C (19): He’s topped my rankings since February, and I see no reason to change that now. Is off to a slow start since being promoted to High-A, but that’s to be expected. He raked in Charleston, however, improving his hitting stats across the board and showed improvement behind the plate by all accounts. His bat should continue to progress, and he now seems to have a realistic chance of sticking behind the plate.

2. Mason Williams CF (20): Drew more attention than any other prospect over the offseason, and backed it up with a strong start to the season in his first taste of full season ball, earning a promotion to High-A. His season is over now following surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, so for now we’ll have to hope he’s ready for Spring Training and another strong campaign next year in Tampa.

3. Manny Banuelos LHP (21): Widely considered the Yankees’ best prospect before the season, injuries and erratic performance have turned this into something of a lost season for Banuelos.…

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The Farm Report: 8/5/12

Trenton beat Bowie 5-1:
The game was scoreless through four, but the Thunder finally came through in the fifth.  With two outs, JR Murphy homered to left center.  Walter Ibarra followed with the same and Jose Pirela lined a double to right.  He stole third and scored on a single by David Adams, giving the Thunder a 3-0 lead.  Bowie got one run back in the bottom of the inning.  Ibarra doubled in the ninth and scored on a wild pitch and an error.  Addison Maruszak and Adams hit back-to-back doubles for another run and Trenton took a 5-1 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Ibarra went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI.  Murphy went 1-4 with a homer.  He struck out three times.  Brett Marshall made the start and gave up one run on four hits, three walks and five Ks.  Ryan Pope pitched a scoreless seventh, giving up one hit and striking out one.…

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The Farm Report: 8/4/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 8-7:
The Thunder had an eight game win streak going into Saturday’s game against the Baysox, but it would not go any longer.  Bowie jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three.  The Thunder finally got on the board in the top of the fourth on back-to-back homers by Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.  They put together another rally in the top of the sixth.  Almonte lined a single to right and Murton reached on an error.  A double by Addison Maruszak plated Almonte.  Murton was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by JR Murphy, but Walter Ibarra followed with a double to right, plating Maruszak.  Jeff Farnham lined a single in left, plating Murphy and Ibarra and giving Trenton a 6-5 lead.  The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the inning and the Thunder took another lead with a solo homer by Adonis Garcia in the seventh.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Rhyne Hughes drew a lead off walk in the eighth and Manny Machado hit a homer, which not only gave Bowie the 8-7 win, but completed the cycle for him.…

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The Farm Report: 8/3/12

Trenton beat Bowie 10-6:
The Thunder leapt out to an early lead, taking advantage of two errors by Bowie.  Jose Pirela and Adonis Garcia both reached on fielding errors.  Zoilo Almonte knocked a three-run homer to right and Trenton took the lead.  JR Murphy doubled to start the second and scored on a single by Pirela.  Bowie finally got on the board in the bottom of the second, as Caleb Joseph tripled and scored on a ground out.  Garcia doubled in the third, scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak for a 5-1 lead.  Pirela hit a two-run double in the fourth for a 7-1 lead, but the Baysox started to crawl back into the game in the fifth.  They plated two runs and then added another in the sixth for a 7-4 score.  Trenton added some insurance in the top of the eighth.  Murphy reached on an error and Jose Gil drew a walk. Pirela lined a single to short, loading the bases and Garcia singled them all in, aided by an error on the Bowie shortstop.  …

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July Prospect of the Month

It’s been a rough few seasons for Adams, who I actually left off of my pre-draft organizational top 30 rankings altogether. After a strong debut to professional ball that culminated with a .281/.360/.498 performance (142 wRC+) in half a season with High-A Tampa back in 2009, Adams has struggled to stay on the field due to an ankle injury, and a once promising infield prospect has now almost fallen off of the prospect map completely. He’s back from the injury this season, however, and back to hitting as well, having posted a .311/.383/.437 slashline and 130 wRC+ in Trenton this year, and he hit a scorching .375/.444/.477 last month.

What Adams’ future in the organization is, however, is far from clear. Currently occupying a spot on the Yankees’ 40 man roster and continuing to show good plate discipline and on base skills at Double-A, Adams could be used as infield depth for the big league team, and indeed he’s been playing a lot of third base since Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken metacarpal in Seattle, which has led to speculation that the Yankees may eventually give him some playing time there this season, but he’s also part of a logjam on that list, and could find himself removed when the Yankees have to make room for some of the players they currently have on the 60 day disabled list as well as some other minor leaguers they might want to protect from the Rule V draft this winter.…

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Who’s Not: Minor League July Edition

Graham Stoneburner (P, Trenton):
Stoneburner finally made it back to the Thunder after starting the season with a couple injuries.  He has transitioned to the bullpen, but has struggled so far.  In nine innings in July, he had an 11.00 ERA with opposing hitters knocking him for a .476 average.  He walked three and struck out six.  It was mostly due to two particularly tough outings, giving up six earned runs in one inning and three in 0.1 inning.

Nathan Mikolas (OF, GCL Yankees):
Mikolas has struggled to transition to professional ball, though it is obviously still early for the young outfielder.  He hit .171/.306/.244 in July, struggling to get hits but at least showing a knack for getting on base.  He drew seven walks and struck out eighteen times.  He also hit his first professional home run, which is still his only extra base hit.

Matt Duran (3B, Staten Island):
The New York native had a strong debut in the GCL in 2011, but has struggled closer to home this year.  …

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