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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Who’s Hot: Minor League July Edition

Mark Montgomery (P, Tampa/Trenton):
Montgomery got his call up to Double-A in the middle of June and didn’t seem to bat an eye.  He threw 11.1 innings in July and never gave up a run.  He allowed three hits, four walks and struck out seventeen.  This 11th round draft pick the Yankees signed in 2011 just seems to get better and better as he moves through the system.  He has thrown eight innings for Trenton, so it is a very small sample size, but he has yet to issue a walk, has struck out thirteen batters and allowed just one hit.

Matt Snyder (1B, Staten Island):
Snyder started the short season hitting an abysmal .029/.209/.029 in June, but it may be safe to chalk that up to nerves or adjusting to professional ball, because he has pounded the New York-Penn League pitching in July.  He hit .414/.485/.609 last month, quickly becoming a bright spot for the struggling Staten Island Yankees.  He had two homers, a triple and nine doubles, racking up 23 RBIs.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/2/12

Trenton beat Altoona 9-6:
Walter Ibarra started the bottom of the first and scored on a sac fly by Zoilo Almonte.  The Curve tied the game in the top of the second, but Trenton responded.  JR Murphy drew a walk and Rob Segedin followed with a single.  Murphy scored on a single by Yadil Mujica and the Thunder had a 2-1 edge.  David Adams was hit by a pitch in the third and Almonte followed with a homer to right, putting Trenton ahead 4-1.  With two outs int he fourth, Adams and Almonte hit back-to-back doubles.  Murton grounded a single to right, plating Almonte.  Altoona finally got a couple runs back in the fifth, cutting the Thunder lead to 6-3.  Murphy opened the Thunder’s half of the fifth with a single, but was called out at second on a grounder by Segedin.  Mujica lined a single to right, putting runners on the corners.  He stole second and Ibarra singled in both runners.  …

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