The Farm Report: 7/12/12

Trenton beat New Britain 7-6:
Jose Pirela started the day with a single to right and Addison Maruszak doubled.  David Adams singled in Pirela.  JR Murpy hit a two out line drive to plate Maruszak, while Adams got tagged out at the plate.  New Britain tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning.  Adams got the next rally started, with a single in the third.  Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton walked to load the bases.  An error allowed Kevin Mahoney to reach and Adams scored.  A sac fly from Murphy plated Almonte for a 4-2 lead.  Adams (do you see a trend here?) hit a RBI double in the fourth, but the Rock Cats added two runs, cutting the Thunder lead to 5-4.  Yadil Mujica singled to start the sixth and Maruszak drew a walk.  Adams singled in Mujica.  A ground out by Almonte plated Maruszak and Trenton was up 7-4.  New Britain got two runs in the eighth, but the Thunder held on for the 7-6 win.…

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Some Minor League Notes

I have mentioned the various changes going on with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, most notably the renovations to PNC Field, their changes in ownership and a potential name change for 2013.  Most recently, however, they have announced a new leadership team, headed by Rob Crain as the President and General Manager.  He comes from the Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate for the Kansas City Royals.  Given what he did in Omaha (overseeing marketing, construction of a new field and the team’s re-branding) he seems particularly well-suited for whatever 2013 may bring for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Baseball America looked at some of the Yankees’ minor league standouts and frustrations over the break.  They praised Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin, while noting just how disappointing Dellin Betances has been.  Newcomer Saxon Butler and veteran Jack Cust were also mentioned.

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Prospect Profile: Ramon Flores

While Flores looked over matched in the GCL in 2009, he returned in 2010 looking like a different player.  He hit .329/.436/.481 in 43 games, earning a promotion to Charleston, along with GCL Post-Season All-Star honors.  In the GCL, Flores had a wRC+ of 171 and wOBA of .433.  He spent fourteen games with the RiverDogs, putting up some respectable numbers before spending eight games with the Tampa Yankees.

In 2011, it was back to Charleston for Flores who continued to improve his hitting consistency.  He looked to be adding a big of power and started to show off some surprising speed, swiping thirteen bags and getting caught only twice.  Flores has been a solid defender since the beginning, spreading 27 errors across four seasons and 333 professional games.

This season, Flores looks like he may be coming into his own.  After hitting an abysmal .207/.276/.230 in April, the youngster has his numbers up to .302/.367/.408 with five homers, nineteen doubles, a triple and 24 RBIs.…

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The Farm Report: 7/9/12

Tampa beat Dunedin 4-1 in five innings:
The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Yankees busted through in the top of the fourth.  Ramon Flores drove a homer to right and Adonis Garcia drew a walk.  Garcia moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a ground out.  Kyle Roller drew a walk and a ground ball by Anderson Feliz plated Garcia.  Kyle Higashioka drove a homer to left and the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.  The Blue Jays tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning.  Koby Clemens doubled to left and later scored on a wild pitch.  It ended up being Dunedin’s lone run, as a lightning strike at the park ended the game in the top of the sixth.

Flores went 3-3 with a double and a homer.  Higashioka had the only other hit for Tampa, going 1-2 with a homer and two RBIs.  Matt Tracy went five innings and gave up one run on three hits, four walks, a wild pitch and eight Ks.…

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The Farm Report: 7/8/12

Trenton lost to Portland 3-2:
The Thunder took an early lead, as Zoilo Almonte, Luke Murton and Melky Mesa hit consecutive singles with two outs.  Almonte and Murton scored on Mesa’s hit and took a 2-0 lead.  Portland got one run back in the top of the second, as Matt Spring homered to left.  Jackie Bradley got hit by a pitch in the top of the third and a throwing error by Shaeffer Hall put runners on second and third.  One run scored on a ground out and the game was tied 2-2.  The game stayed knotted up until the top of the ninth, when Ryan Dent was hit by a pitch and Bradley drew a walk.  A single from Jeremy Hazelbaker scored Dent and the Sea Dogs took the 3-2 win as Trenton went down in order.

Almonte ended the game 1-3 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.  Murton, Mesa, Neil Medchill, Addison Maruszak and Yadil Mujica each had a hit to round out the Thunder offense.  …

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