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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Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

charleston-riverdogs-logo-540x519After a mediocre season last year, the Charleston RiverDogs will look to rebound with a new and exciting crop of prospects in 2014. Behind strong performances by Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Rafael De Paula, the RiverDogs went 75-63, putting...

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Don’t Overlook Dean Anna

The Yankees look like a team that needs an impact infielder, but with the roster starting to fill in with low-risk/low-reward (or medium-reward) players like Brian Roberts, it looks like they’re trying to piece together an infield. Kelly Johnson and Roberts are two players that should make the major league team, both of which could win second base jobs. Mark Reynolds‘ name has appeared in the rumors for third base, but after the 2013 season, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees believe in him as a full-time starter. One of the most overlooked names on the roster is Dean Anna, who has the potential to play anywhere in the infield with some debatable upside.

First off, Anna is primarily a middle infielder with a good amount of experience at both second base and shortstop. He has a few games played at third base, as well as the corner outfield positions. He also has some experience at first base, and in a pinch, he could certainly fake it in the major leagues.…

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More on the Rule V Draft

As Stacey noted earlier today, the Yankees lost five players in the Rule V draft this morning. New York’s recent signings gave them a full 40-man roster, so the Yankees did not take any players in this year’s draft and lost at least one notable prospect in Ravel Santana. The Rockies...

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