Second Half Turnaround On The Horizon For Mason Williams

MiLB: JUL 08 Class A Advanced - Tampa Yankees at Dunedin Blue Jays

It’s been a trying season for top prospect Mason Williams.  There was his DUI arrest in late April, a slow start at the plate after that carried over into the early part of June, and questions about his attitude and hustle popping up again in scouting reports.  He’s missed games both due to minor injuries and undisclosed team reasons this season, and as recently as a month ago had a season OPS in the mid-600s.  Since about the middle of June, however, Williams has started to find himself at the plate and is currently in the middle of a pretty wicked 2-week hot streak.  He got knocked off track early, but Williams now appears primed for a strong finish to his 2013.

In his last 10 games, Williams has 18 hits in 42 at-bats (.429/.467/.595) with 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 R, 3 RBI, and 3 SB.  He has at least 2 hits in each of his last 4 games and has walked just as much as he’s struck out.…

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The Farm Report – 7/15/13

A-ROD HIT A HOME RUN!

(video courtesy of Donnie Collins)

I was very tempted to make this the only update in the Farm Report but that wouldn’t be right. Other teams played and contrary to what some Yankee-centric blogs believe [insert your guesses here] the whole world doesn’t revolve around Alex Rodriguez though I’m pretty sure certain writers [insert more guesses here] on that unnamed blog, okay, all of them, were disappointed that Alex went 2-4 with two RBI last night. Seeing him fail seems to make everyone over there happy.

Anyway, onto the rest of the Farm Report:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off last night and they will be off until Thursday for the Triple A All Star Game. Manager Dave Miley is the All-Star team manager and Thomas Neal and Chris Bootcheck both made the team.

Trenton beat Reading 6-5
I already discussed A-Rod but how did the kids on the team do? Well, Nik Turley lasted six innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk.…

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Scattered Thoughts on the Futures Game

The Futures Game has long been my favorite aspect of the All-Star Break. It was, prior to the advent MiLB.tv, the only time that I was able to see the prospects that I read and fantasized about (in a wholesome manner, of course) in action – and, even with MiLB.tv, a great deal of the lower minors is still a mystery to me. With the event occurring a scant 45-minute drive from the homestead, I felt that it would be a great game to experience in-person; and, at the scant cost of a date night at the movies (or, even less if you’re of the 3D persuasion), I pounced on some field level seats. In watching parts of both the World and Team USA’s batting practices, as well as the game itself, I nearly filled a small memo notebook from cover to cover with scouting notes, thoughts, and observations. What follows is a sizable sampling of those notes, edited for the purposes of coherence.…

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The Farm Report: 7/14/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 7-1:
Brett Marshall made the start and gave up a run in the first and second innings, giving Buffalo a quick lead. He kept them scoreless over the next two innings, but it fell apart in the fifth. Mike Nickeas was hit by a pitch and Mike McCoy drew a walk. A one-out single loaded the bases and an error at first by Dan Johnson allowed three runs to score. A sac fly by Andy LaRoche brought another run in for the Bisons, giving them a 6-0 lead. Sean Ochinko homered in the sixth to round out Buffalo’s offense for the day, while Scranton finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. David Adams drew a walk and scored on a two-out double by JR Murphy. A fly ball by Melky Mesa ended the RailRiders’ threat as they went on to lose 7-1.

Murphy went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Mesa and Walter Ibarra both went 1-3, while the rest of the lineup came up empty.…

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The Farm Report: 7/11/13 – Pineda gets roughed up in Scranton loss

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 7-1:
After three scoreless innings Syracuse broke through in the fourth on a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. The RailRiders had a chance to get the run back when David Adams tripled with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge lined out to end the threat. The Chiefs wasted little time in lengthening their lead, plating five runs in fifth, thanks to a couple hit by pitches and a grand slam by Tyler Moore. A solo homer by Randy Ruiz in the sixth gave the RailRiders their first run of the night. Syracuse added one more run in the top of the ninth, but the RailRiders went down in order, taking the 7-1 loss.

Adonis Garcia went 2-4. Ruiz went 1-4 with a homer and two Ks. Fernando Martinez and Adams both went 1-4, while Lillibridge, Corey Patterson and Walter Ibarra went 1-3. Michael Pineda gave up six runs on four hits, a walk and five Ks over just 4.2 innings.…

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The Farm Report: 7/8/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 6-3:
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the first, giving Rochester the quick lead. They added another run in the third, when former Yankee farmhand, Doug Bernier, scored on a single by Deibinson Romero. Scranton broke through in the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk. JR Murphy followed with a single and Randy Ruiz singled in Jeter, as Scranton trailed 2-1. Rochester struck again in the top of the fourth, but Scranton rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy doubled to left and Brent Lillibridge singled, putting runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a ground out by Ruiz. Dan Johnson scored Lillibridge with a single to center and Thomas Neal doubled. A single by Josh Bell scored two more runs and the RailRiders took a 5-3 lead. A solo shot by Bell in the seventh gave Scranton some added security as they went on to win 6-3.

Jeter went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/7/13 – Jeter picks up hit in Scranton win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 6-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood, as Cody Overbeck doubled in Cody Asche in the top of the first. Derek Jeter took a lead off walk to start the RailRiders’ half of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge struck out and Thomas Neal hit into a double play. They took the lead in the bottom of the second, however, as Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back homers. They got some breathing room in the bottom of the third. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Jeter followed with a single to left. A homer by Randy Ruiz scored all three of them, giving Scranton a 5-1 advantage. Ibarra would single with two outs in the seventh. Jeter drew another walk and Lillibridge plated Ibarra with a single to center for the 6-1 lead. Lehigh Valley had a lot of room to make up in the ninth, and they started a bit of a rally right away. Leandro Castro started the inning with a single and Michael Martinez drew a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 11-5:

  • Scranton took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Fernando Martinez. The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but a homer by Dan Johnson and doubles by Brent Lillibridge and Addison Maruszak gave the RailRiders a 4-2 advantage.
  • Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run homer in the fourth, capping off a four run inning for Pawtucket. JR Murphy hit a solo homer in the top of hte fifth, but Middlebrooks hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning, giving Pawtucket a 10-5 lead. They added another run in the seventh, taking the game 11-5.
  • Martinez went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Lillibridge went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Maruszak went 2-4 with a pair of doubles, a RBI and a run scored.
  • Caleb Cotham gave up nine runs (six earned) on ten hits, four walks and a strike out over 4.2 innings.
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The Farm Report: 6/30/13 – Pineda has rough start in Trenton

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Pawtucket 9-6:
The RailRiders started the day off right with a lead-off solo homer by Corey Patterson, setting the tone for a day full of home runs. A two-run homer by Will Middlebrooks put the Red Sox in front 2-1 after the first inning. Patterson started the third with a double and Randy Ruiz homered for the 3-2 advantage, however, Pawtucket got the two runs – and the lead – back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Bell hit a solo homer to start the fourth, and Addison Maruszak followed with the same, giving the RailRiders a 5-4 advantage. A double by Bobby Wilson led to him scoring on a throwing error later on in the inning for another Scranton run. The Red Sox tied the game up in the seventh, but Scranton wasted little time in retaking the lead. Bell drew a walk to start the eighth and Maruszak singled to right. A double by Wilson scored Bell and Maruszak and Wilson scored on a double by Ibarra for the 9-6 victory.…

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