The Farm Report: 6/27/13 – Nunez comes up empty in rehab appearance

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton both had their games suspended/postponed due to rain.

Tampa lost to Daytona 6-1 in Game 1:
The Cubs drew first blood with a run in the top of the first, but really pulled away with a big third inning. John Andreoli started with a double and stole third. Zeke DeVoss drew a walk and Javier Baez doubled in Andreoli. A sac fly plated another run and a bases loaded triple by Wes Darvill cleared the bases, giving Daytona a 6-0 lead. Yeral Sanchez singled to start the bottom of the fifth. Robert Refsnyder grounded a single to center and Sanchez moved to third on a ground out by Saxon Butler. A grounder to second allowed Sanchez to score, but that would be the only run Tampa could manage as they fell 6-1.

Ben Gamel, Sanchez, Refsnyder, Butler and Dan Fiorito all went 1-3, while the rest of the Yankees’ hitters came up empty. Fiorito had the only RBI and no one had an extra base hit.…

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The Farm Report: 6/26/13

Apologies for being a little late with yesterday’s Farm Report – it has been a very busy week.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 5-3 in Game 1:
The RailRiders drew first blood, as Fernando Martinez hit a double with two outs in the first. A single by Brent Lillibridge scored him giving them a 1-0 lead. Syracuse tied the game quickly, as Will Rhymes tripled and scored on a double by Chris Rahl. Scranton took the lead again in the second. Randy Ruiz singled to center and Addison Maruszak followed in kind, moving to second on an error. A single by Corey Patterson scored both runners and Scranton took a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back singles by Brian Bocock and Brian Jeroloman tied the game for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Rhymes started the fifth inning with a triple to center, but was then ejected by the ump at third. A sac fly to center scored the pinch runner and gave the Chiefs the lead.…

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The Farm Report: 6/24/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had the night off.

Trenton lost to Erie 11-4:
Eugenio Suarez scored on a double by Hernan Perez in the top of the first, giving Erie an early lead. Trenton put together a rally in the bottom of the fourth as Tyler Austin, Kyle Roller and Carmen Angelini hit consecutive singles, tying the game. A single by Andrew Clark plated Roller and Jose Pirela doubled in Angelini and Clark for a 4-1 advantage. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long, as Erie plated five runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 6-4 lead. They added five more run over the last three innings of the game, while Trenton struggled to put together another rally, falling 11-4.

Austin went 3-4 with a run scored. Roller went 2-3 with a run scored. Angelini, Clark, and Pirela all went 1-4, with the latter picking up a double and two RBIs. Shane Green allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and four Ks over five innings.…

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The Farm Report: 6/23/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 4-3:
The RailRiders got the scoring started int he second, as newly acquired Brent Lillibridge drove a double to left. Cody Grice tripled him in and scored on a single by Addison Maruszak for the 2-0 lead. It was short-lived, however, as the Tides knotted up the game with a two-run homer by Jason Pridie. Norfolk took the lead in the top of the sixth. Russ Canzler and Zelous Wheeler hit back-to-back singles and Canzler scored on a single by Brandon Wood. Scranton rallied in the seventh, as Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Corey Patterson flew a double to center. A single by JR Murphy scored both runners and the RailRiders held on for the 4-3 victory.

Ibarra went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Murphy went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Lillibridge and Patterson both went 1-3, while Grice and Maruszak went 1-4. Brett Marshall threw six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, a walk and an impressive eight strikeouts.…

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The Farm Report: 6/20/13 – Pineda makes rehab start in Tampa

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 5-2:
The Red Wings scored first, as Deibinson Romero scored on a ground out by Jeff Clement in the bottom of the third. Chris Herrmann drew a walk to start the bottom of the fifth and Chris Colabello knocked a homer to left, putting Rochester out in front 3-0. A couple singles in the sixth were followed by a sac fly and a RBI single by Romero to give Rochester a strong 5-0 advantage. The RailRiders finally got on the board with a single by Cody Grice who scored on an Alberto Gonzalez double. A solo homer by Randy Ruiz in the top of the eighth added another run for the RailRiders, but that was all they could manage, falling 5-2.

Walter Ibarra and Dan Fiorito were the only RailRiders to come up empty at the plate, while the rest of the lineup each had one hit. JR Murphy went 1-4 with a double. Ruiz went 1-4 with a homer.…

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Quick hit: Jagielo will go to Charleston

So first round draft pick Eric Jagielo will be starting off in Charleston instead of Staten Island which is where most people thought he’d go. This move places him higher than every other draft pick in his class. Jagielo is currently on the DL with a hamstring injury that he suffered during extended Spring Training.

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The Farm Report: 6/19/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 10-7:
The RailRiders poured it on early, as Walter Ibarra opened up the game with a double to left. JR Murphy lined a single to right and Fernando Martinez hit a sac fly to center for the first run of the day. Randy Ruiz singled, putting runners on the corners. A single by Dan Johnson plated Murphy. Addison Maruszak drew a walk, which loaded the bases for Cody Grice who hit a grand slam to left, giving the RailRiders a 6-0 lead. The Red Wings got two runs in the bottom of the inning and two more in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-4 in Scranton’s favor. A solo homer by Walter Ibarra gave the RailRiders a little more breathing room in the fourth. Grice hit his second homer of the day (and season) in the fifth, while Murphy hit a solo shot to left in the sixth, giving Scranton a 10-4 lead. The Red Wings rallied in the bottom of the ninth.…

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Expectations For The Minor League Hitters

Back in March, EJ wrote a piece about how we tend to over and under value Yankee prospects in different ways. In there, you’ll find that all the organization’s minor league affiliates manage to be in leagues that have ranked average to below average in runs per game since 2008. The argument EJ presents is that there is too much hype around the pitching prospects, and too little hype around the hitting prospects.

This is something that goes overlooked in many farm systems. Yes, from time to time we see players’ hype extinguished by great offensive performances in league like the PCL, and most prospect evaluators take into consideration the league, but when it comes to ballpark factors, there’s so many different stadiums to analyze that even the experts seem to get caught up in the hype.

One non-Yankee example could be the Mariners over the last few years. Top prospects like Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, and Jeff Clement all posted huge offensive numbers in the minor leagues as left-handed batters, but have failed to succeed in Safeco Field.…

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The Farm Report: 6/17/13 – Staten Island starts the year with a win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 10-1 in Game 1:
The RailRiders had their chances, scattering nine hits through the game, but they only managed one run. Rochester scored first, plating a pair in the second on a single by Antoan Richardson and a sac fly by Chris Herrmann. Jeff Clement started the top of the third with a single for the Red Wings and they loaded the bases when Dan Rohlfing and Eric Farris drew walks. Clement scored on a ground out to second and a single by Eric Fryer plated Rohlfing. A wild pitch by Mark Montgomery scored one more runner and the RailRiders trailed 5-0. Rochester added one more in the fourth. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Dan Johnson grounded a single to center and moved to third on a double by Randy Ruiz. A sac fly by Josh Bell scored Johnson, but the RailRiders still had a lot of runs to make up.…

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