A couple notable Minors promotions

Chad Jennings had a few notes on some minor league promotions in the Yankees system today. Rafael De Paula, who has started the season very well in Charleston, has been bumped up to Tampa. Expectations have always been high for the pitcher, whose progress was slowed for a couple years as he worked out visa issues. He is being joined by Dietrich Enns who will also head to Tampa. Jose Ramirez, who got a lot of notice during Spring Training, has been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Originally, it was thought this was just to fill space for a game, but it sounds like the Yankees are ready to give him a shot in Triple-A.

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The Farm Report: 6/16/13

Due to an incredibly busy weekend, which followed an even more busy week, this is going to be the quick and dirty version of yesterday’s Farm Report. In case you missed it – I highly suggest you read Stacey’s post about her experience at Staten Island’s media day. The short-season teams get started this week so keep your eyes out for news from SI and the Gulf Coast League! Meanwhile, Tampa had the weekend off for the All-Star Break.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 5-4 (11 innings):

  • Dellin Betances got the loss, showcasing the lack of control that has caused many in the Yankees organization to pull out their hair in frustration over the last few years. He was brought in to start the eleventh and walked the first two batters before loading the bases on a hit by pitch. A sac fly by Cody Overbeck to center field scored the walk-off run for the IronPigs.
  • The RailRiders had actually trailed 4-3 heading into the ninth, but tied the game after Cody Grice tripled and scored on a single by Zoilo Almonte, forcing extra innings.
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Yankees sign First Round pick Ian Clarkin

Via Jon Heyman, Ian Clarkin signed with the Yankees for slot money. The 33rd pick of this year’s draft was the subject of a lot of talk when MLB played a clip of him talking about how his favorite moment in baseball was the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series win over the Yankees because he hates the Yankees. He quickly changed his tune in his interview and now the southpaw hurler is officially part of the organization. Of the Yankees three first round picks, only Aaron Judge is left still to sign.

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New adventures: Stacey goes to Staten Island

Yesterday afternoon, I made the long, arduous journey to Staten Island from Rockland County to participate in Media Day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees. It was my first time given a press pass so I was slightly nervous and didn’t really know what to expect.

Luckily, there was a friendly face to help me get my feet wet, so to speak. Jessica Quiroli, otherwise known as High Heels on the Field, was my tour guide for the day. She’s been covering the Minors for a few years so I figured I’d watch her at work and be like an apprentice following her every move.

And yes, she was wearing high heels. I give her credit, I could barely walk yesterday and I was wearing flats.

After we, the small pool of writers, were escorted into the clubhouse, we were able to approach the players and talk to them. Now, I was not prepared because I had it in my mind that I was just going to observe.…

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Heading to Staten Island

So, tomorrow is Media Day at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees and guess who will be there? You guessed it. Moi!

Now, I’m new to this sort of thing. I’ve never covered a team as a member of the press with locker room and pressbox access so being able to talk to players and coaches will be interesting for me. And I’ve only been blogging about baseball for three years so while I am really looking forward to the opportunity, I’m also quite nervous about it. I don’t expect any mishaps, at least not on media day. Truthfully, I’ll be standing back and letting other people – i.e the more seasoned reporters – do the hard stuff. I just really want to get to know the ballpark, the players and coaches.

I went to one game in Staten Island, two years ago and this is after I lived in Staten Island for a year and only five minutes from the ballpark.…

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The Farm Report: 6/13/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
After three scoreless innings, the RailRiders broke through in the top of the fourth. Ronnier Mustelier drew a lead off walk and Dan Johnson followed with a double to right. A sac fly scored Mustelier and the recently promoted JR Murphy drew a walk. A single by Addison maruszak loaded the bases and Johnson scored when Alberto Gonzalez drew a walk, giving Scranton a 2-0 lead. Lehigh Valley got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a grounder by Steve Susdorf. A solo homer by Cody Overbeck in the bottom of the sixth tied the game, and the IronPigs took the lead in the seventh. Darin Ruf hit a solo shot to right and they added some insurance when Cameron Rupp singled in Leandro Castro for the 4-2 win.

Murphy went 0-2 in his first Triple-A start, picking up a pair of walks. Johnson went 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles.…

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The Farm Report: 6/12/13 – Culver hits back-to-back homers

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have made some progress with their draft picks from last week. They’ve signed their top pick Eric Jagielo along with some other later picks. It sounds like Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin may not be too far behind. As far as the action on the field, it was a quiet day for the Yankees’ affiliates. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off today and Tampa was postponed due to rain. Charleston overcame a shaky start by Rafael De Paula to beat Greenville, while Trenton came up short against Binghamton.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 6-1:
The Mets wasted little time in taking the lead. Josh Rodriguez drew a one out walk in the first and moved to third when Travis Taijeron hit a ground-rule double to left. A single by Allan Dykstra scored both runners, as Jose Pirela threw the ball away, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores started the bottom of the inning with a double to short.…

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The Farm Report 6/11/13

Scranton sweeps a doubleheader against Buffalo, Trenton drops one to Binghamton, Charleston splits a doubleheader with Greenville and Tampa beats Charlotte.

Scranton beats Buffalo 6-5 in seven innings (Game One)
This one was a makeup of yesterday’s rainout. Ivan Nova made the start for the RailRiders and after Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune tweeted Nova’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, I joked that it was a typical Nova outing.

Thomas Neal finished 3-4 in this game with one RBI, Ronnier Mustelier collected two RBI and Melky Mesa had an RBI before leaving the game with an injury. He actually hit a homer after making a great catch, crashing into the wall but eventually left the game. My man, Zoilo Almonte was 2-4 (he’s my man because I love his first name) and Chase Whitley picked up the save in this game.

Buffalo actually had a 3-0 lead before Scranton came up in the bottom of the second.…

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The Farm Report 6/10/13

Scranton’s game was postponed and Trenton had a day off.

Charleston drops a doubleheader to Greenville: 7-3 and 1-0.
Charleston didn’t have a good day. They dropped a doubleheader to the Greenville Drive and those losses caused them to drop out of first place in the Southern Division and into second behind the Savannah Sand Gnats.

The first game was a resumption of a game postponed by rain on June 5. That game was suspended because of rain while Greenville was leading in the third inning.

That game on June 5 was in Charleston, this game was in Greenville with the RiverDogs as the “home” team. Charleston tied the game at two in the sixth inning but those good feelings were lost in the next half inning when Greenville scored two to go up 4-2. Charleston cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t score more than three and Greenville scored three more in the top of the ninth to put the game away.…

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