The Farm Report: 7/24/13

Yesterday was a busy day for me, so here are the bullet points on how things went down on the farm.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Toledo 4-1:

  • The RailRiders used a big first inning to take care of business. Dan Johnson hit a RBI single to right and Randy Ruiz followed with a three-run homer to give Scranton a 4-0 lead.
  • The Mud Hens scored their first and only run in the top of the fifth on a single by Avisail Garcia.
  • Adonis Garcia, Johnson and Ruiz each went 1-3 with a run scored. Ruiz’s homer was Scranton’s lone extra base hit.
  • Ronnier Mustelier went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Brett Marshall made the start and pitched a very strong eight innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out two.
  • Dellin Betances got the save, but walked two batters in his inning of work and did not strike out anyone.

Trenton lost to Altoona 4-2:

  • The Thunder scored first, when Slade Heathcott tripled in Reegie Corona in the bottom of the first.

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The Farm Report: Catching up on this week

My sincerest apologies for the lack of Farm Reports the past two nights. I told Tamar I would handle things for her and I have failed spectacularly.

Tuesday night I was too hyped up and emotional from Mariano Rivera‘s last All-Star Game appearance to do anything other than write about him. I figured I’d wait until the morning to do the report. Then I woke up late and we had things scheduled to run in so many places already I thought it would be silly to post it after 12n.

Last night, I was just exhausted and delirious from the heat because that’s what happens when you’re in a bedroom that doesn’t have an air conditioner. Fans can be okay but they’re not an air conditioner. You’re just having semi-cool and humid air blowing on you at all time.

Anyway, here we are on Thursday of All-Star week and with no major league games on the schedule until tomorrow, we look to the kids (and Alex Rodriguez) to rescue us from this malaise.…

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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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