With the passing of the trade deadline comes August, so it is time to look at how the Yankees' farm teams fared last month. Due to some time constraints on my end, I'll be touching on Scranton and Trenton today, with Tampa and Charleston to follow. Enjoy! Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: The RailRiders continued their strong season in July, going 17-12 and giving them a solid 61-49 record for the year so far. They remain at the top of their division, leading Rochester by four games. Scranton's roster has seen a lot of action, with players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez being called up and other players like Luis Severino getting called up to the Bronx.
They have strength on both sides of the field, however, Scranton's batting line of .270/.340/.386 tells you why they are in first. They have the best team average and on base percentage in the International League. They have drawn 380 walks (third most) and have limited their strikeouts to 784, which is lower than average. Judge is putting up strong numbers with a .262/.349/.402 line in his first 29 games. Sanchez has taken Scranton by storm, however, hitting .289/.400/.556 in fourteen games. Both have three homers and thirteen RBIs.
Scranton can throw the ball, too.Their 3.37 ERA doesn't stand out, but they have given up the least amount of home runs in the league (43) and have issued just 321 walks (third lowest), while striking out 781 (fifth most). Losing Severino, at least for the time being, may be a bit of a hindrance to Scranton, but overall, they are a strong team with plenty of other pitching options.
Trenton Thunder: While Scranton continues it's strong 2015, Trenton is beginning to falter. They have seen a lot of their core players get promoted and it looks like it is starting to show, though they are still very much in the mix. After going 14-14 in July, the Thunder are 58-50 on the year, putting them in a tie with Reading for second, just 1.5 games behind division leader Binghamton.
Trenton has put together some really solid performances on the mound this year. Their 3.39 ERA is the fourth lowest in the Eastern League and they've managed to limit damage by allowing the second lowest number of home runs (45). While the Thunder allowed the third most walks (352), they strike out (775) a lot of players, too, second only to Bowie. Brady Lail continues to put together a nice season, pitching the first shut out for the Thunder in seven years just last week.
Offense seems to be where Trenton is struggling the most. Their batting line of .254/.317/.370 is all below the league average. They've only managed 59 homers on the year, but the Thunder has shown a strong running game. With 103 stolen bases (third most) and only 29 stolen bases (third least), Trenton has managed to take advantage of those moments when they do get on base. Still, the recent promotions of Sanchez and Judge have to hurt, along with Eric Jagielo's trip to the DL. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season will play out for the Thunder.