Checking in on the Staten Island Yankees

Staten_Island_YankeesThe Staten Island Yankees are hosting a lot of the Yankees top draft picks of this year, so I thought this week we would check in on the Yankees' New York-Penn League team. The short-season team is actually leading the McNamara division with a 28-26 record, despite the team having no clear strength. They lead both Aberdeen and Hudson Valley by a game and half. The Staten Island hitters are putting up a combined slashline of .249/.327/.348. All of those put them squarely in the middle of the NYPL, yet they hold the third most runs (257), doubles (94) and RBIs (220). The Baby Bombers have shown that they can get on base and make it count, drawing 186 walks and stealing 46 bags. While the number of steals isn't that impressive, they have only been caught 13 times, the lowest in the NYPL. For comparison, Williamsport has stolen the second most bases (67) but has been caught the most (44).

Jhalan Jackson, this years's seventh round pick, has put together a strong start to his professional career, hitting .264/.346/.471. he leads the team in homers with five and is second in doubles with twelve. Jeff Hendrix, who the Yankees took in the fourth round, is hitting .234/.348/.269. He is second on the team with 21 walks and leads the Baby Bombers in steals with nine. The Yankees took Kyle Holder with their second pick of the first round, and he is off to a slow start with a line of .194/.263/.217.

The Yankees have put together decent numbers from the mound, but once again they are not blowing away the competition. Their 3.61 team ERA is sixth overall in the NYPL. The Baby Bombers have given up 24 homers, one more than their hitters have managed and fifth most in the league. On the positive side, they are in the bottom half of the league in walks with 166 and have struck out an impressive 429. Chance Adams, the Yankees fifth round pick, started with Staten Island. He threw four games and had a 0.93 ERA with just three walks and thirteen strikeouts. He has since been promoted to Charleston and now Tampa.

The Yankees are headed into the All-Star break, with the game slated for tomorrow. The Baby Bombers have four players representing them, including Jackson. Luis Cedeno, who signed out of the Dominican Republic, has given the Yankees great numbers off the mound after starting the year in Charleston. Infielder Thairo Estrada and outfielder Junior Valera rounded out the Yankees representation. Estrada is hitting .307 with fourteen doubles, two homers and six stolen bases. Valera has a .333 average and a .373 OBP. He has some speed with nine doubles, four triples and eight stolen bases, only getting caught twice.