Early Reaction to C Peter O'Brien, 89th Overall

Because the Yankees did not sign Sam Stafford last year, they held two second-round picks in this year’s draft. With their second pick (89th overall), the Yankees selected University of Miami senior Peter O’Brien.

O’Brien has quite a few quirks in his biography and scouting report. At 6’5″ 225 lbs, he’s very big for a catcher...

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Pettitte, Yanks, blank Rays 7-0

The Yankees jumped all over James Shields and the Rays early and often tonight, aided in part by more shoddy defensive play by the Rays. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out against Shields in the very first inning, only to see Mark Teixeira give the Rays’ righty a lifeboat with the most predictable strikeout ever for the second out. Raul Ibanez then hit into a routine grounder to shortstop but, as Yankeedom threatened to explode early tonight at the prospect of even more RISPfail, Elliot Johnson botched the throw to first base, and the Yankees managed to plate two runs on the error. The next time the Yankees loaded the bases would not be nearly as maddening, as Russell Martin drilled an 0-2 fastball into the right-centerfield stands for a grand slam home run to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead. Nick Swisher would add a double with runners on first and third in the fifth to bring in the Yankees’ seventh and final run of the night.…

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The Farm Report: 6/5/12

Trenton got blanked by Erie 5-0:
The Thunder had few chances early in the game, as Erie jumped out to a lead in the third thanks to a double from Niuman Romero.  Rawley Bishop knocked a solo homer in the fourth and the SeaWolves added another run in the fifth, giving them a 4-0 lead.  Erie added another run in the eighth, but it was more than enough as Trenton failed to put up any fight and took a 5-0 loss.  Jose Pirela went 2-4 and Zoilo Almonte and Jeffrey Farnham each had a hit to round out the Trenton offense.  Brett Marshall went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, two walks and four Ks.

Tampa’s game was postponed.

Charleston beat Hickory 10-3:
Cito Culver started the bottom of the first with a single to left.  Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and Dante Bichette each followed with singles, plating Culver and loading the bases.  Austin scored when Angelo Gumbs hit into a force out at second.  …

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