Who’s Hot: Minor League June Edition

Jose Pirela (SS, Trenton AA):
Pirela only played eight games in May and looked pretty mediocre, but that seemed to change in June.  He hit an impressive .381/.441/.513 over 27 games.  He scored 22 runs, hit three homers, six doubles and sixteen RBIs.  Pirela also drew twelve walks and swiped six bags.  Pirela was in Trenton last season and was far from noteworthy, hitting .239/.292/.353 over 128 games.  Only time will tell if he has finally found his stroke in Double-A or if he just had a good month.

Adam Warren (P, Empire State AAA):
Warren has had a roller coaster of a season.  He was close to making the Opening Day roster out of Spring Training and then struggled when he got to Empire State.  He appeared to put that behind him in June and was rewarded with him major league debut.  It may have been a disappointing debut, but that shouldn’t take away from how good Warren was in June.  …

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The summer of Kevin Maas

The first few games for Kevin Maas did little to foretell of things to come. The  25-year old was called up in the midst of his fifth season of minor league ball. He had an OPS of .973 in Triple-A after making a fast rise through the system for a 22nd Round draft pick in 1986. Maas started his first few games as the designated hitter. The position was not a good one for the Yankees that season as seventeen different batters hit in the DH spot that season including an aging Dave Winfield and a sideshow named Deion Sanders.

Maas started his first game on June 29, 1990. It was the Yankees’ 71st game that season and they were already headed in a bad direction with a 27-44 record. Bucky Dent had already been fired as manager after just 49 games and Stump Merrill had taken over. It made little difference. Maas batted seventh in a game the Yankees lost, 1-0, to the White Sox.…

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The Farm Report: Happy 4th!

Trenton lost to New Britain 3-2:
The Thunder picked up a lead in the first, as Addison Maruszak doubled to center.  He moved over on a single by Zoilo Almone and scored on a sac fly from Luke Murton.  The Rock Cats got the run back on a solo homer from Deibinson Romero in the second.  Maruszak knocked a solo homer in the third, once again putting Trenton in front.  A single from Romero drove in Evan Bigley in the seventh, tying the game once again.  New Britain got the lead in the top of the eighth, for the 3-2 win.

Maruszak went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double and a homer.  Mike O’Brien made the start and pitched six innings, only giving up one run on three hits, a walk and four Ks.  Kelvin Perez got the rare blown save, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a K.

Tampa beat Brevard County 5-4:
Jose Toussen lined a single to center in the third and Mason Williams singled to right.  …

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Game 81: The Half Way Point

Happy Independence Day! We’re officially half way through the Yankees’ season after today’s game. The surprises include, Phil Hughes‘, Andy Pettitte‘s, and Hiroki Kuroda‘s dominance, Robinson Cano‘s power surge, Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada. Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, and...

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