The Farm Report: 7/2/12

Trenton beat Portland 12-4 in Game 1:
Melky Mesa doubled in the second and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil doubled them both in and the Thunder had a 2-0 lead.  Jose Pirela drove a double to left in the third, scoring on a single from Addison Maruszak.  David Adams singled and Zoilo Almonte loaded the bases with a walk.  Mesa lined a single to center and Murton hit into a double play that brought Adams home.  Damon Sublett reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ first baseman, plating Mesa for a 6-0 Thunder advantage.  Portland split the lead in half in the fourth, but the Thunder got the three runs back in the top of the fifth.  Zoilo homered to start the inning and Mesa singled to left.  Murton hit the second homer of the inning and Trenton led 9-3.  Portland added another run in the sixth, but the Thunder added some more insurance in the seventh.  Mesa and Murton hit back-to-back doubles.  …

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Game 79: Widening the Gap

Some news and notes:

  • Cory Wade has been optioned to make room for Chad Qualls, who will be available tonight.
  • Joba Chamberlain threw a forty-pitch BP session today, per the LoHud Yankees Blog. His elbow and ankle are feeling strong, and he will throw a simulated game on Friday.
  • The Yankees signed Dominican SS...
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Minor League Review: June


While pitching has not been reliable for the Yankees, their offense has proven to be a big asset.  Ronnier Mustelier continues to make a case for a shot in the majors, consistently landing towards the top of the leader boards for the International League. Russell Branyan has also added some big relief for the Yankees’ offense since joining the team in June.

Trenton Thunder:
Much like Empire State, Trenton continues to perform in 2012.  They went 16-13 in June and find themselves just half a game behind Reading in the standings.  Trenton’s offense has been a big reason for their success.  They lead the league in slugging percentage (.420) and OPS (.755) and second in stolen bases.  Their power has been a big boon, as they have 91 homers – 28 more than the next team.

While the Thunder offense has shown their ability to hit the long ball, their pitching has allowed just 47 homers.  They have the second lowest ERA in the league, at 3.36.  …

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Yankees Should Consider Moving Curtis Granderson to Left Field

The Yankees are 6 games up on the American League East title despite having to reinvent their bullpen and starting rotation several times. They have allowed the third fewest runs in the American League, scored the fourth-most runs, and have the second best run differential in the league, behind only the Texas Rangers. And despite...

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The (100?) million dollar question

Look, a plane. Maybe I'll buy one of those in a couple years.

Early this season, when Robinson Cano had gotten off to a slow start, I was openly wondering if he had entered his decline phase. Granted, it would...

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