The Farm Report: 6/18/12 – Short Season Opening Day

Not much offense from the Yankees tonight.  Custodio went 1-4, as did Matt Snyder.  Eicardo Cayones, who the Yankees got in the A.J. Burnett trade, went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base.  Taylor Morton had a strong start, going six innings and scattering four runs and a walk, picking up a pair of Ks.

GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves 7-3:
The Braves struck first, as Jose Peraza walked and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a sac fly.  The Yankees responded in the top of the second, as Austin Jones doubled to right and scored on a single from Mikeson Oliberto.  Jerison Lopez doubled in Oliberto to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.  The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, but the Yankees struck again in the fourth.  Jones, Miguel Andujar and Oliberto hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases.  Lopez hit into a double play, but Jones scored.  The Braves tied the game once again, but the Yankees took the lead for good in the sixth.  …

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Game 66: Wins on Wins on Wins

Atlanta #Barves New York Yankees
Michael Bourn, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Martin Prado, 1B Curtis Granderson, CF
Brian McCann, DH Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Dan Uggla, 2B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Matt Diaz, LF Robinson Cano, 2B
Chipper Jones, 3B Andruw Jones, RF
Jason Heyward, RF Russell Martin, DH
Andrelton Simmons, SS Jayson Nix, LF
David Ross, C Chris Stewart, C
Mike Minor, SP CC Sabathia, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05...

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Junior Circuit Once Again Tipping the Interleague Scales

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Last season, the National League won the All Star Game, World Series, and 48% of regular season games against the American League.  After years of being dominated by the junior circuit, it appeared as if the N.L. was...

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Minor League Preview: Staten Island Yankees

This year, Staten Island will have another strong crew as they try to repeat their 2011 success.  Former Yankee farmhand, Justin Pope, makes his managerial debut, after working as a coach for Staten Island in 2010 and Trenton in 2011.  The Yankees’ roster is full of draft picks from earlier this month, primarily those with college experience.  The pitching staff holds the most unknowns, as recently drafted pitchers Derek Varnadore, Taylor Garrison, Nick Goody and Tim Flight are all going to get their professional careers started in Staten Island.  They have a handful of hurlers with some professional experience, but only time will tell what Staten Island’s pitching will look like.  Evan Rutckyj, who made six starts for Charleston this season, has been sent down to Staten Island, as has Evan DeLuca, who has made three starts for Tampa this year.

Staten Island will have more experience when it comes to their position players, as Matt Duran, Claudio Custodio, Isaias Tejeda and Ravel Santana are expected to provide some excitement for Staten Island fans.  …

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Two-In-One: Get Ready For An Awesome Short Season

Normally, the first half of the short-season minor leagues is pretty boring. A lot of top prospects didn’t sign until mid-August. Rookie ball teams are mostly staffed with high school draftees from the previous year and young Latin American prospects. Short-season A ball team are mostly composed of mid-level college picks, and sometimes a few...

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