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Minor Leagues Report — By on September 3, 2012 9:42 pm

As another regular season reaches its conclusion, I want to thank everyone for reading! Scranton and Trenton are both on their way to the playoffs, and that should be a fun ride – especially with theinfluxon young talent that has raided the Trenton roster upon the end of the season down in Tampa. ———————- Scranton:

Lost to Pawtucket, 6-4. Game only lasted 12 innings, yet Scranton still had to go to one of their backup catchers (Ryan Baker) in the bottom of the 11th on the hill. He tossed a scoreless inning before losing it in the 12th. Anyway, Baker has had an interesting career (to say the least). He signed with the Yankees in 2008 as an undrafted free agent, and is 19-for-137 in five years of playing professional baseball. I guess that’s a fun little gig if you can get it. He did (amazingly enough) double in two runs today.

*Corban Joseph: *1-for-5, RS *Austin Romine: *0-for-2, BB – Pulled from game for reasons unknown. He was the DH. *Melky Mesa: *2-for-5,RS,CS – Now 22-for-26 stealing bases on the season.

*Preston Claiborne: *1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – Just to keep it real, Claiborne did allow an inherited run (the tying run) to score. (4.05 ERA; 33.1 IP, 31 R, 17 R, 15 ER, 12 BB, 29 K). Inherited run or no inherited run, Claiborne has been fantastic after stumbling out of the game upon his promotion to this level. —————- Trenton:

Defeated Binghamton, 8-5.

*Ramon Flores: *2-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 RS – Double-A debut after hitting .302/.370/.420 in 517 AB for Tampa. Also stole 24 bases in 33 attempts. 20-year old outfielder who can play center. *Tyler Austin: *1-for-3, RBI, 2 RS, BB *Addison Maruszak: *1-for-3, 2B (25), 2 RBI, BB *Kevin Mahoney: *1-for-4, 2B (15), 2 RBI – 25-year old left-handed hitting infielder. *Walter Ibarra: *1-for-4, 2B (15), RS – .276/.307/.417 in 156 AB

*Nik Turley: * 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Double-A debut; went 9-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 112 IP for Tampa this season with 116/44 K/BB ratio. 22-year old left-hander followed a similar path in 2011 – spent the year in Charleston; was promoted to Tampa for two late-season starts) *Branden Pinder: *1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (Double-A debut after putting up a 2.79 ERA in 41 games for Tampa. He struck out 67 and walked 29 in 67.2 innings. Had sub-1.00 ERAs in both July and August) —————— Tampa:

Season over. Tampa was a big landing spot for many of the organization’s top prospects this season, and plenty of them shined during their stints here. Not sure what 2013 will bring, as many of the “leftovers” in Charleston didn’t have huge seasons (Cito Culver, Dante Bichette for example). Mason Williams likely starts his 2013 campaign here at least, and a healthy Angelo Gumbs probably finds himself on the roster as well. It’s always nice to see so many talented players graduate to the higher levels of the system – now it is time for the Yankees to keep the train rolling. ——————- Charleston:

Defeated Augusta, 7-1. Their season is now over.

*Dante Bichette: *3-for-4, 2B (24), 2 RS – Now hitting .248/.322/.331. Second consecutive 3-hit game; 13 for his last 35. Good to see him have a nice surge at the end of the season. *Robert Refsnyder: *2-for-4, RBI, RS, BB – 7-game hitting streak; hitting .241 overall. As I have said a few times, rare for the Yankees to draft someone and instantly put them in a full-season league. Refsnyder has held his own for the most part. *Saxon Butler: *1-for-5, RBI, RS – 20-for-85 since promotion from Staten Island. Late pick (33rd round) in the 2012 draft out of Samford. *Casey Stevenson: *2-for-3, RBI, RS – .300/.361/.435 for the 24-year old left-handed hitting infielder. Playing time increased as other parts started moving around.

*Bryan Mitchell: *6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (4.58 ERA; 120 IP, 107 H, 74 R, 61 ER, 7 HR, 72 BB, 121 K) – As I have mentioned, one of Mitchell’s biggest assets is that he has the stuff to remain full-time in the rotation. He needs work, but is a major talent if he can put everything together. Has probably done just enough to earn a slot in Tampa in 2013. He will be 22 years old in April. *Phil Wetherell: *3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (5.97 ERA; 78.1 IP, 92 H, 55 R, 52 ER, 7 HR, 33 BB, 77 K) – Bounced around the rotation and bullpen this season. Was 1-6 with a 7.11 ERA in his starts (I don’t think the Yankees actually project him in that role). There is talent here, but he is a bit down the food chain in this organization. ——————— Staten Island:

*Greg Bird: *4-for-5, 2B (3), RBI, RS – Somebody isn’t happy that the season is over. Between the GCL and Staten Island, Bird went 28-for-86. The Yankees are really high on his bat. I expect him to play a full-season in a short season league in 2013. *Ravel Santana: *1-for-4, 2B (7), 2 RS, BB *Jose Rosario: *2-for-5, RBI, RS, E (15) – Middle infielder hit .224 on the season in 223 AB for Staten Island. He is 20 years old. *Isaias Tejada: *3-for-5, RBI – .192 in 104 AB this season for Staten Island. 20-year old catcher has time to shake this off after a strong 2011 campaign in the GCL.

*Tim Flight: *3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR (5.20 ERA; 45 IP, 52 H, 32 R, 26 ER, 2 HR, 21 BB, 37 K) – 2012 draftee getting his feet wet. Heading into tonight, he was very good vs. left-handed hitters (.194 BAA). He is a 21-year old left-hander. *Angel Rincon: *3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (5.19 ERA; 8.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) – 19-year old right-hander pitched well in the GCL (1.59 ERA in 22.2 IP with only 11 hits allowed to go along with six walks and 22 strikeouts)

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