Finally Put the Refsynder Debate to Rest, For Now

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There has been constant debates and outcry on Twitter, forums and pretty much anywhere Yankee fans can voice their options over Rob Refsynder. Everyone has all of sudden become a minor league scout and claimed Refsynder aka “Ref” will be the answer to the Yankees offensive issues, but I never bought into it. Finally today […]

Gary Sanchez benched in Trenton for disciplinary reasons

Gary Sanchez has been benched for disciplinary reasons (Photo: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

Top Yankee prospect Gary Sanchez has found himself in the doghouse at Double-A Trenton, where he has been benched for disciplinary reasons. Sanchez was originally in Wednesday’s lineup before being scratched, and was on the bench again on Thursday. After Thursday’s game, Franklin clarified the situation for Trentonian beat writer Nick Peruffo. “It was disciplinary action,” […]

Peter O’Brien’s ‘easy power’ drawing comparisons to all-time greats

Peter O'Brien may not always be a catcher, but his bat will force the Yankees to find space for him somewhere (Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

After twelve games with the Trenton Thunder, one thing about Peter O’Brien is clear. His power is a trait that has rarely been seen in the Eastern League before. To his new manager Tony Franklin, O’Brien is a player in uncharted territory. “No. Never. It hasn’t happened in the eight seasons I’ve been here. He’s […]

Thunder Manager Tony Franklin sets Eastern League wins record

Tony Franklin has become the Eastern League's winningest manager. (Credit: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

Tony Franklin might be one of the best baseball people I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking with. He’s honest and respectful to the media, and players frequently rave about how hard he works to develop them and move them towards their goal of reaching the Major Leagues. On Friday night, Franklin was recognized for […]

Bullpen Finalized, Aceves Back With Yankees

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Well yesterday was a busy and interesting day for the Yankees. It started with a slow morning and still no news. Then word came out that manager Joe Girardi called a special players meeting about two hours before last night’s game against the Miami Marlins. Soon after the meeting broke, the Yankees officially announced the […]

Yankees trim roster

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The Yankees announced two cuts to their big league camp, optioning RHP Jose Campos to High-A ball in Tampa and RHP Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both players were added to the 40-man roster this winter. Campos, 21, was the other player the Yankees acquired when they dealt Jesus Montero to Seattle for Michael Pineda […]

Down on the Farm: BronxPinstripes’ Top 20 Prospects

Gary Sanchez headlines BP's prospect rankings for 2014 (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

Everyone loves to look at prospects – the unproven players with a boatload of potential who could be the next face of their franchise. The reality is that most prospects never fully live up to that potential. For every Derek Jeter, there’s ten Eric Duncan’s or Brien Taylor’s. Just the same, here is the BronxPinstripes […]

Baseball America Releases Top-10 Yankees Prospect List

Gary Sanchez found his name at the top of Baseball America's annual top Yankees prospects list (Photo: MiLB.com)

Baseball America, the premiere website for minor league baseball coverage, released their annual list of the top 10 New York Yankees prospects on Monday. To no one’s surprise, catcher Gary Sanchez topped the list, which was compiled by former Trenton Thunder beat writer Josh Norris. Slade Heathcott, who was finally getting on track in Trenton […]

Yanks add to 40-man roster

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While the A-Rod circus reached new heights yesterday, the Yankees made a handful of roster moves. They acquired infielder Dean Anna from the Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ben Paullus. Anna, 26, hit .331 with nine homers and 73 RBI in 132 games with Triple-A Tucson in 2013. He’s viewed as a low risk […]

Yankees Affiliate Honored as ‘Team of the Year’

The Trenton Thunder were voted by the fans as the top team in Minor League Baseball (Photo: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

(PR)(TRENTON, NJ) MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League Baseball, has named the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, “Team of the Year” following a three week online voting period this month. The honor is part of the annual “MiLBY” Awards which are presented by MiLB.com each fall. The Thunder were the […]

Trenton Thunder are 2013 Eastern League champions

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The Trenton Thunder won the Eastern League championship with an 11-4 win over the Harrisburg Senators. This is the third Eastern League championship in franchise history. With this win, the Thunder set a franchise record of six straight playoff wins. In the third inning, the Thunder were trailing but outfielder Mason Williams got it started […]

Interviews | Mason Williams

Trenton Thunder outfielder Mason Williams may be one of the most athletically-gifted prospects in the Yankees system.

One of the interns for the Trenton Thunder asked me not too long ago what my favorite part about being a sports writer was. Plain and simple, it’s the access, and the Double-A level where I am credentialed is probably the perfect spot to be at. For the most part, you are talking with players […]

Yankees Promotion Decisions Looming as September Approaches

J.R. Murphy could have the biggest impact of all potential September call-ups (Photo: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

With major league rosters set to expand to 40 players on Sunday and the Triple-A baseball season ending on Monday, one can expect to see some new (and some old) faces in the New York Yankees clubhouse by the conclusion of Labor Day weekend. Every year, teams add a couple of extra arms for their […]

Live from Trenton: A-Rod Speaks

Alex Rodriguez meeting with the media in Trenton on Friday night (Photo: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com)

TRENTON, NJ – Friday night sparked a media frenzy at ARM & HAMMER Park, as a standing room crowd and more than 150 media members from around the country descended on the tiny, 6,100 seat stadium and 20-person press box. I must say, Bill Cook, the Thunder media relations guru, did a fantastic job keeping […]

Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

Gary Sanchez's performance has earned him the top spot in our Prospect Rankings (Photo: Mark LoMoglio)

  With the All-Star Break come and gone, it’s time for our mid-season prospect rankings. There’s some changes at the top, with Rafael DePaula, Jose Ramirez, and and J.R. Murphy being some of the biggest movers. This season has seen the re-emergence of players such as Dellin Betances and Jake Cave. I have seen most […]

Trenton Loses Face of the Franchise to Retirement

After 11 years serving as the bat dog of the Trenton Thunder, Chase heads off into retirement with one final ceremony. (Photo from Trenton Thunder on Facebook)

Since 2002, the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have had hundreds of players occupy their locker rooms. They’ve had a couple of different managers and dozens of coaches. However, there has always been one consistent face of the franchise, present for 71 home games each year. Regardless of the promotion – […]

Pineda to start Tuesday in Trenton

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Michael Pineda will venture outside of Florida for the first time in his rehab process, starting tonight for the Trenton Thunder against Eerie. At the beginning of the 30-day rehab process, GM Brian Cashman said the 24-year-old righty would need about 5-6 starts before he’s deemed ready to return to the big leagues; tonight will […]

Rafael DePaula Promoted to High-A Tampa

Rafael DePaula is headed to Tampa after a dominant first half in Charleston. (MiLB.com)

After 64 1/3 dominant innings with the Charleston RiverDogs, top pitching prospect Rafael DePaula is headed to Tampa. The news was first broken by Baseball America’s Ben Badler earlier this evening. In 13 starts with the RiverDogs this year, DePaula has been lights out, going 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA. His 96 strikeouts and 1.02 […]

J.R. Murphy Promoted to Scranton

J.R. Murphy has earned a promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Photo: Trenton Thunder on Facebook)

J.R. Murphy is headed to the Electric City. “Murphy’s outta here, he’s gone to Scranton,” Tony Franklin told me during his post-game media session. “A lot of people think he’s a pretty good player and that it’s time for him to move on.” The loss of J.R. Murphy to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders is a difficult […]

Pineda completes first rehab start

Michael Pineda returns.

  Michael Pineda is on his way back to the majors, as earlier today he made his first rehab start for High-A Tampa against Lakeland, the Tigers’ High-A affiliate. Pineda pitched well, as he went 4.2 innings, with four strikeouts, one walk, two hits, and only allowed one unearned run. A solid step for the […]