The June Yankees Quiz


If you are reading this then you know about the paucity of offense the past couple of weeks and about the untimely bullpen hiccups and defensive miscues that have cost them games.  Sure this could be another article heavy in sabermetrics that does nothing more than clamor about how the sky is falling.  Or it […]

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:

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 […]

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 […]

Thunder Drop Game Two, Headed for Elimination Game

Shaeffer Hall lasted just three innings on Wednesday (Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore)

Akron 7, Trenton 5 (Akron leads series 2-0) THUNDER Garcia 0-4, 2 K Flores 1-3, R, BB Adams 2-4, R Almonte  2-4, HR, 3 RBI Maruszak 0-4, K Murphy 1-4, R Austin 1-4, HR, RBI Mahoney 1-4, 2B Segedin 1-3, RBI Hall (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, BB, 2 K […]

Yankees Send Five to Arizona Fall League

Slade Heathcott is one of five players headed to the Arizona Fall League (Photo Credit: Mark LoMaglio/Tampa Yankees)

Five Yankee prospects will participate in the 2012 Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions, the team affiliated with the Yankees and four other teams in the prestigious six-team league which features rosters full of top prospects. Opening day for the 2012 season will be in early October, and the usually runs until mid-November, when […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Thunder Advance to ELCS

Nik Turley pitched five innings in his Double-A debut (Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore)

The Thunder rode six different pitchers to victory as they advanced to their fourth Eastern League Championship Series in four years. Nik Turley made his first Double-A playoff start, and gave Trenton five-plus innings while allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Turley struck out two, and was clocked in the low 90’s […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Mesa Blasts Yankees to Game Four

Melky Mesa's walk-off home rune kept the Yankees' season alive for at least one more day (Photo Credit: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees On the brink of elimination, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fought back in the bottom of the 9th inning from two runs down, securing the win coming on a shot from Melky Mesa over the left field fence. Mesa, who had two of the team’s five hits today, was the driving force behind the offense. Down […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Segedin Plays Hero for Trenton

Rob Segedin's triple tied the ELDS at one game apiece (Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fell to the brink of elimination after blowing a multi-run lead for the second straight night with a 3-2 loss to Pawtucket. Ramon Ortiz turned in a solid outing, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings, but errors by Kevin Russo and Cole Garner would do damage […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Scranton, Trenton Lose Playoff Openers

Ramon Flores' home run wasn't enough to push Trenton past Reading last night (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Game one of the playoffs went to the Pawtucket Red Sox, as they got to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter John Maine early and often to defeat the Yankees 7-4. Chased after just 4.2 innings, Maine allowed five runs on seven hits as he took the loss. After he left, Chase Whitley shut the Phillies down […]

The 1st Annual Minor League Awards

Tyler Austin's performance at both Charleston and Tampa earned him the honor of's Minor League Player of the Year (Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Yankees)

As Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton begin the playoffs tonight, it’s time to give out some post-season awards at each of the minor league levels which we covered throughout the season. There will be an overall award, as well as awards for members of each team. Player of the Year, Organization: Tyler Austin, OF, Charleston/Tampa/Trenton Tyler started […]

Minor League Playoff Schedules

The EL Eastern Division Champions begin a best-of-five series with Reading on Wednesday (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder)

While many fans hope the slumping Yankees find a way to right the ship and secure the AL East crown, many don’t realize that the top two Yankees affiliates, AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and AA Trenton, have already won their respective divisions. Both teams will begin their opening round playoff series on Wednesday night. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wed 9/5: […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Flores Homers in Trenton Debut

Ramon Flores homered in his second Double-A at-bat (Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Yankees)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees The final regular season game of the season went a few innings long in a playoff preview as Pawtucket defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6-4 in twelve innings on Monday. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre used six pitchers, including reserve catcher Ryan Baker, as none threw more than three innings in a true bullpen game. With the playoffs (and […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Ronnier Runs Wild in Scranton Win

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AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Ronnier Mustelier’s three hit performance helped lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre past Pawtucket on Sunday night by a score of 6-2. Playing DH today, Mustelier scored once and also drove a run home. Corban Joseph and Darnell McDonald also contributed multi-hit games, with Joseph having a pair of RBIs as well. The rest of Scranton’s […]

Minor Adjustments

Tyler Austin headlines the list of those promoted through the system in the past few days (Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Yankees)

Every year on September 1st, Major League Baseball expands their rosters from 25 players to 40 players, pulling players mainly from their Triple-A affiliate. The result is some players realizing their dreams of playing in the Major Leagues, while also stripping potential playoff contending minor league teams of some of their key players. As a […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Clinches Division

Francisco Cervelli and Chris Dickerson celebrating as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won their fifth division title in six seasons (Photo Credit: Chris Dickerson on Twitter)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees John Maine took the ball tonight for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and turned in a masterful performance which would lead them to clinch their fifth division title in the past six years. Maine, a mid-season addition for the Yankees, turned in seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out five […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Garcia Blasts Trenton into Playoffs

Two home runs from Adonis Garcia led the Thunder into the playoffs (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder)

AA: Trenton Thunder Adonis Garcia led the Thunder offense with two of the team’s four home runs as they defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 7-4 on Tuesday night. David Adams and Addison Maruszak each had a home run as well. Garcia, Adams, Kevin Mahoney, and Jose Gil all had multiple hits on the evening. […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Russo Comes Up Big in Thirteenth

Kevin Russo drove home the eventual winning run in the 13th inning (Photo Credit: All Things Bubba on Blogspot)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Kevin Russo hit a double into center field in the 13th inning, scoring Darnell McDonald and giving the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Russo, the clear offensive hero on the night, reached base in five of six trips to the plate, which included two hits and three walks. […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Scranton Now Two Wins from Division Title

A view from the stands as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre moved one win closer to winning the International League North title as they defeated Lehigh Valley 6-2 on Sunday afternoon. Justin Thomas turned in an excellent outing, tossing seven innings of two-run baseball. Thomas allowed just three hits in the outing while striking out five Lehigh Valley hitters, earning his second […]

Yankees Considering Demoting Joba?

Joba Chamberlain has struggled terribly since returning from Tommy John surgery and a broken ankle

Don’t laugh, folks, it could happen. And it could happen as soon as Friday, when C.C. Sabathia returns from the disabled list and the Yankees are required to make a roster move, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Chamberlain, who made his return from Tommy John surgery and a broken ankle […]

Minors Wrap-Up: Tracy, Turley Dominant in Tampa

Nik Turley dominated Lakeland hitters on Monday (Photo Credit: Robert Pimpsner)

AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Chris Dickerson continued on his recent hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a two-run home run on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to help the Yankees, who fell to the Gwinnett Braves 10-6. Dickerson, Corban Joseph, and Gustavo Molina were the three SWB Yankees to come away […]