The Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League are heading to the playoffs. I know, it’s a bit early for that kind of talk but by virtue of them winning the first half of their division, they have assured the Yankees’ organization of at least one of their teams playing for a title. The question is, will super prospect Jorge Mateo be with the club come playoff time? The team’s #1 prospect is enjoying a solid campaign, hitting .270 with a league-leading eight triples. Don’t be surprised if the 21-year old Mateo moves up to Double A ball within the next month.
Here are some other doings down on the farm.
-Right-handed pitcher Chad Green continues to make a case to re-join the Yankees’ staff. The 25-year old Green, who made two appearances for the Bombers earlier this season, is sporting a 1.54 ERA for Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He has struck out 82 batters in 81 2/3 innings and has a WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) of 0.98. Green’s ERA is tops in the International League while his WHIP is third-best. In his last outing, he allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out six over six shutout innings.
-Speaking of Scranton, the Railriders own the International League’s best record at 47-32. However, their lead in the North Division is only a single game thanks to the Rochester Red Wings, the top farm club of the Minnesota Twins. Scranton is a well-balanced club, among the league leaders in team hitting and pitching categories. They are hitting a collective .263 with an OBP of .330, both tops in the 14 team league. On the mound, they own the best ERA at 3.13 and have allowed a league-low 610 hits. The staff ranks second in strikeouts with 638 and is second in WHIP at 1.21.
-Two Yankees’ Minor Leaguers will be showcased in the Futures Game to played during All-Star weekend. Mateo and catcher Gary Sanchez, arguably the organization’s top two prospects, were named to the World squad. Mateo is having an outstanding campaign with eight triples and 26 stolen bases for Tampa and should be promoted to Trenton before the end of the Summer. Sanchez had a brief call-up to New York earlier this year and is hitting .280 with eight home runs and 32 RBI’s. Sanchez played in last year’s contest, smacking a double.
-The Single A Staten Island Yankees have gotten off to a blistering start. The team is 10-2, highlighted by a combined ten inning no-hitter by Drew Finley and Josh Roeder. This came one day after they opened the season by outlasting the Brooklyn Cyclones 3-2 in 20 innings. The Yanks are getting it done on the mound, placing second in strikeouts with 125 and second in WHIP at 1.03 in the 14 team New York-Penn League. First baseman Kane Sweeney, the Yanks’ 29th round selection in 2015, has 14 hits in 35 at-bats, good for a .400 average.
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