A big story last week with the New York Yankees’ Minor League system revolved around Nick Swisher. The veteran outfielder/first baseman opted out of his Minor League deal to be with his wife, actress Joanna Garcia Swisher as the couple welcomed the birth of their daughter, Sailor. The 35-year old Swisher hit .255 with a .297 OBP in 55 games for the Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders. With all of the first basemen woes for the Yankees earlier this season, you would have thought Swisher would have been in New York at some point. I suppose management feels he has next-to-nothing left. Despite this, Swisher has vowed that he will be looking for a place to play in 2017. We congratulate him and his family on their new addition.
Now for some on-field action within the Yankee organization.
The Trenton Tunder of the Double A Eastern League have had quite the season. They own a mark of 53-32, second best in the 12 team league. However, they are in the unfortunate position of playing in the same division as the team with the best record, the Reading Fightin’ Phils who are 61-24. Trenton owns the top spot in the pitching categories, leading all Eastern teams in ERA at 3.04, strikeouts with 715 and WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) at 1.22. Their bats aren’t too shabby, either, placing fifth in both batting average at .258 and on-base percentage (OBP) at .329.
One of the newest members of the Thunder is 21-year old third baseman Miguel Andujar, who was promoted from Class A Tampa in mid-June. Andujar, who was signed as an international free agent by the Yanks in 2011, hasn’t let the higher caliber of play slow him down. He is hitting .342 with a .372 OBP in 73 at-bats with Trenton. He hasn’t stopped producing runs, either as he already owns 17 RBI’s in 20 games, this after ranking among the Florida State League leaders with ten homers and 41 RBI’s. Andujar is currently ranked as New York’s 14th-best prospect according to mlb.com.
The Class A Charleston River Dogs have gotten off to a lackluster start after capturing the first half of the division title of the South Atlantic League. However, center fielder Jeff Hendrix has only begun to heat up. The team’s fourth round selection out of Oregon St. last year, the 22-year old Hendrix is now hitting .299, a tremendous improvement over the .247 he was hitting on June 1st. He has 15 hits over his last 35 a-bats, a span covering ten games. His .394 OBP ranks seventh among all South Atlantic League hitters.
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