Trenton repeats as EL Champs


Double-A Trenton (5-1 win over Akron) Trenton wins the best-of-five series 3-1 … it’s their second consecutive Eastern League Championship
Reegie Corona, Ramiro Pena & Frankie Cervelli: all 1 for 3 – Corona drove in a run with a sac fly & scored another … Pena was hit by a pitch & swiped a bag … Cervelli drew a walk, scored a run & picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – had himself a helluva postseason
Chris Malec & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 4, 1 R – PJ drove in a run
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – hit .414 in the postseason
Edar Gonzalez: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Kevin Russo: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Jeff Marquez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 7-6 GB/FB
Jason Jones: 3 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2-2 GB/FB – first relief appearance (and save) of the year couldn’t come at a better time

Triple-A Scranton won the Governor’s Cup. They’ll play the Sacramento River Cats (A’s) in the Bricktown Showdown on Tuesday, with Ian Kennedy facing Brad Knox. The Bobby Murcer Award will be presented to the game’s MVP for the first time this year; the game will be televised on ESPN2.

High-A Tampa’s season is over; they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona Cubs won the league championship.

Low-A Charleston’s season is over; they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Augusta Green Jackets (Giants) won the league championship.

Short Season Staten Island’s season is over; they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The Batavia Muckdogs (Cards) won the league championship.

The Rookie GCL Yanks’ season is over. The GCL Phils won the league championship.

DotF will return Tuesday for the Bricktown Showdown, but then it’ll be on hiatus until Hawaii Winter Baseball starts on Sept 27th. The Arizona Fall League doesn’t start until October 7th, and the Yanks still have to assign two more pitchers to the league. I’ll also post stats from the various Caribbean Winter Leagues from time to time as well. Otherwise that’s it for 2008.

It’s been one hell of a season, no?

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Ivan says:

    Overall a pretty good season from yankee minorleaguers.

    Melancon was superb, Montero was a beast, A-Jax progress nicely and turn it on both ends of the ball in the postseason.

    Hell even guys who were not prospects like Hughes and IPK did well in AAA.

    I can’t wait for next season with Montero at High-A Ad, and A-Jax at AAA.

  2. dan says:

    It’s been real.

  3. Rafi says:

    Thanks Mike. I used to actually go through all the box scores on my own, but you made it much easier(and more insightful).

  4. dan says:

    Commenter Dave mentioned this in the previous thread and it didn’t get noticed… Who’s the “watch” going to be next season? Last season it seemed like we were debating it for weeks until somebody came up with the TJ rehab quartet.

    I’m thinking my vote goes to McAllister. He’s going to AA next season so he’s not too far from the majors that he’ll be on there forever, but he’ll be on the watch for more than a month (like A-Jax could be if he really turns a corner). He’s probably as close to a sure thing as this organization has (among pitchers, at least). There’s no poll (as of now), but my top choices for the watch next season would be:

    1. McAllister
    2. A-Jax
    3. Brackman

    Brackman is number three only because he could take longer than expected to recover, and I don’t want him to be on the watch forever. And there also aren’t 4 rehab guys this coming year like there were this past season. Thoughts?

  5. BigYank1 says:

    Its nice to see our young guys winning and playing hard-nosed baseball at these levels.

    Maybe the few who will see the majors will bring that same kind of attitude to the Yanks.

  6. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike you think that Melancon has a legit shot to win ROY award?

    I understand guys like Weiters have a better shot and Melancon is a relief pitcher but he’s type of guy who can certainly pitch very well next season. Is that too much expectation?

    • Manimal says:

      With all the talent in the whole AL who knows, he could don’t get me wrong, its just that Price qualifies next year and some other big name prospects. My money would go on Price.

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah, it might be. It’s hard enough to win any award as a reliever, and to win ROY as a reliever he’s going to have to be stellar. Mo would have to get hurt (knock on wood) allowing Melancon to assume closing duties for him to win it I think.

      A guy who goes say, 5-1, 2.50 ERA, 8.0 Kper9 as a middle reliever just isn’t ROY material. Some rook will win 15 games or hit .280-25-90 next year, leaving Melancon in the dark.

  7. Mulls says:

    yeah thanks alot for the dotf all season long.!!

  8. Manimal says:

    I want to see A jax robberies of homeruns from yesturday, any videos out there?

  9. Mike A. says:

    We have a winner for stupid LoHud comment of the day:

    This also shows what a disappointment the single A team is.

  10. Manimal says:

    DAYUM, Sanchez is a BIG man.

    Look at the chin!

  11. Mike A. says:

    Carlos Zambrano has a no-hitter through 7. Only 85 pitches.

  12. Ivan says:

    Can’t wait to see what Montero does next season especially on the defensive end of things. He does have to be Russell Martin or Mauer but just average.

    This guy could be miguel Cabrera playing catcher.

  13. A.D. says:

    Is the AAA game a one and done? and is there no AA all around championship?

  14. Ivan says:

    Man second year in a row that the Brewers are choking in september.

    • Manimal says:

      and they are MUCH better this year too. Good by CC and Sheets and possibly Prince next year. No way in hell they are contending next year. Maybe if some of those prospects they have can step it up when the reach the majors.

  15. NYFan50 says:

    It figures that Extra Innings isn’t carrying the Cubs game. Nor is anybody else. Maybe ESPN will switch over.

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Three more outs for the Big Z.

  17. Ivan says:

    Speaking of CC, alot people seem that he’s staying in the NL especiallyto the west coast. I understand money talks and what not but it seems like it’s not a lock that he doesn’t sign with the yanks.

    Who ya guys got in mind?

    Alot of people seem to have a fetish for Burnett.

  18. Bryan says:

    According to Mike Ashmore over at thunder thoughts Humberto Sanchez is heading to New York and Kevin Russo and Ramiro Pena are going to Scranton. Isn’t it a bit early for Sanchez? I mean hes pitched 14 innings since coming back from TJ.

  19. BigYank1 says:

    Sanchez will be alright if the Yanks limit him to one inning stints, which they SURELY will.

  20. Ivan says:

    One more out.

  21. E-ROC says:

    Z-man is a beast.

  22. Jamal G. says:

    Congratulations, Carlos Zambrano.

  23. Ivan says:

    Big Z did it. Congrads my dude.

  24. Manimal says:

    WOW, Zambrano is beastly.

  25. Mike A. says:

    Bush league fist pump.

  26. dan says:

    Honestly? He walked the guy with the .285 OBP to ruin the perfecto? For reels?

  27. Brandon says:

    I still can’t believe Colin Curtis didn’t win the MVP but who can argue when “Superman” is in CF :lol: Seriously this is a performance business the Yankees should reward Curtis for hitting .414 in the postseason for Trenton.

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