Thunder blow out Harrisburg to win Eastern League championship

Rosenthal: Yankees tried to acquire Dan Haren last weekend
Update: Gardner leaves game with strained left oblique
(Photo via Eric Lipsman)
(Photo via Eric Lipsman)

Double-A Trenton (11-3 win over Harrisburg) they are Eastern League champions after finishing off the sweep of the best-of-five series, so congrats to them and manager Tony Franklin … this is Trenton’s first title since winning back-to-back championships in 2007-2008, the only other titles in franchise history … it’s the first championship in the farm system since both Short Season Staten Island and the Rookie GCL Yanks won in 2011, and first championship by a full season affiliate since High-A Tampa won back-to-back titles in 2009-2010

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB — singled in a run in the ninth as they broke it open
  • LF Ramon Flores: 3-6, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — tripled in a run in the ninth before being thrown out the plate for the team’s final offensive out of the season
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — singled in their first run of the game as part of a five-run third inning
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K — tripled in Sanchez in the third after a wild pitch plated another run
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Ben Gamel: 3-3, 2 R, 2 BB — helluva night
  • 3B Reegie Corona: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SS Ali Castillo: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) — really blew things open with a two-run homer in the fifth  … he was named the series MVP, so congrats to him
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 9/1 GB/FB — 66 of 94 pitches were strikes (70%) … finishes the season with a farm system high 165.1 innings
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 16 of 25 pitches were strikes … came in and escaped a second and third, one out jam without allowing a run
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 12 of his 17 pitches were strikes (44%) … bullpen went 10.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K in the series

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Minor league baseball will return on October 8th, when the Arizona Fall League season begins.

Rosenthal: Yankees tried to acquire Dan Haren last weekend
Update: Gardner leaves game with strained left oblique
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  • El Johnny D

    Is it crazy of me to want a Tyler Austin promotion?

    Gardner injured. Austin missed ABs due to injury. Got hot at end of season to help Trenton win championship. Played at AA so not too far away from MLB…

    • emac2

      With the brittle nature of the current team a few injury replacements will probably still be coming up.

      Austin has to be one of the guys on the list.

      We’re going to have a lot of good players at the AA, AAA levels next year. I’m betting the major league club goes injury free.


      Which guys on the farm have the best chance of winning a job in the spring?

  • Pseudoyanks

    We’ll always have Trenton.

    • cooolbreeez

      + 1

  • Robinson Tilapia

    AA team wins championship. Austin returns from injury smacking the shit out of the ball. Sanchez looked to adjust to level just fine. Yup, the MiLB system is just a barren wasteland WHUT.

    Congrats to the Thunder. Hope a few of you are bringing home an even bigger trophy soon.

    • Laz

      Some underperformed sure, some moved up, at the end of the year they could have been better, but there were some impressive players this year.

    • nycsportzfan

      It was nice to see the prospects play well to end the season, thats for sure. But, you must understand where the critisim has come from this yr, as for farm guys, right?

      Like i said last night, Gamel can rake!!!lol

  • Get Phelps Up

    So with the end of the minor league season I have to thank Mike for putting together DoTF all season long once again. You’ve made it so much easier to follow the minor league system year after year with this. I sure appreciate it!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *raises glass*

      • RetroRob

        Guzzles it down.

        Sorry, I was parched.

      • Pseudoyanks


    • flamingo

      Second this.

    • jjyank

      Here here!

  • NeilT

    Well done to the Thunder… but dammit why did you have to sweep? Knew I should’ve taken that ticket on offer at work for tonight!!

  • Curtis

    Yea hucking feroes!!!

  • emac2

    Most likely to make the big club out of spring training at each position?

    1B Ronnier
    2B Cojo
    SS Culver? Angelini? Fiorito?
    3B Adams
    C Sanchez
    OF Austin
    OF Slade
    OF Zoidberg
    OF Garcia

  • hafner is the bad guy from rocky and bullwinkle

    Everybody says minor league championships are won by the org players, but this AA team has prospects in at least 3/5 of the rotation, C, all 3 OF, DH, maybe 1B, and in the pen. I’m hoping Kahnle is the next Robertson (hopefully with fewer walks). Hopefully we can turn prospect depth in the outfield into some middle infielders