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(Photo via Eric Lipsman)

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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.

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Some notes:

  • LHP Vidal Nuno, RHP Brett Gerritse, LHP Fred Lewis, and LHP James Pazos are all going to the Arizona Fall League. The full roster is up. Nuno is the big name, obviously. He’s been out since early-June with a groin strain, but he threw off a mound this past weekend according to his Twitter feed.
  • The Yankees sent LHP Yoely Bello to the Rockies as the player to be named later in the Chris Nelson trade, reports Jon Heyman. The 22-year-old southpaw pitched to a 5.17 ERA (3.58 FIP) in 15.2 innings while repeating the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League this summer. About what you’d expect to give up for someone like Nelson.

Double-A Trenton (5-4 win over Harrisburg) the Thunder now lead the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series two games to none, so they’re one win away

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — having himself a nice little postseason after looking overmatched following the late-season promotion
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-5
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) — threw out one of two attempted base-stealers
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB — replaced by PR-1B Casey Stevenson in the seventh, who scored the eventual winning run
  • DH Ben Gamel: 3-4, 1 RBI
  • 3B Reegie Corona: 2-4, 1 RBI — singled in the tying run in the seventh
  • SS Ali Castillo: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) — drove in the winning run with a ground ball
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, 10/3 GB/FB — 48 of 91 pitches were strikes (53%) … LHP Nik Turley set a career-high in strikeouts last night, Mitchell sets a career-high in walks tonight … I wonder what RHP Mikey O’Brien will do for an encore tomorrow
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes (70%) … stranded one of two inherited runners
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB – 13 of 22 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten of 14 pitches were strikes (71%)

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.

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Double-A Trenton (8-2 win over Harrisburg) they lead the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series one game to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K — two-run single was the big blow in the five-run third
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — capped off the five-run third with a single to knock the starter out
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4
  • DH Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 3B Reegie Corona:¬† 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • SS Ali Castillo: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
  • LHP Nik Turley: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 1/5 GB/FB – 64 of 110 pitches were strikes (58%) … pretty good time to set a career-high in strikeouts
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K — 13 pitches, eight strikes

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.

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Double-A Trenton (3-0 win over Binghamton) finish off the sweep of heavily-favored Binghamton in the best-of-five series … they will play either Harrisburg or Erie (Harrisburg leads that series 2-1) in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series … that series doesn’t start until Tuesday, so the next three days will be sans DotF

  • DH Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – drove in the third run with a double play
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-4, 1 RBI — played another seven innings in his second rehab game … he also singled in their first run
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-0 — did not bat after coming off the bench
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 3 K — he was ejected in the seventh because apparently there was some kind of physical altercation between him and two players on the other team … the two players and the opposing manager were also ejected … not sure what that’s about
  • 3B Casey Stevenson: 0-0 – did not bat after coming off the bench
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B-2B Reegie Corona: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • SS Ali Castillo: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • RHP Shane Greene: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 10/0 GB/FB — 61 of 103 pitches were strikes (59%) … in and out of trouble all night
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – four pitches, three strikes
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 32 of 49 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Manny Barreda: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K — nine pitches, one strike … well then
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%) … got the final out of the eighth on a strikeout with the bases loaded

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.

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Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Binghamton) the Thunder lead the best-of-five first round series two games to none

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B
  • RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K — drove in their first run with a sac fly and played seven innings in his first rehab game
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 0-1, 1 K — took over for Zoilo
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-3, 2 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 K – not a good night for the middle of the order
  • CF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R — scored the go-ahead run from first on a double in the seventh inning
  • 3B Reegie Corona: 0-3
  • SS Ali Castillo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — doubled in Williams
  • RHP Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8/5 GB/FB –56 of 102 pitches were strikes (55%) … let’s call this one “effective wild”
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/3 GB/FB — 18 of 27 pitches were strikes (67%) … now that is how you middle relieve
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63%) … obligatory walk to make it interesting in the ninth

The Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and both Rookie GCL Yanks seasons are over. Trenton is the only affiliate still playing.

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Both 2B Gosuke Katoh and RHP Victor Beriguete were named the Rookie Gulf Coast League Postseason All-Star Game. Beriguete had great numbers (1.95 ERA and 2.55 FIP in 27.2 relief innings), but he was also a 24-year-old in the GCL. Katoh was obviously very deserving.

Double-A Trenton (6-5 win over Binghamton in ten innings, walk-off style) they lead the best-of-five series one game to none

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-5, 2 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K — was lifted for a pinch-runner late
  • RF Tyler Austin: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — before the game, he told Nick Peruffo that “it’s going to be a long night” for RHP Noah Syndergaard, the opposing starter and one of the very best pitching prospects in the game … he backed that up with two doubles off the righty, including a two-run shot in the first inning … how awesome is that?
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB
  • PR-1B Casey Stevenson: 1-1, 1 RBI — took over for Roller late and wound up hitting the game-tying single in the tenth
  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3 K — walk-off single
  • 3B Reegie Corona & SS Ali Castillo: both 0-4 — Corona struck out once, Castillo twice
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 4/2 GB/FB – 53 of 98 pitches were strikes (54%) … the Bryan Mitchell experience in a nutshell right there
  • LHP Francisco Rondon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K – 25 of 40 pitches were strikes (63%) … he’s been really, really good for a few weeks now
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 19 of 30 pitches were strikes (63%) … escaped a bases loaded, no outs jam in the eighth with the score tied at three
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%) … gave up the two runs in the top of the tenth, but he wound up getting the win

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Double-A Trenton‘s regular season is over. They open their best-of-five first round playoff series with Binghamton tomorrow night. It’ll be RHP Bryan Mitchell vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard in Game One.

Short Season Staten Island Game One (6-2 win over Vermont) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the fourth

  • CF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 0-5, 2 K — 90 strikeouts are the 13th most in the system even though he didn’t even drafted until June
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 2-5, 2 R, 1 K
  • RF Yeicok Calderon: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — Yeicokshot!
  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 RBI – first hit in four games at this level
  • LHP Conner Kendrick: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5/0 GB/FB — started the game yesterday

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Triple-A Scranton (13-3 loss to Rochester) their season is over … they finished in fifth place in the North Division at 68-76 and did not qualify for the postseason

  • 1B Brent Lillibridge: 2-4 — I wonder if they’ll clear a 40-man roster spot for him now
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 2 RBI — finished his injury-filled season at .272/.319/.397 with seven homers in 374 plate appearances
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 0.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 24 of 44 pitches were strikes (55%) … that’s an unfortunate way to end the season
  • RHP Matt Daley: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 23 of 34 pitches were strikes (68%) … 31-year-old from Queens finished the year with a 74/10 K/BB in 53.1 innings after missing most of 2011 and all of 2012 following shoulder surgery
  • RHP R.J. Baker: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 20 of 33 pitches were strikes (61%) … because this season wasn’t bad enough, the third string catcher threw three innings out of the bullpen in the final game of the year

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More roster moves as Double-A Trenton gears up for their playoff drive: IF Ali Castillo, RHP Taylor Garrison, and RHP Branden Pinder have all been promoted from High-A Tampa to the Thunder according to Nicholas Flammia. LHP Caleb Smith was sent the other way to clear a roster spot.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Rochester)

  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 3-4 — 17 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.378) with five doubles and two homers
  • RHP Sam Demel: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (58%), plus he picked a runner off first … very quietly has a 65/23 K/BB in 52.1 innings

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Both C J.R. Murphy and RHP Brett Marshall were late scratches for Triple-A Scranton tonight, according to Donnie Collins. That almost certainly means both guys will be coming up when rosters expand tomorrow. Earlier today we heard Murphy was “very likely” to get the call. Chris Cotillo says LHP Cesar Cabral will be called up as well, which is fun. He almost made the team out of Spring Training last year before fracturing his elbow. Cabral and Murphy will require 40-man roster moves.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • LF-3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — second homer in his last three games
  • 1B Randy Ruiz:1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second homer in as many days … he was ejected by the first base umpire for arguing something
  • RHP David Herndon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 45 of 68 pitches were strikes (66%) … just called up from Tampa to help the depleted staff … I guess the plane was late otherwise he would have started the game

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