Posted on: May 12, 2009 8:23 am

Finally, Brackman dominates

Everyone on the planet knows he has it in him, but until last night, we had yet to see it in his professional career.

Last night against Lexington

8IP 7H 2ER 1BB 9K -both runs came in the first, he was next to untouchable after that. He lowered his overall ERA to 4.06 with the effort.

Elsewhere, Jesus Montero has posted a .926 OPS in high A ball to this point. Not too shabby for a 19 year old.

Zach McAllister has spun a 2.67 ERA over 27 innings in AA Trenton. Not bad for the 21 year old in his first exposure to this level.

Finally, Austin Jackson continues to tear up the International League, 2 hits last night raise his average to .365. The 28 Ks in 104 ABs are too much, but he's played a flawless CF, and has yet to be caught stealing.
Category: MLB
Tags: Minors
Posted on: September 3, 2008 9:20 am

A rivalry renewed?

Not Boston/NY, but Trenton/Portland, who meet in the Eastern League post-season for the second consecutive year. A piece from Thunder Blogger Mike Ashmore:

Every year, a lot is made of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry playing out between the Trenton Thunder and Portland Sea Dogs at the Double-A level.

It’s good fodder for reporter’s notebooks, can put some passionate fans in the dark green seats of Waterfront Park and

But does anyone else really care?  Well…

“Sometimes, I think it’s more for the fans,” said Justin Masterson, who pitched in the last postseason series between Portland and Trenton.

“But you have a little bit of (a rivalry) when you’re playing a team of the Yankees.  There’s probably more hype and a sense of ‘we just want to beat these guys,’ just because it’s the Yankees.”

Masterson, who is now in the bullpen for the Boston Red Sox, ended up on the losing end of Game 1 of the Eastern League Division Series against Trenton last year. 

“I think even at that point, I think you’re still more of a fan because you’re not to the major leagues yet,” Masterson said.

“Yeah, you’re playing baseball but you’ve still kind of got that fan aspect.  So maybe there is a little more of that within the players, where we’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re playing the Yankees affiliate, so we’ve got to get these guys.’  As you go up, it’s still there, but there’s still friendships and things like that.  I just think that aspect maybe allows it to be a little different, a little heightened sense of urgency when you’re in those games.”

Thunder manager Tony Franklin didn’t seem to think much of the Red Sox-Yankees side of the series either.

“We’re going to play hard against them, just like we play hard against everyone else,” he said.

“We want to beat everybody we play, that’s just the way it is.  I don’t think there’s any more incentive to beat them just because they’re the Red Sox.  I think that happens a lot more at the Major League level than it does here at the minor league level, it’s a little bit more intense up there.”

In terms of development, players who are facing each other in this series for their respective affiliates could eventually face each other at the big league level.

But according to none other than Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, there’s no big advantage gained in the big leagues from facing someone at the minor league level.

“Well, you don’t come up with all of them,” Ortiz said.

“Sometimes you face them, and it’s a totally different game.  It just depends on the way you prepare when you’re there.”

Matchups: Eric Hacker vs Kris Johnson  Game 1, Jeff Marquez/Clay Buchholz Game 2


Interestingly, the AAA affiliates are also going at it this week.  Chase Wright vs Charlie Zink in #1, Ian Kennedy vs Devern Hansack in game #2.


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Tags: Minors
Posted on: May 22, 2008 3:12 pm

Trenton and Charleston combine for 35 runs

First, the Charleston Riverdogs absolutely destroyed the Red Sox low A affiliate Greenville Drive 20-2.

Dellin Betances displayed his hit or miss command with an uninspiring 4 1/3 1ER 4K and 6BB. The offensive star was First baseman Brian Baisley, who was 5-6 with 2 2B, 2HR, and 7 RBI.

A few hours north, the Trenton Thunder put the hurt on the Reading Phillies 15-5. Best news about this is it looks like Jose Tabata (last years' #1 positional prospect) is finally starting to come out of his season long funk. He was 3-6 with a HR and 4 RBI. His fellow top 50 prospect Austin Jackson was even better, going 2-5 with a triple and a grand slam. He totalled 7 RBI.

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Tags: Minors
Posted on: May 21, 2008 9:59 am
Edited on: May 21, 2008 10:10 am

No fun watching the big boys right now

Who are trying to determine where exactly is "rock-bottom", so let's take a look at some good Yankee news (of the Scranton and below variety)

Zach McAllister continues his breakout season in Charleston. 8 IP 6 H 6K 1ER in a win against Greenville-the only run allowed a HR to Sox prospect Ryan Kalish. McAllister now stands at 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA on the season.

Ivan Nova was even more dominant for Tampa. 8IP 2H 1BB 6K 0ER in a 1-0 shutout of Vero Beach.

Trenton shut out Reading last night-and Jose Tabata actually had an extra-base hit! More importantly, Mark Melancon is really starting to put it together-3 IP 1BB 0ER 4K. I imagine he'll be heading up to Scranton soon.

Speaking of Scranton, they lost a 3-2 decision to Pawtucket in Jeff Karstens' 2008 debut, but JB Cox posted 1.2 IP, 1BB,0ER, and Scott Patterson followed him with a perfect 9th inning.

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Tags: Minors
Posted on: May 1, 2008 10:23 am

A couple of tough luck starters

In Charleston and Trenton.

Dellin Betances put up his customary 5IP 2ER (are they ever going to let this kid go 6?) He struck out 6 and walked "only" 3. He took his first loss of the season, 2-1. His record stands at 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA.

Another member of the '06 draft, George Kontos, went 5 1/3, gave up 2 ER and struck out 7. He took the 3-2 loss to fall to 0-3 on the season, despite his respectable 3.52 ERA.

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Tags: Minors
Posted on: April 6, 2008 10:03 am
Edited on: April 6, 2008 10:39 am

Around the minors

Alan Horne made his AAA debut, and pitched well. Not dominant, but 6 IP 5 H 2BB 2ER 6K. Scott Patterson showed again why he's a better option than LaTroy Hawkins with another scoreless inning with 2K.  Brett Gardner hit his 1st HR of the season (he didn't hit any all last year in AA)

Down in Trenton, Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata continued their slow starts with a combined 0-4 with 2 walks. George Kontos didn't fare too spectacularly -3 BB and an earned run with only 1 K in 3 IP.

Ryan Pope was better in Tampa-throwing 4 IP with only 2 hits allowed to go along with 2K. He was on the wrong end of a 1-0 shutout.

Charleston lived up to their advance billing as the most exciting team in minor league baseball with a 13-0 shellacking of Rome, Ga.

Among the noteworthy contributors was Brad Suttle who was 2-3 with a HR. Nie to see after his terrible spring. Abraham Almonte, Carmen Angelini, Jesus Montero and David Williams all had multiple hits, or multiple RBI. There is some serious talent on this team. They will be fun to watch all year long.


Category: MLB
Tags: Minors
Posted on: January 18, 2008 8:55 am

April Fool's?

Nope. Press release from the Yankees:

The Trenton Thunder, the Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, will host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Class AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, in a special pre-season exhibition game at Waterfront Park in Trenton on April 1 at 7:05 PM.

Tickets to this event will go on sale by phone, 609-394-3300, and online at www.trentonthunder.com starting Monday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets will be the same as regular season Thunder games with seats in the Club and Pavilion Sections at $10 for adults and $9 for seniors (60+) and children (5-12). Terrace Sections will be $6 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+) and children (5-12).

This game will give fans the chance to see the top levels of the Yankees Minor League system while reuniting players from last season’s Eastern League Championship Thunder team who have moved on to the AAA level. The there will be a pre-game ceremony on the field to honor the members of the 2007 EL Championship Thunder team. The Waterfront Park gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for season ticket holders and 6:00 p.m. for the general public.

“This should really be a special night for Thunder and Yankee fans,” said Thunder General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Brad Taylor. “Getting the players from last year’s team together again for this game will be a thrill. It’s not too often we get guys to come back after they’ve moved on, so this gives fans a chance to see them united in Trenton one more time.”

“This game with the Thunder will showcase all the talent in the Yankee farm system,” said Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Executive Vice President / COO Jeremy Ruby. “This will really be a memorable night for the baseball fans in New York, Scranton and New Jersey.”

“This game will give the Thunder fans a great chance to honor so many of the players that made the 2007 season so memorable. The 2007 Thunder was a special group of very talented young men,” said New York Yankee Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations Mark Newman.


Wow. This should be something. New Thunder Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata, and Dan McCutchen against former Thunder Alan Horne, Brett Gardner, and others. A chance to see probably 15 of the top 20 in the Yankee system in 1 game.

And I'm 800 miles away. Damn.


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Tags: Minors
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