Prospect Spotlight: Wuilmer Becerra Stands Tall Among Raw Prospects

When it comes to raw talent, New York Mets prospect Wuilmer Becerra fits the bill.  Included in the R.A. Dickey deal, Becerra was originally signed as an international free agent in 2011 by the Toronto Blue Jays.  The physical tools are there for this kid, its just a matter of him developing his skills to go along with them. Mike Rosenbaum of Bleacher Report talks about his short...
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: It's time to review the fundamental laws of the Yankiverse

Some of us, myself included, seem to have forgotten the unified theories govern our existence on the Yankee astral plane with the likes of Jeet & Mo and - yes - Vern & Pronk. We need a theological oil change.Let's ponder and remember the basic rules of Yankee fandom.1. When a Yankee is hurt, double the recovery time. I'm startled that some bloggers and Yankeetillectuals...
June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Rondon Removed from 40-Man

Francisco Rondon has been Designated for Assignment to open a spot on the Yankees 40-man roster (PR) The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced Saturday that LHP Francisco Rondon has been designated for assignment by the Yankees and is thus removed from the active roster.  RHP Graham Stoneburner has been transferred from Triple-A Scranton to take...
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May 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Stoneburner Finally Healthy

MOOSIC, PA – Graham Stoneburner knows he can be successful on the mound. It’s just a matter of staying healthy to prove it. Stoneburner’s 2012 season was marred by two trips to the disabled list because of groin injuries. He was, however, able to come back towards the end of the year, remain healthy and get back in a groove, things he’s carried over to this season.
May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: DePaula Shines in Pro Debut

(Photo: River Avenue Blues) Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Final Score: Pawtucket 7, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 2 WP: Beato (1-0) LP: Stoneburner (0-1) SV: De La Torre (1) 1B Luke Murton                 2-4, R, 2B 3B Addison Maruszak     2-4, RBI SS Gil Velazquez               1-3, RBI SP Graham Stoneburner   4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K RP Juan Cedeno...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 19: Former Melky leads barrage on Yankees

New York Yankees 5 — Toronto Blue Jays 17   Today’s game did not go well in a 17-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.   Kevin Youkilis shined of the offense with two hits, a triple in the 5th inning and a home run in the 1st inning. Jayson Nix, Corban Joseph, and Jose Pirela all brought in a run with doubles.   The pitching of today’s game featured many players that won’t...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting Rule 5 Eligible Prospects

The MLB Rule 5 draft is scheduled for Dec. 6 during the final day of the 2012 Winter Meetings. It’s become a fan favorite over the years but the draft is not as valuable as it used to be for clubs. In the last Collective Bargaining Agreement update roster rules were changed to give organizations one more year of protection for prospects before they had to be added to the 40-man...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect Report: New York Yankees

As I mentioned yesterday, I had an opportunity to watch a few games of the double-A Eastern League playoff series between the Akron Aeros (Indians) and Trenton Thunder (Yankees). The series featured some interesting Grade B and C prospects who could possibly see time in the major leagues in the not-too-distant future.The notes below come from a small-sample size observation so they...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Garcia Blasts Trenton into Playoffs

Two home runs from Adonis Garcia led the Thunder into the playoffs (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder) AA: Trenton Thunder Adonis Garcia led the Thunder offense with two of the team’s four home runs as they defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 7-4 on Tuesday night. David Adams and Addison Maruszak each had a home run as well. Garcia, Adams, Kevin Mahoney, and Jose Gil all had multiple...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Stoneburner Battling Back

TRENTON, NJ - The word “injury” has fallen in the same sentence as “Graham Stoneburner” far too often in recent years. First there was the fractured vertebra that forced the right-handed pitcher to miss his senior high school season. A year later, a torn ACL cost him his freshman year at Clemson. Last season, he missed three months with a pinched neck nerve.
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Stoneburner Bombed in Return to Trenton

  <a href="" rel=\"attachment wp-att-9307\">Graham Stoneburner was lit up for five runs in his return to the Thunder (Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore) AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Scranton/Wilkes...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Mikey O’Brien Promoted to Trenton

<a href="" rel=\"attachment wp-att-6349\">Mikey O'Brien's promotion to Trenton is well-deserved (Photo: The Thunder...
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May 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Better Know a Prospect Countdown: 20 - 11

Before delving into my constantly evolving (and therefore somewhat arbitrary) rankings, I felt it would be prudent to provide a few token honorable mentions:Zoilo Almonte has all the makings of a league-average corner outfielder. He's a switch hitter with five average or so tools (and increasing productivity against southpaws), and he could probably fake center field in a pinch...
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March 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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