TRENTON, N.J – Tony Franklin is presently in his seventh season as manager of the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Double-A Eastern League affiliate.
Over the years, what Franklin has done with the players the Yankees have sent to Trenton has not been noticed by the average fan.
Certainly Franklin is mentioned among the best managers in Minor League Baseball, having won two Eastern...
By JOE DelGRIPPO
My home state of New Jersey is home to two affiliated minor league franchises, the Double A Eastern League Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankee affiliate, and the Low A South Atlantic League Lakewood Blue Claws, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate. The Trenton home field is about 40 minutes away, while the Lakewood field is a mere 15 minutes...
After dropping their series opener to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday night, 8-3, Trenton Thunder Manager Tony Franklin summoned a familiar face to the mound last night to get his team back on the winning track. Franklin handed the ball to Mikey O’Brien, who opened the season down in Tampa with the Single-A Yankees ball club after spending a majority of his 2012 season...
Hopefully, Duque will be watching on a wall mounted TV whilst he entertains folks at the Library tonight. But I thought Romine would have been given a shot yesterday.Meanwhile, of our 10 top prospects not currently at the stadium:1. Mason Williams has a hangover.2. Banuelos is doing nothing.3. Sanchez is slipping, a bit. His BA that is.4. Tyler Austin remains a solid .250 player...
Tyler Austin (Photo: Trenton Thunder on Facebook)
New York Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin burst onto the scene in 2012, covering three minor league levels, plus a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League. Austin led the Yankees’ system in batting average for the second straight year, and vaulted himself into the top five on Baseball America’s annual prospect rankings for...
There is an organization that gives a weekly assessment of the Yankee's top ten prospects.I did have a major argument with that source, not about their postings, but about the issue of whether the Yankees actually have ten prospects, much less a top ten.In any case, they convinced me that as long as the Yankees have more than ten active players cumulative, in their minor league...
Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin have several things in common. Most notably, they’re among the top prospects in the New York Yankees organization. Both are outfielders with the potential to become elite hitters. Each has an interesting back story.
They are also different. The 21-year-old Austin swings from the right side and came into the season with a .331 average, and 23 home...
Tyler Austin (Photo: Mark LoMoglio)
Game 1: Buffalo 6, SWB 1
Dellin Betances struggled mightily during the first game of this double-header, allowing six runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. He would take the loss as his ERA ballooned to 15.43. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre couldn’t manage to do much offensively, they mustered...
TRENTON, N.J. – As far as the prospect-laden Trenton Thunder outfield is concerned, Ramon Flores, who will occupy left field in tonight’s Eastern League season-opener at Portland, Maine, is the darkhorse.
While both Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin are two of the most heralded prospects in baseball, Flores is one of those guys who must prove his point.
A compact 5-foot-11, 190...
The 2013 Trenton Thunder all-prospect outfield, from left, Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin.
TRENTON, N.J. – Tyler Austin has heard the talk coming out of New York in his hometown of Conyers, Ga.
It’s been trumpeted on radio talk shows, profiled on spring-training broadcasts and chatted up among Yankees fans.
“I heard about this kid, Austin, I think,’’ said...
The Yankees system isn’t as deep as it’s been in the past, but there are some high-ceiling talents at the top of the Top 15 list. The organization has some intriguing hard-throwers but the overall pitching depth is thin.
#1 Mason Williams (OF)
Williams was a steal as a fourth rounder...
Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez will start the year in the minors.
According to the LoHud Yankees Blog, the Bombers have made some more cuts today, trimming their spring roster down in the first week of March.
The players who will now go to the minor league camp are:
Francisco Arcia C
Tyler Austin OF
Greg Bird 1B
Cito Culver SS
Kyle Higashioka C
Gary Sanchez C
Rob Segedin OF
Baseball is back! The Yankees are in Lake Buena Vista to take on the Braves in their spring debut today at 1:05. Francisco Cervelli gets the first crack behind the plate in what should be a very tight catcher battle throughout the spring. Juan Rivera is back in Pinstripes starting at DH and Matt Diaz, another contender for the right handed bat off the bench, starts in left. David...
The YES Network will televise the first Spring Training game on Sunday February 24th. Before that game ends, confusion will mount, from viewers and broadcasters alike, about who in the world some of the late-inning replacements are. (Remember, non-Yankee fans, the Yankees do not wear names on the back of their uniforms.) It's always a mystery until a couple of outs are made....
These days, everybody ranks prospects, without even taking stool samples. Well, here we go: the future of Yankee rock-n-roll.10. Mason Williams, OF. Ranked #1 on most lists, dropped to #2 on a few because he apparently thinks he craps lobster Newburg. He must read prospect rankings. Well, read this, Mace, you little piss grub: Ruben Rivera. As far as we're concerned, any punk...
America’s Game (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
The wait is over. ESPN’s two-week orgy of analysis is mercifully done and we can finally watch the Ravens and the 49ers battle in Super Bowl XLVII. We thought it would be fun to check in with some Yankees and ask them what their picks were for the Big Game. Check them out. (Watch Brosius guess the exact score–he is so clutch...
Austin with the Trenton Thunder in Sept. 2012 (Photo courtesy of Flickr)
A name as hot as any in the Yankees’ minor league system right now is Tyler Austin. Born in Macon, Georgia, Austin went on to play for Heritage High School, located near Atlanta. After a stellar senior season, Baseball America ranked him as the 24th prospect in the Peach State and forecast that he could...
Gary Sanchez has been named as BronxPinstripes.com’s top preseason prospect (Photo Credit: MiLB.com)
The baseball season is almost upon us, which means it is time for BronxPinstripes.com to release its first edition of prospect rankings for the 2013 season. Our final rankings from last year, completed in August just days after the trade deadline, featured the same one-two punch...
Supposedly, the Washington Nationals - yet another team that is unafraid to sign players - is now ready to shop Michael Morse - the great Michael Morse, as he is now known.Morse is 31 - too young to be a Yankee. He hit 18 home runs last year and drove in 62 runs. He only struck out 97 times. None of that matters. What matters is that he bats right-handed and he's on a one-year...
The New York Yankees have notoriously been known to be the biggest spenders in baseballs free agent market for a majority of General Manager Brian Cushman’s tenure with the club. Suddenly faced with an influx of aging talent with diminishing skills that has brought forth three straight disappointing postseason finishes, the team is now changing their organizational philosophy,...
Projecting the Yankees future is like gauging an earthquake under the ocean: You see a seismic wave, then a period of quiet - and then the white foam tsunami. Well, 2013 is the seismic jolt. We start with a breaker of aging stars: Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano, Ichiro, Kuroda - even Youkilis, CC and A-Rod. Then comes a dead zone - around August, when the wheels fall off this geriatric...
TRENTON – The Yankees provided fans of their Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, a Christmas present Friday
It was announced manager Tony Franklin will return to Trenton for the seventh consecutive season.
“I’m thrilled to return to Trenton,’’ said Franklin. “I’m having so much fun. I enjoy working to help the youngsters they send me get better. Why should I retire...
After a breakout season that began at Low-A Charleston and ended two levels higher in Double-A Trenton, Tyler Austin has become one of the hottest names in the Yankees farm system. Initially drafted as a catcher when he was selected in the 13th round of the 2010 draft, Austin never appeared in a professional game at the position. Instead, Austin split time between...
Despite season-ending labrum surgery, Mason Williams is at the top of Baseball America’s Yankees prospect list (Photo Credit: MiLB.com)
Every year, prestigious baseball scouting website BaseballAmerica.com releases its analysis of each team’s farm system, complete with their listing of the top ten prospects in each organization. On Friday, the analysis of the Yankees’ farm...
Prospect analyst Mike Newman discusses players he’s seen — including, in this case, outfielders Todd Cunningham (Braves), Ariel Ovando (Astros), Tyler Austin (Yankees), and maybe-third-baseman Aderlin Rodriguez (Mets) — and the larger concerns each raises with regard to prospect analysis generally.
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