Minor League Stories of the Week

It was an exciting week in the Yankees farm system, with a few fun storylines to watch play out. With his recent promotion, Gary Sanchez plays the biggest role, but after the way he has been playing and his apparent new focus on his professional career, it is well deserved. Without further adieu, here are the big stories from the week. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: Sanchez made his Triple-A debut in style on Saturday. The Yankees' much vaunted catching prospect spent the last couple seasons in Trenton, but after a strong showing over the last month, and an appearance in the Futures Game, he got the call to join the RailRiders. In his last nine games with Trenton, the young backstop hit .342 with four homers and four doubles. On Saturday, Sanchez wasted little time in announcing his arrival, as he drove a three-run shot over the wall inhis very first at-bat. It was Sanchez's thirteenth homer of the season and he finished the night going 2-4, accounting for all of the RailRiders runs, as they fell to Louisville 6-3.

Trenton Thunder: The Thunder not only got to watch their then-catcher, Sanchez, and two other former teammates from the year, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, appear in the Futures Game, but they had an impressive six players make the Eastern League All-Star team for the Eastern Division. Pitchers Nick Goody and Eric Ruth were both named to the team, though Brady Lail took Goody's spot when he was promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jake Cave and Eric Jagielo rounded out the Thunder's All-Star representations. The game itself, which took place on Wednesday, was a 4-4 tie after nine innings, but the Eastern Division got the W after Reading's Brian Porter won a Home Run Derby shootout. Sanchez and Cave appeared in the field, with neither getting a hit. Ruth and Lail, however, both contributed a scoreless inning on the mound.

Tampa Yankees: Despite my many misgivings about the Yankees' ability to contend this year, they are not to be ignored. They have started the second half of their season at 12-11, and are just one game shy of .500 on the year. A big part of their success is pitcher Rookie Davis. The hurler became the first in the Florida State League to pick up an impressive 100 strikeouts. He hit the milestone on Friday of this week, striking out nine batters in eight innings, the longest outing of his young career. Davis is 5-5 in Tampa this year, with a 3.10 ERA in seventeen starts. He has walked only sixteen batters to his 101 Ks.