Minor League Stories of the Week

Ben Gamel's walk-off inside-the-park homer: Ben Gamel took a little of the limelight away from Greg Bird, who was just named IL Batter of the Week, by putting together a thrilling ending to Scranton's game against Pawtucket last night. It was the fifth straight time the RailRiders have defeated the Red Sox, who have now lost eight consecutive games. With the game tied in the ninth, Gamel smacked a line drive to right, which Jonathan Roof tried to stop with a sliding catch, instead seeing the ball careen past him. Gamel flew around the bases, beating the throw to the plate for the walk-off victory.

Winter is Coming: In perhaps my favorite story of the week, and one I am disappointed to say I didn't know about until after the fact, the Staten Island Yankees changed their name for the evening on Saturday to the Staten Island Direwolves. The Game of Thrones event was complete with George R.R. Martin and an arctic wolf (who apparently left a present on the field) in attendance. The Direwolves beat the Hudson Valley Renegades handily in what sounds like quite a strange night at the park, according to the lengthy write up in Rolling Stone. Martin used the platform to raise funds for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Staten Island Yankees kicked off a jersey auction to continue to raise money for the group. The jerseys are GoT inspired, so if that's your thing be sure to check it out before it closes tomorrow.

Minor League Moves: Yesterday, Chad Jennings posted a piece on the LoHud Yankees blog looking at 20 key minor league moves that the Yankees have made this year. It is a pretty interesting list in a year where we have actually been able to see some payoff from the Yankees' farm system. Having seen players like Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams get their opportunities in the Bronx after going through a lot of ups and downs is pretty fun, as is seeing how quickly some players like Jacob Lindgren and Luis Severino have advanced.

Bird and Ford garner Player of the Week honors: As Brad mentioned yesterday, Bird was named IL Batter of the week last week, going .348 with 5 extra base hits and ten RBIs. Mike Ford also picked up some hardware this week. He went 7-28 (.389) in six games last week, with two homers, three doubles, seven runs scored and six RBIs. On the year, the infielder from Princeton is hitting .258/.340/.346 for the Tampa Yankees.