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Posted by on Friday, 5 April, 2013

April 4, 2013

George M. Steinbrenner Field
Tampa, Florida

By: Rocky Julich

The Tampa Yankees returned to their playing field on Opening Day with a fresh crop of players for their Manager Luis Sojo. Eleven of the youngsters on the 2013 twenty-five player roster were with the Advanced Single-A team during the 2012 season.

By comparison, the parent club, the New York Yankees returned to their playing field in The Bronx with just two Major League players from the 2012 season. This was due to the number of key star players on the disabled list; Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers, 2012 Florida State League Champions, began the defense of their League Championship vs. the Tampa Yankees in their opening game of the 2013 Minor League Baseball season.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers have multiple reasons to celebrate during 2013. It is the 47th season for Lakeland as a Detroit Tigers affiliate, the longest affiliate in Minor League Baseball. Lakeland is in its 63rd season as a member of the Florida State League. During 2012 Lakeland captured its 6th FSL Championship in League history, their first since 1992.

Lakeland’s parent club the Detroit Tigers were the American League Champions in 2012. After defeating the Oakland Athletics during the American League Division series, they then faced the New York Yankees and took the League Championship series in a sweep. The Tigers went on to play in the World Series, matched against the San Francisco Giants but Detroit was swept in four games.

The Detroit organization completed the 2012 season with third baseman Miguel Cabrera becoming the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball since 1967. The Triple Crown is one of the most revered achievements in all of baseball.

The start of the Minor League Baseball season is a real awakening. It is a new beginning for most of the twenty-five players on the rosters. To these youngest of players in the vast organization of baseball, getting the opportunity to play their first Minor League game holds a promise of possibly making it to the Major Leagues.

Today is the beginning of Player Development during a 140 Minor Leagues games season at which time each player will have the chance to prove his talent on the actual field of play.

The Tampa Yankees won their first game of the season vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-4 with the contribution of Yankees outfielder Mason Williams. Catcher Gary Sanchez continues to impress with the hope of becoming the much needed masked man behind the plate at Yankee Stadium.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers Aaron Westlake demonstrated his defense at first base and his hitting power with a homerun and three RBIs.

Stay tuned.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE – Minor Leagues Teams

Posted by on Sunday, 1 July, 2012

CLASS “A” Advanced


Space Coast Stadium
Viera, Fl. 32940

CLEARWATER THRESHERS (Philadelphia Phillies)
Bright House Field
Clearwater, Fl. 33765

DAYTONA CUBS (Chicago Cubs)
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114

DUNEDIN BLUE JAYS (Toronto Blue Jays)
Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
Dunedin, Fl. 34698

Tiger Town -Joker Marchant Stadium
Lakeland, Fl. 33805

TAMPA YANKEES (New York Yankees)
George M. Steinbrenner Field
Tampa, Fl. 33614


BRADENTON MARAUDERS (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Pirate City – McKechnie Field
Bradenton, Fl. 34205

Charlotte Sports Park
Port Charlotte, Fl. 33948

FT. MYERS MIRACLE (Minnesota Twins)
Lee County Sports Complex – Hammond Stadium
Ft. Myers, Fl. 33912

Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, Fl. 33458

PALM BEACH CARDINALS (St. Louis Cardinals)
Cardinals Complex -Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, Fl. 33458

ST. LUCIE METS (New York Mets)
Digital Domain Park
Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986


Posted by on Sunday, 1 July, 2012



KYLE ROLLER, Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees)
(.375/.444/1.188, 4 G, 6-for-16, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K)
Roller only played in four games this week, but he managed to pack a lot of punch into his 16 at-bats. The 24-year old first baseman went 5 for 12 with three homers, two triples and eight RBIs during a three game sweep of host Clearwater. Roller drove in or scored 12 of the Yankees 25 runs in the series and now ranks second in the league in both homers (18) and RBIs (78). With Roller hitting .303/.386/.588 since the All-Star break, Tampa owns a narrow one-game lead in the second-half North Division race.

RICHARD LUCAS, St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets)
(.435/.480/.783, 6 G, 10-for-23, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 SB)
A fourth-round pick in 2007, Lucas is back in St. Lucie, where he played in 2010, after spending last season with Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League. He was an organizational All-Star with the Cyclones in 2012. This week the 23-year old clubbed two of his eight homers on the year and closed out the stretch by going 6-for-9 against Fort Myers over the weekend, missing the cycle by a triple on August 5th.

ALEX DICKERSON, Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh Pirates)
(.462/.533/.846, 7 G, 12-for-26, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
An outfielder and designated hitter at Indiana University. Dickerson is still working oh his defense since the Pirates moved him to first base. There’s been no question about his bat, though, as the 22-year old slugger leads the Florida State League with 77 RBIs in 100 games. A left-handed hitter who once toyed with switch-hitting due to his struggles against southpaw pitchers, Dickerson is hitting .311 against lefties this season. His biggest game this week was a 4-for-5, two-homer performance against Daytona on July 24th.

EDGAR DURAN, Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies)
(.444/.545/.944, 6 G, 8-for-18, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 SB)
Duran was having an average week before Clearwater traveled to Charlotte for a weekend series against the Stone Crabs. The Venezuelan born shortstop doubled on Thursday and went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs on July 20th, before blasting a pair of homers, just his second and third of the season, and driving in four runs on July 21st. The Stone Crabs were spared further Duran related damage only when rain washed out July 22nd series final.

RAMON FLORES, Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees)
(.412/.412/.882, 5 G, 7-for-17, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 H, 4 RBI, 3 R, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
The Yankees outfielder had a pair of three-hit games last week, falling a hit shy of the cycle in each. The left-handed Flores is batting .351 in his last games, and that includes a hitless effort on July 14th. He’s hitting .360 in July after batting .340 in June for Tampa in his second stint in the Florida State League.

JASON ROGERS, Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers)
(.429/.600/.857, 7 G, 9-for-21, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 9 BB, 5 K, 2 SB)
A mid-season All-Star in the Midwest League, where he hit .301/.394/.485 in 66 games for Wisconsin, Rogers has been even better in his first 10 days in the FSL. Brevard County’s new first baseman/corner outfielder/designated hitter drove in 10 runs in seven games this week and, with 11 walks, has posted a .571 on-base percentage in his first 10 Class-A Advanced games. Rogers capped the week with a pair of homers and five RBIs on July 1st as the Manatees routed host Clearwater, 10-3.

KIRK SINGER, Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh Pirates)
(.474/.545/.789, 5-G, 9-for-19, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
Like California League winner Casey McElroy, fellow shortstop Singer was scuffling at Class A, posting a .282/305/321 line, before taking his new league by storm. The 22-year old Singer went deep in his first Florida State League game on June 18th and drove in at least one run in each of his first five games with the Marauders. With another blast at Charlotte on June 22nd, Singer has as many homers in five FSL games as he hit in 112 previous games for West Virginia and State College.

ANTHONY HEWITT, Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies)
(.375/.441/1.000, 4G, 6-for-16, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
Hewitt’s first Class A Advanced season has featured long stretches of scuffling punctuated by outbursts of prodigious hitting. The 23-year old, whom the Phillies took with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 Draft, was hitting .161 through May 4th, before going 11-for-16 in his next four games to hit his average 108 points. Hewitt was just 5-for-33 (.151) in June before going 5-for-8 with three homers and eight RBIs in two games against Tampa Yankees on June 13th and June 14th. Unfortunately for the Phillies’ No. 19 prospect, his surge was interrupted by the FSL All-Star break. Hewitt and the Threshers will be back at it on June 18th.

KEVIN AHRENS, Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)
(.471/.500/.882, 5 G, 8-for-17, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
A first round pick (16th overall) in the 2007 Draft, Ahrens is in his fourth Florida State League season. After slugging a career high 14 long balls last year, the 23-year old third baseman went homerless in his first two months of the campaign before breaking the seal with a solo shot at Charlotte on June 3rd. Ahrens homered again on June 4th, and added a third blast in a 3-for-3 effort against Clearwater on June 9th. He capped his week by driving in a pair of runs on June 10th, as Dunedin clinched the first-half title in the FSL’s North Division.

OSWALDO ARCIA, Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins)
(.571/.640/1.048, 6 G, 12-for-21, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
The Venezuelan born Arcia is in his fourth Minor League season and his second with the Miracle, despite having just turned 21-years old in May. The Twins’ No. 4 prospect, Arcia has stepped up his game, raising his batting average 67 points and on-base percentage 88 points above his FSL stint last year. He had hits in each of his six games this week, including a pair of four-hit performances and went deep on both June 2nd and June 3rd, against Daytona. Arcia ranks fourth in the league in hitting and second in both slugging and OPS.

GABE JACOBO, Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)
(.429/.452/.821, 7 G, 12-for-28, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Jacobo’s presence in the FSL may not be entirely fair, he spent last season in the Double-A Texas League but he won’t be there long at this rate. The first baseman, who the Blue Jays acquired in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft last December, closed out his week with five consecutive multi-hit games. Jacobo doubled in each of those contests and has reached base in all 22 of his games with Dunedin this season. Had he the at-bats to qualify, the 25-year old would rank fourth in the league in hitting.

CARLOS ALONSO, Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies)
(.545/.583/.909, 6 G, 12-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 3K)
After going 0-for- 4 at Dunedin on May 14th, Alonso’s batting average stood at .282. By May 20th, it was .360, thanks to five straight multi-hit games in which he went 12-for-18 with two homers and 10 RBIs. The 24-year old, University of Delaware product played two games in left field, two at second base, one at shortstop and one at third base, but none of the stresses of fielding different positions seem to have affected his hitting. Alonso’s three homers this year (in 27 games) are already a career high.

LANCE RAY, Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins)
(.421/.542/.789, 6 G, 8- for- 19, 2 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
After hitting just .192 in April, Ray has at last one hit in nine of his 10 games this month and has scored in six of seven. An eighth-round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2010, Ray’s 16 homers for Beloit were fourth most in the Twins organization last season. The 22-year old delivered his fourth blast of the year on May 9th, a first inning grand slam at first place Dunedin and added two doubles and a single on May 10th to help the Miracle split a four game set with the Blue Jays.

NICK CASTELLANOS, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers)
(.464/.531/.643, 7G, 13-for-28, 2 BB, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 SB)
The Florida State League seems unlikely to feature Nick Castellanos for long, as it has been wholly unable to contain him in the first month of the season. A first-round pick in 2010, the 20-year old Castellanos is’s No 46 prospect and currently leads the Minor Leagues with a .404 batting average. He has hits in 27 of his 29 games and multiple hits in 14 of them, including a 4-for-5 performance against first-place Dunedin on April 27th. Castellanos went 8-for-13 against the Blue Jays in three games on May 1st, May 2nd and May 3rd, to help him win Player of the Week honors.

JAKE MARISNICK, Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)
(.423/.444/.846, 11-for-26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 1 SB)
Marisnick,’s No. 58 prospect, began the week mired in an 0-for-13 slump. His extra work with Dunedin hitting coach, Ralph Dickerson began to pay off on April 24th, as the 21-year old slugger clubbed in his first long ball of the year at Tampa. Marisnick followed with four straight multi-hit games, adding two more homers and a double while plating six runs. The 2009 third-round pick’s third blast in five days helped the Jays top the Yankees, 6-1, on April 28th, and open up a 5-1/2 game lead over Lakeland in the FSL North.

CHRISTIAN YEICH, Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins)
(.500/,615/,1.100, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Yelich, the Marlins top prospect, missed the end of Spring Training and the first week of the season with a bruised right elbow. He’s shown no signs of rust since joining the Hammerheads on April 15th, going 12-for-24 with two homers, two triples, two double, seven walks and nine runs scored in seven games. The 20-year old outfielder has collected multiple hits in five of his seven outings and completed a variance on the cycle on April 21st, delivering a single, double, triple and solo homer in seven at bats as Jupiter split a doubleheader against visiting Charlotte.

ANGEL MORALES, Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins)
(.415/.457/.561, 10 G, 17-for-41, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)
Morales’ third season with the Miracle is off to a flying start with hits in nine of 10 games and multiple hits in five of them. The 22-year old outfielder out of Puerto Rico, a third-round Draft pick in 2007, had three hits on Opening Day and fell a triple shy of the cycle in a four-hit, three-RBI performance against Bradenton on April 14th. Morales, is leading the Florida State League with 17 hits in his first 10 games.


Posted by on Sunday, 1 July, 2012



FRANK DEL VALLE, Dayton Cubs (Chicago Cubs)
(1-0, .0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 HBP, 0 BB, 11 K)
Del Valle, a 22-year old Cuban born left-hander, faced his first Major Leaguer on June 22nd, as Daytona visited Clearwater, where Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was rehabbing. Perhaps wound up to face Utley, Del Valle fanned a career high 11 batters over six no-hit frames in the Cubs’ 3-1 win. He did not walk a batter but did hit two of them, including Utley, once. Though going just 2-2, Del Valle has posted a 1.37 ERA over 19-2/3 innings in four June appearances.

ENNY ROMERO, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays)
(0-0, 1.13 ERA, 1 G, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 4 BB, 6 K)
Left hander Enny Romero has been a solid contributor to the Stone Crabs rotation this season, posting a 3.30 ERA in 12 starts. On June 11th, the Rays’ No. 8 prospect showed that he’s pretty good out of the bullpen as well. Romero pitched seven innings of no-hit relief against St. Lucie (which owns the best record in the Minor Leagues), striking out six and walking four. It was his second straight outing without allowing an earned run. Romero has held FSL hitters to a .205 average in his 13 outings.

SHANE GREEN, Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees)
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 8 K)
After being blasted for nine earned runs over 7-2/3 innings in two early May starts, Greene returned to the Tampa rotation in top form last weekend. The 23-year old right hander struck out six over four scoreless innings June 10th, before pitching six perfect frames against Daytona on June 9th Greene fanned a season high eight to earn his first victory of the season in the Yankees’ 7-0 win.

JESSIE BIDDLE, Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies)
(1-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 21 K
After two rough starts in April, back-to-back, losses to Lakeland, the 20-year old Biddle has been outstanding. The Philadelphia native, whom the Phillies made the 29th overall pick in 2011, has allowed six earned runs while fanning 48 over his last 46 innings. This week Biddle struck out nine Tampa Yankees, over seven innings in a no-decision on May 29th, then fanned a career high 12 while holding Palm Beach to four hits in seven shutout frames on June 3rd,. The southpaw No. 13 prospect ranks third in the FSL with 64 strikeouts and is tied for fifth with 2.51 ERA.

ASHER WOJCIECHOWSKI, Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K)
Wojciechowski, a 2010 first-round pick and the Blue Jays’ No. 11 prospect, entered the week having been pounded in his previous two starts to the tune of 14 runs on 15 hits in 5-1/3 innings. The right-hander scattered five hits over six scoreless frames against Jupiter on May 21st, for his first win since April 24th, then held Brevard County to one run on four hits while striking out a season high eight batters over six innings on May 26th. One key for Wojciechowski seems to be avoiding sunlight; after pitching 12 scoreless innings in two day starts for Dunedin last season, the right-hander has a 10.80 ERA in his two day games this year.

C.J. RIEFENHAUSER, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays)
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 6-1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
A reliever in 2010 and a starter in 2011, Riefenhauser has done a bit of both this season, with outstanding results in both roles. After striking out the lone batter he faced in relief (and earning the win) on May 15th, the left-hander allowed three hits while fanning nine over six shutout frames to beat host Tampa on May 18th. Having now pitched 11 scoreless innings in his two starts of the campaign, Riefenhauser leads the FSL with six wins and a 0.70 ERA and leads qualifying pitchers with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

ERIC JOKISCH, Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs)
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 16 K)
Jokisch has been a workhorse for the Cubs this season, pitching fewer than six innings in just one of his eight starts. The left-hander fanned a season high 11 over seven scoreless innings against Jupiter on May 7th, before tossing six more shutout frames against Brevard County on May 12th. An 11th round pick out of Northwestern in 2010, Jokisch leads the Florida State League with 49-2/3 innings pitched and ranks third with 48 strikeouts.

JOSE RAMIREZ, Tamp Yankees (New York Yankees)
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 10 K)
The 22-year old Ramirez was thumped in his first two outings of the season, giving up 11 runs on 21 hits in just 10 innings. Steadily improving since then, the right-hander’s work paid off on May 4th, as the Yankees prospect out dueled Bradenton’s heralded Jameson Taillon (last week’s FSL Pitcher of the Week) in a 2-0 win. Ramirez held the Marauders to two hits while striking out a season high 10 batters in six scoreless innings for his second victory of the season.

JAMESON TAILLON, Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh Pirates)
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 10 K)
The Pirates have been understandably cautious with the arm of Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 Draft. The right-hander averaged four innings in his 23 starts for West Virginia last season. This week served notice that the training wheels are coming off, as Taillon stifled the Jupiter Hammerheads for 11 scoreless innings over two starts. The April 29th game, in which Taillon earned his first Florida state League victory, was the longest of his career; six three hit innings.’s No. 8 prospect has fanned 28, walked four and held FSL hitters to a .169 average in 24-2/3 innings this season.

BRODY COLVIN, Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies)
(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K
Colvin is still looking for his first win of 2012, but he certainly deserves one this week. The Phillies No, 3 prospect held visiting Tampa to a pair of singles in six shutout innings but the Yankees rallied for two late runs to top the Threshers, 2-1. After a tough 2011 campaign during which he suffered a back injury, the 21-year old Colvin seems poised to regain the form that saw him fan 120 batters in 2010.

SEAN NOLIN, Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11-2/3 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 13 K)
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Nolin was impressive in his first 2012 start, allowing four hits while fanning a pair over six scoreless innings at Clearwater on April 6th. He was overwhelming in his second, racking up 11 strikeouts in 5-2/3 frames against Brevard County on April 12th (and he had to be, as Manatees starter Jed Bradley was perfect through his first five innings). Nolin has held hitters to a .175 batting average to earn two victories in as many Florida State League outings.