Yankees only franchise with MiLB affiliate in every league playoffs
The Miami Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees for Starlin Castro and two prospects. While that may seem like a lot, Miami probably could and should have gotten more from New York, which has the best farm system in baseball. No other organization in baseball has had an affiliate in every single league playoffs.
The Pulaski Yankees were 4.5 games short of the division title but still made the rookie level Appalachian League playoffs with a 41-26 record. The Yankees were swept by the Elizabethton Twins in the championship series. Pulaski closer Kaleb Ort was third in the league in saves.
The Yankees have two teams in the rookie level Gulf Coast League and one of them won the title in a tight 2-1 series over the Indians. The Yankess East finished with a 33-27 record and were led by pitcher Luis Rijo, who was second in the league in strikeouts with 55.
The Staten Island Yankees won their division with a 46-29 record but failed to make it to the short season single-A New York-Penn League championship series. Jorge Guzman, who was sent to Miami as part of the Stanton deal, led the team in WHIP (1.04), strikeouts (88), and ERA (2.30).
The Charleston RiverDogs finished the season with a 76-63 record and won their division in the second half. They failed to capture the single-A South Atlantic League title, which went to Greenville. Right fielder Isiah Gilliam was second in the league in runs scored (80) and RBI (85).
The Tampa Yankees were in control of their division throughout the season, finishing with an 85-50 record. They lost to Dunedin Blue Jays in the single-A advanced Florida State League playoffs, who eventually won the championship over the Palm Beach Cardinals. Pitcher Taylor Widener led the league in WHIP (1.15) and posted a 3.39 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 27 starts.
The Trenton Thunder were the Double-A Eastern League runner-ups with a 92-48 record. The Thunder won their division by 6.5 games and were led by Yefry Ramírez, who led the lead in wins and had a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles organization. Trenton added first baseman Ryan McBroom in July, who came through with some power, finishing the season with 16 home runs and 70 RBI.
The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railroaders went 86-55 but could not win back-to-back Triple-A National Championships, losing to the Durham Bulls, who then defeated Memphis to claim the title. Their best player, and likely future Yankee was shortstop Tyler Wade, who was second in the International League in batting average (.310) and stolen bases (26). He may end up as the starting second baseman now that Castro has been traded to Miami but Wade could have also been a part of the package.
The big league Yankees also made the playoffs and were a game away from the World Series. This is all evidence of another future run of dominance similar to the late 1990’s only this will be better sustained through home grown talent.
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