Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Minor League Wrap-Up: Tampa Yankees

This season, the Tampa Yankees saw more than 60 different players take the field for them at different times throughout the year. The Yankees managed to pull together and play well enough to place 2nd in the FSL West Division. Over the course of the season, the Yankees had players such as Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain start the year really well in Tampa and then find their way to the Bronx by season end. At different times throughout the year, the Yankees got help from rehabbing stars such as Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang and future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens.

This season, the Yankees were led by Austin Jackson and future star Jose Tabata at the plate. Austin Jackson played in 67 games for the Yankees and in those games he hit .345 and hit 10 homers. Jackson was named FSL Player of the Month in July. This season Jackson spent time with the Charleston RiverDogs, Tampa Yankees, and appeared in 1 game for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. In 103 games, Jose Tabata hit .307 with 54 RBI and 56 runs scored. He was one of the few constants of the team as he spent the entire season in Tampa.

On the mound this season, the Yankees were led by Daniel McCutchen who went 11-2 with a 2.50 ERA. McCutchen was a starter in 16 of his 17 appearances for the Yankees.

Overall, the Yankees had a good season with many players who have a future with the big club in the Bronx. Since the Yankees had so many players go in and out of Tampa, I believe they were held back a little bit because they never got the chance to come together as a team.

Go Yankees!

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