Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Minor League Wrap-Up: Staten Island Yankees

The Staten Island Yankees close out their season falling just short of the New York-Penn League Championship Series. The Yankees finished in 2nd place (47-28) behind Brooklyn in the McNamara League but was able to win the wildcard spot. Brooklyn would go on to beat the defending champion Yankees in the first round of the playoffs.

This year the Yankees were led at the plate by Justin Snyder who played in all but 2 regular season games. Snyder maintained a .335 batting average while driving in 40 runs. On the mound, the Yankees were led by Ryan Pope who started all 10 games in which he appeared. Pope had a 3-0 record with a 2.49 ERA. Jonathan Ortiz was a great closer for SI this summer. In 21 games, he was5-0 record with 13 saves while maintaining a 1.80 ERA.

The Yankees have a lot of good young prospects that we will be seeing rise up through the organization over the next few years. Hopefully Staten Island will continue putting out great young talent like have in the past with players such as Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang, Melky Cabrera, and Shelley Duncan.

Go Yankees!

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