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Minor League Playoffs Abstract September 14, 2008

Posted by Pablo Zevallos in Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Jhonny Nunez, Justin Christian, Minor League Playoffs, Phil Hughes.

The Minor League Playoffs are over. Now time to briefly recap the Yankee affiliates’ fortunes in September (all awards are post-season only):

AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won the Governor’s Cup, which means they are the best of the International League. They beat the stacked Durham Bulls (David Price, Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann, anyone?) 20-2 in the finale and 3-1 in the series overall.

MVP: OF Justin Christian. There’s not much to choose from, but he orchestrated the comeback after Niemann’s dominating performance and also was instrumental to start the beating in the final game (3-7, 3 RBI).

Best Pitcher: Phil Hughes. Is there much of a competition. I think 25 Ks in his 13 IP (one run) would do that for you. ‘Nuff said.

Scranton will now face AAA Sacramento (A’s) in the Bricktown Showdown. It’ll be on ESPN2 on Tuesday, and the MVP will receive the first-time ever Bobby Murcer Award. Ian Kennedy will start that game (h/t Chad Jennings and Mike at RAB)

AA Trenton is the Eastern League Champion after defeating Akron (CLE) 5-1 in the final game, and 3-1 in the series.

MVP: Austin Jackson. He homered off laptop thief Clay Buchholz earlier in the postseason, and also did so again yesterday. He also robbed two homers yesterday and drove in a run today.

Best Pitcher: There’s a few intersting candidates, but I’ll go with RHP Jhonny Nunez. He was manager Tony Franklin’s go-to guy in the postseason and flat-out dominating since coming here. (h/t Mike Ashmore)

SS Staten Island didn’t make it out of the first round of their playoffs.

LVP: Casey Erickson, for allowing six runs in 2IP in his start.

HiA Tampa, LoA Charleston and GCL Yankees did not make the playoffs.


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Even though the Yankees may sign CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets, Manny Ramirez, and Mark Texeira, they still need to build up their farm system. There is a possibility that they may get Scott Kazmir in a trade as Rays fans and the media in St. Pete really criticized his loss against the Red Sox last night. Kazmir hit the wall at 180-innings pitched which usually happens to young pitchers still developing. It’s important that the minors develop players as Jason Giambi, Jose Molina, Johnny Damon, Mike Mussina are getting older. If they give up minor leaguers for Kazmir, it’s important that they don’t deal away young players such as Jesus Montero, Phil Coke, Alfredo Acevedo, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Justin Christian, and Austin Jackson.They’ll fit in great alongside players like A-Rod, Jeter, Abreu, Mussina, Wang, Matsui, and Rivera. Maybe the Yankees should try to sign Pudge Rodriguez for the next two years and have him platoon with Posada as they’re getting up there in age that they can’t play everyday. They should let Molina go as his bat is too anemic. They should think about trading Melky Cabrera in a deal for Kazmir. Cabrera just loves fast fattening food too much in the mode of Bartolo Colon, Miguel Cabrera, Livan Hernandez, David Wells, etc. Is Clay Buchholz really a laptop thief? There was something on aol.com news that he was dating a Penthouse of the year model. She didn’t look that attractive on the photos on aol. Of course, Buchholz is pale, skinny, pigeon chested with bad teeth. That may have been why he wanted a laptop to surf more for gold diggers. Don’t worry fans, the future will be great next year for us Yankee fans.

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