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Baby Bombers Playoff Blog

Follow all the postseason action for the Yankees' Minor League affiliates
08/30/2013 11:52 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Second baseman Gosuke Katoh has been a standout with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, sporting a .310 average.(AP)
Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Baby Bombers Playoff Blog, which will chronicle the postseason highs and lows of all of the Yankees’ Minor League affiliates.

As of the beginning of Labor Day Weekend, four of the Yankees’ nine affiliates had seen their seasons come to an end, with both Rookie-level leagues – the Gulf Coast League in Florida and the Dominican Summer League down in the Dominican Republic – finishing their schedules prior to August 30.

Of those four squads, only the GCL Yankees 2 advanced to the postseason, claiming a berth by virtue of winning the GCL Northeast Division, so they will be the first team featured in the Baby Bombers Playoff Blog this year.

Meanwhile, the five higher-level affiliates – Short Season Class-A Staten Island, Class-A Charleston, Class-A Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre – all finish their seasons sometime between Sunday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 4, but as of Friday, most of their fates were sealed; SWB, Tampa, Charleston, and Staten Island have all been eliminated from postseason contention, but Trenton has a four-game lead in the EL East Wild Card race with five games to play and can clinch as early as Friday night with a win over Portland.

From now until the end of their runs, YESNetwork.com will chronicle every step the GCL Yankees 2 (and hopefully the Thunder) take in the postseason, with a new entry every game day; first, however, we have an abbreviated version of our usual pre-playoff primer, taking a more in-depth look at how the Yankees’ four Rookie-level affiliates fared in the 2013 regular season:

GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES
While the GCL Yankees 1 squad finished tied for third in the Northwest Division with a 28-32 record, the GCL Yankees 2’s 36-24 record was good enough to earn them the Northeast Division crown and the No. 2-3 seed in the GCL playoffs.

Stats are somewhat mixed as players could be moved between squads – meaning that the official stats kept by the GCL itself counted all league play – but here are a few standouts:

-SS Abi Avelino: .336 average, tied for GCL lead with 26 steals despite spending two weeks up at Staten Island in mid-August
-2B Gosuke Katoh: .310 average, .924 OPS, dual-squad high six homers
-SS Tyler Wade: .309 average, 12 RBI, 11 steals, dual-squad high 32 walks
-RHP Victor Beriguete: 1-1, 1.95 ERA, dual-squad high 11 saves, 32 K in 27.2 IP
-RHP Brady Lail: 4-1, 2.33 ERA in 12 games/11 starts, second on dual squad with 54 innings
-RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 6-0, 0.71 ERA, 31 K in 25.1 IP over 16 relief outings

The GCL Yankees 2 team will host the GCL Red Sox on Friday afternoon in a one-game semifinal, with the winner facing the winner of the GCL Nationals/GCL Pirates semifinal next week in a best-of-three championship series.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES
The “top” DSL squad finished 40-30 on the season, placing third in the DSL Boca Chica South Division and ending up six games behind the wild card winner (and division rival) DSL Pirates 2, while the second team was last in the Boca Chica North Division with a league-worst 15-56 record.

Like the GCL, stats are mixed as players could be (and routinely would be) shuttled between squads if needed, but here are the Dominican standouts:

-1B/3B Allen Valerio: .279-8-46 in 68 games played
-SS Jorge Mateo: 74 hits in 64 games, led DSL with 49 stolen bases
-CF Frank Frias: .305-4-26, 26 steals in 55 games
-RHP Christopher Cabrera: 3-2, 3.72 ERA, 52 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched over 14 games/11 starts
-RHP Simon De La Rosa: 1-1, 3.77 ERA, 60 K in 45.1 innings over 14 starts
-LHP Hector Martinez: 0.96 ERA, four saves, 39 K in 37.2 IP over 21 relief appearances

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