Russell Branyan is regaining strength after a lower back injury sidelined him for three months. Now with the Triple A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Yankees, Branyan hit two homers and drove in six in Tuesday's game. (Image: AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Yankees Minor League Report & Draft Update: June 6, 2012

Each Wednesday, we’ll provide a predominately notebook style review of what’s happening in the Yankees minor league system. This week we’ll finish off the column with a list of the players the Yankees selected in Rounds 16 – 40 during today’s final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

International League North (AAA) – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (32-27), 4th Place, 5 GB

  • 4-4 since last week’s report
  • Russell Branyan had two homers and 6 RBI in yesterday’s victory. It was his fifth game with the SWB Yanks after being promoted from Tampa.
  • Ramon Ortiz leads a struggling rotation with a 3.47 ERA.

Eastern League Eastern (AA) – Trenton Thunder, (32-24), T-1st place

  • 6-2 since last report
  • Cody Johnson leads the Thunder with 15 home runs
  • Thunder manager Tony Franklin won his 1,000th game on June 2, 2012

Florida State League (Advanced A) – Tampa Yankees (25-32), 5th place, 13.5 GB

South Atlantic League Southern (A) – Charleston RiverDogs (35-22), 2nd place, 5 GB

  • 4-3 since last week
  • Right fielder Tyler Austin, catchers Gary Sanchez (leading vote getter) and Francisco Arcia, starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell and reliever Pedro Guerra were named to the SAL All-Star team. The entire RiverDogs coaching staff was selected as well.
  • Sanchez has three homers and nine RBI in the past five games.

Dominican Summer League BC South (Rookie) – DSL Yankees 1 (2-1), T-2nd place, 1 GB

  • Due to recent beginning to league, notes will be provided next week.

Dominican Summer League BC North (Rookie) – DSL Yankees 2 (2-1), T-1st place

  • Due to recent beginning to league, notes will be provided next week.
YANKEES ROUNDS 16 – 40 (courtesy draft tracker)
  • Round 16 – RHP, Stephan Lopez, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.
  • Round 17 – LHP, Timothy Flight, Southern New Hampshire Univ.
  • Round 18 – RHP, Brady Lail, Bingham HS (Utah)
  • Round 19 – LHP, Dietrich Enns, Central Michegan University
  • Round 20 – SS, Michael Reynolds, Texas A & M Univ.
  • Round 21 – LHP, James Reed, Maryland
  • Round 22 – RHP, Brett Marks, Wallace State CC (Alabama)
  • Round 23 – CF, Vincent Jackson, Luella HS, (Georgia)
  • Round 24 – RHP, Jose Mesa, Charles Flanagan HS (Florida)
  • Round 25 – OF, Ty Moore, Mater Dei HS (California)
  • Round 26 – RHP, Charles Haslup, U Maryland College Park
  • Round 27 – OF, Daniel Oh, UC Berkeley (California)
  • Round 28 – OF, Demetrius Stewart, The Bolles School (HS), Florida
  • Round 29 – LHP, Jose Diaz, Advanced Learning Institute (HS)
  • Round 30 – OF, Raphael Rhymes, LSU
  • Round 31 – RHP, Kevin Johnson, University of Illinois
  • Round 32 – SS, Garrett Cannizaro, Tulane (Louisiana)
  • Round 33 - 1B, Saxon Butler, Samford U (Alabama)
  • Round 34 – LHP, Eric Erickson, U Miami (Florida)
  • Round 35 – SS, Kyle Farmer, Georgia (GA)
  • Round 36 – C, Dalton Smith, University City HS (California)
  • Round 37 – RHP, Charles Basford, Samford U (Alabama)
  • Round 38 – OF, David Thompson, Westminster Christian School (HS), Florida
  • Round 39 – OF, Bo Decker, East Ridge HS (Florida)
  • Round 40 – OF, Sherman Lacrus, Western Oklahoma State College

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  • jkra0512_SK

     Chris_Carelli I think Branyan hit another HR tonight…The guy is a beast. Not sure there’s room on the ML roster for him unless there’s an injury. Ibanez is actually one of the Yankees better hitters so far this season, so he’s not going anywhere. I wouldn’t be comfortable using him in the OF at all. Unless Ibanez hits .100 over the next few months or gets injured, Branyan is stuck in AAA.
    That lefty swing in Yankee Stadium would do some damage, for sure.

    • Chris_Carelli

      He did homer again. He’s streaky, always has been. He’s in Triple-A for depth, and I agree with you that it takes a man or two going down before we seen him (until September of course).