Austin Romine is back on the field for the first time in 2012 working with the GCL Yankees. (Image: Michael L. Stein-US PRESSWIRE)

Yankees News: Minor League Report - July 20, 2012

The New York Yankees hold a commanding nine-game lead in the American League East. Let’s see how the minor league squads are faring in each of their leagues.

International League North (AAA) – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (54-45), 3rd Place, 1 GB
  • The “Nomad” Yankees went 4-2 since the last report and picked up 1.5 games on first-place Lehigh Valley.
  • Scored a season high 14 runs against Charlotte on Monday.
  • Kosuke Fukudome joined the team after being signed to a minor league deal.
  • Former major leaguer Jack Cust now has a team-leading 20 HR and 62 RBI.
Eastern League Eastern (AA) – Trenton Thunder, (58-39), T-1st place
  • The Thunder continue to put distance (four games) between them and second place New Britain.
  • They won six out of seven games, including six straight, since last week and lead the Eastern League by four games.
  • Luke Murton has 20 HR and 54 RBI for the Thunder.
  • Brett Marshall is 10-3 with a 3.00 ERA.
Florida State League (Advanced A) – Tampa Yankees (First Half: 30-36, 12 GB; Second Half: 17-10, 1st place)
  • Tampa went 5-2 and holds a one-game lead over three teams.
  • Won two 1-0 games on Monday night.
  • Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez were named FSL Player and Pitcher of the Week for w/e July 15, 2012.
  • Flores had seven hits in 17 plate appearances, including five extra-base hits.
  • Ramirez tossed six innings of scoreless no-hit ball while walking one and striking out seven. He combined with Branden Pinder for a no-hitter.
South Atlantic League Southern (A) – Charleston RiverDogs (First Half: 39-28, 3rd place 6.5 GB; Second Half: 15-12, T-1st place,)
  • The RiverDogs are in a virtual tie for first-place even though they won only two out of six games since the last report.
  • Brett Gerritse tossed six innings of scoreless ball allowing only three hits while striking out six to earn his third win against four losses.
New York/Penn League (Class A Short Season) – Staten Island Yankees (12-19, 4th place, 8 GB)
  • 3-4 week lifts them out of the cellar but further back of cross-town rival Brooklyn in the standings.
  • Lost tough 1-0 game last night to Brooklyn in the first game of a four-game set.
Gulf Coast League (Rookie) – Gulf Coast Yankees (19-9, 1st place)
  • Their four wins and two losses pushed them into tie for first-place with the GCL Tigers.
  • Joba Chamberlain is performing well in his rehab assignment, throwing four scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
  • Catching prospect, Austin Romine is currently with GCL after getting back into action on July 13. Romine had been out with back issues since the beginning of the season.
  • The Yankees first-round pick in the 2012 draft (30th overal), Ty Hensley, received a signing bonus of $1.2 million. He has reported to the GCL Yankees.

For a daily recap of the top performances around minor league baseball check out The Prospect Pulse on Seedlings to Stars.

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