Tampa Yankees Send Four To All-Star Game


Dante Bichette, Jr. Mandatory Credit: sportsmedia101.com

There is a lot of talk around baseball that the Yankees’ farm system is lacking talent and depth. There are five youngsters in Tampa that may have something to say about that.

The Yankees’ High-A affiliate will send five players to Bradenton on Saturday, June 14th or the Florida State League All-Star game.

The honored, Baby Bombers are pitcher Dan Camarena, outfielder Jake Cave, and infielders Dante Bichette Jr., Zach Wilson, and Eric Jagielo.

Bichette is the most known player on this list, and there is plenty of reason for it. He garnered FSL player of the week honors two weeks ago and is tearing up opposing pitching. His 14 doubles are currently tied for eighth in the league and he’s hitting .281 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 55 games. He leads Tampa with 33 runs scored.

A 2013 first round pick out of Notre Dame, Jagielo is having a solid season. His ten home runs are good for seventh in the FSL. The 22-year-old also has eight doubles and thirty-one RBI.

Zach Wilson is quite a bit lesser known than Bichette and Jagielo. He has played parts of three seasons in Tampa, and this is by far, his best. His numbers don’t jump out at you, but his all around season has earned him an all-star selection. Playing a utility sole for the Yankees, Wilson is hitting .298, with four home runs, three triples, seven doubles, and 15 RBI in 151 at-bats for Tampa.

Jake Cave, (whom I wrote a bio on last week) has emerged as a premier leadoff hitter in the FSL. His .359 on-base-percentage is second on the team behind Bichette (among everyday players).
cave is another player filling up the stat sheet. He is tied for sixth in the league in both hits (72) and triples (3) to go along with twenty-seven runs scored, two homers and fifteen RBI.

Camarena has easily been the Yankees best starter this season. While Raphael De Paula is the guy that most people pay attentions to, Camarena has started eleven games for Tampa, going 4-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched. If the 21-year-old Camarena can continue his success, look for a promotion to Trenton in the near future.