The Yankees farm report: The playoffs and beyond
The Beat Will Go On
That doesn’t mean, however, that Tampa was without its Post-Season All-Stars. And once again those awards and accolades were not limited to the players. Especially when the team’s performance was historic:
"Despite falling short of repeating as North Division Champions, the T-Yanks enjoyed a historic 2017 season. The Yankees tallied a franchise-record 85 wins and Tampa pitchers collected 1,215 strikeouts to break the FSL single-season record."
Accidents Don’t Just Happen
That doesn’t happen by accident. So, another important Yankees contributor was acknowledged:
"The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) is pleased to announce that Mike Becker of the Tampa Yankees has been selected by his peers as the 2017 Florida State League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Mike now becomes one of eighteen league winners to be considered for Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year, which will be announced and awarded at the MLB Winter Meetings in December."
And the Tampa team’s gaudy record garnered another award for manager Jay Bell.
"Jay Bell earns “Manager of the Year” after guiding the T-Yanks to a first-half North Division Title, with a record of 39-31. Tampa has also clinched the second-half of the North Division, with a record of 40-18 as of August 28th. It is the first time the Tampa Yankees have ever won both halves of the FSL North Division."
But there was one player who excelled enough to win a postseason spot: UI Nick Solak:
"Nick Solak was named a Post-Season All-Star as the utility infielder. The 22-year-old batted .301/.397/.460 (104-for-346) with 56R, 17 doubles, 4 triples, 10HR, 44RBI, and 53BB in 100 games with the Tampa Yankees. As of August 28th, Solak ranks among the league-leaders in BA (second), OBP (second) and SLG (third). The Woodbridge, Illinois native was promoted to Double-A Trenton on August 1st."
Solak was promoted to Trenton, where his name will come up again.
That takes care of the Yankees teams whose season’s have ended. Now on to three still with something to play for.