Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 11th

Two of the Yankee Farm Teams had off days on Sunday due to the Easter Sunday holiday; Trenton was rained out; Tampa was the only Yankee affiliate in action on Sunday; Rudy Guillen has been a hitting machine to start the season; Bronson Sardinha and Jared Koutnik have two hit days for Tampa; Jeremy King lights out in first start; Edwardo Sierra becoming an elite closer in the early going. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Much like two other Yankees farm teams, the Columbus Clippers had an off day today due to the Easter holiday. Darren Bragg will try to remain on an offensive tear as he went 4-5 in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. Felix Escalona will attempt to heat up his once hot bat again on Monday. The Columbus Clippers will be taking on the Durham Bulls on Monday.


Trenton Thunder. As one of the only two Yankee Farm teams scheduled to play today, the Trenton Thunder were rained out today but are scheduled to play tomorrow. Chien-ming Wang was in line for the start today and will likely take the ball in tomorrows game. It will be Wang's first start of the young season and his expectations are high for having an excellent year. Mitch Jones will be looking to continue his home run tear as he already has 3 on the season. The Thunder are scheduled to take on New Hampshire tomorrow at 7:05 PM.


Tampa Yankees. Tampa was the only Yankee affiliate in action on Sunday night. Jeremy King was the starting pitcher for Tampa on Sunday afternoon and he was more than up to the task. King pitched 6 great innings, allowing 1 unearned run while surrendering only 3 hits. He also walked two and struck out two as well. King picked up the win. Rudy Guillen is officially on fire! Guillen is batting .500 on the season (9-18) and picked up three of his hits on Sunday against Lakeland. At this point, Guillen is having one of the best offensive outputs of any Yankee farmhand thus far. Bronson Sardinha has started to heat up the last couple of games as he picked up two hits on this one as well. Sardinha also had an RBI, a run scored, and a double. Adding 2 base hits of his own was 3b, Jared Koutnik who had a double and a run scored. Jon-Mark Sprowl remained a consistent production hitter going 1-3 with an RBI on the game. Picking up a lone single was 2b, Gabe Lopez. 1b, Shelly Duncan was finally cooled off by the Lakeland pitching but he still has an excellent .313 batting average early on. Shutting the door and getting the save for Tampa was their closer Edwardo Sierra who has been lights out for them so far. Sierra struck out two batters in the final frame.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees had a scheduled off day today for Easter Sunday and are preparing to take on the Fort Wayne Wizards on Monday. Abel Gomez will be on the hill for Battle Creek and the 19 year old is looking to be up to the challenge that the organization gave him by a significant level promotion this season. Eric Duncan will look to heat up his cold bat on Monday as he has only one hit on the season. The only hot bat that Battle Creek has to this point is 1b, John Urick who had two hits on Saturday including a home run in the eight inning. The dormant Battle Creek Yankee lineup is hoping to have an outburst of offense that they expected coming into this 2004 season. None of their big hitters have show strong signs just yet.


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