While the Yankees have a few weeks of the regular season left before they head to the playoffs, the minor leagues have begun to wrap up. So, let’s take a look at how each of the (non-rookie league) teams did this season, starting with the Short Season Staten Island Yankees.
Finishing the season at 40-36, the Yankees had a chance at the playoffs up until the second to last game of the season. A 5-4 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones on September 1 sealed the Yankees playoff fate. The difference between being at the top of the NYPL McNamera Division or the bottom, was 3.5 games. The Cyclones ended with a 43-32 record, making those three losses to end the season particularly hard.
The Yankees didn’t seem to pick up a lot of hits, with a .225 average for the season, but when they did connect with the ball they made it count. Their .348 slugging percentage put them towards the top of their league, in large part to their league leading 52 home runs. They also managed to draw the second most walks in the league, but they also struck out more than all but one team.
David Metzger (3B) put together a strong 29 games with Staten Island, hitting .357/.432/.418. It was Ezequiel Duran (2B) who was Staten Island’s constant, however. He appeared in 66 games and hit .256/.329/.496 with a team leading 13 homers.
Staten Island pitchers put forth a solid performance this year. They accumulated a respectable 3.24 ERA and limited their walks to just 197, the second lowest in the NYPL, while striking out 693 batters, just one less than league leader Tri-City. Anderson Munoz (RHP) made ten starts for Staten Island, going 7-2. He had 63 Ks to only 23 walks and one home run.
The Yankees may have come up short of the playoffs, but it was a strong season with some great performances. Prospects like TJ Sikkema, Oswald Peraza, and Everson Pereira all made appearances for the NYPL team.