With the big league club currently rolling up in the majors, the New York Yankees organizational decision to believe in the system looks to finally be paying off. Early season contributions from the likes of Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery amongst other former Pinstriped Prospects have the New York Yankees surging atop the American League East with a 21-10 record.
Down in the minors, the future of the New York Yankees looks just as bright. That said, let’s take at our Pinstriped Prospects Minor League Player of the Week series for May 1st – May 7th:
Charleston RiverDogs: SS Hoy Jun Park (.362, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 6 SB)
The RiverDogs are currently in fifth place of South Atlantic League Southern Conference after starting off the month of May with a 2-4 week.
Despite getting swept by the Lakewood BlueClaws and splitting a four-game set with the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Seoul, South Korea native Hoy Jun Park continued to stay hot with another impressive week. The 21-year shortstop recorded a multi-hit game in all four games he started last week, including three two-hit games and a three-hit performance, extending his season slash line to .362/.444/.532 with a .976 OPS through 94 plate-appearances. Park also crossed home plate twice while recording an RBI and a stolen base last week.
Tampa Yankees: LHP Ian Clarkin (3-2, 2.15 ERA, 23 Ks)
The Tampa Yankees started the month of May off with a 3-4 week, dropping three-of-four to the Dunedin Blue Jays, but rebounding to take two-of-three from the Charlotte Knights. Despite the T-Yanks sitting in last place of the Florida State League North division with a 15-18 record, one bright spot last week was southpaw pitcher Ian Clarkin.
The 22-year old snapped a two-game losing skid with a solid outing against the Dunedin Jays on May 3rd, earning his third win of the season after scattering four hits and one earned run across 5.1 innings. Clarkin struck out six Blue Jay batters, upping his season total to 23 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched.
Trenton Thunder: RHP Ronald Herrera (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 Ks)
Despite a plethora of rain delays and postponed games to start the month of May, the Trenton Thunder managed to go 4-2 on the week after sweeping the Harrisburg Senators and losing two-of-three to the Erie SeaWolves.
This week, our player of the week award for the Trenton Thunder goes to RHP Ronald Herrera, who had another solid outing in a combined 6-0 shutout win on Sunday over the SeaWolves. The 22-year old scattered four hits over six innings in his second start of the season. Through his first two games, Herrera has hurled 11.1 innings without allowing a single run.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: 1B Ji-Man Choi (.347,1 HR, 14 RBI)
There was some extra buzz around the RailRiders last week as former Scranton catcher and current Yankees star Gary Sanchez was making a three-game rehab assignment against Lehigh Valley. ‘El Gary’ went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs before returning to the big league club.
However, our Pinstriped Prospects Minor League Player of the Week for the RaildRiders is 25-year old slugger Ji-Man Choi out of Incheon, South Korea. The 6’1″ 230lb slugger went 6-for-11 in three games last week with two-hits in each game. He crossed home plate three times and plated in seven RBI’s, including four in one game against the Syracuse Chiefs. Choi now has the second best batting average in Scranton behind only Mark Payton (.359).