On the latest episode of From The Back Fields To The Bronx, managing editors Ricky Keeler and Matt Kardos discussed all four affiliates as they all have only a few weeks left in their respective seasons.
The conversation started with Double-A Somerset as TD Bank Ballpark has been cleared for play after the devastation of Hurricane Ida. The Patriots will return home Friday pushing for a postseason bid. Matt gives insight on Luis Medina finding his command on the mound, Isiah Gilliam finding his form in the outfield, and some of the new faces that have been on the mound for the Patriots.
When talking about the other three affiliates, Ricky and Matt went over Hudson Valley’s power surge in the month of September, Tampa clinching a postseason bid with the help of Trey Sweeney and Anthony Garcia, and how Michael King and Adam Warren could maybe help the Yankees down the stretch with their success recently at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Next, the conversation shifted to how teams approach the final weeks of the season. Is it still solely about development when a postseason spot is on the line or are the playoffs an afterthought considering the long offseason these players have had? The duo also dives into a scenario if Hudson Valley misses the playoffs, should Somerset call up Anthony Volpe (25 home runs this year) and have Oswald Peraza go up to Triple-A for the final two weeks of their season?