On the latest episode of From The Back Fields To The Bronx, Pinstriped Prospects managing editor Ricky Keeler is joined by Tampa Tarpons beat writer John Brophy to discuss how all four Yankees affiliates are either going for a division title or fighting for a spot in their league’s championship series.
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The conversation starts with the Tarpons playing in Bradenton this week in a championship preview. How have the Yankees top draft picks from this past July looked with Tampa so far such as Trey Sweeney and Cooper Bowman? Plus, John discusses Anthony Garcia‘s power surge, Antonio Gomez‘s development behind the plate, and what the Tarpons pitching rotation looks like after a lot of promotions have shaken it up.
When looking at the other affiliates, the duo discusses Randy Vasquez‘s Double-A debut in Somerset, Beck Way‘s debut at High-A Hudson Valley, Jake Sanford having an under-the-radar year for the Renegades in the outfield, and JP Sears making a good impression in the Triple-A rotation.
In terms of general minor league topics, Ricky and John go over which prospects they would have liked to see make their big-league debut if 40 players were still allowed to be on the major league roster in September, how they approach covering rehab assignments, and the six-game series format carrying over into next year.