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A photo of PNC Field from behind home plate, the home of the New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
PNC Field, home of the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was host to a doubleheader against the visiting Indianapolis Indians on August 15, 2018. After dropping game one with then-top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield on the mound, the RailRiders took the nightcap for a split of the twin-bill. Photo credit: Michael Stokes.

[Updated: May 27, 2019] — From top to bottom, the New York Yankees farm system features nine minor league affiliates. All levels of professional ball are represented, from Triple-A to foreign rookie leagues. The Yankees own all but three of the affiliates, with only the Trenton Thunder, Charleston RiverDogs, and Pulaski Yankees being privately owned.

Today the Yankees farm system is comprised of:

  • AAA : Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
  • AA : Trenton Thunder
  • A (Advanced) : Tampa Tarpons
  • A : Charleston River Dogs
  • A (Short Season) : Staten Island Yankees
  • Advanced Rookie : Pulaski Yankees
  • Rookie : Gulf Coast League Yankees 1
  • Rookie : Gulf Coast League Yankees 2
  • Dominican Summer League : Dominican Summer League Yankees

 

Yankees Top Minor League Prospects

Here’s a list of the 30 most highly regarded players in the Yankees system at the moment, complete with in-depth scouting profiles and updated statistics: 2019 New York Yankees Prospect Watch.
 

The Early Years

It all began in 1931 when New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert purchased the Newark Bears of the International League. It would become the foundation of the Yankees player development, or ‘farm’ system. By 1932, Ruppert had 5 minor league teams under club control including the A-Ball Springfield Rifles (Massachusetts), Cumberland Colts (Maryland), Binghamton Triplets (Binghamton, NY), and the Erie Sailors (Erie, Pennsylvania).
 
The affiliate team total ballooned to 24 by 1948, and while over the years most locations were in proximity to the East Coast and South, some were as far West as the Amarillo Gold Sox (1960 Texas League) and the 1951 San Francisco Seals. Joe DiMaggio played his minor league ball for the Seals in the early 1930s, and retired from pro ball after the 1951 season, which would be the only year the Seals would be part of the Yankees organization.

By the early 1950s, the height of ‘the golden era of New York baseball’, the Yankees farm system would be cultivating the stars of what would be the organization’s last hurrah in the early 60s — until The Bronx Zoo clubs restored the roar in The Boogie Down in the mid-to-late 70s.

In 1950, the then-Triple A affiliate, the Kansas City Blues, fielded teams that included a 21-year-old Whitey Ford, Elston Howard (21), Mickey Mantle (18), Billy Martin (22), and Lew Burdette (23). To reflect how level classifications have changed over the years, in 1950 it was AAA, AA, A, then B, C, and D leagues. In 1950, with all of that budding talent, the KC Blues went 54-99 (.353).
 


The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders celebrate their 2016 Tripe-A National Championship on September 20, 2016, defeating the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League by a score of 3-1. Photo credit: Larry Hockett.

This storied minor league ball franchise debuted in 1919 and has bounced around the northeastern part of the country and Canada since.

Originating in Reading, Pennsylvania as the Reading Coal Barons the organization called home to numerous outposts in New York, New Jersey and Ottawa, Canada before settling in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 1989 as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Philles.

In 2007 the organization became the Yankees new Triple-A affiliate and assumed the name of the parent club. Games are played at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. In 2013, the name was changed to the ‘RailRiders’ in homage to the area’s historical connection to America’s railroad industry.
 

Official Website
RailRider Current Roster
Team Statistics
Schedule
Ballpark Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
• Local Radio Stations: The Game 93.5 FM | WICK 1400 AM
Listen Live Online
• League/Division: International League ; North Division
International League Standings
• League Championships: 2008, 2016
• Local Newspaper(s): Times-Leader (local news)
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
Players both drafted by the Yankees and played for SWB include:

• Joba Chamberlain (2007)
• Ian Kennedy (2007)
• Phil Hughes (2007)
• Brett Gardner (2007-2008)
• Ramiro Peña (2009)
• Kei Igawa (2007-2011)
• Hector Noesi (2010-2011)
 
// more to come shortly
 


The Trenton Thunder (AA)


New York Yankees Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder logoBefore becoming the New York Yankees Double-A level affiliate in 2003, the Eastern League organization was in partnership with the Red Sox (1995-2002), Tigers (1986-1994), and White Sox (1980-1985). The team calls Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey home, which is located on One Thunder Road in Trenton, on Route 29. The park opened in 1994 and seats 6,341.
 
The Thunder is owned by Garden State Baseball, LLP, whose principals include Joe Plumeri, Joseph Finley and Joseph Caruso. The company was formed and incorporated in 1995.
 
Official Website
Trenton Thunder Current Roster
Player Statistics
Schedule
• Going to a game? Ballpark FAQ & Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
Listen Live Online Radio
• League/Division: Eastern League ; Eastern Division
Eastern League Standings
• League Championships: 2007, 2008, 2013
• Press Coverage: NJ.com Thunder, Pinstripe Prospects (Recommended)
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
Players of note who where both drafted by the Yankees and played in Trenton include:

• Robinson Cano (2001)
• Phil Hughes (2006)
• Chance Adams (2016)
• Nestor Cortes Jr.(2016)
• Joba Chamberlain (2007)
• David Robertson (2007)

 


The Tampa Tarpons (Advanced A)


Logo of the Tampa Tarpons, the New York Yankees A-ball minor league affiliateSince it’s inception in 1994, the Advanced A-ball affiliate played under the ‘Tampa Yankees’ moniker, but changed names before the 2018 season. Dipping into the rich history of minor league baseball in the area, the ‘Tampa Tarpons’ name was revived from the days prior to 1957 when the team was an independent minor league club.

Home games are played at George M. Steinbrenner Field where Spring Training for the Yankees is based.
 
Official Website
Tampa Tarpons Current Roster
Player Statistics
Schedule
• Going to a game? Ballpark FAQ & Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
Listen Live Online
• League/Division: Florida State League ; Northern Division
Florida League Standings
• League Championships: 1994, 2009, 2010
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
Players both drafted by the Yankees and played for Tampa include:

• Bernie Willams (1987)*
• Kevin Maas (1987)* / Yes, nomaas.org if you’re wondering
• Derek Jeter (1993)*
• Mariano Rivera (1992)*
• David Robertson (2007)**
• Joba Chamberlain (2007)**
• Ian Kennedy (2007)**
• Phil Hughes (2005)**
• Ramiro Mendoza (1994)*
• Chase Whitley (2010)**
• Dellin Betances (2010-2011)**
• Adam Warren (2010)**
• Jose Pirela (2010)**
• Rob Refsynder (2013)**
• Shane Greene (2012-2013)**
• Kyle Higashioka (2011-2012, 2014-2015)**
• Jonathan Holder (2015)**
• Thairo Estrada (2018)***
 
* = Fort Lauderdale Yankees
** = Tampa Yankees
*** = Tampa Tarpons


The Charleston RiverDogs (A)

MLBs last 30 game winner Denny McLain throws ceremonial first pitch at a Charleston RiverDogs home game on July 11, 2012
Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner Denny McLain tosses out the ceremonial first pitch at a Charleston RiverDogs home game on July 11, 2012. Charleston defeated the visiting Ashville Tourists (Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) 9-3 with a lineup that inlcuded Rob Refsynder, Ben Gamel, and Dante Bichette, Jr. Photo credit: Ron Cogswell

 
Charleston Riverdogs logoThe Class A Charleston RiverDogs became part of the Yankees family in 2005. Home games are played in Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (aka The Joe) in Charleston, South Carolina, which is also home base for The Citadel Bulldogs NCAA baseball team (The Military College of South Carolina).
 
While the RiverDogs are one of three minor league affiliates not owned by the Yankees, one of their owners happens to be none other than actor Bill Murray, who holds the title of ‘Director of Fun’. In 2018, the organization celebrated it’s 25th season with a ‘175 in Dog Years’ promotion.
 
Official Website
Charleston RiverDogs Current Roster
Team Statistics
Schedule
• Going to a game? Ballpark FAQ & Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
Listen Live Online
• League/Division: South Atlantic League ; Southern Division
South Atlantic League Standings
• Local Newspaper: The Post and Courier (Minor League Sports section)
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
Players of note who rocked RiverDog unis’ and made it to The Bronx:

• Greg Bird (2013)
• David Robertson (2007)
• Phil Hughes (2005)
• Aaron Judge (2014)
• Domingo German (2016)
• Gary Sanchez (2011-2012)
• Miguel Andujar (2014)
• Nestor Cortes (2016)
• Mike Ford (2014)
• Luis Severino (2013-2014)
• Tyler Austin (2012)
• Dellin Betances (2008)
• Tyler Wade (2014)
• Mason Williams (2012)
• Chance Adams (2015)
• Slade Heathcott (2015)
• Jordan Montgomery (2015)
• James Pazos (2013)
• Eduardo Nunez (2007)
 


The Staten Island Yankees (A/Short Season)

Photo of Richmond County Ballpark on June 28, 2014 in a game between the visiting Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees.
Richmond County Ballpark on June 28, 2014 in a game between the visiting Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees. Photo credit: Doug Kerr.

 
Staten Island Yankees logoLocated in the New York City borough of Staten Island, the SI Yankees are the closest minor league affiliate to the big club and are affectionally known as ‘The Baby Bombers’. A member of the McNamara Division in the New York-Penn League, the Staten Island Yankees have played home games in Richmond County Bank Ballpark since 2001.
 

The Pizza Rats

Only in New York. In 2016, the team decided on a name change and left the final decision up to a fan vote — who overwhelmingly chose The Pizza Rats. The team ultimately did a little second-guessing and kept the name of the parent club (how can you go wrong?), but the Pizza Rats moniker was so popular the team uses it for Saturday home games only. The name comes from an international sensation caused by a rat in New York City who made off with a slice of pizza, dragging it down the stairs in a subway.
 

 
Official Website
Staten Island Yankees Current Roster
Player Statistics
Schedule
• Going to a game? Ballpark FAQ & Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
• Local Radio Stations: Staten Island Yankees Baseball Network
• League/Division: New York-Penn League ; McNamara Division
New York-Penn League Standings
• League Championships: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011
• Press Coverage: silive.com | Pinstripe Prospects
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
Players of note who where both drafted by the Yankees and played with the Staten Island Yankees include:

• Robinson Cano (2002)
• Francisco Cervelli (2006)
• Brett Gardner (2005)
• Ian Kennedy (2006)
• Melky Cabrera (2001)
• Danny Burawa (2010)
• Andy Cannizaro (2000)
• Chance Adams (2015)
• Dellin Betances (2007)
 


The Pulaski Yankees (Advanced Rookie)

Photo of the pressbox at Calfee Park, in Pulaski Virginia, home of the Pulaski Yankees
The newly renovated pressbox at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia, home to the Advanced Rookie League Pulaski Yankees. Photo credit: Calfee Park.

The Pulaski Yankees logoHave to admit the first time I heard of the club’s new farm team, the Pulaski Yankees in 2015, my mind went straight to the Pulaski Skyway, thinking “Where are they going to put a ballpark around there?”

Not even close. The Appalachian League team hails from Pulaski, Virginia. Who knew? Founded in 1942, the independently owned organization has partnered with numerous MLB teams over the years starting with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1949) to most recently, the Seattle Mariners (2008-2014).

Three eventual Bronx Bombers have passed through Pulaski in their journeys to The Bronx, albeit with their original clubs — David Justice (1985, Atlanta Braves), Mike Stanton (1987, Atlanta Braves), and former Yankee skipper Dallas Green (1970, Philles organization).
 
Official Website
Pulaski Yankees Current Roster
Team Statistics
Schedule
• Going to a game? Ballpark FAQ and Directions
Purchase Game Tickets
• Local Radio Stations: WRAD 101.7 FM | 1460 AM
• Listen Online: wradradio.com
• League/Division: Appalachian League ; East Division
Appalachian League Standings
• Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | RSS
 
REQUIRED READING: MiLB.com scribe Benjamin Hill wrote a great piece on the fall and rise of the storied Pulaski baseball experience. Don’t miss ‘On the Road: From worst to first in Pulaski‘.
 


Gulf Coast League Yankees (Rookie)

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes
Phil ‘The Franchise’ Hughes blazed the New York Yankees minor leagues, including a stop with the Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2004. Photo credit: Keith Allison.

Derek Jeter started here. So did Mariano Rivera. And a handful of others fortunate enough to not only reach mad heights of success in the Pinstripes, but to actually start out in the Yankees system. Since 1964, that system began with the Gulf Coast League.
 
Named after the ultimate destination of every player, since 2004 the Gulf Coast League Yankees have played home games in George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, shared by the Advanced A level Tampa Tarpons, as well as the official Spring Training facility of the big club.
 
Since 2013, there have been two Yankees squads in the GCL — East (1) and West (2), which compete in different divisions. This is where we’ll first see players just starting out in pro ball — from free agent walk-ons to advancing international free agent signings.
 
• Official Website(s): GLC Yankees East | GCL Yankees West
• Gulf Coast Yankees Current Rosters: East | West
• Player Stats: East | West
• League: Gulf Coast League
Gulf Coast League Standings
• League Championships: 12 (since 1966)
 
Players drafted by the Yankees and played for the Gulf Coast teams include:

• Joe Harvey (2014)
• Thairo Estrada (2014)
• Miguel Andujar (2012-2013)
• Tyler Austin (2010)
• Greg Bird (2011)
• Gary Sanchez (2010)
• John Ryan Murphy (2009)
• Ian Kennedy (2008)
• Austin Romine (2007)
• Ivan Nova (2006)
• Hector Noesi (2010-2011)
• Francisco Cervelli (2005)
• Phil Hughes (2004)
• Robinson Cano (2001)
• Juan Rivera (1998)
• Nick Johnson (1996)
• Derek Jeter (1992)
• Ricky Ledee (1990-91-92)
• Mariano Rivera (1990, 1993)
• Ramiro Mendoza (1993)
• Shane Spencer (1990-1991)
• Sterling Hitchcock (1989)
• Marcus Thames (1987) / Our 2019 hitting coach!
• Bernie Williams (1986)
• Jose Cano (1980) / Yes, Robinson’s dad!
• Roberto Kelly (1980)
• Fred McGriff (1980) / Don’t get me started about the trade!
 


Dominican Summer League

Dominican Summer League logoFounded in 1985, the Dominican Summer League (DSL) is a rookie league which packs a 64-game schedule into about 11 weeks between June 1 and late August.

The DSL Yankees play in the Boca Chica South Division against squads from the Angels, Cardinals, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Rockies and Twins. All told there are six divisions totaling 45 teams. The players are between the ages of 16 and 22, with the top prospects moving up to lower tiered minor league teams in the United States. The Yankees have been very active in recruiting international talent and many will begin their journeys to the big leagues in the DSL.
 
Official Website (in Spanish only)
Boca Chica South Division Rosters
Boca Chica South Schedule
 


 

Recommended Reading

For more great coverage on our up-and-coming Bronx Bombers, don’t miss Pinstripe Alley’s Yankees Minor Leagues and Prospects.
 
 

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