SWB Yankees have had one of the toughest years ever for a minor league team. Their home park of PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania has been under going a $43.3 million renovation project which necessitated the team to play every game this season on the road. Not having a home base and living out of hotels for an entire season didn't deter them from banding together and becoming International League North Champions.
The Scranton Yankees have a 83-59 record with three games remaining before the first round of playoffs begins. Manager Dave Miley was rewarded for his efforts being named International Manager of the Year for the second time in his tenure as Scranton's manager.
Ramon Ortiz was their top starting pitcher this year with 13 wins and reliever Kevin Whelan led the team with 12 saves. Jack Cust led the team in HR (20), OBP (.400) and SLG (.475). Notable players who are now September call-ups are Francisco Cervelli, Chris Dickerson and Eduardo Nunez.
Scranton will open the playoffs against the Boston affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox on September 5.
The Trenton Thunder started off slow this season, but ended up clinching the Eastern League title. Trenton has an 83-59 record with two games to play and a 3 1/2 game lead over the Reading Phillies.
Thunder manager Tony Franklin, now in his sixth season, was named Eastern League Manager of the Year. On June 2 2012, Franklin recorded his 1,000th regular season win as a Minor League Manager (17 seasons, 7 teams). Franklin guided Trenton to the Eastern League Championship title in 2007 and 2008, an EL Championship Series appearance in 2010 and a playoff berth this season.
Three of the top players for the Thunder include second baseman David Adams who led the team with a .310 avg, and .389 OBP. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte was the team leader with 69 RBIs, .480 SLG and second in home runs with 20. Brett Marshal led the starting pitchers in wins (13), ERA (3.52), WHIP (1.29) and strike outs (120).
The playoffs begin on September 5 against an opponent TBD. The Division Championship is a best-of-five series.
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