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Rays' Franco headlines Players of the Week

Top overall prospect went 10-for-18 in first foray with Stone Crabs
July 1, 2019

When the Rays' Wander Franco was promoted from the Midwest League to the Florida State League, he became the first player born in 2001 to appear in any of the three Class A Advanced circuits this season. He sure isn't playing like it. Baseball's top overall prospect has been named

Three's a charm for RailRiders' Ford

Yankees slugger records homer hat trick, drives in four runs
April 7, 2019

The thrill of a three-homer game never wanes for player and fan alike, but for Mike Ford, it was a stroll down memory lane.The Yankees farmhand smacked a trio of roundtrippers and drove in four runs on Sunday as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rolled past Buffalo, 10-2, at Sahlen Field. It was

International League playoff preview

Irvin leads IronPigs vs. RailRiders; Mud Hens battle with Bulls
September 5, 2018

After a wild regular-season finish, the International League playoffs have a familiar feel.The final two spots in the battle for the Governors' Cup were not decided until the next-to-last day of the season, when wins by Toledo and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre helped the Mud Hens claim the West Division title and gave

Toolshed: Ford ready to seize chance with M's

Rule 5 pick will get long look in spring following injury to Healy
February 16, 2018

Mike Ford had never been drafted before. He was named the Ivy League's 2013 Player and Pitcher of the Year -- the first person in the conference to win both -- after hitting .320/.443/.503 with six homers and producing a 0.98 ERA over 64 innings as a junior at Princeton. He

Florial shines as Yankees flourish on the farm

Outfielder enjoys breakout year in one of game's deepest systems
November 27, 2017

This offseason, is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.After years of fielding rosters filled with more free-agent superstars

International League Finals preview

RailRiders back to defend Governors' Cup against Bulls
September 12, 2017

A year later, the RailRiders are back in a familiar position.The Yankees' top affiliate claimed the International League's North Division again this summer before advancing Sunday to the Governors' Cup Finals, where they'll meet the Durham Bulls. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is not only the defending IL champs -- it's also the reigning

RailRiders punch return ticket to IL Finals

Yankees' Cortes spins seven zeros, Ford goes yard in semifinals
September 10, 2017

On Friday, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Al Pedrique could see first baseman Mike Ford was trying too hard to be "the guy," so he had a simple message."When we get home, I want you to have some fun and enjoy yourself again. You're going to be OK," the skipper said.Those words

Ford blasts four dingers for Charleston

Yankees prospect plates five, sets records in first multi-homer game
May 25, 2014

Mike Ford hit a grand slam his sophomore season at Princeton. He's plated runs in the NCAA Regionals and won Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year honors. But nothing matched the emotion he felt Sunday.