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Baby Bomber Bonus Recap: A review of the 2015 Trenton Thunder

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1B/C Francisco Arcia .320/.346/.433, 16 RBI, 16/5 K/BB, 104 PA
He's been in the system for awhile now, showing up in spring training to act as an extra catcher, but he performed well in Trenton this year. He struggled in Scranton and at 26 he's probably never going to make it, but he should be a decent depth.

1B/3B Dante Bichette .228/.266/.319, 2 HR, 32 RBI, 48/13 K/BB, 271 PA
After a revitalizing 2014 season, Bichette fell back down to where he's been for a few years now. I think it's about time we gave up on him ever turning into anything useful.

1B Greg Bird .258/.358/.445, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 30/24 K/BB, 212 PA
Before Bird made a huge impact on the Yankees, he took the upper minors by storm. He did well in Trenton before getting the call to Scranton at the age of 22, but it was never expected for him to make the majors this year. Good thing he did because they really needed him.

SS Ali Castillo .269/.320/.310, 2 HR, 36 RBI, 25 SB, 33/21 K/BB, 297 PA
Despite having a good bat for a shortstop and some decent wheels on the base paths, he's already 26 and hasn't spent much time in Triple-A. Maybe he gets a shot in spring training, but he's probably not gong to amount to much.

OF Jake Cave .269/.330/.345, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 17 SB, 98/43  K/BB, 563 PA
Despite a slightly down offensive year, Cave reached Triple-A at the age of 22. He'll never be an offensive force, but if he can play excellent defense and provide speed on the bases, the Yankees will find some use for him. He needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, so they might find a use for him before too long.

SS Cito Culver .199/.249/.279, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 8 SB, 92/22 K/BB, 390 PA
Cito Culver is not a good baseball player. He can play the field pretty well, but he can't hit a lick. They've moved him around the infield and used him as a utility infielder, but he's probably never going to amount to much.

OF Taylor Dugas .207/.323/.261, 14 RBI, 8 SB, 30/27 K/BB, 227 PA
Stuck in Double-A at age 25, he didn't do much to prove that he deserved to stay in the picture, and yet, he reached the majors in 2015 for one brief moment. He performed well in Scranton, but he's probably never going to get another chance in the big leagues.

3B Eric Jagielo .284/.347/.495, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 58/18 K/BB, 248 PA
Jagielo was off to a pretty good start this year before going down with a knee injury in June. Luckily, he should be healthy for next year and will hopefully continue from where he left off.

OF Aaron Judge .284/.350/.516, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 70/44 K/BB, 280 PA
The organization's top prospect had a big season in Double-A Trenton before reaching Triple-A. He struggled in the second half of the season, but the organization doesn't seem worried about him next year.

OF Danny Oh .293/.338/.397, 20 RBI, 9 SB, 33/15 K/BB, 261 PA
He's probably never going to amount to anything but some organizational filler, but Oh had a career year in 2015 at the age of 25. Maybe, if he's lucky, he'll get the Taylor Dugas treatment at some point.

OF Mark Payton .250/.315/.348, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 5 SB, 60/24 K/BB, 297 PA
After a strong showing in High-A Tampa, Payton got the bump up to Trenton, but he wasn't able to adapt to the new level. He's been a pleasant surprise since being drafted, but next year will be a real test for him.

2B Tony Renda .270/.328/.372, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB, 24/24 K/BB, 304 PA
After the Yankees acquired him in exchange for Chris Carpenter, Renda hit well, but he continued to struggle in the field. He has yet to develop much home run power and, heading into his age-25 season, isn't thought of as much of a prospect at this point.

C Gary Sanchez .262/.319/.476, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 50/18 K/BB, 254 PA
The Yankees' top catching prospect finally had the season everyone had been waiting for. He did well in Trenton at the age of 22, but he didn't really catch fire until reach Scranton.

OF Mason Williams .317/.407/.375, 11 RBI, 11 SB, 17/19 K/BB, 144 PA
Heading into the season, Mason had seen his value drop considerably, but he was able to turn things around and become an actual MLB option. After a quick stop in Scranton, he was called up to the Bronx and looked like he belonged, until he jammed his shoulder and required surgery. Still, though, we'll see him again in 2016.

RHP Andury Acevedo 3.54 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 28.0 IP
A converted position player, Acevedo turned in his first sub-4.00 ERA season this year. After a season in which he reached three different levels and already has Triple-A experience at 24, he might be among next year's bullpen express.

Johnny Barbato 4.04 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 42.1 IP
Acquired by the Yankees in exchange for Shawn Kelley in the offseason, Barbato had a decent season in Trenton before moving up to Triple-A and dominating the competition. He'll only be 23 next year, so he will have plenty of time to prove he's worth a trip to the big leagues.

RHP Nick Goody 1.73 ERA, 12.7 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 41.2 IP
In his second year since Tommy John surgery, Goody was back up and running like nothing ever happened. He dominated the upper minors and should get a chance at a regular role in the major league bullpen.

RHP Kyle Haynes 3.20 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 78.2 IP, 27 G/11 GS
Acquired by the Yankees, in exchange for Chris Stewart, the one-time reliever was converted into a starting pitcher this year. The conversion didn't go very well, but if they decide to give up he should still be an interesting relief prospect.

RHP Brady Lail 2.45 ERA, 5.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 106.1 IP
One of the organization's top pitching prospects, Lail had a solid overall season, but his strikeout rates were troubling. He should get a full year in Scranton next year, so we'll see what kind of asset he will be to the major league team.

RHP Mark Montgomery 2.93 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 43.0 IP
At one point it was expected for him to be an integral part of the big league bullpen by now, but injury took him out of favor with the organization and he's been relegated to obscurity ever since. Despite diminished stuff, he's remained effective, so it can only be a matter of time before he at least gets a chance.

RHP Conor Mullee 3.40 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 42.1 IP
Despite not getting much attention in the organization, Mullee put together a solid season between Tampa and Trenton. He's already heading into his age-28 season after missing two different seasons, but if he starts off in Scranton, he could be an old rookie.

Eric Ruth 3.20 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 112.1 IP
A former non-drafted free agent, Ruth put together another strong season for someone no one expect to show much promise. He's been promoted aggressively over the last two seasons and could come into play in 2016, whether as a starting pitcher or as a reliever.

RHP Alex Smith 2.52 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 39.1 IP
After not allowing a run in 20 innings as Tampa's closer, Smith was promoted to Trenton continued to be a trust late-inning reliever over the course of a full season. He's 26 now, but intriguing enough that if he starts out in Scranton, he could be a real consideration over the course of the long season.

Caleb Smith 3.38 ERA, 6.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 130.2 IP
Smith has done well in the three short years he's been in the organization. He's been promoted aggressively and performed well at each level, making him one of New York's top 30 prospects. If he pitches well in Scranton, he could become a midseason starting option if someone were to go down with an injury.

LHP Miguel Sulbaran 4.77 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 66.0 IP
Acquired in exchange for Eduardo Nunez, he looked like a legitimate prospect in his first year with the organization, but 2015 made him look a little less of a sure thing. Hopefully he can rebound in 2016, considering he was just 21 and already reached Triple-A, but it won't be surprising if his stuff doesn't translate against better competition.

Matt Tracy 2.29 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 51.0 IP
Tracy had a bizarre 2015 season–making the major league roster, picked up by the Miami Marlins, brought back to the organization, and putting together a decent season at Trenton. He struggled in his time with Scranton, but if he can't replicate his numbers in Trenton, his big league career might already be behind him.

RHP Cesar Vargas 2.79 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 67.2 IP
Despite never getting much attention, Vargas has been a solid reliever in the Yankees system over the last few seasons. He reached Scranton at the age of 23 this year and should be given a chance to impress very soon.