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The Somerset Patriots (Yankees AA) are STACKED as their season heads to the playoffs.

Not many people care about the minor league, but as a Yankee fan, you have to be hyped about the prospects tearing it up in the farm, and the injured major leaguers who will join the Yankees for their playoff hopes.

The Somerset Patriots, which is the Double A Minor League squad, are 81-49 with a +139 run differential, leading the way for the entire MLIB standings. They are set to start playoffs in the coming weeks, and some of the teams top prospects are tearing it up on this team.

C Austin Wells - No. 4 Prospect

OF Everson Pereira - No. 5 Prospect

• SS Trey Sweeney - No. 6 Prospect

• RHP Will Warren - No. 8 Prospect

• RHP Clayton Beeter - No. 9 Prospect

• RHP Yoendrys Gomez - No. 12 Prospect

That's some pretty high horsepower for a AA squad. It's important to note because the Yankees didn't trade any of these guys (plus Volpe/Caberea/Dominguez/Peraza) at the deadline. They clearly have what it takes to be in the big leagues in the coming years.

The biggest news of them all is the promotion of The Martian. The Yankees No.2 prospect, Jasson Dominguez is set to join the Patriots after hitting .306/.397/.510 in 40 games with Hudson Valley. The future is coming...

The dude has been crushing it this season. His first full pro season between A-/A+ ball (115 games) he ranked in the top five in Yankees' system in hits, runs, walks, and stolen bases. Yes it's low ball, but it's promising to see from the young future star.

On the flipside, some important pieces to the Yankees major league squad are rehabbing on this team this week and month too. For starters, their a few bullpen pieces that are building up their pitch count to help beef up the bullpen for the long stretch of fall ball. Zack Britton, Miguel Castro, and Aroldis Chapman all made appearances for the Patriots this week, and flashed their stuff.

  • Aroldis Chapman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K’s

  • Zack Britton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s

  • Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K’s

Harrison Bader, the Gold Glove center fielder that they acquired at the deadline from the Cardinals, made his rehab start this week as well. Having a guy like Bader will be crucial, with Hicks not providing much on both ends of the ball, and he also provides the speed aspect as well.

Then there is Sevy. Luis Severino, an imperative piece to the Yankees starting rotation, is starting to reach back to form, and his presence is so needed in the Yankees clubhouse.

If you're looking at this blog from a "future is bright" or "reinforcements are coming" stance, either way, you have to be pretty pumped (as always) to be a Yankees fan.


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