For the 12th straight year WFUV is taking a look at what life is like in the Short Season Single-A NY Penn League...a close-up view of the Baby Bombers and Junior Mets as they attempt to climb the ladder to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. It's Brooklyn and Staten Island. It's the Cyclones and Yankees. It's Life in the Minors: How the Other Half Lives.
By Nick Logerfo, Staten Island Yankees Beat Reporter
Most of what life is like in the minors revolves around making it to the majors. In this chapter we take a look at the first step on the road...getting to the minors. Each road is different, and tells a story of triumph, that in itself is an accomplishment. Whether these guys are first round draft picks, or 33rd does not matter, the fact is they’re here and ready to compete.
Many of these guys faced several challenges along the way. Yankees outfielder Taylor Dugas told us how he had to overcome his small size, and work harder than most other players. The work seems to be paying off for him, as Dugas is one of the top hitters for the Yankees in this young season.
Another major challenge many young players face in getting to the minors is consistent play day in and day out. Saxon Butler, the Yankees first baseman, was able to overcome this challenge through his perfectionist attitude at the plate. Butler is second on the Yankees in terms of batting average.
The road to the minors is just the first step toward getting to the majors. Although these players still have a long road ahead of them, making it this far is an amazing feat in itself