Prince William Yankees

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In 1987 the Carolina League team in Woodbridge, VA changed affiliations and thus names, going from the Prince William Pirates to the Prince William Yankees. Managed by Wally Moon, the Yankees went 33-37 in each half of the season. They were second in the league in runs (734) and last in ERA (4.66). League managers picked Hensley "Bam-Bam" Meulens as the top prospect. Meulens made the league All-Star team as a utility man and Rob Sepanek made it at first base. Sepanek hit .306/~.404/.515 with 85 walks, 92 runs, 25 homers and 106 RBI, while third baseman Meulens batted .300/~.377/.558 with a league-high 28 home runs. Scott Kamieniecki (9-5, 4.17) led the staff in wins and would go on to the best pitching career. 105,749 fans showed up, giving the team the #5 spot in attendance.

After a bad start in 1988, Moon was fired on June 28 but the club did no better under new manager Gene Tenace. Overall the team was 55-84, 7th in the 8-team league; only the unaffiliated Virginia Generals were worse. They rose to 4th in attendance (114,403) and again had the most-hyped prospect, Bernie Williams. Williams (.335/~.450/.487) led the league in hitting, was second in OBP and third in slugging, but his season ended on July 14 with a fractured wrist and the team went 14-32 without their star. Joining Bernie as an All-Star was DH Mitch Lyden, who hit .282/~.346/.568 with 17 HR in 234 AB. Kevin Maas (.296/~.411/.694) homered 12 times in only 108 AB over 29 games. Kamieniecki fell to 6-7, 4.40 in his second season.

The club remained a Yankees affiliate but shed the parent team's name in 1989, becoming the Prince William Cannons.

Sources: 1988-1989 Baseball Almanacs, 1989 Baseball Guide

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1987 66-74 5th (t) Wally Moon
1988 55-84 7th Wally Moon / Gene Tenace