The Pope has arrived (no not that one)

Who's booing now?
As pitching falters, offense comes alive

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Charlotte)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 3, 2 R
Bernie Castro: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – reached base safely in his last 9 games
Jason Lane, Eric Duncan & Nick Green: all 0 for 4 – Lane K’ed twice … Duncan & Green each K’ed once
Justin Christian: for 3, 1 2B, 1 CS – 5 of his last 7 hits have been doubles
Darrell Rasner: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 7-2 GB/FB – 65 of 103 pitches were strikes (63.1%)
Heath Phillips: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB – 8 K in his last 4 IP

Double-A Trenton (8-7 loss to Altoona)
Reegie Corona: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS – .171-.292-.220
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 14 for his last 36 (.389) & 9 for his last 20 (.450)
Jose Tabata: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Colin Curtis 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – threw a runner out at second from LF
Chris Malec & Cody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 2, 2 BB – quietly having himself a very good start to the year
Phil Coke: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Bo Hall: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-1 in over Dunedin)
Damon Sublett: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Kyle Anson: 0 for 2, 3 BB, 1 K – on base 25 times in 11 games
James Cooper: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Kevin Smith: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Tim Battle: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – picked off first
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 5-2 GB/FB – 23-4 K/BB ratio in 19 IP
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 5-0 GB/FB – I wonder if he’s upset about not getting a rotation spot this year?

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Savannah) heading into this game, they were batting .313-.376-.438-.815 as a team … they were leading the league in BA by 34 points, OBP by 22 points, SLG by 14 points, and OPS by 37 points … hot damn
Abe Almonte & Wady Rufino: both 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Almonte’s 3 for his last 25
Justin Snyder: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing) – on base 27 times in 12 games
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 RB, 1 HBP – 5 straight games with a RBI … leads the organization (big league level included) in that category
Brandon Laird: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
David Williams: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Austin Romine: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – started behind the plate … he’s 9 for his last 18 with 3 doubles
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 5 SB in his last 3 games
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 3B,
Noel Castillo: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 14-4 GB/FB
Craig Heyer: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jonathan Ortiz: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Who's booing now?
As pitching falters, offense comes alive
  • Ivan

    Man Montero is a beast.

  • dan

    Pope is a Manimal (sorry to steal the name from a commenter, but ’tis true)

  • Mike R.

    As president of the Justin Snyder fan club…May I point out that my boy has a .500 OBP and a .681 SLG? The guy is a plus defender at 2nd and CF with those numbers!! Give it up for Spark Plug Snyder!

    • Mike A.

      Snyder’s way better in the outfield. Six (6!) errors already this year at second. I can certainly understand getting excited about him, but don’t forget that he is a 22-yr old from a major college program in Low-A ball.

  • E-ROC

    Mike A., are you a part of the Justin Snyder fan club now?

    I hope Mark Melancon will be ready for a midseason call up, once Joba returns to the rotation.

    • Mike A.

      There’s almost zero chance of Mark Melancon being ready for a big league call up by midseason. You’ll see Mike Timlin setting up once Joba goes to the rotation before you see Melancon setting up.

      • Mike R.

        Ryan Pope is the truth! He is one of the few bright spots on a less than stellar Tampa squad.

      • Chip

        I agree, althought I wouldn’t put Cox out of the question since he’s already had great numbers at AA before the surgery

      • Brandon

        have you seen Timlin Mike A. com’on lets not go that far , plus remember right now it’s not about his K’s it’s about building up arm strength after TJS. A positive from tonight for Melancon is his improvement in 2IP he allowed 1 hit and had a 3:3 GO/AO. Around mid June you’ll see a different Melancon.

  • Dan

    Is anyone else a little concerned that Melancon still doesn’t have a strike out? Is he not able to blow it by people, or does his curve just not have the bite yet since he’s still recovering?

    • Mike R.

      I am not too concerned. He is probably still working on developing arm strength and specific pitches.

  • Back Bay Yankee

    I hope there will come a day in Yankee Stadium when Jesus is catching for the Pope.

    • dan

      Wow. Now that would be amazing.

      • Back Bay Yankee

        Oh, but it gets better. Just think of the Post headlines:

        “Pope Excommunicates Visiting Red Sox”
        “Jesus Calls Pope’s Perfect Game”

        And, during interleague play:

        “Pope Touches ‘Em All”

        Okay, that last one may have been over the line.

    • Mike R.

      Holy Battery Back Bay Yankee! That would be sooooo cool!

    • Jamal G.

      Michael Kay would have a fucking field day with that one….much to our dismay.

    • RollignWave

      ROFL that would be something

  • ansky

    As much as Montero is doing to pull headlines, Snyder has been the key to this Charleston team. Before this road trip tonight, he was leading the league in five categories, thats not counting first in OBP, SLG and AVG. as well as being in the top five in 3 other categories.

    do not overlook this kid, especially now that he’s playing a constant position.

  • ansky

    edit: i didnt see your snyder post up there Mike A, but he needs some time to adjust to 2B, he played every damn position in Staten Island last year and their IF is heavy on the Es this year. In other words, give him some time. In the end though, i do agree that he may end up in the OF further along in the minors.

    • ansky

      “their IF” = Charleston for clarification, not SI.

  • matt K

    I have a big IF question its prob stupid and wouldnt happen but say the yankees decided to make Jesus a DH and not worry about his defensive devolpment what level do you think he would be at for just his hitting?? I in no way think this is a good idea, just wondering.

    • Mike R.

      If that were to happen Montero would still be at Charleston. The difference would be in the speed with which he would ascend. My best guess would be a promotion to Tampa with some token AB’s in Trenton similar to A-Jax last season.

    • ansky

      personally, from seeing him every night, i think this young gun needs some swing adjustments either way. Hs timing is just a bit off and i think he needs to actually get his toe tap timed better, which could be worked and changed easily. He is by no means a finished product nor do i think he is destined to be a catcher down the road. Even Jorge said they would need to make equipment bigger for Montero ;)

      just my two cents here.

  • Paul

    Should one be worried by the lack of power Tabata is displaying so far this season?

    • Simon B.

      Considering he had two doubles today, it seems like an odd time to ask this question.

      Am I worried? No, not really. I don’t think low power numbers would be very indicative for longterm performance considering hamate removal saps a guy’s power for over a year sometimes.

    • Bronx Liaison

      I covered yesterday’s Thunder game and I second Simon B’s comment as it is an odd time to question Tabata’s power. Tabata had two doubles… on pitches on the outside corner… which landed DEEP into the right field corner.

      That’s power. It may not show up in the box score, but Tabata was just letting his talent flow yesterday, swinging at pitches he could handle and mashing them into right field like that show great maturity for a 20 year-old.

      I am in the crowd who believes those deep doubles will soon become slow trots around the bases.

  • Miles Roche

    Seems to me that the average Yankees fan’s knowledge and awareness of our Minor League prospects is higher now than i can ever recall.
    I guess that has something to do with recent infusion of young talent into Major League team, which gives the average fan the idea that the future (Yankees) might very well be the present (Minor Leaguers) and that it’s worthwhile to start following them now…
    It’s the change in front office philosophy that brought about this steady rise in interest in the Ajaxs & Monteros of the world.

    • ansky

      i think that the resurgence of the (Yankee) farm system plays a large part in the general interest as well as (here we go with it again) the internet and the ease of accessible info, broadcasts and stats. These players are just a click away and one can virtually find info, articles and interviews on any number of sites.

      I’ll plug myself here and urge everyone to check out where we’re doing articles and interviews on virtually all of the minor league Yankee systems daily, myself covering the Riverdogs for what couldnt be a better season.
      /shameless plug

      • ansky

        ps- im in no means undermining the amazing chaps here at RAB, hell im on here virtually every game thread versus any other site so i hope im not stepping on toes.

  • Tripp

    Until Grant Duff gets his control squared away, I think he’s better in the bullpen.

    Was he a converted pitcher along with Dunn?

  • Manimal

    I might go to a Tampa yankees game in the summer