Montero MIA

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Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Indianapolis)
Wilson Betemit & Justin Christian: both 1 for 4, 1 BB – Betemit drove in a run, K’ed twice & committed an error when he missed a catch while playing short … Christian scored a run & K’ed
Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Jason Lane: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 1 K
Cody Ransom: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
JD Closser: 2 for 4
Jeff Marquez: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 14-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – not the greatest outing, but it’s progress
Heath Phillips: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Chris Britton: 1 IP, zeroes – 10 pitches, 8 strikes … behold the power of Britton

Double-A Trenton (1-0 win over Altoona)
Ramiro Pena, Colin Curtis, Jose Tabata & PJ Pilittere: all 0 for 4 – Curtis scored a run & K’ed … Tabata K’ed
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – 12 for his last 26 with 4 doubles, a triple, 3 homers, and 13 RBI
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 1 RBI - leads the organization with 26 XBH … Jason Lane, Jesus Montero & Cody Ransom are tied for second place with 20 XBH … yes, that includes the big league roster
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 K
Al Aceves: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 13-8 GB/FB – is it time to start taking this guy seriously, or he just an older pitcher taking advantage of young & inexperienced hitters?

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Daytona)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
James Cooper & Andres Perez: both 1 for 4 – Cooper scored a run … Perez drove one in
Kyle Anson: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 PB – batting avg down to .280 with a sub-.400 SLG
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 1 – threw a runner out at home from CF, but he later left the game after hurting his arm trying to make a play on a deep fly
Tim Battle: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-3 GB/FB – ERA down to 3.64
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-4 GB/FB – 2 earned runs allowed in the 10 innings he’s pitched since returning from the elbow/shoulder troubles
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (9-4 loss to Augusta) Jesus Montero didn’t play after leaving yesterday’s game early after running out a ground ball … I’ll keep you posted once I find out what’s up
Austin Krum: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – the offense just hasn’t been the same since Abe Almonte got hurt
Justin Snyder: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K – on base 78 times in 49 games
Brandon Laird: 0 for 5, 3 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – 0 for 9 since posting 4 consecutive 2 hit games
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HBP
Braedyn Pruitt: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4, 1 K – .236-.297-.285
Taylor Holiday: 1 for 4, 2 R
Walter Ibarra: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Zach McAllister: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-6 GB/FB – 2 stinkers in 10 starters this year … I’ll take that pace
Craig Heyer: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

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  • A.D.

    I believe Aceves is 25 which is older for A – AA but not too old if he keeps cruising

    any word on Almonte’s injury?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nothing. Last bit of injury news I heard was that Adam Olbrychowski & Jairo Heredia were both activated from the DL this past week.

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        isn’t McCutchen 25 and spent most of this year in AA so far? that’s about the same pace as Aceves. and Aceves is doing as well or better than McCutchen did in Trenton.

  • Mike R.

    The Charleston announcer said that Montero hed the day off. He did not mention an injury of any kind.

  • Mike R.

    is it time to start taking this guy seriously, or he just an older pitcher taking advantage of young & inexperienced hitters?

    The answer is start taking him seriously. Aceves is 25 years old. The average age of the Altoona Curve lineup is 25 as well. Their oldest hitter is 31. The youngest is 23.

    • Todd

      He just might be “this year’s Edwar Ramirez.” A guy who came from nowhere, puts up numbers that are difficult to ignore, and forces his way into the Yankee discussion. Also, although he is 25, the Yankee director of Latin American scouting (I think his name is Rios) notes that Mexican players for whatever reason mature physically later than others and take more time to develop. Ramiro Pena is an example of this.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike,
    Remember i asked you what’s the deal with Aceves, and you then replied that there is no deal and that he’s just another filler?

    Hmmm. . . .

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I was just asking a simple question. ;)

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Not that there’s anything wrong with Aceves, but I would have rather called up Hacker.

    • A.D.

      Hacker had the blister then a good start followed by a bad start, he’ll get a shot at some point

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Cincy and the Padres are deadlocked at 9-9 in the Bottom of the 18th at Petco.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Soon after I typed that Adrian Gonzalez belted a three-run walk-off to give the Padres a 12-9 victory over Edison Volquez (Really Dusty, you had to go to your young hurler, you couldn’t throw a veteran starter?) and the Reds.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        He already did, Harang threw 4 innings prior to Volquez.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          I’m sure they’re gonna have to call up Homer Bailey to spot-start for someone.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Nah, Harang & Volquez don’t start again until Weds and Thurs, respectively. They should be fine.

            Besides, spot starters are not how Dusty rolls.

            • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

              Arroyo threw yesterday and today, though.

              Though I also see your point.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Arroyo didn’t pitch today, at least not according to ESPN’s box score.

                And damn, Harang had 9 K in his 4 IP of relief.

                • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

                  yep, that’s what turning a good starter into a reliever will do. ;)

  • Mike R.

    This just in, Carlos Quentin is pretty good.

  • Brandon

    he’s always been good this isn’t any suprise a career .953 OPS in the minor leagues he was suppose to be the future franchise COF for Arizona until they gave up on him, they traded him for 1B Chris Carter and then used Carter to get Dan Haren…so hey it worked in both sides but IDK if they would have done this deal had they’d known Carlos would lead in HR in the AL.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      They didn’t have room once they re-signed Eric Byrnes, and Quentin was the more valuable trade chip anyway.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I’m sure Josh Byrnes would like to have that one back. Eric Byrnes is playing like crap. He hit a grand slam today, but he nearly corkscrewed himself into the ground he swung so hard, and it still just hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

      • Brandon

        no offense to Eric Byrnes but he is not enough of a player for an organization to trade a Carlos Quentin

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          I agree, but that’s not the way the D-Backs saw it. Besides, he had a helluva year last year and Quentin had disappointed for the last season and a half already.

  • daneptizl

    Too bad Kershaw didn’t have signability issues coming out of HS.

  • Brandon

    guys the Atlanta Braves just DFA Brayan Pena a switch hitting catcher who hits

    .333/.333/.500 vs LHP are we interested ?

    plus I posed another question how long do you think before Edwar Gonzalez sees AAA he is killing AA ball right now. his splits vs LHP leaves him w/ a 1.118 OPS while vs RHP he’s slugging .458 w/ an OPS of .752, .360/.379/.520 w/ RISP

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I was talking to Joe about this yesterday. Pena’s a must claim when he’s put on waivers. Not only can he hit well for a catcher (his nickname is The Cuban Ichiro because of how easily he puts the bat on the ball), but he can also play first, third and corner outfield spots.

      Just DFA Chris Stewart and get Pena in the system. It’s an upgrade in every way.

      • Brandon

        I know Mike A. they better not sleep on this, get this kid if your Eppler or Mark Newman whoever it is he goes on waivers GO GET HIM !!!

        • A.D.

          Plus the Yanks might as well use their slow start to its advantage by having a good waiver position

          • Chip

            It’s still not the best, I’d be surprised if we got him

  • greg

    I know marquez finally got some ground balls, but he was still largely ineffective with 13 baserunners in 6 IP with only 2 K. Is it time to start thinking about writing off Marquez as a legit ML prospect?

    • Steve

      Yes. He was mediocre last year as well.

      Maybe they can do what they did last year with Ohlendorf and convert him to a reliever and see if he can be another Ramiro Mendoza type. But I give up on ever seeing him in the rotation. There’s too many other, better options. He was likely going to be trade bait going into the season, now he’s not even that.

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