Ajax does it again, SI season begins


Update: Jesus Montero finished second behind Hagerstown’s Michael Burgess in the Sally League HR Derby. Montero hit 11 homers total.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Norfolk)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 2 K – 5 for his last 24
Justin Christian: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – 15 for his last 35 (.429)
Cody Ransom, Juan Miranda, Nick Green & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 4 – Miranda drove in a run & K’ed … Green hit a solo shot & K’ed thrice … Stewart doubled, scored a run & K’ed
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 0, 4 BB, 1 SB – picked off second … still hitless in his return to the minors, but at least he brings spark and energy … he’s put the ball in play just twice since going back down
Jason Lane: 0 for 4, 3 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9-9 GB/FB – 61 of 90 pitches were strikes (67.8%)
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Heath Phillips: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – opponents are hitting .310 off him

Double-A Trenton (7-0 win over Harrisburg)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Austin Jackson: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 CS – that’s 4 straight games with a jack
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez & Cody Ehlers: both 0 for 4, 2 K – Ehlers scored a run
Jose Tabata: 0 for 3, 1 BB
PJ Pilittere & Chris Malec: both 2 for 4 – PJ scored 2 runs … Malec scored a run, doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
Reegie Corona: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Al Aceves: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 13-7 GB/FB – 75 baserunners allowed in 91 IP for the Mexican Gangster … holy crap homes
Zack Kroenke: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP

High-A Tampa
Game 1 (3-0 loss to Clearwater in 7 innings) this was the makeup of the June 4th rainout
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 3, 2 K
Kevin Smith: 1 for 2, 1 K
Tim Battle: 2 for 2, 1 2B – 65 K in 48 games
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 16, 2 BB, 4 K – James Cooper threw the same runner out at the plate TWICE from RF
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-5 GB/FB – meh
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Game 2 (5-3 loss to Clearwater in 7 innings)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 4, 1 R
CJ Henry: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K – 2 hits since coming off the DL, both doubles
James Cooper: 0 for 3, 1 RBI
Frankie Cervelli: 2 or 3, 1 R, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 2, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 13 for his last 35 (.371)
Tim Battle: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 K (of course)
Edgar Soto: 3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6-0 GB/FB – should probably stick to the bullpen
Phil Bartlewski: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5-3 GB/FB
Rob Semerano: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)

Low-A Charleston is off until Friday for the All-Star break. The North All-Stars buried their Southern counterparts 13-4. I can’t find any info on the homerun derby, but I’ll update this post to let know how Montero did when I find some. It’s a weird format, the first 2 rounds take place before the game, but the finals take place after the 2nd inning of the actual All-Star Game. Weird.
Justin Snyder: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 K – took over at second in the 6th
Abe Almonte: 0 for 2, 1 K – took over center in the 6th
Jesus Montero: 0 for 2 – started behind the plate and batted 6th
Lance Pendleton: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – pitched the 5th
Jason Stephens: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – pitched the 6th … 6 of 7 pitches were strikes
Jon Ortiz: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – got the first out in the 8th

Short Season Staten Island (3-1 loss to Brooklyn) full lineup as per DotF Opening Day tradition
Ray Kruml: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Addison Maruszack: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB – remember him from the Spring Training game against the University of South Florida?
Erik Lovett: 0 for 4, 3 K – nice first impression
Dan Brewer: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K - sleeper
Taylor Grote: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – the best prospect on the team, and that’s kinda sad
David Adams: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – signed for $333,000 (slot money) as a 3rd round pick
Mike Lyon: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 3, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding)
DJ Hollingsworth: 0 for 1, 1 K – pinch hit for Aleita in the 9th
Melky Mesa: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Casey Erickson: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-2 GB/FB – alas, wrong yet again with my “Nick Chigges will be the Opening Day starter” prediction … that’s two years in a row!
Andy Shive: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Jason Kiley: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

Draftees in the College World Series
Stanford was off today, they’ll face Miami in an elimination game tomorrow night (7pm EST on ESPN2). Sandwich rounder Jeremy Bleich may come out of the bullpen if he doesn’t start the game on the three days rest.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Piquay says:

    AJ is on FIRE!

  2. blah says:

    Anything interesting happening in the DSL?

  3. joba says:

    ajax is daddy

  4. Joe says:

    Shelly’s gotta be feeling that his time in the majors is over. He may get a call up here and there, but he’s never gonna stick.

  5. Jamal G. says:

    Kevin Whelan was activated from the DL and promoted to Double-A Trenton (H/T to Chad Jennings).


  6. Arizona Steve says:

    Kelvin De Leon is hitting .321 with 6 doubles and five walks in his first seven games. Keep in mind he is 17 and is many years from being a ligit prospect, but great players all have to start somewhere.

  7. Arizona Steve says:

    Does Alfredo get a call up to AAA now?

    • Jamal G. says:

      According to PeteAbe, Brain Cashman has really took a liking to him. He cautioned however that Aceves would need a bit of seasoning at Triple-A time before his Bronx debut.

  8. Bonos says:

    Also in today’s news, Deleon promoted to GCL.


  9. A.D. says:

    Aceves, Malec, and Pillitare keeping their good seasons going

  10. Arizona Steve says:

    That’s good news about DeLeon. Also does anybody know when and where can we expect the long awaited debut of Humberto Sanchez?

  11. A.D. says:

    Gotta love 0 Earned runs in the Staten Island Game

  12. rconn23 says:

    Mediocre outing for McAllister. Does anybody have a scouting report on him?

  13. rconn23 says:


  14. Joey says:

    Not minor stuff, I know, but:

    PeteAbe: “A-Rod: He now has 186 home runs as a Yankee. That passes Paul O’Neill for 16th place in history. Hopefully the fans won’t boo Alex tomorrow for having the nerve to do that.”


    • My Pet Goat says:

      159 to go till the majority of his HR are in pinstripes. That’ll put him at 690. He’s pretty good, I guess.

  15. rob says:

    montero lost 2-1 in the finals… still two be in the final 2 is good..he hit 11 total compared to 16 for the other guy

  16. Joltin' Joe says:

    Where can one find a stat sheet on Aceves? I can’t find one.

  17. Joey says:

    fuckin Boston (at this point I’m referring to basketball, but in general it also applies…)

  18. Phil McCracken says:

    Nice to see CJ Henry off the DL and getting a couple of hits.

    If he lives up to half his original draft billing as a Gary Sheffield type player I’d be thrilled.

    • dan says:

      that’s funny. If he makes it to AA I’d be shocked

    • Brandon says:

      Sheffield wasn’t his draft comparison. Though your getting closer think SS/3B

      It’s nice to see 2 straight games he has a double in each game. I hope the contacts work. :)

  19. Baseballnation says:

    I think everybody will be pleased if Henry turns out to at the most be a compable bench stalworth in the Endy Chavez mode…

    • Brandon says:

      He missed a HR by a few feet tonight. So far debuting in 2008 w/ contacts he has 2 hits both hits are doubles to RF one was a ground rule double. He’s making some deep outs in his 08′ debut, hopefully he continues it. The kid is special if he pans out.

  20. RollingWave says:

    nice to see Cervelli back.

  21. [...] so controversial you ask? His defense and his plate discipline, apparently. In case you missed the DotF update, Montero finished second to Hagerstown’s Michael Burgess in the Sally League HR Derby last [...]

  22. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    How long is Eduardo Sosa going to waste his talent in the Dominican? The man is almost 17 and a half, he’s not getting any younger. It’s time that the Yanks take a series look at him. 9 stolen bases, no caught stealings. His hitting over .325.
    Bring him to the Bronx now.

  23. [...] One year today on DotF, Jesus Montero finished second to Florida’s Mike Stanton in the South Atlantic League Homerun Derby with eleven dingers. [...]

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