Montero’s strong second half continues

Well, that explains things
Slotting in Hideki

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off day.

Double-A Trenton (8-2 win over Reading)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Frankie Cervelli & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 4, 2 RBI – Cervelli was hit by a pitch … Ajax doubled, drew a walk, scored 2 runs & K’ed
Chris Malec: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 1 K – 7 for his last 39 (.179)
PJ Pilittere: 0 for 4, 1 RBI
Edwar Gonzalez & Kevin Russo: both 2 for 4, 2 R – Edwar hit a solo jack giving him 6 homers in his last 7 games
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1R, 1 BB
Victor Zambrano: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3-6 GB/FB – can they trade him for Scott Kazmir yet?
Johnny Nunez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had their game at Lakeland cancelled due to rain, presumably due to Tropical Storm Fay. The game will not be made up.

Low-A Charleston (3-1 loss to Lakewood)
The Austins: both 1 for 4 – Krum drove in a run … Romine if 15 for his last 43 (.349)
Bradley Suttle, Abe Almonte & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 4
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 3B – he’s got a chance to finish with 60 XBH, that’s completely insane … he’s at 47 now
Justin Snyder & David Williams: both 2 for 4 – Williams scored a run, K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from LF
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 3, 1 E (fielding)
Adam Olbrychowki: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 6-3 GB/FB – 38 runs allowed in his last 47.2 IP since June 5th (7.17 ERA)
Gabe Medina: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – Staten Island’s 2007 Opening Day starter has allowed 9 runs allowed in his last 7.2 IP (10.56 ERA)
Angel Reyes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Short Season Staten Island is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Here’s the rosters.

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game 1
(2-0 win over GCL Indians in 7 innings) makeup of Saturday’s rainout
Corban Joseph (4): 2 for 3
Kyle Higashioka (7), Jimmy Paredes, Neall French, Kelvin Castro, Roy Gomez & Chris Smith (5): all 0 or 2 – Higashioka drew a walk … Paredes was hit by a pitch … French drew a walk & scored a run … Gomez K’ed … Smith drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, but was thrown out at second because he was getting greedy
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 3
Alvaro Ramirez: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Manny Banuelos: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 10-2 GB/FB – domination in every sense of the word
Game 2 (2-1 loss to GCL Indians)
Emerson Landoni & Spencer Lucian (31): both 2 for 3 – Landoni scored a run
Corban Joseph (4): 1 for 2
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 15, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB – Jimmy Paredes swiped a bag … Zoilo Almonte drew the walk & drove in the team’s only run with a groundout
Arodys Vizcaino: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 2-9 GB/FB – 42-10 K/BB ratio in his last 37 IP
Shawn Joy: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Well, that explains things
Slotting in Hideki
  • Ivan

    Montero is just a sick hitter.

    As for A-Jax, hey Mike A, Im sorta worried with the way he’s K’d alot lately. While I like his tools alot, the problem with me getting all that excited with him is that he’s somewhat raw. Love the CF D, and power potential but I have some questions about him.

    What you think?

    • Mike A.

      That’s the biggest problem, that he’s still very raw considering his level of play and prospect status. Granted, he hasn’t been playing baseball full-time very long, but he’s still quite a ways away from being a finished product.

      • Steve

        Those strikeouts scream BUST to me. If you can’t hit a AA curve ball how will you hit a big league one? His SO’s were roughly 150-A-ball, 100-high A Tampa, and now another 100 in AA Trenton. I know they changed his swing, but that was after they drafted him 3 years ago.

        I’ll believe in A-Jax when I see him get his strikeout rates down.

        • Chris

          His strike out rate really isn’t that bad. Sure, it would be nice for him to cut it down, but he strikes out in (slightly) less than 20% of his at bats. Last I checked, that was about the average for the majors.

          As a comparison, he strikes out quite a bit less than Jay Bruce did.

        • AndrewYF

          So Cameron Maybin is a bust for you as well?

          • Steve

            Please cite guys who have had successful MLB careers.

            Citing guys who are still in AA is just silly.

            • bill

              Okay, I will. Torrii Hunter had a high K rate in the minors, and look at the player he is today. And I’m sure he wasnt the only prospect who K’d alot in the minors who became a star.

        • Ivan

          The one thing that he does well ever since being drafted is that he does walk at a solid rate. The year he k’d 151 times, he walked 61 times.

          He’s probably gonna have 60+ BB by the end of the season.

          I worried about him because of the rawness and whether he can reach his full potential as a offensive player.

          He does have some similarities with Mike Cameron a player Mike A compare him too. Like Cameron, plays very good D, K’s alot like him but like Cameron (an underrating part of his game) he does walk at a good rate.

          • Ivan

            Hey if A-Jax can be Mike Cameron, I’ll sign for that. Agreed?

            • Mike A.

              Hells yeah.

              • steve (different one)

                no doubt.

  • Ivan

    Plus, is there a chance Montero finish with 20 HR’s.

    • Steve

      Imagine when he fills out a little. Oh boy.

      Get out the tape measure.

  • Steve

    His first half wasn’t strong?

    Seems like he’s been hitting the shit out of the ball all year to me.

    • Miles Roche

      What are you referring to, Steve?

      • Steve

        The headline.

    • Mike A.

      Eh, sometimes it’s tough to come up with a title.

      • Steve

        I forgive you my son. 10 Hail Marys and we’ll forget the whole thing.

        (Hail Mary) passes, that is. 10 AM at the schoolyard.

  • Steve


  • Brandon

    Some where Rick Peterson is crying tears of joy.

  • Steve

    “Victor Zambrano: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3-6 GB/FB – can they trade him for Scott Kazmir yet?”

    Hahahahah! Nice!

    • Ivan

      The more and more years go by, the more and more the trade looks ridiculous.

      • Steve

        When I first heard the deal, I thought it was with the Cubs. And I said “well, Carlos Zambrano, he’s a stud who got lots of good years ahead of him”

        When I heard it was Victor, I was stunned. And then of course, being a Yankee fan I laughed my ass off.

        I don’t think ANYONE outside the Met front office liked the deal the minute it happened. Maybe include Leiter and FRanco, who were rumored not to like him too much, and shame on the Met front office for valuing the opinion of two aging vets (about Scott’s personality) over their star pitching prospect.

      • steve (different one)

        it looked ridiculous the day it was made.

        AC Milan played Man U at the meadowlands the next day, and i remember telling my father on the way to the game how hilariously bad it was.

        • chris

          I believe it was United v Juventus not AC. July 2003 right?

      • Chris

        I saw somewhere (not sure if it’s true) that the Mets screwed up the medicals of Kazmir and Zambrano – they thought there was a medical issue with Kazmir, but it was actually Zambrano. If they had been right, this would have been a defensible trade, but in reality it just makes them look worse.

        • steve (different one)

          i think the story was that Peterson saw Kazmir’s delivery and his body type and thought he was an injury waiting to happen.

          plus he changed Leiter’s radio station. j/k

  • CB

    Montero is now 8th in the sally league in OPS. He’s 5th in batting average.

    Low A ball is obviously about tools an improvement more than aggregate stats – but Montero is very close to the same numbers uber-prospect Jason Heyward has been putting up this year in the sally league. Two months ago when Montero slumped a bit it looked like Heyward would have the much better season.

    Banuelos is having a very nice year in GCL ball. He and Marshall will be interesting to watch in Charleston next year – both guys who throw hard and are relatively undersized (Banuelos especially though he could grow some).

    • Steve

      Anyone have a scouting report on Manny Banuelos?

      • A.D.

        i know hes 17 & left handed

        • Steve

          smallish, out of Mexico, that stuff I know.

          I was looking for some more details about what he throws and how he projects.

          • Mike R.

            He has been described as a Left handed Jairo Heredia. Take it for what it is worth.

            • Steve

              This is where I ask anyone for a Jairo Heredia scouting report.

              BTW-Not sure I want to see another Heredia in pinstripes after Felix.

    • ChrisS

      It’s interesting to look at the OPS leaders for A-ball over the last 3-7 years. If you scan the leaders down to, oh .780 or so, and then check their ages. A lot of the names for those who are 18-19 and have an .800+ OPS are pretty familiar ML names.

      It’s pretty exciting to think of what Montero might be able to do. I kinda wish they would just move him to first already and quit with the catching thing. Yeah, it’s great to have a .900 OPSing catcher, but I’d rather see Montero start 162 games a year instead of the ~130 a catcher does and have the lower injury risk. His bat could be really special.

  • A.D.

    Malec, back to .300!

  • A.D.

    Guess Humberto is healthing again, wonder if the elbow was a bit of a sham since they didn’t want to take him off the DL yet

    • Steve

      It would be nice to see fatso . . . . I mean Humberto do something this year. He’s 25 years old and has really not had a tremendous minor league career. Other than being hurt every 5 minutes.

      He had one big half season in AA in 2006, other than that his minor league #s don’t blow me away.

      • Andy In Windy & Rainy Daytona

        Steve, why don’t you go down to Tampa and call him a Fatso to his face?
        I’m sure that he would love to hear your constructive criticsm.

  • Blackdragon905

    I was at the Charleston game tonight, got Montero’s autograph, he was very nice! The kid is like a man amongst boys there its truly unbelievable, he looks like a giant beast out there, 3 out of his four at bats he scorched the ball, his triple was hit roughly 15 ft away from the warning track, where the center fielder leaped out to catch but just missed it and got injured on the play, montero actually had a chance for an inside the park homerun LOL, no joke, but was held up by the third base coach, and also i was very impressed with his throwing arm, looked like it had pretty good zip and accuracy on it from what i could see.

  • steve

    wow montero is a beast, can’t wait for him next year to make the jump to high A

    by the way is anyone else getting the advertisement with the dog in the green wig and tank top ? very odd.

  • Blackdragon905

    i forgot to mention that he did have a double steal against him but didn’t attempt to throw either runner out, don’t know why, but other than that he looked great

  • Manimal

    High A is going to be STACKED next year.

    • Steve

      Oh yeah. I can’t wait to see Dellin in a pitcher’s league next year. I love the fact that Dellin struggled and worked his way through it this year. You hope he’s learned something about what he needs to do to be successful. Betances and Brackman won’t likely ever get hit much, their big challenge is keeping their mechanics straight and keeping walks down.

      Brackman may be there as well, given he was a college pitcher. I think they started Joba and IPK at Tampa after signing them.

    • Steve

      Tampa 2009 Opening Day Rotation

      1-Andrew Brackman
      2-Zach McCallister
      3-Dellin Betances
      4-Wilkins DelaRosa
      5-Jeremy Bleich

      Wow. Thats a who’s-who of the Yankee farm system.

      • Mike A.

        I bet Z-Mac starts the year in Trenton.

        • Steve

          Really? Wasn’t he just promoted? I know he’s been great, but I’d think they’d want to leave him there a little longer.

          • Mike A.

            Half the year in Charleston, half the year in Tampa basically. I think he’s shown enough to warrant a bump up next year.

            • Steve

              Well sure, but that screws up my fantasy rotation.

              • Todd

                Just sub Jairo Heredia into the rotation. He doesn’t exactly suck and is very young. I think the initial statement about the Tampa rotation stands.

        • Miles Roche


          Where do you see Chris Garcia starting next year if healthy, Trenton?
          And are you also of the belief that Jairo will repeat Charleston come next year?

          • Mike A.

            I’d start Garcia back in Tampa to keep his fragile body away from the cold weather in Trenton. If he manages to stay healthy, he should move up to Trenton relatively quickly, within 6-8 starts. I don’t meant to be so hard on the kid, but he’s just never stayed healthy, so why should we expect him to now?

            Jairo’s handled Low-A rather well, so I’d move him up. He hasn’t pitched since August 6th, but he’s out due to a death in the family, he’s not hurt or anything.

  • NYFan50

    Mike A: Two questions…do you think the Yankees will start Montero next year in Tampa? Is it way too early to start getting excited about CoJo? You had said in your post-draft ranks “impact defender though, no so much”…where do you see him moving to? I guess that’s three questions.

    • Steve

      If CoJo keeps swinging the bat this well, some MLB team will find a spot for him somewhere on their roster.

      Whether that team is the Yankees is another matter entirely.

    • Mike A.

      1. Without question they’ll start him in Tampa next year.
      2. No, but just don’t go too overboard. He’ll probably be a 2B or 3B in the future, I doubt he sticks at SS.

      • Steve

        “1. Without question they’ll start him in Tampa next year.”

        Really? Skip Charleston? Was he a college guy?

        • Mike A.

          I thought that part of the questions as about Montero…

          • Steve


            Sorry, past my bedtime.

      • Miles Roche


        Of Charleston’s current lineup, who do you think graduates to Tampa along with Jesus Montero at the beginning of ’09?

        • Mike A.

          Romine, Montero, Suttle, Snyder, Krum, Laird.

          I’d keep Almonte and Angelini in Low-A to at least start the year. David Williams would probably come off the bench/platoon. Snyder would likely move (back) to SS with David Adams taking over 2B.

  • Tremont

    Mike A., what can you tell us about Banuelos’s stuff?

    • Mike A.

      Nothing. Don’t know a thing about the kid, except that he was signed out of Mexico. Sorry.

    • Steve

      He’s a left handed Felix Heredia.

      Or something.

      • steve (different one)

        does that mean he has 2 left hands? wierd.

  • Reggie C.

    I didn’t like the way Oppenheimer answered the question about Bleich’s under-slot signing. He said something of the sort “he’s not injured right now.” Well … duh! Bleich hasn’t been examined by tampa docs so i guess he’s “not injured” in the technical meaning. I’m getting a bad feeling on this one … oh well … at least we have Brett Marshall to nit-pick when he debuts in Low-A next season….

    • Reggie C.

      i forgot to add that Oppenheimer also said something of the like that Bleich will pitch when he’s ready to pitch ….

      Sorry dudes … but Oppenheimer is being cryptic imo , and that could be interpreted as “Bleich will pitch after whatever knife work is necessary”.

  • zzzzz

    i can’t wait for the day i can scream “jesus!” at my tv (or at the game) and mean it in a good way.

  • Nickel

    Anyone know who’s starting for Trenton tomorrow (Tuesday)?

    • Mike A.

      It’s Kontos’ day, although Zambrano threw a wrench into the works. Might be Hacker.

    • Mashmore

      Kontos on Tuesday, Hacker on Wednesday, Jones on Thursday, Marquez on Friday and Zambrano if he’s still here on Saturday.

  • Dave

    Very impressed with the season Romine is having. He is only 19 and doing very well and he missed 6 weeks too and he still has very good numbers.

  • Miles Roche

    So you have Garcia, Heredia, Betances, DeLa Rosa & Brackman in Tampa next year. . .


  • JohnC

    Banuelos makes up for the loss of INoa. Hopefully, he stays healthy and can stay away from the dreaded TJ syndrome. I heard recently that Manny Barreda had TJ surgery. Is this true?

    • D.B.

      yeah sonny, his career is over the dreaded tjs

  • pat

    coincidentaly the player that matt laporta ran over in the us/china baseball game yesterday was chinas best player none other than wang wei minor league catcher for our new york yankees

  • pat

    thats not correct asshole