Scranton pounds out 20 hits for a win

Open Thread: September call-ups
What happened to Bob?

Chase Weems was promoted to Charleston. He didn’t play much for the GCL Yanks after Kyle Higashioka showed up, and I can’t imagine he’ll get much playing time with Montero & Romine on the team.

Victor Zambrano was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Hah.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Buffalo) 16 of their 20 hits came off of one pitcher … yikes
Justin Christian & Matt Carson: 2 for 5, 1 R – Carson drove in a run & K’ed
Melky: 3 for 5 – on base 17 times in 8 games since being send down
Juan Miranda: 0 for 0 – left the game in the bottom of the first with dizziness says Chad Jennings
Shelley: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – got struck out by an old friend
Ben Broussard: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Nick Green: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – seriously?
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4
Chris Stewart: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Bernie Castro: 1 for 4
IPK: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 5-4 GB/FB – 64 of 106 pitches were strikes (60.4%) … remember, he’s there working his two-seamer and curveball, which CJ says he’s doing
Steven Jackson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (54.5%) … 11 K in his last 7 IP
Phil Coke: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – only 6 of 13 pitches were strikes (46.2%)
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day. There’s 7 games left in their season, and they’ve already clinched the divison title.

High-A Tampa (5-3 in over Sarasota)
Luis Nunez: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – 15 for his last 40 (.375)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Kevin Smith: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Josh Kreuzer: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – had been 3 for his last 20 (.150)
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Andres Perez: 0 for 4, 2 K
Mitch Hilligoss & Jose Gil: both 0 for 3 – Gil picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Tim Battle: 1 for 3, 2 K, 1 SB
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – movin’ on up in the world system I see
Ivan Nova: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9-2 GB/FB
Jesse Hoover: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Josh Schmidt: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 13 K in his last 7 IP

Low-A Charleston (3-1 loss to Savannah)
Austin Krum: 2 for 4
Bradley Suttle, Jesus Montero & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 4 – Suttle K’ed twice, Montero thrice
Austin Romine: 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 PB
Chase Weems: 0 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB – took over defensively for Romine in the 5th inning
Brandon Laird: 1 or 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – joins Montero in the 50 XBH club
Justin Snyder: 1 for 4
Abe Almonte & David Williams: both 0 for 3 – Almonte K’ed
Noel Castillo: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6-1 GB/FB – 24 hits allowed in his last 16 IP
Gabe Medina: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB, 1 WP
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-3 loss to Lowell)
Ray Kruml (11): 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 SB
David Adams (3): 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – there were questions about his ability to hit with wood bats when he was drafted, and he hasn’t really answered any of them … granted, we’re talking about a real small sampling here
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jack Rye (13): 0 for 4, 2 K
Dan Brewer (8), Mike Lyon (24) & Mitch Abeita (19): all 1 for 4 – Brewer doubled … Lyon K’ed twice … Abeita scored a run & K’ed
Taylor Grote: 2 or 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – second straight game with a jack … hopefully he goes on a nice little tear to finish up the season, this way he heads into the offseason on the positive note
Roy Gomez: 1 for 3, 1 K
Nick Montgomery: 4 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Nick Asselin: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 7-1 GB/FB
Andy Shetrone: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)

The Rookie GCL Yanks box score hasn’t been updated yet. Here’s the scoreboard, they’ll get it posted eventually. I’m not going to wait around for it.

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Open Thread: September call-ups
What happened to Bob?
  • Rafi

    Any idea on how long humberto’s gonna be in tampa? Until the end of the season presumably?

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

      I guess til the end of the season. The GCL season is over on Wednesday, so moving him up to Tampa buys him another 2-3 “starts.”

    • Mike R.

      He’s there until the end of the season and then he’ll move to a playoff team. either Trenton or Scranton.

  • Manimal

    OOOHH! Look! Sanchez! You think he could come up in september?

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

      Nah, not to pitch anyway.

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

        Maybe they do that “travel with the team” thing they did with Steven White and others the last couple years.

        I imagine Cox, Melancon, and Aceves will be doing that if they aren’t called up.

    • Rafi

      He COULD, but would you feel comfortable with him pitching in the majors? He’s not quite there

    • blah

      Remember Octavio Dotel?

  • Manimal

    Does Weem’s promotion mean one of Romine/Montero is up to Tampa?

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

      No, he’s just taking the place of Jeff Nutt, the third catcher, who was placed on the restricted list.

  • blah

    Austin Krum
    Seth Fortenberry
    Colin Curtis
    Matt Carson

    Which one has the best chance of having an MLB career?

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

      Curtis, he’s the most complete player of the bunch. Not going to be a star, but a solid 4th OF type.

      • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

        In other words Colin Curtis will eventually be what Chad Curtis was for the Yanks in the 90s?

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

    Erickson Lianora, the latest kid to be inked by the Yankees in this year’s IFA pool, is a CF that has the reported “5-tool” distinction. One of nyyfans.com’s credible sources say that the Yankees will send him stateside at the prime age of 16, a la Jose Tabata.

    Now Mike, I know you put zero stock into these IFA kids before they do something stateside, but the rumors that they are going to send him here at age 16 must count for something, right?

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

      the rumors that they are going to send him here at age 16 must count for something, right?

      That and a dollar will buy him a cup of coffee somewhere. All it does is add more hype.

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

        Since I just started following the Minor League level of baseball a few months ago, I only know of a deep and fruitful farm system for the Bombers. So I basically trust their judgment. Seeing as how Jose Tabata more than held his own with this same development path until this season, I have to believe the Yanks know what they are doing and there must be some serious “wow” factor to this kid for the Yanks to send him stateside at such a young age. Look at Kelvin De Leon, people were drooling over him but he is still in the Dominican Republic.

      • Mike R.

        Where the hell do you buy coffee?? :)

    • Ivan

      interesting.

    • Andy in Once Again Sunny Daytona

      Maybe he had it in his contract that he goes to the States to play. I hope he likes Tampa, he may be there a few years.

  • Ivan

    Hey mike, you will take Heyward over Montero but not over Stanton who’s a toolsy player as well. why?

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

      Stanton’s got one tool: power. Let’s see if he can overcome striking out in 1/3 of his at-bats.

  • D.B.

    hey mike, do you think that its surprising that the yankees would bring lianora stateside before sosa and deleon?

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

      I guess so, but I wouldn’t get too caught up in it.

      • D.B.

        Mike,
        if lianora preforms well can he make the top 20 prospects?

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

          Eventually. There’s not much season left for him to do anything this year.

          • D.B.

            dammit. Are there any winter leagues that he would be able to go to that aren’t to advanced?

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

              I guess one of the Latin American ones.

            • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

              Yeah. Probably the one that Jesus Montero did last year. I forget its name.

            • Brandon

              He must be very legit to have him sent to GCL at 16, let alone start once he arrives.

              • Reggie C.

                I’d love to get a link confirming this new signing with maybe alittle scouting info…

                ANYONE??

  • Kyle D.

    We should bring all out prospects stateside so we can generate massive amounts of unwarranted hype, them package them all for Liriano, Sabathia and Webb. Sounds fair to me.

    • A.D.

      its a strategy

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        So was Pickett’s Charge.

        (that’s right, I name dropped both Dr. Jonas Salk and Gen. George Pickett in the span of two days. I’m officially the Dennis Miller of RAB.)

  • D.B.

    Mike, do you think that the red soxs are rushing michael almanzar?

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

      I’m clearly not Mike, but I don’t believe so. Although it was a small sample, he was tearing up the GCL, so why not have him face some good pitching. It can only help him.

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

      Eh, 30 games in the Sally League won’t kill him. He was destroying the GCL, and he wasn’t going to push Will Middlebrooks off third for Short Season Lowell.

      • Reggie C.

        Sox fans already compare Almanzar to Hanley Ramirez … tools-wise. We’re good in hyping projects into prospects status … but so too are the RS.

  • A.D.

    If only laird could get the avg up

    • D.B.

      even though his avg is low, his power potential is crazy

      • Reggie C.

        Don’t know about the “crazy” power potential. Isn’t he like 22 years old and a college grad? Not too knock Laird ’cause its nice to see a 1st year pro hit for power from the go , but lets see him take that power to Trenton before we get excited.

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

          Laird? He’s only 20. Went to a JuCo, so he was only in school for 2 years.

          • Reggie C.

            my bad. you’re right. i thought he was older like Suttle.

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

      Either that or walk more.

  • A.D.

    Even scarier for those 16 hits is that Laffey only gave up 5 hits in 5 & 2/3 against the major league Yankees earlier this season, guess we should have thrown the AAA squad

    • A.D.

      check that 3 hits

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

    Mike, was is it about Chris Garcia’s repertoire that allows him to dominate southpaw hitters? In 20.0-IP he has a 25/3-K/BB ratio and allowed just 18-men on-base. Does he have good action on his Fastball or is it his dastardly Changeup that’s wreaking havoc by itself?

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

      Mostly the fastball. That, and it’s a small sample. He can get anyone out with his curve though, it’s filthy.

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

    Oh, is Kyle Long going to be a two-sport athlete at Florida State next season (I have no idea if that’s normal practice for valued amateurs so forgive me for the novice question)? If he sticks to baseball only, will he still be a two-way player?

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

      I have no idea if he’ll play both sports next year, but I imagine he will. Lots of guys do it.

      If he can hit and pitch, he’ll do both for FSU.

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

        Where do you see him ultimately landing in his baseball career? If it’s on the mound, are we talking top-flight starter or shutdown closer?

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

          No idea, don’t know too much about the kid. If he can start, let him start.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            That’s dumb. Everybody knows you if he can close, you put him in the pen.

            Duh.

  • steve (different one)

    Mike, what’s your favorite color?

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

      I’m a blue guy. Mostly dark blue.

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

        dark

        …Emo. ;)

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

          Hah, hardly.

  • Mulls

    if i was the yankees this is the charleston river dog team id run next year.that is such a sweet team.

    sosa
    smith deleon
    lassitter joseph
    Landoni Delaney

    higashioka
    weems

    • Reggie C.

      Charleston shouldn’t lack for too much star power next season. I think DeLeon has the chance to impact right away. Its alittle head-scratching he wasn’t brought stateside this season , but oh well .. he had a fine DSL campaign. He showed more power than Sosa. I’m not saying DeLeon will hit .300, but the power looks promising.

      p.s., Don’t forget Taylor Grote should be in Low-A too. I havent’ forgotten about this Florida HS kid who got drafted with Angellini. I think Grote got something like a 300K bonus. It’d be nice to see him start.

  • The Scout

    Mike A:

    Can you give us a brief take on the two Nunez at tampa this year — their strengths and weakensses and whether either has much of a future?

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

      Eduardo isn’t anything special, he had a little buzz a few years ago after kicking ass with Staten Island. the guy’s got very little power and zero on-base skills. He’s got a cannon arm, the best IF arm in the system, and he’s overdue for a move to the mound.

      Luis has a chance to be the next Ramiro Pena, although with a little more bat and a little less D. Utility guy type, one level at a time, having to prove himself each step of the way.

      Oh, and Mike is fine, no need for the A.

      • The Scout

        Thanks, Mike. The A was your grade.

  • mo

    Mike, out of curiosity I was wonder how Higashioka projects. Good power hitter or what? Perhaps a future top 10 yankee prospect? thanks

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

      Yes, absolutely on the Top 10 part. He’s much better defensively now, but he’s got some juice in his bat and could develop into a solid hitter. His makeup is through the roof. I’m a fan.

  • Reggie C.

    It was mentioned above that Erickson Lianora signed and was getting brought state-side at the age of 16. Can someone provide a link? scouting info?

    I know international signing period is still ongoing , so i’d like to know if this venezuelan signing was significant in any way.

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

      I got nothing, check … ugh … Pinstripes Plus in the coming days. Then through everything you read about him right out the window, it’s all bullshit.

      • Reggie C.

        i will. i have a subscription … though i do have a sneaking suspicion that PP is run by insiders who would adore a Dominican ham sandwich signed into the pinstripes.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

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

        check … ugh … Pinstripes Plus

        I just keep laughing every time you bring them up. It’s like that bitch of an ex-girlfriend that every guy has had or will have with you.

  • mo

    Thanks Mike. Out of curiosity, do you think the Pirates ending up having chosen McCutcheon/Karstens instead of Kontos/Coke could help the Yankees in the long run? Coke and Kontos have been pitching very well and I was never a believer in Karstens. McCutch was older too so his stock could have dropped more. What do you think? TBH I don’t know much about Kontos to compare him to the other pitchers but I’ve been just looking at numbers.

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

      Well, it makes sense for the Pirates. They got a pair of ML ready arms with 6 years of cost certainty ahead of them, which is something of extreme value.

      Kontos has the best arm of the bunch, but he’s hardly a sure thing. Coke will get a shot next year as a lefty reliever, if not this Sept., but he’s ceiling’s limited.

      Karstens and McCutchen were spare parts on the Yanks, so it made sense to get rid of them. If Kontos pans out, the Yanks will get the better end of the deal. He has significant upside, even if I’m not his biggest fan.

      I still don’t like selling low on Tabata and buying high on Nady and Marte. But eh, Nady’s been outstanding. I’ve got to hand it mustang, he was saying Nady and Marte could be big helps back in May, and most of the people on the site bashed him for it.

    • Emac2

      Yes.

      Kontos and Coke will end up being better than Karsten and Hutch.

  • mo

    Yeah I agree about Tabata, I’m hoping that one doesn’t bite us in the ass. Already hitting 400+ with the Pirates and I’ve read scouts saying his stroke is completely back. But hey, if Nady keeps it up I can’t complain.

    • bill

      And we still have Jackson, who completely bypassed him as an OF prospect

  • bill

    Mike: With Montero’s monster season, has he passed AJax in the totem pole of Yankee Prospects and do you see Montero cracking the top 30 of BA’s Top 50 Prospects?

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

      I like Montero’s bat way more than I like Jackson’s, but Jackson’s not a shabby hitter and he’s closer to the bigs. It’s very close, but I give Jackson the nod because he’s just a phone call away.

      Montero will be a close call for the top 30, I think he’s more of a 30-50 guy though. Depends how many guys graduate from Sept. call-ups I suppose.

      • bill

        How good is Montero as a catcher for an 18 year old? Does he have a good arm, and is it better than Posada’s (healthy)?

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

          I’ve read Montero has a canon. It’s just his receiving skills and footwork that needs work.

          • bill

            That’s encouraging to hear, because I want him to be Posada’s heir. I dont want him to move to first base because recieving skills and footwork is something that he can allways work on, and you dont find to many 18 year old catchers who are flawless behind the plate. Its good to hear he has a cannon because that’s something you cant develop, and if he keeps getting invited to spring training and learns from Posada and Molina (2008 Gold Glove at C, I think) he could develop into a polished defensive catcher to go with his vast offensive talents. I dont care if he’s tall, I still want him catching for the Yanks.

      • bill

        And Jackson has gold glove potential in CF

  • RollingWave

    Ole man Patterson is quietly having a solid season . Sept callup?

    Now that the minor league season is drawing to a close, top 30 time?

    I’m guessing top 5 is something like

    A-Jax
    Montero
    MM
    Z-Mac
    ummm Betances?

    not exactly the best evah. but still solid progress in most places.

  • Old Ranger

    If Montero ends up at 1st base instead of catcher, we will have to trade one of the two…him or Miranda. At some point they will have to make a choice between them. Miranda hits left, but can’t hit leftys and questionable defence. Montero bats right, almost same power/avg., better defence. Within the confines of Yankee stadium, lefthanders can reach the seats better, of course they could platoon them at 1st…which would really be dumb.
    Don’t forget we also have Cervelli coming back, he would’ve been back up to Molina this year if he hadn’t gotten hurt. 27/08??

    • steve

      by the time montero ever makes it to 1st, assuming he actually changes positions, miranda’s contract will expire. if i remember correctly he signed a 4 year major league contract, if it was like matsui’s he would be able to skip the arbitration process and go straight to a FA … no idea if thats the case or not but trust me miranda isn’t going to be the reason montero isn’t on the mlb roster in several years of course.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Ranger, your man-crush on Juan Miranda is admirable. But this isn’t a real problem yet. Miranda has to prove that he can hit both lefties and righties, and at an ML level, before he becomes somebody that we have to “move” to open a spot for Montero (not to mention, Montero has to prove that he can’t stay behind the plate.)

    • bill

      If youre choosing between Montero and Miranda, you chose Montero every time.

  • Mulls

    mike im suprised you would say that karstens and cutch are spare parts. i thought that they were the two best options after hughes and kennedy to pitch in the majors this season , wouldnt you rather karstens and mcutchen pitching for the yankees down the stretch in september instead of ponson or rasner

    • MD

      I think you underrate Ponson….when his head is on straight (which it has been with NY) he is a decent back of the rotation pitcher on a good team…..Karstens never showed that, and he seems to be coming down to earth in Pitt…..McCutch is an unknown.

      • DaveM

        Karstens seems like he’s always injured too.

  • paul albany

    if montero and romaine both move up to tampa it seems overkill at catcher position, mike do you think montero could go to trenton.

    • AlexWest

      Im not Mike, but I don’t see that happening, Montero is only 18 he will be 19 next year, the Yankees dont have a great history with 19 year olds in AA (see Tabata, Jose, many scouts attribute his struggles to being promoted through the system too quickly).

      Additionally having Romine with him allows to keep his body wear to a minimum as he wont be catching everyday, while his most important tool, his bat, will get everyday use through DHing when he’s not catching.