Scranton pounds out 20 hits for a win


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.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Rafi says:

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

  2. Manimal says:

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

  3. Manimal says:

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

  4. blah says:

    Austin Krum
    Seth Fortenberry
    Colin Curtis
    Matt Carson

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

  5. Jamal G. says:

    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’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?

    • Mike A. says:

      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.

      • Jamal G. says:

        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. says:

        Where the hell do you buy coffee?? :)

    • Ivan says:


    • Andy in Once Again Sunny Daytona says:

      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.

  6. Ivan says:

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

  7. D.B. says:

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

  8. Kyle D. says:

    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.

  9. D.B. says:

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

    • steve says:

      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.

    • Mike A. says:

      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. says:

        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.

  10. A.D. says:

    If only laird could get the avg up

  11. A.D. says:

    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

  12. Jamal G. says:

    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?

  13. Jamal G. says:

    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?

  14. steve (different one) says:

    Mike, what’s your favorite color?

  15. Mulls says:

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

    smith deleon
    lassitter joseph
    Landoni Delaney


    • Reggie C. says:

      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.

  16. The Scout says:

    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?

    • Mike A. says:

      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.

  17. mo says:

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

    • Mike A. says:

      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.

  18. Reggie C. says:

    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.

  19. mo says:

    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.

    • Mike A. says:

      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 says:


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

  20. mo says:

    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.

  21. bill says:

    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?

    • Mike A. says:

      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 says:

        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)?

        • Jamal G. says:

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

          • bill says:

            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 says:

        And Jackson has gold glove potential in CF

  22. RollingWave says:

    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

    ummm Betances?

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

  23. Old Ranger says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • 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 says:

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

  24. Mulls says:

    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 says:

      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.

  25. paul albany says:

    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 says:

      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.

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