May
01

Tampa falls despite another Montero homer

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Update by Ben (12:02 a.m.): Juan Miranda is not on his way to the Bronx. He simply had an upset stomach, per Chad Jennings. The Yanks, however, may be shuffling the bullpen shortly.

Scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (14-7 loss to Norfolk)
Luis Nunez: 0 for 5, 1 K
John Rodriguez & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 4 – J-Rod drew a walk & K’ed twice … E-Dunc K’ed & committed a fielding error
Todd Linden & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 4, 2 R – Linden drew a walk & K’ed twice … Ajax drove in a run
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – dude is en fuego … he’s 16 for his last 45 (.356) with 4 doubles & 5 homers
Juan Miranda: 0 for 1, 1 E (fielding) – was lifted from the game for an unknown reason in the 4th … he’s probably on his way up to give the Yanks an extra position player in case Swisher needs to take a few days off with the bum elbow
Carlos Mendoza: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jason Stephens: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 6-1 GB/FB – 42 of 80 pitches were strikes (52.5%) … called up from Tampa to fill one of the stops vacated by Phil Hughes & Ian Kennedy … allowed the best prospect in baseball to reach base all 3 times he faced him
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 28 of 45 pitches were strikes (62.2%)
JB Cox: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 26 of 42 pitches were strikes (61.9%) … well, at least the ground balls are there
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 9 of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)

Double-A Trenton (9-5 loss to New Britain)
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5, 1 SB
Colin Curtis & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 5, 2 K – Curtis is stil rockin’ a .320 avg
Jorge Vazquez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – lifted from the game in the fifth … maybe he’s on his way to SWB to replace Miranda?
Justin Snyder: 1 for 2, 1 R
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Frankie Cervelli: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 9 for his last 27 (.333)
Seth Fortenberry: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
James Cooper: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HBP
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4-8 GB/FB
Mike Dunn: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – ERA jumps from 0.77 to 4.85 just like that
Kevin Whelan 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – allowed his two inherited base runners to score

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Dunedin)
Austin Krum: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Eric Fryer: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 3 homers in his last 4 games
Brandon Laird, Austin Romine & Mitch Hilligoss: all 1 for 4 – Romine allowed a passed ball … Hilligoss stole a base & K’ed twice
Wady Rufino: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Addison Maruszack: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Dellin Betances: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 4-6 GB/FB – 9 BB in his last 12 IP … 5 BB in his previous 14.1 IP
Grant Duff: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-5 GB/FB
Craig Heyer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB - one of the walks was intentional

Low-A Charleston (6-3 win over Asheville)
Ray Kruml & Abe Almonte: both 0 for 4 – Kruml drew a walk & K’ed … Almonte K’ed thrice & is 0 for his last 31 … ouch
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 1 K
David Adams & Brian Baisley: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Adams K’ed twice … Baisley homered, drove in 2 & K’ed
Taylor Grote: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Melky Mesa: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – threw runners out at 2nd & 3rd from RF
Garrison Lassiter & Chase Weems: both 1 for 4, 1 BB – Lassiter K’ed twice & committed a fielding error
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 5-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – that’s two more walks than he’d issued all season coming into this start
Casey Erickson: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Two games in a row with no Angelini error?

    My mind is blown.

  • Ivan

    You meant Tampa.

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

      My bad. Old habits die hard.

  • jim

    Do you mean “Tampa Falls Despite another Home Run From Montero”?

  • manimal

    Seriously, Vendette needs to go up to Tampa.

    • JT

      What else does he have to prove? He’s not that young, aren’t they just wasting his time now?

  • Jake H

    Hopefully Carmen can continue to not put an E up there every night and start hitting with the bat. The guy seems to have some good skills from reports.

  • Ivan

    Montero:

    Over/under with 23 Homeruns?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Over by two. I’m saying 25.

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

      I’ll say under. The FSL is a brutal league for hitters, and he’ll tire as Florida sun wears him down while catching. I bet we see some of the homers turning into doubles as the season continues on.

      • Reggie C.

        I’m going to say over. Maybe i’m overestimating the relief Montero will find in sharing catching duties with Romine. You factor in the catching lessons Montero undergoes on the side before games, on off-days, in the off-season, and i’ll still say Montero should stay relatively fresh for a banner offensive year at Tampa.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        What exactly is it that makes the FSL so hard on hitters? Is it the quality of the pitchers? The construction of the parks? The heat?! My god, David! The Heat!

        • steve

          you stole my jesus fish !!!!

          • Drew

            We’re the DEVILS!! THE DEVILS!!! HSSS

        • Rick in Boston

          Size of parks, humidity, the fact all of the stadiums are right around sea level all contribute to the pitcher friendliness of the FSL.

  • yankees=warriors

    Wow, this was quick Mike! You finished this while watching the game and typing in the game thread?!

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

      Yeah, but that’s no different than any other night. I guess you can say I use the 5-10 seconds between pitches better than anyone else around here. ;)

      • yankees=warriors

        LOL, that’s why you guys are the professionals of bloggers, I guess!

  • V

    Any chance we can get SBs against and CSes for Montero and Romine?

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

      Sure, I’ll note it from now on. But remember, the pitcher plays a big part in that too.

      • V

        True – unfortunately, there’s no pitch f/x for the minor leagues (yet?, heh), so we can’t track pitcher’s time to home ;-)

        • Accent Shallow

          God, mL pitch f/x would be an absolute gold mine.

  • Johnson

    Why not bring up Shelly Duncan if he’s that hot?

    • yankees=warriors

      I agree, he’s also the one that can play the outfield.

      • steve (different one)

        this is a very loose definition of “can play the outfield”.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      He’s not on the 40-man roster anymore.

    • MattB

      Duncan is no longer on the 40 man roster. Calling him up would require removing someone else from the 40 man.

      With Swish and Damon dinged up, Nady hurt, Matsui incapable of playing the OF, and Gardner incapable of hitting, the Yankees sure could use another OFer right now.

    • daneptizl

      40-man.

      • anonymous

        Breaking ball

        • http://deleted RollingWave

          too many valuable forearms to protect from the bash

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike how good is Montero’s arm? I,ve read reports it’s above average and others saying it’s average at best.

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

      I’ve heard the same as you, I really don’t know.

    • Blackdragon905

      I saw him play, it looked pretty darn good to me. It looked like it had a lot of velocity from what I saw, but I’m no expert either lol.

  • Blackdragon905

    Hey guys, I know Pena has a great glove, but what’s his ceiling as a hitter, anybody know? Thanks.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Everything I’ve heard (except for the stupid MSM hype in the early spring) is that he’s got an ML glove but his bat will never catch up. That’s why I think his ceiling is a Utility IFer.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    NYYFans brought up a point that I think we should follow throughout the year: Jesus Monetro’s batting splits as a catcher and designated hitter.

    The Savior as a catcher: .214/.298/.286, 42 AB, and 3 XBH.
    The Savior as a designated hitter: .486/.514/.886, 35 AB, and 6 XBH (4 HR).

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

      Eh, very small sample size, but it makes sense. Here’s last year:

      As a C: .293-.333-.440
      As a DH: .356-.417-.548

      That’s shouldn’t stop them from keeping him at catcher as long as humanly possible though.

      Here’s Romine for comparison’s sake:

      As a C (’08): .338-.384-.507
      As a DH (’08): .251-.296-.353

      As a C (’09): .333-.333-.400
      As a DH (’09): .233-.250-.349

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Oh, fuck no, I am one of the strongest proponents of keeping his defensively challenged ass at catcher. I’ve always said, “he [Montero] does not even need to be below average at the position, just don’t be a fucking butcher and I’ll be good.”

        • V

          Agreed.

          I’m getting WAAAAY ahead of myself, but I’d love if they could both develop, and pull a Napoli/Mathis C/DH tandem.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

            Yeah, but hopefully one of them won’t hit as awful as Jeff Mathis, haha.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Like I’ve said all along, as long as he can play Posada-level, hell, I’d even accept Piazza level, defense, he should stay at catcher and be Jorge Pt. 2.

          • daneptizl

            Or Jesus Level Inifity.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      “.486/.514/.886,”

      Holy fuck.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      As a DH, he as a .400 IsoP. Just let that sink in for a second. A .400 IsoP.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        That’s like…

        That’s like having a 0.10 WHIP.

    • Accent Shallow

      The Savior as a designated hitter: .486/.514/.886, 35 AB, and 6 XBH (4 HR).

      Holy unsustainable, Batman! And in the FSL, no less.

      • Reggie C.

        There’s always the option of turning Montero into our Venezuelan version of MIKE STANTON. Give him reps in the OF this season if these splits hold up. You’re only holding back a top 10 bat in all the minors if you keep him at catcher when mounting statistical evidence tells you that Montero’s bat is Posada-ish at catcher.

        • steve (different one)

          you want to move him from power hitting catcher to left handed setup man?

          • Will (the other one)

            IETC. Ah, the old days…or something like that.

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

            You may be joking, and I think you are. But the Mike Stanton in the Marlins system.

            • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

              Yep, I’m a piece of shit.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

                Yup.

            • steve (different one)

              60% of the time, it works every time.

              • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                Never ceases to amaze me.

        • steve (different one)

          when mounting statistical evidence tells you that Montero’s bat is Posada-ish at catcher

          so….he’ll only be one of the 10-20 best offensive catchers in the history of baseball? the horror!!

          • steve (different one)

            i admit, i may have misread what you are trying to say here.

            • Reggie C.

              No biggie.

              Of course we’re dealing with a sample of 80 at-bats, but this position change argument should be re-addressed in another couple months when the FL summer is in full swing. If Montero is still putting up splits that make his Dh numbers reminiscent of a Jim Thome …. then there’s definitely an argument.

        • daneptizl

          Mounting statistical evidence. Sounds serious.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Eric

      That was my doing

  • southernyankeefan

    what is IsoP??

    • Accent Shallow

      IsoP is the difference between batting average and slugging percentage. Helps measure power, since it’s subtracting out singles.

      • southernyankeefan

        thanks.

    • steve (different one)

      isolated Power. (SLG% – Battting AVG)

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s a vintage Betances start. Could be worse.

    • Reggie C.

      That’s a vintage FIRST HALF Betances start. Could be worse.

      There you go. Now its a positive statement.

  • Tom Zig

    Does dopple-Melky have the same kind of arm as real Melky?

    What’s his ceiling?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He has more tools than Spicoli’s dad, but he swings at everything thrown at the plate. IF he could develop any kind of plate discipline, the sky’s the limit.

  • pollo

    AJax some more XBH’s would be nice.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    I’ve updated DotF. Miranda wasn’t feeling well. It doesn’t seem he’s Bronx bound.

  • http://deleted RollingWave

    can’t they just put Nady or Wang on the 60 day? it’s retro anyway, that means a few extra days before he can come off at most.

  • Jack

    Is E-dunc playing the outfield full-time now?