GCL Yanks start season off with a win

Game 70 Spillover Thread II
Worst. Recap. Ever.

One year ago today, I posted the longest DotF ever.

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 loss to Syracuse)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Austin Jackson & Cody Ransom: both 0 for 4 – Jackson K’ed & committed a fielding error … Ransom K’ed three times
Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda & John Rodriguez: all 0 for 3 – Shelley drew a walk & K’ed … Miranda drew a walk … J-Rod K’ed twice
Colin Curtis: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Justin Leone: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Cash: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4-8 GB/FB – 56 of 86 pitches were strikes (65.4%)
Romulo Sanchez: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-3 GB/FB – 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58.3%)
Paul Bush: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (70.6%)

Double-A Trenton (5-2 loss to Akron)
Austin Krum & Reegie Corona: both 0 for 4 – Krum K’ed twice
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jorge Vazquez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – 16 XBH in 36 games
Jesus Montero: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 13 for his last 35 (.371) … someone’s adjusted to AA
Chris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Noah Hall & Marcos Vechionacci: both 0 for 3, 2 K – Hall drew a walk
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 9-6 GB/FB – he’s been absolutely tremendous of late … 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts
Mike Dunn: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
JB Cox: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – allowed both inherited runners to score, then continued to let it pile on
Jose Valdez: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa (5-3 win over Clearwater)
Jack Rye: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Eric Fryer: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB – that’s a helluva game right there
Damon Sublett: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB – played CF tonight … interesting
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Seth Fortenberry, Matt Cusick & Luis Nunez: all 0 for 4 – Fortenberry & Nunez each K’ed once … Nunez committed a fielding & throwing error
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 5-7 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 7.80 ERA
Tim Norton: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis:  1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston is off until Thursday for the All-Star Break. I have no idea how Melky Mesa did in the Homerun Derby or who even won it. the North All-Stars beat the South All-Stars 8-7, walk-off style.
Melky Mesa: 1 for 2, 1 K – started in RF & batted sixth
Dan Brewer: 0 for 3, 2 K – started at DH & batted eighth
Hector Noesi: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 5 of 6 pitches were strikes … pitched the second inning
Pat Venditte: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – recorded the final out of the eighth & started the ninth … allowed the walk-off run after a single and a throwing error by the CF

Short Season Staten Island (5-1 win over Aberdeen)
Francisco Santana: 1 for 5, 1 CS – picked off first
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4, 2 K
Kelvin Castro, Kyle Higashioka, Jimmy Paredes & Chad Gross: all 1 for 4 – Castro tripled, scored a run & K’ed … Higashioka drove in a run … Paredes tripled & scored a run … Gross stole a base, scored a run & K’ed twice
Luke Murton: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Neil Medchill: 0 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Zoilo Almonte: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K – hard to believe he’s only 20 … seems like he’s been around forever
Trenton Lare: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 10-2 GB/FB – another indy ball refugee
Ryan Flannery: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-2 win over GCL Pirates) Opening Day, so you know what that means, full lineup!!! … I also added each guy’s position so you know who’s playing where
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 4
Jose Toussen, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – he’s currently on Charleston’s disabled list
Kevin Mahoney, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – I’d call that a successful U.S. debut
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI – ditto DeLeon’s comment
Francisco Arcia, C: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kevin Delaney, 1B: 0 for 3, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Matt Richardson, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 9-4 GB/FB – ’08 draftee is relatively new to pitching … major sleeper
Paul Patterson, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-4 GB/FB – first game action since August 30th, 2007
Dickie Marquez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Game 70 Spillover Thread II
Worst. Recap. Ever.
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I am absolutely full of gidd about the GCL Yankees.

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

      Agreed, that’s definitely the best lineup they’ve fielding in a few seasons. Since Jackson, Henry and Tabata in 2005, probably.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        If Melvin would have made it over too, I probably would have had a coronary.

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

          How did he not? I guess the Yanks have no long-term plans for him?

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            …just Prime Minister of the Dominican Republic.

          • the artist formerly known as (sic)

            Im sorry Ben, you must mean that Melvin has no long-term plans for the Yankees.

            CROUSSETT UNIVERSE

  • Lanny

    Ransom will fit right in with the big club.

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

      Can you change your commenting name to Charlie Brown? It would fit perfectly.

      • Peter Lacock

        I Enjoyed That Comment

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Doesn’t he have enough commenting names already?

  • Reggie C.

    GCL Lineup looks like its got more higher upside guys than their SI counterpart. DeLeon and Flores are guys who would’ve gotten drafted higher Medchill and murton.

  • A.D.

    Patterson coming back from surgery and throw gas?

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

      I don’t know if Paul ever threw gas. Garrett did, but who knows what happened to that kid.

  • J

    what the heck happened to jb cox?

    he’s going to be playing for another trenton team soon if he continues his fall from grace.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    I imagine Nova is earning his way onto the 40 man roster at the end of the year?

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

      Absolutely.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        A 6’7″ soft-tosser?

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

          TJ Beam says hi.

  • Chris V.

    Has Montero caught most of the games or is he still DH’ing 50% of the games? The reason I asked is that I remember he had a pretty big split between his dh numbers and his numbers as a catcher in Tampa. It will be interesting to see if that was a SSS issue or something he needs to work on.

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

      He’s catching mostly, I’d say 3 out of 4. He’s had two minor injuries that slowed him down a bit (collision at the plate, foul tip), and he came back as a DH first.

  • Ivan

    I like that Montero is BB at a good rate against Double-A competition. The power will evenually come.

    Yo Mike, since Montero is in Double-A at 19 already this season, is there any chance in 2010 we see Montero bat for the yanks lets say in mid July?

    Plus, have you been surprise that Montero has accelerated as quickly as u imagine?

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

      I can see it, especially if he moves out from behind the plate. And no, I’m shocked he’s moved this fast. I could be wrong, but the I think the last 19yr old the Yanks had in AA was Hughes.

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

        Oh wait, Tabata too.

        • K.B.D.

          Hopefully no baby mama drama for Jesus.

  • A.D.

    De Leon to to AA!!!

    • ArodMVP217 FTW!

      De Leon > Swisher

      Heresy? Call Kelvin a Heretic

  • Brian

    That is a really bold start for GCLY. Mojica, Flores, Sosa, and de Leon debuts? Lassiter back in action? Awesome.
    Looking at the roster I’m having a hard time figuring the general rotation. Richardson (a bit of a surprise, no?), O’Brien, Greene?, Turley? …not sure who else given the slew of new names.

    • Reggie C.

      Ramon Flores was a 2008 international july 2nd signing, and the org. apparently thinks he doesn’t need any more seasoning in their DSL camps. I dont usually read into maneuverings in the low, low minors but this aggressive to say the least for an international signee. Maybe the org thinks that Flores has a higher ceiling than DeLeon and Sosa.

      • Brian

        Yeah, he’s 17. Reeedic.

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

      I’m not sure either, but I’m guessing Turley and O’Brien will start. You’ll see some guys who start, but only throw three or four innings every time out because they’re so young and they need to take it easy on their arms.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Just waiting for the power to show up for Jesus at AA, which it eventually will. When it does, he will be V-E-R-Y close to the bigs with his bat, but his glove will likely keep him down on the farm for another 1-2 years.

  • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

    At this point, the GCL Yankees would probably beat the MLB Team in a 3-game series!

  • A.D.

    Is Urena still coming over or not yet?

    • Jamal G.

      Hearsay says he was a victim of overhype by the buscones.

  • YankeeFan

    Mike can you give some brief info about Nova, about how scouts have loved his stuff since A-ball but it never translated until this season in Trenton? He seems to have made a complete 180. Certainly nice to see Kontos pitching well in Triple-A, and Z-Mac and Nova blowing away hitters in Double-A. Projections would say Kontos as a reliever, and I’ve been saying for quite some time, not on here but in another place, if he shows he can handle Triple-A, he can be a sleeper for that bullpen and with that fastball/slider combo, I think he can be a very good reliever and put up some great K/9 numbers. And Z-Mac and Nova seem more destined for the rotation is middle of the rotation though I still believe Z-Mac is a better version of Wang pre-2009 in that he has a better ability to put away batters and I think he can possibly, best case scenario, be a number 2 starter.

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

      Nova’s never been a big fastball guy, 91-92 mostly with three offspeed pitches. Good stuff, good control, eh command. I’m not sure if he’s added any velo, but the command certainly looks like improved based on the number of hits he’s allowing.

  • Todd

    It really seems like the places where the Yankees truly flex their financial muscle is in places like Indy Ball and Mexico where they can “out scout” other teams. I wonder if this is more perception than reality as I really do not follow other team’s player development.

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

    We have a guy in our system named Dickie?

    I will never again have doubts about being a Yankees fan.

    • ArodMVP217 FTW!

      you had doubts?!!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He’s no Dickie Thon, but I guess he will have to do.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

      We also have a guy in our system named Zoilo. I love that name.

      • Brian

        Is that you, Dickie Iurilli?

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

          That’s the fist time I’ve been called that in years. I don’t think I like it.

  • Jack

    I love that Mike Ashmore posted as “Mashmore” on that old DotF. That’s awesome.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

      Mashmore is awesome. I wish my first initial and last name made up a word as cool as mashmore.

      • Brian

        Should you go with “Dickie” you could be “Diurilli”….um, strike that from the record.

      • Mashmore

        Ha. Everyone seems to enjoy that. I dunno…I was just born with it.

  • Chris V.

    Where has Betances been? He came back on the 14th threw three innings and hasn’t pitched since. Re-injured? Hasn’t been a great year for him so far hopefully he turns it around.

    • YankeeFan

      High-A had their ASB over the weekend.

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

      The All-Star break was this weekend, they had three days off. The whole rotation is off kilter. He probably threw a heavy bullpen when he was supposed to start Friday. We’ll see if he starts tomorrow, his regular five day turn.

      • Chris V.

        ok well that makes sense thanks mike.

  • Charlie

    With these short season teams there’s just too many players now, i guess i’ll just try to find out who are the best prospects and just look at their lines, cause i’ve never heard of half these guys.

  • rick ross

    Which International free agents are the yankees going after this year?

    • Charlie

      gary sanchez, he’s a 16 year old catcher. thick body so he’s probably stuck at catcher or first/DH (which kinda sucks), supposedly a pretty good hitter

      • emac2

        I heard that, unlike Montero, Sanchez has multiple position options both outfield and infield.

  • John

    so…mojica is now the heir to jeter?

    • Charlie

      hell yea. or jose pirela..

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

      Yeah, go right down the line. First it was Pena after he had a big hit, then when he cooled down it was Nunez, then when he got hurt it was Pirela. Pirela’s slowed down, so now it’s Mojica.

      We’ve reached the GCL by the end of June, that’s bad. Usually we’re still in Tampa this time of year.

      • John

        yep and if anything happens to him before July 2nd we have to assume its sano and after that if we dont sign him we are screwed if anything happens to mojica

        • rick ross

          carmen angelini

      • Brian

        At least Angelini is going right down the line with us!

  • V

    Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, Montero’s bat makes it impossible to keep him down on the farm (let’s say, .350/.450/.600 type insanity), do the Yankees move him up even if his defense isn’t ready?

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

      Despite the Yanks’ anemic hitting over the last seven games, there’s really no need to rush Montero’s bat to the Bronx. I’d be happy to have him hacking up minor league pitchers if it means we get a more complete and developed defensive player in the Bigs by the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.

  • JackISBACK

    You know what I want? Milb.tv to cover ALL the damn minor league games. Is that too much to ask? Honestly, I would fork over more money than MLB.tv to see some of these prospects play. Why do I care if I can see the Marlins play the Braves? I want to see all the prospects for the Yankees play more. Damn Milb.tv only shows mostly AAA games, and some select other games from AA.

    I actually don’t want Montero to be moved up this quick. I wanted him to dominate a High A this year. I usually like prospects to have one year (atleast) where they just tore apart a league.

    And great to see the GCL squad.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Staten Island was on milb.tv the other day.

      • JackISBACK

        Oh. Do they show other teams for us? I bought milb.tv last year thinking I got to watch all the games, but to get nothing but upper level games was kinda disappointing. Did they expand it this year? Or was SI just a random occurrence?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Mike Dunn is currently striking out basically every third batter he faces.

    2009: 57 K in 41.1 innings (174 batters faced) = 32.7% of batters faced result in a K.

    • V

      Well, batters faced = 3 x innings + hits + walks + HBPs + reeaches on error, no?