Jackson, Montero both go deep

Game 75 Spillover Thread
Game 75 Spillover Thread II

Dom Amore had a great article on High-A Tampa reliever Tim Norton in today’s Hartford Courant. Norton has missed most of the last two seasons with major shoulder surgery before coming back earlier this year. Check it out, good stuff.

In case you missed it, Joe had some minor league notes earlier, including word on Jeremy Bleich‘s promotion to Double-A Trenton.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Rochester)
Kevin Russo: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – just his second homer of the year
Colin Curtis & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 4 – Curtis K’ed once, E-Dunc twice
Shelley Duncan & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 4  – Shelley doubled … PJ K’ed
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Leone: 0 for 2 – left with a leg injury
Kevin Cash: 0 for 1, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – played third after Leone left the game
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4-11 GB/FB – 64 of 103 pitches were strikes (62.1%)
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – 25 of 41 pitches were strikes (61%) … the walk was intentional

Double-A Trenton (8-3 loss to Reading)
Austin Krum & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 4 – Krum drew a walk, was caught stealing & K’ed … Edwar K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from LF
Reegie Corona & Chris Malec: both 1 for 3 – Corona hit a solo jack & drew a walk … Malec doubled
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
Jorge Vazquez: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first AA homer
Noah Hall: 0 for 3
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – OPS hovering right around .600
Jason Stephens: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, , 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-1 GB/FB
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(5-4 loss to St. Lucie in 7 innings) make up of yesterday’s game, which was postponed due to wet grounds
Dan Brewer: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – picked off second
Eric Fryer: 2 for 4
Damon Sublett, Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: all 0 for 3 – Sublett K’ed twice, Smith once … Nunez scored a run
Austin Romine & Seth Fortenberry: both 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Romine gunned down two runners trying to steal second
Brandon Laird: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HBP
David Adams: 1 for 3, 1 R
Ryan Zink: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6-7 GB/FB – 107 baserunners allowed in 69.1 IP (1.54 WHIP)
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)
Game 2 (3-0 win over St. Lucie in 7 innings)
Jack Rye, Matt Cusick & Walt Ibarra: all 1 for 3 – Rye drew a walk … Cusick doubled, scored a run & drove one in
Dan Brewer: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – nice little day at the plate
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Seth Fortenberry & Mitch Hilligoss: both 2 for 3, 1 2B – Fortenberry scored a run, Hilligoss drove one in
David Adams & Jose Gil: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-7 GB/FB – 16 straight scoreless innings
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – I wonder if he’ll still close even though Pat Venditte’s now on board

Low-A Charleston (9-2 win over Savannah)
Jose Pirela & Ray Kruml: both 3 for 5, 1 BB – Pirela stole a bag & scored twice … Kruml tripled, scored a run, drove in four K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from LF
Corban Joseph: 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – second straight game with a jack
Melky Mesa: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – when your 1-4 hitters get on base a combined 16 times, you’ll score a lot of runs
Abe Almonte & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 5 – Almonte K’ed twice … Grote scored a run, drove one in & K’ed
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding)
Tommy Baldridge: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
David Phelps: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-7 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)
Brandon Braboy: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER,  0 BB, 3 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (8-7 win over Aberdeen, walk-off style)
Francisco Santana: 1 for 5, 1 K – picked off first
Jimmy Paredes & Zoilo Almonte: both 2 for 4, 2 R – Paredes stole a base & doubled … Zoilo swiped two bags & K’ed
Kyle Higashioka: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Neil Medchill & Kelvin Castro: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Medchill scored a run, drove one in & K’ed … Castro both scored & K’ed twice
Luke Murton: 0 for 3, 1 K – 11 K in 8 games
Chad Gross: 3 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Hector Rabago: 1 fir 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – he’s played four positions in six games (C, 2B, SS, and now 3B)
Trenton Lare: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6-3 GB/FB – gave up three solo homers
Mike Solbach: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Sam Elam: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 1 HBP – uh … effectively wild?
Griffin Bailey: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB
Ronnie Marte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Game 75 Spillover Thread
Game 75 Spillover Thread II
  • TurnTwo

    i wonder if it would be possible to put together a mid-season report… kind of like a quick summary of who’s been promoted from where they started, who’s been demoted, etc.

  • pat

    Nice Higgy, very nice.

  • jr

    what’s the deal with Carmen Angelini haven’t seen him last couple of games?

  • Jake H

    Minors this year are doing better then last year.

  • Yanke1313

    Hopefully Jackson can start popping some more homeruns now.

    • whozat

      I really don’t get the obsession with a 22 year old CFer hitting home runs. Who cares? He’s hitting the ball hard in his first season at AAA, and he’s one of the youngest guys there. That’s GOOD.

      • RollingWave

        First off, 22 is young, but it’s not THAT young if you consider that average age of legitimate long term starters typically reach the majors in their early 20s. Second, he’s pretty whiff prone, which means he’s gotta hit the ball hard if he’s to really sustain any sort of batting average in the majors.

        So yes. while we don’t need to see him hit 30 bombs. it would be nice if he hits like 10-15 this year.

  • Andy

    At what point do the Yankees explore selling Kei Igawa back to a Japanese team?

    • ArodMVP217 FTW!

      How about a trade back to Jabon?

  • J

    Montero is crushing AA.

    over under seeing him in 2010?

    • whozat

      Which one means we won’t see him in 2010?

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Over would be after 2010, under would be before next year.

        • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

          payoffs? Jk

          Septiembre callup

    • eVizions

      I think the earliest we see him is September 2010. I’m guessing he starts next year in AA again and if he keeps crushing like he has been – and that’s a big IF – he gets a mid-season promotion to AAA with a trip to the bigs when rosters expand. I think he more likely won’t see the Bronx until 2011 or 2012.

  • Brian

    Odds that Melky Mesa (.901) out-OPS’ Montero’s (.868) Sally League performance?

  • ArodMVP217 FTW!

    Phillips: “let’s just hope they get David wright to the plate”


    • ArodMVP217 FTW!

      Wrong thread… Viva la Mesa!!

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

    What is the origin of the nickname “the ghost of Kei Igawa”?

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

      I started calling him that when the Yanks first demoted him back in 2007. Don’t remember why, but I did. It’s just stuck since then.

  • rconn23

    Mike, does Pirela have any prospect potential?

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

      Absolutely. He’s probably their best shortstop prospect right now.

      • Mike bk

        any chance that pirela gets moved up to tampa late in the year or just leave him in charleston and spend all of next year at tampa?

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

          Nah, not yet. He just got to Charleston and he’s still extremely young. Leave him there the rest of the season and let him catch his breath.

          • Mike bk

            so who would you say are the potential callups the rest of the way at any of the levels?

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

              There aren’t many left now, with Bleich, Venditte, Noesi and Nova recently moved up. Mike Dunn could be in line for one, maybe Zach McAllister, but that would be a little aggressive for a kid his age.

              • Mike bk

                I would treat Z-Mac more like the braves did with Hanson and just let him finish out the year at AA…start next year at AAA. the difference being with the yankee rotation i dont envision a Z-Mac June appearance but maybe 2011.

                I was thinking if there were any hitters who could move up or down like a Melky Mesa; i know brewer and adams just moved;

                As far as pitchers pitchers i was thinking like David Phelps or Man Ban but i would assume manny stays in charleston as young as he is. also who if anyone comes up to take Noesi spot in Charleston, since i assume the rotation here is that noesi takes bleich and bleich takes nova? thanks.

  • pat

    Montero should probably see some time when rosters expand. He might not get in a game but he should definitely be called up.

  • Infernoscurse

    man, promote melky mesa already

  • Aj

    promote manny banuloes hes killing charlston.. i hope to god they sign sano, deleon has alot of potential as well agree guys??

    • pat


    • Mike bk

      doesnt look like sano or mateo are coming to ny so your hope to G-d looks like it will be disappointed, but they are a virtual lock to get Sanchez and probably a series of lower cost signees.

  • Say Hey Willie

    Nice day for Brewer. His stats look pretty good. Does anyone know if he is a legitimate prospect?

  • Miles Roche

    According to Pete Abe, JB Cox quit baseball. Heard anything of the sort?

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

      That’s all I’ve heard on it as well. He hasn’t pitched since Thursday, so we’ll have to keep an eye out.

      • Zach

        If he quits, then decides to come back in a year or something is he still under Yankee control?

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

          Yeah, usually. Most of time when a guy retires, the team just lets him go but doesn’t flat out release him. He’d be under control for 2010 and 2011, after which he’d be a six-year minor league free agent.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            Ashmore says he’s gone, but there’s no confirmation that he’s actually quit.

  • Colin

    I’d like to see them experiment some with Venditte. He’s got two arms, try some extended outings perhaps or see what you can get from him mid game. Can he come in in the middle of an inning, any situatiion? See what he’s got.

    Also, any chance they can fix Elam’s control to where its bearable?

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

      I know Venditte did literally everything in college. Short stints, long stints, relief, starting, he’s done it all.

    • Tremont

      I really like that idea. Why not see if he can be a long man?

  • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

    Re: the headline, to many more

  • Usty

    Friend of mine was at the Thunder game…texted me and said Montero’s shot was an absolute BOMB to dead center that was still about 15 feet above the wall when it went out. That’s impressive as hell in that ballpark.

  • Lou

    Mesa just turned 22. If he keeps raking I don’t see why he can’t be in AAA by the time he is 24 or 25. Phenoms get call ups when their 21 or 22 but there are a boatload of stars who got called up at 25 years of age.