Montero homers twice in loss

Game 76 Spillover Thread III
Yanks blow two leads, but come back to beat M's

Chad Jennings reports that George Kontos will likely need Tommy John surgery after feeling tightness in his forearm. This could end up being a blessing in disguise for the Yanks, because Kontos is now likely to slide through the Rule 5 Draft untouched in the offseason if they decide to leave him off the 40-man roster. Still sucks though.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to make this one up when they play Rochester at the end of the season.

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Erie)
Austin Krum: 0 for 5, 1 K – 0 for his last 11
Reegie Corona & Chris Malec: both 1 for 5 – Corona K’ed once, Malec twice
Jorge Vazquez & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Vazquez was hit by a pitch & scored a run … Snyder K’ed & committed a pair of fielding errors
Jesus Montero: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 11 for his last 30 (.367) with three homers & three doubles
Jack Rye: 0 for 2, 2 BB – up from Tampa to fill out a thin roster
Marcos Vechioacci: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Jeremy Bleich: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-8 GB/FB – AA debut
Kevin Whelan: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa was rained out. I’m guessing they’ll play two at some point in the next few days since this is their last series of the year with Sarasota.

Low-A Charleston (13-3 loss to Greenville)
Jose Pirela, Ray Kruml, Abe Almonte & Garrison Lassiter: all 1 for 4 – Kruml scored a run & K’ed … Almonte stole a base, scored a run & drove one in … Lassiter drove in two & K’ed
Corban Joseph: 0 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
Melky Mesa: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – league leading 17th jack
Taylor Grote & Chase Weems: both 1 for 3 – Grote drew a walk & K’ed twice … Weems K’ed
Brett Marshall: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-5 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 18 ER allowed in his last 14.1 IP
Brad Rulon: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Charles Nolte: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Garrett Patterson: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – long time, no see … this is his first game since Sept. 9th, 2007 after dealing with a foot injury … in case you’re not familiar with him, he’s a lefty with a big power arm but little control

The Short Season Staten Island is in extras and I don’t feel like waiting around, so I’m going to cop out and just point you to the box score. Arodys Vizcaino had another solid performance.

The Rookie GCL Yanks were washed out as well. They’ll play a pair tomorrow.

Game 76 Spillover Thread III
Yanks blow two leads, but come back to beat M's
  • Mike bk

    you mean 3 hr’s for montero

    • Mike bk

      to be clear i was referring to your summary of his last 30 ab’s

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

        Yeah, thanks. My bad.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    so I’m going to cop out and just point you to the box score.

    Pulling an A-Rod and passing the baton. Weak, Mike. Weak.

    • Jack

      Mike seemed way too happy to post that link. Choker.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        LOL. IETCVM.

  • Reggie C.

    What’s the chances for Arodys Vizcaino to see some time in the Charleston rotation before the end of the season? He doesnt seem to have much trouble putting hitters away so far in SS ball.

    • Bill

      Wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a promotion. Marshall will probably be shut down within the month at which point Charleston will need a new starter and if you’re looking at the SS rotation Vizcaino is the obvious choice.

  • donttradecano

    ETA on Montero? Is mid-2010 out of the question?

    • V

      I really have no clue.

      Defense wise, they have an excuse to keep him down til 2011, but if the bat’s there… I’m not sure the Yankees would keep him down if there’s a potential of an Albert Pujols/Miguel Cabrera rookie impact with the bat.

      • My Pet Goat

        Seriously, what kind of hitter can this kid be? What kind of floor does a teenager that hits like this have? I don’t even want to talk ceiling.

        • Salty Buggah

          I think mike once said in a chat that Matt Stairs is worst-case scenario.

          • Zach

            If you’re talking about his Oakland days then thats not bad at all

            • My Pet Goat

              Still, a nice cold shower with that comp.

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

                No, that wasn’t a comp, that was a worst-case.

                Stairs isn’t what he’s likely to be, it’s his floor.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mo has disciplined and mentored Jesus to get him to this point but he proclaims that Jesus has plenty to learn before he reaches bliss.

  • A.D.

    Shitty news on Kontos, was having a real nice year.

    • whozat

      I know. I was hoping to see him in the pen when Hughes returns to starting.

      Kennedy, Kontos, Garcia…these were all guys I thought could contribute this season, and they’re all down with injury. Who else is left, other than Melancon and the guys who’ve been tried and failed?

      • whozat

        Oh, Horne too. That’s another guy I thought could be there for pen help in the second half, and he’s also been laid low by injury.

  • V

    Montero’s now at .304/.377/.478. As the youngest active player in AA. In a pitcher’s park.

    Damn.

  • Ivan

    Montero the best yankee hitting prospect in years. Probably since Nick Johnson.

    Hey Mike how would you compare Montero as a prospect to Nick Johnson when he was a prospect? Who was the better overall prospect in your overall opinion?

    • Bo

      It ain’t hard to be the best Yankees hitting prospect in years since they havent had an all star since Soriano come thru the system. That’s on the development people.

      • Kyle

        Robinson Cano says hi

        • zack

          Cano was not a hitting prospect at all…

          • Kyle

            Was more commenting on the “all star since Soriano come thru the system” looking back at 2006

  • Yanke1313

    Melky Mesa is finally showing some tools. I love it. 17 homers.

  • Zach

    Could a team pick Kontos, put him on the 60day DL all next year, then put him in the minors?

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

      Yes, but I believe the R5 rules then apply the next year when he’s healthy.

      • Zach

        oh so he’d have to stay up in the majors all of 2011 or get sent back? doubt he’ll get picked then

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

          Yep. I could be wrong, but I believe that’s how I works. I know there’s something in place to prevent teams from getting a free pass like that.

          • http://statspeak.net dan

            You are correct. I can’t find a link or anything, but I know the rule you’re talking about.

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

    Montero/Pujols comparisons out of the question yet?

    • whozat

      …seriously?

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

        No ;)

    • handtius

      wait till AAA i’d say.

      • Zach

        or wait til he hits .330 with 40hrs in the majors

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

          I know, I know

        • handtius

          No need for that, he is Jesus, the son of Mo. AAA will be enough to anoint him the Greatest Ever.

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

          Or 30 home runs in 78 games. Albert Pujols is on pace to top Roger Maris.

          • Zach

            imagine if he had real protection behind him

          • handtius

            Wasn’t Alex on that pace too a few years back… 2007, he had 28 through the end of June

        • Drew

          9 yrs in a row. lol

    • chriskeo

      Montero is only in AA so that could be his ceiling, so at this point its possible, don’t bet on it though

    • Salty Buggah

      I will be the happiest guy the world if he’s anything close to Pujols, who BTW hit his 29th and 30th HRs today.

      • whozat

        Man, that guy is just ridiculous. And he’s been playing with a messed up elbow ligament for YEARS.

        • Salty Buggah

          I still don’t know why he gets pitched to. It’s like there’s a Manny or even a Cano behind him (Like Big Papi).

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

          My favorite Pujols stat is that he leads the NL in AVG, HR and RBI since the 2000 season, even though he didn’t start playing until 2001.

          • whozat

            “HR and RBI since the 2000 season, even though he didn’t start playing until 2001.”

            …just wow.

            • RollingWave

              My god, really? this span included the best hitting season EVER by a baseball player. (Bonds)

    • Reggie C.

      I can’t dream that kind of dream.

      I do envision Montero putting up close Jim Thome-like numbers in his prime. That’s best case scenario in my head , and terribly unfair right now, but Montero could be an anchor in the lineup as an All-Star caliber DH.

      • Bo

        Way to put absurd expectations on this kid. Why not just compare him to Babe Ruth while you’re at it?

    • Bill

      Yes, any comparisons of anyone to Pujols are simply absurd. The guy is beyond good. Its not a diss on Montero, but no one on the face of the planet compares to Pujols. He’s one of the best players you’ll ever see in your lifetime.

  • DreDog

    Montero’s gotta be one of the best pure hitting prospects in all of the minors, right?

    What do you think Mike?

    I mean Lars Anderson was getting much love 6 months ago.

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

      I agree, he’s definitely one of the ten or so best pure hitters in the minors.

  • Buddy

    Please stop with the Pujols comparisons…. Hitters like Pujols come around every 20 years.

    I’m praying to Mo he can be close to Texiera…

    • Salty Buggah

      That would be awesome too.

    • DreDog

      Or every other year depending on which “era” you are talking about.

    • Dela G

      a-rod was doing this before pujols came along…

      as was manram

      • Bo

        He’s a catcher. Be glad if hes even in the same ballpark as Posada.

  • Ivan

    When Jesus Montero signed, he was considered the best international hitting prospect in years since Miguel Cabrera. So I think he can certainly be a very special hitter.

  • Drew

    So tired of friggin rainouts… Seems like Scranton is always rained out.

    • chriskeo

      Does anyone know how many rainouts they have had, even if they were made up, useless stat if you even consider it a stat.

    • Rick in Boston

      Just feel bad for the grounds crew and front office staff – each rainout means at least twice pulling the tarp off the field to drain it and putting it back out. It’s a lot harder than the crews in the majors make it out to be.

  • Drew

    Is De Caster alread with Scranton? Will we be seeing him in the lineup tomorrow?

  • Tom Zig

    Hey Mike, what does Jeremy Bleich project to be?

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

      Mid-rotation guy.

  • CB

    Losing Kontos to TJ hurts this year because they can no longer trade him. If they want to make a major trade mid-season for a Street, etc. Kontos likely would have been an important piece in any deal.

    He was good trade chip and could have made a nice second player in a major trade. He was having a very good year. That’s really too bad.

    • Grandma Karkan

      I like Kontos but if your talking about a Street trade, then barring a Hughes type first chip, Kontos would more than likely been an ok 3rd piece throw in.

      • CB

        Street is due for an enormous raise this winter when he goes to arbitration. He’s a valuable guy but that’s going to weigh down his value in the trade market.

        It’s not going to take Hughes type guy to get Street, never mind Hughes plus other talent. McCallister as the first guy in the trade with Kontos pre-injury would have been a very good foundation for a trade for Street for example.

        And even if Kontos would be the third guy in the trade, losing him to TJ still hurts.

        The main point I was trying to make is that Kontos primary value to the yankees is likely to be as an asset to trade and losing that asset now hurts this team this season. It’s not an insurmountable loss but they’ll need to replace him in a package. Instead of trading Kontos they may now need to trade Nova, for example.

        • Bo

          Who cares about the raise he’d get in arb? This are the Yankees not the Pirates. Them worrying about that would be a pure negotiating ploy to get the price of prospects down.

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

            Bo, do you even read the comments you’re replying to?

            He wasn’t talking about the Yankees caring about his impending arb raise. He was talking about the rest of baseball caring about his impending arb raise.

            His comment

            ————

            Your head

        • Bill

          I agree, but McCallister and Kontos would’ve been a terrible deal for us. I like Street, but I wouldn’t deal Z-Mach for a reliever. Plus Street probably isn’t even available anymore as the Rockies are right in the wild card race.

          I think we should look at dealing for a guy like Valverde instead. If we pick up most of his remaining salary we won’t have to give up nearly as much as we would for someone like Street. Especially since Valverde is a free agent after this year.

  • Peter Lacock

    Was in Erie tonight. It’s a credit to the quality of the drainage system and groundscrew in Erie as it poured into the afternoon just hours before gametime. Streets were closed with flooding and there was 5 inches of rain in a something like 6 or 8 hours from early am until about 2 pm.
    Bleich looked pretty good early but he was a little wild and not overpowering. He seemed to tire and they got to him in the 6th and hit him hard. I saw no reason why Montero can’t be a C. Erie did some running and had a couple steals but Bleich has to work on his move and Jesus did throw a guy out. He looked quick behind the plate and he has a quick bat at the plate.