Montero picks up a hit in AA debut


Two years ago today on DotF, Mitch Hilligoss’ South Atlantic League record 38-game hit streak came to an end.

Chad Jennings spoke to farm director Mark Newman about a ton of things, so check it out. Dellin Betances is a week or two away from returning, but neither Bradley Suttle or Jairo Heredia will be back anytime soon.

Triple-A Scranton was washed out. I’m guessing they’ll play two tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (8-0 win over Bowie)
Justin Snyder, Kevin Smith & Marcos Vechionacci: all 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Snyder doubled, drew a walk & K’ed … Smith K’ed three times … Vech doubled & K’ed
Colin Curtis & James Cooper: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Curtis hit a solo & scored another run … Cooper drew a walk & scored a run
Chris Malec: 1 for 5, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Noah Hall: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Mike Ashmore has video of his first AA at-bat & his first AA hit
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 Balk, 4-6 GB/FB – best start since his first outing of the year
Kanekoa Texeira: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-1 GB/FB – his second 2+ IP save in the last four days

High-A Tampa (6-1 loss to Jupiter)
Jack Rye, Brian Baisley & Tommy Baldridge: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Baldridge threw a runner out at second from RF
Eric Fryer: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Romine, Damon Sublett & Matt Cusick: all 0 for 4 – Romine K’ed twice, Sublett once … Romine allowed a stolen base
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Walt Ibarra: 1 for 3, 1 R
Ryan Zink: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-6 GB/FB – 12 ER allowed in his last 14 IP
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K , 1 HB, 1-3 GB/FB
Craig Heyer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Savannah in 12 innings)
Jose Pirela & Addison Maruszak: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Pirela scored a run & K’ed … Maruszak scored a run
Dan Brewer, David Adams & Neall French: both 2 for 6 – Brewer drove in a run & K’ed … French K’ed
Melky Mesa: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 2 K
Taylor Grote & Mike Lyon: both 1 for 5, 1 R - Grote K’ed thrice, Lyon once
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K
Brett Marshall: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 9-8 GB/FB - longest outing for his young career
Corey Arbiso: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Here’s to many more, Jesus!

    Seriously, why is Venditte still at Charleston?

  2. Accent Shallow says:

    Mini Tex is uninspiring.

    Glad to see Marshall getting outs, although you’d like to see a better K-rate. Eh, he has the stuff, so I suppose the K-rate will come. He’s still a kid.

  3. Drew says:

    lol at the music they played for Jesus’s first AB.

  4. An important thing to note is that Dellin is comimg back from a forearm strain (per Jennings’s post), so that is something to monitor.

    (Also…shameless plug…I have a new politics blog going up within the next couple of days, so if you like that stuff, just head on over and click on the link on my name.)

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Do we know what the deal is with Jairo Heredia? The only information I can find says he’s on the DL and unlikely to come off soon.

  6. A.D. says:

    De La Rosa getting this pitching thing down.

  7. Steve H says:

    So I guess Montero calls a good game like the Captain Tek?

  8. Bryan G says:

    I am surprised that WDLR’s stuff seems so much better as a starter than when he was in relief last year. All the Scouting books call him a future reliever…is everybody just out of date on this kid?

    • whozat says:

      How do you know anything about his stuff?

    • Jeffrey says:

      I doubt he can move through the system that quickly. His catching skills need to catch up to his hitting. I think its worth the wait for him to get the work in if he could be a true successor to Posada. His only other chance to make it to the majors faster is if he can learn to play the corner OF or if they need a DH.

  9. VO says:

    I know its pushing it because he just got called up to AA, but what’s the chances of Montero reaching AAA this year?

    • Doug says:

      don’t think he’ll reach SWB this year, but if he continues to hit at trenton, i think he’ll open next season up there

    • Steve H says:

      I’d say pretty small. AA is where most of the better prospects spend most of their time, and if Molina comes back and Cervelli goes down, they won’t move Montero just to platoon again. Guess it could happen late in the year, but I doubt he’ll get any extended time in AAA this year.

    • Drew says:

      If he continues raking and walking I’d say the chances are pretty damn good.

      • emac2 says:

        Thank you!

        If they decide he is just going to DH and he hits well enough and if the team needs him there is no reason not to allow him to earn a job in the majors late this year.

        It’s not like they play 200 feet in the air with no nets in the big leagues.

        He shoudn’t be rushed but he doesn’t need to be protected as though a square of rough toilet paper will ruin his bat.

    • james says:

      No way they push him that fast. He’s still 19. He’ll be in AA for the rest of the year.

    • Mike Ashmore says:

      No, no, no, a thousand times no. Him being in Trenton is pushing a bit, so Scranton would just be kind of crazy.

  10. So they promoted Montero, can they promote Venditte?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      Forget Venditte, Melvin picked up his first save, but only struck out 1. His lack of strikeouts are a worry.

  11. manimal says:

    where did the Tampa offense go? Oh, right. Almost forgot.

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