All Montero, all the time


One year ago today on DotF, High-A Tampa rallied for six runs in the final inning for a walk-off win over Dunedin.

Yes, I know Austin Jackson didn’t play tonight. And no, I don’t think it’s because he’s being called up. The kid is 7 for his last 38 (.184) with eight strikeouts in his last 21 at bats. It’s most likely just a day off to regroup.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Toledo)
Kevin Russo, Shelley Duncan & Yurendell DeCaster: all 1 for 4 – Russo scored a run & K’ed … DeCaster doubled
Ramiro Pena: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – played CF as well
Colin Curtis & Frankie Cervelli: both 0 for 4 - Curtis was caught stealing … Cervelli K’ed twice
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 BB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1-9 GB/FB – 75 of 119 pitches were strikes (63%) … SWB’s staff is stretched real thin, so they had to keep sending him back out there to take the beating
Amaury Sanit: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 22 of 36 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Edwar Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 10 of 15 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-2 loss to Harrisburg)
Austin Krum: 2 for 4
Reegie Corona: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Eduardo Nunez & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 4
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – A
Chris Malec & Richie Robnett: both 1 for 4 – Malec committed a fielding error … Robnett K’ed twice
Jeremy Bleich: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-9 GB/FB – 22 BB in 33.1 IP in AA and 22 BB in 79.1 IP with Hi-A
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Charlotte)
Dan Brewer: 1 for 4, 1 R
Matt Cusick, Seth Fortenberry, Jack Rye & Luis Nunez: all 0 for 3 – Cusick, Rye & Nunez each K’ed once, Fortenberry thrice
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 8 for his last 20 (.400)
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – just his 8th homer of the year after launching 23 last year
David Adams: 1 for 3, 1 CS
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 12-1 GB/FB – 103-31 K/BB with a GB/FB ratio north of 2.50
Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-8 loss to West Virginia, walk-off style)
Jose Pirela & Tommy Baldridge: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Pirela drew a walk … Baldridge doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
Abe Almonte & Addison Maruszak: both 0 for 4 – Almonte drew a walk & scored a run … Maruszak was hit by a pitch
Corban Joseph: 3 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – dude is 18 for his last 27 (.667) and has reached base in 24 of his last 33 plate appearances (.727 OBP) … that’s insane
Melky Mesa: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Taylor Grote: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 5, 1 R
Jeff Farnham: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 3-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … he’s at 98.1 IP right now, so expect him to start working shorter stints or be shut down all together pretty soon
Gabriel Tatis: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Jeff Williams: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (10-8 loss to Brooklyn) it’s a miracle the game was this close considering they committed seven (!!!) errors
Jimmy Paredes: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 4 (two fielding & two throwing) – first four error game in the four year history of DotF
Zoilo Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Neil Medchill, Kyle Higashioka & Luke Murton: all 2 for 4 – Medchill hit a two run jack & scored twice … Higashioka doubled, drove in a run, drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed … Murton homered & drove in two
DeAngelo Mack & Rob Lyerly: both 2 for 5, 1 R  – Mack tripled & drove in a run … Lyerly K’ed & committed a fielding error
Emerson Landoni: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
Francisco Santana: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Sean Black: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-7 GB/FB – only 3 K in 13.2 IP … SSS obviously
Mike Solbach: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Griffin Bailey: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB – 20-17 K/BB ratio in 19.2 IP
Ryan Flanney: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks enjoyed their regularly scheduled Sunday off day.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. suppository says:

    who’s going to get sent up if not ajax?

  2. Miles Roche says:

    CoJo heating up.
    I like. . .

  3. Drew says:

    K-man with a gritty gutty performance today. heh

    I was thinking about this earlier, is it possible that Jesus is the biggest surprise on the farm this year? I mean, we all knew he was going to be really good in Tampa. Most of us also probably thought that he would eventually hit Trenton and also perform well. What he’s done has gone far and beyond any expectations I’ve had for him and thus has been my biggest surprise.

    • Mike bk says:

      i think you certainly have a case there but others would be in contention. Mitchell, Phelps, Man-Ban, maybe even Z-Mac all have to have exceeded expectations for this season.

  4. Mike bk says:

    medchill to charleston?
    cojo to tampa?

    man-ban gets shut down at 110, 120?

    what is causing bleich’s increased bb’s? fatigue or trying to be too fine?

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Who are the best prospects on the Staten Island team?

    Going to see them tomorrow…

  6. AndrewYF says:

    ‘A’? Are you assigning letter grades to Montero’s performance now?

  7. Adam says:

    biggest surprises for me are betances/brackman. people have growing pains but my god sooooo much potential. atleast brackmans logging innings without massive injury and that is actually the most important thing he could have done this year. next year is put up or shut up tiome for dellin too much time on the DL

    • Robten says:

      One has to assume that Betances’s difficulties with injury stem from his height and learning to repeat his delivery. Unfortunately, if he can’t learn to repeat his delivery, it will not make sense to consider moving him to the bullpen, or he will most likely end up, at best, a more-injured Veras (hard-thrower, poor control, awkward delivery). Given his age and his ceiling, and that he has shown the ability to put it together, I think one has to put up with the inconsistency and injury problems and let him keep trying as a starter for as long as possible.

      In the case of Brackman, I am guessing that it is a similar situation–namely, finding and repeating his mechanics (thus the problems with control and velocity). Given that the mechanical issue is compounded with his coming back from TJ surgery, and that he has pitched relatively few innings between college and the minors, it is probably the case that he is more fatigued than anything else. As you say, as long as he gets innings this year without any sign of serious injury, it should count positively towards his development.

      • Tremont says:

        Loss of velocity isn’t typically related to mechanics. In fact, cleaner mechanics often result in LOSS of velocity. Bad mechanics result in injuries and control problems.

        • Doug says:

          so what if you have loss of velocity AND control problems

          • Lanny says:

            Brackman was a waste of a pick. More importantly is why did they sign him to a major league contract and waste a 40 man spot?

            Totally ridiculous

            • JGS says:

              Because Scott Boras is pure evil, that’s why

            • steve (different one) says:

              you can argue about the major league contract, that’s a valid complaint, but calling it a “waster of a pick” is absurd.

              • Malcard89 says:

                absolutely correct. brackman had 1st round talent with many risks, but a major league contract is simply ridiculous considering just 1 year ago, joba chamberlain and betances had been drafted, both arguably superior talents, not to mention the latter is 3 years younger, for LESS money.

                im fine with the brackman pick, but what kind of genius do u have to be at the negotiating table to bring up the points i just made and simply give him a minor league deal?

              • RollingWave says:

                +1 on this, going high risk is fine. but not with a deal like that.

            • V says:

              So, who did YOU, Lanny, want to draft in that slot? No benefit of hindsight allowed.

  8. Miles Roche says:

    Farnham? Who’s this dude? Draftee?

    • Mike bk says:

      yea. he is only up there cause of weems temporary leave or at least that was why he went from gcl to charleston i believe.

  9. Charlie says:

    Enough with Pena playing CF, look at the kid. He’s getting better every day, has a great glove at short, held his own in the majors for a while and is even developing some power. it seems like he has a legitamite shot to be a starting ML shortstop.

    • Doug says:

      consensus is that he doesn’t have a major league bat. glove yes, but not the lumber.

    • andrew says:

      He’s already got the glove to be a ML ss, playing CF is not hindering him from doing that. His bat is the only thing stopping him.

    • Mike bk says:

      i dont think adding positional flexibility will hurt pena at all…just look at guys like figgins.

    • Spaceman.Spiff says:

      He might have a legitimate shot to be a starting shortstop for a bad team but I doubt the Yankees will ever put a guy that is all glove and no bat as their starting shortstop unless his bat really accelerates in development.

    • Tony says:

      The guy has never even hit in the minors. What makes you think he’s going to become a viable everyday guy in the majors?

      • Charlie says:

        Well he’s hitting now, and he’s only 24, so its not like he couldn’t just be a late bloomer. the fact that he was decent in the majors (yes, in a SSS), has a great glove, and seems to be becoming a better hitter makes me think he has a chance to become a viable everyday guy in the majors.

  10. A.D. says:

    The kid is 7 for his last 38 (.184) with eight strikeouts in his last 21 at bats. It’s most likely just a day off to regroup.

    Calling Cervelli up seemed to work just fine, but I agree, I doubt it.

  11. steve says:

    montero is seriously putting up a case for minor league player of the year

  12. A.D. says:

    Mitchell has just been a buzzsaw.

  13. Jake H says:

    Montero is a beast! The farm is doing pretty good this year. I would like to see them bring Romine up to challenge him.

  14. Accent Shallow says:

    I can’t believe there were that many errors and Angelini didn’t play.

  15. Trent says:

    By the way, I believe that Robinson Cano was a career .280+ hitter in the minors and he seems to be hitting pretty well in the majors. Correct me if I’m wrong. I’m sure someone will, but my point is that just because Ramiro Pena is not hitting .300 in the minors does not mean he won’t hit anything in the majors. I think he has the makings of a starting SS somewhere. Even if he hits .265 somewhere, that’s better than some starters I’m sure. Not to mention he is a switch hitter.

    • Tremont says:

      Sorry for posting twice below. Pena’s career minor league OPS is .637. Cano’s was .756.

    • A.D. says:

      Cano was always considered a prospect with the tools, just had to put it together. Pena doesn’t have the raw offensive tool, but of course he could put it together, it’s just unlikely.

      Sure Pena could be a starter right now, he could easily do offensively what Nick Punto does or what Brendan Harris does. So yes he could start in MLB, but is that really going to be enough offense for the Yanks, who have gotten accustomed to the offensive production of Jeter over the past 10 years.

      Net in net Pena might be a starter, but I’m not sure its for the Yanks.

      • KG Sturnz0r - Camilo Gerardo says:

        we swept the season series vs the twins, but that isn’t enough, is it? You had to bring the middle infielders into it

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Fine opinion, but I don’t see it. I’m thinking backup at best.

  16. Tremont says:

    You aren’t necessarily wrong, but Cano was always fairly young for his level. Cano was two years ahead of Pena’s pace.

  17. Tremont says:

    You aren’t necessarily wrong, but Cano was always fairly young for his level. Cano was two years ahead of Pena’s pace.

  18. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Montero is a monster.

  19. 27 this year says:

    With all the talk of Pena today, what about the commentors at mlbtr saying that trading JJ Hardy for Washburn straight up is a good deal. Either that tells me that Washburn is going to cost a lot or Hardy isn’t that good but I thought he could be a possible Jeter replacement. Someone want to kindly tell wtf is going on?

  20. A.D. says:

    Is there any word on McAllister’s injury?

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