GCL Yanks walk off with a win

2009 Homerun Derby Thread
Pondering the addition of a veteran starter

Sergio Mitre was named International League Pitcher of the Week. Meanwhile, Jesus Montero was asked what the biggest challenge going from A-ball to Double-A in an interview at the Futures Game, and he replied “nothing.” How awesome is that?

If you still have any interest in watching the paint dry the Homerun Derby, scroll down and talk about it here.

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All Star break.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Connecticut)
Austin Krum: 0 for 3, 1 RBI
Reegie Corona: 0 for 4, 2 K
Eduardo Nunez, Jorge Vazquez, Chris Malec & Noah Hall: all 1 for 4 – Nunez scored a run … Vazquez drove in a run … Malec doubled … Hall K’ed
Richie Robnett: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR,1 RBI, 1 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K
RJ Baker: 0 for 3, 1 K – he allowed two stolen bases, but he gunned down three others
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Josh Schmidt: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 3 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 3-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-2 loss to Dunedin)
Dan Brewer & Mitch Hiligoss: both 0 for 4 – Hit Streak swiped a bag & K’ed
Austin Romine, Brandon Laird & Walt Ibarra: all 0 for 3 – Romine drew a walk, allowed two stolen bases, threw out another baserunner & K’ed three times … Laird drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
David Adams: 1 for 3, 1 2B
Craig Heyer: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-3 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 23-19 K/BB ratio in 33.2 IP isn’t going to get it done
Tim Norton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston‘s game has been stuck at the start of the ninth inning for a good half hour now. I have no idea what’s up, but you’re not missing anything. Here’s the box score.

Short Season Staten Island had a scheduled off day.

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-4 win over GCL Blue Jays in 11 innings, walk-off style)
Ramon Flores: 0 for 4, 2 BB, 2 K
Jose Toussen, Mitch Delaney & Jhorge Liccien: all 1 for 4 – Toussen walked, drove in the winning run with a walk-off sace fly & K’ed twice … Delaney doubled, drove in a run & walked … Liccien scored a run & K’ed twice
Kevin Mahoney: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – 10 of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases
Kelvin DeLeon: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Eduardo Sosa: 0 for 5
Jose Mojica: 1 for 5, 1 E (fielding)
Brett Smith: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Dickie Marquez: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3-1 GB/FB
Mikey O’Brien: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-3 GB/FB – 11-1 K/BB ratio in 10 IP
Julian Arballo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

2009 Homerun Derby Thread
Pondering the addition of a veteran starter
  • Dela G

    does deangelo mack project to be anything good other than that youtube HR that went over the buses?

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice outing for Whelan. Wonder if he’ll be in the relief mix? (Of course, per the MLE calculator on minorleaguesplits.com, his current walk rate of ~5/9 translates to 7.47/9 if he were promoted. Yikes!)

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    So, is the GCL Yankees the team to be most excited about at this point, or is it Trenton with Montero and ZMac?

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

      One has the Jesus.

      The other has Dickie.

      I think the answer is pretty clear.

  • Ivan

    Montero was one cocky motherfucker……….I like that.

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

    DeLeon: Impressive.

    • Chris

      I still can’t get past the fact that Montero is less than a year older than DeLeon.

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

        …When you put it that way…

        • A.D.

          Until De Leon rakes at AAA next year.

          …we can dream

  • Miles Roche

    Ha ha, 4 errors for Hickory (vs. Charleston) in the bottom of the 8th — 2 apiece for the SS and the RF.

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

      I once went to a MiL game in Syracuse where ‘Cuse had 10, yes 10 errors.

      • Miles Roche

        Wow, but did they commit 4 in an inning? Lol.

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

          I can’t actually remember.

      • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos
        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Well that’s good, he wont become a Red Suck!

        • pat

          Eh whatever we’ll see what happens when he’s 30.

        • Luis Polonia


    • Miles Roche

      Ha haaaaaaaaaa!!!
      And the shit parade continues: 5th error in the inning, this one on the pitcher.

      When it rains it pours. . .

      • Miles Roche

        And Mike said we’re not missing anything. . .

  • Doug

    any chance of a promotion for mr. whelan?

    last 5 games: 11 2/3 scoreless, 4 hits, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts

    • Doug

      probably most impressive is only 1 HR give up in 50 2/3 innings on the season

  • crawdaddie

    What has always held back Whelan besides some injuries is him walking people.

  • YankeeFan

    Mike, has Kelvin lived up to expectations through 60ABs stateside so far? Also does anyone remember, with Montero and Kelvin, which one was more highly regarded when they signed in their respective years?

    • Reggie C.

      Jesus Montero was the preeminent signing of the 2006 international class. DeLeon signed a year later to much less fanfare, but he was the best signing of our crop. That class featured a couple better players, but DeLeon was good signing. I’m glad to see him stateside finally, and hitting quite well. He’s got one of the most projectable bats of any OF in the system. It’ll be fun to see Heathcott and DeLeon go up the ladder together.

  • Miles Roche

    Ballgame over. Charleston wins it 7-3, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th courtesy of 5 Hickory errors in the inning.

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

    So De Leon. Tearing it up at 18 in the GCL. Move him up to Staten Island or no?

    • YankeeFan

      I’d give him another 30-40 ABs and if he continues to hitting .300+ then definitely send him to SI and hopefully Medchill continues to hit during that span and maybe send him to Charleston?

    • Max

      Not a lot of room in the lower levels for OFs. Justin Milo just got moved to SI because he couldn’t get ABs in the GCL. I like the idea of challenging prospects, but De Leon might be better off starting all year in the GCL.

    • Rick in Boston

      Nah, leave him where he is. Success at that age in the GCL is great for his confidence. Let him stay there for now, work on adapting him to the US some more, then unleash him on the Sally next year.

    • Doug

      Another vote for leaving him where he is, esp. with 21 Ks in 60 ABs

  • YankeeFan

    Also, what’s the deal with Yeico Calderon playing for DSL1 rather than DSL2? I thought DSL2 was considered for the better prospects and Calderon is certainly one once Yankees signed him in the IFA signing period last summer. He was ranked #7 in SaberScouting and is considered a power-hitting rightfielder from the left side. Comp was Cliff Floyd.

    He was 3 for 4 again today with 3 runs scored and a stolen base. On the season in 96 at-bats, he’s only hitting .406 with an OBP of .516 and OPSing at a 1.047 clip.

    Maybe we can have a domino effect of moves soon and send Calderon to the states for the GCL, move De Leon to SI, and Medchill to Charleston? Or is there another reason why Calderon is stuck over in the DSL? .406 in 96ABs is pretty hard to ignore no matter the competition.

    • Rick in Boston

      I doubt they’ll move anyone else from the DSL this year. IIRC there’s a limit on the number of visas each MLB has for their minor leaguers. And while the rule has probably relaxed a bit, at this point teams won’t make too many lower-level roster moves unless someone is too old for the league.

      Let’s not forget that Heathcott and Murphy still need roster spots, as do rehabbing players. There’s only approx. 6 weeks left in the minor league season (Labor Day is the last day of the season), so at this point leaving players at their current stops is probably the best. But, I could see Turley getting pushed to SI for the NYP Playoffs if SI qualifies.

      • Game-On

        I would bet Richardson, Ramirez or OBrien would go to SI before Turley.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Melky II had his 17th outfield assist last night. Why do teams keep running on him?

  • ColoYank

    Jairo Heredia sighting:


    I bet, with as out-of-touch as I’ve been, I’m coming really late to this party.