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In case you missed the news, Jesus Montero is done for the year with a fractured finger. Mike Ashmore says he may still play in the Arizona Fall League, which I believe was probably going to happen anyway.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 win over Pawtucket)
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 1, 1 K – ejected for arguing balls & strikes in the first
Eric Duncan: 2 for 3
Colin Curtis & Yurendell DeCaster: both 1 for 4 – Curtis doubled & K’ed … DeCaster drove in a run
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 1 CS – 4 for his last 10, so he’s starting to come around
Shelley Duncan & Frankie Cervelli: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Shelley walked … Cervelli picked a guy off first with a snap throw
Juan Miranda & John Rodriguez: both 1 for 3 – Miranda walked intentionally … J-Rod doubled & K’ed twice
Doug Bernier: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Towers: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 11-7 GB/FB – 57 of 96 pitches were strikes (59.4%)
Damaso Marte: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 10 of 20 pitches were strikes … his rehab assignment is up two weeks from today
Jon Albaladejo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 7 of 9 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (7-5 loss to Altoona) this is one sorry lineup without Montero & Jorge Vazquez
Austin Krum: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Chris Malec: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – on pace to have more K than BB for this first time in his career this year
Richie Robnett: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Kyle Anson: 1 for 2, 1 BB – he & PJ Pillitere will be filling in behind the dish for Montero
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 1 for 4, 1 R
Ryan Pope: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-8 GB/FB – he’s been getting hit around for two months now … not good
Kanekoa Texeira: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-7 loss to Jupiter)
Dan Brewer: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 K – left the game for grounding out in the 6th for no apparent reason
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 1, 1 R, 1 K – struck out with the tying run in scoring position to end the game
Matt Cusick & David Adams: both 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Adams stole a base
Damon Sublett & Jose Gil: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Sublett scored a run … Gil drove one in
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Smith: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K – 0 for his last 14
Luis Nunez: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jack Rye: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
Austin Romine: 0 for 1, 1 K – struck out in a pinch hitting appearance in the ninth
Hector Noesi: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5-4 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – eek
Brad Rulon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – allowed two inherited runners to score

Low-A Charleston was rained out. They’re going to play a pair tomorrow.

Short Season Staten Island (11-4 win over Aberdeen)
Zoilo Almonte, DeAngelo Mack & Luke Murton: all 2 for 5, 1 R – Almonte doubled, drove in a run & threw a runner out at third from RF … Mack drove in two & scored a run … Murton doubled, homered, drove in four & K’ed
Hector Rabago: 1 for 5, 1 R
Neil Medchill: 1 for 3, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Kyle Higashioka: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – 14 for his last 37 (.378)
Kelvin Castro: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4
Francisco Santana: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB – 7 for his last 27 (.259), which is a big improvement over how he was hitting before that
Arodys Vizcaino: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4-5 GB/FB – 51-15 K/BB ratio in 41.2 IP
Paul Patterson: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Ben Watkins: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB

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

Open Thread: A little Melky magic
Yanks offense turns table on ChiSox for finale victory
  • Dela G

    AJAX was 4 for his Last 1?

    wow hes amazing!

    ;)

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

      Yeah yeah yeah, fixed now.

      • pat

        4/18 is still pretty bad though.

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

          Yeah, because I typed it in wrong again. Now it’s fixed.

          • pat

            Heh, .400 is muuuch nicer.

          • whozat

            Two strikes, Axisa. You might want to start keeping it simple.

      • Dela G

        mike, you know how i like to rib ya ;)

    • jd

      Kei Igawa’s avg against lefties is .179. why not move him to pen and make him a lefty specialist?

      • Bill

        Sadly he is the next in line for a spot in the ML rotation if there is an injury or Mitre continues to do terribly. Although the organization will do everything to avoid it coming to that.

        In terms of getting some use out of him we probably should move him to the bullpen at some point. I mean unless we have to he isn’t going to get another chance to start and he isn’t going to do anything with it if he does. Might as well see if he isn’t completely useless out of the pen.

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

    Arodys’ ceiling? projection?

    • pat

      Ace. Big arm, very good curve, developing change and killer instincts. He’s gonna jump into the top 10 this time next year.

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

        SWEET

      • Bill

        Yep. He’s arguably the top pitching prospect in our system right now. As he has a higher ceiling than guys like McCallister and Banuelos and is performing at much higher levels than high potential guys like Brackman and Betances.

        I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see him in Charleston in the near future and would be very surprised if he didn’t at least finish the year there.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      Ben Badler called him the best pitching prospect in the Yanks organization.

  • zs190

    Nice to see Higashioka heating up a bit. And Arodys is probably the prospect I’m paying most attention to now that Montero is down. Pitching wise he’s the only high upside guy we have that has been healthy all year and he’s been all kind of awesome. Still only 18 and dominating down there with great stuff (sits low 90’s, touch 94, and I think most people say he has a plus curveball already), probably our best pitching prospect (ZMac is safer since he’s already pitching really well in AA, but not much upside since he’s all filled out already)

    • JMK

      Has Banuelos been injured?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Mike so What happen if Marte Not Ready ?

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

      No idea. They’ll probably make up another injury to keep him on the DL.

      • barry

        I guess Pitt really won out on that trade… both players acquired really aren’t performing. Red Sox really ripped off Pitt, guess they’re the new Evil Red Empire.

        • whozat

          When? The Red Sox gave up Manny Ramirez and some arms to get Jason Bay.

          Besides, Nady was very good for the Yanks down the stretch last year. And what, Ross Ohlendorf is a piece that they’re really missing? Tabata has been mediocre or on the DL all year.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            To be fair, Tabata’s had a pretty decent year and just hit AAA.

  • Manimal

    Where does Higashioka rank among the other catchers in the farm?

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

      Third behind Montero and Romine. Once JR Murphy signs, he’ll be fourth.

    • zs190

      Probably our 3rd best catcher prospect behind Montero and Romine until we get to see Gary Sanchez. Athletic guy that is supposed to be a good defender and potentially can hit a little too.

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

    This is the first time I’ve heard about the Jesus. My year is more or less ruined.

    • pat

      Hah, it’s not all bad dude. Fingers tend to heal very nicely. This will give him a little break before the AzFL so he doesn’t get too burnt out. It could be ALOT worse.

    • Reggie C.

      This news actually forces me to look at the other catchers in the season. Romine’s been nothing great this past month, but he’s settled into a fine season. I wonder if the plan is to take him to AA , since Montero is gonna lose a month’s worth of games and is himself looking at starting 2010 in AA.

      I can’t wait to see JR Murphy signed. I wonder if its possible that Murphy and ‘Shioka start off at Low-A next season as a platoon; i’ve read the glowing BA write-up on Murphy.

  • Steve H

    Wouldn’t Towers be next in line before Igawa at this point, if Mitre continues to suck or someone else gets hurt (which won’t happen!)?

    • zs190

      Advanced stats hate Towers, command guy with fringy stuff and puts a lot of balls in play. With the way we’ve played defense lately, I’m not convinced he’s going to fare any better than Mitre. But yeah, he might be the first option out of Hirsh, him, and Igawa.

  • Reggie C.

    Poor Angellini. The young man is actually hitting worse now in SS ball than in his Charleston days. This season is the death blow to his prospect status. At least Pirela has turned in a solid season at the plate. Though Pirela’s slugging is nothing to go crazy over, the fact that his OBP is sitting slightly ABOVE .380 is damn impressive. I havent heard much of his defensive abilities … but do we possibly have another Ramiro Pena here?

    • KG Sturnz0r – Camilo Gerardo

      If you haven’t heard about a low minors MI’s defense, chances are that is a good thing!

    • Charlie

      not really, i think pirela’s supposed to be a better hitter than fielder.

    • Bill

      Pirela has basically had the season that we all hoped Angelini would have. Unfortunately Angelini has been absolutely dreadful. As for Pirela’s potential his bat his better than Pena’s, but his defense isn’t quite as good but has improved a lot. After signing many weren’t sure if he would stick, but he has made some strides over the past few years defensively and is now a good bet to both stick at the position and be at least an average defender there. His arm is very good (good enough for 3B or OF)and he has solid lateral movement. He’s also done a pretty decent job at limiting errors with only 8 at SS this year (in 39 games at the position).

  • Ivan

    It’s sorta not the same considering that Montero is out for the rest of the year. Hopefully he’ll recover from this injury.

  • Steve H

    Seriously, Dotf comments will see a deep decrease with no more Jesus. Probably 60% of the comments on Dotf are discussing the Almighty.

    • Reggie C.

      That’d be a shame Steve.

      There are a few guys we should follow as the Minor league season begins to wind-down.

      I’m still really intrigued with Nova and McAllister. I’m hoping Austin Romine has another hot streak in him to get him closer to that elite .500 slugging territory. Then kids like Man Ban, Arodys, and the 09 draftees should inject some drama in August.

      • pat

        Richardson and Turley are two to watch as well.

        • Reggie C.

          Two good names. I’d forgotten about the lefty Turley.

          In 2010, i’m gonna keep an open mind when it comes to our higher ceiling kids. Entering the ’09 season , I put alot of my expectations into two guys – Betances and Brackman; end result being BURNED.

          Betances has been hurt and ineffective the whole season, and Brackman didn’t show any progression. I’m actually surprised there’s been as much optimism on DoTF as there’s been considering the seasons we’ve gotten from these two guys.

          • zs190

            A lot of interesting names that we got in this draft too.

            Pitchers: Sean Black, Brett Gerritse, Mariel Checo, Adam Warren

            Hitters: Neil Medchill, DeAngelo Mack

            Looking forward to seeing Heathcott and Murphy in the system later this month as well.

            • Accent Shallow

              I’m not exactly excited about Medchill, he’s old and mashing in short season ball.

              • Angelo

                Im more excited about Warren, Checo, Black, Gerritse, Heathcot, and Murphy.

              • JohnnyC

                Still it’s better than old and NOT mashing. Medchill’s a guy who probably should have signed the first time he was drafted (by the Mets).

      • Steve H

        Oh, there are certainly other players to watch. But Jesus has become a cult hero here. Any comment on him is like the plague, it just spreads into 20 more comments. He’s the only one who gets that treatment, and for the most part it’s well deserved.

    • Ivan

      You still got A-Jax and finally Romine might get some more burn as well.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Without Jesus in my life, I hope I can stay on the path of goodness.

  • Angelo

    Arodys Vizcaino has a great deal of potential, probably the highest cieling pitching prospect the yankees have, but do we underrate Bannuelos?

    • zs190

      Problem with ManBan is he is a really small guy, 5’10, 155, he’s even younger than Arodys and he’s further along, but the upside is more limited because of that size I think.

      • Angelo

        I was thinking something along those lines. What I meant to say was how high is his projection? I know a lot about him, but more would help. He’s pitching like an ace in Charleston and hes only 18.

        • zs190

          I’m not sure I’ve actually heard a projection for him, maybe Mike knows. I wonder if he’s a middle reliever in the future though.

          • Angelo

            Wow I would expect a much higher projection from Bannuelos. He has a low 90’s fastball and a plus curve and change up. His velocity will probably increase a bit as he continues to develop. He’s a very poised pitcher on the mound from what I know.

            • zs190

              Like I said, I haven’t actually read much prospect guys’ view on ManBan so I’m just thinking aloud. Just personally, I can’t really think of a good comp for him.

              • Angelo

                ok thanks anyway. MANBAN RULES! :)

              • emac2

                Silence can indeed be golden

            • Bill

              ManBan does have a much higher projection. He is extremely advanced for his age though. Unlike pitchers of similar age or even level he has already has pretty good command of both of his offspeed pitches. He does have top-mid of the rotation potential. It depends on how things pan out though. He does need to add some velocity to his fastball which a decent amount of people think he will do. He also needs to continue to perform as he faces more advanced hitters who can hit his breaking pitches. In addition he probably needs to raise his strikeout rates and get more swings and misses. As he develops his pitches a little more I think that might happen. His changeup is already very good. His curveball is good with the potential to be very good. His fastball is ok, but again needs a little more.

    • Joey

      Are we officially declaring Brackman dead? I’m holding on to any shred of hope…

      • Steve H

        No, there’s still plenty of hope. Go look at Daniel Bard’s struggles in the minors, and he wasn’t coming off TJS.

        • Reggie C.

          The not coming off of TJS fact actually gave Daniel Bard a better fighting chance at making the majors. Brackman didnt pitch much in college, missed a year of development b/c of TJS, and then progressively got WORSE as this season went along. The odds are stacked against Brackman.

          If i’m Cashman i’m considering how to simply Brackman’s plate.

          • Steve H

            Yeah, but Bard didn’t have an excuse for pitching as poorly as he did. No one comes back from TJS and pitches great right away, it takes time. That may or may not be the case with Brackman, let’s hope it is. Bard obviously was in a much better position being fostered in the environment of the greatest pitching factory in history. If Igawa was on the Sox, he’d be 16-2 right now.

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

        Plenty of hope.

        • Joey

          You optimist you!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        There’s still hope. I’d wait until next year to decide if he becomes a bust.

      • Bill

        There’s still plenty of hope. Anyone that was expecting a big year from Brackman was fooling themselves. Take out the fact that he is recovering from TJS and you have a big framed pitcher with inconsistent mechanics and control in college. Players like him always take a while to develop. Add in the TJS recovery and really all we should’ve realistically hoped for this year was for him to come back healthy and start to build up innings. He has done that.

        Next year he’ll need to show some results. Control is always the last thing to come back after TJS and to be honest its a lot harder for it to come back for Brackman because 1) He never really had great control previously and 2) Guys who are approaching 7 feet and haven’t pitched in a year take a lot longer to develop consistent mechanics.

        I would’ve like to see him perform at least a little better, but honestly this isn’t far off what realistic expectations should’ve been for him in year 1 of recovery.

  • Manimal

    You would think Romine would get a chance in Trenton now that Montero is done… Right?!

    • zs190

      No way, I don’t think he plays in Trenton at all this season, I’m not even sure I would start him out in Trenton next season, might start in Tampa next season and promote him if he does really well.

      • Angelo

        Even though i agree with you, Romine would likely start in Trenton next season if Montero weren’t there. There’s no rush in either of their developments so Romine will start in Tampa next season most likely.

    • Accent Shallow

      Romine is actually having an excellent season, as a 20 year old in the FSL. He’s definitely been overlooked by prospect hounds because Montero is so awesome.

      • zs190

        That .OBP sticks out a lot. It’s along career norms but you would kind of like to see him get on base a little more. Big spike in strikeout % this season in the tougher FSL too. I think he probably needs a bit more seasoning in Tampa, though a strong finish could change my mind on it.

        • Accent Shallow

          The OBP isn’t great, but it’s above league average — he’s at .326, and the league average is .321. What stands out is the slugging — he’s at .474, and the league average is .364!

          Of course, this is without adjusting for park effects, but that’s pretty excellent.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Eric

            Tampa is a pitcher’s park, so I imagine Romine’s park-adjusted slugging and OBP would be a little higher.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good to see Noesi and Vizcaino pitching well.

    • Angelo

      I’d be more excited if Noesi were younger.

  • Angelo

    Mike do you know how high Manuel Banuelos’s ceiling is?Like his projection?

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

      It’s high, not sure he’s a frontline guy but most likely a good #2 type.

      • Angelo

        I was thinking 1 or 2. Thanks, I was getting scared by some of the reckless comments on him.

  • Tank the Frank

    How in the sweet, sweet world did our Triple-A club beat Junichi Tazawa!1!! He was the best off season signing and a future #1. Peter Gammons told me so!!

    • Angelo

      Gammons isnt Bias at all. Right guys?

      • Vader

        If Arodys was in the Sox system we would have been talked about being “off-limits” in the Halladay talks like Casey Kelley was.

  • Drew

    Hopefully by the time two weeks comes around Marte will be able to throw some strikes.

  • billbybob

    How many top 100 prospects do the Yanks have? Montero, Jackson and McAllister are locks. Romine is highly probable. Anyone else though? Arodys or ManBan?

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

      No way, Montero and Jackson are locks, but that’s it. Maybe Heathcott (if/when he signs) and/or Romine sneak in the back half, but that’s it.

      Those other guys aren’t top 100 material yet.

      • billbybob

        What about Z-Mac? I’m hoping you just forgot his name in the locks category :)

        • whozat

          The guy profiles as a mid-rotation guy. Prospect lists are usually about upside. So, no, no one forgot about Macallister.

          • billbybob

            Ehhh, I am pretty sure we will see him on some lists. He is the 18th youngest player in AA and he has put up some seriously sick numbers. Also, as Mike pointed out in his midseason top 30, his numbers are not just a byproduct of the pitcher’s park in Trenton.

  • Keanu Reeves

    I know Luke Murton doesn’t project out to much…but he’s been mashing lately and he’s already a sentimental favorite of mine for some reason…

  • Bo

    Towers could be next in line if Mitre bombs out on Wed.

  • bebop

    What was Marte’s velocity?

  • bottom line

    Where does Jairo fit in? How does he compare with Arodys and Man-Ban?

  • bottom line

    BTW, I think Brackman’s future is in the pen. COming off TJS, and at the same time starting a career as a pro and dealing with the complex mechanical issues of all that arm and leg — the guy needs to simplify things. Let him just rear back and throw strikes, maybe work on one other pitch. I think he’s just overwhelmed at this point.

    • emac2

      Bottom lining a first round pick based on size and 100 innings post TJS?

      You guys need to stop thinking you can determine a prospects ceiling after reading 7 or 8 stats and a box score. No one is looking for uninformed scouting reports from people who don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

  • bottom line

    Well, that sure was unintelligible. Why don’t you directly state your view of Brackman?