Cotham strikes out 5 of 8 batters in pro debut

Game 125 Spillover Thread II
Yanks can't shut the door, lose winnable game

The Arizona Fall League rosters are out. We already knew that Ian Kennedy, Austin Romine, Brandon Laird, and Colin Curtis were going, and we know that Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn will head to the AzFL if they don’t receive Sept. callups. The Yanks still have three pitching spots to fill, and they’re probably taxi squad spots, meaning those players will only play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In the past, guys like Eric Wordekemper and Kevin Whelan have filled those spots.

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 loss to Buffalo)
Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson & Shelley Duncan: all 1 for 4 – Ajax & Shelley each K’ed once
Ramiro Pena & Frankie Cervelli: both 1 for 3 – Pena drew a walk … Cervelli doubled
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4
Yuendell DeCaster & John Rodriguez: both 0 for 3 – DeCaster drew a walk & K’ed
Ivan Nova: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8-8 GB/FB – 63 of 91 pitches were strikes (69.2%) … best start in about a month and a half
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 25 of 33 pitches were strikes (75.8%) … first time since last May he allowed that many hits in an outing

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Altoona)
Austin Krum & Edgar Gonzalez: both 0 for 4 – Gonzalez scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Eduardo Nunez & Chris Malec: both 2 for 4 – Nunez doubled twice, scored twice & got caught stealing a base
Noah Hall, James Cooper & PJ Pilltere: all 1 for 4 – Hall drove in a run … PJ dubled & drove in a run
Marcos Vechionacci & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 3  – Vech K’ed
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-4 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (7-4 loss to Dunedin) four runs in the top of the ninth sealed the win
Dan Brewer: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 CS – love the .400+ OBP & ~.850 OPS
David Adams: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Austin Romine, Brandon Laird & Kevin Smith: all 1 for 3 – Romine was hit by a pitch, homered, drove in two, walked & scored twice … Laird drew a walk & scored a run … Smith doubled, drove in two & K’ed
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 K
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Hector Noesi: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – no idea why he was pulled so early … maybe injury?
Jason Stephens: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-6 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (10-9 win over Rome in 12 innings, walk-off style)
Jose Pirela: 1 for 7, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – walk-off triple … you don’t see that often
Abe Almonte & Neall French: both 3 for 6 – Almonte drove in a run, scored three times & threw a runner out at the plate from RF … French homered, drove in three, scored twice & K’ed
Corban Joseph: 4 for 6, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Melky Mesa: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Addison Maruszak: 0 for 5, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 5 for his last 39 (.128)
Jeff Farnham: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB
Ray Kruml: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Alan Horne: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 6-5 GB/FB – ugly
Gabriel Tatis: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3-2 GB/FB
Andrew Brackman: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – well look at that … might as well shut him down for the year so he goes home on a high note
Jeff Williams: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-4 GB/FB
Luke Prihoda: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 win over Oneonta)
Jimmy Paredes, DeAngelo Mack, Luke Murton & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 3 – Paredes drove in a run, scored another & got picked off first … Mack walked, drove in a run & K’ed … Murton drove in a run & K’ed … Angelini scored a run
Zoilo Almonte & Kelvin Casto: both 0 for 3 – Almonte was hit by a pitch … Castro drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed
Neil Medchill: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – league leading 13th homer … the guys tied for second have 7
Kyle Higashioka: 0 for 4
Justin Milo: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Perez: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 10-3 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch)
Mike Solbach: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Griffin Bailey: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-3 loss to GCL Phillies)
Slade Heathcott, Jose Toussen & Eduardo Sosa: all 0 for 4 – Heathcott K’ed once as the DH … Toussen scored a run … Sosa K’ed three times
JR Murphy & Yunior Tabares: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Murphy hit his first professional homer, drove in two & K’ed in his first game behind the plate
Jhorge Liccien: 0 for 1, 1 K – took over behind the dish after Murph caught six innings
Kelvin DeLeon: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – 15 of his last 23 at-bats have ended in strikeouts
Jose Mojica: 1 for 3
Judd Golson: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Caleb Cotham: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB – pro debut … he should join SI soon
Brett Gerritse: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB
Dickie Marquez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-5 GB/FB

Game 125 Spillover Thread II
Yanks can't shut the door, lose winnable game
  • chriskeo

    Is Jesus Montero on the list of players the yankees will send, if not is there still a chance he will play so he can start 2009 in AAA

  • Reggie C.

    JR Murphy … Charleston bound in 2010? Romine went straight to Low-A and held him own. Murphy is showcasing his bat right now. This kid wants to make Axisa’s top 10 preseason prospects list.

    • K.B.D.

      That leaves them in a little of a bind in regards to Higashioka, but I think Murphy is probably more prepared for Low-A.

      • Reggie C.

        Exactly. That’s the concern in the lower minors …

        I don’t want to see ‘Shio get the Chase Weems treatment and become a forgotten man. Still, the easiest answer is to platoon the catching position between ‘Shio and Murphy. If Murphy is the most advanced HS hitter among our picks , then he’s gotta start in Charleston.

        • DreDog

          You know I was thinking today that Higashioka might make decent trade bait soon.

          • DreDog

            Soon, not right now.

          • Bryan G

            way too soon to get anything of significant value back for him…even in a big package deal. Maybe once he performs at Low and Hi A ball, he MIGHT be on other teams’ radar…but in the NY Penn league?

        • Billy

          Weems bat hasn’t developed. It’s not hard to forget that:) I think what you call the “Chase Weems treatmeant” was his own doing or lack there off. He’s hitting .188 since being dealt.

      • Bryan G

        would it make any sense to platoon them like Montero and Romine earlier in the year? or was that just a special case for Montero’s slower defensive skills? Is there any possiblity that that sort of setup would retard one or both of their development? After all, Romine took off after Montero was promoted.

        • Reggie C.

          A platoon sort of parallels the Montero-Romine situation. JR Murphy is new to the catching position as I remember reading that he played 3B and OF before settling in as his school’s catcher. His offensive game got him drafted that early. ‘Shio’s defensive game was touted as being ahead of his offense, and he hasn’t exactly impressed at the plate in SI. However, lack of public info means that i havent read anything on whether ‘Shio has improved defensively. Bottom line: A platoon could help both guys.

  • Little Bill

    They should call up Ramiro Pena to pinch bunt for Swisher with 2 on, no outs, and a pitcher on the mound who couldn’t get a guy out to save his life.

  • Corey Nord-Podberesky

    we have two Melky’s???

    • Bryan G

      You can NEVER have enough Melky’s….just like sprinlles on icecream and zombies in movies…they go great with everything!

      • DreDog

        Melky’s Sanchez’s, Duncan’s, that’s how we roll.

        • JMK

          Texiera’s too!

          • Jeffrey

            Don’t forget the Kelvins.

            • Chris G

              Back in my day we had Kellys (Roberto, Pat)and Williams (Bernie, Gerald) and we liked it.

  • Richard Iurilli

    Wow. No walks and no wild pitches for Brackman? I guess miracles do hap–

    Whoa, sorry about that. A flying pig just dove straight at my head.

    • Bryan G

      No Brackman WP’s and No Angelini Errors either…on the same night…a little weird, no? is water still wet? has someone done a gravity check?

  • Bob Michaels

    Terrible loss in the Bronx, The Joba rules stink

    • JGS

      not sure what that loss had to do with the Joba rules

      • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

        Joba Rules DOTF?

        • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

          JOBA RULES DOTF?

  • tremont

    Why are they sending Romine instead of Montero? Romine needs two more years in the minors. He can do the AzFL next year. Plus Montero lost the last month of the season.

    • infernoscurse

      because montero is being promoted to the majors to bunt for nick swisher

  • Bryan G

    maybe they can’t submit Montero untill off the DL? just a guess, no actual idea. Dunno all the AzFL rules.

  • Jeffrey

    It’s only been 5 games, but I like what I see offensively from Murphy .389/.450/.611. Will he hit as good as Montero?

    This organization has nice catching depth. Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Murphy, Higashioka, Sanchez.

    • leokitty

      After tonight’s game my brain is frazzled and I can’t detect sarcasm so I’ll just answer: No, people who hit as well as Montero come along very rarely. If he does it will be very unexpected.

    • tremont

      There aren’t 3 guys in the minors who can hit like Montero, so the smart money is on “no”

      • Stryker

        travis snider (does he still count??), jason heyward, and justin smoak.

  • JMK

    So check this out, guys. Maybe this was already known, but the Yankees drafted the future closer of the Red Sox, Daniel Bard, in the 20th round of the 2003 draft.

    • emac2

      I think that was back when all minor league player names were kept secret so no one really knows for sure if that is true.

  • CapitalT

    Does it bother anybody that Brakhman has thrown more innings this year than Hughes?

  • MikeD

    I would think Montero would be there to continue his development, especially since he’ll have missed the last part of his AA season.

    I’m also sure that Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch somewhere in the off-season. They want to build up his innings pitched, which will not be on target since he’s been in the pen.

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  • Tom Gaffney

    That Heathcott is such a bust.