Trenton runs into vintage Pedro

Game 107 Spillover Thread II
Bullpen picks up Mitre, offense powers Yanks to sweep

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off day. They did get some help, as Russ Ortiz was signed to aid the thinned out rotation.

Double-A Trenton (8-4 loss to Reading) they faced Pedro tonight, who flat schooled ’em
Austin Krum, PJ Pilittere & Edwar Gonzalez: all 0 for 4 – Krum K’ed thrice, Pilittere twice, Edwar once
Reegie Corona: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – took Pedro deep
Chris Malec & Richie Robnett: both 1 for 4, 1 K
James Cooper: 0 for 3, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – 17 errors on the year
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 8-1 GB/FB – he’s at 124.2 IP right now … career high is 98.2 IP two years ago
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-0 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (11-6 win over Lakeland)
Dan Brewer: 3 for 6, 1 R – 7 for his last 13 (.538)
Matt Cusick, Kevin Smith, David Adams & Luis Nunez: all 3 for 5 – Cusick walked, drove in a run, stole a base & scored three runs … Smith doubled & drove in two … Adams doubled & drove in one run … Nunez tripled, scored twice & K’ed
Austin Romine: 2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
Damon Sublett: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – picked off first
Brandon Laird: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Seth Fortenbery: 0 for 5, 3 K
Ryan Zink: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 10-6 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (1-0 loss to Augusta, walk-off style) tough game to lose
Jose Pirela: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Abe Almonte, Jeff Farnham & Ray Kruml: all 0 for 3 – Almonte walked, the other two K’ed
Corban Josepgh, Melky Mesa & Garrison Lassiter: all 0 for 4 – CoJo & Lassiter each K’ed twice, Mesa thrice … Melky’s K’ed 131 times in 391 at-bats
Addison Maruszak & Neall French: both1 for 3 – French K’ed

Jairo Heredia: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 5-4 GB/FB – took the perfect game into the sixth
Gabriel Tatis: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island (11-8 win over Williamsport) they pounded Lebron
Francisco Santana: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Zoilo Almonte: 2 for 6, 1 R, 3 K
Kyle Higashioka: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB – 11 for his last 33 with four doubles & a homer
Neil Medchill: 3 for 6, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – first RBIs in six games
Luke Murton & Mike Lyon: both 1 for 5 – Murton K’ed
DeAngelo Mack: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – leads the league with 16 doubles
Kelvin Castro: 3 for 5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Emerson Landoni: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kelvin Perez: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-4 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – guess he lost the closer’s job
Gavin Brooks: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 22 appearances leads the league by three … in fact, four of the top five in appearances are on SI

Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out. Not sure when they’re going to make this one up.

Game 107 Spillover Thread II
Bullpen picks up Mitre, offense powers Yanks to sweep
  • Mike Pop

    Great line from Jairo. That’s what we like to see.

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

    Great to see Heredia pitching well.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Medchill back on track after that minislump?

  • pat

    Ah yes The Future™ takes Pedo deep and Jairo pitches a gem.
    Multiple booyahs.

  • Adam

    What is the definitive order of catchers in our organization, including our lord and savior?

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

      Montero (big gap) Romine (big gap) Cervelli (moderate gap) Higashioka (big gap) Sanchez

      If/when he signs, JR Murphy fits between Romine & Cervelli.

      • jjyank

        Out of curiosity, were would Chase Weems have been had he not been traded?

        • pat

          Most likely last.

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

          Yeah, dead last.

      • billbybob

        Haha Mike, I think that is the third or fourth time I have seen you rank the catchers.

      • Drew

        With Jesus down, will Romine sniff Trenton this year?

      • BklynJT

        I’m assuming these rankings are present day order (ability) of our catchers, not taking into consideration potential.

        How would you order our catchers based on potential/best case scenario?

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

          That’s basically the order in terms of prospects status, balancing potential with probability. In terms of raw potential, it’s Montero-Romine-Higashioka-Murphy-Sanchez-Cervelli.

          • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

            Why so low on Sanchez. I understand that you haven’t seen him, but I don’t think the Yanks would blow $2 million on a guy who has less potential than JR Murphy.

            • BklynJT

              I agree, especially since its much risker to sign a guy at 16. I would have to think that the raw potential of Sanchez would be comparable to at least Romine.

              • Lanny

                Tough to rank Sanchez without anyone actually seeing him in the flesh. WHy would Murphy be any different?

          • DontMessWithTheJesus

            Are you sure about that potential ranking? Granted, no one has seen Sanchez, but Damon Oppenheimer said he sees Sanchez as having Montero’s bat with Romine’s defense. I’m sure he wouldn’t say that lightly. The Yanks scouts also had him the #1 international prospect this year.

            • Doug

              the yanks scouts also see montero as a future catcher

              • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

                And he is #1 on the list. If Sanchez ends up at 1B with Montero-like upside I can’t think of a single person on this board who would not take that.

                We’re talking raw potential here.

                • Doug

                  i was being sarcastic about the yankee scouts

                • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

                  I was being an idiot for not seeing that. :(

  • Accent Shallow

    Ah, Jairo. Hope he’s at 100%.

    Maybe Pedro should have stayed retired if someone like Nunez is taking him out of the park.

    I wonder how much attention Romine would be getting if Montero didn’t exist? He’s slugging over 100 points above the FSL average, and he’s young for the level.

    • pat

      So true. We’d be fortunate to have just one of them.

  • Abusare

    In terms of talent offensively,
    Montero-Romine-Murphy-Higgy-Sanchez (if his bat is as good as advertised)-Cervelli
    But I’d put Cervelli and Romine at the top defensively; Montero would def be last; down the road though, he’s probably the most valuable because having an excellent-hitting catcher that doesn’t play great defense isn’t a bad thing either (ie Victor Martinez). But Romine is a well-rounded player, as are a few of the others. Basically we’re stacked at catcher,which is good because not all of these guys will succeed.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    We really have some serious depth at catcher and pitcher. The future looks bright. 8)

    • Drew

      D-Opp, Cash and Co. are really getting shit done.

      • Todd

        Funny. I was thinking the exact opposite, particularly about Opp. Granted, injuries to guys like Kontos, Kennedy, and Betances hurt. But I think Cash was seriously handcuffed by the LACK of depth to pull of a trade at the deadline. Basically, the only guys you hear in trade discussions are AJax, Hughes, joba, and Montero. The fact that our second tier guys were not enough to get anything done, despite the fact that there is a significant need on the ML level, is an indictment on the Yankee minor league system. They have pumped resources into it for several years now. They should have enough to get a deal done with out giving up your top three guys. That points squarely at Opp in my opinion.

        • Bonos

          You can add Horne to the injured plus Coke, Robertson, Melancon and Aceves all with the big club. The BP was totally revamped again this year. Bruney and Marte basically non factors and the rest gone.

        • Drew

          Melky, Grit, Joba, Phil, Ajax, Jesus, Z-Mac, Romine, Melancon, D-Rob, Coke, etc…
          That’s a lot of young talented players that many teams would like to have in their system. I’d assume Cash could have made a deal and he may still make a deal.
          As it stands right now, we’re arguably the best team in baseball, Cashmoney is not going to deal young guys just to make a deal before the deadline. That’s my opinion anyway..

  • Brandon

    Question, who else thinks that if Heredia is fully healthy next season, he will begin to fly through the system?

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      He’s young and coming off that injury, I would predict a rapid ascension in 2011 if he’s healthy all of 2010.

    • Accent Shallow

      I don’t know about that, but starting the year at Tampa with a midseason bump to Trenton wouldn’t surprise me.

      (Would that be “flying through the system”? I also picture that as “ending in AAA or the bigs”, which is clearly out in Jairo’s case)

      • Lanny

        Be patient. Young pitchers have a lot to learn.

  • Tom Swift

    It seems like there are more interesting position player prospects at the SI/GCL levels than last year. Is this so?

    • pat

      Word. Opp and Co said they made a concerted effort to draft more power hitters this year. Mack and Medchill are prime examples.

    • Tremont

      Yes. Absolutely.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If only Jesus was there to face Pedro.

    • Josh

      Jesus is all of our daddies

  • A.D.

    After a slow start Mack is putting up some solid numbers

  • DreDog

    Mike, are you concerned about Romine’s OBP? He drew 2 BB’s today. That’s a good sign.

    • Mikebk

      http://firstinning.com/players/Austin-Romine-a/

      it shows that romine has raised his bb% each month to nearly 10% in July. it is still low, but at least there is incremental improvement.

      • Doug

        yeah, if you split his season into thirds, he walked 3x the 1st third, 5x the 2nd third, and 14x the last 3rd…. nice to see the big jump.

  • Reggie C.

    Does Jose Pirela undoubtedly get promoted to Hi-A next season? He’s 287 at-bats into the season and he’s sporting a +.300 BA and +.375 OBP. I think he’s earned it.

    Nobody else in that Charleston lineup appears to be a prospect. Lassiter? I think he’s repeating Low-A. Perhaps Pirela is going to be a candidate for prospect breakout next season? I’m having a hard time thinking of another guy in the system…

    • Reggie C.

      Edit. Last sentence should read: “I’m having a hard time thinking of another hitter in the system…”

  • CB

    Sorry if I missed this in an earlier DOTF – do we know what Heredia’s exact injury was?

    Was it an arm injury?

    Thanks.

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

      Not sure the exact nature of the injury, but I know for sure it was arm related. The best description I saw was “soreness.”

      • CB

        Thanks. Given the length I was assuming it was an arm of some kind. Good to see him back.

    • Reggie C.

      I’m gonna rumormonger and say it was the 102 inning workload. Heredia was all of 18 and a slightly built one at that. I dont think he was physically cut out to throw that many innings a year ago. We should all be glad that extended rest was all that was prescribed.

  • Sam

    It should also be said the two DSL teams combined for 31 runs and 38 hits today with a bunch of impressive performances.

    • Sam

      Yesterday.