Oct
21

Curtis homers out in the desert

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KLaw has some interesting nuggets from his recent tripout to Arizona, including this on Austin Romine:

He has plenty of arm and his receiving was adequate, but I’m not sure about the bat. His swing works fine, but he has a big stride and a pretty healthy leak, getting his weight on his front foot early and closing his stance late, so his balance isn’t great and he doesn’t get as much power into contact as he could. He’s still just 20 years old and was young for his level this year, but he has some work to do as a hitter before we can talk about him as successor to Jorge Posada.

Anyway, on the the game…

AzFL Surprise (10-9 win over Peoria Saguaros)
Colin Curtis: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird: 0 for 5 – 2 for his last 18 after a 9 for 11 start

Still no Puerto Rican League rosters.

Categories : Down on the Farm

37 Comments»

  1. Sounds like Law doesn’t think Montero will stick at C?

  2. Jake H says:

    That is pretty surprising. All we had heard about was how Romine could be the best bet with the bat and behind the plate.

  3. Accent Shallow says:

    That’s a disappointing, but not discouraging report on Romine. He’s 20 years old, so he has plenty of time to tweak and refine his approach, especially as the raw ability is there.

    What I’d be a little concerned about is the fact that he’s a top prospect, and thus the instructors may be reluctant to do anything other than make minor adjustments, rather than overhauling a possibly flawed approach (if it truly is consistently flawed, and Law didn’t catch him on a bad few nights)

    • Jake H says:

      I think his raw abaility is good. It also doesn’t seem as if he has really failed to change anything. It will be a great year next year to see if his prospect status takes a jump, stays the same or plunges.

    • Reggie C. says:

      You shouldn’t be disappointed Accent.

      Romine isn’t Montero with the bat. He wasn’t a top tier offensive catcher last season. We all agree Romine handled High-A pitching well , and has earned a promotion to AA; where he’ll likely spend the entire 2010 season. Romine is still very much in play for catcher, since he definitely won’t outgrow the position and he’s shown he can post solid offensive numbers.

  4. If only there was someway to put Romine’s defense and Montero’s offense together…

  5. Doug says:

    Asked Jim Callis about Montero in hit chat today:
    Q: If you were running the Yankees, would you keep Montero at catcher for SWB or would you change his position to something like LF so his bat can get to the bigs faster?

    A: I’d try to make catching work going into 2010. But if he’s not making progress there, I’d start thinking about LF so he could help the big league club in 2011.

    Think that makes a lot of sense

  6. The Three Amigos says:

    Mike, Wasn’t Romines Slugging much higher then his league average this year. What is your take on what Klaw said…?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Romine hit for a lot of power this year, but if KLaw thinks there are some thing to fix in his swing, that’s good, because that means there’s even more power in there.

  7. crawdaddie says:

    If you put much stock in what KLaw has to say which I don’t.

  8. DaveinMD says:

    What a surprise. Keith Law doesn’t like a Yankee prospect. Always remember he works for ESPN.

  9. Marc says:

    The only problem I have in a report like this is that its from a small sample size at the end of a season. KLaw doesn’t follow these prospect throughout the season and relys on the opinions of various scouts. That being said, a 20 year old that needs to tweak his swing a little bit is nothing unusual. He is the first to get a shot at replacing Posada.

    • SS says:

      Shouldn’t that shot go to Jesus? If Jesus is even a mediocre defensive catcher, he’s the Yankees catcher for the next 15 years.

      • The Three Amigos says:

        Well as much as we all would love for that to happen. Even if he gets a shot at catcher and is mediocre… he may grow out of the position as he gets older from lack of agility. I think that’s the worry… not that he will be able to start at catcher — that he will be able to finish and how long his body holds up.

  10. Sam says:

    My ideal situation for Montero is that he’s our DH/Backup Catcher. Let Romine/Cervelli/another FA catcher catch 3-4 out of 5 days and let Montero catch the rest and then DH on days he doesn’t catch. The only way that is a little problematic is if you need a back-up catcher on days where Montero DH’s.

    • Bronx Cheer says:

      Exactly – the second coming of Piazza is what we are hoping for, but a right handed hitting Victor Martinez with a better bat would still be fantastic. Even if he is able to catch only 1 day a week, it is a major plus.

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