Spring Training Game Thread: The Future


I suspect we'll get to see Mr. Venditte today. (Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel, AP)

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been waiting for this day all spring. The Yankees will play a friendly exhibition against their top prospects this afternoon, so we’ll get to see Jesus Montero attempt to go shot-for-shot with Alex Rodriguez, Slade Heathcott roam the same swath of grass as Curtis Granderson, and David Adams try to out-line drive Robbie Cano. The only guy who won’t be there is CC Sabathia, as tomorrow’s starter went up to Boston ahead of everyone else.

The nine players in the Yanks’ lineup will combine to make roughly $112,275,000  in 2010. The Future Stars’ lineup cost a total of $8.5M or so in signing bonuses, with Heathcott accounting for roughly one-fourth of that. I expect it to be a blood bath. Here’s the lineups…

Derek Jeter, SS
Jorge Posada, C
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Swisher, DH
Granderson, CF
Winn, RF
Gardner, LF

Javy Vazquez, SP

Future Stars
Slade Heathcott, CF
Corban Joseph, 3B
Jesus Montero, C
David Adams, 2B
J.R. Murphy, DH
Colin Curtis, LF
Bradley Suttle, 1B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Melky Mesa, RF

Jon Albaladejo, SP

Chad Jennings has the rest of the pitchers and position players that are available. There’s a whole lot of ‘em.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and yes, the game will be broadcast on YES. After today, the games count.


  1. Ray Fuego says:

    Where can we see it?

  2. I don’t quite know why, but that turning head shot of Hughes was hilarious.

  3. Is it wrong to hope that Javy gets rocked today?

  4. Drew says:

    Albaladingo with the start!? Aysh

    Can’t wait to see Slade, JR, CoJo and of course, new Melky!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Corban JosephMultipass will have a big year this year……I just wanted to say multipass.

  5. Holy SHIT Heathcott is fast.

  6. Drew says:

    Don’t worry YES, we don’t need to see the hit.

  7. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:


  8. Beamish says:

    TV Baseball production SUCKS! Heathcott was swinging at the first pitch and we missed it because they were too busy playing with their graphics and squeezing in one more sponsorship.

  9. bexarama says:

    Jesus just made an adorable face

  10. Tino Martinez cannot form a coherent sentence.

  11. Drew says:

    Those helmets are so funky looking.

  12. Beamish says:

    And a booming double for Montero…

  13. Andy_C_23 says:

    JESUS that kid can hit

  14. Eh, I’ll settle for a double from Jesus.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Montero with the speed.

  16. I’m not sure why, but I really like David Adams.

  17. Over/Under: 5.5 of these players ever actually seeing time with the Yanks.

  18. Nigel Bangs says:

    Gotta root for the kids in this game. The major leaguers have all season to dazzle me.

  19. I think I’m more excited about seeing Murphy this season than any other player not named Montero, Romine, or Banuelos.

  20. Drew says:

    Scouting Report: Looking for a good outing.

  21. Ouch! Catcher’s interference on the Jesus!

  22. bexarama says:

    Jesus, I am disappoint

  23. Catcher’s interference. E-2 for Montero, Posada reaches.

  24. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Who would have guessed that Jesus would rise to the occasion on Easter weekend?


  25. My heart stopped for a second. I thought Montero was clutching his hand, not just being annoyed that his glove was lost.

  26. Drew says:

    Jorge taking out the competition.

  27. Albaladejo wearing 33 on the mound leading to flashbacks of Swisher pitching in Tampa Bay.

  28. Yo, Tex. Don’t kill Phil.

  29. Drew says:

    Albie is sulking around up there like Charlie Brown.

  30. UWS says:

    A-Rod is so unclutch.

  31. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:


  32. Poopy Pants says:

    Albie thrown to the wolves.

  33. What a lazy two-run double for Cano.

  34. Nigel Bangs says:

    Can’t spell Robinson without RBI…and several other letters. Nice hit!

  35. Hangoverologist says:

    Cano with RISP! Holy shit!

  36. You’d think Albaladejo would be used to this by now.

  37. Damn! Nice range, Slade!

  38. bexarama says:

    maybe Albaladejo should gain that weight back

  39. UWS says:

    Slade with da wheelz.

    Poor Alby. Although that was nothing if not unexpected.

  40. Ooh, that kid sitting behind home plate, to the left, dark shirt, next to the dude with the loud shirt, has an…unfortunate hairstyle.

  41. bexarama says:

    I really loved that “Shipping Up to Boston” song. The Red Sox ruined it.

  42. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Did everyone know that Buck Showalter designed Steinbrenner Field?

  43. The HP ump is really widening that outside corner when RHB are up.

  44. bexarama says:

    for those who wanted an update: 1-2-3 inning for Javy, I think it was Curtis, Nunez, and the new Melky

  45. Nigel Bangs says:

    Nova’s fastball looks deceptively fast.

  46. Side note: I’m going to Trenton’s home opener next Thursday. Any idea who will be starting? Bleich?

  47. Riddering says:

    I love me some Nova.

  48. bexarama says:

    Javy just wanted to give us all another chance to see Jesus

  49. Javy fooled Jesus on that one.

  50. Riddering says:

    I have no idea why but stiff neck is even more amusing to me than sore groin when it comes descriptions of injuries.

  51. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Score update? Anyone?

  52. dkidd says:

    slade heathcott: not the most accurate thrower

    /jumping to conclusion’d

  53. Chris0313 says:

    JR Murphy looks reaaaally good at the plate.

  54. Hangoverologist says:

    Anybody else notice Romine is wearing 18?

  55. Brett Gardner cannot keep his throws airborne for more than twenty feet. It’s amusing.

  56. Riddering says:

    Heathcott, you can run fast but you can’t run from your character issues forever.

    /Baseball Prospectus 2010′d

  57. UWS says:

    Score update for anyone who cares:

    5-2 after 3.5 innings.

  58. Chris0313 says:

    Slade Heatchott right now >>>>>>>> Brett Gardner will ever be.

  59. Chris0313 says:

    We have a lot of kids who look very good. CoJo, Jr Murphy, Slade, David Adams all look fantastic.

  60. bexarama says:

    sac fly by Romine, 6-2 Real Yankees (I want to call them ~True Yankees~)

  61. pollo says:

    fisted to leftfield.

  62. Chris0313 says:

    I’m going to enjoy watching Jesus in Scranton this year.

  63. pat says:

    The Jesus is strong like bull.

  64. UWS says:

    At some point in the big leagues I want to see Jesus throw out a basestealer in the 9th inning who’s a potential tying run, just so the back pages the next day have “Jesus Saves” as the headline.

    …I may have given this too much thought.

  65. bexarama says:

    Colin Curtis, ground rule double. 6-3. Melancon got a DP ball with one out but they botched the play.

  66. VO says:



  67. UWS says:

    Oh noes, Yankees can’t even beat a bunch of minor leaguers, they’re DOOOOOOOOMED!!!

  68. camilo Gerardo says:

    Welcome Back Mr. Suttle

  69. bexarama says:

    why in the balls is Drew batting seventh for the Red Sox? (I know it’s their projected lineup)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      He should be leading off. Seriously.

      • bexarama says:

        Yup. Or second.

        And now we have to hear “Look, JD Drew is batting seventh!!! The Red Sox have people that could bat cleanup on any other team batting seventh!” No, it’s just a poor choice by whoever does the lineup, guys, that they’d rather give the corpse of Ortiz more at-bats than an actual good hitter

      • Steve H says:


        I could see 2nd if Ellsbury was leading off and getting on base at least 37% of the time.

      • bexarama says:

        also a score update for you! 7-5 Real Yankees. Thames hit a bomb.

  70. johnny says:

    You have to wonder if drews inability to be in the lineup on a regular basis has something to do with it. I think that if Cano was on a lesser team that he would be batting cleanup…

    • WIlliam says:

      I do not see the connection between those two comments.

    • bexarama says:

      that might have something to do with it, but I mean, we’re batting Johnson second. When Drew actually is healthy, I’d think you want to take advantage of that.

      Agreed about Cano, possibly Posada as well. Granderson/Swisher would hit cleanup on some really crappy teams.

  71. Greg G. says:

    OK, RABers, got a question. I live outside Philly, and just got FiOS cable that includes YES HD in the channel lineup. Today’s game is not on right now…I’m getting a Yankeeography of Billy Martin.

    Is this just because it’s spring training, or is this going to happen during the regular season as well?

    Cause if it’s the latter, I’m gonna be pissed.

  72. bexarama says:

    “Oh, it’s the lefty-righty!” -my mom

  73. pete says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by Nova. For whatever reason, I thought he had much worse control than that.

  74. VO says:

    “That’s four there”

    Good job! You can count!

  75. bexarama says:

    Real Yankees (who aren’t really anything like the Real Yankees at this point) beat Future Stars, 9-6.

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