Laird cycles Trenton to a walk-off win


Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off day, as did the rest of International League.

Double-A Trenton (7-6 win over Erie, walk-off style)
Justin Christian, LF: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – got picked off first … threw a runner out at second
Austin Krum, CF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – Krum drew a walk … Nunez doubled & K’ed
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 5, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – completed the cycle with a walk-off two-run homer … what a game
Dan Brewer, DH: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
Edwar Gonzalez, RF & Justin Snyder, 2B: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Snyder doubled
D.J. Mitchell: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 WP, 6-2 GB/FB – threw 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes (60.6%) … that’s a career high in strikeouts
Noel Castillo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (7-2 loss to Lakeland)
Jack Rye, RF, Neil Medchill, CF, Jose Pirela, SS & Trent Lockwood, 1B: all 1 for 4 – Rye tripled, scored a run & K’ed … Medchill hit a solo jack & K’ed … Lockwood K’ed & committed a fielding error
Corban Joseph, 2B: 3 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Melky Mesa, DH: both 1 for 3, 1 K - Suttle drew a free pass … Mesa stole a base & got caught stealing
R.J. Baker, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB
Francisco Santana, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K – got picked off first
Craig Heyer: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 5-4 GB/FB – that’s a nice spot start
Brandon Braboy: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – allowed both inherited runners to score
Jon Ortiz: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-0 win over Greenville)
Jimmy Paredes, SS: 0 for 5, 1 E (throwing)
Ray Kruml, CF & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 2 for 4 – Kruml drew a walk, stole a base, doubled, drove in two & K’ed … Lyerly scored a run, drove in two & committed a fielding error
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 HBP
J.R. Murphy, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K – had been just three for his last 14 (.214)
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PB – just one for his last 17 (.059)
Hector Rabago, 3B & Kelvin Castro, 2B: both 1 for 4 – Rabago drove in a run & K’ed
Sean Black: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5-10 GB/FB – easily his best start of the year
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. yoo-boo says:

    Laird, you man. congratulation!

  2. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Sorry id this has been answered but search bar didn’t work so whatever happen to Bryan Mitchell?

  3. Reggie C. says:

    Why isn’t anyone making grammatical sense in this thread?

    Something tells me that Higashioka isn’t going to be much of a battery mate for JR Murphy. Perhaps Murphy is going to start taking catching reps from Higa starting next week. Laird’s having a nice break-out season hitting behind Romine. There’s always room on the active roster for a power hitter, so i’m going to hope Laird’s power becomes his calling card to replace Miranda at the next level.

    • Pete says:

      battery mates are pitcher + catcher, so it wouldn’t make much sense if JR and Kyle were good battery mates unless one or both of them was/were hiding something awesome from us

  4. Carlosologist says:

    Mike, does D.J. Mitchell project to have a future with the big league club? What is his ceiling?

    • You probably just made Mike throw-up a little.

    • Marcos says:

      I’m not sure on this (meaning, I’m probably wrong) but I’d say his ceiling is back of the rotation starter? I don’t know if he projects to have a future with us, but potentially trade fodder?

      Again, I’m probably wrong.

      • Marcos says:

        Hey Andy, I’ve been looking around for info on Melvin, specifically, why hasn’t he come to America? I can’t seem to get a good answer anywhere, so I figure I might as well ask the authority on the subject.

      • zs190 says:

        Supposedly he has a strong platoon split (I believe it’s because of his arm angle, but not certain about it) and is unlikely to remain a starter at the major league level. Long term he’s probably a middle reliever or right handed specialist.

        • YankeeFan says:

          He has really evened that out this season holding lefties to a .205 AVG and 0HRs thus far. His issue has been control as he came into tonight with only 1HR given up and a GB:FB ratio over 2. If he continues like this, I think he has a chance to be a starter or at least should be given a chance. Remember, he just started pitching full-time in ’07 and Yankees I believe gave him overslot money so they definitely saw something in him that they really liked.

          • zs190 says:

            He has had 20 innings against LH this year. He has given up 11 walks and have 9 K’s against LH hitters this year, good for 4.79 BB/9 and 3.92 K/9. Yeah, he hasn’t given up a homer yet but he’s also limited them to a .233 average because of .266 BABIP.


            I don’t think this season shows that he can get left handed guys out well, he’s just gotten a bit lucky.

            He’s an athletic college guy who’s reasonably polished and gets groundballs, so I don’t think it was a bad idea to sign him to overslot money, but I don’t think he’s going to be much more than a Justin Masterson kind of swing guy in the future.

    • Pete says:

      his ceiling is that he sucks, that’s what

      //not really mike’d
      ///kinda drunk’d?

    • He can’t get out LHB and unless he picks up a pitch that helps out with that, he’s not got a very bright future.

  5. A.D. says:

    Laird having a hell of a season so far.

  6. Brandon Laird, 3B: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – completed the cycle with a walk-off two-run homer … what a game

    Wow. Just wow. I can just imagine how great it must be to have been there to see that.

  7. Transactionals says:

    Craig Heyer has not walked anyone in 35.2 IP this year. I know nothing of his stuff, but it seems he has pretty good control, eh?

  8. Bobby's World says:

    Like i said the other night don’t sleep on Brandon Laird.Not a prospect ha.Who knows what about prospects.

  9. Andrew Brotherton says:

    I’m wondering if Laird will soon get some pub. I mean you have to consider him a prospect, and I don’t see how he doesn’t make the top 100 prospects in baseball after this season.

    • Brian in NH says:

      He’s playing great right now…but ARod has him blocked for the next few years. Can’t imagine if he keeps this up through AAA in this season or next that he’ll be playing in pinstripes. Maybe as a back up infielder for a year or two. But maybe we can get some good pitching for him down the road?

      This is one of the reasons i hate these long mega contracts. you have too much tied for for too long in one guy. If you do it too much, then you end up with a bunch of aging guys in the field that are costing you runs and you need a rotating DH to rest them all once every 4-5 days

    • zs190 says:

      He’s a prospect but I don’t see how he’s a top 100 prospect in the minors. From what I heard, he’s a below average 3B with a good arm but limited range. He’s most likely a 1B/DH in the future but even if he can play 3B, his bat is not that great. He hits for decent average(but not good, he’s a .265-.270 kind of guy) but doesn’t walk a lot, has no speed, and has average power. If you dream about him a bit, you could see him as a league average 3B, but most likely he’s a bit worse than that.

      I have to think top 100 prospects are better than that.

  10. Bobby's World says:

    JMK said it on 23 May on AA Prospects…Having a nice season but not sure he is even close to a serious prospect.Called him a Shelley Duncan kind of player.By the way Shelley is up and playing for Cleveland.

  11. Bobby's World says:

    Check out these stats and tell me what you think.This is 08 till now totals.


    The first two are the #1 and #2 prospects totals for the Yanks.
    Guess who’s totals is the other one,that’s right Brandon Laird.

    I didn’t even add Jesus and Brandons 07 GCL stats which would give Laird 27 more runs,57 more hits,14 dbls,8 more hr’s and 29 more rbi’s.

    Guess who would be leading in all these stats,you guessed right again.
    Brandon Laird.

    I rest my case.

    • Doug says:

      which is what?

    • Angelo says:

      If you follow prospects enough then you should know this:

      Stats do not matter a whole lot. Of course, they matter to an extent, but they aren’t everything. If that were the case then players like Shelley Duncan would be very good major leaguers. A player is likely to have a lot more success because of their tools. Bat speed, running ability, throwing arm, range, plate discipline, etc. I’m not saying Laird can’t be a decent ball player in the future, but you have to look at the things I mentioned before looking at stats.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      1) Use the reply button
      2) Those stats ignore the fact that Montero is 2+ years younger than Laird and already a level ahead of him.

      Laird also has never OPS’ed greater than .800 in a full season, has never walked more than 40 times in a year, grounds into a number of double plays, and has had a significant discipline issue in his past. His power is his calling card. While he’s got a chance to be a plus power hitter, Montero has a chance to be an elite all-around hitter.

    • zs190 says:

      Of course you conveniently ignore the fact that

      1. Laird played significantly more games than both of those guys in those years (291 for him, 257 for Romine, 263 for Montero)
      2. Did it as a corner infielder instead of catcher
      3. He’s 2-3 years old than those 2 guys.

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