Laird drives in seven as Trenton pushes winning streak to ten

Open Thread: So it goes
Joba, Mo can't finish off the Twins

Hector Noesi has been promoted to Double-A Trenton. It’s well deserved, he completely overwhelmed the High-A Florida State League (2.06 FIP, 11.1 K/9, 1.3 BB/9, ~40% ground balls).

Triple-A Scranton (7-6 win over Charlotte)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HB – on base seven times in his three games back
Reegie Corona, 2B: 2 for 5
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Jesus Montero, DH: both 0 for 4 – Nunez K’ed once, Montero twice
David Winfree, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – he’s been a pretty nice find, can’t complain when it’s a minor league signing
Jon Weber, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
Chad Huffman, LF & Reid Gorecki, CF: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Chad Moeller, C: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 PB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-8 GB/FB – 46 of 64 pitches were strikes (71.9%) … he’s not even getting it done in AAA anymore
Amaury Sanit: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 23 of his 41 pitches were strikes (561%) … gave up two jacks, giving him five in 19.2 IP
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – 16 of his 26 pitches were strikes (61.5%)
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – ten of his 15 pitches were strikes … 31 K in 23 IP

Double-A Trenton (13-7 win over Binghamton)
Dan Brewer, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 11 for his last 22
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – 10 RBI in his last eight games
Brandon Laird, 3B: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 K – takes over the Eastern League with 36 RBI
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Jose Gil, C: both 0 for 4, 1 BB
Kevin Smith, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Justin Snyder, SS: 0 for 2, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP – sub-.200 AVG, but OBP close to .400
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-5 GB/FB – 26-28 K/BB ratio in 41.1 IP … yuck
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – moved to the bullpen with Noesi coming up

High-A Tampa‘s game was washed out. They’re going to play two tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston‘s game was suspended in the middle of the third inning and I have no idea why. Doesn’t really matter, the important thing is that they’re going to resume this game tomorrow. I’ll update the stats then, but here’s the box score to hold you over.

Open Thread: So it goes
Joba, Mo can't finish off the Twins
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Noesi: highest ranking organization guy who has, at one time or another been a member of Bring Melvin to America

    • Wang IS Taiwan

      Hey Rebecca,

      Was just asking about you on Lohud. Miss your postings. Carl let me know you’re over here. Frankly, I miss Pete, too.

      Hope you’re well.

      • WIlliam


      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I’m pretty well, thanks. I hang out here mostly, or you can find me on twitter @rebeccapbp.

        Now, to pretend this is on topic,

        Noesi is likely pronounced Noh-ess-ee =)

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Stop making me worry about you Jesus!

  • Phranchise

    damn, lairds already about halfway to his 2009 hr and rbi totals. the guy can rake.

    also, can you really not look at players’ career stats on because i can’t find them anywhere on the players profiles, which is ridiculously retarded

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)


      • Drew

        Or or good ol’ trusty baseball ref.

  • Reggie C.

    Anybody else think Jesus Montero could be demoted as thses 2 K games appear to be adding up. Montero could be pressing big time right now in order to have that 1 big game that’ll overshadow a bad start. How many ABs did montero have in AA anyway? He could use another 200 easily & the results would be to everyone’s liking.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “Anybody else think Jesus Montero could be demoted as thses 2 K games appear to be adding up.”

      It’s 2 games in a row with 2 Ks. 2.

    • Drew

      His struggles early on this season will only help him in the long run. He’ll get out of it eventually, no need to demote him.

    • Accent Shallow

      I wouldn’t have objected to having him start the year in AA, but it’s probably too soon to demote him.

    • ZZ

      I don’t think the organization thinks it is really a question whether Montero will eventually start hitting. He is not the type of prospect with questions around his offensive ability. It is really just a matter of how good he will be as a hitter at the major league level.

      The biggest thing for him right now is working on his catching skills. From what I understand the instruction in this area is much better at Scranton than at any of the lower levels. That’s why he is going to be at Scranton for the year pretty much no matter what.

      It is quite a burden the kid has on him right now. He is working his ass off to get better behind the plate. It wouldn’t be surprised if how hard and how much emphasis he is putting on his defense is affect his offense.

      Also, for anyone interested, a commenter on lohud the other day said Montero’s pop time is down to 1.9.

  • Rob NY

    “he’s not even getting it done in AAA anymore”

    Can you blame the guy? If I was Kei Igawa I’d start pitching underhanded just for the hell of it.

    • Brian in NH

      perhaps the IL has figured him out!

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    So, with Noesi moving up a level and Pope going to the bullpen, what’s the current pitching staff at each level? (Let’s include Nova’s imminent demotion to that outlook).

    Here’s what I can figure based on the team pages, tell me what’s wrong:

    Rotation: Sabathia-Burnett-Pettitte-Hughes-Vazquez
    Bullpen: Rivera-Chamberlain-Park-Robertson-Marte-Logan-Mitre

    Rotation: McAllister-Nova-Hirsh-Sanchez-Redding
    Bullpen: Melancon-Albaladejo-Ring-Sanit-Whelan-Segovia-Igawa-Whelan-Schmidt

    Rotation: Noesi-Bleich-Phelps-Mitchell-Pendleton
    Bullpen: DeLaRosa-Duff-Arias-Castillo-Wordekemper-Arbiso-Pope

    Hi A
    Rotation: Warren-Brackman-Stoneburner-Kapala-Baboy
    Bullpen: Venditte-Ortiz-Lare-Bartelski-Norton-_________-_________

    Lo A
    Rotation: Ramirez-Heredia-Hall-Black-Perez
    Bullpen: Marte-Flannery-Marquez-Watkins-Acosta-Tatis-Solbach

    What needs to be fixed:
    A.) With Redding and Nova joining Scranton, they now have 14 pitchers. Who gets demoted or goes to the phantom DL? Whelan? Segovia? Igawa?
    B.) Brad Rulon and Craig Heyer have disappeared from the Tampa roster, but who replaces them in the bullpen? Is Shane Lindsay a starter or a reliever? If he’s a starter, who does he knock into the bullpen, Baboy? Who’s the 12th pitcher in Tampa?

    • Phranchise

      lindsay’s a reliever

    • A.D.

      For AAA, you have Whealan twice, or are there 2 Whealans?

  • JMK

    My personal favorite, Palabrakemper, continues to throw strikes.

  • Joe

    I have a pair of tickets to tomorrow’s Yankees/ Sox game and can’t make it b/c of work. Tickets are in grandstand outfield and I just want to trade them for another pair of tickets to a game- possibly Wed. vs. the Rays. Will consider a pair to ANY game.

    email me at joeziemer (at) gmail dot com

  • lenNY’s Yankees

    A 561 strike-percentage is tough to beat. Call up Amaury!

  • Hangoverologist

    Hey Mike, do you know what Corban Joseph’s ceiling is? Does he have a future with the Major League club?

    • Mike Axisa

      Offensive 2B, might end up at third because his defense sucks. He’s kind of a ‘tweener, but he can hit.

  • andrew colin

    Montero is really stuggling in AAA. Maybe, considering his age, too much pressure to soon. Back to AA? ANyone want to comment?