Romine extends hit streak in Trenton win


Got a ton of info to pass along, most of it coming from Josh Norris

Also, biggest news of the day: the Yanks signed Justin Christian out of the independent Atlantic League and assigned him to Double-A Trenton. He spent 2004-2008 in the Yanks’ system, and even got some big league time in 2008. Dude stole 220 bases (caught just 36 times, 85.9% success rate) during that time, and was always a personal fave. Good to have him back.

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 loss to Durham)
Kevin Russo, RF, Eduardo Nunez, SS & Jon Weber, DH: all 1 for 4 – Russo doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Nunez drove in a run & K’ed
Reegie Corona, 2B: 0 for 4
David Winfree, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB – hmmm, two straight games with no Juan Miranda … not sure what that’s about
P.J. Pilittere, 1B: 0 for 1 – just activated from the phantom DL … pinch hit for Winfree when things got out of hand in the top of the 9th
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 1 – got taken out of the game in the 3rd inning for an unconfirmed reason, but it’s believed that he didn’t run out a grounder … he warmed up pitchers in the bullpen later in the game, so it’s unlikely to be an injury
Chad Moeller, C: 0 for 3 – took over for Hey-Zeus
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – he doesn’t make contact often, but when he does …
Robby Hammock, 3B: 1 for 3
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K – he got there pretty quick, huh?
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-6 GB/FB – 49 of 74 pitches were strikes (66.2%) … he was pressed into action because Romulo Sanchez was supposed to start tonight, but he’s with the big league team now
Amaury Sanit: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB – 26 of 47 pitches were strikes (55.3%)
Royce Ring: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 18 of 31 pitches were strikes (58.1%)
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – exactly half of his 30 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (1-0 win over Bowie)
Dan Brewer, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
David Adams, B & Marcos Vechionacci, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Adams got hit by a pitch & got picked off first on a snap throw by the catcher, who just so happens to be Corban Joseph’s brother
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – hit streak is up to 16 games … drove in the only run they would need way back in the 1st inning
Brandon Laird, 3B, Reid Gorecki, CF, Kevin Smith, 1B, Edwar Gonzalez, RF & Luis Nunez, SS: all 1 for 3 -Smith K’ed twice … Edwar doubled & stole a base

David Phelps: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB – 28-6 K/BB ratio in 29.2 IP
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-3 loss to Brevard County) for the second time in a week, they’re facing a former big leaguer rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery
Jack Rye, RF: 2 for 5, 1 2B – avg holds steady at .397
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 16 for his last 36 (.444)
Bradley Suttle, 3B, Neil Medchill, LF & Myron Leslie, C: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Medchill scored a run … Leslie allowed two passed balls
Melky Mesa, CF & Trent Lockwood, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Lockwood K’ed twice
Addison Maruszak, SS: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Mitch Abeita, DH: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 10-2 GB/FB – well, at least he’s getting them to hit the ball on the ground
Brandon Braboy: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – just off the DL, but I bet he wishes he was still on it after this gem
Phil Bartlewski: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 21 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-4 win over Delmarva) faced last year’s fifth overall pick
Jimmy Paredes, SS & Luke Murton, 1B: both 3 for 5 – Paredes scored three runs & committed a throwing error … Murton doubled, drove in two & K’ed
Justin Milo, LF, Zoilo Almonte, RF & Rob Lyerly, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Milo drew a walk, stole a base, scored a run & K’ed … Almonte walked, drove in a run & K’ed thrice … Lyerly walked, K’ed & got caught stealing
Kyle Higashioka, C:  2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (pickoff)
Garrison Lassiter, DH & Ray Kruml, CF: both 0 for 4 – Lassiter K’ed twice, Kruml once
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8-3 GB/FB – easily his worst outing of the season
Gabriel Tatis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – can’t ask for much more out of your bullpen

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    but it’s believed that he didn’t run out a grounder…

    We all know the dominicans are lazy, are the Venezuelans lazy too now?

  2. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thank Mo no injury.

  3. At least it appears as if Montero isn’t hurt. If the Yanks need a full-time DH, does Miranda get the first call? They wouldn’t unleash Jesus would they?

  4. From what I heard on the radio, Jose Ramirez wasn’t helped out by his outfielders on the defensive end. Probably could have had a decent night with good to average defense behind him.

  5. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    no they would not call up Jesus yet.

  6. Reggie C. says:

    Its not terribly surprising to see Montero show signs of immaturity. Bad conditioning at the start of preseason and now the uninspiring start has got to be irritating and confusing to Montero. Success came quick and in long stretches last season for the kid.

    Considering tonight’s events, Montero might have been a candidate for a call-up if he had started the season better. Montero’s prospects peers have debuted in their respective leagues with far greater ease. With these antics, Montero only makes a bad start look worse.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      what’s with all the negativity, I hope Mo strikes you with a lightning bolt for talking about Jesus in such a way!

  7. Drew says:

    Cool about Christian. I remember back when he and Gardy were battling for time in 08.

  8. Kel says:

    How about romine or nunez as a dh?

  9. JoeyH says:

    Gotta think that Justin Christian can give the big league club some depth on the bench as far as a fast footed guy is concerned. With Grandy on the DL the speed of the team has taken a hit. I’d like to see him pinch run for ass-dragger Johnson late in a game.

  10. Why are people in such a rush to call up and possibly push them too far too fast while also starting their arbitration clocks? I can’t imagine a universe in which calling up Montero or, good grief, Romine (who’s like a month into his AA career), is a good idea. This team is the farthest thing from desperate right now.

    Please, let’s stop with these comments. They’re utterly ridiculous.

  11. Could you imagine a J. Christ, Gritstr, Golson outfield? Holy Schnikees, they could track down “Jumpers”*.

    *From the movie, “Jumper”.


  12. Mikebk says:

    how long til phelps goes to AAA?

    • Bill O says:

      Probably at least a month, but could be sooner if need be since no other starter in Trenton has done anything worthy of promotion consideration.

  13. Where’s my DeAngelo :(

  14. Reggie C. says:

    It’ll be interesting to see where the Yanks send Betances once he comes off the DL? I guess he might head to EST for 3-4 weeks at least and shake off the rust against Slade and JR. From then on, i’d like to see Betances get a Tampa assignment, but that’s a post AS break wish.

  15. Max says:

    I believe that Betances will be in Tampa, that’s what Mike Ashmore said on Twitter.

  16. Jorge Vasquez had an appendectomy like Banuelos, and isn’t too far off.

    I’ve always said that Mexicans have weak appendixes. This confirms my suspicion. Watch out Ace and Ramiro.

  17. Ivan says:

    Well you never want to hear your star prospect being bench for not hustling but maybe it will be a good omen. Hopefully he’ll learn from this situation and grow from there.

  18. Dan says:

    “[Montero] pulled up lame running out his grounder in the second inning.”

    When it rains, it pours…

  19. colin says:

    whos gabriel tatis?

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