Culver, Sanchez lead GCL Yanks to big win

Game 76: Just wait him out
M's rough up Hughes, Yanks drop opener 7-4

Keith Law posted his mid-season list of the top 25 prospects in the game today (sub. req’d), with Jesus Montero coming in at number six. Austin Romine was listed as one of three players that just missed the cut. Montero was number ten on KLaw’s list back in January, so even though it seems as though move up, he technically went backwards. Six of the nine players ahead of him on the original list have since graduated to the big leagues, and both Domonic Brown and Mike Trout jumped over him in this edition. Romine is the real big climber, he wasn’t even on the preseason list.

Meanwhile, KLaw says Yanks’ 12th rounder Dan Burawa was 93-96 with “big time sink” in his Cape Cod League outing tonight. And finally, four Yankee farmhands have been selected to the Double-A Eastern League All Star Game. Romine, Brandon Laird, Lance Pendleton, and David Phelps, so congrats to them.

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 loss to Pawtucket)
Justin Christian, LF, Jesus Montero, C, Jorge Vazquez, 3B & Rene Rivera, DH: all 1 for 4 – JoVa scored a run, Rivera drove one in
Reid Gorecki, CF: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
P.J. Pilittere, 1B: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 BB – 12 for his last 26 (.462)
Reegie Corona, 2B & Eric Bruntlett, RF: both 0 for 3 – Corona walked … Bruntlett K’ed twice
Tim Redding: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – 61 of his 100 pitches were strikes
Mark Melancon: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB – just 14 of 36 pitches were strikes (39.9%) … what the hell?
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 17 of his 22 pitches were strikes (77.3%)

Double-A Trenton
Game One
(4-0 win over New Britain in 7 innings)
makeup of a May 19th rain out
Dan Brewer, LF: 0 for 4, 3 K – eek
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – three homers in his last ten games … he’s got four all season
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jose Gil DH & Edwar Gonzalez, RF: both 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Gil drove in a run … Edwar got picked off second on a snap throw by the catcher
Kevin Smith, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 RBI
Hector Noesi: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-12 GB/FB – he’s completed at least seven innings in his last five starts … 6 ER in his last 46 IP … K/BB ratio is up to 101-15 in 95 IP
Game Two (5-2 loss to New Britain in 7 innings)
Dan Brewer, LF, Edwar Gonzalez, RF, Kevin Smith, 1B, Luis Nunez, SS & Justin Snyder, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Brewer got hit by a pitch then  got caught stealing … Edwar, Smith & Snyder each K’ed once
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Romine, DH: 1 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB – those are his 28th & 29th walks of the season … he had 29 last year in 54 more games
Brandon Laird, 3B & Jose Gil, C: both 2 for 3, 1 RBI – Laird committed a fielding error … Gil allowed a passed ball
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-7 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional

High-A Tampa (5-0 win over Lakeland)
Ray Kruml, CF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 SB – got picked off first … seven walks & four strikeouts in his last nine games
Corban Joseph, 2B & Bradley Suttle, DH: both 2 for 5, 1 R – CoJo drove in a run & K’ed … Suttle tripled & drove in two
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 4 K – yikes
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Jack Rye, LF & Mitch Abeita, C: both 1 for 4, 1 2B – Rye K’ed … Abeita scored a run
Myron Leslie, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Adam Warren: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 11-4 GB/FB – close to a 2.50 GB/FB ratio this year
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB
George Kontos: 2 IP, zeroes, 4-2 GB/FB – second time he’s come on in relief … if this is part of the plan, I’ve never seen someone come back from Tommy John surgery on this plan before

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Augusta in 8 innings) they called this one early because it started raining
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 3 K – 13 K in his last 11 games
J.R. Murphy, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 CS
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 1 for 4, 3 K, 1 CS
Neil Medchill, LF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – second homer in as many days
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 HBP
DeAngelo Mack, RF, Kelvin Castro, SS & Emerson Landoni, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Mack threw a runner out at second & committed a fielding error … Castro K’ed
Jairo Heredia: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 5-4 GB/FB – 3 ER in his last 18.2 IP, so we have progress!
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (10-7 win over Aberdeen)
Isaiah Brown: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – had been oh for his last 18
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – four for his last 17 (.235), but three of the hits have gone for extra bases
Mike Ferraro, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Nick McCoy, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 HBP, 1 PB
Jose Mojica, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 E (throwing) – 14 for his last 38 (.368)
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 HBP – that’s his first homer of the season … remember he bounced around from Tampa to Trenton earlier in the year
Mike Gipson: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0-1 GB/FB – took Sam Elam’s rotation spot
Rich Martinez: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … yay grounders
Bryant Cotton: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB
Michael Recchia: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Chase Whitley: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – did allow one of two inherited runners to score

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-1 win over GCL Blue Jays)
Anderson Felix, 2B & Reymond Nunez, 1B: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Felix got picked off first … Nunez doubled & drove in two
Cito Culver, SS: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – that’s his first pro XBH … six for his last 14 (.429) … he’s only played four games, but we’re still waiting for that first walk
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB – one of the walks was intentional, so he’s obviously feared … dude’s got three homers in seven games, it took Montero 33 GCL games to hit three homers back in 2007
Ramon Flores, RF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – missed a few days after being hit by a pitch, but it’s good to see it wasn’t serious
Henry Pena, LF: 2 for 4, 2 K
Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-8 GB/FB – now that’s more like it
Jose Quintana: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6-0 GB/FB
Conor Mullee: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Game 76: Just wait him out
M's rough up Hughes, Yanks drop opener 7-4
  • RPimpsner

    Actually Mike, I reported it several days ago that Elam is out of the rotation and Gipson took his place.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Mike Trout will soon be the best prospect in baseball imo (if he isn’t already according to Law, no sub.)

    and damn mamaCito, en el fuego!!!!

    • Gonzo

      Dude is insane. Not gonna lie, it;s weird to see the Angels hit the jackpot on a Jersey kid. How did all the East Coast teams that drafted before 25 not see it?

      Kid is sick, just sick.

      • Reggie C.

        That kind of immediate success is a double-edged sword. Sure, Trout is going to zoom past nearly every single member of his class in K-Law’s rankings, but oh boy does it put the pressure on Trout in 2011.

        • Gonzo

          That’s like saying winning the lotto is a double edge sword. It’s good pressure to have.

          • Tom Swift

            I have read story after story about people who won the lottery and ended up bankrupt or addicted to drugs or something else awful. This has nothing to do with baseball, but winning the lottery is a double edged sword.

            • YanksFan in MA

              I’m pretty sure if I won the lottery as a 21 or 22 yr old I’d have no chance. At 26, join a country club, play golf every day and go to Yankees games at night. Not a bad life.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Sanchez is mashing. I love it.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    GarSan (that for Jamal because I know he loves the abbreviated nicknames) hit his HR to CF. You have to love it when a 17-year old can hit for power up the middle and to the opposite field.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Santo mierda, 17 años!!!!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona


      Also, Hector Noesi is dominating AA like only Casey Kelly can, or as Klaw thought he would, in his words treating the hitters “with disdain” (redic).

    • Jamal G.

      I hope you go blind one day and Chris Berman is the voice of one of your audio books.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Haha. I would so go “Helen Keller” if that happened. Ice picks in the ears.

    • matt montero

      Why not GarChez?

  • yankees1717

    PROMOTE PAT VENDITTE HE HAS NOT GIVEN UP A RUN IN HIS LAST 15.2 INNINGS!!!! what more do they want from him at this point high-a isn’t even a slight challenge to him

    • Brian

      I’m not too knowledgeable on prospects, just read the DotF here…but I would love to see Venditte promoted. For whatever reason it seems like the organization isn’t too high on him. Hopefully he gets a promotion to AA soon.

      • yankees1717

        well even if he doesn’t do well, it’s worth a shot. he has nothing to learn at high a.

        • Operation Venditte

          Yes they need to promote him he has proved himself in High A time to see what he can do in AA.

          • Chris

            the Yanks almost get offended when people ask why he hasn’t been promoted yet. Seems like they don’t like him as a prospect, but he’s continuing to prove them wrong.

            • woainidepigu

              Mike Ashmore had an interview with Mark Newman just a couple days ago in Trenton. Asked about Venditte and a possible promotion.

              Apparently it came down to a numbers crunch, there isn’t an opportunity for him to move up right now with all the pitchers in the higher levels. Plus those coming back from injuries.

              He’s not high enough on the prospect list to bump anybody else down.

              • Brian in NH

                They were putting him on the prospect path as a pitcher as far as his schedule went at the beginning of the year.

      • A.D.

        I agree that Vindette’s stuff won’t excite anyone, but he’s put up the numbers so you have to give him a shot.

  • Reggie C.

    Seriously … there’s only 1 dude on tonight’s SI team write-up who I was aware of before the season started. Is it my lack of knowledge or is that team simply stacked with filler? The talent gap between SI and GCL is staggering.

    It’d be nice to see another draft pick sign this week. Is Segedin going to hold out till the deadline? I want to see what kind of damage he could do for the SI team.

    • Rick in Boston

      A bunch of them are college picks this year, so if you weren’t aware of them, it’s not surprising.

  • Salty Buggah

    Gary Sanchez through 7 games: .423/.531/.885/1.416.

    Not the 4.000 OPS I expected but not bad.

    • Doug

      and maybe more importantly, a 5/5 BB/K ratio…impressive all around

    • wilcymoore27

      I was going to post Sanchez quadruple-slash line … you beat me to it! I know it’s only 7 games, but that’s a nice start.

      • Doug

        well, you can always post his .500/.556/1.188/1.743 line with runners on

  • Total Dominication

    You can find K-Law’s whole write-up here:

  • Jake H

    Sanchez is a beast.

  • pat

    Noesi is straight killin it. That command will take him far. Yanks don’t usually promote a guy more than once a year, but he’s certainly making a case to be in Scranton after the futures game and ASG.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    “K/BB ratio is up to 101-15 in 95 IP”


    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

      Are you still responsive? (Hey look, I found a question mark!)

  • Dirty Pena

    How/Why did the “Bring Melvin to America” go from a group to a (whatever “liking” something is)?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I think that’s how all Facebook groups are now.

      • Dirty Pena

        Oh, lame. Noesi left the group right? That’s why I made the visit over there. If so, (insert negative but not serious comment.) What a jerk!

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          He deleted his FB entirely.

          • Brian in NH

            w00t! Love that kind of move. I hate facebok

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    So if AISD is calling Gary Sanches GarSan, I keep thinking of Garçon, and thus figure I should call him The Boy.

    • Thomas

      Yeah, I thought of Garcon, too. I think “The Boy” would work especially considering his age. Of course, when he gets older he may start yelling, “I’m a man.”

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Yes, but right now he is The Boy!

        • Angelo

          Let’s get the word out.

          Gary Sanchez is now “The Boy”

    • Dirty Pena

      AISD?!? Was Andy’s name ever “Gary Rodriguez in Sunny Daytona?”

      /shows self out

  • phughesisgod

    Dear Mark Newman and Brian Cashman,

    I can care less what you 2 think of Pat Venditte. Although he may not have terrific stuff, facts are facts. Pat Venditte has made High A bitters look like idiots and is in the middle of making you 2 look like idiots. So if you want to save face, stop being so stubborn and give Mr. Venditte what he most deserves, a promotion to the Yankees Double A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder.

    A huge Yankees fan

    • Total Dominication


    • Chip

      Actually, for how much I love Venditte, he’s still probably not a top prospect. I mean, he’s got great numbers and everything but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see him get hit around at either AA or AAA when he gets there. You don’t see many major leaguers that can’t hit 90 on the gun.

      I’d love to see him be good/great and make the team someday but I’m going to side with the scouts and management guys who do this for a living and say they’re more than likely right that he’s just filler.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        I’d rather see him get hit around a little at Double A so I can know for sure than see him bore himself to death with these Hi-A pitchers.

        And while you don’t see many major leaguers that can’t hit 90, there have been a handful of guys who have found success so no matter how slim the chance, it’s possible. It’s not like he’s throwing 70 mph heat, let’s at least let him fail at the upper levels.

      • phughesisgod

        You don’t see many switch pitchers also. And, I think I have heard of Venditte hitting 90-92 on the gun a little while back unless I am mistaken. I’d say he is more than worth a shot at AA.

    • yankees1717

      well, he may not have the stuff for the majors, but at least let’s see if he has the stuff for AA. i mean he hasn’t given up a run in 15.2 innings

  • 28 in ’10

    Whither Melancon? Yeah, this year has been a sizable hiccup for a guy I had hoped would make all this Logaudin grief go away.

    • Dirty Pena

      He’s been downright Ponsnerian lately!

  • vin

    Is it just me or does it seem like Jairo Heredia starts every other day?

  • Dirty Pena

    I need Bret or someone to take me down a notch. The Yankees system has to have improved based on good performance this year, no?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder



      • Dirty Pena

        Well jeez, that’s enough caps to ruin anyone’s optim–homerism.

  • Roger

    Looks like our top pitching prospect Jairo Herridia is getting back on track again. Maybe he will win that Cy Young award after all.

    • pat


    • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      This is an inside joke I’m missing, right?

      Hellloooooo? Anybody out there? Helllooooo?

      • Pete

        All I can think of is that this guy thinks (as I do) that Jairo Heredia, Hector Noesi, and Ivan Nova are all basically the same person

        • Brian in NH

          gasp! thats racist!

          • Pete

            nah, I meant it more in the way that Austin Kearns and Ryan Church are the same person. Noesi’s starting to distinguish himself this year, but before the year started, did you really know the difference between Ivan Nova, Hector Noesi, and Jairo Heredia? Really?

  • A.D.

    Is Noesi basically IPK v 2.0 in terms of stuff/what makes him successful?

  • Jack

    A good ranking of the top 10 prospects here

    good article.

  • Philthy65

    is rey nunez anything to be excited about?

    • Angelo

      He has a plus-plus power tool, so the answer to that is yes

  • Chris

    has great power, so he may turn into something

  • dan genovese


    • Angelo

      Okay, can you seriously stop writing in caps. The guidelines specifically say don’t do it. And I believe you’re a repeat offender.

      Knock it off, it’s annoying.

  • dan genovese

    angelo get a life!

    • Oz

      Better, thanks. Maybe try just for the capital letter at the start of the sentence? Thanks again.

    • Angelo

      It’s not just me that says this. It’s super obnoxious, and the writers on RAB don’t like it either.

  • Tags1

    Who cares.

  • Joe

    Agreed. Angelo calm down.