Culver, Sanchez lead GCL Yanks to big win


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

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. RPimpsner says:

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


  2. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

        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 says:

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

          • Tom Swift says:

            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 says:

              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.

  3. Sanchez is mashing. I love it.

  4. 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.

  5. yankees1717 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Operation Venditte says:

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

          • Chris says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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. says:

        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.

  6. Reggie C. says:

    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 says:

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

  7. Salty Buggah says:

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

    Not the 4.000 OPS I expected but not bad.

  8. Total Dominication says:

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


  9. Jake H says:

    Sanchez is a beast.

  10. pat says:

    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.

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


  12. Dirty Pena says:

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

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

  14. phughesisgod says:

    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 says:


    • Chip says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

      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

  15. 28 in '10 says:

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

  16. vin says:

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

  17. Dirty Pena says:

    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?

  18. Roger says:

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

  19. A.D. says:

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

  20. Jack says:

    A good ranking of the top 10 prospects here


    good article.

  21. Philthy65 says:

    is rey nunez anything to be excited about?

  22. Chris says:

    has great power, so he may turn into something

  23. dan genovese says:


    • Angelo says:

      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.

  24. dan genovese says:

    angelo get a life!

  25. Tags1 says:

    Who cares.

  26. Joe says:

    Agreed. Angelo calm down.

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