Montero goes deep, but Scranton loses anyway


Bad news about Gavin Brooks. He hurt his labrum is Spring Training and needed surgery to repair it. He’s likely out until next year. In much happier news, the rookie level GCL Yankees kick off their season on Monday.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Reid Gorecki, LF, Eric Bruntlett, 3B & Reegie Corona, 2B: all 0 for 4 – Gorecki K’ed twice, Bruntlett & Corona once each
Colin Curtis, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – hitting just .182 with SWB … what gives?
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 15 for his last 29 (.517) with five doubles, two triples & a homer … I guess we shoulda taken the Montero Watch down sooner, right? … wait, what?
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Tim Redding: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 57 of 94 pitches were strikes (60.6%) … I usually don’t care about who the crappy veteran AAA innings guy is, but seeing Redding in the organization bothers me
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 22 of his 33 pitches were strikes … good to see him getting back on track
Royce Ring: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB - six of his nine pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (10-9 loss to Binghamton in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Justin Christian, LF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 2 for 4 – Christian doubled, walked twice, scored a run & K’ed … Nunez drew a walk
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI
Austin Romine, DH: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – slump’s over
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – homer number 15 on the season … career high is 23, set in 2008
Dan Brewer, RF & Matt Cusick, 3B: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Brewer scored a run & threw a runner out at second
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – you know, he’s still just 23
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Cory Arbiso: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Clearwater)
Walt Ibarra, LF & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 5 – Pirela scored a run
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 1 HBP – those are his 16th & 17th doubles, tying his total from last year in 136 fewer at-bats
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 11 for his last 33
Melky Mesa, CF & Mitch Abeita, C: both 0 for 3 – Mesa walked twice & K’ed … Abeita walked
Neil Medchill, DH & Trent Lockwood, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Medchill K’ed … Lockwood committed throwing error
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-4 GB/FB - oh what, he hears the rumors of a promotion and all of a sudden he thinks he could slack off? bust
Pat Venditte: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (11-6 loss to Rome)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – got picked off first … 20 hits in his first 15 games, which projects out to 216 hits over a fll 162 game season
J.R. Murphy, DH: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – seven for his last 18 (.389)
Jimmy Paredes, 3B: 3 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K - 26 for his last 50 (.520)
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Ray Kruml, LF: 4 for 5
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Sean Black: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 8-1 GB/FB – 105 baserunners in 67 IP
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 E (throwing)
Ryan Acosta: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (9-6 loss to Brooklyn)
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 0 for 5, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Francisco Arcia, C: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Shane Brown, LF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Kyle Roller, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – he should annihilate this league
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 1, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 3 HBP – no idea why, but he’s becoming a personal fave
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
Carlos Urena, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – sheesh, I remember hearing talk about him as the centerfielder of the future
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Sam Elam: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 4-3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – great arm, no idea where anything is going … should be an interesting year if he’s going to stay in the rotation
Manny Barreda: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB
Mike Gipson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 31st rounder this year
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 46th rounder

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Not Tank the Frank says:


    *shakes fist*

  2. Jesus’s SLG finally broke .400! Now to get it to .500…

  3. Dela G says:

    good god, the NY yankees were the only the only team in the entire organization to win

    oh well, at least montero is killin it!

  4. pat says:

    For some reason I can’t help but laugh that Slade gets picked off like all the time. I know he’s stealing a lot of bases too, but I just think it’s funny.

  5. pat says:

    I’m also excited to see the kid we signed outta Taiwan, Fu-Lin Kuo as the GCL starting 3B. Supposedly he’s been tearing the shit outta the ball in EST. The GCL is gonna have a veritable Murderers Row when it starts

    CF, Kelvin Duran
    RF, Ramon Flores
    SS, Cito Culver
    C, Gary Sanchez
    1B, Reymond Nunez
    DH, Damian Taveras
    3B, Fu-Lin Kuo
    LF, Henry Pena/Judd Golsan
    2B, Anderson Feliz/Jose Tuossen

    And that’s not even including any Gumbs, Mason Williams, Jake Anderson permutation.

    • mikebk says:

      GCL definitely has an exciting group to follow and see which and/or how many step forward.

    • Angelo says:

      Lets see…

      Cito Culver, Ramon Flores, and Gary Sanchez should be interesting to watch. Anderson Feliz I believe is a 2008 IFA signee, maybe he has some potential. I honestly hadn’t heard of Fu-Lin Kuo until you mentioned him, hopefully he has some talent as well. Once Gumbs joins this group it’ll be even better to watch them.

  6. mikebk says:

    we knew Jesus had to hit a HR soon cause he could have his 3B total and HR total be equal.

  7. Marcos says:

    Also, Go Venditte! He’s been begging for a promotion recently.

    • OperationVenditte says:

      He needs to be promoted to AA soon and after he crushes it there up to Scranton to end the season.

  8. matt montero says:

    Is it too late for Vech to break out? Should he be promoted? Any chance he could be a Yankee next year or possibly september?

  9. ash says:

    where is carmen angelini?

  10. phughesisgod says:

    Pat Venditte again making High A hitters look silly. Nothing we havent seen for the past year pretty much. Shame on the Yankees organization for not promoting him to Trenton and letting him make AA hitters look foolish!

    Vech is just killing the ball this year and really seems to be in line for a promotion to SWB.

    Montero, well, what can you say? The IL pitchers had it easy up until this week. Now there beginning to find out that Montero is a freaking beast and scary as heck to face.

  11. Centuar of Attention says:

    Tough break for Gavin Brooks. Can’t to surprised about it though. He’s had past shoulder troubles correct? I’m hoping Slade also gets his first HR soon.

    • Angelo says:

      It would be nice, but I’m more worried about him collecting hits and walks. If he does those things well, then I’m confident the power will come later on. He’s still very young.

  12. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    -The power has finally come for Jesus!

    -Brackman only walked 2, which is still good, because it isn’t 5 like the rest of his line.

    -I love Slade like Bexarama loves Pettitte.

    -Mike, you’re right, it is the SAME Elam as last year hehehe.

  13. Roger says:

    Finally get to see Deleon, Sosa and Urena up close these guys were getting hyped to the hills a few years back , and Mojica also.

  14. Jim says:

    Question: If a major team wanted to, could they call someone up directly from the Dominican Summer League complex? I guess since they’re signed, right?

  15. Jim says:

    I also predict Bruntlett will be released and Vech will take over at 3rd base. i hope so before i go out to scranton to see them play a couple games next week. their offense has been a lil boring of late.

  16. Jim says:

    Kudos to PJ pilittere, the official scranton equipment manager, to sending one yard on his first day off the DL!

  17. bexarama says:

    Yaaaay Montero! Good to see him heating up.

  18. deuce bag poster says:

    If the Montero Watch were down, Montero would have gone 6 for 5 with 7 Grand Slams. Damn jinx.

  19. Bobby's World says:

    How would Vech go up and play 3rd for Scranton,haven’t you seen Lairds numbers.He is probably one of the front runners for Eastern League MVP.

  20. Sam Elam doesn’t even know where his throws to first are going. Urena was jumping all night catching bad throws, poor guy.

    SI’s not very exciting this year in terms of prospects so far :(

  21. Cecala says:

    Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 1, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 3 HBP

    This made me laugh hard. Why, I don’t know.

  22. Bailey1 says:

    There are some good pitchers still in the GCL….Richardson, Turley, Mitchell, Deluca and Gerritse. Some of these guys will be in SI or Charleston before the season ends.

  23. Master says:

    Melancon is the most overrated prospect of the past 4 years

  24. jspec says:

    Please explain the name Melvin I keep seeing pop up. Who is he??

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