Productive nights for all the top prospects

Game 77: The King is in town
Dustin Moseley to join Yankees on Thursday

We have notes…

  • Grant Duff has been placed on the DL for an unknown reason, but it’s not surprising after he got rocked last time out. J.B. Cox takes his place on the roster.
  • Kevin Goldstein had a little something on Hector Noesi today (sub. req’d): “He doesn’t have a pitch that any scout would put a 60 on, but his fastball has average to plus movement with some cutting action, his curveball is solid, his change is good, and he absolutely pounds the strike zone and pitches without fear … It’s not a crazy high ceiling, but Noesi sure looks like a major-league starter and could be a nice trade chip in the coming month.”
  • Jesus Montero, Eduardo Nunez, and Jon Albaladejo were all named to the Triple-A International League All Star Team, so congrats to them.
  • Robert Pimpsner reported that 32nd round pick LHP Kramer Sneed has signed and will report to Short Season Staten Island tomorrow.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Pawtucket)
Justin Christian, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Marcus Thames, DH: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – obviously, he’s on a rehab assignment … all four at-bats came against lefties … singled after falling behind in the count 0-2 & working it back full … on the other hand, he had a 3-0 count later in the game, only to fly out on a broken bat after the count ran full
Jeff Natale, PH-DH: 1 for 1, 1 R, 2 RBI – took over once Thames got his four at-bats
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – four for his last 23 (.174)
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – ten for his last 26 (.385) with three doubles & two homers … I have to say, it’s good to see his AVG/OBP/SLG all go DOWN after a night like this, shows his numbers are back in the realm of respectability
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K
Reid Gorecki, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Reegie Corona, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
P.J. Pilittere, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – still six for his last 33 (.182)
Romulo Sanchez: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6-3 GB/FB – 52 of his 90 pitches were strikes (57.8%)
Jason Hirsh: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 30 of 44 pitches were strikes (68.2%)

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to New Britain)
Dan Brewer, LF: 0 for 5, 2 K – 0 for his last 12
Austin Krum, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 11 for his last 32 (.344) with ten walks & six strikeouts
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 2 K – OPS dips under .900 for the first time in … probably a long time … he’s at .899 right now
Matt Cusick, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Kevin Smith, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Luis Nunez, SS: 1 for 4
Justin Snyder, 2B: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 5-4 GB/FB – just his second AA start, so no biggie … GM Brian Cashman was in the house to see him
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Tim Norton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had their doubleheader rained out. Not sure when they’re going to make these games up, but their next series against Lakeland is in late August.

Low-A Charleston was washed out. I assume they’re going to play two at some point over the next three days.

Short Season Staten Island (4-2 win over Aberdeen)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Kyle Roller, 1B: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Sosa doubled twice … Roller drove in a run & K’ed
Shane Brown, LF & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 1 for 3, 2 BB – Brown drove in a run … DeLeon K’ed
Isaiah Brown, DH: 1 for 5, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 3B & Casey Stevenson, 2B: both 1 for 4 – Mahoney K’ed … Stevenson doubled
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 4, 2 RBI – 15 for his last 37 (.405) with four doubles, one walk & zero strikeouts … in fact, he has yet to strike out in 47 plate appearances this year … that’s nuts
Jeff Farnham, C: 0 for 4, 2 K – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Mikey O’Brien: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2-6 GB/FB – 2 ER, 13-4 K/BB ratio in 18.1 IP
Matt Jernstad: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-2 loss to GCL Braves)
Kelvin Duran, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – that’s his first pro walk
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 4, 2 K – drops his OPS all the way down to 1.300
Ramon Flores, RF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 29 (.379) with three doubles & two homers
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Damian Taveras, DH & Nathan Aron, LF: both 0 for 4 – Taveras K’ed once, Aron twice
Jose Toussen, 2B: 0 for 3
John Van Benschoten: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – I had completely forgotten about him … he’s coming back from a torn meniscus
Brett Gerritse: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 4-5 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – picked a runner off first
Mariel Checo: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-5 GB/FB

Game 77: The King is in town
Dustin Moseley to join Yankees on Thursday
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    The Boy would be mine, but I already laid dibs on Montero.

    Apparently, I’m a cougar. A 24 year old cougar.

    • Brian in NH

      no shame in this. go for that young stuff

  • Joe

    I dont mean to be a dick, but I do not think Thames singled in his first AB

    • A.D.

      Yeah it was in the 5th.

  • Cecala

    John Van Benschoten

    What a cool name!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I been shoutin’ at your van John!

      • Phishin’

        Dr. Van Nostrand??

  • A.D.

    Is it bad that I kinda like that Lars Anderson is struggling for the Sox?

    • Chris

      I don’t get nearly as much joy from that as I do from seeing Casey Kelly’s 5.05 ERA.

      • Angelo

        This brings tears to my eyes.

  • Chris

    When Montero was 17 and playing in the GCL, he hit 3 HR and 6 2B in 107 AB. Gary Sanchez already has 3 HR and 3 2B, and he’s only got 30 AB. Even though it’s very early, it’s impressive to see him out do Montero.

  • Doug

    Hey Mike, what did Goldstein have to say about Gary Sanchez?

    • Mike Axisa

      Nothing interesting. Something along the lines of “last year’s $3M man is off to the nice start, but it’s still still too early.” That’s really it. If there was anything more, I’d have mentioned it in the post.

  • A.D.

    Jesus Montero, Eduardo Nunez, and Jon Albaladejo were all named to the Triple-A International League All Star Team, so congrats to them.

    Jesus surprising to make the team, no?

    • Doug

      yeah, but made it as a reserve, not a starter

    • bexarama

      As I saw someone say on Twitter, /Teixeira’d

      • Barry

        Except that he was chosen by the league not by the fans. (I know, details details)

  • ZZ

    All 3 runs in Brackman’s outing came in the 5th, so just one bad inning for him today.

    • Doug

      and 4 of his 6 baserunners

  • Jake H

    Montero heating up is huge. I love that Romine has been drawing more walks also. Romine has as many walks this year as he did all of last year in 204 fewer plate appearances.

    • mikebk

      actually he has more. today he set a new high for walks in a season.

      • Jake H

        I thought it had updated, guess I was wrong.

  • phughesisgod

    With Brackman now, the only thing I am concerned about is the velocity, although the latest reports about that have been promising.

    I also read that Manny Banuelos was supposed to start today for Tampa in I think Game 1 of the rained out double header. So that is encouraging news. That rotation in Tampa is freaking nuts! Banuelos, Betances, Warren, Hall and Stoneburner, in no particular order. Thats a scary rotation to have to face.

    • mikebk

      supposed to Man Ban game 1 Stoneburner 2.

    • Joe

      I got a boner thinking about it

      • Esteban


  • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

    I can´t believe Jesus´ numbers have shot up so quickly. I haven´t check the Montero Watch in like a week. Tonight is the first night I checked.

    • Chip

      Stop checking for another month, you’ll jinx him

      • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

        Will do.

      • Angelo

        This made me laugh. Thanks for that.

  • Nostra-Artist

    I don’t want to make too much of this, but don’t you think the fact that Brian Cashman was in attendance to watch Brackman pitch is significant? I remember a similar trip where he brought along Reggie to watch Joba pitch in 07.

    I know there could be any number of reasons to make the trip, including evaluating him for possible trade considerations, but the fact that he’s now on Brian’s radar tells me he’s closer to the bigs than people think.

    • Angelo

      This inspired you to make a post on your site about it I see…

    • Januz

      You can throw in the fact he was called one of “The Crown Jewels Of The Yankee System”. They will be needing starting pitching in 2011 and beyond, so if Brackman can fill one of those holes that would be huge (Particularly as a low-cost option). In addition there are a lot of pitching prospects in the minors (Manban, Betances, Stoneburner, the Mitchells, DeLuca, Marshall and others) that have to move up to the next level, and in addition, they drafted and will probably sign a number of them, means those guys need spots to open up. Brackman in The Bronx could be one of them.

      • Angelo

        I’m going to bet that Brackman starts 2011 in Trenton, with a small chance of starting in Scranton at the beginning of the year.

        I’ll say Brackman makes his major league debut sometime next year.

        I think I’m being pretty bold by saying that. But there is no way Brackman starts the year with the Yankees. I just don’t see it happening.

    • A.D.

      The other bit would be since Brack has been down in various southern leagues until now this promotion has Cashman the opportunity to go see him pitch without hopping on a plane.

      • Rick in Boston

        This. One of the reasons the Yankees have both of their high-level affiliates in easy driving distance of NYC is so the Yankees brass can see them whenever they want.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Productive nights for all the top prospects
    By Mike Axisa

    Eduardo Nunez, SS: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – four for his last 23 (.174)

    I’m pickin’ up what you’re puttin’ down.

  • coolerking101

    Jason Hirsh seems to be becoming more comfortably in the relief role. 3 out of his last 4 appearances have been dominant. Mosely’s replacement in 2 weeks as the long man?