Staten Island’s season opener takes a backseat to Kontos’ return

In which the recap contains as many words as the Yankees had hits
The future of Mark Teixeira

Dellin Betances got some love on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet as the tenth hottest prospect in the minors. Rob Lyerly sheds a single tear.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Lehigh Valley)
Reid Gorecki, RF & Greg Golson, LF: both 1 for 4 – Gorecki walked, stole two bases, drove in a run & scored twice … Golson doubled & scored a run
Colin Curtis, CF: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda, 1B & Eric Bruntlett, 2B: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Miranda K’ed once, Bruntlett twice … Bruntlett committed a throwing error
Jorge Vazquez, 3B & Rene Rivera, C: both 0 for 4 – Vazquez K’ed once, Rivera twice
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K – had a chance for the cycle in his fourth at-bat, but he struck out on a slider, changeup, changeup, changeup
Dustin Moseley: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 66 of his 99 pitches were strikes … that’s 20 K in his last two starts (14 IP)
Zack Segovia: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 11 of 14 pitches were strikes (78.6%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 11 of 13 pitches were strikes (84.6%) … he has to be better than Chan Ho Park at this point, right?

Double-A Trenton (1-0 loss to Binghamton)
Justin Christian, LF, Austin Krum, CF, Dan Brewer, RF, Matt Cusick, 3B & Jose Gil, C: all 1 for 4 – Christian K’ed … Krum K’ed twice … Brewer doubled … Gil K’ed
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – oh for his last ten
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Justin Snyder, 2B: both 0 for 3 – Snyder K’ed
Hector Noesi: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6-9 GB/FB – hit 93 on the gun
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB – the walk was intentional

High-A Tampa (9-4 loss to Clearwater)
Jack Rye, RF & Neil Medchill, DH: both 2 for 4 – Rye walked, drove in a run & committed a fielding error … Medchill doubled, drove in three, scored a run & K’ed twice
Jose Pirela, SS & Trent Lockwood, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Pirela walked, scored a run & K’ed … Lockwood missed a catch for an error
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (missed catch)
Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 1 BB
George Kontos: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB – first game since June 25th of last year, so he gets a mulligan … he, of course, had Tommy John surgery …  good to see everyone start to get healthy
Adam Olbrychowski: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – had to come out after a lengthy rain delay
Phil Bartlewski: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-4 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB
J.B. Cox: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – well, at least the runs were unearned, right?
Noel Castillo: 0.1 IP, 2 H, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB – amazingly, he didn’t allow the inherited runner to score

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Rome)
Slade Heathcott, CF & Emerson Landoni, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Heathcott struck out … this is just his second hitless game since being called up
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, Zoilo Almonte, RF & DeAngelo Mack, LF: all 1 for 3, 1 BB – Paredes got caught stealing & K’ed … Almonte doubled & scored a run … Mack K’ed twice
Rob Lyerly, 1B & Kyle Higashioka, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Lyerly K’ed once, Higashioka once … Lyerly had been 24 of his last 42 (.571), though 24 of 45 (.533) is still pretty nuts
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Josh Romanski: 5.2 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-3 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB
Ryan Acosta: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 loss to Brooklyn) full lineup per DotF tradition
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP – 25th rounder this year
Francisco Arcia, C: 1 for 4, 1 R – send down from Charleston since Murphy (and Heathcott) are going to stay there the rest of the season
Carlos Urena, PH:  for 1, 1 K – pinch hit with a man on first & one out in the 9th
Shane Brown, LF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – 23rd rounder
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K – first professional hit was also the team’s first hit of the year, a two run double … he was their 8th rounder last week
Isaiah Brown, PR: 0 for 0 – pinch ran & represented the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – struck out on a breaking ball out of the zone, then took the same pitch for a walk later … yay progress
Mike Ferraro, DH:  1 for 4, 1 RBI – 20th rounder
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – nice to see him start off on the right foot here, he as dreadful with Charleston earlier in the year
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Shane Greene: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 9-1 GB/FB – hooray for ground balls
Preston Claiborne: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB – 17th rounder
Zach Varce: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – not an ideal pro debut … 11th rounder
Rich Martinez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-2 GB/FB

In which the recap contains as many words as the Yankees had hits
The future of Mark Teixeira
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Don’t worry, Mike. We’re waiting to promote Albaladejo until the final week of the season.

    He’ll then go on to be installed as the elite setup man to Mariano during our march to a title, and then take over for him in a few years as the new supercloser, on his eventual march towards 900 career saves, breaking the all-time saves mark which will then be held by Francisco Rodriguez.

    Ian O’Connor

  • YankeeFan

    Hey Mike the way Montero is hitting triples, you may need that on his prospect watch stat sheet. He’s blazing by the bases!

    That triple tonight was again off the top of the wall. He seems to be putting 10 points on his batting average each given week.

  • Doug

    Okay….who had June 18 in the “when will Montero’s OPS break .700 pool”?

    And give me August 5 in the when will Montero’s OPS break .800 pool.

    • Accent Shallow

      If he’s gonna break .800, I’m willing to bet it’s in July.

      • Pete

        July 23rd, to be precise

  • ZZ

    Noticed very little talk about Eduardo Nunez on this site.

    He is positioning himself to be one of the best SS prospects in baseball at the end of the season with his very much improved defense.

    He is going to be a very good trade chip for the Yankees.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “Noticed very little talk about Eduardo Nunez on this site.”

      Not disagreeing with the rest of your comment, but as to the first part, I actually think Nunez has been one of the more talked-about prospects around here this season. Maybe just poor timing between when you’ve been around and when he’s been discussed.

      • ZZ

        Makes sense. SSS alert on my part!

        • Angelo

          Yup, Axisa is the one that hates Nunez. I still don’t think he’s a great prospect, but he’s a decent trade chip for sure.

  • Bryan G

    Anyone else notice the two sawx prospects on the not so hot sheet at the bottom of the BAPage ?

    • Eirias

      I zee nothing! NOTHING!

      • Dela G


  • vin

    Remember when Slade was good? What a bust.

  • Eirias

    The Trenton loss was actually 1-0, not 7-0.

  • dr mrs the yankee

    Varce was a bit victimized by NYPL defense, though the hit that gave up the lead was a legit line drive to LF.

    • rico

      lassiter was awful at 3b, i thought he could have had 3 balls that went for doubles

      • dr mrs the yankee

        Yeah he doesn’t seem to judge groundballs hit hardish near him very well. Bad reactions.

  • Jon G

    Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 11 of 13 pitches were strikes (84.6%) … he has to be better than Chan Ho Park at this point, right?

    At this point, he might be better than anyone in the pen other than Mo and maybe Robertson…

    Last year, but bullpen shake-up came earlier and was a huge success. This year, the time has finally come…

  • Jon G

    I meant to say last year, the BIG bullpen shake-up came earlier and was a huge success. This year, the time has finally come…

    Thoughts on possible moves?

    • radnom

      Kei Igawa.

      Too bad Melancon is in a funk. now would be a perfect opportunity. Does anyone have a scouting report on him these days? Is the stuff down or is he just wild?

      • Jon G

        I was pissed when they signed Park because he pretty much took Melancon’s spot on the mlb squad… We know what we have in Park and it ain’t good. We know that given time, Melancon has some great potential. He at least deserves a chance…

  • radnom

    A lot of effort put into tonights DoTF, thanks Mike.

    Always fun to follow these when the exciting prospects are performing.

  • Dave

    Watch out for Kyle Roller at SI. He was head and shoulders the best hitter in the Cape Cod league last summer. Great lefty power swing with high contact, high on-base.

    • rbizzler

      I am looking forward to Roller mashing. I know he profiles as a 1b/DH-type but you have to love the little bit of power potential he brings to the system.

      When can we start thinking that Lyerly is for real or is he forever fringy?

  • Rob NY

    Jesus’ OPS will rise again, in fulfillment of the skillset.

    I’ll second Radnom’s post and say thanks for the work you put in with DoTF. It’s one of my favorite Yankee related things to read.

  • AndrewYF

    What would be really cool, but COMPLETELY not necessary, would be a listing of who’s pitching the next day for the Yankees in the minor leagues. That way we can get more pumped!

    • C-Mac


      • AndrewYF

        I’m pretty sure Brackman is pitching tonight.

        And Tim Redding will take the mound for Scranton! Get excited!

        • Accent Shallow

          Tim Reddings for Ian Kennedy?

  • dillon

    Anyone have scouting report on Dustin Moseley?

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Jesus Montero has hit .405 with 8 XBH over the last 10 games in spite of the vaunted RAB Prospect Watch Curse of Terror. He scoffs at mystical vexes.

    (making wanking motion with hand)

    • AndrewYF

      I wish people would stop making masturbation gestures.

  • dan

    does anyone have video on the yankees draft picks that were not originally posted during draft time? high school pitchers josh dezse and travis dean has anyone seen how these guys throw? What are odds of these 2 getting signed by yanks?