The Heathcott & Murphy Show is on in Charleston

Open Thread: Losing with your best pitcher still in the bullpen
As Mo sits, Toronto walks off in the 14th

Make sure you vote for the Triple-A All Star Team. Let’s get Jesus Montero in their despite his substandard season.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Gwinnett)
Reid Gorecki, CF, Jesus Montero, C & Greg Golson, LF: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Gorecki drew a walk
Reegie Corona, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Colin Curtis, LF: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Chad Huffman, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K , 1 E (throwing)
David Winfree, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 10-3 GB/FB – 64 of 97 pitches were strikes (66%)
Zack Segovia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – just six of his 15 pitches were strikes (40%), but there was an intentional walk mixed in there
Boone Logan: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – six of his 13 pitches were strikes (46.2%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 0-1 GB/FB – 14 of his 20 pitches were strikes (70%)

Double-A Trenton (5-4 win over Richmond, walk-off style)
Justin Christian, LF: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
Austin Krum, CF: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K – walk-off single
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 PB
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 3 for 4, 1 RBI – hitting an even .400 since coming back
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – hit a homer in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game
Edwar Gonzalez, DH & Luis Nunez, SS: both 0 for 4 – Edwar K’ed twice … Nunez committed a fielding error
Justin Snyder, 2B: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B – I thought regular playing time due to David Adams’ injury would help him, but aside for this game, it hasn’t
D.J. Mitchell: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 8-4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – Double-A been berry berry mean to him
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-0 win over Jupiter)
Jack Rye, RF, Bradley Suttle, DH, Melky Mesa, CF & Francisco Santana, LF: all 0 for 4 – Santana K’ed thrice, the other three each K’ed once
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 1 K – that’s eight walks in his last four games … he’s walked just 22 times all season … Corban Joseph multi-pass indeed
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Trent Lockwood, 1B: 4 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – eight for his last 13 (61.5%)
Mitch Abeita, C: 1 for 4, 1 R
Graham Stoneburner: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 12-3 GB/FB – just think, a start like this didn’t even get him in the post title … after his little three start adjustment period to the new level, he’s allowed just six hits & one walk while striking out 11 in 14 IP
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Rome, walk-off style)
Slade Heathcott: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – got picked off first, so clearly he’s a bust … he’s had a hit in every game he’s played so far
J.R. Murphy: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI – scored the game winning run
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 0 for 2 – left the game for an unknown reason in the 7th
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 2B
Luke Murton, 1B & DeAngelo Mack, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Murton walked twice & committed a fielding error … Mack walked once & K’ed
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 3 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – walk-off single
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Kelvin Castro, SS: 0 for 4, 2 K
Kelvin Perez: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 9-3 GB/FB
Michael Solbach: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3-3 GB/FB

Open Thread: Losing with your best pitcher still in the bullpen
As Mo sits, Toronto walks off in the 14th
  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I’m loving Slade and Murphy batting 1-2 in the lineup!

  • Salty Buggah

    This DotF is pretty exciting, but when Montero starts hitting and when SI and GCL Yanks start playing, it’ll be even more fun to follow.

  • Doug

    Montero’s batting 7th now. And rightfully so. Is Girardi watching?

  • Jake H

    Slade is great. I’m hoping that they just keep them in Low A if they keep producing.

    • emac2

      Yeah. That would be great.

      Nice and slow, one level per year and hopefully he hits the big club before he’s 30.

      It isn’t just about developing players it’s avout breaking their will and rebuilding them. Success and promotion should never be related. You have to pay your dues and put in the time.

  • Roger

    Montero is busting hard right now. At least we have JR and Slade in low a.

    • Doug

      and at least 3 years away from the big club. we need montero to get it together to provide more short-term help.

    • Dirty Pena

      Joe Mauer split time between AA and A when he was 20. Jesus needs at least through midseason next year before we start throwing around the B word. Even if his numbers are this horrible for another 12 months, you only downgrade him a bit as a prospect since he’ll still only be 21.

  • T-Dubs

    I get excited when I see Stoneburner and Warren on DOTF. Love those two.

    • Salty Buggah

      And Ramirez. Kinda like seeing Arodys last year.

      • Jake H

        All 3 please.

        • YankeeFan

          Don’t forget Phelps.

          • YankeeFan

            And Brackman of late.

          • dr mrs the yankee

            Phelps has been doing well but keep in mind that he doesn’t have the stuff to be anything more than a back end guy. Which is fine but it means he’ll probably get moved in a deal at some point. Don’t get attached, he’ll be a Pirate by 2011 ;)

      • T-Dubs

        Word. I follow the obvious position players everyday (The Jesus, Romine, etc.) but it’s a special treat when those 3 young pitchers pop up.

        • Salty Buggah


  • Ray Fuego

    Jesus is really stinking up the place..

  • Roger

    Jesus what the fuck.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Everyone slumps.

      • Ray Fuego

        That’s one ugly slump..

        • Mister Delaware

          Maybe we could trade him to St. Louis for Randy Winn. That’s guy is proven to be able to stand in a major league batter’s box. Ever seen Montero do that beyond the AAA level?

  • MackAttack

    Can we PLEASE get the Montero tracker down? The curse of the RAB tracker.

    I want the Kei Igawa tracker or something!

    • Doug

      montero’s best bud in spring training wasn’t a man by the name of teixeira, was it?

    • Marcos

      I don’t know if I was the first to (admittedly sarcastically) promote the idea of the RAB tracker curse (I probably wasn’t but I’d never read it anywhere on DotF before), but if I was… SWEET it’s catching on!

      On another note, yeah Teh Jesus is looking not so great right now, I have faith, but eesh…

      • BklynJT

        RAB has been cursing players since their inception. It started with the Big Three t-shirts and moved on to the prospect tracker.

        There should be a vote on the next chat to determine whether or not to drop this Prospect Tracker idea.

        • Richard Iurilli

          Please stop with this ridiculous idea.

          Read the replies to this post:

          • Captain Jack

            They should try it for a week or so and see what happens (absolutely nothing…but if you can’t have fun with baseball what’s the point?)

            Or at the very least highlight something less depressing, like the Gulf Oil Spill, the situation in Israel, our own mortality, or the fact that true love doesn’t exist.


  • Carlosologist

    For those of you saying Montero is a bust, take a look at this:

    Colby Rasmus, a ROY candidate last year at age 22, posted this line at AAA at age 21:


    You can draw comparisons between Rasmus and Montero here. Both are highly touted prospects that disappointed in their first season in AAA. Jesus has yet to debut, but I think if as fans we accept that Jesus is learning the hard way, he’ll flourish in his first chance next year or in 2012.

    • MikeD

      I think one poster said he was “busting,” but not sure anyone called him a bust. Would be pretty stupid. He’s been just about the youngest player at every level, including AAA, so he has a lot of road in front of him. He’s only 20, and a young 20 as his birthday is in November, if I remember correctly. BABIP also suggest he’s been a bit unlucky, at least that’s what they read a few weeks back. He’ll be fine. Probably pressing right now.

    • Gonzo

      I agree, but there was little doubt Colby would stay at CF. He has the capability of playing good CF defense (although not so much this year based on UZR). Not exactly apples to apples when comparing the two.

      I think the obvious frustration is that Montero’s main tool was his bat and it’s not not working for him right now. After last year, people were comparing his ceiling (bat-wise) to Miguel Cabrera. The logical thinking is that the more he struggles at AAA (even at 20), the less likely his bat will be at or surpass M-Cab’s. Fair or not, I think some people are a little let down by that.

      Also, Montero’s extended troubles might make the haul you would get by trading less than 6 months ago. Not that anyone wants to trade him, but what if he can’t be a catcher (the bright spot is that I hear he has improved his catching skills in AAA) and needs to switch to 1b.

      Furthermore, it’s becoming more likely that he will need more seasoning in AAA next year. No problem except that Romine might cause a logjam, and now that these guys are getting closer to the bigs you need them to take more reps than they were in the A’s.

    • Captain Jack

      EVEN THAT LOSER OUT HIT THAT BUST MONTERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mister Delaware
    • Rick in Boston

      Wait a second. Are you telling me that the player people complain the most about is the second-youngest player in the International League? At the most challenging position? And the next youngest catcher is two years older and was only just recently promoted?

      Perspective FTW.

  • Reggie C.

    The only thing more ludicrous than Montero making an all-star team over Carlos Santana would be Teixeira making the team over Justin Morneau.

    I love my Yankees squads, but give stand-up -&-applaud level performance its due.

    • emac2

      I agree!

      We don’t help these kids develop when we treat them like gods no matter how poor they play.

      I also would find it embarrasing as a Yankee fan to have someone playing that poorly on the all star team

    • Cult of Basebaal


  • Angelo

    C’mon Heathcott and Murphy! Love those guys, as long as they produce.