Another day, another extra base hit for Montero

Game 94: Bring on the Quarter Pounders
A-Rod hits homer No. 599 as Yanks trounce KC

Baseball America posted a list of the 15 largest bonuses ever given out on the International market. The Yanks are on there twice, for giving Gary Sanchez $3M (third most) and Wily Mo Pena $2.44M (eighth most). Just eyeballing it, the four bonuses listed from 2006 and earlier were busts, though you could make a case Byung-Hyung Kim wasn’t.

Also, MLB is going to start blood testing for human growth hormone in the minors. That’s kind of a big deal.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Gwinnett)
Kevin Russo, LF: 0 for 5, 2 K
Reegie Corona, 2B & Eric Bruntlett, RF: both 0 for 3 – Bruntlett walked & K’ed
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – 11 for his last 33
Chad Tracy, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K – remember that hot start? he’s five for his last 28 (.179)
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – one of those outs was loud
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – third homer in his last seven games
Chad Huffman, DH & Greg Golson, CF: both 1 for 4 – Huffman K’ed twice, Golson once
Zach McAllister: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 8-3 GB/FB – 57 of 92 pitches were strikes (62%) … picked a runner off first … 127 H in 102 IP
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 12 of his 21 pitches were strikes (57.1 IP)
Zack Segovia: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 16 of his 25 pitches were strikes (64%)
Royce Ring: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%)

Double-A Trenton (8-3 win over Altoona)
Justin Christian, LF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Austin Krum, CF & Matt Cusick, DH: both 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – Krum scored a run … Cusick stole a base
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – first homer since June 25th
Dan Brewer, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – had been two for his previous 26 (.077)
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Justin Snyder, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Vech swiped a bag & scored a run … Snyder doubled & K’ed twice
Adam Warren: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 10-5 GB/FB – not bad at all for his second career start in AA
Cory Arbiso: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 40 K in 35.2 IP as a reliever … 23 in 37 as a starter

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Palm Beach)
Ray Kruml, CF: 1 for 5, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Corban Joseph, 2B, Bradley Suttle, 3B, Mitch Abeita, C & Myron Leslie, 1B: all 1 for 4 – CoJo committed a fielding error … Suttle hit a solo jack & K’ed … Abeita K’ed twice … Leslie drove in a run & K’ed twice
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – had been five for his last 37 (.135)
Trent Lockwood, DH: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – god picked off second
Dellin Betances: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3-7 GB/FB – nice rebound after two subpar efforts
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB
John Van Benschoten: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – gave up a solo jack, but otherwise very nice
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (10-1 loss to Lakewood) Kyle Higashioka apparently got hurt
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – got picked off second … he’s 11 for his last 32 (.344)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 0 for 4, 2 K
Luke Murton, 1B & Neil Medchill, LF: both 2 for 4 – Murton drove in a run & K’ed … Medchill K’ed twice & threw a runner out at the dish
J.R. Murphy, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
Rob Lyerly, 3B & DeAngelo Mack, RF: both 0 for 3 – Lyerly committed a fielding error
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Josh Romanski: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-2 GB/FB – topped out at 86, but nice offspeed stuff
Gabriel Tatis: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB
Jairo Heredia: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – quite frankly, I had forgotten all about him

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 loss to Hudson Valley)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Kyle Roller, 1B: both 0 for 5 – Sosa K’ed thrice, Roller once
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Mike Ferraro, LF: both 2 for 5 – Mahoney hit a solo jack & K’ed twice … Ferraro doubled & K’ed
Francisco Arcia, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB, 2 E (pickoff, missed catch) – that line is Jorge Posada-esque
Garrison Lassiter, DH & Luis Parache, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Parache doubled & came around to score
Mikey O’Brien: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 8-3 GB/FB – eek
Wilton Rodriguez: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 5-2 GB/FB
Michael Recchia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-4 loss to GCL Blue Jays, walk-off style) faced the 34th overall pick from last month’s draft
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
Anderson Felix, DH: 1 for 5, 1 K
Ramon Flores, LF, Kelvin Duran, RF & Jose Rosario, 3B: all 0 for 4, 1 BB – Flores stole a base, scored a pair of runs … Duran K’ed … Rosario drove in a run & K’ed twice
Damian Taveras, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 PB
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – 30 K in 26 games
Jose Toussen, 2B & Judd Golsan, CF: both 1 for 4 – Golsan K’ed three times
Dustin Hobbs: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-1 GB/FB
Brett Gerritse: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-4 GB/FB
Sam Elam: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – picked a runner off first … 14-21 K/BB ratio in 14 IP
Kramer Sneed: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Joel Marte: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP

Game 94: Bring on the Quarter Pounders
A-Rod hits homer No. 599 as Yanks trounce KC
  • Dirty Pena

    icked a runner off first …

    Given how he pitched, I think the typo is fitting.

  • Doug

    the manchild’s OPS actually went down. demote him, now!

    • pat

      Heh, gone are the days where a 1 for 4 day would raise his average.

    • camilo gerardo

      slg would still go up, right? i don’t know where he was before yesterday

  • Stryker

    poor z-mac. it’s too bad that he’s getting buried in the farm’s depth chart of pitching prospects. seems like pure trade bait now.

    • Dirty Pena

      His value is too low to trade right now. Hopefully he finishes the year strong, gets off to a good start in 2011, then is trade bait.

    • Angelo

      Most prospects are trade bait on the Yankees, when you think about it. You need to be a future All-Star or close to that type of level in order to make it on the Yankees.

      But you already know this.

      • Stryker

        really? so gardner, pena, and cervelli are all star caliber then?

        guys like nova and z-mac can absolutely make it on the yankees. they can put up similar or better numbers than gaudin, park, and mitre at a cheaper price that’s for sure.

        it’s not so definite that you have to be a stand out player to make it. i agree more with dirty pena on this. mcallister’s value is awfully low right now. there are plenty of guys jumping ahead of him with breakout seasons (noesi, ramirez, stoneburner and warren for starters) and the only reason he’s probably kept around is similar to IPK. i’d say he’s the 7-9th starter right now.

        • Angelo

          Okay. I meant the only way you can make it as a “prominent” (not a backup) on the Yankees is if you’re what I described.

          I thought you would have understood that.

        • Angelo

          And Gardner has been great this year. Close to All-Star calibur.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            I’m going to doubt the even the Yanks knew what they were getting form him.

            • Angelo

              Yeah, definitely. I was a serious doubter of Gardner, but thankfully he proved me wrong and exceeded expectations on top of that.

            • forensicnucchem

              I was one of the most ardent Gardner supporters before the season, but no way anyone predicts .300/.400/.400 for him.

  • Angelo

    I miss El Maquinito.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Oscar Goldman say that he’s being outfitted with bionic hearing.

  • xnyles

    Is Josh Romanski a lefty?

    • Mike Axisa


  • Angelo

    Nice to see Brandon Laird getting back on track.

  • xnyles

    jesus is close to .300 wow

    • Angelo

      Not really. He’s getting there, but he probably needs another really hot month to get there.

  • Joe

    Posada proved that he isn’t that bad at defense tonight right guys. you said i was completely wrong and he made three bonehead plays today.

  • I Voted for Kodos

    Any chance Pope eventually becomes a decent reliever? I know he’s always had pretty good arm strength, but any word on his secondary stuff out of the pen?

  • Gonzo

    Ever wonder what the conversations are like right now when a GM asks Cash for Montero and “any part” for (insert trade rumor)?

    • wilcymoore27

      I hope they’re, “No thanks, we’re keeping him.”

      • Tom Zig

        there is no conversation just a click

        • Gonzo

          I think it goes something like this:
          Rival GM: If you are interested (inset name). What do you think about Montero as the headliner?
          Cash: Are you calling me on the cellular phone? I don’t know you. Who is this? Don’t come here, I’m hanging up the phone! Prank caller, prank caller!

  • Alex C

    Is it me or does Slade get picked off (mostly 1B) just about every other game??

    • Mike Axisa

      I almost wrote that as his comment. It does seem like he gets picked off an awful lot, doesn’t it?

      • camilo gerardo

        have to learn somehow

  • JobaWockeeZ

    We can live with Jorge’s defense. It’s almost impossible for Montero to be much worse. He can stick at catcher. Give him one more year and he’ll be at least Jorgeian.

    • camilo gerardo

      i like jorge plus haitian. Jorgetian

  • Angelo

    Axisa you spelt “Montario” wrong in the headline.

  • Naved

    How long till Dellin Betances gets promoted to AA?

    • Angelo

      Next season. Maybe August.

    • ROBTEN

      Given that he’s coming back from injury, I expect it won’t be until next year. They may even want him to work with Nardi a bit given the time he’s missed, so it wouldn’t ultimately surprise me if he even started in Tampa but moved quickly to AA early in the season.

    • Reggie C.

      Tonight’s start wasn’t another WOW performance from Betances, though its definitely better than the previous two. You gotta think Betances is still honing his off-speed stuff.

      I highly doubt the Yankees push him up another rung. The young man is only 45 innings into his return. Let him log another 45 against FSL hitting. He’ll definitely be in AA at the start of nxt season.

  • Tom Zig

    News flash: Everyone in the minor leagues suspended for 50 games due to presence of HGH.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Casey Kelly too?

      it cannot be.

  • Reggie C.

    If Wily Mo Pena was 16 today would he have received a bonus just as large or perhaps larger even?

    Seems like each year the number of teams willing to break the $2 mm mark increases by one.

    Any word on when the organization is going to sign its next IFA? I find it interesting Odor hasnt signed yet though a number of IFA guys have signed seven figure dollar contracts already.

    • boogie down

      I haven’t heard of this Odor guy but I think his nickname should be “Strange.”

      • boogie down

        Though I’m assuming his name is pronounced “Oh-door.”

      • Angelo

        Yeah, he’s one of the top shortstop IFA’s. His full name is “Roughned Odor.”

  • Jorge

    Is it just me, or does Mikey O’Brien pitch every night?

  • Frigidevil

    In case anyone’s wondering, Melvin King of the Universe Croussett is having a mere mortal season so far. 1-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP 5 saves in 13 innings’ work. A lovely 12.6 K/9, though pedestrian for him. I dunno why, I just thought of him after seeing the down on the farm tag.

  • Joe

    Jon Ortiz is having quietly a great year.

    • Angelo

      He’s 24 years old in High-A.

      • K.B.D.

        He should’ve been promoted at some point this year. He’s dominated at A+ and has nothing left to prove. Tim Norton got the bump to Trenton after doing well in Tampa (and then got injured), why not Ortiz?

        • Angelo

          Because he’s probably not on the radar. It’s the same situation for Pat Venditte. He’s just an older player dominating younger hitters.

          Tim Norton actually has some potential. That’s been noted in the past.

          • K.B.D.

            “He’s just an older player dominating younger hitters.”

            Tim Norton is 27.

            “Tim Norton actually has some potential.”

            I doubt the Yankees think Ortiz and Venditte have no potential. You don’t put up their numbers without having something to offer. Maybe they get exposed at Trenton. There’s only one way to find out. Letting them rot in Tampa doesn’t serve anybody’s best interest.

            • Angelo

              I’m not saying Venditte or Ortiz shouldn’t get a chance to prove themselves, BUT they aren’t seen as valuable prospects.

              There is a reason why guys like Brackman continue to climb the latter, and why guys like Ortiz and Venditte are more like org players. Norton is 27, but he does have potential (even if it’s not much.) I doubt he contributes much in the future anyway.

              If they call-up guys like Venditte or Ortiz, they have to get rid of another player at the higher level or demote them. They obviously like the players at the higher levels more than Ortiz or Venditte. It’s nothing against them, but you also have to consider that.

              I’m sure they will both be in Trenton next season, but trust what the Yankees are doing.

              • coolerking101

                Ortiz is on the radar. In an interview with Mike Ashmore earlier this year Nardi Contreras was asked about when Venditte would be bumped. He said that other guys might deserve it more and specifically referenced Ortiz.

                • Joe

                  Angelo, wrong once again. Contreas even mentioned him an interview as stated above. Ortiz is more of a prospect than Venditte. I can’t make a comment and say someone is having a good year without you jumping all over me? All I said was he is having a good year and you immediately respond he is 24 in tampa to say that that is the reason or don’t worry about it.

                  • Angelo

                    When was I wrong before Joe? Do you have something against me?

                    My point still stands. There is a reason why Venditte and Ortiz aren’t talked about much. They are older players dominating a younger league. And when I said “he is 24 years old in High-A” was that not an accurate statement? Yes it was.

                    Since when does Nardi speak badly about any Yankee prospect? I’m not saying that Ortiz or Venditte can not become decent pitchers, but they aren’t held in high regard. There are a lot of players that are higher on the radar than Ortiz and Venditte.

                    Do I believe they deserve a shot? Yes, but as long as there are more talented players in the higher levels, they will have to wait. That’s the way it is.

                    But of course nothing I say is valid, so why listen to me? I don’t know anything, clearly.

                  • Angelo

                    I don’t understand how I “jumped all over you.” I just stated a fact. I have nothing against you or anyone else that comes to RAB.

                    I guess you just took my comments the wrong way. Kind of like a few days ago when I made the “unless you’re a scout” comment. That wasn’t supposed to sound offensive, but you took it as an insult. I was just considering the fact that you might have been one.

  • A.D.

    Laird has gotten all the credit this year, but Vech has put together a nice year, and while a year older has put up less power with better avg and obp, and flown completely under the radar, perhaps putting himself in a similar space as Laird?

    • Angelo

      Laird >>>>> Vech

      It’s a little surprising to see Vech do anything to be honest. Maybe he has a tiny bit of value, although he’s just a firstbasemen at this point, and the Yankees have several better options for that position.

  • Mike

    I was at the game last night in Lakewood (going again tonight)… Higashioka fouled a ball off his knee/leg in the 1st and was noticeably limping on the way back to the dugout after striking out on a high fastball… probably day to day.

    Heathcott got picked off second when the catcher threw behind him and then they caught him in a run down. He almost made it to third safely. He got caught too far off the bag on his secondary lead, maybe even a missed sign by batter? He was pretty pissed too, when he went out to CF in the next inning he caught a sinking liner and it looked like he was still carrying the frustration from getting picked the inning before to the field. He’s an exciting player though.

    Romanski got hit around pretty good in the second inning. Fastball got beat up pretty good once the Blueclaws started laying off the off-speed stuff. He had a real nice change that he threw a lot.

    • Joe

      that is what happens when you throw 86 lol.

  • Joe

    Great start by Warrren. he has surprised me this year. has done very well.

  • Don W

    “…god picked off second”

    What in the hell was Mo doing in Tampa!!!