Montero goes deep as SWB wins big


Outfielder and 2009 37th rounder Justin Milo retired. Maybe he got an offer to play hockey overseas. If so, good for him. Meanwhile, 2010 6th rounder Gabe Encinas said he’s leaning towards turning pro, though he and the Yankees have yet to sit down and talk about a deal. Encinas is one of the two or three best arms the Yanks drafted this year, and an over-slot bonus is a foregone conclusion.

Triple-A Scranton (12-5 win over Toledo)
Reid Gorecki, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at home & at second
Chad Tracy, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K – seven for 16 (.438) since signing
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch) – four of his last eight hits have been doubles
Juan Miranda, DH: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) – that’s his second homer in three games since almost being traded for Cliff Lee … ten walks & seven strikeouts in his last nine games … the best news of all is that the league has stopped throwing him fastballs because of his recent hot streak, and he’s still mashing
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Reegie Corona, 2B: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – JoVa drove in three, Reegie two … Vazquez also got hit by a pitch
Eric Bruntlett, RF & Greg Golson, CF: both 2 for 3, 1 R – Bruntlett walked & drove in a run
Sergio Mitre: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-4 GB/FB – 43 of his 60 pitches were strikes (71.7%) … he was sitting 89-92 … gotta believe this is his last rehab outing, he should be rejoining the team this weekend
Tim Redding: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-6 GB/FB – 57 of 87 pitches were strikes (65.5%)
Boone Logan: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – ten of his 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Reading)
Justin Christian, CF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – six for 14 (.429) with two doubles & a triple since being sent back down
Matt Cusick, 2B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Laird K’ed twice
Austin Romine, C & Dan Brewer, RF: both 0 for 4 – Romine K’ed once, Brewer twice
Jack Rye, LF & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: both 1 for 3 – Rye threw a runner out at the plate … Vech scored a run & K’ed
Justin Snyder, SS: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 7-1 GB/FB – touched 96 tonight
George Kontos: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-3 GB/FB – he’s worked exclusively in relief since being promoted, not that there’s any room in the rotation for him
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (7-5 win over Jupiter in 11 innings)
Ray Kruml, LF & Melky Mesa, CF: both 0 for 5, 3 K
Bradley Suttle, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SB – got picked off first … 11 for 34 (.324) during his nine game hit streak
Jose Pirela, SS: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – 12 for his last 36 (.333)
Zoilo Almonte, RF & Walt Ibarra, 3B: both 0 for 4 – Almonte drove in a run … Ibarra K’ed
Jose Gil, 1B-C: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 2 K
Myron Leslie, C-1B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - very quietly, he’s 11 for his last 20
Craig Heyer: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5-2 GB/FB – and there it is, it took 44.2 innings, but he finally issued his first walk of the season … bravo
Adam Olbrychowski: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1-4 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Trenton Lare: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Augusta)
Kelvin Castro, SS: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) – 12 for his last 39 (.308)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – 15 for his last 39 (.385) with three doubles, three triples & a homer
Neil Medchill, LF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
J.R. Murphy, C, Rob Lyerly, 1B, Kyle Higashioka, DH, Emerson Landoni, 3B & Francisco Santana, CF: all 1 for 4 – Murphy K’ed … Lyerly scored a run … Higashioka doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Landoni drove in a run & scored … Santana doubled, plated a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Michael Solbach: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 6-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Ramirez: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB – first action in about two weeks … looks like he’ll be working on a set schedule in relief the rest of the way to control his innings … he’s already 17.2 IP over last year’s total with more than seven weeks left in the season
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-1 loss to Jamestown)
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Kevin Mahoney, 2B: all 1 for 4, 1 2B - Sosa K’ed twice & committed a throwing error … DeLeon scored a run & committed a fielding error
Isaiah Brown, LF & Kyle Roller, 1B: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Shane Brown, LF & Jose Mojica, SS: both 1 for 3 – Brown walked, drove in a run & K’ed twice … Mojica threw a ball away
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Shane Greene: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7-2 GB/FB
Wilton Rodriguez: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 7-3 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-5 loss to GCL Pirates)
Kelvin Duran, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at first as part of a double play
Anderson Felix, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, DH: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - 14 for his last 41 (.341) despite four hitless games in that span (11 games total)
Ramon Flores, LF & Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B & Judd Golsan, RF: both 1 for 4 – Nunez drove in two & committed a pair of throwing errors … Golsan drove in one & K’ed twice
Damian Taveras, C & Jose Toussen, 2B: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Taveras got hit by a pitch … Toussen walked
Juan Marcano: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-5 GB/FB – maybe it’s just me, but check out his headshot … he doesn’t exactly look 19, does he?
Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB
Charlyn Garcia: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Trevor Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 2-0 GB/FB
Sam Elam: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Tom Zig says:

    That’s an encouraging outing from Brackmonster. 4 walks is a bit much but only allowing 3 hits and a 7-1 GB/FB are solid. Hopefully he can improve upon this outing.

  2. Love everything from Brack except the walks. Solid start, though.

    • Tom Zig says:

      It’s a step in the right direction. Baby steps. If he keeps at the pace he is at (barring injury), what’s he like 2 years away from the majors (after this year)?

      • He’ll probably stay in Trenton this year no matter what. Next year, depending on progress, he should hit AAA by midseason or earlier. From there, who knows. Two years makes sense, provided he stays on track.

    • Brian in NH says:

      Very encouraging night from Brackman! 2 of those walks came in one inning so maybe he got a little flustered. But i like the improvement I’m seeing out of him. Looking forward to Trenton coming to Portland, ME so I can maybe catch him pitching one night.I don’t think they are coming to Manchester again this season.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    Did Juan Miranda play the field at some point today?

  4. ARX says:

    Maybe its just me but I pump my fist every time I see a day like this from Montero :D If he keeps this up long into next year (not 3 for 4 every night obviously, but just steady mashing), any chance we could see him in the Bronx after next years All Star break?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan - RIP, Boss and the Voice of God says:

      If not then, he’ll definitely get a september call up when the rosters expand. Unless SWB is in the playoffs, they’d want him getting more ABs in AAA.

    • Angelo says:

      He’ll probably get a september call-up this year, and if keeps on mashing the rest of the season, he will likely get a long look in spring training.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the roster at the beginning of next season.

      • Brian in NH says:

        Doubtful on this. Considering how its taken him a while to adjust to AAA pitching as he has just started turning it around. If he ends up going 3-4 every night then maybe they do a september call up. But I doubt he’ll make the jump this year. Even if the yanks don’t envision him as a full-time catcher its worth developing that so perhaps next year he’ll be a more serviceable backup than Cervelli. Cervelli is supposed to be the defense-first backup (all backups are really for that position) but his defense hasn’t been all taht good. If Montero can build up those skills he’d have more value than Cervelli next year with equal defense and a plus bat.

        • YankeeGrunt says:

          Even with Thames back we’re hurting for a bench bat, he may be the best option we have down the stretch (especially if they want to DH Posada regularly). Once the SWB season is over it makes plenty of sense, he gets to work on his defense and get his first taste of the Bronx. As for next year the wildcard could be Romine. If he’s the backstop of the future, even though he’s in a big-time slump he’s probably looking to start the season at Scranton next year and he’s going to need to catch almost every day.

        • Angelo says:

          Okay I disagree with this on many accounts. If Montero plays well the rest of the year it would make sense to get a september call up. There isn’t any minor league action going on September anyway, so it would only make sense.

          You don’t have to play great at Triple-A to get a call up, so if he does play well (.280/.350/.450), he’s almost guaranteed a call up. You can expand your roster up to 40 players, so it would make sense to at least give him a look.

          And like I said he MIGHT make the roster out of spring training. You’re doubting this way too much. Montero is one of the best prospects in baseball. I wouldn’t be too surprised if he showed the Yankees enough in the spring to make the roster. I’m not saying he will make the roster, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

          Montero’s bat >>>>>> Cervelli’s defense.

          And they can keep both on the roster, especially if Posada is going to DH a lot more.

    • pounder says:

      Think Seattle is regretting their decision yet?

  5. Chris0313 says:

    re: Marcano

    No way that dude is 19.

  6. Steve H says:

    Marcano looks like he has a 16 year old kid. Which reminds me of Jose Mesa’s mlb.com profile.

    Full Name: Jose Ramon Mesa
    Born: May 22, 1966 in Azua, Dominican Republic

    he and his wife Mirla have six children; sons Ralph (6/29/79), Juan Jose (8/4/85), Jesse (8/17/88), and Jose Jr. (8/13/93), and daughters Yamely (1/15/84) and Yenny (7/16/87)

    Do the math.

  7. phughesisgod says:

    Hah. Montero’s rarely getting fastballs, and hes still raking. I’m telling you, next year, if he is not at DH for us in April, I’ll be shocked.

    I could have sworn Brackman hit 99 his last start…I’d like to see some consistency with his top speed. I mean 99 in one start and 96 in the next is not consistent at all. If he touched 98 today it would be fine. But touching 96 today, while he touched 99 his last time out is not very encouraging. Although, what is encouraging is that he is starting to get better since being promoted to AA and his velocity is back into the mid to upper 90′s.

    I cant wait for Adam Warren’s first AA start. I’m dying to see that line already.

  8. When Jesus and Maquinito are hitting like that, the world is a better place.

    • Brian in NH says:

      I looked up Maquinito on the google translater because I don’t know really much any spanish…

      google says el maquinito = the typewriter

      typewriter ftw!

  9. Doug says:

    the manchild’s OPS is all the way up to .765. really not so long ago it was in the .600s

  10. Joe says:

    I hate to burst everyones bubble but the Jesus only had two RBIs. definitely a bust. stop making him to be someone he is not

  11. Ivan says:

    Love the BB-K ratio by Montero.

  12. Hughesus Christo says:

    Cashman fucked with the Jesus, and we all know how that goes…

  13. Joe says:

    Justin Smoak with two more strikeouts today so far

  14. zs190 says:

    Mike Ashmore posted some videos of Brackman today on his youtube channel, worth a look. Seemed like every pitch has some serious downward action, though not a lot were strikes.

    Also saw a couple hits bounce off middle infielders’ gloves in those clips. Seems like Justin Snyder and Matt Cusick were the SS and 2B today and I think Snyder is more of a 2B and Cusick is normally a 3B so Brackman could have had a better line possibly if he had better defenders.

    Like previous posters said, would love to see more consistent velocity from Brack but 91-93 touching 96 is nothing to sneeze at.

  15. Carlosologist says:

    Jesus’s average is almost .260! I hope he gets to .300/.390/.500 by season’s end.

  16. Angelo says:

    I wish more of these guys in the GCL were playing better. Especially Culver.

    Then again most 1st rounders don’t even sign until late August, so getting a look at him this year is probably just a plus.

    At least he’s not striking out much.

    • pat says:

      Exactly. Kid has two swings he now has to tinker with to deal with professional pitching. The lack of K’s is very good.

      • Angelo says:

        Yeah, he kind of just jumped into the mix right after he graduated, so he’s just learning on the go.

        No extended spring training or anything of that sort. I’m giving him a pass this year. Plenty of time for him to develope into a good player.

        • I wonder, then, what their plan with him will be next year. Maybe he’ll start in EXST to get some reps and then eventually move up to Charleston a la Slade.

          • Rick in Boston says:

            I’m going to be even more conservative: he does EXST then goes to SI for the summer. Coming from the north, he’s going to be farther behind than Slade. Maybe Culver’s GCL experience will help him next year and he’ll go to Charleston in May/June, but I’m not sure.

          • Angelo says:

            I’d say this is a possibility, but we shall see. I wouldn’t be too surprised if ends up SI. And he’s still young enough to not worry about it anyway.

            But I’d probably pay much more attention to his stats next season, as compared to this year.

    • Pete says:

      Just the fact that Cito’s getting playing time already is excellent, the dude was probably in physics class two months ago. Also, he was playing in the Rochester area, so most of the pitching he was facing was probably guys with 85mph fastballs and meh breaking balls and/or changeups (though usually not both). The fact that he’s not getting absolutely tooled upon this early in his pro career is very impressive. GCL is suuper low for pro ball, but it’s wayyyyy above northeast high school baseball.

  17. Doug says:

    a few montero triple slashes for your viewing pleasure

    1st 40 games: .236/.309/.368
    last 39 games: .282/.358/.493

    1st 27 games: .230/.282/.350
    2nd 26 games: .213/.308/.337
    last 26 games: .330/.402/.598

    1st 20 games: .237/.294/.368
    next 20 games: .235/.316/.368
    next 20 games: .271/.312/.471
    last 19 games: .292/.391/.514

    any way you slice it, the dude is mashing now. as bad as he was early, he’s been that good of late.

  18. austin romaine will replace posada , montero will be dh and backup catcher 2012

  19. Nick says:

    Montero… What a feed

  20. Nick says:

    Just think in a few years with Romine catching and Montero DH/catching. That’s SICK.

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