Montero goes deep as SWB wins big

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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

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  • Tom Zig

    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.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

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

    • Tom Zig

      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)?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        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

      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.

  • Tom Zig

    Did Juan Miranda play the field at some point today?

    • Kar

      Haha I had the same thought. Not every day you see the DH get an error :)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        Might have spelled Vazquez as a late inning replacement

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No, I put the error in the wrong place. It belongs to Montero.

  • ARX

    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

      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.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      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

        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

          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.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          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

      Think Seattle is regretting their decision yet?

  • Chris0313

    re: Marcano

    No way that dude is 19.

    • Tom Zig

      add 10 years. He looks older than me. I mean then again I’m 24 and get carded all the time and interrogated half the time.

      • http://Twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

        Hahaha, I’m only 18 and I’ve only gotten carded once, funny thing is that I REALLY don’t look much older than I really am.

        On a side note, yeah that guy is NOT 19. No way, no how.

    • Arman Tamzarian

      No way he’s 6’1 and 165 either, hes got a plump face

    • boogie down

      Yeah, he looks 29, not 19.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Here is his Facebook page……btw, Who took that awesome photo he uses as his profile picture you ask? None other than me.

      http://www.facebook.com/?ref=h.....=758822151

    • http://conservationvalue.blogspot.com/ Jon G

      “maybe it’s just me, but check out his headshot … he doesn’t exactly look 19, does he?”

      Come on, Mike. You know there’s photos out there of you looking like you’re 46, even if they’re from really late at night at a bar after a tough Yankee loss…

      • Scout

        Hey, cynics: Marcano is just mature for his age.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    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.

    • 28 in ’10

      He was a teenager. If nothing else, give the man that.
      And naming your child Ralph takes guts, a maturity beyond his baker’s dozen years.

    • zs190

      Maybe not his actual kid, could be a kid his wife had from an earlier marriage. Doesn’t Jose Tabata has a wife that’s like twice his age? =p

      But yeah, age for a lot of these Latin American players are unreliable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Or…..he was the original Jose Tabata.

  • phughesisgod

    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.

    • RalphieD

      i think your reading way too much into it…sometimes guys dont have there best fastball…some games CC touches 98…some days he never gets past 94

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      How could you expect any starting pitcher to consistently hit 99mph? That’s extremely unrealistic.

      No pitcher in baseball averages a 98-99mph fastball.

      Learn some logic.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Eh, I went a bit overboard with the “learn some logic” line. Really, it’s just unrealistic to have those expectations is all.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Haha. You make me chuckle. Well done.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I was wondering if he was serious or not…

        He’s not serious right?

    • B-Rando

      +/- 2-3 mph is within the error of a radar gun. Some guns can give you different results than others. Who knows if he actually hit 99 before, or if he is only throwing 96 now.

      You’re reading way to much into it.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

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

    • Brian in NH

      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!

      • camilo gerardo

        maquina is machine, but maquinita sounds too feminine to me

  • Doug

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

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      The .079 IsoD and .168 IsoP make me really happy.

  • Joe

    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

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      He’s just not producing.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Teh Montero Watch!

  • Ivan

    Love the BB-K ratio by Montero.

  • Hughesus Christo

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

  • Joe

    Justin Smoak with two more strikeouts today so far

  • zs190

    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.

    • Brian in NH

      somebody look up his FIP and xFIP

  • Carlosologist

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      If he got to that line by season’s end it’d be the mother of all second halves.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’ll require a moster second half, but he could easily get to .280 with a decent OBP and a very high SLG.

    • Doug

      for him to hit .300 for the season, he’d have to hit about .350 the rest of the way. as hot as he’s been, that’s asking a bit much.

      from where he started, a .280/.360/.475 triple slash would be phenomenal

      • Reggie C.

        That would firmly entrench Montero as a top 5 prospect in baseball going into 2011. It’d also elevate his trade value this off-season at an all time high.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Doubt they trade him regardless. Unless Josh Johnson or someone of that calibur becomes available.

      • Dave M

        “from where he started, a .280/.360/.475 triple slash would be phenomenal”

        I’ll take that!!!!

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    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

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

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        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.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          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

            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.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            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

      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.

  • Doug

    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.

    • JD

      Great analysis

      • Doug

        thanks!

  • http://yes yankeewanabe7

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

  • Nick

    Montero… What a feed

  • Nick

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

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I like me some position player prospects.