Jul
20

Montero goes deep twice in SWB win

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Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Gwinnett) check out which old friend had a 42 pitch inning for Gwinnett
Kevin Russo, LF & Eric Bruntlett, RF: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Reegie Corona, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Chad Tracy, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – five for his last 23 (.217) since his hot start
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – up to .271/.346/.459, which is pretty amazing considering how bad he started … also, his line is better across the board than Derek Jeter‘s
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Chad Huffman, DH: both 0 for 4 – JoVa K’ed once, Huffman twice
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS – fourth straight game with an extra base hit (three doubles, two homers)
Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 11-5 GB/FB – 62 of his 97 pitches were strikes (63.9%) … he was up to 96 tonight … fantastic start, definitely making his case to be Sergio Mitre‘s replacement should it come to that
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 HB, 3-0 GB/FB – five of his nine pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-3 loss to Richmond)
Justin Christian, LF, Austin Romine, C, Dan Brewer, CF, Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Jack Rye, DH: all 0 for 4 – Romine & Rye each K’ed once … Brewer scored a run
Justin Snyder, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K – got picked off first … he’s seven for 23 (.304) during his six game hit streak
Matt Cusick, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Hector Noesi: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6-10 GB/FB – 112-18 K/BB ratio in 112 IP
Kevin Whelan: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K – egads
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Josh Schmidt: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K - well, on the bright side, at least he, Whelan & WDLR combined to strike out the side

High-A Tampa (6-2 win over Bradenton)
Ray Kruml, LF & Trent Lockwood, DH: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Kruml stole two bases & K’ed
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – 17 for his last 40 (.425)
Corban Joseph, 2B & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Suttle committed a fielding error
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – seven for his last 16 (.438) with two doubles, a tripe & a homer
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Mitch Abeita, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Craig Heyer: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8-6 GB/FB – one walk in 48.2 IP this year … that’s a 0.18 BB/9
Phil Bartlewski: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – picked a runner off first

Low-A Charleston (7-4 win over Lakewood)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – replaced in the bottom of the 7th for an unknown reason … maybe the biceps acted up again … anyway, he’s 14 for his last 40 (.350)
Francisco Santana, CF: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – took over for Slade & did a fine job
J.R. Murphy, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (pickoff)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 4 for 5, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) – 12 for his last 31 (.387) … without looking it up, I think that’s five errors in his last three or four or five games
Neil Medchill, LF & Luke Murton, 1B: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Murton scored a run
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 3 for 5, 1 R
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Mack got hit by a pitch … Castro drove a run in & K’ed
Jose Ramirez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 8-2 GB/FB – very nice … 83-29 K/BB ratio in 92.2 IP … he was 89-91 in the first inning
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ben Watkins: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (9-2 loss to Hudson Valley)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 C – five for his last 18 (.278), but three of those hits have gone for extras (two doubles & a triple)
Casey Stevenson, DH, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Luis Parache, SS: all 1 for 4 – Stevenson drove in a run …  DeLeon hit a solo jack & K’ed twice … Parache got caught stealing, K’ed, and committed both a fielding & throwing error
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 E (both fielding)
Kevin Mahoney, 2B & Francisco Arcia, C: both 1 for 3, 1 BB
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 K
Zach Varce:  3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 8 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – and just like that, his ERA went from 3.86 to 6.55
Matt Jernstad: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Bryant Cotton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Rich Martinez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-5 loss to GCL Phillies)
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 3 K – not his best day
Anderson Felix, 2B, Ramon Flores, RF & Judd Golsan, CF: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Flores scored a run
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 R
Damian Taveras, DH: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – nine for his last 21 (.429)
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Toussen, LF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB, 2 E (both throwing) – two for 19 (.105) since Gary Sanchez has been out
Kyle Perkins, C: 0 for 1, 1 K – got an at-bat after the game got out of hand
Evan DeLuca: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – yikes
Mariel Checo: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3-2 GB/FB
Harold Garce: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Charlyn Garcia: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Freddy Lewis: 0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K – what the hell man?
Joel Marte: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Cecala

    Look at Montero breaking the 800 OPS mark. Too bad the Montero watch is cursed and should be taken down…

  • Accent Shallow

    Looks like both Doug and Pete were both too pessimistic (!!!)

    Montero is just incredible. I hate to admit, but I lost some faith when he was hanging out in the Eric-Duncan-Memorial-600ishOPS-Zone earlier in the year.

    • Pete

      friggin close prediction on my part though ;)

      • Accent Shallow

        Yes, very nicely done.

    • Doug

      nice find, AS. had that one in your back pocket, huh :-)

  • baseballnation

    Unless Montero can play SS then that Jeter throw in on the end was uncalled for Axisa, I expect better from you ;)

    • Accent Shallow

      I know 3B is blocked on the Yankees for the forseeable future, but I wonder if he could play there, rather than just 1B/DH?

      (Clearly, I’m speaking of Montero here, not Jetes)

      • Gonzo

        I think some scout pooed that move, not sure if I can find it though.

        • baseballnation

          I heard that too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees possibly tell him to shag some flyballs in the outfield before games eventually to add some versatility and maybe try him out in RF with that arm of his.

          • Gonzo

            It would be very, very nice if he could play a passable position outside of 1b. I might do a dance.

            • baseballnation

              Outside of his arm I would expect him to be far below average in right, probably better suited for left but ultimately just a DH who on rare occasions spell Tex and the catcher spot.

              • Ed

                If he’s got a good arm, wouldn’t that make him better suited for RF than LF ? Even more so in Yankee Stadium with the short RF and large LF.

                • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                  I was going to say the same thing. Right field would make a lot more sense.

                  And baseballnation, you don’t know if he can’t play an average rightfield. It’s completely possible. We don’t know for sure.

                  • baseballnation

                    Fair point on the field parimeters.

                    And that’s why I said “I would expect”..Just from reports on him, I’m not to sure he’s athletic enough and capable to transition from catcher to RF.

                    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                      I agree. I’m unsure if he’d be able to make the transition, but I’m not going to write him off from being able to play the position yet.

                    • Gonzo

                      Hey, I’d take passable defense. Average would be awesome.

                  • Gonzo

                    No, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable for him to think that because he would be so far behind in terms of development.

                  • YankeeGrunt

                    Not just the dimensions but the personnel. Assuming Gardy and Grandy are our LF and CF two years from now the RF’s responsibilities are less than they would otherwise be, even in Yankee Stadium. Swish isn’t a terrible defender but he looks better than he is out there because he doesn’t have the ground to cover.

    • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

      So if Montero comes up in September and mashes, does he make the playoff roster?

      • Ed

        If he’s a September call up, there’s no reason not to consider him for a playoff spot.

        The bigger question is if they’re willing to put him on the 40 man roster this early. If they expect him to start next season in the minors, then I doubt they do it.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Of course, the day after I say I like Culver’s lack of strike outs, he strikes out thrice.

    It’s nice to see a good outing from Melancon, I don’t care about the HB, just the zeroes, hopefully he can build from that.

    • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

      This is the first time we’ve seen Melancon scuffle, and he still has a 3.74 era.

      While it stinks that he goes through this when we need him most, I think he’ll get through it and be a better pitcher for having gone through this…

      I used to have high hopes for him. Now I’m just rooting for him to make it…

  • All Star Carl

    What happened to Gary Sanchez?

    • Reggie C.

      Probably nursing soreness or a minor injury. Hopefully this down time isn’t due to anything that will cost him more than a week’s worth of games. The Sanchize is absolutely a must follow on DoTF.

      I think if it were a serious injury, the word would’ve gotten out by now.

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

      Supposedly it’s a sore wrist.

      • Gonzo

        I had one of those in college. Nothing to do with sports though.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          We all know what you were doing in college.

          • Gonzo

            Yeah, typing term papers….

      • All Star Carl

        Thanks a lot

  • Plank

    This series is really making me follow the minors. I’m gonna miss whoever they trade whenever they trade them.

    I wish YES regularly showed minor league games.

    • JohnnyC

      Did tonight’s game on My9 qualify?

    • Plank

      They could show games every day at 1pm and that would have the added effect of getting rid of Francessa. It would probably cheaper for the network too. I wouldn’t even care if they were showing yesterday’s game.

    • Dave M

      They used to on Mondays. I don’t know why they stopped.

  • Gonzo

    I was thrilled when they signed Deluca at the deadline last year. What the heck is going on with that kid? Too soon to be worried?

    • JohnnyC

      Right now it looks like they need to make a bunch of adjustments pronto. Where’s Nardi?

    • baseballnation

      I think its way to early to press the panic button, just rough few baby steps.

      And Golf Clap for Mariel Checo…Oh wait I take that back…

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

      Way to soon. He’s got like, 30 pro innings under his belt. Going to be a project.

      • Gonzo

        Ok cool. He’s the one pitcher I look for at the GCL, and I haven’t been excited yet.

        • zs190

          Bryan Mitchell is another name to watch in GCL. He was a better prospect than DeLuca.

          • Gonzo

            Yeah but Deluca is a NE guy!

    • zs190

      Way too soon, he’s just 19 and making just his 4th startin his first professional season. LHP that throws 93-95 don’t grow on trees, would be more worried if he doesn’t improve at end of next year.

  • jon

    a good night from montero makes up for a bad yankee night

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    So, that Montero kid’s got some talent.

    It’d be nice if the El Maquinito and Montero show was on. Right now it’s just Montero..

    Oh well, Montero has finally broken the .800 OPS barrier! Great stuff.

  • baseballnation

    Thats kind of clueless post on Granderson…His history says he’s a pretty damn good serviceable CF and on that you’d give him the benefit of the doubt to turn his performance around. What? Would you rather have Austin Jackson..His OPS has come way down to earth over the last two months to I believe under 600 OPS

    • Gonzo

      This might be posted in the wrong place, but Grandy is having a very good year in terms of UZR.

    • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

      Austin Jackson
      Avg OBP + SLG = OPS
      .304 .358 .413 .771

      As of last night… http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8412

      Only 1 hr and 20 RBI, but 101 hits, including 23 doubles and 5 triples. 16 SB, 25 bb and 93k (ouch)…

      • Gonzo

        It’s weird. If you said something bad about A-Jax, his development or lack of pwer last year, it was a tough crowd. Now it’s commonplace.

    • Dave M

      Yes, because, we’d also find Phil Coke and IPK too.

  • Reggie C.

    So apparently Jose Ramirez is now throwing alittle harder than Jairo Heredia? Ramirez might be getting tired, so i’m waiting for the 3 inning starts control measure to become the norm pretty soon.

    Nova and Noesi are definitely having impressive years. I can imagine Nova’s name come up in EVERY trade discussion Cashman engages in, which no doubt must be frustrating for our GM. Nova + Noesi for Adam Dunn? (j/k)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I guess you can say that about Nova, but he won’t be the centerpiece of any big trade.

      Unless it’s with the Whitesox :)

      • Gonzo

        Yeah, Rizzo is supposedly asking for a TON for Dunn. I doubt he would take a package headlined by Nova.

  • pat

    Maybe Sanchez has been playing in Scranton under the assumed alias Jesus Montero.

    • baseballnation

      +1

      And Jesus Montero is masquerading around as Jhorge Liccien.

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      Has anyone seen Jesus Montero and Gary Sanchez in the same place?

      I rest my case.

  • nathan

    So great to see that Montero line. After that drab game this post was an elixir.

  • All Star Carl

    Love Nova. When he came up here he pounded the zone. I believe he has 2 appearances up here. One against Boston and Detroit. No walks.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    As though Scott Proctor’s elbow hasn’t taken enough excuse over the years.

  • Doug

    i know this’ll get lost behind those 400 foot blasts, but equally impressive to me is that montero has gone 6 games now without striking out…21 ABs and counting.

    • nathan

      sweet

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      He’s becoming a monster!!

      • boogie down

        hmm.. jesus monstero?

  • Ricky

    What the hell does Montero have to do with Jeter???

    • All Star Carl

      Jeter sucks, Montero is god?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Why are you flipping out?

      Axisa just made the comment. Was it not a fact? There is no reason to overreact.

      • Ricky

        Ones on the Yankees the other is in the minors they have nothing to do with each other. The guy also thinks that Jason Giambi is one of the greatest Yankees to ever live.

        • baseballnation

          He wasn’t :0

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          I doubt Axisa thinks this, so take your trolling elsewhere. He was just stating his stat line is better at each of their respective levels.

          If you don’t like what he says, you don’t HAVE to come to this site. Just letting you know.

          • Gonzo

            The Giambino wasn’t better than Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Dimaggio, Berra, I can do this all night.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I never said Giambi was one of the greatest Yankees. What are you saying? I wasn’t even defending Giambi at all.

              • Gonzo

                I was kidding. The internet failed my humor again.

                • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                  Ah okay. I was really confused.

                  • Gonzo

                    It’s obvious that Bobby Meacham was the best Yankee of all time. He actually slugged over .400 in p/t duty one year.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I was talking about the Jeter comment on Montero’s stat line in this post.

              • Gonzo

                Jokes man, jokes.

            • poster on a different computer

              I doubt Axisa thinks this

              • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                And your point is?

                • poster on a different computer

                  I was requoting you to refute Gonzo, who was apparently joking.

                  Oka, now I’m confused…

                  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                    Ah, alright. This whole thing besides Ricky’s comment was a big mix up it seems.

                  • Gonzo

                    I was joking, but I am not the original poster. I think his post is a little testy, so I tried to lighten the mood.

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

          It was a joke. I was talking to a friend about how sad it is that Montero’s line has passed Jeter’s considering how poorly he started.

          Are you guy I was arguing with about Giambi that one time? Forget it, this conversation is done then. You obviously still can’t comprehend anything I said.

  • Stuckey

    I’m sure this has been brought up before the last 5 weeks or so, but somewhat quietly but measurably, Melky Mesa may be finding something down in Tampa.

    • baseballnation

      Yeah he’s found the spirit of Shane Spencer..Oh wait, nm ;)

  • ARX

    How much longer do the Yanks have Nova under contract? As nice as it is to have someone in Scranton “just in case”, it would be nice to see him get an extended chance in the big leagues, and it’s not going to happen here if he’s just Mitre’s backup.

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

      At the very least, they have him until 2016.

      • ARX

        ……..
        Scratch that thought:-(

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

          They can only keep him in the minor leagues for two more years, however. Once his three options expire, they have to put him on waivers to send him down.

          • Dave M

            Can we call him Chevy Nova? I’m sure you have no clue what I’m talking about. Probably before your time.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              Haha, then there’s a reason why that hasn’t caught on.

              Nova is an awesome last name now that I think about it.

            • Clayton

              What is this, 2007?

  • Phranchise

    thats a little low for ramirez, no? i thought he was a mid 90s guy

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I thought the same thing.

      Although, Axisa only stated the first inning. I know he’s a harder thrower than that though.

  • All Star Carl

    O’s win. Game doesn’t matter today. Get em A’s!

  • phughesisgod

    What a night for Nova!!! How’s this for a thought. On Saturday, call up Romulo, Mitre and Nova. DFA Gaudin, Park, Mosley. Could solve all our bullpen troubles with one bulk of moves. I mean, I’m sure Albie, Romulo, Mitre/Nova has to be at least 100 times better than Gaudin, Park and Mosley.

  • A.D.

    Nova, continuing to make his case to be the starter over Mitre.

  • matt

    Great start from Ramirez. Does he have a higher ceiling than banuelos? Also, after pitching a mostly full year well, will he jump above banuelos who has had an abbreviated season due to his appendectomy?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      ManBan is pitching on a higher level than Ramirez, and if he continues to pitch well, there’s no reason why Ramirez should pass him on the prospect charts.

      Answering your other question, yes Ramirez has a higher ceiling than ManBan, but not much higher. They both have a great deal of potential.

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

      His ceiling his higher, but Banuelos is the far safer pick. Also, ManBan is younger and has done more at a higher level.

  • dan

    will somone give me their top 30 now…………i want so see how it compares to last years b.a.top 30

  • Doug

    my daily update on how hot the manchild is:

    last 20 games: .384/.478/.712; 15/9 BB/K
    last 32 games: .356/.422/.661; 15/20 BB/K

  • bottom line

    Here’s 20.

    Zeus Montero
    Romine
    Sanchez
    Betances
    Brackman
    ManBan
    Slade
    JoRam
    Sosa
    Phelps
    Noesi
    Culver
    Warren
    Stoneburner
    Murphy
    Nova
    Laird
    CoJo
    Marshall
    Kontos

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Reply fail

  • ConcernedFan

    is it just me or is it time to DFA jeter

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Your poster name is fitting to your statement, haha.

  • Randy A.

    Jesus Montero: I’m A MAN! I’M 40 20!

    • Randy A.

      Fail….DAMNIT