Montero goes deep twice in SWB win


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


  1. Cecala says:

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

  2. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

  3. baseballnation says:

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

    • Accent Shallow says:

      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 says:

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

        • baseballnation says:

          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 says:

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

            • baseballnation says:

              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 says:

                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.

                • Angelo says:

                  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 says:

                    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.

                  • Gonzo says:

                    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 says:

                    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.

    • Jon G says:

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

      • Ed says:

        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.

  4. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    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.

    • Jon G says:

      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…

  5. All Star Carl says:

    What happened to Gary Sanchez?

  6. Plank says:

    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.

  7. Gonzo says:

    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?

  8. jon says:

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

  9. Angelo says:

    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.

  10. baseballnation says:

    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

  11. Reggie C. says:

    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)

  12. pat says:

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

  13. nathan says:

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

  14. All Star Carl says:

    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.

  15. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  16. Doug says:

    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.

  17. Ricky says:

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

  18. Stuckey says:

    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.

  19. ARX says:

    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.

  20. Phranchise says:

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

  21. All Star Carl says:

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

  22. phughesisgod says:

    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.

  23. A.D. says:

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

  24. matt says:

    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?

    • Angelo says:

      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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

  25. dan says:

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

  26. Doug says:

    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

  27. bottom line says:

    Here’s 20.

    Zeus Montero

  28. ConcernedFan says:

    is it just me or is it time to DFA jeter

  29. Randy A. says:

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

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