Montero’s hot hitting continues

Game 89: Win it for the Boss
Swish, Yanks honor the Boss with walk-off win

Gary Sanchez got some love on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, being named the fifth hottest prospect in all of minor league baseball. Make sure you check it out, it offers up a mini-scouting report. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith was released. Kinda surprised he lasted four-plus years in the organization after being drafted as a senior out of Oklahoma in the 39th round (in 2006). Those guys are usually flushed away pretty quickly, but credit him for forcing the organization’s hand.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Toledo)
Reid Gorecki, CF & Greg Golson, RF: both 0 for 4 – Gorecki K’ed twice
Reegie Corona, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Eduardo Nunez, SS:  for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB – doubled off Mr. Perfect(ish)
Chad Tracy, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – eight for 20 (.400) with three homers since signing
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – straight mashin’, for like a month now too
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Eric Bruntlett, LF: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 15 for his last 36 (41.7%)
Jason Hirsh: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-6 GB/FB – 61 of 89 pitches were strikes (68.9%)
Mark Melancon: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 20 of 29 pitches were strikes (69%) … strikes are a good start
Romulo Sanchez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – nine of his 13 pitches were strikes (69.2%) … he was 95-97 with the slider at 88 tonight
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of his 11 pitches were strikes (63.6%)

Double-A Trenton (8-6 win over Reading)
Justin Christian, LR & Luis Nunez, SS: both 3 for 4 – Christian tripled, drove in two, scored twice & K’ed … Nunez scored a run & drove one in
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – had been six for his last 36 (.167)
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K – that’s RBI number 82 on the season
Dan Brewer, CF: 0 for 4, 3 K
Matt Cusick, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jack Rye, RF: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB,
Justin Snyder, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Adam Warren: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7-1 GB/FB – 64 of 107 pitches were strikes (59.8%) … he also hit 94 on the gun
J.B. Cox: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – 37-26 K/BB ratio in 31.1 IP
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K

High-A Tampa (1-0 win over Jupiter)
Ray Kruml, LF, Corban Joseph, 2B & Zoilo Almonte, RF: both 0 for 3 – Kruml drew a walk & got caught stealing
Jose Pirela, SS & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 1 for 4
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Trent Lockwood, DH & Myron Leslie, 1B: both 1 for 3 – Lockwood scored a run
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 3
Manny Banuelos: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 3-5 GB/FB – 29 K in 23.1 IP this year
John Van Benschoten: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 25-2 K/BB ratio in his last 20.2 IP

Low-A Charleston (9-1 loss to Augusta)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – yep, the biceps tendinitis is fine
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Jimmy Paredes, 2B: both 1 for 4, 1 2B – Paredes committed a pair of fielding errors, numbers 31 & 32 on the season
Neil Medchill, LF & Emerson Landoni, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Medchill drew a walk & K’ed … Landoni committed both a fielding & throwing error
J.R. Murphy, C & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 2B – Murphy walked & K’ed … Castro scored a run
Rob Lyerly, 1B & Kyle Higashioka, DH: both 0 for 4 – Higashioka K’ed twice
Brett Marshall: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 8-6 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB
Andy Shive: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 0-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (3-0 win over Jamestown)
Isaiah Brown, CF, Casey Stevenson, 2B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 0 for 4 – Brown K’ed thrice, DeLeon once … DeLeon threw a runner out at third
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Francisco Arcia, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter, DH & Shane Brown, LF: both 0 for 3
Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 8-3 GB/FB – lowers his ERA to 1.78
Michael Recchia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 32 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-0 loss to GCL Tigers) they got completely dominated by Lebron
Anderson Felix, 2B & Damian Taveras, DH: both 1 for 4, 2 K
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) – six for his last 17 (.353) … he had three strikeouts in his last 22 at-bats combined
Ramon Flores, RF: 2 for 4
Reymond Nunez, 1B, Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B, Jhorge Liccien, C & Judd Golsan, RF: all 0 for 3 – Nunez, Liccien & Golsan all K’ed twice, Kuo just once … Nunez & Kuo were hit by pitches, Liccien & Golsan drew a walk each
Dustin Hobbs: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – pro debut for this year’s 21st rounder
Justo Arias: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Brett Gerritse: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Jose Marte: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Game 89: Win it for the Boss
Swish, Yanks honor the Boss with walk-off win
  • Carlosologist

    I wonder what number Montero will wear when he gets to the Bronx. He’s earned a trip… in September.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan – RIP, Boss and the Voice of God

      He wore 83 in Spring Training this year, so maybe that.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Montero wants #21 since he’s a big Sammy Sosa fan. I’m going out of limb, and say 12.

        • Brian in NH

          he must have a thing for overly-fake smiles and ridiculous hopping after hitting home runs, and also lying about your ability to speak english, using performance enhancing drugs, and getting skin lightening treatments.


    • JobaWockeeZ


      • Joe

        21 or 45 and ST numbers mean nothing. plus, romine’s number is 12 lol.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Well I want Jesus to get 6. When he retires, retire the number for both Torre and Montero.

          • Nathan

            Torre’s # retired? after that tasteless book?

            Sadly, i think that will happen.

    • Chris0313

      How about #21? Who cares if Paul O’Neill wore 21. It’s not retired. The fans needs to stop with the Paul O’Neill nonsense. He had a nice career, he doesn’t deserve to get his number retired.

      • Joe

        and won’t be.

      • Ban Bud

        For me, #21 will always belong to Dan Pasqua.

        • Jon G

          Wow, there’s a name that brings me back to bad ’80’s music…

          • Jon G

            The question is — did Dan Pasqua have a mullet?

    • Philthy65
    • Mattchu12

      I seem to remember him wearing #35 at the Futures Game and I thought he was wearing it when he was in Trenton. Mike Mussina was a great Yankee, but I dunno if we should hold it out like we’ve been doing with Paul O’Neil’s #21. I would make a bet that Montero wears #35.

      • ROBTEN

        He also wore #35 in Charleston.

        • Joe

          wore 45 last year.

  • Bryan

    Jeeeeez, whens Pat going to get a shot at AA?

    • ROBTEN

      He’s not on the prospect track and, while he puts up strong numbers, he doesn’t have amazing “stuff.” I also believe he’s (relatively) old for the league and that at least part of his success is simply from being more polished than the hitters he’s facing.

      Here’s how he was described in a profile from the NY Times:

      Scrooge as it may sound, Newman’s outlook would be shared by most professional scouts. South Atlantic League history is strewn with right-handers who thrive with 87-mile-per-hour fastballs like Venditte’s. His left-handed stuff is roundly (if not flatteringly) described as slop. Just because it is all thrown by the same guy does not mean it will not get hammered at higher levels.

      So, while it would be nice to see him move up quickly — and he’s certainly putting up good numbers and agree that he should move up at some point — we shouldn’t necessarily view his numbers in the same way as other prospects.

      • Brian in NH

        He was on a prospect track to start the season though. Either something has seriously changed the Yank’s eval of him or they do have guys they geniunely believe are better and will have more impact down the road.

        That being said, JB Cox has been straight up brutal since moving to AA. Why can’t Venditte take his spot? the guy was “retired” for a while and is a year older

  • Nostra-Artist

    Had no idea Sanchez’s glove was that far behind his bat. He sounds like another Montero, but I haven’t heard anyone say he shouldn’t be able to catch due to body type, like they do with Jesus.

  • Gonzo

    I am starting to like this Cito Culver kid. He is already outplaying Angelini. His stats aren’t great, but he will probably stick at SS and he is 17 years old.

    • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      I truly, truly hope Angelini works out. I really do. He had tremendous potential and by most accounts, is a very bright and solid person. But it doesn’t say much when your criteria for success is “outplaying Angelini.”

      He was awful.

    • Brian in NH

      If he can just continue to build up his hitting/contact skills and defensive skills i would hope he could stick at SS and do a decent job of it. Seems to have some patience and a decent hitters eye already.

      but what do i know?

    • Joe

      thats not hard to outplay Angelilini. i could.

  • MrJigginz

    Mesa-mania=over. :-(

  • Gonzo

    Since it doesn’t look like the Yanks rolled the dice big this year in IFA, anyone else wish Sano and Gary Sanchez were moving up the ladder together?

    • Nostra-Artist

      You can’t sign everyone. There’s already noise about an Int’l draft being added to the next CBA, and the MLBPA isn’t overly opposed to the idea. The last thing the Yanks need to do is add fuel to that fire.

      • Chris0313

        No chance at an international draft. No chance.

      • Gonzo

        You’re right. Just wishful thinking.

        Do the Yanks go HUGE next year in the draft and IFA next year in case the CBA gets weird? Might be more talent next year in both pools!

        • Angelo

          There is a ton more talent in next year’s draft.

        • fact police

          They’re the Yankees, they should be going huge in every draft and every IFA signing period. It’s a joke that they stayed at or near slot this year.

          • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

            I would generally agree with that general sentiment, but part of it is political and beyond that, it’s probably a net negative to spend tons on incredibly risky 16-22 year olds, though I won’t get into that specifically.

            You can’t just have the Yankees say, “You know what? Fuck it. We’re going to throw $25 million into every draft and $20 million into every IFA.” Why? Because, as Artisteve said, it has repercussions. The Yankees throw their weight around like that and MLB says, “Shit guys, we’re doomed. Yep, that’s it.” After that some sort of cap or draft is put on signings and considering the Yanks’ perennial success, this would in all likelihood mean the team were drafting/picking toward the back end. Ultimately, this would damage the long-term interests of the org. Whereas under the current approach the team can target a few of their targeted players without greatly exceeding the norm of what others are paying.

            I would like a bit of a different approach, but considering the politics and the volatility of prospects, while also acknowledging the team has much better and reliable information, I’ll defer to the current strategy. Still, would I have given Austin Wilson $3 million in the first round and said goodbye to Cito? Sure, but hey, it’s not my team.

            • Angelo

              This is another thing to consider as well.

            • Captain Jack

              Well…lots of organizations can throw 25 mill at a draft, but that also raises the leverage of college kids too. There’s plenty of reasons not to throw 25 million at a draft, what the rest of baseball thinks is the least of them.

          • Angelo

            Funny that you said they stayed near slot this year.

            They went over slot in the later rounds of this year’s draft. I don’t know if you were paying attention or not. That’s where the Yankees dominate really, when referring to the draft.

            Also, there wasn’t as much talent as usual in the draft and IFA’s. So the Yankees had good reason not to overpay for a bunch of players with less value as compared to other years.

            There were also many IFA players that were involved with steroids this year, so the ongoing investigation, in addition to the lack of talent has caused the Yankees to be a bit more conservative this year. A lot of the IFA players have been getting huge bonuses, yet they aren’t as good as last year’s class.

            If you want to make an arguement for something, make sure you have the knowledge to back up what you’re saying because right now you sound senseless.

            • Richard


              Get off your high horse, you sound like a arrogant ass.

              Who are you talking with-Newman or Oppenheimer?

              If not, you know what they say about opinions.

              • Angelo

                I apologize if I sound arrogant, but I often get annoyed when people make comments without doing a background check on what they are saying before hand.

                And by the way, what you said is no better, if not worse than what I said, but I digress.

                This is information that I’ve read throughout the internet, and knowledge that I’ve obtained off of learning of the draft and IFA. It’s not like I’m writing without any reason of thought.

              • Angelo

                If not, you know what they say about opinions

                There was a lot of factual information in there.

                IFA players were involved with steroids this year.

                It’s been talked about often, how there is lack of talent in both pools this year.

                IFA’s have been getting huge bonuses this year.

                If you put two and two together you can create a more informed opinion than someone saying: the Yankees should spend money no matter what. Even if it means like investing wisely? Doesn’t make sense.

    • pat

      There’s been like what? Two or three big signings this year? None of the guys the Yankees have been linked to have signed yet. Plus, keep in mind we spend a bunch of picks on high sign ability guys. I wouldn’t be suprised to see some money diverted from the IFA side to the Rule IV side.

      • pat

        we *spent

  • Jimmy

    Montero is hitting .353 in his last 10 games.

    • Doug

      forget about 10….hitting .350ish over his last 28

    • Jimmy

      I wasn’t even on-line at 11:04. This man is clearly an imposter.

  • pollo

    .790m ops for monster. over/under till >800?

  • MikeD

    Montero’s triple-slash stats have now entered a respectable range, which is saying a lot considering how poorly he hit for the first two-plus months. He’s only 20 and at AAA. Future still looking bright.

    • Angelo

      His future has always looked bright. He’s putting up very respectable numbers for a 20 year old catcher at Triple-A, now at least. That wasn’t the case a few months ago.

      I’m basically repeating what you said for some reason.

      Gotta love what he’s doing though.

      • Brian in NH

        Yes…he is turning into a beast again

  • Philthy65

    hey mike so far who are the draft picks the yanks have signed and is there a site to keep track of that?

  • Joe

    love banuelos’ line. impressive. montero continues to live up to our expectations.

  • ARX

    Another day, another ear-to-ear smile upon reading about Montero :D

    At some point, Melancon and Albaladejo’s exile must end…right?

  • Pete

    I think I speak for all of us when I say who the fuck is Jhorge Liccien?

    • Jimmy

      Non-drafted FA (IFA?) from Venezuela in 2007. 19 year old converted catcher. Hit .100 in 80 AB in GCL last year, .185 so far this year. One of 5 (?!?) catchers on GCL Yanks including Sanchez.

  • Matt

    Montero wants to be 45. The only reason he is 21 now is because he gave it up for Mitre.

    • Joe

      that is inaccurate because he always wanted 21 but Kevin Whelan had sinority and now he will stick with 21 for the rest of the year because he grew up idolizing Sosa.

      • pat


  • Stryker

    saw warren tonight in trenton. those 4 BB’s are misleading – the ump was squeezing him seemingly all night which probably led to him throwing too many pitches – it took just over 2 hours to finish 5 innings. otherwise, a strong AA debut for sure.

    also, cox was fucking awful. it’s a shame, i think we all had lofty expectations for him after being top dog of texas’ relief corps.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Some people recover well from TJS, some people don’t. There’s a misperception that it is failsafe but there is still risk.

  • pat

    Not gonna lie, Romulo has a chance to make a 2007 Joba type impact on the bullpen. Sick fastball, a good slider and his best secondary pitch is the change. Still rarely knows where the ball is going, but in short stints he could be filthy.There’s a reason they put him in the bullpen.

    • Angelo

      That’s possible, but 2007 Joba is much better than Romulo.

      I’m sure you would agree with that though.

      • pat

        True, 2007 Joba was having a much better year than 2010 Romulo. They both have nasty stuff, and if debuted late enough in the season, Romulo could see the same type of success 2007 Joba did.

        • Angelo

          Yeah, agreed.