Montero’s hot hitting continues in SWB win


Frankie Piliere threw some love the Yankees’ way in his mid-season Top 25 prospects list. He’s got Jesus Montero at #5, Austin Romine at #15, and Gary Sanchez at #25. Montero’s fine, but the other two seem like aggressive rankings. Nothing wrong with that, nice to see someone stick their neck out there and go against the grain.

David Phelps has been promoted up to Triple-A, so congrats to him. He’s put just 86 men on base while striking out 86 with a 46.3% ground ball rate in 88.1 IP, so clearly he was ready for the next level.

Triple-A Scranton (8-6 win over Pawtucket)
Justin Christian, RF-LF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – 13 for his last 38 (.342) with six walks & three strikeouts
Marcus Thames, LF: 2 for 4 - playing six innings in the field by design
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Eduardo Nunez, 3B: 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB – 17 SB against just three CS (85%)
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K – 11 for his last 29 (.379) with four doubles, two homers, five walks & four strikeouts … love that he’s turned it around, good to see
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 K
Rene Rivera, DH: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Reid Gorecki, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – got picked off first
Reegie Corona, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 8-10 GB/FB – 61 of 97 pitches were strikes (70.9%)
Royce Ring: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 10 of his 16 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
Zack Segovia: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 11 of his 20 pitches were strikes
Jon Albaladejo: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB – both of his pitches were strikes … gotta love the two pitch save

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Harrisburg)
Dan Brewer, LF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 4, 2 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – five for his last 23 (.217)
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB – four for his last 18 (.222)
Jose Gil, DH & Edwar Gonzalez, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Gil doubled … Edwar hit a solo jack & scored another run
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Matt Cusick, 2B: both 0 for 3 – Vech walked & K’ed … Cusick got hit by a pitch & K’ed twice
Luis Nunez, SS: 2 for 3, 1 R
Cory Arbiso: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4-6 GB/FB – spot start in place of Phelps
J.B. Cox: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB – just four strikeouts in 9.1 IP … still early for him, but you’d like to see some more K’s
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa‘s game was suspended due to rain with one out in the top of the fourth. Manny Banuelos was make his first start with team, and has struck out four while allowing one unearned run in 3.1 IP before the rain came. They’re resume the game tomorrow, which is when I’ll update the stats, but here’s the box score if you’re interested.

Low-A Charleston
Game One (4-2 win over Augusta in 7 innings)
makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Slade Heathcott, CF, Neil Medchill, LF, Kelvin Castro, SS & Emerson Landoni, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Heathcott drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed … Castro K’ed twice, Medchill & Landoni once each
J.R. Murphy, DH: 0 for 2
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 14 for his last 40 (.350)
Rob Lyerly, 3B & DeAngelo Mack, RF: both 1 for 3 – Lyerly drove in a run & scored another … Mack doubled & K’ed
Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6-4 GB/FB – first game up from his short little rehab stint with the GCL Yanks … find performance 12 months out from Tommy John surgery
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Game Two (4-1 win over August in 7 innings)
Slade Heathcott: 0 for 4 – he’s just four for his last 33 (.121) … Baseball America had a nice little puff piece on his today (sub. only, sorry)
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jimmy Paredes, 2B & Emerson Landoni, 1B: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – both guys got picked off first, but Landoni also stole a base
Neil Medchill, LF & Rob Lyerly, 3B: both 1 for 2, 1 BB – Medchill homered, got picked off first & drove in two .. Lyerly doubled, K’ed & committed a throwing error
J.R. Murphy, DH: 0 for 3, 1 K
Josh Romanski: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2-5 GB/FB – 32-8 K/BB ratio in 32 IP … not bad for a guy that hasn’t pitched since 2008
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (8-5 win over Brooklyn)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – eight for his last 31 (.258) with four doubles, a triple & a homer
Casey Stevenson, 2B & Luis Parache, 3B: both 2 for 4 – Stevenson K’ed … Parache hit a two run jack as part of back-to-back homers with Sosa & committed a throwing error
Shane Brown, DH: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Kyle Roller, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – Roller drove in a run
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Mike Ferraro, LF: 0 for 3, 2 K
Jeff Farnham, C: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Wilton Rodriguez: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7-2 GB/FB
Michael Recchia: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 5-1 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB - third two inning save in the last eight days … he’s quickly becoming a personal fave

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-2 loss to GCL Braves) wasn’t exactly a banner day for the defense
Kelvin Duran, CF: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Anderson Felix, 2B, Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B & Judd Golsan, RF: all 0 for 4 – Felix stole a base, scored a run & K’ed twice … Kuo K’ed thrice & committed a throwing error … Golsan is 0 for his last 18, one for his last 25, three for his last 32
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 PB – he’s had a hit in every game so far
Reymond Nunez, 1B & Cito Culver, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Nunez drew a walk & botched a pickoff for an error … Culver scored a run
Henry Pena, LF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 3, 4 E (missed catch, three fielding) – can’t say I remember many four error games
Nik Turley: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3-5 GB/FB – hasn’t allowed an ER since his first start
Erick Tapia: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3-1 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Joel Marte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Doug says:

    we have the only 3 catchers on piliere’s list….very nice indeed

  2. Doug says:

    i know i’m reaching, but any concern that nova had no Ks?

  3. Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 3, 4 E <(missed catch, three fielding) – can’t say I remember many four error games

    Note even from Carmen Angelini?

  4. Doug says:

    re murphy, you know you’re having a good year when your OPS for the day is 1.417 and it barely budges your season figure

  5. Jake H says:

    I am hoping that Turley can really turn some heads. I’ve always had a soft spot for him.

  6. Tom Zig says:

    How many games are in a GCL season?

  7. El Maquinito or Jestin Romtero?

    I’m going with El Maquinito

  8. Gary Sanchez, in 19 ABs with runners on base:



  9. Dela G says:

    good day for all

    im sure ol cito will go on a hot streak sometime soon

  10. john whitney says:

    At SWB in pawtucket, one rough inning for nova. Jesus stuck out with 1 out 2nd and 3rd. Love idea of Jesus, but not too impressive behind plate. Walks around like a superstar already without the proof in the pudding.

  11. Stupid Statement Finder says:

    “Montero’s fine, but the other two seem like aggressive rankings. Nothing wrong with that, nice to see someone stick their neck out there and go against the grain.”

    Sorry Mike, but you sound like a Yankees prospect expert wannabe who has never seen 90% of the players he writes about here.

    • pat says:

      And you have?

    • Hey look, i found a stupid statement!

      sorry Mike, but you sound like a Yankees prospect expert wannabe who has never seen 90% of the players he writes about here.

    • Find me someone who provides better comprehensive coverage of every Yankee minor leaguer like Mike does here every night. Please.

      • Stupid Statement Finder says:

        There’s no denying that. But he sounded like an MLB scout in that statement, as if he’s seen all the top prospects in baseball. Mike does a great job summing up the farm’s play every night, but when it comes to scouting I’ll follow the writers/reporters who’ve actually seen them in action.

        • Gary Sanchez has played less than 20 games in the U.S. You don’t need to be a scout to think that ranking him 25th in the minors is aggressive.

          Also, Mike never claims to scout players, at least as far as I know. He always goes off of what the pros say.

          • Stupid Statement Finder says:

            Which is perfectly fine. But as I pointed out in my original comment, his statement about the ranking was a very “scouty” thing to say. Not something an amateur (no offense, Mike) should be saying.

            • Angelo says:

              Mike was writing that off of observation of what other top prospect lists say. It doesn’t sound wrong at all. You’re just taking your own interpretations of it.

              How is wrong to say “those rankings look aggressive.” If you studied the game and looked around at other top prospect lists, it’s only logical to say the same thing.

              That has nothing to do with trying to be an “expert.” You are being super ridiculous.

        • whozat says:


          Most of the people you’re citing as experts haven’t seen most of these players in action either. They’re going off scouting reports, video, and what they hear from sources the majority of the time.

          • Stupid Statement Finder says:

            Exactly. “They’re going off scouting reports, video, and what they hear from sources” that Mike doesn’t hear from. Hence: “inside info.”

            • whozat says:

              You’re still not listening, but…really, you’re just not worth arguing with anymore. If you don’t already understand how you’re wrong, you never will.


        • Sleepykarl says:

          “and although it’s a gamble to rank him this high”
          -Frankie Piliere, from that article.

          Seems like Frankie and Mike both think it could be a stretch (and going against the grain, or other scout’s lists) that a 17 year old, who has played under 20 games in the GCL, is a top 25 prospect.

          • Stupid Statement Finder says:

            But Piliere backs that statement up by saying, “he has that type of upside” WORTHY of a #25 rank. End of story. Like I said below, do you really think he would discount more worthy prospects just to push three Yankee catchers in the top 25? Talk about a lack of credibility. If he admitted to doing that, he’d lose a lot of readers/reputation/credibility.

            • He also admitted to the placement being a “gamble”.

            • Sleepykarl says:

              You see there are more than 25 guys with the upside of a top 25 prospect, of them Sanchez is the least proven, thus a bigger gamble. If this decision isn’t aggressive, then why haven’t KLaw or any of the other big baseball outlets included Sanchez on their midseason top 25 lists? They have the same (if not better) resources available as Frankie.

      • Don W says:

        Mike & RAB is great, it’s my first blog stop of the day pretty much every day. For non-pay sites it’s the best at keeping track of Yankee prospects and DOTF is a daily can’t miss.

        However, for in-depth Yankee prospect analysis nobody beats Pinstripes Plus. The guy who runs that visits the DSL training complex, checks out extended spring training, has sources throughout the scouting community and has multiple writers that conduct interviews with prospects at all of the various levels. He’s also a Mets fan so he’s hardly a homer.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Sanchez is the head scratcher. You don’t need to see these guys, just apply some common sense. I know he has a high ceiling and he’s hitting the snot out of the ball, but there are at least 25 other players in the minors with equally high ceilings that have proven themselves at higher levels. That makes them better prospects.

      • Stupid Statement Finder says:

        Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but I’ll trust the guy who has seen these prospects, or at least has the inside info. It’s not like Piliere has any ties to the Yankees either. He is using his own eyes or his sources to make an honest ranking. You think that if you have seen a player perform it won’t affect the way you rank him as a prospect?

        • Yes, he’s seen him and that’s definitely really valuable but even he’s seen every single one of Sanchez’s games, that’s still just a nine game sample. That’s not entirely reliable, is it? No one’s saying Sanchez isn’t a great prospect or doesn’t have a high ceiling, but ranking him that highly this quickly is, as Mike called it, aggressive.

          • Stupid Statement Finder says:

            An aggressive ranking? What the heck are you people talking about? Do you think while Piliere was choosing his rankings he was thinking in his head , “Let’s discount some more worthy prospects and boost Sanchez up a few slots just to give him some more hype.” You are out of your mind.

            • whozat says:

              “it’s a gamble to rank him this high”

              That’s what we’re talking about.

              Even Piliere admits that he’s going out on a limb with this one, and could easily be wrong.

            • Yes, an aggressive ranking. Piliere is putting a lot of stock into not a lot of evidence. I’ve no doubt Piliere likes what he saw out of Sanchez and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I think it’s aggressive (yes, I’m going to keep using this word) to rank a guy so highly after just nine games stateside.

            • Esteban says:

              Wow, why are you calling out Mike for making such an innocuous statement. No one said they hated Gary Sanchez but it’s not easy to make a case that Gary Sanchez has proved he’s already a top-25 prospect.

        • I respect Frankie more than BA and Klaw, but he is a big time Yankee fan. I am not saying that his rankings are tainted because of it, but in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to point that out.

          • JohnnyC says:

            Keith Law grew up a huge Yankees fan with Reggie Jackson posters on his bedroom wall. He explained that becoming a professional scout/analyst disabused him of his fanitude…although methinks he sometimes tries to over-compensate and seem super-objective when it comes to Yankees prospects.

        • whozat says:

          How many times do you think this guy sees these kids? Do you think he does nothing but travel to minor league ballgames all over the country?

          Seeing a guy once or twice isn’t necessarily going to make your assessment more accurate. You see him on a bad day, you grade him down when you shouldn’t, and vice versa.

          • Stupid Statement Finder says:

            But he has the inside information from the scouts who have seen him, hence why his work is more credible, not by a longshot, but still more than Mike’s. I highly doubt he’d make a “gamble to rank” him so high if he hasn’t at least seen him yet or hasn’t heard any info from scouts.

            • Seeing him this early means little because of how few games Sanchez has played. The ranking of Sanchez so highly is based purely on upside. I’m not 100% familiar with how FP judges his players so maybe he likes upside more than he likes results. However, as Mike said, there are likely at least 25 more guys with similar upside to Sanchez AND more results (if only because they’ve been playing in the US for longer) which is why people here are disagreeing with the ranking.

            • Sleepykarl says:

              Even here your problem is that they are going off of a 9(?) game track record. He looks great right now, but so haven’t’ countless other prospects with similar upside. Mike seems to mean that Sanchez’s upside might be high enough to garner a ranking around there, but it way to premature to put him on the list when there are several other players around the minors who haven proven themselves at a much, much higher level.

              *the irony created by your handle and comments is astounding*

              • Stupid Statement Finder says:

                Mike’s comment: “I know he has a high ceiling and he’s hitting the snot out of the ball, but there are at least 25 other players in the minors with equally high ceilings that have proven themselves at higher levels. That makes them better prospects.”

                I just LOL’d. So there are at least 25 prospects better than Sanchez, but STILL, Piliere was just so in love with this kid that he HAD to discount AT LEAST 25 guys just to get three Yankee catchers in the top 25. I just LOL’d again and now I’m ROFL.

                Get it? Because at least 25 prospects are better prospects than the guy who was ranked ahead of them?

                • You hold Frankie Piliere in incredibly high esteem.

                  • HCM, you cannot prove that SSF is not Frankie Piliere, therefore I am concluding that he is Frankie Piliere.

                    • Stupid Statement Finder says:

                      Bingo! OK, not really, but I am happy I just convinced you that I was a former MLB scout.

                      But seriously, commenting under a fake alias is not funny. And I am not Piliere, you can ask him yourself.

                • No one’s really arguing the rankings of Montero or Romine since they a) have great upside and b) have proved that they can keep up a high level of play at multiple levels. People are arguing Sanchez’s ranking because he’s played very few games in the U.S. and Frankie P. is going off of just upside.

                  No one is questioning Piliere’s motives here (you’re really putting those words into our mouths), just questioning the results which is perfectly acceptable.

                • whozat says:

                  Maybe the kid’s scouting report was new and in the forefront of his mind. Maybe he knows (unlike you, apparently) that basically no one takes his list too seriously and tossed the kid on there because he’s a fresh face and has burst onto the scene. Maybe he just saw him in person recently, and he hasn’t seen some of those other players in a while so he’s going off reports.

                  And, Piliere is a Yankee fan.

                • Sleepykarl says:

                  It’s just Frankie’s list, based purely on who he personally likes. It’s not that he has the right answers, as every other bureau that does prospect lists left Sanchez off the top 25 of their midseason lists. Just answer why Sanchez only made Frankie’s list.

            • whozat says:

              You’re engaging in an obvious logical fallacy.

              You’re saying that we CAN’T argue with him just because of his credentials, and that’s bull. It’s absolutely aggressive to call a kid who’s played 9 games in the states the 25th best prospect in baseball. He may have the UPSIDE of a top-25 prospect. There are players who’ve showed their stuff against better competition, we have yet to see how the kid will respond slumps, if he can stay healthy, etc.

            • Ok… So address this hypothetical situation for me…

              Frankie is 1 of 25 prospect experts who write top-25 lists, based (mostly) on the evaluations of other scouts who they trust. Mike reads all 25 of those lists as part of the research he regularly does. Mike notices that Frankie is the only 1 of the 25 prospect experts who ranked Sanchez in his top-25.

              Isn’t Mike allowed to point out that Frankie’s ranking was a bit out of the norm and looks aggressive, in the context of the available evidence?

              • Total Dominication says:

                Stop using your logic mind powers on us!

              • Stupid Statement Finder says:

                LOL. He absolutely would be allowed to make that point, if he pointed out his ranking was out of the norm. But that’s not the case here. He has no evidence that Piliere’s rankings were aggressive and “against the grain.” That was a good shot, but I think you need to/can come up with a better hypothetical.

                • Doesn’t “against the grain” mean the exact same thing as “out of the norm”?

                • Also, how do you know Mike hasn’t looked at the other prospect lists? I’m assuming he has and I don’t think it’s that big a leap to do so.

                • You’re also ignoring the part where Mike said that “there [was] not anything wrong with” the high ranking of Sanchez and that it was “nice to see.”

                • Why is that not the case here? All he said was that it ‘seems like an aggressive ranking.’ Why is your interpretation of that – that Mike is insinuating that he’s a scout who has been to see all these players and is thus making his own independent evaluation – more reasonable than the interpretation I just outlined? Mike has never claimed that he goes and watches all these prospects, he’d be the first person to admit much of his knowledge is based on research and reading the work of scouts who go see these prospects play. Your interpretation of what Mike wrote seems to be the unreasonable one here, not mine.

                • Mike says:

                  you gotta pay the troll toll to get into this boys hole…

                • Sleepykarl says:

                  What about the fact that every other person’s top 25 doesn’t have Sanchez?

                • Pete says:

                  I think you need to find another prospect ranking that has Gary Sanchez at 25.

    • Tom Zig says:

      Well that’s a bit unnecessary.

      • Brian in NH says:

        Yes this kind of turned into a shit show. I’m all for constructive discussion and criticism, but this guy seemed a little unfounded

    • Pete says:

      1. Stop trying to be clever. You sound like an ass, not Mike. Mike has said from the beginning (2007ish) that when he talks about prospects, what he is saying is basically a synthesis of a gazillion prospect publications to which he has subscriber access. Thus his assessment of Sanchez being ranked as the 25th best prospect in this list as aggressive is a completely innocuous statement. I have never seen Sanchez ranked that high, anywhere. Saying that the ranking is aggressive is essentially the same as saying that Pilliere is “high” on Sanchez. Or rather, that he is high on his probability, since most scouts seem to agree about the potential. Probability is a huge factor for prospects, though, and 17 year-olds in GCL have inherently low probabilities.

      The reason Mike said it seemed aggressive is because no other prospect list seems to have him that high. He probably assumed that he didn’t need to provide immediate evidence for a blatantly true statement like that because he knows his audience, and knows that pretty much everybody here reads pretty much every prospect ranking they can get their hands on, so we all know that no other prospect ranking has Gary Sanchez at #25 after 9 pro games.

      2. Man, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast. Brick killed a guy

  12. YankeesJunkie says:

    Can anyone give me some info on Phelps and his ceiling. It looks like he has put up some pretty solid numbers and K, BB, and K/BB rates all look fantastic. Looks like he has gotten lucky with H/9 possibly, but whenever you are close to 4 K/BB means you are doing something right.

  13. jimmy says:

    They tryna steal our Kevin Towers :(

  14. T-Dubs says:

    7 Errors and 3 Passed Balls. Nowhere to go but up GCL Yanks!

    • ColoYank says:

      Yeah, so long as the “up” is not a popup. It would be misjudged AND dropped on the same play.

      Nice DOTF today, though. Didn’t enjoy the “discussion” in the comments. Some people live to nitpick and find fault. I always consider such people with pity, because it’s clear to me they need distraction from some personal hell.

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