DeLeon’s walk-off shot give Staten Island a win

Game 114: Welcome back, Tex
Yanks survive late surge, top Royals in opener

Jesus Montero was named the Triple-A International League Player of the Month, a completely deserved honor. Montero has simply killed the ball for weeks now. Melky Mesa, meanwhile, is your High-A Florida State League Player of the Week. That’s not as cool as being Player of the Month, but it ain’t too shabby.

Jose Ramirez was voted as having the Best Changeup in Baseball America’s Low-A Best Tools (sub. req’d). Also, make sure you check out Rebecca’s photos from Tuesday’s Short Season Staten Island game.

Triple-A Scranton was washed out. They’re make to this one up as part of a doubleheader on August 28th.

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Altoona)
Justin Christian, CF & Dan Brewer, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Christian doubled & stole a base … Brewer drove in a run & stole two bases
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Austin Romine, DH & Rene Rivera, C: both 0 for 4 – Romine K’ed thrice, Rivera once
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B, Damon Sublett, LF, Justin Snyder, 3B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 1 for 4 – Vech drove in a run, scored another & K’ed three times … Sublett drove in a run & committed a fielding error in his first game in the field since coming back from the DL … Nunez doubled
Adam Warren: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-2 GB/FB – hasn’t been great in AA, but he’ll get there
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional … hopefully he goes for a full body scan soon, because his days on the 40-man roster with MLB caliber medical benefits are going to be coming to an end very soon
Josh Schmidt: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-7 loss to Clearwater) they beat up on the centerpiece of this winter’s Cliff Lee trade
Ray Kruml, LF, Bradley Suttle, DH, Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Kruml stole two bases & scored a run … Suttle drove in a run, got picked off first & K’ed … Mesa K’ed three times … Maruszak scored a run
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 0 for 4, 2 K – just two for his last 17 (.118)
Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2-6 GB/FB – 62 K in 43.1 IP
Adam Olbrychowski: 0.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – holy cow
Ronny Marte: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – just up from Charleston
Pat Venditte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-7 loss to Hickory)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 3 K
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Neil Medchill, LF: both 2 for 5 – Mack doubled & came around to score … Medchill doubled twice, drove in a run & K’ed twice
J.R. Murphy, C: 3 for 5, 1 R – 15 for his last 39 (.385)
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 BB – left the game after scoring on a double in the 4th, maybe he pulled a hammy or something
Emerson Landoni, 2B & Kyle Higashioka, DH: both 2 for 3, 1 2B – Landoni drove in two & scored twice … Higashioka walked & scored
Kevin Mahoney, 2B -1B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 4, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
Sean Black: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-4 GB/FB
Ryan Acosta: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB
Jairo Heredia: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 win over Mahoning Valley in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 0 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 CS – left the game after hurting himself on a slide during one of those stolen bases
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – took over for Sosa, and hit a wind-aided three run walk-off homer
Shane Brown, LF & Jeff Farnham, C: both 0 for 3 – Brown walked, stole a base & K’ed
Kyle Roller, 1B, Jose Mojica, SS & Casey Stevenson, DH: all 0 for 4 – Roller & Stevenson each K’ed twice, Mojica once … Mojica also got caught stealing
Mike Ferraro, RF-CF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Luis Parache, 2B: both 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – Lassiter also struck out … Parache got picked off first
Mikey O’Brien: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-9 GB/FB – two earned runs or less in eight of his last ten starts
Bryan Cotton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out. They’re going to make it up at the end of the month.

Game 114: Welcome back, Tex
Yanks survive late surge, top Royals in opener
  • Nostra-Artist

    Very nice outing by Manny-Banny. He should have his guts rearranged more often.

    • Carlosologist

      But the recovery period is too long. I WANT RESULTS NOW DAMMIT

    • Accent Shallow

      Jeez, you sound like Bexy.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    I’m actually kinda surprised SI played today. The weather was kinda nasy.

    • Yanks27

      SI played a day game, so no issue with the rain.

  • Total Dominication

    Si won. not lost.

  • Nickel

    I have a question. With the upcoming rehab starts by Pettitte and Aceves, is there any way to know when Brackman will be starting for Trenton? I’m trying to work it out to go to a game when he’s going to be pitching but I have a feeling the rehab stints might throw a monkey wrench into just simply counting every five games.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Go September 2nd. Trust me.

  • Doug

    Something to smile about from KLaw in his chat today:

    Q: Which current hitter would you compare Jesus Montero to?

    A: Physically and in his swing, he reminds me of Frank Thomas. And I know that’s an insane comp to put on a guy, but I don’t think that’s out of the question as an optimistic long-term projection.

    • wilcymoore27

      I hope he runs a wee bit better than Frank Thomas. I’d take the rest of the package.

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        His running rates a 7 on a 1-100 scale, so, no.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          I don’t see why he can’t increase his speed.

          I did track and xc in high school. Before I started track, my mile time was around 8 minutes, and it dropped to about 5 minutes flat by the end of my freshmen year with little training.

          Obviously sprinting is a whole different beast, once you get as really fast its only possible to take fractions of a second off your time, but I’m sure if Jesus did plyometrics and other stuff he could increase his speed a bit.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        His home run trot rates out as a 90 on the 1-100 scale. He’ll be fine. :-)

      • Doug

        i hear ya, but if you could give me thomas’ .301/.419/.555 career right now (including only 32 SBs), i’d take that in heartbeat.

        there aren’t that many .300+/.400+/.500+ players in the history of baseball

        heck, don’t even need all his 521 HRs. gimme 300 and i’ll be a happy camper.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      I JIMP’d and JIMS’d.

      • larryf

        I would say he needs a track coach for sure. He runs very “straight up” and could certainly improve his technique. I saw him hit 2 doubles and watched him run hard. He is SLOW with lots of room for improvement. Starting out at 20 with Posada-speed, the Yanks should be working on this now along with his defense.

        • Joe

          he isnt as slow as posada in my mind. catchers are supposed to be slow. they rather work on his defense than his running technique any day of the week.

  • Carlosologist

    Every JIMP’d and shit themselves about this in the game thread.

    • Carlosologist

      Wait, that was supposed to be a response to Doug.

  • Joey C

    Trenton loss 5-3,they didn’t win.You are right about De La Rosa he is done.

  • 28 in ’10

    O Adam.

  • Captain Jack

    Sad to see that WDLR didn’t work out, maybe if he was a pitcher earlier things would have been different. Also, Romine has cooled considerably. I realize that he might be getting tired since he’s still 21 and catching full-time and that his home park is killing him; but with the explosion of catchers like Wieters, Santana, Posey, and now (seemingly) Arencibia not to mention the older stud offensive catchers Romine’s shine has worn a bit.

    • Angelo

      Yes, he’s been in a bit of a slump, but keep in mind he’s still just 21 years old, along with being the second best prospect the Yankees have. His talent hasn’t suddenly dissapeared.

  • larryf

    Off topic I know but it is 6 AM and….anyway, why does CC catch the ball back from ARod after an out with his bare hand EVERY time? Superstition? Seems like a jammed finger – waiting to happen.

    • Angelo

      Off-topic, you said it.

      There’s an off-topic thread on RAB which is located at the top of the page. Post it there, just to avoid trouble ;)

      • Joe

        you could have just answered the guy lol. its superstition.

        • Angelo

          Yeah, you’re right, haha. But I know that’s something RAB doesn’t like, so I figured I should just give him a heads up.

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  • Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

    Montero? He only hit .342 .441 .632 1.072 in July. Meh.

    August, seems he’s starting to show some stick at last:

    .441 .513 .794 1.307

    • Angelo

      We expect a lot from Jesus!