Montero hits walk-off HR as SWB ekes out a win


Got a few notes, so let’s bullet point it…

  • Jason Hirsh was named the Triple-A International League Pitcher of the Week. I believe that’s the fourth SWB pitcher to win the award in the last five weeks. Melky Mesa took home High-A Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week honors.
  • Jon Albaladejo was voted as the best reliever in the IL according to Baseball America (subs. req’d). Eduardo Nunez was dubbed the Best Defensive Shortstop and as having the Best Infield Arm.
  • Gary Sanchez got a mention from Kevin Goldstein in today’s Minor League Update (subs. req’d). “He’s got a plus-arm, but his release is long and slow. The difference between him and Jesus Montero—another Yankees’ catching prospect that competes to be ‘the next Jorge Posada—is that Sanchez has more athleticism. That’s good, but there’s work to be done.”
  • Unsurprisingly, the Yankees continue to talk with fourth round pick Mason Williams. He’s reportedly looking for a $2M bonus, basically top ten money, even though he is far from that kind of talent.
  • Tim Norton is done for a season with a lat injury. Poor guy has no luck when it comes to health, but at least it’s not his shoulder again.

I don’t think I’ve updated the standings at all this year, so let’s do that now (these do not reflect today’s games)…

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Pawtucket, walk-off style) 68-47, lead the division by 7.5 games
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Colin Curtis, CF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – walk-off two run shot off a guy who was in the bigs earlier this year … the legend grows
Juan Miranda, 1B & Chad Huffman, LF: both 1 for 3 – Huffman K’ed twice
Jorge Vazquez, DH, Eduardo Nunez, SS & Eric Bruntlett, 3B: all 0 for 3 – JoVa K’ed twice, Bruntlett once
Greg Golson, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB – threw a runner out at second
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 4-6 GB/FB – 60 of 75 pitches were strikes (80%) … he didn’t go to a three ball count all night … I must say, what a freaking performance
Zack Segovia: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 16 of 20 pitches were strikes
Royce Ring: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – six of his eight pitches were strikes … if he was in another organization, he’d probably have been called up already
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – 11 of his 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day. They’re 68-47 and lead the division by one game.

High-A Tampa (4-2 loss to Daytona) 63-45, lead the division by four games
Ray Kruml, LF: 2 for 4, 2 K – got picked off first
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – bet you didn’t know that the only guys in the organization with more walks than him (48) are Mark Teixeira (66), Brett Gardner (49) & Austin Krum (49)
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Mesa K’ed once, Maruszak twice
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Jack Rye, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 3, 1 K
Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-2 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-4 GB/FB – just 39 H in 55 IP
Trenton Lare: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (7-4 loss to Savannah) 53-59, nine games back
Slade Heathcott, CF, Neil Medchill, LF, Kelvin Castro, SS & Emerson Landoni, 2B: all 0 for 4 – Heathcott & Medchill each K’ed twice, Landoni once … Slade also drew a walk, swiped a bag & committed a throwing error
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – 15 for his last 42 (.357) with a double, a triple, three homers, six walks & six strikeouts … he’s settling in nicely
Rob Lyerly, DH & DeAngelo Mack, RF: both 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Lyerly stole a base & scored a run … Mack threw a runner out at second
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jose Ramirez: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-2 GB/FB – had allowed three or fewer runs in his last eight starts
Jairo Heredia: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Ryan Acosta: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (8-7 win over Williamsport, walk-off style) 22-24, 10.5 games back
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K – eight walks & eight strikeouts in his last nine games
Shane Brown, LF: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – picked off first
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – walk-off walk
Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Mike Ferraro, DH: both 1 for 5, 1 R – DeLeon K’ed twice, Ferraro thrice … Ferraro also drove in a run
Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Jose Mojica, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Lassiter got hit by a pitch, stole a base, drove in two & committed a fielding error … Mojica scored a run & K’ed twice
Luis Parache, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – second homer in his last six games, giving him three on the year … he hit zero last season in the Dominican Summer League
Nick McCoy, C: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing) – five for his last ten
Kramer Sneed: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB  - topped out at 91 mph
Mike Gipson: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 2-2 GB/FB
Andy Shive: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB
Rich Martinez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-1 loss to GCL Tigers) 19-24, six games back
Jose Toussen, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 4, 4 K, 1 E (fielding) – y-y-yikes
Ramon Flores, 1B & Jhorge Liccien, C: both 0 for 4 – Flores K’ed twice
Damian Taveras, DH & Kelvin Duran, CF: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Duran stole a base & came around to score
Anderson Feliz, 2B & Jose Rosario, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Feliz K’ed once, Rosario twice … Feliz also swiped a bag & got caught trying to steal another
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 1 for 3, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – got picked off first … just up from the Dominican Summer League, where he was hitting .331/.433/.534 in ~150 plate appearances
Juan Marcano: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 5-3 GB/FB – 29-5 K/BB ratio in 30.2 IP
Freddy Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Joel Marte: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4-0 GB/FB – plunked Jim Leyland’s kid with a pitch

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Call him up! Call him up!

  2. Jordan says:

    Damn Cito

  3. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike, if Jesus was in another organization, wouldn’t he be called up to the Major Leagues already. He has been on an absolute tear for over a month and a half.

    • mikebk says:

      i would think if we didnt deal for berkman as an everyday DH he might have been called up in this organization.

      not that it is the whole tear, but his numbers since the ASB are unreal

      22G .395/.460/.737 w 8 2B 6HR

    • I’m not Mike, but I’ll say yes, he probably would have.

      But in that other organization, they’ve probably already thrown in the towel on the 2010 season and thus are just trying to get Montero’s feet wet in preparation of the 2011 season.

      Player development and integration is inherently harder for an organization that attempts to win a title every single year without fail.

      • So follow up: Are the Yanks being careful or overly cautious with Montero? I’d think he could actually help the Big League club right now.

        • I imagine it’s more careful than anything else. Mentally, there are signs he’s still got a ways to go.

          • Ballpark says:

            After a prolonged and horrible 1st half,the most important thing for Montero is a strong finish. He is locked in and needs to tear up AAA to build his confidence. Throwing him into the middle of a pennant race would be crazy. Look at Berkman who has been overwhelmed.

        • mikebk says:

          but when is he going to play unless you think they are going to let him catch? with berkman and posada here at most he might play 3 games a week? is that better than letting him play everyday in AAA?

        • I’d think he could actually help the Big League club right now.

          Would he help them more than Frankie Cervelli, Lance Berkman, or Juan Miranda? Probably not. At least not initially. And that’s just because no matter how studly Montero is, he’s still only going to be a 20-year old kid overmatched by big league hurlers (and his defensive game still needs more reps).

          Now, him not helping us now might help him help us more later, but him staying in AAA for the rest of the year and even part of 2011 probably also helps him help us more later, so I understand why he hasn’t been promoted. He’s probably not a short-term upgrade now, and he probably progresses into a better hitter and better defender for 2011 and beyond just as much down on the farm as he does up in the bigs for the next 365 days.

        • Total Dominication says:

          Well, if he can catch at the MLB level Piazza style or better, they could use him. If he needs to improve at C or learn RF/1b, then they need to develop him more.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Coming up would mean spot at bats at DH. It might kill his offensive tear. It might kill whatever defensive development is possible. I would just let him develop. A lot of other teams would bring him up because they NEED his bat at the major league level… the Yankees don’t really.

  4. mikebk says:

    yet another HR that was the center or the opposite way. he truly is turning into a piazza type catcher. huge bat with great oppo power and questions about his D.

  5. ZZ says:

    Montero’s HR was to dead center and it went a decent distance beyond the 409 ft fence.

  6. dennis says:

    Montero seems to have the “clutch” gene a very important thing to have if u play for the yankees.

  7. jramey says:

    any chance Jesus gets to 20hr?

  8. Given Montero’s start this year, what he’s done in the second half is insane.

    Is .290 possible, or pushing it?

  9. Total Dominication says:

    Culver’s been on tear, I’ll forgive him.

  10. JT says:

    Via Ben Badler Twitter

    - Montero’s OPS since 6/25 is 1.226

  11. jeff says:

    Anyone know where I can find game logs for minor leaguers (I’m looking for the whole season, not just the last 10 games so doesn’t help)? Fangraphs doesn’t have any 2010 stats up for some reason.

  12. Amol says:

    Is there any news on the status of Kevin Jordan? I know that if he signs, it probably won’t happen until the deadline, but I’d be interested in hearing whether he’s even negotiating.

    • I get the sense we’re not going to hear much of anything until later this week for the majority of the signings. Regarding Jordan – it’s doubtful he signs, and if he even is negotiating, I’d be shocked if we heard anything from the Yankees’ end.

  13. pat says:

    Jesus swings a bat like it’s a toothpick.

  14. Reggie C. says:

    Since everybody’s touched on Jesus … a couple observations:

    – JR Murphy is adjusting to Sally league pitching with positive results. Kid is showing power. More so than heathcott!

    – Is DeLeon dropping out of anyone else’s top 20 yankees prospects? Charleston is going to be a messy affair for DeLeon if he doesn’t start tightening up the pitch recognition.

  15. hello9 says:

    His overall ops is 840 at this point, if he can hit 900 any ranking that has him below 4 should be disregarded.

    Too bad we couldn’t have trade him for 2 months of cliff lee.

  16. Reggie C. says:

    I guess Gary Sanchez didn’t play tonight. I’m guessing that he’s good enough to have actually added a win or two to his team’s record had he not suffered that wrist injury.

    IF the coaching staff thinks the wrist isn’t fully healed , Sanchez should DH till it heals up. Can’t run the risk that he further hurts the wrist during some meaningless game. Sanchez has already made a fantastic impression and he’s a shoe-in to make top 100 lists… along with SANO (sorry Andy).

  17. Andrew Brotherton says:

    I think if Nick Johnson doesn’t come back then we might bring up Montero as we will have Johnson’s slot. I think then he would share DH with Berkman. It would give us a pretty deep bench.

    • Perhaps.

      (Nick Johnson’s coming back, though. And Brandon Laird might be in front of Montero in the prospect promotion pecking order, due to his R5 40-man requirements.)

      I’ll put the chances of Montero joining the 2010 Yankees at 2%.

      • Total Dominication says:

        If Posada has a season ending injury, is Montero called up? Do we really use Cervelli in our lineup everyday? Are we just fucked in general?

        • j says:

          It’s been Montero and Moeller… if Moeller can’t catch lightening in the bottle for his first week and looks downright awful, I’d call up Montero to split catching duties and see what sticks to the wall

        • camilo gerardo says:

          If Jorge gets badly injured, I’d hope Jesus would get teh call. Let’s hope Jorge doesn’t get injured, and that he plays (well) in every playoff game

      • Kit says:

        Agreed entirely. It’d probably be Moeller who gets called up, which would be very unfortunate. He already has the big boy league experience, so Montero wouldn’t be their first choice.

  18. j says:

    the yankees lineup for the SWB squad is pretty beast for the triple A level.

  19. Bobby's World says:

    Maybe they should have told Montero in the beginning of the year he was getting traded because that certainly woke his Ass up.See what a little work and hustle does,I hope he isn’t Montero being Montero.

  20. emac2 says:

    “I think he walks on water but but if you move him up one level his 400 average will drop to about 100 because he is 20 and NY is a tough town”

    I love the overpowering logic some of the posters bring to the table here.

  21. camilo gerardo says:

    i like that they made juan marcano a starter

  22. Doug says:

    With 100 games in the books, let’s break down Montero’s season into quarters

    1st 25 games: .234/.294/.362/.656
    2nd 25 games: .195/.302/.293/.595
    3rd 25 games: .320/.383/.557/.940
    last 25 games: .376/.444/.718/1.162

    Went from “he’s adjusting to AAA pitching”, to “yuck”, to “now there’s the top 10 prospect we know and love”, to “wow….just wow”

    • larryf says:

      I would like a discussion on Montero’s catching strengths and weaknesses as compared to Jorge/Frankie. I only saw one game of his behind the plate: a 2-1 win when Redding went 8 &1/3rd and Alby got the last two outs. Jesus looked good with a strong arm, good framing of pitches, better quickness than I thought. Redding threw every pitch called without a shakeoff. With Moeller and Wynegar around, I would think Jesus gets excellent coaching. I see him developing into something better than Piazza easily behind the plate…

      only his lack of basepath speed disturbed me-but we are used to that

      • Doug says:

        “only his lack of basepath speed disturbed me-but we are used to that”

        not a concern on the 40 ding dongs he’s gonna ultimately hit in the show

  23. jesus jesus jesus hip hip jesus

  24. mike c says:

    okay, this kid’s gotta be the catcher next year already

  25. Andrew Brotherton says:

    I’m excited about the possibility of hearing Jesus Walks every time he comes to the plate.

  26. Cecala says:

    I can’t pronounce Montero’s name right. My mind says Hay-zues but my heart says Jesus.

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