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

Teixeira may miss part of Texas series
Yanks offense can't get going, settles for split with Boston

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

Teixeira may miss part of Texas series
Yanks offense can't get going, settles for split with Boston
  • Pete


  • Benjamin Kabak

    Call him up! Call him up!

  • Jordan

    Damn Cito

    • Brian in NH


  • Ivan

    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

      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

      • Mike Axisa

        And those don’t stats include tonight.

        • mikebk

          ok. .413 avg .788 slg i believe after tonight

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      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.

      • bexarama


        Plus, honestly, calling up a 20-year-old who had a really, really rough first half of the year and expecting him to contribute immediately and significantly to a playoff run just seems unwise.

      • Accent Shallow

        cf: Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah probably.

      • Benjamin Kabak

        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.

        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

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

          • Ballpark

            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.

            • Johnny

              “overwhelmed”??? You know this? I guess Jeter has been overwhelmed too this year.

        • mikebk

          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?

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          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

            I bet he’s more valuable then Cerve or Juan.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I bet he could equal Cerve’s production at the plate and be worse (probably FAR worse) defensively, and I bet he would hit worse than Juan Miranda over his first 200 plate appearances or so, so I disagree. I bet he’d be less valuable than either Cervelli or Miranda.

              It would be close, though.

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                I bet CC could equal Cerv’s production at the plate.

              • Total Dominication

                Cervelli is hitting 194/265/226 since the ASB. Montero would crush that in terms of offensive production, even if he struggled. Miranda has had no extended MLB time, so I can’t say anything but my feeljngs on that. I’m not saying we should definitely call Montero up, as he still needs to develop defensively, but I still think he would outproduce those 2 guys.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  I love Jesus Montero and think he walks on water (pun intended), but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see 20 year old Jesus Montero hit worse than .194/.265/.226 if he’s called up and asked to contribute in the midst of this heated chase for the AL East crown.

                  • mikebk

                    ala Mike Stanton?

                    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Pretty much. But with a higher degree of difficulty, since Florida isn’t New York and playing RF isn’t catching.

                    • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

                      Except that Mike Stanton’s line is .233/.308/.472/.781. I’m not saying that’s great or anything, but it’s not in the same stratosphere as .194/.265/.226.

                      Even if you are bearish on Montero even hitting some expectations, I think .194/.265/.226 is really shooting low. I’d bet my entire salary he could exceed that in over 75 plate appearances.

                  • Chris

                    20 year old Miguel Cabrera hit .268/.325/.468 in a pennant race. A-Rod hit .358/.414/.631/1.045 as a 20 year old. So it’s not impossible for a 20 year old to come up and contribute.

                    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      I never said it was impossible. I’m just stating my opinion that it’s going to be wicked hard to be Cabrera and ARod and not be Mike Stanton.

                    • dr mrs the yankee

                      Jesus is good but Miggy and A-Rod are once in a generation talents so let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. He has huge amounts of potential but anytime you say “Well this probable Hall of Famer and this definite Hall of Famer did XYZ” you are going down the wrong path.

                    • Jerome S

                      A-Rod and Cabrera are better players than Jesus.

                      Sorry to break that to you.

                    • Total Dominication

                      To be fair, Jesus’s bat has been said to have a ceiling of Miguel Cabrera.

                    • dr mrs the yankee

                      No, citing his ceiling is not fair. Matt Wieters has a ceiling of Johnny Bench or whatever comp people came up with, it had little affect on his debut period.

                      Citing clear exceptions to the norm is foolish.

        • Total Dominication

          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.

          • larryf

            He can….

        • Ted Nelson

          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.

  • mikebk

    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.

  • ZZ

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

  • dennis

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

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I think this comment is serious, unfortunately.

      • Total Dominication

        I wasn’t sure, so I hesitated to reply.

  • jramey

    any chance Jesus gets to 20hr?

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

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

    Is .290 possible, or pushing it?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      He’s now at .282. I’d say is .300 pushing it?

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        It’s just, a few weeks ago someone mentioned .300 and we laughed as we thought that was unrealistic…

        • Carlosologist

          That was me. I still stand by it, as irrational is it may seem. .290 would be great for Montero. He’s had a Teixeiran comeback from the beginning of his season.

          • Stuckey

            Let’s do the math…

            Scranton has 27 regular season games left, including a dbl header, so make it 26. He’s played in 101 of Scranton’s 116 games, and that includes being games missed when he got hit in the forearm.

            So let’s say he plays in 22 games and gets 88 more abs.

            That would give him 446 abs.

            He’d need 33 hits in 88 abs to get him to .300, that’s .375

            So probably not.

            He’d need 29 hits in 88 abs to get to .290 – that’s .330.

            • pat

              I can see Jesus only getting 20 or so hits in his next 88 at bats.

              100% of them will be homeruns.

            • Chris

              He’d need 33 hits in 88 abs to get him to .300, that’s .375

              So probably not.

              Montero is hitting .395 since the ASB, so don’t rule it out.

              • Total Dominication


    • mikebk

      he is at .282 now, so it might be low balling it. ;-)

  • Total Dominication

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

  • JT

    Via Ben Badler Twitter

    – Montero’s OPS since 6/25 is 1.226

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Jesus, Mo and Joe Dimaggio

      • FL Yankee

        All types of this.

      • boogie down

        Absolutely brilliant. IETCVM.

      • larryf

        Jesus, Mari and Joseph

  • jeff

    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.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW or howe’s sports data

      • jeff

        I can’t find any game logs on — which I had never heard of before and seems good, so thanks — only has 2010 data for a handful of players. But no Jesus, sadly. Unless I’m a retard, which is always possible.

    • dr mrs the yankee presents them in the most accessible way.

      • jeff

        Wonderful. Thank you.

  • Amol

    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.

    • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      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.

  • pat

    Jesus swings a bat like it’s a toothpick.

  • Reggie C.

    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.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I smell a #5org in our future.


      • Reggie C.

        Is that a T2-Cameron shout-out? Do you secretly love all things James Cameron, like i do? Hmm…

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          James Cameron is a better director than Michael Bay.

          There, I said something nice about James Cameron.

          • Klemy

            TCWA. lol

  • hello9

    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.

    • Carlosologist

      A 2011 battery:
      Pitcher: Cliff Lee
      Catcher: Jesus Montero

      Your mind: BLOWN

      • Steve O.

        .:Head Explodes:.

  • Reggie C.

    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).

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      “If the coaching staff thinks the wrist isn’t fully healed , Sanchez should DH sit his ass on the bench resting and recuperating till it heals up.”


      • Reggie C.

        That works too. I’d just like the Yanks to make a press release if that were the case just to avoid the mass hysteria Rebecca would start if it were a rest-of-the-season vacation.


        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

          He didn’t play tonight cos he was late to warmups.

          It sucks, but he’ll learn.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    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.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      (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

        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

          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

          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

      • Angelo


      • Kit

        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.

  • j

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

    • JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      You could easily envision a scenario in which Montero, Laird, Nunez were all getting major playing time for a team way out of playoff contention.

      • camilo gerardo

        Jesus and nunez playing for another organization; thank you kindly, sir, but I can not envision such a scenario. Good day

  • Bobby’s World

    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.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      He was actually hitting just fine for the entire month before he was nearly traded too. But, hey, narrative!

  • emac2

    “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.

    • camilo gerardo

      ik, one poster said he wouldn’t be surprised if Jesus didn’t outhit cervelli. what is that?

      • andrew

        that is called not getting too excited and not expecting too much from a 20 year old rookie

  • camilo gerardo

    i like that they made juan marcano a starter

  • Doug

    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

      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

        “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

  • http://yes yankeewanabe7

    jesus jesus jesus hip hip jesus

  • mike c

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

  • Andrew Brotherton

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

  • Cecala

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