Montero’s two homers help SWB to division title


Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Buffalo) thanks to the win, they are the North Division champs for the fourth straight year
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – had been just three for his last 27 (.111)
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI – 12 for his last 34 (.353) with a double and four homers … one of the homers was pulled, the other went to the opposite field … that gives him 18 homers for the season, a new career high
Juan Miranda, 1B & Jorge Vazquez, DH: both 0 for 4 – Miranda struck out once, JoVa four freaking times
Colin Curtis, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – 14 for his last 39 (.359) with seven doubles and a homer … he’s pretty locked in right now, could be a nice little surprise for the Yanks in September
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 4
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 3 – he’s stuck in a real bad rut, just 11 for his last 76 (.145) … he didn’t run out a grounder and got booed
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 0 for 3, 1 K
D.J. Mitchell: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 9-6 GB/FB – 57 of 99 pitches were strikes … very nice for his second AAA start
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – half of his eight pitches were strikes
Eric Wordekemper: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K - just four of his 13 pitches were strikes
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – eight of his 13 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-2 loss to Harrisburg in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Justin Christian, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 12 for his last 38 (.316) with five doubles and a homer … currently riding a 12 game hit streak
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 5, 1 R – eight for his last 26 (.308) with a double and a homer … he’s drawn just two walks since July 23rd
Rene Rivera, DH, Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 0 for 4 – Rivera got hit by a pitch, drove in a run & K’ed … Vech drew a walk … Nunez K’ed
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Justin Snyder, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – 48 BB, 41 K
Dellin Betances: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3-7 GB/FB – 103 K in 81.1 IP
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
J.B. Cox: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-3 GB/FB – 2.51 ERA in August
Josh Schmidt: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K - the walk was intentional

High-A Tampa (4-2 loss to Dunedin)
Ray Kruml, CF: 1 for 5, 2 K – playing center in place of Melky Mesa, who was hit by a pitch on the wrist yesterday
Jose Pirela, 2B, Zoilo Almonte, RF & Anderson Feliz, D: all 1 for 4, 2 K – Pirela stole a base and drew his 55th walk of the year
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 5, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
Myron Leslie, 1B: 2 or 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (interference)
Jack Rye, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – he’s doubled in four of his last five games
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB - that’s his tenth homer this year after hitting three total in the last two years
Josh Romanski: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K1 WP, 5-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Ronny Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off second
Adam Olbrychowski: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Short Season Staten Island (7-6 loss to Lowell)
Shane Brown, 1B: 1 for 5
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB – three walks and no whiffs in his last two games
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - just five strikeouts in 51 career plate appearances
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP – still waiting on his first multi-hit game with SI
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K – second straight game with two hits and a double
Luis Parache, 2B & Kelvin Duran, CF: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Duran struck out twice, got picked off first and committed a fielding error
Jeff Farnham, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Mike Ferraro, LF: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 1 K
Matt Jernstad: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7-6 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – first run he’s allowed … six baserunners and 19 strikeouts in a dozen pro innings

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over. They did not qualify for the playoffs.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. pat says:

    I was reeeeally hoping WDLR would put together a good year.

    Didn’t happen.

  2. Carlosologist says:

    The SLG is over .500!

  3. Dela G says:

    hooray for montero! does anyone know his stats since the cliff lee non-trade debacle. It seems as if they would be astronomically good

  4. shane says:

    Starting pitching looks good throughout the system – AAA, AA, A, L-A all have 4 promotees in their rotations and as of now the only one who looks overmatched is Gipson at Charlotte (and he’s only had a couple of starts, so he might be fine).

  5. jramey says:

    Montero = Mancrush

  6. sleepykarl says:

    Romanski have a future , or a good, strong org guy?

  7. RalphieD says:

    it really is amazing the turn around montero has undergone..he went from a disappointing AAA season, to a “he held his own” to now a, “wow this dude is 20 and crushing AAA”…truly astounding, his offensive potential is so high it makes me dream about a cost controlled yankee position player putting up huge numbers long before free agency…oh the joy, the rapture

    • AndrewYF says:

      “it makes me dream about a cost controlled yankee position player putting up huge numbers long before free agency”

      You don’t have to dream, baby, Robbie Cano’s living your fantasy.

      • MikeD says:

        Would that cost-controlled position be DH? That’s the only question I have. Where are they going to play him, and I’m afraid they still may look to move Montero to fill another need. Not getting too attached to the idea of him being a Yankee until he actually is a Yankee.

        • pat says:

          He’ll remain at catcher. How many catchers were finished products by the age of 20? Not too many. For what it’s worth, a Jesus Montero helmed SWB pitching staff had the 3rd lowest ERA in the IL and just wrapped up the league championship. Obviously team ERA isn’t the best measure of a catcher’s prowess and AAA =\= MLB, but it’s not like his defense and game calling completely torpedoed the club. He’s not going to have to handle a rookie staff and walk them through games. He just has to be on the same page as the big boys.

  8. djyank says:

    call him up

    • Betty Lizard says:

      I know Jesus is on that mainline
      Tell Him what you want
      Jesus is on that mainline
      Tell Him what you want
      Jesus is on that mainline
      Tell Him what you want
      Call Him up, call Him up, call Him up, call Him up
      Call Him up and tell Him what you want

      (Some things will never, ever get old)

  9. Jake H says:

    Montero is a beast! He has been on a mission to destroy the league since the all star break.

  10. Reggie C. says:

    Is it too much to ask that Montero be Posada-ish behind the dish next season? Cerv’s clearly not the defensive wizard he was touted to be so perhaps the defensive skill gap between Cerv and Posada isn’t as vast as originally thought. How much more worse cold Montero be than Posada at this point? Posada is a near 40 yr old man!

    There’s no flip side to Montero’s play these past 3 months as the man is clearly ready to handle ML pitching.

    • Total Dominication says:

      Posadish might be too much, But hopefully he can be at least be Piazzaish, and try to work up from there.

      • larryf says:

        He is at least Piazzaish. I have seen him play several times. He throws well and is bigger than Jorge and Frankie and pitchers like big targets. The last game I went to Tim Redding did not shake him off and pitched a great 8 and 1/3rd. Butch Wynegar and Chad Moeller are with him. He is a major league catcher in my opinion whose speed is somewhere around Posada”s who may be faster-did you see that double yesterday?- and the Molinas….

      • sleepykarl says:

        I saw a scouting report last year saying he was already better defensively than Piazza, and it wasn’t put as a complement.

    • andrew says:

      Posada may be 40, but with that age comes a lot of experience. I obviously don’t know this for sure, but I would venture a guess that Montero is not as good at calling a game as Posada, which is much more important than blocking and throwing. Also, to say he is clearly ready to handle ML pitching is a bit strong IMO. He’s still 20, and this final jump from AAA to the majors is a big one. A good offensive season at AAA does not necessarily mean he is ready for the majors.

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

        I remember seeing, a long time ago (ong being maybe two years) a study donw on game calling.

        The conclusion?

        It was a myth.

        • Tampa Yankee says:

          I had a buddy drafted by the Rangers and played with John Danks and Thomas Diamond while in their system. Since they (Danks and Diamond) were both the bonus babies they got invites to ST and got to work with Pudge. Both shared with my buddy that Pudge was horrible at calling games. So the moral of the story is even the good defensive catchers can call bad games.

          • whozat says:

            Pudge’s rep for defense was built a lot on his CS%, which you can boost by calling lots and lots of fastballs when runners are on. If they get hit…not a steal. If they don’t, it’s the best pitch to throw a guy out on.

            • Tampa Yankee says:

              That’s exactly what they said he did. He always called for fastballs especially when runners were on. He rarely called for off speed stuff.

        • MikeD says:

          True, although much of that could be attributed to to any catcher not good enough to call a game is moved off catcher. They get weeded out.

          Not convinced Montero will be more than a back-up catcher as a MLBer, spending most of his time at DH. He probably should be taking grounder at first, yet we don’t have an opening there either.

          I mean, if we have a guy who can serve 20 games or so at catcher and another 20 at first, and DH another 100, I’m fine with that. I wonder if the Yankees will be fine with that.

    • futureman says:

      Posada and Montero had similar PB and CS% numbers in AAA so unless there is some other mystery factor out there, I don’t see why Montero couldn’t be similar defensively to Posada. I mean the pitching staff is doing well and Montero isn’t making a bunch of throwing errors (fewer than Posada in his final AAA season).

      I get that Montero isn’t Joe Mauer behind the plate but he is already Posada like behind the plate if you compare their AAA defensive numbers.

      • futureman says:

        Pretend that was written more elegantly.

      • matt montero says:

        But wasn’t Jorge only catching for like 3 years when he was in triple A?

        • Ed says:

          He had about 2 years of catching experience before he reached AAA. He also spent 3 years in AAA.

        • MikeD says:

          Posada caught for three full seasons at AAA before being called up for good in late ’96, and appeared in games as a catcher at all levels of the minors from the point he signed, although his first season he did play more at 2B, his original position.

          In fairness to Montero, in one sense he’s actually more “advanced” than Posada, since he’s now caught 100 games at AAA at the age of 20. It’s also really his first full year as the primary catcher as he split time with Romine in past years up until Montero was called up to AA in mid ’09. His season then ended early with the hand injury, so 2010 is Montero’s first complete as a catcher. Posada’s first complete full year as a catcher happened at 21 when he split time between A and AA. The results weren’t pretty. He had 40 pass balls! Clearly that was a big learning year for Jorge. That didn’t stop the Yankees from moving Posada to AAA, where he spent the next three years. His catching improved quite a bit and by the time hew as called up had a reputation as a solid defender. That’s where Posada is more advanced, by quite a bit, than Montero.

          The problem for Montero is he’s at a premium defensive position and asking a 21-year-old to become the key catcher for the NY Yankees in 2011 is asking a lot. After three years in AAA, Posada then mentored under Girardi for a whole season, and then shared the position for another season.

          The numbers between Posada and Montero may not seem huge on paper, but they are. Posada was more experienced, he did still have a better % of throwing out runners, and players also ran less on Posada than Montero. I’m guessing there’s a reason for that. Montero also has more passed balls at AAA. I think that highlights the problem. Posada was a second baseman, so he could move well behind the plate. Montero supposedly does not have good footwork, reacting slowly on pitches in the dirt (god forbid if he ever has to catch AJ.) Montero is expected to only get bigger, slowing him further. Think about it. He’s being compared to Frank Thomas and Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Martinez. Not catcher-types. He’s going to have to move eventually.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            It’s not clear that Montero can catch in the majors, but it’s also not clear that he cannot. His numbers are quite similar to Jorge’s AAA numbers, I’m not sure why you say they are not. Jorge was not regarded as a decent defensive catcher until several seasons into his major league career… in his late 20s or so. The Yankees were willing to sacrifice some defense for excellent offense behind the plate, and may be inclined to do so again with Montero.

            As far as being mentored by Girardi… Posada will be there next season and Cervelli may as well. Girardi himself will almost definitely be in the dugout. He would come up into a somewhat similar situation as Posada did.

            As far as scouting reports… the consensus isn’t always right.

            The kid is 20 years old. He may still spend the better part of next season in AAA. He’s unlikely to be the everyday catcher even if he is catching in the major leagues next season. If they give him a shot and he’s unbearably atrocious to the point he’s costing the Yankees wins… they’ll move him. If he outgrows the position… they’ll move him. If he can hit for an OPS of 1.000, though, they might not care if he’s the worst defensive starting C in the league. Depends what their options are. Certainly there may be some right behind him in Sanchez, Romine, and Murphy.

            I just don’t see any point to making absolute pronouncements at this point. Right now he’s a catcher. That’s all we know for sure. We’ll see what happens going forward.

  11. Tom Zig says:

    It seems as though Montero is done with Triple-A but he isn’t rule-5 eligible while a number of other guys are so he probably won’t get called up till next year.

    • DallasGreen says:

      my bet is early on next year. saw him catch at scranton a few weeks ago and he looked very rocky behind the plate. hopefully some good innings in winter ball will help him to progress. the bat is definitely big league ready. the ball has “that sound” coming off his bat. he’s gonna be fun to watch hit

  12. Mike Pop says:

    I’m always excited to read Dellin’s line.

  13. Mister Delaware says:

    Its almost more fun that he struggled early because now we can just sit back and say “ha, he solved it”. 2011 should be fun.

  14. I was at the Staten Island game today. Cito made some good defensive plays, including a nice stop on a short-hop low line drive. Kahnle hit 98 and was no lower than 95 with the fastball.

  15. Johnny O says:

    Great DoTF. Montero with a ha-YUGE game to clinch the division and the SLG is over 500. Dellin still dealin….less than a base runner per inning, 7:1 K/BB. Culver/Segedin/Sanches all get hits and I’m really liking Tommy Kahnle. He’s gotta go straight to Tampa next year.

  16. Captain Jack says:

    So do Betances, Brackman, and Banuelos start in AAA next year? And how many more games are left on the AAA schedule?

    • shane says:

      Right now you have Mitchell, Phelps, Pendelton and Noesi in AAA. There’s no room for more than one of the 3Bs.

      • Captain Jack says:

        Are they really concerned about Phelps’ and Pendelton’s development? I’d also imagine (i.e. hope) that Nova and Mosley start the year in Scranton too…I keep forgetting about Noesi and Mitchell also needing to develop.

        • “Are they really concerned about Phelps’ and Pendelton’s development?”

          Not as concerned as they are with guys like Brackman/Betances/Banuelos, but that doesn’t mean they can just act like those guys don’t exist.

          I don’t like getting into the guessing games, but I’d be very surprised to see more than one of Brackman/Betances/Banuelos in AAA at the start of the 2011 season, and I’d think that one would be Brackman (if any of them). Betances and Banuelos are both considerably younger than Brackman, are coming off of pretty serious injuries, and don’t have many innings under their belts at AA. I think they’ll see AAA in 2011 (health permitting of course), but I’d be very surprised to see them start the season there.

          • Captain Jack says:

            That’s something else I didn’t consider the age and experience factor, it’d be nice to see all three hit Scranton next year, but realistically they could have let them finish the year out in Tampa and wait until next year to promote them to Trenton. I guess this is one of those “good problems,” having Betances and Banuelos start in Trenton and go with Nova, Mitchell, Phelps, Noesi, and Brackman (not necessarily in that order) for the Scranton rotation probably makes the most sense.

    • Stuckey says:

      Betances and Banuelos just got called up. I gotta imagine they both definitely start the year in AA.

    • Stuckey says:

      And don’t forget Adam Warren, who’s stock is rising.

    • MikeD says:

      I would think Brackman gets a shot at AAA in 2011, with the other two starting the season in AA.

  17. Brad Toughy says:

    What realistic expectation for Montero’s big league HR power? Is he a 30 HR kind of guy. 40?

    • Steve H says:

      I think consistent 30′s with 40′s possible here and there is what I’ve heard the most. The most often comps I have heard are Edgar, Big Hurt and Miggy Cabrera. While all great power hitters, not necessarily known for their HR prowess (despite hitting plenty).

      • Total Dominication says:

        Miguel Cabrera not known for his HR prowess?

        • Steve H says:

          Not really. He hits a ton, but he’s more known for being a great hitter in general, much the way Manny is recognized as a great hitter, not specific to HR’s.

        • Chris says:

          His career high for homers is 37. He’ll probably pass that this season, and he’s only 27 so he’ll probably pass that again in the future.

      • Brad Toughy says:

        Gotcha. Also, there’s not too many guys hitting 40+ HR year in and year out anymore. 30 homers, especially from a catcher is spectacular.

        • Steve H says:

          Good point, the days of several 40 HR hitters is gone. If Montero does get to 40 I bet it will be as a DH/1B down the road, not as a C.

          • Ivan says:

            Well Montero has always been rated to have 80 power on the 20-80 scale, so I think he can surely potentially hit 40+ homers in the future. I mean Piazza had a couple 40+ homer seasons. Im not saying that Montero is going to hit 40+ homers year in and year out but even if he remain at catcher, he can surely hit 40 bombs. The dude’s power is ridiculous.

      • larryf says:

        I’d put Pujols in there. Montero has incredible RF power and has hit a bunch of screaming line drive doubles to left that may get over the fence with additional strength in the years to come. I think Big Hurt is faster :-(

        • Jobu says:

          Is faster today, or was faster when he was playing? If it is the former, we may be in for some interesting on field mayhem.

  18. voIII says:

    With the resurgence of Betances and Brackman, the steady progress of Romine and Montero, and the outstanding debuts of Sanchez, Culver and others to go along with the breakouts of Laird and Nova it has been a huge year for the Yankee Farm System…I would be interested to know where it ranks now…Top 10?

  19. JGS says:

    “Montero’s two homers help win division title”


  20. Doug says:

    A 5:05 start count as a day game? If so, today’s 2 dingers were Montero’s first 2 in the daylight all season

  21. BklynJT says:

    Montero… 2hrs… jizzed my pants when i read that.

  22. Naved says:

    Brackman will be in AAA next year to start. Betances and Man Ban will join him if they perform like they did this year

  23. dan says:

    Out of adam warren, d.j.mitchell, dave phelps, andrew brackman, dellin betances which is most likely to be traded by the yankees a year from now! Please Reply.

    • pat says:

      Mitchell and Warren most likely. And don’t beg to be replied to. It’s annoying. Consider this a courtesy reply.

      • Joe says:

        calm down bro there is no harm he asked politely…the answer to your question in my mind is either phelps or warren because they are more wanted than mitchell in my mind.

    • Angelo says:

      Haha, you always ask these questions. And people will reply to things, don’t stress it. I’d say Warren and Phelps because Brackman and Dellin have the type of the potential the Yankees are unlikely to part with (unless it’s a big time player in return.

      Plus, Warren and Phelps are both solid prospects, that the Yankees won’t necessarily need (as starters.) But these things are hard to predict because it all depends on the player being traded for. Brackman and Betances, would each be centerpieces in a big trade. Warren and Phelps, would be centerpieces in a smaller level trade.

  24. YankeesJunkieinMadrid says:

    Depending on how the rotation pans out the AAA rotation is already packed. I see that Phelps and Mitchell will both automatically be in the rotation. Then you have guys like Pendleton and Noesi, then even guys like Moseley and Nova that might start in AAA next year. However, I think Warren and Brackman will be the first two to get the call up either at the start of 2011 or very early because Warren is more polished and Brackman has more experience in AA. I think Betances and Banuelos spend at least half a year in AA before even considering calling them up.

  25. Naved says:

    Andrew Brackman will be a September Call up the latest next year. Calling it right now.

  26. sleepykarl says:

    Montero’s hr trot reminds me of the old school footage of the Babe scooting around. The slow pace, short steps in which it looks more like a walk than jog.

  27. Doug says:

    Breaking down the Manchild’s season into thirds:

    1st 38 games: .241/.320/.380/.700 (adjusting to AAA pitching)
    2nd 38 games: .264/.338/.436/.774 (heating up)
    last 38 games: .357/.411/.693/1.104 (en fuego)

    And since the start of his hot streak, he’s .345/.406/.642/1.048 over 62 games.

  28. Rob says:

    Why can’t montero come up and learn under, girardi,posada and most of all Tony pena. ??? I’m calling it he will be in out lineup as a catcher sharing time with posada.

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