Murphy makes DotF history with big night


Aceves during tonight's rehab outing. (Photo Credit: Robert Pimpsner)

The hottest prospect in the minors last week? That would be Jesus Montero according to Prospect Hot Sheet. Right behind him is Manny Banuelos, who was third. Meanwhile, Kevin Goldstein drops some knowledge on ManBan today (sub. req’d), saying he’s been up to 94-95 with the fastball. That would be a rather exciting development if true.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Toledo)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Reid Gorecki, LF: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Nunez drove in a run, stole two bags & walked … Gorecki doubled twice, swiped a bag & K’ed
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – 14 for his last 30 (.467) with four doubled & three homers
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 B, 1 K – four game hit streak, but he’s only four for 18 (.222) during that stretch
Colin Curtis, RF & Chad Huffman, DH: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB – ten for his last 30 with two doubles, a triple & three homers
Ivan Nova: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 7-6 GB/FB – 61 of 98 pitches were strikes … I’m tell you, it’s no accident that he and Dustin Moseley are lined up and pitching on the same schedule
Royce Ring: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – eight of 15 pitches were strikes
Jon Albaladejo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 12 of his 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Harrisburg) they faced a really, really old friend out of the bullpen in this one
Justin Christian, LF, Austin Romine, C, Corban Joseph, 2B & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: all 1 for 4 - J-Chrizzle scored a run & K’ed … Romine K’ed three times, CoJo once … Vech doubled & K’ed
Austin Krum, CF & Luis Nunez, SS: both 0 for 2, 1 K – Krum drew a pair of walks & scored a run … Nunez got hit by a pitch in the head, but he stayed in anyway
Dan Brewer, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – ran over the catcher to score one of those runs … 16 for his last 34 (.471)
Damon Sublett, LF & Justin Snyder, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Sublett K’ed three times … Snyder made a pair of throwing errors
Al Aceves: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 18 of his 26 pitches were strikes (69.2%) … sat 90-91 with the heater … sounds like he’ll make one or two more rehab appearances with Trenton before anything else happens
D.J. Mitchell: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 10-1 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … nice work
Wilkins Arias: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
J.B. Cox: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB 

High-A Tampa (13-4 win over Clearwater)
Ray Kruml, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Pirela, 2B & Myron Leslie, 1B: both 2 for 5, 2 R - Pirela drove in a run & stole a base
Bradley Suttle, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 12 for his last 37 (.324) with three doubles & two homers … he’s got an ~.830 OPS since the break
Melky Mesa: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – 15 for his last 42 (.357) with three doubles, a triple & three homers
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Addison Maruszak, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Mitch Abeita, C & Jack Rye, LF: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Abeita walked, drove in a run & came around to score … Rye got hit by a pitch, scored twice, drove in two & K’ed
Dellin Betances: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 82-18 K/BB ratio in 67 IP
Trenton Lare: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7-0 GB/FB – hooray for ground balls
Ronny Marte: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (18-4 win over Hickory)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 3 for 4, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K – he had three total hits in his 21 previous at-bats before this game
DeAngelo Mack, RF & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 2 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI – Mack K’ed once, Lyerly four freaking times
J.R. Murphy, C: 3 for 6, 3 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 K - yeah, so that’s a big game … 9 RBI is definitely a DotF record, in fact I don’t ever remember seeing anyone top seven … he hit the first River Dogs grand slam in over two years … he’s now 16 for his last 42 (.381) with two long balls … he’s also got an ~.800 OPS since the All Star break
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K – 13 for his last 25 (.520), though there was a two week disabled list stint mixed in
Neil Medchill, LF & Emerson Landoni, 2B: both 1 for 6 – Medchill drove in three & K’ed twice … Landoni doubled, drove in a run, came around to score, K’ed & committed a throwing error
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 5, 4 R – not bad for the nine-hole hitter
Josh Romanski: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 12-2 GB/FB - picked a runner off first … been a nice little depth pickup … a guy that can eat innings at the lower levels, win some games in the playoffs, little stuff like that … it has value, you need players like that
Ben Watkins: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Manny Barreda: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to Tri-City, walk-off style)
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R – the box score says Isaiah Brown, but he’s been suspended for the season & his number was re-issued to Kelvin Duran, who was summoned from the GCL
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – ten for his last 37 (.270)
Kyle Roller, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Roller got hit by a pitch … DeLeon drove in a run, walked & threw a runner out at second
Mike Ferraro, CF & Jose Mojica, SS: both 0 for 3 – Ferraro got hit by a pitch, K’ed twice & played CF instead of Eduardo Sosa, who hurt himself yesterday on a slide
Casey Stevenson, DH & Nick McCoy, C: both 0 for 4 – McCoy K’ed
Luis Parache, 2B: 2 for 4
Nik Turley: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 10-2 GB/FB – he’s allowed 11 more hits than last season in four fewer innings
Tommy Kahnle: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – topped out at 96 … he an Dan Burawa are going to make this team a lot more interesting, but it’s too bad they’re relievers
Rich Martinez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (11-5 loss to GCL Blue Jays)
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – 14 for his last 39 (.359) to boost his OPS back up over .700
Ramon Flores, 1B, Jose Toussen, 1B & Jorge Alcantara, RF: all 2 for 4, 1 R – Flores drew a walk … Toussen threw a runner out at the dish … Alcantara doubled & drove in a run
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 E (pickoff)
Kyle Perkins, C: 0 for 1, 1 K – Sanchez was lifted late just so Perkins could get some playing time … not the first time they’ve done that this year
Henry Pena, LF: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jose Rosario, LF: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 K – took over for Pena once the score got out of hand
Anderson Feliz, 2B & Damian Taveras, DH: both 0 for 4 – Feliz K’ed twice, Taveras thrice
Fu-Lin Kuo, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 E both (fielding) – first game in the last nine days
Matt Richardson: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 4-4 GB/FB – 21 BB in 38.1 IP this year after just 24 BB in 63.2 IP last year
Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Erick Tapia: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Will Oliver: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Harold Garce: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. “Kevin Goldstein drops some knowledge on ManBan today (sub. req’d), saying he’s been up to 94-95 with the fastball. That would be a rather exciting development if true.”

    Kind of an understatement.

  2. Pat D says:

    According to that tweet, you mean GS, not HR for Charleston. But I’m sure you’ll correct this.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    What kind of plate discipline does Montero have? I know it’s pretty good but is he capable of a .400 OBP? Or is he more of a .370-.380 (still really good but not otherworldly)?

  4. YankeesJunkie says:

    How does the prospect status of ManBan jump if he can top out at 94-95 from the left side. You would think with such youth and great numbers in High A that makes him a top 100 prospect, if not close to it.

  5. Sam says:

    Re: Arias and Cox in Trenton-
    Arias came in to face a lefty, Harrisburg PH a RHB. They tried to take him out but the umpires said he had to stay in and face a guy, whom he struck out. Then they took him out for Cox.
    /just got back from the game

  6. I want Nova and Albaladejo up here on September 1st. Let O-Kei take Nova’s spot in the Scranton rotation.

    Nova, Albaladejo, Moeller, Miranda, Russo, and Curtis. DFA WDLR to make room for Moeller.

    (I’d like to DFA Huffman as well and bring up Laird instead of Russo, but that’s probably jumping the gun. Laird should stay in Scranton and help Jesus win the title down there.)

  7. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Seesh even for a kids show Flaherty is lifeless.

  8. dennis says:

    PP had similar article claming his velocity went up. would explain the high K rates in last couple of stars.

  9. Doug says:

    On a nite where Banuelos has stolen the spotlight, I’m equally excited about Mr. Betances. 9 Ks with no walks….what?!

  10. Gonzo says:

    Mike, any feelings about KLaw’s words on Romine? Not damning, but not glowing either.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I saw them, that’s fine. I’m cutting the kid some slack because this is his first full season as a catcher, but perhaps that’s just my bias and me being a homer. I’d worry more about it if the same thing (hot start then a falling off) happened next season as well.

      • Gonzo says:

        I thought is was a bit harsh for a catcher in first full season. I would have loved to have him answer if he would choose Ramos or Romine.

        • 28 in '10 says:

          I don’t think it was that bad; he’s saying Romine’s a good prospect, but not as exciting as others nor as high a ceiling as Murphy and Sanchez. I can get behind that.

          • Gonzo says:

            This line: “Yes, thanks, forgot him. That’s a pretty good line of catching prospects – even if Romine’s just a fringe starter….”

            Fringe starting catcher is not exactly a good thing though. Depends on what you mean by good prospect though.

            • whozat says:

              It’s not good if you’re paying 6 mil a year for it. If you’re paying 400k for it and he’s your backup, and you could potentially trade him as a “starting catcher” after a hot few months because you have depth…

              When you’re talking about prospects, a guy who sticks in the big leagues for any significant amount of time is a good deal.

              • Gonzo says:

                I should have said, it depends on your definition of good for Romine. I think a lot of people, myself included, thought of Romine as the catcher of the future. A fringe starter doesn’t sound like a Yankee starting catcher.

                • AndrewYF says:

                  I don’t know why a lot of people would think that. Does he have the potential to IMPROVE and become the CotF? Yes. Has he improved to that point yet? No. Especially not when there is a much better option currently tearing up the minor leagues.

                  • Gonzo says:

                    Think what? That a fringe catching prospect isn’t a Yankee starting catcher?

                    Like I said, this about what KLaw said, not me. I am basing my disappointment on what he said. Disappointed because Romine made Frankie Piliere’s top 25 prospects in the minors recently. Big difference in the two assesments and room to be disappointed since KLaw’s came some time after Frankie’s.

                    I know Montero is tearing it up, but not many scouts see him as a CotF. I don’t think the Yanks do either. Let’s not get into that discussion though.

            • MikeD says:

              He’s not writing Romine off. What he was saying is the Yankees have three good prospects, even if Romine if just a fringe starter. He doesn’t know if Romine is “just” a fringe starter. That’s the low end he’s projecting for him.

              • Gonzo says:

                The context doesn’t suggest that. Maybe someone should ask him, but I think you read it wrong.

                He mentions Romine not as a player to keep an eye on but as a player JR Murphy (one of the players he says you you should keep an eye on) was to supplant as CotF. Then in the next question he words it as if he means Romine is just a fringe starter. BTW, a fringe MLB starter is not writing him off.

  11. Zack says:

    A few mound pounds and some hair and Ace is looking like Bartolo Colon

    • Gonzo says:

      Good call.

      BTW, still think the Dodgers won’t trade Kemp?

      • Zack says:

        No clue, can’t predict anything with that organization.

        • Gonzo says:

          I was just following up on our thread about Montero a few weeks back. You said that the Dodgers would come up for the money for Kemp. Unless this is the wrong Zack.

          I think you said you would trade Montero and some extra guys for Kemp. Might be more possible than you thought.

          • Zack says:

            That was a few months ago IIRC, but things are changing out there. He’s under contract for next year already, and between Manny, Sherril, Kuroda and Martin they have 45m off the books- payroll shouldn’t be an issue.

            So doubt they move him just because, think they’d need to be blown away.

            • Gonzo says:

              IIRC it’s been less than a month. I just checked. It was July 20th. However, in that month he’s been benched in favor of Jay Gibbons(!) and his agent has mentioned that a trade might be the best solution for both parties involved.

              • Zack says:

                Yeah I went back and looked, and stand by my opinion.
                They shouldn’t trade him unless they are blown away, they’re not selling low on him when he’s under team control for 2 more years. And if they can’t afford 7m for him then they should sell the team instead of breaking itu p.

                • Gonzo says:

                  I respect that. I definitely think something’s gotta give there. I could see them dealing Kemp thi offseason because of a mix of money and personalities though.

    • MikeD says:

      It did look like Ace had put some weight on. Not recommended if he’s fighting a back issue.

  12. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Yeah…the Yanks have a good farm system. I love, love , love DOTFs like this.

  13. 28 in '10 says:

    I like Culver, Flores, and Sanchez being so young and doing so well. Gumbs is born late in ’92 also…being 17, as I know others have said here, makes those picks look even better. Mason Williams, on the other hand, is old for the age of a high school senior.

  14. Stuckey says:

    Is it just me, or have quite a few pitching prospects in the system experienced upticks in velocity this year?

  15. Jim says:

    Starting Pitching Prospects Combined Numbers From Tonight
    (Ivan Nova, DJ Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Josh Romanski and Nik Turley).

    4-0, 1.74 ERA, 31.0 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 32 K

    Combined Statistics for All 5 Starters Through the Season (And Turley is having a bad year)

    39-16, 3.32 ERA, 463 IP, 430 H, 151 BB, 389 K

    Not bad.

  16. YankeesJunkie says:

    Betances has really showed some renewed life with such dominating numbers. Not just striking out guys, but not giving up free passes is the biggest hurdle that a man of his stature faces. However, to say it is all roses and dandelions is delusional. Betances needs to stay healthy (no arm problems, freak injuries happen) and start building innings. Also, he will need to prove that he can get more polished AA and AAA hitter out over the course of the next two years or so. If Betances can continue to grow as pitcher I would not be surprised to be making a push at the Yankees mid 2012, but a safer bet would be sometime during 2013.

  17. Will (the other one) says:

    My jaw just about hit the floor when I saw who it was that appeared for Harrisburg. Am I late to the party on this one?

  18. phughesisgod says:

    If Man Ban was 6′ or 6’1, he’d be the best thing since sliced bread baseball prospect wise.

    Instead, that title belongs to Casey Kelly.


  19. sleepykarl says:

    Man, ManBan and Dellin look like polar opposites, (6’8″ righty vs 5’10″ lefty), but both pack a mid 90′s fastball and solid offspeed stuff. Two drastically different roads that lead to the same place it would appear.

  20. Alex C says:

    What did Brown do to get suspended?

  21. 28 in '10 says:

    Murphy seems pretty Jeterian here (not from last night):


  22. jeffrey says:

    What about Melky Mesa? He has always had power and speed that excited scouts and it seems as if he has figured things out this year with 18HRs and 30SBs. Maybe he should be promoted as he is a bit old for advanced A.

  23. Angelo says:

    The farm system has made some huge strides this year. And this is after the losses of A-Jax and Arodys.

    Betances, Brackman, Laird, Culver, Flores, Noesi, Murphy, Heathcott, Montero, Warren, CoJo, Stoneburner, Sanchez, Ramirez, Nova, Phelps, and ManBan have all improved to some extent. Those are a lot of guys that have either met or exceeded expectations.

    Romine has fallen off a bit towards the end of the year, but he’s obviously still someone to pay attention to going forward.

    Not many guys have fallen off a cliff though. McAllister is the only guy I can think of. David Adams injury was also a bit dissapointing, but he was playing great before that happened.

    Overall the farm system has looked very strong this season.

    • viridiana says:

      Great post, Angelo. I wonder how many teams have pitching prospect trios as good as Betances, Brackman, ManBan. Any guess as to where Yanks might raing in BA org ratings this winter?

      • Angelo says:

        I’m not sure, but they certainly will rank higher this year. I remember reading something which indicated that the Yankees could crack the top 10.

        Betances, Brackman, and ManBan are definitely a great trio of prospects, and you still have Ramirez who had a very good year, but was overlooked because Betances and Brackman have been significantly better. ManBan would probably be in Double-A right now if he wasn’t injured earlier in the season. He’s striking out everyone right now.

    • Reggie C. says:

      I’m not saying Mesa’s a real hitting prospect bc the dude is 24 playing in high-A, but apparently spending the past couple seasons in Charleston has finally given Mesa enough game knowledge to tap those tools at the plate.

      Mesa kinda deserves a bump up to Trenton, and he’d help that team in a playoff run.

      • Angelo says:

        Yeah, I think he could help Trenton. Sadly, Mesa is about 3 years too old for Tampa, otherwise his numbers would look amazing right now. He’s still oozing with tools though.

  24. viridiana says:

    might “rank,” I meant to write

  25. larryf says:

    I do like Nova and look forward to seeing him next month in NY. Long arms and legs with a smooth delivery-good mechanics. He is also very laid back and funny. I talked to him in Scranton-he’s a jokester….

    • viridiana says:

      Yes, saw Nova in Florida this winter and he does like a major leaguer– big, smooth, fluid. Not saying he’s a star but I’d like to see him get some spot starts, as needed.

    • Joe says:

      him and igawa are best friends and the team’s comedians.

  26. Pete says:

    Wow. Friggin great night for MiL Yankees

  27. Kulish says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but, doesn’t Brackman have to be on the 25-man after next year or be subject to irrevocable waivers?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      After 2012. He used an option last year, this year, and will again next year, but he’ll qualify for a fourth option because he will have used up his original three before the end of his 5th pro season.

      He didn’t use an option in 2007 because he spent the season on ML DL.

  28. Thomas Tu says:

    Hey guys, I have a question.

    What are we going to do with all of these catchers?

    Montero, Romine, Murphy, Higashioka, Sanchez?

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