Murphy makes DotF history with big night

Game 115: Keep it going
After the rain, Yanks drop a close one to KC
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

Game 115: Keep it going
After the rain, Yanks drop a close one to KC
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    “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.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Seriously, if he can consistently hit 94-95 then he could very well be the Yankees best pitching prospect.

      • mikebk

        he already is, with dellin close behind.

        • Doug

          brackman says hello too

          • mikebk

            as he should from 3rd ;-)

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Brackman should be first among those three. He’s got the highest upside (true ace) and is the closest to the majors now.

              • Brian in NH

                also is the oldest…just needs to keep the control in check and we may see him as a sept call up in 2011

    • Vader

      Pinstripeplus has a story (sub. req’d) on ManBan, with the same knowledge, only ManBan himself is quoted as saying he is up to 95 and that he feels more confident. Both he and his manager are quoted as saying he has lost a little control, but will hopefully get that back after learning to pitch with a power arm.

      Lastly…ManBan is quoted as saying and I am paraphrasing…if he gets control of the fast ball, the other team will not have a chance, since he will be dealing.

      • Angelo

        This makes me happy.

  • Pat D

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

  • Tom Zig

    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)?

    • Kevin

      Montero in his minor league career is OBPing around .374…that’s about what I would expect from him.

      • Angelo

        You also have to consider that his patience has improved each season (haven’t looked in to it, but I believe that’s true)

        • Angelo

          I still agree with what you said though. He’ll probably be around .380 OBP, which is nothing to sneeze at.

          • Joe R

            It is when he’s hitting .358 every year.

            • Ballpark

              His OBP will be a reflextion of his power.If pitchers pitch around his power his obp could go to the elite 400 level.

  • YankeesJunkie

    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.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      ManBan’s pretty small IIRC so the logic is that what he was thrown before, c. 92, might be as much power as he could generate. Generating even more is a very pleasant surprise.

      • Gonzo

        Seriously, if he was 3-6 inches taller, he would be getting drooled on by all the scouting guys. He’s listed at 5’10”

        • Brian in NH

          I know its an incredibly high ceiling…but he could be someone like Pedro who can give the gas at such a small stature (prob not like wagner who is also really small but i think he was hitting 100 for a while.)

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Just imagine what he could be if he were the son of an Ex-major leaguer!

      • Gonzo

        Fun fact. I have a signed Pat Kelly ball!

        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

          I have a signed Phil Hughes hat from his time in Trenton.

          • Gonzo

            Fffft. How many future aces has Phil fathered?

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              How many has Pat Kelly?

              (It’s the same number)

              • Gonzo

                No seriously, Pat Kelly has kids that will one day be future aces. None of them are names Casey though, that’s a different Pat Kelly.

        • JohnnyC

          Not that Pat Kelly. It’s the former Blue Jays catcher Pat Kelly.

          • Gonzo

            I caught on too late. Casey Kelly’s MILB page implies it’s the wrong Pat Kelly. It says his dad played 9 years. The real Pat Kelly played 15 season, and the wrong one played 9.

  • Sam

    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

    • Mike Axisa

      Ah okay, thanks. I fixed the post. The way it was being described on Twitter confused the crap out of me.

      • Sam

        No problem, it was confusing enough in person

      • Brian in NH

        twitter confuses me anyway…i don’t understand the appeal

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Seesh even for a kids show Flaherty is lifeless.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Oh sorry wrong thread.

  • dennis

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

  • Doug

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

  • Gonzo

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

    • Mike Axisa

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

              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

                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.

  • Zack

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

    • Gonzo

      Good call.

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

      • Zack

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

        • Gonzo

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

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

  • Not Tank the Frank

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

  • 28 in ’10

    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.

  • Stuckey

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

    • ChrisR

      We’re obviously juicing =]

  • Jim

    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.

  • YankeesJunkie

    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.

  • Will (the other one)

    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?

  • phughesisgod

    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.


  • sleepykarl

    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.

  • Alex C

    What did Brown do to get suspended?

    • Mike Axisa

      I have no idea, trying to find out. I think it might be related to some kind of insubordination.

  • 28 in ’10
  • jeffrey

    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.

    • Joe

      should have been on the BA hot sheet…

  • Angelo

    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

      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

        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.

        • Joe

          ill bet my house the yankees don’t crack the top 10 although they should.

    • Reggie C.

      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

        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.

  • viridiana

    might “rank,” I meant to write

  • larryf

    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

      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

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

  • Pete

    Wow. Friggin great night for MiL Yankees

  • Kulish

    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

      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.

  • Thomas Tu

    Hey guys, I have a question.

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

    Montero, Romine, Murphy, Higashioka, Sanchez?