Brandon Laird’s big day

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Brandon Laird was named not only the MVP of the Double-A Eastern League today, but also the Rookie of the Year as well. Pretty big day in the Laird household, so congrats to him. He was quiet awesome (.371 wOBA) with the Thunder this season.

Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez, Ramon Flores, and Anderson Feliz were named to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League postseason All Star team.

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Buffalo)
Reid Gorecki, CF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K – 11 for his last 34 (32.4%) with three doubles and three homers
Robby Hammock, C: 0 for 1 – replaced Montero with SWB up by 9th in the late innings … they had a doubleheader yesterday, nothing wrong with giving the kid a little rest
Juan Miranda, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – just six hits in his last ten games, but five of them have gone for extra bases (three doubles, two homers)
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – nine of his 17 walks have come in the last eight games
Colin Curtis, RF: 0 for 3, 1 HBP
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R
Brandon Laird, 3B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding) – breaks out of his slump of his big day
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – big night
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6-5 GB/FB – 65 of 94 pitches were strikes (69.1%) … two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts
George Kontos: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB – 19 of his 30 pitches were strikes (63.3%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Akron)
Justin Christian, LF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – make that a 16 game hit streak … dude’s got five homers in his last five games … he hasn’t hit more than six homers in a season since 2005
Austin Krum, CF & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Krum doubled & came around to score … Vech swiped a bag
Dan Brewer, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – 14 for his last 41 (.341)
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 12 for his last 38 (.316)
Corban Joseph, 2B & Justin Snyder, 3B: both 0 for 3, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Rene Rivera, DH: 0 for 4, 3 K
Luis Nunez, SS: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Manny Banuelos: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 6-2 GB/FB – hit 91-92 on the gun … based on those at the game, he ran his pitch count up pretty good, hence the early exit
Adam Olbrychowski: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – his long awaited AA debut
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (13-6 win over Brevard County)
Ray Kruml, CF & Myron Leslie, 1B: both 3 for 5 – Kruml drove in a run, scored twice & K’ed twice … Leslie homered, drove in five & scored three times
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB
Bradley Suttle, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB – let’s see if he can carry the hot August over into September and the playoffs
Addison Maruszak, SS & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 0 for 3, 1 R – Maruszak walked, drove in two & K’ed twice … Feliz drew a pair of walks & stole a base
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Jack Rye, LF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at the dish
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Craig Heyer: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 10-2 GB/FB – down to a 0.59 BB/9 on the season … that’s six walks in 92 IP
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (1-0 loss to Greenville)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 4, 4 K – ouch
Kelvin Castro, SS & Rob Lyerly, 1B-3B: both 1 for 4 – Castro got caught stealing … Lyerly K’ed three times
Luke Murton, DH: 2 for 4
Taylor Grote, RF: 2 for 2, 1 BB
Emerson Landoni, 2B & Hector Rabago, C: both 0 for 3 – Landoni walked & K’ed … Rabago allowed a passed ball
Neil Medchill, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – left the game after getting caught stealing … not sure if he hurt himself or what
Ramon Flores, 1B: 0 for 1
Michael Solbach: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5-3 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1 HB, 1-2 GB/FB – very nice job out of the pen by he and Perez

Short Season Staten Island
Game One
(2-1 loss to Hudson Valley in 7 innings)
makeup of a July 21st rain out
Shane Brown, LF, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Jose Mojica, SS: all 0 for 3, 1 K – DeLeon threw a runner out at second … Mojica committed a fielding error
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) – three straight games with a two-bagger

Kyle Roller, 1B & Casey Stevenson, 2B: both 1 for 3 – Roller struck out
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 1 K – eight for his last 30 (.267) with two doubles and two homers
Kelvin Duran, CF: 1 for 3, 2 K, 1 SB
Nik Turley: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 8-6 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … 11 strikeouts, 12 walks in his last 16 IP
Game Two (15-1 loss to Hudson Valley in 7 innings)
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3, 1 K – oh by the way, Cito Culver didn’t play today after getting hit by a pitch yesterday
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 16, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K – Rob Segedin & Kyle Roller drew walks … Mike Ferraro left the game after getting hit by a pitch
Bryan Mitchell: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 4-4 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Dan Burawa: 0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – so that sucks
Michael Recchia: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – that sucks too
Gavin Brooks: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – well check this guy, nice of him to make his season debut with less than a week left in the season … in all seriousness, he’s coming back from shoulder surgery, so it’s good to see him get some reps before the year let out

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over. The GCL Phillies won the league championship.

Open Thread: Six in a row and ready for more
CC on the money again as Yanks complete sweep
  • pat

    Hooooly schneikeys SI did not show up for that 2nd game.

    • Dela G

      what an asspounding…

  • Dela G

    attaboy, laird

  • rob

    @heelsonthefeild had manban from scouts at easy 93 94 topping out at 95 rebbaca reading may have only been in the first inning

  • Eric

    For what it’s worth, somebody else at the game spoke to a scout who had Manny throwing harder.
    “A scout told me that Manuel Banuelos topped out at 95 tonight. Effortlessly (his word) threw 93-94”

    • Eric

      too slow. Damn you Rob

  • rob

    its ok atleast u gave the link

  • Alex C

    Burawa’s line in the second game Yikes. 0IP 3H 2BB 5ER.

    • Reggie C.

      And he’s the big school closer. Kahnle came from a small school and has been absolute lights out over 14 innings. No complaints though! Burawa could be a fast riser, or the next Craig Hansen.

  • drill me deep

    would love to see what Jorge Vazquez has got , maybe he is starting to get the drift of taking a walk and up your OBP is an vital path to NY.
    unfortunately , the man is not on the 40 man roster….

    • whozat

      or, he’s a AAAA player who happens to be seeing some pitchers who really can’t throw strikes for a few weeks.

      he’s Shelley Duncan, but without the + arm in RF.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Pretty much.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      How old is he now? He’s damn near 30.

      • drill me deep

        he is 28 or 29 and possibly the next Duncan lite. the only stats that jumps out at me is his RBI/game played in AAA and his decent slugging pct. Nonetheless, if he was on the 40 man roster, he definitely warrants a look. he could well be a AAAA player , but the point is , he had never been in ML to prove that or otherwise.

        • whozat

          RBI/game in a small AAA sample isn’t usefully predictive. Nor is a decent SLG for a AAAA righty slugger. He’s Marcus Thames, but not as good a hitter. From the other side of the plate, Juan Miranda has the same kind of pop, better on-base skills, and still can’t really get a sniff of the bigs. Despite playing for a team whose home is a haven for lefty sluggers.

          • drill me deep

            perhaps i haven’t made myself clear. I am not proclaiming that Jorge Vazquez will ever be any usefulness beyond a thamesque type of player. I am simply stating my desire to see him facing ML pitching as it would be a way for me to evaluate his hit tool. Unfortunately, the fact he is not on 40 man roster and the Yankees are engaged in a heated pennant race , precludes it would ever happen realistically.

          • Samuel

            Miranda is a total pull hitter, who although has not had that long ML look, is overmatched against good ML pitching and defense.

            The Rays already put a shift on him, throw him outside pitches all the time, and he makes outs on his own by trying to pull everything.

            That sure hurts his BABIP, huh? Trying to pull everything?

            Vazquez is a more complete, pure hitter, who goes to all fields, and has power to RF.

            In the times I have seen him, Vazquez did swing early in the count a lot, many times at pitches out of the strike zone and out the ball in play for a quick out. But it looks like he has tempered his aggressiveness early in the count, then being selective when he has the count in his favor.

            That is a great adjustment. If Thames wants mucho dollars in the off season, Vazquez will take over that role next season.

  • Reggie C.

    If the scouts’ gun readings were a bit fast, it’d still put Banuelos around 92 mph for a portion of the game. For a 20 year old the size of Banuelos (5’10, 175(?)), a 92 mph FB is damn impressive. I still dont think a velocity jump to the mid-90s like Banuelos has supposedly undergone can be sustained. Yet, i’d love to see Banuelos settle in the 91-92 range. That kind of stuff is still top 100 prospects worthy, especially if Banny can develop a plus change.

    • drill me deep

      control and command , control and command. if you can top 88 as a lefty with plus command , that is good enough. command of his repertoire and health will be the most important factor from here on out for me.

      • Samuel

        And Banuelos has tremendous control and command. He will be really good.

        Think Johan Santana lite with a better curveball.

    • Chris

      I still dont think a velocity jump to the mid-90s like Banuelos has supposedly undergone can be sustained.

      I don’t know how likely it is that it will be sustained, but it’s certainly reasonable. If he were 25 I would be more skeptical, but at age 20 it’s very likely that he’s getting in much better shape (growing, exercising) that he has been in the past. The other thing to consider is that there are a lot of stories of players seeing a sudden jump in velocity and having it sustain itself for years.

    • Angelo

      ManBan is 19. Just letting you know.

  • NYQ

    Hey when did Pat Venditte get promoted to AA?

    • drill me deep


      • NYQ

        Damn a day late to the party.

    • Nickel

      Gettin’ promoted yesterday and getting his first AA win tonight. :-)

      • Brian in NH

        averaging 1 K/IP and has only allowed groundballs in his entire AA career


  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    I was at the Trenton game (don’t worry, working on pictures and VIDEO).

    Pat Venditte looked awesome. Seriously. Awesome.

    ManBan through a lot of pitches, a lot of foul balls, but had some really nasty pitches in there…kinda like watching a phil hughes start.

    • Greg G.

      Rebecca wasn’t just AT the game…she was THE FAN of the game. ;-)

      Too bad Venditte only faced lefties. As a left-hander, he throws this breaking ball that just…keeps…breaking…

  • dr mrs the yankee

    The effortless Banuelos delivery:

  • Tags1

    Was at the game last night. Can see what the hype is on ManBan. Thows hard and has a nice off speed pitch that makes hitters look silly. The 2 runs came on a ground ball to third that Snyder threw away with 2 outs. As for Venditte we were almost hoping for Akron to get a hit since the 4th guy due up was right handed but he mowed them 3 up 3 down.

    • Greg G.

      We were hoping the same thing!

  • Jeffrey

    This just in…Scouts had Venditte up to 85! But they are not sure that he can keep it up.

  • Tags1

    Venditte might throw junk but last night it was unhittable junk:) I wish he would have been up earlier in the year. Here’s a quote from Thunder manager Tony Franklin on Vinditte from Mike Ashmores blog:

    “He threw some pretty decent sliders from the left side. I was watching him warm up from the bullpen, and I know we’ve got lefty-lefty-lefty-lefty coming, and he’s warming up in the bullpen and he’s throwing right-handed. And I’m thinking, ‘What’s he doing?’”


    It is great to see that Jorge “El Chato” Vazquez has made an adjustment over the last couple of weeks. He is being more patient. That is key, because for the year, when he is ahead in the count, he is hitting .340, .481obp, .678slg, and 1.158ops. After he had a 12 game hitting streak, 17 of 18, hit 10hr in his first 38g, and had that monster series at Rochester, .438, 2d, 3hr and 10rbi. the teams have not been giving him anything to hit. Now he is more patient. Also, he has improved very much on defense. Over his last 25+g and over 200 chances he has one error(.995%). With him being playable at third, and first, and DH, 40man or not with his power to all fields, he should be called up. Pena at third, or Jorge?!! He is a pure hitter. Signed in the AAA Mexican lg when he was 16. Look at his stats there. Insane!! In 05, 33hr/96rbi in 71g. In 06, 31hr/98rbi in 75g,. In 07 17hr/49rbi in 58. In 08, 18/58rbi in 56. Everyone knows Chato “El Destructor” in Mexico. He was on Gatorate ads, was in the WBC(Hit a grand slam his first ab!!)He is like Matsui to Mexico. New York will love him!!