Minor League Notes: Montero, Adams, Joseph


I’m not sure any of us are up to talking about the big league team right now given their general awfulness, so let’s instead focus on the minor leagues for a little bit. We have some new information on the injury and winter ball front, so now’s as good a time as any to round it all up. Unless it says otherwise, it comes from Josh Norris’ Twitter account.

  • Jose Pirela has taken Corban Joseph‘s place in the Arizona Fall League. CoJo missed Double-A Trenton’s playoff run with some kind of wrist injury, and there were rumblings that he would need surgery to fix whatever’s bothering him. Obviously it’s enough of an issue to keep him away from the AzFL. Pirela hit just .252/.329/.364 this season, but his 57 walks were the third most in the system this season behind Austin Krum (64) and Joseph (58).
  • Remember, Manny Banuelos is going to the AzFL as well. There are still only five Yankee farmhands listed on the Phoenix Desert Dogs roster (one of whom is CoJo), but ManBan brings them up to the minimum six. It’s possible that they will send a seventh player, but they aren’t required to. Chances are it wouldn’t be a substantial prospect anyway.
  • David Adams‘ broken foot/ankle has finally healed and he’s started doing actual baseball work. He wasn’t listed on the Instructional League roster, but he’s probably not ready for full blown workouts and stuff. Adams suffered the injury on a slide trying to break up a double play in May, and he didn’t play the rest of the season because the fracture wasn’t immediately diagnosed.
  • Jesus Montero, meanwhile, is leaning towards going home for the winter and playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. He played in the VWL last season but not much and not very well, hitting just .115 with three walks and four strikeouts in nine games. He was coming off the finger injury however, and they play for keeps down there. It’s not about development, it’s about winning, so if you’re not producing you won’t play. Hopefully that’s not an issue this season.
  • The rosters for the various winter leagues in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic have yet to be released in full, so we have to wait a little while longer to see who’s playing where. The AzFL season starts on October 13th, the other leagues at different points throughout the winter.
Categories : Minors


  1. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Mike , what’s the absolute ceiling for a guy like Adams , Jeff Kent?

  2. Not that I’m looking past the 2010 postseason, but you can’t help but get excited when thinking about 2011. Montero, the (hopeful) addition of Lee, watching the Killer Bs at AAA? That’s going to be so fun.

  3. vin says:

    I hate how the AZFL coincides with the MLB playoffs. Otherwise I’d be down there checking out some games with my Mets-fan buddy. Of course his schedule is open this time of year.

    Side note:
    The Phoenix area is a tremendous place to live for anyone who loves baseball. My buddy moved there a few years ago from NY, and his days consist of going to spring training, AZ Fall League, AZ Summer League, minor league camps, instructs, etc. It’s pretty awesome. I was there for 3 days in March and we went to two games and checked out the Giants ST and minor league complex (5 minute walk from his condo). It’s awesome. There’s a huge community of fans who check out whatever games are being played that night. Him and his friends are always running into all sorts of players at restaurants and bars.

    I have a lot of respect for my friend’s baseball knowledge, until he told me that Mariano was overrated. I guess some people can’t get over their irrational hate for the Yankees.

  4. Scott says:

    who’s surprised that betances isn’t going to the AZFL

  5. Tom Merritt says:

    With each passing day I think less and less of Girardi. I was pleased when they named him manager. But, it seems like he has continued to shrink under the scrutiny of a super high profile job like managing the Yankees. I just prefer a manager with some guts and one who is willing to show some emotion and get pissed off when the circumstances call for it. Girardi seems afraid to do anything that might invoke criticism. I just don’t think anyone can do this job running scared. I wish they had someone more like Billy Martin instead. It’s a good thing George is not still alive and in his right mind. He might have already fired Girardi. Problem is who would be a good replacement??

  6. Joey C says:

    If Adams isn’t dealt this off season then he plays second next year for Trenton.Then what happens to Joseph he also plays second.Suttle plays third,Nunez at short.I think if the Yanks don’t get Lee then you have to talk to KC about Greinke.The only thing is we will have to give up some players.So the question of the night…Who would you give up for Greinke.

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