Minor League Notes: Montero, Adams, Joseph

The shortsightedness of starting Sabathia
Robbie Cano vs. sliders

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.
The shortsightedness of starting Sabathia
Robbie Cano vs. sliders
  • Dream of Electric Sheep

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      which Jeff Kent? The one with or without steroids*


    • vin

      Jeff Kent was a beast. I’d be happy if Adams turned into 75% of Jeff Kent.

    • Johnny O

      Jeff Kent, the all-star and mvp? I’d say lower.

      If any Mets fans are on here, this is for you:
      July 29, 1996: Traded by the New York Mets with Jose Vizcaino to the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza. Kent was a 5 time all star and mvp AFTER this trade.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No way, far too high. He could be an above average every day second baseman if it works out, not a star. A solid player that the Yankees will have absolutely no use for.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        trade bait? bench player for the yanks?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          I’d bet on the former.

          • Jobu

            Cashman should market an up the middle package/special. Adams, Nunez, Cerveli, and maybe Golson (its times like this that I miss Melky). The catch line is: “They may not be great but they are better than the dregs you are running out every day.” This special offer should be targeted at the Brewer/Pirates/Kenny Williams.

            My prediction, 30% of the time it works every time.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    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.

    • Johnny O

      Killer B’s should get the prospect watch (curse). Mike doesn’t have to update every day, but 3 out of 5 so it’s still fun for the fans.

      Actually, Brackman’s already been on it and probably started the curse so maybe this is a horrible idea.

      • Hughesus Christo

        My money is on Slade

        • vin

          Yeah, me too. Or MAYBE Sanchez, but I think he gets the nod in 2012.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah I’d rather have it Sanchez when he’s more experienced and closer to the bigs.

            I would like the Killer B’s. Maybe Romine.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Why would you look past the playoffs when we haven’t even gotten there yet?!?!?

  • vin

    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.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Phoenix is a great place to live, if you’re okay with living in Phoenix.

    • Jobu

      All I can think of when I read Arizona Summer League is BRUTAL! What the hell kind of sick freak would plan a summer league for Phoenix. How many players have they lost to heat related death?

      • Tom Swift

        Two words for you: midnight baseball.

      • vin

        Yeah, I was shocked when I learned about it. Phoenix is one of the few places in the US that’s hotter than where I am (Vegas).

  • Scott

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

  • Tom Merritt

    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??

    • Tom Merritt

      Sorry, mis-clicked and put the above comment under the wrong thread.

  • Joey C

    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.