Tampa & Staten Island end their seasons with losses

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Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Lehigh Valley in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Reid Gorecki, RF-CF & Jorge Vazquez, DH: both 0 for 4 – Gorecki walked & K’ed … JoVa K’ed twice
Kevin Russo, 2B, Eric Bruntlett, SS & P.J. Pilittere, C: all 1 for 4 – Russo got picked off first … Pilittere K’ed
Juan Miranda, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 K
Colin Curtis, CF: 0 for 2 – he was pulled for no apparent reason in the middle of the fifth inning (literally in the middle of the defensive inning, not between innings), so it’s safe to assume he’s on his way to New York with Nick Swisher and Austin Kearns banged up
Edwar Gonzalez, RF: 0 for 2
Chad Huffman, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI – nine for his last 22 (.409) after the brutal rough patch
Lance Pendleton: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-11 GB/FB – 53 of his 77 pitches were strikes (.688) … that’s impressive work with a super low pitch count
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)
George Kontos: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – threw three pitches (two strikes) before giving up a walk-off homer to an old friend

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to New Britain)
Justin Christian, DH: 2 for 4 – 19 game hit streak … too bad the season ends tomorrow
Austin Krum, CF, Luis Nunez, SS & Justin Snyder, 3B: all 0 for 3 – Krum drew a walk & committed a fielding error
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 4 – threw a runner out at second
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3 – ejected after getting thrown out at third and arguing
R.J. Baker, C: 0 for 1
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Damon Sublett, LF: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Matt Cusick, 2B: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – six walks and four strikeouts in his last eight games
Cory Arbiso: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 11-0 GB/FB – yay grounders
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Dunedin) their season is over … they finished at 78-57 and atop the North Division … their playoff series against these same Dunedin Blue Jays starts on Tuesday
Ray Kruml, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – that’s his 42nd steal this year, most in the organization
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Mitch Abeita, C: both 1 for 4 – Suttle drove in a run & K’ed … Abeita K’ed twice
Addison Maruszak, SS: 0 for 4
Myron Leslie, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Trent Lockwood, DH & Jack Rye, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Lockwood drove a run in, scored another & K’ed twice … Rye doubled
Brett Marshall: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3-2 GB/FB – late season promotion is a nice reward for his recent stretch of dominance
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Chase Whitley: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – up from Staten Island with the bullpen in need of help following Pat Venditte’s promotion
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Greensboro)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – gotta work on that basestealing efficiency
Emerson Landoni, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Rob Lyerly, 3B & Luke Murton, 1B: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Murton stole a base, drove in a run & scored another
DeAngelo Mack, DH, Ramon Flores, RF & Jose Toussen, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Mack & Flores each K’ed once
Neil Medchill, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – finished the year with 12 homers in 414 at-bats after hitting 14 in 216 at-bats last year
Jhorge Liccien, C: 1 for 3, 1 K
Rich Martinez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-4 GB/FB
Jose Quintana: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Francisco Gil: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 loss to Vermont) their season is over … they finished at 34-40 and basically at the bottom of the McNamara Division … no postseason for them, so they won’t get a chance to defend last year’s championship … for shame
Shane Brown, LF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – 37 walks, 28 strikeouts
Cito Culver, SS & Jeff Farnham, 1B: both 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – Culver committed a fielding error and finished the season at .251/.325/.330 … Farnham drove in a run
Rob Segedin, 3B, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Mike Ferraro, CF: all 0 for 4 – Segedin K’ed once, DeLeon & Ferraro twice each … Ferraro also committed a fielding error
Kyle Roller, DH & Casey Stevenson, 2B: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Roller drove in a run & K’ed twice … Stevenson homered, drove in two & K’ed
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R – finishes the year at .329/.393/.543 with eight homers
Zach Varce: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB – 74-17 K/BB ratio in 71.1 IP
Andy Shive: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Freddy Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Dan Burawa: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – wouldn’t be surprised if he and Tommy Kahnle went up to Tampa for the playoffs

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

Open Thread: All good things come to an end
Homers doom Hughes, Yanks' winning streak
  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Hey Mike, any concern about Sanchez striking out one out of every 4 ABs?

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

      Not at age 17.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    “finishes the year at .329/.393/.543 with eight homers”

    He’s 17. freaking. years. old.

    • http://twitter.com/nebkreb Total Domination

      you should change your name to Rebecca Maquinito Sanchez cause of your undying love for Gary Sanchez

      • Total Dominication

        This is gonna be annoying.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

          Jamal G would get upset.

        • http://twitter.com/nebkreb Total Domination

          I totally claimed the name Total Domination before you did…

          • http://twitter.com/nebkreb Total Domination

            errr I just noticed the difference… its cool bro

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo


  • Stryker

    is marshall trade bait or could he be a legit starter for the yanks down the line?

    • zs190

      Has good enough stuff to be a mid rotation starter so yeah, legit starter potentially.

  • Joseph

    It’s weird because trenton clinched with a loss last nite

  • pat

    Heathcott’s unabated aggressiveness on the basepaths amuses me.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist


    The Cards have a 19 year old Jesus Montero of their own. From Venezuela, no less.


    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Best thing is……..It’s Jesus the Elder’s little brother, Kasundi.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        …so I guess this is like George Foreman’s kids, they named them all ‘Jesus’?

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Jesus the Cardinal, is kind of like Michael Jordan’s little brother, 6″ shorter and a lot less talented.

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

      It’s Jesus’ brother (the Yankees’ Jesus Montero).

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      I’m facebook friends with him. Don’t judge.

      • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

        I defriended him when I discovered he wasn’t our Jesus, just some guy with a similar name.

    • Dave M

      He can’t hit though.

  • larryf

    Ah, we gave Cody his moment to shine. Jesus resting I assume. I have to say again how impressed I was with him in Friday night’s 10-4 win over Pawtucket. He absolutely crushed his homer to left center in the first with 2 strikes on him. I think everyone there was stunned-a bleacher shot over the bullpen if in Yankee stadium. He had a bloop double down the line to right which he made the turn at second but stopped, a long fly out to the wall in right center and a screaming double to left that he slid in at second for. Tremendous. In one of his ab’s he was 0-2 before not committing on two tough curveballs and then flying out. Good plate discipline as well.

    I also liked DJ Mitchell. Very skinny (Edwar Ramirez-like) with good drop and drive mechanics. I don’t think he threw a changeup but his curve was very effective. His fastball went about 90mph…

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Now that the season’s over, I expect a top 30 ranking on my desk by tomorrow morning, young man.

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

    What level does Sladerunner start off next year?

    What level does El Maquinto start off at?

    • zs190

      Tampa for Heathcott and Charleston for Sanchez probably. Somewhat aggressive but both played reasonably well when Yankees challenged them with assignments to Charleston and SI and the team likes to move their top prospects pretty fast. Might start Sanchez in extended spring training before sending him to Charleston though, he’s really young for full season league.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Maquinito is on the “Jesus Fastrack”. ETA in the Bronx late 2013 or 2014.

      • mikebk

        i think slade maybe starts back at Low A and moves to Tampa after a couple months.

  • Reggie C.

    Heathcott hopefully starts flashing some more LD power next season. He’ll undoubtedly be back at Low-A. It’d be nice for the Yanks to develop an OF prospect with actual 15-20 hr power.

    Heathcott = Markaikis?

    • Matt Montero

      Ive heard Sizemore (lite??) more of a comparison

      • Reggie C.

        Not sure I understand “Sizemore (lite).” I went with Nick Markakis comparison simply bc the power number aren’t gaudy and the OBP looks above league average. Markakis is simply also the better hitter.

        Sizemore’s been getting injured an awful and I can’t help but think that PED testing has something to do with it. Getting compared to Sizemore is not a good thing IMO.

        • http://bloggingfromthebleachers.wordpress.com Aaron S.

          If he turns out to be either guy I’ll gladly take it.

    • Jerome S

      I like his speed potential a bit more than I like his power. I get the impression that there’s plenty of power to be found in the the Yankees farm, but power-speed is an extremely valuable asset.

    • pat

      A Markakis that plays a great CF.

  • Jerome S

    Since I’m new to hearing frequently about the minor leagues, tell me, at the beginning of last year did anyone expect the farm to do this well, or did you see this coming?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Montero yes, everyone else, no.

    • Reggie C.

      Nobody could’ve predicted the number of break-out, debut, and return-from-injury performances that have occurred this season.

      And honestly, we shouldn’t expect next season to match this season’s success.

    • Accent Shallow

      I think just about everyone has exceeded my expectations. Montero’s season line didn’t surprise me, but they way he put it up (ice cold, then red hot) certainly did.

  • larryf

    The September issue of Yankees Magazine has a nice article on Montero (or Monty as Wynegar calls him). Lots of stuff to get excited about. Here are two:

    At the begiining of the season his throws were taking 2.05 seconds to get to second. He’s down to 1.09 seconds now.

    Posada hit 240 his first year at triple A….

    • Dirt

      I’m going to guess thats 1.90, considering thats about MLB average. I think 1.09 would be almost as good as Casey Kelly

      • larryf

        The magazine did say 1.09. I guess a letter to the editor-in-chief (Alfred Santasiere) is in order.

      • 28 this year

        in the nomaas interview with newman, he said montero was in the 1.9s so I am guessing the magazine had a typo.

      • Big Juan

        Ya. 1.09 is literally superhuman.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    A few you could possibly assume might break out, but to have most all of your top guys except for a couple completely dominate it is rather suprising. This has been one of the best years top to bottom in the minor leagues. We have legitimate force to be reckon with prospects and it is a great feeling.

  • jd

    best year ever for minors

  • Ben

    Mike, was this the kind of season that was expected out of Heathcott?

    • Carlosologist

      I can’t speak for Mike, but I would have expected this out of Heathcott. He was a high school draftee, so the contact skills were likely going to need work (so impressed with his eye, considering how old he is). The power will likely come later on down the road. The only things he needs to improve on is his selectivity (because he’s drawing a lot of walks and also striking out a lot) and basestealing efficiency.

      • Ben

        Good stuff. I addressed Mike because he obviously knows his stuff, but I was really looking for anyone’s opinion. Interesting take.

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

      Yeah, maybe a little more power. But it’s certainly not a disappointment given his walk rate.

      • Ben

        Thanks. At first glance I was a bit disappointed by his slugging percentage, but I understand that the power will come around eventually.

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

      Also, I’m an idiot. His season ends tomorrow, not today.

  • Jerome S

    Is Culver going to be a top prospect within the Yankees farm with 2-3 years?

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

      Possibly, but I hope they’ll always have a stable cache of higher ceiling guys ahead of him.

      • Accent Shallow

        What’s the issue with Culver’s ceiling? That he doesn’t project to be a .300 type hitter? That he lacks power?

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

          I’m not sure if he’ll hit enough to be a well above average player. Granted, the offensive baseline for shortstops is so low that he ends up being very good at the position, but what is he long-term, .300/.350/.420 maybe? Meh.

          • Jerome S

            He’s seventeen, and there’s always nest year. Hopefully he’ll grow.

          • pat

            I’d be ecstatic if he even makes it to .300/.350. His D is supposedly practically MLB ready. I’ll take a vacuum at SS who can get on base a little and steal some bases too.

            • Joe

              if he hit 300 that would be amazing.

            • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

              I wouldn’t say MLB ready but it’s very good especially given his age. Not super elite like a Hechavarria type but very good.

              I have no idea what to say about his bat, he has very nice discipline and selectivity at the plate but the hit tool is pretty raw. I have a feeling he’ll be spending a lot of time with the batting coaches at instructionals.

          • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

            I wouldn’t say ‘Meh’ to Yunel Escobar.

          • ColoYank

            Are we spoiled or what? A .300/.350/.420 shortstop makes us go “Meh”? Wow. From what I’ve read Culver will be at the very least an average/adequate defender at SS.

          • JD

            It would be extraordinary if he becomes anything like that and has the glove skills that he is reputed to have. we are getting spoiled.

          • MikeD


            That could be an All-Star coming from a SS.

            His rookie season in pro was better than Jeter’s at a slightly younger age and in roughly the same leagues. I say that half jokingly, since there can be no direct comparison. Jeter was higher end. Yet Culver did do better.

        • pat

          IMO the main issue is that his hit tools are extremely, extremely raw. He currently doesn’t have standout hitting ability or power which makes his floor basically nonexistent. DO swears up and down that this kid has a ton of projectability with the bat, but so far that’s all it is, projection.

    • Big Juan

      Fun fact: a kid that is trying out for the baseball team at my school played in a summer league with Cito. I was pumped.

  • Alex C

    I’m glad Whitley finally got promoted.

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    Montero up to 290.

    Fuck. Yeah.

  • ColoYank

    How did I miss the fact that Culver spent the last 15 games of his season at Staten Island?

    Could I get a little help getting out from under this rock?

    • Jerome S

      I’m under the same rock as you, man.