JoVa goes deep again in Scranton win

Off Day Open Thread
Jesus Montero's reverse split

Update: Scranton’s second game is over, so the post has been updated.

Jorge Vazquez is your Triple-A International League Offensive Player of the Week, which is usually what happens when you hit five homers in seven days. Dellin Betances made 50 throws from flat ground today and had no trouble with his blistered finger. He told Mike Ashmore that he’ll be pitching again “hopefully by next week.” Manny Banuelos will start tomorrow, his first outing following his blister.

Both Carmen Angelini and Jairo Heredia were placed on High-A Tampa’s disabled list for unknown reasons. Remember, Jairo left his start after just an inning the other night, so clearly something’s up. Mike Gipson was placed on Charleston’s disabled list as well.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (6-4 win over Lehigh Valley in seven innings) makeup of the April 8th rain out
Greg Golson, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – threw a runner out at third
Ramiro Pena, SS & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Pena drew a walk
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 1 R – he’s now hitting .452, yawn
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (missed catch) – takes over the minor league lead with his seventh homer
Chris Dickerson, CF: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – got picked off first
Jordan Parraz, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – second straight game with a triple, his third of the year … he has the same number of triples as he does doubles and homers combined
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – second straight game with a bomb
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 K – gets his average over .100 with that hit (.108)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – 50 of 86 pitches were strikes (58.1%) … nightmare first inning went HB, SB, HB, single (runner thrown out at third), ground out, homer, homer, single, fly out … he retired 11 of the next 15 men after that, so it wasn’t a total disaster start
Andy Sisco, LHP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (5-3 loss to Lehigh Valley in seven innings)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – hey look at that, best day of the season for him
Dan Brewer, DH: 2 for 3, 1 2B – not playing much, which is a shame, but at least he’s doing when he does get penciled into the lineup
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R – what, no homer? lame
Chris Dickerson, LF: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Justin Maxwell, CF: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 1 SB – ten walks in a dozen games
Brandon Laird, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – first homer of the year breaks him out of a 1-for-23 (.043) slump
Jose Gil, C: 0 for 4, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 2 for 3, 1 K
Amaury Sanit, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 36 of 64 pitches were strikes (56.3%) … 64 pitches to get six outs is some kind of special
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
Mark Prior, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – half of his ten pitches were strikes … he hit 90 on the gun … first appearance since the move up from Charleston
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)

Double-A Trenton (4-2 win over Richmond)
Austin Krum, LF: 2 for 4, 1 SB
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 4, 1 K – not doing so well in the early going, hitting just .206
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – nine for his last 19 (.474)
Cody Johnson, DH & Melky Mesa, CF: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Johnson whiffed twice, Mesa once
Corban Joseph, 2B, Addison Maruszak, 1B & Ray Kruml, RF: all 1 for 3 – CoJo drove in a run, walked, and got picked off first … Maruszak stole a bag, drove in a run and whiffed … Kruml struck out twice
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6-4 GB/FB – 43 of 64 pitches were strikes (67.2%) … apparently he was on a strict pitch count for whatever reason
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – hit 88 on the gun
Brian Anderson, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – the converted position player hit 92 on the gun
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – yay grounders

High-A Tampa (12-2 win over Brevard County)
Abe Almonte, CF: 0 for 6, 1 R, 1 K
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s had a hit in all ten games this year
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 K
Luke Murton, 1B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – 6-for-9 with three doubles and a homer over the last two games
Taylor Grote, RF:  for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – had been one for his last 15 (.067)
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB
DeAngelo Mack, DH: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – six for his last 12
Emerson Landoni, SS: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Sean Black, RHP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 9-4 GB/FB – just 10 K in 17 IP (5.29 K/9)
Jose Quintana, LHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB  – 11 K in 7.2 IP

Low-A Charleston (8-2 win over Rome)
Slade Heathcott, DH: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB, 1 CS – three straight games with a walk
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – five for his last 12 (.417) after a brutally slow start
Ramon Flores, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s reached base at least twice in six of the last seven games
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – 12 for his last 25 (.480)
Rob Segedin, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI – six for his last 15 (.400)
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Joe Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Nik Turley, LHP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 6-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … 15 K in 14.1 IP
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – love the grounders, hate the lack of whiffs
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Off Day Open Thread
Jesus Montero's reverse split
  • pat

    Ramon loves his walks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    any chance Cash can turn JoVa into a LOOGY or something useful?

    • emac2

      He’s right handed

      • V

        Um… I think he meant trade Vazquez for another team’s LOOGY.

        • Cy Pettitte

          yea, that’s what I meant. It’s obvious he has no future with the Yankees, might as well try to sell high, no?

      • Eddiedi

        Loved that comment emac. Laughed out loud. I assume it was a joke… please confirm so i know how to take your comments in the future.

  • T.J.

    I didn’t realize that Richmond and Trenton played each other.

    I’m only an hour from Richmond so I might need to hit up some games if Banuelos or Betances are still with the team in July.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Nice to see Slade getting on base when he isn’t hitting.

  • Gonzo

    Maybe someone should have converted Golson to pitcher a while ago like Ogando. Dude has to throw serious heat on the mound. He’s always throwing someone out at 3rd!

  • Gonzo

    Did someone confirm that Paniagua and/or Depaula weren’t able to get visas? I thought someone said something of the sort yesterday.

  • Chip

    So how long before we start hearing reports about Jesus turning into a singles hitter who doesn’t walk enough?

    • Gonzo

      A slow Ichiro!

    • NJ_Andy

      This would actually increase his value. Homeruns don’t help win ballgames, fundamentals do. Teams don’t want players who hit with authority, it’s too unreliable. They’d prefer to plod along single by single. That way you can really earn each run, wearing the pitcher down with attrition. If Montero can get his bunting down, he’s golden. Until that, he’s your basic homer happy bat that doesn’t have a place on a big league club.

    • JD

      I mentioned that last week. It is a little weird. Small sample size

  • Guest

    I know my burrito will taste much better if I leave it in the microwave long enough for it to heat up fully…but…

    This Montero thing. How much longer are we going to continue with the farce of him playing in AAA?

    It just seems wrong. He should be starting on some other Major League team right now, with the Yankees having received a stud pitcher in return.

    Or he should be on the Yanks roster, getting a couple of starts at catcher and a couple of starts at DH a week.

    Hitting .452 in AAA just seems like a waste of everyone’s time.

    Stop it, Guest. Leave the burrito in the microwave for the suggested cooking time. No one is ready to trade an elite pitcher yet. Its better for Jesus to be behind the plate every day, further honing his craft. He will have meaningful playing time in the majors by July at the latest (either for the Yankees or for someone else after the Yankees deal him for someone who would go a long way to helping them win the Series).

    Let the burrito cook. Let it cook…

    *Mutters to self: Cook faster, dammit!!!!*

    • pat

      It’s been 8 games.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        8 games or not he really has nothing to prove at the minor league level.

        And we don’t know for sure whether getting reps in actual games is better than being in the MLB atmosphere where he can practice with better coaching.

        Only problem is where he’s going to play but I don’t think the short season matters much.

        • Ted Nelson

          I think he still has a whole lot to prove in the minors on defense.

          • Eddiedi

            spot on ted

      • Guest

        Eight games, true. Plus…

        1) An entire career in the minors of elite success.
        2) Great AAA season in 2010 with unconscious second half in 2010.
        3) All different kinds of analysts and scouts (saber types and traditional scouts) who know way more than we do saying he is major league ready as a hitter.

        Agreed its only been 8 games. But when someone has eight games that are this good combined with all of the above information, those eight games may more correctly be thought of as good evidence that he is ready for the majors rather than just SSS noise.

        • Steve H

          Wily Mo Pena is hitting .429/.500/.971 in his first 9 games. If we’re going to pay this much attention to his 8 games, don’t we also have to pay attention to spring training when he couldn’t hit at all?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            1) An entire career in the minors of elite success.

            Even if we throw away these 8 games we can’t ignore that he’s an insanely talented hitter.

            • Ted Nelson

              We also can’t ignore that the Yankees are trying to set back his arb clock, don’t need him in the majors at the moment, and need him to improve his defense.

          • Guest

            You know what, you got me Steve H. Withdrawn.

            8 games is 8 games. Its way too small a sample size to judge a player.

            My whole thought was we have enough inof on Jesus where these 8 games are more likely corraborating what we already know rather than providing misleading info. (Like any info that tries to tell us Wily Mo Pena is a great player. We have too much info telling us otherwise.)

            So, withdrawn. Forget the first eight games of the AAA season have occured.

            Instead, I will look to the thousands of minor league at-bats and the opinions of…oh…every knowledgeable source out there. As a hitter, Jesus is ready for the majors. Jesus is ready to hit very well in the majors.

            • Ted Nelson

              Jesus may be ready to hit very well in the majors, but I don’t think his arb clock is set back yet, he’s probably not ready to defend in the majors, there aren’t PAs open for him in the majors, and he might struggle adjusting to MLB pitching. Be patient.

          • YanksFan in MA

            No- we have 2010 to go off. Any Wily Mo Pena is a terrible comparison. He has been in the majors and failed already. His major league at bats are where he is judged.

    • Greg G.

      You know, Guest, there’s some medication that can help you with that whole “talking to yourself” thing. ;-)

      • Guest

        I’ll look into it.

    • jon

      you want to know why?

      because hes not better than martin right now and jorge makes too much money

      • V


        Who is he going to supplant? If he could play a passable LF, there’s a spot on the roster for him at the moment. Otherwise, the Yankees aren’t going to bench Martin or Posada for him.

        • Bryce Wayne

          I wonder if he can play SS?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            So either they play someone with a OBP of .350ish with horrendous defense with moderate power or play someone with a OBP of like .320 with better defense and ahs the power of a blind squirrel.

    • bonestock94

      Sooner or later he’ll force the team’s hand.

    • Ted Nelson

      You don’t trade a guy just because you don’t have an immediate spot for him in MLB. He’s a 21 year old kid… If things go well he can be a Yankee for 15+ seasons. It’s not about 2011.

      What elite pitcher are you going to trade him for? Perhaps Josh Johnson or Felix Hernandez become available, though both teams seem very capable of continuing to pay them. What other pitchers do you see becoming available that you would actually trade Jesus for? The Yankees have a deep system that could land them a starter without giving up their best position prospect in a decade.

      • Ted Nelson

        And to answer the question… it ends when his arb clock is set back a year and/or when an injury occurs and/or when his defense improves.

        Plus, his OPS last season was only .870. A larger sample of crushing the ball in AAA can only increase his trade value, if that elite, elite starter like Felix or Johnson becomes available.

  • Plank

    Is Sean Black a real prospect? He has had great numbers since he was drafted but he is 22 in A+.

    • Bill

      He’s a solid ground ball pitcher, nothing more. Could definitely make a major league bullpen at some point, but anything more would be a surprise.

      • Plank

        Just out of curiosity, not accusatory, what is that opinion based on? Have you read scouting reports? Seen him play? Followed his numbers?

    • Mike Axisa

      I’d like to see what he could do in short, one inning relief bursts.

  • Greg G.

    I know the final line isn’t great, but I was really pleased to see Brackman pull it together after his disastrous first inning. In a weird way, I’d call that outing a success.

    • JD

      I guess so. what else do we know about the outing. It is frustrating that we can’t get an peripherals.

  • Plank

    Stupid Buddy Carlyle. Usually I don’t care if a non-prospect blows a game, but I was listening to this one for the entire game and the Yanks had the game until Carlyle came in.

  • Jerome S.

    Vasquez has to stop. One of these days I’m going to start liking him, before he brutally crushes any semblance of hope the next day.

  • bonestock94

    Sooo…you guys think Prior will crack the ML team at some point? If he stays healthy that is.

    • Hurling Darvish

      Does Prior have an opt out date if allows him to become a free agent, like Millwood?

      • Mike Axisa

        Yes, but it’s not until sometime in June apparently.

        • Hurling Darvish

          Cool. Thanks.

  • Hurling Darvish

    Also he’s not on the 40man, so someone will have to go if he makes the team.

    • Hurling Darvish

      Oops, I mean Prior.

  • Hurling Darvish

    Vazquez is just killing it. I can’t see him making the Yanks 25man squad unfortunately, who would he replace? Someone would have to get hurt, which we don’t want, plus he’ll have to squeeze out a 40man roster player. The same applies to other potentially useful players like Montero, Silva, Millwood and Prior, as noted above.

    I could see him making the 40man before September call ups at the expense of a lesser player on the roster like Russo or a pitcher.

    • Evan

      What about giving JoVa a shot at LF?? It’s a pretty easy position, and if we could actually get a little of is MiLB production out of him on the MLB level, I gotta imagine it’s an upgrade over Grit right now, no?

  • Woody Sweats

    I don’t know what that Yankees are thinking have everyone in their system hitting home runs… we need them to learn the basics… SINGLES!

  • Brian in NH

    With Carmen Angelini hurt, think Cito will make an appearance at Charleston with the Mojica moving up? idk..just a thought

  • JD

    You were right the first time. He still has a lot of work to do in AAA.