Jesus walks (twice) in SWB win

Cano leaves game with a bruised hand
Open Thread: Back to Detroit

With Gus Molina in Scranton, Jose Gil has been send down to Trenton and Jack Rye was released, so says Josh Norris. Mike Ashmore sat down for a chat with pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras, so of course you should check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 win over Gwinnett in ten innings)
Greg Golson, LF & Jorge Vazquez, 1B: both 0 for 5 – Golson scored a run and struck out … JoVa whiffed twice
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – ten for his last 29 (.345)
Jesus Montero, DH: 1 for 4, 2 BB, 3 K – got picked off second … those are his first two walks of the year
Justin Maxwell, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K – that’s his league leading ninth homer
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 3, 2 K – ejected after arguing balls and strikes following a sixth inning strikeout
Doug Bernier, 3B: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jordan Parraz, RF & P.J. Pilittere, C: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Parraz stole a base and struck out, though Pilittere drove him in the for the winning run in the tenth
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Adam Warren, RHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5-8 GB/FB – 57 of 96 pitches were strikes (59.4%) … allowed two homers in this game, bringing his season total to three … he’d allowed five homers total in 192 pro innings coming into the year
Andy Sisco, LHP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – just five of his 11 pitches were strikes (.455)
George Kontos, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – ten of 19 pitches were strikes (52.6%), though one of the walks was intentional … first time in his career he’s pitched on back-to-back days, and the Yankees usually don’t have their guys do that until they’re getting close to a call-up, so…
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB – six of 11 pitches were strikes (54.5%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of 13 pitches were strikes (53.8%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to New Hampshire)
Austin Krum, LF & Corban Joseph, 2B: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Krum drew a walk … CoJo committed a fielding error
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 K
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Suttle drove in two and whiffed … Maruszak got caught stealing
Cody Johnson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – 44 of his 78 plate appearances at-bats have ended with a walk, whiff, or homer (56.4%)
Melky Mesa, CF & Jose Gil, C: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Gil committed an error on a pickoff
Yadil Mujica, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Shaeffer Hall, LHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 9-5 GB/FB
Pat Venditte, SHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-1 GB/FB – it has definitely been a tough year for him so far
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-3 loss to Clearwater)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – that’s just his fifth walk of the year
Luke Murton, 1B & Kyle Higashioka, C: both 0 for 4, 2 K – Murton walked and committed a throwing error
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – he had four walks total coming into the game
Jason Place, DH: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K – six walks in his last six games
Emerson Landoni, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R
Jose Ramirez, RHP: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 25 hits and 14 runs in his last 13.1 IP … yikes
Jose Quintana, LHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-1 GB/FB
Francisco Gil, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (2-0 loss to Delmarva)
Slade Heathcott, CF & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Heathcott struck out twice, Feliz once
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 4, 1 2B – seven for his last 23 (.304) with three doubles
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 4 – just 12 strikeouts in 78 at-bats
Kyle Roller, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 0 for 3, 2 K – Roller got hit by a pitch
Eduardo Sosa, LF: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Ramon Flores got the day off, but Sosa performed like him
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-4 GB/FB – that’s his first walk since his first start of the season … 24-3 K/BB ratio in 23.2 IP
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-4 GB/FB

Cano leaves game with a bruised hand
Open Thread: Back to Detroit
  • Xstar7

    Considering how well Maxwell has been playing, what do the Yankees plan to do with him?

    • mbonzo

      Keep him until Gardner starts hitting, just to make sure, and then trade him for some crappy pitching prospect.

      • Nost

        LOL There are people who think the way I do! That’s what gonna happen LOL!!!

    • IRF

      He’s still striking out way too much to have any success at the major league level.

      • Xstar7

        So he’s a AAAA hitter? I see.

    • zs190

      Nothing really, he’s like an Andruw Jones without the track record. So if Jones gets hurt somehow, then you call him up, otherwise there is just no spot for him. Could be used to trade to somebody that needs a CF mid-season for a decent prospect.

  • T-Dubs

    Interesting that Nardi think Phelps is the furthest along of the AAA starters. I wonder if he includes Noesi in that equation.

    • Tank the Frank

      On which Scranton starter he feels is furthest along: “Phelpsy.”

      He’s already got his Joe Girardi-approved nickname.

    • Ted Nelson

      Phelps had 70 IP in AAA last season, so I don’t think it’s too surprising to call him the furthest along… Sort of the expected “forming words with my mouth without actually telling the media anything” answer. Who is the furthest along? The guy who is furthest along.

      • Ted Nelson

        That they called Noesi up and not Phelps, though, probably means they feel Noesi is a better pitcher. Furthest along is sort of an ambiguous term… Does it mean most polished? Closest to his potential? Closest to being an MLB starter?

        • Don W

          Or it could mean that Noesi was already on the 40 man roster and Phelps wasn’t. Or possibly due to the fact that Phelps had started the day Noesi was called up.

  • Ars

    Scranton, Trenton, and Charleston are loaded with fun guys to follow. Who is there in Tampa to latch onto?

    • T-Dubs

      Brett Marshall & Jose Ramirez. Axisa also likes Scottie Allen.

      Heathcott will probably be there soon as well if he keeps hitting.

    • mbonzo

      Joseph, Brewer, and Johnson could all break out this year. Even Suttle a little bit.

      • Samuel

        Suttle has no shot of being a big leaguer for the Yankees. Brewer is a nice player but not a go-to guy, more of a fourth OF, similar to a RH Colin Curtis.

        Joseph has best shot of being a quality major leaguer, but has to begin using the entire field again instead of trying to pull everything.

        • Don W

          Anyone that can field his position like Suttle has a shot to at least fill a bench role for the Yankees.

          • Samuel

            If you want a defensive bench guy, take Ramiro Pena over Suttle. Pena can play three positions effectively.

  • 28 this year

    Has Jose Ramirez’s prospect light dimmed a little? I hear very little of him anymore, is it just others have passed him?

    • zs190

      Hasn’t had a great season though the K/BB rate is solid at 3/1 and he’s still striking out hitters at a really good rate (24K in 21 innings) without giving up longballs (2 HR allowed in 21 innings)

      He’s given up a ton of hits in his last 3 starts with really high BABIP and horrible strand rate (before today’s game, BABIP was .354 and strand rate was 47.6, so those numbers got worse most likely).

      Seems like he still has good velocity(based on tweets), but maybe hasn’t developed that breaking ball yet? Was always a FB/CH kind of guy without a good breaking ball. Wouldn’t get worried just yet, they might just be forcing him to throw a lot of breaking balls to help him learn the pitch, sometimes minor leagues will do that and have awful lines. (Tanner Scheppers from Rangers was a recent high profile example, they had him throw a lot of changeups even though he doesn’t have a good one and he got beaten around badly in AAA)

  • Griffey’s Grotequely Swollen Jaw

    seems like Gary Sanchez strikes out at least once a game. concerned?

  • kenthadley

    Overall success of the 4 minor league teams has been the poorest in several years (yes, it’s early), but it seems like we have more prospects than we’ve had in years. Does anyone else see it that way? Or am I over-rating the talent?

    • Mike Axisa

      The minor league season is three weeks old, don’t worry about anything yet.

    • Jess

      Winning has nothing to do with development. The Yankee teams are more prospect laden than ever before. That means you are going to lose games since you don’t have a bunch of Shelly Duncans around. But you will develop better players for trades.

      You want great minor league teams? Pad them with older vets.

    • Samuel

      It is weird to see soem teams (Trenton) have a great pitching staff and no offense, while Charleston has a pretty good lineup, but so-so pitching.

      Although it is nice to see the kids win championships, it really does not matter how good the individual teams do.

      More important is how the individual impact players perform, improve their game and adjust to each higher level.

      So when a Jose Ramirez struggles early at a new level, that struggle will only be an issue if he does not improve as the season goes on, or he does not do well in repeating a level.

      Brett Gradner struggled every level during his inital call ups (say from High-A Tampa to AA Trenton), but then improved during the next season starting at the same AA level. After a new call up to AAA he struggled, then improved the next season.

      Slade Heathcott and JR Murphy struggled at many times last year in Charleston. Repeating this same level this year, they have improved and have become stars in Low-A.

      They both will probably get promoted to Tampa sometime in June/July, and maybe struggle against better competition for the rest of the year.

      The key will be how they perform out of the gate next year at that same higher level with some experience under their belts.

      There are only so many spots available on the 25 man major league roster, especially the Yankees roster. All these kids can’t be Ynakee major leaguers.

      The ideal team building method would be to have one or two new kids up from the system replace a out of contract player each season, then sprinkle in a key trade every couple of years.

  • Gonzo

    I also confirmed that Sano is in extended spring training.

  • dennis

    In the interview Nardi said that Betances had the best curve and change in the system. Doesn’t that sound like he is hyping him up for a trade. In spring training Manny’s change up was light years ahead of anything Betances threw, I don’t think it even close. Betances couldn’t put a ball in the strike zone at all, doesn’t having the “best” also means throwing it for a strike.

    • zs190

      This is actually typical of both Mark Newman and Nardi Contreras, they’ll say a lot of guys have plus stuff when they talk about our prospects even though some of them don’t match what we see and what hear from others.

      That said, I read his comment on Betances to mean that he has better potential stuff across the board than Banuelos but also not as far along. His big frame makes it hard to repeat his mechanics so while he’ll show a couple changeups and curveballs better than ManBan’s, he’s also not nearly as consistent. So best here to me means highest potential, without accounting for the possibility of getting there.

      • dennis

        I get that he meant better overall sealing if he can command his stuff and repeat delivery, but no way about the change being better than Manny’s, he struck out major league hitters with it during the red sox spring training game.

        • zs190

          We are not scouts so I don’t know how you can say that Betances’ changeup is not potentially better than ManBan’s in the future just because ManBan’s look really good right now.

          • Gonzo

            I thought most scouts/writers say ManBan’s value is mainly in his proximity to his ceiling. Not that he has a low ceiling, but there are other pitchers in the minors with similar ceilings.

  • Brian

    Where the hell is David Adams? I thought he came back, but maybe I just imagined that…

    • zs190

      played 1 game, went back to DL

      • Gonzo

        Is he on the Christian Garcia plan?

        • zs190

          Eh, I think it’s the same area as the last injury, just not fully recovered I guess

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero picked off second? Hard to believe. That’s like Sado getting picked off. I like Brewer-sparkplug type a la Swisher (AA/AAA variant so far).

  • icebird753

    Good to see Montero has recovered from his broken boner.

    • dennis

      *insert Viagra joke*

  • wilcymoore27

    The farm system depresses me a bit this year. W/L record is down from the last few years, and that’s some indicator of talent in the organization. Plus, at the upper levels the Yanks don’t seem to have many blue-chip hitting prospects. There’s Montero at SWB, Romine at Trenton, and … well, no one else above Charleston is very exciting.

    • 28 this year

      its really not an indicator of talent. The Yankees minor leagues in the past do well cause there are no prospects just old guys that are AAAAs. This year, there are so many prospects so there’s more of a learning curve and uncertainty in production, thats all.

    • Slugger27

      well, the only holes on the big league team are C and possibly SS, so i think our farm is fine. people have brought up the lack of position prospects in the past, but really, what starter is leaving anytime soon? every single position player we have is under team control for 2012 as well. all 8 of them.

      (im counting swisher since most expect his option to be a no-brainer)

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s a few weeks into the season… The Red Sox are also under .500, and they’ve played more games. Plus, it’s the minors. As someone mentions above, you might have guys working on certain pitches for development even if they are not their most effective pitches. Winning minor league games is nice, but it’s not the end goal.

      “Plus, at the upper levels the Yanks don’t seem to have many blue-chip hitting prospects.”

      First, you have to have realistic expectations. How many blue chippers do you expect any one system to have? Jesus is one of the top prospects in baseball, and Romine has been in and out of the top 100 lists himself. That’s two more blue chip prospects than some systems have in the high minors. The Yankees do have several good depth guys in AAA: Jorge Vazquez, Justin Maxwell, Greg Golson, Jordan Parraz, Chris Dickerson, Ramiro Pena… guys who could fill in tomorrow if injuries hit the MLB roster and might not be awful. Laird is still a prospect even though he’s slumping badly. In AA they’ve got Corban Joseph, David Adams (when he’s healthy), Melky Mesa, Dan Brewer, and Cody Johnson.

      I really don’t see much reason to complain about the farm. It’s a small sample, and even still there are some key standouts in that sample.

  • Mickey Scheister

    My momma used to say only Jesus can save us
    Well momma I know I act a fool
    But I’ll be in AAA ’til next April I got moves to learn I Hope
    (Jesus Walks)
    Mo show me the way because the Haters trying to break me down
    (Jesus Walks with me)
    The only thing that that I pray is that my bat don’t fail me now
    (Jesus Walks)
    And I don’t think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs

    Really though, I’m glad Jesus finally walked. I’m going to tomorrows game I hope he’s playing.

    • Slugger27

      exactly the song that popped into my head

  • southeryankeefan

    How did whelan get the other two outs?

  • Mike Ashmore

    Glad y’all enjoyed the chat with Nardi…

  • Johnny O

    Did anyone catch the Heathcott piece on YES? I missed it, so would be interested to hear how it went.


    Jesus walks (twice) in SWB win

    Jesus walks on water (twice) in SWB win

    fixed that for ya

  • tomaconda

    Was at the Scranton game. The 2 walks to Montero were semi intentional. Warren looked very good consistantly at 92 to 93 mph on his fastball. Maxwells hr was a blast to deep center that hit halfway up the 60 foot wall that serves as a backdrop for the hitter and protects the resturaunt in cf.