Montero, JoVa whiff four times each in SWB win

Open Thread: New seat in the bullpen
Graphing Slade Heathcott's Plate Discipline

Update: The Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Apparently Andy Sisco has been released, I’m guessing to make room on the roster for Kanekoa Texeira. Sisco had a shiny 1.88 ERA, but the bottom line is that he’s a lefty specialist that walked eight and struck out just seven of the 32 left-handed batters he faced this year. You gotta do better than that when you’re fighting for a job.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Louisville)
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 5, 2 K
Ramiro Pena, SS: 1 for 5, 1 R – singled off a brand name
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 4 K – apparently one of the strikeouts was a bad call
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 5, 4 K
Justin Maxwell, LF: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 14 K in his last nine games
Brandon Laird, 3B & Kevin Russo, 2B: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Laird doubled and drove in a run … Russo drove in two and stole a base
Dan Brewer, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Gus Molina, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Carlos Silva, RHP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 10-5 GB/FB – 56 of 91 pitches were strikes (61.5%) … very nice outing, though he’s probably going to have to do it once or twice more to convince the Yankees he’s better than what they have in their rotation right now
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – four of his seven pitches were strikes
Randy Flores, LHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – two of his three pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – eight of 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-1 in over Reading)
Ray Kruml, RF: 0 for 5, 3 K
Jose Pirela, 2B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 3B, 1 RBI, 3 K – that makes five triples for him on the year … weird
Cody Johnson, LF: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B – 14 of his last 38 (.368) with seven doubles
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Damon Sublett, DH: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B & Yadil Mujica, SS: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Maruszak struck out … Mujica drove in a run and committed a fielding error
Craig Heyer, RHP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 10-6 GB/FB – hasn’t struck a batter out since May 7th, three starts ago
Pat Venditte, SHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K

High-A Tampa (12-2 win over Charlotte)
Abe Almonte, CF: 0 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB – came out after the score got out of hand
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 4 for 5, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – got picked off second … had been a little 1-for-10 slump
Luke Murton, DH & Kelvin Castro, 2B: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Murton doubled, drove in two, and struck out twice … Castro whiffed three times
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI – 16 for his last 39 (.410) with five doubles and three homers
Mitch Abeita, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Taylor Grote, RF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – 15 for his last 30 with three doubles and two homers
Sean Black, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 8-4 GB/FB – finally had himself a good start … it had been pretty rough there for a while
Jose Quintana, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Hickory in 8.5 innings) game was completely early due to rain
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Anderson Felix, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K – eight for his last 31 (.258) with three doubles, two triples, and a homer
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – 16 for his last 43 (.372) with six doubles, a homer, eight walks, and six strikeouts
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 4, 4 K – ouch
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – threw a runner out at second … 38 K, 34 BB, so he’s slowly working his way back toward a sub-1.0 K/BB ratio after his slump
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Garrison Lassiter, DH: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4
Nik Turley, LHP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 8-0 GB/FB – yay grounders
Kramer Sneed, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Open Thread: New seat in the bullpen
Graphing Slade Heathcott's Plate Discipline
  • Steve O

    13.2 consecutive innings of shutout ball from our man Pat Venditte.
    Keep the dream alive.


    good to see venditte doing well. i really really really want him to at least get a cup of coffee in the majors.

    • Brian in North Hampshire (formerly New Hampshire)

      Unlikely to get a cup of coffee with the Yanks. Considering how old he is, its likely he’ll become a minor league free agent at some point before he actually gets a shot with NY. Maybe another team would take a flyer on him though

  • pat

    Even when Tampa puts up a 12 spot they’re boring.

  • Steve H

    Montero (before tonight’s gem) .260/.337/.377 in May, in AAA. Posada in May, in MLB .259/.385/.352.

    Maybe they can float some Montero trade rumors to piss him off again and get him back in “they almost traded me for Cliff Lee, time to destroy shit” mode.

    • CP

      He entered that mode about 2 weeks before the Lee non-trade last year.

      • Steve H

        Shhh. Stop ruining the narrative.

    • JD

      Terrific point Steve. Montero is not dinero right now. I hope this stos the idiot talk.

  • sleepykarl

    Quintana for Bronx LOOGY.


    gotta love ramon flores

    • Squishy Jello Person


  • El Caballo

    Is anybody else as excited as I am about Nik Turley? A big lefty with nice peripherals, and he’s made steady progress at every level he’s been at..any chance of a profile?

    • Blubber Buns

      Gotta love Nik. Super late round pick too.

  • Chris V.

    I know you guys reported that Sanchez was hurt, but he’s been playing in extended spring training. He went 1-4 yesterday.

  • Will

    JR Murphy and Heathcott up to Tampa late June/early July?

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I’m curious to hear what others think about this, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of comments this year about promoting Heathcott and Murphy. I’m generally conservative when it comes to these conversations, but especially so with regard to Heathcott.

      This kid really didn’t hit too well until this season (and we’re only in May), we know he’s has some personal issues he’s been working through, and while we don’t know exactly why he snapped, he did snap recently in a game and start a brawl. I think that if ever there was a prospect to be extra-conservative with, it’s Heathcott. Unless he was just totally overwhelming the league he was in (which he’s not), I don’t think it’d be wise to promote him until very late in the season as more of a cup of coffee type of promotion than anything else.

      Regarding Murphy a promotion at some point earlier than the cup of coffee stage wouldn’t bother me as much, but I also don’t really want to see him pushed up too soon or too quickly. He also didn’t really put it together at the plate until this season, and as a catcher I think he should be given plenty of time to develop at each level.

      It’s easy to get excited when a prospect is hitting well and to want to see him promoted, but there’s also nothing wrong with a prospect just having a good season at his level and then moving on to the next appropriate level the following season.

      • JD

        Great comment. Heathcott is not ready. Maybe July

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Heyer is who…CMW Ii?

  • T-Dubs

    I hope they give Silva one more AAA start before calling him up as a swingman/6th starter. Let Noesi get back to Scranton and start. Treat Silva like they did Colon at the beginning of the season.

  • Sayid J.

    Any update on the ‘makeup issues’ for Gary Sanchez? Haven’t heard anything in several days now.

    • Sean C

      Apparently it’s an injury.

    • JohnnyC

      He’s rehabbing in Extended Spring Training in Tampa.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Tonight I was focusing on defense and the shutout.


    • Rod

      I was at the game and that is what it looked like.

    • JD

      All of May apparently

  • JD


    How hard was Silva throwing?

    • Rod

      87-89 on the FB. I’ll be at tonight’s game as well. SWB only comes to Louisville once a year so I need to make the most of it.

  • Rod

    Kevin Whelen surprised the hell out of me. I couldn’t tell movement (1B line seats) but he ran it up to 98. Weird delivery and throws gas. This guy was totally not on my radar.

    • Carl

      I see Whelan being the John Wetland type. Injuries have sidelined nearly each of his seasons since the Shef trade. His time is running out and the Yanks need to really take a look at him before they lose him. Each time I see him pitch, I wonder if anybody else is seeing what I see??? This Guy BRINGS THE HEAT!!