Montero’s big double goes for naught as Whelan blows save

Game 43: Meet The Mets
Yanks leave bats in Baltimore, fall to Mets

The Yankees are very well-represented in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Gary Sanchez and Manny Banuelos were ranked as the 12th and 13th hottest prospects in the minors, Jorge Vazquez got some love as the older guy pounding younger competition, and Ramon Flores is gaining some helium. Good times.

Steve Garrison (groin) has started throwing in Tampa and is close to returning, but Graham Stoneburner (neck) has yet to get back on the mound. The Reds released Chase Weems recently, who is the kid the Yankees sent to the Reds for Jerry Hairston Jr. in 2009. That one worked out well.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, LF & Justin Maxwell, CF: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Russo doubled, scored a run, and drove one in
Dan Brewer, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K –
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PB – six for his last 22 (.273) with three doubles … big three-run double in the seventh capped a five-run comeback
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 1 for 4 – JoVa got hit by a pitch, Laird scored a run
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HBP
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 2B
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB – that’s his first stolen base in five years
Carlos Silva, RHP: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9-3 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches ere strikes (64.7%) … sat 86-88 early on, and he was really working on the offspeed stuff as well
George Kontos, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (59.3%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 of his 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%) … the comeback wasn’t meant to be

Double-A Trenton (3-1 win over Portland) Tony Franklin returned to the park and managed the team tonight for the first time since his health scare about a week ago
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – had been one for his last 18 (.056)
Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 CS
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 20, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K – Austin Romine drew the walk
Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 6-4 GB/FB – 13 walks in his last 15.2 IP
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa is still in extra innings, but that team is boring is hell and I don’t feel like waiting around for the game to end. Here’s the box score, peruse at your own risk.

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Augusta)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 SB – knocked the rust off from the suspension yesterday, right back at it today
Anderson Feliz, 2B, J.R. Murphy, C & Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 4 – Murphy doubled and drove in a run … Roller struck out twice
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – that’s a ten game hitting streak
Rob Segedin, 3B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Segedin scored a run
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Jose Toussen, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Nik Turley, LHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – 52-17 K/BB in 50.1 IP
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 42-6 K/BB in 39.2 IP

Game 43: Meet The Mets
Yanks leave bats in Baltimore, fall to Mets
  • CMP

    The joy of seeing Montero and Banuelos make the list at numbers 12 and 13 was neutralized by the pain of seeing Arodys Vizcaino at number 2.

    • Steve in PDX

      Yea a warning would have been nice. That one still smarts. I imagine I’ll feel the same way for whoever gets drafted #31…

    • jaremy

      That might eventually serve as one of my least favorite Cash trades…

  • Jake H

    Sanchez has been doing great as of late.

    • CMP

      I just hope they can teach him to catch. They have 4 top catching prospects in Montero, Romine, Sanchez and Murphy none of whom can actually play the position

      • Operation Slade

        I really like Murphy I hope he becomes a viable big leaguer.

        • CMP

          He sure seems to have the bat to play corner infield or outfield even if he doesn’t cut it behind the plate.

      • Brian in NH

        3 out of those 4 will likely play for other ML teams if they make it that far

  • Ghost

    How about Nik Turley, he’s really showing some good development this year. Have to think he’s right up ther with some of the more promising lefties in the system.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Slade beating the shit out of that catcher is enough to get me over Gerrit Cole not signing. Is it too early to start demanding that Montero DH?

    • CMP

      I’d like to see him hit for a little more power first. He still has a sub .800 OPS in AAA.

      • Mike Axisa

        .296/.352/.494 at Triple-A, not including tonight. Lat year counts.

        • CMP

          What he did last year counts for last year. Brackman pitched pretty well last year too but I wouldn’t bring him up yet either.

          Unless you expect him to hit like Pujols, replacing Posada with Montero isn’t gonna make a huge difference.

          • Mike Axisa

            But .800 OPS is a pretty arbitrary number, he was over that six days ago. Was he ready then but not now?

            • CMP

              No, I don’t think he was ready then or now.

              I’d prefer to see him stay at AAA until he starts hitting for some more power. I don’t think a.318/.350/.417 slash line in AAA translated to the big leagues is gonna make a huge difference.

              • special kid

                NO!!! no no! hes not ready B/C I SAY SO! B/C HE S NOT PERFECT YEYT! HES NOT READY MY WORD IS FINAL!

                • CMP

                  Did you forget to take your medication tonight?

              • YankeeGrunt

                The power stat is pretty arbitrary. He’s hit a few moon shots. It’s a small enough sample size that one or two games with multiple XBHs would give him a slugging percentage and an OPS that you could feel comfortable with, which is why it’s a silly exercise in the first place. He might need a little more seasoning, he could certainly stand to catch every day, but the “lack of power” should not be what stands in the way.

            • CMP

              Posada has been .279/.404/.372 in the month of may and I don’t think you could realistically expect Montero to hit much more than that.

          • SDM

            We know Jesus has power he’s shown it every year he’s been in the minors, your really nit-picking because the power will show itself again.

            • CMP

              I think so too. When it does, bring him up. There’s no rush.

              • SDM

                Why should we wait the power is already there its been seen time and time again? the only time Jesus has ever hit fewer than 16 homeruns in a minor league season was when he was 16 years old in the GCL (he hit 3 in 33 games)

                • SDM

                  thats like cooking your favorite recipe and saying it won’t be good even though you’ve had it countless times before. You know the recipe is good so why worry? You might not get it perfect when cooking it but you have a reasonable expectation of what your going to get and what it will taste like.

                • CMP

                  He hasn’t exactly mashed the ball in AAA so far this year so you think moving him up against MUCH better pitching is gonna make him hit better and with more power?

                  • SDM

                    Right now the difference between .318 and .344 is five hits (or in Jesus’ case not taking a foul ball to the nuts which then leads directly to going 0-9 in the two games back)
                    With the exception of April of last year and several games this year all he’s done is mash. Thanks to last year we have the sample size to prove that mashing baseballs at a high level is his talent.

                    I not have no doubt Jesus could due better than several of our regulars right now, and going forward he will adjust and he will start playing to his true talent.

                    • CMP

                      If you don’t believe me, how about someone who has far more inside info than either of us

                      Jayson Stark  (1:13 PM) today when asked about Posada

                      “Too early to answer that question. They have no interest in releasing him any time soon. He actually has looked better lately against righthanded pitching. And everything I’ve heard from scouts covering the International League is that Montero isn’t ready.”

                    • JMK

                      Is this the same Stark that said Cervelli was better?

    • S

      Jorge has played much better this month, and we are almost 1/4th of the way through the season but to answer your question…no its not too early. Hell as much as I love Jorge I’ve been beating the “call up Jesus” drum for two weeks. Jorge has looked horrible and old, in an offense line that has looked horrible and old.

      Jesus needs to be promoted

  • Jorge Vazquez

    Yes I strike out a lot and never take any walks but I’d still OPS around .800 on the major league club, which is more than you will get from Jones or Posada.

    • S

      your 28, K’ing in over 30% of your at bats in AAA and can’t recognize a breaking pitch to save your life…you’ll be slaughtered in the AL East.

      • Xstar7

        AAAA hitter

    • Steve O.


      Do you mind e-mailing me next week’s lottery numbers?

      Thanks in advance.

  • IRF

    Dellin was effectively wild tonight

    • Steve O.

      I think you mean wildly effective, amirite?

      • IRF

        Heh, I wish

    • Brian in NH

      Man he’s having a good year, if he could just get those walks under control he’d be absolutely killing it.

  • GoGoPlatter

    Could JR Murphy’s best case scenario be Craig Biggio-lite?

    • Mike Axisa

      Anytime you mention a Hall of Famer as a comparison, even the lite version, the answer is always no. Can’t ever project a player to be that good.

    • CMP

      That would be pretty amazing. I don’t recall hearing about him playing any 2B though.

      • Mike Axisa

        No, but he’s also caught and played the outfield.