May
17

More homers in another Charleston win

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Dan Szymborski took a look at some potential impact call-ups in an ESPN Insider-only piece, and has Jesus Montero ranked as number one. His ZiPS system projects a .274/.328/.481 batting line for Montero at the big league level the rest of the way, which is pretty freaking awesome. Dellin Betances (4-3, 4.38 ERA) and Manny Banuelos (3-3, 4.42 ERA) rank fourth and fifth on the ten player list. Szymborski doesn’t say the teams should call these players up, just who ZiPS projects best over the remainder of the season.

Carlos Silva will pitch for Triple-A Scranton on Thursday, so he’s getting closer to the bigs…

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, DH: 0 for 3, 2 BB
Dan Brewer, LF-RF: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB - had just one hit in his last 17 at-bats (.059)
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 PB, 1 E (catcher’s interference)
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – seven homers in his last eight games, including three multi-homer games
Justin Maxwell, CF: 1 for 5, 4 K – 60 K in 136 at-bats (44.1%)
Brandon Laird, 3B-LF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 3 - left the game limping for an unknown reason
Doug Bernier, 3B: 0 for 1
Ramiro Pena, SS: 1 for 4
Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 4
David Phelps, RHP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 54 of 94 pitches were strikes (57.4%) … not his best night
Ryan Pope, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 2-1 GB/FB – 30 of 50 pitches were strikes … wonder if they’re trying to stretch him out to 50-60 pitches so he can a multi-inning middle relief guy, though I could be (and probably am) completely wrong
Andy Sisco, LHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 17 of 31 pitches were strikes (54.8%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB – threw just three pitches, one of which was a strike

Double-A Trenton (1-0 loss  to Erie)
Austin Krum, LF: 0 for 5
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 4
Austin Romine, C, Addison Maruszak, DH & Ray Kruml, RF: all 1 for 3, 1 BB – Maruszak doubled and whiffed … Kruml struck out and got picked off first
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Gil, 1B & Corban Joseph, 2B: both 0 for 4, 1 K – CoJo committed a fielding error
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 3 SB – on base 15 times in his last nine games
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – picked a runner off first … hooray Manny
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (10-4 loss to Palm Beach)
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – nine for his last 17 (.529)
Walt Ibarra, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 4 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBI – 16 for his last 26 (.615) … streakiest player in the system, hands down
Luke Murton, DH: 0 for 5, 1 K
Neil Medchill, LF: 1 for 5, 3 K
Mitch Abeita, C & Kelvin Castro, 2B: both 1 for 4 – Castro tripled
Taylor Grote, RF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Scottie Allen, RHP: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GB/FB – six outings with zero runs, four with 4+ runs … he’s either great or awful
Jose Quintana, RHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Francisco Gil, RHP: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-4 win over Savannah)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B – threw a runner out at third … nine for 20 (.450) in the four games since Slade Heathcott got suspended, including at least one double in each game
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – four straight games with a jack? four straight games with a jack
J.R. Murphy, C: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Rob Segedin, 3B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – six homers in his last ten games
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – eight for his last 18 (.444) with three homers, three doubles with seven walks and three strikeouts
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – five homers in his last seven games
Garrison Lassiter, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – lost in all the homers is that he’s now five for his last 16 (.313) with three doubles
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4-4 GB/FB – not his best night, but still pretty good
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Greg Corcoran

    I am calling Jorge Vazquez’s homeruns JoVa’s Hard Knock Flights. JoVa’s Hard Knock Flights #15 and #16 tonight.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Manny needs to keep his walks down. other than that he’s pitched very well this year

  • James

    Still waiting for Banuelos to have his ass handed to him. But at least he’s throwing meaningless innings.

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

      Because walking a batter every two innings in Double-A is exceptional.

      • IRF

        Is it too soon to be just a little concerned about the walk rate?

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

          Of course, 32 innings is nothing.

    • pat

      Lol, wut? How are they meaningless? You want him in AAA? He’s been walking 4.5 per 9 this year. Still plenty of room for improvement.

    • mbonzo

      Once Banuelos can figure out his command issues he’ll be ready for the majors. Maybe it’ll take some struggles for him to figure out how to deal with his command, but if he finds himself bringing his BB#s down to his early career #s he’ll be promoted regardless of his experience with failure.

      • fire levine

        Seems to me like its control issues not command. He’s not getting hit, he’s throwing too many out of the zone.

  • mbonzo

    A lot of pitchers broke out last year for the Yankees. I think they have a few position players that will break out this year. Heathcott, Segedin, Murphy. I think Lyerly and Flores could be sleepers.

    • pat

      Ramon Flores is the most interesting man in the farm system.

      • http://twitter.com/rebeccapbp Squishy Jello Person

        mmhmm

      • Dave M

        Stay thirsty, my friend.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Flores is awesome but I think people have to stop referring to him as a sleeper. When everyone and their mother chooses a guy as their sleeper I think that makes him more of a ‘breakout candidate’ than a sleeper, no?

      • Ted Nelson

        Yeah, agreed. When a guy has an overall OPS of .808 as an 18 year old, with .917 OPS in the short season league that’s more in-line with his age… he’s not a sleeper. Flores got a nice bonus at 16, so I’m not sure why everyone considers him a sleeper. His height I guess.

  • NYinTX

    Since minorleaguesplits.com is gone, is there another website with the same depth of data?

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

        Thanks.

      • CRotondi

        I was just about to ask this too, thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Does this site not have live stats for 2011? Every player page seems to end with 2010 stats.

        • NYinTX

          That was my next question.

  • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com/ Matt

    love seeing JoVa hitting bombs. I would love to see him be brought up and split time with Posada at DH

  • http://twitter.com/rebeccapbp Squishy Jello Person

    Wait, JR Murphy had an 0fer? How is this possible? (j/k)

    • pat

      .400 obp for the game. BALLER!

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        fucking base clogger

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

    pitch count on manny? is he getting stretched out?

  • Phil

    Nice to see Dan Brewer have a good night at the plate; there’s something about this dude that tells me he’s a lot better player than most are aware of. I don’t think Brewer’s really put it all together yet, but if and when he does, he’s going to be a monster. I’d really love to see this guy playing in the Bronx & taking aim at that friendly rightfield porch.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He’s a righty bat. Are you expecting Monterian power?

  • IE

    Given that Flores has just turned 19, he must be one of the younger guys in full season ball no?

  • D-Lite

    You can’t mention Montero had a catcher’s interference and passed ball without mentioning that he did catch the one base stealer.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Yes-it seems as if the vultures are circling on every possible defensive lapse with Montero. How about Martin’s pass balls and repeated low throws to 2B on steals.

      Fairness!

  • YanksFan77

    I just don’t understand why they won’t give Jorge Vazquez a chance. Sure he’s right handed, but he’s killing right handed pitching as well as left.

    vs. LHP : .320/.333/.720/3 HR
    vs. RHP : .299/.333/.622/13 HR in 127 AB (That’s 1 jack every 10 AB’s)

    Who care’s if he can’t take a walk, we got enough guys who only get on base, and not many to drive them in.

    First Albaladejo and now Vazquez, I don’t see why international players even sign with the Yanks anymore, if there’s a shot with any other MLB ball club.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Yeah, international players never make it to the big leagues with the Yankees.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        Whatever happened to those Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano fellows? Never got their shot with the big league club.

        • YanksFan77

          That’s reaching pretty far back, no, like 7 years? Doesn’t sound like they give too many opportunities to IFA’s does it? How many international players that are anything but relief pitchers (who signed minor league deals) ever had a major role with the big club?

          • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

            How many legit IFA position prospects have they had in the last 3 years that they didn’t call up?

            Tabata and Melky – who they moved 52m Damon to LF for.

            • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

              Melky as the guy they did bring up to move veterans to other positions.

            • YanksFan77

              One could argue Damon moved to LF because of defensive shortcomings, rather than to make room for Melky…who I do agree had a shot at being the everyday CF, but on a much shorter leash than other organizational fav’s (e.g. Gardner)

              And surprise, surprise both Tabata and Melky were traded out of NY and are starting for other teams.

              • Steve in PDX

                A lot more players can start for teams like Atlanta/Pittsburgh than for the Yankees. Case in point: Juan Miranda.

              • Zack

                So you’d rather have Tabata hitting .233 here just to please your IFA need?

                That org’s favorite is a better player than Melky.

                • YanksFan77

                  Than Swisher’s $11 million contract, yes, yes and yes!

    • Will (the other one)

      How does Albaladejo have anything to do with this argument?

      • YanksFan77

        Cause he wasn’t given a real shot last year, even though he was pretty much unhittable in AAA while setting the IL saves record. And we definitely needed help in the bullpen last year.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      First Albaladejo and now Vazquez, I don’t see why international players even sign with the Yanks anymore, if there’s a shot with any other MLB ball club.

      Jonathan Albaladejo is Puerto Rican. Thus, he was not an IFA but was subject to the Rule 4 Draft. The Pirates took him in the 19th round in 2001. The Yankees later acquired him by trading Tyler Clippard to the Nationals for him.

      Furthermore, Jorge Vazquez was not signed as an IFA. All 30 teams passed on him as a 16 year old amateur, and he went to the Mexican League until the Yankees signed him as an (unwanted) 26 year old professional.

      Your core point was pretty flawed, and then you picked two of the worst possible examples you could find. Well done.

      • CP

        Technically, Vazquez was an IFA.

        The fact that he was signed at age 26 and not 16 is the bigger key. If other teams were going to sign him they had 10 years to do it.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Is that all you got?

      • YanksFan77

        The Yanks have invested multi-millions for almost every position on the field. How dumb would management look if they called up a 27 year old corner outfielder to replace a guy they gave ~$12 million to? That unfortunately, I believe is the real reason why these guys don’t ever get a shot…because of their contracts rather than their performances. And guys like Soriano and Swisher are constantly given opportunities to live up to their contracts.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          It’s because he sucks.
          5 BB% 30 K% in AAA as a 29 year old. That sucks. And that’s the real reason, if he can’t distinguish against AAA then you expect him to hit against ML? Why do we go through this nonsense every year with every 30 year old player in the minors that puts up good numbers?

          • YanksFan77

            You got to look at who he’d be replacing.

            Are you telling me his .303/.333/.638 would translate worse to MLB pitching than Posada’s current .179/.287/.366 or Swisher’s .218/.331/.308?

            • Zack

              You’re assuming those players will hit those lines all season.

        • Ted Nelson

          When did Vazquez start playing the OF?

        • Steve in PDX

          Didn’t you already admit that they moved multi-million Damon for IFA Melky?

          And yes guys with long track records of success (which leads to large contracts) tend to get a better shot than those with no experience. If this needs an explanation than there is no point in continuing this debate.

          • YanksFan77

            Actually, I said they moved Damon cause his range was depleting and his noodle arm couldn’t get the ball back into the IF from CF.

    • Ted Nelson

      The humor is really rolling in your post…

      “Who care’s if he can’t take a walk, we got enough guys who only get on base, and not many to drive them in.”

      Yeah… Granderson, Cano, Tex, A-Rod… the Yankees really have no power in their line-up… A bunch of wussies who can’t hit.

      “First Albaladejo and now Vazquez, I don’t see why international players even sign with the Yanks anymore, if there’s a shot with any other MLB ball club.”

      Just this season you have Ivan Nova and Eduardo Nunez. What US players are getting a chance with the club? Clearly the Yankees are totally racist towards people from the US. Damn bigots.

      • YanksFan77

        Who said anything about racism? IFA shouldn’t choose the Yanks because they have a choice about where they’re playing, nothing to do with the color of their skin. Way to jump the gun there, buddy.

        • Ted Nelson

          It would have made more sense the racism way… Your two examples are JoVa and Albie. You choose to ignore others like Nunez, Nova, etc. Miranda as well. Kei Igawa, etc.

          However, by excluding US born players from your analysis you are brining race into it. When they sign an IFA should not consider only whether AAAA IFAs get to play on the big club. They should consider whether the club considers merit, regardless of race. You are the one introducing race. It may matter more for IFAs with a choice, but they should not onlt look at IFAs. Above that they should consider how much money they’re going to sign for… since it’s unlikely in a case like JoVa’s that they’ll ever make the bigs. Any signing bonus is likely to be all the money he’ll really see from MLB baseball.

          JoVa was 26 when the Yankees signed him. If he had a choice of which MLB franchise to sign with… he would have signed before 26. The guy was not a 20 year old prospect. He was a Mexican League veteran. Other MLB teams had 10 years to sign him and none did.

          Albie was not an IFA. He’s Puerto Rican. So, that right there tells you all you need to know. However, any other MLB team could have gotten him dirt cheap this offseason instead of letting him go to Japan for nothing but pocket change. Not one MLB team thought that was a good move.

          Miranda has gotten a chance with Arizona… he’s not doing well. Perhaps the Yankees were right not to promote him? Perhaps they know a thing or two about baseball?
          Igawa can barely pitch at the AAA level, let alone the MLB level… should the Yankees promote him to make their team worse?

          • YanksFan77

            Please read what I actually wrote. I did not say the Yankees have something against IFA’s. I said the Yankees have screwed themselves by signing high priced free agents at every position to extended contracts.

            If I were a IFA and had a choice of where I could play ball, like Vazquez (for some reason I thought Albie was a IFA), I would exhaust every other opportunity before signing with the Yankees because it is highly unlikely that you would see the majors because of said high priced free agents.

  • Reggie C.

    There’s just no room on the roster for Jorge Vazquez aside from DH. I imagine if Posada hit the DL or stayed ineffective that Vazquez would then get a look. Even then, everyone including myself would want Jesus Montero to get the call.

    I’m glad Vazquez is mashing but his ML dreams are clearly more reachable elsewhere.

    • YanksFan77

      Why does JoVa get no love yet Montero is heralded as a dominant offensive force? JoVa has been much more productive than Montero this year, against the exact same pitching. Don’t you think a 29 year old in his prime who’s been mashing has a better shot to help the major league ball club than a 21 year old would?

      The only thing Montero would provide over JoVa (this year) is more butts in seats.

      • YankeeGrunt

        A 29 year old destroying 22 year old pitchers and fringey organizational arms is not that impressive. Some skill sets do not project well to the majors (look at Juan Miranda’s line with Arizona for a little illustration). There are advanced metrics and scouts who evaluate how a skill set is likely to play at the next level, and while some players can slip through the cracks (Cliff Lee went from a 4th starter to an Ace in the course of an offseason) they tend to be right more often than not. Vazquez would probably get a shot with a worse team, he may yet get a shot with this team, but Montero is as good a bat now and will be far better once he improves and once pitching adapts to Vazquez’s limitations.

        • YanksFan77

          It’d be great to know exactly what’s wrong with his skill set that won’t translate to MLB pitching…

          So after looking into it, all of this has been covered before on this site:
          http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ces-43941/

          Same arguments, probably same people. After reading this, it looks like he’s been written off since day 1.

  • Naved

    1. jesus montero
    4. dellin betances
    5. manny banuelos

    AWESOME.

  • Reggie C.

    Manny Banuelos is too good to not find his command soon. When that happens, a 6 inning/2 hit/ 7 K stat line will look alot better when its accompanied with zero WP and zero BB. Okay… maybe 1 BB.

  • Reggie C.

    That Maxwell is striking out over 40% of the time in AAA just doesn’t bode well for his chances at a call-up any time soon.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Especially since Chris Dickerson just singlehandely ended the Yankees longest losing streak ever with his clutchitude and moxie.

      • Esteban

        Dickerson is to Swisher what Gehrig was to Wally Pipp. Safe travels Nick. You were great, but Chris Dickerson is just too good to hold back.

  • dennis

    Ravel Santana got his visa and is in EST.

  • MikeD

    No Heathcott, or is he suspended due to excessive use of karate during a baseball game?

    • Avi Atkin

      Mike, Heathcott was served with a 5-game suspension, he’s got 1 more to sit out and he’s back on track. Too bad for Eduardo Sosa.

  • Avi Atkin

    Don’t forget Chris Dickerson embodies scrappiness and hustle as well ;)

  • Reggie C.

    Whatever happened to DePaula?

  • Deadhorse25

    Do you think Manny will be a Jaime Garcia because Garcia is crazy good

  • Bob Michaels

    Vazquez will be called when Posada is released

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Burawa didn’t put up zeros, he gave up two runs and Kelvin Perez finished the game off.

  • Brian

    Vazquez would have more value to this team than Carlyle, Pena, Ayala, Sanit, and Dickerson combined. Put him on the 40 man and call him up.

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

    Every night I pray that Sosa’s bat is able to sorta keep pace with his glove

  • Rookie

    Albaladejo is apparently continuing to rock and roll in Japan
    with a 0.68 ERA, a WHIP below 0.90, and 15 strikeouts in 13-1/3 innings:
    http://bis.npb.or.jp/eng/players/61865133.html

    If he doesn’t flame out first (as, of course, relief pitchers so often do) it will be very interesting to see if he gets another chance in the Majors in the U.S. and, if so, how he does.

    Even though he never had much success in the Majors and, I gather, he allegedly doesn’t have good enough secondary stuff to ever do so, and even though you could write everything I know about pitching on the back of a postage stamp and still have room for the Lord’s Prayer, I still suspect that he might be very successful in the Majors one day.

    I’m pulling for him. Obviously, I was very disappointed the Yankees never gave him a real shot.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Albie was just not a Girardi guy. He had his Cub buddy Kerry Wood and Albie was just not gonna get the ball last year despite his stats at AAA.

      • Ted Nelson

        Do you really think Girardi liked Wood because he was from the Cubs? Nothing to do with being better than Albie overall and on fire for the Yankees last season? Wood’s ERA for the Yankees was under 1 and you’re really faulting Girardi for using him over a AAAA pitcher?

        • Ted Nelson

          If any other team in the MLB wanted Albie, they also could have gotten him this offseason. Not one of them did. Is this really a Girardi thing?

  • Rookie

    And needless to say, Albaladejo appears to stack up relatively well among the top closers in Japan’s Central League statistically:

    http://bis.npb.or.jp/eng/2011/stats/pit_c.html

  • Yanks99

    I got to thinking about all these catchers’ interference in the minors. Is it legal to be far up in the batter’s box, hop back to the back of the box (near the catcher) right as the pitcher is winding up – then you take a long swing and hit the catcher. Could be a gauranteed base runner in a clutch situation.

    • Rick in Boston

      I think it’s more inexperienced catchers reaching too far forward to catch the pitches. I actually wonder if they happen more often with runners on base, where the catcher is trying to get the ball and get it towards second base faster on a steal attempt.

  • Anchen

    Has anyone watched Banuelos this season and gotten a chance to see how his control really is? I think he’s for real and his stuff is great, but 3 walks, a hit batter, and a wild pitch is a bit scary. Is he just dominating double A but might have issues with that level of control in the majors?

    One of the things I noticed is that Joba, Hughes, etc, have good control, but in the minors it looked like they had GREAT control because they basically dominated minor league hitters who wouldn’t/couldn’t lay off their great stuff even if it was out of the strike zone. Not overly worried since Banuelos is still young but I was under the impression he was more polished and had better control than he has demonstrated so far this year (16 walks in 32 innings).

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Yeah. This isn’t something anyone has been accustomed to over ManBan’s minor league career. He IS supposed to be more polished than what he has shown, but to be fair it’s just 32IP. It’s a long season. I wouldn’t be too concerned at this point.

  • YANKS1FAN

    Zack…You have no clue do you? How can you say he sucks? He is on pace for over 60hr and 150rbi, and hitting .300!! I wish I sucked that bad!!! Just because he does not walk doesnt mean he is not a ML hitter(Gurrerro-HOF’r). I am sick of hearing about strkeouts! If a player strikes out a lot, but has a .300 avg it doesnt matter if it is a K, or a groundout!!! If your theory is true, then why is Dunn, Howard, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Pena, making millions!?!?! AAA pitching is not all 22yr olds. Look at the pitchers he has hit his homers off of. Last week he hit one off the scoreboard off of Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy. The next day he hit one over the scoreboard off of Carrasco. The next start for both of them was in the Bigs!! Yesterday he hit two bombs off of Vance Worley, who was odd man out with the Phillies even though he was 2-0 with a 1.13era in the MAJORS this season. You have no clue! It is not how many you hit, it is who you hit them off of!! I dont care why he wasnt given a chance earlier than this. He has earned a shot..big time!! I am sick of people who think they know what they are talking about because they read it. Have you ever seen either one of them hit? Montero, Montero. Overrated, ‘the most power in the minors’…my butt!! 2hr.. Chato would be a star in the bigs, not just a good hitter!!! Give him his SHOT!!!

    • Rick in Boston

      You’re Vasquez’s agent, aren’t you? This all makes sense now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I am sick of hearing about strkeouts! If a player strikes out a lot, but has a .300 avg it doesnt matter if it is a K, or a groundout!!! If your theory is true, then why is Dunn, Howard, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Pena, making millions!?!?!

      Because Dunn, Howard, Cruz, and Peña all strike out a lot against big league pitching. Vazquez is currently striking out a lot against minor league pitching. Yes, despite however much you choose to ignore that fact, there is a difference. Dunn/Howard/Cruz/Peña all struck out a lot in the minors too, but they did it at an age-appropriate level (or even while being young for their age). If you demoted all those players to AAA right now, since they’re Vazquez’s age-contemporaries, and put them in the same Scranton lineup facing the same pitchers Chato is facing, all those hacktastic legit big leaguers would strike out far less than Chato and hit far more homers than Chato.

      Last week he hit one off the scoreboard off of Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy. The next day he hit one over the scoreboard off of Carrasco. The next start for both of them was in the Bigs!! Yesterday he hit two bombs off of Vance Worley, who was odd man out with the Phillies even though he was 2-0 with a 1.13era in the MAJORS this season. You have no clue! It is not how many you hit, it is who you hit them off of!!

      And mixed in with those homers off of rehabbing (rehabbing, mind you) big leaguers making cameos in the minors, he has plenty of his homers off of org players and fringy prospects. More importantly, though, not all of his strikeouts are against big league pitchers making a rehab cameo in the minors, many of them are against guys who would get annihilated against big league hitters.

      Look, Chato has some strengths and weaknesses. The chances of him panning out in the bigs are slim but not zero. So giving him a shot—if and when a need and a natural opening arises—wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

      Your notion, however, that the fact that Chato is pounding AAA competition means that he’s a lock to be a “star” in the bigs is ridiculous. Flat out ridiculous. Plenty of older men like Chato have pounded AAA and then been traveshamockeries in the bigs, because they only pounded AAA because they were wicked old for the level and had a massive experience/development advantage over the inferior competition they faced, an advantage that is wiped out the moment they’re promoted. Peripheral stats matter. Chato beats up on mad pitching but has GIGANTIC holes in his swing that big league pitchers will most likely exploit. The fact that he offers no defensive value only further lessens the chance that he makes a positive impact.

      Since Chato is hitting well and Jorge isn’t, you have an opening at DH and an argument to promote him and see if he works. Don’t oversell it, though, by claiming that Chato is a future MVP candidate and not promoting his is a national disaster. (Or that Montero is overrated.) You’re embarrassing yourself.

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      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        This.

      • Ted Nelson

        “Look, Chato has some strengths and weaknesses. The chances of him panning out in the bigs are slim but not zero. So giving him a shot—if and when a need and a natural opening arises—wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
        Your notion, however, that the fact that Chato is pounding AAA competition means that he’s a lock to be a “star” in the bigs is ridiculous.”

        “Don’t oversell it, though, by claiming that Chato is a future MVP candidate and not promoting his is a national disaster. (Or that Montero is overrated.) You’re embarrassing yourself.”

        These things.

      • Tags

        Can you say Shelly Duncan?

    • Zack

      Yeah, I’m the one with no clue…

  • Bob G

    Amazing. What do they have to lose by bringing Vasquez up and letting him be the DH for 2weeks? Lets see. If he can hit anywhere near what he is doing at AAA he will he will be a godsend. You can’t bring up Montero because he needs to catch. As far as putting him on the 40 man roster that certainly is no problem. He could also play some first and third. At this point with so few of our regulars hitting why not take a chance?

    • YanksFan77

      +1

  • YanksFan77

    Position, Name, Salary, Stats, Replacement, Stats

    1B: Teix, $23.125, .254/.378/.500, Vazquez, .308/.341/.641
    SS: Jeter, $14.7, .253/.309/.310, Nunez, .304/.360/.391
    RF: Swisher, $9, .218/.331/.308, Parraz .282/.347/.420
    DH: Posada, $13.1, .179/.287/.366, Montero .318/.350/.417
    Setup: Soriano, $9, 5.40 ERA/1.73 WHIP, Whelan 1.45 ERA/0.91 WHIP

    Obviously these guys aren’t replacing the current MLB starters, but it’s a shame that none of them (besides Montero) will ever get a real shot at the bigs cause the current big leaguers just make too much money to sit. That lack of fluidity is a real detriment to this team, and even our GM knows it…

    And now there’s talk about trading for Beltran, oy vey!

    • Ted Nelson

      You can’t just translate AAA numbers to MLB… the quality of competition is entirely different.

      Have you ever heard of minor league free agency? Those players are not stuck in the Yankees system forever. They will get a shot to catch on with another team. When someone is allowed to look at other teams and no other team gives them a shot or they go elsewhere and don’t do well (Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda)… it is clearly not a Yankee problem. MLB is EXTREMELY competitive. Every single organization has guys who do well in AAA and don’t get a shot or don’t do well in MLB. That there is more supply of good baseball players than there is demand for MLB players is not the Yankees problem. You seem to be in favor of further expansion if you think it’s a problem that AAAA players don’t get a shot.

      And your examples continue to be poor, working against your argument. The Yankees just called Dickerson up and he started a game… Parraz isn’t just competing with Swisher, but also Dickerson, Golson, Maxwell, Brewer… and Andruw Jones, who only makes $2 mill. Eduardo Nunez is on the MLB roster. He has his chance. That he will not start as a rookie is not a problem that’s unique to the Yankees… fringe prospects aren’t always handed starting jobs in other orgs just to see what they might do.