Heredia dominant again in Tampa win

Cashman: We want Montero to play everyday
Gardner gets pie as Yankees finish sweep

The Short Season Staten Island Yankees kick off their season tomorrow, and Robert Pimpser says Bryan Mitchell will be on the mound. It’s unclear if he’s starting or relieving, but for the love of Mo he better start. The kid’s 20 years old with some of the best stuff in the organization, they can’t put him in the bullpen. The Yankees also signed 23-year-old lefty Vidal Nuno out of an independent league and sent him to Staten Island. Just roster filler, but here’s some video from 2009.

Mike Ashmore spoke to Austin Romine, who talked about his concussion. Ha still has not picked up a bat. Grant Duff was also placed on the disabled list with a shoulder issue, and it sounds like Carlos Silva is ready to come off the disabled list after dealing with a shoulder issue of his own. As for the really bad news, Tim Norton has a severely torn labrum and this latest shoulder ailment might be career-threatening. That’s a damn shame, he was maybe a month away from the big leagues given how well he was pitching.

Triple-A Scranton (8-1 loss to Columbus in eight innings) game was completed early due to rain … they faced an old pal, who apparently has a new delivery and more velocity … oh, there were two other old friends in the opposing lineup as well
Kevin Russo, 2B, Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Doug Bernier, SS: all 0 for 3 – JoVa and Bernier each whiffed twice
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 4
Jesus Montero, C & Austin Krum, LF: both 1 for 3
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Gus Molina, DH: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 CS
David Phelps, RHP: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-1 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 50 of 71 pitches were strikes (70.4%) … left because of a lengthy rain delay
Lance Pendleton, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3-1 GB/FB – 29 of 52 pitches were strikes (55.8%) … welcome back to Triple-A
Ryan Pope, RHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – just 14 of 29 pitches were strikes (48.2%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-2 GB/FB – nine of 16 pitches were strikes (56.3%) … allowed all three of Pope’s inherited runners to score
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – a dozen of his 15 pitches were strikes (80%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 loss to Harrisburg)
Ray Kruml, CF & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Kruml threw a runner out at second … Suttle doubled and drove in a run
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Cody Johnson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – missed a few days with the fly, and now he’s back mashing
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 4, 2 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS, Jason Place, RF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Place and Maruszak struck out
Craig Heyer, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 3-5 GB/FB – he was sitting 89-90 on the gun … that ties a career high in walks, which he set way back in 2007
Pat Venditte, SwP: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 1-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-1 win over Lakeland)
Abe Almonte, CF, Kevin Mahoney, DH & Luke Murton, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Almonte struck out … Mahoney walked and whiffed
Kelvin Castro, SS & Rob Lyerly, 3B: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Castro drove in a run, Lyerly doubled
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – no homer tonight, just a double … lame
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jairo Heredia, RHP: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 4-5 GB/FB – he’s on some kind of roll … just three walks and four walks in 32 IP over his last five starts with 37 strikeouts
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 23-2 K/BB in 26 IP

Low-A Charleston (5-1 loss to Hickey)
Jose Toussen, SS: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Ramon Flores, LF, J.R. Murphy, DH, Mike Ferraro, CF & Jeff Farnham, 1B: all 0 for 4 – the first two guys struck out once, the second two struck out twice
Rob Segedin, 3B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 K – Segedin made two throwing errors
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – now that’s more like it, he even picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Nik Turley, LHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5-1 – the kid’s been money this year, very nice in his first taste of full season ball
Dan Burawa, RHP: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB

Cashman: We want Montero to play everyday
Gardner gets pie as Yankees finish sweep
  • Cy Pettitte

    lack of Romine and Slade makes me sad. Also RIP Tim Norton, I was really hoping to see him in NY this year.

  • Skip

    Some thoughts:

    Tough break for Norton. Sigh, I’ve been pulling for him since he was drafted. It’s a long road to any recovery, if feasible.

    Can’t wait for Staten Island tomorrow. When does the GCL start? Excited to see what we’ve got this year.

    Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP. Remember how this used to be him every night last year? Beastly. Maybe he’s adjusting again.

    • Mike Axisa

      GCL starts Monday.

      • Bones


        • Mike Axisa

          I would assume so.

          • Brian

            You know what happens when you assume…You might not be correct about it.

    • MikeD

      So what’s the deal with Norton? I know he went on the DL, but I never saw anything after that. Is this a season-ending injury? 15-day? Nothing known?

      • Skip
        • Rookie

          Needless to say, that would be awful for anyone. But with Norton knocking the door down on his way to the majors — having dominated AA this year with a 1.55 ERA, a .124 batting average against, and a WHIP of .69 after putting up very similar numbers in AA in an abbreviated season in 2010, it looked like he could have been on the way to much success in the majors. Too bad if it’s a labrum tear — unless they can send him to the guy who worked miracles for Colon and he can do the same for him.

  • Reggie C.

    Jairo Heredia is probably in the 11-15 range among the farm prospects. Is that right Mike?

    • Mike Axisa

      No, too high. Five good starts doesn’t erase two mediocre to bad years.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    That sucks about Norton. Maybe in some fantasy world Alan Horne will take his place. I can dream, can’t I?

  • Rick in Boston

    Mike – what’s the long-term prognosis on Ryan Flannery? Does he have a legit future in a bullpen, or is he just an older guy toying with A+ hitters?

    • Mike Axisa

      The latter.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Dude’s just handsome.

  • JonS

    Is Heredia legit?

    • Mike Axisa

      He is, but it’ll take more than five starts for me to get really excited.

  • Brian

    I thought Adams was coming back soon. :(

  • dennis

    cant wait to see what Mitchell will do.
    I predict 5IP 3H 2BB 6K.

    • Bones

      That’s a heck of a start against college hitters, but it would be cool. Maybe he’ll add weight.
      Height: 6′ 2″
      Weight: 175

      • Thomas Cassidy

        I like weight on pitchers. But it isn’t all that important. See: Pedro, Lincecum.

        • MikeD

          You like weight on pitchers? You must be orgasmic when CC and Colon take the mound.

  • Rookie

    Jonathan Albaladejo so far in Japan:

    24-2/3 innings pitched
    13 hits
    9 bases on balls
    26 strikeouts
    a 0.73 ERA

    • Cult of Basebaal

      Damn, good for Alby!

      You gotta have wa!

    • YankeesJunkie

      Nice to see Alby’s continued dominance of AAA with a higher pay check.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Cody Johnson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – missed a few days with the fly, and now he’s back mashing

    I’m assuming you mean flu. unless he’s Spiderman that we don’t know about. lololol.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Holy shit, that’s awful about Norton.

  • Avi

    If Culver and bichette both play in the Gulf Coast league they should rename the team ” The Reaches”.

  • T-Long

    Mike this quote should ease your concern about Mitchell being a starter: “Yankee manager Tom Slater said that tomorrow night’s likely starting pitcher is 20-year-old right-hander Bryan Mitchell, who went 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in nine GCL starts last year.”

  • Skip

    Bullpen experiment a success for Brackman! Who wants to end it at a SSS? Anyone?

  • Pants Lendleton

    I honestly can’t be the only one who thought that McCallister had some untapped potential in him.

    Good for him indeed.

    • Sean C

      I watched the dude pitch against my friends in high school and he owned EVERYONE, so I’ll always root for him. I was sad to see him leave the Yankees organization, but if he can make it to the MLB level with the Indians (or some other team) at some point, it would be huge. Our local paper has tracked him every step of the way (yeah, we’re small town like that).

    • Rookie

      Wondered what the organization’s thinking was about him. Maybe they thought he had a shoulder issue? I second (or third) you when you say good for him indeed.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Yay, Nick Johnson is alive.

  • The Oberamtmann

    How does Venditte’s rate stats compare to number batter faced? He’s a reliever but usually pitches several innings at a time. I.e. how would his stats look if he only pitched one inning each time out?

  • Jake

    what is Heredia throwing with his fastball? Has it gotten into the 91-93 range or is it in the 89-91 range?

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    This qualifies as fun with arbitrary end-points, but looking at Sanchez’s monthly stats is fun.

    April: .209/.250/.299/.549
    May: .273/.379/.527/.906
    June: .314/.415/.514/.929

    • Rookie

      Great trend — especially for a catcher who you might expect to do worse as he wears down. Hope it continues.

  • swo

    Love to watch a last-rounder do well. Obviously a spot would need to open first but if, say, Heredia gets promoted, would Turley take his place?

  • Coolerking101

    Brackman in the bullpen should be bigger news. To my knowledge, this is his first real bullpen outing at AAA. The other outing was on 5 days rest on his usual start date.

    Did anyone hear what Brackman was hitting on the gun? I’m curious if he was throwing harder in relief (like we saw from Hughes/Joba).