Heredia, Turley strong at the lower levels

Open Thread: The Franchise Player Draft
Yankees win the game, but lose Colon

Jesus Montero did not play for Triple-A Scranton, but apparently it was a routine day off (he actually coached first base, so it’s not an injury). Brian Cashman said he’s not being called up, but here’s my conspiracy theory: Montero’s coming up tomorrow if Russell Martin is not healthy enough to play. We’re pretty much at the point were Martin will have to go on the disabled list if he can’t catch, and they don’t want to risk Montero getting hurt tonight. Anyway, we’ll see.

Oh, and Brad Halsey has already been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. That was quick, he just made his first appearance for Tampa last night. Kei Igawa moved up to Triple-A Scranton to fill the rotation spot of whoever comes up to replace Bartolo Colon.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Syracuse)
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – ten for his last 36 (.278) with five walks and four whiffs
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 4, 3 K
Brandon Laird, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 14 for his last 36 (.389) with four doubles and two homers
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 CS
Dan Brewer, LF: 1 for 4, 3 K, 1 SB
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Jesus Montero, PH: 0 for 0, 1 BB – see? healthy enough to pinch-hit, though Doug Bernier pinch-ran for him
Gus Molina, C: 2 for 4 – > Frankie Cervelli?
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 12-3 GB/FB – 66 of 116 pitches were strikes (56.9%) … is that enough to get him a spot start over Hector Noesi in place of Bartolo Colon? I don’t think so … he gave up two hits to a (pretty good) rehabbing big leaguer
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – eight of his 11 pitches were strikes … > Lance Pendleton or Jeff Marquez?

Double-A Trenton (4-2 win over Binghamton)
Ray Kruml, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K – 12 for his last 41 (.293)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 BB – nine for his last 30 (.300) with three doubles, homer, six walks, and four strikeouts
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Cody Johnson, DH: 0 for 3, 3 K, 1 HBP – oh yeah
Jose Gil, C: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – it was an inside-the-park homer, but it took the outfielder almost seriously injuring himself to happen
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 0 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB – nine for his last 26 (.346) with five walks and five strikeouts
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jason Place, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 5-4 GB/FB – 59 of 100 pitches were strikes … season high for strikeouts, but he’s still walked three or more batters in five straight starts and in six of his last seven
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – uglified Banuelos’ line by allowing an inherited runner to score all the way from first
Naoya Okamoto, LHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB – hooray for three inning saves

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Dunedin)
Abe Almonte, CF, Luke Murton, 1B & Taylor Grote, RF: all 0 for 4 – Almonte walked, stole a base, and struck out … Grote struck out three times
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Rob Lyerly, DH & Kelvin Castro, 2B: both 0 for 3, 1 R – Lyerly walked and struck out twice … Castro struck out and committed a fielding error
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – that’s his fourth homer in his last ten games
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Jairo Heredia, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2-4 GB/FB – 24-3 K/BB in his last 20 IP … he’s been on a roll, which we’ve been waiting a year or two for
Jose Quintana, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Asheville) faced the 11th overall pick of the 2009 draft
Jose Toussen, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – 11 for his last 30 (.367) with three doubles
J.R. Murphy, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB – stuck in a 1-for-20 (.050) rut
Gary Sanchez, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 4-for-17 (.235) with five walks and three strikeouts since coming back
Ramon Flores, CF: 0 for 4, 1 K – with Eduardo Sosa injured and Slade Heathcott apparently banged up to the point that he can only DH, he’s stuck in center
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 0 for 4, 3 K
Jeff Farnham, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Nik Turley, LHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3-6 GB/FB – 70-19 K/BB ratio in 72.1 IP
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – “just” four walks in his last 8.2 IP after 22 in his first 28 IP
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Just a reminder, the Short Season Staten Island season begins on June 17th (this coming Friday) while the Rookie Level GCL Yankees start on the 20th (the following Monday). The rosters have not been released yet, but they will be at some point next week.

Open Thread: The Franchise Player Draft
Yankees win the game, but lose Colon
  • Jimmy McNulty

    Is Randy Flores the same guy that walks a lot? Or as I called him: “The Good Ramon Flores”

    • Mike Axisa

      These two guys are killing me. I get their names wrong every night.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Call Randy the Crappy Ramon Flores.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Jose Gil > Francisco Cervelli? That’s a good question too.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Anyone > Cervelli.

    • AC

      If Cervelli cant even give us top quality DEF than whats the point of keeping him. His throws to 2nd base are awful sometimes as we have all seen. Hes got some fire and spunk and may call a good game but im sure Romine can do the same thing amd give us a tad more offense wise. Remember years ago they brought up Cano and Wang from AA not AAA to bring a spark to team and they werent tearing up AA either from what i recall. Take a chance on someone anyone to fill a void. I think sometimes they are overcautious.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Saw the AAA game tonight.

    Montero looked fine/healthy… was joking around all game and (as mentioned) coached first which was pretty entertaining, though not as entertaining as seeing him play 9 innings.

    Laird had a great game at the plate, Golsen had some great catches with great range. Laird also gave a bat to a little kid right next to me, pretty cool/classy of the kid.

    Also fun to see Pena, though I hope we don’t have to see him on the big club.

    Awesome minor league baseball experience overall. Sat in the second row right behind home for 20 bucks… can’t beat that.

    • Stratman9652

      Except for that damn heckler. I must have been a couple rows back of you. I’m guessing you were either the guy on the end seat or the guy in the Yankee windbreaker sitting next to the girl in the Cano shirt?

      I got a pretty good video of Laird’s second hit, I swear it looked like a homer in the video. Also got video of JoVa striking out a few times and Montero’s walk. I’ll probably put them on youtube tomorrow and link em in the game thread or DOTF.

      Awesome night for the price. Especially if Mike is right and I got a video of his last AAA at bat.

  • Kevin G.

    Sanchez and Murphy = Montero and Romine?

    • YankeesJunkie

      No, Jesus Montero was a beast in Charleston and Sanchez is not there yet.

  • Matt at ERAU

    is wondering when Nik Turley will get the promotion

    • Chops

      Fact: Nik was picked in the 50th round in 2008.

      • Mike Axisa

        Third to last player picked in the entire draft.

        • YankeeFan

          Turley a top 10 rd pick if he wasn’t considered virtually unsignable that year?

          • Mike Axisa

            No I don’t think so, he was just really raw and a huge project. He signed for only $125,000, which is peanuts in the grand scheme of things. You don’t need MLB’s approval for bonuses over $150,000 after the 50th round, so he didn’t even get that much.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              What does he throw? I remember reading that he was a high 80s/(very) low 90s guy, right?

              • nycsportzfan

                He is a legit prospect, i believe Mike agrees, i mean 6ft 6inch lefty, and i thought he was more of a 94mph guy, topping out, but i could be wrong… Just a big upside kid, thats hitting on that upside.. Hes legit..

                • Matt at ERAU

                  I believe back in 08 he was 88-90 topping out at 92 with a decent curve and change but I’m sure now that he’s added 30lbs he’s added a tick or two to the good ole No. 1

  • pat

    MOntero missed like 4 games in a row with the eye infection. Don’t see why he’d need a “routine day off”. I’m buying what you’re selling, Axisa

    • Matt at ERAU

      If not for Russell not being able to catch Montero or someone else needs to be called up ASAP to send Cervelli down to fix his issues

  • pat

    I’m also pumped Heredia is back. I’ve liked him for a while.

    • nycsportzfan

      agreed.. Same with Brett Marshall…

  • JMK

    Any idea where Carmen Angelini is?

    • Mike Axisa

      Hurt again.

      •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        That’s the most surprising thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Broken foot. Probably out for the year.

  • Avi

    Heredia made this week’s prospect Hot Sheet (baseball America). They said this about him: Heredia always has had the stuff to succeed, with a low-90s fastball and promising secondary offerings, but those tools haven’t translated into results much over the last couple seasons. His prospect status had been in decline ever since an injury-plagued 2009 season, which started when he came to camp out of shape. He’s now getting his third crack at the Florida State League, but he might finally be turning a corner. He’s won his last four decisions, improving to 5-1, 3.57. He had a 16-inning shutout streak snapped in the first inning of his start last Sunday against Lakeland, but that’s the only run he’s allowed in his last three starts. His 10 strikeouts in that game were a career high, and he owns an impressive 44-8 strikeout-walk ratio on the season.

  • Charles R.

    Wow, the Yankees’ pitching prospects have been really doing well as of late. Read somewhere (I think ’twas in nyyfans) that the warm weather correlate to the recent string of fine pitching performances.

    • Gonzo

      They robbed JR’s and Slade’s mojo.

  • Matty Ice

    Looks like they finally found a position for Jesus.

  • Gonzo

    Mike, how bad do you feel for Matzek. Poor guy. Do you think they tinkered too much? I mean, by the looks of things, it looks like they obviously did.

    • MikeD

      Looking at his walk rate this year, it seems he’s doing a Kevin Whelan every game.

  • What the hell ManBan?

    I’m seriously starting to wonder if Banuelos has a compulsive disorder….if he doesnt walk three men in a start he has a nervous breakdown or something.

    New rule every time he walks 3 or more people he has to to listen to Rebecca Black’s “friday” Justin Bieber, and Souljah Boi (pure torture…yes but something must be done dammit!!)

  • Mantle28

    Mike, would Montero play tomorrow if your theory Is correct?

    • Mike Axisa


  • Charles R.

    Imagine this. If Joba Chamberlain and Tim Norton didn’t get injured, four slots in the bullpen could have consisted of Joba, DRob, Kontos, and Norton (Kontos and Norton should realistically get a shot in the bigs). All four belong to that SICK 2006 draft of the Yanks. Dammmn.

    • Mike Axisa

      They’ve already gotten seven big leaguers out of that class. McAllister, Kontos, Norton, Betances have a non-zero chance to make it eleven. That’s nuts.

      • Andrew Brotherton

        I think I remember a stat saying that if a scouting director gets I believe 2 major league regulars then it is an excellent draft. 2006 for the Yankees was a historic draft, everything went right in that draft.

        • Mike Axisa

          10% is the general consensus on prospect success rate. One out of every ten will turn into something useful. Of those seven big leaguers from 2006, four of them are average MLB players at the very least: Joba, Robertson, IPK, Melancon. That’s huge.

  • parmesn

    Any word on Norton’s shoulder? Is there any chance he doesn’t miss significant time?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Done for the year apparently.

      • Charles

        Wow really? Where’d you see that? I was really starting to get excited about him moving on up :(

  • Montero21

    Ok who here thinks Jesus gets called up today if Martin is out again? It’s about time to see what he can do. What could be better then catching Freddy and his 85 mph heater? Knowing the Yanks they will call up Molina. All this talk about how bad Montero is behind the dish and we are satisfied with Frankie behind the plate throwing the ball around like a little leaguer?

    • Rex James

      i hope montero is called up today.. he deserves his shot, and who knows, maybe he turns into this years buster posey with an amazing rookie season leading the team to the playoffs.. but knowing the yanks, ur right they will probs call up gustavo

  • kenthadley

    Jose Gil has always shown a decent bat, but not a lot of playing time behind the big name minor league catching….saw him at Trenton and he looked good at 1B also…is he any kind of a prospect? same question on Quintana, who looked good a while back in DSL.