Montero homers and Brackman gives the bullpen a try in SWB win

2011 Draft: John Sickels' Yankees Review
Jeter has Grade I strain of right calf

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees signed a pair of arms to minor league deals. In other signing news, outfielder Cody Grice (this year’s 12th round pick) has signed for $52,500 and will report to Short Season Staten Island when the season starts later this week. I’m sure some other draftees have signed as well, just haven’t seen any confirmation of any of them yet.

David Phelps was supposed to start for Triple-A Scranton tonight, but the Yankees held him back in case they need him to start on Thursday. Brian Cashman described it as “preserving all options.”

Triple-A Scranton (8-3 win over Syracuse)
Austin Krum, LF: 0 for 4, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – he’s got a ~.255 OBP with SWB, which is certainly not leadoff man material
Ramiro Pena, SS: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – the homer was an opposite field bomb off a rehabbing big leaguer … he also got robbed of a third hit on a nice defensive place
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 or 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 5
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – got picked off first
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 3 R, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at the plate … 11 for his last 28 (.393) with four doubles and a homer
Gus Molina, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
George Kontos, RHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 33 of 48 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … fine spot start
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – just 21 of 45 pitches were strikes (46.7%) … it’s unlikely this is just a “it’s a bullpen game and it’s his throw day so use him” thing, he was lined up to start today, but they essentially used an off day to skip him and go to Phelps … so apparently this is the start of a bullpen experiment for Mr. Brackman, hopefully the following appearances go better than this, because there are certainly bullpen spots to be had with the big league team
Cory Wade, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76.5%) … he stranded all three runners he inherited from Brackman by getting a GIDP
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (57.6%) … he had 12 strikeouts all years coming into the game

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to Dunedin) faced the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft
The Almontes: both 1 for 4, 1 K – that’s Abe and Zoilo, by the way
Walt Ibarra, SS & Luke Murton, DH: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 RBI – eight for his last 21 (.381) with a homer
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Kyle Higashioka, C & Emerson Landoni, 2B: both 0 for 3 – Higgy struck out once, Landoni twice … Higashioka also missed a catch for an error
Josh Romanski, RHP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 8-2 GB/FB – 16-2 K/BB in his last 16.1 IP
Chase Whitely, RHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 37-8 K/BB in 42.1 IP

Low-A Charleston (3-0 loss to Greeneville)
Slade Heathcott, DH, Anderson Feliz, 2B & Ramon Flores, CF-1B: all 0 for 4 – Flores struck out once, Feliz twice, Heathcott thrice
J.R. Murphy, 3B & Jose Mojica, SS: both 0 for 3 – Mojica struck out once, Murphy twice … Mojica also committed a throwing error
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 2 – left the game between innings after singling in the fifth for some unknown reason
Jose Toussen, CF: 0 for 1 – replaced Roller
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 CS
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 PB – already 18 passed balls … that’s insane
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – excellent job not so much because of the strikeouts, but because of the walks … he uncharacteristically walked nine in his last 15.1 IP
Manny Barreda, RHP: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – great outing

2011 Draft: John Sickels' Yankees Review
Jeter has Grade I strain of right calf
  • MikeD

    It’s June and Montero was probably just punished for some reason. Put those two together and he should now go on hot streak for the remainder of the season!

    As for Brackman, if he can’t throw strikes as a starter, I’m not sure I’ll believe he can throw strikes as a reliever, but I’ll be pulling for him. As you said, the big league club can certainly use a good arm.

    • mbonzo

      I doubt he was punished, considering he was coaching 1B.

    • Steve S.

      On Brackman, sometimes tall guys are prone to the bad inning where their mechanics get out of whack and they can’t pull it together on the fly. Working out of the bullpen, you can limit the damage by limiting his exposure. It’s worth a shot, because the Brackmonster is getting dangerously close to being a failed experiment. He certainly is as a starter, and most good relievers are failed starters.

    • RollingWave

      Daniel Bard had one of the worst season ever as a starter in the minors walking TWICE as many men as he whiffed. and he turned out alright.

  • Xstar7

    Montero going 2-4 with a three-run jack is easily the best news I’ve heard all day. And Slade Heathcott has been abysmal lately. Yikes

  • Guest

    So Jesus has a big night on the same night that Cervelli does Cervellian things.

    I just wish we knew what the Yankees were thinking about the Jesus/Cervelli situation. Maybe we can’t know because a big trade is about to go down and Cash wants to keep everything all Ninja-like.

    But if that’s not the case, then I wish I knew what the game plan was.
    Because if Montero isn’t in New York tomorrow, I really will not understand what the thought process is at this point.

  • mbonzo

    Montero is ready for the bigs, Brackman is ready for single A.

  • Avi

    How many of Montero’s homers have off lefties this year?

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Montero had two days off because he was hunting down Cashman to say “It’s June and I’m going to show you what I do to pitchers in June, so you better not trade me,” while grabbing Cashman’s shirt by the neck.

  • pat

    Can’t wait for short season to start.

  • Steve S.

    Very quietly, Romine is having a very solid season with the bat.

    • mbonzo

      Yea, all the catchers need to be moved up a level.

      • Steve S.

        He’s actually outproducing Montero, whose had a down year.

        • Steve S.

          When I screw up “who’s” and “whose” it’s time to go to sleep.

        • Monteroisdinero

          and in his down year still has a higher batting average than EVERY yankee starter.

          “down power year”

          so far.

          • MikeD

            He doesn’t have a higher BA than every Yankee starter because he’s in the minor leagues while they’re hitting in the toughest league in the world. Other than that, yeah, sure…

      • Squishy Jello Person

        Not entirely sure about Sanchez, but Montero and Romine def

        • mbonzo

          Was referring to Murphy in Charleston. Sanchez got his promotion already, and should be the starting catch for Charleston.

  • Ivan

    There is no way around it, Montero SHOULD be called up. He if Montero is one of your better hitters on the roster, then he should be called up point blank.

    • X-62

      Agree especially considering Russel is hurting and Cervelli isn’t very good at the whole ”baseball” thing.

      • boogie down

        The Cervelli part made me laugh.

  • CMP

    The Yankees might have the 3 worst defensive catchers in the sport at their respective levels in Sanchez, Montero and Cervelli.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Disagree with Montero in AAA. Agree with others.

      If ever there was a good spot and pitcher to have Montero catch, it is tomorrow and it is CC. Great control, lefty to keep runners closer and CC can call his own game.

      • Steve H

        Never change.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Thank you.

      • X-62

        I agree the best pitchers for Montero to catch in the bigs are guys with good control and or LHP’s.

        • MikeD

          So you’re thinking AJ might be a stretch?

          Yeah, AJ might set a MLB record for wild pitches and passed balls in a single game if Montero ever had to catch him.

  • Brian

    It’s time for Montero. NOW.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Let’s have Golson travel to the Bronx with Montero in the morning. Big offensive improvement with Jesus, big defensive improvement with Golson in rf-and if he can hit .220 and .100 with risp we have ourselves a winner!

    • Urban

      Based on Butch Wynegar’s comments below from Newsday, there is no chance Montero is coming up. The Yankees believe he is immature in his approach and growing to do.

  • CMP

    I wonder if the move to the pen is temporary for Brackman.

    Seems kind of quick to pull the plug on him as a starter 2 months into his first season in AAA after a good year in 2010.

  • Rod

    Sanchez only has 10 fewer passed balls than Montero for his career. In nearly 250 fewer games.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero caught 4 different pitchers tonight and there were no passed balls, no errors and no sb’s by the opposition.

    Shocking I tell you.

  • Samuel

    As a starting pitche rin his first pro season in 2009, Brackman was 1-11, 6.72 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, with 64 BB and 22 wild pitches in 86 innings.

    From there he was sent to the bullpen where he started off slow but came on with more experience.

    In 10 appearances he was 1-1, 2.20 ERA, with 24 K’s in 21 IP. He did walk quite a few still (12), but escaped due to his high strikeout rate.

    Interesting how they used him in relief every five days back then, keeping him in his starting pitcher routine and he would throw multiple innings. His last appearance in that season was a 3 IP, 3 K, 0 BB performance. He was throwing in the mid-to-high 90s with a killer curve.

    Andrew Brackman’s future in the major leagues has always been as a reliever, and I have written recently on other threads here that Brackman should be moved to the bullpen.

    He started off slow there tonight and will struggle early, but watch his velocity improve as well as his control, leading to better results.

    Lets just hoep that happens well before the August/September Major League stretch drive.

  • Gonzo

    If Brackman goes to the bullpen permanently, I’ll blame the prospect watch.

  • Brandon

    Seeing as Jeter is probably going on the DL, please can we also place Martin on the DL and call up Montero. Might as well get some offense up to replace Jeter since Nunez and a call up of Pena certainly are not going to suffice. Both of them cant hit. Plus I would rather get Martin fully healthy then have him start, and sit the next time out because of the back issue and us having to deal with Cervelli behind the plate. Also, we wouldnt be losing offense with Martin anyway since he has been doing terrible offensively as of late.

  • Urban

    I just saw these comments from AAA hitting coach Butch Wynegar regarding Montero: “There are no doubts about his tools. But he’s such a good hitter that he sometimes takes hitting for granted, He’s so confident in his ability that, mentally, sometimes he wavers a bit…He thinks he’s just passing through. But he still doesn’t understand how tough it is at the big-league level, especially the mental adjustments…He’s still a little bit immature. He has to grow up a little bit.”

    This could explain quite a bit about why the Yankees sat him. It’s not quite punishment, but they could be trying to send the kid a message. He’s not guaranteed anything.

    We are not going to see Montero anytime soon.

    • Samuel

      Maybe playing in the majors forces Montero to concentrate more because of the better competition.

      Face it. The Yankees are so damned slow and scared when it comes to promoting their own kids from the minors. Then they become impatient when the kids don’t go 3 for 4 with 3 RBI in their first few games.

      Bring Montero up already and let him play. And for God’s sake, can they name Hector Noesi the freakin’ starting pitcher for Thursday already?

      This franchise really is frustrating.

    • buckfunts

      The #bored meme is true? O_O


    • MikeD

      Did I miss these comments somewhere else today? Everyone is trying to figure out Montero-gate, and these words from Wynegar say it all.

      We’ve heard whispers about him being bored, and we’ve heard he sometimes doesn’t push it hard enough. These public words from Wynegar coming right on top of Montero-gate fits right in. If the Yankees think there’s a maturity issue here they are not going to promote Montero.

      The kid better get hot. He’s not going to get promoted just because he’s a top prospect.

    • China Joe

      In Montero’s defense, if I were him and Frankie Cervelli was playing in the big leagues ahead of me, I’d walk into Cashman’s office with dynamite strapped to my chest.

      • Smallz


    • Montero’s Agent

      here is an idea…promote him to the big club and have tony pena watch his ass. if anyone can break bad habits or a perceived case of immmaturity, tony can.

  • Stratman9652

    Montero also got ROBBED trying to pick a runner off first. Awesome play and I swear he had him. The ump just blew it.

    And watching Golson air out that arm was just jaw dropping. That ball would still be going if Montero didn’t catch it. Great play by both guys.

    Excellent game to have gone to for 14 bucks a ticket. Even got Brandon Laird and Ryan Pope’s autograph. And there was a Mark Prior sighting.

    • Monteroisdinero

      But it’s the minor leagues so it really doesn’t count. Golson’s arm won’t translate to the bigs and Montero will all of a sudden be unable to catch on the Yanks.

      keep Swish and Cervelli out there!

      • Mike Axisa

        If the best reason to call up Greg Golson is his arm, then that’s a pretty good sign they shouldn’t call him up.

      • Accent Shallow

        Golson’s defensive skills will absolutely translate.

        Unfortunately, so will his subpar bat. Just drop it already.

    • Smallz

      Whats with all the gaga over Greg Golson now? I think hes a useful to call up in like september or if Jones gets hurt but this guy does nothing with the bat. Hes fast and hes a good defender. Not major league starting material.

  • CRotondi

    What’s this article that mentioned Montero? what was said?

  • Bavarian Yankee

    my bust stamp wants do smash Brackman’s face but I convinced him that he could still turn it around. And let’s call up Montero, I don’t wanna see Frankie striking out and throwing balls into centerfield 4 days a week.

    btw: what positions are likely for Sanchez if he doesn’t stick as a catcher?

  • Nick

    About Golson…don’t you remember him throwing out Crawford to end the regular season last year? He has a nasty arm. How will that not translate to the BIGS?

    • karcotte

      You don’t read the comments here very often do you?

    • Monteroisdinero

      I was being sarcastic. Most folks here think that Greg Golson will not be able to hit .175 against righties with no speed and no arm in the outfield. He strikes out way more than the guy who makes 10x as much who plays rf for us now and he won’t be able to hit 10-12 HR’s either (this year’s Swisher pace). Fairweather Freddy got his on another thread and I have been beaten up by the Golson-haters here on several occasions.

      I have seen Golson throw out runners in the majors, the minors, and ST. Those things are not as important as a Swishalicious HR! Golson can’t hit. End of story. Nunez can’t field. End of story. Get on board or get trashed.

      • Mike Axisa

        You play the victim well.

  • Elmgrovegnome

    Golson’s arm won’t translate? Funny I thought he was an outfielder, not a pitcher.

  • Coolerking101

    Brackman also hit a batter. I noticed that is not listed here. Brackman was that wild.

    • Mike Axisa

      It was mentioned there.

  • Dismortologist

    Is Kontos being stretched out to be a starter???