Bored Montero leisurely homers in SWB win

Report: Yankees have best chance to land Ubaldo
Sabathia brilliant as Yanks hand M's 17th straight loss

Remember Scott Bittle? The Yankees took him with their second round pick in 2008 but did not sign him after a physical revealed “wear and tear” in his pitching shoulder. He went back to school, got drafted by (and signed with) the Cardinals the next year, then did not pitch at all in 2009 or 2010 because of shoulder problems that eventually required surgery. They released him today with just 5.1 career innings to his credit. For shame. With the compensation pick they received for failing to sign Bittle in 2008, the Yankees took J.R. Murphy in 2009.

Speaking of Murphy, you may have noticed that he hasn’t played in a while, since last Thursday in fact. He is currently on the disabled list according to the High-A Tampa roster, though I don’t know why. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, just some nagging bumps and bruises from catching.

Triple-A Scranton (11-2 win over Buffalo)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 5, 3 R, 2 K – threw a runner out at the dish … he reached base three times in fielder’s choices, hence the three runs
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – the double went to center, the homer was pulled to left … that’s his fifth homer in 15 games, and six of his last eight hits have gone for extra bases
Mike Lamb, DH: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Luis Nunez, 2B: both 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR – Nunez’s was a solo shot … JoVa drove in two but struck out four times
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s been their most consistent hitter all year, seems like he’s always picking up a hit or two
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Doug Bernier, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) – eight for his last 15 (53.3%)
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 8-4 GB/FB – 60 of 105 pitches were strikes (57.1%) … more walks and strikeouts in two of his last three starts
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB - ten of 12 pitches were strikes
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – eight of 12 pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Akron)
Ray Kruml, CF & Addison Maruszak, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Kruml drove in a run, walked, and whiffed … Maruszak struck out twice and missed a catch for an error
Corban Joseph, 2B, Melky Mesa, RF & Zoilo Almonte, LF: all 1 for 5 – CoJo drove in two and struck out … Mesa scored a run and struck out in his first game of the season not in CF or at DH … Zoilo doubled
Austin Romine, C & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 0 for 4, 1 BB - Romine struck out twice, Lyerly thrice
Jose Pirela, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 RBI, 1 K
Damon Sublett, DH: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Craig Heyer, RHP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 9-2 GB/FB – 11 fewer strikeouts this year than last in 17.1 more innings
Josh Romanski, LHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Chase Whitely, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Fort Myers in 11 innings)
Abe Almonte, CF & Neil Medchill, RF: both 1 for 4, 1 CS – Almonte walked
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 BB
Ronnier Mustelier, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K – had been in a little slump, good to see him snap out of it quickly
Kyle Roller, 1B & Rob Segedin, 3B: both 1 for 5, 1 K – Roller drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th after Mustelier’s triple
Cody Johnson, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – telling you, gonna crush this level
Mitch Abeita, C & Emerson Landoni, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Landoni struck out twice
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6-1 GB/FB – 27-4 K/BB in his last 24 IP (five starts)
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4-3 GB/FB – the box score was screwy earlier, so I’m not 100% convinced that he actually threw all four innings … chances are he threw two and someone else threw two

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to West Virginia) they faced the second overall pick from last year’s draft
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 3 K – threw a runner out at first
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 12 for his last 26 (.462) with four doubles and a triple
Shane Brown, DH, Mike Ferraro, RF & Garrison Lassiter, 3B: all 0 for 4 – Lassiter whiffed twice, the other two once each
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – he’s hit four of his ten homer this month … the homer came off Taillon, so a brand name
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 4, 2 K – 13 for his last 32 (.406)
Jose Toussen, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Aaron Dott, LHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 B, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – no strikeouts? … his K/9 plummeted from 18.9 to 17.6

Short Season Staten Island had a scheduled day off.

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-9 win over GCL Phillies) they were down 9-3, then scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth (five with two outs)
Claudio Custodio, SS: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB, 2 E (both fielding)
Jose Rosario, 2B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB – 14 for his last 41 (.341) with two doubles, two triples, and two homers
Isaias Tejeda, C: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 24 for his last 44 (.545) with six doubles, two triples, a homer, six walks, and six strikeouts
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K – 12 for his last 23 (.522) with five doubles, two triples, and a homer
Ravel Santana, CF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Damian Taveras, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Danny Lopez, PR-DH: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 SB
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (missed catch) – had two hits total in his last 22 at-bats (.091)
Zach Varce, RHP: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 7-1 GB/FB
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB – 14 runs in his last 4.1 IP though three were unearned
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Joaquin Hinojosa, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

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Report: Yankees have best chance to land Ubaldo
Sabathia brilliant as Yanks hand M's 17th straight loss
  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Montero procrastinated the shit out those baseballs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bgeary8 bgeary

    What’s to be made of DBJ’s recent tear? Is this what he should be doing in the GCL or is this a bit more surprising? (Though I suppose anyone hitting .545 over at 44 AB stretch is never expected.)

    • BklynJT

      overdraft

  • China Joe

    Perhaps the narrative should be changed from “Montero is bored” to “Romine is bored”

  • DERP

    Bichette up to 333/470/510. Very nice.

    • jramey

      bust

  • Sam

    Bichette is straight raking.

  • Greg Golson’s Laser Rocket Arm

    Is it just me, or right after I see Montero’s line for the day, is Bichette the guy scroll to next? He’s been so good, granted its GCL but still, pretty ipressive with the .980 OPS

    • Sayid J.

      For me it’s always Montero and then on down to see guys like Sanchez, Bichette, and Mason Williams.

    • Brian in NH

      I would even throw guys like Cito and Gumbs in there. SI Yanks have great up-the-middle talent right now. not saying these guys are all gonna play in the bronx…but wouldn’t that be somethin?

  • Tom O

    Montero is getting his trade rage on. Mission accomplished.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Move Montero and Bichette up a level please.

    • jramey

      you mean to New York right?

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Coincidentally in both cases the answer is yes. Bronx for one and Staten Island for the other.

    • Hope solo

      I think is time to call up Jesus Montero he will make the team a lot better and the line up much stronger specially when A.Rod returns… And whats up with Deluca how fast does this kid throws?? And what are his chances of making it to the SHOW??

      • http://www.twitter.com/bgeary8 bgeary

        When I saw him I was told the gun had him topping out at 96. Don’t know how accurate that is though.

  • mbonzo

    .980 OPS this season.
    Wow who would have thought Bichette would tear up GCL?
    Yankees did.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Look at how bad his June was and how amazing his July has been…crazy. Should get a cup of coffee in SI this year at the least, especially if Austin is on the shlef for any length of time.

    • mike c

      terrible draft pick

      • BklynJT

        another bad draft year by the yankees…

        /klaw

  • Jake H

    I wonder if Bichette will get any love for BA’s hot sheet list if he keeps this up.

  • Mickey Scheister

    How has DBJ been with the glove? I know there was talk about him possibly moving to a corner OF spot in the long term. It’s great to see him straight raking at the plate as of late!

  • mbonzo

    The only 2 players from the 1st round draft this year to OPS over .900 are Bichette and Keenyn Walker, who is 2 years older and has half as many ABs.

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

      Heh, they’re probably the only two position players drafted in the first round to sign so far.

      • mbonzo

        Yea there were about 10-15 of them. So maybe about a third of them signed so far.

        • YankeeGrunt

          14 hitters signed so far between the 1st and the supplemental, but as they’ve signed at different times that doesn’t mean 14 guys have significant rookie ball time.

  • Will

    Maybe Marshall gets bumped to Trenton pushing Heyer to the bullpen? Heyer’s already surpassed his innings total from last year.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I doubt it, Marshall only has 4 or 5 more starts till he hits his own innings limit.

  • DERP

    Any have any info on Danny Lopez? He has been really good this year between the DSL and GCL.

  • Zach

    Off topic: Danks or Ubaldo at their assumed prices?

    • Zach

      I would take Danks (Lefty, AL, small park, fewer prospects). Maybe Kenny loves Nova.

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

    Montero forcing the issue now. love to see it. I say he’s up August 15th.

    • mbonzo

      Someone needs to set Posada up, cork his bat or drop some HGH in his next drug test.

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

        If Posada continues to struggle it’ll be a lot easier to sit him deep on the bench in August than in April. Even if Montero comes up closer to September and you essentially go with a 24 man roster for a few days before rosters expand, it’s a smooth transition. They were basically stuck with Jorge in April (and it paid off in the following months), but if he sucks going forward, it’ll be a lot easier to bring Montero up, especially now that he’s on a tear.

        • mbonzo

          Good point, If Montero is still a Yankee 5 days from now we’ll see him in September at least. You gotta hope he goes crazy in the majors and make the playoff roster.

        • Ted Nelson

          Since Posada is only hitting lefty this season the two are far from mutually exclusive. Jones is probably more Montero’s comp than Jorge.

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

            I think if they brought Montero up they would want to get him more PA’s than just DH’ing vs. LHP. That’s my guess anyway.

            • Ted Nelson

              C 2 games a week and DH 2/3 games a week and he’s playing a decent amount while still easing his way into things. You wouldn’t have to only use Montero as DH against LHP to still give Posada plenty of PAs against RHP.

  • Reggie C.

    Bichette … eh, I just want to see him make the Charleston team next year from the get-go. Tearing up the GCL is nice and all, but its the GCL. Not too far removed from DSL.

    Barring a furious offensive output in August, Gary Sanchez is probably headed to another stint at Charleston next season. The numbers arent bad for an 18 year old, and should only look better at season’s end.

    • Will

      He may get moved up to Staten Island in August to get him a few games there I think.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Agreed, the most you can you do with prospects in both GCL and SI is dream on them that they will play well once they reach full season ball. Hopefully Gumbs, Williams, Culver, and Bichette are all in Charleston and give us Yankee fans a better and more realistic look at these prospects.

  • CP

    I was looking up the league leaders to see where Dante Bichette ranked in the GCL hitting, and I noticed that Isaias Tejeda currently leads the league in OPS – and he’s a catcher too.

    He’s already 19, but is he a real prospect, or just some guy having on a hot streak?

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

      Guys that young and at that position are always prospects.

  • Pat D

    Maybe Rutckyj wasn’t worth the money…

  • Nick

    Cody Johnson got tossed arguing a called strike towards the end of the game. He got pretty heated!

  • Reggie C.

    Whats with Nik Turley? I feel like I Havent seen his name in a while.

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

      Broken hand, out a few more weeks.

  • Eirias

    I know naught about Jordan Parraz, save his gaudy Fangraphs stat sheet.

    Tell me about him.

    • YankeesJunkie

      AAA filler for the Yanks and a minor league free agent. Maybe he is able to stick on a 25 man roster for another team next year.

  • Guest

    Jesus essentially has an .800 OPS while “bored” and underperforming, crushed AAA last year, and is a 21 year old catcher.

    Despite this, people (not here) are constantly picking at him. But I think all of the negative comments about his performance speak to just how big time a prospect he is. People expect so much from him that he’s already being held to the ridiculously high standard usually reserved for those who are in the big leagues AND getting paid.

    But let’s still pay attention to the facts here: He’s 21, and this is how he hits when he’s having a down year. He has no discernible holes in his swing from the eye test and is an elite hitter based on the advanced numbers.

    Have we seen anything to call into question the fact that by age 25 he will become a .300/.375/.500 hitter(and maybe more)? And really, how much does it hurt a team to have a bad defensive catcher? The Yankees have seemed to get by just fine during the Jorge era, and he’s not exactly a rock back there (well, on second thought, maybe he is).

    All this is to say, Montero is indeed Dinero. Yes, Ubaldo is a big enough, young enough, cheap enough talent that the Yanks can/should include Montero in a deal for him.

    But if the Yanks make the wrong choice and keep Montero, it sure will be fun to watch his career develop.

    • Ted Nelson

      I mostly agree. A few comments:

      People are holding him to a high standard because of his past performance, and also because plenty of prospects perform really well until they get to AAA/MLB. And also because it’s dubious whether he can C. Which means either that his bat will determine his value behind the plate and/or his bat will be held to a higher standard at 1B/DH. And also because he’s had so much trade value that there is a serious opportunity cost to keeping him in the form of players he could have been traded for… if someone you couldn’t have traded for anything good flops the opportunity cost is lower.
      So… I think there are reasons to hold Montero to a higher standard.

      History is the reason to question whether he can consistently hit that way in MLB… because plenty of players hit well in MiLB and don’t go on to much MLB success. Certainly Montero has a very high chance relative to all prospects, but it’s still a risk.

      Certainly a bad defensive C is a negative, but a good offensive C/bad defensive C can be more valuable that a bad offensive C/good defensive C. Posada managed that, Piazza, other less extreme examples. Montero certainly could. If the Yankees have other options whose O/D combo is more valuable than Montero’s, though, (Romine, Sanchez, Murphy, now Tejada are all candidates… maybe Martin if he ever snaps out of this slump) then the team could be better off with Montero at DH/1B and that guy behind the plate.

      People are also concerned about the toll Cing will take on Montero’s body since he’s such a big guy. At some point it might be better for everyone involved to move him from behind the plate rather than miss large chunks of seasons, play hurt, and/or end his career early… even if he can play the position well.

      I don’t think keeping Montero is the “wrong choice” because I don’t think Ubaldo is being offered for Montero straight-up.

  • sangreal

    Kelvin Castro, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 BB

    I think this should be SS. Took me a minute to figure out why the team was missing a SS

  • J. Scott

    Biche-slapping the GCL.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    Bichette again? Bye bye, A-Rod.

  • Daddycakes28

    Havent seen Montero have a PB in a while, almost like he changed his language to include the letter D as well

  • Daddycakes28

    Havent seen Montero have a PB in a while, almost like he decided defense was important too

  • nycsportzfan

    Freaking Bichette is playing crazy right now! Wow 564BA over his last 10.. Not that we didn’t see this coming to a degree with his batting eye(9bbs in 8june games), but man, this is crazy!!!!LOL

  • Monteroisdinero

    Keep Montero

    Danks to the Yanks

    Thanks

  • Lazy Bones Andruw Jones

    I live in the Buffalo area and caught the Scranton game on TV last night. Montero’s homer was crushed over a 60 feet screen about 330 feet from home plate and onto the nearby thruway off ramp… never seen that before!

    • Monteroisdinero

      He hit the longest ball at Steinbrenner field in ST 2 years ago and I saw him crush one about 450-475 to left center at Scranton. The crowd was stunned. The guy has power to all fields. He is 21. We cannot trade him.

  • Doug

    Montero’s last 15 game triple slash line: .328/.409/.672

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