Montero homers as Soriano’s rehab likely comes to an end

Game 100: Triple digits
M's get no help from rain, Yanks hand Seattle 16th straight loss

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have signed fourth rounder Matt Duran for $335,000. Ivan Nova threw a simulated game tonight and all went well, so he’s on track to start one the games in this Saturday’s doubleheader. Tyler Austin hasn’t played in a while because of an injured hand, and he had an MRI today. No word on the results or what the actual injury is. Dan Brewer is close to coming back from his hamstring problem. Austin Romine was out of the lineup again tonight (second night in a row), but apparently he’s healthy and there’s “nothing brewin’“. Speculate at your own risk.

Triple-A Scranton (15-1 win over Syracuse)
Rafael Soriano, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – eight of his 11 pitches were strikes … he was at 94 mph last night and then 93 mph tonight, so he bounced back well … he’s heading back to New York tonight, and said he doesn’t care what his role is going forward … oh, and this was his first 1-2-3 inning since Opening Day
Kevin Russo, 3B: 4 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI – 14 for his last 28 with four doubles
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – fourth homer in his last 14 games … this one went out to left-center field
Mike Lamb, DH: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB – just his second homer since June 9th
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Doug Bernier, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB –
Adam Warren, RHP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2-6 GB/FB – just 29 of 61 pitches were strikes (47.5%), though he hit 93 mph at least once … he’s the backup plan in case Nova can’t go on Saturday, so this was a short start by design
George Kontos, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 14 of 21 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
J.C. Romero, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – ten pitches, seven strikes
Logan Kensing, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 23 of 37 pitches were strikes (62.2%)

Double-A Trenton (9-8 win over Akron) they faced the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft
Ray Kruml, LF & Rob Lyerly, 3B: both 1 for 5, 1 R – Kruml drove in a run and whiffed … Lyerly doubled, drove in two, and struck out twice
Jose Pirela, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB – breakout player of the year? we’re not too far off from minor league awards season
Melky Mesa, CF, Damon Sublett, DH & Jose Gil, C: all 1 for 4, 1 BB – Mesa and Sublett struck out twice each, Gil just once
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 4 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI – 17 for his last 32 (.531) with five doubles, five walks, and two strikeouts
Yadil Mujica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8-4 GB/FB
Pat Venditte, SwP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 68-27 K/BB in 70.1 IP
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-1 win over Fort Myers)
Abe Almonte, CF: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI – got picked off first … lost in the hilarity of the world’s longest rehab assignment: he’s been killing the ball, ~1.100 OPS this year
Ronnier Mustelier, 3B:  0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – just three hits in his last 15 at-bats
Kyle Roller, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Luke Murton, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Cody Johnson, LF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Mitch Abeita, C:2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Quintana, LHP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB – 64-21 K/BB in 65.2 IP
Michael Solbach, RHP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – seems like he pitches every day
Francisco Gil, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (1-0 loss to West Virginia)
Anderson Feliz, 2B & Kevin Mahoney, 1B: both 1 for 4, 2 K – Feliz stole a base
Ramon Flores, LF: 3 for 4, 1 SB – 11 for his last 28 (.393) with two doubles, a triple, and a homer
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 17, 5 K
Jose Ramirez, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 8-3 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 46-22 K/BB in 47 IP
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 win over Tri-City)
Mason Williams, CF & Cito Culver, SS: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Culver drove in a run … Williams got picked off first
Angelo Gumbs, DH: 0 for 4, 2 K
Zach Wilson, 3B & Ben Gamel, RF: both 0 for 3 – Wilson struck out once, Gamel twice
Cody Grice, LF, Reymond Nunez, 1B & Ali Castillo, 2B: all 1 for 3 – Grice stole a base and scored a run … Nunez whiffed
Nick McCoy, C: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – picked a runner off second with a span throw … Bobby Rinard pinch-ran for him in the eighth, moved to second on Castillo’s single, stole third, then scored the go-ahead run on Culver’s single
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 1-5 GB/FB – very nice
Brett Gerritse, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Fred Lewis, LHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Ben Paullus, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – he’s up to 18 strikeouts and no walks in 13 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-1 win over GCL Phillies)
Claudio Custodio, SS & Jackson Valera, 1B: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Rosario, 2B: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Isaias Tejeda, C: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI – 14 for his last 40 (.350) with four doubles, a triple, and three homer
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP – 20 for his last 40 with five doubles, two triples, a homer, six walks, and six strikeouts
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Ravel Santana, CF: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 2 E (missed catch, throwing) – threw a runner out at third
Danny Lopez, LF: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Taylor Anderson, DH: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – I can’t believe I’m actually writing this name in DotF again … he’s getting healthy just in time to get designated for assignment later in the week, when the Yankees need 40-man roster room for Eric Chavez/Rafael Soriano
Taylor Morton, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Kenedy Agramonte, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Game 100: Triple digits
M's get no help from rain, Yanks hand Seattle 16th straight loss
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I would think Jose Quintana has to be the break-out pitcher of the year.

    • YankeeFan

      Any sort of scouting report on him?

      • MonteroSmash

        Think of Manny Banuelos before the velo growth

  • mbonzo

    I’m not used to GCL or short season numbers, but it seems that the two leagues are saving the Yankees farm system this year. If these young players keep having good seasons they could make this a very good year for the farm.

  • Reggie C.

    Zolio Almonte’s hit tool has made him a more successful prospect than Melky Mesa who probably has the edge in any other tool category. Mesa’s just had a bad year and though he’s hitting for extra bases when he makes contact … he doesnt make much contact.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Don’t like his stance. Too much movement to get the bat ready to come forward.

  • Jesse

    when will JC Romero get his chance in the majors? He’s been lights out since he signed the minor league deal. It would be nice to give him a chance before the deadline incase he fails and they can trade for another lefty like Randy Choate.

    • ColoradoYankeeFan

      I completely agree. He appears to be getting righties and lefties out fairly consistently. Does anyone know his righty/lefty splits?

  • Jake H

    Tejada is a beast right now.

    • Avi

      Who is Isaias Tejada?
      A 19 year old catcher KILLING the ball in the Gulf coast League?

      • Sam

        While I’m not demeaning him as a prospect (I have no idea about the scouting report) it’s only been like 70 plate appearances so I’d like to see a little sustained success.

        With that said, he’s tearing the cover off the ball and size-wise he seems to be about average for a catcher.

        Here’s a picture:

        • Avi

          Nice, thanks.

        • mr.jigginz

          He “looks” like a catcher…(Whatever that means,lol.)

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    What would DBJ have to do to make the top GCL prospects list? I know it’s an uphill battle because of the “reach” perception attached to him.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Continued performance like this will shed it for him. Just like every other prospect who was hailed a “reach” before they actually started producing and proved the naysayers wrong.

    • SDM

      he really would deserve it too he’s in the top 10 in almost all categories except batting average (where he’s 16th in the gcl)

      Its amazing this guy so far seems to be a pretty darn good pick so far (same with culver)

      • Preston

        It goes against the narrative, but maybe the Yanks scouts really do know what they are doing. I mean we did rank in the top 5 in farm systems this year even though we always draft late (or not at all) in the first round and trade multiple prospects on an annual basis to help the big club. Somebody somewhere in the org. has an eye for talent. Culver and DBJ look to be good picks so far, although there is a long way to go.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, I think Oppenheimer has done a great job drafting ever since he took over.

  • BklynJT

    Montero heating up again. Hopefully this scares the Yankees from using him in a trade. Bring the man child up!

  • Dennis

    Its going to be fun to watch who emerges as the CF of the future Between santana. Williams, and heathcott.

    • Sam

      Plus maybe you put Jake Cave in that conversation next year.

      • pat

        I think DO has pegged him as more of a corner guy going forward.

    • a.hinds

      brett gardner

  • Naved

    Montero needs to be in trade talks all season. Starting to roll

  • nick

    OPS up to .773, at what point does he bump it over .800?? Or dare I say it, does he get called up before that if the deadline passes??

    • Sayid J.

      At this rate, he will be over .800 before deadline passes. I bet he reaches .800 at some point in the next 7 days, doesn’t get traded, and is in the majors by mid August.

  • Keith Law

    Montero >>>>> Posada/Cervelli/Martin combo. Bring Jesus up!

    • The Big City of Dreams

      I thought you hated all Yankee prospects

      • Gonzo

        Someone last week accused him of only showing Sawx and Yankees prospects love.

  • Ed

    Is addison m turning into a prospect?

    • Greg

      No, he’s gonna have to sustain success. Plus he is at a position that requires a better bat than he has.

  • yankee_lover

    how colud i possible watch a swb game on tv or my computer

    • Avi – you need to buy a subscription.

    • nick is cheap, although sometimes they put the camera in the booth and its like watching stick figures run around.

  • Alfredo

    were is slade heathcott? CAN WE PLEASE BRING UP JESUS MONTERO.

    • Greg

      He’s injured. They were considering a second shoulder surgery for him but decided against it. Surgery or not, it very well may be that he is out for the season.

      • Alfredo

        that sucks for him i am predicting that after next year heathcott will be a top 50 prospect.

      • nick

        If he’s up to it health wise, wouldn’t be surprised he’s put into a fall league.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Is Jose Quintana related to Rob Quintana, the Editor of Metal Mania magazine?

  • Avi
    • Samuel

      Montero looks like he changed his stance again to more of an Albert Pujols wide base and deep squat.

      He’s like the Latin Lou Piniella..oh, wait, Sweet Lou was Latin, too.

      Nice HR drive with initial opening of his hips but he also did not bring his back hip thru to fully rotate.

      K-Long will fix that in no time.

      With Montero getting hot now (like he did last year same time), time to bring him up to work with the adults in New York.

      They could use a RHH DH/PH/C.

  • Jon

    is it me or does jesus run funny?

  • Nick

    I miss slade

  • nycsportzfan

    Man, is Pat Venditte considered anything but a shot in the dark yet? I mean, u see guys like Flannery finally get to where hes overmatched in Doub A, but Venditte continues to succeed, and strike guys out..

    Also, minus the walks, solid start for Jose Ramirez, which is nice to see..

    And Kevin Russo is on fire.. I hope the kid gets at least one more taste of the bigs, i could see him being a nice little bench/utility player if given a chance.. I’d sure like him better then Ramiro Pena if it ever came to that again…

    • joe

      Agree about Russo. I have always loved his game and feel he will be a nice utility guy

  • Doug

    Guess the man-child doesn’t have a problem pulling the ball after all

  • scooter10

    Yankees have one 40 man roster spot open since Gordon left (i.e. this will be for Chavez). For Soriano, I expect we’ll see them move Pena to the 60 day DL. That means Mitre and Marquez are safe for now.

    • Raza

      I still don’t understand Joe’s (and the Yankees) infatuation with Mitre.

      • Yank The Frank

        He is there Mexican connection to primo herb and inexpensive gardeners.

      • Ted Nelson

        I’m not sure if using your final roster spot on a veteran who can eat some garbage innings is what one would call an infatuation.

    • infernoscurse

      why would they put Peña on the 60 day DL?

  • practoctix

    Pat Venditte will surprise us. I know he is considered a non-prospect, and will never be a star, but I think the guy will eventually make the majors and have a sustained career as a middle reliever. There are plenty of crappy major-league left-handers out there, and he obviously has something they do not.

    • YankeeGrunt

      At his current rate of promotion he’ll be in his mid-30’s when he gets there, so we’ll see how sustained that career will be.