Montero returns in SWB win

Game 90: Gotta get down with Freddy
No Bautista, no problem; Jays rout Yanks again

Good news: Slade Heathcott does not need another shoulder surgery, though I suspect he’ll still miss the rest of the season. Either way, not being cut open is always a good thing. Meanwhile, a high-ranking Royals official was in Trenton tonight, and he’s headed up to Scranton next. Something is afoot … or it could be routine coverage.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Toledo)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB – 12 for his last 29 (.414)
Chris Dickerson, CF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 3 K – first game back from that stiff back
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Terry Tiffee, DH: 0 for 5, 2 K
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 2, 1 K – ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB – got picked off first
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at the plate
Luis Nunez, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB – just 42 of 86 pitches were strikes (48.8%) … ugly
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB – four pitches, just one strike
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – a dozen of his 16 pitches were strikes (75%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – six of 11 pitches were strikes (54.5%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Reading)
Ray Kruml, LF & Zoilo Almonte, RF: both 0 for 4 – Kruml scored a run and struck out … Almonte struck out twice
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 CS
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – five walks and four strikeouts in his last eight games
Rob Lyerly, 1B & Jose Pirela, SS: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Lyerly drove in a run … Pirela doubled
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Damon Sublett, DH: 0 for 3, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 K
Steve Garrison, LHP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6-4 GB/FB – needed a start like this, he’d been struggling
Cary Arbiso, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Brad Halsey, LHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (1-0 win over Palm Beach)
Ronnier Mustelier, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Walt Ibarra, SS: 2 for 2, 1 BB – got picked off first … he’s 15 for his last 30
Rob Segedin, RF: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Kyle Roller, DH, J.R. Murphy, 3B, Neil Medchill, LF & Kelvin Castro, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Castro struck out once, Roller twice, Medchill thrice … Castro committed a fielding error
Mitch Abeita, C: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Jose Quintana, LHP: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 9-3 GB/FB – just two runs allowed in 21 IP as a starter (four starts) … he outpitched one of the three or four best pitching prospects in baseball
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-4 loss to Greensboro)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Ramon Flores, LF: both 0 for 5, 1 K
Jose Toussen, 2B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 1 for 5, 2 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP – seven for his last 21 (.333) with four walks and three strikeouts
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at second … so I guess he was send down from Tampa, this is his first game with Charleston this year
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Steve Evarts, LHP: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 9-2 GB/FB – other than the grounders, the Steve Evarts comeback story has been tragic
Francisco Rondon, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER 1 BB, 3 K

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to State College)
Cody Grice, LF & Casey Stevenson, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Grice drove in a run … Stevenson committed a throwing error
Cito Culver, SS & Zach Wilson, DH: both 0 for 4 – Wilson struck out
Angelo Gumbs, 2B & Reymond Nunez, 1B: both 1 for 4 – Gumbs struck out once, Nunez thrice … Gumbs stole a base
Shane Brown, CF: 2 for 3 – 18 for his last 34 (.529) … Mason Williams didn’t play after taking that pitch off his elbow yesterday
Wes Wilson, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 3
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2-5 GB/FB
Brett Gerritse, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – very nice, too bad he’s stuck in the pen
Matt Tracy, LHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (12-6 win over GCL Blue Jays)
Claudio Custodio, SS: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jose Rosario, 2B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 18 for his last 40 (.450) with a double, two triples, and two homers
David Adams, DH: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – longest. rehab. ever.
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – six hits in his last 18 at-bats (.333)
Yeicock Calderon, RF & Ravel Santana, CF: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Yeicock doubled, stole a base, drove in a run, struck out, and threw a runner out at first … Santana tripled and drove in a pair
Jackson Valera, C: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – four for his last eight with two doubles and a homer
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) – wish he was playing everyday, somewhere
Danny Lopez, LF: 1 for 4 – got picked off first
Reynaldo Polanco, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-4 GB/FB
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K
Trevor Johnson, LHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB

Game 90: Gotta get down with Freddy
No Bautista, no problem; Jays rout Yanks again
  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I don’t want anyone from the Royals.

    • Htrap

      Who could the Yanks possibly want? Wilson Betemit, Jeff Francis? Yuck! I would maybe go for Joakim Soria or Luke Hochevar

      • Tom O

        The return of the Melkman!

      • Brooklyn Ed

        HELL NO on Hochevar.

      • Corey

        maybe alex gordon? I know it would be a surprise but it could make sense, he plays third for now and then moves to the outfield when A-rod gets back. Then we trade him in the offseason for a pitcher.

    • bonestock94

      Nova/Romine for Hosmer, get it done

    • Dennis

      Gordon for 3rd?

      • JohnnyC

        Hoping for Gordon but wouldn’t be surprised if we get Betemit…again.

        • JU

          Gordon, I think, would be a great addition… He not only could play 3rd while Alex is out, but he has shown that he could play OF, and considering the production from both players, I’d rather pay Gordon 1.5-2 mill to play RF next year, than pick up Swisher’s 10+ mil contract…

          • Ted Nelson

            Considering what production? This is Gordon’s first season above where Swishers wOBA is this season… and the season isn’t 60% over.

            • Ted Nelson

              And if he continues to have this kind of season, Gordon won’t make $12 mill… but he’s going to get more than $2 mill in arbitration. He already makes $1.4 mill this season.

              The Yankees would be buying high on a superfluous bench player in Gordon… so while he’s a good player I don’t see it happening.

              It’s not just Swisher vs. Gordon. It’s Swisher + the prospects it would take to acquire the Royals’ best player on pace for a 6 fWAR season that he may or may not repeat in the future vs. Gordon.

  • ItsATarp

    Free Montero

  • CC’s third leg

    there is not one player on their major league rostet worth our time

    • V

      Hosmer or Moose Tacos, neither of whom are being moved. Gordon if he didn’t come too expensive? Soria not worth the price unless he was SP.

      • Ted Nelson

        Soria’s price may have come down substantially in a down season… owing $6 mill next season to a top closer is cheap, but to a mediocre closer it’s really expensive for a small market team. Could be a buy low opportunity for the Yankees.

        If there is anything going on I’d guess bullpen help (Soria, Crow, Holland, Blake Wood) or bench player (Melky/Betemit) like others… but who knows.

    • medale

      On the Royals major league roster?
      Haven’t you heard of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria or Alex Gordon?

    • JU

      Wow…That’s pretty ignorant… Trying watching a non-Yankee game once in awhile – you might learn something about baseball..

  • CMP

    Maybe the Yankees are trying to hide Adams in the GCL so other teams don’t ask for him a trade.

    • bonestock94

      No way, if anything they’d encourage it imo

    • Preston

      I think they’re going so slow because they don’t want him to struggle coming back and ruin his trade value.

  • CMP

    Is Quintana a real prospect?

    • Captian Cuckold


    • Minka Jeter

      I have the same question. I’ve never heard of him but that’s a nice line. Anybody have any thoughts/perspective on him?

  • IRF

    Whats the deal with Adams? Did he get a bionic foot or something?

  • medale

    Who is this David Adams guy? He’s been stuck rehabbing for so long I’ve forgotten about him. Sarcasm.. but seriously.. what gives? Promote him back up to AA.



    • bottom line

      I’d be willing to join the posse.
      And I’m also getting frustrated that guys like Kontos, Warren, Laird, Mitchell (not to mention Nova) are stuck in AAA while Meat-Tray gets the chance to serve em up again.

      • Jericho Spade

        So you want Nova, Mitchell, Warren and Kontos to sit in the back of the pen like Noesi and pitch on rare occasion? Laird you have a point, but he isn’t exactly setting the world on fire and there is a chance the Yankees are waiting to see what they have after the allstar break.

  • Jim

    As Boone Logan returns to normal, how much worse can it get with Flores or Halsey?

    • CP

      Back to normal? He’s been great since dropping his arm angle.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Don’t worry, A-Rod will keep his ass in line.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      You mean 30-year-old Brad Halsey with a 2.163 WHIP against kids in AA? Pass.

    • Slugger27


      halsey has worse stats against worse competition….

    • Tags

      Have you seen Halsey pitch? He was lucky to get one out in Trenton last night

  • Gonzo

    Billy Butler has been kind of blah this year. Still getting on base but no power at all. That being said, I think he might be a decent DH moving forward considering he’s only 25 years old.

  • vin

    Has anyone considered the possibility that Cashman, Newman and Co. simply forgot that Adams is still in Rookie Ball? It’s like that phone call that you inexplicably forget to return.

    • Gonzo

      He’s Macauly Culkin in Home Alone.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Here’s a pic of Ronnier Mustelier from yesterday’s GCL game. Dude is built like a tank.

  • Nickel

    I’m sure it was a double play, but for about twenty seconds I was sitting in front of my computer wondering how Buddy Carlyle could pitch two-thirds of an inning and only throw one strike.

  • Kevin G.

    Royals, eh? TRADE FOR GRIENKE!!!!!

    Wait, what?

  • Pastadivingarod

    Chen could be a nice pick up but i think its betimite again.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Chen’s been in the AL East before. I’ll pass on that.

  • Michael P.

    The Royals werent the only ones in attendance. The Rockies also had scouts and looking at the Yankees farm system…

  • Tony

    Montero + All 3 Killer B’s for the Melkman

    Get it Done…

  • Phil

    Why is Brandon Laird playing left-field when A-Rod is on the D/L and they just might need a bat like Laird’s to fill in ’til A-Rod is back? Totally counter intuitive unless they’re looking to package Laird in a deal for some starting pitcher & they need to reinforce the idea that Laird’s versatility plays in the outfield as well as infield. Personally, I’d rather bring Laird up & let him be our third baseman until A-Rod’s healthy again & send Nunez down so he can play everyday at shortstop & keep Pena as the backup infielder.

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