Romine shines at Futures Game

Open Thread: 2011 Futures Game
Sabathia dominates Rays to wrap up first half

Jesus Montero is officially out of the Triple-A All-Star Game because he’s still on the disabled list with his sore back. Jorge Vazquez has withdrawn from the Triple-A Homerun Derby due to his recent shoulder injury. For shame.

2011 Futures Game (USA Team 6, World Team 4)
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 2, 1 R – entered the game in the sixth … didn’t get to see the first hit because ESPN2 was busy showing 2001 World Series Game Seven highlights, but the second was a single on a first pitch breaking ball to left, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth … he took second on the throw home … he also made a nice catch on a foul pop-up at the wall, falling backwards after overrunning it by a step … he had a chance at MVP, but Grant Green took it with the exact same batting line, though both of his hits were doubles … oh well, still a very nice showing

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Rochester)
Austin Krum, LF, Jorge Vazquez, 1B, Luis Nunez, 2B & Doug Bernier, SS: all 1 for 4 – Krum walked and whiffed … JoVa struck out twice … Nunez doubled, scored, and struck out … Bernier drove in a run and struck out
Greg Golson, CF & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 0 for 3 – Parraz walked and whiffed
Terry Tiffee, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
P.J. Pilittere, C: 2 for 4
Pants Lendleton, RHP: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 53 of 76 pitches were strikes (69.8%) … lots of grounders, but he did give up two homers
George Kontos, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 13 of 16 pitches were strikes (81.3%)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (55.6%) … the one hit was an infield single, but he reportedly threw a lot of curveballs early in the count … that’s bad, he should be pounding hitters with his fastball and finishing the curve … a power pitcher pitching backwards tells me he’s not confident in his fastball at all

Double-A Trenton (8-5 loss to Reading)
Ray Kruml, RF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS – 11 for his last 24 (.458) with three doubles and a homer
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K – that’s his 27th double, fourth most in the league
Bradley Suttle, 3B, Rob Lyerly, 1B & Jose Gil, C: both 0 for 3 – Suttle walked, scored a run, struck out twice, and committed a throwing error … Lyerly walked and whiffed twice … Gil drove in a run and got hit by a pitch
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – been a disappointing year, hopefully he finishes strong
Jose Pirela, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at home
Yadil Mujica, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8-1 GB/FB – uh, at least got some ground balls?
Pat Venditte, SwP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to St. Lucie in ten innings, walk-off style)
The Almontes: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Abe tripled, drove in two, and struck out … Zoilo stole in a base and drove in one run
Kelvin Castro, SS: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 11 for his last 31 (.355) with two doubles and three homers
Luke Murton, DH: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Neil Medchill, PR-DH: 0 for 0 – pinch-ran for Murton after a walk, which is weird because he’s not exactly pinch-runner material
J.R. Murphy, PH-DH: 0 for 1 – pinch-hit for Medchill with the go-ahead run on base in the ninth
Kyle Roller, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K
Mitch Abeita, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 5, 2 K
Rob Segedin, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) – struggling at this level, but that’s fine, give it time
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HBP
Jose Quintana, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5-3 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)
Mike Gipson, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Michael Solbach, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston Game One (2-0 win over Delmarva in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Anderson Feliz, 2B & Kyle Higashioka, C: all 1 for 2 – Sosa scored a run … Feliz doubled, drove in a run, walked, and struck out … Higgy walked
Kevin Mahoney, 1B & Garrison Lassiter, 3B: both 0 for 2 – Mahoney got hit by a pitch … Lassiter walked, whiffed, and got picked off first
Gary Sanchez, C, Ramon Flores, LF & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: all 0 for 3 – Sanchez and Flores each struck out
Jose Toussen, SS: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1-5 GB/FB – two earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 21 K in 8 IP (23.63 K/9)

Low-A Charleston Game Two (5-4 win over Delmarva in seven innings)
Eduardo Sosa, CF & Jose Toussen, 2B-LF: both 0 for 4 – Sosa struck out
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 0 for 3 – yucky day
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 11 for his last 31 (.355) with three doubles and a homer
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 SB – left the game for an unknown reason in the fifth
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – nice job off the bench
Jeff Farnham, C: 1 for 3, 1 2B
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 1, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – well done
Mike Ferraro, RF: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – error number 26
Steve Evarts, LHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9-3 GB/FB – 40-10 GB/FB in 21.1 IP
Aaron Dott, LHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-3 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (8-2 loss to Vermont)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 5
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Angelo Gumbs, 2B & Reymond Nunez, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Gumbs walked, got caught stealing, and whiffed … Nunez struck out twice
Zach Wilson, 3B & Bobby Rinard, LF: both 0 for 3 – Wilson walked and whiffed … Rinard drove in a run
Shane Brown, DH: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP
Casey Stevenson, RF: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Nick McCoy, C: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB
Will Oliver, RHP: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-1 GB/FB – yuck
Fred Lewis, LHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Open Thread: 2011 Futures Game
Sabathia dominates Rays to wrap up first half
  • CMP

    I’d like to see Kontos get a call up this year. He’s been having a really nice season so far.

  • CC’s third leg

    I think this is the earliest DOTF this year

    • Xstar7

      Yeah, they’re usually not up until 10:00 or 10:30.

      • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

        probably because sunday games are primarily day games.

  • Mike M

    Anyone have a report on Jose Quintana? He’s putting up solid #’s this year.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    A Yankee prospect getting a hit was not shown because ESPN was showing 2001 WS game 7 highlights. Why does that not surprise me?

    • CC’s third leg

      because ESPN still has a bias against the larger market teams and probably thinks theyll never use their prospects

      • JohnnyC

        Is Boston a large or small market?

        • emac2

          Boston is billjamesville. they get instant baseball writer street cred.

        • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

          tiny, which is why the sox deserve so much credit for winning with such a tiny payroll, in contrast to the yankees gargantuan payroll of $3 billion.

          did i do that right?

        • thumper

          boston is the 16th largest media marget = small market
          /john henry’d

  • Rick

    Of course Brackman has no confidence in the fastball – look at his line for the season! If pitching backwards reminds him that he can get guys out, I don’t mind it (as long as it doesn’t become a permanent thing).

    • emac2

      Thanks Rick

      I was going to call bogus on that as well.

      When nothing is working don’t be afraid to work backwards. At this point all you need to focus on is his confidence and if he gets that and results from curve balls…go for it.

      It wouldn’t be bad in any way if he went curve heavy and dominated for a few weeks.

      I think people get a bit too fixated on a specific formula these days

    • Steve S.

      Yes, we get that. But Mike was pointing out that he’s still struggling to find his command, which he’ll need in order to be taken seriously as a prospect. That’s a fair comment by Mike.

      • Rick

        Sure, he’s going to need command. 15:13 strike to ball ratio is pretty crappy even with the relatively clean line. Still, given where Brackman has been all season, getting guys out is step one.

  • nycsportzfan

    Actually that Green Guy had 2doubles, explaining why they choose him for the MVP.. Either way, Romine coming through… Its to bad Montero’s not on the big Club, and Romine at Triple A, thats how it should be…. All though MOntero’s hurt now…

    • Bo

      Romine gets to build a relationship with Manny and Dellin. All three will be at AAA to start next year.

      • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

        you can’t be sbgl bo, can you?

    • Xstar7

      Was Green the guy that hit a double off the centerfield wall in the 8th inning that would have been a homer in almost any other ballpark?

      • RR


  • Luis Polonia

    Is Slade Heathcott banged up/on the DL? Feel like I haven’t seen his name in the Tampa rundowns much at all. Forgive me if this is common knowledge and/or if I missed something.

    • Bo

      yep, shoulder.

  • Cy Pettitte

    it was nice to see Romine get a chance to shine, he’s usually over shadowed by Jesus

  • The Dude

    Is it safe to say that our farm took a major step back this year?

    • Bo

      I don’t think so. They are just more spread out this year.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Ehh it probably did but it’s tough to replicate the success of last year when all 3 B’s became legitimate top tier pitching prospects. And Jesus was on his monster tear as with Gary Sanchez.

        None of these are really happening yet.

    • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

      no, not safe to say. not at all.

      following prospects is almost all failure. last year was the exception, not the norm. this year is the norm, some guys step forward, some (most) step back.

      this year was average compared to last year’s great, which makes this one seem sucky, even though it’s not.

  • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

    my thoughts on brackman:

    it’s true that a confident pitcher will start off almost every hitter with fastballs until they’re ahead in the count. as a former pitcher, i know that there are two reasons to deviate from that age-old strategy.

    1) Your fastball is getting hit around. A lot. Time to change it up.
    2) The fastball is not going over the plate, thus forcing you to throw more fastballs and thus walk people.

    It looks like both of these things are happening to brackman right now. He seems to have lost all his confidence as a pitcher. So, in the short term, I’m absolutely fine with him working with curveballs early in the count, if it means he’s more successful, so that he can regain his confidence and restart his progress as a pitcher.

    However, if this is a long-term issue and he has permanently lost confidence in his fastball, that’s the nail in the coffin for the old Brackmonster. A power pitcher cannot succeed without confidence in ol’ number 1. Brackman’s prospecthood was based on his great, downward moving fastball, and if he doesn’t have that, he’s got no shot.

    But hopefully, he’s just working to get his success and confidence back before going back to overpowering hitters. It will be a slow process, maybe this is the right way to do it. Who knows.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think you’re mostly stating the obvious, but you forgot #3: hitters are expecting a fastball, so switch it up from time to time if you have the confidence to throw an offspeed pitch for a strike

  • IRF

    I can’t figure out why Corban Joseph doesn’t rank higher on prospect lists. Dude just keeps hitting

  • T-Long

    Wow Steve Garrison is quite terrible. Also, is anybody concerned about the fact the yankees aren’t really doing much in IFA this year? I know Mike you mentioned in one of the podcasts that it seems like in the past couple of years the yankees have scaled back in the amount of money committed to the farm and thats why I’m asking this question. Hopefully it’s really nothing to be concerned about.

    • Xstar7

      That reminds me, does anyone know if Roberto Osuna has been signed yet?

      • Avi

        I’m pretty sure Osuna and Victor Sanchez (the other big international pitcher available this year)haven’t signed yet. The Yanks haven’t signed a top international talent yet (since July 2nd), so I’m hoping they get one of those guys.

    • Ted Nelson

      If their guys ever get visas the Yankees spent the second most money of any team on IFAs last year.

      Their draft spending was $5.1, $7.6, $6.7 mill from 2008-10.

      I don’t know if they’re choosing to spend less money so much as they’ve been spreading it out. I have yet to see anyone build a credible argument that this is a bad strategy. Fans mostly whine that the Yankees are not dumping millions on the guys they’ve heard of, but generally don’t even attempt to analyze the situation beyond that.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    What is the ceiling on Mark Montgomery? So far, he seems to be a pretty damn good pitcher.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    I’ll be at the Staten Island game in Vermont tonight (it’s 25 cent hot dog night!). Who are the guys to be watching?

    • CountryClub

      They have a ton of prospects. But the main ones are Mason Williams, Culver and Gumbs.