Dellin dealin’ bases on balls

Game 126: No A-Rod Again
Comeback falls just short as A's tip Yanks

The bad news: Mark Prior was scratched from his Gulf Coast League start with “shoulder discomfort. I had hopes that the Yanks would see him in September, but I think that dream is hanging on by a thread. The good news: Both Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte may throw in a GCL game on Thursday, but the odds of their returns this year are slim. On another note, thanks to RAB commenter mbonzo for help with Down on the Farm tonight. He did the vast majority of the heavy lifting.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win in 12. I’m glad one team completed a comeback. This was a walkoff by Brandon Laird.)
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 6, 2 K – Ouch
Brandon Laird, 3B: 3 for 6, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Mike Lamb, DH: 4 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Dellin Betances, P: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 4 K – Ouch. Through the first 52 pitches, Rochester had put just one in play. It was an ugly, ugly evening as he threw just 41 of 84 pitches for strikes.
Pants Lendleton, P: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Scott Proctor, P: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Logan Kensing, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Kevin Whelan, P: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (9-1 depantsing by New Hampshire)
Austin Krum, LF, Corban Jospeh, 2B, Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 4 – Krum and Joseph K’d twice, Lyerly once
Austin Romine, C, Jose Pirela: 0 for 4 – Both K’d once but Pirela earned an error.
Zoilo Almonte, RF, Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4 – Almonte double and K’d twice, Mesa once. Hopefully that’s the end of Almonte’s slump, he was 5 for his last 30.
Damon Sublett, DH: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 1 for 3 – Walked and doubled
Craig Heyer, RHP: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, 1-1 GO/FO – He later kicked a hole in the clubhouse wall.
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa Postponed

Low-A Charleston Game One (5-2 win over Greenville)
Jose Touseen, SS, Kelvin De Leon, RF, Jeff Farnham, C: 0 for 3 – Toussen and De Leon K’d twice, Farnham once.
Shane Brown, DH: 2 for 4 – 12 for his last 35 (.343)
Ramon Flores, LF, Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 3 – Flores walked.
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Michael Ferraro, CF: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 2 – Homered and walked.
Vidal Nuno, LHP: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 K’s, 1 HR, 3-5 GO/FO – Piching to a 2.67 in Charleston
Aaron Dott, LHP: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 HR – Even with this appearance he has a 2.12 ERA on the season

Low-A Charleston Game Two (5-0 loss to Greenville)
Jose Toussen, SS, Ramon Flores, CF, Taylor Grote, RF: 1 for 3 – Flores and Grote each K’d once. Flroes had an error.
Shane Brown, LF, Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Kevlin De Leon, DH, Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 3 – Mahoney had 2 K’s.
Jose Mojica, 3B: 0 for 2
Wes Wilson, C: 1 for 2, 1 K – First game in Charleston
Nathan Forer, RHP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4-2 GO/FO
Michael Recchia, RHP: 2.1 IP, 2 K’s, Zeroes – 2.42 ERA in his last 10 games
Thomas Kahnle, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, Zeroes
Mark Montgomery, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K’s, Zeroes

Short Season Staten Island ( 6-5 loss to Lowell)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 4 – Walked and K’d, He’s hitting .353 on the season.
Cito Culver, SS, Reymond Nunez, 1B: 0 for 4 – Culver walked and Nunez K’d.
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K’s
Tyler Austin, 3B, Robert Rinard, RF, Zach Wilson, 1 for 3, DH: 1 for 3 – Austin stole a base, Wilson and Rinard doubled, Rob committed an error.
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K
Johrge Liccien, C: 0 for 3, 1 K
Ben Gamel, C: 1 for 1 – Pinch hit in the 9th and hit a 3 run homerun, he couldn’t save the game though.
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K’s, 4-4 GO/FO
John Brebbia, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 K’s, 1 HR, 1-2 GO/FO – Still hasn’t given up an earned run.
Zachary Arneson, RHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Fred Lewis, LHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, Zeroes

Rookie GCL Yankees (4-1 win over the Phillies)
Jose Rosario, SS: 3 for 5 – Homered and struckout
Daniel Lopez, CF: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB – Hitting a quiet .314 on the season after tearing up the DSL.
Dante Bichette, 3B: 0 for 4
Yeicok Calderon, RF, Taylor Anderson, 2B: 1 for 3 – Calderon homered, walked and struck out, Anderson walked and struck out twice.
Matt Duran, 1B, Jackson Valera, C: 1 for 4 – Duran doubled, error’d on a catch, and K’d, Valera K’d and was caught stealing.
Greg Bird, DH: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Still looking for his first hit.
Henry Pena, DH: 0 for 1, 1 K
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 1 for 2, 2 BBs, 1 SB
Taylor Morton, RHP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 SO, 5-5 GO/FO – Sporting a nice 1.98 ERA on the season.
Hayden Sharp, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K’s, 1-0 GO/FO
Kenedy Agramonte, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K’s
Daniel Martinez, LHP: 0.1 IP, Zeroes
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s

Game 126: No A-Rod Again
Comeback falls just short as A's tip Yanks
  • Joltin Joe

    Can someone please keep Brackman away from the rest of the prospects….

    • K.B.D.

      Dellin has been walking people just as long as Brackman has. They both had out of characters 2010’s.

    • mbonzo

      Brackman has a low 2 ERA in his last 25 IP, he’s been a force. Probably the best of the killer B’s in the last month.

      • mbonzo

        “low 3 ERA”

      • Sean C.

        20 year old ManBan has been holding his own at AAA.

  • KenC

    9 walks an 2 ERs? Did he walk the bases loaded each inning or something?

    • Jesse

      No, he walked three in the first and got 3 K’s with no hits. He walked four in the second and allowed just one. And in the third he walked two more and allowed another run on a hit.

      • RollingWave

        AJ Burnett likes what he sees

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The GCL Yankees clinched their division. They will most likely play the GCL Orioles in a one game playoff, with the winner playing in a best of 3 series against either the Marlins GCL team or whichever team gets the wildcard.

    • Jesse


  • Dennis

    This is what scares me about him. I think major league hitters will wait him out and he will not be able to consistently throw strikes.

    • Jesse

      He can’t repeat his delivery. That’s his issue.

  • MannyB ace2be

    After a performance like that you can see he’s just not ready yet

    • Jesse

      That is some great analysis.

      • Dave M

        John Kruk style

        • JonS

          And he’ll be working for ESPN in 2 weeks.

  • dr mrs the yankee

    Some notes about the SI Game:

    1) Nunez hit two hard liners that went into the 2B’s glove, bah.

    2) The official recap says Nunez grounded into a DP, that’s wrong. It was a liner that the 2B caught and doubled off Austin.

    3) Williams getting doubled off on Culver’s fly ball to RF was bizarre. He ran on contact all the way to 2nd, but it was a clear fly ball not a liner. Not a future concern but a real bad mistake.

    4) Gamel’s homer was a monster shot that cleared the trees in right field.

  • Dave

    Where are all the Montero lovers? I hear crickets.

    He’s gonna need a torrid last 50 at-bats to reach even last years numbers — and he already has more strikeouts. He’ll reach the 100k mark for first time in his career, yet he may not have even 20 hrs by that time.

    How many top hitting prospects repeat a level yet have a worse year? Time to face facts. Before AAA, a 320ish hitter with a lot of doubles, 20 dingers, moderate walks and strikeouts. In AAA, a high 285ish hitter, 15-20 dingers and 100Ks. Maybe we should’ve traded him 2 yrs ago when his value was highest. He’ll be called up as the 3rd catcher in Sept — but he’ll be traded or start back at AAA next year. Martin will be the #1 catcher; Montero’s mediocre defense doesn’t make him a fit as the back-up either. And with A-Rod’s age, hip and knee — as well as the need to give other guys days off, the DH spot isn’t as open as it appears. Montero has underperformed and he doesn’t really fit this team. It might be better to trade him for a prospect from another organization; a prospect in a position that fits the Yankees better

    • Smallz

      He has an 0 for 6 day and now we should of traded him? Jesus, some of you fans are as fickled as the media. We havent even seen this guy in the majors yet. With the exception of maybe a guy like Jose Tabata, the Yankees have been pretty good with these guys they think are gunna make an impact at the MLB level. It took Cano a few years of everyone ranting and raving about how good of a hitter he is before he put it all together and now hes the best 2B in the league. Paitence. These things dont happen overnight. This kids 21 years old. Younger then probably you and definetley younger then me. The Yankees are only hurting him by keeping him in AAA at this point.

      • Dave

        Huh? I say trade him b/c he doesn’t fit this team. I think he can hit — but I think he’s been way overrated. Cano was a dark horse — underrated by everyone, and he filled an opening at 2nd base. With his defensive weaknesses, Montero doesn’t get the starting catching job over Martin. And most here aren’t being honest about Montero. He’s not hitting 320 down in AAA. If he had torched AAA his 2nd time around, he would’ve forced his way up. This “Poor Jesus. He’s being blocked” is nonsense. Nova was last in line too; but he performed his way back. Why shouldn’t we expect one of the supposedly best power/average prospects in minor league baseball, to actually display it? 285 with 19 doubles and 15 hrs doesn’t scream “Call me up! This level is too easy for me.” Brandon Laird has done as much damage as Montero in AAA this year — and yet he’s not considered half the prospect Montero is. Maybe Montero is more Laird-like than most want to believe.

        • Addison

          I agree with Dave..especially his point on Laird.

          It’s hard to turn your back on your best prospect, especially when the rest of the organization is on the thin side.

          Everyone says Montero is just 21 and to give him a chance. OK, well, he’s the 8th youngest player in the IL, and five of the players younger than him have major league service time, and none of them have 1000 plate appearances in AAA.

          The Yanks are weak at catching and righthanded offense, especially with ARod missing so much time, and calling up Montero never crossed Cashman’s mind.

          He’d rather call up Laird or Golson or DH Andruw Jones.

          It’s not the first time Baseball America or Baseball Prospectus or Keith Law overrated a prospect, and it’s time to look at Montero’s numbers and realize he’s not at all what he was advertised to be.

          • Dave

            Right. That’s all I’m saying. If you can hit .285 as a 20/21 yr old in AAA, you’re gonna make to the big leagues b/c of your bat. But what you wind up being in the big leagues is another story. I heard the 35 HR, big bopper, Miguel Cabrera-like comparisons — but as time went on, I heard other scouts whisper things about Montero’s swing, and predicting a .265, 20 homer DH/1st baseman-type at best. And throw in the idea that he’s “bored” — and doesn’t always run hard to first base — hurts his chances even more. Hitting-wise, he seems to project more as a Juan Rivera than a Miguel Cabrera. But even Juan Rivera was a .320 hitter in AAA — and struck out a lot less than Montero.

            • David, Jr.

              “but as time went on, I heard other scouts whisper things about Montero’s swing, and predicting a .265, 20 homer DH/1st baseman-type at best.”

              If you would, please provide a link to this. I have read nothing like this at all. For example, the last two Baseball America annuals have him at 70’s and 80’s on the 80 scale for both hitting and power.

              • Dave

                Try Googling “jesus montero” “swing” “prototype” “upward” — and you’ll see what looks like what I read — but I got it from another source that probably took excerpts from that article. It’s considered “premium” on that site, so you’d have to $ubscribe to see. But I think that’s the one I read. I’m not lying.

        • swo


  • your mom

    “The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, 1-1 GO/FO – He later kicked a hole in the clubhouse wall.”

    Yes!!! The highlight of the night!

  • Derek

    “John Brebbia, RHP: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 K’s, 1 HR, 1-2 GO/FO – Still hasn’t given up an earned run.”

    Wait – How do you give up a HR but it not be earned?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Same way you give up any run that isn’t earned: It followed an error.

    • dr mrs the yankee

      Third out should have been on a called strike 3 but Liccien’s head was somewhere else and he didn’t bother to catch the pitch so the runner reached.

      • dr mrs the yankee

        Runner = batter