JoVa homers again in SWB win

Game 111: Bartday
Yankees claim first place in AL East with win over Red Sox

Some news and notes…

  • Austin Romine has been placed on the disabled list due to his strained back, which isn’t at all surprising. Wilkins Arias has been activated off the phantom DL to take his roster spot. Hopefully Romine heals up well, but there’s a chance his season is over.
  • Steve Evarts has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for “metabolites of Nandrolone, a performance enhancing substance.” The lefty had a 5.65 ERA in  seven starts for Low-A Charleston after being brought on as lottery ticket over the winter, but this likely ends his Yankees’ career.
  • Gary Sanchez is the tenth hottest prospect in the minors according to this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Four of his seven hits this week left the yard, bringing his season total to 14.
  • The Yankees signed some right-hander named Victor Lozada, but I can’t find anything about the guy anyway. Smart money is on him being filler anyway.
  • John Sickels posted a review of his preseason top 20 Yankees prospects. He used a lot of big and fancy words to say Andrew Brackman sucks, going so far to say it’s “an unspeakable waste of talent and money.” I think he forgot that this team pays LOOGY’s $4M a year not to pitch.
  • Remember Chris Garcia? He gave up one run in two innings of work for the Short Season Auburn Doubledays yesterday, his first game action sine blowing out his elbow in the first game of last season. Good to see him back, hope he does well.

Triple-A Scranton (8-4 win over Louisville)
Chris Dickerson, CF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 5, 2 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB – just wasting away down here
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K – second jack in as many days, four in his last nine games
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 13 for 34 (.382) since being sent down
Mike Lamb, DH & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 3 for 4 – Lamb scored a run … Parraz doubled twice, drove in two, and struck out
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4-4 GB/FB – 61 of 101 pitches were strikes (60.4%) … gave up two homers, so that’s nine on the year
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – seven of 12 pitches were strikes
Greg Smith, LHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 15 pitches were strikes
George Kontos, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 11 of 16 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-2 loss to Altoona)
Austin Krum, LF, Melky Mesa, CF, Zoilo Almonte, RF & Damon Sublett, DH: all 1 for 4 – Krum stole a base and struck out … Mesa hit a solo jack and whiffed three times … Sublett scored, stole a base and struck out … Krum and Almonte each threw a runner out at third
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 SB
Corban Joseph, 2B & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Gil, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Steve Garrison, LHP: 5 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – 55 of 90 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 23 of 32 pitches were strikes (71.9%) … yep, still awful
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2-0 GB/FB – five pitches, four strikes
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 13 of 16 pitches were strikes (81.3%)

High-A Tampa (7-0 win over Clearwater)
Almonte, CF & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 3 for 5, 1 K – Almonte tripled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in four … Castro doubled, got caught stealing, and plated one run
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 5, 2 K
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 K
Cody Johnson, LF: 0 for 4, 2 K – dude’s struck out 163 times this year … 163!
Luke Murton, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R
DeAngelo Mack, RF: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – 18 for his last 36 (.500) at this level, but there’s a two month stint with Trenton in there
Hector Rabago, C: 1 for 3, 1 K – left the game after singling and hustling to second on a double, so he’s probably hurt
Tyson Blaser, PR-C: 1 for 1, 2 R
Emerson Landoni, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Francisco Gil, RHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-5 GB/FB – spot start for Brett Marshall for some unknown reason
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1-5 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (10-5 loss to Savannah)
Jose Toussen, CF-SS: 0 for 5, 1 R
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB – 45 walks in 100 games this year, which is more than I realized
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 11 for his last 38 (.289), which is pretty good considering the rest of his season
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) – left the game after reaching on an error in the fifth
Mike Ferraro, CF: 0 for 1
Garrison Lassiter, 3B & Jeff Farnham, C: both 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Farnham scored a run
Jose Ramirez, RHP: 3 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – five runs or more in three of his last four starts
Yobanny Reyes, LHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Manny Barreda, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (9-4 loss to Brooklyn)
Mason Williams, DH: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI – 17 for his last 40 (.425)
Ali Castillo, PH-DH: 1 for 1, 1 R – Williams has been getting pinch-hit for/getting lifted late in the game quite a bit recently, I wonder why … I could be completely wrong, could be confirmation bias
Cito Culver, SS: 0 for 5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – stuck in a 4-for-28 rut (.143)
Ben Gamel, RF & Zach Wilson, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Gamel walked … Wilson hit a solo bomb
Cody Grice, CF & Casey Stevenson, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Grice walked and struck out three times … Stevenson whiffed twice
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Wes Wilson, C: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 PB, 1 E (fielding)
Bobby Rinard, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-6 GB/FB
Zach Arneson, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – he was 95-96 with a 90 mph slider, but no command
Ben Paullis, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3-1 GB/FB
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-1 loss to GCL Braves)
Justin James, LF: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing) – eight walks and nine strikeouts in 13 games
Claudio Custodio, SS & Yeicok Calderon, RF: both 0 for 3 – Custodio walked, got hit by a pitch, stole a base, and committed a throwing error … Calderon whiffed twice
Isaias Tejeda, DH & Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Bichette committed a fielding error
Bubba Jones, 1B: 2 for 4
Danny Lopez, CF: 3 for 4, 1 R
Jon Hurst, C: 1 for 1, 1 BB, 1 SB – left the game for an unknown reason in the sixth inning
Damian Taveras, C: 1 for 2, 1 2B
Taylor Anderson, 2B: 1 for 4, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Mark Prior, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB – well look who’s back on the mound
Taylor Morton, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3 HB, 8-1 GB/FB – little wild today
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Game 111: Bartday
Yankees claim first place in AL East with win over Red Sox
  • Brian S.

    Montero to DH. I can’t watch Posada anymore.

    • Steve H

      If you think he’s bad, you should see other teams’ DH’s.

      • David, Jr.

        Who are you talking about?

        • Brooklyn Ed

          didn’t you watch the White Sox series this past 4 days? There’s this dude name Adam Dunn.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Wow that’s one. There’s not a lot of DH’s worse than Jorge. Dunn may be the only one.

            • Jesse

              Ummm, the Mariners DFA’d their DH, Jack Cust. That’s two.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                .236/.316/.382 .305 wOBA 88 wRC+
                .213/.344/.329 .308 wOBA 96 wRC+

                One is Cust and one is Jorge. Hint: The better line isn’t Jorge’s.

                • Jesse

                  still Cust is terrible. thats the point.

                • Jesse

                  besides, Cust has 3 homers, and 23 RBI while Jorgie has 9 homers and 31 RBI. But nice job cherry picking stats with your fancy wOBA and wRC+

                  • Jerome S.

                    Wait… there’s no way this is serious, right?

                    • Brian S.

                      No he’s serious. “How dare you cherry pick using complete offensive statistics and leave out the the most telling one: RBI’s!”

                  • Brian S.

                    No, Cust is actually a more productive offensive player. That’s what those stats show, it’s not cherry picking.

                • MikeD

                  I want to see Montero, although I’m not expecting the second coming. I’m with Dave Cameron on this one. Montero’s bat is overrated and he can’t catch.

                  He’ll probably be better than Posada, but Yankee fans need to get their expectation in line. He’s not going to be as good as they expect.

            • Mister Delaware


              • JobaWockeeZ

                That’s two.

              • Brian S.

                Magglio and Dunn are the only designated hitters that have performed worse than Posada. Is that something to celebrate?

                • MikeD

                  That’s actually not correct.

                  • Brian S.

                    No it is. Check fangraphs.

  • JonS

    Lozoda pitched 1/3 of an inning in one game with the Captials. lol

    He’s a 6-5 194lbs right handed pitcher. Was not very good in high school. 3-14 as a sr. lol

    And that’s about all I could find.

  • Steve H

    What did Sickels say last year about Brackman? It’s obviously not working out now, but to trash him the way he did is a little much.

    • mbonzo

      I’m obviously not a scout, but the stuff is still there. He’s also a tall pitcher who had TJ surgery fairly recently. I’m not shocked for him to have location problems, but to this extent is ridiculous. Depending on his ability to fix his control problems he could be anywhere from a mid rotation guy to an ace. There are times when he is straight out dominant, and looks better than the best in the MLB. His struggles have everything to do with control and mechanics. Again, not a scout, but I’ve watched about 70% of his appearances this year, which is probably 60% more than Sickels has watched. If he was flat out shit, the Yankees would have demoted him at this point.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        He also grew half-an-inch this year. I think to a certain extent Sickels was being facetious; Brackman still has time (but not a lot of time) to put it all together, and in a lot of respects he’s a victim of his major-league contract.

        But Brackman’s a few years removed from TJS now, that’s no longer an excuse. I can buy the size argument (especially since, again, he grew another half-inch over the winter), and I can buy that his mechanics are a mess. But not every pitcher finds clean, repeatable mechanics, and there’s still a good chance Brackman – for all his athleticism – might be one of those pitchers.

        • Mister Delaware

          I grew half-an-inch when Logan destroyed A-Gonz.

          • The Fallen Phoenix

            Only half-an-inch? Tsk, tsk.

    • mattdamonwayans

      Are you really asking? The link is in the post.

    • MikeD


  • The Humungus

    e used a lot of big and fancy words to say Andrew Brackman sucks, going so far to say it’s “an unspeakable waste of talent and money.” I think he forgot that this team pays LOOGY’s $4M a year not to pitch.

    And I think you completely overloooked that he used the occasion to use the *right* number of words to give a total wink-and-a-nod to HP Lovecraft and the Cthulu mythos …

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

    • Eirias

      Exactly. Brackman really shouldn’t have read De Vermis Mysteriis.

      • David

        How can Brackmonster be expected to hit a square strike zone when the Old Ones are bending the space and time around the plate?????

        • mattdamonwayans

          He uses a non-Euclidean strike zone.

          • JD

            A tiangle with three 90 degree angles

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I really wish Jose Ramirez would stop sucking.

  •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

    I’m in love with Mason Williams…

    • Steve H

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • nick

    Still wouldnt give up on Brackman, call me crazy but you just never know with these type of tall pitchers. It clearly worked for him last season, and to me, if you you prove it in AA, there’s a chance for you in the bigs. They got another year of control for him, so fingers crossed somehow he finds it and impressed next year. Obviously not too optimistic, but shoot why not hope for it??

    • Jorge

      Oh, I’d keep him around until the last possible minute. Hell, I’d bring him back on a minor league deal after his contract is up as a flyer. You’re absolutely right.

  • vin

    Saw the HB next to Prior’s name… I thought he got hit by another batted ball. I guess that would technically be a HBBB.

  • Richard Iurilli

    Sickels: “Questions about makeup revived after he [Heathcott] assaulted a catcher.”

    Is it just me or is the wording of that statement over the top? Yeah, it was a dumb fight but that’s all it was. Sickels makes it sound like what Slade did was illegal.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      To be fair, I don’t think there’s a single team other than the Yankees that has the full report on Heathcott’s makeup, and as such I probably wouldn’t put too much stock into external reports about it. The people who know Heathcott’s makeup are the coaches and teammates who see him day-in and day-out, not the scouts who cover him for a day or a series.

    • John

      yeah. it was only one fight.

      the tool repeats a few times about his “make up”. I don’t see how one fight in the low minors can brand you for life.

      I guess he was probably having orgasms about Ortiz charging the mound against the birds…

  • Pants Lendelton

    I hope Montero stays Healthy for the next 3 weeks. I’m 75% convinced unless there is a injury to Posada/Cervelli/Martin, that he won’t be called up till september 1st.

  • Bob Michaels

    Yankees should make room for Montero

    • mbonzo

      Who do you drop?

      Luis Ayala 1.56 ERA
      Cory Wade 1.89 ERA

      My bet is that Montero won’t be called up until we move back to a 5 man rotation or the rosters expand.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        The correct answer is Cervelli, since Montero would be a split DH/C. Alternatively, you send down whichever starter doesn’t stay in the 5-man rotation so he can continue starting in what remains of the AAA season.

        But if given the choice, has to be Ayala, who doesn’t see high-leverage work, and probably wouldn’t make the postseason bullpen.

        • mbonzo

          I don’t think you can send Cervelli down, at least not for now. With Jeter banged up, Chavez coming off an injury, Arod on the DL, Cano getting few days off, they really need infield depth. Without Cervelli they have 1 extra middle infielder in Nunez, with Cervelli as an emergency. We lose the emergency guy sending him down. You’d have a valid point if the Yankees were losing games due to offense, but I’d rather have the depth right now. Plus, keeping 13 pitchers with such little depth is impractical. If the offense gets cold, Arod will be up soon, and if there is still an issue, we’ll probably have a more definitive answer and Nova/Hughes and we’ll probably see one of Nova and Noesi go down.

      • Jesse

        If you put a gun to my head I’d say Wade. Ayala has been very effective this season, but it’s mostly in blowout games. Cory Wade has consistently done it in pressure spots. But, I’d lose Cervelli just because it’s catcher for catcher and that’s really the proper move to make. Also, the Yankees will have to demote one of their pitchers when A-Rod comes back no matter what. But, i’m not so sure if he’ll be back before the September 1st roster expansion date so maybe they wouldn’t, although he has started working out in Tampa. We’ll see.

      • Brian S.

        Luis Ayala and it’s not close. Ayala blows, he’s just pitched well in mop up duty. Wade has more of a track record and has pitched in higher leverage situations.

      • Sayid J.


        • Dave

          The correct answer is Burnett, alas.

          • Peter Lacock

            Montero can’t come to NY until Romine is back and 100% or at least one of Trenton/SWB seasons end.

  • jramey

    I love the Low-A relief tandem of Mark Montgomery and Tommy Kahnle. Nastiness

  • EndlessMikeJr

    Unless Jesus Montero can pitch he ain’t coming up. A slugging first basemen/DH is not going to help us win. Unlike what this site says Jesus Montero is not wasting in Triple A he’s building his value so we cxan trade him in the offseason for pitching.

    But hey this site was right about kenndy/Joba/Hughes helping us win in 2008.

    • Meat Loaf

      Did you miss the part where he was deemed untouchable?

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondedi

      It’s all been downhill since the site became sentient in late ’07.

  • JD

    Kontos should come up.

    • Dave

      Who is he going to replace?

  • Tripp

    Segedin injured?

  • infernoscurse

    heres Victor lozada

    he was heavily scouted by the mets, yanks, nats and padres