Minor Notes: Montero, Quintana, Affiliates

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Got some interesting minor league stuff to pass along, so check it out while you wait for tonight’s game…

A-Rod on Montero

“We came in here and had a good session, talked a little bit about the mental side of hitting, the little bit about the mechanics,” said Alex Rodriguez to Kristie Ackert yesterday, referring to the time he’s spent with Jesus Montero this week. “We talked about hopefully getting together this winter in Miami, working out with Kevin Long and [Triple-A Scranton hitting coach Butch Wynegar] and whoever wants to come down to Miami and  have a little bit of a winter hitting camp. Obviously he’s a guy we expect big things from and what  saw tonight and the past few nights, he’s not going to disappoint.”

A-Rod spent time with all the players in Scranton, but Wynegar says he really took Montero under his wing. “He is trying to show him the work it takes at the major league level. And Monty is just absorbing it all … I hate to say this, but I think Monty’s getting a little bored in the minor leagues, he’s ready for that next challenge. I told Brian Cashman I think he needs that next challenge, and I hope he gets it next month.”

Who is Jose Quintana?

High-A Tampa left-baller Jose Quintana has opened some eyes in DotF this year, pitching to a 3.08 FIP with 8.26 K/9 and 2.75 BB/9 in 85 IP. He was an unknown coming into 2011, just making a handful of appearances in rookie ball last season. In a piece for Baseball America (subs. req’d), George King digs into the 22-year-old’s story. Apparently the Yankees signed him three years ago after the Mets cut him loose with just three career appearances to his credit.

“We gave him a second opportunity,” said VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. “Pat McMahon, who leads our Latin America player development, had him in the program and he liked him. He kept telling us there was more there.” Newman adds that Quintana sits 89-91 mph with his fastball and also throws a curveball and changeup. “There is some deception and a lot of swings and misses.”

Ranking The Minor League Markets

The Sports Business Journal (no subs. req’d, I believe) published a final ranking of minor league markets today. Charleston, home of the Yankees Low-A affiliate, placed seventh behind Hershey/Harrisburg, San Bernardino, Providence/Pawtucket, Reading, Portland (Maine, not Oregon), and Syracuse. Trenton ranks 42nd (between Kingsport, TN and Roanoke/Salem, VA), Staten Island ranks 56th (between Durham and Hagerstown), and Scranton/Wilkes-Barres ranks 139th (between Williamsport and Greeneville, TN). The ranks are based on more sports than just baseball, and factors include team attendance, the local economy, venues, etc. The Yankee brand is very important to the various minor league affiliates, that alone draws significant attendance.

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Did the 2007 draft (and Gerrit Cole) scare the Yankees?
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  • Guns of the Navarone

    “We talked about hopefully getting together this winter in Miami, working out with Kevin Long and [Triple-A Scranton hitting coach Butch Wynegar] and whoever wants to come down to Miami and have a little bit of a winter hitting camp.”

    A-Rod working with The Jesus over the winter.

    Foams at the mouth

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I wonder if Wynegar is really invited…..

      • Guns of the Navarone

        I think I’m invited.

        I take the “whoever wants to come” part very literally.

    • Mike HC

      Just look at what ARod did for Melky during this past off seasons work out sessions. ARod’s word carries more weight after the Yanks didn’t take his Melky advice, ha.

  • MikeD

    Uh, oh. There’s that “bored” theme again. Couple that with other comments that Yankees have made about Montero’s focus and there is something to be concerned about.

    Glad A-Rod seems to want to help him understand what it takes to hit on the MLB level.

  • MannyB ace2be

    I heard an interview on xm radio with Kevin long and they asked about montero. Long compared him to cano and said that he is swinging at bad pitches in the minors that in the majors he wouldn’t be seeing because the pitcher generally has better command. I am really excited to see what he can do on the ML level

    • David, Jr.

      I heard it. Very exciting comparison. Also, I have seen him several times and I predict that people will be quite surprised by his ability to catch.

    • MikeD

      Ummm, I can buy that one level, but if I’m a MLB pitcher, then I’m the best in the world at what I do, which is getting hitters out. I’ll throw pitches out of the zone knowing Montero will swing at them, which is why I’m a MLB pitcher!

  • Zach

    Banuelos is on the front page of BaseballAmerica.com now.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah, it’s a pretty typical puff pieces. About how he calls his mother everyday, how much the team loves him, how hard he works, blah blah blah.

      • Zach

        Thanks. If I were king, he wouldn’t see the majors until:
        K/BB > 2.5
        FIP 160

        • Zach

          K/BB > 2.5 , 3.5 > FIP, IP >160 (less than/greater than changes the text, it must think it’s a HTML tag.)

  • Mike Myers

    Joba Chamberlain (elbow) said Thursday that he expects to begin a throwing program in “a few weeks.”
    Joba, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early June, is aiming to return to the major leagues in mid-April of next season. That seems a bit optimistic, but recovery does take significantly less time for relievers.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Who’s Joba?

      /ForgettingaboutJobawithYanksgreatpen’d

      • Jorge

        ….which would be even better if he was here. I

  • vin

    If Jesus has half of A-Rod’s work ethic, then he figures to have a very good career.

    September 1st can’t get here fast enough.

  • The Dude

    Fuckin’ Quintana… that creep can roll man.

    • Max

      He’s a pederast.

  • brian g

    best way out of triple A is to hit .330 with 35 homers. i have no sympathy for jesus. you’ll be a major leaguer when you’re ready. sorry to hear he’s “bored”. fucking prima donnas. that being said i’m looking forward to seeing him hacking up here in september!

    • Tom Zig

      Wouldn’t you be bored too if you were clearly more talented than your co-workers yet there was no room for advancement?

      • boogie down

        It’s the Peter Gibbons Theory.