Montero homers in SWB win

2011 Draft: Yankees to sign 25th rounder Adam Smith
Yankees drop opener to Angels in stupid fashion

Four Staten Island Yankees were named to the Short Season NY-Penn League All-Star Game: Evan DeLuca, Branden Pinder, Casey Stevenson, and Mason Williams. Congrats to them. Eric Wordekemper, meanwhile, has been activated off the (phantom) DL to take the place of the recently released J.C. Romero.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (4-3 win over Gwinnett in eight innings, walk-off style)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Dan Brewer, RF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – scored the winning run on a wild pitch
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – got picked off first … the homer was another opposite field shot
Jorge Vazquez, DH, Jordan Parraz, LF, Greg Golson, CF & Luis Nunez, 2B: all 0 for 3 – JoVa walked, Golson struck out
Brandon Laird, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B
Adam Warren, RHP: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-8 GB/FB – 66 of 112 pitches were strikes (58.9%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 15 of 28 pitches were strikes (53.6%) … that’s pre-DL Kevin Whelan right there

Triple-A Scranton Game Two has not started yet. Seriously. Here’s the box score, and I can’t promise an update.

Double-A Trenton (6-5 loss to Binghamton)
Austin Krum, LF: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Jose Pirela, SS, Corban Joseph, 2B, Rob Lyerly, 1B & Damon Sublett, DH: all 1 for 4, 1 R – CoJo struck out … Lyerly homered, drove in three, struck out, and committed a fielding error … Sublett tripled and whiffed
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at home
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at third
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP –  got picked off first
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6-5 GB/FB – he was mostly 88-90 and topped out at 91, so he’s missed a mile an hour or two from last season
Josh Romanski, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had their game postponed due to wet grounds. They’re going to play two tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 loss to Williamsport, walk-off style)
Mason Williams, CF: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Cito Culver, SS, Cody Grice, LF & Ali Castillo, 2Ball 0 for 4 – Culver committed a throwing error … Grice and Castillo each struck out once
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Casey Stevenson, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 HBP
Tyler Austin, DH: 0 for 3 – hey, look who’s off the DL
Jhorge Liccien, C: 0 for 3, 1 K
Zach Wilson, PH: 1 for 1 – Nick McCoy replaced him at catcher for the bottom of the ninth
Bryan Mitchell, RHP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 11-2 GB/FB – bam, that happened … dominant
Ben Paullus, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3-0 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game One (4-3 loss to GCL Blue Jays in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Ravel Santana, CF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – ten for his last 18 (.556)with three doubles
Claudio Custodio, SS: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB – second straight three hit games … he’s 21-for-22 in stolen base attempts
Isaias Tejeda, C: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – that’s eight passed balls in 26 games at catcher
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B, Bubba Jones, DH, Danny Lopez, RF, Justin James, LF & Taylor Anderson, 2B: all 0 for 3 – Bichette and Jones each struck out twice, James once
Matt Duran, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – had the big game in front of his father, which is always cool … since an 0-for-4 in his first game, he’s 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles and two homers
Mark Prior, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB
Reynaldo Polanco, RHP: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 4-0 GB/FB – birthdate: May 20th, 1993 … /shoots self
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks Game Two was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the first. Zach Nuding threw an inning as he rehabs from a mystery injury. I assume they’ll wrap this one up tomorrow, but don’t hold me to that. Here’s the box score, I’ll update the stats whenever the game is completed.

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  • Jerome S.

    Reynaldo Polanco… he’s not by any chance related to that other Polanco, right?

  • Jake H

    Great start by Mitchel. I’m hoping he ends the season well.

  • Pants Lendelton

    No venting in this thread please.

    Keep it to the prospects.


  • MikeD

    I’m thinking that opposite-field power from Montero will work well at the Stadium.

    I think he’ll be up by this time next week.

    • Jerome S.


      • Sayid J.

        what’s so funny…?

  • ADam

    Your Not on the Mark… Carlos Teixeira..

  • aRX

    How and why was a slowpoke like Montero far enough off first to get picked off? ;) Not that it matters; JoVa WALKED, and went 0/3 WITHOUT striking out? Signs of the apocalypse #2 and 3, the end is nigh…

  • Brandon

    Hm i guess Scranton played. 4 innings in an hour then. Kontos has pitched pretty good too looking at the box score.

  • Gleb Bakouline

    I can rely on the sun coming up, and culver getting an error every day. Very consistent.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can we call up Montero no please Yankee brass?

    The Yankee team has a lot of old players on it.

    This half day shit needs to stop. If a player needs rest, make them sit the fuck down on the bench next to Posada.

    Chavez doesn’t look good either.

    • Jerome S.

      Chavez, the owner of 109 wRC+ and a stellar glove at third?

      Batshit insane, dude.

    • Jim S

      The Yankees have fewer old players than the Phillies.

    • Sayid J.

      Chavez has looked good, by the numbers or by watching the games.

  • Back in the Saddle

    Not saying Cito Culver will become a Derek Jeter, but remember Derek’s first two years and the errors he committed. Cito has the tools to cut the missed catches and throwing errors. Concerning Jesus,maybe the Yankee brass is keeping Montero in Scranton until there are less than 45 games left in the 2011 regular season. Perhaps they are looking forward to a great rookie year in 2012.

    • Jerome S.

      Jeter was way more of a hitter than Culver can ever hope to be, sorry. And I really like Culver, but Jeter’s terrible D was mitigated by a ridiculous bat. Culver has the tools to be good with the bat, at best, but if he doesn’t have good defense to back him up he’d be in trouble.

      • pat

        Interesting that you say that. When Jeter was 18 he hit a combined .210/.311/.314 the GCL and Sally league. At the same age Culver has hit .276/.350/.375 in the Penn League, which is pretty much an amalgamation of the two, considering how many college players are there. Coincidentally both will play a full season at the Low A level at age 19. It wasn’t until then that Jeter really started to show his true prowess .295/.376/.394.

      • YankeesJunkie

        This. Jeter was an elite talent even at HS with ridiculous upside. Cito does not have nearly the upside that Jeter ever had.

    • Dave M

      Nunez will never be the player Jeter was. But I think we could do worse for an eventual replacement at SS. I like his speed and arm. The power could get a little better over time. But I think he could be close to a .300 hitter. Still a little too error prone. For me, it’s too early to tell with Cito. Just give him time. In a year or two, we’ll have more of an idea as to what we’ve got with him.

  • A.J. Burnett Apologist

    Waiting on Monstero’s call up….

  • Mike Ashmore

    As I tweeted, I saw Stoneburner at 93 tonight…

    • YankeesJunkie

      That is awesome! I really like Stoneburner as prospect and while his future most likely still lies in the pen he has taken huge strides to at least give himself a legitimate reason for at least a chance of starting in the majors.

    • Multiple Personalities

      Me thinks MAshmore deserves a promotion

  • Brandon

    So Montero playrd both yesterday, and went 1-3 with an rbi the 2nd game

  • XSoldier56

    Guys, Jeter is a first ballot hall of famer. Those don’t come along very often. Trying to compare Culver to Jeter is just not fair. Let him develop and let’s see what we’ve got. I predict he will be a pretty good player. Beyond that, who knows?