Nothing but wins on the last day of the season

Open Thread: Labor Day
Montero homers twice as Yanks win fifth straight

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Buffalo) they finished the year at 73-69 and in third place in the International League North division
Kevin Russo, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R – gotta figure he’ll be in the Bronx tomorrow
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 R – good to see him get his feet wet in AAA at the end of the season
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – finishes the year with a franchise record 32 homers, also more homers than walks (30) … 83 big leaguers have done the more HR than BB thing over the last 50 years
Jordan Parraz, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 4, 1 K – he’s on his way to New York
P.J. Pilittere, DH: 0 for 3, 1 K – might be his last game ever as he begins the inevitable transition to coaching
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 E (throwing)
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 11-4 GB/FB – 66 of 109 pitches were strikes (60.6%) … probably his best start of the year, on the last day of the season of the course
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 14 of 24 pitches were strikes (58.3%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over New Britain in 11 innings) they finished the year at 68-73 and in fourth place in the Eastern League East division
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP – finished the year third in the system in steals behind Ray Kruml (40) and Abe Almonte (30)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 6, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – finishes the year at .277/.353/.415 with the most doubles (38) in the league
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HBP
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – big breakout year for him, he hit .276/.345/.459 with 15 homers and 18 steals between Tampa and Trenton
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – terrible first half (.211/.281/.368), but he salvaged the season with a strong second half (.303/.384/.455)
Damon Sublett, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 5
Jose Gila, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – started an around the horn triple play in the second inning
Steve Garrison, LHP: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 10-5 GB/FB – I wonder if he’ll get a call-up, they don’t exactly need another lefty or long man
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2-1 GB/FB – is there anything worse than blowing a save and having to go to extra innings on the last day of the season?
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

The High-A Tampa season is over. They did not qualify for the playoffs.

Low-A Charleston (5-0 win over Asheville) they finished the year at 55-85, the worst record in the entire South Atlantic League
Jose Rosario, SS & Kevin Mahoney, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Rosario got hit by a pitch, stole a base, drove in a run, scored another, struck out twice, and missed a catch for an error … Mahoney whiffed three times
Jose Toussen, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Shane Brown, LF: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – finishes the year with 27 walks and 19 strikeouts in 57 games
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
Mike Ferraro, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Jose Mojica, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) – finished the year on a 16-for-36 (.444) tear
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K
Wes Wilson, C: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Brett Gerritse, RHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7-0 GB/FB – too bad it took until the final game of the season for him to get his first start
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1-0 GB/FB – finished the year with 112 strikeouts, fifth most in the system despite being a reliever
Nathan Forer, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB

The Short Season Staten Island regular season is over. Their first round playoff series with Brooklyn starts tomorrow (best-of-three).

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over. They defeated the GCL Marlins for the league title.

Open Thread: Labor Day
Montero homers twice as Yanks win fifth straight
  • Jeety

    Go SI… make us proud like GCL did

  • Pharryn

    Doubt Garrison gets promoted, more likely he looses his roster spot to Kontos.

  • CMP

    You gotta think DJ Mitchell has a good chance to make the big league roster next year likely as a reliever. I would have liked to have seen him get called up for a few innings this September.

    • Samuel

      Mitchell doesn’t throw consistent strikes or have a single great swing and miss pitch to be a reliever.

      • Jericho Spade

        Mitchell can definitely be a long man or swing man in the future.

  • Jd

    Hard to know how to feel about the season. Some ups, some down, but all in all a good year. The heathcotts injury and brackman are the biggest downers.

  • Danny

    Mike, got anything on Gerritse ? Seems like an interesting sleeper guy to follow next year. Been solid in relief so far and had a nice start today.

    • Mike Axisa

      All I know is that he throws pretty hard.

  • Joe

    Mike, I am a big Russo fan. Followed him since college. I doubt he gets up in September unless injuries, but what is going to happen to him next year. I see he is pre arb eligible and am not familiar with pre arb. If he doesn’t stay with us who do you see maybe needing him? Thanks and Thanks for a great year. you do your job very well I can’t imagine writing that up every night.

  • Dave B

    Mike – great work on gathering this information so consistently all year. I know it is early to be thinking of these things, and he has had a horrible year, but what is your early prediction for Brackman? I have followed him closely as he went to Moeller HS here in Cincinnati, one of my kids’ schools. Have you heard any insiders’ feedback on his future with the Yankees? Absent a big free agent acquisition, the time would be right for getting more of these kids an opportunity with the big club. Clearly he has to perform better than he did during the season, but he seemed to turn the corner after last year. Thanks again for your work!

    • Steve S.


      I can’t imagine doing this much work on a post once a week, let alone every day.

    • Mike Axisa

      They’ll send him back to Triple-A next year, maybe even as a starter. But if it’s not working out by even May, they’ll probably pull the plug and stick him in the pen. Next year is his last option year, so time is a factor.

      • jon

        i thought i remember cashman or someone higher up saying that brackman is a starter

        so there is hope

  • GT Yankee

    Gosh, gotta feel for Vazquez, I know all the mention of him not having what it takes to get to the big show, but 32HRs!!!!!! I hope for the guys sake they see fit to trade him to another team where he will at least get a chance to prove himself. There have been a few minor leaguers that became better then was originally thought. He’s gotta be at least as good as Shelley Duncan….no?

    • Midland TX

      He’s proven that he strikes out over 5 times for each walk or homer. That is, his 30 BB come with 166 Ks in 117 games. That’s worse than Austin Jackson ever was, and he can run and defend. With plate discipline like that in his 12th pro season (age 29), who would trade for him? Facing MLB starters with three legitimate pitches most days, he’d probably get smoked.

      • GT Yankee

        Point very well made and taken. But it’s just odd that the Willy Mo Pena’s of the world at least get a chance. I’m sure the guy must feel ready to at least get a shot. Especially seeing people come up for expanded rosters. I’m certainly not talking obtaining anything of great value….perhaps a very dicey “A” prospect for a team the likes of which gave Willy Mo a shot. But your stats certainly (correctly) state there is no room for him here.

  • Kevin G.

    Do we see Romine at the big league level at all in 2012? Even in September?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Nothing more than a cup of coffee when rosters expand.

    • jon

      it really depends on what jesus does i think

      I think its pretty clear when 100% martin is the best catching option next year, but he needs more rest a 70:30 martin to jesus catching split could be perfect with jesus DHing the rest of the time

      hopefully romine then takes over for martin the year after

    • MikeD

      It’s going to be difficult, unless there’s an injury.

      The Yankees will bring back Martin, who has one more year before he can hit free agency, and have him serve as the primary catcher, with Montero maybe catching one or two games a week. I still think Cervelli will be on the team too because the Yankees will need a third catcher when Martin is catching and Montero is serving as the DH, a scenario that may encompass about 100 games of the schedule. An injury to Martin would mean the Yankees will be exposed to losing their DH, making a third catcher a necessity.

      Montero would essentially be taking Posada’s spot on the roster, but unlike Posada, Montero is going to catch 40 games or so, which means Cervelli will be needed, even if his playing time is substantially reduced. The Yankees can easily afford to carry a third catcher since Montero is filling about 100 games at DH, but also filling a role that Posada is not, which is catching.

      For Romine, the Yankees won’t want him to serve as the third catcher since he’ll be rotting on the bench. They’ll have him play reguarly in the minors working daily on his hitting and catching, just as they did with Montero this year.

      It becomes more interesting in 2013. Martin can leave and depending on how Montero looks behind the plate in 2012, and how Romine does in AAA, the Yankees may decide to let Martin leave and have Montero take over catching 100 games or so, with Romine handling the rest. That scenario might spell the end of both Martin and Cervelli’s careers as Yankees.

      A lot of words for a simple question. : -)

      • Ted Nelson

        I think they might keep Cervelli around as a 3rd C both for the reason you mention and to not demote him, but I would not call the 3rd C a “necessity.” How often does your C get hurt mid-game, and then what are the odds losing the DH changes the outcome of the game in that random game where your C gets hurt mid-game? I would imagine it’s a very marginal concern. Then again the difference between having a Ramiro Pena and Cervelli on the roster is also marginal.

  • Zach

    Thanks Mike

  • Pants Lendelton

    Solid year all around.

  • Tom Zig

    What the hell has gotten into DJ Mitchell? I thought he wasn’t supposed to be a strikeout pitcher? Has his ceiling changed? Did he switch bodies with Bryan Mitchell?

  • Damix

    Anyone notice Dante Bichette is on the list of 83?

  • Reggie C.

    IS DJ Mitchell coming up to the Bronx this month? Mitchell’s made a solid case that he’s ready for a shot in some ML rotation.

  • mbonzo

    Great job all year Mike. Still perplexed at how quickly you get these things done.

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  • Back in the Saddle

    Mike—I really appreciate all your efforts. Many, many thanks.

  • Jesse

    Will you do a DoTF for SI’s playoff series?

  • Matt D in NC

    Mike, great job all year. I check RAB EVERY morning before I head out to work, and usually the first story I search for is the DotF link. This is one hell of a great series, and one hell of a great website. Bravo.

  • Sully

    Thanks Mike – you do a great job.

  • Rockdog

    Thanks for all of the hard work, Mike. I read RAB every day love the DoTF stuff.

  • Tags

    Mike – Great job as always this year. DOTF is always my favorite read on RAB and your the reason we’re all season on Yankee prospects