Trenton wins a blowout behind Nuno

Thursday Wednesday Night Open Thread
Yanks finish off sweep of Jays in rain-shortened shutout

RHP Mark Montgomery has (finally) been promoted to Double-A Trenton. Honestly not sure what took so long, Single-A kids stood no chance against his slider. In other news, RHP Taylor Morton is headed back to Tampa after having an MRI yesterday based on his Twitter feed. No word on the injury.

Triple-A Empire State (9-3 loss to Charlotte)
CF Chris Dickerson, C Frankie Cervelli & RF Cole Garner: all 0-3 — Dickerson walked twice, scored a run, and struck out … Cervelli walked, drove in a run, and struck out … Gardner walked, drove in a run, and struck out twice
3B Kevin Russo: 1-5, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Jack Cust: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — 70 walks (18.2%) and 115 strikeouts (29.9%) in 384 plate appearances
1B Brandon Laird: 0-4, 1 K
LF Kosuke Fukudome: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Doug Bernier: 2-4, 1 K
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 65 of 89 pitches were strikes (78%)
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (59%)
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 38 pitches were strikes (68%)
RHP Cory Wade: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, seven strikes … one hit, no walks, and no runs allowed in his four innings down here so far

Double-A Trenton (7-1 win over Binghamton)
LF Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak & 2B David Adams: all 1-5 — Pirela scored and struck out … Adams doubled and scored a run
CF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4
DH Melky Mesa: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — just keeps mashing
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
C Jose Gil: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
RF Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — threw a runner out at second
LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/5 GB/FB — 61 of 92 pitches were strikes (66%)
RHP Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 17 of 23 pitches were strikes (74%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 27 pitches were strikes (52%)

High-A Tampa (10-3 win over Jupiter)
CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS
LF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
RF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K
DH Slade Heathcott: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — had been in a 1-for-15 slump (.067)
1B Kyle Roller: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
3B Zach Wilson: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — five hits in eight at-bats over the last two days
SS Jose Mojica: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Jose Toussen: 1-4
RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 6/0 GB/FB — first time he’s allowed more than one earned run in a start since May 9th (he spent a month on the DL during that time)
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GB/FB
LHP Kramer Sneed: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (3-2 win over Aberdeen)
LF Taylor Dugas: 1-4, 1 K — threw a runner out at first
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Saxon Butler: 2-4, 1 R — up to .330/.398/.702 on the year
C Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 2 K — slow start with SI so far, but he is coming off the wrist injury
DH Matt Snyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI — 18 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.474) with six doubles, a triple, and two homers
CF Ravel Santana: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.343) with four doubles and a homer
3B Fu-Lin Kuo, 2B Jose Rosario & SS Claudio Custodio: all 0-3 — Custodio struck out
LHP Tim Flight: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 7/2 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Derek Varnadore: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 3/0 GB/FB — had one real rough outing at the end of June but has just dominated otherwise

Rookie GCL Yanks‘ game was postponed. Not sure when they’re going to make it up, though it could be as soon as tomorrow. Low-A Charleston, meanwhile, had a scheduled day off.

Thursday Wednesday Night Open Thread
Yanks finish off sweep of Jays in rain-shortened shutout
  • Brian S.

    Melky should move up to AAA. They need to see if he is ML ready for next season.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      That he hasn’t been moved up yet seems to indicate that they have already made up their mind on that question.

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s not. He’s Greg Golson Part Two. A package of tools that will keep you interested but won’t come with enough production to warrant a roster spot. The only time he’s ever hit is when he’s repeated a level.

      • Brian S.

        Not necessarily. He held his own in Low-A and dominated A+ his first time through.

        • Brian S.

          You don’t think .250/.330/.400 with great defense and base running is a possibility?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            If the hole in his bat is as advertised, I’d call that a best case scenario, and you’re talking to a supporter of anyone named “Melky.”

        • viridiana

          I liked Golson but Mesa offers far more power. And he has — much to my surprise — cut down significantly on the K’s. He has a chance.

          • John Y.

            Mesa has cut down on the K’s, but the ceiling for him is a utility outfielder at best. I feel that Zolio Almonte and Jose Pirela have higher ceilings than Melky.

            • Joel

              Well heck, if “John Y.” feels it, it must be true.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        So you’re saying he’ll be an All-Star his second year in the majors? That’s what I hear you saying, Axisa. I’m going to quote you on that.

      • Ted Nelson

        Most likely, but I can’t believe you of all people would suggest any prospect’s future is determined. Guys do develop. That Golson turned out a certain way doesn’t mean it was the only possible outcome.

      • DM

        I think Golson is better. He repeated AA at age 22; Mesa is 25 at that level.

      • Dave M

        He’s got a bit more pop than Golson, but I do get what you’re saying.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      They have to see if Fukadome,Garner and other various castoffs have anything left before they promote players they have spent years developing….I’m just bitter.

      • viridiana

        But isn’t their grass greener than our grass?

      • Ted Nelson

        Is the concept of depth really that hard to understand?

        If they thought Melky was ready for a promotion, they’d make room for him. Rotate him and others in the OF, DH, , bench. Or just send a Garner or someone down.

        • Tremont

          I think with Cust, Dickerson, and Fukadome they pretty much have the depth issue resolved. It seems like they’re wearing suspenders and a belt right now with outfield depth. Gardner has been gone all year and none of those guys have gotten a chance. The Yankees could surely jettison or bench one of the three to make room for a guy with SOME chance for future value.

          • Dave M

            Well, they did give Wise a chance, right? He was basically in the same category.

    • John Y.

      Not really a fan of Melky either. His K’s have cut down, but he is a utility guy at best. I feel the same way about Ravel Santana. He is Melky Mesa squared if you will. I know he is young, but that kid needs to eat his Wheaties. Melky will most likely finish the year in Trenton and start in AAA next season.

      • Ted Nelson

        Most prospects fail. Predicting that a non-elite 20 year old short season prospect coming off a major injury will not succeed is just stating the most likely outcome.

        And I don’t understand calling Santana another Mesa saying he needs to eat his wheaties. Power is not Mesa’s issue, and it’s not really Santana’s either.

    • DM

      Or they could be keeping him at that level — rather than exposing him to AAA pitching — for trade purposes. I could see him being a 2nd or 3rd tier piece in a bigger deal. And I think both Almontes are better prospects than he.

  • SamVa

    Am I the only one who read ‘Gardner’ instead of ‘Garner’ and got excited.. Then realized it was a typo? Haha

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      I did. Damn Axisa getting my hopes up.

  • joba rules

    Whats the deal with Kyle Roller is he a prospect or just an org player ? his numbers in the minors are not bad.. don’t recall ever seeing him profiled here or anywhere else

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      He’s an org guy.

    • Ted Nelson

      1B is really tough to crack the bigs at. Could see him becoming a AAAA guy if he keeps progressing, and if he can do that there’s always a chance at MLB time and even sticking. As we’ve seen with Miranda, JoVa, and Pearce recently, though, it’s tough for even a strong AAAA guy at 1B to crack the bigs.

      I don’t know if we need such a dichotomous definition: org guy or prospect. There’s some grey area to me where a guy isn’t really a prospect, but is on an upward trajectory in the org and could keep developing. Could have a better MiLB career than a lot of prospects do, and even make an MLB impact if everything goes right. Then there are total org guys who are just filling a roster spot, and might be demoted or promoted two levels tomorrow just because their body is needed there. I don’t think Roller is there, though it’s a fine line he may quickly cross if he hits an offensive wall.

      •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Completely agree with this.

      • YankeeGrunt

        Good post. I would add that the inability to crack the Yankee lineup doesn’t mean they can’t at least get a shot elsewhere, and Roller may be good enough to get a chance with a team that is weak at 1B or has injuries. But at 24 looking like he’s going to have a 1 1/2 seasons at High A, it’s far from a sure thing at this point.

      • Dave M

        Too bad there is no AAAA league. Seems like there’s a ton of AAAA players out there. :-)

  • Back in the Saddle

    Rondon and Nuno should be his traveling buddies to AAA.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yeah, I’m on the “get Nuno to AAA” bandwagon. With an indy guy like that, let’s see how far we can take him now.

    • John Y.

      Agreed. Nuno has been a pleasant surprise this season and it is going to be interesting to see what the Yankees have in stored for him. Most likely he will be kick ass in AA, but he will probsbly hit the infamous AAAA wall. Meaning he will be decent in AAA, but not good enough to hang in the show. Even if he gets the call to the Bronx this year, or in the future; it will be in a relief/mop-up role.

      • John Y.


  • Chris Hansen’s wife

    I say we let Nuno walk after the season.

    Worked well with Quintana-18-8 career minor league record..too lazy to look up nerd stats, but they were decent.

    Who the hell is making these recommendations of who to DFA? Newman?

    His track record stinks…C. Garcia is tearing it up in AAA, invested many years with him, cant give up on a big arm like his…

    Lets not talk about Aceves, Axford and others… #pissed

    • Mike Axisa

      C. Garcia is tearing it up in AAA, invested many years with him, cant give up on a big arm like his…

      Yes, you can. When a guy can’t even manage 100 total innings in a four year span because he’s constantly hurt, it’s okay to move on.

      • John Y.

        Agreed Mike. Garcia is 26 this season if I am not mistaken. He is at that age now where it is do or die. It is time to let him walk and see if other organizations care to work with a broken horse.

      • Chris Hansen’s wife

        So what? We stuck with Norton until 28

        Youre right.

        We need space for guys like Figueora, Ortiz, Maine…etc…

        • Mike Axisa

          Those types of guys were always in the organization anyway because Garcia was always hurt.

      • The Ghost of Joe Dugan

        It hasn’t burned them yet but there is really is no excuse for not trying him in the bullpen before letting him go. The guy was considered by some to have the best stuff in a system with Hughes, Chamberlin and Kennedy.

    • Brian S.

      Christian Garcia? There’s a name that brings me back. What’s Jeff Marquez doing these days?

      • Deep Thoughts

        Working at Eric Duncan’s car wash.

    • Robinson Tilapia
    • YankeeGrunt

      We had 40-man decisions to make. We figured a kid who hadn’t pitched above High A was safe. We figured wrong. If that’s the worst strike you’ve got against a guy, he’s probably doing alright.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There’s also an Alan Horne joke in here somewhere.

      •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        That’s a throwback name… Eh, those injury prone pitchers…

  • John Y.

    Mike, what is your take on Mark Montgomery? I think it is a crime that it took so long for him to pack his bags for Trenton because he has featured some quality stuff this year. In your eyes, how good is he?

    • Mike Axisa

      Not a crime, that’s harsh, but he was probably just as ready on June 1st as he was today.

      • DM

        Or maybe he’s being handled differently b/c he only features 1 plus pitch. And I hope his promotion at this moment isn’t trade related.

  • Danny

    Daily Shaq Green-Thompson update

    0-5 5Ks, 1 BB, 1 run scored

    Now up to 36 Ks in 37 ABs

    Really gotten to a sad point, regardless of the fact that he’s a Sox spec, really wanna see him finally get a hit.

    • RetroRob

      That’s incredible. The one pitcher to not strike him out in an AB is probably reconsidering his career options.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Worst start to a professional baseball career ever? Those numbers get uglier and uglier every day

  • Bavarian Yankee

    how exactly did the Yanks get Nuno? He was drafted by the Indians in the 48th (!!) round in 2009 and it seems like the Yanks got him in or before the 2011 season. He’s always been good so I don’t think the Indians just let him go for nothing.

    Strange that he always kinda flew under the radar, he’s always been pretty good. In fact his lowest K/BB in his 4 pro seasons has been 3.93 and his career minor league WHIP is barely above 1!!

  • Rick

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know how Heathcott has been hitting since the promotion of Sanchez. I think Sanchez is protecting him in the lineup, though I’m not positive and am wrong 90% of the time.

  • DM

    Cust seems to have a better grip on his situation with the Yankees than do the supporters of his ilk.