Murphy & Maruszak homer as Thunder advance to Championship Series

Aardsma allows a run in latest minor league rehab outing
Yankees rout Orioles in big series finale win

Double-A Trenton (5-4 win over Reading) Trenton won the first round best-of-five series 3-1 … Akron and Bowie play Game Five of their series tonight, so that game will determine who the Thunder will play in the Eastern League Championship Series, which starts Tuesday … Brett Marshall will be on the bump for that game
CF Adonis Garcia & LF Ramon Flores: both 0-4 — Garcia struck out
3B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Rob Segedin & 2B Walt Ibarra: all 0-3 — Ibarra struck out twice
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — he had a big series
C J.R. Murphy: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
LHP Nik Turley: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 49 of 85 pitches were strikes (58%) … picked a runner of first … not bad for his second career Double-A start
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — five of nine pitches were strikes
RHP Branden Pinder: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 0/2 GB/FB — six of eight pitches were strikes
RHP David Aardsma: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — had a tiny bit more on him earlier today
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, nine strikes
RHP Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — five pitches all strikes … got the minor league homer king (Darin Ruf with 38) to ground into a double play to end the game and the series

The season is over for Triple-A Empire State, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and the Rookie GCL Yanks. Empire State lost their first round playoff series to Pawtucket while the other four failed to make the postseason.

Aardsma allows a run in latest minor league rehab outing
Yankees rout Orioles in big series finale win
  • Jon G

    Curious to see who might get a call up after these series are over. Nice to see Joba really break out today, after gradually improving his last few outings.

    I know it won’t happen, but man, I’d sure be tempted to see Montgomery get a look in the pen after the AA season ends…

    • RetroRob

      I’m guessing that finding a spot on the 40-man is probably the main challenge, less so now (Lowe could be cut without concern) than later. If they put him on the 40-man now when they don’t have to, then that’s one less spot they have in the off season for other players they want to protect from the Rule 5, players who must be put on the 40-man or risk being lost.

      I believe the 40-man is now filled (not quite sure of that), not including the seven or eight players on the 60-man, one of whom is Andy Pettitte, so they’re going to find a spot for him shortly. Spots will be needed for two others, Aardsma and Feliciano, if the Yankees want to take a look at them/use them this September. I’m wondering with Aardsma if they’ll be forced to put him on the 40-man before the season ends. Not sure when he came off the minor-league DL and how many days they have to take action.

      Bottom line, I believe adding Montgomery would only be done if they are sure he can help them now. Just giving him a look-see might end up costing them another player because of that roster move.

      • Laz

        Thats where I stand. Also Montgomery already threw 65 innings in the minors. That is already more than anyone in the current yankees bullpen. He will get here eventually, but why would they be pushing him beyond that limit at this point.

  • JohnnyC

    “There are sliders. There are filthy sliders. There are unhittable sliders. And then there are what’s coming out of Montgomery’s hand. Mercy”

    Josh Norris, via Twitter.

    • Genghis

      Seriously, Monty just seems to keep getting better and better.

  • Naved

    RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, nine strikes

    Giraidi probably won’t even use him if he gets called up this season. Hello Adam Warren.

    • pat

      Why would Girardi not use him?

  • Robert

    Saw Montgomery live on Friday nite,He was a man throwing to boys!!
    Lets see Tex is hurt again,Tyler Austin has played 1B in the Trenton Series,Cashman himself said he is a mega prospect,Austin also plays right field and I think he hits Lefty’s pretty good just saying…..

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Let’s give him at least 2 weeks above A-ball before we start talking about a big league call up

      • RetroRob

        Where’s my burrito?

        • MannyGeee

          TJSC FTW!!

    • Bo Knows

      Give him at least a 1/2 season in Trenton, if and probably when he starts smashing (like he has everywhere else) at that level, then give him a shot

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nik Turley pitching that well, in the playoffs, in his second AA start? Me like. Hopefully this is a further sign that this kid’s turning into something pretty damn legit.

    • pat

      Kid has shown consistent improvement since he was drafted. Gotta love that from a bigass lefty.

  • Will

    None of these Double-A guys (with the exception of Aardsma) will see any field time with the Yanks this year.

    • Ted Nelson

      Would you expect anything different?

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think he does. He’s basically stating a fact. The AA guys are not going to be called up so people should get grip on it.

        I can only imagine next year when Williams, Austin, Heathcott etc. are all in AA. Some Yankee fans will be demanding player X on the Yankees who is slumping be cut for some guy in AA who isn’t even on the 40-man.

        • MannyGeee

          See: D Lowe comment 10 boxes up.

  • Leg-End

    I don’t think its realistic to hope Montgomery gets a call up but we can dream. He has a legit shot at making the roster next season though depending on how the bullpen recruitment drive goes this offseason no?

    • Brian S.

      I think he starts in AAA next season but gets called up in May when reliver X gets injured.

      • Laz

        Exactly what I was thinking, although I was thinking it’s more along delaying his service clock 1 season. Makes sense for the yankees payroll wise, and the bullpen will be fresh in the spring, and then he can come in and be a fresh face a month or so into the season.

        • Ron

          Stop thinking like the rays. The Yankees have said many times service means dick.

          • Ted Nelson

            Of course it means something, and so does developing a guy at the right pace rather than setting him up to fail. With $189 million looming it means more than it has.

            I’d bet a good amount of money that he starts the season in AA.

          • Laz

            It’s thinking logically. He wouldn’t be in the majors for what, a month and a half? It means that it sets back service time 1 year, if he turns out as good as some people mention that could be worth $10M. It’s the way they should think if they want to get under 189M.

  • Richard Leo

    Trenton’s bullpen is too strong

  • MannyGeee

    sidebar. Dont know if its been mentioned 1000 times this season, but Adonis Garcia? BEST PROSPECT NAME EVEERRRRR!!!

    I am thinking about buying a dog and naming it Adonis Garcia, that is awesome!