Montgomery continues to pile up strikeouts in Arizona

Open Thread: Ramiro Mendoza
The five biggest hits of the 2012 season

I usually run the updates on Sundays, but there was still enough news trickling in following the end of the season that I decided to push everything back a day. Should be back to normal next week. Just as a reminder, the Arizona Fall League is an extreme hitter’s environment, so take the stat lines with a grain of salt.

AzFL Scottsdale (11-3 loss to Surprise) Tuesday’s game
RF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Zach Nuding: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 29 of 51 pitches were strikes (57%) … yikes, that’s bad even for the AzFL
RHP Dellin Betances: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 0/1 GB/FB — 23 of 39 pitches were strikes (59%)
RHP Dan Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4/0 GB/FB — 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)

AzFL Scottsdale (5-2 win over Mesa) Wednesday’s game
C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — also threw out the speedy Matt Szczur trying to steal a base … seems like he’s on the taxi squad, which means he only plays twice a week … wish he was getting more at-bats than that after missing the entire first half
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of eleven pitches were strikes

AzFL Scottsdale (8-3 loss to Mesa) Thursday’s game
RF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
3B David Adams: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — bouncing between second and third bases so far

AzFL Scottsdale (1-0 win over Salt River) Friday’s game … not going to see many 1-0 games out there
3B David Adams: 0-4

AzFL Scottsdale (5-3 win over Salt River) Saturday’s game
CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K — still doesn’t have an extra-base hit yet, but the 7/5 K/BB is promising
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54%) … up to 108 strikeouts in 69.1 total innings this year (14.0 K/9)

AzFL Scottsdale (5-1 loss to Phoenix) Monday’s game … Sunday was a scheduled off-day
3B David Adams: 0-4
RHP Zach Nuding: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 34 of 56 pitches were strikes (61%) … the desert hasn’t been treating him kindly so far
RHP Dan Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%)

The Puerto Rican League season does not start for another few weeks and rosters have yet to be announced, but here’s an update on the various winter ball leagues that have already started playing…

Dominican Winter League
OF Zoilo Almonte: 1 G, 0-1, 1 K — they play for keeps down there, so he could be sitting in favor of better (and older) players or just be banged up a bit
OF Melky Mesa: 1 G, 0-4, 2 K
LHP Juan Cedeno: 2 G, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — I wonder if they’ll add him to the 40-man roster to avoid losing him to free agency, he’s worth keeping around as an up-and-down lefty specialist but their simply might not be any room for him
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 G, 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Both IF Jose Mojica and RHP Jose Ramirez are on DWL rosters but have not appeared in a game yet.

Mexican Pacific League
OF Jose Figueroa: 1 G, has not batted yet
IF Walt Ibarra: 5 G, 2-9, 1 K, 1 HBP
UTIL Ronnie Mustelier: 5 G, 6-19, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
IF Ramiro Pena: 5 G, 6-15, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP — mashes in winter ball every single year, it’s crazy
RP Luis Niebla: 1 G, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Venezuelan Winter League
C Francisco Arcia: 2 G, 0-1, 1 BB
IF Ali Castillo: 1 G, 1-1, 1 R
RF Ramon Flores: 3 G, 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
C Jose Gil: 2 G, 1-7, 1 R, 2 K
C Gus Molina: 4 G, 1-14, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
UTIL Jose Pirela: 5 G, 4-18, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Pedro Guerra: 3 G, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
RHP Jon Meloan: 3 G, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
LHP Vidal Nuno: 2 G, 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K — working out of the bullpen

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Open Thread: Ramiro Mendoza
The five biggest hits of the 2012 season
  • RkyMtnYank

    Being a hitter’s environment seems to make Montgomery look even better. How many more innings should he get before being shut down?

  • Richard Leo

    Will Zach Nuding move to bullpen next season

    • Brian S.

      He will pitch fully naked next season.

    • RetroRob

      Only after he has what is initially reported as a minor back ache, which ultimately DL’s him for three months, resulting in TJS in September, effectively resulting in the loss of both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He’ll eventually be released, and picked up by the White Sox or some team in the NL West, where he’ll either compete for the Cy Young Award, or at worst for the Relief Pitcher of the Year.

      • vicki

        ah yes, the rpoy, most prized of bestowals.

      • Ted Nelson

        Right, because Quintana and IPK were released… Oh, right, they weren’t.

  • vin

    I’m going to see Scottsdale on Saturday. I’m pretty pumped.

  • Yup

    They should lock Ramiro in a room for 6 months, and then when they let him out tell him it’s october.

    • RetroRob

      Ramiro who?

      • MannyGeee Machete

        Mendoza, I hope…

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I think the farm will have a good year in 2013.

    Things seemed great after 2011. The Banuelos/Campos/Betances and Pineda/Montero stuff seemed to cast a pall over everything in 2012 but the talent is there.

    • Laz

      Well Banuelos will miss the year, and I’m giving up hope on betances. I think that it could be an important year in the farm system though. Flores, Heathcott, Williams, and Austin all should see time at AA, which is where alot of prospects make or break it. Hopefully Campos is healthy, and if he is he could be very special player. (he still is only 20) Pineda also should be healthy. I think this year the expectations were high, since alot of people were expecting to see the B’s in the majors by the end and it didn’t happen. I think expectations will be lower just because they don’t have that top level pitching, and next year we could see cojo, adams, montgomery, and romine, but not much else, but I think you could see alot of the outfielders have make or break years. It will be especially important because it will help on any decision on granderson.

      I think it helps that Campos has a better chance as a top level starter than the b’s. Banuelos is a small guy, and betances never really had good k/bb ratios.

      • MBN

        Don’t get your hopes up on Pineda yet. I heard on ESPN-NY radio last night that he won’t be pitching regularly until June.

        Whatever “regularly” means…….

      • Ted Nelson

        Some of the most successful starters of all time were Banuelos’ size. Sure, there’s a general trend. That doesn’t mean you write off individual players because of size.

        I’m not counting on Betances by any means, but he still has a decent chance to become a solid, if volatile, middle reliever. Not the perfect outcome, but still a good one.

    • Thunder Road Runner

      ummm, where exactly?

      • Ted Nelson

        Are you kidding? They have three top 50 prospects even with Banuelos injured (getting what is a very common elbow surgery for Ps, by the way… not a shoulder injury or something).

        They have some solid prospects close to the bigs as well, and plenty of young talent.

        Do you follow their farm system at all?

    • Ted Nelson

      Totally agree. Great point.

  • cranky

    How good is Vidal Nuno?

    And Montgomery?
    I think he’s going to reach the big leagues sometime in 2013.

    • Laz

      I don’t think Vidal usually projects too high. He is a 25 YO in AA, and his velocity isn’t that great.

      Montgomery could reach
      the bigleagues at the pace he is going. I think it comes down to their need. If the bullpen is fantastic he will wait, but if it is going down in flames then they will bring him up.

  • John

    Mike do you think Adams has any chance of making the big league roster next year .. How about the Yankees telling ARod he is going to be the full time DH or righty lefty platoon

    • Brian S.

      Probably as a call up during the year. Start in AAA, get promoted in case of injury (likely to happen since A-Rod is made of glass).

      • Preston

        Have both Adams and CoJo gotten work at 3b? What kind of D can we expect from them there?

        • Laz

          Adams should be decent at 3B, could be solid hitter, although don’t expect alot of power. CoJo doesn’t really have the arm for 3B, so he is still at 2nd.

  • Wayne

    Will having Jose Ramirez pitch at this point of the year make him strong for next year in aa. I don’t know. He and Nik Turley I hope are still with this team in 2013. Jose Ramirez I would only trade if you got a top young defensive player back. Nik Turley is a keeper to me though.

  • Wayne

    We could have quite a bullpen if Montgomery and kahnle step up in aa next year in the coming years.

  • viridiana

    If Yanks are to meet ’14 budget target they will need 6 to 8 first or second year players to offset huge deadweight contracts (And that’s even with a habdful of cheap old-timers). So far, team has made virtually no effort to break in young talent. But will have to start next year to have a hot at budget. I would hope Adams, Monty and one of the Mustelier/Zoilo/Mesa trio makes it this year. In 2014, maybe Williams, Flores or Austin. Time to start giving these guys a chance.

    • Monty

      It seemed like Zoilo was going to make the team this year in Spring Training then got sent to Trenton… I can’t seen why he doesn’t get a real chance to step in for Swisher if he performs in this coming spring.

      • JohnC

        He’s still got some flaws in his game. Is not very patient at the plate, swinging at alot of pitches out of the zone. Though a switch hitter, much better from the left side. Has trouble recognizing off speed pitches. PLus, is not great defensively and not a ton of speed from what I hear

      • Ted Nelson

        I don’t think he was even slightly close to making the team last spring. He had a hot spring, which was great. The media ran with it. He hadn’t played 50 games in AA at the time, and stunk in the 46 he had played.

        He’ll most likely spend this entire season in AAA.

    • Ted Nelson

      Not sure where 6-8 comes from. A lot of that’s got to be in the pen. The bullpen is an easy place to save a decent chunk of money. Mo, Soriano, and Feliciano combined for ~$30 million this season. Not that they’ll save all 30, obviously, but they can save most of what they need to right there.

      The young guys have to earn it. I don’t see much merit to just breaking them in. Why would they make an effort to put players in roles they haven’t earned that will make the team worse?

  • Robert

    Saw a Trenton Playoff game where Nuno pitched, not impressive but was someone to keep an eye on given our weak minor league starting pitching,in a disaster he probably would rank behind Warren in call ups.Zmont was very raw but Flores and Austin were very impressive. I hope they both start at Trenton next year.

  • Ryan

    What are the odds that Austin Romine gets called up next year? If they bring Martin back for a 2 year deal, I think Romine could learn a lot from him , like Posada and Girardi. Also, what’s the projections on Slade Heathcott if he stays healthy?