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Minors Report 4/27/11 (Two More Homers for Maxwell; Craig Heyer; Corban Joseph; Robert Lylerly; Slade Heathcott; JR Murphy)


Justin Maxwell is about as hot as a baseball player at any level can be.

Maxwell hit a pair of two-run home runs, while Jorge Vazquez contributed two hits (including a double) and a run batted in as Scranton defeated Charlotte, 8-5.

Maxwell now has eight home runs on the season – all have come in his last 11 games. He has at least one home run in each of his last three games and is hitting .258/.395/.682 overall on the season with five steals in seven attempts.

Vazquez is at .337/.352/.663 with three doubles, eight home runs, and 25 runs batted in.

Francisco Cervelli singled, scored a run, and drove in a run and should be in the Bronx very shortly.

On the hill, Hector Noesi made the start and was off of his game. He lasted three innings, allowing two runs on three hits. The worst part of the outing was the five walks he allowed. He struck out three.

George Kontos earned the win in relief by allowing one run on two hits over three innings. He walked nobody and struck out four (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 16 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 HR, 5 BB, 16 K).

Trenton: As has been the case many times this year, the Thunder pitched very well….but they simply cannot hit. Tonight, they lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in 11 innings to Richmond. The Thunder struck out 18 times in the game. They have scored 63 runs in 19 games…and from what I have seen in the boxscores, it actually surprises me to see they have scored that many.

Craig Heyer threw five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one and striking out four to lower his ERA to 2.08 (21.2 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 9 K). As I believe I have stated before, I think his ceiling is that of a Ramiro Mendoza type – not overpowering, generates grounders, and doesn’t walk anybody.

Austin Romine had a pair of hits and a walk, but made a crucial baserunning error in the top of the 11th when he singled to lead off the inning, but got caught in a rundown to ruin any shot at a rally. Not that they would have scored anyway.

Corban Joseph also had a pair of hits (including a double) and has raised his average all the way up to .290. He is on a 9-game hitting streak.

Austin Krum had three hits and his fourth stolen base.


Meanwhile, Tampa’s offense did show up in an extra-inning game as they put up two in the 11th to defeat Daytona, 8-6. Tampa held a 6-1 lead early, blew it, but won anyway.

Robert Lylerly went 3-for-5 with a double, run batted in, stolen base, and a walk in the victory. Lylerly is up to .313 on the season.

Abraham Almonte contributed a 1-for-4 night with two runs batted in, two walks, and his 4th stolen base of the season. Zolio Almonte went 1-for-6 with a double, run scored, two runs batted in, and also stole his 4th base.

Brett Marshall recovered a little bit from his previous outing, going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out five to lower his ERA to 9.00. In his last outing, he gave up eight runs in 1.2 innings.

Ryan Pope continued his rehab, striking out a batter in his inning of work. This makes back-to-back appearances for the starter-turned-reliever, and we should see him in Scranton soon.

Ryan Flannery tossed two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. He allowed a hit, no walks, and struck out two (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K in six games)


Zach Nuding threw 6.2 impressive innings, while Slade Heathcott and JR Murphy continued their early season success in a 6-2 victory over Lakewood.

Nuding allowed one run on five hits while walking nobody and striking out two to improve to 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA (20.1 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 21 K).

Heathcott went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, run batted in, and walk. He was also caught stealing for the fourth time this season. He is hitting .370/.440/.616 with 12 XBH and three steals in seven attempts. Murphy went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in and is now hitting .347/.360/.528 with seven XBH and only seven strikeouts in 72 at-bats.

Kyle Roller drew three walks and scored a run. He is 10-for-29 on the season. Anderson Feliz doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run.

Minors Report 4/22/11 (Bradley Suttle; Brett Marshall (Not Good); Rob Segedin; Thomas Kahlne)

Scranton was rained out tonight.


The “Thunder” (who definitely have not been living up to that nickname this year) tried to mount a comeback tonight, but their 9th inning rally ultimately failed in a 3-2 loss to Harrisburg. Trenton was only able to compile four hits in the game.

One of those hits was a 2-run home run in the ninth inning by Bradley Suttle, his first of the season. Suttle is now 16-for-58 on the season (.276) with six doubles, one triple, a home run, and nine runs batted in. He has also stolen two bases without getting caught.

I guess it is tough to generate any offense when the bottom five guys in the lineup have batting averages that look like this: .161/.063/.128/.077/.208.

Craig Heyer got the start, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. He walked nobody and struck out two as his ERA rose to 2.70 (16.2 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR).

Naoya Okamoto pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing a hit while walking one and striking out three. The 27-year old lefty has a 2.16 ERA (8.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 6 K). Obviously, he is a bit erratic.

Fireballer Tim Norton threw a scoreless inning, striking out one while walking one. He has allowed no runs on one hit through 6.1 innings this season, walking three while striking out 12.

Brett Marshall wishes he called out sick tonight. The promising right-hander got absolutely crushed tonight, allowing eight runs in 1.1 innings as Tampa had no chance in a 11-4 loss to Dunedin. Marshall allowed seven hits, walked one, and struck out none. An early season start like this can definitely hurt the ERA: His jumped to 10.91 (15.1 IP, 22 H, 20 R, 19 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 HR).

Robert Lylerly hit his third triple of the season and drove in a run in the losing effort. Walter Ibarra had two hits (including a double) and drove in two.

It wasn’t all bad on the hill: Chase Whitley threw three scoreless innings, allowing a hit while walking nobody and striking out two (10.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 13 K). Ryan Flannery closed the game with two scoreless innings of his own and he has yet to allow a run in five innings this season.


Rob Segedin and Eduardo Sosa each doubled and drove in two runs as Charleston used a four-run sixth inning to defeat Greenville, 6-5.

The double was Segedin’s fifth of the season, and his average sits at .333. Very early in the year, but as someone with a reputation as an advanced college hitter, a hot early part of the season could land him in Tampa later on.

I haven’t written much about Sosa this year. He is currently 11-for-45 with three doubles, a triple, and four runs batted in. He has walked only once while striking out 11 times. He is a 20-year old outfielder who can play center (though obviously he isn’t playing much of it here with Heathcott around). He hit .256/.353/.394 for Staten Island in 2010.

Shane Green started, going five innings giving up three runs on seven hits. He walked one, struck out six, and gave up two home runs. He is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts (20 IP, 22 H, 6 BB, 16 K, 4 HR).

Thomas Kahlne was wildly effective, throwing two scoreless innings despite allowing four baserunners – three via walk. He also struck out four and has a 0.82 ERA (11 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 19 K, 0 HR).

Nathan Forer made it interesting in the ninth, allowing two hits and a walk, but kept Greenville off the scoreboard to earn his second save. He has a 0.00 ERA in five games, though he has allowed two unearned runs.

Minors Report 4/17/11 (Jorge Vazquez; Kevin Millwood; Abraham Almonte; Zolio Almonte; Robert Lylerly; Luke Murton)


DJ Mitchell pitched poorly, and the offense wasn’t much better as Scranton took a 6-3 loss to Rochester. The offense was only able to produce four hits in the game.

Jorge Vazquez connected for his 6th home run of the season in the loss. He has done that in 40 at-bats (.325/.333/.775; 1 BB/11 K). Justin Maxwell hit his first home run as a member of the Yankees organization.

Jesus Montero went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .421.

Mitchell lasted only 4.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. He walked four, struck out two, and allowed a home run. In 2 starts, he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (8.1 IP, 8 H, 8 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1.13 GO/AO).

28-year old organizational righty Josh Schmidt struck out two in his inning of work. He hasn’t allowed a run in three innings this season, allowing six baserunners while striking out five. Schmidt has been in the organization since 2005, and has really never pitched poorly wherever he has landed. Last year he was 4-3 in 49 games with a 3.02 ERA. (65. 2 IP, 47 H, 30 BB, 74 K, 3 HR). LIke with Lance Pendleton, he could be a nice story if he ever did get his shot at the majors. ————————————————————————– Trenton:

Kevin Millwood threw a complete game one-hit shutout, while Austin Romine drove in a pair of runs as Trenton took Game 1 of a doubleheader by the score of 8-0 over Harrisburg.

Millwood walked four and struck out three. Remember, they play 7-inning games when there is a doubleheader.

Bradley Suttle contributed a triple and three runs batted in, while Austin Krum doubled, scored two runs, and drove in three of his own to aid in the victory.

In Game 2, Trenton was back to their poor hitting ways, as they only mustered three hits in an 8-2 loss. Craig Heyer got the emergency start, pitching five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked nobody and struck out two. He is 1-1 on the season with a 1.54 ERA (3 games, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 2.67 GO/AO). That’s the nature of how Heyer pitches – tons of ground balls, hardly any walks, but few strikeouts as well. Perhaps if he reaches his full potential he could be a Ramiro Mendoza type of pitcher. Pat Venditte allowed two runs in an inning of work to raise his ERA to 9.00 in three innings pitched thus far (6 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).

As an interesting sidenote to Game 2, the catcher was Addison Maruszak. Catching is not his usual position – I don’t remember if I have ever seen “Catcher” next to his name before, actually. The 24-year old has never been able to put it all together since being drafted in 17th round of the 2008 draft. After a promising showing in Staten Island that year, he hasn’t really been able to hit much. —————————————————————————————– Tampa:

It was Almonte Day in Tampa. Zolio Almonte went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run (2 on the season), two runs batted in and a stolen base (3 on the season) while Abraham Almonte contributed a single, double, triple, and two runs scored as Tampa took a 11-3 decision over Brevard County.

Robert Lylerly continued his torrid start to the season, going 2-for-5 with a triple, four runs batted in, and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Luke Murton went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored.

Lyerly is up to .364 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 14 RBI, and six runs scored in 10 games.

Walter Ibarra had an interesting day: 1-for-1 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk, stolen base, a sac fly, and two sac bunts.

Brett Marshall made the start, tossing five decent innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits. He walked two and struck out four. His ERA sits at 7.07 through three starts (14 IP, 15 H, 4 BB, 9 K).

Michael Solbach contributed three innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit while walking one and striking out three. In 9 innings so far this season, the 25-year old righty has allowed no runs on four hits. He has walked three while striking out 11. After being drafted (and signed) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007, his contract was voided. The Yankees snatched him up soon thereafter. —————————————————————————————————– Charleston:

Rob Segedin is finding hitting to be a much easier thing to do than fielding. Segedin went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but also committed his 7th error of the season as Charelston succumbed to Rome, 6-1.

Segedin is now hitting .297 with four doubles in 37 at-bats. He has a home run, has walked four times, and struck out seven times. It is hard to really evaluate defense when a player is at this level – Derek Jeter played defense in Charleston that would probably make his current defense look like he was Ozzie Smith. As long as Segedin is hitting, the Yankees are happy for now. He is one of the better pure college bats they have taken in recent years of the draft.

Slade Heathcott went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored, strike out, and caught stealing in the loss. Ramon Flores contributed a hit, a walk, and a run batted in to the home team’s boxscore.

Shane Green made the start, lasting six innings while giving up six runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three, struck out three, and allowed a home run. His ERA sits at 5.40 through three starts. 20-year old right-hander Wilton Rodriguez, signed in 2008, threw three scoreless innings. There isn’t much information out there on Rodriguez. In 7.2 innings thus far for Charleston, he has allowed 10 hits and five walks. But he has also struck out 12. He hasn’t shown that kind of power before (41 Ks in 51.1 innings in 2010).

Jesus Montero is Cruising; Brackman’s First Start

Scranton: I wonder how long the Yankees will be able to keep Jesus Montero in the minor leagues.

It’s only a handful of games, but Montero put up a 3-for-5 night with a pair of doubles, while Jorge Vazquez contributed four hits of his own to go along with two runs batted in as Scranton defeated Rochester, 5-3.

Montero is now hitting .480 (12-for-25) with three doubles and a home run. Obviously, 25 at-bats means nothing – but if he is just cruising at Triple-A for the first month of the season, I think the Yankees will have a big decision to make. But we aren’t quite there yet.

Justin Maxwell contributed a two-run triple to the winning effort.

On the hill, Andrew Brackman tossed five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. He induced six groundouts (two flyouts) and threw 46 of his 80 pitches for strikes. Not a terrible first outing; not a great first outing. But good enough.

Lance Pendleton threw three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, striking out four while allowing one hit. Kevin Whelan earned his second save of the year, allowing two hits but no walks in a scoreless ninth.


The offensive woes of the Thunder continued tonight, as they were two-hit by Portland in a 7-0 blowout.

Both hits came courtesy of third-baseman Bradley Suttle. Suttle also stole his second base of the season.

Steve Garrison made the start, and was roughed up this time around. Last time out, he threw four shutout innings; this time, he went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked nobody and struck out two. Since he started tonight’s game, I doubt he was under immediate consideration to replace the injured Luis Ayala on the major league club; however, this performance probably destroyed any chance of getting to the big club within the next week or so.

Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless inning and sports a 4.50 ERA in three games (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K)


Neil Medchill connected on his first home run of the season, but Tampa’s bats were mostly cold in a 4-2 loss to Brevard County.

Medchill, a 11th round pick in the 2009 draft, struggled mightily in 2010, putting up a .199/.280/.331 line with 12 home runs and 154 strikeouts.

Robert Lylerly contributed a couple of hits and an RBI to the losing effort. He is hitting .385 (10-for-26) on the young season. He has thus far shown the ability to hit in the minor leagues, though not for much on the power side.

Brett Marshall took the loss. He pitched better than he did in his last outing by going five innings, while allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked nobody and struck out four. He is now 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in the early season (9 IP, 12 H, 2 BB, 5 K).


Charleston was on the losing side of a 15-0 massacre at the hands of Greenville tonight.

Kyle Roller notched a pair of hits in the losing effort and is now 10-for-20 on the young season.

Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez both had the night off.

Shane Green made the start and got tattooed. He allowed seven runs on seven hits over three innings, walking two and striking out four. A far cry from his six shutout inning debut his last time out.

The other eight runs in the game were all unearned, as Charleston committed five errors. Rob Segedin made his fourth error of the season, while Anderson Feliz contributed a pair of errors as well.

Thomas Kahlne allowed four of those unearned runs, but also struck out five in his two innings of work.

Minors Report for 7/21/10 (Even More Jesus Montero!; Andrew Brackman; Manny Banuelos; Jose Pirela; Deangelo Mack; Slade Heathcott)


Jesus Montero went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI, and a walk but it wasn’t enough as Scranton had trouble scoring in a 3-1 loss.

Montero is now up to .278 on the season.   He is 16 for his last 33, and 21-for-50 in July with eight extra base hits.     Since the AAA All-Star Break, he is a cool 14-for-24.   I can go on and on.

Eduardo Nunez contributed a hit and a run scored (.304) to the losing effort, while Kevin Russo went 2-for-4.

Rumolo Sanchez was the loser, giving up two runs in the ninth.   He walked one and struck out one and is now 7-8 overall on the season with a 4.43 ERA.  (87.1 IP, 75 H, 52 BB, 75 K, 7 HR)


Andrew Brackman threw five impressive innings, but then started to melt down a bit in the sixth as Trenton lost, 4-2.

Brackman ended up going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits.  He walked two and struck out seven.    Of his ten non-strikeouts, seven were ground outs.
Since joining Trenton, Brackman is now 1-5 with a 4.31 ERA in six starts. (31.1 IP, 36 H, 13 BB, 30 K, 2 HR, 1.19 GO/AO).    Overall, he is 6-9 in 18 starts with a 4.83 ERA (91.1 IP, 103 H, 22 BB, 86 K, 7 HR, 1.55 GO/AO).

Marcos Vechionacci had two hits in the losing effort to raise his line to .297/.371/.446.    He hasn’t been great since his huge June, but he hasn’t collapsed either.  He has 12 hits in his last 36 at-bats and is at .279 in July.

Manny Banuelos pitched well, but not well enough as Tampa also had a tough time scoring tonight in a 3-1 loss.

Banuelos went five innings, allowing three unearned runs on five hits.  He walked three and struck out ten.    In five starts for Tampa, the 19-year old lefty is 0-1 with a 1.16 ERA (23.1 IP, 18 H, 1 HR, 8 BB, 33 K, 1.00 GO/AO).    That strikeout rate is quite impressive for a 19-year old in High-A ball.

Shortstop Jose Pirela (20) had two more hits to give himself a ten-game hitting streak (17-for-40, .425) and an overall line of .249/.328/.362 in 334 at-bats.     As stated previously, he hit very well at the age of 19 in Charleston last year…so keep him in the back of your mind as another potential infield prospect in this system.

Zolio Almonte & Melky Mesa each contributed a hit, while Corban Joseph went 0-for-2 with two walks.  (.309/.386/.450)

Deangelo Mack hit a tie-breaking 10th inning home run to lead Charleston to a 5-4 victory.
Mack went 1-for-2 on the night with the home run (his 10th of the season) and three walks.    He is now hitting .252 in 298 at-bats with 16 doubles, four triples, ten home runs, and 38 RBI.  He has walked 39 times while striking out 69 times.

Slade Heathcott went 2-for-5 with a double and now has four multi-hit games in his last five.    The power still isn’t there (just one home run – an inside-the-park homer at that), but he is hitting .282 while playing in a league that the Yankees didn’t plan to use him in for all of 2010.   Not bad.

Kyle Higashioka went 2-for-4 to give him eight hits in his last three games (and get his average over .220), while Jimmy Paredes went 1-for-4 with his 33rd stolen base.

Brett Marshall started and went six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits.  He walked one and struck out seven.   In five starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA (28 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 25 K)

21-year old righty Francisco Gil saved his fifth game of the season with a scoreless tenth inning.
Lower Minors:

Lefty Juan Marcano (19) pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn himself a Goose Gossage save for the GCL Yankees.  He allowed one hit, walked nobody, and struck out two.  He has thrown 12 scoreless innings for the GCL squad after throwing five scoreless innings earlier this season for Tampa in the FSL.   His overall line reads like this:   17 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 13 K….21st round pick Conor Mullee threw three scoreless innings in relief for the win.   Mullee played mostly shortstop during his collegiate career, but the Yankees want him to concentrate on pitching only.   He is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA for the GCL squad.  In 17 innings, he has allowed 16 hits while walking four and striking out 14….

Minors Report for 7/16/10 (More Jesus Montero; Adam Warren; Austin Romine; Manny Banuelos; Jimmy Paredes 30-30 Club)

Looks like Alan Horne was able to avoid surgery and is once again trying to rehab his way back into the organization. It’s a long shot, but you can’t hope but root for the kid.


To say Jesus Montero is on fire is actually a bit of an understatement.

Montero went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Jorge Vazquez clubbed his seventh home run of the season as Scranton squeezed by Toledo, 5-4.

Montero, believe it or not, is all the way up to .262 on the season. The double was his 20th of the season. He has raised his slugging percentage up to .434.

April/May combined: .357 slugging percentage June/July combined: .526 slugging percentage

He’s also been drawing more walks as the season has gone along.

When the cream of your organization’s crop is going so well, sometimes you start to overlook guys. Obviously, Eduardo Nunez should not be overlooked. Tonight, he went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He is hitting .310/.361/.416. For Vazquez, his seven home runs have come in 115 at-bats and he has a .278/.289/.548 line. Yep, that is the correct OBP – he has two walks for Scranton, both intentional.

Romulo Sanchez got the win in relief to even his record at 7-7 (he has a 0.69 ERA as a reliever) while Jonathan Albaladejo earned his 30th save while dropping his ERA under 1.00 (0.99) ================================= Trenton:

Adam Warren’s debut wasn’t perfect, but he’ll take the win. Warren lasted five innings, giving up two runs (one earned on four hits as Trenton took an 8-6 decision. Warren was wild (four walks, wild pitch), but did manage to strike out five while inducing seven grounders to one flyout.

Austin Romine went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the win. He is now hititng .279 with 22 doubles, six home runs, and 46 RBI. After a sparkling start to the season, Romine has only hit .222 in June/July.

Luis Nunez went 3-for-4 with an RBi to raise his average to .282. Brandon Laird, who has also been slumping, contributed his 82nd RBI of the season. It broke a seven-game streak without driving in a run. =================================== Tampa:

Manny Banuelous was brilliant as Tampa won a big pitching duel, 1-0.

Banuelos, who didn’t factor in the decision, pitched six shutout innings, while allowing two hits. He walked one and struck out seven. The 19-year old lefty has made four starts with Tampa and is still 0-0 but with a 1.47 ERA (18.1 IP, 13 H, 5 BB, 23 K, 1 HR).

Pat Venditte recorded his fourth save of the season, throwing the final 1.2 innings. He didn’t allow a baserunner and struck out three. He now has a 1.80 ERA (28 G, 50 IP, 34 H, 10 BB, 61 K, 2 HR) ==================================== Charleston:

I remember yesterday writing up all of that praise for the exciting Jimmy Paredes, who stole his 30th base. Well, one tidbit I forgot to bring up: He’s actually in the 30-30 club! Paredes committed two error tonight, giving up 32 on the season as Charleston took a 8-1 pounding.

Slade Heathcott made his return to the lineup, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. JR Murphy added a double and a walk to the effort. Heathcott is hitting .264 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run. He has yet to put one over the fence though, as the home run was an inside-the-park homer.

Brett Marshall took the loss, a victim of his own bad pitching and the Riverdogs’ shoddy defense (four errors overall). Marshall went 5.2 innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three. His ERA is now 2.86 in four starts for Charleston. ======================================= Lower Minors: Mikey O’Brien improved to 6-0 in Staten Island’s victory tonight. He went six shutout innings in this one, allowing four hits while walking two and striking out six. In 35.1 IP, he has allowed 28 hits while walking nine and striking out 24. He was a 9th round pick in the 2009 draft….Kyle Roller hit his second home run of the season….The GCL squad only managed six hits (that’s what happens when Gary Sanchez isn’t playing). Ramon Flores had two of them, and the 18-year old outfielder is holding his own. He is at .327/.403/.400 in 15 games. The Yankees gave him a little taste of High-A ball in Tampa this year, and he went 7-for-28 in eight games there….Dustin Hobbs, a right-hander drafted in this year’s drafted, recently signed and made his debut today. He pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three. The 20-year old out of Las Vegas (he went to Yavapai College, with a letter of intent to go to Utah in 2011) was a 21st round pick.

Minors Report for 7/1/10 (Ivan Nova; Brett Marshall; Josh Romanski; Jimmy Paredes)

Well, at least Tampa started their game tonight…but didn’t finish it. Game suspended. ——————– Scranton:

Ivan Nova pitched seven strong innings, while Eduardo Nunez collected three hits and an RBI as Scranton took an 8-6 victory.

Nova allowed three of those runs on seven hits. He walked only two, but also didn’t strike out a batter. His GO/AO rate also wasn’t all that strong tonight, so it looks like he was off of his game..but still managed to go deep into it. Nova is now 6-2 in 15 starts with a 3.07 ERA (91 IP, 91 H, 32 BB, 64 K, 6 HR, 1.51 GO/AO ratio).

Nunez, who also stole two bases, is now hitting .313/.358/.416 on the season with 17 steals in 20 tries. He collected his 100th hit of the season.

Jesus Montero went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run batted in (.251/.318/.417), while Marcus Thames contributed a few hits. Thames should be ready to rejoin the big club shortly. —————————————— Trenton:

Trenton had to piece together their pitching a bit tonight, but managed to pull off a 4-1 victory.

Cory Arbiso, drafted in the 22nd round of the 2008 draft, started and went four innings, giving up one run on six hits. He walked nobody and struck out one. The 24-year old swingman is 0-1 on the season with a 3.89 ERA in 18 games (4 starts). Over 37 innings, he has allowed 37 hits while walking 10 and striking out 20. He has a 2.07 GO/AO ratio. JB Cox pitched two scoreless innings in relief to get the victory.

At the plate, Daniel Brewer went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to raise his slash to .234/.320/.381. ——————————————- Charleston:

It was a pitching clinic today for Charleston as they swept a double-header by the scores of 4-2 and 4-1.

In Game 1, Brett Marshall pitched extremely well, going six innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out six. This was Marshall’s first start for Charleston this season, after throwing a couple of rehab games for the GCL squad. Marshall (20) has a chance to be a top pitching prospect, but needs to stay healthy obviously. Tonight was a good first step.

In Game 2, it was all Josh Romanski. Romanski went five innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out eight. The 23-year old southpaw is now 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA for Charleston (6 starts, 32 IP, 35 H, 8 BB, 32 K, 3 HR). It was his second consecutive eight strikeout game. I am intrigued by this kid, once a good prospect for the Brewers’ organization who is coming off of an injury. You just never know with left-handed pitchers.

It wasn’t a great night for the hitting prospects, however. Slade Heathcott went 0-for-7 in the DH with a walk and a run scored, while JR Murphy went 0-for-5. Neil Medchill managed to hit a two-run home run, but was only 1-for-5 overall.

Jimmy Paredes hit well though. Paredes went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two walks, and three runs scored. The 21-year old shortstop is now hitting a very respectable .283/.315/.393 with 17 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 30 RBI. He has also scored 50 runs and stolen 27 out of 34. He had a rough April (.567 OPS) but has turned it up since then (.755 in May; .729 in June). With all of the talk about who is above him (Nunez) and who is below him (Culver), it should be noted that Paredes is a pretty darn good prospect in his own right. —————————————————— Lower Minors: Gary Sanchez raised his average to .424 on the season with a 2-for-3 day for the GCL Yankees…In that same game, 19-year old Kelvin Duran went 3-for-5 with a double and is now 6-for-18….Lefty Nik Turley, a 50th round pick in the 2008 draft, went 4 innings in this start. To show you how defense can be a bit shaky at levels like this, Turley has a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings this year. Sounds impressive – until you see that he has given up seven runs, only one of which has been earned….Chase Whitley continues his relief success with Staten Island. He saved his fifth game tonight, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out two. His line for the season: 6 games, 8.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K. Whitley recently turned 21 years old. He was drafted in the 15th round in this year’s draft. He is a big kid (6’4″, 220 pounds) who can dial it up into the mid-90s range (but sits more in the lower 90s). A bit of a projectable reliever. He’ll probably be given every chance to climb the ladder quickly…

Minors Report for 6/26/10 (Jesus Montero; David Phelps; Zolio Almonte; Melky Mesa; Slade Heathcott; JR Murphy; Cito Culver Milestone)


Quite the marathon in Scranton tonight.

Jesus Montero went 3-for-6 with a solo home run as Scranton outlasted Rochester, 2-1, in a 13-inning affair. It was Montero’s second consecutive three-hit night and his average is now approaching .250 (.249). Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-5 with a triple in the victory. Nunez is hitting .317 on the season in 300 at-bats. He has 18 doubles, three triples, and two home runs to go along with 15 steals in 18 tries.

Ivan Nova wasn’t dominant, but he was good enough. He went 6.2 innings, allowing just that one run. But he did give up six hits and four walks while striking out four. The big thing he did was generate a ton of ground balls. Nova is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 starts this season (84 IP, 84 H, 30 BB, 64 K, 5 HR).

Marc Melancon went two more scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He walked nobody and struck out two. Melancon is on a bit of a roll now, and it may not be a bad idea for the Yankees to see if he can ride that streak in the big leagues.

Eric Wordekemper (26) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and now has six scoreless innings since his promotion to Scranton. Not someone I am high on, but all he has done in his minor league career with the Yankees is generate outs. He has a 2.48 ERA in 319 minor league innings for the Yankees. Nothing about him is flashy, but who knows – maybe he’ll be in the middle of somebody’s bullpen at some point, even if it is not with the Yankees.

Jonathan Albaladejo contributed two scoreless innings of his own, allowing one hit while striking out two. His ERA is now 1.21 (37.1 IP, 21 H, 12 BB, 48 K). Unlike Melancon, Albie doesn’t have the big ground ball rate…though the strikeout rate is very strong. Both probably deserve a shot to see if the can help stabilize the big league bullpen. —————————————————————————————————— Trenton:

David Phelps pitched six scoreless innings to lead Trenton to a 2-0 victory. Phelps is still undefeated in 2010 (6-0). He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven. The 23-year old has made 14 starts and now has a 2.04 ERA on the season (88.1 IP, 63 H, 23 BB, 84 K, 2 HR). One thing that stands out is his very strong strikeout rate. I didn’t think Phelps would be able to miantain a good one once he reached the upper minors, but he has. A 14th round pick out of Notre Dame in 2008, I can’t recall one stretch of poor pitching since he entered the organization. He cruised through Staten Island in 2008, mowed down everybody in Charleston & Tampa in 2009, and has been brilliant for Trenton in 2010.

Daniel Brewer went 0-for-3 but with a stolen base (20), two walks, and a run scored in the victory. Austin Romine went 1-for-3 with a walk. The thing that stands out about Brewer is that he is a right-handed hitter…who hits righties but not lefties. He is hitting .237 overall, but .267/.347/.412 vs. righties; vs. lefties, he is only at .152/.266/.333. ——————————————————————————————————- Tampa:

I think Zolio Almonte is enjoying life in Florida. Almonte went 2-for-4 with an RBI, walk, and a stolen base as Tampa scored a run in the ninth to take a 4-3 victory. Almonte is 5-for-8 in three games with five walks and two stolen bases since his promotion from Charleston.

Melky Mesa continued his recent surge, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Mesa is now up to .247/.336/.403 with 20 steals in 25 attempts. In his last 10 games, his line is .294/.400/.500 and in 68 June at-bats, he has registered a .309/.413/.559 line.

Corban Joseph went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and a walk. He is hitting .303/.371/.427. He’s been fairly steady most of the season.

Pat Venditte pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out three (0-0, 1.98 ERA, 41 IP, 28 H, 1 HR, 9 BB, 51 K) ——————————————————————————————————————- Charleston:

You just can’t help but be impressed with the two teenagers on this squad at the moment.

Slade Heathcott and JR Murphy both put up 2-for-4 nights, though it wasn’t enough for Charleston as they fell, 9-5.

Heathcott scored a run, drove in a run, and drew a walk. He is now hitting .288/.363/.350 with three doubles, one triple and six steals in eight tries.

Murphy hit a double and a triple and drove in a run. He is now hitting .257/.304/.346. He has seven doubles, one triple, and a home run. He is on a six game hitting streak and is hitting .341/.378/.463 in his last 10 games.

Jimmy Paredes can sometimes get lost in the shuffle, but really shouldn’t. He also went 2-for-4 with a home run. He is hitting .278/.307/.377 with 26 steals in 32 attempts. The 21-year old shortstop is hitting .317/.349/.537 in his last 10 games and has been a steady contributer since his .567 OPS showing in April.

20-year old right-hander Jose Ramirez continued his recent struggles, lasting five innings tonight, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two. His overall season is very promising for a 20-year old at this level (14 starts, 2-4, 3.57 ERA, 75.2 IP, 68 H, 25 BB, 67 K, 0 HR), but his ERA in June is 6.41 in four starts. The main culprit has been the walks; after walking 13 in his first 56 innings, he has walked 12 in his last 19.2 innings. —————————————————————————————————————————— GCL Yankees:

Hard-throwing right-hander Brett Marshall pitched five impressive innings in his second rehab start. He allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out five. It may not be long before he finds himself on the Charleston roster (he may also end up in Tampa, but I think Charleston would be a good landing spot – he did struggle a bit there in 2009).

Cito Culver collected his first professional hit in this game. He is now 1-for-7 since signing his contract. ———————————————————————————————————————————

Minors Report for 6/21/10 (Ivan Nova; Gary Sanchez; Brett Marshall; Manny Banuelos)

A light schedule overall down on the farm as Trenton & Charleston were off while Tampa was postponed; so some of the focus will turn to teams deep down in the farm. So deep down you can barely see the players playing there. Typically speaking, I don’t report too much on these leagues; most of the players will be lost to attrition before they’ll register on anyone’s radar. But it doesn’t hurt to focus on the true standouts.


But we will start in the upper minors.

Ivan Nova continues to cruise along, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings as Scranton took care of Pawtucket, 4-3…..courtesy of a walk-off wild pitch that scored Justin Christian.

Nova, who didn’t factor in the decision, allowed five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. In 13 starts for Scranton, Nova is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA. In 77.1 innings, he has allowed 78 hits while walking 26 and striking out 60. In his last four starts, his stat-line reads like this: 3-0, 1.33 ERA, 27 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 19 K. How about dumping Burnett and inserting Nova? Just kidding…..maybe.

Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a triple (his 2nd) and a run scored in the win. Jesus Montero had his second consecutive 0-for-4 showing. Maybe I should just stop typing about him?

GCL Yankees:

Gary Sanchez immediately lived up to his advanced billing, torching a grand slam to help the GCL squad to a 10-8 slugfest victory. Sanchez, a 17-year old catcher signed during last year’s international signing period, has already been regarded by some as one of the Yankees’ top prospects; given this was his first ever professional game, that is a bit hasty. But I’d say that is a pretty good start for him.

19-year old center fielder Kelvin Duran contributed a home run of his own to the winning effort. Duran hit .302/.366/.462 for the Dominican Summer League Yankees last year in 262 at-bats. He stole 28 bases in 35 tries.

Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos finally got on a mound, pitching two hitless innings. Despite that, he did give up an earned run while walking one and striking out two. Fellow rehabber Brett Marshall came in relief of Banuelos. He pitched three innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked three and struck out three. Marshall is a 20-year old right-hander drafted in 6th round of the 2008 draft. He pitched for Charleston last year before going down with an arm injury. In 17 starts, he put up a 3-6 record with a 5.56 ERA (87.1 IP, 98 H, 7 HR, 37 BB, 60 K)