Results for tag: Jesus Montero
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 26, 2010 at 05:23:28 PM

LET’S NOT MAKE A DEAL
Having been forced to the sidelines when the best pitcher on the trade market went to Texas, the Yankees were again outbid, at least in someone's perception, for the second-best. In a trade that has been almost universally panned by the cognoscenti (baseballscenti?), the Diamondbacks picked up Joe Saunders, a let-‘em-hit-it lefty who will only be as good as his defense and his luck, as well as an undistinguished middle relief candidate, a 20-year-old lefty starter whose stuff suggests a future at the back of a rotation, and a player to be named -- widely assumed to be 2009 supplemental first-round pick Tyler Skaggs, a teenage lefty with a big curve ball. He’s far enough away that what he turns out to be is anyone’s guess, but his stuff is currently

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 16, 2010 at 02:49:32 PM

It’s only nine games, but Thursday night’s 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk against Toledo boosts Jesus Montero’s rates for the month to .333/.488/.567. More importantly, if my figurin’ is right, since the beginning of June, he’s hit .295/.372/.519 with 10 doubles, two triples, and five home runs. It’s not the .337/.389/.562 of last season, but it’s headed in the right direction. I might have suggested that the near-trade to Seattle for Cliff Lee played in role in Montero’s awakening, but he was already on his way before the Yankees dangled him over the Safeco Field abyss.

It seems spectacularly unlikely that Montero will get any real Major League action this year given that he’s not on the 40-man roster, and that’s certainly

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 9, 2010 at 08:59:37 PM

WAIT A MINUTE
MAYBE MY EARS ARE CLOGGED OR SOMETHING
MAYBE I’M NOT UNDERSTANDING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

I’m a bit reluctant to come down on a guy without knowing all the details, but if the Yankees had an agreement in principal and then the Mariners backed out because they were “concerned about David Adams’ ankle,” as Joel Sherman (who has been all over this story like yellow feathers on Big Bird) reported, then Jack Zduriencik is without honor. First of all, just how severe an ankle injury was it? Was his foot separated from his leg? Hell, was it such a high sprain that his head was separated from his neck? Short of something really radical like that, an ankle injury seems like too transient a cause to derail a trade. In addition, the Yankees had other infielders

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:16:21 PM

OH ME OF LITTLE FAITH
I never stopped watching, never looked away (in my position you can’t), but I had mentally resigned myself to another Yankees loss Sunday night. Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff, and Joe Torre wisely exploited the American League’s more laid-back style of play by going all bunt-y on him. Clayton Kershaw was dealing. Brett Gardner’s injury had shortened the bench and put the game in the hands of Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis at critical junctures. The bullpen inspires little confidence aside from Mariano Rivera. Kershaw was cruising and Jonathan Broxton hadn’t blown too many saves. You know what happened next: pretty much every reasonable expectation was upended.

The key moment was Jorge Posada’s incredible 10-pitch at-bat

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jun 10, 2010 at 06:36:18 PM

DIET STRASBURG
His debut won’t get the same hype as Stephen Strasburg’s, but when Jake Arrieta makes his Major League debut, the Yankees will be seeing the pitcher who is perhaps the next-best prospect at the moment. Take that statement for what it is -- there is a huge gap between Strasburg and the next-best guy, but all that means is that Arrieta is just your standard pitching phenom, someone who in any other year you would be very excited to follow. He throws in the mid-90s, with his best non-fastball offering being a slider. Walks are his Achilles’ heel.  

The 6’4” right-hander has dominated the International League, compiling a 1.85 ERA in 73 innings for Norfolk. He’s walked 34 (high) and struck out 64. The Orioles now have three top pitching

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 13, 2010 at 06:30:26 PM

WHADDYA EXPECT?
Sure, Justin Verlander is an excellent pitcher, but as CC Sabathia showed today, excellent pitchers can be beaten. It helps if you face that pitcher with a real lineup, but the Yankees were about a third short of one today with Juan Miranda, Randy Winn, and Greg Golson at the bottom of the order. This trio of light hitters stranded nine baserunners today, contributing to a 1-3 finish for the Yankees in their long series at Detroit.

At the risk of repeating yesterday’s entry, it’s quite confusing as to why the Yankees are prepared to tolerate their current roster when they have alternatives beyond Golson, a pinch-runner/defensive substitute, Winn, a player who needs to hit .300 to be productive and won’t, and the ageless Miranda, who just might -- maybe

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:24:32 PM

I still believe he has more long-term value than Sergio Mitre, but you can’t argue with the way the latter has pitched this spring, or just how bad Gaudin has been. The issue with Gaudin has always been control, whereas with Mitre it has been staying healthy and not getting his head handed to him. Two years younger and with a better track record of health and effectiveness, I’d rather bet on Gaudin’s strikeout rate and the possibility of finding a way to shave half a walk per nine innings than on Tommy John surgery having suddenly turned Mitre into an effective pitcher.

The team that acquires Gaudin is going to get a serviceable fifth starter/long man, while it’s not quite clear what application Mitre will have for the Yankees. Long relief? That’s Alfredo Aceves’

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 19, 2010 at 09:52:24 AM

AND OTHER DISCONTENTS
But what is he a monument to? He had a solid inning on Thursday, but it’s still not obvious why he’s on the team, other than to provide depth for its own sake. Depth is a valid concern, but the Yankees would be better off in the long term getting Mark Melancon established.

…Why hasn’t Jesus Montero been cut yet? Shouldn’t he be allowed to go to the Minor League camp and start playing every day? He’s not making the team unless Nick Johnson joins Grant Desme in religious seclusion. You’d like to see him unlimber, if only so that if there’s an injury to Johnson or one of the catchers, the Yankees can give him honest consideration for the spot.

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Reader Rob takes issue

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:06:13 PM

IT ... BEGINS
Nick Johnson scratched due to a sore back yesterday. No further comment, except that Jesus Montero could be ready soon. The injury to Johnson wasn’t serious, but it raises the question of what the Yankees would do if Johnson were forced to spend one of his more typical lengthy stays on the disabled list.

The answer probably depends on when in the season it happened. Were Johnson to go down now, we would probably see some cobbled-together arrangement that featured far too much of Juan Miranda at the plate, Randy Winn in the outfield with Nick Swisher getting a few DH turns, or Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson getting some outfield time in games started by lefties one or the other might have otherwise skipped, with Marcus Thames DHing instead.

Later in the season, we

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:58:44 PM

I'm traveling today and not all that wired in at this writing, but so far that hasn't mattered much because Spring Training, at least Yankees Spring Training, has been on the slow side. Sure, there are a few interesting storylines—Jesus Montero, the fifth-starter duel, the left field mix—but Montero isn't going anywhere, the fifth-starter thing won't even give a hint of resolution for a couple of starts, and left field seems like a six of one/half-dozen of the other thing, so there's not much tension there.

I can dream of a different spring, a more compelling exercise full of stories that we would await with anticipation as we would the next Harry Potter novel. My top five wishes for a parallel-Earth Spring Training:

1. Derek Jeter is tutoring a 21-year-old shortstop who hit

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