The Farm Report 5/7/11

David Phelps (SP) has had a good start to the season.  He has gone at least six innings in his last four games and has an ERA of 3.47 after six starts.  He has struck out 30 hitters while issuing just nine walks.  On Friday, he went six innings against Pawtucket and held the Red Sox scoreless, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven.

Jesus Montero (C) is on a six game hitting streak, going 3-5 on Tuesday.  He has also finally picked up a few walks, getting walked twice on May 1st after never getting a base on balls during the month of April.  Justin Maxwell (CF) has shown a lot of power at the plate so far.  He has driven eight homers and nineteen RBIs, also collecting a couple doubles and a triple.  He also leads Scranton in strikeouts, however, whiffing 35 times.  Dan Brewer (RF) has bounced between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.  He hasn’t had the best success in Trenton, but in his seven games in Scranton, he is hitting .444/.565/.667/1.232.  He has three stolen bases, a triple and two doubles.

Injuries and Other Transactions: The big news this week, after Eric Chavez was put on the DL and Ramiro Pena was recalled, was the DFA of Kevin Russo (IF). They picked up Jess Todd (P) yesterday and cut Russo loose. Reports say that the Yankees had explored trades for Russo towards the end of Spring Training.  After a lackluster start to the season in AAA, Russo was the odd man out.  After 25 games, Russo was hitting .230/.306/.300/.606 with 30 strikeouts and nine walks.

Luis Ayala (P) was put on the Scranton roster as he works back from injury.  Ryan Pope (P) was brought up to Scranton from the Tampa Yankees.  Luiz Nunez (SS) was activated from the 7-day DL and is back with Scranton, while Greg Golson (CF) was put on the 7-day DL with a hamstring injury. Jose Gil (C) was sent from Scranton to Trenton.

Trenton Thunder (AA): Trenton did not start the season as they had hoped, but their May is off to a 4-2 start.  They failed to pick up the sweep against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, losing the final game of the series 5-3 on May 1st.  The Thunder then took three of four from the Portland Sea Dogs and started their series against the Akron Aeros with a 7-4 victory.

Bradley Suttle (3B) is swinging a very hot bat for the Thunder right now.  Since April 30th, Suttle is 12-27 with six runs scored, two doubles, two triples and two homers.  He has eight RBIs, five walks and a stolen base.  He is on a seven game hit streak.  Corban Joseph (2B) has been a solid hitter for the Thunder this season and has gotten hotter as of late.  He is hitting .314/.375/.543/.918 over the last nine games.  He has doubled once, homered once and tripled twice during that period.

Manny Banuelos (P) has yet to get into a groove this season.  He was sidelined briefly with a blister on his finger, and has yet to last five innings.  He does have a 2.57 ERA over his five starts, but has only pitched a total of 21 innings during that time.  He is coming off his toughest outing of the season, when he gave up three runs on eight hits over just 3.2 innings.  He struck out two and walked four in that game.  Dellin Betances (P), however, picked up his first win of the season on May 4th.  He went five innings and gave up just one run on four hits.  He struck out five and walked no one, while holding Portland to a .190 average.

Injuries and Other Transactions: Wilkins Arias (P) was activated from the 7-day DL on May 2nd, while Naoya Okamoto (P) was put on the 7-day DL retroactive to April 29thJosh Schmidt (P) was sent from Scranton, down to Trenton, while Brian Anderson (P) and Steve Garrison (P) have both landed on the 7-day DL.  Damon Sublett (OF) was just activated from the 7-day DL yesterday.

Tampa Yankees (A+): While Scranton and Trenton are each having a good May, Tampa continues to spiral downward.  They have lost all six games they have played this month, and find themselves in the midst of a nine-game losing streak.  So far, the back-to-back Florida State League Champs are looking unlikely for a threepeat.  Robert Lyerly (3B) continues to be one of the lone bright spots in the Tampa lineup.  In his last ten games he is hitting .300/.364/.350/.714 which a couple doubles and a stolen base.

Injuries and Other Transactions: Carlos Silva (P) has started his road back to the majors with an assignment in Tampa.  Ronny Marte (P), Kelvin Perez (P), and Hector Rabago (C) were all sent to Staten Island from Tampa.  Jairo Heredia (P) and Josh Romanski (P) were both activated off the 7-day DL

Charleston RiverDogs (A-): Charleston is faring little better than Tampa right now.  They are 3-2 in May, having broken a five-game losing streak with an 11-0 whooping of Delmarva.  J.R. Murphy (C) continues to make some noise.  He is eight for twenty this month, picking up two hits in four of his last five games.  He has five doubles over that period.  Murphy is crushing southpaws this season, hitting .417 against them.  Gary Sanchez (C) will try to put his tough April behind him and turn things around in May.  He is four for fourteen (.286) in his last four games with a couple doubles and three RBIs.  Charleston received Jose Toussen (SS) from Staten Island this week.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

2 thoughts on “The Farm Report 5/7/11

  1. Tom I

    I probably watch about 130 games a year, but I don't really follow the farm teams all too much. My question is, what is the timeline like for Jesus Montero? I've been hearing a lot of great things about him, but I've been hearing them for 3 or 4 seasons. Did they Yankees get Russel Martin because he was not ready? From what I'm reading now, his batting stats look great, but I don't know much at all about his catching.

    • There are different opinions on Montero's catching. He has worked pretty hard on it the last couple seasons, and from all accounts made some good improvements, but most people don't see him sticking behind the plate for much of his career. He's a pretty big guy and still fairly young, too. Just about everyone agrees Montero is ready to hit in the majors now. His power numbers this season aren't as high, but there is generally no question about his potential to be a power hitter in the majors.

      For now, the Yankees seem content to let Montero continue to work on his catching in AAA and let him get as many at bats as possible, which so far seems like the smart way to play it. The fact that Martin has had such a great season so far probably complicates things a little right now as well. Look at how much time Gustavo Molina got when he was in the Bronx… Still, if Montero keeps hitting like he has, it is going to be hard for the Yankees to keep him down in Scranton for too long. I would be surprised if Montero (assuming he stays healthy, etc) isn't playing in the majors by the end of the season/start of next season.

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