Things are going well for the Yankees down in the Arizona Fall League. Brandon Laird was named the Week 1 co-Player of the Week, Ian Kennedy has yet to allow a walk and leads the league in strikeouts through two starts and Colin Curtis moved up to No. 3 in the Surprise Rafters batting order and went 3-for-5 with a home run, his team-leading second of the young season. He’s batting .367.
Also, Mike Dunn and Grant Duff have combined for 5.1 scoreless innings, Zach Kroenke has allowed one run in four innings and Austin Romine is batting .400 through 15 at-bats. It’s only been six games and the Fall League is a hitter’s league, so take some of those offensive numbers with a grain of salt, but so far, so good.
Other winter league notes…
• Jesus Montero is hitting .143 through four games in Venezuela. He’s clearly a bust.*
• Romulo Sanchez, who the Yankees got in a mid-season trade with the Pirates, has allowed one hit through 4.2 innings with two different Venezuelan teams. Why two? I have no idea. I know the guy was hitting 97 mph with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Triple-A playoffs.
• Also in Venezuela, Reegie Corona is batting .300 with two doubles through six games while Josh Schmidt has yet to allow an earned run through 11 innings. Schmidt is a relatively nondescript right-hander, but he did nothing but put up great numbers in Double-A this season. He he never got a chance to move up, but he seems to be pitching like he has something to prove.
• Everyone’s favorite switch-pitcher, Pat Venditte, went two scoreless in his first winter league outing but got knocked around for three runs, two earned, in an 1.1 innings yesterday.
* I’m kidding. Montero hasn’t played in two-plus months. He’ll be fine.