This should be a slow night for baseball, but if you need a fix, the Triple-A All-Star Game will be on the MLB Network at 7:05 p.m. The Yankees have three players on the International League roster: One huge prospect (Jesus Montero), one pretty big prospect (Eduardo Nunez) and one guy you’ve seen before but might deserve another shot.
Jonathan Albaladejo has been terrific in Triple-A. He has 29 saves at the break, which is already a single-season record in Scranton. He’s pitched 44.2 innings with 59 strikeouts, 25 hits and 12 walks. And he’s been consistently that good since Opening Day.
“He’s been pitching great,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s a guy that possibly we look at, something we definitely have to look at.”
Girardi said part of the reason Albaladejo hasn’t been called up is that the Yankees no longer see him as a multi-inning guy. They want to use him one inning at a time, and he’s thrived in that role in Triple-A. Might be worth a look in the second half.
The other Yankees in the Triple-A all-star game…
Jesus Montero, C
.252, 7 HR, 37 RBI
Thrown out 19 of 89 base stealers, 21.3 percent
You might have heard of this guy. So far Triple-A has been a bit of a learning curve for the 20-year-old, but he had a .505 slugging percentage in June so maybe he’s starting to adjust. Still very young. Still questions about his ability to stay behind the plate. Still has a lot of believers when it comes to his bat.
Eduardo Nunez, SS
.305, 3 HR, 40 RBI
Seven errors in 371 total chances at short
Word is he’ll be the No. 3 hitter for the IL. The Yankees have played him at third quite a bit lately, fueling speculation of a possible call-up. He’s already matched his walk total from 2009 and surpassed his walk total from ’08. He has two additional errors at second and two more at third, but I’ve been told great things about the progress of his defense at shortstop. He made 33 errors there last season.
Albaladejo photo from my friends at the Scranton Times-Tribune. That’s a Jason Farmer original.