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Catching notes: Montero’s chances, Martin’s health, Posada’s role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have certainly stressed player development in recent years, but that development doesn’t have to happen at the minor league level. For a player like Jesus Montero — who’s second half was terrific last season in Triple-A — the next step could be a backup job in New York. Girardi said not to count out the possibility.

“I think the way you look at it is two-fold,” Girardi said. “Is he ready to play up here, and can he help you win games? If those two things line up, then there’s a pretty good chance we’ll take that player.”

How far has Montero come defensively?

“He, like some of these pitchers, has made great strides from what I’ve seen,” Girardi said. “He just looks so much more comfortable back there when you see him sitting, whether there’s a runner on or not a runner on. Keeping the ball in the zone, he’s improved a lot. His throwing has gotten better.

“This is a kid that is a big kid. This is a large man catching, and it’s not always so easy to be a smaller package. But physically he’s gotten to where he can be a pretty small package with his flexibility and all of those things that it takes. It’s going to happen.”

• I already mentioned that Russell Martin probably won’t catch on Saturday, but here’s Girardi explaining the situation: “I don’t think he’s quite ready to go, and we’re not going to rush him. You’ll see him do drills and do some other things, but he still talks about, (the knee) doesn’t feel quite the same as it did before… I told him, I want to know when you’re 100 percent, because I don’t want to set back with him. When we’re able to put him in there, I want him to be able to go.”

• Girardi guessed maybe three or four days before Martin is ready to catch in a game. He caught live BP today. “That would be my hope that’s all it is,” Girardi said. “But if it takes more, it takes more.”

• Without Martin, Girardi said he’s not sure who will start at catcher on Saturday. “I’ll talk to Tony (Pena) about how we’re going to do it,” Girardi said. “Thursday, I’ll try to make up 3-4 lineups for the next four days.”

• When will Girardi put Jorge Posada at catcher in a game? “I don’t know if I will this spring,” Girardi said. “We’ll jst see how that goes, how the competitions are going.”

• Posada is supposed to catch a bullpen tomorrow. It will be the first time he’s caught a bullpen this spring.

Associated Press photos of Montero and Martin

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123 Responses to “Catching notes: Montero’s chances, Martin’s health, Posada’s role”

  1. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Awesome MSG Melo commercial for tonight’s game

    http://video.msg.com/Home/Knic.....n-MSG-2-23

  2. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Grab this and run with it, Montero. Make this club out of ST!

  3. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Venezuelan eyes
    Jet black,like the old seats where
    Reggie earned his stripes

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    yea I really want the Jesus getting a good look at MLB in the early going so he can be a factor down the stretch & in the playoffs.the learning curve has to begin earlier,not later.

  5. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Like, Bronx Jeers. Were the old seats jet black?

  6. ac1 February 23rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I hope Montero uses this opp too.

    I believe he can still developm even not playing everyday on the Yankees. He will get his ABs and catch a few times a week, maybe DH a little bit? Girardi is good at getting everyone into games.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    Venezuelan eyes
    Jet black,like the old seats where
    Reggie earned his stripes
    ///

    nice.but isn’t a “nature” reference a requirement?if the seats were wood,you could substitute wood for black,but you might lose somethin.

  8. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Looks like Mauer is “busted up”. He had an injection in his knee.

  9. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    yea I really want the Jesus getting a good look at MLB in the early going so he can be a factor down the stretch & in the playoffs.the learning curve has to begin earlier,not later.
    _____
    If Martin needs to come along slowly, Montero can stake his claim. Love what GI Joe said about his catching. Flexibility? Not exactly, but flexible enough. Maybe the Jesus is doing yoga. That might help. lol.

  10. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    i cant believe wainwright is out. that really hurts and makes the pitching market even tighter.

  11. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    wouldnt it be cool if montero hit a dinger saturday?

  12. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Poor Mauer. Catching wears your knees down; there is no denying that.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    yea let the kid get is feet wet and then ease him in and out of there.he’s just going to be more seasoned for it.the key is to get the bat up to speed vs. ML pitching.he will help us infinitely more with that weapon in his hands than he’ll hurt us behind the plate.let ‘er rip!

  14. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    wouldnt it be cool if montero hit a dinger saturday?
    _____
    Having witnessed it, I can say, that sound off Jesus’s bat is pure poetry. :)

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    yea cool but not just cool, I want him to be impossible to send down,given the yank conservatism.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    it is a unique sound.don’t even have to know who’s at the plate.it is the Jesus.

  17. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    i cant believe wainwright is out. that really hurts and makes the pitching market even tighter.
    ____
    But this is what I/we have been saying. Everyone is locking up their own. Thus the importance of developing and keeping our top homegrown pitchers. We will be flush in two years or less. The Cliff Lees of the world dissing us will be a non-factor if we play our cards right.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    As an aside, and for all posters who insisted that the Yankees were interested in Carl Crawford and were going to make a move for him, and then insisted that the Yankees had shown interest but were outbid by the Sux, here’s a newsflash:

    The Yankees nerver, not once ever, contacted Carl Crawford, in any way, shape, or form. How do I know? Because I heard him being interviewed this morning on WEEI. They were of course eager to hear him say that he didn’t have any desire to play for the Yankees but instead he said that he couldn’t really speak to that because the Yankees never called him or tried to contact him. Instead of giving the company line about preferring to play for the Sux, he just left it at that. :D Then to make matters worse, he also said that the Rays never offered him any kind of contract. That’s when they asked if he would have wanted to remain with the Rays if the money was right.

    What was TRULY funny was later, when Michael Holley and Dale Arnold, on a later show, played back the clips of Crawford giving those answers and then asked each other exactly who the Sux were bidding against when they offered Crawford that high-priced contract!

    :lol:

  19. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    lol, Trish, love to hear what’s going on from NE. As for Crawford, he had said during the season he would love to play for the Yankees. No surprise about the Rays not offering him a contract; everyone knew they couldn’t afford him. But Sawx bidding against themselves, you have got to love. Thanks for the info.

  20. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Trish, how’s Little Rhody doing? I miss it. Snow on the ground still?

  21. ac1 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Crawford’s contract is their A-Rod contract. Bid way more than anyone else. At least A-Rod plays 3rd base, anyone can play Left Field especially at fenway (where manny ran things for 6 years), and Alex was coming off a year where he hit 54 HRS and 156 RBIs.

  22. pat February 23rd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Here’s a link to a bunch of Yankees ST 2011 videos for your viewing pleasure

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyTampa

  23. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Trish, any discussion in the interview on where Crawford will bat?

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    yf, I kind of felt bad for him that the Yanks didn’t at least contact him and worse for him that the Rays didn’t even offer. What they were saying on EEI, and I have to agree, was that even though the Rays knew they couldn’t afford him, it would have been nice if they at least told him that they knew he would probably get a lot more on the open market but they wanted him to know that he had a home there and their preference of course was to keep him. On the other hand, knowing that they probably had no shot of keeping him might have been the reason they didn’t bother. He couldn’t have felt real wanted in general with just one team going after him. You know I have that humanist side that tends to worry for the world, oftentimes needlessly I am sure!

    :)

    We still have snow on the ground, but there are also places where there is no snow at all. I have to say that I totally did not realize the extent of all of the snow that we got! It’s kind of nice to be able to look outside and see other houses! I swear that the snow was so high that I would feel like I was leaving a fortress when I drove out of my driveway! This winter we had the third highest snowfall in the history of the state. Yeow!

    We have a little quizzy thing going here called QOTD – question of the day. I actually do it twice a day, once at 10 a.m. and once at 8 p.m. (changed from 6 p.m.) I have a large stack of baseball cards that I received a Christmas or two ago, called Yankee Stadium Legacy. I am using questions off those cards to ask quiz questions. When we run out of cards or interest, whatever comes first, the poster who has the most points will get some very nice chocolate-oriented present – or a substitute if chocolate is not her/his bent! Join in when you get a chance.

    Maybe you’ll have to come here when Scranton plays the Pawsux. I can get us some very nice seats in the Yankee section. Could be fun!!

    Off to drop my a key off at the place where I will bring my car later tonight (and leave it so it’s there in the morning. I prefer that to waking up early!) ABS light on, rear tire won’t align correctly so they have to see what needs doing. Always something – but the car doesn’t owe me a penny.

    :)

    Catch you in a while.

  25. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Like, Bronx Jeers. Were the old seats jet black?

    ———————————————————————–

    They were where Reggie hit em. :wink:

    Actually I’m just referring to the batter’s eye in CF and specifically to the 3rd HR Reggie hit in game 6 on the 77′ Series.

    Charlie Hough. As Reggie described it “knuckleball,….didn’t knuckle”

  26. Rich in NJ February 23rd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I think bringing Montero north with the big club is an inspired idea.

  27. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Crawford may not have signed with Boston if he had known that Luccino and Epstein was following he had known that he was being followed around and checking on his personal life. He said that when he found that out, he was creeped out by it.

    This was a front pager on ESPN page, but, got buried rather quickly.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=6148268

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Rich in NJ,
    is that sarcasm?As in – they’d be stupid NOT to?IMO,they would be stupid not to.

  29. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    Like, Bronx Jeers. Were the old seats jet black?

    ———————————————————————–

    They were where Reggie hit em.

    Actually I’m just referring to the batter’s eye in CF and specifically to the 3rd HR Reggie hit in game 6 on the 77? Series.

    Charlie Hough. As Reggie described it “knuckleball,….didn’t knuckle”
    __________
    Right, got it. lol. Sat next to those seats many times. One of the things (of many) I miss in NYS.

  30. Rich in NJ February 23rd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock

    Only in the sense that I have been making the same point myself for months.

    I really want Montero on the ML club.

  31. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like Mauer is “busted up”. He had an injection in his knee.
    _________
    Must be those extra 3 inches over 6 feet tall…gets them every time.

  32. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    “I am not the blog police so I don’t care how obscure you want to get on here.yet you jumped in and tried to muscle me off discussing flu shots.but rarely have anything to say when I make a baseball observation,which is oh, only 90 percent of my comments.weird.”

    Again, the nature of my comments is not at issue here. But I do enjoy a great many of your contributions to the baseball discussions here.

    “LOL.It’s only “political” because of Big Pharma’s interests being at odds with what’s in the interest of people who unknowingly, uncritcally accept their word for everything.The dicussion that broke out was about flu shots, not the next election or how the president’s doing.Are you gonna crank down that big virtual foot of yours when someone gripes that the HOF voting is “political”?You’re jumpin the “new” guy,that’s about it.

    You posted that it was political and your comment about “Big Pharma” seems pretty political too. As a ‘new guy’, perhaps you were unaware of the policies about such discussions here. It’s quite possible that such policies are no longer in place now that Chad is the primary blog author, but I hope that’s not the case, as the quality of this comment section would diminish greatly if more people opine on political issues.

    And it’s really not a matter of ‘caring’ about people. I have no doubt that lots of people on here with political opinions care about them and about how the underlying issues affect people, but it still remains that politics are or were supposed to be generally off-limits here. Perhaps your opinion on the politics of vaccines is important enough to subercede the blog’s policy, but perhaps it isn’t.

    “Good for you,go for it,I can take it.”

    That’s good to know, though it sounds a bit combative.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Rich,
    It’s a no brainer,but the yanks are a conservative lot.

  34. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Nice find GB.

    Epstein is a serious creeper.

  35. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Did Brian Cashman have dinner with Crawford or not?

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Nick in SF,
    you need to get out more…or something.I’ll pretty much comment on something if there’s a point made about it and it speaks to me.have a good one.

  37. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Go Montero!

  38. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Mr. Prufrock, I’m out right now, but are you saying that the no-politics policy of this blog does not apply to you?

  39. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Did Brian Cashman have dinner with Crawford or not?
    _________________
    Yes…but he didn’t woo Crawford…Burger King…stuck CC with tab…left early

  40. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    So Epstein hid in Crawfords closet for a month before offering him a contract?

  41. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    “Did Brian Cashman have dinner with Crawford or not?”

    ——————–

    Maybe it was just a bro date.

  42. Cashman needs to go February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    Crawford may not have signed with Boston if he had known that Luccino and Epstein was following he had known that he was being followed around and checking on his personal life. He said that when he found that out, he was creeped out by it.

    This was a front pager on ESPN page, but, got buried rather quickly.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost…..id=6148268

    ******************************************

    The funniest part of that article is off to the right they have a fan poll where the question is Are the Yankees underdogs against the Red Sox? And the 2 pictures they put up are a picture of Adrian Gonzalez for the Sox and a picture of a bloated Bartolo Colon in a yankee warm up shirt obviously in desperate need of a man bra…too funny the amount of yankee envy going on in Boston – still to this day….

  43. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    So Epstein hid in Crawfords closet for a month before offering him a contract?
    ________________
    That explains a whole lot about the pink caps….

  44. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    There are players that you might want to check out a little closer than others before signing them or trading for them. Rivera, Jeter, Crawford are not among those.

  45. 108 stitches February 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    It’s not part of the plan but if I were in the shoes of Girardi / Cashman, I’d have the urge to bring Betances and Banuelos north at the end of ST but obviously it won’t happen.
    They both threw outstanding BP today and had the attention of everybody.
    Banuelos in particular is beyond his years for mound poise and maturity.
    Everything to like about this ST so far. Every phase of the game is being covered and everybody is getting their work in.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I can’t help but fantasize that ABrack has a chance to be on this staff.I really don’t think so,because the change is still developing,and because the yanks are conservative about the young guys,but he’s older & already on the 40-man.I’m not going to get my hopes up,but if he’s really ready,they could put him in the rotation and then convert him later as an extra bullpen arm.If we didn’t have question marks in the rotation I would not dare dream on it,but the fact is,we do, and he has now had better command for long enough to get the notice of the people who make decisions.

  47. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Trisha, Thanks for all the info. From my readings on Rays, my understanding was that they communicated with Crawford that they could not bring him back. But apparently not. I am actually a big Crawford fan, and find it difficult to see him in a Sox uni.

    & yes, would love to see an SWB game with you at PawSox. I saw a couple of Columbus games there many moons ago when they were still a Yanks farm team, but never got to one during my last stint in RI; never seems to work with my sched. So, it has been years since I have been to PawSox ballpark.

    When I lived up there, it more rained than snowed. However, I was living on the East side in Providence with occasional treks out of town to Bristol and Newport. It must be very pretty this year.

    I am not very good at trivia, but I will give your QOTD a shot. Good luck with the car.

  48. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I heard Theo got his peep on at Crawfords house…….ewww

  49. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    pat February 23rd, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    Here’s a link to a bunch of Yankees ST 2011 videos for your viewing pleasure

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyTampa
    ______
    Thanks for the link.

  50. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I wish Betances and Banuelos had the innings and they could just throw them out there….I would live with the struggles because it would pay off later.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    108 stitches February 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    It’s not part of the plan but if I were in the shoes of Girardi / Cashman, I’d have the urge to bring Betances and Banuelos north at the end of ST but obviously it won’t happen.
    ///

    nah,it won’t happen,not out of ST,but you never say never.I think they want them to get their MiL innings in.Betances is the one right now who has the most complete arsenal. ManBan’s curve is still kinda iffy,needs work. Betances took to the change like a duck to water to go with that CB/FB combo.

  52. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Hey, I wonder if Doreen has gotten her car?

  53. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    OK? Who do you plan to drop off of the 40 man and 25 man rosters to add Montero, Banuelos and Betances?

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    I wish Betances and Banuelos had the innings and they could just throw them out there….I would live with the struggles because it would pay off later.
    ///

    that would be wild, but they just don’t think this way. I’d live with the struggles too, but how many fans in the ballpark would start booing these kids the minute they lose their arm slot or get taken deep?that’s a nasty pit when you’re all alone under those lights with no experience and you fail some.

  55. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    Crawford may not have signed with Boston if he had known that Luccino and Epstein was following he had known that he was being followed around and checking on his personal life. He said that when he found that out, he was creeped out by it.

    This was a front pager on ESPN page, but, got buried rather quickly.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost…..id=6148268
    ________
    Scary stuff. That and in the past, the Red Sox using Schilling as a good will ambassador…

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan February 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Must be those extra 3 inches over 6 feet tall…gets them every time.

    *************

    Actually Mauer is 6’5″. It might help to know what you’re talking about before you post. This was your typical attempt to start an issue with me as you are well aware that I made the comment that I thought catchers about 6’5″ might be more injury prone.

    So much for your ignoring me and not starting trouble.

  57. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    J alfred,

    The ignorant ones….I actually agree with the Yanks on this one. I think they need more innings and experience before getting the call…..I just wish they didn’t.

  58. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    There is nothing “iffy” about Banuelos’ curve ball. Only his innings…same with Betances. Until they have the innings to stay all season, or unless it’s an emergency, there is no reason to bring them up.

  59. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Next Crawford will reveal whether or not Mo was consulted about the Soriano signing.

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t know whether it’s because of the front office makin them more out front,or whether it’s people on the blogs giving their live impressions of ‘em, or (gulp) Baseball America’s rankings,but I’m glad I don’t see Betances’ name in every potential trade idea any more.Somehow,it’s gotten across that you keep a guy who’s nearly 7 feet and throws downhill and has 3 pitches,all of which he can get swings and misses on.

  61. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    @SI_JonHeyman: Nick blackburn hit in face on throw back by catcher. Leaves mound for clubhouse. #twins

    Twins practicing their fundamentals.

  62. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Just want to make sure everyone knows that Beltran and Berkman were part of the Killer B’s

    The Killer Bs were a group of players of the Houston Astros. They earned this nickname from all having a last name starting with the letter “B” and all performing commendably. The original Killer Bs were nicknamed in the ’90s, and consisted of Craig Biggio, Derek Bell, Jeff Bagwell, and Sean Berry. Since the formation of the original Bs, newer members have come and gone, including Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltrán, Chris Burke, Brandon Backe, Michael Bourn and Eric Bruntlett.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    There is nothing “iffy” about Banuelos’ curve ball. Only his innings…same with Betances. Until they have the innings to stay all season, or unless it’s an emergency, there is no reason to bring them up.

    ///
    it’s a very good pitch but it’s not that consistent yet. Betances is more advanced in the sense he has all 3 humming.his 3rd pitch was the change,and where lots of guys have trouble with that pitch,he hasn’t had any.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    JF,

    the Houston Killer Bs are common knowledge if you’re old enough.some of the younger types here may not know about it I guess.

  65. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Actually Mauer is 6’5?.
    ________________
    Oh–he’s totally screwed now….

    Have a sense of humor…you’ll enjoy life more.

  66. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Blackburn was hit in the ear after the ball richocetted off of the pitcher’s screen.

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    J alfred,

    The ignorant ones….I actually agree with the Yanks on this one. I think they need more innings and experience before getting the call…..I just wish they didn’t.

    ///
    I don’t want ‘em rushed up either,but if they decided to just go for broke and throw in the young arms,I’d be damn stoked about it.I sure wouldn’t sell my weekend tix like I tend to,that’s for sure.Might not any way, with Montero possibly in the mix at the outset.

  68. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Banuelos is more polished than Betances by most accounts ….plus fastball command, plus change, repeatable mechanics, and plus mound presence…..the fact that his curve is his 3rd pitch isn’t a reason to keep him in the minors. The only reason is building his innings and waiting for him to.mature physically….which he just about has.

  69. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    There was never anything “killer” about Bruntlett, Burke, Bracke or Berry

  70. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Blake did you see anything about Banuelos coming to camp at 195 pounds? That’s a serious weight gain if it’s fact.

  71. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Banuelos put on that weight while recovery from surgery…mostly muscle in legs and back..said he helped his fastball

  72. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Gb,

    Yea I saw that in the article you linked a few days ago. He certainly didn’t look like 155 in the AFL either…..more like 185-190. He just needs innings and he’s ready to go…..

  73. West Coast Yankee Fan February 23rd, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Actually Mauer is 6’5″. Oh–he’s totally screwed now….Have a sense of humor…you’ll enjoy life more.

    *****************

    Translation. You didn’t know what you were talking about and are attempting to save face with your usually inane retort.

    But let’s stick to baseball. Why don’t you explain why you proposed the following moves, the posts of which exist.

    1. Sign Adrian Beltre to play 3rd base and move A-Rod to right field.

    2. Trade Robinson Cano to the Jays for Aaron Hill.

  74. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Have we finally located the long lost Bobcat?

    Around 520 eastern RT @AZivkovic74: @keithlaw what time will you be appearing on Prime Time with Bobcat today?

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    Banuelos is more polished than Betances by most accounts ….plus fastball command, plus change, repeatable mechanics, and plus mound presence…..the fact that his curve is his 3rd pitch isn’t a reason to keep him in the minors. The only reason is building his innings and waiting for him to.mature physically….which he just about has.

    ///
    this was true before Betances made what I would call a quantum jump in commanding his pitches and repeating his delivery.When I first went to see Betances,I was expecting the raw, tall skinny kid I saw on video,who was all arms and legs and moving parts.What I encountered was righthanded Randy Johnson who was slick mechanically and was always in position to field the ball after he threw it.I didn’t expect him to also be such a good fielder.He threw all three pitches for strikes, commanded them very well, and hitters facing him had virtually no chance.I saw him twice more,to see if what I witnessed might have caught him on a good day,but the same smooth giant was on the mound, and again the hitters had no chance.He walked a couple of guys and threw the ball into CF once,another game he overthrew the 1B,but nothing terminal there because he’s extremely agile and just isn’t used to having guys on base and doesn’t know his own arm strength or needs to plant his feet first or something.Both these kids are polished, I would say.

  76. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    You two please don’t start…..

  77. tyanksfan36 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’m glad that martin is being honest about his knee bothering him and not trying to push it and be a stubborn man about it.

    Also, as I was typing this I got an email regarding some baseball. If you’re in the Tampa area and want to see some baseball, the USF stadium is finished and open for business. Here is a link to the flyer.

    http://s1039.photobucket.com/a.....LmpwZw.jpg

    Apparently its a free admission weekend.

  78. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    Gb,

    Yea I saw that in the article you linked a few days ago. He certainly didn’t look like 155 in the AFL either…..more like 185-190. He just needs innings and he’s ready to go…..

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I was thinking 170-175 tops. As long as the weight is in the best areas, that’s good. He was painfully “undernurished”.

    Mainly, he just wasn’t physically mature.

  79. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    J Alfred,

    Ill settle.for them both being awesome…..Im really anxious to see them.both this spring…..in addition to Montero, Brackman, Phelps, Warren….etc.

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Blake, to add to that, the only caveat would be that his repetition of delivery stuff is a fairly recent phenomemon for Betances,but he did seem to figure something lasting out.Could he revert?I suppose,but really he just was a man among boys each time I saw him.I have very high hopes for both him and ManBan,they both have the goods to help the yanks for a long,long time.

  81. Jason Voorhees February 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The internet is serious business.

  82. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    GB, hard to tell on TV but he didn’t look 155 to me in the AFL and if he’s filled out even more since then then that’s good. There is a clip of him throwing a pen from a few days ago on youtube…..looks good.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    yea, agreed.I’ll live with awesomeness from both.BTW,any idea if either kid is throwing this weekend?I’m tryin to hang in with the yanks stuff & do research at the same time.Timing stinks for this latest project,I thought I’d have uninterrupted stretch to take in the ST games.

  84. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Don;t worry Blake–I am not going to engage…just made a joke at the discussion from other day.

    Banuelos followed a vigorous work out regime while recovering…really built himself up.

  85. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds like Brackman is throwing the ball well also and he does have the innings to be a 5th starter…..

  86. KPB February 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Saw your videos of Montero the other day. Thanks for posting them.

  87. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t know if they’ll pitch this weekend or not….I know Colon is starting the opener but that’s it. Wonder who will catch him?

  88. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks, Blake. Didn’t see a Banuelos vidro. As long as it wasn’t soft weight, that’s good.

  89. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    ***video***

  90. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    There was never anything “killer” about Bruntlett, Burke, Bracke or Berry

    That may be, but it doesn’t change the marketing aspect of the Astros which has named them all Killer B’s, nor does it change the fans outlook. Since you are not an astros fan, I don’t think you get to be an authority on the Killer Bs.

  91. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Gb,

    I can’t remember what I typed in to find it….it was from this year though.

  92. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Yea just type in Manny Banuelos 2011.

  93. tyanksfan36 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    KPB

    You’re welcome. I was worried I wasn’t going to get to see him or that I’d missed him because it kept getting later and later and I still hadn’t seen him, all the sudden he walks out of the dugout with his stuff and a bat. Apparently they wanted to save the best for last, as his hitting group was the last of the day.

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 5:14 pm
    Don;t worry Blake–I am not going to engage…just made a joke at the discussion from other day.

    Banuelos followed a vigorous work out regime while recovering…really built himself up.
    ///
    Manny is bigger,but he’s so young,I’m sure he’ll grow some more.the big thing with him was the uptick on his FB he now enjoys,& whether he could command the higher speed & that hasn’t been a problem as I understand it.he’ll probably grow for another 5-6 yrs at some rate.

  95. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    As a Knicks fan, I’m so excited – I feel like this is a new beginning.

  96. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Banuelos is the kid I’m most looking forward to, but patience……patience with he, Betances and Brackman.

  97. Cashmoney February 23rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    3bs and others , if one look it from historical prospective, will go through growing pains on the ML level if they ever make it. I would love to see Yanks as an org be patient and give them time to develop.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Nick in SF February 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Mr. Prufrock, I’m out right now, but are you saying that the no-politics policy of this blog does not apply to you?

    ///
    I must have missed this.what I’m saying is,discussing the validity of flu shots does not qualify as “political” subject matter.If you read my post on this,the politics come from the side that is lining its pockets on these shots at the public’s expense.Discussing the pros & cons of flu shots is not political, by my definition or any other, I would say.Now,I would not hesitate to ask people,yourself included,to please do research on this before just agreeing to be innoculated.My “silence” on it would pander to only one “side” of this debate.The information is out there for people to read and make their own decisions on.It’s like anything else.If the woman for instance who is looking for a car mentioned Firestone Tires,and someone pointed out that Firestone had a major lawsuit against them because of the death of a teenage girl,someone warning that poster could be accused of bringing up “political” subject matter.But since no one here gives a crap about “protecting” firestone’s financial interests,no one would even raise an objection in the first place.the guy who advocated the yanks getting flu shots did it for himself and his family.he is happy he did so.I mentioned that flu shots are a scam (not exactly an unheard of),he countered with how great they are,and essentially how it’s “dangerous” to warn people about shots that carry high doses of mercury.Interesting,you didn’t think to accuse him of being “political” but of course you didn’t, because you’re not really interested at all in upholding some out of bounds rule on Lohud, but in tweaking the “new” poster.Now that we understand eachother : my interest in letting people know there’s a potential danger, and you: wanting to assert your blog identity and pile on the new guy, we can probably let this go.

  99. KPB February 23rd, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Can’t wait for Saturday. I just purchased MLB.TV Premium. If anyone’s interested in it, it costs 120 this year.

  100. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:38 pm
    Banuelos is the kid I’m most looking forward to, but patience……patience with he, Betances and Brackman.

    ///
    patience is a given when it comes to young arms.it’s the people who think they’re supposed to march into the building on River and 161st and have instant success that are the problem.SanFran’s fanbase wanted Bumgarner out of town,ditto Seattle on the kid who went to Toronto.the Giants,though,didn’t let the fanbase call the shots,& they merely used Bumgarner to backpocket a World Series championships.the yanks also must be made of sterner stuff when the boo birds and internet squawkers get restless.

  101. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I wasn’t aware Prufrock was “the new guy”. You have been posting on and off for months

  102. 108 stitches February 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Adam Wainwright going down looks like Millwood has a job.

  103. Cashmoney February 23rd, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Doc is the only guy (last 30 years) I can think of who had enjoyed instant success as a sp in his first year. But undoubtedly there might be others.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    I wasn’t aware Prufrock was “the new guy”. You have been posting on and off for months

    ///
    that’s correct,I have been on since a little before Jeter resigned.that is why I put quotes around “new.” new but not brand new.

  105. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock, you’ve run this thing in the ground and all you’ve is constantly repeated yourself. It’s time to drop this crap.

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    GB7,

    tell your friends to stop addressing me and I’ll drop it.But hey,I don’t answer to you or anyone. I talk baseball all the time,here. If I want to warn people about something my own doctor said was dangerous BS,I’m going to do it.And why its so painful for you is anybody’s guess.I ignore stuff that doesn’t interest me,I don’t jump all over the person taking an occasional detour.

  107. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    J Alfred, that was my concern with Melancon and also now with Montero. With Melancon, he was already being touted, without having thrown 1 pitch in the majors, as a potential EIG even that year.

  108. tyanksfan36 February 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I think the reason I don’t have a preference of Betances and Banuelos is because they performed basically the same when I saw them in Tampa. Banuelos is a lefty so maybe he has a leg up on Betances in my opinion.

  109. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Betsy,

    Did you watch the presser on MSG or online?

    The, I’m Coming Home commercial is so good.

  110. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Maybe if it wasn’t a constant repeat of the same crap and a wall of text without paragraphs. Nobody reads it and it’s not your place to tell people what to do with their health just because someone told to to believe in their little agenda. You’re worse than some of the PETA freaks and anti-clinic freaks that think only you know “The Way And The Light’. Just cork it on the subject.

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    OK, I am going to make a general statement here. I am here to talk baseball. But, with all due respect to this “community”,I am not the kind of person who is going to tip toe and be obedient to the subjective wishes of the “long-time” posters, or anyone else, for that matter. I know what self-indulgence is, and I didn’t engage in it. I’m not going to apologize for having something to say.Since I have no interest in being in some sort of inner blog fraternity,you’re not going to get me to shut up if I have something to say. The point was belabored because of a piling on that took place.That is all.

  112. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    LGY, on MSG – thought I really kind of listened to it since I’m on the computer at the same time. Melo sounds totally psyched………

  113. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, according to Alan Hahn:

    According to SeatGeek.com, ticket for tonight’s Knicks game selling on average of $352/seat on secondary market. Highest of season.
    about 3 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

  114. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Clyde’s jacket……..wow!

  115. Cashmoney February 23rd, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    star power Betsy, i think this town loves star power and of course winning.

  116. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Isola may be the biggest jerkoff in the entire NY Sports Media. The guy never gives it a rest with his grudges.

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    J Alfred, that was my concern with Melancon and also now with Montero. With Melancon, he was already being touted, without having thrown 1 pitch in the majors, as a potential EIG even that year.
    ///

    but the yanks didn’t agree,so they traded him away.I’m talkin about the guys they are invested in who need the fanbase to understand that pitcher development especially,is a sometimes painful road. The yanks, like the Giants, just can’t let that knee-jerk low IQ yankee fan determine the fate of prospects who can help the club.

  118. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    :arrow:

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    BTW,Betsy,if I’m not mistaken,Melancon had pretty good numbers for Houston.Maybe the yanks didn’t like him,but that doesn’t mean he isn’t any good.let’s see how that kid’s career goes first.

  120. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    LGY, I just read some Isola tweets (by accident as I was reading on a Knicks blog) and he’s really a world class moron.

  121. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    J Alfred, what does that have anything to do with what I said? First of all, you twisted my words to make it sound like I think he’s junk and second of all, again, that has nothing to do with what I said. Before he’d even thrown a pitch in the majors people were making him into an EIG – that’s ridiculous and unfair. It’s the same kind of expectations that will be thrust onto Montero.

  122. timmyb72 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Montero is going North with the mothership, book it!

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    J Alfred, what does that have anything to do with what I said? First of all, you twisted my words to make it sound like I think he’s junk and second of all, again, that has nothing to do with what I said. Before he’d even thrown a pitch in the majors people were making him into an EIG – that’s ridiculous and unfair. It’s the same kind of expectations that will be thrust onto Montero.

    ///
    yes, lack of patience can also be from people who want to see these kids come up and make an impact too soon,as well as the ones who don’t want to give them breathing room once they’ve arrived. Montero is a special case though, as a hitter.there’s no good reason for him not to be on the team this year.

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