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Montgomery and Romine named to AFL Top Prospects team

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Arizona Fall League announced its 2012 Top Prospects team, which is selected by Fall League managers and coaches. Voters are told to consider Fall League performance, but also major league projectability. The Yankees landed two players on the list, but they were also left with two snubs.

Reliever Mark Montgomery and catcher Austin Romine were each chosen for the Top Prospects team.

Romine didn’t have an overwhelming stint in the Fall League — he hit .222/.342/.286 — but still had the second-highest OPS among full-time catchers in the league. Montgomery did his usual strikeout routine, collecting 19 Ks and five walks through 10.1 innings. He allowed a total of five hits.

Of course, this list is missing the names Slade Heathcott and David Adams. Heathcott is especially surprising given his Fall League performance — .388/.494/.612 — and high ceiling projection. Might have been hurt by the fact he missed some time with minor health problems, but I’m still surprised to see him left off. Adams didn’t make the list at either second base or third base and might have been hurt by the fact he wasn’t full time at either spot (also, the guys who made the list ahead of him are pretty good).

Here’s the full AFL Top Prospects team.

Outfielders
Billy Hamilton (CIN)
Rymer Liriano (SD)
Christian Yelich (MIA)
Kyle Jensen (MIA)
Josh Prince (MIL)
Nate Roberts (MIN)

Third Basemen
Cody Asche (PHI)
Anthony Rendon (WSH)

Shortstops
Didi Gregorius (CIN)
Nick Ahmed (ATL)

Second Basemen
Kolten Wong (STL)
Nick Franklin (SEA)

First Basemen
Chris McGuiness (TEX) League MVP
Jonathan Singleton (HOU)

Catchers
Mike Zunino (SEA)
Austin Romine (NYY)

Designated Hitters
Matt Skole (WSH)
Bryce Brentz (BOS)

Starting Pitchers
Justin Marks (KC)
Kyle Gibson (MIN)

Relief Pitchers
Kevin Quackenbush (SD)
Mark Montgomery (NYY)

 
 

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46 Responses to “Montgomery and Romine named to AFL Top Prospects team”

  1. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    So maybe get a good back up and give Romind a shot rather than over paying Martin and totally screwing up the 2014 budget?

  2. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Anyone willing to sleep in their car is allowed to catch for the Yankees.

  3. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Heathcott should have made it

  4. Jerkface November 27th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Just a general thought I had on the CBT limit: There is no reason you cannot field a competitive team on 189. If you had your pick of every player in baseball you could find a good team for 189. The problem is building a team at 189 with existing non-optimal pieces already taking up resources. This should be obvious, but seeing people talk about how the team should still be competitive at 189 without recognizing the sunk costs made me think of this.

  5. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    “This should be obvious, but seeing people talk about how the team should still be competitive at 189 without recognizing the sunk costs made me think of this.”

    I feel like a lot of the writers are just ignorant to this or they are covering for the Yankees…..the press around the team is kinda weird now….they almost act like they work for the Yankees or something

  6. DONNYBROOK November 27th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    You need to define “competitive”. If “competitive” means, in-the-hunt for a playoff spot, then I agree that a limit of$189, including the current contracts, should Not prevent the Yanks from fielding a competitive team.

  7. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I get this vibe that the media loves that the Yankees are lowering payroll and that they approve of it….even though its taking away their whole evil empire narrative that they love so much…..

  8. Patrick November 27th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Yankees could absolutely be a perennial playoff contender @ 189 .. the problem is that too much money is tied up in A-rod and Tex. Jeter and CC too but they are actually worth the money.

  9. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Tex is going to be a big key for the Yankees this year…..it would be nice if he could improve vs RHP but the vital thing is that he get back to being an elite bat vs lefties…..

    The Yanks should be ok vs RHP if everyone stays healthy…..but they were extremely vulnerable against LHP last year and they badly need Tex to do damage there.

  10. Duh Innings II November 27th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    The 2013 Yankees rotation should be Sabathia, Kuroda, Hughes, Pettitte, and Nova with Phelps as rotation insurance.

    I think Nova should be given the fifth starter job because even though he struggled in 2012, he still averaged 6.08 IP/GS (170 1/3 IP across 28 starts), upped his strikeouts big time (98 to 153), and gave the Yanks five more innings than he did in 2011 (one more start than he made in ’11 helped of course) yet walked one less batter and threw 5 less wild pitches than he did in 2011, so his control was slightly better. His HBP went up by 4 batters but I’ll chalk that up to him coming after batters more with his strikeout spike.

    I’m only guessing Rivera takes the same deal so he and Pettitte make the same amount moreover one doesn’t make more than the other. A year and $10-11M for Rivera would be nice because that saves the Yanks $4-5M and offsets most or all of Kuroda’s raise (Kuroda went from $10M to $15M, so if Rivera takes $11M down from $15M, the Yanks use the $4M saved towards Kuroda’s $5M raise, so both guys wind up costing only a mil more than they did in 2011.)

  11. DONNYBROOK November 27th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    TEX vs lefities? What about A-Rod vs righties?

  12. Duh Innings II November 27th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    ….or they cost the same as they did in 2011 only they swap salaries (Kuroda makes $15M, Rivera $10M.)

  13. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Obviously it’s be nice to have Arod bounce back….but it’s hard to know what to expect from him….he was so screwed up in the playoffs that who knows…..I hope he gets away from K Long this winter And clears his mind and tried to reset things to default and start over……we’ll see

  14. Jerkface November 27th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    They need A-rod to be above average, but vs righties they have Granderson & Cano who both OPS .900 vs righties. Tex & Jeter are their big bats vs lefties and last year Tex had a rough season vs lefties.

    In 2011 when Tex killed lefties they were very strong vs lefties because Jeter & Tex handle them and Granderson & Cano were not liabilities. That changed last season where Cano struggled vs lefties & so did Granderson.

  15. DONNYBROOK November 27th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Once again, your just lookin’ at numbers. Where A-Rod bats in the order, is of the utmost importance if he tanks vs righties again.

  16. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    sources: Mets’ offer to David Wright is 7 years about $135-140M

  17. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The press isn’t the Washington Post covering Watergate. These reporters rely on getting information from team sources. They are not eager to bite the hand that feeds them. There seems no other explanation. If board members can think of these things, one would hope full time reporters who do this for a living would as well.

  18. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    DONNYBROOK says:
    November 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    Once again, your just lookin’ at numbers. Where A-Rod bats in the order, is of the utmost importance if he tanks vs righties again.

    What are you looking at?

  19. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    @ajcbraves: Non-tender deadline is Friday. Jurrjens is only one #Braves are expected to non-tender.

    Cashman is drooling over Pelfrey and Jair

  20. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Teixiera is going to be the guy we have seen, hopefully healthier. It is unreasonable to expect a return to the higher average guy he once was. His stats, like AROD’s, are going in one direction.

  21. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    7/140 for Wright is destined to be a terrible contract by the end….but I guess the Mets have to do it

  22. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    That’s looks like a good offer to me for Wright. He is a very good player but not elite.

  23. DONNYBROOK November 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    You get Gardner healthy, and the debate rages again concerning his leading off.

  24. Ys Guy November 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    why would you ‘give’ someone the 5th starter’s job when you have ST for them to battle it out? how would you feel if you were phelps and before you threw a pitch, the decided that the guy you replaced in the rotation gets your spot back without any competition?

    thats why they have ST.

  25. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    “Teixiera is going to be the guy we have seen, hopefully healthier. It is unreasonable to expect a return to the higher average guy he once was. His stats, like AROD’s, are going in one direction.”

    I just want him to get back to the hitter vs LHP he was in 2011….his swing is better from that side so in hopeful he can do that with better health…..the hairy monster he is from the left side is here to stay and we will just have to love with that and hope he walks more

  26. LordD99 November 27th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Montgomery and Romine probably received “extra points” based on their nearness to helping the MLB club. I expect to see both on the Yankees at some point in the second half of 2013. Romine earlier if the Yankees don’t bring in Martin or another vet catcher. Heathcott has a high ceiling and great tools, but he’s yet to play season at AA, so he’s further away.

  27. Ys Guy November 27th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    you CAN spell elite without david…

  28. DONNYBROOK November 27th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I agree. Nova ran around doing his CM Punk, “I am the greatest in the world”, and then regressed. He has gotta earn a rotation spot if he is not traded.

  29. blake November 27th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t think Nova’a rotation spot is set at all….Im not even sure he will be on the team in march…..wouldn’t surprise me if they signed a veteran to be the 5th starter anyway and made phelps a swing man…..I don’t particularly like that idea but its be a very a yankees thing to do

  30. Ys Guy November 27th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    i dont get why it seems so hard to predict what you’re gonna get from arod. his #’s have declined quite steadily for the past 5 years at just about 50 points off his ops each year with very little variation. its not a hard chart to graph.

  31. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    “i dont get why it seems so hard to predict what you’re gonna get from arod. his #’s have declined quite steadily for the past 5 years at just about 50 points off his ops each year with very little variation. its not a hard chart to graph.”

    It’s too painful to believe that trend will continue….I prefer denial

  32. Jerkface November 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    It makes more sense that A-rod will level off somewhere for a bit than continue to drop 50 points. Like 2010-2011 he was at 840 and 820.

  33. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    ?@Ken_Rosenthal

    Clarification: #Mets’ offer to Wright, according to source, is $135M-$145M over eight years, including $16M salary this season. MORE

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    New money that #Mets offered Wright in seven-year extension is $119M-$129M, according to source. Updating my earlier column now.

  34. Benny Blanco November 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The way we are talking about tex you would think he’s 39 years old. Its a damn shame he’s only 31-32.

  35. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    “i dont get why it seems so hard to predict what you’re gonna get from arod. his #’s have declined quite steadily for the past 5 years at just about 50 points off his ops each year with very little variation. its not a hard chart to graph.”

    It’s too painful to believe that trend will continue….I prefer denial

    ———————–

    Yeah just like our theories about the budget!! (‘Maybe they’ll wait until 2015 to dip under!!’ ‘Maybe they’ll finally realize they can’t do it at $179!’ ‘Maybe they’ll just do it for a year.. just a year!’)

  36. Ys Guy November 27th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    if i were wright, i’d be demanding two or three opt-outs on an 8 year deal with the wilpons. he could lose 750+ games if those jokers can keep control of the club…

  37. yanks 27 November 27th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Catchers like Martin who hit 20 bombs and play GG defense are hard to come by. He is easily woeth 3/27 or 4/$36

  38. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    yanks 27 says:
    November 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    Catchers like Martin who hit 20 bombs and play GG defense are hard to come by. He is easily woeth 3/27 or 4/$36

    He doesn’t really play GG defense and his low BA and OBP sorta negate the homers….. He’s a starting big league catcher and those are pretty scarce….. But for me he’s not enough better than some of the good back ups to pay him that much with the budget concerns…..

    now if these were the old days where
    Money didn’t matter so much then sure you pay the extra money for the marginally better player…..that’s more difficult for then to do now

  39. TheStraw November 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Heyman reports the Pettitte deal is done:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/b.....ill-follow

    1 yr/ $11M. Mo expected to receive similar deal…

  40. Ys Guy November 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    martin is very solid behind the plate. the gold glove he won happened to coincide with his career year with the bat which often happens more because of the hitting than the catching.

    im not knocking his defense, but to call it gold glove, while factually correct (at least it was 5 years ago) is a bit of a stretch, imo.

  41. TheStraw November 27th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Sorry it appears that it has been reported since this morning, I guess I’m a little behind.

  42. austinmac November 27th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Straw,

    That was the most definitive article I have seen. Thanks.

  43. The Return of Stoneburner November 27th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    He doesn’t really play GG defense

    ******

    Scout or lohud gm? Lohud gm or scout? I am going with the scout – - – -

    “[Martin has a] Huge impact on the pitching staff,” said the scout, who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak about another organization’s player. “He makes all the starters use all their stuff. He has those guys believing they can throw any pitch in any count. He’s got a great setup behind the plate, so the umpires get a good view. He blocks balls in the dirt and encourages, no, demands guys throw their off-speed stuff down so hitters chase…”

    …The scout also praised Martin for his ability to help Yankee pitchers make in-game adjustments: “I see a guy who’s way more than a catcher who’s reading the scouting report and putting down fingers. . . . “

  44. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    @BNightengale: All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia #Phillies is suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, #MLB announced

    Oh no…. The same stuff probably every Guy in the HOF used

  45. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Martin is a pretty good defender IMO….not gold glove caliber but feel free to go off on one of your crazy tangents

  46. Tidrow November 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Scout or lohud gm? Lohud gm or scout? I am going with the scout – – – -

    “[Martin has a] Huge impact on the pitching staff,” said the scout, who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak about another organization’s player. “He makes all the starters use all their stuff. He has those guys believing they can throw any pitch in any count. He’s got a great setup behind the plate, so the umpires get a good view. He blocks balls in the dirt and encourages, no, demands guys throw their off-speed stuff down so hitters chase…”

    …The scout also praised Martin for his ability to help Yankee pitchers make in-game adjustments: “I see a guy who’s way more than a catcher who’s reading the scouting report and putting down fingers. . . .****************************************************************************************************************************************************Anonymous scout? Probably Martins’ agent.


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