TRENTON, NJ - JULY 2: Brian Cashman, General Manager of the New York Yankees answers questions about Derek Jeter's first start of his minor league rehab with the Trenton Thunder in a game against the Altoona Curve on July 2, 2011 at Mercer County Waterfront Park in Trenton, New Jersey. Jeter is set to rejoin the Yankees in Cleveland on Monday in his return from a calf injury. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Here are a few quick minor league thoughts for your Tuesday afternoon:
It was only a matter of time before Dellin Betances got bombed at Trenton, and that's exactly what happened on Sunday night (3 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 K). I'm so sick and tired of people making excuses for his poor performances, and continuous pointing to his 'potential' and 'upside'. If the White Sox want him, let's get what we can from them and move on. I'm sick and tired of standing on the soapbox and screaming about him, but he's such a hot topic of discussion on the farm, I just can't help myself.
I know it's shocking, but Cito Culver is actually hitting well for Charleston! He's batting .284 in July, and a scorching .359 over his last 10 games. In a recent interview, Culver states "I've hit a lot of line drives right at people this year, I hope they even out", and his .284 average on balls in play does suggest he's been the victim of a bit of bad luck. A great second half would do wonders in restoring his confidence and helping his progress as a complete player. More on Mark Montgomery and a few 2012 draft debuts after the jump...
Mark Montgomery is going to be a strong piece of the Yankees bullpen someday. He was dominant at Tampa (40.1 IP, 1.34 ERA, 61/16 K/BB), and has started off strong for Trenton (3 IP, 0 R, 4/0 K/BB). He's very similar to David Robertson, possessing an electric fastball and knockout slider, allowing him to strike out hitters in bunches. I don't like getting attached to players, especially relievers, but I hope the Yankees don't trade Montgomery. Holding on to cheap and effective young relievers is a great way to save money.
It's been a rough debut for 16th round pick Stefan Lopez, who was the Division 1 saves leader for Southeaster Louisiana University this past year. Pitching for Staten Island, he's posted an ugly 12.27 ERA in 7.1 IP, giving up 17 hits over that span. It's tough seeing advanced college arms struggle, especially in short season ball. Hopefully Lopez can get over what ails him and begin climbing the system ladder.
The going has been similarly tough for third round pick Peter O'Brien, who finds himself batting .140 through his first 12 games with Staten Island. O'Brien suffered a fractured wrist back in April, so it isn't shocking to see him struggle a bit out of the gates. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he solid power potential and a good approach to hitting, and will be a great pick if he can develop into even an average receiver behind the plate.