MLB Daily Balk 5/16 plus Posada, Montero, and the Yankees
Posada, Montero, and the Yankees
Jorge Posada created a stir in the Bronx with his refusing to play on Saturday night after being dropped to 9th in the batting order. While everybody seems to be making a huge deal out of this situation, there’s really nothing to it. Posada wasn’t happy with the demotion and combined with his 2011 performance, he showed a great deal of frustration.
As long as Posada is hitting less than .200, he’s not going to be moved up in the order. He needs to understand that if he’s going to hit like a pitcher, he’s going to hit ninth. Posada is in the final year of a 4-year contract worth over $52 million and he’s earning $13.1M this season. The Yankees are going to give him plenty of opportunities to hit his way out of the season long slump. Playing DH, he’s really not impeding anybody else from making it to the big leagues.
Even though Posada isn’t catching, however, prized catching prospect Jesus Montero remains in AAA with no timetable to arrive in the Bronx. Montero’s name appears in every big trade rumor involving the Yankees, from Cliff Lee last summer to every ridiculous Felix Hernandez weekly rumor. Montero projects as a great hitting catcher with modest defensive skills. Some scouts believe that he’ll eventually end up at first base.
What’s interesting about Montero is that the Yankees seem hesitant to bring him up and play him. With the firepower in the Yankees lineup, having Montero adjust to big league pitching wouldn’t hurt them as much as other teams. But during the offseason, they signed Russell Martin and are paying him $4M this season. They also have Francisco Cervelli as Martin’s backup.
Montero is still very young at 21. But is there something about him that the Yankees know about, either offensively or defensively, that they feel might get exposed in the majors? Montero’s value is certainly higher as a future catcher than as a first baseman. But many people expect him to make that move anyway.
Could Montero have holes in his swing that could be exposed in a big way in the majors? He struck out 91 times in about 500 plate appearances in AAA last season.
If the Yankees felt that Montero was truly their catcher of the future, he’d be up with them sharing time with Martin. GM Brian Cashman probably feels that his trade value is probably much higher as a hyped prospect than an above average hitting catcher with defensive issues. That’s why Montero probably won’t make his major league debut with the Yankees, but with the team that probably overpays to trade for him.
Best of Yesterday May 15
|Last Night’s Games|
|Kansas City PPD||Tigers|
|Baltimore 9||Tampa Bay 3|
|Toronto 11||Minnesota 3|
|Los Angeles 4||Texas 5|
|Chicago 4||Oakland 3|
|Boston 7||New York 5|
|St. Louis 7||Cincinnati 9|
|Florida 4||Washington 8|
|Philadelphia 2||Atlanta 3|
|New York 7||Houston 4|
|Pittsburgh 6||Milwaukee 9|
|San Francisco PPD||Chicago|
|San Diego 8||Colorado 2|
|Arizona 4||Los Angeles 1|
|Ian Kennedy W (4-1)||ARI||6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K, BB|
|Jake Arrieta W (5-1)||BAL||6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB|
|Tim Hudson||ATL||7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 5 BB|
|Roy Halladay||PHI||8 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 2 BB|
|Jose Bautista||TOR||3-5, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R|
|Justin Turner||NYM||2-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R|
|Dan Uggla||ATL||2-3, HR, RBI, 3 R|
|Ryan Braun||MIL||2-3, HR, 4 RBI, R|
|JJ Hardy||BAL||2-5, HR, 4 RBI, R|
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
The Reds almost imploded at the end of their game Sunday against the Cardinals. The Reds entered the ninth inning with a 9-2 lead, but Aroldis Chapman walked four and only retired one hitter before being pulled. Francisco Cordero hit Albert Pujols on the hand with a pitch and then Pujols slid hard into second base to break up a potential game ending double play. Following a strikeout to end the game, Cordero then stared into the Cardinals dugout and yelled at the Cards bench. They don’t play each other again until July, but will play another nine more times.
Athletics closer Andrew Bailey had no problems in his extended spring training game on Saturday. He’s probably going to start a rehab assignment early this week.
The White Sox are going to use Adam Dunn more at first base as the season goes on to give Paul Konerko a break. Mark Teahen is going to give his strained oblique a try on Monday to see if he can avoid the DL.
Bobby Parnell is going to need to work his way back to the Mets when he gets healthy. Due to his poor start to the season, the Mets are going to make Parnell earn his way back from the minors.
The Phillies Shane Victorino has a bad hamstring but doesn’t look like he’s heading to the DL. Jose Contreras is going to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
The Brewers think that Zach Greinke could have been tipping his pitches in Sunday’s game against the Pirates.
Streaks of the Day
- Angels Erick Aybar extended his hitting streak to 13 games
- Marlins Logan Morrison extended his hitting streak to 13 games
Top Monday Matchups
6:40 EDT Yankees (Burnett 4-2, 3.38) at Rays (Price 5-3, 3.12)
7:05 EDT Blue Jays (Drabek 2-2, 4.81) at Tigers (Scherzer 6-0, 3.20)
7:10 EDT Cubs (Zambrano 4-1, 4.35) at Reds (Bailey 2-0, 0.69)
10:05 EDT Angels (Pineiro 2-0, 1.33) at Athletics (Anderson 2-3, 3.21)
10:10 EDT Brewers (Marcum 4-1, 2.72) at Dodgers (Garland 1-2, 3.66)
Yesterday’s Balks: 0