I’ve been very busy lately. I am graduating college on Sunday, so there’s been a lot to wrap up. Finally, Minor Notes returns.
Jesus Monero Red Hot
Jesus Montero has been scorching the ball lately. In his last four games, Montero has hit .555/.555/.777 with 8 RBIs and just two strikeouts. Despite hitting so well, Jesus hasn’t hit a home run since May 1st.
Its worth remembering that while Montero is known for his power potential, he is much more than a one-dimensional hitter. Jesus led the Yankee organization last year in hits last year with 171. Only two major leaguers, Jeter and Abreu, topped his mark, despite only playing in 132 games. Montero’s recent hot streak has been mostly about singles. For example, he went 4 for 5 today with 4 line drives to all fields.
The more and more I think about it, the more I see a lot of Miguel Cabrera in Montero. Of course, its worth remembering that Montero has been a far superior hitter to Cabrera up until this point in their careers.
D.J. Mitchell Promoted
I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t know much about D.J. Mitchell until the beginning of this season. The Yankees picked him up with an above-slot bonus in the 10th round last year. Mitchell, a standout pitcher for Clemson, should probably be considered a 3rd or 4th round pick as far as prospects go. He has good control of a 91-92 mph fastball and decent enough curveball and changeup.
Mitchell signed late last year for bonus reasons (the Yankees didn’t want want to piss off Bud Selig), so we didn’t get much of a look at him last year. He was lights-outs to begin the season in Charleston, pitching 37 innings in 6 starts with a 1.95 ERA. He struck out 10.04/9 while walking 1.43 per 9, and getting his fair share of ground balls. He was as good as he could be.
The Yankees promoted Mitchell to Tampa today. While he got knocked around in his first start due to a lot of ground balls poking through the infield, Mitchell did strike out 8 batters in 4 1/3 innings against just one walk. He allowed 6 runs.
You can bet that D.J. will end up on my mid-season top-30 prospect list. I was wrong to ignore his bonus size before the season started. Mitchell has good stuff, a lot of college experience for a big program, and is moving quickly through the system. He could move as fast as Ryan Pope.
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