Re: Another Yankee pitching bust?
posted at 3/9/2012 8:58 AM EST
In Response to Re: Another Yankee pitching bust?
[QUOTE]Spends another year in AAA? You are kidding right? Montero will bat 3rd in the Seattle lineup in 2012 I agree Maybe you just look at and compare box scores but actually have never seen Montero's at bats against MLB pitching after he was brought up. Sample size alert!! Shane Spencer 1998 1.321 OPS I like the trade from a Seattle perspective b/c hitters are less likely to flop. But can he be a "generational" prospect if he doesn't catch? Yankees fans did and is the primary reason why there so much angst after this trade. As a Yankee fan imo if Pineda gets off to slow start, struggles I think Cashman is done. That would be beyond dumb. Cashman has pulled great move after great move of late and he has catching depth. (Except Burnett) Passed on Crawford/Werth/Dunn Get the right stud in Sabathia Great trades: Granderson and Swisher Faith in Gardner, Robertson, Nova Low cost pick ups: Colon, Garcia, AJones, Martin, Ayala Draft or IFA: Montero, Romine, B & B, ...... Going back a bit: IFA Cano Posted by ThatWasMe[/QUOTE]
Posted by tom-uk[/QUOTE]
I give Cashman credit for rebuilding the farm system, and of course for a few of the points you make.
Like Sox fans and the Boston media follow their prospects come up through the farm system Yankee fans do much the same.
Like a lot of Yankee fans I have been watching Montero grow in the farm system since he signed at age 16.
The Yankees lost to detroit in ALDS last season because of the inability to hit with men on base against good pitching not because of their own pitching. The Yankees had the lowest post season ERA of any teams in the 2011 post season.
Girardi let Montero bat only twice his BA was 1.000 with 1 RBI.
I believe Tex, Swisher and A-Rod all hit .200 or lower in that series.
If the Yankee lineup flounders this season as they did in the 2011 post season against good pitching, if Montero hits the way he is expected to, if Pineda pans to less than what is expected don't expect the media and the fans to overlook what might have been.
Myself I believe that there is more of a chance for success in MLB for Montero than Pineda. I hope that I am wrong and that the trade has mutual benefits