Minor League Mondays: The Crown Jewels

Mood Music - We All Belong by Dr. Dog

As you're probably well aware, top prospect Jesus Montero had a little bit of an incident behind the plate.  As much as we can find levity in this, I'm sure it was extremely painful, but the early indication is that Montero will only need to miss a game or two.  (Jose Gil got the start at catcher today for Scranton).

Do you remember the way Jorge Vazquez was crushing the ball in Spring Training?  Well, he has eight home runs in his first seventeen games, good for a .710 SLG and a 1.071 OPS.  How long can we ignore this guy?

Here's something that I don't think made the normal news rounds:  In his last start for Scranton, Adam Warren threw 8 shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits and 1 walk.  His ERA for the season sits at 2.89, and he seems to be close to the head of the pack as far as "major league ready."

Brandon Laird is really struggling.  Through his first sixteen games (admittedly, small sample size), Laird has posted an anemic .167/.190/.267.  As someone who has rocketed through the system the past few years to become one of our most exciting hitting prospects, we can only hope that he finds a way to turn things around in the higher levels.

Back from his short stint on the disabled list with a blister, Manny Banuelos threw 4 more shutout innings on 4/19, and will get the ball tonight against Richmond.  I will update this post with the results of his start tonight.

Update: 4.2 IP - 2 ER - 5 H - 2 BB - 5 K - No decision

The subject of last weeks Minor League Mondays, Graham Stoneburner, tossed another solid outing on 4/21, giving up 1 run in 5 innings on only two hits and two walks.  Stoneburner is yet to give up more than one run in any of his three starts.

There's plenty to be excited about in the Yankees system, as many of the top prospects are off to hot starts.  Was there anything that I missed or anyone else you're curious to hear about?  Comment away.

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