July 3, 2010
Snapshots from Pawtucket
One of the best reasons for catching minor league baseball is getting a sneak peak on the future. Scranton is the 2010 home for highly regarded Yankees prospects shortstop Eduardo Nunez (above) and catcher Jesus Montero (below).
Nunez, who first caught my eye in Spring Training 2009, is not only batting over .300, but sparkles on defense -- he turns the double-play pivot with ease, as you see here (zoom-in below).
Back to the batters box... above, it's Marcus Thames rounding his way back into shape on a rehab assignment. And below, another look at Montero's stroke.
One more name to note (below): Jason Hirsh, who has pitched in the past for Houston and Colorado, is now working out of the bullpen. This 6-foot-8 righthander turned in three effective innings of relief. His height makes him an imposing presence on the mound -- especially in the less effective lighting conditions you see in minor league parks.