Medchill homers in his fourth straight game

One last All Star break open thread
A Stroll down Joba Lane: Starts 11 through 15

Zach McAllister has been placed on the disabled list, but I have no idea why. He pitched well in the Eastern League All Star Game just yesterday, so it can’t be that bad. Meanwhile, the Yankees had their deal with Dominican shortstop Damian Arredendo voided when it turned out he isn’t who he says he is. It’s not the first time it happened, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Gwinnett, walk-off style)
Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda & Doug Bernier: all 0 for 3 – Russo drove in a run & K’ed twice … Miranda walked & K’ed twice … Bernier K’ed
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (throwing) – Ransomian
Colin Curtis & Shelley Duncan: both 2 for 3 – Curtis was hit by a pitch, crossed the plate twice & K’ed … Shelley homered, drove in two & K’ed
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Yurendell DeCaster: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – walk-off solo jack
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 5-3 GB/FB – 56 of 82 pitches were strikes (68.3%)
Romula Sanchez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB – just 11 of 25 pitches were strikes (44%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (52.9%)

Double-A Trenton (9-6 win over Portland)
Austin Krum & Chris Malec: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Krum drew a walk
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
Eduardo Nunez & Jorge Vazquez: both 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – Nunez K’ed … Vazquez tripled & K’ed thrice
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Noah Hall & Edwar Gonzalez: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Edwar doubled & scored a run
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jeremy Bleich: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-0 GB/FB – eek … AA hasn’t been very kind to Mr. Bleich
Wilkins Arias: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-3 win over Daytona) RABer Andy in Sunny Daytona was at the game again, and took a shot of some guys chilling out in the bullpen
Dan Brewer, Matt Cusick, Austin Romine & Mitch Hilligoss: all 1 for 4 – Brewer drew a walk, K’ed & was picked off first … Romine doubled, scored a run, allowed two stolen bases & threw out another runner … Hilligoss swiped a bag
Damon Sublett: 1 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB
Brandon Laird: 0 for 4
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
David Adams: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – 5 for his last 11 with four doubles
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 3 RBI
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 2 HB, 12-3 GB/FB – here’s a clip of him warming up in the pen
Tim Norton: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – here he is warming up
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – here he is warming up lefty and righty
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-2 loss to Hickory in 8 innings) they completed this one early due to rain
Jose Pirela: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 CS, 1 E (throwing)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 3B – OPSing .598 this year after .662 last year … not good
Corban Joseph, Melky Mesa & Mitch Abeita: all 1 for 3, 1 K – CoJo scored a run … Abeita doubled & drove in a run
Addison Maruszak: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Mike Lyon & Tommy Baldridge: both 0 for 3 – Lyon K’ed
Brett Marshall: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-5 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) – 29 ER & 48 baserunners allowed in his last 29 IP
Luke Prihoda: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-4 win over Mahoning Valley)
Jimmy Parede: 2 for 5, 1 K
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 5
Zoilo Almonte & Kyle Higashioka: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Almonte K’ed … Higashioka scored a run & picked a runner off first with a snap throwing … he’s now 0 for his last 14
Neil Medchill & Hector Rabago: both 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB – Medchill doubled, homered & drove in two … he’s now 12 for his last 26 (.333)  with four doubled & four jacks … that’s also his fourth straight game with a dinger
DeAngelo Mack: 3 for 4, 1 RBI
Luke Murton: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Arodys Vizcaino: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-3 GB/FB – 32 K in 26.1 IP
Ben Watkins: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ronnie Marte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-2 loss to GCL Pirates in 11 innings)
Jud Golson: 1 for 5, 2 K
Jose Toussen & Kelvin DeLeon: both 0 for 5 – DeLeon struck out and committed a fielding error
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 1, 1 K – left the game in the middle of his at-bat in the first … not sure what’s up with that
Jose Mojica, Francisco Arcia & Ramon Flores: all 1 for 4 – Mojica replaced Mahoney & finished his at-bat with a K … Arcia doubled & scored a run … Flores scored a run
Mitch Delaney: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Issac Harrow: 2 for 4, 1 CS
Chris Smith: 0 for 3, 2 K, 1 HBP – 111 career at-bats, 34 K … that’s one every 3.26 AB (yikes)
Damaso Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – he threw 12 pitches
Matt Richardson: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 9-5 GB/FB – 21-1 K/BB ratio in 28 IP
Dickie Marquez: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB
Julian Arballo: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

One last All Star break open thread
A Stroll down Joba Lane: Starts 11 through 15
  • JobaWockeeZ

    Hey hopefully Montero gets out of his short slump.

  • yanke1313

    Richardson has been a surprise.

  • Drew

    Mike, what kind of defense should we expect from Russo? Does he play all infield positions? I know the Yanks have kind of groomed him as a future utility guy but it’s getting to the point where the future is now. If he has solid defense throughout the infield, I think most of us would rather Russo than Ransom. What do you think?

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s just okay defensively, but he can play pretty much anywhere. It doesn’t take much to want someone over Ransom, but I’d rather than Pena than Russo.

      • Drew

        My only contention to Pena is his need to perfect the offensive part of his game. I don’t expect him to hit for average but I’d like for him to just generally work on his bat handling skills everyday in AAA. I do think he can help us for years to come.
        It’s seems Russo may be able to hit, if he can hit well in the majors, maybe he forces the Yank’s hands by showing that he’s not JUST a utility guy.

  • gxpanos

    Must suck a little for Andy ever since Daytona became less sunny, IE, Jesus got promoted. Love the pics anyway, though.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I was so pissed. I was going to get Jesus to autograph a baseball, and give it to RAB to auction off for charity.

  • Salty Buggah

    I like Medchill’s 1.014 OPS but don’t like the 20-4 K-BB ratio in 83 ABs

    • Short Porch

      Medchill is actually batting .461 not .333 over past 26 ABs with his 12 hits.

      Obviously in need of a promotion.

      • Mike Axisa

        My bad on the math.

        Too soon for a promotion, he’s had a hot 7-8 games. Let’s see him improve the walk rate first. How quickly everyone forgets the Braedyn Pruitts and Ben Jones of the world.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I had a bet with some uninformed fans about Venditte, I told them that they had to pass a rule about Venditte, and this “umpire” told me that wasn’t the case. “He knew all the rules” of baseball. So after the game I called Venditte over, and he immediately said, “You’re right”. He had heard the entire argument when he was warming up.

    I hate ignorant people.

    • Drew

      They even had the rule deal on Espn last year or two years ago. Him and the batter kept switching arms/sides of the plate. It went on for a few minutes forcing a rule change.

    • Zach

      because they dont know every rule that makes them ignorant? how many baseball fans who dont visit RAB would honestly know the rules about a switch pitcher, think fans of any other team really knows/cares about the rule?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        That is the definition of ignorant.

        • Zach

          fine they’re ignorant about a rule that has never had to be enforced in a ML game, you’re so much smarter then they are.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Zach, “ignorant” is not a bad word. The guy said he was an umpire, and that no rule existed. But apparently you feel the need to represent every drunk minor league baseball fan. I apologize to you and your ignorant brethern.

            • Mike R. – Retire 21


            • Zach

              Why does it matter? You proved a drunk fan wrong, congrats.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      This story amuses me to no end.

    • RPimpsner

      Actually that is not entirely true. There was a rule on the books created in the early part of the century about switch-pitching. It stated that the batter had to commit to a side before stepping into the batters box then the pitcher may choose which side to pitch from. This rule was over turned because it was long forgotten.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      When judging if a player should be in the Hall of Fame, isn’t there a question like “Did he cause any rule changes?”

      Pat Venditte has that part down already.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      I love this story. Reminds me of, “I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here.”

  • Dorian

    Jesus also threw someone out.

    • pat

      The kicker is the guy wasn’t even trying to steal a base. Jesus just didn’t like his attitude.

      • Sam


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  • Accent Shallow

    About the only good thing you can say about Bleich in AA is the K-rate. Hopefully he’s just getting settled.

    Mitchell has a 61% GB% at Charleston and Tampa. Wow.

    Richardson has been a nice surprise, and I’ve heard Kevin Goldstein is high on Vizcaino.

    Now if we can just get Heredia healthy . . .

    • Jamal G.

      He is healthy – pitched two innings for the GCL Yanks last week.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Mike, et al,: What do we know about Richardson? I like the 0.64 ERA. Shiny.


    Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 2 RBI = Mucho Amor

    • Salty Buggah

      2 singles = BUST!

      Just kidding, it’s nice to see him hitting again after his little slump. I want a HR soon though.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        2 singles? GTFO I want Halladay.
        Hughes, Joba, AJax, Jesus, Ian Nova, IPK, Melky, Gardner and Mitre.
        The objective is to win now right?

        • Doug

          Mitre? We CAN’T give up Mitre!

          • JobaWockeeZ

            But we have to! It’s Roy Halladay! Didn’t you hear? he never ages. He’ll be completely godly like this year forever! We need him! Nao!

            • Salty Buggah

              Roy Halladay = Guaranteed WS!!!!!!!

    • Grandma Karkan

      This might give a little insight Rebecca,

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        muchos gracias

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Hey, Ashmore says Dunn just got the bump to AAA

  • Salty Buggah

    From Pending Pinstripes:

    Ashish Skaria: Any player you idolized growing up?

    Matt Richardson: I always idolized Kyle Farnsworth growing up. I think he inflicts fear in his opponents and once you do that you always have the advantage.


    Ok, I’m done but that’s just funny.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


      holy motherfucker…

      holy motherfucker with a cherry on top…

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He just loves “Big Buck Hunter”, it’s no “Crazy Taxi”, but it is a fun game.

  • Jorgesaysno

    Trust me on this, Vizcaiano has TREMENDOUS stuff. It’s only a matter of time before he puts it all together at low A.


  • Tremont

    My scout buddy was at AA All Star game. It was his first look at McAllister and he said he only touched 90 once or twice. He thought he looked really ordinary. Injury would explain that

  • Drew

    DeLeon 0-5 AND an error? Friggin bust.

  • Mike bk

    wait smith at 1 k per 3.26 ab’s is bad but no mention of the fact kelvin is striking out 1 every 2.64? no i am not saying they are putting up the same numbers but if we pick a stat it should be viable for everyone.

    • whozat

      Everything is in context. If you’re putting up great numbers, but K’ing a lot…ok, when you put the bat on the ball you do great stuff with it and you need to work on your pitch recognition and being a bit more selective.

      If you’re putting up shitty numbers AND striking out a lot…you just might be overmatched by professional pitching and have an aluminum bat swing.

  • Charlie

    Is Betances ever coming back?

  • ManBearPig

    Going to see Jesus and the guys tomorrow, I hope he can hold back the rain and get that HOUR that will officially end his mini-slump

  • ManBearPig


  • Manimal

    Anyone else think DeCaster could be a valuable bench player?

    • Salty Buggah

      I think so

      • Salty Buggah

        He has a good OBP and decent/good power so yeah

    • Drew

      /raises hand

      Another solid yet surprising pickup for Cashmoney. Maybe he helps us, maybe he doesn’t, but the way he’s performing in AAA in a SSSS he may be a viable option for our bench.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      He can’t be worse than Ransom, though: YES!!!!!!!

  • AJ

    Dare I say….Call up Kei Igawa?…Just kidding, maybe we can package him in a trade for a SP like Jarrod Washburn?

    • Drew

      I think the Washburn ship sailed after we didn’t get him last year.

  • Stryker

    just to burst everyone’s bubble, gerrit cole was selected to team USA.

  • Doug

    i think it’s time to promote mr. whelan.

    over last 6 games: 13 2/3 IPs, 4 Hs, 5 BBs, 16 Ks