Medchill sets franchise HR record in win

Game 116: How about another win?
Game 116 Spillover Thread

Baseball America posted a handy list updating us on the statuses of all the unsigned picks in the top ten rounds. Slade Heathcott is “seeking a multimillion dollar bonus,” JR Murphy and Tyler Lyons “may get an over-slot bonus,” and Caleb Cotham is “expected to get an over-slot bonus.” The signing deadline is Monday at midnight.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (9-5 win over Durham)
Kevin Russo: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – dude is an on-base machine
Colin Curtis & Austin Jackson: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Curtis drove in a run & scored twice … Jackson doubled, tripled, drove in three & stole a base
Cody Ransom: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI – 7 for 15 (.467) since being DFA’d

Juan Miranda: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 13 for his last 33 (.394) with six doubles & a homer
Yurendell DeCaster & John Rodriguez: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI – DeCaster doubled, scored a run & K’ed … J-Rod K’ed twice
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5
Chris Stewart: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Ivan Nova: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2-6 GB/FB – 48 of 79 pitches were strikes (60.8%) … AAA hasn’t been so kind to him
Zach Kroenke: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 22 of 28 pitches were strikes (78.6%) … if anyone has earned themselves a Sept. callup, it’s him
Damaso Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 10 of 12 pitches were strikes (83.3%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 9 of 12 pitches were strikes (75%)

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Harrisburg)
Austin Krum, Eduardo Nunez & Marcos Vechionacci: all 2 for 4 – Krum doubled, drove in a run, scored another, walked, stole a base & K’ed twice … Nunez doubled … Vech hit a solo jack, scored another run, K’ed & committed a throwing error
Matt Cusick, Chris Malec & James Cooper: all 0 for 4 – Coop K’ed
Edwar Gonzalez & Justin Snyder: both 1 for 4 – Edwar scored a run & K’ed … Snyder drove in a run
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 6-4 GB/FB – 11 ER allowed in his last 30.1 IP (3.26 ERA)
Grant Duff: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Humberto Sanchez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 3 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – I can has control?

High-A Tampa (5-3 loss to Clearwater)
Dan Brewer, David Adams, Austin Romine & Seth Fortenberry: all 1 for 4 – Adams K’ed … Romine doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Fortenberry drove in a run, stole a bag & K’ed
Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Smith scored a run & K’ed twice
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jack RyeL 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Jose Gil: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Hector Noesi: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6-6 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 6 ER allowed in his last 18 IP
Brad Rulon: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – well done, kid

Low-A Charleston (2-1 win over Lakewood, walk-off style)
Jose Pirela: 1 for 4, 1 R
Abe Almonte: 3 for 4, 1 K, 1 CS
Corban Joseph: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – hovering right around an .800 OPS
Taylor Grote & Ray Kruml: both 1 for 3 – Grote walked & K’ed twice … Kruml K’ed
Addison Maruszak, Garrison Lassiter, Mitch Abeita & Tommy Baldridge: all 0 for 3 – Maruszak drew a walk & committed a throwing error … Lassiter walked, K’ed & ended the game with a walk-off fielder’s choice … Abeita picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Brett Smith: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 3-12 GB/FB
Manny Banuelos: 2 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 1 HB, 0-1 GB/FB – 91-27 K/BB ratio in 100 IP … breakout player of the year?
Gabriel Tatis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-2 win over Batavia)
Emerson Landoni: 0 for 5, 1 K
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Neil Medchill: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – sets a new franchise record with his 12th homer … he needs one more to tie Ruben Rivera’s old Oneonta Yankees total for the most ever by a Yankees short season player, according to Robert Pimpsner
Luke Murton: 3 for 4, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – you wish the 47-12 K/BB ratio was an aberration…
Justin Milo & Kelvin Castro: both 2 for 4 – Milo was hit by a pitch, drove in a run, stole a base, scored a run & K’ed twice … Castro doubled, drove in two & K’ed
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – don’t look now, but he’s 9 for his last 27 (.333)
Chad Gross: 0 for 4, 2 K
Buck Afenir: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Francisco Rondon: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 6-8 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … all he needs to cut down his walk rate, then he’d really be something (5.47 BB/9)
Mike Solbach: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Griffin Bailey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game 1 (4-3 win over GCL Phillies in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Eduardo Sosa: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – picked off first … twice
Jose Toussen & Kelvin Mahoney: both 0 for 2 – Toussen drove in a pair of runs … Mahoney was hit by a pitch & K’ed
Kelvin DeLeon & Francisco Arcia: both 1 for 3, 1 K – DeLeon doubled & scored a run … Arcia drove in a run & is just 3 for his last 26 (.115)
Jose Mojica & Ramon Flores: all 2 for 3, 1 R – Mojica stole a bag & K’ed … Flores doubled, drove in a run & scored another
Alan Horne: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 7-9 GB/FB – well, I guess a quality start in rookie ball is a start
Julian Arballo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Game 2 (4-2 loss to GCL Phillies in 7 innings)
Judd Golson, Jose Toussen, Yunior Tabares & Issac Harrow: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Toussen committed a fielding error
Kevin Mahoney: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Kelvin DeLeon: 0 for 1, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Jose Mojica: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Chris Smith: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB – .118-.302-.235
Jhorge Liccien: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
Brett Garritse: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-0 GB/FB – 8-2 K/BB ratio & 10-2 GB/FB ratio in 7 IP
Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 Bb, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Wilton Rodriguez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB

Game 116: How about another win?
Game 116 Spillover Thread
  • pat

    Apparently Grant Duff has been touching 99 mph in Trenton this year.

    • Mike Axisa

      Where in the world did you hear that?

      • RPimpsner

        I got the same info from my contact so its true. He has touched 99 this year a few times and has sat 95-96.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      That’s dangerous. What kind of car does he drive?

      • pat


        • Jack

          I wish you weren’t a liar.

  • Reggie C.

    So pretty much Callis repeated what I said in the chat. I’m actually alittle antsy at the fact that we’re headed into the weekend and that JR Murphy hasn’t signed. The RS signed Renfroe today and he was supposed to be a tough sign. I hope Murphy’s camp isn’t strong-arming the organization with a 7-figure demand.

    I think the Heathcott deal is done and damn close to a couple million. Heathcott landed in a perfect situation by getting drafted this year by the Yanks.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Oppenheimer says things are looking good at this point, but do not expect anything to be announced until Monday. Andrew Aplin and Kyle McKenzie are the only ones that we ‘know’ most likely will not sign. But I do agree I wish we were more agressive and got things done earlier, I would have liked to see Murphy and Heathcott get earlier starts, but what can you do.. the ball is in their court, not the Yankees.

  • A.D.

    Is Humberto’s stuff all the way back at this point.

    • Jon G

      I was wondering this, myself… How is his velocity and overall stuff looking?

      Wonder if he’ll get bumped up to AAA when Melancon and others get called up for Sept…

  • Pablo Zevallos
    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals


      That was great :)

      come on guys, how much is enough?

      You play baseball for a living!!!

  • Januz

    When I started guessing late signings, I though 10. Then I thought 6. Now, there is a real possibility that the Yankees do not sign anyone else. From a Yankee perspective, if some of the guys start to act like Ynoa, and increase demands, I would have no problem if they walk away and take a hit if necessary. Keep in mind, that is what they did not only with Ynoa, but with Teixeira and Boras (They stood up to Boras, and got Tex in Pinstripes, and WITHOUT an opt-out clause).
    I was extremely dissatisfied with last year’s draft (Cole Etc), but if the guys they drafted (Heathcott, Cotham, Stoneburner, Murphy etc, decide that they would prefer to go back in the draft and sign with the Pirates or Royals (TWO teams that WILL NOT WIN) let them. The Yankees have bigger fish to fry later on (Like the Jeter contract negociations), so they may have to sacrifice prospects for the bigger picture.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I don’t understand what all the panic is about. The draft budget and payroll for the big league roster I believe are separate, why would Jeter leave? Also, nobody was going to sign Cole, yes the Yankees took a chance, but even the Red Sox wouldn’t be able to sign him.

    • Chris V.

      where does the whole jeter contract negotiations enter into draft pick signings? Can’t we all just wait until Monday and then see who they signed.

      • JMK

        Are we there yet?

        Are we there yet?

        Are…you get the idea…

      • Januz

        Draft pick contracts influence major sports league contracts (Jeter included), because teams cannot afford to appear to be desperate, and players need to know there are other alternatives out there then giving into their demands (This applies more to the NFL, then MLB, NHL, or NBA, but it still applies).
        What is good news, is the Yankees are moving on several fronts including Steven Bruno (They really need depth in the organization at short). The Oppenheimer quote: “Damon Oppenheimer: No, I can’t really give you anything concrete, but things are looking really promising. I think we’re moving forward on quite a few guys and we should be able to get them done, and we’re just trying to finish up, finalize some details, and get a couple of things ironed out. I think that we should be in pretty good shape. At the same time, I can only say so much at this point when considering each kid individually, the commissioner’s office, and things like that..” is interesting. The question then who becomes the guys we get done? He mentioned Bruno and DeLuca, and said Aplin and McKenzie are going to school. That leaves Heathcott, Murphy, Cotham, Lyons, Stoneburner, Mitchell, Thompson, Talerico, Meade & Stiles left. Whth DeLuca and Bruno, that adds up to a FULL DOZEN (NINE of them being pitchers). How many can signed AND fit in the organization is the question I have?

        • Rob H.

          for the 100th time, the budgets are completely and utterly separate. Seriously, how many times does this have to be said by the yankees for people to actually allow this through their heads?

          You don’t worry about fitting drafted players into the system when you are looking at who to sign. You sign who you feel is going to be a valuable player and then you deal with it later. You will never see a team turn away pitchers because they have “too many”. there is no such thing as having too many prospects of any position.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “for the 100th time, the budgets are completely and utterly separate. Seriously, how many times does this have to be said by the yankees for people to actually allow this through their heads?”

            You know… I hear where you’re coming from, I know the Yankees have said the budgets are all separate and all that… But puh-leeze, don’t be so condescending about it, you have NO idea what the budgets being separate actually means in practice. Do you KNOW that if the Yankees save money in one area they won’t then allocate that money to another area? No, I’m going to venture a guess that you don’t have any idea that’s the case. The budgets are separate? Fantastic. That doesn’t mean the budgets are static. In the end it’s all one entity’s (the Yankees’) money. If they save in one area you have NO IDEA that they won’t allocate those savings to other areas.

            Sorry. I’m just a little tired of people acting like they’re Brian Cashman’s right-hand man and know every little detail of how the Yankees view and allocate their finances. None of us are in that position, and none of us can act like we’re such an authority on how the Yankees will allocate their resources. It’s patronizing and presumptuous.

            /End rant.

            • Steve in PDX


            • Drew

              “budgets are static”
              /Cost accounting’d

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      08.14.2009 Oppenheimer says Heathcott will likely sign “unless something crazy happens.”


  • Jon G

    Any updates on Arodyz Viscaino? Last I remember he left a game early…

    • RPimpsner

      “Pitcher Arodys Vizcaino is still out with tightness in his back, it is unknown when he will be throwing again but he has said he is feeling better.”

      In the article – Yankees Prospect Black Throws Six Hitless Innings

  • Jon G

    Also, who are we lookin’ at for Sept call-ups? Melancon, Dunn?, Shelly, who else?

    I know they’ll probably bring back Albadesucko, but I’d rather see somebody who actually has more upside instead.

    • Bill O

      Melancon, Albaladejo, Dunn, Cervelli, Edwar, Claggett, WDR, Shelly, and Miranda are all likely additions because they are currently on the 40-man roster. Although I think at least a guys like Dunn, WDR, and probably several others will stay in the minors until the very end of the minor league season. I think on August 1st we’ll call up a few extra pitchers (Melancon, Alba, Kroenke?) and a 3rd Catcher. Beyond that I don’t know if anyone else gets called up right away. Maybe Shelly.

      For the guys not of the 40-man roster it will depend on how many spots we have available both this season and after the season and if that person we’re adding could be taken off easily.

      I think a guy like Russ Ortiz is likely. He is pitching well and we could cut him after the season to free up a 40-man roster spot to protect a rule 5 guy. Kroenke likely gets the call too because he has earned it and we’ll want to see what he can do at the ML level. Russo is a possibility but I kind of doubt it because I think they’ll definitely keep him down in AAA until the end of the season there and with guys like Pena and Hairston already up they won’t add him to the 40-man until they have to. Beyond that I’m not sure perhaps Nova and/or Corona after AAA playoffs are done because both need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Other possibilities: Hirsh, Rumolo Sanchez, Kevin Whelan

  • Doug

    but mike, getting picked off twice means sosa actually got on base twice…..a marked improvement

    • JMK

      Hah. It’s too bad, really. I’ve heard he’s got a lot of talent.

  • Drew

    I can’t wait till Russo is called up in September.

  • yanks2009

    btw agree with signing of bill hall … still no matsui in the clutch recently