Sep
29

Vizcaino, Warren, Paredes & Medchill among NY-Penn League’s top prospects

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Continuing with their league top 20 series, Baseball America named Ryan Westmoreland the top prospect of the Short Season NY-Penn League. Four Yankee farmhands made the list: Arodys Vizcaino at #3, Adam Warren at #12, Jimmy Paredes at #14, and Neil Medchill at #18. The subscriber only scouting report on Vizcaino says that he “could have a plus curveball to go with a plus-plus fastball down the road,” but he’ll need to work on his changeup to stick as a starter. An unnamed NL scout loves Warren’s pitchability, and one league manager dropped an Adam Lind comp on Medchill.

The South Atlantic League list comes out this Friday, so get ready for some Manny Banuelos love.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • pat

    Ive said it many times before, I love me some Adam Lind, I’ll take that in a second.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +A whole lot.

  • Mike bk

    if medchill turns into Adam Lind how lucky would we be?

    In looking at that list Warren should have been more like 6th, but nice to see lots of yanks representing.

    • JSquared

      I’d pay money for it to happen.

    • AndrewYF

      I don’t think the Yankees will get the chance to find out, with A-Rod and Teixeira manning the corners for the next 8 years. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Medchill’s a left fielder, not a corner infielder.

  • JSquared

    Are we loaded at Staten Island… or what?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Actually, Ryan Westmoreland was #1, 2 & 3 prospect. His shoulder blade was #16.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Very cool.

    I wonder who will be covering SWB with Chad Jennings heading to LoHud?

    GREAT great pick, BTW. Looking forward to him keeping up the high standards for content that PA set.

    • scooter

      Huge fan of Chad – the only downside is that we’re losing a great source of minor-league info.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

        He can’t follow at the same level but I’m sure he’ll keep us abreast of some stuff on the farm. I think he’s gonna be great.

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m definitely excited about Vizcaino.

    • JSquared

      Vizcaino is probably my favorite right behind everyone’s number 1… JESUS!! i seen vizcaino pitch at staten island, he is really good.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Manny Banny for me.

        Always need a good lefty in Yankee Stadium.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’m very excited about Banuelos as well, he’s put up great results at a very young age.

          A+ and possibly AA next year — at 19. Wow. Maybe he’ll even gain a few mph on the fastball as he ages . . .

        • pat

          Can we not call him Manny Banny? That just doesn’t do it for me, sounds a little… fruity. IMo ManBan is cooler.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        Yeah I saw him pitch several times and he’s got really great stuff. Just needs to learn how to pitch with runners on without getting flustered, but that’s typical of kids his age.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    After tonight if Medchill could turn in Adam Lind like that, I would be thrilled.

  • Stryker

    speaking of staten island, pimpsner announced via twitter he’ll no longer be covering the SI Yanks – no word yet on what he’s moved on to.

    • pat

      Damn, maybe Trenton.. Ashmore goes to Scranton?

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan

        I was thinking about Ashmore going to Scranton.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      SWB?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Nevermind. What pat said above makes more sense.

        • scooter

          I’m not 100% sure – but I think Robert’s doing a tour in the military. I wish him nothing but the best, wherever he goes

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Definitely. Didn’t expect the military. Thanks for the info, scooter.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Eric

              Air force, I think

              • AndrewYF

                That’s the place to go.

          • http://www.gothambaseball.com/ RPimpsner

            You are correct. I am taking off to work on preparing for the Military. As much as I have enjoyed covering the team, the Military was always my first love and I am applying for Officer Training when I finish my degree.

            However I will be providing some coverage of St. John’s and Wagner College before I take time off. I will also be taking an active role in recruiting writers for Gotham Baseball.

            • pat

              Best of luck man, you will be missed, here and at pinstripesplus.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

              best of luck man.

              • http://www.gothambaseball.com/ RPimpsner

                Thanks,

                I still have some more stuff to write for Gotham Baseball and Baseball Digest, one of them is a Top 10 Yankees Prospects list.

                I still have another year of school before I go in, but that will be spent on the application, tests, and making some money before I report for training.

                • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

                  I’ll miss your coverage a lot, and the next time someone hits the press box with a foul ball I will be thinking of you. ;)

                • http://www.gothambaseball.com/ RPimpsner

                  LMAO thanks, I guess Im lucky. Im getting out before I get injured.

                  I will say this I will still be taking photos for Gotham Baseball next season, but it would mean only a handful of games I will go to.

            • Joey

              Good luck and God Bless

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              What everyone else said. Best of luck!

  • Accent Shallow

    Neil Medchill was 22 this year, and he tore up SS A ball.
    When Adam Lind was 22, he spent time in AA, AAA, and had a cup of coffee in the majors.

    I’d like him to be a stud as much as the next guy, but he’s got some work to do.

    • pat

      True, but Lind had a two year head start. You’re right though, he still has a ways to go. The list of people who killed the NYPL and sucked everywhere else is long.

    • Reggie C.

      Agreed.

      Which is why I hope Medchill starts off in High-A Tampa. I dont envision Medchill having to make much adjustment to low-A pitchers , many of which are pitching full-season ball for the first time and are only out of HS a couple years.

      Medchill could climb into Top 10 yankees prospects list with a strong debut in Tampa.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

    Why do so many scouts comment anonymously? Do they not want to be held accountable for being wrong or is it some other issue, maybe they don’t want teams to know how highly they regard a player?

    • pat

      Methinks about half of these “anonymous scouts” are fictional and give the writer a way to interject their own opinions. Ask Buster Olney, he knows all about it.

      • Tom Zig

        an anonymous scout told me that he once saw Nick Swisher make Jorge Posada smile.

  • Aj

    why is it that all scouta when writing about a yankee pitching prospect always says they will end up in the bullpen? Vizciano is young and if it wasnt for his injury would probably of been up in A- with Man Ban.

    • Mike bk

      cause they listen to francessa.

  • Aj

    Scouts**

  • Aj

    Anyways cant wait to see where the yanks farm ranks this winter maybe this could be the year where our system ranks ahead of the socks definitly not 15 like last year.. thoughts guys??

  • rbizzler

    Arodys is going to be real fun to watch next year. Despite the fact that they are a ways away, Vizcaino and Banuelos look like a formidable 1-2 prospect punch.

  • Joey
  • Jerkface

    Mike Ashmore has an impressive resume but he is a red sox fan, pass

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

      Mashmore does a great and objective job covering the Thunder. He’d be great in Scranton. I don’t know if he’s a Sox fan or not but you sure can’t tell when he covers Yankees’ prospects.

      • Jerkface

        He has admitted it on his website and David Ortiz is his favorite player

        • Joba Rules

          I think I’ll kick him in the balls if I ever see him at a Scranton game.

    • Mike bk

      and pete abe was an admitted sox fan who covered the big club.

      • K.B.D.

        PeteAbe said he was a Pats fan, not a Sox fan if I remember correctly. He took exception to being called that once.

        Or I could be completely wrong.

        • Joba Rules

          Except when he covered the Mets he admitted that he grew up rooting for the Sox.

  • Joba Rules

    Was it Ryan Westmoreland and everyone else or is anyone close to him?

  • Mike Ashmore

    A) Scouts are actually not allowed to comment on players outside of the organization they work for.

    B) The team you follow — regardless of who it is — has absolutely nothing to do with how you do this job, at least it doesn’t to me. I want the teams I cover to do well. I want to cover playoff baseball. I want to cover good stories and good games and good people.

    Kudos to anyone who can find a shred of any bias in any of my Thunder coverage. I bust my ass regardless of who I’m covering…and honestly, I don’t really have time to follow a big league team anyway. I work two beats. No. Time. Furthermore, I want to see the guys I’ve covered in AA do well in the show. I want Hughes to succeed. I want Joba to succeed. Cano, Duncan, Coke, Pena, Melancon, Aceves, and so on…I want them all to do well. If the Yankees beat the crap out of the Red Sox in the ALCS, great.

    And lastly in regards to this point…I actually think you don’t want a Yankees fan covering a Yankees team/affiliate. Fans always, always, always overrate their own prospects. Pick up a BA Handbook from a few years back and tell me how many of those guys made the big leagues. How many made an impact? Do you guys want me writing fluff features about how Eric Duncan’s going to hit .782 in the big leagues? Or do you want me to be realistic about it?

    C) Please don’t kick me in the b*lls. This will hurt.

    D) I’m a Rangers fan covering a Devils affiliate as well. I’m dating a Devils fan. One of the weirder moments of my career would have to be going to the Rangers-Devils game at MSG at the end of March and yelling all sorts of things at Martin Brodeur when he got scored on, and then standing next to him a few days later interviewing him after they beat the Lightning. If you’re a professional, you can separate the two things.

    E) The bad stuff aside, thanks for all the kind words on here. I have worked very hard to get to this point. I really have nothing to say about the Scranton situation. But to have people think I’d be a good candidate is nice.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Mashmore pwning the haters. Love it.

  • Mike Ashmore

    And, just to add on to point A to clarify…they often do comment on guys outside of their organizations, so that’s why their comments have to be presented anonymously, as they would/could get in trouble if they weren’t.

  • Jeff

    Mike would be just perfect covering Scranton. He did a great job at Trenton, supplementing his coverage with ample photos and videos which I really enjoyed.

    It just seems like the natural thing to do if he is interested. He has proven himself at AA, so bring him up, just like a ballplayer.

  • bottom line

    Could someone please define “pitchability?” (what an awful contribution to the vernacular)