Vechionacci heads to Japan


Channeling his inner Jon Albaladejo, former Yankee farmhand Marcos Vechionacci has signed on with the Hanshin Tigers as an ikusei player according to NPB Tracker. An ikusei player is basically the Japanese equivalent of a minor league contract; you can learn all about it here.

Vech was once one of the Yankees’ most promising prospects (and also a personal fave), a switch-hitting shortstop/third baseman that put up a .373 wOBA across three levels as a 17-year-old. The Yanks rushed him up the ladder at a time when they needed trade chips, and it killed his development. Vechionacci enjoyed the best season of his career in 2010, wOBA’ing .350 as a 23-year-old corner infielder with Double-A Trenton, though he became a minor league free agent after the season. Good luck to him.

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  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Duncan and Vechionacci, too good for their own good =(

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Heh add Joba in that list. I pray to Mo they make it up for these rushings by showing patience to the B’s who will definitely need it.

  • steve (different one)

    Well, it was either the rushing or a shortage of talent. We’ll never really know.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    An ikusei player is basically the Japanese equivalent of a minor league contract; you can learn all about it here.

    Conner: When you start to get into trouble –
    Webb: I won’t get into trouble.
    Conner: … When you start to get into trouble, I will say, “Perhaps I can be of assistance?” From then on, I do the talking. You stand behind me. And don’t appear distracted. We may come from a fragmented, MTV, rap-video culture, but they do not. Every aspect of your appearance and behaviour will reflect on you, the Department, and me as your sempai.
    Webb: My sempai?
    Conner: Mm.
    Webb: That wouldn’t be “massa”, would it?
    Conner: No. The sempai is the senior man who guides the junior man, the kohai. In Japan, the sempai-kohai relationship is presumed to exist when the younger man and the older man work together. Hopefully, they will presume that of us.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      Jim: [On the phone] Right, oh let me just check the pricing list. Hold on one second…
      Dwight: [Also on the phone] Sensei, hello it’s Sempai…
      Jim: Umm…
      Dwight: Dwight…
      Jim: You know what, let me give you a call right back. I’m going to uh, find it and then I’ll call you back, thanks.
      Dwight: Yes, I just had a ques-… Yes Sensei. Arigatou gozaimashita. Hai.
      Jim: Was that your mom?
      Dwight: No, that was my Sensei.
      Jim: Oh, I thought it was your mom.
      Dwight: I am now Sempai, which is Assistant Sensei.
      Jim: Assistant to the Sensei, that’s pretty cool.
      Dwight: Assistant Sensei.
      Jim: Ok.

  • SteveD

    adois. good luck

  • Sleepykarl

    *sob* I will never forget the times I projected we would have.