DoTF: Farm Goes Undefeated as Medina, Waldichuk, Wesneski Get Call to Double-A

  • Big promotion news: the Yankees have promoted Luis Medina, Ken Waldichuk, and Hayden Wesneski from High-A Hudson Valley to Double-A Somerset. That’s according to BA’s Josh Norris, who’d know.
  • That will mean there are accompanying moves upward throughout the organization that we’ll presumably find out about soon. No idea who or what those might be, though, so no point in me guessing….except that I would guess that Janson Junk would get the call to Scranton.
  • All told, Somerset is now the most interesting team in the farm – a mantle previously owned by Hudson Valley. They have some of the team’s most interesting farmhands, including Medina and Waldichuck but also Oswald Peraza and Luis Gil. Go check ’em out if you can.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders improved to 23-11 on the back of a 6-run outburst in the 4th inning. They beat the Bisons 8-0 as Luke Voit kicked off his rehab. Good stuff.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Nick Nelson: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K – 61% of his pitches were strikes…Nelson has a 1.96 ERA in Triple-A, with 26 strikeouts against just 6 walks in 18.1 IP…I think he should bring this energy to the Bronx once he gets the call again
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K – 63% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeros, 2 K– 64% of his pitches were strikesglad to see him do well after an abysmal Bronx showing
  • In Relief: RHP Sal Romano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros– 75% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 K – 73% of his pitches were strikes
  • Rehab Watch: 1B Luke Voit: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – where have you gone, Luke Voit, a Bronx offense turns its lonely eyes to you
  • Hitting Star: RF Ryan LaMarre: 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – remember him?
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – even in a good game, he had to have his signature strikeout
  • MLB Watch: 3B Derek Dietrich: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI– at what point is he an option over Odor…granted, he is hitting just .160
  • Leftovers: Hoy Jun Park, Trey Amburgey, and Andrew Velazquez had the other hits…7 of 9 Scranton hitters reached base in one stretch in the 4th that included three extra base hits

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots are 22-13 following today’s 2-0 victory over the Erie SeaWolves. They struck out 13 batters and allowed just 4 hits in a pretty good pitching performance, even if it included 5 walks. The game was tight the whole time and was 1-0 until the 9th.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K– 64% of his pitches were strikes…the 25-year-old has a 0.93 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 29 IP this year…batters are hitting just .170 against him…maybe a Scranton call up is in the near future
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – 59% of his pitches were strikes…he owns a 1.59 ERA
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 1.0 IP, zeros, 2 BB – 47% of his pitches were strikes
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-4, 1 K
  • Hitting Star: CF Michael Beltre: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – hit into a force out in the 4th that drove in a run…added the solo shot in the 9th
  • Multi-Hit Watch: 3B Cristian Perez: 2-4, 2 K
  • Leftovers: not a great day at the dish for Somerset…Oswaldo Cabrera, Diego Castillo, and Dermis Garcia had the other hits

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades are 20-14 on the season after today’s 5-0 dispatching of the Cyclones. They struck out 12 and walked just 2. All 5 runs came in the 8th and 9th innings.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K – 67% of his pitches were strikes…held High-A batters to a .194 BAA against with 47 K in 36.1 IP against just 9 walks…Double-A awaits for the 2019 6th rounder
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 K– 75% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Zack Greene: 1.0 IP, zeros, 2 K– 64% of his pitches were strikes
  • Hitting Star: SS Josh Smith: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI – broke open the scoring with a double in the 8th
  • Hitting Star: DH Ezequiel Duran: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Hitting Star: C Josh Breaux: 1-5, 2B, 1 RBI – 9th inning double
  • Multi-Hit Watch: RF Frederick Cuevas: 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB – great game
  • Multi-Hit Watch: 2B Eduardo Torrealba: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB
  • Leftovers: Eric Wagaman had the other hit, a double….even dispersal of hits for the lineup, as nearly everyone joined in on the fun

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons are 26-10 after defeating the Threshers 12-5 on Sunday. They are one of the best teams in all of the lower minors right now, and you just love to see it. Interestingly, they were the only team in the entire system not to participate in a shutout today. Just don’t ask which side the big league squad was on.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Beck Way: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K– 41% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 3.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 4 K– 63% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB – 50% of his pitches were strikes
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-5, 1 BB, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Austin Wells: 2-5, 2 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – another nice game for him
  • Hitting Star: RF Jake Sanford: 2-5, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Hitting Star: 3B Andres Chaparro: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Hitting Star: LF Juan De Leon: 2-5, 1 R, 2B
  • Leftovers: Carlos Narvaez and Jesus Bastidas had the other hits for the Tarpons


Game 65: Make It Stop, Please


Thoughts After a Rough Weekend in Philadelphia


  1. Greg

    How does Florial go 3-3 with a K? Is there another new asinine experimental rule in MiLB this year that I missed?

  2. Wire Fan

    Irrationally thinking Medina might be the frontline starter the Yankees could use in a year or two. Has to address the control but he has shown he can do it in small bursts. Probably more a 2023 timeline but he could be an up and down guy next year if he puts things together.

    While he would be a fantastic bullpen arm even if he doesn’t get the control sorted out, the Yankees could use some young starting pitching so Cashman doesn’t have to bet on injury returnees or folks the crack analytics group trade for and think they can fix. And am not sure Deivi or Schmidt are that good a bet to be anything more than back end starters (if that).

  3. Cary

    The Washington Nationals moved Juan Soto through their entire system in three years and he impacted the big league ball clip tremendously, his contributions were part of a World Series win.

    Shouldn’t Dominguez be aggressively developed? Are the Yankees equipped to do that with anyone?

    • The Original Drew

      If there is one player you do that with, it’s Dominguez. That being said, do you trust the Yankees to do so?

      I am skeptical. And if Dominguez doesn’t reach the majors until age 21-22 that is plenty fine.

    • Billy

      Soto had 66 games in the rookie leagues before sniffing Low-A full season ball. There hasn’t been a rookie league since Dominguez signed.

  4. Cary

    Perhaps a dumb question here but Jason Dominguez is the Yankee stop prospect. I know he’s extremely young but I also have read countless articles that he’s super good. Shouldn’t he at least be in low A baseball right now? My concern is that Yankee leadership is mismanaging quite a few things right now, are they mismanaging Dominguez & failing to challenge him presently?

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