Tag: Ken Waldichuk

DoTF: Martian homers but Tampa gets swept

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dominated Lehigh Valley 10-3 behind a 5 run spot in the 2nd inning in support of Clarke Schmidt who made a rehab appearance. They are 57-37 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 63% strikes…hasn’t thrown more than 3 IP in any appearance this year. Will be interesting to see if he’s a September bullpen call-up for the big league squad
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 71% strikes in picking up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB – 50% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 37% strikes…needs to learn how to find the zone if he’s going to be an effective reliever down the line
  • Offensive Star: SS Kyle Holder: 3-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Offensive Star 2: 1B Armando Alvarez: 2-5, 3 RBI
  • Leftovers: Donny Sands was 1-3 with 3 walks…Socrates Brito was 2-4 with 2 runs scored…everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Great offensive day all around

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots lost this one 5-3 to Akron in extras. After tying the game in the 9th, Akron plated 2 in the 10th and Somerset took a goose egg in their half of the 10th for the loss. They are 57-40 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – 61% strikes…has a strong 89 K’s in 63 AA innings
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K – 61% strikes…solid first appearance since his no-no in AAA
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 73% strikes in the loss
  • Bro Watch: C Josh Breaux: 1-4, 1 HR
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 0-4…can’t win ’em all
  • Leftovers: Michael Beltre went 3-4 in this one…Oswald Cabrera, Dermis Garcia, and Tommy Milone had 1 hit each

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades cruised to a 4-0 victory over Winston-Salem thanks to a homer from Jake Sanford and a strong start from Josh Maciejewski.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 69% strikes
  • Offensive Star: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 HR
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Austin Wells: 0-4, 3 K

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Game One: The Clearwater Threshers thrashed Tampa in game one 13-6 despite a homer from Jasson Dominguez.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 57% strikes…big yikes
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 2-3, 1 HR – the homer had an exit velo of 107.4 mph and traveled 418 ft. That’ll do
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 2-4, 1 RBI – got the OPS up to .877 in A ball after a rough start
  • Leftovers: 2021 draftee Cooper Bowman had a double in this one

Game Two: Clearwater got the DH sweep behind this 6-4 victory with a late inning comeback. Tampa is still a robust 64-31 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Tyrone Yulie: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR – gave up a homer in the 6th and 7th to get the blown save and the loss
  • First Round Watch: DH Trey Sweeney: 2-4 – rebounding very well after a tough start in Tampa
  • 2021 Draftee: 2B Cooper Bowman: 2-4, 1 RBI – very nice double multi-hit game today

Florida Complex League

The FCL Yankees lost 12-7 to the Tigers East.

DoTF: Hoy Park homerun leads AAA to win

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders won this won 4-1 over the Rochester Red Wings with homeruns from Hoy Park and Armando Alvarez. The win moves them to 45-22 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 69% strikes to pick up his 3rd win of the year
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.0 IP, zeroes – 62% strikes…has only allowed 1 run in 12 innings in AAA
  • In Relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K – 68% strikes
  • Offensive Star: CF Hoy Park: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI – has a 1.028 OPS in AAA and cool to see him playing the outfield
  • Homerun Watch: 1B Armando Alvarez: 1-4, 1 HR
  • Leftovers: Socrates Brito and Thomas Milone went 1-4 each…Christian Perez went 2-3

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell 7-1 to Altoona in this one dropping them to 42-28 on the year. They were only able to muster 5 hits and Ken Waldichuk ran out of gas in the 6th.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K – 64% strikes…clearly ran out of gas in the 6th…has allowed 16 runs in AA after not allowing any in High-A ball
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 73% strikes…gave up 3 hr to put this one out of reach
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 73% strikes…has a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 IP in AA so far
  • Offensive “Star”: 2B Diego Castillo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – only XBH and RBI on the day
  • Leftovers: Oswald Peraza, Michael Beltre, Aaron Palensky, and Chase Illig were the only other guys with any hits

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades 9th inning rally came up short as they fell 8-5 to the Aberdeen IronBirds and are now 46-25 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Maciejewski: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 70% strikes…great K/BB ratio doesn’t matter when you give up 3 HR
  • In Relief: RHP Carlos Espinal: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 64% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 73% strikes…has 62 K in 34.1 IP this year
  • Offensive Star: CF Elijah Dunham: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR
  • Volpe Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – still OPSing over 1.000 in High-A
  • Multi-hit Watch: 1B Chad Bell: 3-4, 1 R
  • Multi-hit Watch 2: RF Pat DeMarco: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: C Josh Breaux went 1-5…DH Anthony Seigler was 0-5 and has a .645 OPS on the year

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Unlike their usual offensive outburst, the Tarpons pulled this one out 2-1 over Clearwater despite striking out 13 times. They are an absurd 47-23 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Yoendrys Gómez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 68% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Anderson Muñoz: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K – 64% strikes…season high 8 K in a huge relief role to pick up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 BB – 57% strikes to get the save
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 1-4, 1 2B – has picked up at least 1 hit in all 9 games with Tampa so far. Call him up already amirite?
  • Multi-hit Watch: RF Aldenis Sanchez: 2-3, 1 RBI
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-4, 2 K – still has a .925 OPS with Tampa
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Leftovers: DH Carlos Narvaez had a home run

Florida Coast League Yankees

They had no game scheduled today.

Dominican Summer League

The two Yankee DSL teams are playing each other and DSL Yankees 2 leads DSL Yankees 1 1-0 in the top of the 4th, though the game is currently suspended due to rain. Here’s the box score.

DoTF: Waldichuck & Peraza Continue Dominance

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders comeback fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons dropping them to 21-10 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K – 56% strikes in a short outing.
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 53% strikes and his ERA went up to 3.38 after tonight.
  • In Relief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 66% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Hit Streak Watch: DH Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 1 HR – has a hit in 19 straight. Call him up?
  • Walk the Park: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, 2 BB – 5 BB in his last 6 PA
  • Leftovers: RF Socrates Brito had 2 hits…CF Estevan Florial and 1B Mike Ford both took 0-fers.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Homeruns by Oswald Peraza and Oliver Dunn powered the Patriots to a 5-2 win over Erie giving them a 21-12 record on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K – 66% strikes to pick up the win.
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes in middle relief.
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 44% strikes and has a 1.74 ERA on the season.
  • In Relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes and picked up the save.
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 1 HR – led off the game with a homerun for his first AA hit. Video below.
  • Offensive Star: 2B Oliver Dunn: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI – had the go ahead homerun
  • Offensive Star 2: SS Oswald Cabrera: 3-5, 2 2B – feeling the pressure with another Oswald in town

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Ken Waldichuk and the Renegades dominated the Brooklyn Cyclones in this 8-0 win raising them to 18-14 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K – 64% strikes…hasn’t allowed a run in 30.2 IP this year with 55 K. Time for a call-up.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Offensive Star: LF Oliver Alexander: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Catcher Watch: C Anthony Siegler & DH Josh Breax each had 1 hit. Breax had an RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Ezeqial Duran, 3B James Nelson, 2B Eduardo Torrealba, & CF Isiah Pasteur had the remaining RBI.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Homeruns by Chad Bell and Austin Wells powered the Tarpons to a 6-4 victory over Clearwater. The win gives them a 24-10 record on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes in his 3 innings of work.
  • In Relief: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes in picking up the victory.
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K – 66% strikes and recording all outs via the K
  • In Relief: Carson Coleman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 $, 1 BB, 1 K – 60% strikes and got the save.
  • Offensive Star: 3B Chad Bell: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-4, 1 K – rare o-fer for Hauver
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 1 K & C Austin Wells: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – slugging .556 in June after a slow power start

Draft Profile: Ken Waldichuk

In the first five rounds, the Yankees took three pitchers. All three of them are lefties, including today’s subject, Ken Waldichuk. The Bombers scooped him up in the fifth round.

Background

Waldichuk, 21 years old, hails from San Diego, California. He attended University City High School, also located in San Diego. Fun fact: Kyle Holder, the Yankees’ first rounder in 2015 also graduated from there, though his time did not crossover with Waldichuk’s.

Following high school, Waldichuk left home for St. Mary’s College, located outside of San Francisco. He spent his freshman season in the bullpen and pitched 45 innings in 22 appearances. His collegiate debut was stellar; he recorded a 2.00 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and 16 walks.

In his sophomore season, Waldichuk joined the Gaels’ rotation and was dominant. In 14 starts, the southpaw racked up 87 innings and boasted a 2.05 ERA. He fanned 118 batters and walked just 21. His performance earned him a spot in the Cape Cod League that summer with the Wareham Gatemen, where he dealt with some of his first tribulations in college. In five games (four starts), he posted a 4.91 ERA. The strikeouts were still there (9.8 K/9), but his control (3.4 BB/9) took a hit as compared to the season he had just finish with St. Mary’s (2.1 BB/9).

Waldichuk was solid in his junior year, but it was a clear step back from a season prior. In 87 frames, he posted a still solid 3.71 ERA. Again, not a bad outcome, but a decline from his sophomore campaign.

What do the scouts say?

There’s not much scouting information about Waldichuk on the internet, at least not yet. MLB Pipeline and Fangraphs left him unranked, but we do have some information from Baseball America (subs. required) and a brief comment from MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo in a moment.

BA describes Waldichuk as having the ideal pitcher’s frame: 6’4″ and 220 pounds. Sounds about right. His fastball sits in the low nineties but has touched 95 and is complemented by a slider, curveball, and changeup. BA calls his slider above-average and notes that his changeup has good fade away from right-handed hitters. Lastly, his curveball has “solid shape”. I wish there were a little more detail on the quality of his secondary pitches, but it is what it is.

Waldichuk is more of a control over command pitcher per BA. Lots of strikes, but not necessarily painting the corners.

Here are Mayo’s thoughts:

Now, why don’t we go to Waldichuk for a self-report? Pinstriped Prospects interviewed him and asked him to to do so:

I think I have a fastball with a good velocity that plays up with a high vertical break. I think I throw my slider pretty well with a pretty high spin-rate on it, I think that’s a pretty above-average pitch, and then I think that my changeup is a really good weapon against righties to keep them off of my fastball.

Signing bonus and what’s next

As you can already see from Mayo’s tweet above, the Yankees paid Waldichuk $307,000, just below his pick’s allotment.

Waldichuk made his professional debut last week for Pulaski, one of the Yankees’ rookie-level affiliates. He threw two innings and allowed four hits and two runs. The lefty also struck out two batters and didn’t allow a walk or a homer. He was on the mound again last night as well. There’s a decent chance he makes a cameo in Staten Island later this summer.

My take

There’s a lot to like about Waldichuk. He’s well built to remain as a starting pitcher and seemingly has shot to develop into a fourth or fifth starter. I’d be thrilled with that outcome, especially for a fifth rounder in a draft that was relatively thin in terms of pitching.

Given his size, I’m not sure if there’s any more velocity the Yankees can squeak out of Waldichuk. Yes, the team is known for getting just about anyone to start throwing in the mid-to-high nineties regularly, but it will probably be tougher to do so with Waldichuk. That’s fine though in this instance; he already has enough in the tank to get by. And at worst, he’d theoretically throw harder in relief.

The command comment from BA doesn’t concern me, at least not yet. The fact that he is a strike thrower already is a good foundation to build upon. And if he never can harness his command, the bullpen is always a fallback option as Mayo tweeted.

As I’ve said ad nauseam in our draft coverage, it’s difficult to be upset about picks on day two or later. Just about all picks from that point on should garner an indifferent reaction, though I must say I’m intrigued by what Waldichuk brings to the table, even if he lacks a high ceiling.

Yankees’ Day Two Draft Recap

Rounds one through ten of the draft are now complete. The Yankees made three picks yesterday and had eight more today. As a refresher, the Yankees selected Anthony Volpe, a shortstop out of Delbarton High School in New Jersey with their first choice (30th overall). Southpaw TJ Sikkema (Missouri) and infielder Josh Smith (LSU) were their next two choices at 38th and 67th, respectively.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll put together profiles of everyone the Yankees drafted in the first ten rounds. Thereafter, we’ll profile anyone from the later rounds who the team actually signs.

Now, on to the recap of day two:

  • 3rd Round, Pick 105: Jacob Sanford, CF, Western Kentucky – Video
  • 4th Round, Pick 135: Jake Agnos, LHP, Eastern Carolina – Video
  • 5th Round, Pick 165: Ken Waldichuk, LHP, Saint Mary’s
  • 6th Round, Pick 195: Hayden Wesneski, RHP, Sam Houston State – Video
  • 7th Round, Pick 225: Nick Paciorek, RHP, Northwestern – Video
  • 8th Round, Pick 255: Zach Greene, RHP, South Alabama
  • 9th Round, Pick 285: Spencer Henson, 1B, Oral Roberts
  • 10th Round, Pick 315: Mitch Spence, RHP, USC Aiken

Unfortunately, there isn’t good scouting video for everyone here. If I do find something, I’ll update.

Again, more details on each of these choices in our prospect write ups to follow.

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