Just a couple months ago, Neil Medchill was playing college ball with Oklahoma State University. The summer finds him destroying New York-Penn League pitching. The transition is one Medchill takes seriously and he still insists it is a learning process.
"Playing everyday is the biggest thing to get used to, the wooden bats take a little time but basically success with failure has been my biggest thing.
"My first at-bat I hit a home run and then didn't have a hit for the next sixteen, so I got success and failure really quick."
The twenty-two year old has only played the outfield for two years, but the comfort level of the aforementioned wooden bats brings Medchill ease in the outfield. He also credits the Yankees for helping him get comfortable out there.
"If anything, life in the outfield is easier when you're playing with wood. The aluminum sometimes will trick you, but working with the coordinators here has helped me quite a lot.
"You work as hard as you want to," he continuee. "And I've been putting in the time and taking my reads in batting practice and it has helped me so far."
Obviously Medchill's name has been getting some attention from his performance at the plate. Medchill is among the NY-Penn League leaders in Average, RBI, Hits, and doubles as well as leading the entire League with seven homeruns. The Mississippi native is humble when it comes to his early achievements.
"It's still success with failure. The teams have a thirty-day rule where they don't really change your swing, but I struggled early, approached the hitting instructor about it, watched some video and put in some time."
When prodded about what is really the answer to this tremendous month, Medchill still remains coy about his performance.
"So far I've just tried to enjoy myself. It's pro ball and we do it for a living now, but I'm still trying to have fun. I'm taking each day at a time," he added. "And I'm trying to make the best of the situation and put the work in so good things will happen."
The season plans for Medchill are in line with his strategies of the past; work, work, work. Medchill emphasizes his commitment to the game and the learning process at every step.
Even as he tears the cover off the ball on a day-to-day basis, there are still parts of his game he is quick to reference in need of improvement.
"I want to cut down on my strikeouts and work on my speed so that I can add another element to my game. A couple of years ago I added twenty pounds of muscle, but in junior college I was pretty quick so I'd like to get that back and add another aspect to my game."
Medchill Makes Sudden Impact
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