Scouting Yankees Prospect #43: Neil Medchill

The New York Yankees selected outfielder Neil Medchill in the 11th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma State University. A big-time slugger in the Big 12, he made a seamless transition to wooden bats in his professional debut season, setting the Staten Island single-season home run record.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Neil Medchill
Position: Outfielder
DOB: June 25, 1987
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

After slugging 25 home runs over his two years with the Cowboys, Medchill set the single-season home run record for the Staten Island Yankees by clubbing 14 home runs and he did it with a hurt wrist through a good portion of the season.

"For the most part it couldn't have gone much better in my eyes," he said. "I got in right away with a great coach and a great team, and played well for most of the year.

"I had to have wrist surgery at the end of the year, which nobody really wants but I'm feeling good now and hopefully I'll have a good year next year."

He was hitting .310 with nine home runs by the start of August when his wrist began to hurt and he hit just .230 the rest of the way before settling with a .278 final batting average.

While Medchill, who struck out two more times in his final 25 games than he had in his previous 37 games, won't put the entire blame for his late-season slide on the injured wrist, he does admit it was a factor.

"I'd be lying if I said [it didn't]," said Mechill, who had wrist surgery the day after winning the New York Penn League championship. "I got into my slump a little bit before I hurt my wrist. Did the wrist injury help? Not at all, but it's not something I'm going to throw any blame on."

But even with enduring the wrist injury he still managed to have a historic offensive season with the power numbers and he also proved to be more than a minor league slugger.

"Overall he's a gamer," Staten Island manager Josh Paul said. "He plays hard and he plays to win. He's a very intense guy, which is another thing you can't teach. It's something whether a guy has it or not, and he's got it.

"He's always looking to get better. He's always asking questions on how to get better. He's a fun guy to coach."

And despite his power prowess in his two years at Oklahoma State and in the New York Penn League, Medchill actually doesn't see himself as a pure slugger either.

"It's not really been my bread and butter ever to be honest," he revealed. "I always hit home runs okay but I've never been leading the league in home runs or anything [until now]. It's something that has come on as of late and as I've gotten older it has developed a little bit.

"I have so much fun playing and I think anyone will tell you that. I enjoy the outfield and I had a blast when they put me out in centerfield for a few games. I'd like to think I'm more athletic than just some guy who steps into the box and tries to hit home runs."

With 66 strikeouts in just 62 games, however, Medchill is hoping to prove that he's more than home run hitter and more like the .300 hitter he was for a good portion of the 2009 season.

"I feel like I can use the whole field pretty well. A lot of guys tried to beat my inside this year for a better part of the year. I definitely feel like I can hit the ball the opposite way and I hit for power the opposite way too.

"Throughout my career I've moved up not sure about how I was going to do and I've always done pretty well. Hopefully next year I'll hit for a higher average and carry the power over the course of a long season, that's always the goal."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2009 Staten Island .278 216 13 14 41 42 7 24 66 .350 .551


Batting and Power. Whether Medchill labels himself as one or not, he's a true slugger with plus power to all fields. He's not a pronounced pull-hitter either. He will use the whole field at times but he could stand to take more of a consistent opposite field approach to become a better overall hitter. The good news is he isn't up there trying to hit home runs like most young sluggers and he does employ a hit-first mentality, so the foundation is there to be a better hitter. He is a little too aggressive at times and improved patience could go a long way.

Base Running and Speed. Most guys his size are non-factors on the base paths but Medchill is more of a threat than people realize. Overall he's a below average runner, but he's pretty quick for a bigger player and he will swipe the occasional bag when pitchers overlook him.

Defense. Medchill has some athleticism to him and that does give him pretty decent range in the outfield. He even played some centerfield in a pinch in 2009 and did a pretty admirable job. His arm is just okay though. Overall he's a left fielder who won't hurt a team defensively and he will make the occasional great play because he is somewhat athletic.

Projection. Medchill's plus power gives him a realistic chance to possibly develop into an everyday big league left fielder who could hit in the heart of a major league lineup. He will have to become a more consistent hitter overall to do that, however, and he has some work to do shortening his swing consistently, going to the opposite field more, and making walks a priority. If he can do that, he could be a real run producer. The only thing that bears watching in the immediate future is how he responds from wrist surgery because, while there are some tools there, his game is predicated mostly on his power potential.

ETA. 2013. Medchill expects to be 100 percent by the start of the 2010 season and he's a strong candidate to skip a level and jump right into the Florida State League with the Tampa Yankees if he's healthy.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Neil Medchill
\r\nPosition: Outfielder
\r\nDOB: June 25, 1987
\r\nHeight: 6'4\"
\r\nWeight: 200
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nAfter slugging 25 home runs over his two years with the Cowboys, Medchill set the single-season home run record for the Staten Island Yankees by clubbing 14 home runs and he did it with a hurt wrist through a good portion of the season.
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\r\n\"For the most part it couldn't have gone much better in my eyes,\" he said. \"I got in right away with a great coach and a great team, and played well for most of the year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had to have wrist surgery at the end of the year, which nobody really wants but I'm feeling good now and hopefully I'll have a good year next year.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe was hitting .310 with nine home runs by the start of August when his wrist began to hurt and he hit just .230 the rest of the way before settling with a .278 final batting average.
\r\n
\r\nWhile Medchill, who struck out two more times in his final 25 games than he had in his previous 37 games, won't put the entire blame for his late-season slide on the injured wrist, he does admit it was a factor.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'd be lying if I said [it didn't],\" said Mechill, who had wrist surgery the day after winning the New York Penn League championship. \"I got into my slump a little bit before I hurt my wrist. Did the wrist injury help? Not at all, but it's not something I'm going to throw any blame on.\"
\r\n
\r\nBut even with enduring the wrist injury he still managed to have a historic offensive season with the power numbers and he also proved to be more than a minor league slugger.
\r\n
\r\n\"Overall he's a gamer,\" Staten Island manager Josh Paul said. \"He plays hard and he plays to win. He's a very intense guy, which is another thing you can't teach. It's something whether a guy has it or not, and he's got it.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's always looking to get better. He's always asking questions on how to get better. He's a fun guy to coach.\"
\r\n
\r\nAnd despite his power prowess in his two years at Oklahoma State and in the New York Penn League, Medchill actually doesn't see himself as a pure slugger either.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's not really been my bread and butter ever to be honest,\" he revealed. \"I always hit home runs okay but I've never been leading the league in home runs or anything [until now]. It's something that has come on as of late and as I've gotten older it has developed a little bit.
\r\n
\r\n\"I have so much fun playing and I think anyone will tell you that. I enjoy the outfield and I had a blast when they put me out in centerfield for a few games. I'd like to think I'm more athletic than just some guy who steps into the box and tries to hit home runs.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith 66 strikeouts in just 62 games, however, Medchill is hoping to prove that he's more than home run hitter and more like the .300 hitter he was for a good portion of the 2009 season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like I can use the whole field pretty well. A lot of guys tried to beat my inside this year for a better part of the year. I definitely feel like I can hit the ball the opposite way and I hit for power the opposite way too.
\r\n
\r\n\"Throughout my career I've moved up not sure about how I was going to do and I've always done pretty well. Hopefully next year I'll hit for a higher average and carry the power over the course of a long season, that's always the goal.\"
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\r\n 2009\r\n Staten Island\r\n .278\r\n 216\r\n 13\r\n 14\r\n 41\r\n 42\r\n 7\r\n 24\r\n 66\r\n .350\r\n .551

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\r\nBatting and Power. Whether Medchill labels himself as one or not, he's a true slugger with plus power to all fields. He's not a pronounced pull-hitter either. He will use the whole field at times but he could stand to take more of a consistent opposite field approach to become a better overall hitter. The good news is he isn't up there trying to hit home runs like most young sluggers and he does employ a hit-first mentality, so the foundation is there to be a better hitter. He is a little too aggressive at times and improved patience could go a long way.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Most guys his size are non-factors on the base paths but Medchill is more of a threat than people realize. Overall he's a below average runner, but he's pretty quick for a bigger player and he will swipe the occasional bag when pitchers overlook him.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Medchill has some athleticism to him and that does give him pretty decent range in the outfield. He even played some centerfield in a pinch in 2009 and did a pretty admirable job. His arm is just okay though. Overall he's a left fielder who won't hurt a team defensively and he will make the occasional great play because he is somewhat athletic.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Medchill's plus power gives him a realistic chance to possibly develop into an everyday big league left fielder who could hit in the heart of a major league lineup. He will have to become a more consistent hitter overall to do that, however, and he has some work to do shortening his swing consistently, going to the opposite field more, and making walks a priority. If he can do that, he could be a real run producer. The only thing that bears watching in the immediate future is how he responds from wrist surgery because, while there are some tools there, his game is predicated mostly on his power potential.
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\r\nETA. 2013. Medchill expects to be 100 percent by the start of the 2010 season and he's a strong candidate to skip a level and jump right into the Florida State League with the Tampa Yankees if he's healthy.
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