Yankees MiLB Previews

Pinstriped Previews: Doubleheader in Portland Features Top Pitching Prospects

Luis Medina. Photo by Chris Jones.

Wednesday has the chance to be another eventful day in the Yankees organization. Scranton Wilkes-Barre looks to continue its extended win streak, Hudson Valley tries to match their season-long win streak, and Somerset has a couple of the Yankees top pitching prospects opening their series in Portland. Find out who is pitching tonight in our Pinstriped Previews:

Brody Koerner (Photo by Matt Bufano)

Triple-A

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (29-11) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (19-24)

Coca-Cola Park I 7:05 PM ET

RHP Brody Koerner (1-3, 4.46 ERA) vs. RHP Ramon Rosso (0-1, 4.80 ERA)

The RailRiders extended their win streak to eight games on Tuesday night when they opened their series against Lehigh Valley with a resounding 14-5 victory. Hoy Park got a start in center field and went 3-for-7 with a double and an RBI, Derek Dietrich was 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and Andrew Velasquez went 2-for-6 with a home run and drove in four.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre will look to extend their win streak to nine games and pick up their 30th win of the season with Brody Koerner on the mound. Koerner has struck out at least five batters in each of his last three appearances. However, he has walked seven batters over that span.

In his last start on June 17 against Syracuse, Koerner went four innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out five on 68 pitches (43 stirkes). The 27-year-old right-hander has faced Lehigh Valley twice this season and is 0-1 in those games. Over 8.2 innings, he’s allowed eight runs on 13 hits, walked two, and struck out seven in those starts combined.

Lehigh Valley will go with right-hander Ramon Rosso. The 25-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic will be making his third start of the season (10th appearance). He has appeared in eight games with the Phillies in his major league career going back to last year.

Rosso’s last start was a no-decision on June 16 against Worcester. He threw three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, and struck out two on 42 pitches (27 strikes). This will be the fourth time that Rosso has faced the RailRiders this season.

In the prior three appearances (all out of the bullpen), Rosso has gone 4.2 innings, allowed seven runs (four earned) on three hits, walked five batters, and struck out four. Since Rosso hasn’t gone more than three innings in any outing, expect Scranton Wilkes-Barre to see a lot of the Lehigh Valley bullpen in this game.

Ken Waldichuk (Robert M Pimpsner)

Double-A

Somerset Patriots (27-14) vs. Portland SeaDogs (24-17)

Hadlock Field I 5:00 PM

Game 1: RHP Luis Medina (0-0, 4.76 ERA) vs. LHP Emmanuel De Jesus (2-1, 5.40 ERA)

Game 2: LHP Ken Waldichuk (0-0, ) vs. TBD

This series up in Maine should be a fun one for the Patriots. Somerset ended up winning five of the six games that they played against Richmond and now face the team that is directly behind them in the standings. The SeaDogs are three games behind them in the standings and these two teams might be the only ones fighting for the Double-A Northeast division at the end of the year when it is all set and done.

After a rainout last night, Luis Medina will start Game 1 for the Patriots this afternoon. Medina showed some great things in his Double-A debut on June 16 against Richmond. He went 5.2 innings, allowed three runs on five hits, walked two batters, and struck out 10 on 92 pitches (60 strikes). It was the second time this season that the 21-year-old right-hander has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.

The SeaDogs will go with Emmanuel De Jesus in Game 1. The 24-year-old left-hander has been in the Red Sox organization since 2014. This year, teams are hitting .308 against him and he has thrown 63% of his pitches for strikes. With that being said, he is averaging about 19.5 pitches per inning on the year.

De Jesus’s last start came on June 17 against Binghamton and he had his best start of the season in a victory. He allowed five hits and struck out two over five scoreless innings on 67 pitches (50 strikes).

In Game 2, Somerset will send Ken Waldichuk to the mound. The 5th Round pick in 2019 allowed his first runs of the season in his Double-A debut on June 17 against Richmond. While he walked four batters in the first inning, he was able to recover and save the outing from being a disaster.

The 23-year-old went 4.2 innings, allowed three runs on three hits, walked five, and struck out seven on 93 pitches (53 strikes) in a no-decision. Despite allowing his first two home runs of the season, Waldichuk has struck out at least seven batters in seven straight appearances. For a seven-inning game, that might be a challenge, but Waldichuk is as good a bet as any to get to eight.

Portland does not have a starter listed, but the pitcher that was supposed to throw on Tuesday was RHP Josh Winckowski (2-1, 3.10 ERA). Winckowski was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 15th Round back in 2016 and was traded to the Mets in January for Steven Matz. One month later, he was dealt to the Mets in the three-team deal that sent Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City.

After having a 1.33 ERA in five starts in May, the 22-year-old right-hander has had a 6.59 ERA in his last three starts and opponents are hitting .357 against him. On June 16 against Binghamton, Winckowski went three innings, allowed four runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out two on 55 pitches (32 strikes).

Portland’s offense is tied for the second-most hits in the Double-A Northeast (354), tied for fourth in home runs (46), and they are fifth in team OPS (.752). Two players to watch on their offense are right fielder Joey Meneses (.302/.337/.564, 7 HR, 36 RBIs) and 2019 1st Round pick, 1B Triston Casas (.287, .374, .463, 4 HR, 21 RBIs). While the SeaDogs succeed on offense, they have the fifth-highest ERA in the league (4.35) and they have allowed the second-most hits (351) as of Sunday’s games.

Shawn Semple. Photo by Matt Kardos

High-A

Wilmington Blue Rocks (21-20) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades (26-16)

Dutchess Stadium I 7:05 PM

RHP Joan Adon (3-1, 4.36 ERA) vs. RHP Shawn Semple (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Like Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Hudson Valley started their series off with an offensive explosion as they picked up a 12-3 victory. Brandon Lockridge was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs, Frederick Cuevas went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and Chad Bell went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Renegades have won four straight games and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games. They will look to match their longest win streak of the season tonight with Shawn Semple making his second start in High-A. Even thought Semple was sent down from Double-A Somerset, he was great in his Hudson Valley debut.

On June 17 against Jersey Shore, the 25-year-old right-hander went six innings for his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run on two hits, walked a batter, and struck out 11 (season-high) on 90 pitches (59 strikes) in a win. Semple has won three straight outings dating back to June 5.

The Blue Rocks will send Joan Adon to the mound. The 22-year-old has been in the Nationals system since 2017. In eight starts this season, Adon has 45 strikeouts to 15 walks over 43.1 innings pitched. In three starts this month, he is 3-0 with a 3.78 ERA and has 23 strikeouts in that stretch of games.

On June 17 against Brooklyn, Adon picked up a win as he went 5.2 innings, allowed three runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out 11 (season-high) on 99 pitches (63 strikes). One of those three wins for him this month came on June 5 against Hudson Valley. In that game, Adon went five innings, allowed four runs on six hits, walked two batters, hit two, and struck out four on 89 pitches (53 strikes).

Out of the six hits that Adon gave up, three of them went for extra-bases, including one from Frederick Cuevas. The 23-year-old is hitting .264 in June and has 14 hits with seven of them being doubles over the last 17 games.

Anderson Munoz (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Low-A

Tampa Tarpons (28-14) vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers (15-26)

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium I 5:00 PM ET (Suspended Game)

Game 2: RHP Anderson Munoz (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. TBD

The Tampa Tarpons are not used to losing series, but that happened to them this week as they lost four of six games at home to the Bradenton Marauders. Despite the series loss, the Tarpons still lead Bradenton by one game in the division.

Tampa began their series last night against Lakeland, but the game was suspend after one inning due to rain with the Tarpons leading 2-0. In the top of the first inning, Tampa got its two runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Andres Chaparro. Yoendrys Gomez started the game. He allowed two hits and struck out a batter with 12 of his 16 pitches going for strikes.

In the 12 previous meetings between these two teams, Tampa has a record of 9-3 and they have won five of the last six meetings. The Flying Tigers come into this series having lost their last five games.

The two teams will complete the nine-inning game and then play a seven-inning game. Anderson Munoz is listed as the starter for Tampa as of right now. This will be the 22-year-old right-hander’s second start with Tampa since being called up to Low-A on June 9.

In that lone start against Clearwater, Munoz went 1.1 innings, allowed one run on two hits, walked a batter, and struck out three on 29 pitches (16 strikes). One week later, he pitched a scoreless inning of relief against Bradenton on June 16.

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