YMLN - Vizcaino Backs It Up

Arodyz Vizcaino pitched another gem

TAMPA, FL - After Manuel Banuelos pitched the Yankees to a victory over the Rays on Friday, Arodys Vizcaino backed it up with a solid outing of his own in Extended Spring Training on Saturday in a 7-1 road victory over Tampa Bay.

  • Arodys Vizcaino pitched four shutout innings of no-hit ball for the Yankees on Saturday. After walking two of the first three batters, he promptly retired the final eleven batters he faced in order. Sitting mostly in the 88-90 MPH range with his fastball and showcasing a very good looking curve that averaged 72 MPH, he struck out three batters on the afternoon, including the rehabbing Rocco Baldelli twice - once on a nasty hammer curve that froze him at the plate. He was noticeably working on his changeup. While his arm speed and command with it were quite good, the velocity on it was very inconsistent, sitting anywhere from 79-85 MPH.

  • After going 3-3 with a walk on Friday, first baseman Jahdiel Santamaria extended his hit streak to five at-bats with a pair of singles in his first two plate appearances. He wound up going 2-4 on the afternoon and scored a run, as well as showing some great range defensively where he ran down the right field line in foul territory to make an over-the-head basket catch on a blooper.

  • Saturday's Batting Order: Prilys Cuello, Taylor Grote, Jorge Posada, Bradley Suttle, Kelvin De Leon, Zoilo Almonte, Jahdiel Santamaria, C.J. Henry, Jimmy Paredes, Matt Morris, and Melky Mesa.

  • After going 0-3 in his first three plate appearances, third baseman Bradley Suttle had the most impressive hit in the game. Facing a knuckle-baller in his final at-bat, Suttle, batting left-handed, crushed it approximately 390 feet to dead-centerfield that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double.

  • Right fielder Kelvin De Leon went 0-1 in the victory, but did manage to draw a pair of walks. Facing the same knuckle-baller, he flew out to deep centerfield by working a full count after starting down 0-2. Even with four good plate appearances on the afternoon, the buzz around camp is that De Leon could possibly still be headed to the Dominican Summer League to work more on his defensive game.

  • Jimmy Paredes, who played shortstop on Saturday, continues to look more impressive each time out. He has added even more muscle mass since he first signed and has shown a lot of energy on the field. He made a great pick play on a short-hop defensively, and went 2-2 at the plate, including one at-bat where he showed surprising patience - a trait lacking in his game a year ago. He scored a run on some great base running after his first hit, but later got gunned down attempting to take second base on his second hit when he thought Posada would score from second [but conservatively was held at third] on his base knock.

  • Second baseman Prilys Cuello also looked good defensively and, despite going 1-3, he hit the ball hard three times. He flew out to right field and centerfield in his first two at-bats and later had a two-run double before drawing a walk in his final plate appearance.

  • Taylor Grote, playing centerfield the last two games, had been playing tremendous defense all weekend until he attempted a diving play in left centerfield that allowed the ball to get by him in the 9th inning for Tampa's lone run of the game. He went 1-3 with a walk and a double to right-centerfield in the victory.

  • Zoilo Almonte [0-3], Matt Morris [0-3], and Melky Mesa [0-2, walk] each went hitless in the game, and C.J. Henry went 1-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

  • Francisco Arcia had limited playing time with Posada in the lineup but he did manage to make his presence felt defensively. He gunned down the only runner attempting to steal on him on a strike-them-out, throw-them-out double-play. He lined out to left-center in his only at-bat of the game.

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