Medchill Looking For Fresh Start

Medchill hit a home run in Monday's contest

CHARLESTON, SC – Neil Medchill makes a return to the Charleston RiverDogs after his 51-game stint in Tampa for a fresh start with optimism for the future.

Prior to his successes in professional baseball, the Oxford, Mich. native's career took off when he enrolled in Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona. As a freshman he earned the National Junior College All-American, the first baseball player to earn the honor in school history.

After Medchill set a record for home runs for Staten Island last year, he was promoted to High-A in Tampa in 2010. There, he seemed to struggle at the plate and was sent down to single-A Charleston.

The 23-year-old outfielder critiques himself for his performance in Tampa yet maintains a positive outlook for his time in Charleston.

"I tried to do too much. I struggled with my hitting obviously and for some reason I couldn't make the adjustment," he said. "I am here now. It's not where I want to be, but I am trying to make the most of it."

In Tampa, Medchill's batting average dropped to .178 with 70 strikeouts and 180 at-bats. Though Medchill had a wrist injury at the end of last year, he's had no issues since then and said his wrist feels great.

The Oklahoma State graduate admits the difficult adjustments he faced from Staten Island to Tampa.

"The pitches were better. I don't think they were that much better to the point I would struggle," he said. "I was doing a lot with my swing, almost too much though."

Medchill takes his relocation to Charleston as new outlook to his career in professional baseball.

"I am back here (in Charleston) with all my buddies that I was drafted with last year," he said before hitting a home run in Monday's game. "They're a great group of guys that I have a lot of fun with. I am just going to relax, play in front of our fans, enjoy the nice atmosphere and have a good time."

With his aspirations set for success, Medchill doesn't look at his move to Charleston as a setback.

"They talked to me and thought it would be good for me to get a fresh start there so hopefully I can be back in Tampa sooner rather than later," Medchill said.

Staying focused on what he needs to improve, Medchill will begin to move forward and hopes to be promoted and progress his career with the Yankees.

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