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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/13/21

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Luis Medina named top pitcher in LBPRC; Yankees scouts to watch Kluber’s bullpen session today; Yankee Stadium aims to become vaccination site

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YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: Luis Medina has been putting in work over the winter, and he got recognized for it. Medina was named the Pitcher of the Year in the Puerto Rican Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, or the LBPRC, after tossing 16.2 innings of one-run ball. Medina managed to strike out 32 batters over that span, an impressive outing for a young prospect looking to climb up the minor league ladder. | Mike Rosenstein: Corey Kluber is scheduled to host a bullpen session today, where he will throw somewhere between 25-30 pitches. Scouts from across the league will be in attendance, including the Yankees — and they have some connections to the two-time former Cy Young winner. Eric Cressey, the Yankees’ director of health and performance, has been involved in Kluber’s rehab and Matt Blake, the Yankees’ pitching coach, coached Kluber over the final four years of his Cleveland tenure.

NY Post | Nolan Hicks and Carl Campanile: The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is underway, and one of the areas where it’s most needed is New York City. Mayor de Blasio’s team is working with the Yankees on converting Yankee Stadium into a vaccination site, something that the organization offered up to the city months ago when the vaccine was still being worked on. The Mets are also preparing for Citi Field to be used as a center for distribution, so both halves of the city’s baseball bloodline are contributing to the cause.