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Hugherlaineddy Is A Great Pitcher
Saturday, September 01, 2007
It's been a good year to be a pitcher in the Yankees farm system. Unlike years past when kids would end up rotting away in the minors awaiting a call-up (or a frustrating trade for some old dude), the Yankees many pitching woes and the unfortunate injury plague Pavano passed along to the rest of the staff have made a succession of promotions necessary. Pitchers who just joined the system a year or two ago have already been given a shot at the big league level, and while I'm sure the pressure and expectations can be a bitch, I'd imagine that getting the opportunity to pitch for the Yankees just a couple years after you finished pitching for your high school team would be something of a dream come true. Three of the Yanks most highly-anticipated pitching prospects were called up this year (among others of course, but let's forget about the whole Chase Wright debacle for the time being; thinking about that poor kid's shattered confidence is too much for my sentimental heart to bear), and the folks that scouted and signed these boys should be very proud of themselves indeed. Let's all take a moment to acknowledge the achievements of our youth, and, more importantly, to gloat about the fact that unlike some teams, we actually managed to hang on to our top prospects.

Philly Hughes: 2-3, 43IP, 5.65 ERA. Our most prized and tauted farm hand suffered a very ill-timed injury (thanks to the ol' Pavano Plague, I'm sure) and has been a little shaky ever since, but he's still managed to strike out 40 in 43 innings. He'll get into his groove, and we'll be seeing him for years to come, I have no doubt.

Joba Chamberlain: 0-0, 11.1 IP, 0.00 ERA. Michael Kay's favorite Native American has made quite a splash since joining the team. He jammed through the farm system as fast as the Yankees Chick trying to evade a drunken Red Sawx fan, and with good reason: he is SO F*CKING GOOD. His WHIP is a superhuman 0.794, and his control is great - just 4 walks and no wild pitches. I cannot wait to get this guy into the rotation next year.

Ian Kennedy: 1-0, 7.0 IP, 1.29 ERA. Seven innings is really not enough time to judge someone, but I think it is fair to say that his debut went even better than expected. He gave up 5 hits but only 1 earned run, and struck out 6. Ian should make sure to check his brakes before he drives anywhere, though, because Moose may have had to resort to sabotage after seeing the way his replacement pitched.

Obviously we have to focus on this year right now and getting to the play-offs (sidenote: in case you've been away from TV/newspaper/Internet/humans, let me assure you that things are definitely looking up in that respect!), but I must say that a rotation featuring these three plus Wang and Pettitte would be a sight to behold. Wouldn't it be grand to have a starting rotation we could rely on? I'll keep dreaming until it is a reality...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Saturday, September 01, 2007  
  • At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't forget how the best farm system in baseball was also able to produce pitchers like: Tyler Clippard (who was going to be the savior of the rotation if you had listened to John Sterling talk about him) Matt DeSalvo (another hyped up to be better than he is pitcher) and Darrell 'Bad Luck' Rasner. Young pitcher-wise, you gotta include other gems like Kei Igawa. In the case of Clippard, DeSalvo and Igawa, time has shown them to be what they are, young pitchers with some talent but not a ton of experience. Everyone is all aflutter about Phil Hughs, Joba "the Second Coming" Chamberlain and now, Ian Kennedy, but let's try to keep some perspective. Clippard had a couple good starts but eventually proved mortal, Hughes while more talented will proabably encounter a similar road bump. Joba's has still only thrown a handful of innings, let's reserve naming the new stadium after him for a least a month, huh? As for Ian Kennedy, are we really gonna get that excited over a single game? It was a strong effort, but it was still a single event, it was the first time any major leaguers had faced him, the scouting book on him is probably thin and might not be the next time he gets up on the hill.

    My only point is that the future looks good. There is a talented pool of pitchers, but it is still the future and who knows what can happen. Hell, Cashman could trade some of these guys, yet. A no-show in the playoffs might make the GM a little desperate.

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