Phil Franchise had a great start on Wednesday. He went six scoreless innings against Syracuse and allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 10.
The Yankees are doing the exact right thing with Hughes. Limit his innings, give him a chance to learn, overcome struggles, etc. People forget he’s 20. Look at Francisco Liriano and now Felix Hernandez. You have to develop kids slowly and let them gradually build themselves up.
Chase Wright is 24 and those four years make a difference.
Via the Syracuse paper, here is what Syracuse manager Doug Davis said about Hughes:
“I saw him all last year, and for a six-inning stretch thatâ€™s the best Iâ€™ve seen him throw. When he gets to the point where he can throw his curveball for a first-pitch strike, work his changeup in there when he needs to for strikes, and keep the ball down, heâ€™ll be very tough.”