The promotion of Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy to Scranton is intiguing on many levels.
I can’t remember the last time a Yankees pitcher moved from Class A to Class AAA in his first full season of pro ball, never mind two of them. But when you draft players from major-conference college programs, this is what can happen.
Justin Verlander of Detroit is a prime example.
It is doubtful that the Yankees are showcasing them for a trade. In the eyes of a scout, a pitcher can be evaluated just as well in AA ball. No, this is more of a challenge for Chamberlain and Kennedy so the Yankees can determine where they stand going into next season.
Rumors perist that Chamberlain could be put in Joe Torre’s bullpen. But Brian Cashman has said he will remain a starter in the minors and this promotion would seem to confirm that.
As for Chase Wright and Tyler Clippard, this isn’t the end. But how a player handles failure can be more telling than how he handles success.