Found out something about Ross Ohlendorf today. He’s a lot like Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes in that he expects to do well. That he was selected to the postseason roster didn’t seem to shock him.
“I prepared myself for it and kept telling myself that I would be so I could prepare for it,” he said.
Still, it’s quite a rise considering he wasn’t on the roster until Sept. 9 and didn’t get into a game until Sept. 11. But the Yankees saw enough in his 6.1 innings to pick him over Edwar Ramirez or Ron Villone.
My take: It’s a great move. Ramirez gets strikeouts with his change but has a below-average fastball that MLB hitters sit on. That he gave up six homers in 21 innings is no coincidence. Ohlendorf, meanwhile, is a true prospect with plus stuff and will make adustments better.
As the Yankees move forward, he is part of their plans and this experience will serve him well.
Jose Veras I’m not so sold on. But who the last pitcher is in the bullpen probably isn’t all that important.