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The most of the least

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Care to guess which position player had the fewest regular season at-bats with the Yankees this year?

It was Gustavo Molina, a guy who actually made the Opening Day roster, stuck around for almost the entire month of April, and still played in only three games with six at-bats. His only hit was a double.

Who pitched the fewest innings?

It was Steve Garrison, the lefty who — in the final few days of spring training — suddenly seemed to have a legitimate chance of breaking camp with the big league club. That last bullpen spot was between Garrison and Luis Ayala, and as a consolation prize for not making the team, Garrison got exactly two-thirds of a big league inning. He retired both hitters he faced.

What I hoped to do with this post was answer the question, which Yankee did the most with the least this season? Truth is, though, there’s no good answer.

The five Yankees who got fewer than 50 at-bats this season were Molina, Greg Golson, Austin Romine, Brandon Laird and Ramiro Pena, and none of them hit better than .190. They totaled five RBI, four of them by Pena. There were 10 different pitchers who threw fewer than 10 innings, but it’s hard to think of a big contribution from any of them.

Their names: Garrison, Jeff Marquez, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, George Kontos, Kevin Whelan, Sergio Mitre, Amauri Sanit, Raul Valdes and Buddy Carlyle.

Maybe the answer is Brian Gordon. The journeyman jumped into the Yankees system out of nowhere, then landed on the big league roster for two starts. One was pretty good, one was pretty bad, and Gordon managed to turn that into a chance to make some money in Korea. Good for him.

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