As he keeps talking about the need to add depth to the big league rotation, Brian Cashman also continues to tout the potential of his upper-level pitching talent. As a worst-case scenario, the ability to plug proven minor leaguers into the back of the rotation isn’t a bad thing, but Cashman prefers to keep his prospects developing for the time being.
“We need the depth,” Cashman said this week in Milwaukee. “Noesi’s pitching well in the Dominican right now, and he’s finishing off his innings. He’s definitely going to come into camp, and we have high hopes for him. So that’s one. Phelps just came off the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week, so he’s doing well getting the innings that he lost because of the injury in the summer. You’ve got Mitchell. You’ve got Warren. You’ve got the youngsters that want to exceed their developmental program which is Betances and Banuelos. So, where they all fit (remains to be seen).”
For obvious reasons, Betances and Banuelos get the most ink. They’re considered the most talented arms in the system, and they each reached Triple-A this year. Betances got a few big league innings.
“Those guys need more innings,” Cashman said. “They should get more innings, but sometimes players that have exceptional talent can jump their programs. Those guys have got exceptional talent. I think they’ll need more innings, and I think they won’t start the season with the New York Yankees. They’ll be with the Empire State Yankees, our Triple-A team that will be nomadic. We’ll see. We’ll find out where they go from here.
“… Again, I expect it to be CC, A.J., Hughes, Nova, and the rest of it is going to come from that pack below, or it will come from an outside source that we have negotiated with or trade for.”
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