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RHP Jim Miller outrighted; adds bullpen depth

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Reliever Jim Miller has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which means the Yankees have already built considerable minor league bullpen depth that could be waiting in Triple-A and ready to help during the season. Here’s a baker’s dozen to consider.

LHP Juan Cedeno
Signed out of obscurity last winter, had a nice 2012 season in Triple-A. Was at risk in the Rule 5 draft, but got through without being selected. Will surely get another invitation to big league camp.

LHP Vidal Nuno
A strike-throwing starter in Double-A last season, the Yankees have left open the possibility of Nuno becoming a relief option at some point. He was outstanding last season and continues to dominate this winter.

LHP Francisco Rondon
Added to the 40-man this winter, Rondon is an easy-to-overlook prospect coming off a nice year in Double-A. Impressive strikeout numbers; needs to cut down on the walks. Could be more than a lefty specialist.

LHP Josh Spence
Claimed off waivers from the Padres, Spence has since cleared waivers and been outrighted. He’s pitched parts of the past two seasons in the big leagues, holding lefties to a .158 batting average.

RHP Preston Claiborne
Part of the Yankees reliever-heavy 2010 draft class,Claiborne was terrific in Double-A last season and remained effective — 1.29 WHIP, 4.05 ERA — after a mid-season jump to Triple-A.  

RHP Cody Eppley
Pitched well last year, but Eppley does have an option remaining, which means he could be shipped back to Triple-A if he’s crowded out of the big league bullpen. If that happens, you have to think Eppley would open the season at the top of the call-up pecking order.

RHP Ryan Flannery
He wasn’t bad in Double-A last season, but Flannery’s walk rate — which had been impressively low in the lower levels — more than doubled. If he gets that back under control, he could climb to Triple-A. For now, he’s overshadowed.

RHP David Herndon
Claimed off waivers and eventually signed to a minor league deal, Herndon won’t be ready to open the season because of Tommy John surgery, but he was a solid Phillies reliever for two years before the injury. Should be ready mid-summer.

RHP Jim Miller
Claimed off waivers from the Oakland, Miller has now cleared waivers and been outrighted. He made 33 big league appearances last year, finishing with a 2.59 ERA and .217 opponents batting average. Was better against lefties than righties.

RHP Mark Montgomery
The top relief prospect in the organization, Montgomery has put up insane strikeout totals without very many walks. After 15 Double-A appearances last season, he might not open in Triple-A but he could certainly get there soon enough.

RHP Kelvin Perez
Not entirely sure what to make of this guy. He’d been pretty far off the radar until last season when he had a terrific year in Double-A, pitching to a 1.14 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while holding opponents to a .192 average. The Yankees need to find out whether that was a legitimate and sustainable leap forward.

RHP Chase Whitley
In his second full seasons, the fast-rising prospect spent almost all of last year in Triple-A. He had a 3.25 ERA and .213 opponents batting average while routinely pitching two, three and even four innings at a time.

SHP Pat Venditte
The novelty act who just keeps getting results, Venditte was in Triple-A last season and once again pitching well before a labrum injury sidelined him at the end of April. Might not be back until the middle of next season.

This list leaves out Graham Stoneburner, who was hurt part of last year. It also leaves out rotation prospects like Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, Brett Marshall and Schaefer Hall who could shift into the bullpen if necessary. It also leaves out a guy like Tom Kahnle, who could move quickly based on his potent High-A numbers last season.

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23 Responses to “RHP Jim Miller outrighted; adds bullpen depth”

  1. Ys Guy December 21st, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    There are basically no rules for how to vote for the HOF. So each voter can vote however he/she wants. There are no standards.

    bill mazeroski is in so the bar to entry is so low that you can legitimize voting for willie randolph for the HOF.

    given this, i really don’t care who gets in and who doesnt.

  2. Ys Guy December 21st, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Personally i always found the museum part of the “hall of fame” much more interesting than the hall anyway.

  3. jacksquat December 21st, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Ys Guy December 21st, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    There are basically no rules for how to vote for the HOF. So each voter can vote however he/she wants. There are no standards.

    There are no rules, but there are guidelines printed on/with the HOF ballot. One of them has to do with “character”.

    Standards are whatever the voters set.

  4. Nick in SF December 21st, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    They do appear to be building good bullpen depth, but that doesn’t make Youk any prettier.

  5. NJ Pete December 21st, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What about Cesar Cabral?

  6. Nick in SF December 21st, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    He doesn’t make Youk any prettier either.

  7. Shame Spencer December 21st, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The only way to make Youk pretty is to have him wear a Robbie Cano mask.

  8. Chad Jennings December 21st, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    NJ Pete December 21st, 2012 at 3:41 pm e
    What about Cesar Cabral?

    Still has the Rule 5 thing attached to him, so he can’t be optioned to Triple-A. Could open the season on the DL, go on a rehab assignment and be called up from there. In that way, I suppose he qualifies. But I left him off because of the Rule 5 thing. He’s not a guy who can be optioned to Triple-A.

  9. Ys Guy December 21st, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    youk filled alot of holes. rh bat , 3B, can dh and b/u at 1B. i was against bringing him in but i can see the logic to it.

    Seems like everyone’s pulling for ichiro to revive his career here, we should be hoping that youk who is almost 6 years younger than ichiro, has a revival, too (for one season anyway).

  10. Shame Spencer December 21st, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Chad!!

    Should I post the lyrics to Call Me Maybe? and dedicate it to you right now?? I think I should.

  11. Shame Spencer December 21st, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hey I never met you and this is crazy but I read your blog so call me maybe?

    …Those are the actual lyrics, right?

    No..?

    *crickets*

    ..Fine, play hard to get Chad. It will only make our reenactments of the movie Misery that much more enjoyable for the both of us.

  12. Nick in SF December 21st, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Before Youk came into my life I missed him so bad.

  13. blake December 21st, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    “Before Youk came into my life I missed him so bad.”

    you know he’s gonna call you maybe now…..

  14. blake December 21st, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN
    Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett both tend to bounce sliders; not easy guys to catch. Russell Martin, stock up on ice packs.

  15. Shame Spencer December 21st, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Nick in SF December 21st, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Before Youk came into my life I missed him so bad.

    —————-

    Hehehe.. guys I’m gonna have a lot of vacation time on my hands next week.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll use it to deploy my feminine wiles on Chad and will inevitably end up banned.

  16. NJ Pete December 21st, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I left him off because of the Rule 5 thing.
    _

    Thanks for the clarification

  17. Jerkface December 21st, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    He can’t ban you if you don’t inhale

  18. Jerkface December 21st, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    http://i.imgur.com/MbYee.gif

    Patrick posted this earlier but its popping up everywhere on twitter and I just stared at it for like 5 minutes unblinking, so I recommend everyone who missed it checks it out. We’ll be seeing a lot more of it next year.

  19. jacksquat December 21st, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I hate knuckleballers.

  20. Ys Guy December 21st, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    fascinating ball flight there….

  21. Tyler December 21st, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    That Dickey knuckleball is insane.

  22. rm December 21st, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This Napoli not signing yet thing with the Red Sox has gone on for so long that it makes me wonder if the Yankees would consider stealing him.

  23. Bronx Jeers December 21st, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The return of Edwar Ramirezight help.

    Not the bullpen ofcourse I mean with the Youkilis thing.

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