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Look who’s coming to camp: Starting pitchers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Going to have to shift the format for this one. Doesn’t really make sense to group the starting pitchers the same way as the other positions, so let’s try this:

Barring some surprise or injury, the big league rotation is going to come from this group.

Phil Hughes
This is his last year of arbitration. Is he worth signing long-term? Is he too expensive to sign long-term?
Hiroki Kuroda
Re-signed to another one-year deal. Was terrific in his American League debut last season. Can he maintain that level at age 38?
Ivan Nova
In half-season spurts, he’s been a very good middle of the rotation starter. In other spurts, he’s been awful. Has to be pretty good this spring to win his old job back.
Andy Pettitte
Back for another season. Trying to stay healthy this time. Has reportedly turned down an offer to play in the World Baseball Classic.  
David Phelps
When opportunity presented itself last spring, Phelps took advantage. He’s not going to surprise anyone this spring. He has a real chance to win a spot in the starting rotation and possibly establish some long-term value.
Michael Pineda
The Yankees are hoping he’ll become a big league starter sometime in the middle of the season. For now, he’s still rehabbing. He’ll get a lot of spring attention even without any spring innings.
CC Sabathia
Coming off a relatively minor surgery, Sabathia has again slimmed down. He’s coming off a strong season, but he’s capable of more.

Most of these are upper-level starters who could fill a big league role at a moment’s notice. Some of them might even be considered for a big league role out of camp if a Phelps-like opportunity opens up.

Manny Banuelos
Rehabbing from Tommy John. Out of the picture this season.
Dellin Betances
At this time last year he seemed to be knocking on the door to the big leagues. Now he’s trying to regain his prospect footing by showing he can command the baseball and throw strikes.
Brett Marshall
Sinkerballer has emerged as a steady upper-level starter who should be an early call-up candidate should the Yankees need a spot starter or long man. Had a 3.52 ERA in Double-A last year, and a 3.78 in High-A the year before that.
Jose Ramirez
Hard throwing right-hander who’s always had huge potential. Finally starting seeing big results in the second half of last season. Heading to Double-A to open the season.
Nik Turley
An emerging prospect who’s always had pretty good results, had a real breakout last year with a 2.89 ERA and 116 strikeouts in High-A. The big lefty should open in Double-A.
Adam Warren
Got one big league spot start last year but spent most of the season in Triple-A, where he had a 2.98 ERA in the second half. Probably the most big league ready of this bunch.

Most of these are lower-level guys just in camp to get their feet wet. With few exceptions, they’re at least a year away from being real big league candidates.

Corey Black
Already invited to big league camp after being drafted just last year. Has already made five starts in Low-A and could move fairly quickly.
Shane Greene
Not really an organizational standout, and he’s coming off a down year in High-A. His stuff seems to be better than his underwhelming numbers.
Bryan Mitchell
Scouts love this guy. Didn’t have a great season in Charleston last year, but he’s one of the high-risk, high-reward starters in the Yankees system.
Zach Nuding
Spent most of last season with High-A Tampa where he had a 3.89 ERA. Another of those mid-level rotation prospects that line the Yankees system.
Vidal Nuno
One of the big surprises of last season, the soft-tossing lefty had a terrific Double-A season and the Yankees talk about him as a legitimate big league option. Could stay in the rotation or shift to the bullpen.
Mike O’Brien
Ninth-round pick in 2008, he’s moved steadily through the system including 19 Double-A starts last season. Never really a standout, but steady at every stop.
Matt Tracy
A lefty out of Ole Miss, had a 3.27 ERA in High-A last season. Has only one full season as a pro, so still some time to really figure out how good he can be.

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39 Responses to “Look who’s coming to camp: Starting pitchers”

  1. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    ” Long cool woman in a black dress ” :)

    Baseball is a mess

    ” Get it on, bang a gong, get it on, ur my girl! ” Take me,….meanwhile, I’m still thinking of you.

  2. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    ” There’s a place up ahead and I’m going – u can get perpetual motion – come on the rising wind – catch a ride at the end of the HWY – CCR “

  3. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    “Blue skies , sunshine and children saying, hello…maybe u and me and the honey bee. What a day for picking daisies and red baloons. “

  4. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Alright now! There she stood smiling from her head to her feet,let me tell you now. I took her home to my place. Don’t u think love can last? She said, ” love”, now you’re trying to trick me in love.

  5. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    ” I’ll take u there. I’m calling, I’m calling for, mercy. Let me take you there. Alright, yeah. ”

    I said, Jerry Lee, shake!

  6. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    ” Have I ever told you, how good it feels to hold you? Baby,…I love you! ”

    ” I’m so glad I found you ”

    Yes, I have a stupid heart.

  7. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I’m on the last train to Clarkesville.

  8. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Some new details emerging from the Biogenesis story. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish spoke to a source who claims that Alex Rodriguez got special treatment from the Biogenesis clinic. Owner Anthony Bosch, Quinn and Fish’s source says, would personally go to A-Rod’s Miami home and inject him with HGH.
    if this is all true then ARrod is a dope…

  9. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    hey Mills whats up

  10. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    how was that beat down Thorton got the other night..B’s back on track though

  11. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Bos-Buff This coming week in Bos should be fun

  12. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    of the 7 SP named above they wont have 3 of them on the roster in 14

  13. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Hey Joe, ” raise a little hell “

  14. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    or should I say 4-5 of them..night all

  15. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 pm
    Hey Joe, ” raise a little hell
    no..little R& R with family..hitting the cotton soon

  16. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Big Winds this past week in the northeast … lot of OT

  17. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Joe, this beat goes on ” hey , lady, me and whoever requests u in the Mercedes. Lunatics anonynous, switch into glide. Nothing matters but the weekend from a Tuesday point of view. Even love can be affected, switch into glide. Ringing in their ears, switch into glide. I thought they’d call me up in Toronto “

  18. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Hey, Joe, now its, ” Suzie Q “

  19. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    This is one of my all time favorite songs – always, always, ALWAYS puts me in a good? mood! Thanks!

  20. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm

  21. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    ” Tonight is a wonderful time to fall in love; let’s fall in love. And you know she can feel it. Love is such a sweet thing. She said, tonight is a wonderful time, let’s fall in love, oh yeah ” – April Wine

    ” I was born a rambling man, rolling down highway 41 “

  22. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Joe, awesome music! Eff baseball,…..’Cept, Paul Molitar! :)

  23. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Praying for the rapture,
    ‘Cause it’s stranger getting stranger
    And everything’s contagious
    It’s the modern middle ages
    All day every day
    And if Jesus really died for me
    Then Jesus really tried for me

  24. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    God gave me the sunshine,
    Then showed me my lifeline
    I was told it was all mine,
    Then I got laid on a ley line
    What a day, what a day,
    And your Jesus really died for me
    Then Jesus really tried for me

  25. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm;rel=0

    ‘Bout sums it up

  26. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 pm…..#038;rel=0

    ‘Bout sums it up

    indeed..where there’s smoke there’s fire……..Arod has been cheating his whole baseball career

  27. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  28. joeman February 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Bourque scores lone goal in Bruins’ win over Leafs……

  29. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Joe, that’s hilarious! I hope everyone here watches it. Paul Molitar rules!

  30. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 am;rel=0

    Won’t get fooled again

  31. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 am;rel=0

    What can one say? I have a hard time with Townsend. At the same time, the Beach Boys were a disaster as well. Imagine inviting charlie manson to your house.

  32. MTU February 3rd, 2013 at 7:43 am


    SB Sunday. Grog and beer.

    2 weeks or so to P and C’s.

    Real baseball is close.

    Liked the Pronk signing.


  33. MTU February 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 am

    A recent interview with BC :;start=4

    Gives some insight into his thought process.

    Should make JF happy.

    Funniest part for me was where Cashman says he is following the “Stick Michael” model of having positional strength up the middle.

    Trouble is he is only doing part of that since he does not have hitting strength at C which would be required by the “model”.

    Of course that is never addressed.

    It’s still an interesting article. Take what you will from it.


  34. RadioKev February 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 am

    So Corey Black could be a legitimate top prospect then?

  35. MTU February 3rd, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Morning Kev-

    Just throws lot’s of stuff at the wall and hope some of it sticks.


  36. Shame Spencer February 3rd, 2013 at 8:43 am

    IU: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having to manage the highest payroll in baseball?

    Cashman: Well, the advantages … obviously, having the highest payroll means your ownership is fully committed. Being in the position to have the highest payroll means you can support that payroll. So it gives you full access to all pools of talent, but with that access comes exponential pressure to perform. A lot of times, payroll will not translate into performance, because ultimately, when you commit to long-term multiyear contracts, there is always a declining value of the player over the course of time, but the value of the contract stays the same or gets worse.

    Sometimes you want to have the payroll that might be No. 1, but the production from individual players that make up a large percentage of that payroll will be in decline as they age, so most of the time it won’t match up. But with the highest payrolls come clearly a lot more pressure and a lot more publicity and a lot more expectations.

    Thanks for posting MTU.. I dunno how I feel about some of this stuff. I didn’t ever assume the Yankees have fans with the highest expectations just because they spend the most money.. I thought the expectations were based around the fact that we’re the Yankees.

    Does payroll directly translate to expectations of winning every year? If so, I feel terrible for Cubs fans. (But something tells me despite their high payroll, the fans out in Chi town never had high hopes… is this example too extreme? Do the Mets count? The Red Sox? The Angels? The Tigers? The Rangers? The Phillies??)

  37. MTU February 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 am


    Good morning.

    My pleasure.

  38. comnsnse February 5th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Chad, off topic question.

    It begins to look like MLB has the goods on Aroid,the question then is.

    Might they attempt to invoke a “for the good of the game” death penalty” by banning him permanently,and do they have the ability to do so?

    Thanks for a response,if any posters are that knowledgeable about MLB authority under special circumstances please join in.

  39. comnsnse February 5th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Shame, you are correct on your second point.

    My comment about the Cashman response you note is ,this is pure CYA and political babble!

    He signed the players, he made the trades, he directs the activities of the organization in player personnel,drafts,FA’s and he spends the money most of the time,George is gone!

    He has not done the job and to repeat again,it is very easy to spend OPM,the trick is a person’s judgement! Money won in 2009 otherwise he’s a failure and should be dumped!

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