Severino has broken out as a stud. According to his instagram he's not resting on his laurels. The dude's been working out every day, doing exercises that make me sore just from watching.
Luis started 31 games last year and ended with a 2.98 era. In a season full of up and down pitching performances due to injury or slumps, he was our constant.
I'm not sure we can demand he drops the era any lower in 2018. Let's just hope Sevy stays healthy for the full year and keeps the era under 3.50. That would be great.
Some people are still mad at Tanaka because he was awful in the first half of the season. I'm not sure how those people do it? Similar to Chase Headley, Masahiro's good heavily outweighs his bad for me in 2017. In his first 14 starts he had 6 complete stinkers. Ugly, gross performances. Even I was saying he needed to get skipped once through the rotation, go see a doctor, physical or mental, it didn't matter, he was clearly broken! The Yankees said he was fine and would figure it out if they kept sending him to the mound. They were right.
In his last 16 regular season games he pitched to a 3.54 ERA and was back to the Tanaka we all know and love. Then he went into the post season an did the damn thing. 20 innings of 2 run ball!
I'm all in on good Tanaka again. The guy simply makes me happy. When he's jumping on the mound before warming up, when he's striking out everyone, when he's taking his hat off, when he's mad at himself for giving up a pop fly, and especially when he's fielding balls like the calmest man to ever field balls.
Expectations for next year? Give me a full season of healthy Tanaka and keep the era in the 3's and I'm happy.
Part of me thinks Sonny must be relieved to start a season surrounded by talent for the first time in his career. It's not his job to be the ace of the squad. He doesn't have to be the face of the staff and the mentor to all the young guys coming up. He gets to sit back, share notes with Tanaka and Sevy and do his job as the third pitcher in the rotation.
Part of me also thinks there is more pressure on Sonny this year than any other year of his career. He's on a contender now. He's playing in a stadium full of fans that care and care hard. The thought process of 'we're just happy to watch the kids and hopefully magic happens' didn't get traded from Oakland to New York with him.
What I want to see: Sonny keeps his era as low as it usually is but goes deeper into games.
What I don't want to see: Romine becomes his personal catcher.
Gumby! The Yankees have had a lot of pitching prospects come up and not pan out. A ALOT. I have always said I'd rather just trade for proven pitching then work through the kinks of developing it. The Yankees are great at developing pitchers who have the "stuff" but not the "make up". Hughes, Joba, Nova, Phelps, even Eovaldi and Pineda fit that category. They had the tools but could never consistently put it together in the Bronx.
I think it's safe to say the Severino was the first to break that mold. I also think its safe to say the Gumby showed a lot of signs of being able to as well. His ability to grind and battle was more impressive than his stuff, in my opinion. He put himself in a lot of jams trying to be fancy but then was able to get gritty and escape them.
On nights when his curve ball was on it was really fun to watch him pitch. I'm not sure how his 2018 will pan out. If the Yankees sign Otani and/or CC will he have a spot in the rotation the entire year? We'll see. I'm excited to watch him grow and mature as a pitcher and think he has the ability to be a solid number 3 in any rotation.
I'm over the Luis Cessa experiment. I feel the most we can realistically ask from him is to go through the lineup once. Unless he develops a new pitch or has a drastic change I don't see him helping the Yankees win. Best case scenario is we trade him for a team that wants to take him on as a project. Maybe he becomes our long man, mop up guy. I can see that happening.
Unlike Cessa, I have a soft spot for Bryan Mithcell. It stems back to when he came up in 2015. His results were pretty average but he had a fun curve ball. Then he got rocked in the face with a comebacker. Hard not to root for a guy after seeing him take a 100 mph ball to the face.
Other than that, I think he's in the same boat as Cessa but not as deep. I think we are nearing the time when we give up on him as a potential winning piece to the franchise. Trade bait or long man.
Domingo German has started 73 games in the minor leagues and has a 2.54 era. I'll be the first to tell you minor league stats don't mean shit... but that's still an impressive number.
His numbers last year with the Yankees weren't that bad either. His throwing motion is a little off putting for me. Reminds me of my buddy I used to play wiffle ball against that would just go out there and sling it.
I'm interested to see when and how we see German with the squad next year. I think he'd be on the short list for a spot start.
23 years old and pitched only two games in AAA last year. Keep developing. Keep getting better. See ya in 2019 or 2020. I don't think he's part of the 2018 season but being on the 40 man may get him a spot start or long man appearance if injuries force it to happen.
21 years old and hasn't seen AA yet. Congrats to him on being protected. Ceiling looks high. I don't think he's part of the 2018 season but being on the 40 man may get him a spot start or long man appearance if injuries force it to happen.
22 years old and hasn't seen AA yet. Congrats to him on being protected. Ceiling looks high. I don't think he's part of the 2018 season but being on the 40 man may get him a spot start or long man appearance if injuries force it to happen.
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