Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A young Yankee starting pitcher will undergo a major medical procedure. According to Josh Norris, HERE, starting pitching prospect Manny Banuelos will undergo Tommy John surgery on October 4th, adding to the laundry list of young Yankee pitchers who have had major injury setbacks.
really frustrating about this situation is that Banuelos is just another
pitching prospect who has suffered serious injury. From Joba and Phil
Hughes’ previous arm injuries, Michael Pineda’s torn labrum, Dellin Betances’ shoulder injury he suffered late in the year, Jose Campos’
elbow injury, and now this. Normally I point to bad luck for injuries,
but this is getting ridiculous. I think changes need to be made. I’m not
sure what, but maybe the Yankees relieving Billy Connors of his duties (HERE)
may have been a step in the right direction. In fact, if Connors got
relieved, perhaps minor league pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras
could be relieved as well? I’m just a blogger, but I'm also smart. Even from afar, this
whole situation is just a mess.
Michael Pineda is a wild card, to put it nicely, following his labrum surgery.
Ivan Nova was supposed to be another cheap, young rotation arm
to go along with Pineda and Banuelos, but his 2012 season has been
nothing short of a nightmare. A 5.02 ERA in 170.2 innings to go along
with an opponent’s batting line against him of .288/.349/.511. In short,
that opponent’s batting line against nearly matches Yoenis Cespedes’
.290/.352/.506 batting line in 2012.
CC Sabathia is nearing his decline
years, and we all know Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte won’t be around
for much longer. We also don’t know what to expect out of David Phelps
and Phil Hughes. Will Phelps be able to build off his rock-solid rookie
campaign? Will Phil Hughes be able to pitch back-to-back solid seasons
as he nears free agency? Your guesses are as good as mine.
just rambling now, but this is clearly an issue that needs to be
resolved. The Yankees have had trouble developing a homegrown starter
since Andy Pettitte came up in 1995, though there are some exceptions.
At the same time, though, they have not benefited from high draft picks
like a lot of other teams have, but I digress. Maybe the Yankees will
strike gold in the free agent market. However, as noted, the $189
million budget is nearing, and that might mean letting some position
players such as Curtis Granderson and/or Nick Swisher walking in free
agency in order to get a free agent starter or two, and that will
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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