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Judging from their latest round of post-camp competition, Montgomery may still have a slight edge over Green, but it's tight. But they could have some company...
The pair of Yankee prospects teamed up to replace injured Single A Tampa starter James Kaprielian on Thursday when bad weather postponed scheduled openers for the Double A Trenton Thunder and Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders.
Now it's important to mention that during camp, Green put up an ERA twice as good as JoMo's -- 1.50 vs. 3.20 -- but Montgomery's higher strikeout to walk ratio impressed manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and the good folks in the front office, apparently. So it's possible Green's walk-less outing might've helped his cause. Although their order of appearance might also suggest a more ominous destiny for Green's arm in Joe's binder.
Both pitchers will make a final Tuesday start facing a higher level of competition -- Jordan for the RailRiders and Green for the Thunder. Both appearances will make final cases for a potential start against the Cardinals.
And some time shortly after those two Tuesday starts, the Yankees must make their final decision and call the lucky winner with the good news he's on his way to the Big Apple.
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If he doesn't face the Cardinals on Sunday, he should be breathing down the neck of whoever is very shortly from the rotation in Scranton and sure to be a guy Joe gets "curious" about as soon as the going gets rough for his young new starters. We like Adams here.
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While Green and Montgomery tied knots in Single A Tigers' tails to show their stuff, Adams no-hit the Double A Erie SeaWolves for 5.2 innings in his season opener Saturday.
According to MLB.com's game account: "Adams was named the Yankees' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season after he went 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings over 25 games (24 starts) with Class A Advanced Tampa and Trenton. And he picked up right where he left off last season.
"A fifth-round Draft pick out of Dallas Baptist in 2015, Adams has excelled ever since he joined the Yankees organization. He was 16-2 with a 2.21 ERA in the Minors prior to his 2017 season debut, while averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings."
The Yankees love their starting pitchers tall because they allegedly can throw harder and with less likelihood of injury, according to a story the Wall Street Journal did awhile back on their preoccupation with the notion that size matters.
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And on Sunday, the only size that will matter is how big our newest starting pitcher rises to the occasion and how deep he can go into the game.