December 19, 2010

Yankees starting pitcher prospects could see major league bullpen time

Maybe the Yankees don’t need to sign any reliever this offseason. Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman said it wouldn’t be difficult for starting pitcher prospects to make the transition.
“When they get to Triple-A, they don’t need a full year doing that,” Newman said. “They need a month or two of adjustment. They still need innings. You don’t want to limit innings by putting them prematurely in the bullpen.”
Click through to see who Newman might be referring to.

Andrew Brackman, Hector Noesi, David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell figure to be in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s rotation. I expect the first two to see time in the Yankees’ bullpen in 2011.

Brackman, the oldest of the Killer B’s, 25,  stands at 6-foot-10 and ended 2010 smoothly in Double-A Trenton. With a 3.01 ERA in 80-2/3 innings, he’ll look to carry that success to Scranton and possibly New York.

Noesi climbed to Triple-A last year after starting the season in High-A Tampa. In three starts with Scranton, Noesi lasted six-plus innings each time, finishing with 14 strikeouts and four walks.

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