Yankee SP Potentials

Figure in any 5-man rotation these days, two of them will miss at least a month. It could easily be worse and it won’t be much better. The Bronx version:

Severino looks like a bull but then so did Pineda at this time last year.

Tanaka’s elbow is said to be hanging by a thread, but then it’s been two years since he decided not to have TJ surgery and already you must admit that he made the right decision. That said, you can’t yet say he’s durable.

Sonny Gray has missed at least a month two years in a row.

Montgomery looks fine.

Sabathia is the new Jamie Moyer but his lower body will protest at times.

Conclusion: other pitchers will make starts for the Yankees in 2018. Assuming they don’t make a trade and even if they do, who are the candidates and are they any good?

Luis Cessa – You’ve seen him, throws hard but with nothing special, could be better than average for a spell but no star potential as he is.

Domingo German – As noted in WGB, the former hot prospect made it to the majors last year and got the batters out. Reminds me of Julio Teheran which is not an insult. Good reserve pick in AL leagues and deep mixed formats.

Domingo Acevedo – I beg your pardon, I didn’t realize he was 6’7″. Neither had I seen him until this, and now I am extremely interested. Fangraphs has him as the #78 prospect and BaseballHQ rates him 9D (very high potential, below average chance to reach it). So your competition is likely aware of him, and since Acevedo is 23 with AAA experience he could leapfrog Cessa and German pretty easily. I’d take him ahead of German because of the monster potential. I am delighted to discover that Acevedo is available in my keeper league, so maybe in yours too.

Justis Sheffield – The Yanks sent him down, thus establishing Sheffield on the totem pole. He’s finesse-plus, or aspires to be, with a major league 2-seamer. a good changeup, and maybe a tick above on his breaking ball.


  1. Posted by Ed Coyle | |

    Love and appreciate your writing style and insights, Gene.


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