The Yankees for the past five seasons have tended and cultivated their farms with great interest. The Bomber management has been given the task of getting great prospects both in international firms, changes or through Draft.
Next, I present the cases of five rookie pitchers that could have a big impact in 2021 and being key in a team that suffered significant casualties, especially in the starting department.
5. Nick Nelson
Nelson saw action last season, coming out of the bullpen 11 times. Although his ERA was not impressive, the reality is that the right-hander only had a bad presentation that was on August 5 against the Phillies, in which he allowed six of the 11 earned runs that they scored in 2020. If we eliminate the 1.2 innings pitched that day, in the rest of his 10 games he had a 2.36 ERA and despite having served only as a reliever, in his career in the minors, he started 74 of 76 games, which shows that he could be included, in a fight for the fifth starter spot.
4. Miguel Yajure
Another one who got his feet wet in 2020 was Yajure and the three meetings he did with the Yankees left many impressed and wanting to see more of this young man born in Cabimas, Venezuela. With an arsenal of four pitches, including a change of speed as one of his best weapons, Yajure enjoys excellent control, which without being a fire thrower, makes his fastball between 92 to 95 miles per hour, look much faster. than it is.
3. Michael King
What we saw of King in his nine games in 2020 is not what he can actually do. Statistically, the right-hander had a bad year, but if we look beyond those numbers, we will see that his control was not the same as he showed in more than 386 innings in the minors. In his repertoire, the right-hander has four pitches, including his fastball that can sink to either side of the plate, causing a high number of ground balls from his opponents. With improving his strike-throwing ability, King has a legitimate chance, not only to help the Yankees as a long relief, but to fill a starting spot.
2. Clarke Schmidt
In three appearances with the Bombers, Schmidt had two bad ones, but when we look at the quality he has on both his fastball, the slider and the change in speed, we can see that the best of this 25-year-old is yet to come. The scouts have placed Schmidt as the second best prospect on the team, only below the Dominican phenomenon Jasson Domínguez and in my opinion, of all those mentioned so far, he is the one with the most possibilities of being that fifth starter in the rotation
1. Deivi García
Everything about the Quisqueyano is exciting. His delivery, his repertoire, the maturity he shows, the aggressiveness and even his small stature, which has brought comparisons with the Hall of Fame and compatriot Pedro Martínez.
In 2020, Deivi had six starts, gifting us with an impressive debut against the Mets and also landing two quality starts against the Blue Jays. Among his qualities was control and more than anything, the way his pitching moves. Deivi’s curve was one of the best in the minors and with the 77 he pitched in 2020, he made it clear that he can also be one of the best in the majors. His change of speed is not far behind and not only does the Bonao-born right-hander have a chance to be the Yankees’ best rookie in 2021, but he is also one of the strongest candidates to win that award in the American League.
Alfre Álvarez / Special for LasMayores.com