Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Quick Hit: Pitching Reinforcements on the Way


Earlier this afternoon we discussed here on the blog the fact that the New York Yankees need starting pitching in the worst way. The Yankees search for pitching may take their GM Brian Cashman to Busch Stadium as he tries to lure their GM to trade an arm like Jaime Garcia to the Bronx. In the blog post I mentioned that if the deal for Garcia did not fit the Yankees needs and plans that they should move on to a Plan B. I left that pretty vague for a reason, this blog post here. Do the Yankees have a few "Plan B's" down on the farm waiting in 2017? I sure think so.

James Kaprielian was expected to make his MLB debut in 2016 before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely. Kaprielian is back and healthy as he pitches down in the Arizona Fall League with the Scottsdale Scorpions and could be up in the Major Leagues, again if healthy, by mid-season 2017.

Chance Adams is another arm that could make his way to the Bronx as early as 2017 after being drafted a few seasons ago as a reliever for New York. Adams has since been converted to a starting pitcher and has gone off with his 99 MPH fastball and great command. This is one of my favorite Yankees pitching prospects in the entire system and I could see him inside Yankee Stadium after the trading deadline 2017.

Jordan Montgomery is another guy that basically fits the exact mold that I described above with Adams. Montgomery reached Triple-A late into 2016 and dominated in six starts leaving me with little doubt that he could take the next step at some point in 2017 to the big leagues.

Dietrich Enns. See Adams and Montgomery.

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